Schiff Raises Bribery As A Possible Impeachable Offense

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has caused a stir in suddenly injecting the possible use of bribery as a basis for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Converting the Ukrainian controversy into a bribery theory is both constitutionally and historically unsound. It would undermine the credibility of the impeachment effort by struggling to reshape the facts into a more compelling criminal image. Impeachment cannot be an exercise in creative reconstruction. It is not license for imaginative or untested theories of criminality. The House needs to establish a clear and credible theory of impeachable conduct based on well-established definitions. Ironically, I testified on this issue in the Clinton impeachment hearings but last had this argument (over broadening such definitions for purposes of impeachment) with my opposing counsel in the last impeachment trial: Adam Schiff.

Note: I will be doing commentary today with CBS and BBC on the impeachment hearings.

Schiff told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep “Bribery, first of all, as the founders understood bribery, it was not as we understand it in law today. It was much broader. It connoted the breach of the public trust in a way where you’re offering official acts for some personal or political reason, not in the nation’s interest.” He added that you only have to show that the president was “soliciting something of value.”

That limitless definition would convert most of the conversations between presidents and other heads of state into potential bribery cases. Presidents often try to get every concession from aid in such conversations. Some of those concessions may clearly advantage a president as a political matter. Likewise, presidents may perform other acts that would meet such a definition. President Bill Clinton not only pardoned a family member but gave a pardon to a leading Democratic donor. The pardon of fugitive Marc Rich was widely and correctly ridiculed as an absurd and corrupt use of the authority. Was that a thing of value being offered or given in return for favors?

I previously wrote a series of academic pieces on the inclusion and meaning of these terms in the Constitution, including SENATE TRIALS AND FACTIONAL DISPUTES: IMPEACHMENT AS A MADISONIAN DEVICE, 49 Duke L.J. 1(1999). In that work, I discussed how the most relevant debate on this standard occurred on a single day and constitutes a couple of pages of record, including an exchange between the main protagonists, Mason and Madison. Mason objected to the use of Treason and Bribery as too limited. For that reason, he wanted to add a broader term “maladministration.” That broader meaning of impeachment was rejected. I also discussed this history as a witness during the Clinton impeachment hearings. As I testified, the trial of Warren Hastings weighed heavily on the forging of the impeachment standard. The former governor of India was charged with “mismanagement and misgovernment in India, including acts of extortion, bribery, corruption, confiscation of property, and mistreatment of various provinces.”  Notably, in light of that trial, people like Mason felt that bribery was not broad enough.

The First Congress criminalized the acceptance of anything of value in exchange for making a favorable judgment or disposition by judges. See Crimes Act of 1790, 1 Stat. 112, 117. That law, which remain in effect, prohibits “being influenced in the performance of an official act.” However, if anything, the Court has limited that definition including the decision in McDonnell v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 2355 (2016).

Congress did not pass its first criminal provision on bribery until 1853 that covers both “bribes” and “presents” when they were given “with intent to influence” federal officials. Indeed, things that are barred today as corrupt gifts were not barred under early English and American notions of bribery. See Edward Coke, The Third Part of the Institutes of the Law of England 145 (1670).

 There are legitimate issues concerning abuse of power for Congress to consider. As I have written, this is shaping up as the most narrow impeachment of a president in history. Redefining the same acts as different crimes is an approach that will not broaden that foundation and will only raise questions of the legitimacy of the effort.

347 thoughts on “Schiff Raises Bribery As A Possible Impeachable Offense”

  1. Has anyone ever actually read Article 2 of the Constitution? The President of the United States of America makes no decisions and makes no Policy Period, the House is responsible for all Domestic Policy, the Senate is responsible for all Foreign Policy and for concurrence on all Domestic Policy. The President is only responsible for taking care that the laws are faithfully executed, and for nominating persons to fill vacancies that occur in the Executive and Judicial Departments, and the President is only the Commander in Chief when the military is called into actual service, which inly Congress has the Authority to do. Everything else that the President may judge to be necessary and expedient that concerns the United States must be transmitted to Congress for their consideration, assembling Congress, or the branch of Congress which the matter concerns, if they are at recess.

    The President has absolutely no other Powers, Privileges, or Authority as the President of the United States. If the President makes any actions without consulting Congress is a grounds for impeachment, and the Union of the States may use impeachment for any breach of subordination to their authority as the established Government Authority!

    All this BS you over educated experts are spouting that is laced with partisanship and conflicts of interest related to Party Affiliation just illustrate the depths to which our country has debased after centuries of usurpations and bastardization of of our Constitution and the principles of republican and Federal Government which the Constitution establishes.

    You all disgust me!

      1. Yes, he represented a Party, not the United States of America, and anyone who disregards the Union as the Established Government Authority should be removed from any government office, up to and including the President.

        You must not be paying attention, I’m 100% Nonpartisan and Apolitical!

    1. federalistpapers says — “The President has absolutely no other Powers, Privileges, or Authority as the President of the United States. If the President makes any actions without consulting Congress is a grounds for impeachment…”

      So, when President Obama signed his Executive Orders for DACA and DAPA?

      So, when President Obama bypassed Congress and sent pallets of hundreds of millions in *cash* to Iran in the dark of night in an unmarked USG plane?

      So, when Obama’s DOJ sent guns from the U.S. into Mexico that went into the hands of drug cartels, and one of those guns was later used to shoot and kill a US border security guard?

      So, when Obama bypassed Congress to deploy “kinetic military action” in Libya?

      And on and on we could go…

      So, what you’re saying, federalistpapers, is that Barack Obama’s presidency was one of the most *lawless* in U.S. history and he should have been impeached? Because as the Democrats keep telling us, “No one, not even the president, is above the law”…

    2. Worth repeating: So, what you’re saying, federalistpapers, is that Barack Obama’s presidency was one of the most *lawless* in U.S. history and he should have been impeached?

      1. You people have a strange understanding of impeachment and the election of the President. None of the a Presidents selected and elected by the Parties should have been in office in the first place. And the only solution to our problems of assembly and governing is to Raze the entire Government, govern with a transition government, a simple confederacy of the States, and reassemble our Federal Government as directed by Articles 1, 2, and 3 of the Constitution Unamended.

        See Federalist #63 by Madison, it’s not my idea, it’s Madison’s as a solution to improper consolidation due to usurpation of Governing authority from the States as Equals to Factions, that’s political parties if you didn’t know.

        1. Federalistpapers wrote: “the only solution to our problems of assembly and governing is to Raze the entire Government, govern with a transition government, a simple confederacy of the States, and reassemble our Federal Government”

          Perhaps this is what President Trump has in mind for his second term. Tear it down and then rebuild? Perfect man for the job.

    3. “You all disgust me!”
      Then why do you hang around? Believe me, we’re not clamoring for it nor does anyone with just one working neuron believe you.

      BTW what are your credentials for these insane musings of yours? On-line degree? Quilting bee discussion leader? Participation trophy?

          1. The Declaration of Independence is the formation of a confederacy, the states joining together in a common cause against a common enemy. In fact it was the first confederacy, the Articles of Confederation formalized their Union and stipulated the rights of Representation and Suffrage each State would be entitled to participate as a Member State in the Union, the Constitution added a Confederated Republic to address the disparity that existed between the States in their population and wealth, together they formed the Bicameral Legislature, the More Perfect Union of the States, the Established Government Authority, to allow the States to govern together as Equals with Equal Suffrage to reach Majority Consensus on all decisions made by the States as the Union.

            I not only have read the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, I understand the different Confederacies they established to form a Union of the States, the Union which makes our Country the United States of America.

            No parties were invited to join the confederacy!

            1. Yawn.

              that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

              Try again.

          2. OLLY – somehow fpr got himself a copy of the Federalist Papers (read them) and became radicalized. He has not read the Constitution, nor any of the Supreme Court cases modifying the Constitution.

            1. Paul,
              I have no idea what he’s read, let’s assume he’s read it all a million times. He’s arrogant about it and that makes him no better than brainiac progressives undermining this republic for the last 100 years. At this point, I would recommend he read a terrific book by David Bobb, Humility.

              “The power promised by humility is power over oneself, in self-government,” says Dr. Bobb. “[But] humility’s strength is obscured by the age of arrogance in which we live.”

  2. Adam’s Full-of-Schiff One-Party Partisan-Political-Hit-Job Shampeachment.

    Who wouldn’t be interested to hear phone calls, read transcripts, listen to hearsay, gossip, related to all of President Obama’s “irregular” foreign “policy” dealings with Iran?

    Where was the outrage when Obama gave “more flexibility” to Russia “after his re-election” with regard to missile defense?

    Give me a break.

    Democrats, lead by Adam-Full-of-Schiff, are literally wasting everyone’s time. This is the Demcrats 2020 campaign strategy – to keep driving down Trump’s poll numbers. It’s despicable. The Democrat Party is despicable.

    1. Adam’s Full-of-Schiff Bulging-Bug-Eyed-One-Party Partisan-Political-Hit-Job Shampeachment.

      *just watching lying Adam Schiff’s giant bug eyes is so freakin creepy.

  3. Bribery is what Hillary Clinton engaged in with Tyson Chicken. Sexual harassment and worse is what Hillary enabled for four decades (Bill Clinton began his life of crime by being informally expelled from Oxford for sexual harassment of 19-year-old English woman, Eileen Wellstone, 1969). Clinton crimes are legal according to democrats. Pelosi and Schiff must be impeached and convicted for subversion and abuse of power while conducting a contrived, political show trial in a counterfeit Kangaroo court.

    Cattle Futures

    “Starting just before Bill Clinton was elected Governor of Arkansas, Hillary Rodham Clinton made about $100,000 in one year in the commodities market with the help and advice of a friend who was the top lawyer for one of the state’s most powerful and heavily regulated companies.

    The investments, made in a commodities trading account that was opened three weeks before Mr. Clinton was elected Governor in 1978, substantially altered the finances of the Clintons. At the time, Mr. Clinton was Attorney General. He and his wife were rising stars in Little Rock whose salaries were modest by the standards of their peers.

    The proceeds helped them to buy a home, to invest in securities and real estate and eventually to provide a nest egg for their young daughter, according to the couple’s associates and a review of the family’s financial records. Tyson’s Fortunes

    But the trades, which came to light during a two-month examination of the Clintons’ finances by The New York Times, also left them in the position of having relied significantly on the help of one of the state’s premier powerbrokers, James B. Blair, a Clinton confidant who at the time was the primary outside lawyer for Tyson Foods Inc., of Springdale, Ark., the nation’s biggest poultry company.

    During Mr. Clinton’s tenure in Arkansas, Tyson benefited from a variety of state actions, including $9 million in government loans, the placement of company executives on important state boards and favorable decisions on environmental issues. Even today, critics in Congress and elsewhere have complained that the Clinton Administration is too close to Tyson and the poultry industry it dominates, sparing it from some of the tougher Federal inspection guidelines enacted against the meat industry. Her Money, Her Risk

    In a written statement, the Clintons’ personal lawyer, David Kendall, said today that Mrs. Clinton had traded in commodities futures “with her own funds and assumed the full risk of loss.”

    “She did so through two different trading accounts in her own name in Little Rock and Springdale, Ark.,” he said. “Mrs. Clinton reported gains and losses on her tax returns as appropriate.”

    “Administration officials said she had got out of the market because after she became pregnant with her daughter, Chelsea, she did not have the time to keep up with developments and found the investments too nerve-wracking.

    Mr. Bone does not recall how much money Mr. Blair made during the boom or lost during the bust. But he remembers that when Mr. Blair departed from the markets, “He left happy.” The Benefits Proceeds Gave Clintons Nest Egg

    Other than a brief reference to $449 in commodities trading losses on their 1980 tax return, there is no evidence that the Clintons ever returned to the highly volatile commodities markets.

    But their brief involvement substantially improved their fortunes. Based on the tax returns they have released, the commodity trades were by far their most successful investment.”

    – The New York Times, 1978

    Eileen Wellstone, Sandra James, Carolyn Moffet, Juanita Broaddrick et al.

    In an interview with Capitol Hill Blue, the retired State Department employee said he believed the story Miss Wellstone, the young English woman who said Clinton raped her in 1969.

    ”There was no doubt in my mind that this young woman had suffered severe emotional trauma,” he said. ”But we were under tremendous pressure to avoid the embarrassment of having a Rhodes Scholar charged with rape. I filed a report with my superiors and that was the last I heard of it.”

    Miss Wellstone, who is now married and lives near London, confirmed the incident when contacted this week, but refused to discuss the matter further. She said she would not go public with further details of the attack. Afterwards, she changed her phone number and hired a barrister who warned a reporter to stay away from his client.

    In his book, Unlimited Access, former FBI agent Gary Aldrich reported that Clinton left Oxford University for a “European Tour” in 1969 and was told by University officials that he was no longer welcome there. Aldrich said Clinton’s academic record at Oxford was lackluster. Clinton later accepted a scholarship for Yale Law School and did not complete his studies at Oxford.

    The State Department official who investigated the incident said Clinton’s interests appeared to be drinking, drugs and sex, not studies.

    “I came away from the incident with the clear impression that this was a young man who was there to party, not study,” he said.

    Oxford officials refused comment. The State Department also refused to comment on the incident. A Freedom of Information request filed by Capitol Hill Blue failed to turn up any records of the incident.

    Capitol Hill Blue also spoke with the former Miss James, the Washington fundraiser who confirmed the encounter with Clinton at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, but first said she would not appear publicly because anyone who does so is destroyed by the Clinton White House.

    ”My husband and children deserve better than that,” she said when first contacted two weeks ago. After reading the Broaddrick story Friday, however, she called back and gave permission to use her maiden name, but said she had no intention of pursuing the matter.

    “I wasn’t raped, but I was trapped in a hotel room for a brief moment by a boorish man,” she said. “I got away. He tried calling me several times after that, but I didn’t take his phone calls. Then he stopped. I guess he moved on.”

    But Miss James also retreated from public view this week after other news organizations contacted her.

    The former Miss Moffet, the legal secretary who says Clinton tried to force her into oral sex in 1979, has since married and left the state. She says that when she told her boyfriend, who was a lawyer and supporter of Clinton, about the incident, he told her to keep her mouth shut.

    “He said that people who crossed the governor usually regretted it and that if I knew what was good for me I’d forget that it ever happened,” she said. “I haven’t forgotten it. You don’t forget crude men like that.”

    Like two other women, the former Miss Moffet declined further interviews. A neighbor said she had received threatening phone calls.

    The other encounters were confirmed with more than 30 interviews with retired Arkansas state employees, former state troopers and former Yale and University of Arkansas students. Like others, they refused to go public because of fears of retaliation from the Clinton White House.

    Likewise, the mainstream media has shied away from the Broaddrick story. Initially, only The Drudge Report and other Internet news sites have actively pursued it. Since initial publication of this story, a few mainstream media outlets have expressed interest in interviewing the women.

    The White House did not return calls for comment. White House attorney David Kendall has issued a public denial of the Broaddrick rape.

    – Capitol Hill Blue, 1999

  4. #14 coup impeachment attempt! Have the faithful been instructed to get instant amnesia about #12 – 13 yet?

    What is sad is that voters are not given an accurate picture of this presidency. They only hear the bad, and often the made up. Trump is rude, but he also has many accomplishments that Democrats will probably never hear of. I guess they think he just Tweets all day.

    A decent journalist would give a clear picture, the good and the bad. All we get now in the MSM are activists.

    1. And, Karen, being a disciple, you only parrot what you heard on Hannity, Carlson and Ingraham, with the main message being that they are the only media who can be trusted. A part of their message is that most Americans oppose Trump because they are being lied to by mainstream media that is refusing to publicize Trump’s alleged “accomplishments”, and only publicizes his faults, some of which are lies. That message is, of course, part of the indoctrination. There is a reason why Fox is an outlier in how they report the news: the network came into being because certain wealthy persons were frustrated over media telling the truth about Nixon, which helped bring about his impeachment. They wanted a media outlet to push back, to advocate for Republicans, so Fox came into being. You really wouldn’t know what mainstream media report because you only watch Fox, and being a disciple, you believe everything they tell you, including the whopper about mainstream media lying to the public. This argument is so lame because if mainstream media wanted to curry favor with the one in power, they’d overlook all of Trump’s missteps, faults, lying and lack of accomplishments and play up to his ego, just like Fox does. They report the truth instead, and the truth hurts. Mainstream media do not attempt to instruct their audience that Fox is extremely partisan and can’t be trusted. This is what Fox tells its viewers. Voters don’t need media of any persuasion to educate them. They can see for themselves that Trump can’t handle regular news conferences, because he always messes up, so he governs via Twitter. The notion that Trump’s historically-low polling numbers and widespread support for his impeachment and removal from office is due to mainstream media lying to the public is nothing but propaganda. He is the most unstable and corrupt person to ever occupy the White House. He got into the White House by cheating with Russia’s help. Read the Mueller Report. His only legislative “accomplishment” is tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthy. Everything else he has done is by Executive Order—all that is needed is a Sharpie. He has alienated our allies, has done everything possible to pay back Russia for helping him cheat (see today’s testimony for an explanation about why Russia got kicked out of the G-7), and has stoked partisan divisions in this country. The damage he has done here and abroad will take years to repair. It will take a long time for other countries to trust the U.S. again, if ever.

        1. More pivoting, Karen. I know where you get the things you post. There’s only one place where you could have gotten these things, especially the attacks on mainstream media. Here’s a question for you: what media outlets “made up” things about Trump? What things were made up? Cite some specific facts, please. What are the wonderful “accomplishments” of Trump that mainstream media refuse to publish? Be specific.

          1. You tell us Natacha. Are you aware of *any* achievements by the Trump administration beneficial to *all* Americans? Prove that the mainstream media isn’t ‘lying by omission’ to the public by showing us your knowlege of specific accomplishments.

            1. Sure, sugar high economy for about 1 year from the deficit busting tax cut, but it’s over and we have the bill. Can you think of something else?

              1. Production levels aren’t all that sensitive to fiscal stimulus. It’s monetary policy that counts.

                The stance of monetary policy has been such that the Federal Funds Rate has been increasing pretty steadily for the last four years, and is now about 2.4%. The increases in the monetary base, M1, and M2 during BO’s last year in office were 6%, 9.4%, and 6.6% respectively; those in the last 12 months were 4.8%, 5.2%, and 5.6%. There hasn’t been any large-scale QE in seven years and the size of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has declined slightly in the last 12 months.

            2. I live in a deep-red state. If Trump actually did anything helpful that benefits all of us, the media here would play it up, big time. They mostly say nothing because there is nothing good to say about him.

              1. “Nothing good to say.” Of course. Here’s a question for you Natacha.

                Why doesn’t Trump wear glasses?

                Because he has 2020.

                Get it?

          2. Natacha:

            “I know where you get the things you post. There’s only one place where you could have gotten these things”. Oh. My. Gosh. Are you whining about Fox again? Are you even capable of posting a comment without mentioning Fox, directly or indirectly?

            You are the only one on the blog that incessantly carps on the existence of a conservative news site.

            Here is a tip that would counteract your enormous, tumorous bias. Read my posts before you comment on what they may or may not contain.

            In this case, I happened to post from The New York Times and <The Washington Examiner. Then, try examining the message instead of attacking the messenger or waxing hysterical about Fox. When you resort to knee jerk ad hominem, you send a clear message that you are intellectually incapable of simply discussing the facts presented.

            You have got to come up with a better defense strategy other than emotion to be taken seriously. Or, if you don’t want to be taken seriously, carry on. Let’s start a tally for how often you can mention Fox in a single day. It is so weird.

            1. Karen, the “soft coup” line comes directly from Fox. This is an effort to convince unsophisticated people like you that the Mueller investigation and the Congressional investigations into Trump cannot be valid, so there’s no reason to even listen to, much less believe, the facts. Fox will provide the facts you need to know. They work to persuade viewers like you that the goal of investigating Trump is really to invalidate your vote and undermine our democracy. I can tell you have not read the Mueller Report, so you don’t believe that Russians, using insider polling information provided by Trump’s campaign, targeted a false social media campaign against Hillary Clinton in key precincts Trump had to win to pull off the Electoral College votes he needed. If anyone created a coup, it is the Trump campaign, aided by Russians.
              Trump has tried to pay them back, as I have outlined previously.

              Fox is not a “conservative” news site. It is the main, blindly-partisan pro-Trump outlet. Fox came into being to do exactly what it is doing: push back against the facts as reported by mainstream news that makes Republicans look bad. True conservatives disown Trump. If you don’t believe this, check out anything written recently about Trump by George F. Will, who has been a conservative commentator for decades. He was a regular contributor to Newsweek magazine. Fox tells you they are conservative, but you really don’t know much about true conservatives.

              You accuse me of being hysterical, emotional, etc. when criticizing Fox. I have challenged you multiple times to describe your formal education, which you refuse to do. I challenge you once again to describe your formal education that you believe qualifies you to comment about me, my motives or anything else.

              My main concern about Fox is not just the extremely-biased pro-Trump slop it serves up, but the propaganda that seems to hook vulnerable and people like you who are not college-educated. They tell you not to trust other media. That way exceeds partisan reporting or even journalism–it enters the realm of fanaticism. No other media attempts to convince readers or viewers not to listen to or believe anything published by any other media. That alone should be concerning to any objective person.

              1. Speaking of the “extremely biased propaganda slop served up” by the so-called “watchdog news” media, what are your thoughts about MSNBC, Natacha? How about CNN?

              2. So, you can’t address the facts, and you can’t refrain from hysterically carping on about Fox, even though my sources were the New York Times and The Washington Examiner.

                You do not seem capable of having a grown up conversation. Carry on. I’ll just ignore you like the homeless guy shadowboxing with himself in front of Target.

          3. “Here’s a question for you: what media outlets “made up” things about Trump?” Do you mean you’ve forgotten what I’ve told you before, yet again, or are you just pretending?

            1. Media claimed Trump praised white supremacists or Neo Nazis. The actual video of his speech made clear that he expressly said he was NOT praising Nazis, who “should be condemned totally.” This would be obvious to the meanest intelligence, as he has a Jewish family.
            2. Trump tax cut hurt the middle class and helped the rich. See NYT article that proved this was not only false, but deliberately so.
            3. Trump called all Mexicans rapists. Actually, he said that some good people come and some criminals like rapists.
            4. Trump called all Mexicans animals. Actually, video shows he was expressly talking about the gang MS-13, whose motto is literally “kill, rape, control” so…yeah, MS-13 are animals. Don’t believe it? They have a culture of raping women and girls.
            5. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell claimed Trump liked about his income from the Apprentice, before he was forced to admit he’d made the accusation up.
            6. Trump was a draft dodger. “To the best of our knowledge, no one has charged Trump with violating the Selective Service law. His student deferments were routine. And unless someone has new information, there is no legal issue with his medical deferment.” Politifact
            7. America disagrees with Trump on immigration. Rasmussen Poll 63% of Americans want the border secured.
            8. Trump tried to kill Japanese koi. Actually, video shows the Japanese PM and Trump carefully spooning food to them, and then they both dumped the crumbs out from the fish food bowl.
            9. Claimed Trump adviser KT McFarland admitted Russia gave election to Trump. Actually, the email was her analysis of the Democrat talking points, not what actually happened.
            10. Brian Ross of ABC reported that Trump tried to bribe Russia to help him win in 2016. He said that he had inside information that General Flynn was going to testify that Trump offered favors to Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. He also said that Flynn was directed to contact Russia to coordinate this before the election. Ross was forced to admit he made the whole thing up, and that Flynn contacted Russia after the election, and not to coordinate any meddling. He was suspended for a month over it.
            11. CNN claimed that someone emailed Don Trump, Jr access to Wikileaks on 9/4, 9 days before it went public on 9/13, with damaging emails about Hillary Clinton. This was supposed to prove that Russia hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails, and gave them to Trump, Jr. It was all made up. Someone sent the email on the 14th, the day after Wikileaks was released to the public, so Trump, Jr heard about them along with everyone else. Total lie, again.
            12. Bloomberg News reported that Mueller had discovered that Russia used Deutsche Bank to funnel bribes to Trump, and had subpoenaed Trump and his family over it. Again, totally fabricated.
            13. Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel posted a photo of a nearly empty stadium, claiming that Trump spoke to almost no one at Pensacola Florida speech. Again, total fabricated lie. The photo was taken before anyone was let in, and the stadium was actually filled to capacity.
            14. Trump colluded with Russia – No
            15. Trump told Ukraine they would not receive aid unless they destroyed Biden, helping Trump get reelected. No. See transcript.

            I mean, there are so many other examples, but I haven’t the time.

            You have been told much of this already. This means that you already know what you’re saying is false. So this isn’t really for you.

            1. Most of what you list above is readily disproven. Read the Mueller Report about Russia’s help. See today’s testimony about the Ukrainian scandal. Trump DID praise White Supremacists, and the fairy story about the context was dreamed up by Kellyanne after the fact. Trump did dodge the draft, and his records have gone missing. The fact that he wasn’t charged is irrelevant to the fact that his father purchased a fake bone spur report, which is verified by the podiatrist’s 2 daughters. Trump claims not to recall why he never answered the draft. Trump did call Mexicans “rapists, criminals, murderers and animals”, then said he assumed “some” were good people. He was NOT talking about gangs either. More Kellyanne revisionist manipulation.

              I haven’t the time to go through all of the facts, but being a disciple, you wouldn’t believe the facts anyway until you hear Hannity, Ingraham or Tucker tell you what they mean.

              1. Natacha:

                “I haven’t the time to go through all of the facts,“ Which means you can’t dispute them, because they are facts which, by definition, are true. That is why you have offered no rebuttal except to repeat the very untruths listed above. In the cases specified, the journalists printed retractions.

                Your pernicious disregard for easily proven facts, and clinging to obvious mistruths, renders you a disciple yourself. Ironic.

                I must say, that you mentioning Fox so many times after I pointed out your strange obsession with the network, is both highly entertaining, and as unsettling as the ravings of the unstable.

                You have a problem. Go see a professional. It is unnerving how you expose yourself in this manner without a concept of how it appears to others.

              2. Read the Mueller Report about Russia’s help.

                The prosecution contends they spent a six-digit sum on Facebook ads, which no one in the Trump campaign knew anything about.

      1. how does she know karen watches what tv shows? CRYSTAL BALL

        how does she know what “most americans” feel? CRYSTAL BALL


        1. She gives the impression that she’s tearing her hair out and screaming “Fox!!!” It’s creepy.

          I post links to Fox once in a while, but I use a variety of sources, left, right, and center. Which she knows.

        2. Karen repeats what she hears on Fox. I know because I sporadically track what they put out. I know what “most Americans” feel based on polling, even Fox polling shows that most Americans disapprove of Trump.

          1. Oh my gosh, she mentioned Fox twice in that comment alone. She’s flooding… The poor thing. When confronted with her delusion, she spirals.

            All fox and no play make natacha a dull girl all fox and no play make natacha a dull girl all fox and no play make natacha a dull girl…cue creepy music…horrified expression…the pages of foxfoxfoxfoxfoxfoxfox falling to the floor. This is what passes for intellect. Written Tourette’s syndrome.

    2. Students shrieking at conservative invited speakers have no idea what Trump has accomplished, or why he pulled America out of various agreements. Disciples of far left media who just recycle talking points with no discussion or debate certainly have no idea.

      However, Democrat politicians are painfully aware of Trump’s successes. That is why they are not running on the economy. That is why they run on their hatred for Trump and the successful, and for Socialism. They cannot compete on policy. Not believing in their own candidates, they keep trying to impeach Trump. Illustrating that this is not based on justice, the impeachment reasoning changes regularly, forgetting past accusations and manufacturing anew.

      ____________________________________________As of 2018_________________________________________________

      The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Ronald Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for re-election on…

      Economic Growth
      4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.
      For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.

      4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.
      More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.
      Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.
      The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.
      Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.
      Unemployment claims at 50 year low
      African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.
      African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.
      Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.
      Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.
      Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.
      Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.
      Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.
      July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.
      Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.
      July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.
      Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.
      Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.
      Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.
      Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”
      68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.
      Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.
      Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.
      Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.
      Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.
      Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.
      100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas.

      American Income
      Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.
      Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.
      Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.
      Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.
      Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.
      Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.
      Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.
      Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.

      American Optimism
      Small business optimism has hit historic highs.
      NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August.
      SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.
      Manufacturers are more confident than ever.
      95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.
      Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
      12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.
      Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.

      American Business
      Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.
      Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.
      Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.
      ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.
      Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.
      Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.
      Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.
      Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.

      Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office.
      Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.
      Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.
      Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.
      Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history.

      Tax Cuts
      Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law
      Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families.
      Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.
      Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.
      Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.
      Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.
      Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.
      Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
      Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.
      9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department.
      More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts.
      Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
      Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts.
      Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities.

      Worker Development
      Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries.
      Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students.
      Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.
      Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.

      Domestic Infrastructure
      Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country.
      Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects.
      Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects.
      Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas.

      Health Care
      Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.
      Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.
      Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.
      Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.
      FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.
      Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases.
      Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans.
      Let more employers to form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees.
      Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty.
      Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.”
      USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states
      Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law.
      Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry.
      HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.
      Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities.
      Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.

      Combating Opioids
      Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders.
      Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities.
      $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
      DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids.
      Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis.
      Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017.
      Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
      Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
      Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.
      Led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time.
      $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
      Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities.
      DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
      Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
      Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017.

      Law and Order
      More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever.
      Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges.
      Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution
      Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
      Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.
      Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers.
      Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
      Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
      Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
      $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
      Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime.
      Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
      Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking.
      Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers.
      Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs.
      New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States.

      Border Security and Immigration
      Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.
      Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.
      Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.
      ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.
      Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.
      Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.
      Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.
      ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin.
      ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.
      ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.
      Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.
      Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.
      DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
      DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
      Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.
      Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.
      Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.
      These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.
      ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.
      ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.
      In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for
      Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses.
      More than 48,000 with assault offenses.
      More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.
      More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.
      More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.
      Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.
      Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
      More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody.

      Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.
      Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides.
      Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.
      Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws.
      Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports.
      Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.
      Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.
      Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.
      Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade.
      Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security.
      Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone.
      Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way.
      25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods.
      Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft.
      Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies
      Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
      Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers.
      Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.
      Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.
      Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.
      Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO
      Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century
      American beef exports have returned to china for the first time in more than a decade
      OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.

      Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
      Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction.
      Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
      Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017.
      Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry.
      Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement.
      Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.
      U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history
      United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world.
      U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades.
      Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity.
      Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers.
      Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year.
      Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy
      Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.
      Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.
      Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

      Foreign Policy
      Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
      Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.
      Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force
      Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.
      All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.
      Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.
      The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress.
      North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
      Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.
      Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.
      Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.
      Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.
      Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
      Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.
      Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.
      New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.
      Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.
      Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.
      ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump.
      ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.
      All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.
      More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world.
      Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections.
      Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA.
      Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.
      Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.
      Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.
      Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
      Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.
      Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
      Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.

      Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
      $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
      Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
      Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent.
      Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
      New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.
      Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
      Released an America first National Security Strategy.
      Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.
      Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon levels.
      In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies.
      Every member state has increased defense spending.
      Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.
      NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.
      Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad.

      Veterans affairs
      Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
      Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.
      Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA.
      Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA.
      VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that:
      Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs.
      Funding for the Veterans Choice program.
      Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.
      Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.
      Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.
      Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.
      Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
      Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades old priority.
      Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
      Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data.
      Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.
      Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members.
      Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.
      Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.
      VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
      Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans.

      1. I honestly don’t know why Trump quarrels on Twitter. He should just repeatedly list his accomplishments.

        If people like poverty, they can vote Democrat.

        1. Karen: using a large font to try to magnify what you copied someplace does not make what you wrote correct or truthful. Smoke and mirrors. It is intellectual dishonesty to cite something this lengthy without attributing the source, Based on the wording used and some of the highly misleading things Trump is trying to take credit for, I have a pretty good guess, but please favor us with the source, because I know that it is not an objective source. Like everything about Trump, this is slanted to create an illusion of success or is taking credit for things he had no involvement with and little knowledge of.

          The so-called economic “achievements” Trump tries to take credit for can mostly be attributed to Barak Obama, who inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression. All reasonable economists agree that most of the credit goes to Barak Obama. What specific steps did Trump take that resulted in these alleged “accomplishments”? You are citing results, not the process, so describe the process, please. Of course, the place where you copied these things does not give this information because it doesn’t exist. The rate of economic growth created by Barak Obama has slowed since Trump took office.

          How many jobs in manufacturing, etc. were lost since Trump took office? How did Trump himself “create” jobs? How many factories have closed in the US since Trump took office? Have you offset the jobs lost against the jobs “created” in manufacturing? You speak of deregulation as if this is a good thing. Deregulation of the financial industries is the reason for the mortgage crisis–anyone who could fog a mirror could get a mortgage, plus properties were appraised at an inflated value, all of which led to a massive number of foreclosures from which the economy is still recovering. This will happen again if the financial services industry regulations are removed. Regulations help protect our air, water and soil from pollution and cancer-causing permanent injuries especially to children. De-regulation has been directly responsible for deaths due to pollution.

          The crap you copied about Russia is misleading–Trump is beholden to Russia because it helped him cheat to “win the victory”, and he has tried to pay them back by publicly siding with Putin over US Intelligence, by trying to get Russia back into the G-7, by trying to pin Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections on Ukraine by withholding military aid, by refusing to sanction Russia for killing Russian refugees on British soil. The withholding of aid to Ukraine helped Russia get away with annexing the Crimea and invading part of Ukraine which Ukraine was hampered in defending against because of Trump playing games with funding and sale of weapons. These are far more significant to US security than the misleading things you posted, attempting to create some fantasy that Trump is going after Russia to punish it.

          ISIS is rebuilding. Trump isn’t really trying to take credit for things the US military is doing in the Middle East, is he? He hasn’t a clue. Korea has made a fool of Trump–it has gone right on with its nuclear program. You say Trump “delivered more appeals” in VA cases. Does he sit on a tribunal? Do you even understand how the VA system works and why Trump has nothing to do with VA appeals? How can he try to take credit for this? The crap you cited above implies that all is hunky-dory with the VA, which is not true. Most of what your source reports as “accomplishments” have nothing to do with Trump–they weren’t his ideas, these things happened without any involvement of him, were started with or suggested by the Obama Administration and/or Obama appointees and he is just trying to take credit for things he didn’t do or advocate for. Again, how is moving the embassy to Jerusalem an “accomplishment” or even a good thing for the U.S.?

          How about the national debt? It has risen by an historic amount and at an historic rate due to the tax cuts that mostly benefit the ultra-wealthy. What about the long-term effects of this on the economy?

          1. Natacha:

            “using a large font”, actually, I’m using the block quote Word Press command. This is how it was suggested for me to quote large segments of text. Clearly, Trump’s list of accomplishments is quite extensive.

            However, this command centers everything, which may make it harder to read. I’m not up on all the Word Press commands.

            And, no, Trump’s achievements are not actually credited to Barrack Obama. I’ve posted links to articles that thoroughly disprove that, too.

            Trump actually reversed most of Obama’s legacies except, notably, Obamacare, and damn Congressional Republicans for not growing a spine and taking care of this after running on that very issue. It is my firm belief that this failure is why they lost the House.

      2. Karen, you do know, don’t you, that the Washington Examiner is highly partisan. Where is the wall and Mexico’s check? Where is the better health care plan that outperforms Obamacare?

        1. Natacha, you do know, don’t you, that the New York Times is highly partisan?

          Natacha, you do know, don’t you, that the Washington Post is highly partisan?

          Natacha, you do know, don’t you, that CNN is highly partisan?

          Natacha, you do know, don’t you, that NBC is highly partisan?

          Natacha, you do know, don’t you, that the mainstream media, by and large, is biased and partisan in its coverage?

          1. Let’s add Rachel Maddow, Don Lemmon, MSNBC in general, and ABC as highly partisan.

            Obamacare is not covered in most top cancer treatment centers and hospitals.

            The insurance we used to have previously, did.

            Obamacare tightened drug formularies, and removed off formulary benefits.

            The insurance we used to have covered more prescriptions and had off formulary benefits.

            Obamacare forced us to buy pediatric dental insurance, but benefits didn’t kick in until we paid $12,000 deductible. Literally.

            The insurance we used to have did not do this.

            My deductible for a PPO was $500 with a very affordable premium.

            My deductible under Obamacare was $12,000, with a premium like a 2nd mortgage.

            The insurance we used to have was cheaper.

            Obamacare is not accepted by most doctors. None of the doctors I ever saw accepted it.

            Every doctor I ever went to accepted my previous PPO.

            The insurance we used to have provided better access to medical care, including cancer treatment.

            If you don’t pay your bill, such as when your account gets hacked, you will be canceled, and you will not be able to buy insurance again until Open Enrollment.

            The insurance we used to have could be bought at any time as an individual.

            Ergo, we’d all be better off if Obamacare was destroyed, we went back to a market-based health insurance, and we came up with a plan to improve health care access for the poor, raising its standards, rather than lowering all individual policy holders to the low standards of county style health care.

            Where’s the wall? Blocked by Democrats, who apparently enable the human trafficking, gun running, and drug mules.

            Where is Mexico’s check? I don’t think they are going to write a specific check. However, Trump indicated that they were being a bad neighbor, and renegotiated trade deals that saved America money. He also got them to stop enabling the caravans of invaders.

            Frankly, stopping the tide of illegal immigrants alone would save us significant money. Thus, the wall would pay for itself. Good investment.

          2. Is that why these media win so many awards, too numerous to list? And, no, mainstream media are not biased or partisan, and they don’t tell viewers/readers that Fox, Breitbart, the Washington Times and Limbaugh can’t be trusted because they are full of crap, either, because most people can figure this out for themselves. It smacks of propaganda when a media outlet tells its viewers or readers that other media can’t be trusted. This is a major Fox News theme. No other media does this. What does that tell you?

            Bottom line is: Fox News, Breitbart, Limbaugh, and their ilk are not winning over the majority of Americans with their pro-Trump propaganda, constant attacks on Congress and its authority to investigate and impeach Trump, constant attacks on Mueller and the witnesses testifying for the impeachment inquiry their soft-pedaling of Trump’s lies and failures and the chaotic administration he is in charge of.

            1. Natacha — did you see that MSNBC has hired yet another “analyst”? They now have on board, Andrew Weissman, one of the leading sleezeball figures in the botched Mueller investigation…hired to tell viewers what they *should think* about legal issues and Trump.

              In addition, MSNBC and CNN have hired former Obama CIA, DOJ, and FBI officials including James Clapper, John Brennan, Andrew McCabe, Comey’s former assistant, Josh Campbell, and on and on it goes. Obama-era intel folks all hired to be paid analysts “spinning” their own crimes and partisan agenda.

            2. HAHA goofball mass media flunkies win their own awards? of course they do. you must really be a rah rah journolieism fan if you take that for much

              you are also kidding yourself that media don’t compete. you ever heard of a thing called “ratings?” of course they compete. lol. super naive. glad we had the chance to try and straighten you out again, though you don’t accept the lessons.

            3. Natacha says: “And, no, mainstream media are not biased or partisan…”

              Uh, yes they are.

              The Democrats manipulate and control the media. The media is full of political activists masquerading as “journalists” all too happy to carry water for the Dems and their agenda. Did you not read Wikileaks?

              1. Uh, I agree, yes they are>

                There are three explanations for the Times‘ decline, not mutually exclusive.

                Trump Derangement Syndrome: Furious with Trump’s election, the Times’s reporters and editors responded by making their paper the voice of the opposition. There is some evidence for this hypothesis. At a recent town hall for staff, the executive editor Dean Baquet suggested that when Bob Mueller failed to deliver the goods to get rid of Trump, reporters felt they needed to move on to another focus, like accusations that the administration was racist. However, the decline in editorial sensibility started before Trump and has appeared in sections, like Sunday Business, that bear little direct relationship to Trump.

                The Decline of Advertising Revenue: The Times now depends more on income from subscribers than it generates from advertisers. As a result, it panders to its subscribers’ views, which are predominantly on the left. And as it becomes more left-wing in its reporting, it attracts more left-wing readers and loses conservative ones, setting off a vicious spiral. It also has lost pressure from advertisers to keep to objectivity. The organization need no longer maintain a kind of reputation that comports with the makers of quality products that tended to advertise in the Times.

                The Postmodern Generation: The new generation of reporters have been educated in the postmodern university. They have a greater commitment to leftist causes than to the truth. The newsroom town hall provides some evidence for this: older editors tried to defend the need for objectivity against younger reporters, who were having none of it.

      3. Karen, the economy was juiced on a short term sugar high by the GOP stimulus bill but it’s over and we still have the bill. Obama’s job producing record is better than Trump’s and he had similar GDP gains. This is the longest period of growth since WWII and Trump is riding that. He didn’t create that and he could be killing it with the deficits and tariffs.

        1. Anon – I already proved you wrong with this. You know this, and so are deliberately repeating an untruth.

          But if your angle is to claim that Trump undid most of Trump’s policies, and yet the booming economy is due to Obama, go for it. Anyone with sense will understand this is just political lying.

          1. Karen S:

            “Anon – I already proved you wrong with this. You know this, and so are deliberately repeating an untruth'”
            Any wonder why I won’t debate the clown? He’s intellectually dishonest.

          2. Anon1 – for the most part, people ignore you. You use unreliable source and you warp those. Have you considered working for Schiff? You would be perfect on his staff.

    3. NYT: “Face It. You Probably Got a Tax Cut.”

      Democrats point to individual losses of write-offs, cleverly avoiding the net which, to most Americans, was a reduction in total tax. This works for those who don’t understand the difference between total and its parts.

      To a large degree, the gap between perception and reality on the tax cuts appears to flow from a sustained and misleading effort by liberal opponents of the law to brand it as a broad middle-class tax increase.

      “Experts are divided on whether the tax law was a good idea. But there is little disagreement on this core point: Most people got a tax cut.”

      “The Joint Committee on Taxation — Congress’s nonpartisan team of tax analysts — found that every income group would see a tax cut on average. So did the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a left-leaning think tank that was sharply critical of the law. In fact, that group went even further: In a December 2017 analysis, it found that every income group in every state would pay less on average under the law in 2019.”

      “The vast majority of people did get a tax cut,” said Nathan Rigney, an analyst at H&R Block’s Tax Institute. That’s been clear all along, he added, “just now we have real data to back that up.”

      This was from the New York Times, and yet how many Democrats have we seen on this very blog bleating that the tax cut helped the rich, but hurt the middle class? How often do we hear misinformation dutifully passed on? Clearly low information voters haven’t troubled to do a casual GOOGLE search, as even the times has admitted it’s not true.

      “This is a devastating smackdown of the last two years of lies about the nature of the Republican tax cut,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The false narrative driven by Democratic presidential candidates and some partisan media will now not survive contact with reality.”

      However, viewers of the Democrat propaganda machine won’t come into contact with reality, will they? The NYT article came out in April, but the truth has clearly not disseminated to the masses.

      1. Yes Karen, most of us got a tax cut and your kids will pay for it several times over. If you’re Ivanka or one of her friends, you got a killer windfall tax cut and your kids will be paying for that too.

        1. The Leftist philosophy is that every dollar you earn belongs to the government, which allows you to keep some of it.

          When you are allowed to keep more of your money, the Left considers this a cost.

          What the Left also does not understand is that higher and higher taxes end up netting negative. For example, there was the luxury tax that destroyed the East Coast yachting industry. It put thousands of people out of work, who went on Welfare or unemployment benefits. Not one single boat was built all year, which netted exactly zero luxury tax revenue.

          Instead, the rich registered their boats off shore, and they bought them abroad.

          The luxury tax helped the economy of France, but destroyed an American industry. Instead of netting any revenue at all, the cost of Welfare and unemployment increases made the result a whopping negative.

          Repealing the luxury tax would obviously not cost anything. It wasn’t making anything. Instead, it would save money. This concept is quite difficult to explain to the Left.

          Personally, I would love to sweep Congress and do something about the deficit. No one seems to want to vote for fiscal responsibility, however. They want the “free stuff”.

          1. Karen S:

            Anon1 is all over the place tonight. Must have been a meeting at the Soros dungeon with a red alert to “get out there” and try to put lipstick on the pig of an impeachment “hearing.” Schiff looks beat after today and Repubs haven’t even started yet. I’m videoing the hearings for some comic relief.

          2. Karen, the tax cut of 2017 was such a dud that Republican Pollsters advised party leaders not to run on it in last year’s midterm elections. That’s why Tru.p started playing up the wall in such a big way.

              1. Mespo, you think last year’s midterms are ancient history?? Republicans didnt run on that tax cut. Maybe they should have. It wasn’t a good year for them.

                1. Okay, forgot who I was talking to. I’ll make it easy for you John:

                  1.Which Republican pollsters said what you claim?
                  2.Who exactly did they tell? Names, please
                  3.What exactly did they tell them? Exact words employed,please.
                  4.What is your proof of this claimed fact independent of your wishful thinking? Reliable sources and I’ll let you pick ’em.

                  1. Okay, John. We’re waiting on your specific proofs of your claim that “the tax cut of 2017 was such a dud that Republican Pollsters advised party leaders not to run on it in last year’s midterm elections.”

                    Either state your case or withdraw your lie.

                  2. John Burgoyne:

                    Well by you refusal to provide any proof at all of your facially silly assertion, you established yourself as an exaggerator at best or outright liar at worst. Answer this: why should we believe anything you tell us from now on? Hint: we won’t and you have now entered the natacha zone for the intellectually dishonest. So long.

                    1. like my comments of after 10:30, John’s were probably scrubbed by the cretin Darren to protect you right wing snowflakes. Either that, or John – unlike mespo – probably has friends with whom he chose to spend the night. We have to dodge being bumped by the mod while you spout music to his ears.

                      But in the meantime mespo, until John resurrects himself, suck on this:

                      A deep-pocketed Republican group that began the year vowing to focus on the tax overhaul has mentioned the GOP’s signature legislative achievement in just a fraction of its TV ads in 2018, a signal that the issue hasn’t been the political boon party leaders hoped it would be.

                      The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super-political action committee that’s the largest-spending political group this cycle, has put out 31,220 broadcast spots in the first nine months of 2018, just 17.3 percent of which referred to the tax law, according data from Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks political advertising.


                2. John:

                  “Maybe they should have.“ Cool. So you admit the tax cut benefitted most Americans.

                  Why are you posting under “John” now?

    4. The hearings are begun Karen and the charge is serious, with considerable evidence. You might as well be sucking your thumb to pretend it isn’t.

      1. Did you watch the hearings? I’m curious. Because I can’t believe you’d actually write this after having watched more than 10 minutes.

  5. Schiff looks sleazy. There is a guy at the grocery store up the street who sits outside on a bench and his last name is Schiff. He has a fake plastic thing around his ankle and a fake thing around his foot to make it look like a missing leg piece. He begs for money. He lies. I asked if he was related to Adam and he says they had the same aunt named Eve.

  6. I see where Hillary claims to be under enormous pressure to run in 2020, and that whoever wins will have a very big task of fixing everything that is broken. She’s right!

    1.0 Raise taxes
    2.0 Reduce employment of minorities and get them back on the public dole
    3.0 Apologize to NATO countries for asking them to pay their fair share of their own defense costs
    4.0 Make the U.S. dependent on foreign oil again
    5.0 Get back into the lucrative business of regime change around the world
    6.0 Reinstate 100s of 1000s of regulations to strangle American businesses
    7.0 Jack up the U.S. corporate tax rate to make the U.S. unattractive for corporate investments
    8.0 Crash the stock market, and the 401(k) accounts of the Deplorables
    9.0 Gut the military.
    10.0 Register all the illegal aliens as Democrat voters.
    11.0 Get back into horrible, one-sided global deals that benefit everyone except the U.S.

    Whew. That new president is going to be busy!!!!

    1. It would be like California, only bigger.

      Great post, FFS. I only wish it wasn’t true. So much is at stake in 2020.

  7. Hillary and Bill are not just brazen hypocrites….they are obscene multimillionaire wealthy hypocrites

    The power grab of the Left just doesnt stop

    “Chelsea Clinton made $300K for attending just six IAC meetings”

    Hillary Clinton may not have been able to shatter the glass ceiling for millions of girls around the country, but she has been very successful in helping her own daughter break the bank.

    Chelsea Clinton, 39, took home just over $600,000 last year for her work as director on the boards of IAC and Expedia, according to records obtained by

    The IAC board met just six times in 2018, while some members of the Expedia board were only obligated to attend two meetings last year.

    Those two companies are both headed up by the family’s good friend Barry Diller, the billionaire businessman and longtime partner of designer Diane von Furstenberg, who is often spotted attending Broadway shows with Chelsea and her parents.

    These latest compensation packages also reveal that Chelsea will soon own just over $400,000 of Expedia stock and shares in IAC that add up to an astonishing $6.3 million, based on those companies trading prices when the market opened Friday.

    1. every country will always be ruled by a clique or various cliques. they will always be hereditary ties as well. the best thing any nation can hope for is that the leadership will have an enracinated sense of responsibility to the people as a whole.

      reform is often just a euphemism for a transition of power from one faction to another

      real transitions in power are systemic and they are usually based on some advancement in technology.
      whether that means iron, chariots, phalanxes, longbows, guns, printing presses, factories, computers, or what, you look and you will usually find one

      these are bitter insights but looking over the sweep of history I find it hard to think any differently decades after I first received these opinions from people smarter than myself.

      Putin said “whomever leads in artificial general intelligence” will rule the world. Now there’s a man who gets it. You can bet Xi Jinpeng gets it too. Does Trump? This is really his greatest failing as a President not any of the stupidity at hand.

      AGI when it’s achieved, will be a tool in the hands of its owners that will exponentially extend its own capacities. It will be a laser cutting through lesser tools. Laws are just tools of social organization. Laws depend on organized force for effectiveness. But organized force comes from where? From information. AGI will be the information tool of previously un-encountered effectiveness. It will be capable of penetrating all forms of information organization. Therefore it will be able to penetrate both laws and the organized force that gives rise to them, by creating disorganization. Laws move slowly but AGI will move like light. The disorganization that it will be possible for adversaries to create with such a tool is presently, almost unimaginable. But if you have a wicked imagination a lot of mischief comes to mind. Without doubt, it will be more consequential than the Manhattan project.

      It’s hard to see where AGI will go once it comes online. That’s why they call it the “singularity.”

      When this ridiculous charade is over, which will extend through the election in 2020, we better all hope and pray that whomever is “in charge” makes sure AI gets sufficient investment to make sure it lands in the hands of people who wont make slaves of us all. Or make us dead in the process.

      The amount of effort that’s being poured into this intra-national rivalry is shamefully inefficient for the absolutely critical technological race that’s quietly happening as the dunces of the mass media egg the impeachment circus onwards.

  8. Trump has admitted to abuse of power and extortion with regard to the Ukraine and the withholding of military aid and so much more. His staff have also admitted his wrong doing but argue basically if the president did it it can’t be wrong. Of course, now the president is saying no no that perfect transcript, report or notes of that perfect call is wrong; we’ve got a new an improved one wherein I don’t say anything like those perfect notes say I said.
    Sound crazy it is. It’s our President. But, yea, it’s all the Democrats fault, the media, Hillary’s fault and don’t forget Hunter Biden’s fault.

    Give me a break!

    1. But, yea, it’s all the Democrats fault, the media, Hillary’s fault and don’t forget Hunter Biden’s fault.

      You forgot to mention the paid trolls.

  9. Redefining the same acts as different crimes is an approach that will not broaden that foundation and will only raise questions of the legitimacy of the effort.

    This is no time to be charitable. Schiff, Pelosi, et al are guilty of too many things to list not least of which are ignoring the world falling apart around us and the people that populate it, namely their alleged constituents.

    To wit….

    Trump has done something Obama could have never done: persuaded a French president to barrel down on China and build Europe to what it once once one and should be again: a leader in the world. Most Americans agree: China is the enemy of our labor problems and are selfish Communists (oxymoron) when it comes to stealing intellectual ideas and using them for their gain. Good for Trump and Macron.

    Impeachment my azz…….

    French President Emmanuel Macron Gets Trumpian On NATO

    Emmanuel Macron’s harsh assessment of NATO is just a new episode of French realism in the European balance. The ‘iron hand in a velvet glove’ is back.

    Macron’s recent concern in an interview about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was as subtle as using a flamethrower to light a Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir candle.

    Macron was positively Trumpian about a few things. When asked what is Europe’s endgame, Macron said Europe is not just a market, but a community: “Europe has lost track of its history. Europe has forgotten that it is a community, by increasingly thinking of itself as a market, with expansion as its end purpose…A market is not a community. A community is stronger: it has notions of solidarity, of convergence, which we’ve lost, and of political thought.”

    He then pointed out that it is logical that America would refocus on China, an ever-growing revisionist hegemon in the Pacific and a threat far bigger than anything in the Western Hemisphere, and incomparably large compared to some tribals killing each other in the Middle East.


    Pelosi, Hillary, Nadler, Schiff, Brennan, Comey, Eric Ciaramella et al….should all be hung. <——-insert Schiff's Parody here

  10. It connoted the breach of the public trust in a way where you’re offering official acts for some personal or political reason, not in the nation’s interest.

    Bribery huh. Who would hold impeachment hearings once every politician that fits that bribery definition is charged and/or forced to recuse themselves?

    1. So many to choose from, but first name that comes to mind is Senator Bob Menendez (D) of New Jersery. Menendez escaped conviction on bribery and corruption charges only due to a hung jury. His defense? It wasn’t bribery, it was explained away as “friendship.” He even got re-elected despite overwhelming evidence of bribery and corruption.

      No one even knew a sitting U.S. Democrat Senator was being tried on bribery and corruption charges. Why? Because the Democrat media allies didn’t find it particulary newsworthy to even talk about while the trial was going on last year.

      Give me a break on the Democrat/media hypocrisy.

  11. It might work. The House members are totally confused, and are more likely than ever to follow the polls. The goal is to get rid of him, and the zealots don’t care if they change the theory. Anyway, bribery is specific, and the Founders relied on people knowing what it meant. Schiff is smart enough to know how many voters can’t stand him, so he’ll be low profile. The faster this goes, the more likely Trump’s support will flake off. I make it 50-50 now.

  12. This is truly a disgrace and an abuse of the Constitution. The Democrats seem hellbent on reelecting Trump. I voted for Gary Johnson last election because I found both major party offerings inadequate but I am compelled to vote against this abusive anti republican, party that holds the House.
    Had Trump not been the subject of constant attempts to delegitimize and remove him, he could have stood on principle and refused to release any details of the calls to Ukraine. Had he done so, the media/Democratic Party would have lost it and screamed about his attempt to obstruct. As it stands now, it will be impossible for any future President to refuse to release the details of any calls to foreign heads of state, severely damaging the ability for them to speak openly with future Presidents.
    It will also be next to impossible for a future President to place any conditions on the release of U.S. funds. All that will be necessary is for the leader to threaten to go public with a claim of extortion.

    Thanks Democrats.

    1. Future presidents- and actually all past presidents can put conditions on funds to a point, but that does not and should not include getting personal help from the country getting the funds.

      You agree with that right?

  13. Redefining the same acts as different crimes is an approach that will not broaden that foundation and will only raise questions of the legitimacy of the effort.

    Ya think?

  14. Nice admission that quid pro quo was BS, Adam. The dems are literally digging in the dirt of fabrication, and it is both despicable and impossible to take seriously.

  15. The pardon of fugitive Marc Rich was widely and correctly ridiculed as an absurd and corrupt use of the authority. Was that a thing of value being offered or given in return for favors?

    What Joseph Sobran said. In re Billy Jeff, always go for the cruder explanation, which in that case would be Denise Rich’s ample bosom.


    Schiff’s like the doomed test pilots in The Right Stuff. “I’ve tried A, I’ve tried B, I’ve tried C…”

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