​It's a shame that your newspaper has reprinted the entire litany of Republican charges about the impeachment inquiry under Patrick J. Buchanan's byline.

Papers across the country have noted that the Republican Party has zero proof for these wild conspiracy theories like the existence of a "deep state."

Buchanan ignores the factual evidence presented in the hearings just as he ignored the factual evidence that his presidential campaigns would go nowhere in 1992 and 1996. For Trump's impeachment, one sentence overwhelms all fake Republican complaints, and it's from the Federal Election Commission Chairperson, Ellen Weintraub: "It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election."

It's said that Gordon Sondland paid a million dollars to become an ambassador, and state under oath, that President Trump initiated a quid pro quo with Ukraine's president for dirt on Joe Biden.

Let's not forget that Sondland also said everyone was "in the loop."

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phydeaux994

GOP....Bring your Lawyers, relevant Witnesses, Evidence (documents, video, audio, blue dresses, etc.), to the Capitol of the United States in Washington D.C. on Wednesday December 4, 2019 and PROVE you did nothing WRONG Mr. Fake President. Simple as that. Put Up or Shut Up.

BunnyLou

You must know that it does not work that way in this great country. Maybe in Venezuela, Cuba or USSR, you know the type of country you want to turn the USA into. FYI, It is up to the prosecution to prove the case, so far they haven’t.

hayduke2

Funny, because your support of a president that ignores the constitution and longs to have unquestioned power is exactly what you are endorsing.

phydeaux994

In every U.S. trial I’ve seen, there is a Prosecutor and a Defendant. The Judiciary Committee is the Prosecuter and Trump is the Defendant who presents testimony and evidence to prove his innocence. The House Members are the Jury who vote on the Defendant’s fate, Impeached or Not Impeached. What is unAmerican about that BunnyLou? Who will present Trumps defense? Presenting no defense is an admission of guilt is it not?

des21

The trial is in the Senate Phy. That Constitution you and your like keep "citing" clearly says so.

des21

Why would Trump cooperate with any of this when Schif and company are making it up from whole cloth? Bizarre. The trial is where and when his defense will be presented- not on this ship of fools.

des21

The audacity of them to print a world view with which you disagree Sean. I too am outraged on your behalf! Get over it brother. Embrace diversity.

matts853

Embrace basic facts, Dave. They are your friends. Pure partinship has lead you astray.

DickD

I don't know, Matt, I think Dave would lead all of us astra. If he could. It amazes me how someone can be smart enough to get a PHD in politics and be blinded by reality.

des21

It is scary to me that you and your new friends here are so "sure" of the "facts" Matt. I have heard a lot of hearsay. what have you heard? Certainly not a defense. That will come in the Senate in conditions more like a real trial- not this charade.

And, BTW, I'd vote for Bloomberg because i think he is more stable than Trump but i don't think he is a threat to basic American concepts of democracy (you know, like having the EC and not packing the SCOTUS until you get what you want) and Capitalism. All the other Dems are such a threat (well maybe not Klobauchar but you know.....) How am I so partisan Matt?

Your surety frightens me buddy. That's for zealots and automatons- not you and me.

richardlyons

[yawn]

matts853

Poor, poor, pitiful Pat. Trying to stay relevant with his slavish devotion to Russian Vice President Trump. MAGA!

des21

So Trump funds Ukraine's defense against Russia while Obama whistled while Putin took the Crimea and the Donbas and told Putin "I'll have more freedom to get a deal done with you after the (2012) election and Trump is a Russian VP Matt? You realize that is utterly counter-factual I'm sure. I know Trump is not a likeable character but he's certainly done enough distasteful things that why do you and these others feel the need to assert he is what he is clearly not? I will never get that.

awteam2000

Des21, you mean like Russian interference in the election , holding up war funds from Ukraine, withdrawal of special forces from northern Syria, reducing support of NATO? - “All roads lead to Russia”

matts853

Sure seems that way, AT2. Not only that, there’s credible motives for these damaging moves he’s made: Trump towers Moscow, Russia’s fear of HC becoming president and thus willing to corrupt our elections to advance Trump, and other shenanigans of party boy president. Putin has something(s) on Trump.

des21

We still have troops in Syria and analysts have said the situation for the Syrians and Kurds has improved since we left. I'm for getting out of NATO completely let alone forcing our "allies" (like Turkey) to pay their 2% of GDP. Russian interfered with social media. The DNC did more to interfere with the last election but you know that.

matts853

Lighten up Des, it’s satire. And while I didn’t like a lot of things about Obama, you and the rest of the Trump bots keep making a false equivalence between Obama and Trump’s aid to Ukraine. Obama Gabe then significant aid, like Humvees and actually gave them the keys to them, whereas the Javelins Trump gave them aren’t allowed to be used at present.

And show me where Obama ever attempted to bribe a foreign leader for personal political gain. Try to stay in the FACT lane, Des.

des21

Obama to Putin- "Wait until after the (2012) election and I'll have a lot more freedom to get you what you want..." Said into a hot mic he thought was dead. i have no problem with what Obama said. It's you all who are acting like Claude Raines in Casablanca. Get over it boys and girls, happens all the time.

des21

What the heck is satire? The Schiff hearings? Nadler? I wish![beam]

matts853

“Assert what he’s clearly not”, you say?

Again, not saying this in defense of Obama, but Trump and others tried to assert he was an illegal alien!

richardlyons

[whistling]

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matts853

Stay put and vote for candidates that love the USA more than themselves. If he loses, are you going to Russia?

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richardlyons

[wink]

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DickD

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Dwasserba

Buchanan is a hack.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Yes Sean it is a shame that the FNP prints opinions and views from both sides. But don't lose hope Sean, the FNP will always have the power of "Comment Deleted".

BunnyLou

OP, you hit the nail on the head.

BunnyLou

Like most left tilting LTE writers, they confuse fact with opinion and feelings. Sadly, this is the case here as well.

DickD

You are still in denial of the facts, Bunny? [lol]

BunnyLou

I live facts every day Dick. You and your type thrive of opinion and feelings. One day, you’ll understand the liberal/progressive machine has been lying to you.

marinick1

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richardlyons

You crack me up Bunny! Always the funny one.

BunnyLou

Where am I wrong? None of the witnesses had any factual evidence or first hand knowledge.

marinick1

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matts853

Bunny asked: “Where am I wrong?”

Short answer: EVERYWHERE.

phydeaux994

But if Trump wants to clear up false accusations, he would allow those who DO have first hand knowledge to testify starting Wednesday and starting with himself. Pence, Mulvaney, who admitted there was quid pro quo, Pompeo, Rudy, Barr, “EVERYBODY was in the loop”. Nadler would welcome the testimony of the witnesses who know the most. Why aren’t Trump’s lawyers bringing these witnesses forward to defend him? Why BunnyLou, Why?

richardlyons

Still the joker!

hooknew

Ummm, Lt Col Vindman? The only witness to the calls that Trump could not hamstring into not testifying?

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marinick1

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marinick1

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richardlyons

Some are Republicans [wink]

timothygaydos

RINOs for sure but not Constitutional conservatives or even libertarians...

threecents

Alternative fact: If you are a Republican who is not a Trumplican, then you are a RINO.

matts853

Umm, Tim, the constitution frowns upon bribery and personal enrichment - something about emoluments and such that your guy thinks is fake. Yep, he’s a red blooded constitutional patriot alright! Sure has you fooled....

des21

So Matt, when Biden was "in charge" of the Ukraine for the Obama Whitehouse and his junky son Hunter got a 50k/month job with a Ukrainian oil and gas company despite having no background in oil and gas that was not "personal enrichment?" are you partaking of the medical marijuana copiously these days or what brother?[beam][thumbup]

hayduke2

If you didn't believe this it would be funny. Left leaning confuse facts with opinion. Yup, as in calling out those famous "alternative facts" you guys love. [lol][lol][lol]

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matts853

I’m a fiscal and social conservative that just so happens appreciate the rule of law and finds corruption anathema.

frazed

Let's also not forget that Sondland has proven that he will change his testimony to suit his current audience. Fact.

DickD

Also. Sondland will change to avoid going to jail for Trump, like so many others around Trump have m

threecents

Who was it that appointed Sondland to NATO ambassador and why? Also, why did Trump send him to Ukraine? At first he protected Trump, but when it became obvious that he couldn't and that he could go to jail, he told the truth - as much as he could remember, since the White House had the State Dept confiscate his notes prior to testifying - even more obstruction of justice.

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