In the Dec. 6 article on the president’s impeachment, the witnesses were referred to as “constitutional law experts.”

A more accurate description for three of them would have been Democrat partisan political activist. Professor Karlan repeatedly donated to Democrat candidates, Professor Gerhardt frequently worked for Democrats, to include acting as a special counsel for Senator Leahy. Professor Feldman, who frequently espouses Sharia law as the most humane law in the world, much better than our Constitution.

And what are they trying to impeach the president for? First, we had collusion with Russia, when the Mueller investigation found nothing, then we had Stormy Daniels and attorney Michael Avenatti, then quid pro quo, and now obstruction of justice. When Congressman Matt Gaetz asked the three professors “Can any of you identify an impeachable offense in the Adam Schiff committee report,” we had nothing but silence.

If Ms. Pelosi really wanted to do something for the country, she should address defecation in the streets of San Francisco, her home district, or move forward the bills that have bipartisan support to improve health care and fund the military.

Anthony Neglia

Frederick

(52) comments

jagman

An excellent analysis of the IG report from the WSJ's Kimberly Strassel:

1) Key findings of Horowitz report: --Yup, IG said FBI hit threshold for opening an investigation. But also goes out of its way to note what a "low threshold" this is. Durham's statement made clear he will provide more info for Americans to make a judgment on reasonableness.

2) The report is triumph for former House Intel Chair Devin Nunes, who first blew the whistle on FISA abuse. The report confirms all the elements of the February 2018 Nunes memo, which said dossier was as an "essential" part of applications, and FBI withheld info from FISA court

3)Conversely, report is an excoriation of Adam Schiff and his "memo" of Feb 2018. That doc stated that "FBI and DOJ officials did NOT abuse the [FISA] process" or "omit material information." Also claimed FBI didn't much rely on dossier.

4)In fact, IG report says dossier played "central and essential role" in getting FISA warrants. Schiff had access to same documents as Nunes, yet chose to misinform the public. This is the guy who just ran impeachment proceedings.

5) Report is a devastating indictment of Steele, Fusion GPS and the "dossier." Report finds that about the only thing FBI ever corroborated in that doc were publicly available times, places, title names. Ouch.

6)IG finds 17 separate problems with FISA court submissions, including FBI's overstatement of Steele's credentials. Also the failure to provide court with exculpatory evidence and issues with Steele's sources and additional info it got about Steele's credibility.

7) Every one of these "issues" is a story all on its own. Example: The FBI had tapes of Page and Papadopoulos making statements that were inconsistent with FBI's own collusion theories. They did not provide these to the FISA court.

8) Another example: FBI later got info from professional contacts with Steele who said he suffered from "lack of self awareness, poor judgement" and "pursued people" with "no intelligence value." FBI also did not tell the court about these credibility concerns.

9)And this: FBI failed to tell Court that Page was approved as an "operational contact" for another U.S. agency, and "candidly" reported his interactions with a Russian intel officer. FBI instead used that Russian interaction against Page, with no exculpatory detail.

10)Overall, IG was so concerned by these "extensive compliance failures" that is has now initiated additional "oversight" to assess how FBI in general complies with "policies that seek to protect the civil liberties of U.S. persons."

11) Report also expressed concerns about FBI's failure to present any of these issues to DOJ higher ups; its ongoing contacts with Steele after he was fired for talking to media; and its use of spies against the campaign without any DOJ input.

12) Remember Comey telling us it was no big deal who paid for dossier? Turns out it was a big deal in FBI/DOJ, where one lawyer (Stuart Evans) expressed "concerns" it had been funded by Clinton/DNC. Because of his "consistent inquiries" we go that convoluted footnote.

13) IG also slaps FBI for using what was supposed to be a baseline briefing for the Trump campaign of foreign intelligence threats as a surreptitious opportunity to investigate Flynn.

14) Finally, intriguing just how many people at the FBI don't remember anything about anything. Highly convenient.

15)Last point. When IG says he found no "documentary" evidence of bias, he means just that: He didn't find smoking gun email that says "let's take out Trump." And it isn't his job to guess at the motivations of FBI employees. Instead...

16) He straightforwardly lays out facts. Those facts produce a pattern of FBI playing the FISA Court--overstating some info, omitting other info, cherrypicking details. Americans can look at totality and make their own judgment as to "why" FBI behaved in such a manner.

richardlyons

You forgot to mention this smart idea from your author: "In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Kimberley Strassel suggested teachers could be equipped with stun grenades to protect their students." Brilliant beyond measure.

veritas

[offtopic] This is the best you can do?

des21

Excellent recap Jag. I find it incredible that today's "liberal progressive" is okay with a shadowy FISA court opening investigations into Americans with such flimsy causality but I guess it's okay if you hate the person being investigated. Such principles![wink]

I too look forward to the Durham report which should come out next summer but I'm sure it will be dismissed because it is part of the DOJ (so is the FBI smart analysts all) which, being led by "lap dog" Barr is discredited. I wonder what these people thought of AGs like Eric "Wingman" Holder or Bobby Kennedy but I guess they were more attractive people. Again, such principles!

jagman

Ain't that the truth, des. I remember when liberals had a deep seated distrust of large government agencies, particularly the CIA and FBI (and it wasn't that long ago). In that regard, I agreed with them. You are correct. It's just because they hate so much.

jagman

yesterday's IG report has revealed quite a number of offenses committed by Obama's DOJ and FBI. Limited in scope to the spying on Carter Page, it nevertheless shows plenty of "mistakes" made by those doing the deed.

It is true that there is an attempt to whitewash all this by claiming there was justification, however, that justification came from a discredited dossier that they all knew was fake. Considering all the errors it is clear the FBI was either monumentally incompetent or this was all a set up to begin with.

Dwasserba

"First, we had collusion with Russia, when the Mueller investigation found nothing..." NOT TRUE. Like it or not, Mueller punted. Why is that so hard to grasp.

matts853

Yes he did. Why he didn’t just come out and say “The president obstructed justice, and here’s how...” is beyond me. Mueller deflated all his hard work because he didn’t deliver the punch line. BUT, Trump supporters, the fact remains that Mueller did find evidence and document examples of obstruction.

jagman

Because there was no obstruction. DUH!

des21

[thumbup]

olefool

Mr. Neglia, were you mentioning the over 275 bi-partisan bills laying on McConnel's desk ever since congress was opened this year???

jagman

Supply a list of those so called bipartisan bills. Then we can determine how many are actually bipartisan and if there actually are anywhere near 275.

Your turn....

awteam2000

Trump is having the EPA look into all the BS coming out of the White House:

“We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms, where you turn the faucet on in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it,” Trump said. “And you don’t get any water. You turn on the faucet — you don’t get any water. They take a shower, and water comes dripping out, it’s dripping out very quietly, dripping out.”

Trump added: “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So EPA is looking at that very strongly at my suggestion.”

threecents

I heard him say that, and it freaked me out. He was serious. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/watch-americans-flushing-toilets-10-013349675.html

matts853

Ahhh, the Plumber in Chief demonstrating his genius once again. Very important stuff. His ego must be really bruised after being laughed out of NATO, his buddy Kim in North Korea showing him no love, Rudy coming up empty in Ukraine - STILL, and his eviceration in the impeachment hearings. What else...oh maybe he’s getting flack from all ranchers and property owners on the border who’s land he’s confiscating for the wall. You know, for all the constitutional bluster you hear from Republicans, they sure are selective in how they apply it.

He must also not be feeling well again. He sure looked like a beat down dog when he was talking about all that flushing, because that’s the sound emanating from the WH these days.

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matts853

Hah!

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richardlyons

[beam]

matts853

“Can any of you identify an impeachable offense in the Adam Schiff committee report,” we had nothing but silence.”

Utterly false statement. They laid it out in plain language. This letter, like all pro-Trump letters, is further proof that Trump supporters are living in an alternate reality. It’s a sickness.

mogval123

matts is correct here. Mr. Negia, you fell for a classic mind trick.

jagman

matt853 again proves to be nothing but a leftist. Those so called witnesses did indeed not have an answer when asked on cross to name an impeachable offense.

In the morning session those three did claim offenses but they were clearly nothing but opinion.

Ask yourself this matty: Why have both Nadler and Shiff refused to allow a proper rebuttal process for republicans? Still, as of yesterday, it is a very one sided process.

timothygaydos

impeachment going no where - it will either die before going to senate or on its arrival. As the IG report and Special Prosecutor reports are issued and they testify in front of Senate Jud. Committee it will spell the end of this crazy witch hunt and sore losers of the 2016 election. Buy stock in Kleenex because democrat socialists will be crying especially on the night of the election results of 2020...

phydeaux994

You too tim, after all those with first hand knowledge, ideally including Trump, testify under oath at the Senate Trial we’ll find out the truth. It seems that Trump’s “Witch Hunt” has found a few Witches. 🧙‍♂️🧙‍♀️🧙

olefool

Wake up tim, you're having a nightmare, mayby your worst yet.

hayduke2

Tim - see the article today about the IG report. I am afraid you will be disappointed but keep up the hope that Barr will fabricate something. Now that is an AG that knows how to kiss up to the "chosen one." [lol][lol][lol]

jagman

refer to the findings in the report in my message above.

richardlyons

Always the funny man.[lol]

BunnyLou

This all stems from the lefts loss of total power and control. They hate the fact that DJT has reversed the ‘fundamental transformation’ towards third worldism and globalization.

phydeaux994

A few examples please BunnyLou. Otherwise it’s just BS.

matts853

There’s no use Phy. People like Bunny are beyond rehabilitation.

BunnyLou

No I won’t join the BORG that you render so dear.

hayduke2

When you can't logically refute or know you are wrong, you deflect or distort. Bunny is a prime example of that.

threecents

Ever since George Bush Sr pointed to "A new world order with a thousand points of light", Republican (?) conspiracy theorists have insisted that Democrats want get rid of all borders and have a single world government run by the UN. It is total nonsense, but that is what Rush and the others have sold their lemmings.

hayduke2

three - repeat it enough and the lemmings believe it. Just look at the posts here.

matts853

“Total loss of power”!??! More of the same general unawareness endemic of Trump supporters. The Republicans made massive gains in the House during the midterms, and Trump literally begged for support of 2 (or was it 3) Republican governors. That was a FAIL. And of course Trump was literally laughed out of NATO last week. No, Bunny, it’s Trump that’s losing power...drip by drip by drip....

matts853

Sorry, Democrats made gains...

jagman

Trump wasn't laughed out of NATO, dude. Get real.

matts853

Fortunately Bunny, I’m immune to assimilation by the Borg mothership of Trump supporters.

richardlyons

"We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile." from Star Trek

matts853

...Next Generation

phydeaux994

Just let it play out to the end Mr. Neglia, you’ll understand why Trump is being impeached. After we hear Pence and Mulvaney and Pompeo and Rudy G. and Lev and Igor testify at the Senate Trial it will be clear to all. Be patient.

Dwasserba

Those who refuse to understand will never understand. There's the parable of the rich man who died and bore the consequences of his life's decisions. He wanted a messenger sent back to loved ones as a warning. Well, they already had Moses and the prophets. Should be enough. Was enough for many...

frazed

[thumbup] 100%. Further, the hypocrisy astounds the 'right' and blinds the 'left'. Trump has been accused of using his office to investigate a potential political rival with no proof of execution. Slippery Schiff has blatantly done this by investigating the ranking member of his own committee. Where is that outrage, 'left'?

matts853

Plenty of proof. But you wouldn’t know that because you watch FoxNews. And even if you did have the facts read to you, it would’nt matter because Trump supporters have no sense of honor, just like their Dear Leader.

frazed

I do believe that there is plenty of proof that the Dems are trying to make non-existent evidence fit a non-existent crime. I also believe that the proof that Shiff committed the EXACT same offense that they're claiming Trump committed is irrefutable and if you can't see that, there's not much hope for ya.

matts853

Unbelievable. The only thing that can explain people’s support of this obviously corrupt, lying president is that he speaks down to their level.

hayduke2

Nonsense frazed!!

awteam2000

Apples and oranges... Trump is guilty of using his office to have a foreign government dig up dirt on a potential opponent in the 2020 election. And now, it’s been discovered that Devin Nunes is one of the accomplices in the deceitful efforts to have Ukrainians conjure up dirt.

awteam2000

Schiff didn’t coerce a foreign government to get dirt on Nunes. As a matter of fact it was Lev Parnas, an indicted client of Giuliani, who spilled the beans on Nunes.

BunnyLou

Biden actually committed a crime. So, asking a government to investigate corruption is a crime? Just because Joe has been caught in the web means he is collateral damage, nothing more.

threecents

Just so you know Bunny, current and past US intelligence says Biden did not commit a crime and that the rumors that he did commit a crime were started by Russia, as part of their election meddling (fake news). You see how this all comes full circle with Trump and Russia colluding?

mogval123

Actually, trump didn't care if there was any dirt on Joe. He just wanted the Ukrainian leader to announce that he was going to investigate. That would have been enough to damage the Biden campaign. That's way it was most important for the announcement to be made public on American TV.

matts853

Proof Bunny, or are you just dropping more pellet piles on the lawn?

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