The MSM, including Fox News, is totally incapable of reporting objectively on this “impeachment” inquiry. This is astonishing, because many of the critical facts are well documented. They are just ignored. I don’t know if this is because of ignorance, incompetence or mere wishful thinking. It is just really obvious. Here are the undisputed facts.
There was an investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. This has been admitted, under oath, by James Comey and others. It was named “Crossfire Hurricane.”
This investigation continued after Trump was inaugurated and was deliberately designed to circumvent normal channels in the DOJ. It started with James Comey, then transferred to Andrew McCabe and then to Robert Mueller.
That means the real questions are: When this this start? Why did it start? Who was involved? Who authorized this? Virtually every honest person agrees that a counter-intelligence investigation into a political campaign, during a Presidential Election is unprecedented. It is the worst form of abuse of power.
William Barr has said there was spying on the Trump campaign. He has never backtracked on that statement. The question was whether or not that was appropriate. Both the IG and John Durham are investigating how this happened.
John Durham’s investigation was recently changed to a criminal investigation. He was not investigating the possibility of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia. Mueller had already handled that. He also was not investigating potential obstruction of justice by Trump. William Barr and Rod Rosenstein advised there was no obstruction of justice. This means he was investigating why the investigation was started in the first place, who was involved and who authorized it.
If Durham found that this investigation was started in error, this would not be a criminal investigation. This means that Durham has already found that this was intentional. It is significant that at least some of this information came from overseas. That seems to imply involvement of the CIA. That may also involve the FBI, because the FBI also has overseas counter intelligence operations.
Some democratic pundits are trying to spin this away as if the worst possible charge here is perjury. That is absurd. These charges are far more serious than that. Andrew McCabe has already admitted, under oath, that they continued after Trump was inaugurated.
John Durham is also looking into Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 election. No one has even suggested that Trump had asked the Ukraine for help in 2016. The country administrative court of Kyiv released a statement admitting Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 election. You can read this statement for yourself:
Admit unlawful acts of the director of the NABU A. Sytnyk and the Ukrainian MP S. Leshchenko concerning the disclosure and distribution of the information about D. Trump’s campaign chairman P. Manafort and the presence of P.Manafort’s name and signatures in the lists of “The Party of Regions’ black ledgers” in the materials of the pre-trial investigation, which was the result of interference in the electoral processes of the United States of America in 2016 and harmed the interests of Ukraine.
Now compare that with the potential charges against Donald Trump. According to Democrats, he illegally asked the Ukraine to dig up dirt regarding a political opponent. He did this by telling the President of the Ukraine that Joe Biden bragged about forcing Ukraine to fire a prosecutor by threatening to withhold $1 billion in aid. That happens to be undeniably true. There is even a video of this. In a remarkable coincidence, Hunter Biden, who had just been kicked out of the Navy for drug abuse, was hired by Burisma. No one, including Hunter Biden, can give a good reason for this miracle. This, of course, is not enough evidence to impress the MSM who consider this claim to be discredited.
There is a lot of huffing and puffing about a Quid Pro Quo. The theory is that if Trump demanded something from the Ukraine that would benefit himself, that would be an impeachable offense. A Quid Pro Quo means: “a favor or advantage granted in return for something.” Mulvaney pointed out, correctly that the U.S. does this all the time. It is one way of getting foreign governments to assist us in our foreign policy. It is called diplomacy.
The only real argument that Democrats have is that asking Ukraine to check out Joe Biden was nothing more than Trump asking Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political opponent. That, when you think about it, is absurd. One strong counter argument would be: “Do you think Joe Biden is above the law?”
They are also forgetting that the Hillary Clinton campaign did ask Ukraine to dig up dirt on Donald Trump, possibly with the support of the CIA, NSA, DNI, FBI and the Obama Administration. The louder they scream about the seriousness of this crime, the more justification for John Durham to indict people.
The old saying about people in glass houses has never been truer. Literally everything being used as grounds to impeach Trump appears to have been done in by his accusers on steroids.
Republicans have figured this out and they have lured Democrats into a huge trap. Lindsey Graham got 50 out of the 53 Republicans in the Senate to demand that the house stop holding mock impeachment hearings in secret, with no hint of due process. Nancy Pelosi is apparently going to call for a vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry. This is a desperate politically motivated attempt to retroactively justify what they are already doing. This is so obvious that even CNN might eventually notice.
It is not certain this will even pass. If it does pass, it does not mean a vote to impeach. It only means a vote to investigate whether to impeach. But the vote itself is significant because it is an admission that the current process is unfair. Democrats are giving the power to handle this impeachment inquiry to Adam Schiff, but with different guidelines. Unless Adam Schiff has a major, unseen rabbit to pull out of his hat, this is likely to go down as one of the worst political blunders in American history. So far Adam Schiff has seen a lot of rabbits not visible to anyone else. It is hard to believe that Democrats are really willing allow someone like Adam Schiff take the lead on this.
Apparently Democrats cannot read a calendar. We are less than 30 days away from Thanksgiving and the House won’t even be in session for much of this time. Nothing in congress ever moves quickly and this is unlikely to be an exception. What are they going to do, impeach Trump for Christmas? Iowa Caucus, February 3, 2020 here we come.
I know there are pundits claiming the noose is tightening around Donald Trump. These are the same people who made the same prediction on a regular basis during the Mueller investigation. It wasn’t true then, it isn’t true now. But this time, there is a critical difference. Mueller totally ignored the real collusion by the Hillary Clinton campaign. The IG, John Durham and William Barr are not repeating that mistake. It is hard to imagine an end game that does not leave Democrats standing naked on a field of total destruction with no one to blame but themselves.