ICYMI: Are Democrats' Impeachment Efforts Faltering Even Among Democrats and Academicians?

As Rep Adam Schiff finishes his impeachment inquiry report there seems to be a feeling among even a few Democrats and academicians that there is nothing there for impeachment.  Keep in mind, this is without Republicans or the President even able to present their side. 

Democrat Rep. Jefferson Van Drew of New Jersey stated:

No president has ever been removed from office, Van Drew, 66, points out. And to have a "small, elite group" of lawmakers do so when an election is less than a year away seems to him to be not only unfathomable but un-American.

 “To some folks, that’s reminiscent of what was done to kings and queens many years ago," he said. "Everything our country doesn’t stand for."

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Contrast in Court Decisions Related to President Trump This Week

Two court decisions this week concerning President Trump provide an interesting contrast.  The Supreme Court stayed a D.C. Circuit decision that would have required President Trump to provide his tax returns to House Democrats:

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Should the Squad Stop Worrying About Trump and Start Worrying about Themselves?

Apparently three out of four members of the "Squad" are now facing serious allegations of campaign finance violations and abuse.  According to Wikipedia: “the Squad is a group of four congresswomen elected in the 2018 United States House of Representatives elections, made up of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All are women of color under 50.”  Apparently besides their hatred of President Trump, they also share an alleged disregard for campaign finance law.  First on AOC, arguably the most famous of the three:

Ocasio-Cortez’s political rise in 2018 was made possible in large part to Justice Democrats PAC, an outside political action committee that recruited her to enter politics in 2017 and provided much of her campaign’s staffing and overhead needs in the lead-up to her June 2018 primary victory over former Rep. Joe Crowley. . . .

Ocasio-Cortez and her former campaign chair Saikat Chakrabarti were appointed to hold two of the PAC’s three board seats in December 2017, but the Federal Election Commission was never notified of the affiliation between her campaign and Justice Democrats.

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Booker’s Desperate Abortion Voter Suppression Madness

At last night's Democratic Party Presidential debate, lagging far behind in the polls Presidential candidate Cory Booker made one heck of a logical leap to go to extremes on Democratic Party litmus test issues of abortion and voter suppression. 

 

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President Trump "Flips" Second and Eleventh Circuits

With the confirmation of Barbara Lagoa today, the number of judges appointed by Republican presidents versus Democratic presidents is now greater on three federal circuit courts than when President Trump took office.  Last week, the Second Circuit "flipped" from majority Democratic-appointed to majority Republican-appointed with the confirmation of Steve Menashi, and Judge Lagoa's confirmation today "flipped" the Eleventh Circuit.  As Ed Whelan wrote:

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165 Trump Judges Confirmed

With the confirmation of Robert Luck to the Eleventh Circuit today, 165 of President Trump's superb judicial nominees have been confirmed by the Senate.  These judges who support and respect the rule of law and interpret the text of the Constitution as written are changing the federal courts.  As Carrie Severino writes:

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The “Impeachment Inquiry” Double-Triple Hearsay Creates More Problems

As the impeachment inquiry continues, there have been some stories you may have missed that are worth noting.  One of them is that Chairman Adam Schiff's (D-CA) impeachment inquiry is hurting allegedly innocent targets.

The danger of the multiple hearsay testimony that Adam Schiff is employing became apparent today from an unlikely source.  Kash Patel, an official on the National Security Council, is suing Politico for defamation, and accusing the news outlet of colluding with Rep. Adam Schiff.  As the Daily Caller reports:

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Trump Checks Executive Agencies’ Abuse of Guidance Documents

President Trump continues to tighten the reigns of executive agencies, this time by issuing two Executive Orders designed to prevent agencies from improperly using guidance documents. Together, these orders reinforce agency adherence to the rule of law and due process and also provide meaningful restraint to regulatory overreach.

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This Impeachment Process is NOT Like Others

As the impeachment inquiry goes public tomorrow, we thought we would highlight a few items.  It is important to know that the House majority is making it very difficult for the President or House Republicans to be meaningfully involved in the process.  This is very different from past impeachments. 

The Daily Caller has a quick summary of House Republicans outlining their case against impeaching the President, and to summarize:

“Four key pieces of evidence are fatal to the Democrats’ allegations,” the memo states. “Stripping away the hyperbole and hysteria, these indisputable pieces of evidence show that there was no, ‘Treason, Bribery, or other high crimes and Misdemeanors,’ as required by the U.S. Constitution.”

Those four facts, the GOP members argue, are that Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky does not show evidence of pressure, Zelensky said he did not feel pressured during the call, Ukraine did not know Trump was withholding security assistance at the time of the call, and Trump both met with Zelensky and freed up foreign aid before Ukraine ever investigated Biden or Burisma as he requested.

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RNLA Recognizes Lee Goodman as 2019 Republican Lawyer of the Year

Next week, the RNLA will present former FEC Chairman and current member of the RNLA Board of Governors Lee Goodman with the 2019 Republican Lawyer of the Year award Tickets are still available for the reception in his honor on Wednesday, November 13.

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