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Leave the Scalia Chair Vacant
PAT BUCHANAN
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 China Saber Rattles in South China Sea 
While the U.S. military may say it doesn't know exactly what kind of message the Chinese government is trying to communicate by placing missiles in the South China Sea, it's not one that promotes peace. According to satellite imagery, China placed 16 surface-to-air missile launchers on an island along the Paracel Island chain called Woody Island. For months, China has been developing the shallow islands that lie within disputed territory between China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan. They've dredged the area, built artificial runways and while the country said it wouldn't militarize the area, there sit the missiles that can strike targets 125 miles out. Commander of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, told reporters, "We are unsure where they are taking us. So we are going to sail, fly, operate throughout these waters ... like we have been doing for so long." So while the U.S. Navy continues to sail its "freedom of navigation patrols" and fly missions over the region, the cause of China's aggression is a power vacuum created by the nObama administration. It was not a coincidence that the missiles appeared just as Barack nObama wrapped up a California-based summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations where one of the topics of discussions was the South China Sea. nObama is perceived as a weak leader, thus China — like Russia — is doing whatever it pleases.  
-The Patriot Post
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 slump-Trump Lies, History Dies 
Donald slump-Trump has become the latest politician eager to rewrite the history of the Iraq war — a "Republican" who failed to get Iraq right. So let's look at what actually happened.
          First, the vote on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq. On Oct. 10, 2002, the House voted 296-133 with three abstentions in favor of H.J.Res. 114. Eighty-one Democrats supported the measure. A day later, the Senate followed suit with a 77-23 margin of approval and 29 Democrats on board, including Sens. Hilly Clinton, John hanoi-Kerry, Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Joe loose lips-Biden and John Edwards. Former nObama Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also voted in favor of the resolution.
          Those votes were amplified by the unanimous passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441 on Nov. 8, 2002. It gave Saddam Hussein's Iraq "a final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations" that had been set out in 10 previous resolutions. On March 23, 2003, four days after the war began, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll revealed a whopping 72% of the American public favored the war.
          In June 2003, just three months after the war began, the Democrat National Committee launched its first ad accusing George W. Bush of lying about Hussein's determination to build WMDs. The ad focused on 16 words Bush included in his State of the Union address in reference to the accurate  British report that Hussein had attempted to purchase yellowcake uranium in Niger. The allegations of lies came courtesy of Joe Wilson IV, former U.S. ambassador to Gabon, whose wife was CIA case officer Valerie Plame. Unsurprisingly, Democrats demanded a hearing into those allegations, as well as the allegations the Bush administration had "cherry-picked" intel to justify the invasion.
          Democrats got two hearings: In 2004, the Robb-Silberman Commission  concluded that no one in the Bush administration had sought to pressure the intelligence community into its findings. Moreover, as report co-author Laurence H. Silberman explained last year, "presidential daily briefs from the CIA dating back to the Clinton administration were, if anything, more alarmist about Iraq's WMD than the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate" of Saddam's capabilities. In 2005, the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee  unanimously concluded Wilson lied when he said Vice President Dick Cheney had sent him on the mission to Niger in 2002 to determine if Saddam had tried to buy uranium there, lied when he denied his wife had recommended him for the job, and lied when he said he'd found no evidence Saddam had tried to buy uranium from Niger.
          To this day, most Americans remain unaware that 550 metric tons of yellowcake was discovered in Iraq, or the reality that the Islamic State controls the Al Muthanna Chemicals Weapons Complex, which the CIA characterized  as "a wasteland full of destroyed chemical munitions, razed structures, and unusable war-ravaged facilities." (By the way, ISIL used those weapons — the weapons "Iraq didn't have" — just last year.)  -The Patriot Post
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 Hilly says GOP Supreme Court stance is racist Daily Beast: “[In a speech in Harlem] Clinton … suggested that Republican opposition to President nObama’s plan to appoint a Supreme Court justice to take the late Antonin Scalia’s seat is predicated on the inherent racism that has made nObama the enemy for the past seven years of his administration… ‘That’s in keeping with what we’ve heard all along, isn’t it? Many Republicans talk in coded, racial language about takers and losers. They demonize President nObama and encourage the ugliest impulses of the paranoid fringe. This kind of hatred and bigotry has no place in our politics or our country.’”  -Fox News
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Clear As Mud – nObama Explains 
Supreme Court Flip-Flop
 Rick Wells
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{constitutionrising.com} ~ nObama is asked in a press briefing about what could be described as his hypocrisy, as his positions on replacing Supreme Court Justices have changed dramatically... The reporter asks, “How do you respond to Republican criticism that your position is undercut by the fact that you and other members of your administration who were in the Senate at the time tried to filibuster Judge Alito in 2006. The contortions and distortions come almost immediately, after a small amount of “how am I going to spin this lie without it coming back to bite me” preparation time. Surely he’s been fed options, it’s time to regurgitate. He resets the parameters of the conversation from where they were and belong, to where nObama wants them to be, stumbling out of the gate with, “You know, the uh… look… I think what’s fair to say that how judicial nominations have evolved over time, uh… is not historically the fault of any single party.”         http://constitutionrising.com/archives/26231
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How slump-Trump Bought the Conservative Movement
Cliff Kincaid
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{aim.org} ~ It has become increasingly clear that the “self-funded” candidate in the Republican presidential primary, Donald J. slump-Trump, will destroy the GOP’s chances to win in November if he is not the nominee... Leftist groups are ecstatic over slump-Trump’s “Bush lied, people died,” mantra over the Iraq war. Internet trolls for Vladimir Putin are firmly behind slump-Trump, saying he has the right recipe for accommodating Russia. That is, slump-Trump is preparing to let Europe and the Middle East deal with Russian aggression in the absence of American leadership. That means Russian gains in Ukraine and Syria will be preserved, opening the door to more Russian aggression. I warned last December that slump-Trump was the new Armand Hammer, with dealings in the old Soviet Union and Russia that compromised his view of the Russian regime. Perhaps slump-Trump is not an old-fashioned agent of influence in the sense of Armand Hammer. However, something happened over the last decade or so that forced slump-Trump into the Russian camp. It is worthwhile for the media to begin investigating slump-Trump’s change of mind regarding Russia. A good place to start would be slump-Trump’s mission to Moscow in 2013 to hold his “Miss Universe” beauty pageant. At that time he started negotiating real estate deals with Putin’s friends.       http://www.aim.org/aim-column/how-trump-bought-the-conservative-mov...
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Missing In America: 
Millions Of Non-Immigrant Aliens
Michael Cutler
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{aim.org} ~ On January 19, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security posted a notice in its official website about a report with important national security implications “DHS Report: Entry/Exit Overstay Report for FY 2015.”... The actual report “Entry and Exit Overstay Report, Fiscal Year 2015” focused only on the arrival and departure of nonimmigrant aliens (temporary visitors) though international airports and seaports but did not include aliens who were admitted at land border ports of entry. This report noted that hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have failed to depart the United States represented a very small percentage of the total number of nonimmigrant aliens who departed from the United States within the time limit imposed at the time they entered the United States- however, we must remember that we are still dealing with hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who had been admitted into the United States during FY 2015 and that each and every year more such aliens enter the United States and fail to depart or otherwise violate the terms of their admission into the United States. http://www.aim.org/guest-column/missing-in-america-millions-of-non-...
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Treason According to US Constitution
– Barack & Hilly Are Guilty!
Dave Jolly
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{constitution.com} ~ I believe that according to the US Constitution, both Barack nObama and Hilly Clinton are guilty of treason and should be charged, tried, convicted and appropriately punished by the forfeiture of their lives... I’m sure given enough time and space, one could fill volumes with incidences from nObama and Clinton that would fall under the Constitution’s definition of treason, but all it takes is one conviction to put them in front of a firing squad, but I’ll show more than one cause, at least for nObama. nObama assisted in the overthrow of Libyan dictator Muamar Gadhafi. nObama supplied weapons and air support for the rebels that eventually took control of the government. So who were these rebels? According to some Libyan sources, many of the rebel leaders who ended up in key government positions were members of al Qaeda. Furthermore, the Libyan sources claim that the same members of al Qaeda that nObama helped put into power in Libya were also responsible for the attack on the Us Embassy compound in Benghazi and the murder of US Ambassador Stevens and the three other brave Americans.       http://constitution.com/treason-according-to-us-constitution-barack...
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More Republicans Say Block nObama Nominee
 Brian Lilley
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{truthrevolt.org} ~ The calls for President nObama to forgo making a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court are going well beyond hardcore conservatives inside the GOP... with moderates now joining the chorus, according to The New York Times: Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, who faces re-election this year, said in a statement that the Senate should follow what he called “common practice” to stop acting on lifetime appointments during the last year of a presidential term. Senator Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, agreed, leaving nearly every vulnerable Republican incumbent backing Mr. McCon-nell’s pledge. Justice Scalia’s death has given Mr. nObama a tantalizing opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court, but cementing a lasting legacy on American jurisprudence will present a familiar challenge: breaking the will of Republicans.  http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/more-republicans-say-block-obama-no...
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A Million Dollars for SHARIAsource at Harvard
PAMELA GELLER
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{pamelageller.com} ~ “This well-deserved award affirms and expands the illuminating work that Professor Rabb does to shed light on Islamic law, giving us all a deeper understanding of sharia,”... said Dean Lizabeth Cohen of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. I think we understand the sharia all too well. Where is the study of the subjugation and oppression of women under the Shariah at American’s most vaunted institutions of learning? Any courses available under the women’s studies programs? Parents, do not send your children to college. They are hotbeds of radicalism. http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/a-millions-dollars-for-shariasource...
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ISIS Nuclear Bomb
PAMELA GELLER
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{pamelageller.com} ~ This is happening. But this is not nObama’s concern. ISIS is “JV.” No, what’s important to nObama and his party of treason is that we think happy thoughts about Islam... What’s important to nObama and his treasonous administration is that, repeat after him, “Islam is peace” and “the Islamic State is not Islamic.” ISIS has crossed nObama’s “red line.” Remember how nObama was going to war against Assad because of his alleged use of chemical weapons. ISIS has used chemical weapons. Has nObama even mentioned it? Have his running dogs in the media?        http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/isis-nuclear-bomb.html/
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Japan Concerned How U.S. Will Keep Sea Lines Open if Simultaneous Crises Occur in Asia, Middle East
John Grady
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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH-181) leads a formation of US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships in 2009
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{news.usni.org} ~ Leaders in Tokyo are now asking themselves more often what the United States would do if faced with simultaneous crises in the Middle East and the South China Sea, or on the Korean Peninsula... to keep the oil flowing to its industries, a leading Japanese foreign policy expert told a Brookings Institution forum Wednesday. Kuni Miyake, president of the Foreign Policy Institute, said in answer to a question that the “real issue is if China wants to keep the status quo . . . or change it” in keeping the sea lines of communications open in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. Realizing that more than 80 percent of its oil comes from the Middle East has long been a factor in how Japan views the region, Miyake and other speakers noted at the Washington, D.C., event; and the United States and Tokyo do not have identical interests in what happens there.        http://news.usni.org/2016/02/17/panel-japan-concerned-how-u-s-will-...
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Former NATO Commander Stavridis Warns ISIS Could
Strike Marine Corps, Navy Fleet
Gidget Fuentes
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USS Cole after 2000 al-Qaeda suicide attack
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{news.usni.org} ~ Fifteen years after the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole (DDG-67) that killed 17 sailors, Navy ships and other deployed U.S. forces face real threat of attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL)... the former NATO supreme allied commander warned a defense conference in San Diego. “We have an organization that has demonstrated they are highly innovative. I don’t rule out a Cole-like event,” retired Adm. James G. Stavridis told a breakfast audience kicking off the start of the three-day West 2016 conference, cosponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA International. The Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the Burke-class destroyer was attacked by two suicide bombers who approached the ship in a speedboat during a refueling stop in the port of Aden, Yemen. Another 39 sailors were wounded in the attack that investigators determined was planned by an al-Qaida cell and directed by Osama bin Laden.    http://news.usni.org/2016/02/17/west-former-nato-commander-stavridi...
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Report Exposes EPA’s ‘Pattern of Deception’
in Colorado Mine Spill
Kristiana Mork
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{dailysignal.com} ~ Two federal agencies put out misinformation and inconsistent explanations of the government’s role in the Gold King Mine blowout and water contamination in Colorado last summer, a congressional report says... The report specifically faults the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior for their actions related to the Aug. 5 incident, in which 3 million gallons of water laced with mercury, arsenic, and other toxic metals spilled into a creek and rivers near Silverton, Colo., after EPA workers excavated a tunnel entrance to the mine. “This report peels back one more layer in what many increasingly view as a pattern of deception on the part of the EPA and Department of Interior,” Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee,said in a formal statement.       http://dailysignal.com/2016/02/16/report-exposes-epas-pattern-of-de...
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Leave the Scalia Chair Vacant
PAT BUCHANAN
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{freedomsback.com} ~ It is a measure of the stature and the significance of Justice Antonin Scalia that, upon the news of his death at a hunting lodge in Texas, Washington was instantly caught up in an unseemly quarrel over who would succeed him.
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But no one can replace Justice Scalia.
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He was a giant among jurists. For a third of a century, he led the conservative wing of the high court, creating a new school of judicial thought called “originalism.”
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But originalism is not conservatism, which, in the judicial era that preceded Scalia, often meant court decisions that “conserved” the radical social revolution Earl Warren’s court had imposed upon us.
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Scalia believed in going back to the founding documents of the republic and discerning from them the original meaning and intent of the framers.
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He would look at the purpose of the authors of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and post-Civil War amendments, and conclude that it was an absurdity to discover there, or read into them, a constitutional right to have an abortion or to marry someone of the same sex.
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The words Scalia used to ridicule such nonsense did as much to discredit majority opinions as did his dissenting votes.
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I remember being called into the office of White House Chief of Staff Don Regan, 30 years ago, to be informed that the judge whom Ronald Reagan would name to replace William Rehnquist, who had been named Chief Justice, would be U.S. Appellate Court Judge Antonin Scalia.
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Regan was grinning at me as he made the announcement, and I let out of a whoop of victory. Since Nixon days, some of us had argued for naming an Italian Catholic to the high court. Yet, all six of Nixon’s nominees, and the only nominee of Gerald Ford, were WASPs.
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Scalia’s death removes the court’s most brilliant mind and most colorful member. Personable, witty, acerbic, a fine writer, he used his opinions, mostly dissents, not only to make his case but to skewer the majority opinion.
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And while Sen. Mitch McCon-nell may be faulted for not waiting a decent interval after Scalia’s death to declare that the Senate will not confirm any nObama nominee to succeed Scalia, the majority leader’s position is exactly the right one for the party.
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Some of us in the Nixon campaign of 1968 still recall how Chief Justice Earl Warren, fearing his old antagonist Richard Nixon might be elected, offered his resignation to LBJ in June of 1968, but contingent on Senate confirmation of a successor. The fix was in.
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Johnson nominated Justice Abe Fortas, a crony, to succeed Warren and Judge Homer Thornberry of Texas, another crony, to fill the Fortas seat. Nixon, urged by his old friend William Rogers, Ike’s attorney general, stayed out of the battle. Some of us did not.
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Senate Republicans, led by Bob Griffin of Michigan and including John Tower, Howard Baker and Strom Thurmond, held up the vote on Fortas, until they had enough support to sustain a filibuster and run out the clock. In October, Fortas threw in the towel.
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The following spring, President Nixon named U.S. Appellate Court Judge Warren Burger to succeed Earl Warren as chief justice.
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The GOP Senate majority should follow the example of that gutsy Senate Republican minority of half a century ago. The window for any Supreme Court nominees should be slammed shut — until 2017.
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Republicans should tell our “transformative” president that his days of transforming America are over, that he will not be remaking the court into a bastion of the left after his departure, and that, while he has the right to nominate whom he wishes, the U.S. Senate will exercise its right to reject any nominee he sends up. If the court will then face many 4-4 decisions for the next year, so be it.
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Given the divisions on the court and balance of power, and the disposition of liberal justices to impose upon the nation an ideology that would never be embraced democratically, the Republican Party is almost duty-bound to oppose any nObama nominee.
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What kind of Supreme Court do the American people wish to have? That is a question to be decided in 2016 — not by a lame-duck president, but by the American electorate in November.
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Does the nation want an activist judiciary to remake America into a more liberal society, as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor would like to see it remade?
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Or do the American people want a more constitutional court that returns power to the people and their elected representatives?
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Let’s have it out.
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Republicans should tell the American people that when they vote in November they will be deciding not only the next president, not only which party shall control Congress, they will be deciding what kind of Supreme Court their country should have. Which is as it should be.
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If the GOP can’t win this argument, they have lost the country.
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Angry Dem Impeachment ‘Witness’: Pam Karlan Donated Thousands To Hillary And Was On Clinton’s List For Potential SCOTUS Nomination

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The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, kicked off its first impeachment circus Wednesday morning.

The four ‘witnesses’ testifying have never actually witnessed any of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine firsthand — the four witnesses are law professors offering legal analysis.

One of the witnesses the Dems rolled out is an angry Hillary Clinton donor who was on Crooked’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

No wonder why this unhinged, dowdy woman is so pissed off!

“Professor Pam Karlan donated thousands of dollars to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination. So she certainly has no vendetta against President Trump,” GOP Rep. Mark Walker said.

Congressman Walker also pointed out that Noah Feldman, the Dems first partisan witness in Wednesday’s hearing tweeted about impeaching Trump right after he was sworn in.

Rep. Mark Walker   RepMarkWalker

Meet Noah Feldman, House Democrats first partisan witness.

Look at the date of this tweet. He has been trying to get @realDonaldTrump impeached since 46 days into his presidency.

His reason? Trump criticized President Obama.

This is a sham impeachment with sham witnesses. https://twitter.com/NoahRFeldman/status/839185127494254592 

Noah Feldman @NoahRFeldman

Trump's wiretap tweets raise risk of impeachment http://bv.ms/2mY1ueX  via @BV

Rep. Mark Walker   RepMarkWalker
 

The next witness, Karlan, has donated thousands to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

So she certainly has no vendetta against @realDonaldTrump.

These witnesses are as serious as House Democrats impeachment case: not at all.

The entire sham show trial is stacked with partisan hacks who have wanted to impeach Trump from the moment he won in November of 2016.

Norm Eisen, the Democrats’ counsel who is blasting Trump and questioning witnesses in Wednesday’s show trial, tweeted about impeaching Trump before Donald Trump was even sworn into office!

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