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 2016             The turth is the gold of today 
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Glick: Israel and the Russian Challenge
Caroling Glick
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Turkey: Christian Refugees Live in Fear
Uzay Bulut
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Left: A memorial in France commemorating the 1915 Assyrian Genocide in Turkey. Right:
An Islamic State member destroys a Christian tombstone in Mosul, Iraq, in April 2015
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{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ Around 45,000 Armenian and Assyrian Christians also known as Syriac and Chaldean who fled Syria and Iraq and have settled in small Anatolian cities in Turkey, are forced to hide their religious identity, according to the Hurriyet daily newspaper... Since the Islamic State (ISIS) invaded Iraqi and Syrian cities, Christians and Yazidis have become the group's main target, facing another possible genocide at the hands of Muslims. Anonis Alis Salciyan, an Armenian who fled Iraq for Turkey, told Hurriyet that in public, they pretend to be Muslim. "My husband and I fled Iraq with our two children one year ago with around 20 other families. There was pressure on us in Iraq," Salciyan said, recalling that her husband, who ran a jewelry shop in Iraq, is now unemployed. "We have relatives in Europe. Only thanks to their support we are getting by. Our children cannot go to school here; they cannot speak Turkish."
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TTIP Enters New And Dangerous Stage
As Democracy Is Dismantled In Secret
Graham Vanbergen
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{activistpost.com} ~ TTIP negotiations continue in the shadows in both America and the EU and they enter a new and dangerous stage as existing legal barriers that would inhibit certain types of harmful trade are dismantled in favour of a new set of rules termed ‘regulatory cooperation’... It sounds collaborative, it is, but just not in the public interest. What this really means is that decades of regulations passed by governments, legislated upon for public interest and safety reasons are being swept aside. These new regulations that the public and journalists are barred from being a party to include the demolition of environmental protections, safety at work regulations, food safety and other laws designed to protect and defend public safety. Any new regulations that EU states would want to impose in future are now facing considerable barriers and hurdles that could take years to negotiate, and the system is clearly being designed to be onerous and just plain difficult in order to favour corporate interests above public interest.       http://www.activistpost.com/2016/01/ttip-enters-new-and-dangerous-s...
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nObama's Syria Diplomacy 
is Doomed to Fail
A.J. Caschetta
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{meforum.org} ~ The nObama administration will spend its final year attempting "to de-escalate the conflict in Syria...through a political transition."... This effort to impose a diplomatic solution on Syria will be lauded as a great success by the State Department and recognized for the failure it is destined to be by nearly everyone else. John hanoi-Kerry may get his temporary cessation of killing, but not of hostilities. He may preside over grave and haughty signing ceremonies, but few of the parties will abide by the promises they make. An admirable impulse to own the moral high ground, never "stoop to the enemy's level" and exercise all diplomatic efforts before, during, and after a war has taken hold of all levels of the US government, but the results are often counterproductive. Diplomacy only succeeds when backed by a credible threat of force, and few believe that the U.S. will exert anything beyond the bare minimum in Syria. The president has somehow failed to learn the most important piece of advice Machiavelli gave to the prince – "it is better to be feared than loved."        http://www.meforum.org/5805/obama-syria-diplomacy
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Going After ISIS –
New Rules Of Engagement For US Troops
 Rick Wells
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{constitutionrising.com} ~ Things just got a whole lot less comfortable for ISIS in Afghanistan. The rules of engagement have changed, with US ground forces now permitted to take offensive action against the terrorist group... Last week the US State Department designated ISIS in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, an action which brought with it a changing of the rules of engagement for our troops in Afghanistan.  American “boots on the ground” can now be utilized in offensive military operations. The particular terrorist designation applies to a group identified as specifically as ISIS-K, a Khorasan affiliated branch. They are believed to be responsible for conducted suicide attacks, small-arms attacks and kidnappings, targeting civilians and Afghan government officials. http://constitutionrising.com/archives/25113
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Lawmaker: nObama Admin Fueling
‘Campaign to Destroy Israel’
 Adam Kredo
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{freebeacon.com} ~ A leading member of the congressional Israel caucus says the nObama administration is fueling hatred against the Jewish state following comments by a top U.S. diplomat accusing Israel of not upholding democratic rule of law... according to a letter sent Wednesday to the State Department and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, lashed out at the administration, chastising it for seeking to inflame a diplomatic fight with Israel as the Jewish state grapples with a new wave of Palestinian terror attacks that has killed and wounded many civilians. Dan Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, elicited a sharp rebuke from Israeli leaders Tuesday when he accused the Jewish state of failing to properly investigate crimes committed against Palestinians.        http://freebeacon.com/national-security/lawmaker-obama-admin-fuelin...
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nObama Clinton Not Talking Gun Confiscation?
NRA Says, Oh Yes They Are
 Rick Wells
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{constitutionrising.com} ~ They play a short clip of Hussein nObama talking with the host of his gun-grabbing town hall, Anderson Cooper... In it “Best Actor nObama” is claiming in his “I’m so miffed” character that they are being wrongfully accused of plotting to disarm the American people. He called out his schemers and then belittled the accusation, saying, “Creating a plot to take everybody’s guns away so that we can impose martial law is not a conspiracy, yes that is a conspiracy.”  He’s right, it is a conspiracy; it’s an active nObama commie plot and we’re on to him. His denials or word parsing of taking “everybody’s” guns when his privileged few will be able to hang on to theirs are as meaningless as his oath of office. In exposing that nObama and his minions are indeed talking about gun confiscation in spite of their denials, the NRA plays a quote of nObama talking about allies of ours, Britain and Australia as models and Clinton describing the Australian example as “one worth looking at.” For those not aware of what the Australian example is comprised of, the NRA explains it simply: “Here’s what ‘president’ nObama and Hilly Clinton don’t want you to know…What they’re talking about when they’re talking about Australia”  http://constitutionrising.com/archives/25168
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Taliban demands prisoners 
released, sanctions removed 
before joining peace negotiations
BILL ROGGIO
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{longwarjournal.org} ~ The Afghan Taliban has demanded the “release of prisoners” and the removal of its senior leaders and officials from UN and US sanctions list, before it will consider joining peace talks with the Afghan government... Additionally, the group said that it would only make peace with “believers” and not with “non-Mulims, invaders and combatants.” The Taliban made its positions on negotiations known in two statements that were released on its official website, Voice of Jihad. “Some preliminary steps should be taken prior to starting peace because without them, progress towards peace is not feasible,” according to a “Summary of the Statement by Representatives of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan given in Pagwash Conference (23-25 Jan, 2016) in Doha, the Capital City of Qatar.” Pagwash is an international non-governmental organization that seeks to facilitate the resolution of local conflicts.
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Martial law declared in New York City
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{wnd.com} ~ It’s the nagging fear many have about our government: what would happen if martial law was declared? New York City just found out, at least temporarily... Eleven states as well as Washington D.C. declared states of emergency in the wake of the massive record-breaking snowstorm which blanketed the East. But New York City went a step further. Governor Andrew Cuomo declared “martial law” in New York City by ordering all people to stay inside under police enforcement. He issued an absolute travel ban for anything that is not an emergency vehicle. The New York Police Department put out a blunt announcement on Saturday: “After 2:30 p.m. and you’re on the road, we will arrest you.”        http://www.wnd.com/2016/01/martial-law-declared-in-new-york-city/
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Congress gets OK for 
'evading democratic accountability'
 BOB UNRUH
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{wnd.com} ~ A Supreme Court decision not to review the fact that although the U.S. Constitution requires tax bills to be launched in the U.S. House, nObamacare, which raises an estimated $800 billion in taxes, was launched in the Senate, will mean trouble for the United States, critics contend... Eventually. “At issue was the Constitution’s Origination Clause, which requires all new taxes to start in the House, the chamber closest to the people. nObamacare is a massive tax bill, but it was launched in the Senate through a procedural ploy,” said Timothy Sandefur, the principal attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation.  Pacific Legal is representing small-business owner Matt Sissel. “The Senate’s subversion of the constitutionally mandated rules for tax bills is a danger not just in this case but in future cases as well. By allowing Congress to use procedural tricks to evade the constitutional rules, the court has opened the door to Congress further evading democratic accountability for the laws it passes,” Sandefur said.
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The One Reporter 
With The Courage to Call Out 
nObama Admin For ‘Fantasy World’...
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{patriotsandpolitics.com} ~ Associated Press reporter Matt Lee must have finally reached the end of his rope with the constant stream of lies and obfuscations and spin that continually falls from the lips of State Department spokesman John Kirby... In a rare display of media honesty, he called out the nObama administration for pursuing a ‘fantasy world’ type of foreign policy. While discussing North Korea’s recent claim that it has successfully tested a nuclear weapon, “Every time this happens, we hear from people in this administration, and other governments as well, that we will not accept North Korea as a nuclear-armed state. And yet it is. You also say this about other things too. You say you will never accept Crimea as a part of Russia. And yet it is. Isn’t it time to recognize these things for what they are and not live in this illusion or fantasy where you pretend that things are, are not?”
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nObama DOJ is hedging its bets by
not working with the FBI on Hilly investigation
J.E. Dyer
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{libertyunyielding.com} ~ If you’re like most people, your mental concept of the investigation of Hilly Clinton’s Emailgate has probably involved a hazy idea that standard things are being done... I know that’s been the image in my head — to the extent I’ve given it any thought. The story line goes: Department of Justice has the FBI investigate something, with the idea that a grand jury may be convened and an indictment may be sought. A federal prosecutor is at the helm. His or her office would at some point be talking to us, explaining decisions about charges and prosecution. That’s the normal way of things.  It’s how our system works. But it hadn’t really registered with me that we have not heard from a federal prosecutor.  http://libertyunyielding.com/2016/01/23/reminder-dojs-not-working-w...
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Glick: Israel and the Russian Challenge
Caroling Glick
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{truthrevolt.org} ~ Israeli air force commanders are reportedly deeply worried about Russia’s military presence in Syria.
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When Russian President Vladimir Putin deployed his forces to Syria last year, he claimed that the deployment would be brief. Russian forces were placed in Syria, Putin said, to protect Assad and would leave once he was able to defend himself.
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Last week, when the terms of the deployment agreement concluded between Russia and Syria were made public, we discovered that those early claims were false. Under the terms of the deal, Russia can maintain permanent bases in Syria.
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Israel’s Air Force is no match for Russia’s. The S-400 anti-aircraft system Russia is deploying to Syria covers half of Israeli territory. Russia’s deployment means that Israel has lost its regional air superiority.
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To be sure, Putin’s decision to set up permanent bases in Syria is not directed against Israel. He is interested in defending Russian interests in areas like oil and Syria where Israel is not an actor. This is the reason that Russia and Israel have been able to reach tactical agreements over Syria.
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Among other things, the sides agreed to deconflict their aircraft flying over Syria.
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But Israel’s ability to reach tactical understandings with Russia doesn’t mean Israel can trust that Russia’s operations in the area will not harm its national security in significant ways.
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For instance, the reports that Russia is transferring arms to Hezbollah are deeply worrying. For the past five years, according to reports in foreign media, the Air Force has repeatedly bombed shipments of Iranian weapons destined for Hezbollah forces in Lebanon.
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Israel is not in a position to contemplate bombing Russian military shipments to Lebanon. It is also not in a position to challenge a Russian decision to allow Hezbollah to use advanced weapons like Yakhont anti-ship missiles against naval ships either from Lebanon or Syria.
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And there is no reason to believe that Russia won’t do so.
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Russia has been acting in alliance with Hezbollah, Assad and Iran since the 1980s. Putin’s reported willingness to cooperate with Israel in various areas does not mean that Russia is no longer Iran’s partner in supplying Hezbollah and facilitating its operations.
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The government and military have no options for dealing with Russia’s sudden emergence as a major power in our backyard. And there is nothing new in Israel’s helplessness.
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We’ve never had an option for reining in Moscow.
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But until Barack nObama came into office, Israel never had to worry about Russia.
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For 65 years, the US forced Russia to curb its activities in the Middle East.
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Until Barack nObama entered the White House, every US president from Franklin Roosevelt on believed it was a US economic and strategic interest of the first order to curb Russian power in the Middle East. The chief reason the US began its strategic alliance with Israel after the 1967 Six Day War was because by defeating Russian clients Egypt and Syria, Israel proved its value to the US’s Cold War strategy.
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In the succeeding decades, Israel and the US had a division of labor. It was Israel’s job to defeat or deter Russian – or Soviet – clients in the Arab world. It was the US’s job to deter Russia – or the Soviet Union.
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Now, in the final year of the nObama presidency, all that is gone. nObama is content to see Russia exert power and influence that none of his predecessors would have countenanced. And so, for the first time, Israel finds itself standing alone against Russia, with no clear means of protecting its vital national security interests.
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nObama’s refusal to take any steps to curb Russia’s deployment and ambitions in the region is not surprising.
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It not that he doesn’t understand that Russia’s rise means America’s fall. He undoubtedly has been warned of the implications of Russia’s return to region by the relevant government agencies and the military.
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But none of that matters to him. The only thing that nObama cares about is his legacy. nObama cannot take action against Russia without discrediting his entire Middle East policy, and so destroying his own legacy.
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nOBAMA’S POLICY in the region is based on the assumption that the US is responsible for instability and war in the Middle East. As a consequence, nObama’s regional policy is one that requires the US to abandon those who benefited from US protection and partnership – first and foremost Israel and Saudi Arabia, and appeasing those who most oppose the US and its allies – first and foremost Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.
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With Iran’s capture of the US naval craft and its illegal detention of 10 US naval personnel last week, Iran demonstrated, once again, that it has not been appeased by nObama’s nuclear and financial concessions.
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Iran continues to view the US as its primary enemy and it continues to view itself as at war against America.
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It is beyond dispute that Iran committed a war crime in photographing the US military personnel in humiliating ways and forcing one sailor to film an apology to Iran. The language of the Geneva Conventions is cut and dry on the subject.
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But rather than take action against Iran, by among other things, delaying the revocation of economic sanctions against Iran, the nObama administration defended Iran’s act of war against the US.
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In a press briefing, State Department spokesman John Kirby argued that Iran did not commit a war crime when it detained and photographed the US sailors in humiliating ways because Iran is not at war with the US.
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This is an idiotic statement meant to hide an indefensible position. Obviously, if Kirby is right and Iran is not at war with the US, then the act of detaining and photographing the sailors moves from a mere war crime, to an act of international piracy and hostage taking.
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In other words, in detaining US sailors and photographing them, Iran either committed a war crime and an act of war, or it committed an even larger crime – and initiated a war with the US.
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But nObama cannot acknowledge that this is the case, because if he does, he will be unable to defend his larger policy – which is equally indefensible.
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Iran began broadcasting photographs of the sailors kneeing before their Iranian captors and a video apology in which a sailor issued a groveling apology and thanked Iran for its kindness and hospitality the day before Secretary of State John hanoi-Kerry stood before the cameras in Vienna and announced that the US and its partners would remove economic sanctions against Iran as soon as the IAEA announced that Iran was abiding by the nuclear deal.
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The IAEA then duly announced that Iran was in compliance and it could receive its $150 billion in frozen funds.
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Iran crowed that the American sailors cried and otherwise acted like cowards when they were apprehended just hours before nObama went before the cameras and congratulated himself for his brilliantly smart diplomacy that has prevented war. nObama similarly chastised unnamed critics for criticizing his decision to bow and scrape before Iran as it committed acts of war against America.
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nObama was undoubtedly relishing the moment as he declared diplomatic victory over his political opponents, but even if he was unhappy about Iran’s behavior he couldn’t have done anything about it.
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nObama brags that he was able to reach a nuclear deal where all his predecessors failed. But this hides the main distinction between him and those who came before him.
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None of nObama’s predecessors concluded a nuclear deal with Iran because unlike nObama, none of his predecessors were willing to abandon US interests – including the interest of preventing the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism from acquiring nuclear weapons – in order to get a deal. nObama cannot attack Iran’s aggression on the high seas without calling into question the wisdom of his nuclear diplomacy.
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He cannot take action against Russia without calling into question his belief that US power in the Middle East is the chief cause of all the region’s problems.
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Israel’s military and political leaders are right to be concerned about the implications of Russia’s return to Syria. And it is far from clear that there is a way to credibly minimize the dangers. But, since we’re not going anywhere, we will have to make the best of a bad situation.
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Whatever we do, we must reconcile ourselves to the fact that unless the next US president rejects nObama’s entire Middle East policy and shepherds the military and financial resources to abandon it, on Russia, Iran and beyond, Israel will have to fend for itself for the foreseeable future.
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Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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