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Senate Sets Trump Impeachment Trial
Rules — Top Takeaways From Day 1
  Hans von Spakovsky
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Monday News Executive Summary
Media Editors:  Above the Fold


“IT WAS ONLY TO SELL A BOOK”: John Bolton’s manuscript leaks as memoir preorders begin on Amazon; Trump fires back (Fox News)

MIDEAST TURBULENCE: Three rockets hit U.S. embassy in protest-hit Iraqi capital (AFP)

Government & Politics


scumbag/liar-nOBAMA RULE GETS THE HEAVE-HO: Trump administration repeals onerous federal protections on puddles, dry stream beds, and some ditches (Reason)

TOPSY-TURVY: Trump soars to highest job-approval rating of presidency despite impeachment trial (The Daily Wire)

MEANWHILE… For all the gravity of a presidential impeachment trial, Americans don’t seem to be giving it much weight (AP)

TARGETING ORIGINALISTS: The ethical advisory arm of the federal judiciary is circulating a draft rule that would ban judges and their clerks from belonging to the Federalist Society (RealClearPolitics)

WHAT’S NEXT — THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE?  Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama wins Grammy award — for reading her own book (PJ Media)

Culture


AND NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON: Little Sisters of the Poor get a shot at the Supreme Court (Washington Examiner)

TWO CAN PLAY THIS GAME: Oklahoma bans state travel to California in tit for tat over LGBT laws (National Review)

Closing Arguments


POLICY: Waters of the United States (WOTUS) replacement will help end excessive overreach (The Heritage Foundation)

POLICY: March for Life was also a model of intersectionality (Washington Examiner)

HUMOR: Pentagon replaces go-to torture waterboarding with endless video of scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff speeches (Genesius Times)  

~The Patriot Post
https://patriotpost.us/articles/68162?mailing_id=4825&utm_mediu...     
Attorney Michael Purpura Highlights House 
Manager scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff Lying
by sundance
{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Within the House impeachment construction, one of the most egregious examples of fabricating evidence was when the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee... scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff, completely made-up a version of the Trump-Zelensky phone call and read it into the congressional record as if it were factually true. During opening statements today by the Trump defense team, attorney Mike Purpura highlighted that ridiculous moment for the Senate to review.  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/01/25/attorney-michael-pu...  
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Patrick Philbin Explains an Unconstitutional
Origin to The House Impeachment,
And Why It Matters
by sundance
{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Several days ago we anticipated a potentially important point we hoped would start the impeachment defense for President Donald Trump. Today, attorney Patrick Philbin delivered... The issue is a critical constitutional component that needed emphasis, and it is good to see pundits finally starting to realize the significance. White House Counsel Patrick Philbin explains why House subpoenas were illegitimate: the subpoena power was never authorized; the initiating subpoena power was never voted on. Additionally, and specifically by design, absent a penalty for non-compliance, which factually makes a subpoena a ‘subpoena’, the Executive Branch had no constitutional pathway or process to engage an appellate review by federal courts. Make no mistake, this was a pre-planned purposeful trick within the liar-Pelosi, scumbag/liar-Schiff and Lawfare road-map. The House motive here, the forethought within their design, is very important now because it explains why they are vociferously demanding witnesses in the Senate. The House plan was to work around the ability of the executive branch to go to court. The managers are now attempting to execute that plan, along with a manufactured political talking point, in the Senate trial...
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scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff was red with rage 
after Rand Paul dropped a giant truth bomb
by patriotpulse.net ~ After months of work the Democrat’s impeachment effort is reaching the finish line... The Senate trial is ongoing and scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff is ecstatic to be on the manager team to try to convict Trump. But he was red with rage after Rand Paul dropped one giant truth bomb. Since day one of the impeachment hoax, scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff has been pushing lie after lie to promote his agenda. His first lie came just after the complaint from the still unconfirmed “whistleblower” came out. scumbag/liar-Schiff went before his House Intelligence Committee and read off a fake transcript alleging to be from a call between President Trump and Ukraine’s President. Trump questioned whether he should be arrested for treason over the blatant and malicious lie. But ultimately the impeachment scam continued on, with the mainstream media barely covering his lie. Although the mainstream media wouldn’t shine a light on his despicable actions, President Trump was able to, using his massive online platforms. And ultimately, scumbag/liar-Schiff began to lose support for his impeachment effort. By the time he was able to pass two articles of impeachment through the House, polling showed that a majority of Americans oppose impeaching President Trump. And even with the Senate trial beginning, Trump’s approval rating continues to climb...
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Senator drafts motions to subpoena 
scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff, the ‘whistleblower,’ 
loose lips liar-Joe and Hunter Biden
by Vivek Saxena
{ bizpacreview.com } ~ If Democrats manage to convince the GOP-led Senate to allow their desired witnesses to testify in President Donald Trump’s trial, one Missouri Republican plans to immediately file subpoena requests for his desired witnesses to also testify... And included in the list of his desired witnesses are, among others, former Vice President loose lips liar-Joe Biden, the former VP’s son Hunter, House Intelligence Committee chair scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff and the partisan whistleblower whose dubious accusations of wrongdoing against the president triggered Trump’s ongoing impeachment. “I have drafted motions to subpoena scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff, the ‘whistleblower,’ Hunter Biden, and loose lips liar-Joe Biden to testify. If the Senate calls witnesses, I will ask for votes on all these next week,” Sen. Josh Hawley announced on Twitter this Saturday evening: The announcement triggered howls of rage from those liberal Democrats who oppose reciprocity and believe that only the Democrats’ desired witnesses should be compelled to testify. Leading the pack was obsessively anti-Trump liberal Hollywood actress Patricia Arquette. “It has always been about taking down Trump’s political rival loose lips liar-Biden by hook or by crook. We got it,” she tweeted in exasperation. Other left-wingers followed suit:  It’s not clear what exactly about fairness and “witness reciprocity,” as defined by Sen. Ted Cruz, has provoked such blistering rage from the allegedly “equality-loving” left. It was Cruz who pitched the idea of “witness reciprocity” earlier this month by suggesting that each side be allowed to call an equal number of witnesses to testify in the president’s trial...  https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/01/26/senator-drafts-motions-to-s...   
Cruelty to Animals Gets More Media 
Coverage than Beheaded Christians
by Giulio Meotti
{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ First there was the beheading of 11 Nigerian Christians during the recent Christmas celebration. The next day, a Catholic woman, Martha Bulus, was beheaded in the Nigerian state of Borno with her bridesmaids, five days before the wedding... Then there was a raid on the village of Gora-Gan in the Nigerian state of Kaduna, where terrorists shot anyone they met in the square where the evangelical community had gathered, killing two young Christian women. There was also a Christian student killed by Islamic extremists who recorded his execution. Then pastor Lawan Andimi, a local leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria, was beheaded. "Every day", says Father Joseph Bature Fidelis, of the Diocese of Maiduguri, "Our brothers and sisters are slaughtered in the streets. Please help us not be silent in the face of this immense extermination that is taking place in silence". The Bishops' Conference of Nigeria described the area as "killing fields", like the ones the Khmer Rouge created in Cambodia to exterminate the population. Most of the 4,300 Christians killed for their faith during the last year came from Nigeria. Nina Shea, an expert in Religious Freedom, recently wrote: "An ongoing Islamic extremist project to exterminate Christians in sub-Saharan Africa is even more brutal and more consequential for the Church than it is in the Middle East, the place where Christians suffered ISIS 'genocide', as the U.S. government officially designated." Unfortunately, the murder of these Christians during the last month has been largely ignored by the Western media. "A slow-motion war is under way in Africa's most populous country. It's a massacre of Christians, massive in scale and horrific in brutality and the world has hardly noticed", wrote the French philosopher, Bernard Henri Lévy. While Christians were murdered in Nigeria, the global media ran a story of a pig being tied up and shoved off a bungee tower at a new theme park in China. The story went viral on BBC, The Independent, The New York Times, Sky News, Deutsche Welle and many other mainstream media outlets. The Chinese pig got more media coverage than any of these murdered Christians in Nigeria. You often have to search for these martyrs on local African sites. "Pig Bungee Jumping Stunt In China Prompts Global Outcry", wrote the Huffington Post. Where has been the global outcry for the serial butchering of Christians just because they are Christians?...
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Details Of commie-Ocasio-Cortez’s Ties 
To scumbag-George Soros Revealed
By Kyle Pirisic 
{ rightwingtribune.com  } ~ New details have emerged revealing that scumbag-George Soros helped prop-up democratic socialist commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s political career in an attempt to put 400 commie-Bernie Sanders-like politicians in Congress... A former organizer for commie-Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s under-dog win in the democratic primary was undoubtedly helped by far-left organizations linked scumbag-George Soros — specifically, online media which played a crucial role in her campaign. Members linked to scumbag-Soros-funded digital media asked commie-Ocasio-Cortez to run for office which guaranteed she would get favorable coverage by a media network that reaches almost 300 million people monthlyOne member of the scumbag-Soros-funded media, Cenk Uygur, also founded one of the two political groups responsible for asking commie-Ocasio-Cortez to run, Justice Democrats — whose goal is to get commie-Sanders-like politicians elected to Congress. Uygur, a former Armenian genocide denier, was eventually forced out of the organization after old articles revealed some of his previous sexist  comments, often referring to women in a derogatory way. Incumbent Joseph Crowley — whose footprint in the Democratic establishment led to speculation that he would succeed liar-Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader of the House — greatly outspent commie-Ocasio-Cortez. However, her strong online presence — thanks to the coverage of the scumbag-Soros-linked digital media — she was able to gain traction and defeat Crowley in the primary June 26. She is won New York’s 14th congressional district handedly, given the district’s Democratic history...   https://rightwingtribune.com/2020/01/25/ocasio-cortezs-ties-to-geor...   
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Senate Sets Trump Impeachment Trial
Rules — Top Takeaways From Day 1
  Hans von Spakovsky
 

The first day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump was largely taken up with procedural issues. Senators argued over and then adopted an organizing resolution laying out the rules under which the trial will proceed.

In his opening statement, Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer, D-N.Y., charged that the resolution proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was “partisan,” a “national disgrace,” and a “dark day in Senate history.”

All of this heated rhetoric was based on scumbag-Schumer’s misleading claim that McConnell’s resolution was unfair and significantly different from the resolution governing scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton’s trial. Yet the resolution adopted by the Senate (after Republicans voted down and tabled a series of Democratic amendments) is substantially the same as the resolution approved by the Senate 100-0 for the scumbag/liar-Clinton trial.

On Thursday of last week, the preliminaries required to even debate this issue were accomplished when Senate President Pro Tempore Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, swore in the chief justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, who will preside over the trial under Section 3 of Article I of the Constitution. Roberts then swore in all of the senators.

Both sides have already filed briefs with the Senate. On Jan. 18 the House filed a 100-plus page “Trial Memorandum” and “Statement of Material Facts” outlining its case against President Trump.

The president filed an answer the same day, disputing the basis for his impeachment, calling it a “dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president” and “a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election.”

The House then filed a response to the president on Jan. 20 accusing the president of conduct intended to “bury the evidence” against him and to “cheat in the next election.” The president’s lawyers filed their own 100-page plus “Trial Memorandum” with an extensive appendix also on Jan. 20.

So what are the differences between the scumbag/liar-Clinton and Trump resolutions? Both provide that the House shall file with the Senate all “publicly available materials” produced by the House committees involved in the impeachment investigations, including “transcripts of public hearings or mark-ups and any materials printed by the House of Representatives” pursuant to the impeachment resolutions.

The only difference is that in the scumbag/liar-Clinton case, these materials were automatically admitted into evidence. The Trump resolution provides that they will also be admitted into evidence “subject to any hearsay, evidentiary, or other objections that the President may make after opening presentations." That makes sense from both a fairness and fundamental due process standpoint.

Why? Because in the scumbag/liar-Clinton impeachment investigation, unlike the Trump impeachment investigation, representatives of both political parties were allowed to fully cross-examine and call witnesses of their choice.

In the current case, House Democrats changed the rules to prevent Republicans and the president’s lawyers from being able to fully participate, cross-examine witnesses, or even call witnesses they believed had important relevant information.

So it makes sense for the president’s legal team to be able to object to hearsay evidence, evidence produced by witnesses that neither they nor Republicans representatives were allowed to fully question, or where they raise serious questions about the credibility (or lack thereof) and relevance of particular testimony produced in the House.

Just like in the scumbag/liar-Clinton impeachment, each side is being given 24 hours to present its case. Both sides took three days to do so in the scumbag/liar-Clinton case, and the revised resolution also gives both parties 24 hours over "3 session days” to make their arguments.

The Trump resolution — just like the scumbag/liar-Clinton resolution — then gives senators 16 hours to question the prosecution and the defense teams, although they must do so through written questions submitted by the chief justice.

While Democrats have been pushing to decide on whether or not to call witnesses now before the trial has even begun, that would violate the procedures approved during the scumbag/liar-Clinton impeachment, which are replicated in the Trump resolution.

Then and now, the Senate will decide whether witnesses should be called only after both sides have presented their case and the senators have had the opportunity to submit their questions to the House managers and the president’s defense team.

Senators were given up to six hours to make and argue motions about subpoenaing witnesses or evidence not in the record during the scumbag/liar-Clinton trial; this revised resolution gives senators up to four hours to do so.

Furthermore, both impeachment resolutions have the same procedure when it comes to witnesses if the Senate decides to allow any to be called. No live witnesses, instead, the parties will take their depositions and the Senate will then decide which witnesses will appear through their taped depositions.

While there was a lot of political theater on Tuesday in which the Democrats claimed the system has been “rigged” and that Sen. McConnell and Republicans were not following precedent, the revised resolution sets up procedural rules that adhere to the scumbag/liar-Clinton precedent very closely.

The only substantive change is the ability of the president’s team to object to evidence produced by the House, a change necessitated by the way in which Democrats themselves changed the rules in the House and failed to follow the scumbag/liar-Clinton precedents used during the scumbag/liar-Clinton impeachment investigation

It is not the Senate’s job to complete the House’s investigation. If House Democrats believe they did not talk to all of the relevant witnesses, why did they speed ahead with an impeachment vote before doing so?

The substantive fireworks in the impeachment trial will start Wednesday. That’s when the Senate will hear any motions filed by the parties (other than motions to subpoena witnesses or documents) and House managers will begin to present their case against the president.

Everyone in Washington will be watching. Will the rest of America? 

~The Patriot Post

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TRUMP:  Trump To Give ‘Start Your Engines’ Command At Dayton

President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway officials named Trump the grand marshal for NASCAR’s season opener, meaning he will deliver the most famous four words in auto racing. “Gentleman, start your engines,” has been a staple of races around the country and world for decades.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday the president plans to attend the race. Track president Chip Wile confirmed the news in a release.

“Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting presidents of the United States over our history,” Wile said. “We’re honored that the president of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Great American Race.’”

Trump is the third sitting president to attend a race at Daytona, but only the second to attend the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended in 2004. Trump is the first to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies.

Trump is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday and the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach — a restriction put in place for presidential visits.

Trump has hosted previous NASCAR champions at the White House and last October awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motorsports titan Roger Penske. Last year, Trump also praised retired driver Mario Andretti, the Daytona 500 winner in 1967, reminiscing about a ride Andretti gave him in a race car for his reality show “The Apprentice.”

“I said, ‘Mario, get me out of here. I want to get out of this car,’” Trump recalled. “We went so fast. We literally — we covered four blocks in like a second.”

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