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Impeachment Circus Update

Posted on | January 22, 2020 | Comments Off on Impeachment Circus Update

 

The Trial of the Century began Tuesday with the House Democrats arguing for subpoenas and whatnot, arguments that mainly rehashed the weeks of testimony in Adam Schiff’s House committee. Nothing new was learned, no “bombshells” were dropped, and I don’t think anyone who nodded off for a nap (as I did) missed much.

There is only so much tedium we can tolerate. Politics junkies and the D.C. press corps may enjoy The Trial of the Century, but the bottom line has not changed: Trump committed no high crimes or misdemeanors, and Mitch McConnell will bring this farce to conclusion with an acquittal.

What we are watching is the Democrats engaging in a performance staged to provide sound bites for their propagandists in the media. Like the phony “debate” staged on CNN last week, this cable-TV charade is simply part of the Democrats’ 2020 presidential campaign. Insofar as anything important happened Tuesday, Tyler O’Neill suggests it was in Jay Sekulow’s opening argument in defense of Trump:

During his opening remarks in the Senate impeachment trial, President Donald Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow quoted Democrats’ own words against them. He condemned the House Democrats’ rush to impeach Trump, adding an article of impeachment for “Obstruction of Congress” rather than litigating a matter of executive privilege in court. He quoted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), each of whom defended Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder when he was held in contempt of Congress in 2012.
“Mr. Schiff did say the courts don’t really have a role in this. Executive privilege? Why would that matter? It matters because it’s based in the Constitution of the United States,” Sekulow said. “The president’s opponents in their rush to impeach have refused to wait for judicial review.”

Speaking of Tyler O’Neill, he’s just published a book entitled Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which deserves widespread attention. Years ago, when I was smeared by the SPLC, few conservatives understood how dangerous and dishonest the SPLC had become, but as the scope of their smears widened — targeting traditional-values organizations like the Family Research Council as “hate groups” — public awareness of the SPLC’s malice began to spread. The problem is not that there are no genuinely dangerous hate-mongers out there, but rather that the SPLC’s political agenda (and their endless fundraising drives) required them to expand the definition of “hate group” until it meant simply: People who disagree with liberals.

If you think about it, that’s basically the Democrats’ argument for impeachment: Disagreeing with liberals is a crime, and Trump is guilty!



 

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