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The Democrats and the NeverTrumpers are hoping that we’re all too stupid to notice that they’ve merely swapped out “Russia” for “Ukraine.” Once again, they’re weaponizing the Deep State against their political opponents. And once again they’re accusing President Trump of doing the exact thing they did.

In 2016 it was Hillary Clinton who colluded with foreign powers to interfere in the presidential election. The Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign, and used Russian lies, paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign, to try to sabotage the transition and even the administration of President Trump. Now the same people who tried to convince us that Trump had colluded with Russia are the ones salivating at the idea that Trump did something (no one knows, or cares to find out) with… Ukraine! Except that it was Joe Biden, as Vice President, who threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees unless Ukraine fired the national prosecutor who was investigating the company at which Sleepy Joe’s son, Heroin Hunter, was being paid $50,000 a month. The elder Biden bragged on video about forcing the Ukrainians to do his bidding (using your money as leverage). It’s not speculation. It happened.

According to Michael Isikoff of Yahoo! News, the Senate Intel Committee is seeking to interview the so-called “whistleblower,” who’s really just a leaker, who alleges that Trump might have said something or other to the Ukrainian president. If Isikoff’s name sounds familiar, it’s because Christopher Steele leaked the dirty “dossier” to him in September, 2016, and then the FBI used Isikoff’s Yahoo! News article to claim to the FISA court that they had more evidence than just Steele’s dossier. (You didn’t know the FBI uses Yahoo! News articles in order to spy on American citizens?)

The Committee has sent a letter to the leaker’s attorney, Andrew P. Bakaj. Bakaj is also affiliated with Whistleblower Aid, a “non-profit law firm” that was launched in 2017 with the aim of providing financial assistance to federal workers if they come forward as whistleblowers. According to Bakaj’s bio at Compass Rose Legal Group, he is a former CIA officer and “has Capitol Hill experience having served three United States Senators: Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Charles E. Schumer, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

So we have someone who is being paid by a former Clinton and Schumer aide in exchange for his “whistleblowing.” We have the reporter linked to Fusion GPS getting the scoop about the Senate Intel Committee.

And now we have Nancy Pelosi saying she’s going to launch impeachment efforts, even though no one has seen any evidence whatsoever that Trump did anything worthy of impeachment.

The Russia Hoax successfully created chaos for more than two years. But now we all know that it was garbage from the beginning. Who is going to be gullible enough to believe the Ukraine Hoax, after all that?

By the way, the Justice Department Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, is about to release his report on FISA abuse. You do realize that this is what this whole Ukraine thing is most likely about, right? The Democrats, the NeverTrumpers, and the media are trying to distract us.

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  1. Addiction Is A Choice Member

    Max Ledoux: The Democrats and the NeverTrumpers are hoping that we’re all too stupid to notice that they’ve merely swapped out “Russia” for “Ukraine.” Once again, they’re weaponizing the Deep State against their political opponents. And once again they’re accusing President Trump of doing the exactly thing what they did.

    With a little tinkering, that could be the best opening paragraph yet about this affair.

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    • September 24, 2019, at 3:29 PM PDT
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  2. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    I want to see an impeachment. The discovery will be glorious. The Democrats will have to start killing each other again to gain control.

    • #2
    • September 24, 2019, at 3:35 PM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member

    Max Ledoux: When Russia Collusion Fails, Simply Insert Ukraine

    When Ukraine Collusion Fails, Simply Insert (The Next Baseless Charge)

    • #3
    • September 24, 2019, at 3:45 PM PDT
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  4. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    “No but this time it’s different” they say for the seventh time. Gotta love their optimism, though.

    • #4
    • September 24, 2019, at 3:48 PM PDT
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  5. philo Member

    Addiction Is A Choice (View Comment):

    Max Ledoux: The Democrats and the NeverTrumpers are hoping that we’re all too stupid to notice that they’ve merely swapped out “Russia” for “Ukraine.” Once again, they’re weaponizing the Deep State against their political opponents. And once again they’re accusing President Trump of doing the exactly thing what they did.

    With a little tinkering, that could be the best opening paragraph yet about this affair.

    And the inherent truth in it (and throughout the post) is just further confirmation of how unserious the Democrats, their enablers, and the Country have become. My gosh, to be lectured to from behind such a revealing smirk (Hint: She doesn’t mean any of it.) about the Founding and the Republic by Nancy “We have to pass the bill so you can see what’s in it” Pelosi is simply ridiculous.

     

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    • September 24, 2019, at 3:49 PM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    I want to see an impeachment. The discovery will be glorious. The Democrats will have to start killing each other again to gain control.

    *Pops popcorn*

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    • September 24, 2019, at 3:49 PM PDT
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  7. Gary Robbins Reagan

    The Senate voted unanimously for Trump to release the whistle-blower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. How do you feel about that?

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    • September 24, 2019, at 3:54 PM PDT
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  8. philo Member

    Just a random observation apropos of nothing in particular but…is seems to be a good day for trolling.

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    • September 24, 2019, at 4:01 PM PDT
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  9. philo Member

    When a reportedly august body of such serious collective intellect that it once proudly housed a being of such perfect idiocy as Bob Corker agrees unanimously to do anything nonbinding we should all…well, yawn.

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    • September 24, 2019, at 4:11 PM PDT
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  10. philo Member

    philo (View Comment):

    When a reportedly august body of such serious collective intellect that it once proudly housed a being of such perfect idiocy as Bob Corker agrees unanimously to do anything nonbinding we should all…well, yawn.

    And the apparent giddiness among the buffoon crowd about “unanimous” and “100-0″…well, yes but technically it was “unanimous consent” meaning “no one present objected.” So very impressive! And again, given what we know about the collective intellect of the modern Senate, you would have to work pretty hard to convince me that even half of them knew what that meant.

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    • September 24, 2019, at 4:19 PM PDT
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  11. philo Member

    philo (View Comment):

    philo (View Comment):

    When a reportedly august body of such serious collective intellect that it once proudly housed a being of such perfect idiocy as Bob Corker agrees unanimously to do anything nonbinding we should all…well, yawn.

    And the apparent giddiness among the buffoon crowd about “unanimous” and “100-0″…well, yes but technically it was “unanimous consent” meaning “no one present objected.” So very impressive! And again, given what we know about the collective intellect of the modern Senate, you would have to work pretty hard to convince me that even half of them knew what that meant.

    And, with respect to this “no one present objected,” it seems a bit odd that not one of the brave, principled, sworn-by-God-to-defend-the-constitution muckety mucks thought is important to object so that he/she and all of his/her brave, principled, sworn-by-God-to-defend-the-constitution fellow muckety mucks could stand before the country and cast such an important, nonbinding vote. (Oh, that’s right, they are really just mostly a collection of spineless twits.)

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    • September 24, 2019, at 4:28 PM PDT
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  12. Columbo Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Senate voted unanimously for Trump to release the whistle-blower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. How do you feel about that?

    Trump authorizes release of Ukraine call transcript

    Top Ukraine Official: “I think there was no pressure.”

    NPR: “I said, ‘You’re not getting the [$1 billion]. I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a b****. He got fired,” Biden said.

    How do you feel about that?

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    • September 24, 2019, at 5:18 PM PDT
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  13. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Senate voted unanimously for Trump to release the whistle-blower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. How do you feel about that?

    Trump authorizes release of Ukraine call transcript

    Top Ukraine Official: “I think there was no pressure.”

    NPR: “I said, ‘You’re not getting the [$1 billion]. I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a b****. He got fired,” Biden said.

    How do you feel about that?

    I am at home and am working off of a iPad where I can’t create a hyperlink. See my Comment #26 to Jon Gabriel’s post in the Main Feed where I cite an article from The Bulwark which points out that the situation with Biden and Trump are opposite to each other.

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    • September 24, 2019, at 5:28 PM PDT
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  14. Columbo Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Senate voted unanimously for Trump to release the whistle-blower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. How do you feel about that?

    Trump authorizes release of Ukraine call transcript

    Top Ukraine Official: “I think there was no pressure.”

    NPR: “I said, ‘You’re not getting the [$1 billion]. I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a b****. He got fired,” Biden said.

    How do you feel about that?

    I am at home and am working off of a iPad where I can’t create a hyperlink. See my Comment #26 to Jon Gabriel’s post in the Main Feed where I cite an article from The Bulwark which points out that the situation with Biden and Trump are opposite to each other.

    Yes, they are quite opposite. Biden himself admitted his extortion of the Ukraine officials. Bragged about it in fact.

    The Ukraine officials themselves state that President Trump exerted no pressure.

    The released transcript will prove this.

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    • September 24, 2019, at 5:34 PM PDT
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  15. EDISONPARKS Member
    EDISONPARKS Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Senate voted unanimously for Trump to release the whistle-blower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. How do you feel about that?

    It’s all part of the latest (D) coup attempt contrivance so why not lay it all out on the table and be done with it …. it’s going to get out one way or the other.

    But, I have a strange novel idea for those who want to be rid of Trump, what do think in about a year from now, say maybe Tuesday November 3rd 2020, we’ll take a vote and decide if Trump should remain as President.

    One year should give everyone enough time to decide who should run against Trump (or if Trump should even be the (R) nominee).

    Just one guys thought on the whole get rid of Trump thing … crazy?

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    • September 24, 2019, at 5:34 PM PDT
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  16. Steve C. Member

    EDISONPARKS (View Comment):
    But, I have a strange novel idea for those who want to be rid of Trump, what do think in about a year from now, say maybe Tuesday November 23rd 2020, we’ll take a vote and decide if Trump should remain as President.

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    • September 24, 2019, at 6:02 PM PDT
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  17. Bryan G. Stephens Inactive
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Senate voted unanimously for Trump to release the whistle-blower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. How do you feel about that?

    Trump authorizes release of Ukraine call transcript

    Top Ukraine Official: “I think there was no pressure.”

    NPR: “I said, ‘You’re not getting the [$1 billion]. I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a b****. He got fired,” Biden said.

    How do you feel about that?

    I am at home and am working off of a iPad where I can’t create a hyperlink. See my Comment #26 to Jon Gabriel’s post in the Main Feed where I cite an article from The Bulwark which points out that the situation with Biden and Trump are opposite to each other.

    In short, you are perfectly fine with Biden using taxpayer dollars to protect his son.

     

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    • September 24, 2019, at 6:25 PM PDT
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  18. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Senate voted unanimously for Trump to release the whistle-blower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. How do you feel about that?

    Trump authorizes release of Ukraine call transcript

    Top Ukraine Official: “I think there was no pressure.”

    NPR: “I said, ‘You’re not getting the [$1 billion]. I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a b****. He got fired,” Biden said.

    How do you feel about that?

    I am at home and am working off of a iPad where I can’t create a hyperlink. See my Comment #26 to Jon Gabriel’s post in the Main Feed where I cite an article from The Bulwark which points out that the situation with Biden and Trump are opposite to each other.

    In short, you are perfectly fine with Biden using taxpayer dollars to protect his son.

    If you can hyperlink that article, that would be great. Because that is not what I am saying.

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    • September 24, 2019, at 6:44 PM PDT
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  19. Max Ledoux Admin
    Max Ledoux

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Senate voted unanimously for Trump to release the whistle-blower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. How do you feel about that?

    They have no authority in this matter, whatsoever. 

    • #19
    • September 24, 2019, at 7:19 PM PDT
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  20. The Reticulator Member

    Steve C. (View Comment):

    EDISONPARKS (View Comment):
    But, I have a strange novel idea for those who want to be rid of Trump, what do think in about a year from now, say maybe Tuesday November 23rd 2020, we’ll take a vote and decide if Trump should remain as President.

     

    I don’t think we should have the kind of vote that is associated with November 23 (or November 22). 

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    • September 24, 2019, at 7:47 PM PDT
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  21. EDISONPARKS Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Steve C. (View Comment):

    EDISONPARKS (View Comment):
    But, I have a strange novel idea for those who want to be rid of Trump, what do think in about a year from now, say maybe Tuesday November 23rd 2020, we’ll take a vote and decide if Trump should remain as President.

     

    I don’t think we should have the kind of vote that is associated with November 23 (or November 22).

    Oops …. I made a fat finger typing error … should be November 3, 2020

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    • September 24, 2019, at 7:58 PM PDT
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  22. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Coolidge

    Max Ledoux: The Russia Hoax successfully created chaos for more than two years. But now we all know that it was garbage from the beginning. Who is going to be gullible enough to believe the Ukraine Hoax, after all that?

    I can think of a few people.

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    • September 24, 2019, at 8:36 PM PDT
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  23. Django Member

    EDISONPARKS (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Senate voted unanimously for Trump to release the whistle-blower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. How do you feel about that?

    It’s all part of the latest (D) coup attempt contrivance so why not lay it all out on the table and be done with it …. it’s going to get out one way or the other.

    But, I have a strange novel idea for those who want to be rid of Trump, what do think in about a year from now, say maybe Tuesday November 3rd 2020, we’ll take a vote and decide if Trump should remain as President.

    One year should give everyone enough time to decide who should run against Trump (or if Trump should even be the (R) nominee).

    Just ones guys thought on the whole get rid of Trump thing … crazy?

    I’m beginning to think this is less about Trump than about giving warning to any other outsider who might want to follow in Trump’s footsteps. It isn’t all Democrats who are issuing the warning.

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    • September 24, 2019, at 11:21 PM PDT
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  24. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    “No but this time it’s different” they say for the seventh time. Gotta love their optimism, though.

    Yeah, this seems to kind of fit here…

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    • September 24, 2019, at 11:26 PM PDT
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  25. Bryan G. Stephens Inactive
    Bryan G. Stephens Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Senate voted unanimously for Trump to release the whistle-blower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. How do you feel about that?

    Trump authorizes release of Ukraine call transcript

    Top Ukraine Official: “I think there was no pressure.”

    NPR: “I said, ‘You’re not getting the [$1 billion]. I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a b****. He got fired,” Biden said.

    How do you feel about that?

    I am at home and am working off of a iPad where I can’t create a hyperlink. See my Comment #26 to Jon Gabriel’s post in the Main Feed where I cite an article from The Bulwark which points out that the situation with Biden and Trump are opposite to each other.

    In short, you are perfectly fine with Biden using taxpayer dollars to protect his son.

    If you can hyperlink that article, that would be great. Because that is not what I am saying.

    Sorry, Gary, but I have seen how you compare Trump to Hitler, just the other day.

    You have constantly questioned the Trump supporters. Well, I am Appling the Gary standard on supporters to you.

    Until you say what Biden did is wrong there is nothing else you can say about Trump.

    You have consistently supported the evil done by the Democrats to undermine voters will. You support evil, Gary. You advocate for the destruction of our political order just to satisfy your hate of Trump.

     

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    • September 25, 2019, at 3:02 AM PDT
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  26. Ralphie Member

    As a last election never trumper, I have noticed a steady drumbeat of cries for impeachment from the beginning (and before, our Richard Epstein thought we should vote based on who could more easily be impeached) of his presidency, before he did anything as President, and it has convinced me that I was wrong not to vote for him. He’s been a better President that I thought possible, but unlike those just looking for a reason to deny the reality of the next 4 years, I waited and watched to see what happens. He is rough, his own worse enemy, but I have to admit, his mouth isn’t any worse than the opposition or in party critics. Trump never picks on groups of private citizens that I can think of. His targets are very specific, in the public eye, and he calls them out, unlike Obama who identified the opposition as bitter clingers, or Clinton’s deplorables. The view from this pew is that I don’t have to worry about Trump targeting me as unworthy of being an American. Remember, he said he loved the uneducated.

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    • September 25, 2019, at 3:20 AM PDT
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  27. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

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    • September 25, 2019, at 4:18 AM PDT
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  28. danok1 Member

    @garyrobbins Have you read these two articles from The Hill (hardly a Trump-friendly publication):

    Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department’s overture to Rudy Giuliani

    Let’s get real: Democrats were first to enlist Ukraine in US elections

    A couple of quotes, one from each article:

    The U.S. attorney, a respected American, confirmed the Ukrainians’ story to me. The allegations that Ukrainian officials wanted to pass on involved both efforts by the Democratic National Committee to pressure Ukraine to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election as well as Joe Biden’s son’s effort to make money in Ukraine while the former vice president managed U.S.-Ukraine relations, the retired U.S. attorney told me. 

     

    The political pressure continued. Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in crucial U.S. aid to Kiev if Poroshenko did not fire the country’s chief prosecutor. Ukraine would have been bankrupted without the aid, so Poroshenko obliged on March 29, 2016, and fired Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

    At the time, Biden was aware that Shokin’s office was investigating Burisma, the firm employing Hunter Biden, after a December 2015 New York Times article.

    What wasn’t known at the time, Shokin told me recently, was that Ukrainian prosecutors were preparing a request to interview Hunter Biden about his activities and the monies he was receiving from Ukraine. If such an interview became public during the middle of the 2016 election, it could have had enormous negative implications for Democrats.

    And a question for you: if Joe Biden were now a private citizen, rather than a candidate for the Democrat nomination, would an investigation be warranted?

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    • September 25, 2019, at 5:21 AM PDT
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  29. Stad Thatcher

    Max Ledoux: they’ve merely swapped out “Russia” for “Ukraine.”

    Exactly what I was thinking. At some point, Trump will be accused of collusion with his voters . . .

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    • September 25, 2019, at 5:33 AM PDT
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  30. Raxxalan Member
    Raxxalan Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Senate voted unanimously for Trump to release the whistle-blower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. How do you feel about that?

    Since it is currently being reported that the whistleblower has no direct knowledge of the incident I think it is ridiculous. Also since it appears that the impeachable offense Trump is being accused of, based on hearsay mind you, is incredibly similar to something Biden actually brags about color me unimpressed. I am amazed at how far the Democrats and Never Trumpers are willing to go to use abnormal means to remove Trump when we have an election in about 13 months. This will cheapen the entire impeachment process and further erode trust in our institutions and democracy. Given the extraordinary campaign promises being made by the Democrat presidential field to engage in extra constitutional activities that lack of trust is going to lead to an explosive situation in the near future. So I have few different questions for you @garyrobbins. Do you really believe that we should impeach and remove a president based on hearsay and innuendo? If so do we really live in a Democratic Republic any longer or is the President forever at the mercy of the unelected intelligence community? and are you comfortable with that? 

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    • September 25, 2019, at 5:37 AM PDT
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