Tag: Ukraine

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a solid September jobs report, including a lower unemployment rate and a reduction in people leaving the labor force. They also break down the text messages among U.S. diplomats about President Trump’s approach to Ukraine, with one clearly seeing a quid pro quo and one saying it’s definitely not. And they comment on AOC declaring she’s bored with impeachment and just wants to get it done so she can keep her eyes “on the prize of social and economic and racial justice.”

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America look forward to Clint Eastwood’s new film about how the FBI and media convinced America Richard Jewell was the Olympic Park bomber back in 1996, ruined the man’s life, and obviously learned very little from this debacle.  They’re hopeful the movie will tell the truth about an ugly chapter in American history.  They also unload on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who was caught lying about his office having contact with the whistleblower before the complaint was filed.  And they react to President Trump not only doubling down on his urging of Ukraine to investigates Joe and Hunter Biden but for China to start investigating them as well.

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I believe that President Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president was legitimate diplomacy, and should never have become the subject of a whistleblower complaint. I further believe that since the president doesn’t work for the Intelligence Community, the DNI and the ICIG have no jurisdiction to even consider the complaint. I also believe that this […]

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Schiff Knew of Ukraine Whistleblower’s Complaint Before It Was Filed

 

The New York Times has reported that Trump bête noire Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CA) knew about the Ukraine whistleblower’s complaint before it was filed. This revelation gives the president’s supporters more evidence that the anonymous CIA officer’s filing is a partisan effort.

Two weeks ago, Schiff claimed on MSNBC that he hadn’t spoken with the whistleblower. Well, his phrasing was a bit more lawyerly than that:

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A Ludicrous Impeachment Charge

 

The political climate in the United States recorded new lows last week as the Democrats began a concerted effort to impeach Donald Trump for his telephone conversation on July 25, 2019 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The conversation was no clandestine affair but rather took place in a fishbowl before both a bevy of professional notetakers located in the White House situation room and a squad of Ukrainian observers.

The President released this conversation after an anonymous whistleblower filed a complaint on August 12, 2019 with Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina and Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California. That letter asserted ominously that “in the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election. The interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s domestic political rivals,” which in this case referred to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

This initial complaint was then followed up by thousands of denunciations of Trump. Schiff concluded that the President had betrayed the nation and his oath of office in conducting a “criminal shakedown” by asking Zelensky to do him a “favor” by digging up dirt on Joe Biden. Democratic stalwart David Axelrod  nastily tweeted: “If a Dem president quietly held up aid to [a] country & a week later called that country’s president to ask him the ‘favor’ of digging up dirt on an opponent, the @GOP in Congress would be screaming holy hell and demanding impeachment. And they would be right!”

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Sunday was a good day for the Democrats. Let’s concede that. Every major television network devotes an hour of their Sunday morning programming to their political shows, and today, all anybody was talking about was the Ukraine conversation. The Democratic Party sent a message today through their MSM allies that the president is corrupt, and […]

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The 40-Year Itch

 

TrumpRoadrunnerIt has been 40 plus years since we last took a firehose to the stables of the “intelligence community.” Human being are still fallen, not new and improved. Our institutions, our creations, reflect our individual and collective limitations, our flaws. All conservatives used to know this, with the phrase “if men were angels…” not so far in the back of mind. Yet, for the past two decades, we have been treated to the doubtful claim that we can trust all our government employees to be faithful and wise servants.* The past few years, at least since the IRS assault on the Tea Party, have provided significant evidence to the contrary, and suggest that we need something like new Church Committee hearings.

The acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, implausibly testified to Congress that the “whistleblower” had integrity and no political intent. Anyone who read the declassified complaint, even without reading the telephone conversation memorialization, knew this was disingenuous nonsense. As has been laid out since Maguire’s testimony, this complaint was obviously fabricated by a lawyer or team of lawyers, not an ordinary CIA officer.

A former senior intelligence official, Fred Fleitz, puts it this way:

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America take note of how it took less than 48 hours for Democrats to turn the impeachment process into a farce as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff opened Thursday’s hearing with a stunningly twisted version of the transcript documenting the Trump-Zelensky phone call in July.  They also walk through the declassified whistleblower report and point out what is likely to matter most as this process moves along.  And they get a kick out of Elizabeth Warren changing her mind on whether it’s OK for the children of vice presidents to sit on the boards of foreign companies.

“Whistleblower” Is Really Deep State Swamp Donkey

 

This “whistleblower” complaint is pure garbage. (Read it here yourself.) Who in the hell is this person? We don’t know. We certainly didn’t vote for him for anything. What gives him the right to interfere in US foreign policy? And that’s what this is about. It is an attempt by a deep state swamp creature, with the aid of the fake news, Democrats, and of course NeverTrumpers, to prevent Donald Trump from performing the normal duties of the office of the president. These people still haven’t gotten over the fact that their preferred candidate lost in 2016. They have not accepted that Trump is president.

The leaker, not whistleblower, writes in his complaint that he did not listen to the July 25 phone call between Presidents Trump and Zelenskyy and had not seen the transcript. So he knows nothing about the call, at all. But he describes it as having happened “early in the morning,” a totally unnecessary description for a call that started at 9AM. Is that early? Not really. But describing it as “early in the morning” somehow makes it sound suspect, shady, suspicious. He then goes on to cite, for several pages, various news items about Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s tweets, and appearances by both Trump and Guiliani on Fox News. In other words, he has no knowledge of anything and is using publicly available information.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America go through the transcript of the Trump phone call with Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelensky and conclude virtually no minds will be changed by it when it comes to impeachment.  They also explain why the transcript is still bad for President Trump and possibly Joe Biden.  And they get a good laugh at 2016 presidential afterthought and fake conservative Evan McMullin taking credit for the launch of the House impeachment inquiry.

Presidential Ukraine Phone Transcript: Nothingburger? Not Exactly.

 

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President Trump has declassified and released the transcript of his phone conversation in July with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy (See our post here.) The transcript is a complete nothingburger when it comes to the loony Left’s (and NeverTrumper’s) insane desire to remove President Trump from office. Trump did not, as had been alleged by partisan hacks in the Fake News, threaten to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless they gave him dirt on Biden. (Why this would have been an impeachable offense is not clear to me, in any case.)

When Russia Collusion Fails, Simply Insert Ukraine

 

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.

Wile E. Coyote’s Latest: “Whistleblower”

 

The falsely styled “whistleblower,” a possible felon within the intelligence community who is seeking to subvert our Constitution, with the complicity of (fellow) Democrats and their Trump-loathing TruCon lapdogs, is already blowing up in “Wile E. Coyote’s” face.

President Trump had a wonderful time in his sit-down press availability with the Australian Prime Minister. He spoke plain truths: that the “fake news” media represented in the room had just had one of their worst weeks and was now doubling down to discredit themselves even further.

Join Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America as they serve up the final martinis of the week.  First, they welcome the whimpering conclusion of the pointless presidential campaign of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.  They also pop the popcorn as as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says no senators support Beto O’Rourke’s mandatory buyback program for AR-15’s and other weapons and O’Rourke fires back by saying that Schumer has accomplished nothing on guns.  And as the whistleblower story offers a few more details and now seems to feature Joe Biden, Jim expertly peels back the layers to discuss what Trump did, what Biden did and what it all means.

Feeling Feisty Over Foreign Policy Follies

 

POTUS 41 through 45In Realsville, President Trump has done more to check Russian imperial aggression than has any president since Reagan. Fact.* Deal with it.

And.

There is a greater likelihood that Hong Kong will become an independent city-state, like Singapore, than there is that Russia will hand Crimea back to Ukraine in the next decade.

A Tale of Three Nukes

 

Maps of Ukraine, Libya, North KoreaI recently urged “Don’t Say You Want a Revolution,” reviewing the sad and terrible consequences of American presidents talking up “regime change” or “revolution” in other countries. As the people of 1956 Hungary and 1991 Iraq discovered, the United States does not back up such talk with our own blood and treasure, even when local people put their own fortunes, sacred honor, and lives on the line. Now let us shift perspective, from the people to the governing elite.

What lessons should Kim Jong-Un draw from recent history? Does U.S. policy, as it has actually played out, cut against North Korean denuclearization? What of the Khomeinist regime in Iran? Consider Libya and Ukraine as cautionary tales for other governments considering what to do with their own weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs.

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was only very technically not “targeted” by a bomb dropped on one of his residences on orders from President Reagan. Gaddafi was briefly chastened and then proceeded to develop both chemical and nuclear weapons programs. These programs were the subject of much international posturing by so-called arms control agencies and various governments. Then President George W. Bush sent the full might of the United States military crashing down on Saddam Hussein, on the claim that he had been defying arms control programs and had some really bad weapons of mass destruction. Gaddafi suddenly became entirely compliant and opened Libya to arms control inspectors: