Friday, May 24, 2019

As the Week Ends -- TWA 800, Elijah Cummings, Julian Assange, and President and Mrs. Trump at Arlington

LET'S REVIEW STORIES WE COULDN'T FIT IN THIS WEEK. And, let's begin with the ill-fated TWA 800 flight. • • • "DID TRUMP SEND TWA 800 SIGNAL AT MONTOURSVILLE?" That's what Jack Cashill asked on WND when he wrote about the President's rally in Montoursville. Jack Cashill -- who wrote TWA 800 and is an expert on the flight -- wants President Trump to reopen the probe into the deadly downing of the aircraft. For his rally on Monday, the President chose Montoursville, a pleasant little town of fewer than 5,000 people in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Cashill says those who have heard of Montoursville : "...include the CIA analysts, FBI honchos and Clinton White House operatives who orchestrated the cover-up of the TWA 800 crash. On July 17, 1996, the ill-fated 747 was shot down off the coast of Long Island, almost surely by accident, killing all 230 people on board. Among the dead were 16 French-Club students from Montoursville High School and five of their chaperones. I have been to Montoursville and spoken with people who lost their children. They are still waiting for answers." • Cashill says : "Many people are waiting for answers, including the hundreds of TWA veterans with whom I have spoken, most recently at a heavily attended LAX event led by retired TWA Captain Al Francis. The TWA vets lost 53 of their colleagues on board that plane. If there is one among them who buys the government line that a rogue spark blew up the center fuel tank, I have not met him or her. A question I have heard often, and I suspect Captain Francis has too, is whether President Trump can or will reopen the investigation, there being no riper example of Deep State treachery than the TWA 800 investigation. I am not optimistic, but Monday’s rally gave me a glimmer of hope. In the special congressional election held the following day, Republican Fred Keller did not need the President’s help : he won by a greater than 2-to-1 margin. Presuming that the election inspired the trip, the obvious site of the rally should have been the nearby and much larger Williamsport, the county seat and celebrated home of the Little League World Series. Indeed, there are many towns in Pennsylvania’s 12th district larger than Montoursville. But the President chose Montoursville." • Cashill outlines "what Trump’s people need to know" about TWA 800 : "According to an air traffic controller at NY TRACON, 'A primary radar return (ASR-9) indicated vertical movement intersecting TWA 800,' and then TWA800 disappeared. As anti-terror czar Richard Clarke tells it, he immediately called a high level meeting in the White House situation room. Illegally, but publicly, the FBI seized control of the investigation from the NTSB within hours of the crash. According to CIA documents, 'The DI [Directorate of Intelligence] became involved in the ‘missile theory’ the day after the crash occurred.' The CIA’s George Tenet told the 9/11 Commission in March 2004 that a 'wall' prevented the CIA and FBI from cooperating on national security issues. As the CIA documents prove, the CIA and FBI collaborated uneasily on the TWA 800 investigation for the next 16 months, wall or no wall. According to the CIA, within two weeks of the disaster, FBI agents had interviewed 144 'excellent' eyewitnesses to a likely missile strike and found the evidence for such a strike 'overwhelming.' The CIA analyst boasted of discouraging the FBI from releasing its missile report. He seems to have succeeded. Two weeks later, the FBI permitted the New York Times to interview one and only one eyewitness. He saw the event out of the corner of his eye and thought it was a bomb. The NTSB eventually identified 258 eyewitnesses who had seen a glowing object streaking towards TWA 800. At least 56 had followed the object from the horizon. The Times interviewed none of the 258. The eyewitnesses were not easily explained away. With the NTSB illegally shut out of witness review, the FBI turned the task over to the CIA. Working with just one-third of the witness statements, the CIA concluded that the eyewitnesses saw the aircraft ascend more than 3,000 feet after a spontaneous explosion blew off the plane’s nose. In April 1997, the head of the FBI missile team, Steve Bongardt, bucked the brass and demanded to know why the CIA failed to account for the eight witnesses who saw an object 'hit the aircraft.' The CIA blew him off. Instead, the CIA created a specious animation to promote its exploding fuel tank theory. The FBI showed the animation once, when it closed the criminal case in November 1997. To sell this lie, as the CIA documents prove, the CIA created at least three critical witness statements from whole cloth and flagrantly corrupted more than 200 others. The deputy attorney general who successfully oversaw the investigation, Jamie Gorelick, left the Justice Department in 1997 to take a job with Fannie Mae. She would make more than $25 million over the next six years. In 2004, Gorelick left Fannie Mae to become a member of the 9/11 Commission. In April 2004, Attorney General John Ashcroft testified to the 9/11 Commission, 'The single greatest structural cause for September 11 was the 'wall.' Full disclosure,' Ashcroft continued, 'compels me to inform you that its author is a member of the commission.' Yes, that commissioner was Jamie Gorelick. As the nation learned in the aftermath of 9/11, the 'wall' that was breached all too easily to protect the secrets of TWA 800 held much too firmly when it came to the secrets of our enemies. Those responsible for the cover-up had to sleep just a wee bit uneasily Monday night. They know what 'Montoursville' means. Here’s hoping the President does, too." • In a separate American Thinker article on Wednesday, Jack Cashill asked "Why did Trump hold a rally in this small Pennsylvania town?" Cashill answered his own question by sating : "If there was a reason President Donald Trump chose the small Pennsylvania town of Montoursville to hold a campaign rally, no one in the media is saying what it is. In the absence of any answers, let me suggest one, admittedly more speculative than proven but a possibility nonetheless. In 1996, during the midst of Bill Clinton's desperate drive to become President [for a second term], 16 French club members from the Montoursville high school and five of their chaperones died in the crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island. Although the phrase has been much abused, there is none better than 'cover-up' to describe what followed. Like many initiatives the Clinton White House choreographed, this one was highly improvisational. Before it was through, with the CIA calling the shots and the FBI following its lead, the TWA 800 investigation would make several sharp course corrections. To be sure, the great majority of those working the investigation had little or no idea it was being misdirected. Some who did harbor suspicions bravely resisted the misdirection, but they had almost nowhere to turn with their protests. Had there been a vigilant media to hear these individuals, or even a mature internet to share their objections, the truth would have surfaced, but it has not. At least not yet. What better place to start the unraveling than Montoursville?" • The official US government report issued by the NTSB found that the probable cause of the crash of TWA Flight 800 was an explosion of flammable fuel/air vapors in a fuel tank, most likely from a short-circuit. Conspiracy theories say the crash was due to a US Navy missile test gone awry, a terrorist missile strike, or an on-board bomb. Jack Cashill clearly does not think it was an on-board bomb. • • • TWA800.COM. This is the site of the Associated Retired Aviation Professionals, formed in early 1997. Its members include former military, civilian, and aviation professionals who are committed to independently investigating the mysterious crash of TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996. • Commander William S. Donaldson, USN (ret.), challenged the official NTSB position on the cause of the crash of TWA Flight 800 in a series of letters to James Hall, Chairman of the NTSB between April 1997 and December 2000. During those four years, Commander Donaldson worked with other Retired Aviation Professionals, including some previous crash investigators as well as persons inside the NTSB investigation itself. Commander Donaldson, who died in 2001, had extensive experience as a Naval crash investigator and he and others concluded that the NTSB's explanation of the Center Wing Tank explosion was not credible. With the help of these other concerned aviation professionals,Commander Donaldson produced an extensive report on the cause of the crash. The initial Interim Report was delivered to the House Aviation Subcommittee on July 16th, 1998. Since that time a great deal of new information has surfaced. For example, information uncovered in early 1999 now shows that TWA Flight 800 could have been shot down by one or more shoulder-fired missiles. The FBI was briefed by military missile experts in the Fall of 1996 that Flight 800 was well within the range of a shoulder fired missile. The FBI conducted a covert dredging operation for stinger missile parts between November 1996 and April 1997. Commander Donaldson brought this new evidence to the House Aviation Subcommittee in testimony on May 6, 1999. it seems not to be up to date since about 2005, but there are some early reports and tests still on the site, although some are not available when you click on them. • There is also a lengthy Wikipedia entry on TWA 800 at < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800 >. Wikipedia favors the official government version of what happened to the aircraft. • • • JACK CASHILL'S BOOK. On the 20th anniversary of the crash of TWA 800, The Daily Mail published a long article and interview with Jack Cashill and his research into the crash. The entire Daily Mail article is available at < https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3673935/What-brought-TWA-Flight-800-Claims-plane-hit-missile-mid-air-explosion-government-cover-detailed-book-20-years-Long-Island-crash.html >. The July 4, 2016, article by Chris Spargo, goes into detail with Cashill about his TWA 800 research. Spargo wrote : "What brought down TWA Flight 800 : Claims that plane was hit by missile before mid-air explosion and of a government cover-up are detailed in a book 20 years after the Long Island crash. It has been 20 years since TWA Flight 800 crashed off the coast of Long Island 12 minutes after taking off from JFK Airport in New York City. The National Transportation Safety Board spent four years looking into the cause and declared it to be a short circuit in the plane's fuel tank. Of the 755 eyewitness who spoke to the FBI, 258 described seeing a streak of light heading towards the plane before the explosion. In his new book 'TWA 800 : The Crash, the Cover-Up, and the Conspiracy,' author Jack Cashill takes a look at some of the alternate crash theories. Cashill speaks with eyewitnesses again and those who have never spoken before who believe they saw a rocket or missile. He also examines claims of a possible government cover-up involving the FBI and CIA." • Spargo lists the theories Cahill reviews in his book -- some sort of missile or rocket hit the plane; there was a government cover-up to keep what really happened a secret; a strike to the outside of the plane may have come from a terrorist or even a US Navy ship according to conspiracy theorists, claims that were both declared untrue by the FBI a little over a year after the crash. • Spargo recounts the crash details : "TWA Flight 800 was a Boeing 747-131 that had completed over 16,000 flights and been in operation for 25 years when it departed on the evening of July 17 from New York City. The plane exploded and crashed into the ocean just after 8:30 pm as it made its ascent to 15,000 feet eight miles off the coast of East Moriches in the town of Brookhaven, located just west of the Hamptons. Some who had seen the explosion and crash immediately took action to see if they could find any survivors, including an Air National Guard helicopter that was only miles away and even a few nearby residents who were out on the ocean on boats. The helicopter was eventually forced to turn away due to debris from the plane that was still falling from the sky, while those who approached the burning wreckage in boats said that the smoke was so bad it became impossible to breathe or get close to the scene. Recovery of the bodies began the next day, a task that took 10 months before all 230 victims were identified. Wreckage also began being removed from the water soon after, with investigators piecing the plane back together in hopes of getting some idea as to what happened to the doomed aircraft." • Spargo says : "The best information at first came from the witnesses who saw the crash, and many told the same exact story of seeing something shoot up towards the plane just before the explosion. Of the 755 individuals that the FBI spoke with who witnessed some aspect of the crash, at least 258 described seeing a streak of light prior to the plane's explosion while close to 100 said that they watched that streak travel from the Earth up towards the aircraft....Cashill spoke to some of these witnesses for his new book, including the woman considered by many to be one of the most crucial people the FBI interviewed after the crash, WITNESS 73. The woman's identity has never been revealed, but she is one of the few people who was closely watching the plane when the explosion occurred. She had been visiting friends when she decided to go down to the beach around 8:30 pm, just before the explosion brought down the aircraft. The FBI report stated in its summary of her interview : 'While keeping her eyes on the aircraft she observed a 'red streak' moving up from the ground toward the aircraft at an approximately a 45 degree angle. The 'red streak' was leaving a light gray colored smoke trail. The 'red streak' went passed [sic] the right side and above the aircraft before arcing back toward the aircraft’s right wing.' Witness 73 described the streak as looking like 'an upside down NIKE swoosh logo.' She continued to watch as the streak connect with the plane according to the report, which said : 'She then observed a fire at the aircraft followed by one or two secondary explosions which had a deeper sound. 'She then observed the front of the aircraft separate from the back. She then observed burning pieces of debris falling from the aircraft.' Cashill uncovers shocking new information in speaking with Witness 73 for his new book though, including claims that someone inside a government agency may have attempted to discredit her statement by falsifying records....Cashill also revisits interviews he did withe eyewitnesses from his 2001 documentary on the same subject, 'Silenced: TWA 800 and the Subversion of Justice.' Among those he spoke to were Mike Wire, who was building a bridge in nearby Westhampton at the time of the explosion. Wire said in the documentary that he watched a white light as it 'zig zagged' from the beach up in the air before it 'arched over' and disappeared from his view. Seconds later he saw 'an orange light that appeared to be a fireball' and heard four loud explosions as the plane fell from the sky. He was only interviewed once however, and even that is not as shocking as the story of David McClaine. McClaine submitted a report about what he saw almost immediately after the crash as he was a pilot flying from Boston to Trenton going in for a landing when he watched the aircraft explode right in front of him. Cashill reveals in his book however that despite the vantage point, the fact that he was more familiar with planes than any other eyewitness and that he was the first to actually report the explosion, he was not interviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board until 1999, three years after the crash. Meanwhile, the CIA’s Deputy Director for Intelligence released a statement about the crash in 1997, saying: 'Our analysis demonstrates that the eyewitness sightings of greatest concern to us -- the ones originally interpreted to be of a possible missile attack -- took place after the first of several explosions aboard the aircraft...combined with the total absence of physical evidence of a missile attack, [this] leads CIA analysts to conclude that no such attack occurred.' " • The findings by the CIA and FBI do not add up however to Cashill, as he explores in his book : " 'The single greatest structural cause for the September 11th problem [the 9/11 investigation problem] was the 'wall' that segregated or separated criminal investigators and intelligence agents,' Attorney General John Ashcroft told the 9-11 Commission in April 2004,' Cashill told DailyMail.com. 'Thanks to a treasure trove of recently unearthed CIA documents we now know that the FBI and CIA ignored the 'wall' and collaborated from day one of the TWA 800 investigation. The CIA had no other role but to discredit the 258 FBI witnesses to a missile strike. 'Overseeing the TWA 800 investigation was deputy attorney general Jamie Gorelick. In 1995, Gorelick wrote the wall memo. In 2004, Gorelick sat on the 9-11 Commission." • Will President Trump revive the TWA 800 investigation? Or is Cashill reading too much into the President's choice of Montoursville for his rally? We have no clue so far. • • • IS ELIJAH CUMMINGS ENGAGED IN PAY-FOR-PLAY??? As we discussed in our May 22 blog, Obama-appointed judge Amit P. Mehta, in his district court level opinion authorized congressional review of presidential financial papers by saying the review is part of Congress's power to impeach a President. Judge Mehta wrote that the standard for obtaining a valid congressional subpoena is not a difficult bar to clear under Supreme Court precedent, and Democrats had easily shown they were not simply out on a "fishing expedition." Comments made by Democrats suggesting their political motivations, Mehta said, did not automatically make the subpoena itself invalid : "The Oversight Committee has shown that it is not engaged in a pure fishing expedition for the President’s financial records. It is undisputed that the President did not initially identify as liabilities on his public disclosure forms the payments that Michael Cohen made to alleged mistresses during the presidential campaign. Furthermore, Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations arising from those payments." The chairman of the House Oversight Committee that issued the subpoena for the financial records is ELIJAH CUMMINGS -- arch Hillary defender. No politics there -- no sir, Judge Mehta says, although President Trump's lawyers in a filing to Mehta had earlier asked the judge to prohibit Mazars from 'enforcing or complying' with the subpoena, quoting Democrats as openly admitting they wanted to use subpoena power for political purposes. "We’re going to have to build an air traffic control tower to keep track of all the subpoenas flying from here to the White House," one Democrat said; another referenced a "subpoena cannon" firing at the White House. President Trump’s lawyers also noted that House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., "flat-out admitted that he wanted to ‘investigate whether the President may have engaged in illegal conduct before and during his tenure in office’ and ‘review whether he has accurately reported his finances to the Office of Government Ethics and other federal entities." • And, what do we now learn about Elijah Cummings? Here is what American Thinker's Monica Showalter wrote on Wednesday : "Pay to play, the Democrat way. Now it's Elijah Cummings. Is there no end to Democrat corruption? Here's what's going on with one of the most supposedly respectable of them, Representative Elijah Cummings of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according to the Washington Examiner : "A charity run by the wife of Representative Elijah Cummings received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband's committee and could have been used illegally, according to an IRS complaint filed by an ethics watchdog group. Cummings, 68, a Maryland Democrat, is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His wife, Maya Rockeymoore, 48, is the chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party and briefly ran in the state's gubernatorial race last year. The couple married in 2008. Cummings was once heavily in debt -- in part due to hefty child support payments to his first wife and two other women he had children with -- but his financial situation has improved considerably over the past decade. So it's not just the crazy extremists among the Democratic Party elites, such as Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, who have ethics issues around the sale of office for favors. It's even more egregious with the more established Democrats in powerful positions. Like Hillary Clinton before him, Cummings's game seems to be pay to play. Donate big to my charity foundation and get the legislation you want. A charity linked to Johnson & Johnson has been pouring cash in....A second problem has been self-dealing. A big federal grant to stop childhood obesity went to Cummings's charity -- and then to a consulting firm with the same name run by his wife. She pulls in an undisclosed-by-Cummings $152,000 salary. That contract sure helped. Tom Anderson, director of the National Legal and Policy Center's Government Integrity Project, which has been investigating the nonprofit arrangement and provided research to the Washington Examiner, said the potential for corruption is 'off the charts.' He said Rockeymoore declined to let his organization view her nonprofit organization's most recent public financial records as required by the IRS." • Showalter spells it out : " What this shows is that for all their calls for President Trump's tax returns, and for all their claims to our tax money and regulatory enthusiasm, they're still in the same game they're famous for -- using public office to get rich. The Examiner report (which is very well written, by the way) points out that political power has been good for Cummings's pocketbook. Now he and his wife are yelling that the complaints are 'politically motivated.' Laws, see, have nothing to do with this lucrative gig." • Are you listening, Office of Government Ethics? It isn't President Trump you ought to be investigating. It is Elijah Cummings. • • • JULIEN ASSANGE INDICTED ON 18 COUNTS. The indictment relates to his alleged coordination with Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak classified national-security documents. Fox News states : "A federal grand jury returned an 18-count superseding indictment on Thursday charging WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with a slew of offenses over his alleged role in one of the largest leaks of classified information in US history. The indictment alleged Assange coordinated with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak classified documents related to US war and diplomacy efforts around the world. US officials claimed Assange worked in tandem with Manning to break into a classified government computer. Manning, who served several years in prison for leaking to WikiLeaks, was jailed in March after refusing to testify to a grand jury regarding WikiLeaks....The indictment specifically alleged that Assange agreed to receive classified documents from Manning and 'aided and abetted her in obtaining classified information with reason to believe that the information was to be used to the injury of the United States or the advantage of a foreign nation,' as well as caused her to provide classified documents. The indictment charged that Assange published the unredacted names of sources who gave information to US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as to State Department diplomats around the world. The sources included journalists, religious leaders, local Afghans and Iraqis as well as political dissidents from repressive regimes, according to the Justice Department. 'Assange’s actions risked serious harm to United States national security to the benefit of our adversaries and put the unredacted named human sources at a grave and imminent risk of serious physical harm and/or arbitrary detention,' according to the superseding indictment. In late 2009, Assange and WikiLeaks allegedly 'actively solicited United States classified information, including by publishing a list of ‘Most Wanted Leaks’ that sought, among other things, classified documents,' the DOJ added. The superseding indictment revealed that in 2010 Manning allegedly used the access she had as an intelligence analyst to search for classified documents and gave Assange and WikiLeaks databases that had 'approximately 90,000 Afghanistan war-related significant activity reports, 400,000 Iraq war-related significant activities reports, 800 Guantanamo Bay detainee assessment briefs, and 250,000 US Department of State cables,' even though many of these documents were classified at the Secret level. The DOJ claimed it meant 'their unauthorized disclosure could cause serious damage to United States national security.' Manning also allegedly gave WikiLeaks 'hundreds of thousands of documents classified up to the SECRET level that she downloaded from departments and agencies of the United States, including the Afghanistan war-related significant activity reports and Iraq war-related significant activity reports,' according to the indictment. Those reports described the circumstances and limitations under which US forces would initiate or engage in combat with other forces, according to the DOJ. The superseding indictment alleged that Assange “actively encouraged” Manning to provide more information during their discussions." • Fox News adds that : "Assange also has been charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for allegedly agreeing to crack a password hash stored on Defense Department computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network, a government network used for classified documents and communications. Ben Brandon, a lawyer representing the US government, said in court earlier this month that American investigators had acquired details of communications between Manning and Assange in 2010. The two had allegedly 'engaged in real time discussions regarding Chelsea Manning’s dissemination of confidential records to Mr. Assange.' " • The extradition treaty between the US and Sweden provides for political defense, according to Fox senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano. Earlier this month, Assange, 47, told a British court he wouldn’t agree to be extradited to the US where he’s facing the charges of conspiracy to hack a Pentagon computer. He addressed the court on May 2 via video link from a prison in London, saying he wouldn’t 'surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected many people.' That hearing came just a day after the WikiLeaks founder was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison in the UK for jumping bail in 2012 and hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden where he was wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations." • Reuters reported Monday that : "Swedish prosecutors heading the probe into a rape allegation against Julian Assange issued a formal detention order Monday against the WikiLeaks founder, who is jailed in Britain -- a first step in seeking his extradition. Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, said she had filed the request with the Uppsala district court to have Assange detained in absentia. 'If the court decides to detain him, I will issue a European Arrest Warrant concerning surrender to Sweden,' Persson said in a statement. She added that once the court had granted the request, which comes after last week’s reopening of a 2010 rape probe, she would ask British authorities to transfer the Australian whistleblower to Sweden. The development sets up a possible battle between Sweden and the US over who gets to try Assange first. He faces a US extradition warrant for allegedly conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer. Persson said British officials will decide any conflict between a European arrest warrant and a US extradition request for Assange, who was evicted last month from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012. He was immediately collared by British police on April 11 and is serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for jumping bail in 2012. On May 13, Swedish prosecutors reopened a preliminary probe against Assange, who visited Sweden in 2010, after two Swedish women alleged that he had committed sex crimes against them. While a case of alleged sexual misconduct against the 47-year-old in Sweden was dropped in 2017 when the statute of limitations expired, a rape allegation remains. Swedish authorities have had to shelve it because he was living at the embassy at the time and there was no prospect of hauling him to Sweden....The statute of limitations in the rape case expires in August 2020. Assange has denied wrongdoing, claiming the allegations were politically motivated and that the sex was consensual. According to the request for a detention order, Assange is wanted for 'intentionally having carried out an intercourse' with an unnamed woman 'by unduly exploiting that she was in a helpless state because of sleep.' The request added there was 'an aggravating circumstance' because he didn’t use a condom. Assange met the two Swedish women in connection with a lecture in August 2010 in Stockholm. One was involved in organizing an event for Sweden’s Social Democratic Party and offered to host him at her home. The other was in the audience. A cop who heard the women’s accounts decided there was reason to suspect they were victims of sex crimes and handed the case to a prosecutor. Assange faces a maximum of four years in a Swedish prison if he is convicted of the rape. Persson said the day and time for the detention hearing at the Uppsala District Court that will make the decision has not yet been decided. 'However, in my view, the Swedish case can proceed concurrently with the proceedings in the UK,' Persson said in a statement." • Fox News states that Assange's extradition to the US is being handled by the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs. If convicted, Assange faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on each count except for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion which has a maximum penalty of five years." • Assange supporters are trying to make this a First Amendment case vis-à-vis the US charges, describing Assange as a modern intel reporter who should not be prosecuted for revealing what others offer to him. Against Espionage Act charges, this argument will probably not succeed. • • • DEAR READERS, although mainstream news is not reporting this, the Daily Caller ran a story on Thursday about President and Mrs. Trump making a surprise visit to Arlington National Cemetery as America prepares to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. The President and First Lady paid their respects and placed American flags at the graves of soldiers. At the cemetery, President Trump an Melania were greeted by four military personnel dressed in fatigues, according to a White House pool report. The presidential couple stopped at gravestones to plant an American flag and pause in silence to pay their respects. • The Daily Caller reminds us that : "Ahead of Memorial Day, 'more than 260,000 flags are planted in an event that spans the weekend known as ‘Flags In,’ according to the director of operations at Arlington Cemetery,' the pool report added." • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said : "The President is also expected to hold a Memorial Day event in Japan during his upcoming trip. But, President Trump wanted to visit Arlington as well." • On Thursday, the First Lady made a special trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to visit with “wounded warriors” and present a Purple Heart. First Lady Melania Trump share this tweet about her visit to Walter Reed : "(@flotus) on May 22, 2019 at 5:51pm PDT 'I want to thank the service members I met today. As each of them recovers, we are reminded of the cost of our country’s security. I am grateful to each of these warriors and their families for what they sacrifice for our country. The President and I will always stand with our men and women in uniform,” she added. “I also want to thank all the medical leadership and staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the care and support they give our military members.” • All the photos of President Trump and Melania at Arlington are available at < https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/23/melania-president-trump-arlington-cemetery-place-flags/?utm_medium=email >. • Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend with those you love. Be safe, and be grateful for those who serve in uniform. Pray for the wounded and for those who have died for freedom's cause over the past 250 years.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Democrats Flee Pelosi while Americans Flock to President Trump

ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR ROLLS ON WITH HIS PROBE OF THE BEGINNINGS OF THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. And, the Swamp Democrats keep screaming "Impeachment" as a diversionary tactic. • • • ANOTHER TRUMP TOWER MEETING. This one was in January, 2017, and during the meeting CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and FBI Director James Comey briefed President-Elect Trump on the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election. After the others left, Comey told Trump about more specifics of the Dossier’s claims. On January 10, 2017, CNN ran a story titled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him.” AND, later, on the night of January 10, citing unknown sources, BuzzFeed published the Dossier under the title “These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia.” • We can see why AG Barr is interested in the second Trump Tower meeting and why the mainstream media is talking only about the first “Trump Tower Meeting,” which has become synonymous with the June 9, 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign senior members, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The Mueller investigation has already reported it could find no collusion there. But, the MSM and Swamp Democrats persist in raising it as a sign that President Trump somehow colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. • NOW, AG Barr is onto the real 'collusion' meeting, the collusion set up by Brennan, Clapper, and Comey to compromise President-Elect Trump by placing him in a situation in which he could not deny knowing about the Russian Dossier's contents, while "somebody" or "sombodies" -- we would never accuse the Brennan, Clapper, Comey Unholy Three -- leaked the January, 2017, meeting's contents, and indeed its Dossier, to the public. The leaked information was voraciously eaten whole by the Progressive lapdog anti-Trump pro-Hillary media as proof that the 2016 election was "stolen." • Well, AG Barr is on to them. In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Barr said, ” One of the things we want to look into [is] the handling of the meeting on January 6, 2017, between the intelligence chiefs and the President and the leaking of information subsequent to that meeting.” Freedom News reports that : "After that meeting multiple media outlets reported someone leaked to them that Russia might have compromising information about President Elect Trump. During that meeting CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and FBI Director James Comey briefed President Elect Trump on the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election. After the others left, Comey told Trump about more specifics of the Dossier’s claims." Then came the CNN story titled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him," and the BuzzFeed publication of the Dossier under the title “These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia” that cited "unknown sources." Freedom News states : "Since then, Republicans have repeatedly called for an investigation into the likelihood the BuzzFeed’s article was made possible by criminal leaks of classified information by the intelligence community. AG Barr would not specify what his questions are about this meeting but said, 'it’s one of the things we need to look at. We’re still at the stage of gathering all the information.' • Freedom News reminds us that : "Former FBI General Counsel James Baker admitted to Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News that the bureau at that time was worried Comey might appear to be 'blackmailing' President Elect Donald Trump. He told Isikoff, 'Jim [Comey] and I had talked many times about the Hoover days, especially the investigation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., what was done there, the blackmailing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. So yeah, we were quite worried about that, quite worried about how that would come off.' Baker said he discussed in length with Comey about the wisdom of pursuing such 'sensational and salacious allegations' knowing that no one had 'verified' their accuracy. Baker said the FBI took the Dossier 'seriously...but not literally.' He claims the meeting with Trump was to get ahead of stories leaking to the press. The story was leaked. Within hours, not days!" • Earlier this week Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani called Comey a “jackass” in the way he handled the Dossier and subsequent meeting at Trump Tower.” That whole thing with going up to Trump and telling him about the Steele Dossier...that wasn’t being a Hoover?” • For almost two years, says Freedom News : "the FBI’s handling of the Steele Dossier has been in question. There have been at least three federal investigations of alleged FISA court abuse and other questionable ways the DOJ and the FBI handled the Trump-Russia investigation. No wonder the Democrat-controlled House wants to tie AG Barr’s hands any way it can. Like much of America, he wants to get the facts on how this whole affair began. He told Bill Hemmer of Fox News, 'The fact of the matter is Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities. He was looking at whether or not the Trump campaign had conspired with the Russians. But he was not going back and looking at the counter-intelligence program. And we have a number of investigations underway that touch upon it -- the main one being the office of inspector general that’s looking at the FISA warrants.' " As Freedom News says, quoting Barr’s words, "there’s a lot about this story that doesn’t 'hang together.' ” • • • AND, WHILE THEIR SWAMP BURNED, THE DEMOCRATS FIDDLED WITH IMPEACHMENT. Townhall published an article by Guy Benson on Tuesday titled "Popcorn: Dems Clash in Closed Meeting, Members of Pelosi's Leadership Team Revolt on Impeachment." Benson wrote : "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is once again struggling to maintain control over her new majority's caucus -- even battling dissension among her own leadership team. Pelosi has already faced multiple rank-and-file insurrections on GOP-led motions to recommit, caved to pressure and lost a battle over condemning a freshman member's anti-Semitism, decided to ignore her chamber's budgeting requirements in order to sidestep endless intra-party spending battles, and recently watched as her party was forced to shelve (since revived) DREAM Act legislation due to internal squabbling over extending amnesty to people with criminal records. Her latest headache is on impeachment, which she's opposed for months on tactical grounds. Her rhetorical fence-straddling has been awkward and strained at times (what does this mean?), and now it appears as though there's a growing chance that her delicate balancing act could be heading toward a breaking point. In a closed-door meeting yesterday, top House Democrats reportedly clashed over the issue of pursuing impeachment against President Trump. Though Pelosi did not abandon her opposition to the idea, her stance came under siege from some typical allies : GET IN THE ROOM : '@SpeakerPelosi's own leadership team tonight rebelled against her on impeachment. During a closed door meeting, at least five members of her leadership team pushed her to bless an impeachment inquiry against Trump. w/@mikedebonis https://t.co/gVu9YKOl1x — Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) May 21, 2019.' More details, via Politico : 'House Democratic leaders sparred internally on Monday over whether to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies rejecting the call to move forward for now, according to multiple sources. Representatives David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Joe Neguse of Colorado -- all members of Democratic leadership -- pushed to begin impeachment proceedings during a leadership meeting in Pelosi's office, said the sources. Pelosi and Representatives Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Hakeem Jeffries of New York and Cheri Bustos of Illinois -- some of her key allies -- rejected their calls, saying Democrats' message is being drowned out by the fight over possibly impeaching Trump...While Pelosi and her top Democrats argue that a majority of House Democrats don't want to impeach Trump, she is under growing pressure from some of her most hard-line members to move more forcefully against the President...Several members and aides said an impeachment inquiry resolution could be introduced in the House Judiciary Committee in the next several days, spurring more Democratic debate over how to respond to Trump. During the Steering and Policy Committee meeting, [Tennessee Democrat Representative Steve ] Cohen said President Bill Clinton faced impeachment proceedings 'over sex' while Trump is 'raping the country,' according to two sources in the room. Cohen later confirmed his remarks.' " • Pelosi has often said she opposed an impeachment inquiry. Politico says : "Impeaching Trump, or even beginning an impeachment inquiry against Trump, is a huge risk for Democrats. Pelosi and her allies complain the anti-Trump fervor is overwhelming Democratic messaging on their agenda, and claim that most of the rank and file is against the move. Democratic leaders also fear that impeaching Trump in the House, only to see him acquitted by the Senate, would strengthen his hand in 2020." • Freedom News says : "...it's quite obvious that Pelosi and those on her side of this escalating argument are watching the polls carefully. They all show lopsided opposition to impeachment : 'Since Mueller’s report came out, seven national pollsters have asked whether Congress should launch impeachment proceedings against Trump. ... The percentage of respondents who say yes has never reached 40." https://t.co/uYTzrYYO6a— Will Saletan (@saletan)May 21, 2019.' " • • • PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLS PELOSI'S BLUFF. TheHill reported on Wednesday that : "Democratic calls to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump are reaching a crescendo -- and that’s fine with Republicans, who believe such a push would rebound to the GOP’s advantage. Some Trump allies even claim the President is trying to goad his opponents into pursuing impeachment against him. They note both his provocative rhetoric and his stonewalling of congressional inquiries. 'I see some of what the President is doing as a briar patch strategy,' said Michael Caputo, a longtime Trump friend who met with the President at the White House last month. 'I am not the only one who thinks that impeachment would be a disaster for the Democrats.' But Democrats, especially on the left of the party, are increasingly assertive about impeachment. On Tuesday, Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) tweeted that Trump had 'pushed Congress to a point where we must start an impeachment inquiry.' " Ditto Representative Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.), Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y), and reportedly House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). TheHill says : "The pro-impeachment case seems compelling -- to Democrats. They note that special counsel Robert Mueller explicitly declined to exonerate Trump from obstruction of justice in his Russia report. They say that Congress needs to assert its proper authority or have its oversight powers weakened forever. And, as a political matter, they believe that an impeachment inquiry could give a sharper focus to the probes that are now going on across several different committees." But, states TheHill, "those who are skeptical of the political case for impeachment can buttress their case, too. There is little evidence in opinion polls that the public is crying out for impeachment proceedings to begin. An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll late last month found that 48% of respondents believed Congress should not begin impeachment hearings, while only 17% thought it should do so. The Pelosi position -- that Congress should keep investigating but not yet go down the road of impeachment -- was favored by 32%. A Quinnipiac University Poll around the same time found 29% of respondents saying Congress should begin impeachment proceedings, while 66% were against doing so." • Pelosi is said to be "concerned about the possibility of an impeachment push overshadowing her party’s agenda on kitchen-table issues,' according to TheHill....Doug Heye, a former communications director for the Republican National Committee who has at times been critical of Trump, told TheHill, 'Pelosi is right about this. If you want to have a winning message to a larger group of voters, impeachment is not the way to do it.' Such an effort, Heye added, 'would give Trump a real opportunity to present himself as a victim, to say to voters, ‘Since the day I started, they’ve been out to destroy me.’....For now, it seems that partisans are set on a full-on collision course. Progressive Democrats are bent on impeachment. Trump loyalists say, bring it on. Democrats 'can’t resist it. They are addicted to it. Impeachment is their crack,' said Caputo." • For the first time in her life, it appears that Nancy Pelosi is right, and her Democrat Party refuses to listen to her. How sweet the irony is. • • • THE PRESIDENT IN PENNSYLVANIA FOR A TRUMP RALLY. Fox News reported on the Montoursville, Pennsylvania, rally where President Trump slammed Scranton-born Biden, saying to the raucous crowd : "He deserted you. A YouTube video site called the crowd "massive." • Fox News reporter Gregg Re wrote : "President Trump focused on the economy at a fiery rally at the Energy Aviation Hangar in Montoursville, Pennsylvania Monday evening, just two days after 2020 Democrat presidential frontrunner Joe Biden held his own campaign rally in nearby Philadelphia. And Trump caustically reminded the hometown crowd that the Biden -- who was born in Scranton, Pa. -- quickly took his political career to neighboring Delaware. 'And don't forget : Biden deserted you. He's not from Pennsylvania. I guess he was born here, but he left you folks. He left you for another state. Remember that, please. I meant to say that. This guy talks about, 'Oh, I know Scranton.' Well, I know the places better. He left you for another state, and he didn't take care of you, because he didn't take care of your jobs. He let other countries come in and rip off America. That doesn't happen anymore.' " • Gregg Re says : "The pivotal battleground state could determine the next occupant of the White House. But on Monday, the President was largely in town to campaign on behalf of Republican Fred Keller, who [faced] Democrat Marc Friedenberg in Tuesday's special election to fill the US House seat formerly held by Republican Representative Tom Marino, who resigned in January.Trump called the vote 'crucial' and 'a little bit of a referendum' on his presidency, and reminded the audience that pollsters had predicted he would lose the state in 2016. Keller, who walked off Air Force One with Trump, spoke briefly at the rally, saying he appreciated Trump showing his 'support for the hardworking people of Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District.' " • Keller won easily in the heavily GOP district that overwhelmingly backed Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, helping Trump win the state overall. Monday's rally, said Gregg Re, "reflected the district's enthusiasm. At one point, Trump invited a man up to the stage wearing a 'MAGA hat' and a jacket decked out in a wall pattern, as the crowd chanted, 'Build the wall!' And a deafening chorus of 'Lock her up' broke out the first time Trump mentioned Clinton....The US economy saw 263,000 jobs created just last month, far exceeding any expectations. With historically low unemployment rates and positive economic indicators across the board, including in Pennsylvania, Trump asked, 'How the hell do you lose this election? I think next time we're just going to have to get a bigger hanger,' Trump said at the start of the rally, as the oversized crowd broke out into a sustained chant of 'four more years.' Large crowds had assembled early Monday at Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, as supporters eagerly awaited the first presidential visit to Lycoming County in nearly two decades. 'Get out and vote -- can't take a chance,' Trump said. 'You joined our movement because you rejected the failures and betrayals of the past....You reclaimed your destiny, you defended your dignity, and you took back your country.' As Trump derided what he called the 'treason' of the secret FBI investigations into his campaign that presented 'artificial obstacles' to his candidacy, and chants of Lock them up' rang out, Trump remarked, 'Well, we have a great new attorney general who's going to give it a fair look.' " • • • DEAR READERS, isn't this presidential remark to the Montoursville rally crowd a key to President Trump's 2016 victory and to his 2020 win? "You've always been loyal to this nation. Now, you finally have a President who is loyal to you. Your dreams are my dreams. Your hopes are my hopes. And your future is what I'm fighting for, each and every day." • Amen, Mr. President. Amen.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Immigration Reform and Infrastructure or Impeachment -- the "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" Will Give the Democrats the Answer They Won't Now Accept -- in November 2020

WAKE UP, DEMOCRATS, THE REAL ISSUE IS IMMIGRATION, NOT IMPEACHMENT. The humanitarian crisis and makes-shift response of President Trump and his administration is DIRECTLY CAUSED by the Democrat refusal to cooperate with him on anything, even the border crisis. Shame !! • • • THE DEMOCRAT HOUSE REFUSES TO FUND BORDER ACTIVITIES. Reuters reported on Tuesday that the Trump administration is considering tapping US Transportation Security Administration funds for southern border operations. Reuters says : "The US Department of Homeland Security is considering tapping more than $230 million from the TSA to fund operations on the US-Mexico border if Congress fails to approve additional funding, a person briefed on the matter said. NBC News reported the plan earlier, citing documents of a contingency plan to fund $1.1 billion in southern border efforts. The US House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee said on Tuesday it had not received any notification from DHS that it plans to shift existing funds. NBC News said TSA could shift $50 million that had been set aside to buy advanced airport screening equipment and $64 million from a workers’ compensation fund for injured TSA employees." • The White House way back -- by southern border standards -- on on May 1 asked Congress for $4.5 billion in emergency funds to address the rising number of people crossing the southwestern border with Mexico. Reuters says : "DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton said Tuesday in a statement the agency 'is considering all options to address the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. We will continue to work with our workforce to find dynamic solutions and funding to address this very serious problem.' Houlton said the agency was exploring 'fiscal mechanisms that will ensure the safety and welfare of both our workforce and the migrant population, which is also reflected in the supplemental request submitted to Congress.' " • Reuters reported that the American Federation of Government Employees that represents TSA workers, said in a statement that shifting TSA funds would cause “another Trump administration manufactured ‘crisis' : “TSA is already underfunded and understaffed, and diverting its resources just as we enter the busiest travel season will be an operational disaster,' said the group’s president, J. David Cox Sr. • According to Reuters, last week, "TSA confirmed it planned to redirect staff to the US southern border to assist with immigration duties and migrant flows. A TSA spokesman said the agency was looking for volunteers to support efforts at the border with Mexico, where the government has said it is grappling with record numbers of people. TSA staff will include 175 law enforcement officials, including air marshals, and as many as 400 security staff drawn from six unnamed US cities, but will not include airport screeners, CNN reported last week, citing two additional unnamed sources." • "Trump administration manufactured crisis"??? If David Cox would read even the mainstream media, he would know this -- Reuters states that : "Officers apprehended nearly 99,000 [see below for the official figure of 109,000] people crossing the border with Mexico in April, the highest figure since 2007, the US government reported earlier this month. More than two-thirds of those were children or people traveling as families. THAT IS WHY Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it is deploying an additional 186 CBP officers to assist Border Patrol agents at sectors on the southwestern border, after earlier shifting more than 300 officers from airports, northern border checkpoints and other locations. • If there is a "Trump administration manufactured crisis," it is being caused by the Democrats who receive contributions from Cox's AFGE union. • • • AND, MEXICO IS NOT PROVIDING MUCH HELP. Politico reported on Tuesday that President Trump threatened to take action against Mexico in the near future, claiming the country’s southern neighbor is doing “virtually nothing” to curb illegal migration to the United States. The President tweeted : "I am very disappointed that Mexico is doing virtually nothing to stop illegal immigrants from coming to our Southern Border where everyone knows that because of the Democrats, our Immigration Laws are totally flawed & broken....Mexico’s attitude is that people from other countries, including Mexico, should have the right to flow into the US & that US taxpayers should be responsible for the tremendous costs associated w/this illegal migration. Mexico is wrong and I will soon be giving a response!” • In April, the President threatened to close the US-Mexican border if Mexican leaders could not stem the flow of migrants crossing into the United States. After a lot of Republican, business, and Democrat hand wringing about unlisted "dire economic consequences" of a border closure, President Trump said he would instead give Mexico a “one-year warning” to stop the flow of drugs into the United States. President Trump’s latest warning comes days after he lifted steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada, marking major progress in efforts to finalize a new North American trade pact. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle had warned that leaving the tariffs in place would cause major hurdles to the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement being passed by Congress. • The President has rightly called the arrival of migrants at the borders an “invasion” after the reported surges in the number of people arriving at the southern border from Mexico and Central America in April. The President has repeatedly called on top immigration officials to toughen the process for seeking asylum in the United States and he has repeatedly chastised Mexican leaders for doing too little to address the issue. • • • SANCTUARY CITY ILLEGAL MIGRANT DROP-OFFS. Fox News reported on Tuesday that : "US Border Patrol in south-central California said it began dropping off migrants at San Bernardino’s Greyhound Station last Wednesday because housing facilities are beyond maximum capacity, according to a report. The move comes amid a surge in migrants -- mostly from Central America -- crossing the US-Mexico border in recent months. In the seven months leading up to April, apprehensions of unaccompanied children or migrant families were up more than 380% from the same period a year earlier, Reuters reported. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that the influx of migrants has overwhelmed US Border Patrol stations originally built to house single adults. The agency said the stations have struggled to keep up with the numbers. Migrants awaiting court hearings to decide whether they can stay in the US have for years been dropped off at bus terminals in the southwest by Customs and Border Patrol agents. The San Bernardino Sun reported Monday that 230 Central American migrants had been dropped off within the last week and about 4,000 since last October. CBP's Acting Commissioner John P. Sanders issued a press release Saturday calling the situation at the border a 'national emergency.' " • • • THE REAL LIFE BORDER STORIES. On May 1, Epoch Times published a report about the tribulations in Roma, Texas. The title was " Illegal immigrants and drug traffickers aren’t the only incursions that border ranchers are battling in southeast Texas." We can consider it as an example of the under-reported and unreported crisis stories along the southern border. Here is an excerpted version of the Epoch Times article by Charlotte Cuthbertson : "A tiny interloper has brought the area’s cattle industry to its knees. It’s called the fever tick. Fever ticks can carry a parasite that causes babesiosis, commonly known as cattle fever, which can decimate a herd. The parasite attacks and destroys the animals’ red blood cells, causing acute anemia, high fever, and enlargement of the spleen and liver -- ultimately killing 90% of a herd that hasn’t been previously exposed to the parasite, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). Cattle rancher Richard Guerra’s 9,000 acres have stood idle for four years, with not a cow in sight and feeder pens overrun by weeds. After being quarantined 22 times in the past 15 years, it has become cost-prohibitive for him to run cattle. At full capacity, he can run 1,000 cattle; now, he stays afloat by leasing his land during hunting season. Guerra’s ranch sits about a mile north of the US–Mexico border, near Rio Grande City, Texas. The Rio Grande is the international boundary, and no fencing exists in the area. The border is ground zero for fever tick infestations, largely because of cattle and deer crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico and infecting US herds. 'Right now, one of our biggest problems, even though we do have some human trafficking, is the problem with fever tick. Fever tick comes from Mexico. Mexico does nothing to control it,' Guerra said on March 22....There is no cure or vaccine for the fever tick, and Guerra’s biggest hope now is for a border wall to be built, cutting access for the wildlife bringing the tick over the border. 'It only takes one fever tick carrying babesiosis to infect a host animal, and it only takes one infected host animal to pass babesiosis to a fever tick,' said Callie Ward, communications director for the TAHC. Right now, 2,655 premises, totaling 950,500 acres, are under quarantine in Texas, according to TAHC’s February data. Texas was home to 16.4% of the nation’s beef cows in 2009, according to Texas A&M University. Once a fever tick is found on a cow, a ranch goes into quarantine for nine months, under USDA rules. During that time, the cattle must be dipped in a vat every 14 days. 'As a consequence, we have to hire helicopters to do our work -- to gather our cattle,' Guerra said. 'That’s $350 an hour. Well, that gets pretty expensive. So the point being that by the time I get my cattle out of the ranch, out of a quarantine, I’ve already spent a lot of money. And it could be that, and it mostly is that, I’m not gonna make any money that year because of all these costs.'....The nine-month dipping protocol would hit an average 500 cow-calf ranch with a cost of $250 per cow, as well as a 47% increase in cash expenses, and an 80 percent decline in net cash farm income, according to a study published in 2010 by Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University....The cost doesn’t include cattle deaths, weight loss, and reduced calf numbers as a result of the extra work. Neighboring ranches also are affected and must undergo tick inspections and two dippings. Guerra’s son, Jody, who will someday become the fifth-generation on the ranch, said the stigma around the fever tick adds another challenge. 'Lots of cattle buyers now don’t want to buy anything south of San Antonio,' he said. 'Even though they might be clean and passed inspection -- people are leery of purchasing cattle from this area, just because they don’t want to take a chance.'....Jody estimates that anywhere from 50% to 65% of the ranchers in the Rio Grande area have stopped production. 'One of the biggest sales yards in Starr County shut down its operation because there’s just not enough cattle production to keep it open,' he said....Fever ticks were once rampant throughout most of the United States, but a concerted, 54-year effort -- from 1906 to 1960 -- pushed the problem back to the US-Mexico border. A buffer zone was created, which includes more than half a million acres, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico near Brownsville, Texas, to Amistad Dam north of Del Rio, Texas....Many cattle, equine, cervids, and nilgai antelope that cross from Mexico into Texas carry fever ticks. USDA employs mounted tick patrols (tick riders) whose job is to ride horses along the border looking for stray animals that may wander from Mexico. They apprehend and treat the animals....'Mexico again does nothing, nada, nothing. So those cattle come across, wildlife comes across,' he [Guerra] said. 'Yes, our technology and our advancements in vaccines and all of that, has really helped. But this doesn’t stop the problem. We need to stop the problem at the border. That’s why we’re in favor of a wall.' " • Epoch Times goes on to talk about the other problems that a border wall would help solve -- "human and drug trafficking that invariably encroach onto the Guerra ranch. 'When they get into a gun battle, we can hear them,' Guerra says of the Mexican cartels across the Rio Grande in Miguel Aleman. 'We’ve had occasions on this property where we have had armed intrusions. People with guns have come through here, carrying loads -- loads of marijuana, or drugs, or who knows what.' Guerra considers himself lucky that he’s only ever found one dead body on his ranch. 'I always sleep with two or three guns by my side and during the day, when I’m out and about in my truck, I always carry a firearm with me. Fortunately, I’ve never had to use it -- so far.'....'Anytime these illegals do damage to my property, I’ve got to pay for it, to repair it,' Guerra said....'We’ve seen a change in the type of individual that we encounter. Gone are the days of just a couple of people coming across, you know, looking for some assistance, looking for some direction,' he said. 'Now, we’re encountering the groups of individuals who may be escorted by armed individuals. We see more evidence of individuals who are coming across that are now drug smuggling.' Meanwhile, Guerra remains hopeful that he can get the ranch up and running again before handing it to the next generation." • • • AND WHAT ARE THE DEMOCRATS DOING ABOUT THE BORDER CRISIS? Nothing. We have to believe that they are stonewalling in the face of this mounting humanitarian disaster simply out of spite -- trying to prevent President Trump from securing the southern border because they want to defeat him any way possible, even by flooding America with illegal immigrants whose number includes drug cartel runners, murderers, rapists, and disease-carrying individuals. In March -- 2,200 illegal immigrants were quarantined over a mumps outbreak at immigration centers. • Fox News reported on Tuesday about the comment Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made on CBS News Face the Nation on Sunday. Gillibrand said she would not use the detention system if she were elected President : "If they are given a lawyer and given a process, they will follow it. They can go into the community in the way we used to handle these cases under the Department of Justice." • Monday evening, former acting ICE director Tom Homan reacted to Senator Gillibrand's comments on immigration and the left's handling of the border crisis while talking to Tucker Carlson on Fox News : "When politicians like her say things like we don't want to detain anybody. She wants to support sanctuary cities. We have the open border attitude or people are enticed to come here illegally and put themselves in the hands of criminal organizations to come to this country. That's why they're coming....Who's to blame for the child dying in custody today? They need to look in the mirror." Homan said that is the wrong message to immigrants. Fox News wrote : "A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died Monday in US custody. He had been held by immigration authorities for six days -- twice as long as federal law generally permits -- before being transferred to another holding facility even after he was diagnosed with the flu. The teenager, identified as Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, was the fifth minor from Guatemala to die after being apprehended by US border agents since December." Homan argues that policies like Gillibrand's promise to not detain only invites more illegal immigration : "When you start preaching open borders, we won't detain you, that's when more people come. That's when we're going to lose the border." • And, lose the border for what?? So that Democrats can figure out how to scam the voting system and win elections fraudulently because non-US-citizen illegal immigrants vote. • • • PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS TO TRANSFORM AMERICA'S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. Fox News reported last Friday that : "President Trump on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited immigration overhaul that would dramatically alter how the US accepts people into the country, upending the system in order to favor admissions based on merit rather than family ties. 'If adopted, our plan will transform America's immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,' Trump said from the Rose Garden. The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers -- accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer. Currently, only about 12% of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66% are admitted based on family connections inside the US. Administration officials estimate that those numbers would flip to 57% and 33%, respectively, under the Trump plan." • President Trump said his plan would help recruit "top talent" : "We discriminate against genius [under the current system]. We discriminate against brilliance. We won't anymore once we get this passed....Through these steps, we will deliver an immigration system that strengthens our traditions, our culture and our values." • Fox News stated : "The average yearly wage of legal immigrants is approximately $43,000. Administration officials said Wednesday that immigrants admitted based on education and skills would have an average income of $126,000, and they would expect the average yearly wage of all immigrants to rise to roughly $96,000. Trump has long sought to end what he has called 'chain migration' as part of his broader push to reform America’s immigration laws and who is allowed into the country. He has also frequently called for the end to the visa lottery program, something his immigration plan seeks to do. It would be replaced by a new 'Build America Visa' program that would recognize 'extraordinary talent' and 'people with professional and specialized vocations,' including exceptional students. The plan does not deal with those already in the country illegally, including those who came to the country as children and were protected under an Obama-era executive order. However, Trump said it closes loopholes so that gang members and criminals are inadmissible, and would stop frivolous asylum claims. 'For criminals already here, we will ensure their swift deportation,' he said." • Fox News said that the plan will be opposed by some conservatives who want the overall annual number of immigrants to be reduced, citing Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for lower levels of immigration, called it a "positive effort" but flagged the failure to reduce legal immigration levels : "This plan represents a very positive effort on immigration, and includes important provisions such as limits to chain migration, closing the loopholes that are allowing the flow of drugs and migrants at the southern border and a crackdown on visa overstays. It is concerning there was no mention of E-Verify. However, it is not likely to become legislation, but is rather a statement of the President's goals. As such, the fact that it does not even call for a modest reduction in total immigration, but instead offsets decreases with increases in 'skills-based' immigration, is very concerning." • But, President Trump said the plan will present a “clear contrast” with Democrats’ immigration plans : “Democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and frankly, lawless chaos. We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages and safety of American workers first. Our plan is pro-American, pro-immigrant, and pro-worker. It’s just common sense.” • "Common Sense" -- that's the sticking point -- Democrats are sorely lacking in common sense. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday that the plan : “...isn’t a serious attempt at immigration reform. It repackages the same partisan, radical anti-immigrant policies that the administration has pushed for the two years -- all of which have struggled to earn even a simple majority in the Senate let alone 60 votes." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., described the Trump plan as "dead-on-arrival" and "not a remotely serious proposal" : "The White House has repackaged the worst of its past failed immigration plans: greenlighting the Administration’s barbaric family detention policies, reviving the President’s ineffective and wasteful wall, completely abandoning our patriotic and determined Dreamers and gutting our asylum and refugee protections, which the evangelical community has called the ‘crown jewel of American humanitarianism. To say that this plan’s application criteria are ‘merit-based’ is the height of condescension." House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said that Trump's proposal was "based on a set of falsehoods aimed at only allowing immigrants from certain favored nations or backgrounds : "This new proposal is a non-starter and another example of how this President continues to base his immigration policies on xenophobic and false stereotypes about immigrants from certain parts of the world....If we close ourselves off from the world, shut ourselves in with walls and closed minds, we do so at our own peril and at the expense of the better future we forfeit." • Common Sense??? It is not in the Democrat vocabulary. BUT, the President has a plan to circumvent the Democrat insane immigration agenda : "If for some reason, possibly political, we can't get the Democrats to approve this merit-based high-security plan, then we will get it approved immediately after the election when we take back the House, keep the Senate and of course hold the presidency." • Fox News says that : "Trump’s immigration proposal comes as the administration is scrambling separately to deal with the more pressing challenge of illegal immigration on the southern border. Customs and Border Protection said it apprehended or turned away more than 109,000 migrants attempting to cross the border in April, the second month in a row the number has topped 100,000. A bill unveiled by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Wednesday would end asylum claims from Central America at the border, and return unaccompanied minors to their home countries." • • • DEMOCRATS IGNORE TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION PLAN AT THEIR PERIL. That's what Liz Peek wrote in a Fox News article on Tuesday. Peek asks : "When will Hispanics realize they are being played by Democrats? When will they understand that for all their sanctimonious promises, Democrats have no intention of resolving the plight of the Dreamers, or of fixing our broken immigration system? Maybe they already have. Hispanic approval of President Trump is soaring, to the alarm of Democrats who take those voters for granted. It’s about time." Liz Peek also asks : "Why doesn’t she [Speaker Pelosi] offer a compromise which trades resolution of the Dreamer issue for some of Trump’s popular measures redrawing immigration requirements? Isn’t that how governing is supposed to work?" • Peek says the Democrats are stuck on the Hispanic vote issue : "That is not how resistant Democrats work, especially on immigration. They would rather leave the issue unresolved, a festering sore that upends the lives of people stuck in DACA limbo, and leaves our southern border in chaos. Democrats will not let go of a wedge issue that helped President Obama win reelection in 2012. Attracting 71% of the Hispanic vote that year was critical, especially in key states like Colorado, Nevada, and Florida. Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority in the US In 2012 they represented 10% of the electorate; in 2020, they will account for 13.3%, according to Pew. How did Obama rack up such enthusiasm among Latinos in his second campaign? By promising immigration reform. Again. He had vowed to tackle the issue when first elected, but spent his political capital instead on ObamaCare, even as Democrats held a majority of both houses of Congress. Not since Lucy snookered Charlie Brown with that infernal football has there been such a cruel tease. Approaching the 2012 election, Hispanics were angry that Obama had not prioritized immigration reform and furious at the President’s aggressive deportation program. In his first three years in office, Obama ordered the removal of 1.1 million undocumented people, the most under any President since the 1950s. The United States needs immigrants, and polling indicates that most Americans welcome workers from abroad. Alarmed that his Hispanic support was fading, Obama announced his DACA program just months before the 2012 election. The New York Times reported at the time, “...the President’s move was a clear play for a crucial voting bloc in states that will decide whether he gets another term.” It worked. Hillary Clinton did not do as well with the Latino community as Obama, but still drew 66% of Hispanic votes." • Liz Peek notes that alarm bells must be : "ringing now amongst Democrats as polls show President Trump’s approval climbing among Hispanics. Three recent surveys have put him north of 40%. The liberal media, which has doggedly portrayed the President as racist and his immigration policies as especially harmful to Hispanics, is appalled. But no one should be surprised. While Democrats court Latinos with ever-more liberal immigration and border policies, Pew Research has shown the number one issue for Hispanics, as for most voters, is the economy. Trump has delivered a booming jobs market and rising pay, leading to record-high consumer sentiment. Hispanic unemployment in April dropped to 4.2%, the lowest ever recorded, and wages have grown faster for Latinos than for any other ethnic group. It is also truethat the Hispanic community, which is more than two-thirds Catholic or Evangelical, is more conservative on social issues than today’s Democrats. As candidates in the upcoming election are pressed by Trump to defend late-term abortion, for instance, they may lose Hispanic voters." • BUT, says Peek : "It is on immigration that Democrats may be moving in the wrong direction. Polling done last year showed 63% of the country approving of a deal such as that outlined by Trump this week : trading permanent protection for Dreamers in exchange for merit-based immigration, ending the diversity lottery and limiting 'chain' migration. Some 61% of Hispanics favored that outcome. In particular, 84% of voters (and 83% of Hispanics) 'think immigration priority for those coming to the United States should be based on a person’s ability to contribute to America as measured by their education and skills.' More than two-thirds of the nation opposes the diversity lottery." • As Liz Peek states : "We currently have 1.3 million unfilled jobs; surveys show finding competent workers is the number one challenge for companies today. Instead of randomly opening our doors, it makes sense to prioritize those who can fill some of those jobs and immediately contribute to the growth and prosperity of the country....We need smarter and more productive immigration policies, and to fix the Dreamer nightmare. Hispanics could make that happen -- by forcing Democrats to the table. They need to demand that Democrats earn their support, not take it for granted." • • • DEAR READERS, as Adam Schiff's House Intelligence Committee postpones enforcement action after AG Barr's DOJ offers to share some Mueller files related to counter-intelligence and foreign intelligence, and as President Trump's lawyers appealed a lower court decision ordering that his financial records be released to the House Oversight Committee to the Washington, DC Circuit Court of Appeals -- headed by Merrick Garland, the Obama Supreme Court nominee that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outraged Democrats by refusing to even schedule a meeting of the Judiciary Committee to consider his nomination -- we see the fight shaping up between the President and the House over all aspects of his public and private life. • BUT, the worst offense as yet hurled at President Trump is Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Wednesday declaration to reporters that “we believe that the President of the United States is engaged in a cover-up -- a cover-up.” How dare Pelosi try to invoke Watergate images against a President who has done absolutely nothing wrong -- who has, instead, been tormented, spied on, and blocked in his every presidential agenda item. President Trump's response was perfect -- he cut short an infrastructure meeting with Democrat leaders Pelosi and Schumer and demanded they and their Democrats end what he called their "phony investigations" before he'll negotiate with them on issues like infrastructure. The President delivered a statement brimming with contempt from the Rose Garden after the meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer ended abruptly : "So, I just wanted to let you know that I walked into the room and I told Senator Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, I want to do infrastructure. I want to do it more than you want to do it. I would be really good at that. That's what I do. But you know what? You can't do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with....Instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up." President Trump said, "I don't do cover-ups.” President Trump was was standing at a Rose Garden podium displaying a sign that said “no collusion, no obstruction.” • The President took the opportunity offered by the canceled meeting to chastise the media for their coverage of the Russia probe : “This whole thing was a takedown attempt at the President of the United States, and honestly you ought to be ashamed of yourselves for the way you reported so dishonestly.” • The President also said that he was annoyed to learn that the scheduled meeting on infrastructure would take place after a House Democratic caucus meeting expected to focus on his possible impeachment. He said he told the top Democrats to “get these phony investigations over with” before talks could resume : "I’ve said from the beginning you can’t go down two tracks." The President blasted the probe as a “total hoax” that “hurt us in so many ways.” • Will their obsession with impeachment ruin every chance the Democrats have to make something of their House majority? Impeachment or Immigration? Impeachment or Infrastructure? We know where the American public comes down on these issues -- and it spells big trouble ahead for Pelosi, Schumer, and the 23-and-counting Democrat wannabe presidential dwarfs. The "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall' will give them the truthful answer they refuse to accept now -- in November 2020. If you don't trust your own common sense, just ask the people of Roma, Texas.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

If You Think the House Democrats Are Subpoena-Slaphappy Anti-Trump Junkyard Dogs Salivating over the I-word, You're Right

ARE THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS GOING TO FORCE AN IMPEACHMENT VOTE? It is beginning to look like Speaker Nancy Pelosi is losing control of her caucus on this issue. And, an Obama-appointed federal judge is pointing the way for the out-of-control and out-of-common-sense House Democrats. • • • AN 'OBAMA' FEDERAL JUDGE AGREES WITH DEMOCRATS ABOUT RELEASE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FINANCIAL RECORDS. Fox News reported on Monday that while the Office of Government Ethics has released President Trump's annual financial disclosure report -- most of the President's income came from his properties, making $247 million from his golf and other resort clubs -- a Washington, DC-based federal judge has "sided with House Oversight Committee Democrats seeking to enforce their subpoena of Trump accounting firm Mazars USA, in a major ruling that breathes new life into Democrats' ongoing efforts to probe the President's financial dealings. The subpoena seeks access to a slew of Trump financial documents dating back to 2011, including personal records and records of various affiliated business and entities. Democrats pursued the subpoena after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen testified to Congress in February that the President's accountants routinely and improperly altered his financial statements -- including some signed by Mazars -- to misrepresent his assets and liabilities." It was Obama-appointed judge Amit P. Mehta who wrote the opinion, which began by comparing President Trump's concerns about congressional overreach to those of President James Buchanan, asserting that Trump "has taken up the fight of his predecessor." • The key importance of the Mehta opinion is that it points the way for the appellate court to overrule his decision. Mehta acknowledges that there is a high likelihood that any documents obtained by House Democrats would quickly leak, and become partisan political fodder : "[T]he court is not naïve to reality... there "is a chance that some records obtained from Mazars will become public soon after they are produced." Mehta added that he was "well aware that this case involves records concerning the private and business affairs of the President of the United States," dating back to well before he declared his candidacy....Courts have grappled for more than a century with the question of the scope of Congress’s investigative power. The binding principle that emerges from these judicial decisions is that courts must presume Congress is acting in furtherance of its constitutional responsibility to legislate and must defer to congressional judgments about what Congress needs to carry out that purpose. To be sure, there are limits on Congress’s investigative authority. But those limits do not substantially constrain Congress. It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct -- past or present -- even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry." • Judge Mehta is clearly showing his anti-Trump colors when he argues for congressional review of presidential financial papers by saying the review is part of Congress's power to impeach a President. Mehta wrote that the standard for obtaining a valid congressional subpoena is not a difficult bar to clear under Supreme Court precedent, and Democrats had easily shown they were not simply out on a "fishing expedition." Comments made by Democrats suggesting their political motivations, Mehta said, did not automatically make the subpoena itself invalid : "The Oversight Committee has shown that it is not engaged in a pure fishing expedition for the President’s financial records. It is undisputed that the President did not initially identify as liabilities on his public disclosure forms the payments that Michael Cohen made to alleged mistresses during the presidential campaign. Furthermore, Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations arising from those payments." AND, WHO IS the chairman of the House Oversight Committee that issued the subpoena for the financial records ??? ELIJAH CUMMINGS -- the arch Hillary defender. No politics there -- no sir !!! • The appellate court should have much to say about this judge and his opinion. Fox News says : "The President’s legal team, in a filing earlier this month, had asked the judge to prohibit Mazars from 'enforcing or complying' with the subpoena, issued April 15. Trump's lawyers quoted Democrats as openly admitting they wanted to use subpoena power for political purposes. 'We’re going to have to build an air traffic control tower to keep track of all the subpoenas flying from here to the White House,' one Democrat said; another referenced a 'subpoena cannon' firing at the White House. Trump's lawyers also argued the subpoena to Mazars 'lacks a legitimate legislative purpose,' and is an 'unconstitutional attempt to exercise ‘the powers of law enforcement.’....Trump’s lawyers also noted that the House Oversight Committee, led by Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., is leading several Trump-focused investigations. 'The Oversight Committee has shown that it is not engaged in a pure fishing expedition for the President’s financial records.' — Washington, D.C. district court Judge Amit P. Mehta....'Chairman Cummings flat-out admitted that he wanted to ‘investigate whether the President may have engaged in illegal conduct before and during his tenure in office’ and ‘review whether he has accurately reported his finances to the Office of Government Ethics and other federal entities,’ Trump’s lawyers wrote in the filing. Meanwhile, House Oversight Committee ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, called the subpoena 'an unprecedented abuse of the Committee’s subpoena authority to target and expose the private financial information of the President of the United States.' " • Fox News reminds us that special counsel Mueller's investigation, with resources and legal authority far exceeding that of Congress, resulted in the prosecutions of several former members of Trump's orbit for financial crimes. But in addition to failing to find any evidence of improper collusion with Russia, Mueller returned NO EVIDENCE OF FINANCIAL MISCONDUCT by the President. • And, on Tuesday, President Trump appealed Judge Mehta’s order that his accountants comply with subpoena. The Washington Post revealed that : “President Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday notified a federal judge that they have appealed 'all aspects' of a Monday ruling that the President’s accounting firm must turn over his financial records to Congress. The two-page notice filed in federal court in Washington marks the latest move in a gathering legal battle over Congress’s oversight powers. 'Plaintiffs...hereby appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit all aspects of this Court’s order and opinion from May 20, 2019,' stated lawyers for Trump, the Trump Organization and several related companies in the notice to US District Judge Amit P. Mehta." • • • FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL WAS A NO-SHOW FOR NADLER'S HEARING AS DEMOCRATS CLAMOR FOR IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS.. Fox News said earlier on Tuesday that McGahn would defy the subpoena on President Trump's orders, and faces a contempt citation by House Democrats. Fox News said : "House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., says he will hold former White House counsel Donald McGahn in contempt after McGahn said he would not appear at a hearing scheduled for Tuesday. President Trump directed McGahn to skip the hearing, citing a Justice Department opinion that he cannot be compelled to testify about his official duties. The White House has accused Democrats of wanting a 'do-over' with countless Trump investigations following the findings of no collusion in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. A frustrated Nadler on CNN accused the White House of 'intimidating' McGahn and said it was becoming 'more and more difficult' to not consider impeachment against 'a lawless president.' And despite her reluctance, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could soon be left with no choice but to embrace calls from some within her party to impeach Trump, one senior Democrat told Fox News on the condition of anonymity." • In a separate article, Fox News reported that : "Nancy Pelosi 'isn't going to be able to hold off' impeachment push from inside her party, a senior House Dem tells Fox News -- speaking on the condition of anonymity -- 'It is coming to a head,' the Democrat told Fox News, before predicting the mounting pressure from inside her own ranks could force Pelosi to change her position 'within the next two weeks.' The Democrat argued that 'the vast majority of us are for impeachment.' Fox News was told there was a hearty debate in the Democratic Steering Committee today about impeachment." • Fox News also said that Representative David Cicilline, D-R.I., who runs the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, an arm of the Democratic leadership, "is now calling for impeachment. Cicilline told Fox News there is a 'tremendous level of frustration' behind the growing impeachment efforts, adding that he believes Trump is 'behaving as though he is above the law and he is not....However, he [Cicilline] would not be drawn on criticizing Pelosi’s effort to avoid impeachment, saying instead : (Our Speaker is our Speaker, elected by our colleagues and we have a Caucus where we share our views... I think the Speaker is very responsive to the caucus and she’ll make judgments based on where the caucus is.' Cicilline said Monday it is time for impeachment inquiries to be opened if former White House Counsel Don McGahn is a no-show to Tuesday's scheduled congressional hearing....'Let me be clear; if Don McGahn doesn't testify, it is time to open an impeachment inquiry,' Cicilline said. 'The President has engaged in an ongoing effort to impede our ability to find the truth, to collect evidence, to do our work, and this is preventing us really from ultimately finding the facts and doing our work in terms of oversight.'....This declaration from Cicilline was welcomed by his freshman colleague, Representative Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, who has been vocal with her calls to impeach President Trump." • Fox News also reported that : "Liberal billionaire activist Tom Steyer also ramped up pressure on House Democrats to impeach President Trump, releasing a scathing ad slamming the party for balking at the idea. Steyer has been a leading advocate for beginning the impeachment proceedings against Trump, spending tens of millions on TV ads and other measures to rally the support for the drastic course of action. But the latest ad, titled 'Nothing Happened,' appears to be the most unambiguous attack on Democratic lawmakers for failing to impeach the President, assailing the party for being passive." • Speaker Pelosi has often dismissed the impeachment efforts by certain Democrats, and told the Washington Post in April : "I’m not for impeachment. Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.” • But, Democrat presidential wannabes support impeachment proceedings, including Senators Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif. • After McGahn's no-show, TheHill wrote that some Democrats are calling impeachment proceedings "inevitable," citing several Democrat House leaders : " ' I think it's time, I do," said Representative John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), who is chairman of the Budget Committee and a de-facto member of Pelosi's leadership team. 'I think the sheer disregard for provisions of the Constitution [providing] checks and balances is enough reason to begin the inquiry -- formally....I think there's a growing understanding that...the impeachment process is going to be inevitable. It's just a question of when, not if. And if it happens this summer, that's fine. If it goes into the fall or next year, I think that's probably too late.' " • TheHill revealed that : "Democrats will hold a caucus meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss their oversight and investigations of the Trump administration, offering an opportunity for a longer discussion on impeachment." • Helping the Democrats, according to The Hill, is the recent statement of Republican Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who has repeatedly said in recent days that Trump should be impeached for obstruction of justice. Amash on Saturday became the first GOP lawmaker to say the President engaged in 'impeachable conduct.' He later stood firm by those remarks amid a backlash from fellow Republicans. TheHill says : "It's unclear just how many Democrats are eager to launch impeachment proceedings against the President, and Pelosi still has plenty of backing in the caucus she's controlled since 2003. At a leadership meeting Monday night, her top lieutenants -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) -- both joined her side when Cicilline spoke up in support of launching an impeachment inquiry. And many rank-and-file members also support her more cautious approach. 'We need to show the American public that we have whatever evidence there is, and make a decision based on that,' Representative Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) said going into Tuesday's caucus meeting. Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), former head of the Congressional Black Caucus, is also not ready to launch impeachment -- yet. 'I think we're getting very, very close to that point,' Cleaver said. 'I'm not there yet, but I think every time someone refuses to testify, every time the President blocks another civilian who's not working for the federal government from testifying...then more and more people are saying, 'You know, he's pushing us to the edge.' " A crucial factor in the debate, Cleaver argued, is having Pelosi on board. 'The Speaker needs to be there," he said. 'You don't elect a leader and then run off and leave her.' Yet others seem more than ready to do so. Representative Al Green (D-Texas), who's emerged as the face of the impeachment push in the House, said he's been encouraged by Cicilline's new support for the effort, and predicted the issue will soon come to the floor. 'I am convinced that there will be a vote on impeachment, and I am convinced that people are starting to conclude that it should be sooner rather than later,' said Green, who has been threatening for months to force a vote. 'My hope is that somebody else will [force the vote]; but if nobody else does, I will.' Green then went to the House floor, where he called for Democratic leaders to launch impeachment proceedings immediately." • Meanwhile, Representative Amash on Tuesday said he would not rule out a third-party challenge to President Trump in 2020. TheHill asked Amash if he is thinking about leaving the Republican Party to run for president as the Libertarian Party candidate. “I’m just focused on defending the Constitution, it’s not something I’ve thought about,” Amash said. “I don’t take things off the table like that, but it’s not something at the forefront of my considerations right now, I’m just focused on my job. I wouldn’t take running for governor off the table or Senate or state house, I don’t take things off the table." • AND, in late breaking news, we learn from TheHill that subpoena-slaphappy Jerry Nadler has now subpoenaed two former White House officials to testify before his committee and provide documents, a move that is likely to further exacerbate his standoff with the White House. TheHill states : "Nadler issued subpoenas to Annie Donaldson, who served as chief of staff to former White House counsel Don McGahn, and former White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of President Trump's longest-serving aides in the West Wing. The two subpoenas mark an ongoing fight between the White House and Congress as House Democrats seek to compel the testimony of other current and former administration officials as part of their sprawling investigations into Trump and his administration....The subpoena orders Hicks to provide documents by June 4 and then to testify before the Judiciary Committee on June 19. A separate subpoena requires Donaldson to turn over a tranche of documents to the committee by June 4 and demands her appearance at a deposition on June 24. Democrats believe Donaldson and Hicks witnessed a series of key events that they hope to examine as they review the episodes Mueller examined as possible obstruction of justice. Donaldson is said to have kept detailed notes about the meetings with McGahn that she sat in on and such notes were frequently mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Hicks also played a pivotal role as a trusted advisor in Trump’s inner circle, following him from the early days of his presidential campaign and into the White House. The Judiciary panel voted along party lines to authorize Nadler to issue subpoenas for Hicks, Donaldson, McGahn and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus in early April as part of its sprawling investigation into allegations of obstruction and abuses of power by Trump. At the same meeting, Democrats also voted to authorize Nadler to subpoena Mueller’s full report -- an order he has already issued. • • • DEAR READERS, the Patriot Post wrote a piece on the current House Democrats, saying : "...[they] have made no secret of their obsession with seeing President Donald Trump removed from office. Even after Robert Mueller's two-year investigation came up empty, Democrat cries for impeachment have only gotten louder. Rejecting Mueller's findings, Democrats led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Jerry Nadler have only upped their partisan zeal against Trump's presidency, issuing subpoenas for a slew of Trump's personal financial documents dating back to 2011. Trump has refused to comply, calling the move what it is -- a politically motivated witch hunt and not legitimate oversight." The Patriot Post asks : "Indeed, what actual crime or criminal behavior are the Democrats seeking to investigate? It would seem the only real answer is the 'crime' of defeating Hillary Clinton. But the Democrats bloviate about Congress's oversight authority, as if this grants them carte blanche authority over the executive branch." • And, to close the loop in today's blog, we read the Patriot Post's evaluation of "the Democrats' vacuous justifications for targeting Trump have been rewarded by Judge Amit Mehta, appointed by Barack Obama, to whom Mehta also donated. The Obama judge ruled against Trump's refusal to submit to the Democrats' subpoena, writing, 'Congress plainly views itself as having sweeping authority to investigate illegal conduct of a President, before and after taking office. This court is not prepared to roll back the tide of history.' Mehta further argued, 'It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct -- past or present -- even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry.' " • BUT, again the Patriot Post asks -- "what criminal behavior or unlawful conduct is alleged? There needs to be the existence of an actual crime before one can be accused of being a criminal." • The Democrats, who like to fantasize about President Trump's "lawlessness," long ago jumped ship on any connection between their wolfpack pursuit of the President and any evidence or even allegation that he actually committed any crime. The House Democrats have labeled Trump a criminal -- so for goodness' sake don't ask them for evidence or proof. Just accept their word for it -- President Trump is a criminal. That he refuses to kowtow to their unconstitutional fishing expedition in the desperate search for anything that can be used to foist an impeachment proceeding on America is for these crazed Democrats simply 'proof' that they are right. Representative Jim Jordan got it right when he called the House Democrat fishing expedition "an unprecedented abuse of the Committee's subpoena authority to target and expose the private financial information of the President of the United States." • Judge Mehta may have had the first word, but it will not be the last word. Winning an election is not a crime. And, sooner or later, the Democrats will be told that from the branch of government that "oversees" them -- the judicial branch in the form of the Supreme Court. • Doesn't it make us ill to see thousands of illegal immigrants flooding into the US from Mexico with the Democrat Party cheering them on, while those same Democrats cannot muster even a yawn when it comes to helping their duly-elected President stench the crisis. BUT, just say the I-word -- Impeachment -- and they start to wave their arms and foam at the mouth. Talk about upside-down values and a Fake agenda -- it is spelled DEMOCRAT.