Lollapalooza! Wowie! What a long nose you have Mr Schiff!

 

Michael Atkinson

Are you curious to know more about the fellow who is the 18th witness? Whose testimony is missing from the impeachment process. Guess who? He goes by the name Atkinson – The intelligence IG Inspector.  Someone I had my eye on. Part of an earlier post of mine.

The Intelligence I.G. Atkinson – another plant by the Deep State

The former prosecutor’s resume is touted as proof that the long-time public servant only is acting in the best interest of the country; his motives are not to be questioned, we are chastised. (This description follows a pattern similar to the way the media portrayed dossier author Christopher Steele and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.) Oh but yes his motives are to be questioned!

……….In July 2016, the exact month that former FBI Director James Comey officially opened a case against the Trump campaign, Atkinson was named senior counsel to John Carlin, the head of the National Security Division. Carlin was Robert Mueller’s chief of staff when he ran the FBI and was appointed NSD chief by President Obama in 2013.

Carlin’s name has surfaced numerous times in the congressional inquiry into the Trump-Russia collusion hoax. According to closed-door testimony by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Carlin regularly was briefed by former deputy FBI Director Andy McCabe on the Trump-Russia collusion probe.Keep Reading

Recall it was Atkinson who changed the rule so that a whistleblower did not have to have direct knowledge. Hearsay was now allowed. That is just how it got started.

What a shock……

 

Short, sweet and to the point… Trump 1, Schiff 0.

Looking forward to today and more wowie!

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Bonus: Guess who else has a Lollapalooza?

Other than that, all is well in the swamp.

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Impeachment: Schiff 1 to Trump’s 0 – what were Trump’s attorneys thinking?

 

No, they never wanted Donald J. Trump to be President.

We know that. No news there. It was a disappointing beginning regarding the impeachment hearing on Trump’s side. More than disappointing. It was a walk away for the Democrats. They were locked and loaded with a full blown Case in Chief with Trump’s  attorneys caught flat footed. Apparently they thought two hours of arguments for each witness amendment didn’t include them for the most part.

What did they think was going to happen when the Democrats were given this time? Wise old crusty McConnell had to know what the Dems would do with the time. Schiff came with the requisite audio-visuals straight from the House proceedings. Of course not the statements that had been disproven by Trump’s attorneys. The most Trump’s attorney could muster at times was “can’t we get the trial started?’ Hate to tell them but it was well underway. First impressions mean everything. Those who may not have followed the House hearing got the full bore evidence as they determined it to be.

Even stalwart conservative commenters last night had to ask how did the Lev Parnas and other information presented ever allowed that was not even in the House proceedings.

Where was the fire and brimstone? The righteous indignation?

No surprise here. I was no doubt one of about a dozen who managed to sit through the entire House hearing. I knew what was coming. I knew the counter arguments to these witnesses. Did not Trump’s attorneys listen as well?

No question there will be witnesses.

OK….that’s my opinion. What’s yours?

Here is something to help us buck up!

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Just who in the world is Lev Parnas?

 

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by Mustang

The House of Representative’s ace in the hole is everything we’ve come to expect of the Democratic Party.  Lev Parnas is that ace Democrats have been placing all their hopes on for a conviction of Donald J. Trump in the United States Senate, Mr. Trump and his legal team must be celebrating his acquittal even before the trial begins.

Lev Parnas is a Ukrainian-American “businessman” who has said that he’s got the goods on President Trump’s misconduct, which Democrats contend involves a conspiracy with Ukrainian officials to derail the presidential candidacy of Joe Biden.  Lev Parnas claims that he participated with the Trump administration in the search for detrimental information concerning Trump’s political opponents.

Parnas claims that he has proof against Trump/Giuliani, including a photograph taken with Trump.  The photograph was taken in 2006, which in case anyone is paying attention, was a full ten years ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

So then, who is this guy?

Lev Parnas was born in Odessa, Ukraine, when Ukraine was still a satellite of the Soviet Union.  He migrated to the United States when he was about 3-years old.  He grew up in Detroit, Michigan and then later in Brooklyn, New York.  As a recent graduate from Baruch College, he worked for Kings Highway Realty, where he sold Trump Organization co-op apartments.

 

Parnas and Giuliani

In 1996, Parnas moved to Florida where he worked in several businesses involving real estate, securities, precious metals, and then ended up starting his own company, which he named Parnas Holdings.  After failing in a film project, he partnered with Igor Fruman in an energy venture.

According to the Miami Herald, Parnas owes more debt than he has net worth.  Igor Fruman was born in Belarus, migrated to the United States, and lived in Detroit, Michigan before migrating to South Florida.

His business interests have been an import/export company, a beach bar in Ukraine, and fund-raising for Jewish charities.  He is also an associate of Ihor Kolomoyskyi, a wealthy Ukrainian who is under investigation by the Department of Justice for money laundering.

At this point, one might wonder what benefit Democrats think Parnas could offer their case against Trump, but it gets worse.

 

Democrats contend that Lev and Igor are (or have been) associates of Rudy Giuliani and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.  According to CNN, the two men were recently arrested because of their involvement in an effort to influence US politics and policy through foreign funds paid to members of congress.

So far in the investigation, however, all we know for certain is that Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman had lunch with Giuliani a few hours before they were arrested by the FBI.  Then, according to journalist Peter Weber, Giuliani is guilty of taking Igor to the state funeral of George H. W. Bush.

Grasping at straws comes to mind.

Lev Parnas is the founder and CEO of a company called Fraud Guarantee.  Fraud Guarantee hired Giuliani Partners to provide legal advice, allegedly paying Giuliani’s firm a half-million dollars for their services.

Another allegation is that Florida officials may have dissolved Fraud Guarantee before it hired Giuliani’s consulting firm because Fraud Guarantee failed to file an annual report.  When did the state of Florida take this action?  In 2014.  Whether any of this is true may not matter, because unless someone alleges that Giuliani accepted the half-million dollars as a bribe, there is no crime in accepting money in exchange for services rendered so long as the services are legal.

To the best of my knowledge, offering legal advice is still a lawful enterprise.  More to the point, Mr. Giuliani’s status of Mr. Trump’s personal attorney does not preclude Giuliani from having other clients.  No one alleges any wrongdoing by Giuliani Partners, but everyone with a progressive agenda is happy to imply that Giuliani is somehow guilty by association.

According to Parnas’ story, Giuliani sent he and Igor to Ukraine in late 2018 to look for damaging information about President Trump’s political opponent, Joe Biden —I suppose in a somewhat similar fashion to the DNC’s concoction of the Steele Dossier. In November 2019, Parnas told CNN that he would be willing to testify to Congress regarding these activities, which also involved Representative Devin Nunes.  Soon after, everyone in the Democratic Party wet themselves.

Maybe Parnas’ testimony will work out for House Democrats, but Parnas and Fruman were arrested by the FBI on 9 Oct 2019 and charged with planning to transfer funds from a foreign government to US officials.  So, this actually may not go in the direction House Democrats hoped.

In 2018, Parnas and Fruman donated funds and pledge further additional money to an unnamed member of Congress, who was “recruited” for the campaign to oust US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.  These were donations that not only violated campaign limits but were also funneled to the congress-critter through a shell company.  Former Representative Pete Sessions is believed to be the “officially unnamed” member of congress.

As my good friend Bunkerville keeps reminding us, all is well in the swamp.

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That which is not good for the beehive cannot be good for the bees.  —Marcus Aurelius

 

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

 

Warren Says She’s Willing To Ban Construction of New Homes in America

 

If your new home isn’t carbon neutral, an Elizabeth Warren presidency might not let you build it. And if that means no new homes get built in the United States, the Massachusetts senator and Democrat presidential nominee says she’s fine with that.

In the fog of being overloaded with news, it is easy to miss just how radical the Democrat nominees are. We should be concerned that the two communists are either leading or close to it in some polls. What in the world are people thinking? It is now acceptable to destroy our economy on the altar of Progressive Climate Change nonsense? No drill baby drill for her. She would have us live in tents as in San Fran? It’s interesting that none of this was brought forth in the recent debate. But of course.

All of this comes after she made her millions flipping houses.

Fauxcahontas Warren flipped houses, was a GOPer, became a multimillionaire first

In her 2006 book All Your Worth, co-authored with her daughter, Amelia, Warren lists as a top myth the idea that “you can make big money buying houses and flipping them quickly.” She has made a career out of telling people how to behave in financially responsible ways, and out of creating laws that will make it illegal for them to do otherwise.

Elizabeth Warren

WesternJournal report: During her appearance on Morning Joe, Warren was asked what she’d do to “change the tide of U.S. policy on the issue of climate change” and acted as if she’d been thrown the softball of all softballs.

“That means we’ve got to be willing to do things, for example, like regulation. By 2028, no new buildings, no new houses, without a zero carbon footprint.”

And she’s coming for your car and electricity bill, too.

“By 2030, trucks — light-duty trucks and cars, zero carbon footprint. By 2035, all production of electricity, zero carbon footprint,” Warren said.

Oh, and there was also talk of some vague idea of social justice — because schemes like this always need to be undergirded with some such vague idea-

“We also need to make environmental justice really at the heart of our climate plan,” Warren said.

Mr. Mika showed no inquisitiveness about her plans.

 

 

 

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The Democrats Impeachment. The end to our Constitutional Republic

 

Money buys you a table at the impeachment hearing. At least for the Democrats.

Yes, I did watch the whole impeachment hearing. I will put this down as one of the best moments of the hearing. Mr. Daniel Goldman turns a whiter shade of pale at the hands of Rep Matt Gaetz.

After all history was made. Anyone else care that our Constitutional Republic was ripped asunder?

Yes, things are doing very well in the swamp.

 

 

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., questioned House Judiciary and Intelligence committee lawyers on Dec. 9. The questioning of Republican counsel Stephen Castor and Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman came during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that is part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

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Impeachment Hearing witness Noah Feldman Guilty of Perjury

This is supposedly one of the best and brightest attorneys who was to lay waste to Trump. Instead there should be a criminal referral. Feldman was at this since 2017 if not before. Even more disturbing is his opinion that a President does not have to commit a crime to be impeached.

Because Feldman is a Democrat nothing will happen to him for lying under oath. Full stop

May 17 2017:

Noah Feldman, a Harvard legal historian who’s written extensively about Trump and the law.

Did the president commit a crime when he had that conversation with Comey?
What the president did is an outrage. It’s impeachable, and obstruction of justice in the sense of being a “high crime and misdemeanor.” But it’s almost certainly not a crime of obstruction of justice.

So the distinction you’re making is between what would be a crime for you or me to commit versus a guy who lives in the White House?
Exactly. The word “high”—people have just lost track of this—in “high crimes and misdemeanors” does all the work. It does not mean ordinary statutory violations. It mean acts by the president in the exercise of his office that abuse power, are corrupt, or undermine the rule of law. That’s the essence of what high crimes and misdemeanors have always been—they meant that before the founding, they’ve meant that ever since. You can impeach someone who hasn’t committed any demonstrable federal crime, or state crime for that matter.

So just to clarify, this looks like obstruction of justice in the high crimes and misdemeanors sense but not in the Jeff Sessions–led Justice Department will do anything about it sense?
Correct. And frankly, breaking the norm of politicizing law enforcement—it’s a great basis for impeachment. It’s not a crime, and in fact it’s in the president’s constitutional authority, but it’s still impeachable. That’s the whole point—the president can do things within his legal constitutional authority where the only sanction available under our system is impeachment.

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Chairman Nadler preview of another absurd hearing – video

 

The Democrats might want to review just how Nadler and his henchmen did last time around with this impeachment thing. Lest we forget how bizarre it was how about a warm up before tomorrow? Recall back in May – hard to believe – it was Russia Russia Russia. Now we really don’t know the “crime” but one thing we know is the Dems did not fare well. Hard to believe it has been that long ago we went through the Nadler extravaganza. Like the ghosts of Christmas past, why not trot out John Dean as an example how badly this went?

A great example is the attempt to conjure the old war horses of the Nixon impeachment.

Chairman Jerry Nadler Running The House Judiciary Committee Chaos Breaks Out!

It got so bad, even the audience laughed. Of course what CNN found of merit in the short clip was titled:

“Nadler Shuts down Jordan during hearing: “I’m speaking.”

 

Jim Jordan

 

Next best was this takedown of John Dean by Congressman Gaetz

“Gaetz and John Dean Spar Over Mueller Report”

 

 

All is well in the swamp. The Democrats are in for a treatment.

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