House of Representatives

DoJ would prefer not to…

Featured image Taking a cue from Bartleby, the Scrivener, the Department of Justice has announced that it would prefer not to send witnesses to testify before the House Judiciary Committee run by Jerrold Nadler and his fellow Democrats. Responding to a request from Nadler for testimony from Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal, and U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd tactfully recalled »

A man who won’t kneel

Featured image We have come to a sorry pass when vows to respect the American flag, to despise socialism, and to stand up for the sovereignty of the United States are — if not incendiary acts, as they are in the Twin Cities and other left-wing urban strongholds — but politically useful. I therefore conclude that we have in fact come to a sorry pass. In the ad below, North Carolina Eleventh »

Reclaiming their time (remix)

Featured image As the old joke goes, it only hurts when I laugh. It therefore hurts to watch this mashup of the House Judiciary Democrats “reclaiming their time” from Attorney General Barr in the course of their performative displays at the hearing earlier this week. It nevertheless must be done. In its own way this may be the best commentary yet on the Democrats’ disgrace under the leadership of the nattering Mr. »

Bill Barr’s challenge to Dems goes unanswered

Featured image At yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, chairman Jerry Nadler stated: In this Justice Department, the President’s enemies will be punished and his friends will be protected, no matter the cost, no matter the cost to liberty, no matter the cost to justice. Attorney General Barr responded with this challenge: I’m supposedly punishing the president’s enemies and helping his friends. What enemies have I indicted? Who — could you point to »

Reclaiming their time

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon’s David Rutz has compiled SUPERcuts video #792 of the House Judiciary Committee Democrats “reclaiming their time” from Attorney General Barr at yesterday’s committee hearing (below). The Democrats’ refrain put me in mind of Bob Dylan’s “Pledging My Time” from Blonde on Blonde: “I got a poison headache / But I feel all right.” They gave me a poison headache. While they were reclaiming their time, as »

The Dems must be crazy

Featured image To say the Democrats must be crazy would be an overly charitable interpretation of their performance in the House Judiciary Committee spectacle starring Attorney General Barr yesterday. They only seemed crazy as they repeatedly disgraced themselves. The disgrace, however, was obviously premeditated. It turns out they had called Barr as a backdrop for their own accusatory and disparaging speeches with the thought that they would cut him off and preclude »

Tlaib and Omar face the voters

Featured image In nine days, Rep. Rashida Tlaib will defend the congressional seat she won in 2018. Her opponent is Brenda Jones, the Detroit City Council president whom Tlaib defeated by just 900 votes out of 90,000 cast in that year’s primary. One week later, Tlaib’s fellow “squad” member, Rep. Ilhan Omar, will try to stave off challenger Antone Melton-Meaux. Tlaib faces a tough fight. As Dave Weigel of the Washington Post »

House Bill Is a $3 Trillion Left-Wing Bonanza

Featured image Nancy Pelosi has unveiled an 1,800 page bill that provides for more than $3 trillion in new spending, ostensibly linked to the coronavirus. In fact, it is mostly must a liberal shopping list. This is, in summary form, some of what the bill contains: * Nearly $1 trillion for state and local governments, ostensibly to make up for anticipated budget shortfalls due to the virus. $540 billion is earmarked for »

Not dead yet

Featured image The GOP is not dead yet. Indeed, it seems to have had a good night. Republicans held a congressional seat in rural Wisconsin and aimed to seize the suburban Los Angeles seat formerly held by torn-between-two-lovers Rep. Katie Hill. In Wisconsin’s 7th District, GOP state Sen. Tom Tiffany comfortably defeated Democratic school board member Tricia Zunker 57 percent to 43 percent. The 7th is a conservative district formerly represented by »

House lacks standing to enforce McGahn subpoena, appeals court rules [UPDATED]

Featured image As Scott noted this post, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled yesterday that that Article III of the Constitution forbids federal courts from resolving the dispute between the House of Representatives and the executive branch over whether former White House Counsel Don McGahn must comply with a subpoena to testify before the House. The decision is, of course, a victory for President Trump. It means »

House passes meaningless, unwise resolution on use of force against Iran

Featured image Yesterday, the House passed a resolution designed to prevent President Trump from taking additional military action against Iran without specific congressional authorization. The resolution calls on the president “to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran” unless Congress declares war or enacts “specific statutory authorization” for the use of armed forces. Three Republicans and an independent voted for the resolution. Eight »

D.C. Circuit hears subpoena disputes between Trump and the House

Featured image Some of us who criticize the House’s second article of impeachment against Trump — alleged obstruction of justice based on refusing to produce documents and witnesses — argue that the remedy for the non-cooperation is to seek enforcement of subpoenas in court, not to impeach the president. However yesterday, as discussed below, the Trump Justice Department argued in court that the judiciary shouldn’t even consider enforcing House subpoenas because to »

Censure Schiff, not Trump

Featured image Politico reports that a small group of House Democrats — about ten of them — are floating the idea of censuring President Trump instead of impeaching him. All of these Democrats represent districts carried by President Trump three years ago. Among them are Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), and Ben McAdams (D-Utah). Schrader explained: I think it’s certainly appropriate and might be a little more bipartisan, »

About those phone records

Featured image The House Intelligence Committee Democrats have published their “impeachment inquiry report.” The preliminary materials including a table of contents and an executive summary are posted online here. A PDF copy of the report itself is posted online here. The report discusses phone calls among players including Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, and John Solomon at pages 45-47 of the text and accompanying endnotes. It lays out a log of phone calls »

Lee Smith in Newt’s World

Featured image I have listened to all the podcasts of interviews with Lee Smith discussing The Plot Against the President that I came across as they were posted. My favorite is Smith’s interview with Newt Gingrich in Newt’s World Episode 46: The Plot Against the President. I posted my own brief appreciation of the book yesterday in “All the president’s men, take 2.” Suffice it to say that Mr. Gingrich shares my »

WH declines Nadler invitation

Featured image The Democrats are in a rush to impeach President Trump. It represents the culmination of their concerted efforts of the past three years. What a waste. The curtain has closed on Schiff impeachment theater. On Wednesday Jerry Nadler takes center stage — quite a lot of it, as a matter of fact — when the curtain goes goes up the House Judiciary Committee. Seeking to respond to the procedural unfairness »

“They got caught”

Featured image I haven’t had a chance to absorb all of today’s House Intelligence Committee impeachment theater, but I did catch Devin Nunes’s opening statement. In in he reiterated one of the basic points he has made throughout the hearings concerning the Democrats’ bad faith with special attention to Adam Schiff. The statement is full of ad hominem digs at Schiff. If you have suffered through as much of these hearings as »