House of Representatives

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 »

The sound of Sondland

Featured image Observing the many hours of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland testifying in the impeachment theater now running on the House Intelligence Committee, I think this is the short version. Gordon Sondland, I presume. Gordon Sondland: I presume. What a strange performance. Sondland seemed to be a victim of Stockholm syndrome, yukking it up with his captors. Why is this man laughing? That is one question I can’t answer. Sondland’s presumptions gave »

The yammering of Yovanovitch

Featured image Former United States Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was the star witness served up by the Democrats in the show trial that is to preface their adoption of impeachment articles against President Trump. The Democrats are bound and determined to impeach Trump over something. The Russia hoax was foiled. Although it is not invented out of whole cloth, the Democrats’ current impeachment production looks to me like Russia hoax 2.0. »

What’s wrong with this picture?

Featured image The impeachment farce continues unabated behind closed doors for the time being under the leadership of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. One is invited to ponder the imponderables. Why behind closed doors? Why the House Intelligence Committee? Is there a more vile figure in American public life than Adam Schiff? And — related question — who is leaking the “secret” testimony to which we are treated in the daily »

The impeachment Schiff show

Featured image Julie Kelly calls it “The impeachment Schiff show” (emphasis on “show”) and sets it in the proper context. As Adam Schiff becomes the face the Democratic Party at the moment, what is to be said? The Democrats deserve that face. Jerry Nadler’s is to follow. They deserve his too. With an almost entirely partisan vote yesterday, the House adopted the resolution that will govern the impeachment “inquiry.” (I have posted »

Resistance (At All Costs): A case study

Featured image In her new book Kim Strassel calls it Resistance (At All Costs). You know what “it” is: the opposition to Donald Trump that has manifested itself in each branch of the government and the media since the Trump presidential campaign. From the “counterintelligence investigation” of his campaign conducted by the intelligence and law enforcement authorities of the Obama administration and related leaks to the media, to the Mueller Special Counsel »

What Katie can do

Featured image Rep. Katie Hill is one of the bright young things who restored Nancy Pelosi to the high office of Speaker of the House as a result of the mid-term elections. She is 32 years old. She sits as vice chair of the House Oversight Committee and a member of the House Armed Services Committee. On October 18 Jennifer Van Laar broke the story of Hill’s participation in a three-way relationship »

Behind closed doors (3)

Featured image I can’t take anything that leaks out of the closed-door impeachment “inquiry” conducted by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff at face value. Schiff is conducting an impeachment campaign by orchestrated leaks. I decline to follow the leaked testimony until I can take a look at the full record with my own eyes. One such leak is the opening statement of Ambassador Bill Taylor, which Paul discussed yesterday here. Rep. John »

Behind closed doors

Featured image If Republicans were conducting an “impeachment inquiry” of a Democratic president, we’d be hearing about the procedural anomalies employed in the production of a foreordained result. We would be instructed on the irregularity of committing such an inquiry to the House Intelligence Committee. We would also be hearing about the profound character defects of the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. As it is, we are left to pick up »

Why Schiff?

Featured image The competition isn’t intense, but FOX News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo is the best of the Sunday Morning gabfests. Yesterday her guests included Rep. John Ratcliffe, a member of the House Intelligence Committee (video below). The Intelligence Committee is where the truth-challenged Chairman Adam Schiff is orchestrating the impeachment action. Ratcliffe made two key points: the Intelligence Committee should not be where the action is and what we »

Essence of Schiff

Featured image The highlight of the House Intelligence Committee hearing so far has to be Chairman (ugh!) Adam Schiff’s recitation of the Trump/Zelensky phone call (video below). Here we get to the “essence” of the proceedings (to borrow Schiff’s terminology). In his recitation Schiff fabricated Trump’s side of the conversation and, when called on it, explained that it was meant to be a “parody.” Schiff himself is a walking parody of political »