House of Representatives

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 »

Joseph Maguire testifies

Featured image Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is testifying before the House Intelligence Committee. I have embedded the committee’s live feed below. Having just watched the shameless Chairman (ugh!) Adam Schiff examine Maguire, I am impressed yet again by the dishonest and deceitful approach of Schiff to all matters Trump. Schiff serves one legitimate purpose, though not the one he intends. He strongly suggests to me that this affair is »

You crane!

Featured image The Democrats moved so smoothly from Russia and racism to Ukraine that I hardly noticed. Whatever they are talking about — we aren’t entirely clear yet — it requires President Trump’s removal from office. That is the common denominator. They can’t wait for the election coming up next year to dispose of bad man orange. Mike Pence now! Somehow I suspect that’s not what they’re thinking. Listen to Nancy Pelosi »

House beats back impeachment resolution, Democrats divide

Featured image Yesterday, Rep. Al Green, a left-wing Democrat from Texas, filed articles of impeachment against President Trump. He based his filing on Trump’s suggestion that four radical, America-bashing congresswomen leave the country. Green’s filing stated: Donald John Trump has, by his statements, brought the high office of the President of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace and disrepute, has sown discord among the people of the United States, has demonstrated »

(Don’t) leave it to Cleaver

Featured image Roll Call has a good account of what happened on the House floor yesterday as Nancy Pelosi violated House rules for the all-important purpose of calling President Trump racist. FOX News has a fuller story here. When Rep. Doug Collins challenged the propriety of Pelosi’s remarks, Pelosi asserted that she had cleared them with the House parliamentarian. This appears to have been a lie. Roll Call reports: Collins set off »

Democrats start to worry about retaining the House

Featured image Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says this about Nancy Pelosi’s criticism of her and her small congressional squad of radical leftists: When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. [I]t got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women »

Justin Amash leaves the GOP before it can “leave” him

Featured image Rep. Justin Amash has always been a party of one. Now, he’s made it official. He’s leaving the GOP and is running for reelection as an independent. Why? He claims it’s because the two-party system and hyper-partisanship have wrecked Congress. He finds that individual members of Congress have no say in things. They are simply there to obey their party leader. But none of this is new. What’s new is »

“Trump’s all-out war against House probes”

Featured image That’s the headline of a Washington Post story (print edition) about the clash between the White House and House Democrats over the latters’ investigations of the former. The article notes that President Trump “is blocking more than 20 separate Democratic inquiries.” According to the Post, this “amount[s] to what many experts call the most expansive White House obstruction effort in decades. The Post’s claim of obstruction is dishonest in at »

As Nadler natters

Featured image The contempt citation served up by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and his Democratic colleagues on Attorney General William Barr is stupid almost beyond belief. Professor Jonathan Turley exposes its complete and utter asininity without breaking a sweat. That is not the hardest of the questions raised by Nadler’s shenanigans. What’s it all about, Jerry? That is a somewhat more difficult question to answer. Kim Strassel takes up the »

Ineffective Democrat subpoenas

Featured image A House panel voted yesterday to authorize subpoenas to obtain Robert Mueller’s full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The vote was strictly along party lines. Democrats aren’t going to issue the subpoena yet. First, they will negotiate with the Justice Department. But Democrats are holding a losing hand. This subpoena, like all the others House Democrats are thinking about issuing, cannot, in all likelihood, be effectively enforced. »

House fails to override Trump veto on emergency order

Featured image The House failed today to overturn President Trump’s first veto, leaving his declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border intact. Both chambers of Congress passed a resolution nullifying the president’s order, but Trump vetoed the resolution and the veto could not be rendered ineffective without two-thirds of both chambers voting to override it. Opponents of the emergency declaration missed by about 40 votes in the House. The final »

What Peter Strzok said

Featured image Rep. Doug Collins continues to release the testimony of key players in the great scandal of the Russia collusion hoax. There has never been anything like it in American politics and now that the House is controlled by the Democrats, House committees are not going to help us understand what happened. Yesterday Collins released the transcript of disgraced former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee »

What Bruce Ohr said

Featured image On Friday Rep. Doug Collins released the transcript of Bruce Ohr’s testimony to the House Oversight Committee this past August. I have embedded the 268-page transcript below via Scribd. Ohr appeared before the committee voluntarily, not under subpoena, in connection with its investigation of bias within the Department of Justice and the FBI. He is a key participant in the Obama administration activities that, taken together, amount to one helluva »

The politics of the Democrats’ “anti-hate” resolution

Featured image Yesterday, the House passed a meaningless, vacuous resolution condemning hate in many of its forms. House Democrats were unable to bring to a vote a specific anti-anti-Semitism resolution and never seem seriously to have contemplated a resolution condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar, who caused the fuss with her blatantly anti-Semitic remarks. The anti-hate resolution was a pathetic response. If a Republican congressman had made anti-black comments, would House Democrats have responded, »

You can hate this

Featured image The House Democrats have apparently finalized the text of a resolution opposing hate in all but its politically correct forms. I have embedded the text below via Scribd as reported by Politico. Intended to mitigate the political fallout from Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments, it could now pass as a resolution in her honor. Even she should be able to vote for it with the thought that, with the possible exception »