Impeachment

Mandarin Media Not Even Trying to Hide Their Bias Anymore [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Item 1, from last January 21, a classic example of how “smart” and perceptive our media mandarins are: Now Kamala Harris Is a 2020 Candidate, Trump Has No Chance at Winning Another Election By Julie Allen Kamala Harris just ruined Donald Trump’s day. With her much anticipated declaration today, she immediately installed herself as a front-runner in the race to be the Democrat intent on taking down the president in 2020. »

About those phone records (3)

Featured image I scoured the House Intelligence Committee impeachment report prepared under the supervision of the lying lout Adam Schiff in an effort to deduce whose phone records he obtained and how he obtained them. The report itself is silent on the subject. I inferred that Schiff certainly obtained the telephone records of Rudy Giuliani and Lev Parnas. In part 2 of this series I cited reports that Schiff obtained records on »

The peasants are revolting, cont’d

Featured image House Speaker Nancy Pelosi charged the House Judiciary Committee with the preparation of articles of impeachment against President Trump yesterday. From the perspective of the Star Tribune editors, it’s probably the biggest news of the day. The AP story touting it sits at the top left of the Star Tribune home page (“Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly”). Readers, however, seem to be pursuing other interests. Below is »

Democrats Gone Wild

Featured image Democrats are feeling the heat of the immense gamble they are taking by impeaching President Trump. A reporter asks Nancy Pelosi whether she hates President Trump, and whether the whole impeachment drive isn’t about the Democrats’ antipathy toward him. She responds as a Catholic in a fashion that is made even less convincing by her bizarre gestures: Meanwhile, campaigning in Iowa, Joe Biden is asked a question by a voter »

Anti-Trump law profs fall flat, embarrass themselves

Featured image How impressive were the law professors who testified yesterday that President Trump should be impeached? This impressive: The Washington Post’s front page story about the hearing doesn’t get to their testimony until page A-4. Fewer than half of the story’s 36 paragraphs (written by four reporters) even mention the law profs or what they opined. From the anti-Trump perspective, the less said about the anti-Trump “scholars” testimony, the better. The »

A hearing highlight

Featured image Watching the law professors testify before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, I was grateful for my education at the University of Minnesota Law School. I never had a teacher at the school who was as visibly suffused with self-love and moral certitude as Noah Feldman, Pamela Karlan, or Michael Gerhardt. Not even close. We didn’t have to contend with Trump Derangement Syndrome back then, of course, but I never had »

Laughing at Schiff

Featured image Adam Schiff is back in the news in a big way. He’s about as funny as a rubber crutch, but it can’t be wrong to call a timeout to laugh at him. Tom Shillue has mastered the bizarreries of Schiff’s deportment in a manner that brings insight to impersonation. The compilation of Shillue clips below made me laugh out loud. It is the second of two such compilations on YouTube. »

About those phone records (2)

Featured image I took a close look at the House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry report to try to figure out whose telephone records Adam Schiff had subpoenaed or otherwise obtained. I inferred that the committee had obtained the records of Rudy Giuliani and Lev Parnas. Following up on the report, the Wall Street Journal (editorial here) and Byron York (column here) indicate that Schiff subpoenaed a total of five phone numbers from »

The Karlan Catastrophe [Updated]

Featured image The Democrats opened the next phase of their drive to impeachment today with a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. Strangely, they began not with fact witnesses but with a panel of four law professors, three selected by the Democrats and one by the Republicans. What with having a job, and then being on the radio for three hours, I didn’t watch the proceedings. But I followed the event on »

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 »

Schiff Obtained Phone Records of Nunes, Journalist, Others

Featured image Between my day job and three hours on the radio, I have been mostly out of touch today. But this, from Elizabeth Vaughn at Red State, shocked me: “Adam Schiff Has Crossed a Line: He’s Obtained Phone Records of Devin Nunes, Nunes’ Aide, Rudy Giuliani and John Solomon.” The most stunning aspect of the report, to me anyway, was the inclusion of telephone records of House Intelligence Committee ranking member »

Law professors on parade, a guide

Featured image In his impeachment preview, Scott notes that on Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will begin its hearings by taking testimony from four law professors: Pam Karlan, Noah Feldman, Michael Gerhardt, and Jonathan Turley. It’s easy to ridicule leading off with law professors, and it’s true that doing so isn’t the best way to capture the public’s interest. Logically, however, it makes sense to begin the hearings by discussing the standard »

An impeachment preview

Featured image As the Schiff show moves from the House Intelligence Committee to the nattering nabobs of Nadlerism on the House Judiciary Committee, the curtain goes up tomorrow. Schiff’s impeachment report is to be released later today, but House Intelligence Committee Republicans have already filed their 133-page report summarizing the case against impeachment; the Wall Street Journal has posted it online here. Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing is to take up the constitutional »

The politics of impeachment

Featured image I confess to being puzzled by the triumphalism expressed by some Trump supporters at the end of the House Intelligence Committee hearings on the president’s dealings with Ukraine. Sure, nothing happened in these hearings that will cause the Senate to remove Trump from office. But this process isn’t about removing Trump, it’s about injuring him politically. In this regard, Trump supporters pointed to polls showing that the hearings did not »

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 »

Republicans Pounce!

Featured image You can tell things aren’t going well for the Democrats when the news media’s spin is “Republicans pounce.” Via the Gateway Pundit, the Associated Press laments how Republicans are taking advantage of the Democrats’ valiant impeachment efforts: Right now, Republicans are wielding impeachment mostly as an offensive weapon, and Democrats are generally playing defense or changing the subject as 2020 congressional races rev up. It's unclear how potent the issue »

Are House Democrats Getting Cold Feet?

Featured image A number of right-leaning news sources speculate that House Democrats are having second thoughts about impeaching President Trump. Such speculation is based in part on polls that generally show opinion turning against impeachment, especially among independents. A lot of attention–too much, I think–has also been paid to a radio interview given by Michigan Democrat Brenda Lawrence, in which she said “I don’t see the value of” impeaching Trump. Lawrence advocated »