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Schiff Frames Impeachment Inquisition to Frame Trump

Democrat strategy is to oust Trump, retake the Senate, and shift the Supreme Court.

Mark Alexander · Nov. 14, 2019

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) framed the Democrats’ impeachment inquisition to frame Donald Trump in three questions: “The questions presented by this impeachment inquiry are whether President Trump sought to exploit that ally’s vulnerability and invite Ukraine’s interference in our elections; whether President Trump sought to condition official acts, such as a White House meeting or U.S. military assistance, on Ukraine’s willingness to assist with two political investigations that would help his reelection campaign; and if President Trump did either, whether such an abuse of his power is compatible with the office of the presidency.”

As to the first question regarding inviting Ukraine’s “interference in our elections,” it is clear with the conclusion of Robert Muller’s investigation that the Democrat Party invited interference into the 2016 election, and it is that interference that was the basis for Trump’s request for Ukraine investigations. That notwithstanding, Democrats will pull the Russia collusion farce back into their impeachment narrative because they can’t let it fade. That would be tantamount to admitting it was a hoax – and if they allow that, then by extension it implies the current impeachment inquisition is a hoax…

Second, regarding the assertion that there was a “quid pro quo” associated with Trump’s request to investigate corruption, it is the constitutional authority of the president to set foreign policy, and in every case of U.S. relations with a foreign country, especially where aid of any type is concerned, that aid is conditional. Asserting in this case that the condition was to “help his reelection campaign” is a Democrat/deep-state fabrication to undermine the next election because they failed to undo the last one. What we’re witnessing is “Coup d'Etat 2.0.” (Oh, and Democrats have stopped referencing “quid pro quo” because they think their constituents are too stupid to know what that means.)

We now know that the Ukrainian government had reopened the Biden corruption probe months before the Trump/Zelensky call at the center of the Demo impeachment derby.

We also know that Schiff lied about his association with the so-called “whistleblower,” who, as it turns out, is a Democrat political hack. And notably, that hack is now, himself, under criminal investigation by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community with whom he filed his original trumped-up complaint.

Of course, Democrats refuse to allow testimony from that deep-stater, as requested by Republicans, because that would expose Schiff’s collaboration with him and blow up the impeachment effort. And recall that it was his lawyer, Mark Zaid, who publicly declared in 2017, “[The] coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately.”

Third, if Democrats are looking for “an abuse of power” that actually rises to the level of the impeachable offense they claim Trump committed, they should start with the 2018 letter signed by Demo Sens. Richard Durbin (IL), Patrick Leahy (VT), and Robert Menendez (NJ) to then-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. In the letter, the Demo trio threatened the totality of U.S./Ukrainian relations if the Ukrainians did not help find some evidence to support the Democrats’ flailing and failing Russia-collusion charade to find something worthy of impeaching Trump.

And finally, where were all these impeachment hounds back in 2016, when then-Vice President Joe Biden threatened to cut $1 billion in U.S. Ukrainian loan guarantees if the Ukrainian president did not fire Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor whose investigations were getting dangerously close to Hunter Biden’s “business expertise” in return for Ukrainian cash? (You can read a detailed timeline of those “dealings” here.)

Let me summarize again what this Demo charade is really about. The objective is to use the Senate impeachment vote exonerating Trump, to defeat a few Republican senators in vulnerable states, retake control of the Senate, and if Trump is reelected, block any further conservative appointments to the Supreme Court.

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