“[The judicial branch] may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)
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- Trump has kept his promise on nominees for the federal judiciary.
- Schiff’s disingenuous defense of the “patriotic” impeachment coup.
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While Democrats are busy with their impeachment charade, President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate have been busy reshaping the federal judiciary. This hasn’t escaped our notice — we’ve reported on it numerous times. But the Leftmedia would rather sell advertising by getting eyeballs for wall-to-wall impeachment drama.
According to a White House report issued Wednesday, “As of this afternoon, President Donald J. Trump has appointed — and gotten confirmed — 158 life-tenured federal judges who will defend our Constitution, personal freedoms, and the rule of law.” That includes “two Supreme Court justices, 44 Circuit Court judges, and 112 District Court judges.” The White House also says, “[His] historic pace is only accelerating: The President is set to have more judges confirmed this year alone than in all of 2017 and 2018 combined.” Three more are expected by week’s end, and dozens more are in the wings this year.
The White House has other highlights: “President Trump’s nominees alone fill one-quarter of the seats on our nation’s Circuit Courts of Appeals.” And, “He has seen more Circuit Court judges confirmed by this point in his presidency than any past president in United States history.”
Trump promised as a candidate to nominate solid conservative judges and he’s followed through. But a lot of credit goes to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He’s come a long way from the days when we criticized him and then-House Speaker John Boehner for weak leadership. On the judiciary, McConnell made the most gutsy move of his career by refusing to hold confirmation hearings on Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the venerable Antonin Scalia’s seat. He decided with good reason that to allow Obama, in the last year of his presidency, to totally swing the Supreme Court with a leftist in the seat of a constitutionalist was unacceptable. McConnell held firm, Trump beat all odds and won, and we now have Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.
McConnell’s stewardship is even more laudable given Democrat resistance. According to The Daily Signal, “Democrats forced cloture votes on 118 of the president’s judicial nominees, a delaying tactic to extend debate. For the previous five presidents combined, the Senate held only seven cloture votes.”
As Trump put it in a speech yesterday, “When judges write policy instead of applying the law, they impose sweeping changes on millions of Americans without the benefit of legislative debate, public rulemaking, or the consent of the governed. As a result, these highly political rulings inflict painful damage on our security, society, and economy — imposing unworkable edicts on businesses, workers, families, and law enforcement. I will do everything in my power to halt judicial activism, and to ensure the law is upheld equally, fairly, and without political prejudice for all of our citizens.” On the subject of judicial nominations, Trump is most definitely earning an “A” grade.
Eleven days into President Donald Trump’s presidency, the attorney currently representing the “whistleblower,” Mark Zaid, tweeted, “#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately.” Zaid was responding to Trump having just fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates over her refusal to uphold his temporary travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries. Later in July 2017, Zaid tweeted, “I predict @CNN will play a key role in @realDonaldTrump not finishing out his full term as president. We will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters.” Isn’t it amazing that Zaid’s client is now at the center of that impeachment effort?
We have repeatedly noted ever since Trump won the election that Democrats have been committed to obstructing his agenda and, if possible, removing him from office. Following Robert Mueller’s investigation blowing up in their faces, Democrats determined that coup attempt 2.0 would be fully under their control. Thus the current orchestrated “whistleblower” impeachment push.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who has been orchestrating this entire impeachment coup attempt from the very beginning, sought to defend his and Democrats’ actions in a USA Today op-ed. Schiff falsely claims to have engaged in this impeachment charade based entirely on nonpartisan motives. But as Zaid’s statements make plain, nothing could be further from the truth.
First off, Schiff begs the question of Trump’s guilt, claiming that he abused “the power of the presidency.” Schiff then suggests that Trump’s attempt to investigate the origins of the Russian-collusion hoax (coup 1.0) is the president seeking his own “personal, political interests.” In fact, it is actually in the national interest of our republic that Trump investigate and ferret out those deep-state and foreign actors who sought to undermine a duly elected president.
Defending the Democrats’ secretive impeachment inquiry, Schiff writes, “The interviews we have conducted have been thorough, professional and fair … in line with best investigative practices. … We have held these interviews in private to ensure that witnesses are not able to tailor their testimony to align with others at the expense of truth.” If this were the case, then why did Schiff and company regularly and selectively leak portions of these testimonies to the press? How does this not muddy the waters, especially when every Democrat runs around declaring the president guilty of an impeachable offense?
Schiff then claims that all the witnesses are “dedicated, nonpartisan public servants” who “are American patriots and shining examples of what it means to defend and protect our Constitution.” That’s ridiculous, given that 99% of the political donations from these “nonpartisan public servants” within the State Department went to Hillary Clinton. That doesn’t appear very nonpartisan to most folks. Furthermore, calling deep-state actors who worked to resist and ultimately to impeach a duly elected president is anything but “patriotic.” Zaid was closer with his hashtags of “coup” and “rebellion.”
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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
“FAKE OUTRAGE”: Rand Paul blocks Senate resolution backing protection for whistleblowers (The Hill)
PREPARE THE POPCORN: Impeachment going public: Hearings next week for all to see (Associated Press)
FRENEMIES SCHEDULED TO MEET: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit White House next week (Washington Examiner)
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM QUASHED: Federal judge strikes down rule allowing clinicians to object to abortions for moral or religious reasons (NBC News)
MORE TIME FOR INDOCTRINATION: Kamala Harris proposes a 10-hour school day (The Daily Wire)
INDEFENSIBLE: A Michigan man underpaid his property taxes by $8.41. The county seized his property, sold it — and kept the profits. (Reason)
ALIEN SURGE: Illegal-immigrant population inside U.S. surged 550,000 in 2019 (Washington Examiner)
EATING CROW: DOJ charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia (National Review)
POLICY: Time for the Supreme Court to clearly protect religious freedoms (Washington Examiner)
POLICY: How Trump is reshaping the courts (The Daily Signal)
HUMOR: Elizabeth Warren’s plan to pay for Medicare for All: Spend so much that the national debt clock rolls over to zero (The Babylon Bee)
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Victor Davis Hanson: “More than 45 million borrowers now struggle with nearly $1.6 trillion in collective student debt, with climbing interest. That indebtedness has delayed — or ended — the traditional forces that encourage conservatism and traditionalism, such as getting married, having children and buying a home. Instead, a generation of single, childless and mostly urban youth feels cheated that their high-priced degrees did not earn them competitive salaries. Millions of embittered college graduates will never be able to pay off what they owe — and want some entity to pay off their debts. In paradoxical fashion, teenagers were considered savvy adults who were mature enough to take on gargantuan loans. But they were also treated like fragile preteens who were warned that the world outside their campus sanctuaries was downright mean, sexist, racist, homophobic and unfair.”
Observations: “When Trump stepped into office, the GOP had 1,124 state senators and 3,055 state representatives across the country. Today, the GOP has 1,081 state senators and 2,770 state representatives. When Trump took office, Democrats controlled just 14 state legislative chambers across the country; starting next year, Democrats will control 20 state legislative chambers. That’s not as severe as the Democratic party’s drop-off during the Obama era, but the trend is moving in the same direction.” —Jim Geraghty
Walking a fine line: “I suppose we could call the Trump administration’s idea of deterrence without preemptive intervention as either ‘Live and let live’ — or, more macabrely, ‘Live — and let die.’ Either way, the paradox is to maintain critical deterrence against American enemies to prevent a war, but without Pavlovian interventions, and without being baited into optional military action that is antithetical to the national mood that got Trump elected.” —Victor Davis Hanson
Opportunism: “Of course, it has … come out that — I’ll be darned! — the ‘whistleblower’ has ties to prominent Democratic Trump detractors. So now, the same Democrats who previously saw the man as a potential star witness have decided that his usefulness has run its course. Now that he is a potential liability, it has suddenly become unpatriotic to utter his name.” —Andrew McCarthy
For the record: “[The IG report will be] explosive. For people at the highest levels of the FBI and at the highest levels of the Justice Department, it’s going to be devastating. It’s going to ruin careers.” —former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova
Collusion: “#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately.” —"whistleblower" attorney Mark S. Zaid on Jan. 30, 2017
Lessons from the School of Hard Knocks: “We have to hope that whoever ends up nominated can win the Electoral College.” —Hillary Clinton
Non compos mentis: “We need to win the ticket in the heartland and win those states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan. We can do it. I can do it. … We are going to build a blue wall around those states and make Donald Trump pay for it. That is our plan.” —Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Belly laugh of the week: “News item: China is facing a severe pork shortage. News item: U.S. bacon supply near a 50-year high. Seems like some obvious gains from trade to be had here.” —Steven Hayward
And last… “Billionaires don’t deserve their money. You deserve it even less. The government deserves it least of all.” —Frank J. Fleming
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