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The Fake Impeachment Continues

Gary Bauer · Oct. 2, 2019

On Monday The New York Times and The Washington Post broke stories that they treated as huge developments but they were nothing.

The Times reported that Attorney General William Barr had communicated with the prime minister of Australia. The Post reported that Barr had communicated with other foreign intelligence officials. The conversations concerned foreign involvement in our 2016 election by Trump’s enemies.

The papers are intentionally morphing two separate issues. They are confusing the effort to investigate the former vice president and his son, which we are told was nefarious, illegal, and impeachable, with Barr’s efforts to investigate the Deep State’s meddling in the 2016 elections.

The latter investigation is what the media and Democrats say they want — to prevent foreign influence in the election. But to them, it’s a one-way street — only Trump is guilty of conspiring with foreign governments, when in fact the exact opposite appears to be true.

Attorney General Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham are investigating how the Russia collusion hoax got started in the first place. We know that elements of foreign intelligence agencies were working with our intelligence agencies to smear Donald Trump during the 2016 elections to ensure his defeat. 

The Times and Post acted like they were divulging something about Barr’s activities that no one knew anything about. But speaking to reporters on the White House lawn on May 24th, President Trump said this in response to a question about Barr’s investigation of the Deep State:

I hope he looks at the UK, and I hope he looks at Australia, and I hope he looks at Ukraine. I hope he looks at everything, because there was a hoax that was perpetrated on our country… It’s the greatest hoax, probably, in the history of our country. And somebody has to get to the bottom of it.

In other words, the president announced months ago what the Post and Times presented Monday as big “breaking” news. 

And note the president’s specific reference to Ukraine two months before the alleged “inappropriate” phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky. Again, it’s a pretty poor cover-up when the president is talking about it so publicly!

As I have explained before, international investigations — especially ones involving foreign intelligence agencies — often require the president to initiate contact with foreign leaders so everyone is on the same page and working together.

This is not inappropriate. In fact, as Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett notes, we have a treaty with Ukraine specifically about cooperation in international investigations. It was signed, ironically enough, by Bill Clinton.

For nearly three years, the left and its media allies were obsessed with Russia, Russia, Russia. Yet Robert Mueller found no Trump collusion with Russia. But there was plenty of other collusion.

The FBI spied on the Trump campaign. DNC operatives were in Ukraine digging up dirt on Trump. Hillary’s campaign colluded with foreign spies and Russians. And foreign intelligence operatives were likely in on it.

That is the scandal of 2016, and it is imperative that we get to the bottom of it. 

It would be dereliction of duty on the part of the president and attorney general to not expose the political weaponization of the intelligence communities in Washington and in other countries.

But don’t be fooled by the corrupt media’s deliberate spin. It is not inappropriate or illegal or an impeachable offense if administration officials communicate with foreign governments. Attorney General Barr is doing his job, and that has Democrats and their media allies terrified.

More Deception

At last month’s Iowa state fair, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy pressed former Vice President Joe Biden about his son’s high-priced contract with a Ukrainian natural gas company. Biden insisted, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings." 

Well, there are plenty of reasons to question Biden’s statement. Investigative reporter John Solomon has uncovered numerous memos that conflict with Biden’s unequivocal declaration of ignorance. 

But as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

Monday, a photo emerged of Joe and Hunter Biden golfing with Devon Archer. The photo was taken four months after Hunter and Devon joined the board of the Ukrainian gas company. Are we supposed to believe that the people at the center of this storm never discussed "business” during their time on the golf course?

It has been suggested that these dealings were investigated and no evidence of wrongdoing was found. But Hunter Biden’s hiring IS the wrongdoing. A foreign company hired the son of the vice president even though he had no experience in energy or Ukraine. That’s influence peddling. That’s corruption. 

Just imagine if any Trump family member made a similar deal. Every Democrat would say it was evidence of widespread corruption within the Trump family and every media outlet would repeat the story. And the subpoenas would be flying. No doubt Mitt Romney would jump in against Trump too.

Communist China’s Celebration

Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the communist takeover of China. It’s not China’s “National Day” because many Chinese are being held in national servitude. It’s the Chinese Communist Party’s national day. 

The same media that hyperventilated over Trump’s desire to have a tank and armored personnel carrier on the National Mall during the July 4th celebration were very impressed with China’s huge military parade that marched through Beijing yesterday, including 15,000 troops, scores of tanks, and a number of new missiles, including one capable of striking any American city within minutes.

On CNBC yesterday, the streaming headline declared, “President Xi Promises China Will Stay On Peaceful Path To Development.” That must have been very soothing to all the corporate chieftains who want to keep making billions in communist China while ignoring China’s goals. 

CNBC must have missed the other sentence in Xi’s speech, “No force can ever shake the status of China, or stop the Chinese people and nation from marching forward.”

Whatever happens in this country over the next few years, I can say this with certainty: The great struggle engulfing the world now and in the decades ahead will be the confrontation between China’s communist leaders and our constitutional republic. Other nations will have to decide which model they want to follow.

The communist have to worry about what they are seeing in the streets of Hong Kong. We should be worried about how many Americans have already been bought off by the Chinese communists.

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