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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>This Week&#39;s Conservative Focus . . . Impeachment</p>\n<p>After dozens of House Republicans demanded access to a secure facility in the Capitol on Wednesday where House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was preparing to depose a Pentagon official, Democrats expressed outrage at the breach of protocol. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re doing this because this is what the guilty do,&rdquo; said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. &ldquo;Innocent people cooperate with investigations. Innocent people follow the rules of the House.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> WELL, people engaged in impartial investigations aimed at finding the truth don&rsquo;t violate every precedent and standard of due process set during previous presidential impeachments.<br />\n Contrast today&rsquo;s partisan inquiry with the Nixon impeachment. As American Enterprise Institute President Robert Doar has pointed out, the Nixon inquiry was a model of bipartisan cooperation. The Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Peter Rodino (N.J.), assembled a unified staff (including Doar&rsquo;s father, John, a Republican whom Rodino appointed as special counsel). The full House voted on authorizing the inquiry. The minority was given joint subpoena power. The president&rsquo;s counsel was allowed to be present during depositions, given access to all of the documents and materials presented to the committee, allowed to cross-examine witnesses, and even permitted to call witnesses of his own. Most important, the committee did not leak or release selective documents cherry-picked to make the president look bad.<br />\n The same was true during the Clinton impeachment inquiry. As former House speaker Newt Gingrich explained in a recent interview, Republicans &ldquo;adopted every single rule that Rodino had used in 1973.&rdquo; Yet today, Rodino&rsquo;s party is systematically undermining every principle of fairness and due process he put in place in 1973.<br />\n Take this week&rsquo;s testimony by acting ambassador William Taylor, who alleged that President Trump made U.S. aid contingent on &ldquo;investigations.&rdquo; He was deposed inside a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the Capitol, a room that is designed to protect the government&rsquo;s most highly classified information. Cellphones are not permitted inside a SCIF. Yet somehow what appear to be cellphone photos of his prepared statement were leaked to the news media.</p>\n<p> BUT THE full transcript of his deposition &mdash; including his answers to questions from Republicans challenging his accusations &mdash; remains under lock and key in that SCIF. The president&rsquo;s counsel is not allowed to see it, much less be present at the deposition to cross-examine the witness. So, Democrats are leaking derogatory information about the president, while restricting public access to potentially exculpatory information, all while denying him the right to see or challenge testimony against him.<br />\n Moreover, they are abusing the system to do it. One of the charges Democrats have leveled against Trump is that the White House improperly put the transcript of his call with the Ukrainian president on a special server used to protect highly classified information. Yet Democrats are doing the very same thing, conducting impeachment depositions inside a SCIF, improperly using a classified system to restrict access to nonclassified information not just to the public but to members of Congress. Talk about hypocrisy.<br />\n Let&rsquo;s be clear: There is nothing wrong with holding hearings behind closed doors as long as there is due process. But secrecy and fairness go hand in hand. One without the other is corrupt.<br />\n The partisan nature of the Democrats&rsquo; inquiry will backfire in a number of ways. For one thing, it allows Republicans to make the case to the American people that the process is unfair. If the facts are on the Democrats&rsquo; side, they have nothing to fear from transparency and due process. Second, their partisan behavior has given the president justification to refuse to cooperate with the investigation, just as President Dwight Eisenhower refused to cooperate with the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954. And finally, it has made it easier for congressional Republicans to rally around the president. Right now, Republicans are more torn about Trump&rsquo;s Syria policy than they are about his impeachment inquiry. By failing to show even a modicum of fairness, Democrats have turned impeachment into a game of shirts vs. skins.</p>\n<p> THE DEMOCRATS&rsquo; conduct shows that they are not serious, and that the entire impeachment inquiry is a blatantly political exercise. Given the Constitution&rsquo;s requirement of a supermajority in the Senate to remove the president, it is impossible for one party to remove the president of another party from office without buy-in from the other side. Yet Democrats are making no effort to win over Republicans, much less make a vote against impeachment difficult. And that means they&rsquo;ll have a hard time getting buy-in from the American people.</p>\n<p> October 24, 2019</p>\n', created = 1575647043, expire = 1575733443, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:9509d5aba86687e0b28898eec199feac' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: October 4, 2019</p>\n<p>President Trump&rsquo;s critics are now complaining that he asked the Australian prime minister to cooperate with the Justice Department&rsquo;s investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe and that Attorney General William Barr has traveled overseas to ask foreign intelligence officials to cooperate with that investigation. The New York Times called it another example of &ldquo;the president using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> NO, IT&rsquo;S not. The president&rsquo;s critics are conflating two different things: the investigation by Trump&rsquo;s private lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, into Hunter Biden&rsquo;s business dealings, and the official inquiry by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. The former is opposition research activity; the latter is a criminal justice matter.<br />\n There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking foreign heads of state or intelligence officials to cooperate with an official Justice Department investigation. As George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley explains, &ldquo;It is not uncommon for an attorney general, or even a president, to ask foreign leaders to assist with ongoing investigations. Such calls can shortcut bureaucratic red tape, particularly if the evidence is held, as in this case, by national security or justice officials.&rdquo;<br />\n Americans support the Durham probe. For two years, they were told by Trump&rsquo;s opponents that the president was &ldquo;working on behalf of the Russians&rdquo; and had committed &ldquo;treasonous&rdquo; acts that were of &ldquo;a size and scope probably beyond Watergate.&rdquo; Those were serious accusations, and Americans took them seriously. They waited for special counsel Robert Mueller to tell them whether the president had indeed betrayed the country.<br />\n Then Mueller issued his report, and they found out that none of it was true. They understandably wanted answers. How did it come to pass that our government was paralyzed for two years and spent tens of millions of their tax dollars, chasing a Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory? A Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll following the Mueller report&rsquo;s public release found that 53% of Americans said that &ldquo;bias against President Trump in the FBI played a role in launching investigations against him,&rdquo; and 62% supported appointing a special counsel to investigate the investigation of Trump.<br />\n Instead of a special counsel, Barr appointed Durham, a career prosecutor, to lead the investigation that Americans demanded. Durham is a man of unimpeachable character who was appointed by Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the CIA&rsquo;s terrorist interrogation program. At the conclusion of that probe, which ended without any criminal charges, Holder praised Durham for working &ldquo;tirelessly to conduct an extraordinarily thorough and complete&rdquo; investigation.</p>\n<p> NOW BARR has asked Durham to bring the same tireless professionalism to his investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe. But suddenly, all those who were so eager to find out what happened in 2016 when they thought Mueller would reveal that Trump conspired with the Russians have lost interest. The same people who were outraged at Trump&rsquo;s efforts to discredit the Mueller probe are now doing the exact same thing to the Durham probe. Back then, Democrats insisted Trump stop criticizing the investigation and &ldquo;let Mueller follow the facts wherever they lead.&rdquo; Now they need to heed their own advice: Stop criticizing the investigation. Let Durham follow the facts wherever they lead. If there was no wrongdoing, then there is nothing to worry about.<br />\n To be sure, Trump bears some responsibility for helping Democrats lump together Durham&rsquo;s official investigation with Giuliani&rsquo;s partisan activities by mentioning them both on the call with Ukraine&rsquo;s president. There should be a firewall between the two inquiries. Instead, Trump and Giuliani have blurred those lines.<br />\n But keep in mind, it was the Democrats who told us there is nothing wrong or illegal with a presidential candidate hiring a private lawyer to conduct opposition research in a foreign country on their political opponents. After it emerged that the Clinton campaign and the DNC had paid Christopher Steele to dig up dirt in Russia on Trump, the Democrats&rsquo; defense was: That&rsquo;s just opposition research. Everyone does it. The biggest problem with the Steele dossier was not that Democrats paid for opposition research, but that the FBI might have used it as the basis for spying on the Trump campaign &mdash; which is part of what Durham is investigating.</p>\n<p> DURHAM IS no partisan actor. Despite political pressure, he cleared the CIA of wrongdoing during the Obama administration. Like Mueller, he will follow the facts wherever they lead. Maybe that is why so many Democrats are up in arms.</p>\n', created = 1575647043, expire = 1575733443, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:c6e03bf49ab19479e291bc3dc8933054' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>UKRAINE SCANDAL: October 1, 2019</p>\n<p>Let&rsquo;s be clear: President Trump&rsquo;s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was not &ldquo;beautiful&rdquo; or &ldquo;perfect.&rdquo; Far from it. Trump should not have asked Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden or to cooperate with his private attorney Rudolph Giuliani&rsquo;s investigation of the former vice president&rsquo;s son. Since Trump made no promises or threats in the call, it is a stretch to claim his conduct rises to the level of &ldquo;high crimes and misdemeanors.&rdquo; But it was highly inappropriate.</p>\n<p> HOWEVER, it does not follow that Trump&rsquo;s malfeasance absolves Joe Biden and his son of their malfeasance. Two things can be true at the same time: that Trump did something wrong, and that Joe and Hunter Biden did something wrong as well. This seems to be lost on many in the media, who are bending over backward to absolve the Bidens of wrongdoing.<br />\n For example, many in the media state as fact that Biden&rsquo;s actions in encouraging the firing of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin had nothing to do with his investigation of the natural gas company, Burisma, which employed Hunter Biden as a board member. His firing was justified, they say, because the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund and other U.S. allies were demanding he be fired as well. Furthermore, as CNN&rsquo;s Jake Tapper insisted this weekend, &ldquo;according to the Ukrainians that investigation [into Burisma] was dormant at the time.&rdquo;<br />\n First, the phrase &ldquo;dormant&rdquo; means, by definition, that an investigation into Burisma existed and was not closed. Second, we don&rsquo;t know for certain that the Burisma investigation was, in fact, &ldquo;dormant.&rdquo; Shokin has sworn in an affidavit it was not. His successor says it was. Who is lying? Nobody knows for sure. Journalists don&rsquo;t get to choose which version they prefer and report it as fact.</p>\n<p> BUT HERE is what is incontestably true: Joe Biden had a conflict of interest. His son took a position with a Ukrainian natural gas company, despite having no experience in Ukraine or natural gas, the very same month the elder Biden visited Kiev and urged Ukraine to increase its natural gas production. As Yoshiko Herrera, an expert in Russia and Eurasia policy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, put it, &ldquo;conflict-of-interest rules should have applied.&rdquo;<br />\n The latest spin is that there is nothing to see here because, as Reuters reports, the investigation of Burisma &ldquo;focused solely on activity that took place before Hunter Biden, son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, was hired to sit on its board.&rdquo; Did it occur to anyone that maybe that is precisely why Burisma hired the American vice president&rsquo;s son? According to the New York Times, Biden&rsquo;s hiring &ldquo;allowed Burisma to create the perception that it was backed by powerful Americans.&rdquo; As Robert Weissman, president of the progressive watchdog Public Citizen, has said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s hard to avoid the conclusion that Hunter&rsquo;s foreign employers and partners were seeking to leverage Hunter&rsquo;s relationship with Joe, either by seeking improper influence or to project access to him.&rdquo; The revelation that Hunter Biden accepted a job with a Ukrainian company that was under investigation while his father was taking the lead in fighting corruption in Ukraine is damning, not exculpatory.<br />\n Biden knew about his son&rsquo;s involvement with Burisma, because the New Yorker has reported that in December 2015 Obama energy czar Amos Hochstein &ldquo;raised the matter with Biden.&rdquo; We also know, via the New York Times, that &ldquo;some State Department officials had expressed concern that Hunter Biden&rsquo;s work in Ukraine could complicate his father&rsquo;s diplomacy there.&rdquo; No doubt, there is a paper trail at the State Department to that effect.<br />\n The Code of Federal Regulations (&sect;2635.502) clearly states that when a federal official takes action he knows will affect &ldquo;a relative with whom the employee has a close personal relationship&rdquo; and &ldquo;the circumstances would cause a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts to question his impartiality in the matter, the employee should not participate in the matter.&rdquo; In other words, Joe Biden should not have taken the lead on Ukraine policy while Hunter Biden was working for Burisma. And even if Shokin deserved to be fired, Biden had no business being the one to deliver the ultimatum.</p>\n<p> HUNTER BIDEN&rsquo;S business dealings, in Ukraine and elsewhere, are crying out for investigation. That does not mean it was appropriate for Trump to raise them with the Ukrainian president. But the fact that Trump did so does not give the media carte blanche to make excuses for the Biden family.</p>\n', created = 1575647043, expire = 1575733443, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:4b02bf94b25fe2d65a43e25c52fe454c' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>UKRAINE SCANDAL: September 27, 2019</p>\n<p>Remember when Democrats insisted that President Trump was &ldquo;working on behalf of the Russians,&rdquo; only to have special counsel Robert Mueller declare he &ldquo;did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities&rdquo;?</p>\n<p> WELL, WE now have the rough transcript for Trump&rsquo;s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and it&rsquo;s clear that, once again, Democrats got ahead of the evidence.<br />\n Keep in mind, when this story broke, the Washington Post reported that &ldquo;two former U.S. officials&rdquo; said &ldquo;Trump&rsquo;s interaction with the foreign leader included a &lsquo;promise&rsquo; that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint&rdquo; (emphasis added). Well, it turns out Trump makes no &ldquo;promise&rdquo; anywhere in the transcript. He makes no threats, either. Indeed, it was Zelensky who raised the issue of investigating corruption, not Trump. &ldquo;We wanted to drain the swamp here in our country ... You are a great teacher for us and in that,&rdquo; he told the president.<br />\n NBC&rsquo;s Katy Tur claimed that the transcript shows Trump said, &ldquo;Will you do me a favor and investigate Vice President Biden&rsquo;s son?&rdquo; No, he didn&rsquo;t. When Trump asked Zelensky to &ldquo;do us a favor,&rdquo; it had nothing to do with Biden. According to the transcript, he was asking Zelensky to cooperate with an official Justice Department investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe that is being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham, a career prosecutor. A Justice Department spokesman says Durham is &ldquo;exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.&rdquo;<br />\n In his complaint, the whistleblower (who admits &ldquo;I was not a direct witness to most of the events described&rdquo;) describes Trump asking Zelensky to cooperate with this investigation as an effort &ldquo;to advance his personal interests.&rdquo; That is ridiculous. Since when is it inappropriate for the president of the United States to ask a foreign leader to cooperate with an official Justice Department investigation?<br />\n The transcript also backs up Trump&rsquo;s claim that he put a temporary hold on some U.S. military aid to Ukraine because he was concerned that the European allies were not doing enough. During the call, Trump tells Zelensky the United States is doing &ldquo;much more than the European countries are doing and they should be helping you more than they are.&rdquo; Zelensky responds: &ldquo;Yes you are absolutely right. Not only 100%, but actually 1000%.&rdquo; He tells Trump that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron &ldquo;are not working as much as they should work for Ukraine,&rdquo; and says that &ldquo;the European Union should be our biggest partner but technically the United States is a much bigger partner than the European Union.&rdquo; The whistleblower offers no evidence that Trump had any other motivation.</p>\n<p> WHAT ABOUT Biden? Multiple news reports suggested Trump &ldquo;repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden&rsquo;s son.&rdquo; Turns out Trump only mentions Biden by name toward the end of the call. He tells Zelensky, &ldquo;The other thing, there&rsquo;s a lot of talk about Biden&rsquo;s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it. ... It sounds horrible to me.&rdquo;<br />\n Should Trump have done this? Absolutely not. But the reality of this call is a far cry from overheated charges that Trump used U.S. aid to repeatedly pressure Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden. At a news conference with Trump at the United Nations, Zelensky said the call was &ldquo;normal&rdquo; and &ldquo;nobody pushed me.&rdquo;<br />\n In the complaint, the whistleblower alleges that efforts by White House officials to &ldquo;lock down&rdquo; the transcript are evidence of presidential wrongdoing. Or maybe they are evidence officials did not want yet another presidential conversation to leak. No president in modern times has seen more of his conversations with foreign leaders leak than Trump, including calls with Australian then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, British then-Prime Minister Theresa May, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Little wonder the administration takes measures to restrict access to transcripts of those conversations.</p>\n<p> THE IRONY is, thanks to the Democrats&rsquo; impeachment push, the president is going to get his investigation of Joe Biden&rsquo;s son &mdash; except it won&rsquo;t be carried out by Ukraine but by the U.S. Congress.</p>\n', created = 1575647043, expire = 1575733443, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:f15ed12f9c763281a7407de5c289ccb7' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>UKRAINE SCANDAL: September 24, 2019</p>\n<p>We don&rsquo;t yet know whether President Trump delayed some military aid to Ukraine as leverage to get Ukraine&rsquo;s president to reopen an investigation into Hunter Biden. But if we are concerned about U.S. officials inappropriately threatening aid to Ukraine, then there are others who have some explaining to do.</p>\n<p> IT GOT ALMOST no attention, but in May, CNN reported that Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., wrote a letter to Ukraine&rsquo;s prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, expressing concern at the closing of four investigations they said were critical to the Mueller probe. In the letter, they implied that their support for U.S. assistance to Ukraine was at stake. Describing themselves as &ldquo;strong advocates for a robust and close relationship with Ukraine,&rdquo; the Democratic senators declared, &ldquo;We have supported [the] capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these [democratic] principles to avoid the ire of President Trump,&rdquo; before demanding Lutsenko &ldquo;reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.&rdquo;<br />\n So, it&rsquo;s okay for Democratic senators to encourage Ukraine to investigate Trump, but it&rsquo;s not okay for the president to allegedly encourage Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden?<br />\n And then there is Joe Biden. In 2016, the then-vice president threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine if the government did not fire the country&rsquo;s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin. According to the New York Times, &ldquo;Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden ... who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general.&rdquo; The Post reports that it is &ldquo;unclear how seriously Shokin &mdash; who was under fire by U.S. and European officials for not taking a more aggressive posture toward corruption overall &mdash; was scrutinizing Burisma when he was forced out.&rdquo; But what is clear is that Biden bragged about getting him fired, declaring last year: &ldquo;I looked at them and said, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you&rsquo;re not getting the money.&rsquo; Well, son of a b----. He got fired.&rdquo;<br />\n This weekend, Biden told reporters, &ldquo;I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.&rdquo; That is flatly untrue. Hunter admitted in an interview with the New Yorker that his father expressed concern about the Burisma post at least once: &ldquo;Dad said, &lsquo;I hope you know what you are doing,&rsquo; and I said, &lsquo;I do.&rsquo;&rdquo; Moreover, the New Yorker reports that, &ldquo;In December, 2015, as Joe Biden prepared to return to Ukraine, his aides braced for renewed scrutiny of Hunter&rsquo;s relationship with Burisma. Amos Hochstein, the Obama Administration&rsquo;s special envoy for energy policy, raised the matter with Biden.&rdquo;<br />\n So, Biden was fully aware of his son&rsquo;s involvement with Burisma when he pressured Ukraine to fire the prosecutor in 2016. He should have known that his using U.S. aid as leverage to force the prosecutor&rsquo;s dismissal would create, at a bare minimum, the appearance of a conflict of interest.</p>\n<p> ON TUESDAY, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that Congress will initiate a formal impeachment inquiry over the Ukraine episode, a move Joe Biden endorsed in a speech, declaring, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s time for the Congress to fully investigate the conduct of this president.&rdquo; Such an investigation will be far more damaging for Biden than the president. It will keep the story of Biden&rsquo;s conflict of interest in the news through the 2020 election. Senate Republicans can demand that Hunter Biden testify, and subpoena Obama White House aides to explain under oath what the vice president knew and when he knew it.<br />\n Put aside the prosecutor&rsquo;s firing. Hunter took the position with a Ukrainian natural gas company just a few weeks after his father visited Ukraine in 2014 to urge its government to increase its natural gas production. He had no expertise in Ukraine or natural gas. It will not just be Republicans calling this suspicious; nonpartisan experts in ethics law will testify that this a major conflict of interest.<br />\n And the focus will not just be on Ukraine but also how, as the Post reported, &ldquo;for more than two decades, [Hunter&rsquo;s] professional work often tracked with his father&rsquo;s life in politics, from Washington to Ukraine to China.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> WHILE SENATE Republicans will not remove Trump from office, Democratic primary voters might decide that Biden and his troubles are a distraction they do not need. The irony is the Democrats&rsquo; investigation might do more to deny Biden the presidency than Trump.</p>\n', created = 1575647043, expire = 1575733443, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:94243110ef5a22f41ebd8d48cc7edc59' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>BRETT KAVANAUGH: September 20, 2019</p>\n<p>The latest smear on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is a disaster for Democrats, and everyone seems to know it except the party&rsquo;s presidential candidates.</p>\n<p> NO SOONER had the New York Times published a new, unsubstantiated allegation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, then most of the candidates demanded Kavanaugh&rsquo;s impeachment. &ldquo;These newest revelations are disturbing,&rdquo; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wrote on Twitter, adding &ldquo;Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.&rdquo; Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., declared Kavanaugh&rsquo;s &ldquo;place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached.&rdquo; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Obama housing secretary Juli&radic;&deg;n Castro and former congressman Beto O&rsquo;Rourke joined in with impeachment calls of their own. Even former vice president Joe Biden demanded Congress open an investigation and &ldquo;follow the evidence to wherever it leads.&rdquo; That was considered the restrained response in the Democratic field.<br />\n Never mind that the supposed victim has told friends she has no recollection of the alleged incident; facts have never stood in the Democrats&rsquo; way when it comes to Kavanaugh before. If the Democratic presidential contenders want to see Kavanaugh impeached, I say go for it. Open the investigation Biden has demanded. Start impeachment hearings. And broadcast it for all of America to see.<br />\n Let&rsquo;s remind voters of the disgraceful confirmation process Kavanaugh faced. Let&rsquo;s relive how Democrats accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting a teenage girl, exposing himself to college classmate and participating in gang rapes at high school parties &mdash; all without a shred of corroborating evidence. Let&rsquo;s rehash Christine Blasey Ford&rsquo;s allegations, but this time with the knowledge that the principal witness Ford named to her alleged assault, Leland Keyser, is now on record saying she does not believe Ford. Let&rsquo;s remind Americans how Senate Democrats denied Kavanaugh the presumption of innocence and insisted that the burden was on him to prove he was not a sex predator.<br />\n That sure worked out well for Democrats last time around. In 2018, the Kavanaugh debacle may have cost Democrats control of the Senate. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Claire McCaskill, D.-Mo., lost their seats thanks to voters disgusted by their party&rsquo;s campaign of character assassination against Kavanaugh, while Democrats blew a chance to pick up GOP seats in Tennessee and Texas. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said at the time, the Kavanaugh hearings were &ldquo;like an adrenaline shot&rdquo; for the Republican base. Now, Democrats want to bring out the hypodermic needle for the 2020 elections. Sounds good to me.</p>\n<p> ON CAPITOL HILL, Democratic leaders know this a path to disaster. In a stunning rebuke of his party&rsquo;s presidential contenders, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told those calling for Kavanaugh&rsquo;s impeachment to &ldquo;get real.&rdquo; &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got to get beyond this &lsquo;impeachment is the answer to every problem,&rsquo;&rdquo; Durbin said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s become a knee-jerk reaction among many Democrats that if you&rsquo;re unhappy with President Trump or some of his appointments, impeachment is a recourse. ... If that&rsquo;s how we are identified ... we run the risk that people will feel we&rsquo;re ignoring the issues that mean a lot to them as families.&rdquo; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was even more succinct. Asked if the House was going to investigate the new allegation, she said &ldquo;no.&rdquo;<br />\n Durbin and Pelosi understand that the threats to impeach Kavanaugh are a godsend for Trump. And they come in the wake of Senate Democrats issuing an unprecedented threat to the other Supreme Court justices. In a brief, they warned that if the high court does not rule as Democrats wish in a gun case, they could &ldquo;restructure&rdquo; the court when they take power in the 2020 elections &mdash; packing it with liberal justices, flipping a 5-to-4 conservative majority to a liberal majority.<br />\n Democrats do not seem to realize that when they make threats like these, they are not hurting Kavanaugh or Trump, they are hurting themselves. The Washington Post reports that in 2016, &ldquo;26% of Trump voters told pollsters that Supreme Court nominees were the most important factor in their voting, compared with only 18% of Hillary Clinton voters who said the same.&rdquo; As we have seen in the past two elections, when the Supreme Court is on the ballot, Democrats lose.</p>\n<p> IN OTHER words, Democrats should not want voters to be thinking about Brett Kavanaugh or liberal court packing when they cast their ballots in 2020. Republicans should. So, let the impeachment proceedings begin.</p>\n', created = 1575647043, expire = 1575733443, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:16556d622ccd6661cdd7b379f2dc6d0c' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Marc Thiessen

10/30/2019 - 11:18am
This Week's Conservative Focus . . . Impeachment After dozens of House Republicans demanded access to a secure facility in the Capitol on Wednesday where House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was preparing to depose a Pentagon official, Democrats expressed outrage at the breach of protocol. “They’re doing this because this is what the guilty do,” said...
10/09/2019 - 1:16pm
RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: October 4, 2019 President Trump’s critics are now complaining that he asked the Australian prime minister to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe and that Attorney General William Barr has traveled overseas to ask foreign intelligence officials to cooperate...
10/07/2019 - 5:24pm
UKRAINE SCANDAL: October 1, 2019 Let’s be clear: President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was not “beautiful” or “perfect.” Far from it. Trump should not have asked Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden or to cooperate with his private attorney Rudolph Giuliani’s investigation of...
10/01/2019 - 10:05pm
UKRAINE SCANDAL: September 27, 2019 Remember when Democrats insisted that President Trump was “working on behalf of the Russians,” only to have special counsel Robert Mueller declare he “did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference...
10/01/2019 - 10:04pm
UKRAINE SCANDAL: September 24, 2019 We don’t yet know whether President Trump delayed some military aid to Ukraine as leverage to get Ukraine’s president to reopen an investigation into Hunter Biden. But if we are concerned about U.S. officials inappropriately threatening aid to Ukraine, then there are others who have some explaining...
09/24/2019 - 10:08pm
BRETT KAVANAUGH: September 20, 2019 The latest smear on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is a disaster for Democrats, and everyone seems to know it except the party’s presidential candidates. NO SOONER had the New York Times published a new, unsubstantiated allegation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, then most of the candidates...
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