Tea Party Patriots Action Weekly Report from Washington for 10/1/19

CALENDAR:

The House and Senate are both in recess for the next two weeks.

LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:

The House came back to work on Tuesday, and passed one bill under Suspension of the Rules.

On Wednesday, the House passed a Rule governing consideration of H.R. 2203, the Homeland Security Improvement Act, H.R. 3525, the U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act, and H.Res.576, expressing the sense of the House with respect to the whistleblower complaint of August 12, 2019, made to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community.

Then the House passed H.R. 1595, the SAFE Banking Act, under Suspension of the Rules.

Then the House passed H.R. 2203, the Homeland Security Act, by a vote of 230-194.

Then the House moved to consider H.Res. 590, a privileged resolution offered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The resolution would have put the House of Representatives on record disapproving of the actions of Speaker Pelosi in declaring the opening of an official impeachment inquiry without benefit of a vote in the full House. The Democrats instead offered a motion to table the McCarthy resolution, and the vote to table carried by a vote of 232-193.

Then the House considered H.Res. 576, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the whistleblower complaint. The resolution said it was the sense of the House that the whistleblower complaint should be “transmitted immediately” to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and that the two committees “should be allowed to evaluate the complaint in a deliberate and bipartisan manner consistent with applicable statutes and processes in order to safeguard classified and sensitive information.” That resolution passed, by a vote of 421-0, with two Members – Thomas Massie and Louie Gohmert – voting “present.”

On Thursday, the House passed a Rule governing consideration of S.J.Res. 54, the Senate resolution declaring an end to the state of emergency on the southwest border that had been declared by President Trump on February 15, 2019.

Then the House took up and passed H.R. 3525, the U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act, by a vote of 230-184.

On Friday, the House took up and passed S.J.Res. 54, declaring an end to the state of emergency on the southwest border. The vote was 236-174.

Then the House took up and passed H.R. 3722, the Joint Task Force To Combat Opioid Trafficking Act, under Suspension of the Rules.

And then the House considered a privileged resolution offered by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. It was virtually the same privileged resolution he had offered on Wednesday, regarding disapproval of Speaker Pelosi’s move to open an “official” impeachment inquiry against President Trump without benefit of a vote of the full House. The motion to table the resolution carried, by a vote of 222-184.

And then they were done.

LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR:

The Senate came back to work on Monday, and moved to invoke cloture on the nomination of Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.

During the course of the week, the Senate voted to invoke cloture on, and then approve, the confirmations of the following people to the following positions:

  • Brian McGuire, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury
  • Joseph Cella, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru and the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu
  • Daniel Habib Jorjani, to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior
  • David Fabian Black, to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security
  • John E. Hyten, to be Vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Eugene Scalia, to be Secretary of Labor

In addition, on Wednesday, the Senate passed S.J.Res. 54, a joint resolution declaring an end to the state of emergency on the southwest border. The resolution passed by a vote of 54-41. The eleven Republicans who voted in favor of the resolution were Lamar Alexander, Roy Blunt, Susan Collins, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Pat Toomey, and Roger Wicker. I’m sure the president is going to veto this resolution, just as he vetoed a similar resolution that passed both houses six months ago. And I’m also sure the House will not be able to override his veto, and that will be the end of that.

Later on Wednesday, the Senate considered a number of resolutions instructing the Senate conferees on the National Defense Authorization Act conference to push in the conference committee for inclusion in the Conference Report of several of the key provisions of the Senate version of S. 1790, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020.

On Thursday, the Senate took up a Rand Paul amendment to H.R. 4378, the Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded until November 21. The Paul amendment would have reduced the amount spent in that CR by two percent. It failed, by a vote of 24-73.

Then the Senate took up the Continuing Resolution, and passed it by a vote of 81-16. Since it passed the House a week earlier, it was sent to the president for his signature in time to keep the government open beyond the end of the fiscal year on Monday.

GUN CONTROL:

We’re still waiting to hear from the White House as to what President Trump would be willing to sign. For about 24 hours in the middle of the week two Wednesdays ago, there was a brief flurry of activity over a one-page background check proposal that was floated as a trial balloon by the Attorney General, but virtually everyone on the right, from Members of Congress to the NRA and other Second Amendment supporters, trashed the proposal, and it disappeared from view.

Elsewhere, on that same Wednesday, September 18, Tea Party Patriots Action was organizing a press conference featuring Members of Congress and survivors and family members of some of those lost in recent mass shooting incidents. In each case, the participants in the press conference declared their opposition to further gun control measures, and strongly defended the individual right to self-defense. Jenny Beth served as the emcee of the press conference, which was held on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. It generated a great deal of coverage, and you can find several examples of that coverage in the Suggested Reading.

Later that evening, Tea Party Patriots Action hosted a two-hour online forum featuring many of the same individuals, talking at greater length about their experiences and their thoughts on the gun control debate.

On Friday, NRA chief Wayne LaPierre went to the White House to meet with President Trump. According to the reporting of The New York Times, LaPierre told the president it was time to “stop the games” on gun control. The White House pushed back hard on the Times’s account.

IMPEACHMENT:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, determined to maintain her position as head of her party’s caucus in the House of Representatives, last Tuesday declared her support for what she called an “official” impeachment inquiry. Interestingly, though, she did not call for a vote of the full House to confirm her decision. So the House has still not voted to authorize the opening of an impeachment inquiry, and nothing has changed at all on the legal front.

But with last week’s revelations about a whistleblower complaint regarding a phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president – which we’ll discuss at greater length in just a moment – the dam has burst, and, at last count, 223 House Democrats have now shown support for the opening of an impeachment inquiry. So far, only one GOP Congressman has said he supports the opening of such an inquiry – that’s Mark Amodei of Nevada’s second congressional district.

Of course, we all know how this works – IF a majority of the House votes in favor of one or more articles of impeachment, then the Senate would hold a trial. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over the trial in the Senate, and the House managers would need to win the votes of 67 Senators to convict the president. Absent that number, the president would be acquitted, and life as we know it would resume.

The Democrats want to do this quickly, perhaps so quickly that we’re looking at a vote on articles of impeachment by the end of October. Right now, it looks like they’re going to try to get to 218 votes on two articles – the first being an article accusing the president of abuse of office for this phone call, and the second accusing the president of obstructing Congress’ legitimate oversight responsibilities by ordering his Administration not to cooperate with House committee requests for information and the like.

UKRAINE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT:

On July 25th of this year, President Trump had a phone call with President Zelensky, the newly elected president of Ukraine. During the course of that phone call, the two leaders recognized the significant assistance that the U.S. government had given to Ukraine, and both leaders complained about how certain European countries had not given Ukraine as much as needed.

Then President Trump asked for what he called a “favor” – “I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people … The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.”

A few minutes later in the conversation, President Trump continued: “The other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’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.”

In neither instance did the president tie or even imply tying the flow of U.S. military and economic assistance to Ukraine to action on either front by Ukraine’s president.

Perhaps more importantly, there’s an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the origins of the FBI-Special Counsel Russia collusion investigation. And it’s perfectly proper and appropriate for the president to ask a foreign head of government for assistance in the conduct of such an investigation.

In other words, as I read the contents of this phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president, I don’t see anything troubling.

Nevertheless, someone who had access to the record of the call was upset by it. And that person, or persons, talked to someone else – someone else who, we believe, once worked inside the White House, and still works with people inside the White House who had access to the record of the call.

And that person decided to file a formal complaint against the president. And he did so, on August 12, in the form of a letter to Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

In that letter, the whistleblower wrote, “In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S election. This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s main domestic political rivals.”

He also wrote, “I was not a direct witness to most of the events described,” before suggesting that other senior White House officials recognized that President Trump had crossed some kind of line when they decided to move the electronic records of the phone call off the standard server and onto a different, more secure server.

Congressional Democrats responded as if it were the end of the world. In their minds, the president of the United States had abused his office and possibly even violated the law, and needed to be impeached as soon as possible.

Even congressional Democrats, though, didn’t declare that President Trump had committed treason, and insisted that the only proper penalty for his action was the death penalty. No, that bit of absurdity was reserved for one of President Trump’s erstwhile competitors for the GOP nomination for president – former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, who, I shit you not, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the president’s purported “pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election” isn’t just a question of what he called “undermining democratic institutions.” No, you see, “It’s treason, pure and simple … And the penalty for treason under the U.S. Code is death. That’s the only penalty.”

That’s pretty serious stuff, especially coming from a man who once headed the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice – under President Ronald Reagan, no less.

But Weld is wrong on all counts, of course. First, treason is defined in the Constitution as “levying War against [the United States], or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Obviously, not even the worst spin could twist what the president has done into “levying war,” and it couldn’t be turned into giving “aid and comfort” to our enemies, either. And, just for good measure, execution is one penalty in the U.S. Code for treason, but so is imprisonment for not less than five years. So there’s that.

Back to the Democrats, who, like Weld, have it wrong. In that phone call, President Trump was not looking forward, he was looking backward. He wasn’t trying to get dirt on one of the people running for the Democratic nomination for president – he was still trying to litigate the 2016 campaign, because he still believes there’s a significant element of our population that believes his 2016 election was illegitimate. The first favor he asked for didn’t have anything to do with Joe Biden or the 2020 election, it had to do with Crowdstrike and the missing DNC servers. And it had to do with providing assistance to that ongoing Justice Department investigation into the origins of the whole FBI-Mueller Russia collusion investigation.

Look at it this way – the only reason anyone can even make an argument that the president was trying to get dirt on one of his political rivals is because Joe Biden, who was mentioned in the phone call, happens to be running for president. But does anyone think that Trump wouldn’t have asked for what he asked for if Biden were not running? Of course not. Trump was going to ask for what he was going to ask for, regardless of whether or not Biden was running for president.

Moreover, does the fact that Joe Biden is now running for President shield him from investigation for things he may or may not have done in a previous capacity – say, while he was serving as Vice President of the United States? Why, that would be like saying that because Hillary Clinton was running for president in 2016, she shouldn’t have had to put up with an FBI investigation of her illegal home brew server.

By the end of the week, the Democrats’ argument was beginning to shift. I think that when they saw the transcript of the call, they realized that contrary to what they had been led to believe, there was no quid pro quo, or offer of a bribe, or threat of extortion used by President Trump. So they began to focus more on the movement of the electronic record of the phone call from the less secure server to the more secure server. Why would that have happened, they reasoned, if the president hadn’t recognized that he had done something wrong on the phone? That was evidence of a … cover up.

Well, let me tell you, if that’s the strongest argument they can make for impeachment, they’re in trouble. To make an impeachment case stick against the president on that front, they’re going to have to prove that the president recognized he had done something wrong, and then ordered a cover up. But President Trump is already on record saying he doesn’t think he did anything wrong in the call. In his words, it was a “perfect” phone call, and that’s why he went to the extraordinary length of releasing the transcript of the phone call, because he believed the record of the phone call would exonerate him.

Further, they’re going to have to prove that it was the president himself who ordered the electronic records moved, and I guarantee you he’s not the one who gave that order. CNN and the Wall Street Journal have already reported that this phone call with the Ukrainian president isn’t the only phone call where the records have been moved to the super-secret server – phone calls with Russian President Putin and the Saudi crown prince have also been restricted. Why? Because early in the Administration, records of phone calls with the Australian Prime Minister and the President of Mexico were leaked, much to the embarrassment of the President. They decided a long time ago to restrict access to the records of the president’s phone calls, because, guess what? Not everybody who works in the White House was vetted by President Trump’s Office of Presidential Personnel. An awful lot of them, in fact, are professional detailees from other cabinet departments, and many of them don’t even like the president. So taking reasonable precautions to prevent leaks of such records, it seems to me, isn’t evidence of a “cover up,” it’s just being prudent.

Stay tuned. This will be with us for a while.

SUGGESTED READING:

JENNY BETH MARTIN/TEA PARTY PATRIOTS:

WT: Jenny Beth Martin: The Ill-Advised Rush To Impeachment

Yahoo: Gun Victim Scalise Leads Opposition To Stricter US Laws

Hill: Scalise Blasts Democratic Legislation On Gun Reforms

The Advocate: Facing Protesters, Steve Scalise Assails Gun Restrictions: ‘There Are People Who Use Guns Every Single  Day ‘

Breitbart: Watch Live, GOP Holds 2nd Amendment Press Conference

CBN News:Victims Of Gun Violence Come To Capitol Hill To Side With The Second Amendment

DS: Tea Party Rallies For Freedom Against Socialism In Nation’s Capital

CNSNEWS: Capitol Hill Tea Party Rally: Americans Do Not Want Socialism

CNS News: Chinese Activist: I Am Starting To Feel Socialism Has Followed Me To The US

CNS News: Sen. Cruz At Tea Party Rally: NYTs Is Trying To Intimidate The Supreme Court, A Vacancy Is Coming

Daily Star: Mount Upton Couple Visit White House

TD: Tea Party Leader Meets White House Officials, Hears Policies

BORDER SECURITY/IMMIGRATION:

Hill: Senate Democrats To Force Vote On Trump’s Border Wall Emergency

Hill: Senate Again Votes To End Trump Emergency Declaration On Border Wall

Hill: Judge Halts Trump Administration Policy To Fast-Track Deportations

DRUG PRICE CONTROLS:

THF: Badger: Why Pelosi’s Drug Price Control Scheme Would Be a Poison Pill to Innovation and Access

GUN CONTROL:

Politico: Trump Spurns Democrats On Universal Background Checks

Hill: Prospects For Trump Gun Deal Grow Dimmer

Politico: Trump Blames ‘Dummy Beto’ For Endangering Deal On Gun Reform

Politico: Leaked Background Check Plan Sows Chaos On Capitol Hill

DC: Exclusive: Here’s The Document The White House, Barr Are Using To Push Gun Control On Republicans

AP News: Trump Says Gun Negotiations Going ‘Very Slowly’

Politico: O’Rourke Rips Schumer For Doing ‘Absolutely Nothing’ On Guns

Hill: GOP Signals Unease With Barr’s Gun Plan

Hill: NRA Says Trump Administration Memo A’ Non Starter

Hill: White House Floats Background Check Proposal To Senate GOP

Roll Call: Senate Democrats Prepare For A Marathon Floor Session On Gun Violence

Politico: White House Infighting Thwarts Movement On Guns

NYT: NRA’s LaPierre Asks Trump To ‘Stop the Games’ Over Gun Legislation in Discussion About Its Support

IMPEACHMENT:

WaPo: House Democrats Eager To Impeach Trump Struggle To Galvanize Public Support

Politico: ‘Feel Free To Leak This’ Inside The Pelosi-Nadler Impeachment Schism

WaPo: We’ve Been Very Weak: House Democrats Decry Their Oversight Of Trump, Push Pelosi On Impeachment

WaPo: Seven Freshman Democrats: These Allegations Are a Threat To All We Have Sworn To Protect

Hill: Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump

NYT: Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry   Of Trump

WSJ: Pelosi Announces Impeachment Inquiry Of President Trump

Politico: Why Nancy Pelosi And Her Party Finally Decided On Impeachment

Politico: ‘Seismic Change’ Democrat Hold-Outs Rush Toward Impeachment

Hill: Senate GOP Vows To Quash Impeachment Articles

NBC News: Majority Of House Members Now Back Some Type Of Impeachment Action Against Trump

WaPo: Democrats Eye Quick Impeachment Probe Of Trump As Freshmen Push For Focus On Ukraine

Politico: Impeachment Takeaways: What We Know (And What We Don’t)

RUSSIA HOAX:

Hill: Nadler’s House Committee Holds A Faux Hearing In Search Of A False Crime

Politico: Pelosi Says Corey Lewandowski Deserves To Be Held In Contempt

Hill: Democrats Press Nadler To Hold Lewandowski In Contempt

NYT: Key Moments From Corey Lewandowski’s Testimony Before Congress

NYT: Lewandowski Tells Congress ‘I Wasn’t Asked To Do Anything Illegal’

Politico: Dems See Lewandowski’s Combativeness As Impeachment Fuel

Hill: Nadler Considering Holding Lewandowski In Contempt

Fox News: MSNBC, CNN Rip House Democrats Over Failure In Lewandoski Hearings, They Don’t Know What They’re Doing

Hill: Lewandowski, Democrats Tangle At Testy Hearing

SPENDING:

Hill: House Reaches Deal On Continuing Resolution, Vote Expected Thursday

WaPo: Trump Officials Considering Plan To Divert Billions Of Dollars In Additional Funds For Border Barrier

Hill: House Votes To Avert Shutdown, Fund Government Through November

Hill: House Reaches Deal On Continuing Resolution, Vote Expected Thursday

Hill: Fight Over Trump’s Wall Raises Odds Of Continuous Stopgap Measures

Roll Call: White House: Trump Supports Stop Gap Funding Bill

Hill: Senate Passes Stop Gap Spending Bill, Sending It To Trump

Politico: Senate Clears Stopgap Spending Bill, Averts Shutdown

SUPREME COURT:

Politico: Times’ Handling Of Kavanaugh Story Draws Widespread Criticism

AP News: New Kavanaugh Allegation Unlikely To Prompt Impeachment

Hill: New Storm Arises Over Kavanaugh

Fox News: Tucker Carlson: Kavanaugh Story Shows New York Times Doesn’t Want You To Know The Truth About The Activist Left

Fox News: How I Realized The NYT Kavanaugh Story Was A Train Wreck

STAFFING:

Politico: Trump’s New National Security Advisor Is The Anti-Bolton In Style Only

Hill: Trump Names Robert O’Brien As Next National Security Adviser

WE: Eugene Scalia, Obama Labor Department Foe, Confirmed To Head Agency Under Trump

UKRAINE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT:

Politico: Trump Allies Jolt Into Action To Deflect Ukraine Whistleblower Scandal

Fox News: Giuliani Accuses Ukraine Of Laundering $3M To Hunter Biden, Asks How Obama Could Let That Happen

Politico: Trump’s Team Is Trying To Stop Impeachment Before It Starts

NYT: As Trump Confirms He Discussed Biden With Ukraine, Pressure To Impeach Builds

Politico: Pelosi Warns White House Over Whistleblower Complaint

Hill: Trump Says He Will Consider Releasing Transcript Of Ukraine Call

RedState: New Revelations About Giuliani’s Contact With Ukrainian Officials Blows Up Media’s Narrative

RedState: That Trump-Ukraine ‘Scandal’ Just Went Up In Flames Even More

Daily Wire: Yup, Looks Like That Big Anti-Trump Whistleblower Story Was All Smoke And Mirrors

NYT: Behind The Whistleblower Case, A Long-Held Trump Grudge Toward The Ukraine

Hill: The Memo – Whistleblower Furor Gains Steam

Hill: Missing Piece To The Ukraine Puzzle: State Department’s Overture To Rudy Giuliani

The Resurgent: The Trump Ukraine Story Is More Complicated Than Partisans Want To Acknowledge

Hill: Trump Defends Raising Corruption On Call With Ukraine Leader

Hill: Let’s Get Real: Democrats Were First To Enlist Ukraine In US Elections

NYT: Instead Of Saying ‘No Collusion!’ Trump Now Seems To Be Saying, So What If I Did?

NYT: Trump Said To Have Frozen Aid To Ukraine Before Call With Its Leader

WaPo: Trump Ordered Hold On Military Aid Days Before Calling Ukrainian President, Officials Say

WaPo: Seven Freshmen Democrats: These Allegations Are A Threat To All We Have Sworn To Protect

Hill: Republican Lawmakers Scramble To Contain Ukraine Whistleblower Fallout

Hill: Pressure On Pelosi To Impeach Grows

Hill: The Five Most Serious Charges In The Whistleblowers Complaint

DC: Wang: Take It From A Campaign Finance Attorney: Trump Is In The Clear In A Key Area Of Law

Politico: Trump’s Political Defense: Play The Victim Card

Hill: Maguire: I Think The Whistleblower Did The Right Thing

Politico: ‘No Quid Pro Quo’ Trump’s Republican Defenders Dig In

WSJ: The Ukraine Transcript Fizzle

WaPo: Seven Days Inside Trump’s Frenetic Response To The Whistleblower Complaint And The Battle Over Impeachment

Gregg Jarrett: Trump Did Nothing Wrong- Still Pelosi And Her Colleagues Will Do Anything To Undo 2016

Hill: Whistleblower Complaint Says Trump Sought To Enlist Ukraine’s Help In 2020

Daily Wire: Must Read: Former CIA Analyst Rips Whistleblower Complaint To Shreds

Hill: Democrats Zero In On Ukraine Call As Impeachment Support Grows

Fox News: Newt Gingrich: Speaker Pelosi, THIS Is The Investigation Congress Needs To Do Right Now

NYT: Whistleblower Is A CIA Officer Who Was Detailed To The White House

NYT: In Ukraine Phone Call, Aides Saw Trouble

Newsweek: Adam Schiff Faces Backlash For Parodying Donald Trump’s Ukraine Call During Congressional Hearing: ‘What A Hack”

Hill: House Tables Privileged Resolution Disapproving Of Pelosi On Impeachment

Politico: Everything Has Changed With Impeachment. But Nothing Really Has.

Thread Reader: Strassel

Politico: White House Preparing To Release Whistleblower Complaint To Congress

Politico: ‘Betrayal Of His Oath Of Office’ Pelosi Opens Impeachment Inquiry

Hill: The Memo: Democrats Plunge Into Politics Of Impeachment

Fox News: Peter Schweizer: Biden Family’s Foreign Dealings: 7 Essential Facts

Politico: Pelosi: Attorney General Barr Has ‘Gone Rogue’

Federalist: Intel Community Secretly Gutted Requirement of First-Hand Whistleblower Knowledge

CNN: First on CNN: White House Says Lawyers Directed Moving Ukraine Transcript to Highly Secure System

Breitbart: Rep. Andy Biggs Introduces Motion To Censure Adam Schiff

CNN: White House Restricted Access to Trump’s Calls with Putin and Saudi Crown Prince

Breitbart: Fred Fleitz: ‘Rogue Intelligence Officer’ Likely Coordinated ‘Whistleblower’ Complaint with Adam Schiff’s Staff

ZH: After Romney Trash-Talks trump-Ukraine Call, Former Adviser Exposed as Burisma Board Member

WSJ: Embarrassing Leaks Led to Clampdown on Trump’s Phone Records

Intelligence: The Whistleblower Complaint

White House: Transcript Of Telephone Call

Intelligence Report Re The Letter

Memorandum Opinion for the General Counsel Office of the Director of National Intelligence

WSJ: Whistleblower Is Expected To Testify Soon, Intel Chairman Schiff Says

Hill: Jim Jordan Defends White House Hiding Transcripts, Says Administration Has To Protect Against Leaks

NRO: McCarthy: How About a Bipartisan Treaty Against the Criminalization of Elections?

NRO: No, Trump Is Not Facing the Death Penalty over Ukraine

2020 DEMOCRATS:

Fox News: Biden’s Campaign Likely Coming To An End – Thanks To Clinton-Linked Ukraine Bombshell, Nunes Says

New Yorker: Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Career?

Politico: Biden Nose-Dives In Early State Polls

PJM: Did Biden Save This Ukraine Firm Responsible for $1.8 Billion in Missing Aid? His Son Is on the Board …

Federalist: 9 Questions To Ask About Biden’s Work with a Gas Company in Ukraine

NC: R. Hunter Biden Should Declare Who Really Owns His Nwe Ukrainian Employer, Burisma Holdings

MISCELLANEOUS:

WE: Wonder Who’s Undermining The News Media? Just Look At Sunday’s New York Times

Hill: Federal Judge Blocks California Law Requiring Trump’s Tax Returns

NRO: The NYT Still Doesn’t Understand What It Did

State Journal: Republican Tom Tiffany Enters Race For Northern Wisconsin

State Journal: Tony Evers Announces January 27th Special Election For 7th District Seat

Politico: A Subdued Trump Faces A New Phase Of His Presidency

Politico: House GOP Weighs Easing Term Limits On Committee Chairs


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