Tea Party Patriots Action Weekly Report from Washington for 12/09/19

CALENDAR:

The House and Senate will both come back into session on Monday and stay in session through Thursday.

LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:

The House came back to work on Tuesday, and took up and passed two bills under Suspension of the Rules.

On Wednesday, the House passed another bill under Suspension, and also passed the Rule for consideration of H.R. 2534, the Insider Trading Prohibition Act, and H. Con. Res. 77, directing the President pursuant to section 5(C) of the War Powers Resolution to remove U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities in the Syrian Arab Republic that have not been authorized by Congress.

On Thursday, the House considered an amendment to H.R. 2534, the Insider Trading Prohibition Act, and then, by a vote of 410-13, passed the bill as amended. Then the House took up the Rule governing consideration of H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Amendment Act, and H. Res. 326, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding U.S. efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated two-state solution.

On Friday, by a vote of 226-188, the House passed H. Res. 326, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding U.S. efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated two-state solution. And then, by a vote of 228-187, the House passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Amendment Act.

And then they were done.

THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:

The House will come back to work on Monday, with the first votes set for 6:30 PM. At that time, the House is scheduled to consider 16 bills under Suspension of the Rules.

On Tuesday, the House will consider another bill under Suspension of the Rules, and will also consider H.R. 729, the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will consider H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2018 and H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019.

In addition, the Majority Leader’s Office notified members that the House may also consider the Conference Report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020.

LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR:

The Senate came back work on Monday, and voted to confirm Dan R. Brouillette to be Secretary of Energy.

Over the course of the next three days, the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the nominations of, and then to confirm, the following people to the following positions:

  • Robert M. Duncan to be Governor of the U.S. Postal Service
  • Sherri A. Lydon to be U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina
  • Richard Earnest Myers II to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • David B. Barlow to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah
  • Austin Huffaker, Jr., to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama
  • Douglas Russel Cole to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Saraj E. Pitlyk to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • John L. Sinatra, Jr. to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of New York
  • Eric Ross Komitee to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York

And then they were done.

THIS WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR:

On Monday, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #533, Patrick J. Bumatay, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Bumatay nomination.

Then, based on the cloture filings by Leader McConnell last week, before the Senate broke for the weekend, I’d say the week’s schedule looks like this:

  • Executive Calendar #533, Patrick J. Bumatay, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Executive Calendar #534, Lawrence VanDyke, of Nevada, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Executive Calendar #530, John Joseph Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Russian Federation.
  • Executive Calendar #543, Stephen Hahn, of Texas, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Executive Calendar #452, Aurelia Skipwith, of Indiana, to be Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

INVESTIGATING THE INVESTIGATORS:

On Monday, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice is expected to release his long-awaited report on his investigation into potential abuses of the FISA warrant application process by senior levels of the FBI and DOJ.

Establishment media organs like The New York Times and The Washington Post have already run their stories on the report, based on leaks to them, with a view to de-fanging the report before it ever comes out. Wrote the Post, “Attorney General William P. Barr has told associated he disagrees with the Justice Department’s inspector general on one of the key findings in an upcoming report – that the FBI had enough information in July 2016 to justify launching an investigation into members of the Trump campaign, according to people familiar with the matter. The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is due to release his long-awaited findings in a week, but behind the scenes at the Justice Department, disagreement surfaced about one of Horowitz’s central conclusions on the origins of the Russia investigation … Barr has not been swayed by Horowitz’s rationale for concluding that the FBI had sufficient basis to open an investigation on July 31, 2016, these people said.”

Consequently, President Trump and his allies have refocused their attention on a second locus of action – the ongoing investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham.

On Wednesday, Inspector General Horowitz will sit in the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing on his findings.

IMPEACHMENT:

On Monday and Tuesday of last week, the House Intelligence Committee Republicans and Democrats released their dueling reports. The Republicans went first, releasing their report on Monday to prebut the Intelligence Committee Democrats’ report. Neither report contained anything unexpected – the Republican report said the Democrats were trying to impeach President Trump for no good reason at all, and the Democrat report said that if President Trump weren’t removed from office immediately, Western Civilization would cease to exist forthwith.

And then … ten weeks into an impeachment inquiry gone off the rails, and the House Judiciary Committee finally got into the act. On Wednesday, Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler gaveled into session a hearing featuring three crazy liberal law professors and one Democrat law professor with what seemed to be a reasonable and logical brain. Not surprisingly, the three crazy liberal law professors came to the same conclusion – that President Trump had committed impeachable offenses. Jonathan Turley, the Democrat law professor, argued otherwise. In fact, he seemed almost to argue that the President MAY have committed impeachable offenses, but his opponents had not yet proven their case. That wasn’t good enough for the radical left. They began sending him threatening communications, all for the “sin” of having failed to demand President Trump’s immediate impeachment and conviction.

On Thursday, Speaker Pelosi took control again, and announced that the Judiciary Committee would draft articles of impeachment against the President. Elsewhere on Thursday, the media began to report on something odd from the House Intelligence Committee report released a few days earlier – to wit, that Chairman Adam Schiff had, somehow or other, obtained the phone records of several of the key players in the investigation, including President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, investigative reporter John Solomon, FOX News host Sean Hannity, and – perhaps most troubling of all – his Republican counterpart on the committee, Devin Nunes.

As revealed in the majority report of the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff months ago subpoenaed telephone companies AT&T and Verizon directly, rather than the individuals whose records he sought, apparently because he believed he was more likely to get access to the phone records from the companies directly than from the individuals desired. Forced to choose between a powerful Congressman on the one hand and an individual customer on the other, phone companies would be far more likely to submit to the subpoena demands of the powerful Congressman – even if there appear to be laws in place to prevent this very thing from happening.

And that’s apparently exactly what happened here.

Schiff subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani’s phone records on September 30 – less than a week after Speaker Pelosi announced the launch of her “impeachment inquiry,” and long before the House voted to authorize such a proceeding – and told Giuliani he had until October 15 to respond. But on the same day, September 30, Schiff was separately moving to obtain those phone records by sending a subpoena directly to AT&T. Not long thereafter, AT&T handed them over.

And that’s how Adam Schiff came to be the first Member of Congress to have subpoenaed the phone records of a fellow Member of Congress – his counterpart on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes.

Nunes is said to be considering his legal options. He should be. As former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel, “There does not appear to be any basis to believe that a congressional committee is authorized to subpoena phone records directly from a provider – as opposed to an individual.”

Beginning at 9 AM this morning, the House Judiciary Committee has been meeting for a hearing to “receive presentations from counsels to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Judiciary Committee.” In other words, the Democrat and Republican lawyers for the majority and the minority of the two committees are presenting the evidence they’ve accumulated so far.

And though no one has announced a schedule yet for a third hearing in the Judiciary Committee, I wouldn’t be surprised if the committee holds a third hearing related to impeaching President Trump later this week – a hearing to mark up articles of impeachment. So far, it looks as if the Democrats are planning to write up three separate articles of impeachment – one for abuse of power, one for obstruction of Congress, and one for obstruction of justice. Interestingly, they haven’t decided whether they’re going to continue with their focus only on Ukraine, or if they might reach back to the Mueller report for an article on obstruction of justice.

The president, for his part, seems to be resigned to being impeached in the House, and wants the action to move quickly to the Senate. On Thursday, he tweeted, “If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast … We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is.”

Of course, the Senate trial will most assuredly NOT feature testimony by Adam Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more. The Senate is not going to do that.

Stay tuned.

SUGGESTED READING:

JENNY BETH MARTIN/TEA PARTY PATRIOTS:

Breitbart: Jenny Beth Martin: Georgia Conservatives Far Prefer Doug Collins To Kelly Loeffler For Senate

DailyStockDish: Exclusive Video 911 Called As Constituents Press Dem Lawmakers On Trump Impeachment

WE: Conservatives Warn Of Setback If WNBA Owner Put In Georgia Senate Seat

Hill: Kemp Asserts Georgia Senate Appointee Will Align With Trump Policy Amid Reports Of Tension

Townhall: Pro-Lifers Tell Georgia Gov. Kemp His Senate Nomination Has Made A ‘Mockery’ Of His Voters

AJC: Georgia Governor Recently Met With Trump Over Senate Pick

One News Now: If Post Hearing Polls Are Right, Dems Will Regret It Bigly

AJC: Politics, The Jolt, God, The Devil And Donald Trump

11 Alive: Tea Party Founder: Gov. Kemp’s US Senate Choice Is A ‘Fiasco’

AJC: Kemp Aides Slam Critics Of Planned Pick For Open US Senate Seat

BPR: Georgia Gov. Kemp To Snub Trump With Liberal Leaning Senate Pick, Matt Gaetz Throws Down Over It

Breitbart: Report: Georgia Gov. Kemp To Defy Trump, Appoint Establishment Backed Kelly Loeffler To Senate

AJC: Kemp’s Big Gamble To Expand the Georgia GOP

THE BIDENS:

Politico: ‘People Have Real Questions About This’: Hunter-Ukraine Questions Cloud Biden Tour

INVESTIGATING THE INVESTIGATORS:

JSR: Steele Distributed Other Dossier Reports, Including One To An Oligarch Lawyer

WaPo: Barr’s Handpicked Prosecutor Tells Inspector General He Can’t Back Right Wing Theory That Russia Case Was US Intelligence Setup

WaPo: Barr Disputes Key Inspector General’s Report About FBI Russian Investigation

Hill: Trump, GOP Shift Focus from Alleged Surveillance Abuse to Durham Russia Probe

IMPEACHMENT:

Hill: Dems Eyed Taking Fight Over McGahn Testimony To Impeachment Trial

WSJ: Adam Schiff’s Capacious Definition Of Bribery Was Tried In 1787

AP News: Sticky Impeachment Trial Questions: How Long? Who Testifies?

WaPo: Witness Testimony And Records Raise Questions About Account Of Trump’s No Quid Pro Quo Call

Hill: Three Women Accuse Gordon Sondland Of Sexual Misconduct Report

Politico: Judge Grants Temporary Reprieve Delaying McGahn’s Testimony

NYT: White House Budget Official Said Two Aides Resigned Amid Ukrainian Aid Freeze

NYT: Trump Knew Of Whistleblower Complaint When He Released Aid To Ukraine

WE: House Republicans Drafting Rebuttal To Counter Democratic Trump Impeachment Report

CNN: Dems Eye Multiple Articles Of Impeachment, As Some Push To Go Beyond Ukraine Scandal

Politico: McGahn Must Testify About Time As White House Lawyer, Judge Rules

Fox News: House Dem Now Sees ‘No Value’ In Impeachment, As Polls Show Falling Support Among Independents

NRO: Swing State Democrat Flips On Impeachment

Hill: Schiff: Judiciary Committee To Receive Impeachment Report Soon After Thanksgiving Recess

WaPo: White House Review Turns Up Emails Showing Extensive Effort To Justify Trump’s Decision To Block Ukraine Military Aid

Quartz: Republicans Abandon Originalism At Impeachment Hearing

Politico: Trump Abused Power Of Presidency Dems Conclude In Impeachment report

Politico: ‘I’m Not Going To Take Any Sh–‘ Nadler Girds For Battle

Politico: Turley Statement On Impeachment

Politico: Gerhardt Statement On Impeachment

Politico: Karlan Statement On Impeachment

Politico: Feldman Statement On Impeachment

Hill: Pelosi Says House Will Move To Impeach Trump

Hill: Democrats Debate Scope Of Impeachment Charges

WaPo: White House Gears Up For Aggressive Effort To Defend Trump In The Senate As House Moves Toward Impeachment

Politico: Dems Signal Mueller-Related Impeachment Charges As Witnesses Assail Trump

USAT: ‘No Choice ” House Speaker Pelosi Asks Chairman To Pursue Articles Of Impeachment Against President Trump

Politico: Moderate Democrats Warn Against ‘Kitchen Sink’ Approach

Spectator: The Real Purpose Of The Nadler Impeachment Hearing

Politico: Dems Exhale As They Dodge Impeachment Debacle

Politico: ‘Are You Ready?’ Pelosi Preps Dems For Next Steps In Impeachment Process

WSJ: Schiff Impeaches Biden

CNN: Anti-Impeachment Witness Says He’s Received Threats Since Judiciary Committee Hearing

Politico: Senate Republicans Puncture House GOP Dreams For Impeachment Trial

Politico: Republicans Ignore Impeachment Escape Hatch

Politico: ‘No Choice’ Pelosi Proceeds With Articles Of Impeachment

Hill: Democrats Could Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Next Week

Hill: Phone Records Detail Extent Of Giuliani, White House Contacts

Hill: McConnell: Senate Could Pass Partisan Rules Package For Impeachment Trial

Hill: House Intelligence Report Says Trump Abused Power

Hill: Read: House Intelligence Committee Impeachment Report

Hill: House Intel Democrats Release Ukraine Report Ahead Of Impeachment

Politico: Who To Know And What To Watch For As Impeachment Moves To Next Phase

WaPo: Democrats Quietly Debate Expanding Impeachment Articles Beyond Ukraine

Axios: Scoop: Inside The GOP Impeachment Spin Machine

Politico: Republicans Launch Impeachment Rebuttal Ahead Of Judiciary Hearing

Hill: Pressure Grows On GOP Leaders To Hold Line Ahead Of Impeachment Trial

Axios: GOP Senator Richard Burr: ‘Ukraine Was For Hillary Clinton’

Axios: GOP Impeachment Report Claims Trump Did Nothing Wrong

Politico: Doug Collins Wants Adam Schiff To Testify Before House Judiciary Committee

Politico: Intelligence Committee To Begin To Circulate Ukraine Report

Politico: White House Won’t Take Part In First Judiciary Impeachment Hearing

NYP: Ukraine’s Zelensky Again Denies Quid Pro Quid During Trump Phone Call

Hill: White House Won’t Participate In First Judiciary Impeachment Hearing

Hill: Judiciary Republican Calls For Panel To Expand List Of Impeachment Witnesses

RedState: New Timeline Information Paints Different Picture Of Why Trump Released Ukraine Aid

WE: Why Did Trump Release The Ukraine Aid? The Answer Is Simple

BuzzFeed: House Republicans Say Senators Running For President Should Not Be Allowed To Be Jurors In Impeachment Trial

WaPo: Pelosi Announces Intent To Impeach Trump As Constitutional Clash Intensifies

Politico: Impeachment Investigators Will Present Evidence At Judiciary Hearing Next Week

Hill: Adams: Impeachment Hearing Didn’t Go as Chairman Nadler Planned

Hill: White House Tells Democrats It Won’t Cooperate in Impeachment Hearings

WSJ: Strassel: Adam Schiff Is Watching

WaPo: Pelosi Announces Intent To Impeach Trump as Constitutional Clash Intensifies

DC: GOP Senators Seek Interview with Ex-DNC Contractor Who Worked with Ukrainians in 2016

Hill: Here Are the Senate Republicans Who Could Vote To Convict Trump

Hill: Judiciary Panel Releases Report Defining Impeachable Offenses

House Judiciary Committee Report: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment

CNN: House Judiciary Committee Slates Next Impeachment Hearing for Monday

Hill: Trump: Giuliani To Deliver Report on Ukraine Trip to Congress, Barr

Hill: ‘Fast and Furious’ Impeachment Looks Like a Rush to a Failed Case

Politico: Impeachment Investigators Will Present Evidence at Judiciary Hearing Next Week

SPENDING:

WaPo: Jared Kushner’s New Assignment: Overseeing The Construction Of Trump’s Border Wall

Politico: Bumbling Congress Gives Trump The Budget Freeze He Wanted

Roll Call: Schumer Outlines Democratic Demands, Spending Bills

Hill: Trump’s Border Wall Hangs Over Spending Talks

USMCA:

RCP: Renegotiated NAFTA Will Entrench Big Tech Censorship

Fox Business: USMCA Deal Nancy Pelosi Aims To Remove Legal Protections For Online Content

WSJ: Nancy Pelosi Pushes To Remove Legal Protections For Online Content In Trade Pact

Hill: Lawmakers Hit Trump Administration For Including Tech Legal Shield In Trade Negotiations

Forbes: To Protect Free Speech, Reform Section 230, Don’t Put It Into The USMCA

US Senator Cruz: Sen. Cruz Calls On USTR To Eliminate Inclusion Of Special Practices By Big Tech In US Trade Deals

Business Insider: The US, Canada, And Mexico’s Newly Signed Trade Pact Looks A Lot Like NAFTA. Here Are The Key Differences Between Them.

Cato: USMCA Is Marginal NAFTA Upgrade At High Cost

Vox: USMCA, Trump’s New NAFTA Deal, Explained In 500 Words

Bloomberg: Trump’s ‘Historic’ Trade Deal: How Different Is It From NAFTA?

USAT: From NAFTA To USMCA

WE: Democrats Face Mounting Pressure On Trade Deal

2020 DEMOCRATS:

BuzzFeed: House Republicans Say the Senators Running for President Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Be Jurors in Trump’s Impeachment Trial

Politico: Dems 2020 Primary Casts Long Shadow Over Battle For Senate

Hill: Kamala Harris Drops Out Of Presidential Race

MISCELLANEOUS:

Hill: Supreme Court Halts Subpoena to Deutsche Bank for Trump Records

Politico: Trump Signs Hong Kong Bill Denounced By Beijing

NYT: McGahn Must Testify To Congress, Judge Rules, Administration Will Appeal

Politico: Graham Defends Requesting Biden Documents “That’s The Way It Works In Politics’

Hill: Trump Makes His Mark On Courts Amid Impeachment Storm

Hill: Congress Braces For Chaotic December

Atlantic: Josh Hawley’s Mission To Remake The GOP

BuzzFeed: The Odd Couple: She’s On The Left, He’s On The Right

 

 

 

 


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