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Lindsey Graham and Matt Gaetz: A Stark Contrast in Style and Effectiveness

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

You can forget about the Senate doing anything effective about the sham non-impeachment process being run by Adam Schiff and San Fran Nan. –  House Republicans are on their own on this deal. Lindsey Graham gave that reality away during the first minute of his appearance on Sean “Tick-Tock” Hannity’s tediously-repetitive program on Fox News last night:

 

Here’s the crucial exchange:

Hannity: Adam Schiff is now a fact witness – would you be able to call him to testify before your committee?

Graham: I doubt it. The whole impeachment inquiry has been referred to the [Senate] Intelligence Committee.

Oh.

Graham goes on to talk about a “resolution” he plans to introduce on the floor of the Senate today, “objecting” to the raging abuses of process and power being employed by Pelosi and Schiff, but he knows that all it will take is an objection from a single Democrat to kill that meaningless gesture. But Graham’s entire life is built around meaningless gestures and interviews with the always-reliable Hannity these days, so that’s to be expected.

The only meaningful thing Graham said in that entire 6:47 clip is the part about everything being assigned to the Intelligence Committee. That would be the black hole of deep state toadies chaired by RINO Richard Burr in name only, and in fact run for the last 3 years by Virginia Democrat Mark Warner, who has led Burr around on a leash like John McCain used to lead Graham around. Yes, that Senate Intelligence Committee.

So, Mitch McConnell, by assigning everything to do with impeachment to the wrong committee – there can be no possible jurisdictional reason why an impeachment process focused on diplomatic dealings involving military aid to a foreign government should be assigned to the committee that has oversight over the nation’s spy community – has ensured that the Senate will do absolutely nothing to conduct any real oversight of its own until articles of impeachment have been delivered at his doorstep.

We might – and should – admire Majority Leader Yertle (thanks to Larry Schweikart for that dead-on nickname for McConnell) for his tenacity in getting President Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed, and to Graham’s credit, all of those nominations go through his Judiciary Committee. But we should never forget that McConnell is a DC Swamp critter to the core, and that his real loyalties in life are to the maintenance of his own privileges, perks and power. He’s more than happy to let Pelosi and Schiff conduct their KGB-style interrogations of witnesses in the Capitol basement with zero oversight from the Senate in the form of hearings or investigations, or indeed without even a peep of protest emerging from his reptilian lips.

So, Republicans in the House are on their own, and up until yesterday, they – and only a handful of them at that – had also limited their activities to issuing sure-to-fail resolutions on the House floor and making appearances on Fox News. But, thanks to Florida Republican Matt Gaetz, who understands that his Party has been bringing a hand grenade to a nuclear war thus far in this fight, that all changed on Wednesday, at least temporarily.

Gaetz led a group of about 35 or so GOP House members down to the Capitol basement hearing room in which Schiff and his fellow Soviet Democrats have been conducting their witness interrogations. There, the Republican protesters held a peaceful demonstration outside the room, held a press availability and generally disrupted the process, stealing a tactic the Democrats and their surrogates use 1,000 time every day all across America. Naturally, the fake news media uniformly described the demonstration as “storming” the hearing room. Because, you know, these are Republicans, and the media simply must use Nazi analogies and imagery anytime possible.

But the point here is that what Gaetz and his fellow Republicans did was effective, in stark contrast to what Graham is planning to do today with his meaningless “resolution.” They got the attention of fake news media outlets outside of Fox News, and even got coverage on the network nightly news programs, something their other antics pretty much never do.

So Gaetz and a handful of fellow GOP House members like Mark Meadows, Devin Nunez and Jim Jordan get it. They understand the real nature of the war that is going on here, and that it is a war not just on President Trump, but on every Republican and every citizen in this country. That’s good.

But here’s the thing: If the demonstration Gaetz led on Wednesday ends up being a one-time thing, then it’s just a stunt, one that will be forgotten by the end of today. To be effective and to move public opinion, these Republicans need to be back there, or doing something similar, today, and tomorrow and every day next week and the week after that and the week after that, until they force Pelosi and Schiff to open up this dark, Soviet-style process to the light of day.

Gaetz’s instincts are good, and the tactic he led yesterday was quite effective. But will he have any follow-through? Guess we’ll find out today.

Don’t hold your breath.

That is all.

 

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Matt Gaetz Dropped a Big ol’ Bomb on Watters World Saturday Night

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

This is a big deal, folks. – Matt Gaetz, Republican congressman from Florida, said the following in an appearance on Fox News’s “Watters World” with Jesse Watters Saturday night:

Here’s his full quote: “They’re not off the hook. Another Little nugget the IG is looking at is the corruption between the FBI and the media, where members of the media were giving concert passes and athletics tickets and other incentives to people in the FBI to leak to them, so we will be seeing it before we see the IG Report on how this fraudulent investigation began. What is so wrong here in Washington, where people can tell lies, and the mainstream media will carry them into millions of living rooms around the country without doing the kind of fact-finding that Sara Carter does and that really illuminated a lot of the abuses that have been laid bare for the American people.”

So, what does all of that mean?  Well, first you have to understand that DOJ IG Michael Horowitz and his hundreds of investigators have been looking into the rampant abuse of the FISA process the DOJ/FBI Deep State Cabal for more than a year now, and in all that time, nothing has leaked from that process. Throughout all of that time, Congressman Gaetz has sat on the House Judiciary Committee, first as part of the governing majority, and since January as part of the minority.

That means that Gaetz has been getting regular updates on the status of the Horowitz process, which has been forced to wait until Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his work before it could have access to key witnesses and documents that Mueller had been holding back. That “holding back” ended in late March, when Mueller finally sent his report over to the Attorney General.

Now, suddenly, Cong. Gaetz is on national TV on a Saturday night, giving us all a preview of a “pre-report” that Horowitz is planning to release in advance of his FISA Abuse report. That pre-report will focus on improper interactions between members of the Cabal and fake journalists in our fake news media. Let’s be real here: Cong. Gaetz did not put this out there last night unless he had permission to do so.

Oh, my. Can there be any doubt that sphincters are tightening in the news rooms at the New York Times and the Washington Post?

Meanwhile, President Trump is preparing to declassify rafts of documents related to the FISA abuse and other matters of corruption at the DOJ and FBI, apparently to be timed with the release of Horowitz’s report.

The fun part of all of this is just beginning, and Cong. Gaetz just gave us all a sneak preview.

That is all.

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You Want a New FBI Director? How About Michael Horowitz?

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Yes, because remember how much she did for Haiti.  Wait, what?  – In keeping with her life-long belief that there’s a sucker born every minute, the Pantsuit Princess has decided to use the media-generated fake border crisis as a fundraiser.  Yes, even though she isn’t technically running for anything right now, the Grasping Grifter, even at her advanced age, just cannot let a good fake crisis go to waste.

So she sent out a fundraising email yesterday to all of her millions of dimwit supporters, urging them to send her money to her new political organization, Onward Together, so these morons can think they are “doing something” by purchasing the Fainting Felon a new Lamborghini or whatever she plans to do with this latest batch of ill-gotten gain.  Because, hey, there really is a sucker born every minute, and they all voted for the Coughing Crook in 2016.

Here’s what the fake border crisis is really all about. – It’s not about soulless leftist ghouls who support Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby body parts suddenly caring about children, it’s not about the Trump Administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy, it’s not about wanting to keep families together or any of the nonsense First Lady Laura Bush included in her disgraceful op/ed in the WaPo yesterday (Japanese internment camps?  Really, Laura?  Who talked you into putting your name to that line of abject BS?).  Those are just the well-coordinated talking points on the matter agreed to by the Democrat Party and their propaganda agents in the national news media.

This is about what immigration fights are always about:  The Democrats want to turn our nation into just another third world country filled with people dependent on the government, and they believe the best way to do that is to flood the southern border with immigrants from third world countries.  This current effort is an attempt to destroy the rules that govern legitimate requests for asylum.  Those rules currently apply only to very specific life-threatening situations:  Democrats want to expand those rules so that they essentially will allow anyone in for any reason, including – you guessed it – poverty.

Think about it:  almost all of the people currently being held in these migrant centers are from central America.  They traveled well over 1,000 miles in an arduous journey through Mexico where, if they really needed asylum from a life-threatening situation, they could have sought asylum.

Did any of them do that?  No.  Why?  Because they don’t want asylum in Mexico, they want to live in America, where the government doles out benefits like no one actually has to ulimately pay for them.  Before they left their home countries, most of these “refugees” have in fact been trained by American social justice warriors on exactly what fake story to tell when they reach the U.S. in order to gain entry, an effort that began about half a decade ago during – you guessed it – the Obama Administration.

President Trump says that isn’t going to happen, “Not on my watch,” and more than 500 days into his presidency he has given us no reason not to believe he means it.  But there are a whole bunch of weak-kneed establishment Republicans up on Capitol Hill who will sell you all out in a heartbeat for any legislation that “solves” this issue.  So, you’d best all get on the phone and warn your congressman or woman to think twice.  Trust me, some of them really need the warning.

 

Meanwhile, up on Capitol Hill, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and feckless FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the IG’s report issued last Thursday, which covered the FBI’s fake 2016 investigation into the Pantsuit Princess’s email scandal.

As I predicted in yesterday’s Campaign Update, Wray was his typical dissembling self, reciting careful talking points written for him by other people to recite, deflecting, refusing to answer on false grounds and just generally looking like the small and ineffective man he obviously is.  His smallness and ineffectiveness were only amplified by having to sit next to Horowitz, who, even with one hand obviously tied behind his back by Rod Rosenstein, was as forthcoming as he could be and did his best to provide the Committee with as much information as he possibly could.

The session began with Chairman Chuck Grassley tossing out the first bombshell, detailing the fact that he had also invited former FBI Director and current teenage drama queen James Comey to testify, and that Comey’s lawyer had sent back a decline letter in which he stated Comey, if forced to testify, would exercise his 5th amendment right against self-incrimination.  This huge news was of course studiously ignored by the fake national news media.

Horowitz stuck with the obviously dictated talking point that he didn’t find “documentary evidence” that the blatant political bias exposed on the part of FBI Super Duper Agent Peter Strzok, ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Comey himself influenced the conduct of the fake investigation, but no one was buying it.  And, despite that absurd protestation, Horowitz did manage to sprinkle in details of all manner of obvious bias throughout his answers to the pointed questions coming from some of the committee members, including Lindsey Graham, John Kennedy and Ted Cruz, in addition to Grassley himself.

In addition to those details, Horowitz also laid out two big pieces of new information that were not included in his report:

  • He informed the committee that the Teenage Drama Queen himself is actually the subject of a current, ongoing investigation into his mishandling of classified documents; and
  • He confirmed the existence of a federal grand jury looking into all of this, which is most likely associated with U.S. Attorney John Huber’s ongoing investigation into all of the FBI/DOJ’s 2016 efforts to fix the election.

Many, including me, have long suspected that Huber must have at least one and possibly multiple grand juries convened for months now, but before yesterday, no one at DOJ had confirmed that likelihood.

Horowitz will testify again today, this time before the House Judiciary Committee chaired by Bob Goodlatte.  The membership of that committee includes bulldogs like Jim Jordan, Trey Gowdy, Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis, so expect some real fireworks from today’s session.

Interestingly, our useless FBI Director will not be accompanying Horowitz in today’s testimony.  Which only further raises the question:  Why is this guy in that job?  What good is he to anyone?  He’s nothing but a career bureaucrat, obviously in way over his head, and he has no intention of reforming anything.

Some have speculated that Wray is just a placeholder who will be replaced by a more effective, reform-minded leader when all the dust has settled from these investigations.  Trey Gowdy’s name has often come up as a possible replacement, given his background as a prosecutor before he ran for congress.  Gowdy in fact almost appears to be angling for that eventuality, given his always equivocal public statements regarding the FBI and its “stellar” “rank and file.”

I have a better idea:  How about making Horowitz Director of the FBI when all of the investigations are done?  You want a reformer, how about the guy who knows where all the agency’s bad actors and bodies are buried better than anyone else?  You want someone who knows how to manage?  This guy has been managing a gigantic staff conducting dozens of simultaneous investigations for a decade now.  You want someone who isn’t shy about bucking the system and isn’t squeamish about fighting higher-ups?  Horowitz has been doing that his entire career.

It’ll probably never happen, but after yesterday, it sure seems like a heck of a good idea.  Just throwing it out there.

Just another day in the drama never ends America.

That is all.

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