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Democrats ratchet up impeachment secrecy

Byron York, Washington Examiner

A week ago, House Republicans complained that Democrats imposed excessive secrecy on interviews conducted as part of the drive to impeach President Trump. Now, the situation appears to have gotten worse. In his much-criticized letter to Congress, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Democratic handling of the impeachment investigation "violates fundamental fairness." He meant fairness toward the target of the proceeding, President Trump. But there is also the question of fairness toward the American people trying to follow an impeachment process shrouded in secrecy. Don't they have the right to know what the president's accusers say?

Is Impeachment Now Inevitable?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

With polls showing a majority of Americans favoring an inquiry, and a Fox News poll showing a majority favoring Trump's conviction and removal, impeachment appears inevitable. Thus, as Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats seek to ram through a bill of impeachment by Thanksgiving, based on a phone call, Trump is preparing for siege warfare. As Trump has himself conceded, impeachment is probable, even if the outcome of this historic collision between the president and Congress, which will decide the fates of Pelosi, Trump and Biden alike, is, as of yet, undetermined. Yet in this struggle, Trump is not without assets.

Trump Makes Real Progress with China while Dems Play Impeachment

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

It's incumbent on us to find the better, more moderate parts of the regime and subtly encourage them (forming economic ties that work is one way) while still making sure that as Americans we see and sympathize with the cause of the democracy demonstrators. Thus far, Trump has done a rather accomplished job of this for a "diplomatic amateur." Meanwhile, the president publicly praises depots like Xi and Kim, much to the consternation of the CNNs of the world. It's a strategy, obviously. It's not clear the extent to which it will work. But if it does even some of the time, it's miles ahead of what his predecessors ever did.

What Is Impeachment For?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

President Trump’s decision to forsake the Kurds will form no part of the House Democrats’ impeachment charges. But it could have an impact on Senate Republicans’ evaluation of his fitness, and their willingness to be his firewall. Things could become immeasurably worse for the president if what follows are weeks of powerful video images and on-the-ground reporting of atrocities by the Turks, and if the PKK predictably responds with terrorist attacks in Turkey that prompt Ankara to more aggression, potentially igniting a wider war. The political climate, and therefore impeachment climate, is anything but static.

Assault on America, Day 285: Could it get any worse? Democrats ponder a President Pelosi

There’s little doubt we’re living in extraordinary times. What seemed to make sense for well over two-hundred years no longer governs in twenty-first century American politics. The only thing that’s certain to come from impeachment are unintended consequences, something Democrats better realize before they take the most drastic steps forward.

We Now Have a Genuine Constitutional Crisis

David Catron, The American Spectator

Democrats frequently speak of “rights,” yet they are unwilling to recognize those of Donald Trump — as if the president of the United States is not entitled to the protections guaranteed every American by the Constitution. Nor are they willing to live up to their own rhetoric on impeachment. We have a congressional impeachment inquiry declared illegitimate by a presidential administration that has already been deemed illegitimate by the very Democrats who are carrying out the investigation without following their own House rules or the Constitution. To yours truly, that looks a lot like a genuine constitutional crisis.

Conservatives Launch Letter in Support of Menashi Appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

A group including many of conservatism’s most active constitutionalists has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rebutting the stream of lies and smears leveled at Steve Menashi by Rachel Maddow and the Left and urging that Menashi be promptly confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Assault on America, Day 282: Liar Pocahontas Warren fibs her way to Democrat polling lead

It's hard to say whether Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren’s latest sham (regarding her being fired from an early 70’s teaching job due to pregnancy) will signal a drop in her support. As time goes on it seems President Trump is looking stronger and stronger, and it’s more than just by default.

Time To Reassess CrowdStrike’s Credibility

Julie Kelly, American Greatness

At the same time Perkins Coie hired Fusion GPS to dig up Russia-related dirt on Donald Trump, it hired CrowdStrike to investigate the hack of the DNC email systems. CrowdStrike, also at the same time, was working with the Obama Justice Department. Trump foes dismiss any scrutiny of CrowdStrike as part of a “conspiracy theory.” But the tangled web between CrowdStrike, Democratic operatives, the Trump-hating media and the Obama Justice Department isn’t a theory, it is fact. And since the firm played a critical early role in planting the Russia collusion hoax, Trump and his allies are right to raise more questions.

Democrats' Fear of Durham About to Reach Panic Level

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

What has Durham found, possibly in concert with his superior AG William Barr, that necessitated expansion of his work? This indeed should strike fear in the hearts of the Democrats. The Department of Justice holds the whip hand. They can indict people. Yes, the Democratic Congress can impeach. And no wonder they are trying their best to do that now. They are riding high--or some of them may think they are. But most of the public doesn't know the full story or anything close. The truth rarely emerges quickly. One would advise the Democrats to reconsider, but they don't seem able to do it. They probably have too much to lose.

What the Presidential Candidates Are Missing: Economic Growth

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

I've yet to hear an impassioned plea for faster growth from Democrats. Many of the candidates -- including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders -- seem far more designed to reduce "inequality" or hand out free things to voters rather than expanding the economy. The policy ideas would divide the pie differently, rather than expand the size of the pie for everyone. So much for the JFK idea of a "rising tide lifting all boats." Economic growth should be a universal and undisputed goal, regardless of political party or ideology. With spending discipline, we can and will grow our way out of the debt crisis.

Assault on America, Day 281: G. Washington supplied the impetus for pulling out of Syria

President Trump will continue to draw criticism for his decision to pull U.S. forces out of Syria, but he’s doing the right thing. There simply isn’t a way to win by keeping the military involved in situations where they’re little more than human shields in the center of an ancient power struggle not of our making.

Whistleblower Lawyer Is an Ex-Hillary, Schumer Staffer

Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator

Eventually the identity of these whistleblowers will leak. The Constitution is clear that “the accused shall enjoy the right … to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” It isn’t political rocket science to understand the American people are not about to be silent about denying a basic constitutional right to this president. They are not about to see their votes overturned by shadowy, unseen bureaucratic operatives from the CIA represented by an ex-Hillary and Schumer staffer who is also an Act Blue contributor. They have effectively transformed themselves into a highly effective Committee to Re-elect the President.

Assault on America, Day 280: It’s RINO Mitt Romney and the establishment boys vs. Trump

As long as Trump remains in the White House RINOs like Mitt Romney and Jeff Flake will have a stump to stand on -- but no one listens. Trump’s GOP critics aren’t advancing the argument or the cause by sniping from Twitter or blubbering on liberal cable news shows. Some people never learn.

‘Groundhog’ Dems again ‘left’ behind

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Trump's fundraising set a record haul of $125 million and the surge of 50,000 small donors was especially impressive. To be sure, we are in the early innings of what is certain to be a months-long slog. The momentum will shift frequently, and the outcome is unpredictable. However, I got a glimpse of a worst-case scenario for Dems at a recent gathering with 10 friends. All New Yorkers, about half have been supporters of the president. While nearly that many believe the president will be impeached by the House, none thinks he will be convicted by the Senate. Here’s the real shocker: All 10 believe he will be re-elected.

Assault on America, Day 279: Most endangered animal in American politics? Moderate Democrat

There’s little doubt the political species known as “Moderate Democrat” should be placed on an endangered list (if not already declared extinct). Moderation in Democrat-land earns you too many enemies and too few friends, a realization that more and more would-be candidates are discovering.

There’s Dumb And Then There’s Impeachment Dumb

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

The Dems are going to flunk out of the Electoral College again. Impeachment is all fun and games for now. Schiff is in the spotlight and loving it. The media is collectively wetting itself. And the House is going to eventually vote 218 to 217 – Nancy will give as many purples a pass as she can – to pull the trigger. And then it will go over to the Murder Turtle’s lair and the first thing that Senate Majority Leader McConnell will do is issue a subpoena to Hunter Biden to come chat at the trial. That will be fun. Hey, Gropey Joe’s snort-unate son might actually show up if the invitation comes from someone nicknamed Cocaine Mitch.

Assault on America, Day 278: Joe Biden, Hunter, and the photo that wrecked a campaign

With facts yet to come out in the Ukraine/Hunter Biden scandal, it’s difficult to tell exactly how damaged Joe Biden will be at the end of it all. Some claim Democrats are moving the controversy forward to get rid of Joe; but it seems like Biden’s doing a pretty good job of eliminating himself on his own.

Assault on America, Day 275: Hurry up and impeach, Nancy! We only have ten years to live!

Whether it’s Hillary Clinton or Al Gore -- or Greta Thunberg or AOC -- Democrats are perhaps using climate hysteria as the foundation for the need to impeach Trump now, before the 2020 election. Trump’s reelection would stifle all their plans to rid the earth of carbon forever. Hurry up, Nancy!

Assault on America, Day 274: Dem presidential wannabes jump on impeachment bandwagon

There’s little doubt Nancy Pelosi’s decision to move forward with impeachment will impact the 2020 Democrat presidential race, but we’re not sure how -- or to what extent. From the outset it seemed clear that Democrats didn’t care much about anything other than Trump. Now’s their chance to prove otherwise.