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  Posted 30 October 2019 - 02:20 PM

Nancy Pelosi Is Dragging Out Impeachment To Distract From The Democratic 2020 Circus

Washington Examiner
by Eddie Scarry
October 30, 2019 12:20 PM


House Democrats are using a lot of time and witnesses to corroborate details in their impeachment effort that, as it turns out, have already been corroborated by the very person they are attempting to impeach.

National Security Council official Alexander Vindman on Tuesday became the 1 millionth witness to offer private testimony on Capitol Hill. He showed up dramatically in military uniform, complete with medals, as though with great valor he were about to blow the lid off a conspiracy that has so far eluded us.

The start of his testimony was packed with the kind of humility you can expect from the standard career government employee in Washington. He referred to himself as a “patriot” who had a “sacred duty and honor,” and of all of the time he had “served this country in a nonpartisan manner.”

But he, like everyone before him, did nothing more than corroborate the things we already knew: that President Trump wanted the head of Ukraine to confirm that he would investigate possible corruption related to the 2016 U.S. election (the one Ukraine directly interfered in) and any that might relate to former Vice President Joe Biden — which, contrary to the constant “no evidence” mantra from the national media, has not been investigated.
None of that is up for debate because, as fate would have it, Trump himself has already released the transcript of the phone call with Ukraine.

It’s also not in dispute that the White House delayed the release of military aid to Ukraine until Trump could have that phone call.

It still hasn’t been established that Trump only released the aid package in exchange for something else. What exactly did he receive? It appears nothing. Yet, the “quid pro quo” phrase persists in the national media because they’ve found ridiculous ways to resuscitate it. To wit, Washington Post reporters Karoun Demirjian and Greg Jaffe on Tuesday described Vindman’s testimony as a “firsthand account of the alleged attempt at a quid pro quo.”

The alleged attempt at something that isn’t a crime? That alleged attempt at writing should be an embarrassment to the reporters.

Vindman, like the career government employees who testified before him, expressed unease about the delay in funding because, well, that’s just not the Washington way. No, in official Washington, the default position is that billions of dollars in taxpayer money simply flow as “aid” to other countries, no questions asked, no strings attached.

They also didn’t like that Trump was using his personal lawyer as a communication channel with Ukraine. Okay, when Vindman is elected president, he can do things his way. Until then, it doesn’t matter what he likes.

Lastly, Vindman and the others thought Trump’s goals with Ukraine appeared too “partisan.” Again, that’s not their call to make. They have a right to feel that way and a right to complain about it, but their personal feelings don’t set the standard for what’s an appropriate degree of partisanship.


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Posted 30 October 2019 - 08:08 PM

From what I can decipher, since we only hear Schiffty's selected leaks, Vindbag whined about being butthurt but didn't offer anything new in the way of evidence to an impeachable offense.

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