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Is Impeachment Already Underway?

 

August 19, 2019 --

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler was quoted in the Hill, August 10, to have indicated on CNN, two days earlier, that "'formal impeachment proceedings" are underway. He was further quoted as indicating that his committee is gathering evidence and "hopefully by the end of the year -- vote to vote articles of impeachment to the House floor. Or we won't."

The Hill story also quoted Rep. Eric Swalwell (D.-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, as having told CNN, "We're conducting an impeachment investigation, and we want to hear from all of the witnesses to President Trump's lawlessness."
The Nadler and Swalwell comments indicate opposition to the view of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to consider impeachment proceedings.

If, in fact, the House of Representatives votes to impeach President Trump, the action will not reflect "lawlessness" on the part of the president, but continued bitterness over the results of the 2016 presidential election. According to the story in the Hill, "[I]mpeachment advocates have been heartened by Nadler's heightened rhetoric, which they see as a significant step in the march toward official votes to oust the president." LPR wonders if House Democrats are now jumping on the impeachment bandwagon because they fear primary challenges is they do not comply with the wishes of House radicals against the president.

Hate speech against President Trump has intensified since the horrific incidents, August 3, in El Paso, where 22 people where murdered and Dayton, Ohio, where 9 where shot and killed that Saturday night/Sunday morning. Most of the Democratic presidential candidates were quoted as attributing the El Paso shootings to President Trump's "racist rhetoric." On Meet the Press, August 5, moderator Chuck Todd remarked, "The El Paso [gunman] post[ed] an anti-immigrant screed online. This comes after a month of President Trump stoking racial resentment."

It did not take El Paso for a journalist to direct a "stoking" accusation against the president. On July 31, during the second night of the second Democratic presidential debate, CNN's Don Lemon asked Senator Michael Bennet, "Why are you the best candidate to heal the racial divide that exists in this country today, which has been stoked by the president's racist rhetoric?" Bennet replied, in part, "First of all the president's racist rhetoric should be enough rounds for everybody in this country to vote him out of office."

LPR expects that the Democratic candidates will regularly tar the president with smearks of "racism" and "white supremacy."

On August 8, The New York Times, reporting President Trump's visits to Dayton and El Paso, led with a "stoking" headline: "President Uses/A Day of Healing/to Stoke Discord." The Times reported that what was meant to be "a show of compassion" turned "into an occasion for anger-fueled broadsides against Democrats and the news media." Michael Goodwin, in his August 11 New York Post column pointed out, however, that "Democrats had attacked first by calling Trump a racist and white supremacist, and he was responding." In his August 7 column, Goodwin asserted "that Trump has been on the receiving end of a ruthless, unprecedented barrage of personal and political attacks" He added, "Richard Nixon got off easy by comparison." (Indeed the barrage is unceasing with the political aim of improving the chances of a House impeachment vote (which vote, if taken, would not lead to ousting the president because of his support in the Senate. It would, however, be a key element in the Democrats's 2020 election campaign.)

It is likely that when Congress returns in September, Chairman Nadler's committee will devote itself to drawing up articles of impeachment. Alas, the allegations do not have to reflect reality, much less due process. They simply will reflect Democratic hostility to a Republican president who responds to political attack. This would suggest that the Democratic presidential campaign will unfold on a track parallel to impeachment. There is another factor, however, that should come into play: the results of investigations into the origins of "Russiagate," the false claim that President Trump colluded with Russians to win the presidency. If the attorney general's investigations and the report of the Department of Justice inspector general prove embarrassing to the FBI under James Comey, and the intelligence community that served President Obama, one should think that the anti-Trump campaign by Democrats and their media allies would incur a setback. The more likely reaction would be that the matter of the origins of "Russiagate" is irrelevant to the question of the president's tenure in the White House -- unless, somehow, opinion polls were to disclose that the American people are tired of the left's political gamesmanship and just want the 2020 election campaign to proceed.

 

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Collateral to the Jeffrey Epstein Situation

August 19, 2019 --

Matters colloateral to Jeffrey Epstein's sexual proclivities are likely to be the subject of press interest for quite some time. A few years ago, Ghislaine Maxwell was sued by Virginia L. Giuffre for defamation. Maxwell accused Giuffre of lying about Maxwell's role as source of underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell was long asssociated with Epstein as girlfriend, and business partner. In court papers, Giuffre pointed to Maxwell as "Convicted Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's Procurer of Underage Girls."

The Giuffre action against Maxwell was settled in 2017. Giuffre also accused law professor Alan Dershowitz of having sex with her, via his friendship with Epstein.

(She has also claimed to have had sex, arranged by Epstein, with a number of prominent personalities.)

Dershowitz accused Giuffre of lying and her defamation suit against him will soon get underway. Giuffre's lawyers include David Boies, and he has tussled with Dershowitz consequent to his representation of Giuffre.

To add to this fascinating scenario, Giuffre was recruited for Epstein when she was spotted working as a teen-age locker room attendant at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club. (She has not accused Mr. Trump of any improprieties.)

Maxwell is the daughter of Robert Maxwell, head of a British publishing empire. Maxwell drowned off the Canary Islands in November 1991. The inquest determined that he suffered a heart attack and that the death was accidental. Ghislaine Maxwell reportedly believes her father was murdered. As of August 13, her whereabouts were unknown; consequently there was no word of her reaction to the death of Epstein.

 

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Questions Concerning Jeffrey Epstein

August 19, 2019 --

Officials reported that Jeffrey Epstein, 66, hanged himself in his cell in a federal jail in Manhattan, the morning of August 10. News reports, as of August 12, do not provide details how Epstein had the means to commit suicide. He was held without bail on federal charges involving sex trafficking of underage girls. The New York Post, August 10 published a story reporting the names of well-known men who were disclosed, in a defamation action, t have had sex with one teen-aged girl, now an adult and the plaintiff in the defamation case. Epstein apparently was dead by the time the Post story was at newsstands. The New York Times July 7,in a story reporting Epstein's re-arrest, said that one girl told the FBI in 2007 of her encounters with Epstein when she was `15 and who "got the girl to bring other girls who worked with here at a local strip club" in Florida. Has any media outlet wondered about a 15-year old girl working at a strip club?

Epstein was apparently re-arrested as a result of a series in the Miami Herald on his relatively lenient sentence when he was first charged in Florida, in 2006, with sex offenses involving underage girls. At the time, he was sentenced to 13 months in jail, and allowed to go to his office six days a week. One of Epstein's victims, Courtney Wild, now 31, told the Miami paper, "'Jeffrey preyed on girls who were in a bad way, girls who were basically homeless.'" Epstein pleaded guilty to a charge of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor. The U.S. attorney who approved the original sentence was R. Alexander Acosta, labor secretary for President Trump. He resigned the labor post July 12, in the wake of Epstein's re-arrest.

Epstein had been denied bail and was to go on trial June 2020. That is to say, while only under indictment, he faced about a year in jail in Manhattan. The New York Post reported August 10 that one of Epstein's lawyers, Marc Fernich "ripped 'overzealous prosecutors,' 'pandering politicians' 'compliant judges' and a 'hysterical press corps,' as he laid blames Saturday for the convicted pedophile's apparent suicide in a federal lock-up."

Attorney General William Barr was quoted in The New York Times, August 11, as being "'appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody,'" adding, "'Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered." But will they be?

 

 

 

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Call for Unity, Changed

August 19, 2019 --

President Trump addressed the nation on the tragedies of Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, August 5. https://www.rev.com/blog/donald-trump-statement-on-mass-shootings-full-transcript-of-remarks
Among other things, he said "Hate has no place in America" and called for an end to "destructive partisanship." At first, reporting on the president's remarks, The New York Times put this headline over the August 6 story: "'Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.'" Michael Goodwin, in his August 11 column, noted that "small army of Times readers" was "infuriated by the speech. Goodwin continued, "The facts be damned, they demanded their daily fix of Trump hate -- and the paper quickly complied." In later editions, as Goodwin reported, the "Unity" headline was changed to""Assailing Hate, But Not Guns." The subhead read, "Trump, in Speech, Says Little About Putting Curbs on Weapons."

Continuing its propaganda campaign, the Times, August 12, put this headline on the front page: "How the El Paso Gunman Echoed The Words of Right-Wing Pundits." The article smeared conservative outlets as "incendiary" This kind of hyperbolic imagery will no doubt gladden the hearts of the paper's radical readers.

 

 

 

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A Debate Question for Democrats (with some possible answers)

August 19, 2019 --

To participate in the September 12 and 13 Democratic presidential debates, the candidates must have received at least 2% support in polls and garnered 130,000 donations. Billionaire Tom Steyer is advertising on-line for donations of one dollar to reach the donor threshold for the September debates.

One ad spotted by LPR says that candidate Steyer will declare a climate national emergency the day he takes office.

LPR wonders what the other candidates would do, first thing, on taking office.

Would one say: "I will direct my attorney general to indict the former president"?

Would another say, "I will open the border"?

Would a third say, "I will outlaw fracking"?

And would a fourth say, "I will impose socialized medicine"?

 
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LPR Musings ...

August 19, 2019 --

The U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Calls on the Media to Exercise Restraint

From Judge Jose Cabranes' opinion in Brown v. Maxwell, 18-2868, (unsealing filings in Giuffre v. Maxwell):

"[T]he media does the public a profound disservice when it reports on parties' allegations uncritically....

"We therefore urge the media to exercise restraint in covering potentially defamatory allegations, and we caution the public to read such accounts with discernment."

Not a Way to Promote Freedom and Democracy on the Chinese Mainland

Two individuals, suspected of being linked to the police, were seized by protesters at the Hong Kong airport, August 13, searched and beaten. This is not what freedom and democracy is all about, but more likely resembles the mindset of the repressive society. The Wall Street Journal, in an August 14 editorial, termed "Tuesday's disorder...a propaganda victory for Beijing."

A Flood Anniversary (noted from one who was there)

Hard to imagine but August 19 marks the 64th anniversary of the flood, generated by Hurricane Diane, that devastated Winsted, Ct, taking eight lives, as well as many other communities in New England and Pennsylvania.

And for August 19, 2019

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to the Ukraine to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev, August 19. Reports suggest that the Israeli prime minister might be seeking to serve as mediator between Ukraine and Russia, as part of a U.S.-led effort to end the conflict in Donbass. While in Ukraine , the prime minister and president will visit Babi Yar, the ravine in Kiev, to honor the memory of the more than 33,000 Jews massacred there by the Nazis and their Ukraine collaborators on September 20 and 30, 1941.

 

 
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August 19, 2019 --

Questions Concerning the Alleged El Paso Shooter ...

Lawyers for the family of Patrick W. Crusius, 21, the alleged El Paso gunman, confirmed to CNN that his mother called the Allen, Texas police department in late June concerned that her son owned "an 'AK" type of weapon and did not have experience in handling the weapon. According to this report the matter was dropped after the mother told the police that her son was not suicidal or did not pose a threat to anyone. But why would a 21-year old, whose parents were divorced and who lived with grandparents until recently before the shooting, have "an AK type of weapon?" Do political cries for various forms of gun control drown out call to familial responsibility today?

Zelensky Update ...

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's Servant of the People party gained a majority in the national parliament, winning 254 seats out of 450. This is the first time since independence that a political party in Ukraine won a clear parliamentary majority. President Zelensky plans to come to New York for the United Nations General Assembly session, opening in September and is likely to meet with President Trump at that time. He reportedly wants to hold a referendum on whether Ukraine should join NATO. Thus far Democratic presidential candidates have not been asked their view of U.S. policy toward Ukraine, much less questioned Joe Biden's business ties to Ukraine under Mr. Zelensky's predecessor, Petro Poroshenko.

One Reason to Defend Trump ...

From Barton Swaim, in The Wall Street Journal, August 13: "[T]he president's meanest adversaries on the left will level a charge so dishonorable, so wantonly unfair, that you feel almost bound to defend him."

An Inconvenient Truth ...

LPR does not expect The New York Times to acknowledge, in its attacks on the administration's immigration policy, that in its June 14, 1939 editorial, "In Elder Brewster's Steps, " the paper declared that the days of mass migration to America were over. As LPR has previously pointed out, the editorial appeared as the liner St. Louis with its 900 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany , headed back to Europe, after being turned away from Cuba.

 

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