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The Anti-Trump Establishment’s War Against the President Continues

October 19, 2017 --

The anti-Trump Establishment (also known as The Swamp) has intensified its war against the president with a demand from leftist billionaire Tom Steyer, reported in The New York Times, October 12, that Democrats remove President Trump from office if they gain control of Congress in the 2018 election. The following day, The Times reported that Rep. Brad Sherman (D.-Cal.) filed articles of impeachment against President Trump in the House of Representatives, in July, Rep. Al Green (D.Tex.) recently submitted articles of impeachment and Rep. Steve Cohen (D.-Tenn.) plans to do so in the near future.

In The Washington Post, Octob er 15, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, (D.-Cal) suggested that Congress could consider impeachment if special counsel Robert S. Mueller III “finds evidence implicating the president” in what Schiff termed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “campaign…to sow discord among Americans and influence the outcome of the presidential election." Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee went on to assert that his committee has “found ample evidence” in support of the assessment of intelligence agencies “that Russia was responsible for hacking our democratic institutions and dumping stolen data in an effort to turn Americans against one another, harm Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump.”

Schiff then explained “we are not at liberty to disclose evidence produced before the [House Intelligence] committee." The congressmen indicated his strong support for “Mueller’s probe” and noted that the special counsel “will determine whether U.S. laws have been violated and, if so, who should be prosecuted….” He added, however, that Congress has “the sole responsibility” of providing the facts to the public, and of prescribing remedies. Mr. Schiff did not, however, call on the FBI to cooperate with congressional committees and respond to congressional subpoenas seeking information about FBI wiretap warrants, among other things.

As The Wall Street Journal stated, in an October 16 editorial, “There is no plausible reason that reason that senior leaders of Congress—who have top-level security clearance—can’t see files directly relevant to the question of Russian election interference.” But the editorial concluded by suggesting that Democrats don’t want the full story of Russia-gate to be told. LPR points to the failure of Rep. Schiff to call for FBI cooperation with House Intelligence committee subpoenas, in his October 15 Washington Post op-ed as clear indication that Russia-gate is part of the Establishment’s war on President Trump.