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A Lonely Pamphleteer Memo to Congressional Republicans

October 19, 2019 --

Do not follow the lead of the Democrats and Never Trump Repubicans in their anti-Trump bias.

You should consider expressing vocal support for President Trump by means of the excellent eight- page letter sent by Counsel to the President Pat A. Cipollone to House Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic chairmen of the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees, with copies to House GOP leader McCarthy and the ranking members of these three committees.

In his insightful and comprehensive letter, Counsel Cipollone noted that the impeachment inquiry was designed in a way that "violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process." He rightly points out that the inquiry is "highly partisan" and "threatens grave and lasting damage to our democratic institutions, to our system of free elections, and to the American people." As Mr. Cipollone indicates, not only do Democrats regard impeachment as means to undo the 2016 election, they are employing it as "strategy" to defeat President Trump in the 2020 election.

The president's counsel is right to fault Speaker Pelosi for announcing the impeachment inquiry on her own authority, without vote of the House of Representatives. Indeed Ms. Pelosi's action is the stuff of an authoritarian, imperial, House Speaker. Federalist Paper No. 65 states, "It is not disputed that the power of originating the inquiry, or, in other words, of preferring the impeachment, ought to lodged in the hands of one branch of the legislative body ."

Hamilton, in this document, referred to "one branch" of the House, not to one leader of the House. Note that Hamilton also indicated that "the leaders...of the most numerous faction...can hardly be expected to possess the requisite neutrality towards those whose conduct may be the subject of scrutiny." Today's Democrats give current vitality to that observation.

Alan M. Dershowitz, emeritus professor of law at Harvard, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed article, October 10, that cited Federalist No. 65, wrote that the Framers "didn't want the impeachment power to become a political weapon. He quoted Hamilton's warning in No. 65 "there will always be the greater danger that the decision [on impeachment] will be regulated more by the comparative strength of the parties, than by the real demonstration of innocence or guilt."

The American people have been led to believe that the impetus for the Democrats' impeachment inquiry stems from the July 25 phone conversation between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymr Zelensky.

During this conversation, Mr. Trump requested information concerning the alleged hacking of Democratic National Committee computers in 2016 and information on the relationship of Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. with the Ukraine energy company Burisma Holdings.

That is to say, he was requesting information; he was not digging for dirt. (Anti-Trump "dirt" is what the phony Steele dossier was all aboutThis request is justified because Hunter Biden's relationship with Burisma began when the elder Biden was placed in charge of our Ukraine policy. (Bear in mind, too, that Mr. Kerry's son had business dealings with Hunter Biden.)

You should take note of this comment from Counsel Cipollone in his letter to the Democrats: "Perhaps the best evidence that there was no wrongdoing on the call is that fact that, after the actual record of the call was released, [House Intelligence Committee] Chairman Schiff chose to concoct a false version of the call and to read his made-up transcript to the American people at a public hearing." And don't forget that the former vice president bragged about being successful in pressuring Ukraine to dismiss a prosecutor who was investigating Burima for corruption. The president's request to the Ukraine leader for information involving the Biden-Burisma connection is eminently reasonable under the circumstances. How would the elder Biden be harmed if the request did not yield damaging information? On the other hand, please consider that failure to make the information request simply because Mr. Biden is a candidate for president would be tantamount to accepting the Democrats contention that questions about the conduct of Democratic presidential candidates constitute interference in an election. In response to this false assertion, you should not hesitate to cite a comment regularly voiced by Democrats these impeachment inquiry days: "No one is above the law."