Friday, September 27, 2019

McConnell: Senate Trial Would "Immediately" Follow Impeachment

The AP reports:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said months ago that if the House goes ahead and impeaches President Donald Trump, the Senate “has no choice” but to conduct a trial to determine whether the president is removed from office.
The Kentucky Republican told NPR that “if the House were to act, the Senate immediately goes into a trial.” McConnell made the comments long before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House would begin an impeachment inquiry into the president.

That sounds to me rather like a warning. Mollie Hemingway comments:

"Please, we beg of you, please don't throw us into that Briar Patch," the Republican leader added with a strange smirk. 
12:14 PM - 27 Sep 2019

ADDENDUM: Yesterday I published a Twitter thread by Fred Fleitz taking down the whole "whistleblower" narrative:  "A Grevious Violation Of Trust". Today Fleitz has worked the basic ideas in that Twitter thread into an article in the New York Post  that emailer Jim brought to my attention: Former CIA official on whistleblower: ‘How could this be an intelligence matter?’ Although it's largely an expansion of the basic ideas in the Twitter thread it's worth excerpting it in its new form, especially since Fleitz would be particularly knowledgeable about such matters:

the declassified whistleblowing complaint ... appears to be written by a law professor and includes legal references and detailed footnotes. It also has an unusual legalistic reference on how this complaint should be classified. 
From my experience, such an extremely polished whistleblowing complaint is unheard of. This document looks as if this leaker had outside help, possibly from congressional members or staff. 
Moreover, it looks like more than a coincidence that this complaint surfaced and was directed to the House Intelligence Committee just after Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), an outspoken opponent of President Trump, expressed numerous complaints in August 2019 accusing President Trump of abusing aid to Ukraine to hurt Joe Biden. This includes an August 28 tweet that closely resembled the whistleblowing complaint. 
House Republicans need to ask the whistleblower under oath whether he spoke to the press or Congress about his complaint. 
Also very concerning to me is how the complaint indicates intelligence officers and possibly other federal employees are violating the rules governing presidential phone calls with foreign leaders. 
The content and transcripts of these calls are highly restricted. The whistleblower makes clear in his complaint that he did not listen to a call in question, nor did he read the transcript — he was told about the call by others. If true, intelligence officers have grossly violated the rules as well as the trust placed on them to protect this sensitive information. 
I refuse to believe that the leaking, timing and presentation of this complaint is coincidence. I don’t think the American people will buy this either. 
I’m more worried, however, that this latest instance of blatant politicization of intelligence by Trump haters will do long term damage to the relationship between the intelligence community and US presidents for many years to come.


  1. "I’m more worried, however, that this latest instance of blatant politicization of intelligence by Trump haters will do long term damage to the relationship between the intelligence community and US presidents for many years to come."

    To say nothing of international relations, prestige, can the USA be trusted with other countries' secrets?

    1. Can you imagine? Leaders of foreign countries must have their heads spinning.

  2. Also, Mr. Wauck, as you know, did the whistleblower have a need to know?

    If all this comes out in the wash, this is treason. I know, not the legal definition type of treason. But what do you call trying to nullify the will of the People? What do you call leaking for nefarious purposes?

    As a condition of having a clearance, these men can be forced to undergo a polygraph at penalty of a revoked clearance, then leading to unemployment.

    1. Absolutely no need to know. And that's what Fred Fleitz stresses in his twitter thread and, today, NYPost article (above). I'm sure that's what he's getting at when he says "intelligence officers have grossly violated the rules."

  3. Gee, I dunno, is Vlad Putin laughing his head off, or what... He never imagined the insanity set off by simply supplying Chris Steele with some obvious disinformation. Golden showers, really?? Hahahahahahaha!

    And the funny part? Some people think Trump is the idiot. Look at the rabbit holes the Dems keep going down... That marijuana legalization project is going wonderfully. We're just gonna love our new Chinese overlords...

    1. I read that Putin was trolling us about releasing the phone transcript. Can't blame him. The Dems are making us a mockery.