Many Americans have been downplaying the stark reality that a party run by extremists has taken control of the House of Representatives, which could leave the US open to terror attacks and security threats on several fronts.
Democrats, who hold the majority on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, seem to consider Donald Trump to be a greater threat to the republic than terrorists, nefarious countries and bad actors who are constantly trying to destroy our country, attack our cities and kill members of our military. They have hijacked the Intelligence Committee to fast track his impeachment, their most important priority ahead of the 2020 election.
The House Judiciary Committee used to be the venue where presidential impeachment articles have traditionally been drafted and debated, but the Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has been overseeing the conduct of the inquiry from a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility in the basement of the Capitol.
According to their website, the committee “oversees the nation’s intelligence agencies including components of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State, Treasury and Energy.”
They monitor the Central Intelligence Agency; Defense and Overhead Architecture; Defense Intelligence and Warfighter Support; Emerging Threats; Intelligence Community Management; Legislation; the National Security Agency and Cybersecurity; Oversight and Investigations; Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research; Technical and Tactical Intelligence; Terrorism and Homeland Security; Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence, among other critical aspects of securing the US from wide ranging threats.
Voters must consider that many Democrats no longer prioritize or even support efforts to keep the homeland safe, including border patrol, immigration enforcement, the work of immigration and customs enforcement agents, or even police.
They and their media partners expressed an outpouring of sympathy over the death of the world’s number one terrorist, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, last Saturday with largely muted expressions of congratulation or celebration.
A Washington Post obituary last Sunday described al-Baghdadi as an “austere religious scholar” at the helm of the Islamic State with “wire-frame glasses and no known aptitude for fighting and killing.”
Bloomberg Politics also tweeted: “Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi transformed himself from a little-known teacher of Koranic recitation into the self-proclaimed ruler of an entity that covered swaths of Syria and Iraq.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said, while speaking in April about the Muslim community’s resilience in the face of discrimination after 9/11, they “recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” It is no longer politically correct to name the hijackers or where they came from or their religious affiliation.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) threw her support behind a New York City anti-police protest on Saturday. Demonstrators were jumping subway turnstiles, yelling anti-cop slogans and alleging police brutality to protest a crackdown on fare evasion.
“Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich,” she tweeted Friday night, arguing “arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer.”
In California, Proposition 47 was passed five years ago, downgrading the theft of property valued below $950 from a felony to a misdemeanor. It has led to a surge in theft across the state and the formation of organized shoplifting crime rings that supply black-market resellers.
In order for Democrats to pull off the impeachment of a successful sitting president, overseeing a great economy and who has not committed a high crime or misdemeanor, they needed to do it in a secret chamber where they could bring witnesses in, away from the public eye.
Without a crime, they needed a narrative. They needed to isolate, threaten and intimidate witnesses with subpoenas so they could get some kind of dirt or soundbite to use against the president.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has sweeping authority to oversee the inquiry. Public hearings will be held in the House Intelligence Committee. It also directs the committee to issue a report on its findings and recommendations, not the Judiciary Committee, departing from historical precedent.
Only Schiff would have authority to publicly release transcripts of the closed-door depositions already completed and those yet to be done.
The majority members of the committee are Jim Himes (D-CT), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Andre Carson (D-IN), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Denny Heck (D-WA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Val Demings (D-FL), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL).
Minority members, with the exception of Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) have been sidelined under the rules for the conduct of the inquiry passed last Thursday. Other Republican committee members are Mike Conaway (R-TX), Mike Turner (R-OH), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Chris Stewart ( R-UT), Rick Crawford (R-AK), Elise Stefanik (RNY), Will Hurd (R-TX) and John Ratcliffe (R-TX).
Democrats want to impeach Trump for asking for Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s help in probing their candidate for president, former vice president Joe Biden, and his son Hunter on a July phone call.
The two were involved in deals in the country that aroused suspicion. Democrats insist the president used military aid of $400,000 as a quid pro quo to push the probe of a political rival. Trump released the full unclassified, unredacted transcript of his call which revealed there was no reference to a quid pro quo.
FOX News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett wrote last Wednesday, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her chosen marionette, Rep. Adam Schiff, are operating in the shadows of secrecy. Their authority does not derive from the House of Representatives itself upon a full majority vote. Instead, they have commandeered impeachment power by anointing themselves as the sole determinants.”
“They alone have chosen a “star chamber” approach to removing the president. The remaining members of the House are left in the dark without access to facts, documents and testimony. So, too, are President Trump and American voters who placed him in office. What is the purpose of an electoral choice by the many if it can be reversed by the furtive maneuvers of the few? Or two?” asked Jarrett.
As the impeachment inquiry consumes both Houses in Washington, lawmakers will be tied up analyzing concocted evidence to impeach Trump for ‘abuse of power’ or whatever phony articles of impeachment Democrats throw together. Let us hope they will still keep watch on the homeland and not put all of us at risk while they play politics.