This Is Why No Witnesses Were Allowed To Testify

For those who have been hoping for the Senate to oust Trump from office, that’s not likely. The Senate Republicans decided to not allow witnesses to testify.

Of course, the “Impeach!” crowd is crying foul. Then again, how many of them have watched even clips of the proceedings, rather than picking and choosing biased reports telling them what to think about the proceedings?

I will admit to have seen only a few clips from the proceedings but that was enough to make me understand why no witnesses would be called. Ulcerative colitis and respect for my own sanity dictated that I could only listen to Adam Schiff for so long. Just as I have never been able to listen to a Trump speech in it’s entirety or listen to Pelosi for over 2 minutes. In each case I can feel my brain cells actively imploding from the sheer vacuum emanating from the black holes which substitute for their intellects.

In his opening statements, Schiff sounded more like he was trying to impeach Vladimir Putin rather than Donald Trump. He completely ignores the fact that we have already suffered through over 3 years of Russiagate, which concluded in absolute discredit for Mueller and should have been complete shame for the Democrats and MSM. Yet here was Schiff stating such things as “Putin wakes up every morning dreaming of ways to destroy our democracy.” This while the DNC is installing methods of rigging the convention after already rigging the primary against Tulsi Gabbard. He compared Russia to a wounded animal.

He has offered such gems as “We need to fight Russia over there (Ukraine) so that we don’t have to fight them over here.” Hmm. I don’t see Russia arming Mexico or placing ABM sites along the Canadian border to the US. I do not see Russia holding massive military exercises right on our doorstep.

Yes, the US is arming Ukraine against Russia. Something happening under Trump which even Obama refused to do because of the risk involved. Never mind the fact that Ukrainian president Zelensky ran on a platform of improving relations with Russia. That’s why the people of Ukraine voted for him. Never mind that if we send weapons to Ukraine, most of those weapons wind up in the hands of right-wing neo-Nazi groups. Schiff thinks if he doesn’t mention any of that, that none of us will know about it. For most Americans, that is true. That would not fit with their 1 dimensional view of the world. “Us good, Russia bad.”

“My own presumptions.” I will hearken back to the testimony of former ambassador Sondland. When asked where he got the idea that any quid pro quo took place between Trump and Zelensky, his reply was, “By my own presumptions.” He was the absolute central source for all the information regarding the Ukraine allegations and all other “witnesses” were downstream from Sondland. There were no other direct witnesses to the events in question, so all other witness testimony relied on his account. The so-called “whistleblower” did not hear anything directly. Their own account states they heard something from someone who heard something from someone who may have heard the conversation between Trump and Zelensky.

No quid pro quo. The accusations involved are that Trump required an agreement from Zelensky that Zelensky would publicly announce that he had ordered the reopening of the corruption case involving the oil company for which Joe Biden’s civilian son worked for. Until that happened, Trump would withhold monetary aid for military purposes from Ukraine. The problem is, the funds were released to Ukraine and Zelensky never made any announcement, nor did he order the reopening of that investigation. The funds were released weeks before the initial charges were filed against Trump.

Without a proven crime, there was no obstruction. The accusations being raised against Trump do not rise to the extent of being called a crime, nor are they impeachable offenses. They would be considered ethics violations which would be best addressed by official Congressional sanction against Trump. Therefore, with no crime committed or even directly accused, there is no legal precedent to claim there was obstruction of justice because justice would only be involved regarding criminal acts. Not ethics violations.

Impeachment definition. Yes, Trump has been impeached. However, impeachment doe not mean removal from office. The official definition of impeachment per Merriam-Webster is: 1- to charge with a crime or misdemeanor. specifically To charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office. 2- To cast doubt on. especially to challenge the credibility or validity of. (Such as impeaching the credibility of a court witness.)

This strengthened Trump’s support. As I and many others have warned, the result of this debacle has had the effect of strengthening support for Trump. This is more true when it comes after 3 years of Russiagate, which was a miserable and foreseeable failure. This is even more true when the Democrats openly and blatantly resuscitated Russiagate in the opening arguments for impeachment, which had absolutely nothing to do with Russia. This made it crystal clear that the Democrats are still trying to use Russia to justify Hillary’s loss in 2016 by any means possible, regardless of how immense the risk is.

It would have been better to leave him alone. The literal fact of the matter is that if the Democrats simply left Trump unmolested, his own failures would cause a massive decline in his approval ratings. The more they attack him and the attacks they choose are globally visible failures displaying an obvious witch hunt attitude, the more his approval ratings increase. Not because of actual approval for him but disapproval for the “Resistance”.

Other charges could have worked. If the Dems had used charges of war crimes or human rights abuses, the impeachment would have had far more chance of succeeding. Especially after he ordered the outright assassination of a foreign military leader of a country we are not at war with. This action violating the sovereignty of an “allied” nation, nevertheless one that had ordered our military to leave before that happened. Then including the concurrent assassination of one of Iraq’s own military leaders. However, using such charges would entail the Democrats objecting to what has become standard US policy, which they do not oppose in the least. Trump could order the assassinations of Putin and they would still claim it was Putin’s idea. He could order the murders of Xi, Kim Jong Un, Maduro, Duterte and maybe Merkel and they would not file charges against him for any of it, long as they got to sell more bombs.

This ends the DNC platform. Perpetuating Russiagate and keeping the impeachment going all the way through 2020 was the DNC platform for this election year. They seem to literally have nothing else aside from rigging the primary in favor of Biden or Bloomberg. So this tactic has failed, which was highly predictable. Honestly, I did not expect it to happen this quickly but I am very happy it did. That does not mean it will change anything the Dems do for the rest of the year. I fully expect them to continue having nothing to discuss as a party for all of 2020 except “hate Trump” and “Russia, Russia, Russia”. Doing anything else would mean the DNC as a party would have to move leftward, which they have no intention of doing. For now, they have no more distractions to use for anyone that is conscious. For the far too many that are not conscious, they will go right along with talking about the impeachment for the rest of the year, with neoliberal MSM leading the way.

Democrats Vote To Lose In 2020

Wednesday 18 Dec 2019, the House Democrats voted to lose the White House and the House majority. In other words, they voted almost unanimously to impeach Trump.

Don’t get me wrong. Trump sucks. His policies are damaging to this country at every level, no matter what his supporters want to believe. The damage of his policies may not be immediately evident yet to those not paying attention but the damage is present and easily identifiable. Though I have made clear many times that he is a continuation of previous administrations and policies.

I agree there are many things for which Trump could and should be impeached. However, none of those issues are what is being presently presented as a rationale for impeachment.

Syrian war crimes. He has bombed Syria with no investigation by the OPCW at the time. What investigation occurred subsequently is being revealed as a farce by members of the OPCW itself, with 20 investigators who were directly involved stating the facts do not match the report. The end report which was released was done so under political pressure by the US. Follow Caitlin Johnstone for excellent coverage of the OPCW scandal. He has maintained a military presence in Syria against international law with the literal stated purpose of seizing oil resources, which is also illegal.

Yemen war crimes. Yemen is currently the site of the worst humanitarian crisis since Cambodia. Yet the US continues to supply arms and US military personnel to Saudi Arabia. In addition, the US has bombed Yemen directly.

Palestine war crimes. Palestinians have been subjected to genocide by Israel. Yet no offer of political, economic or military force has been offered to support Palestine. In fact, all support from Palestine for humanitarian efforts has been withdrawn by the Trump administration, weak as it was in the first place. Yet the US sells weapons to Israel and gives nearly $4 billion per year to Israel.

Venezuela war crimes. I have explained numerous times that sanctions are considered acts of war by the UN Peace Council. Sanctions kill. The sanctions against Venezuela have no basis in any form of threat to the US or neighboring countries. There was no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela before the US began imposing sanctions in 2012 under Obama. Yet at this time the US has seized monetary assets of Venezuela, seized shipments of grain paid for by and destined for Venezuela and seized shipments of paid-for medical supplies and equipment, leading to tens of thousands of deaths in that country. Meanwhile the Trump administration backs a pretender to the presidential office who did not even run in the election.

Backing fascist regimes in Brazil, Honduras, Bolivia.

Lethal weapons sales. Banning the sale of non-lethal weapons to the Hong Kong government while still selling lethal weapons to that government for the purpose of crowd control.

Withdrawing from the International Criminal Court.

Withdrawing from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, sparking a multinational nuclear arms race.

Withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council.

Treatment of asylum seekers at the southern US border. Keeping children in cages, separating them from their parents, in some cases permanently, which is nothing less than kidnapping.

Why none of these reasons? The Democrats are not using any of the above reasons to impeach Trump because each and every one of them are nothing more than continuations of policies of previous administrations. Including the Obama administration. They are also policies which the Democrats have not opposed in any meaningful way. In fact, they have generally fully supported these policies in action, in spite of weak rhetoric claiming opposition. One very big reason they will not use these reasons to impeach is because it would open the door to indict and prosecute Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton, GWB, Cheney and many more.

I want you to notice something about all the valid reasons for impeachment listed above. They all have something in common. Human rights. The Democrats have made the conscious choice to NOT impeach for any of these reasons. In fact, they handed him powers of surveillance, Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) and another inflated military budget that threw out ANY protection of asylum seekers at the border. The reason they ARE impeaching has to do with political power of the elite. So you can stop treating Pelosi like a hero, stop acting like the Democrats are on your side. They’re not.

Non-stop witch hunt. It really doesn’t matter how you feel about Trump. That’s not the point. The obstruction charge is not going to stick because he handed over the only evidence in this particular case that matters- the transcript of the phone call. There is no other RELEVANT evidence. Was there a recording? There doesn’t appear to be and no opposing sources claim one exists. (Yes, I agree everything any and all elected officials do regarding official business should be documented. However, if that’s not a requirement it’s too late to change it for this issue.) Yet even the most rabid anti-Trump person has to admit is that there has been a non-stop witch hunt to impeach him since before he won the election. It cannot be denied this is true, not with a clear conscience. IF you have any level of sanity, that is. We have gone through 3 1/2 years of Russiagate. “Just wait for Mueller!” We waited. Nothing. Stormy Daniels. What even happened to that? I don’t even know. It just disappeared. Charity fraud. Tax statements. Business fraud. Every time we heard, “The walls are closing in.” Each time it amounted to nothing which was an impeachable offense.

Doomed to failure. The vote which occurred in the House really equates to nothing more than a “Survivor” style vote of elimination. They voted him off the island. What follows next in the GOP-majority Senate will be far different. Instead of a politically-biased popularity contest, what will happen in the Senate will be a TRIAL. In a Senate filled with Senators educated in law. A trial in which, rather than grandstanding and opining, hard evidence must be presented. A trial in which Trump and his legal representatives will be permitted to present a defense and their own witnesses, which may well include evidence regarding the subject of the phone call on which all of this is based. Thus far, this case has not relied on evidence. When viewed legally rather than politically, the case against Trump is doomed.

It doesn’t even matter if impeachment is successful. Let’s assume I am completely wrong and impeachment succeeds. I have asked before and repeat myself again: What then? None of that means we get to choose his successor. The replacement is something we have no say in. Chances are the replacement will be Pence, who is a theocrat and literally worse than Trump.

Impeachment will anger more than right-wing voters. There are many Independent, Libertarian and Democratic donors who do not agree with this impeachment for valid reasons. Many who have watched, appalled by Russiagate, Ukrainegate and on and on. Those who see the whole process as damaging to what little democracy we have remaining. Those people will vote in 2020 for anyone that does NOT represent the Deep State machine behind all of this. If impeachment fails, they will vote to reelect Trump. If it succeeds they will vote for Pence or anyone else that opposes the DNC elite. But they will NOT vote Democrat at ANY level of the ballot if they have a choice in the matter. I expect the House to revert to blood red.

And no, they will absolutely not vote for Sanders, who has promoted the DNC and pushed Russiagate. You can forget that idea. Nobody that opposes the DNC elite will vote for Sanders. Even hoping for that is self-defeating.

The one thing I do expect to happen is that this election will be far different from 2016. I expect to see more voters turn out in 2020 by virtue of the fact that they will see an actual choice to make. There was no significant difference between Hillary and Trump. Both elitists, both dishonest, both seen as threats to peace.

It doesn’t matter how much Trump is a slave to the rich. Millions feel resigned to the fact that we cannot escape that from elected officials. What will now drive the 2020 election will be opposing the Deep State, that are seen as negating the choices of Americans without our consent.

This impeachment process has made Trump a martyr for those who see the Deep State as being far too strong, too pervasive.

Pelosi has made the choice to hold back on presenting the impeachment over to the Senate until January. This is another major mistake. The goal from the start of this process has been to keep focus on the impeachment all the way through 2020. Before that, they had hoped to keep focus on Russiagate through 2020, hence 17 investigations announced into the Mueller investigation. Not only did Russiagate collapse but it has turned around to bite the initiators viciously, with an even larger investigation ongoing but not yet completed. Ukraine is going to have the same result. So, by Democrats focusing on Russia and Ukraine, they commit absolute suicide. They could be focusing on issues. They could have brought impeachment charges for valid reasons but refused. The long, slow, overly dramatic implosion of the DNC is all that remains.

It can’t come soon enough.

While You Are Paying Attention To Impeachment..

In recent weeks, while you were paying attention and cheering for impeachment, praising Pelosi and screaming at the top of your mental lungs how great the “Resistance” is..

BOTH parties voted overwhelmingly to renew the Patriot Act, giving Trump AND the “intelligence” agencies the power to monitor every single letter, digit and byte of your communications.

BOTH parties cheered for Trump’s new trade deal, USMCA, which replaces NAFTA. Which contains significant portions lifted directly from the TPP, which Trump vetoed and raged so much against.

BOTH parties approved extension of the AUMF which gives Trump the power to use military force anywhere in the world without Congressional approval and with no time limit. Remember that US forces are still in Afghanistan (18 years) and Iraq (16 years) under AUMF, while bombing a total of at least 7 countries and threatening 5 more with military force. We still have forces in Syria against international law. Plus we have military forces in 50 of 54 African nations.

BOTH parties approved the new $738 BILLION “defense” (sic) budget, which includes funding for a Space Force (which is still against international law), creates a new cabinet position for the commander of said Space Force and increases funding for nuclear weapons . Meanwhile the “compromise” (meaning absolute complicity) bill removes provisions banning military funding being used for a border wall, banning US military assistance to Saudi Arabia in the genocide in Yemen, protecting transgender military members, requiring limitations on PFAS (Forever Chemicals) on and around military bases, which would have required them to be placed on the Superfund list, mandating Congressional approval for military conflict with Iran and withdrawing approval for authorization for the Iraq conflict.

The Washington Post published The Afghanistan Papers, which detail how the American people have been misled about the war in Afghanistan for the entire 18 years we have been there. How our forces had no idea who are allies versus enemies. Guess what? If you fire on your allies they do not remain allies. How the Taliban now holds power over MORE of the country today than in 2001. This has remained true and covered up for three administrations, from GWB/Cheney to Obama/Biden to Trump/Pence. It took 3 lawsuits to obtain this information.

The DOJ released the first part of the IG report regarding the FBI investigation into Trump/Russia. The report shows illicit bias, falsified and omitted information in FISA warrant requests so badly that at least one criminal charge may be forthcoming while the FBI has announced over FORTY procedural changes as a result. Let’s not forget that Russiagate already resulted in at least two terminations of top level personnel and one of those was previously fired by Mueller. Let’s not forget that the Mueller investigation did not result in even a single charge against any US person regarding anything to do with Russia. None. Not one.

Julian Assange is still in prison, still being tortured. Chelsea Manning is still in prison for the second time. For charges that have NOTHING to do with Russia or the 2016 election. They revealed the truth. That was their crime.

Ukraine testimony. I have talked with people who claimed to have listened to the testimony in full. Yet somehow completely missed former EU ambassador Sondland stating that he never heard any requirement from any party regarding a quid pro quo and that was his own impression. Sondland was the star witness from which most other testimony originated. Meanwhile, the alleged whistleblower only heard information third hand and will not testify or allow their name to be revealed.

Yay, “Resistance”. These are all events which have taken place in only the past 2–3 weeks. In the past we have seen a drug price reduction bill voted down by 12 Democrats, while 15 Republicans voted in favor of it. We have seen (lame) attempts at peace with Russia, North Korea and Syria raged against by the “resistance”. Meanwhile they have either remained silent or been totally complicit in murderous sanctions against Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. They have not offered any opposition to Trump’s trade war. They have increased “defense” spending every single year. We have watched them cave on DACA and instead approve border wall funding and tax breaks for the elite.

If this is what you call “resistance” and “ethics”, you really need to take another look at yourself, your priorities and your level of consciousness.

About Those Text Messages..

Latest propaganda in the neoliberal media has to do with a series of text messages between Kurt Volker, former US special envoy to Ukraine; Bill Taylor, chief US diplomat to Ukraine and Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union.

The media and DNC are making this sound like corruption and attempts by the Trump administration to force a commitment by Ukraine to conduct an investigation into the Biden affair and Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton, while withholding monetary aid to Ukraine unless they comply.

Let me repeat part of that. Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US election in favor of Hillary Clinton.

These text messages are yet again an excellent example of why I constantly impress upon people to read the damn source material instead of allowing the media to read excerpts taken out of context or, as in this case, not even do that. They make up the meaning completely out of whole fabric with no relation to what was actually said!

The media will post images (too small to read) and/or links to source material, trusting that the average reader/viewer will never actually view the source material. They are 99.9% correct!!! That is what is pathetic!!! Just because they post a link does not mean more than the EXTREME minority will ever read anything but their false representation!!!

So I am posting the link to the text messages here. I literally encourage you to read the entire series of messages for yourself and fact check every word I say, then offer rational, valid counter-arguments IF AND ONLY IF YOU READ THE TEXT MESSAGES!!!! You can find them right here: https://www.scribd.com/document/428681046/Volker-Texts-on-Ukraine-Shared-With-Congress#from_embed

I do not make reference to materials which are available without actually reading them, usually posting links and quotes.

So, what will you find in these text messages when the DNC spin is removed? Let me show you, word for word. My only alterations are corrections of punctuation and such. Because this is my blog and it stresses my OCD side.

[9/9/19, 5:19:35 AM] Gordon Sondland: Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky Promised during his campaign. I suggest we stop the back and forth by text. If you still have concerns, I recommend you give Lisa Kenna or S a call to discuss them directly. Thanks..

Read that again. Trump said “no quid pro quo of any kind.” This runs absolutely counter to what the media and DNC are claiming.

[8/13/19 10:26:44 AM] Kurt Volker: Special attention should be paid to the problem of interference in the political processes of the United States, especially with the alleged involvement of some Ukrainian politicians. I want to declare that this is unacceptable. We intend to initiate and complete a transparent and unbiased investigation of all available facts and episodes, including those involving Burisma and the 2016 U.S. elections, which in turn will prevent the recurrence of this problem in the future..

Seriously, does this sound like someone encouraging interference in US elections? Or more like an investigation into past interference by other parties? Because that is precisely what is occurring, an investigation into corruption.

Later, Sondland asks, “ Do we still want Ze (president Zelensky) to give us an unequivocal draft with 2016 and Boresma (sic)?”

Volker responded, “That’s the clear message so far.”

I’m going to stop with the quotes there. I know that most people are going to remain in their separate camps, never budge from their established views. Almost nobody reading this has or will read the text messages.

I also know many are going to claim more details will emerge. Just like they did with Russiagate. You know how that turned out. The ones who still believe Russiagate claim that no evidence IS the evidence. Like any religion.

The problem with more details emerging, just as with the transcript, is that the more details are revealed, the worse it looks for the Democrats. That is, to any objective observer.

One should truly be skeptical of the Democrats being so vehemently opposed to the Ukrainian investigation being reinstated and published, while concurrently wanting to use the suggestion of an investigation as grounds for impeachment. This is exactly what has led to Trump’s approval ratings escalating dramatically since this began. This process stands a very good chance of improving Trump’s chances for reelection. Meanwhile, the DNC moves ever further to the right.

Trump-Ukraine Transcript

Most people have not read the transcript being used as a rationale for impeachment, nor do they really intend to read it.

This is not a Mueller report. This is roughly two pages long.

This affects what our government defines as “democracy”. It affects your rights. It affects foreign relations. What affects our country affects the world, for better or worse.

In this video, I go through the key parts of the transcript. Including the parts corporate media have not reported on. 

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