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Jay Ambrose

It’s interesting that the central goal of Democrats in the wild-and-wooly Capitol impeachment hearings is to use their misapplied, blistering power to ruin the re-election chances of Republican President Donald Trump.

Their central case against Trump is that this is the kind of thing he did — use his powers in delaying military aid to Ukraine to get the country to stomp on Joe Biden and thereby ruin his chances of replacing Trump as president.

The Democrats know, of course, that they are not going to get enough support from the Senate’s Republican majority to give them the two-thirds vote necessary to actually evict the president.

Here, however, is what they have been enjoying: hours and days of TV time in which they lambast the president in every way possible in the hope of winning over voters.

Their top spokesman, Rep. Adam Schiff, has demonstrated his skill as a debater as others jump in to call the Republicans treacherous to America, show videos out of context, toss misinformation into the mix and repeat points so often as to make sure no one misses them.

Because of the coverage of multiple TV networks, what it amounts to is one great big, incredible TV ad with millions watching. To obtain this opportunity, no money was required, just a rushed House procedure in which a whistleblower relied on hearsay for his allegations, Republicans were denied the right to call witnesses and minimal evidence was produced.

Schiff says the evidence was overwhelming and the truth inescapable even if he wants more witnesses to support the truth.

You imagine him at a restaurant with a waiter providing a full glass of water. “Pour in more,” Schiff demands. “But the glass is full,” the waiter says. “I still need more water in the glass than that,” Schiff would then bark, his eyes glaring, his rhetoric getting ready to flood the room and his tip likely to be withheld.

I have to say, though, that I myself would like to see a couple of witnesses on the stand, namely Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Trump had mentioned to the Ukrainian president in the famous phone call that he’d like an investigation of Biden. After all, Hunter Biden was vastly enriched when named to the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company after Vice President Biden was named point man on Ukraine.

The senior Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine minus the firing of a prosecutor wanting to probe the company widely considered corrupt. All of this was a stark conflict of interest that even worried some in the Obama administration, and to think there’s nothing objectionable is absurd.

With no proof, the impeachment crew still says the only reason Trump acted was to damage Biden politically and one member called it the worst thing any president has ever done.

Actually, lots of presidents have done pretty much the same kind of thing, just as impeachment Democrats are doing the same kind of thing, but there is this to be said.

When you put it all together, it is something Congress should rightly have looked into with serious reprimands as possibilities. But it and the other charges against Trump are not impeachable offenses, and to treat them as if they are is to erode our principles and open the door for impeachment as an everyday kind of destructive activity.

The Republicans, of course, are shouting back and making good points on such matters as defending executive privilege as crucial to presidents being able to manage the nation’s affairs.

They are absolutely right that what we have had here is a prolonged effort to rip the selection of presidents from the hands of voters by those seeing themselves as their superiors.

And they are right that the Senate is wasting time when there are oh, so many truly major issues to be addressed. The sooner we turn this TV ad off the better.

Jay Ambrose is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may email him at speaktojay@aol.com.

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lemon drop

What! An opposing opinion! How dare you! I'm going to start calling you names! Dingers and Dodgers. Or? If I was elected crappola . Same old @&>/ different day.

Khansky

Mr. Johnson brings a breath of fresh air, articulation, logic and reason, into an opinion column, mostly dominated by label loving denizens, who regard an opposing opinion as heresy, to be silenced at any cost.

Mr.Johnson

Mr. jdinifinity3, forgot to add... it’s not me you’re irked at. It’s that after 8 years you are no longer allowed to run roughshod in this forum. It’s not as if Mr. Hive didn’t warn you “be careful what you wish for.” Hope I quoted correctly.

Mr.Johnson

Mr. Hive, “ We will rue Jan 31, 2020 thanks to us!”. I believe you have the wrong date. The correct date is January 5, 1999. Famously know as the second Biden Rule.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/30/joe-biden-impeachment-witness-109730

You are correct, “ What goes around comes around...always.“

Mr.Johnson

Mr. jdinifinity3, I believe the correct phrase is... I couldn’t care less.

Perhaps you forgot, it was Bolake that was banned first all because your feelings got hurt. You or someone in your cabal singled him out and ganged up on him, for content no different than what you have been posting for nearly 8 years. Once Bolake was banned it was only a matter of time before WDN had to address your behavior on the forum. You gave them no choice. It’s not about hypocrisy it’s about fairness.

Hive

Dems get a free advert? How about freedom, or its lessening?

What happens when slumbering America awakens to the reality of short term versus strategy...

Win a short term ttacktical) battle and lose the war? John Adams, steaming Tory (republican) road apples is not what the Declaration was about, seems to me.

We the (selfihs) People; another "banana replublic"...?

What goes around comes around...always.

We will rue Jan 31, 2020 thanks to us!

jdinfinity3

My case and the impeachment are not relateable, whatsoever. For a simple reason as posited below.

"It’s ok for false accuser to destroy your personal life and career?"

If they broke the law. Absolutely. Whistleblowing is about pointing out corruption in government, in which people are protected, by law for showing that someone else is breaking the law. To protect their job, persona life and so forth.

In the impeachment case, this was valid, as the president was corrupt, did abuse his power, and did break the law, especially by obstruction, but will get away with it because of partisan right wing support.

As for myself, here? I never got to face my accuser, only the jury judge and executioner. And I didn't care who it was. Because I knew I was guilty of my crimes. I have been for years. But the real crime here, was me being singled out, ganged up on, for content no different than what I've posted here for almost 8 years. All because some whiny conservative hypocrite got his baby feelings hurt about the very free speech they'd claim to endorse more than the liberals.

But to summarize, it's your two-faced, corporate sellout, condescending hypocrisy that irks me Johnson. I could care less about my accuser.

Mr.Johnson

Did you see the look on Justice Robert’s face when he read Ms. Warren’s question on his legitimacy? Priceless.

Mr.Johnson

Ok, Mr jdinifinity3, let’s say the shoe is on the other foot and it is you that stand trial. You tell me you’re ok not knowing the accuser. What if said accuser makes false claims that you cannot defend unless you know who this person is and what their motive is. What credibility is given to a faceless accuser. It’s ok for false accuser to destroy your personal life and career? Answer carefully as I distinctly remember you asking me how you were banned from this forum and by whom.

jdinfinity3

Ok Johnson.

So I guess it's more important to follow the rule of law, even if it may jeopardize and destroy the personal life and career of another individual.

That is asanine.

If republicans had it their way, we'd still have people strung up in the streets, tarrred and feathered like the old days.

As always, no respect for the basic dignity of humanity.

Basically it means, if they get caught, they can take someone down with them.

How un-empathetic, selfish and childish is that?

No surprising considering the source.

Hive

J, may be so, but courts say what the law is (Marshall) and passed a law. Unconstitutional?

No checks?

Seems one has rights and does not, depending upon the venue! As it has always been.

Hive

And Roberts just shut Rand Paul...for a Chief Justice...interesting how laws can be conveniencies...even for enemies, if they exist - in law?

Mr.Johnson

Mr. Hive, No, the whistleblower is not legit. The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to know your accusers.

Hive

Answer the fargin question. Yes or No? Simple enough!

Hive

Too much "I" not enough "we" to me makes bogus bullroar.

Mr.Johnson

Mr. jdinifinity3, “ I assert that this article is the biggest lie yet then.” Could be true. However, I’m not concerned about Democrats getting free TV ads, Trump gets them every day. Only fair they should get some free stuff. I’m not convinced the the free ads are helping their cause to win the 2020 election. As I stated earlier, I’m not interested in hearing from the Bidens. My interest is whistleblower and Schiff connections.

Mr.Johnson

Mr. Hive, “ Easier to buy bogus bullroar, ain't it?”. You tell me you seem to buy a lot.

Hive

The "whistle blower" isn't legit by law? No Dersh-etc calls.

Easier to buy bogus bullroar, ain't it?

jdinfinity3

Mr. Johnson, I assert that this article is the biggest lie yet then.

C'mon, we're not stupid. Only convenient for the republicans to cry fowl after the fact of investigating Biden, only because it suits their case. People aren't stupid. They know darn well this wasn't a reason to investigate and justify withholding funds for Ukranian corruption UNTIL AFTER Trump was going to be impeached. Seriously? Dummies. Justice dept. and others could've investigated that years ago. But we all know that the rich giving board positions and spoils to their spoiled brat friends and kids is nothing new in Washington. Both parties turn a blind eye to that crapola, unless it suits their purposes down the road apparently...

That is just blatant, outright lying to justify a case for the defense after the fact. And it shows the weasel republicans for what they truly are. Trying to shift blame and coverup what their el presidente got caught doing...

Packfan

If you listen to the defense, you’ll find out who the liars are, AND IT ISN’T THE REPUBLICANS

Mr.Johnson

Mr. Hive, in regards impeachment and witnesses. I’m not interested in hearing from The Bidens. We all know what that’s all about. I’m OK with Bolton being called to testify. Nothing he can say would make a difference. IMO.

The witnesses I’m most interested in are so called whistleblower and Adam Schiff. So called whistleblower was cited in the Muller report. Would be interesting to know how many times he has tried to take Trump down and failed. Also interested in the Schiff/whistleblower relationship since Schiff’s full time job for last 3 years has been to take Trump down.

Mr.Johnson

Mr. Hive, you have stated more times than I can remember, “All Pols Lie.” So gives us three options.

Trust but verify.

Judge them for what they do, not what they say.

“What difference does it make?”

Hive

@ Mr. Johnson; Khanski, Packerfan, ne Bolake, ne other noms, Lemon Drop and whomever:

Do you trust liars?

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