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This week’s events have produced a multitude of winners and some distinct losers. Let’s start with the losers.

Mitt Romney- Mitt Romney sided with Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi when he voted to convict President Trump on Impeachment Article 1. Mitt’s constituents in Utah want him censured.
Nancy Pelosi- In a planned attack, Pelosi ripped up her personal copy of President Trump’s SOTU Address. In ripping up her copy, Pelosi played into President Trump’s hand by looking like a petulant school child. Here’s the scene:

Iowa Democratic Party- We’re almost a week removed from the Iowa Caucuses and we still don’t know who won the Caucuses. The chairman of the party apologized on Tuesday. The chairman of the DNC called for a recanvas of the results. That’s the personification of humiliation.
Biden, Klobuchar and Warren- This trio is essentially a trio of zombie candidates. Biden isn’t attracting any positive attention. What he’s missing in positive attention, he’s making up for in negative attention. According to her allies, Klobuchar keeps gaining ground on the leaders. Unfortunately, she finished in 5th place in Iowa and looks likely to repeat that performance in New Hampshire. Back-to-back 5th place finishes will seal Sen. Klobuchar’s fate. Warren finished third in Iowa, which is decent enough but she’s got race relations problems. Stick a fork in her. She’s finished.

Winners
Mitch McConnell- Despite what CNN, MSDNC and the Washington Post say, he’s the true DC master tactician. Pelosi isn’t the master tactician.
Devin Nunes- The Democrats’ impeachment trial showed that Devin Nunes got virtually everything right on the FBI scandal and with FISA abuse. Everything he got right, Schiff got wrong. Literally.
Iain Lanphier and Charles McGee- Iain was mentioned in President Trump’s State of the Union Address this way:

Iain has always dreamed of going to space. He was the first in his class and among the youngest at an aviation academy. He aspires to go to the Air Force Academy and then he has his eye on the Space Force. As Iain says, “Most people look up at space. I want to look down on the world.”

President Trump then told the rest of the story:

But sitting behind Iain tonight is his greatest hero of them all, Charles McGee, who was born in Cleveland Ohio, one century ago. Charles is one of the last surviving Tuskegee airman, the first black fighter pilots and he also happens to be Ian’s great grandfather. On December 7th Charles celebrated his 100th birthday. A few weeks ago, I signed a bill promoting Charles McGee to Brigadier General. And earlier today I pinned the stars on his shoulders in the Oval Office. General McGee, our nation salutes you. Thank you sir.

That’s what I call a history lesson!
Jenaya Davis- “The next step forward and building an inclusive society is making sure that every young American gets a great education and the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Yet, for too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools. To rescue these students 18 States have created school choice in the form of opportunity scholarships. The programs are so popular that tens of thousands of students remain on a waiting list. One of those students is Jenaya Davis, a fourth grader from Philadelphia, Jenaya. Jenaya’s mom Stephanie is a single parent. She would do anything to give her daughter a better future, but last year that future was put further out of reach when Pennsylvania’s governor vetoed legislation to expand school choice to 50,000 children. Jenaya and Stephanie are in the gallery. Stephanie, thank you so much for being here with your beautiful daughter. Thank you very much. But Jenaya I have some good news for you because I am pleased to inform you that your long wait is over. I can proudly announced tonight that an opportunity scholarship has become available. It’s going to you and you will soon be heading to the school of your choice. Now I call on Congress to give one million American children the same opportunity, Jenaya has just received. Pass the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act because no parents should be forced to send their child to a failing government school.”

President Trump reminded the politicians in the House chamber what it’s all about when he said “Members of Congress we must never forget that the only victories that matter in Washington are victories that deliver for the American people.”

Delivering for the American people has become President Trump’s legacy. That’s what makes him this week’s biggest winner. Despite all of the unrighteous fights he’s had to fight, despite all of the criticism he’s taken, despite the lies that’ve gotten told about him (Think Adam Schiff’s parody), President Trump kept his eyes on what’s important. He’s rebuilt the military. He’s killed the nastiest of terrorists. He’s built the strongest economy. He’s put young people like Iain and Jenaya first.

That’s the definition of a winner. He isn’t perfect but his priorities are fantastic.

Last night, someone leaked “an unpublished manuscript of [John Bolton’s] upcoming book”, sending official DC into a tizzy. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake wrote “We finally got a taste Sunday night of what former national security adviser John Bolton might tell President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.” Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham appeared on Fox & Friends.

During that appearance, Grisham said “It’s very clear the president did nothing wrong. Then suddenly, this manuscript has magically appeared in the hands of The New York Times, making very, very big claims. This is … the same publisher that [James] Comey used, also. The fact that magically, again, the book ordering preorder link popped up a couple hours after all of this hit.”

While I’ve never agreed that President Trump “did nothing wrong”, I’m more than a little skeptical of this leak, especially with this timing. First, it’s worth noting that Bolton was fired as President Trump’s NSA. That couldn’t have sit well with a man of Bolton’s credentials. Next, it’s worth being suspicious of a publisher associated with Jim Comey.

Nonetheless, this still comes down to John Bolton’s uncorroborated testimony vs. the corroborated transcript of the July 25 call and Ambassador Sondland’s testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, aka HPSCI. This video is the full video of Rep. Mike Turner cross-examining Ambassador Sondland:

In the first minute of the video, Rep. Turner said “Yesterday, Ambassador Volker, whom I consider to be very talented and a man of integrity and I think you think is a man of integrity, correct?” After Ambassador Sondland nods his approval with that characterization, Turner continues, saying “He testified that the President of the United States did not tie either a meeting with the president or a phone call or any aid to investigations of Burisma, 2016 or the Bidens.”

At the end of his cross-examination of Ambassador Sondland, Sondland admitted that President Trump hadn’t tied investigating the Bidens with lethal military supplies. Let’s think about this. The transcript didn’t link lethal military supplies with investigating the Bidens. Ambassador Volker didn’t link lethal military supplies with investigating the Bidens. Finally, Ambassador Sondland testified that President Trump didn’t link lethal military supplies with investigating the Bidens.

What are the odds that John Bolton will testify that he knows better than 2 ambassadors (Volker and Sondland) and a transcript that’s been called “essentially accurate”? That’s before factoring in the statements of Ukraine’s foreign minister and Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy that the aid wasn’t tied to investigating the Bidens.

Washington’s all aflutter because they want this to be the bombshell that sinks President Trump so badly they can taste it. To Washington, I’d make this statement. Imagine John Bolton’s deposition. First, imagine Chairman Schiff deposing Bolton. Then picture Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow and John Ratcliffe interrogating Mr. Bolton. Picture each of them asking Bolton if he’s familiar with Ambassador Sondland’s testimony. Then picture them reminding him of Ambassador Volker’s testimony. Then picture them refreshing his memory of what President Zelenskiy, President Trump and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said about investigating the Bidens.

It’s difficult to picture Bolton saying anything that might hurt President Trump at that point. There’s just too much verified information that clears President Trump. If Ambassador Bolton disagrees with that galaxy of testimony, imagine the legal exposure he might find himself in. Bolton is too smart to volunteer for that type of scrutiny.

The upper echelons of the FBI better prepared their lives turned upside-down. The Justice Department announced that “at least two of the FBI’s surveillance applications to secretly monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page lacked probable cause.”

One of the people who should be worried about this news is Chairman Schiff. He should be worried because “Schiff had previously insisted the Page FISA warrants met ‘rigorous’ standards for probable cause, and mocked Republicans for suggesting otherwise.” Then there’s this:

The June 2017 Page FISA warrant renewal, which was among the two deemed invalid by the DOJ, was approved by then-Acting FBI Director (and now CNN contributor) Andrew McCabe, as well as former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The April 2017 warrant renewal was approved by then-FBI Director James Comey.

This doesn’t mean that the first 2 FISA warrants met the FISA Court’s standards. It simply means that a determination hasn’t been reached on those applications yet.

At minimum, Rosenstein, McCabe and Comey should be very worried. Lying to the FISC should be accompanied by a lengthy stint of gathering striped sunlight. Their actions should result in the DOJ and FBI reaching a large, quick settlement with Carter Page. Clearly, Carter Page was hurt reputationally. When a person is hurt as a result of corruption, the corrupt people need to write checks with a half-dozen zeros to the left of the decimal point.

The Justice Department said the FBI should have discontinued its secret surveillance of Page far earlier than it did because “there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that [Carter] Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power.” The DOJ’s letter was revealed in a January 7 court filing unsealed on Thursday.

“Thanks in large part to the work of the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice, the Court has received notice of material misstatements and omissions in the applications filed by the government in the above-captioned dockets,” the letter states. “DOJ assesses that with respect to the applications in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679, ‘if not earlier, there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that [Carter] Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power.'”

At this point, it’s indisputable that corruption was pervasive throughout the top echelon (singular, not plural) of the Obama-Comey FBI. It’s clear, too, that Rod Rosenstein wasn’t the boy scout he claimed to be.

Bipartisan support is growing for tearing down the FISC as it’s currently constructed. The judges that sit on the FISC were warned by Devin Nunes while he still chaired the House Intel Committee about these abuses:

“The way that the court has conducted themselves is totally inappropriate, they ignored clear evidence that we’d presented to them … they did absolutely nothing about it,” Nunes told Fox News host Martha McCallum late Tuesday. “They’ve left Congress no choice but to have to step in and fix this process.”

Finally, there’s this:

The Democrats have 2 major difficulties staring right at them. The first difficulty is their unwillingness to fight for the witnesses that they now insist are essential to a fair trial. Why didn’t Mssrs. Schiff and Nadler file a lawsuit to compel John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney to testify?

Please don’t tell us that it would’ve taken too much time. That excuse is forever discredited thanks to Emperor Pelosi withholding the Articles of Impeachment for a month. Most likely, they didn’t file that lawsuit because they knew that the court would rule against them. The court likely would’ve ruled that both people were covered by executive privilege.

The other difficulty Democrats have is explaining why they haven’t released all of the depositions from the Impeachment Committee hearings. The only deposition that hasn’t been released is Michael Atkinson’s testimony. Atkinson is the ICIG. He’s the guy that gave us the whistleblower. He’s also under investigation, according to Devin Nunes.

The Democrats’ other crisis is their unwillingness to let any Republican-called witnesses testify. What exculpatory evidence was hidden as a direct result of that decision? In the House Judiciary Committee mark-up hearing, Chairman Nadler refused to provide for a minority witness hearing, as required by House rules. When asked why he didn’t let Republicans call witnesses, Chairman Nadler said that they weren’t relevant.

One of the witnesses that Republicans wanted to call is the faux whistle-blower. Democrats insist he must remain anonymous. The Sixth Amendment of the Constitution says he can’t. The Constitution wins those fights.

What are Democrats hiding? Are Democrats trying to hide exculpatory evidence? They haven’t released the transcript of their behind-closed-doors deposition of ICIG Michael Atkinson. According to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Devin Nunes, Atkinson “is under active investigation.”

(Atkinson) is under active investigation. I’m not gonna go any farther than that because you know obviously he has a chance to come in and prove his innocence, but my guess is Schiff, Atkinson they don’t want that transcript out because it’s very damaging, Rep. Nunes said.

According to Sara Carter’s reporting, “Republican lawmakers asked Atkinson to explain who revised the complaint and for what reason.”

“And nobody in the media is calling for it,” [Ranking Member Nunes] told The Sara Carter Show. “You’d think they would be, but you know I’ve talked about it on television, John Ratcliffe’s talked about it on television. There’s very few of us that actually know what’s in the transcript, but, yeah, it’s a major problem.”

Atkinson is certainly relevant to this impeachment trial because he’s the person who helped the whistle-blower file his complaint. What are Democrats hiding in Atkinson’s deposition transcript? It must be something important. Inspectors general don’t get investigated over trivial things.

John Ratcliffe articulated the argument beautifully in this interview:

Everything you need to know about the House Democrats’ reply is found in the size of the Democrats’ response. While President Trump’s legal team’s first filing was 7 pages, the Democrats’ first filing is 111 pages. The Trump filing is sharp, concise and filled with substance. The Democrats’ filing appears to take a throw-the-spaghetti-against-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks approach.

The first lie contained in the filing states “During a July 25, 2019 phone call, after President Zelensky expressed gratitude to President Trump for American military assistance, President Trump immediately responded by asking President Zelensky to ‘do us a favor though.’ The ‘favor’ he sought was for Ukraine to publicly announce two investigations that President Trump believed would improve his domestic political prospects.” This isn’t the first time that Democrats have used this lie. What was actually said is this:

I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your weal thy people … The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation … I think you are surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you said yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.

It’s frightening that the Democrats said that President Trump called for an investigation into Joe Biden as a personal favor. That transcript is proof that Joe Biden’s name isn’t found anywhere in that paragraph. This isn’t a spin piece in Rolling Stone Magazine. This is a brief filed in the impeachment trial of President Trump. That dishonesty is enough to discredit the Democrats’ impeachment managers. Here’s another lie from the Democrats’ filing:

The second investigation concerned a debunked conspiracy theory that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 Presidential election to aid President Trump, but instead that Ukraine interfered in that election to aid President Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Chairman Schiff tried slipping that lie into the record during the open committee hearing. Devin Nunes slapped that down immediately, noting that the Intel Committee had put out a major report telling how the Russians had interfered in the 2016 election. Then Nunes stated that, in addition to the Russians interfering with the 2016 election, Ukraine tried interfering in that election, too:

In its most detailed account yet, the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington says a Democratic National Committee (DNC) insider during the 2016 election solicited dirt on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and even tried to enlist the country’s president to help.

In written answers to questions, Ambassador Valeriy Chaly’s office says DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa sought information from the Ukrainian government on Paul Manafort’s dealings inside the country in hopes of forcing the issue before Congress.

That’s the definition of interference. This isn’t some obscure fact that was uncovered by months of interviews and digging. It’s something that took less than a minute to uncover with a google search.

There’s an old saying that’s often attributed to Abraham Lincoln that’s applicable here. Lincoln supposedly said “If you want me to talk for an hour, give me 5 minutes. If you want me to talk for 5 minutes, give me an hour to prepare.” The principle is that it doesn’t take much preparation to talk for hours. If you wanted something concise, though, you’d need time to deliver maximum impact.

Apparently, it doesn’t take much time to put together the BS that the Democrats included in this filing.

For those who haven’t figured this out, Devin Nunes is tenacious. He’s the House Intel Committee’s pit bull. If he sinks his teeth into a subject, he’ll get to the bottom of that subject. Right now, Rep. Nunes has ripped a chunk off of Michael Atkinson’s flesh. FYI- Atkinson is the inspector general for the Intelligence Community.

Appearing on The Ingraham Angle last night, Rep. Nunes told her “From the time that the whistleblower first came forward, to the IG, where the forms didn’t match, it wasn’t urgent, didn’t have any firsthand knowledge, the form later changed, then it was backdated, … then we had to hear from the whistleblower and then we didn’t have to hear from the whistleblower.”

That sounds more than suspicious. First, how do you insist that it’s urgent to protect this CIA snitch because he’s got hearsay evidence? That’s what Atkinson said that the whistleblower’s complaint contained “allegations of ‘urgent concern,’ and should ‘be shared with lawmakers.'”

Since when has third-hand hearsay testimony been thought of as an “urgent concern”? That might be of urgent concern to a Page Six gossip writer but it’s trash to a watchdog for the intelligence community of the United States. Devin Nunes explains why he’s digging into this issue in this interview:

“You have to either believe he is in on it or he is incompetent,” he said, adding Atkinson’s October 2019 response letter could be characterized as him being indeed “incompetent.” “If he’s incompetent … we need to have evidence of your incompetence. … We are not going to take your word for it that, ‘Oh, we made a mistake’,” he added.

There’s no reason to think that IG Atkinson isn’t corrupted. Why would so many changes get made to the complaint? Why would they change forms, then backdate one set of forms?

It’s worth mentioning that Rep. Nunes has a sterling reputation within the intelligence community, especially after the Horowitz Report vindicated Rep Nunes. Amongst House Democrats and the Democrats’ MSM protectorate, he’s vilified. People that deal with facts and verifiable proof respect Mr. Nunes.

Now that Rep. Nunes has started investigating Mr. Atkinson, the Democrats have a new headache to deal with. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.

Adam Schiff finally got what he wanted. House Democrats finally impeached President Trump. The fact that President Trump is the first president impeached without committing a crime isn’t important to Schiff. The fact that he was impeached with just hearsay testimony and a purely partisan vote is immaterial to Schiff, too.

What Schiff wanted was President Trump impeached. If Chuck Todd had told him that the only way to impeach President Trump was for Schiff to admit that he’d met space aliens, Schiff would’ve done that without hesitating. This award isn’t an honor in the traditional sense. It’s simply admitting that Adam Schiff figured into many of 2019’s biggest stories.

The bad news for Chairman Schiff is that his ‘contributions’ to this year’s biggest stories weren’t positive contributions. Chairman Schiff’s contribution to President Trump’s impeachment was historic but it wasn’t positive. Making up the things that Chairman Schiff accused President Trump of saying to President Zelenskiy is, in my opinion, the lowest moment in the history of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, aka HPSCI, chairmen. That ‘honor’ comes with an asterisk in that it’s the worst thing that’s happened during a hearing.

Another ‘contribution’ that Chairman Schiff made was in the Horowitz Report. Specifically, the darkest contribution by the HPSCI chairman has made is what’s said by Rep. Devin Nunes:

“After publishing false conclusions of such enormity on a topic directly within this committee’s oversight responsibilities, it is clear you are in need of rehabilitation, and I hope this letter will serve as the first step in that vital process,” Nunes wrote to Schiff on Sunday.

“As part of your rehabilitation,” Nunes added, “it’s crucial that you admit you have a problem – you are hijacking the Intelligence Committee for political purposes while excusing and covering up intelligence agency abuses.”

Schiff is the first chairman of the HPSCI to be recommended to seek “rehabilitation” and to admit he’s got a problem. This happened after the Horowitz Report said that the Nunes Memo got pretty much everything right about the FISA warrant application to surveil Carter Page. The Schiff Memo, meanwhile, contradicted pretty much everything in the Nunes Memo. Here’s the claims made in the Schiff Memo:

  1. FBI and Justice Department officials did not omit material information from the FISA warrant.
  2. The Justice Department ‘made only narrow use of information’ from former British spy Christopher Steele’s discredited anti-Trump dossier to obtain the warrant on Mr. Page.
  3. In subsequent FISA renewals of the wiretap warrant, DOJ provided additional information that corroborated Mr. Steele’s reporting.
  4. The Page FISA warrant allowed the FBI to collect ‘valuable intelligence.’
  5. ‘Far from ‘omitting’ material facts about Steele, as the [the GOP-Majority] claims, DOJ repeatedly informed the Court about Steele’s background, credibility, and potential bias.’
  6. The FBI conducted a ‘rigorous process’ to vet Steele’s allegations and the FISA application to wiretap Mr. Page explained the FBI’s reasonable basis for finding Steele credible.
  7. Steele’s prior reporting was used in criminal proceedings.

It isn’t just anybody who can get excoriated in an official government investigation. What’s more is the fact that this same politician got excoriated for needing to seek rehabilitation to fix his frequent prevarications:

For his lack on honesty, Adam Schiff is this year’s Man of the Year.

Never have so many been this wrong this often as this year. This was a difficult year for Democrats, especially the institutions that support them. Let’s start with the most obvious perpetrators. The Agenda Media, aka the MSM, had the worst year in their history. If they had played a drinking game with their most-used words, they would’ve been sloppy drunk from Mid-February onward. Pundits like Carl Bernstein, John Brennan, Don Lemon, Joe Scarborough, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski, Chris Matthews, Eugene Robinson, Juan Williams and others still wouldn’t be sober.

Similarly, if people got paid $50 each time a pundit used words of phrases like the walls are closing in, worse than Watergate, Russian collusion, constitutional crisis, existential threat or obstruction of justice, they’d be wealthy. Additionally, imagine the money we could’ve made just this month on the phrases national security, violated his oath, this isn’t about politics; it’s about patriotism or this is a solemn moment for our country.

Democrats have hit a new high for hitting lows. Never before has a president been impeached without committing a crime. Never before has a president been impeached with prosecutors introducing just hearsay evidence. Never before has a president been impeached without the president’s legal team being able to call a single witness.

Nixon’s legal team got to call witnesses to present a defense. Clinton’s legal team got to call witnesses to present a defense. President Trump’s team wasn’t allowed to call witnesses or present a defense.

In February, 2018, then-Chairman Devin Nunes issued a memo about FISA abuse that he’d discovered. The DC media immediately criticized Chairman Nunes for being President Trump’s shill on Capitol Hill. Shortly thereafter, Adam Schiff published a memo that insisted that Chairman Nunes’ memo got everything wrong. This year, Michael Horowitz, the DOJ IG, published the Horowitz Report. The Horowitz Report was published on Dec. 9. Horowitz testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11.

One thing that the Horowitz Report clarified was that then-Chairman Nunes got virtually everything right in his published memo. Another thing that IG Horowitz’s report stated was that Chairman Schiff got virtually every major statement wrong. Further, the media still hasn’t admitted that Nunes got it right. Finally, they’ll never admit that Nunes isn’t President Trump’s shill.

The great news is that President Trump has rendered the MSM impotent. The MSM used to tell the people that they were stupid. Enter President Trump. Suddenly, President Trump is telling Jim Acosta that he’s “a rude, terrible person”:

Saying that the MSM underperformed is like saying that Adam Schiff isn’t trustworthy. The reaction from the masses is, putting it gently, predictable.

Though President Trump just got impeached by a bunch of vitriol-filled House Democrats, there’s lots for Republicans to be thankful for. Because Republicans dealt with adversity after adversity after adversity, starting with President Trump, and because Republicans learned from him month-by-month, Republicans end the year stronger than they started the year.

First, this goes far beyond RNC fundraising and Trump rallies, though those are certainly signs of GOP vitality. Anyone who’s watched Nancy Pelosi’s post-impeachment press conference or any of Joe Biden’s debate performances couldn’t possibly mistake them for the vitality displayed at a Trump rally. How can you watch this video, then think that Speaker Pelosi is well?

Here’s the transcript:

We are, we have, I have… When we bring the bill, which is just so you know, there’s a bill made in order by the Rules Committee that we can call up at any time in order to send it to the Senate and to have the provisions in it to pay for the, for the impeachment. And then the next step, and the eh, que, uh… uhl … … whatever you want to call it, the qu uh, the trial.

But I digress from the topic at hand. The topic at hand is how strengthened Republicans are. Throughout the year and before, Republicans rose up and fought back. During the Kavanaugh fight, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins stepped forward. They became leaders. Thanks to their leadership, Judge Kavanaugh got confirmed and became Justice Kavanaugh.

A year prior to the release of the Mueller Report, Devin Nunes questioned the validity of the opening of the counterintelligence investigation. Shortly thereafter, Adam Schiff put out his own report that essentially said that everything in the Nunes Memo was wrong. When the Horowitz Report was published on Dec. 9, 2019, the Nunes Memo was totally vindicated while the Schiff Memo was rendered total trash. The fight between then-Chairman Nunes and current Chairman Schiff is over. Schiff lost in a trouncing.

As for the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats outnumbered Republicans. This committee provides additional proof that quality is more important than quantity. Justice is chaired by Jerry Nadler, where his chief ‘assistants’ are Zoe Lofgren, Steve Cohen, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Hakeem Jefferies and Eric Swalwell. Meanwhile, Doug Collins could call on talented people like John Ratcliffe, Jim Jordan, Louie Gohmert, Ken Buck, Matt Gaetz and Tom McClintock.

Much needs to be said in praise of Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy. They both showed leadership at the most important times. Sen. McConnell helped confirm dozens of strict constructionist judges to the federal bench. Most recently, Sen. McConnell totally obliterated Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff. To be fair, though, Devin Nunes pretty much softened Schiff prior to Sen. McConnell finishing Schiff off. Here’s how Sen. McConnell addressed Article 2 of impeachment:

“What it really does is impeach the president for asserting executive privilege, a two-century-old constitutional tradition.” Presidents beginning with Washington have invoked it and courts repeatedly have recognized it. The House requested extraordinarily sensitive information—exactly the type of requests against which presidents from both parties have asserted privilege.

“It’s not a constitutional crisis for a House to want more information than a president wants to give up,” McConnell said. “That’s not a constitutional crisis! It’s a routine occurrence. Separation of powers is messy—by design. Here’s what should have happened — either the president and Congress negotiate a settlement or the third branch of government, the judiciary, addresses the dispute between the other two.”

During the Nixon impeachment inquiry, it was discovered that President Nixon told the FBI that they didn’t need warrants to wiretap antiwar protesters. That’s a legitimate constitutional crisis. It isn’t an impeachable offense when a president asserts privilege. In fact, that’s how the Constitution is supposed to work. When there’s a dispute that can’t resolved through negotiations, the judicial branch should settle the dispute:

“Nobody made Chairman Schiff do this,” McConnell said of Schiff’s decision to forego court assistance to overcome the president’s lack of cooperation with the probe. “In Nixon, the courts were allowed to do their work. In Clinton, the courts were allowed to do their work.” But these House Democrats, he added, “decided that due process is too much work.”

McConnell further challenged House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s attempt to bully the executive branch out of asserting executive privilege. He quoted Schiff saying, “any action that forces us to litigate … will be considered further evidence of obstruction of justice.”

Saying that a perfectly constitutional solution takes too much time is proof that Democrats were in too much of a hurry. That’s a political consideration. That isn’t a constitutional argument.

As Republicans approach a new year, there are lots of things to be thankful for. 2019 wasn’t a perfect year for the GOP but it was a strong year.

It’s understatement to say that Devin Nunes has taken more ill-deserved grief than any other congressman in recent history. In her latest article, Kim Strassel highlights then-Chairman Nunes’ efforts to root out FISC corruption and Judge Rosemary Collyer’s inaction.

It all started with a letter from then-Chairman Nunes to Judge Collyer. In that letter, Nunes wrote “‘the Committee found that the FBI and DOJ failed to disclose the specific political actors paying for uncorroborated information’ that went to the court, “misled the FISC regarding dissemination of this information,” and ‘failed to correct these errors in the subsequent renewals.'” That letter was dated Feb. 7, 2018.

According to the article, “Mr. Nunes asked the court whether any transcripts of FISC hearings about this application existed, and if so, to provide them to the committee.” What he got for his troubles is “a dismissive letter [from Judge Collyer] that addressed only the last request. The judge observed that any such transcripts would be classified, that the court doesn’t maintain a ‘systematic record’ of proceedings and that, given ‘separation of power considerations,’ Mr. Nunes would be better off asking the Justice Department. The letter makes no reference to the Intelligence Committee findings.”

Being the persistent fact-finder that he is, Nunes “tried again in a June 13, 2018, follow-up letter.” In that letter, Nunes wrote that Congress “uncovered evidence that DOJ and FBI provided incomplete and potentially incorrect information to the Court” and that “significant relevant information was not disclosed to the Court.”

It’s worth remembering that then-Ranking Member Schiff published a competing ‘everything-is-fine’ memo. That memo has now been discredited. Here are some of the main claims from the Schiff Memo:

FBI and DOJ officials did not “abuse” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.

In fact, the DOJ and FBI would have been remiss in their duty to protect the country had they not sought a FISA warrant and repeated renewals to conduct temporary surveillance of Carter Page, someone the FBI assessed to be an agent of the Russian government. DOJ met the rigor, transparency and evidentiary basis needed to meet FISA’s probable cause requirements.

Thanks to the DOJ IG report, we now know that FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith altered the initial email from the CIA that said Carter Page was one of their sources to say that Page wasn’t a CIA source. IG Horowitz made a criminal referral on Clinesmith. Back to Ms. Strassel’s article:

Mr. Nunes asked Judge Collyer to “initiate a thorough investigation.” To assist her, the same month he separately sent FISC “a classified summary of Congress’s findings and facts” to that point. The letter was signed by all 13 Republican members of the Intelligence Committee.

Judge Collyer blew him off. Her letter on June 15, 2018, is four lines long. She informs Mr. Nunes she’s received his letter. She says she’s also received his classified information. She says she’s instructing staff to provide his info to “the judges who ruled on the referenced matters.” She thanks him for his “interest” in the court.

With Judge Collyer throwing the FBI under the bus and with the FBI feeling like it’s getting the short end of the stick from rubberstamp FISC judges, the odds of a major fight between the FISC and the FBI seems likely.

Frankly, the FISC judges seem disinterested. In fact, they don’t seem terribly interested in the details of their cases. That type of attitude is frightening to anyone who appreciates civil liberties. These FISC judges seem indifferent at best.

Finally, it’s apparent that the reputation that the Agenda Media attempted to give Devin Nunes is undeserved. Nunes, unlike Jim Comey and Adam Schiff, was vindicated.