The Democrats Have Hijacked Congress!

by | Oct 27, 2019 |

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Congress has been hijacked by the Democrats! There is nothing democratic about their secret hearings. They are a sham and have made a mockery of the democratic process. There is nothing fair or reasonable about them. They are the hallmark of the old Soviet style of investigation, and the classic example of how a witch-hunt is carried out. In secret. With no accountability. And no record. To put it plainly, it is un-American, un-Constitutional, and most likely, illegal. And it is typical of how the Democrats have been carrying on business for quite a long time.
Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff, who sits as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has anointed himself King and Emperor, and Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has declared that long accepted traditions and protocols are no longer relevant. There is no need, she says, for Congress to vote on beginning the impeachment inquiry. 
That has given free reign to Adam Schiff, who is running the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Without the constraints of protocol or tradition, Schiff is making up the rules as he goes along. And the fact that he has lied to the American people over and over again since the beginning of this sordid affair, does not make his current scrutiny into the private lives of innocent people any more savory. 
This is not the first time that an American President has faced an impeachment inquiry, so there is a history of protocols. In February 1868, Congress voted to impeach America’s 17th President, Andrew Johnson, for “high crimes and misdemeanors”. This occurred after a series of disagreements with Congress about the implementation of the 17th and 18th Amendments of the Constitution, relating to the legal rights of former slaves. One month later, Congress approved 11 articles of impeachment and sent them to the Senate for a trial. On May 26, the Senate failed to convict him and adjourned the trial. 
The next time that impeachment was considered was over a century later, in February 1974, when Congress voted to allow the House Judiciary Committee to investigate charges against President Richard Nixon for “high crimes and misdemeanors” relating to the Watergate scandal. By mid-summer, the Committee had approved three articles of impeachment for “abuse of power”, “obstruction of justice”, and “contempt of Congress”. But before the House could vote on impeachment, Nixon resigned from office and the vote to impeach was never taken.
Then, in early October 1998, Congress voted to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton on charges of “high crimes and misdemeanors” with two articles of impeachment for “obstruction of justice” and “lying under oath”.  Two months later, Clinton became the second President in U.S. history to be impeached, when the Congress formally adopted the two articles of impeachment and sent them to the Senate for a hearing. The trial began in January and a month later, the charges were dismissed when a two-thirds majority to convict could not be reached. 
Those were the only times that a U.S. President was subject to the possibility of impeachment. And all three impeachment inquiries were initiated with a vote of the full Congress to begin the proceedings. This established a tradition that was in keeping with the concept of due process that is enshrined in our Constitution. Until now.
Because last month, on September 24, Nancy Pelosi declared that the House would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump for betraying his oath of office and the nation’s security by seeking to enlist a foreign power to tarnish a rival for his own political gain. In her announcement, she declared that a full vote of the House was unnecessary. She said, “There’s no requirement that we have a vote, and so at this time we will not be having a vote.”
She went on to say, “The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution . . . . and [the President] must be held accountable — no one is above the law.” 
No one, that is, except the Democrats. 
Because the fact that she declared a formal inquiry didn’t make it one. The inquiry that Adam Schiff is carrying out was never formally inaugurated, and the manner in which he is carrying out his inquiry is far more like a witch hunt than a legitimate investigation. 
What Adam Schiff has done, with the blessings of Nancy Pelosi and a host of other Democrat members, is to establish a new set of standards for carrying on the impeachment process that flies in the face of accepted tradition and due process. He has created a secret tribunal, with no formal transcript, and with only Democrats able to subpoena witnesses and question them. There is, therefore, no accountability for how the inquiry is carried out. 
Pelosi endorsed Schiff’s ongoing investigation in a secret SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), normally used for proceedings involving classified military or other protected intelligence. And by limiting subpoena power and questioning of witnesses to fellow Democrats on his committee, thereby shutting out any participation by fellow committee members on the Republican side, Schiff has further subverted the American system of open hearings. 
In fact, Republicans were banned from the room. One fellow Congressman, Matthew Gaetz, Republican from Florida and member of the House Judiciary Committee, was expelled from the room when he showed up to listen to the proceedings. 
Neither the secret hearings nor the exclusion of Republicans are acceptable in a procedure that so dramatically affects the duly-elected President of all the American people. Schiff’s heavy-handed behavior and unwillingness to adhere to even the most basic rules of Congressional hearings are deplorable. Moreover, according to reports (because the hearing is secret, of course), because there is no transcript of the hearings, it is impossible to know what was asked of the witnesses and how they answered. All we are able to know are the tidbits of information that Schiff chooses to leak to the mainstream press, despite the charade of secrecy that he has imposed on everyone else.  

Operation Crossfire Hurricane, named after a Rolling Stones song, was a secret CIA/FBI spy operation against Donald Trump, first when he was a candidate and later in the early days of his presidency.

According to Jed Babbin, a columnist for the Washington Examiner, who served as a Deputy Undersecretary of Defense in the George H.W. Bush administration, the operation “was run by then-FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, Special Agent Peter Strzok, and a few others. Then-CIA Director John Brennan ran it for the CIA. Brennan had to have help, but who was it? A lot of evidence points to the CIA’s then-chief of station in London in 2016-2017, and now the Director of Central Intelligence, Gina Haspel.”
That is a damning list, and the revelation earlier this week that the investigation into potential FBI, CIA, and Justice Department misconduct has now become a full-fledged criminal investigation, puts all this into a new light. The ongoing probe into the period just prior to and immediately after the 2016 election by U.S. Attorney John Durham has clearly turned up some very incriminating information on more than a few senior people in several federal agencies. And we are apparently going to know about who they are and what they have done very soon, since the report is slated to become public with very few redactions. 

There will be more than a few surprises in this report, but what will not be a surprise is that the Democrats were solidly behind this effort to subvert our democratic process, and do whatever they considered necessary to bring down the legitimate presidency of Donald Trump. 

It is not clear why Pelosi is so reluctant to have a consensus and approval of a full House vote, but whatever the reason, it is clear that she is ignoring long established precedent in order to delay the outcome and protect people like Adam Schiff as he proceeds with his kangaroo court.  
Regardless of their political motives, it is high time that all those involved in these inexcusable activities, from beginning to end, be brought to justice and that the harassment of our duly elected President ends once and for all.

Ilana Freedman

Ilana Freedman is a veteran intelligence analyst with more than thirty years in the field. She was trained in Israel, where she lived and worked for sixteen years. After returning to the U.S., she served as CEO of Gerard Group International in Massachusetts, providing major corporations and government agencies with intelligence-led support for their homeland security programs. Her global network of specialists and field assets has provided her with an ongoing resource of critical, real-time intelligence and domain expertise. Today, Ilana is an independent consultant and author of hundreds of articles on terrorism and the geopolitical landscape. She has written four books on Islamic terrorism, and is currently working on a comprehensive book on China - past, present, and future.

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