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Grisham Warns ‘People Should Pay’ For Impeaching Trump

For months, congressional Republicans have complained that the impeachment of Donald Trump was delaying important policy, repeating the mantra “get back to work.” Now that the impeachment process is over, they are instead pushing for new investigations in retaliation.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham essentially admitted this plan on Fox News on Thursday, previewing Trump’s remarks set for the afternoon. “I think he’s gonna also talk about how just horribly he was treated and that maybe people should pay for that,” she said.

Here is what Republicans have already announced:

Investigation of Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has not held public office since 2013 and has not been a candidate since 2016.

Still, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Homeland Security & Government Affairs chair, wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday to request “additional information” about a September 2019 State Department report on “security violations” related to a private email server she used during her tenure in Barack Obama’s cabinet.

Investigations of Joe and Hunter Biden

The origin of Trump’s impeachment was his explicit request that Ukraine’s president investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox Business that the Senate Foreign Relations would soon investigate the Bidens.

On Wednesday, Johnson and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced that they would investigate Hunter Biden.

On Thursday, the Trump administration began providing documents related to Hunter Biden, including financial records, to Johnson and Grassley, according to Yahoo! News.

Investigation of the anonymous whistleblower

In the same Fox Business interview, Graham also announced that “in the coming weeks” the Senate Intelligence Committee “will call the whistleblower” who first alerted Congress to Trump’s Ukraine quid pro quo.

“Why is it important? I want to find out how this crap started. If the whistleblower is a former employee of, associate of, Joe Biden, I think that would be important. If the whistleblower was working with people on [House Intelligence Chair Adam] Schiff’s staff that wanted to take Trump down a year and a half ago, I think that would be important,” Graham explained, suggesting multiple unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.

“If the Schiff staff people helped write the complaint, that would be important. We’re going to get to the bottom of all of this to make sure this never happens again,” Graham added.

Investigation of House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff

Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed Schiff (D-CA) for his impeachment. Last month, he said, “Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man.”

Trump warned, “He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”

On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that House Republicans would seek an investigation into Schiff. “After President Trump is acquitted, let’s get to the bottom of how this nightmare started,” he wrote on Twitter.

In remarks on a right-wing radio show, he demanded a probe to “get to the bottom of the lies of Adam Schiff that put this country through the nightmare.”

Punishing Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received a great deal of GOP ire after she tore up a copy of Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on national television on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) announced he was filing an ethics complaint against her, accusing the California Democrat of conduct “beneath the dignity of the House.”

Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) also filed a resolution of disapproval, aimed at forcing a House vote to condemn the Speaker. She called Pelosi’s conduct “a breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of the House.”

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Republicans Demand Hunter Biden, Whistleblower Testify At Hearings

 

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

House Republicans, in their ever-increasing efforts to disrupt congressional impeachment proceedings, have thrown one more curveball into the mix. They now want to have the whistleblower, an intelligence community official who has asked for anonymity, and Hunter Biden, the son of the Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, to their list of witnesses to testify in open, public, televised impeachment inquiry hearings, according to The Washington Post.

Democrats, who hold the House majority, are expected to overrule the request.

Intelligence Committee Ranking Republican Devin Nunes sent an embarrassingly facetious threat with the GOP’s request.

“We expect that you will call each of the witnesses listed above to ensure that the Democrats’ ‘impeachment inquiry’ treats the President with fairness, as promised by Speaker Pelosi,” Nunes warned, clearly aware the request was likely to be denied. “Your failure to fulfill Minority witness requests shall constitute evidence of your denial of fundamental fairness and due process.”

IMAGE: House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).

Danziger: The Hunting Of Hunter

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.com.

Political Family Privilege: Let’s End It For Biden, Sanders, And Trump

The Trump camp is making a very big deal out of Hunter Biden’s 2014 gig with a Ukrainian oligarch. This was a time when his father, Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s vice president, was pressing Ukraine’s leaders to rein in its oligarchs. As it happened, Hunter’s membership on the oligarch’s board in no way weakened Joe Biden’s — or America’s — anti-corruption message to Ukraine.

That didn’t make it OK, however. It was another lamentable example of political relatives vacuuming up fast dollars on the assumption that they might influence powerful family members (or those who work for them) on their benefactors’ behalf.

Now even Rudolph Giuliani sees the insanity of his planned trip to Ukraine to see whether its new leadership might help re-elect Donald Trump by dredging up more dirt on Hunter Biden. The Mueller report notwithstanding, suspicions that the Trump world worked with foreign adversaries to get the man elected remain very much alive. Giuliani eventually saw the wisdom of canceling the trip.

Members of big-name political families do get choice jobs at law and lobbying firms, and it would be silly to assert it never has anything to do with their relations. But the politicians really should stop obviously unqualified relatives from taking jobs blatantly created to suggest special influence with them. This ugly practice infects all parties.

George H.W. Bush was vice president when the savings and loan scandal exploded. His son Neil Bush was a board member of Silverado, a Denver S & L that went bankrupt at a cost to taxpayers of about $1 billion. Government agencies overseeing the mess concluded that Neil failed to disclose his former business ties to people who borrowed considerable sums from Silverado and paid back not a penny.

When his brother, George W., became president, Neil was hired as a consultant to a Chinese company, Grace Semiconductor. Though Neil admitted he knew nothing about semiconductors, Grace nonetheless paid him $2 million in company stock over five years and $10,000 for every board meeting he attended.

There’s no evidence that either Bush president interceded on Neil’s employers’ behalf. At the same time, seeing young political “royals” with a less-than-stellar business career float into plum positions demoralizes the commoners. The oft-used “He’s a private citizen” excuse simply does not wash.

Back on the Democratic — or rather, the democratic socialist — side, Jane O’Meara Sanders, wife of Bernie Sanders, became president of Burlington College in 2004. Under her leadership, the college paid $328,000 to place students in a woodworking school run by her daughter (Bernie’s stepdaughter).

Here’s where the ethical problems really began. In 2010, O’Meara had the school borrow $10 million to buy lakefront property. To secure the loan, she listed financial commitments by sources, two of which later said were highly exaggerated. The college collapsed six years later under crushing debt — but after O’Meara resigned with a $200,000 severance payment.

Its last president, Carol Moore, asked: “What bank lends a small, private, unendowed college of that size and financial status an amount that so obviously outweighs its ability to repay?”

You know the answer. Your average Vermonter undoubtedly wouldn’t get such a loan. A Vermonter married to a prominent U.S. senator? That’s something else.

Joe Biden is a basically good man and the ideal Democrat to beat Trump in 2020. But I really, really don’t want to have to write again about his family members cashing in on the Biden name.

Never mind that Trump has trampled these standards in his mob-influenced style of letting everyone know he can get away with it. Let’s hold onto them in the event that Americans again demand rectitude in public service. It could happen.

Follow Froma Harrop on Twitter @FromaHarrop. She can be reached at fharrop@gmail.com. To find out more about Froma Harrop and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.

IMAGE: Joe Biden speaks at the Javits Convention Center in New York, September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid