7 Things: Impeachment for Christmas, noose found in Auburn dorm, Jones still wants to protect the whistleblower and more …
7. Investigating the investigators
- A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act document related to 2016 surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page; this evidence has been turned over to John Durham, who is conducting the investigation of the Russia investigators.
- This will be downplayed, but the significance of this cannot be understated because if this is in fact what went down, it absolutely will be proof that there were people inside the American government who were willing to fabricate evidence to justify looking into the then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign.
6. Trump doesn’t have to give California his tax returns
- The California Supreme Court has blocked the law that would require President Donald Trump to release his tax returns to be able to qualify to be on the primary ballot, saying that the law is unconstitutional.
- California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said that despite the “authority the Legislature may have in defining how presidential primaries are to occur in this state, the challenge sections of the act exceed such authority and are unenforceable.”
5. Migrants are going to Guatemala
- The “safe third country” agreement has taken effect, and now the first group of migrants have left the United States and arrived in Guatemala. While this was just the initial flight to Guatemala, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf stated, “We will continue to work with the Government of Guatemala and international organizations as we expand the program in the weeks and months ahead.”
- The program is set up so that any migrants that are seeking asylum will have the option to either enter Migrant Protection Protocols and wait in Mexico, be sent back to their home country or be sent to Guatemala.
4. Noose found in Auburn dorm hall
- An extension cord tied to a noose was found in an Auburn University residence hall common area and has since been removed, but now an investigation into the situation is underway.
- When the noose was found, the safety and security department tweeted out that it had been removed and that this behavior doesn’t belong on campus and that officials “condemn this action as antithetical to the values of the Auburn family.”
3. Jones wants to protect the whistleblower
- The whistleblower that sparked the impeachment process now has the support of U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), as he expressed during a television interview in Washington, D.C. Jones is still saying that it’s too soon to say whether or not Trump should actually be impeached.
- Jones said that the whistleblower needs to remain protected to support the “whistleblower law,” adding that the “complaint is nothing more than a roadmap.” He concluded that it’s up to the House and Senate members to determine if the evidence warrants a conviction.
2. Last day of impeachment hearings supposed to be full of bombshells
- After every single impeachment hearing, the media and their Democrats have assured us that this was the information that would put the President of the United States in danger of being removed, even as polling seems to be showing a different narrative that they can’t grasp.
- The latest “hero” was a British-born American foreign affairs specialist Fiona Hill, who made a false statement about Republicans refusing to believe Russia tried to meddle in the election, shared stories of how she told Gordon Sondland that this all was going to “blow up” and continued the parade of diplomats who were not pleased with the Trump administration’s Ukraine policy.
1. Censure or impeachment vote by Christmas
- Scuttlebutt from Washington, D.C. suggests that the House may decide to go with a censure motion and offer Trump a critical rebuke, but that seems unlikely to please the media and their Democrats. Instead, they are ready to draw up four articles of impeachment before handing it over to the Senate.
- Republicans seem unmoved by any of this as the ones who were thought to be on the fence have expressed they don’t see this as impeachable. It also seems that Republicans are ready to move this all ahead and get it done in the Senate in less than two weeks.