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Why Dems Drooling over a 'Whistleblower' Impeachment Will Fail Again

September 25, 2019 - 9:00am

Throughout the weekend, D.C. was in a severe lather over the latest outrage/scandal/impeachable offense involving the president. In fact it continues to gather steam well into this week.

Reports are claiming the White House, and President Trump himself, had attempted to leverage the new president of Ukraine into providing opposition research into Joe Biden. While Trump and the administration have admitted to speaking with the Ukrainian president, the flashpoint to all of this is a supposed whistleblower claiming foreign aid to the Ukraine has been held back as a quid pro quo arrangement.

In predictable fashion the Democrats have been in full-bore outrage over another chance to claim scandalous behavior is afoot, and a passel of Florida politicians have joined in the chorus. Have a look at Kevin Derby's story on this page. 

What is amusing is that the outrage is not at all rooted in anything approaching factual reasoning, but that is not impeding theses Democrats' desire to join the torch-and-pitchfork crowd in their party.

In July national Dems brought up an impeachment resolution (honestly, I forget what the reason was THIS time -- I think Trump was mean to some freshmen House members, or such). That was easily tamped down, but now a number of the Florida contingent who voted “no” this summer are now seemingly intent on getting in on this latest impeachment impetus. 

“If true, this is a flagrant, corrupt abuse of power," said Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “If the president criminally blocks this whistleblower's complaint from coming before Congress, it will likely exceed any tolerable executive conduct our Constitution could withstand." She was not alone. "If the president continues to stonewall Congress,” said Donna Shalala, “it would demonstrate a new level of contempt for the laws of our country and require Congress to pursue all remedies at its disposal." 

Chiming in is Rep. Kathy Castor. "Trump has violated his oath of office,” declared the Democrat from Tampa. “He operates for himself, in his personal interest — and not in the interest of the American people. The impeachment inquiry should be put on the fast track and all of the facts made plain."

That's a great idea, Kathy -- relying on facts. Note the use by Wasserman of the words “if” and “likely” -- terms you don't invoke when you actually possess proof. Yet, as Castor wants facts, the interesting thing here is that this hyperbolic response to the latest tempest-in-a-crockpot is being done while ignoring numerous key details that are already made plain. We can start with the fact that the White House did not initiate this round of discussions with Ukraine.

Incidentally, this morning the list of Florida congressional Democrats had grown to include, among others, Alcee Hastings, Charlie Crist, Lois Frankel, Ted Deutch and newcomer Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Stephanie Murphy has said she backs a special committee to look into the matter, stopping shy of calling for impeachment.

This all began with the State Department asking for a meeting, on behalf of the Ukranian leadership. Eventually stemming from that meeting, which involved Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, was talk involving the past actions and words of Joe Biden, regarding a prosecutor in that country who had been working a case involving Joe’s son, Hunter Biden. Much of this is mundane political gears turning, but then came the loud announcement that a whistleblower was coming forward with details that President Trump had threatened to withhold foreign aid money for the Ukraine unless the leadership helped him obtain oppo-research on the man he regards as his biggest challenge in next year’s election.

As a result, the Democrats have been in hair-set-on-fire mode, screaming about impropriety and how impeachment hearings need to be undertaken immediately. All of this is based on the testimony supposedly delivered by a lone, unnamed and unknown source. As Congress has called for documents from the presidential phone calls be turned over, the administration has been reluctant. Oh-oh! Violation of whistleblower laws, claim Dems drooling for impeachment. The whistleblower laws are designed to both protect anyone who comes forward and to provoke an investigation into their claims.

And here is where an already fragile set of accusations begins to crumble like a rose parade float on Feb. 1. 

During the CyberWars podcast on Sunday, I sat in and discussed why the claims by Adam Schiff’s Intelligence Committee are meaningless. The whistleblower law states the information concerning claims is to be turned over to the Office of Director of National Intelligence, but only in matters that fall under the jurisdiction of the DNI. This being a matter involving the executive branch -- a call involving the president speaking to a foreign leader -- means it is not under the purview of the ODNI. So any claim of the administration blocking the turning-over of transcripts is made either from the position of ignorance, or of partisan accusation. 

But there is one other reason the whistleblower law would not pertain here. As reported by CNN, amid its hysterical headlines and insinuations, the whistleblower had no way of knowing about his/her own accusations. "The whistleblower didn't have direct knowledge of the communications,” reported CNN, deep in its accusatory piece. Then, about three-fourths of the way into its lengthy piece, was this revealing detail:

"The whistleblower didn’t have direct knowledge of the communications, an official briefed on the matter told CNN. Instead, the whistleblower’s concerns came in part from learning information that was not obtained during the course of their work, and those details have played a role in the administration’s determination that the complaint didn’t fit the reporting requirements under the intelligence whistleblower law, the official said."

Put another way, this individual does not qualify as a whistleblower, therefore any requirements invoked by whistleblower-law are voided. This means the Democrats are screeching for impeachment over the testimony of a lone individual with no way of knowing what took place on the call they are commenting on. Wasserman-Schultz, Shalala and Castor are hinging their political hopes not on an informed whistleblower, but on a gossip.

In the end, this will simply become yet another example of their party shrieking about the president with claims that are baseless. All they end up doing is appealing to their extremist wing while accomplishing little else on behalf of the state or the nation.

Brad Slager, a Fort Lauderdale freelance writer, wrote this story exclusively for Sunshine State News. He writes on politics and the industry and his stories appear in such publications as RedState and The Federalist.

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The lack of integrity, morals and ethics in this country is astounding...yet, not really shocking. America built without the aformentioned, and psychologies rarely change.

3 days later and evidence is stacking up from many sources and most everything the whistleblower said has proven correct...……….And it has been proven Biden, his son did nothing wrong and Trump has a lot, enough to be impeached...…And that almost everything Trump has said is a lie from his demented ego...…..….And those who have backed this miserable excuse of a man will go down with him Brad...…Your posts will live on hounding you for yrs as history shows how wrong you are.

Like your progressive lemmings, you only see and hear what you wish to believe, for the rest of us, it’s beginning to look like yet another underhanded, misguided partisan attempt to smear and remove the president. Try winning an election, thats how it’s traditionally ( and legally) been done for over 200 years.

The Trumpster will cruise to reelection becuzza this! Thank you dems and fake media!

Saw Trump on tv this evening (9/25), he shares all the attributes of a cornered rat. Except that rats don't try to extort favors from Ukrainians.

DemocRAT Joe Boobden's son extorted billions from the Ukrainians.

Well, surprise surprise! Democrats are now saying that impeachment should not take place. Who would have predicted the sharp about face? Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZakBC7dt6c

I hope Pelosi and the Democrat party clown car proceeds with the impeachment charade. The Senate will refuse to hear the charges, and impeachment will, from this day forward, become nothing more than a way to show that you're mad that you lost the election. The American public can then re-elect our president so that we all can get on with the business of repairing the damage of the Obozo regime.

My advice to Democrats, and I say this gently: Fill out a "Hurt Feelings Report" and let's move on. -Sen. John Kennedy

Pro-Trumpers have hatched all the impeachment conspiracy theories... Joe Biden’s to blame. No, the whistleblower’s lawyers are to blame. No, actually Trump’s “duty-bound” to pressure Ukraine on investigations into his political rival because of Russia. Lil Rocket Man did it, man where's the popcorn for these fools...

It's sad that democrats will fight so hard to get a communist dictatorship.

It's evil.

Wasserman, Shalala, Caster,... notice the gender Floridians,......Far too many of these gossipy, harridans running around too freely in the Congressional House of late shooting off their loud mouths and empty minds.

You should know, Brad, that if 218 of the 236 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives vote for impeachment ... impeachment will have occurred and will be a fact ... and Trump will have the "impeached" tag on his legacy for the rest of history. So, your headline including the phrase "Impeachment Will Fail Again" is totally INACCURATE! Impeachment (an indictment of the president on charges of abuse of power - or "high crimes and misdemeanors") will SUCCEED if a simple majority of the U.S. House of Representatives vote "for" it!

This means that you consider impeachment over an event that did not occur, and ultimately will lead to nothing as a conclusion, is regarded as a success? Okay, if that is your standard, then congratulations I suppose...?

Please state your facts that this event never occurred and please site your credible sources, and no not Foxnews or OAN. Those are and never will be anything remotely close to credible...

Say Janice? A word of advice -- try reading the article before you act so smug! If you HAD read his piece you'd see he gave CNN report stating the whistleblower was not around for the call. You just made yourself a non-credible source!

Please, STFU since your two brain cells can't manage anything other than a Pelosi wet dream.

Awfully highbrow for Sunshine News, aint it?

All of this, and then President Trump gets re-elected. If you call that an accomplishment, sounds fine to me.

Excellent analysis.

Really tribal, ain't it!

um bah gah doi

I always love this comment! Is it Joe Biden's speechwriter. or is it the inner thoughts of Donald Trump??????

The inner thoughts of Joe Biden.

It is no longer a claim Brad, just read the transcript as it is out now and shows clearly the only corruption was those who are challenging Chump in the US...………..And remember this wasn't even the main part of the whistleblower's complaint which contains multiple other acts...…...…….And Chump will be prosecuted for Obstructing Justice once out of office among other things even before this fiasco adds to them, as so corrupt. ………...…..And lies like Biden, his son did anything wrong as been investigated and nothing was found so everything Chump is saying about them are lies.........… But you like the 12k + lies serial liar Chump don't you?...…….And let's not forget Chump has already been convicted 2x for ChumpU and The Chump Foundation with more to come with several of them criminal.

You really cannot seem to focus on the central issue, Jerry. Do you know who DID read the transcript? Adam Schiff -- and he is suddenly claiming today that a quid pro quo was not the problem...after saying a quid pro quo was the problem. Of course, you choose to ignore the CNN report that said the whistleblower does not even know what was said on the call, so ....................................

If Democrats win the House, Senate, and Presidency, the Draft-Dodger-In-Chief will likely be federally-charged with obstruction of justice immediately after he's out of office. But, there's almost no doubt that New York State will be prosecuting him for state tax fraud and state tax evasion, too ... and that could occur even if he wins re-election in 2020! Either way ... he's going to end up like John Gotti or *** Bulger ... other recent crime family CEOs!

If a frog had wings, it wouldn't bounce it's *** on the ground so often.

Either the Democratic representatives are the most ignorant people on the planet, or they are willfully attacking Trump because the investigations are unfolding in the negative against all the criminal leadership of the Democratic Party. We might call it their last stand.

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