If you think the Democrats' impeachment charade is anything other than yet another orchestrated political hit job against the president, I have a bridge I want to sell you. Take a look at some of the latest eye-opening revelations, which should give all voters pause before blindly marching in the Democrats' impeachment parade.
The Federalist reported recently that the intelligence community inspector general secretly changed the rule requiring whistleblowers to have firsthand knowledge when submitting a complaint. The change allowed the politically biased whistleblower to file a complaint against the president using secondhand information. "In its press release, the ICIG also explicitly admitted it changed its policies because of the anti-Trump complaint, raising significant questions about whether the watchdog cooked its own books to justify its treatment of the anti-Trump complaint," said Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist.
If that suspicious rule change and its timing don't raise red flags, what does?
First off, no agency within the Department of Justice should ever be using hearsay or secondhand information to target a political opponent or trigger an investigation. That's how our country got dragged into the whole Russian collusion controversy of the past three years, which triggered multiple costly investigations — including Mueller's special counsel probe — stemming from a discredited dossier that former FBI Director James Comey told Congress was "unverified and salacious."
Result? After a $32 million taxpayer-funded witch hunt to derail the Trump administration, the special counsel found no evidence of Russian collusion, despite what we were told — for years — by the #FakeNewsMedia and partisans like House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and his Democratic colleagues. Evidently, the deep-state operatives in the intelligence inspector general's office have short memories; they've allowed a whistleblower complaint to be filed based on hearsay and secondhand information to impeach the president of the United States.
It's a total undoing of our democracy — founded on free elections in which the people get to choose their representatives, not rogue deep-state operatives embedded in the intelligence community.
But that's not all. Another red flag indicating the impeachment inquiry is a political hit job against the president, The New York Times reported this week that the whistleblower sought guidance from Schiff, a known Trump antagonist who was one of the chief architects and vocal proponents of the now debunked Russian collusion hoax.
Why did the whistleblower commiserate with Schiff's office and seek guidance on filing the complaint? They could've gone to the CIA's human resources department, the Office of Legal Counsel, the Senate Judiciary Committee or elsewhere. But no. The "whistleblower" went directly to Schiff, Donald Trump's chief nemesis, who's been on a multiyear crusade to remove the president from office by any means necessary — even if that means spreading false information and peddling conspiracy theories.
Moreover, Schiff failed to disclose to fellow members of the House Intelligence Committee that the whistleblower made contact with his office. Instead, he misled the American people about it. During a TV appearance on Sept. 17, Schiff told the media: "We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to."
We now know he lied. The question Americans must ask is why.
And then there's Schiff's fabrication and misreading of the president's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During a televised congressional hearing last week with millions watching, the extremely partisan Democrat didn't read from the official transcript. Instead, he inserted his own opinions and false statements in what he says was a "parody."
Which begs the question: If the president's phone call with the Ukrainian leader was so damning that it warranted an impeachment inquiry — as Democrats and the #FakeNewsMedia insist it is — why didn't Schiff just read directly from the transcript instead of making things up?
In response, GOP leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted on Wednesday: "Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the American people for years. Now he is so desperate to damage the president that he literally made up a false version of a phone call. Enough is enough. I have signed a resolution to censure Schiff in the House of Representatives."
Not a minute too soon.
Impeaching a U.S. president — and undoing the results of a presidential election — is serious business. All the more reason Attorney General William Barr should appoint a new special counsel to investigate what appears to be a real conspiracy between deep-state operatives within the intelligence community and Democrats at the highest echelons of our government.
The American people deserve the truth.
Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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