Yesterday we wrote of the planned I.G. Congressional Session:
“I.G. Horowitz is on live today to review his report. The Democrats will keep reinforcing there was “no coup attempt, right”? the President lied, right?” Republicans will focus on the 17 mistakes and failed FISA control.
Well that is exactly what happened as both sides got their pound of flesh:
I think every Democratic senator went back to “there was a reason to open the investigation, right?” The answer over and over was “yes.” So they can say this was not a coup, the I.G. found every reason to investigate.
The Republicans will clearly have arguments on the FISA process being misused. In fact, a lawyer for the FBI actually changed an answer to the question on the application from “yes” to “no” on whether Carter Page worked for the CIA. You will hear a lot about that. It changed everything.
They sparred over whether the Trump Campaign was spied upon. Horowitz was clear that if the definition of spying was placing someone inside the campaign, that did not happen. However, he did agree that officials went to talk to campaign officials and were wired. So that’s a fine line as to whether spying took place or not.
As we said yesterday, we have to wait for the Durham report. That will be as close to the definitive answer as we will get.
Even with the rumors that ten or so Democratic congressional members do not favor impeachment (but want censure instead), it is going forward.
The President is facing two charges as you know. Presidents Nixon and Clinton faced three and four charges respectively. Andrew Johnson had 11 back in 1868.
Many on the left think two is too little. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday that the articles of impeachment against President Trump do not go far enough. She and others think the President got off too easy. Her quote: “Of course, I am in the camp where I feel that there should have been more articles”.
Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat who introduced articles of impeachment against the president three times, feels the same. He said:
“We can wait to see if the Senate will convict and remove. But if they don’t, then there’s still work to be done.”
So even when this ends it won’t end until the President leaves office.
By the way, a new Quinnipiac University poll (not a friendly administration poll) released showed a switch in impeachment support.
It found 51% of registered voters surveyed said they don’t want to see the president ousted through impeachment. That’s the first time the number has been above 50% since before the impeachment inquiry.
45% do want to see the president impeached and forced out.
some other news
Andrew Yang has become the seventh candidate to hit the benchmarks to qualify for the Democratic presidential debate later this month.
He joins Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Warren and Steyer.
Candidates who have been on the stage but not qualifying are Booker, Castro and Tulsi Gabbard. (For her part Gabbard said, “I have decided not to attend the December 19th ‘debate’ — regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls.”)
Others still running who will not be there are:
Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and author Marianne Williamson.
Does this poll on the Catholic vote from EWTN surprise you?
47% of Catholics said they will never or are unlikely to vote for Mr. Trump, and 44% said they are sure or likely to vote for him.
Have a great day.