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Schiff passes Ukrainegate impeachment clown show to Nadler (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 394.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the Ukrainegate impeachment clown show moving on from Adam Schiff and the House Intel Committee to Jerry Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee.

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President Trump committed “no quid pro quo, bribery, extortion, or abuse of power,” Republicans on the House committees investigating the Ukraine controversy have concluded in a 110-page report reviewed by Axios ahead of its formal release.

Why it matters: The report provides the basis for Republicans’ rejection of Democrats’ anticipated articles of impeachment against the president for the remainder of the House proceedings.

The document is a prebuttal to the Democratic majority’s highly anticipated report compiling the evidence against the president and recommendations on how to proceed.

  • “We address their arguments head-on,” a GOP official working on impeachment told Axios. “We think this report responds to each and every argument Democrats put forward.”
  • The official described the report as an “evergreen document,” but said if House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler sets forth new arguments, “we’ll certainly take those into account and respond.”

Between the lines: The report covers a lot of the same talking points that House Republicans rolled out in a staff memo before the public hearings.

  • They claim there is “nothing inherently wrong” with the Trump administration’s actions toward Ukraine and justify each of them in detail, including Rudy Giuliani’s direct involvement in U.S. diplomacy.
  • They say any references to a quid pro quo are conjecture and hearsay — including EU Ambassador and Trump donor Gordon Sondland’s testimony.
  • They question the origins of the impeachment inquiry and Democrats’ motives, and they allege that Democrats have wanted to undo the 2016 election since Trump won.
  • They mock Democrats for calling the impeachment inquiry a serious process, and they characterize the speedy nature of the inquiry as proof that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is motivated by politics rather than substance.
  • They use Trump’s well-known skepticism about U.S. spending on foreign aid as justification for his hesitation to give money to Ukraine.
  • They say there was “nothing wrong” with asking questions about Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian company, or renewing unfounded allegations about who interfered in the 2016 elections.

They also seek to discredit those inside the government who raised alarm bells about what the president, Giuliani and others were doing outside normal foreign policy channels.

  • They label the former and current State Department officials and members of the intelligence community “unelected bureaucrats.”
  • They say the now infamous summary of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky, which Democrats cite as evidence of a quid pro quo, actually exonerates Trump. It “does not reflect any improper pressure or conditionality to pressure Ukraine to investigate President Trump’s political rival.”

Behind the scenes: The report, written by Republican staff on the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, was drafted over the course of the last few weeks — even as witness testimony was ongoing — and finalized late Sunday night, per GOP officials familiar with the report.

  • The White House had no level of involvement in the drafting of the document, according to the officials. “They gave us no direction or input,” one of the officials said.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a statement responding to the report:

“The Minority’s rebuttal document, intended for an audience of one, ignores voluminous evidence that the president used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rival by withholding military aid and a White House meeting the President of Ukraine desperately sought. In so doing, the President undermined our national security and the integrity of our elections.”

What’s next: Democrats have drafted their own report, and all members of the House Intelligence Committee can review a draft in classified spaces tonight.

  • Tomorrow at 6 pm ET, the committee will meet behind closed doors to adopt the report and add Republicans’ views.
  • The report will then be forwarded to the Judiciary Committee.

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December 5, 2019

Its a question of targeting your audience, with an eye to their level of reading comprehension. Christopher Hedges talks about this in his book “Empire of Illusion: The end of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle”. The Schiff report is targeted at the same people that believe in the entire narrative. From the dems viewpoint, the report (and its emotional impact on the American public, which is largely illiterate) is what matters, not impeachment itself. The failure of the “impeachment” plays into their ongoing narrative, as to how “you” (the proles) have had “justice” stolen from you yet again, first… Read more »

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  oldandjaded
December 5, 2019

Quite the reverse, for Empire USA is an intelligence dictatorship, the competition for wealth increases in direct proportion to the exponential growth in capital and no one can tell if a more intelligent liar with more sophisticated deceit is enriching himself upon our misery — until after the misery becomes unbearable.

John Ellis
John Ellis
December 5, 2019

Anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism and global warming, the three would
disappear instantly it a cap on wealth caused the rich to be no more.

Reply to  John Ellis
December 5, 2019

John, I want to clarify what you mean by “global warming, the three would
disappear instantly it a cap on wealth caused the rich to be no more.”
Are you saying that global warming is a false narrative, created by corporate power as a further tool of subjugation of the masses? If you are, its a red letter day, for once, I am actually agreeing with something you said. But I doubt that’s what you actually meant to imply.

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  oldandjaded
December 6, 2019

It is absolutely impossible for you to believe that the root cause for all the harm done by rich people and global warming is something other than hoarding wealth. Confusion lover, get a life.

John Ellis
John Ellis
December 6, 2019

NUKE LOVERS — DEVIL’S MOST VALUABLE DISCIPLES —- Empire USA has more nukes than Russia, France has more nukes than China, and of the 9 nations that have nukes, 7 of them are Western or pro-Western countries. And if we compare the number of nukes to the amount of wealth in each nuke hoarding nation, we discover that the one and only purpose for such satanic deadly force is to enable a nation to hoard more of the satanic power and glory of satanic wealth. — And so, what has been the end result of such satanic goings-on? A most… Read more »

Kevin Peters
Kevin Peters
December 6, 2019

The YouTube vid was lumbered with a 15 minute ad at the start and a 9 minute ad mid way through.

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  Kevin Peters
December 6, 2019

So easy is it to manipulate and control our self-absorbed society,
just begin the boredom and off they go to happier pursuits.

John Ellis
John Ellis
December 6, 2019

As the 25% of society known as the educated middle-class, as they are all of the police, military officers, politicians, rioters and Revolution creators, reflect carefully we must on how the Ukraine fascist coup unfolded. — For we the 75% majority are but slaves to the most violent desires of those with middle-speed brains who so glory in the power of wealth. — For the atheists say: “Where is your proof that there is a heaven?” And in return it must be asked: Where is your proof that earth is not a living hell? For has there ever been a… Read more »

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