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Thursday, November 14, 2019
West Wing Reads
Adam Schiff is Wasting the Nation’s Time with Impeachment Hearings
“In their first day of public impeachment hearings, Democrats made clear just how weak their case is,” theNew York Posteditorial board writes.
In mostly dull, uneventful testimony yesterday, Democrats’ “star” witnesses openly complained about policy decisions they disliked. “Sorry, but it’s not their place to second-guess Trump or his policies. The president sets foreign policy, not they.”
Most revealing: Rather than offer any actual evidence at all, “they merely cited third- and fourth-hand rumors. Neither man ever had direct contact with the president.”
Just like with the left’s two-year Russia collusion chase, the facts do not match Democrats’ narrative. “Now, Democrats have moved from their earlier charge of ‘quid pro quo’ to wild allegations of ‘abuse of power,’ ‘extortion’ and ‘bribery.’ When the proof falls short, they continue to shift the goal posts from one unsubstantiated allegation to another,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) writes inUSA Today.
“Adam Schiff’s opening statement reminded me that Ukraine is a problem for the United States today because Russia invaded it during the Obama administration.” In 2014, Russia invaded the Crimean peninsula on President Obama’s watch—after he promised Russia “flexibility” in his second term. For the next two years, the Obama administration refused to provide lethal aid to Ukraine despite Kiev pleading for help, Scott Jennings writes for CNN.
“While Washington is often dominated by partisan gridlock, Congress can put politics aside and improve the everyday lives of Americans by approving the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a trade deal that would replace the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).” This deal “will become the new gold standard against which all future trade deals are measured,” former Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Gary Locke write for Fox News.
“The White House is inviting lawmakers to its first summit on paid family leave and childcare affordability next month,” Francesca Chambers reports. “Never before has this issue had so much support and momentum, on both sides of the aisle,” Ms. Trump told McClatchy DC.