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Five Lines of Questioning Would End Impeachment

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With the right witnesses, five lines of questioning will end this impeachment.  Here they are.

First, federal statutes and the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit federal officials from selling influence to profit relatives. Example:  5 CFR 2635.702 states an official “shall not use his public office for his own private gain… or for the private gain of … relatives.”    

Accordingly, Joe Biden and his son, have answering to do.  Did actions of either – in Ukraine or China – amount to selling influence?  Did the younger leverage his father’s position for money? Did the Vice President know?

When Vice President Biden flew his son to Ukraine and China, after which his son secured large contracts, did the older Biden see the conflict?  Did the elder Biden facilitate those contracts?  When Vice President Biden insisted a prosecutor be fired who was investigating a company on whose board his son sat, under penalty of lost aid, was that illegal?

The answer to each question is: probably yes.  

Second line:  If the answer is probably yes, actions by either Biden create probable cause to suspect a crime occurred.  Is there a treaty with Ukraine allowing inquiries into those acts?   If the treaty exists, does it allow a president to seek information on suspected criminal activity? 

Answer, yes.  Called the “Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters,” the treaty was ratified in 2000.  Biden voted for it.  It entitles US authorities to seek investigations into corruption, including by a former Vice President.  It encourages Ukrainian cooperation.

So, there can be no article of impeachment premised on requests for cooperation in a potential Ukraine corruption probe involving a former US official.  Being a current candidate for public office does not immunize the offender.  

Third line:  Historically, do we condition foreign assistance on cooperation in criminal matters, anti-corruption probes, law enforcement engagement on public corruption?  Yes, in 70 countries.

Who in the US Government conditions security assistance on cooperation in criminal justice matters?  Typically, State, often Defense and Justice, invariably the White House and Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Why?  Each has equities and OMB controls apportionment.

Can others “hold” that money – conditioning release of US security assistance on criminal justice matters?  Yes, any Senator.  Has it been done?  Yes, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) regularly placed “holds” on foreign security assistance to Colombia, conditioning on investigations.

So, there can be no article of impeachment for conditioning foreign security assistance on investigations into corruption.  Conditioning aid on criminal justice matters is commonplace.  It serves US fiscal and national security interests. 

Fourth line:  If origins of the Russia Collusion Investigation prove criminal – that is, if crimes were committed by Obama Administration officials, can resisting the false narrative be obstruction? 

The answer is no, and here is why:  Obstruction of justice requires unlawful acts that interfere with or delay the administration of justice.  If the investigation was based on false, illegal, criminal or politically motivated footings, resisting cannot be obstruction.

So, no article of impeachment for obstruction can be framed against the president if there is reason to believe predicate facts were false, illegal, criminal or politically motivated.  Increasingly, that appears to be the case.  

Fifth line:  The unidentified “whistleblower” who initiated Impeachment 2.0 – the post-Mueller “impeachment inquiry” – must testify.  He is a material witness.  

Initial questions:  Were you aware when you filed your complaint that it was hearsay?  Who drafted it?  Who advised you on it?  Did you consult members of Congress or staff?  Intelligence Committee members or staff? 

Next: Who referred you to the lawyer you are using?  Did that lawyer share statements suggesting partisanship, such “coup has begun?”  Who was your White House source?  Do you or they hold a clearance? Is he or she still employed in the White House? 

Final strand:  Are you a registered Democrat?  Did you work in Obama’s White House?  Did you work for a presidential candidate?  When did you last speak with the candidate or staff?  Did they advise you on the complaint?  Is this part of a political strategy to unseat the president? 

The gravamen is serious.  An impeachment article premised on whistleblower hearsay is inapt.  It would smack of partisanship, especially if coordinated with Democratic House staff. It would be doubly inapt if brought by a former staffer to a Democratic presidential candidate.  It would be trebly inapt if part of a political scheme aimed at reversing the 2016 election.

The hearsay complaint is suspicious. That is why the so-called whistleblower must testify.  Absent that protection, the Sixth Amendment right to confront an accuser – prior to harm done – is voided.  Impeachment does historic damage.  That witness needs to be summoned now.  

In the end, these five lines would end impeachment.  Will Democrats allow fairness and impartiality into this process? Probably not.  That leaves only November 2020.

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R shoemaker
10 months ago

Every day we need to remember that the Impeachment Inquiry is not about a crime by President Trump. It is about a crime by a previous administration and the DIMs fury that someone would dare try to expose it. If you mess with the liberals, they will sic their pet dogs – the press and the Deep state – on you‼️

John Lemley
10 months ago

As long as the Republicans keep hiding in a corner with no backbone and as long as news that people hear is from the Trump-hating media these truths will remain unknown by the vast majority. That is why Republicans lost the elections in 2018 and 2019. People, ignorant of the truth, voted based on the lies they were constantly bombarded with. President Trump is doing wonders as one individual. But, he needs cooperation, support and participation from Republicans, pro-lifers, conservatives and pro-Israel citizens. I have never seen a party which controlled the White House act like the underdog before now.

Chuck
10 months ago

This whole thing is a charade. The establishment Democrats and Republicans wish to unseat President Trump, a legally elected president by the voters of the United States. They, and the deep state, cannot tolerate that they lost in 2016. It bothers them so much they’re willing to shut down the country to accomplish their agenda. Does Nazi Germany or the Russian Revolution come to mind?

Nita Downum
10 months ago

All the corruption the democrats are accusing President Trump of is actually everything they did under Obama and they know they did wrong, so they are throwing their sins into the Presidents lap and making it sound like President Trump has done all of these crimes instead of the Democrats. This impeachment inquiry is a total shame and getting extremely boring. Everything the Democrats do is illegal and disgusting. My opinion!!!

John Canfield
10 months ago

One of the Best AMAC articles re impeachment I have yet to read. Though it never will, it deserves to be read verbatim over every major news network in the world. Thanks for the truth, friend.

HAL HOFFMAN
10 months ago

I BELIEVE THAT THE COURTS MUST EVENTUALLY STEP IN TO STOP THIS NONSENSE! SINCE SCHIFF IS SO OBVIOUSLY FLAUNTING THE CONSTITUTION, THE COURT MUST SOMEHOW INTERVENE TO PROTECT THE PRESIDENTS RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS! THERE HAS TO BE A WAY TO STRIKE DOWN ANY HOUSE RULES THAT VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION! NANCY PILOSI IS NOT A MONARCH AND ADAM SCHIFF IS NOT ROBES PIERRE!!!!

Lawrence Greenberg
10 months ago

So why don’t the stupid Republicans state all these facts at the impeachment hearings so all of this information becomes part of the written record?

Lisa Colorado
10 months ago

Well, this impeachment ordeal is not meant to help anyone except the accusers. They are scapegoating President Trump. For those unfamiliar with scapegoating, it’s when a dysfunctional group of people don’t want to improve and feel safe in their poorly-working environment because they protect each other. So, to address the cognitive dissonance, they point a finger at someone they don’t like, and blame that person. That’s the picture I see, and it’s pathetic. And then many of my friends who get their information from Twitter or something, believe what the media says. The media has lost its bearings. So, that’s… Read more »

JustMe
10 months ago

Has anyone sent this to Trump for his defense?

J. FARLEY
10 months ago

THIS WOULD GREAT AND OVER WITH AND TRUMP WOULD BE EXONERATED IF THE DEMO-RATS COULD READ AND UNDERSTAND THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , AND BIDEN WOULD BE IN DEEP POOP. BUT THE DEMO-RATES ARE EXEMPT FROM BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

Stephen Russell
10 months ago

Dems blocking OUR Futures: USMCA, Trade, miscl issues NOT being addressed since they want a Vendetta on Pres Trump day 1.
WE lose with SS & HC etc.
Harrass Dems when home for Christmas holidays.
Or nothing changes.
& no Plans IF they succeed if any?
Blame Dems & Leftists

David
10 months ago

Yes agree fully. What we have here is and attempt to overthrow a duly elected president and his administration. It is being handled like Ken and Barbie’s divorce. The prior administration has proven the Democrats will never rationally return to the proper manner in which to run our government. The prior three administration have set this up for the attempted overthrow. If you think handling this rationally and legally will some how stop this. That in itself is a laughable statement. No one has answered for the destruction of the country under obama and Bush. With the media their cheerleaders… Read more »

Irv C
10 months ago

I can’t believe all this hasn’t been brought up. Are the Republicans in on impeachment too? There’s so much corruption in our Country I wouldn’t be surprised. Trumps no fool and I have faith when it comes down to the wire he will pull out 4 Aces.
The old saying may hold true: Give a fool (DemoncRATS) enough rope and they will hang themselves.

Richard C. Lumb
10 months ago

The obvious charade taking place is blatantly biased, political, and shameful at its core; politics aside. Demonstrated are the weaknesses in the system, the gigantic problem with any political party or person to hold sway over individually elected officials, representing their constituents, and not beholden to another politician because that person has some rule-making power. That must be scrapped and the individuals from each state, equal in status, standing, rights, and equality, doing the job we sent them to do. I wish I were one of the elected, as I would be in their face at all times, over their… Read more »

Patriot Will
10 months ago

Lawrence Greenberg’s comment is spot on. Even though Schiff keeps on running interference, making it very hard for the Republicans to do what they need to do to clear President Trump and put the blame on the true criminals, the Republicans could be doing a better job orchestrating their comments and questions. There is a time to be an individual and a time to be an effective politician. The Republicans need to work on being better politicians. They need to work more closely together. A strong soloist will usually be drowned out by a strong choir!

Tom McDermott
10 months ago

Satan is alive and well in the rats party👿👿👿👿👿

Brenda Blunt
10 months ago

This needs to be over it already! Impeach Biden!

Josephine pooley
10 months ago

LOVE THIS! So much sense!

Robert Howerton
10 months ago

Seems to articulate the focus that should be taking in the investigation.

Nancy Varas
10 months ago

Very well written with a good explanation for easier understanding.

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