STAR-CHAMBER, n. A former court of inquisitorial and criminal jurisdiction in England that sat in secret and without a jury. The Star-Chamber became noted for its irresponsible, arbitrary and oppressive methods and severe punishments. It was abolished in 1641.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D.-CA.) decision to replace House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D.-NY.) as the ringmaster who was running the “unofficial” House impeachment inquiry with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D.-CA.), was based on more than just Jerrold Nadler’s rotund countenance!
Unlike Judiciary, the Intelligence Committee usually meets in closed-door sessions as the topics discussed have a bearing on national security. Moving the “official” impeachment inquiry to secret Intelligence Committee hearings controlled by the habitual liar Adam Schiff (he claimed that he had “irrefutable proof” of Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia for over two years) results in hiding Schiff’s sleazy, unfair and totally one-sided partisan tactics from the American electorate and further prevents the release of “inconvenient truths” that are revealed before the Committee!
The Republican minority on the Committee has no rights. According to the rules that Schiff has dictated, the GOP will be prevented from learning the identity of the “whistleblower” and thus, the individual will not appear in person before the Committee to render testimony, though the whistleblower statute makes no reference to anonymity, just immunity from subsequent retaliation. The testimony apparently will be by audio-feed only, perhaps with the person’s voice electronically altered, like a Mafia-turncoat in witness protection!
Obviously then, the Republicans, on behalf of the President, will not be availed the opportunity to cross-examine the whistleblower! Through his surrogates, Donald Trump will not be allowed to “confront” the witness against him, as guaranteed to the lowliest defendant by the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution. Also against the Sixth Amendment, the Republicans will not be granted the power to subpoena and call any witnesses in the President’s favor! Further, pursuant to the secrecy rules of the Intelligence Committee, the GOP members risk sanctions from even commenting on any details of what happened during the closed-sessions of the Committee!
On these terms, in an official proceeding reminiscent of medieval England’s notorious Star-Chamber, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is going to vote on Articles of Impeachment against this duly-elected president? Another attempt to reverse the results of the November 8, 2016 election and disenfranchise the vote of 63,000,000 Americans, after “Russia” and “Stormy” and the “Emoluments Clause” and the “25th Amendment” have gone their way?
The Democrats appear to be ready to finally itch that hard-to-reach itch and impeach Donald Trump:
(1) despite the fact that the whistleblower was not a party to the telephone call;
(2) despite the fact his (or her) allegations against the President are based on rank hearsay;
(3) despite the fact that Pelosi launched the “official” impeachment inquiry before the President unexpectedly released the transcript of the telephone call to President Zelenskyy (with his permission), that contained no language that demanded a quid pro quo from the Ukrainian president to cooperate in the investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden, or of any 0ther matter;
(4) despite the fact that that rascally-liar Chairman Schiff; in an official hearing, read into the official record his “interpretation” of the telephone conversation of Donald Trump that contained damning and theatrical dialogue of his own making;
(5) despite Schiff denying meeting the whistleblower in advance of the airing of the claims when in actuality, Schiff and his staff met with the whistleblower in advance, advised the individual and procured a lawyer for him/her to compile the written complaint;
(6) despite the fact that Nancy Pelosi launched the “official” impeachment inquiry without a vote of the entire House of Representatives, contrary to past precedent of the inquiries begun against Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton – thus depriving the minority Republicans of any power during the proceedings, and:
(7) despite reports that the secret and anonymous whistleblower is a CIA officer, a registered Democrat with strong partisan views, who reputedly was on the staff of Joe Biden when he was Vice-President and may have even accompanied Biden on his trip to Ukraine!
Ben Franklin famously stated that “the best disinfectant is sunlight.” The unexpected release of the transcript of the July 25, 2019 call between Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskyy clearly reveals that the gravamen of the President’s request for Ukraine’s help was to aid in the investigation into the Obama Administration’s launching of the “Russia Probe” in 2016, and that the President’s mention of the Bidens occurred later in the conversation, as an afterthought. Thus, as demonstrated below, the President was initially requesting help from Ukraine to aid in the probe currently underway that is being run by Attorney General Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham, about the origins of the FBI’s 2016 investigation into the Republican candidate Donald Trump, the supposed hacking of the DNC’s computer system during that year, the Hillary Clinton email controversy, and the discredited and largely fictitious Steele Dossier commissioned by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign! Here are the relevant paragraphs of the telephone conversation, which took place after Donald Trump profusely congratulated the erstwhile-comedian, actor and screenwriter Volodymyr Zelenskyy on his upset-victory; a win not unlike Trump’s own unexpected election:
The President: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.
The above paragraph clearly refers to the Russia probe. Crowdstrike is a California cybersecurity company that was retained by the Democratic Central Committee in 2016 to conduct a cyber analysis concerning which entity or country hacked the DNC’s mainframe hard drive during the election campaign. Crowdstrike concluded the hacker was Guccifer 2.0, a Romanian hacker, commissioned by Vladimir Putin’s Russia, who then supplied the hacked emails to Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks. Note that the DNC subsequently refused to allow the Obama Administration’s FBI access to the mainframe hard drive for the government to conduct its own analysis, stating that Crowdstrike’s conclusions were “final.” The President’s reference to “the server”; meaning the DNC’s hard drive being in Ukraine, was based on persistent rumors that Crowdstrike has an Ukrainian oligarch as one of its owners and that the hard drive in question is currently in Ukraine.
The reference to “that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller” obviously refers to Mueller’s disastrous testimony before Congress in July of this year that concluded that Donald Trump did not collude with Russia, and refers once again to the two-year long Russia hoax; “the collusion delusion!” The further reference that “I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it” also obviously refers to Attorney General Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Russia Probe. The United States has a treaty with Ukraine to mutually cooperate together on criminal investigations, a treaty similar that the U.S. has with most other nations. President Trump has a constitutional obligation to “insure that the laws are faithfully executed.” He has the right, even the duty, pursuant to the treaty, to request aid from Ukraine into the investigation of the origins of the Russia Probe, without any demand for a quid pro quo. Parenthetically, that duty could also apply to Hunter Biden’s tenure on the board of directors of the Burisma gas company and Joe Biden’s pressure to fire the Ukrainian prosecutor looking into Burisma, with Biden’s expressed and threatened quid pro quo! No quid pro quo demanded, express or implied, so far by the 45th President! The transcript of the telephone call continues:
President Zelenskyy: Yes it is very important for me and everything that you just mentioned earlier. For me as a President, it is very important, and we are open for any future cooperation. We are ready to open a new page on cooperation in relations between the United States and Ukraine. For that purpose, I just recalled our ambassador from United States, and he will be replaced by a very competent and very experienced ambassador who will work hard on making sure that our two nations are getting closer. I would also like and hope to see him having your trust and your confidence and have personal relations with you so we can cooperate even more so. I will personally tell you that one of my assistant spoke with Mr. Guiliani just recently, and we are hoping very much that Mr. Guiliani will be able to travel to Ukraine, and we will meet once he comes to Ukraine. I just wanted to assure you once again that you have nobody but friends around us. I will make sure that I surround myself with the best and most experienced people. I also wanted to tell you that we are friends. We are great friends, and you Mr. President have friends in our country so we can continue our strategic partnership. I also plan to surround myself with great people and in addition to that investigation, I guarantee as the President of Ukraine that all the investigations will be done openly and candidly. That I can assure you.
Note that it was President Zelenskyy and not Donald Trump, that first brought up the name of Rudy Guiliani. Zelenskyy pledged that he would offer complete cooperation with Guiliani’s investigation when he traveled to Kiev. Which investigation was Zelenskyy referring to? From the context of the conversation up to that minute, the investigation that the Ukrainian president was referring to had to be concerning the origins of the Russia Probe, not of the Bidens. Zelenskyy then guaranteed that “all of the investigations would be done openly and candidly. That I can assure you.” The transcript of the telephone call continues:
The President: Good because I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good, and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Guiliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much know what’s happening, and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great. The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news, and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news so I just want to let you know that. The other thing, there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.
President Trump continues on with the subject of the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor and then linked Guiliani investigative efforts with those of Attorney General Barr. (The linkage of private-citizen Guiliani with the official inquiry by the A.G., admittedly is legally dubious!) However, once again, viewing the context of the conversation at that minute, Trump’s reference to the fired Ukrainian prosecutor had to do with inquiries into the origins of the Russia Probe frame-job against him, not the Bidens. For further insight into the DNC’s and the Clinton campaign’s use of Ukraine and its former president Petro Poroshenko, to discredit Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and then subsequently attempt to sabotage his presidency, refer to an article of Politico, dated January 11, 2017, by Kenneth P. Vogel and David Stern.
Donald Trump’s reference to the former ambassador from the United States to Ukraine being “bad news” was Marie Yovanovitch, a Obama-appointee who remained as U.S. ambassador in Kiev up until March of 2019, when she was dismissed by the President “for lack of trust”. Ambassador Yovanovitch was the U.S. ambassador for Ukraine during the Poroshenko administration and reputedly was the point-person in Kiev for both the DNC and Clinton campaign shenanigans and Joe Biden’s now notorious shakedown visit, and also facilitated the distribution of the evidence used against Paul Manafort in his prosecution by Robert Mueller! Ambassador Yovanovitch testified within Schiff’s Star-Chamber last week and I’m sure, provided one-sided testimony favoring the Democrats with no chance for the Republicans to conduct any cross-examination of her activities in Kiev! Kurt Volker, former United States Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations, also testified before Schiff’s secret and one-sided tribunal the week before and reputedly gave Schiff and his cohorts nothing of value against the President, which of course, was not revealed to the American electorate!
President Trump then went on, as an afterthought, stating: “the other thing, there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to me.” Note, there’s no evidence, expressed or implied, of a quid pro quo. The Democrats claim that the hidden item of value demanded for Ukrainian cooperation into investigating the Bidens was the withholding of the granting of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine. Yet, evidence has since revealed that the withholding of this military aid was ordered four months previously, in March, 2019 and that the reason for the decision to withhold the missiles was the off-repeated attempt by the Trump Administration to urge the European Union, specifically Germany and France, to contribute more funds toward arming the Ukrainians (and to spend more on their own respective military budgets). The missiles have subsequently been delivered to Ukraine. Further, as discussed previously, Ukraine had a treaty obligation with the United States to cooperate on potentially criminal investigations in any event.
On October 9, 2019, Ukrainian president Volodmyr Zelenskyy spoke at a daylong event with media inside a Kiev food market; a speech almost totally ignored by the American “mainstream media.” Zelenskyy stated that the transcript released by the White House is accurate and that he knew that the U.S. had withheld $400 million in military aid due to concerns about corruption and concern for American “taxpayer money.” But the issue, he said, was never linked to Trump’s desire that Kiev rekindle an investigation into an energy company with ties to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. “There was no blackmail”, Zelenskyy said. “They blocked this money and nobody asked us for anything.” During the event, Zelenskyy further told reporters that his country will “happily” investigate whether Ukrainians (the Poroshenko regime) interfered in the United States 2016 elections. “We can’t say yes or no as to whether there was any interference without an investigation.” Democrats, take notice!
Perhaps, Adam Schiff could be persuaded to call President Zelenskyy to testify within the Star-Chamber!
Thus stands the current status of, now, the Ukrainian probe! Eventually, the entire House will have to take a record vote, member by member, to vote yea or nay, on Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump based upon the transcript that I just have analyzed, and perhaps also based on the hearsay-musings of the anonymous, disembodied “whistleblower”, who we will never see, who reputedly had been Joe Biden’s Aide during the Obama Administration and may have traveled with him to Ukraine! The “mainstream media”; the Democrats’ “Government in Exile”, have been conducting wall-to-wall coverage that Trump’s words in the telephone transcript amount to “impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors” and that “the constitution must be defended”. Much of this cheerleading is being carried out by John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Susan Rice and Andrew McCabe, all potential defendants in Bill Barr’s and John Durham’s ongoing investigation! To say that they all have a vested interest is to annunciate the obvious!
The radical Democrats in the House have enough votes to impeach Donald Trump, for this alleged, “high crime and misdemeanor!” But for the President to be removed in the subsequent Senate trial, a two-third’s vote of 67 senators would be required. A vote of conviction and removal from office (and the President’s disqualification for running in November, 2020) would thus require 20 Republican senators to join the 47 Democratic senators, if all Dems. choose to vote “yea”, based on this evidence! And no Virginia, neither Hillary Clinton nor Nancy Pelosi would then ascend to the White House in any event! It would be Mike Pence!
With the evidence at hand, to date, Donald Trump will never be removed from office and this whole charade of an impeachment inquiry is a fool’s errand! For all Democratic House members representing congressional districts that voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and for those representing districts that voted marginally for Hillary Clinton, a “yea” vote for impeachment will be nothing short of a kamikaze mission! Time to hand over the gavel, Nancy!
-The Chicago Patriot