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The White House on Tuesday ridiculed the impeachment report released by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff as the “ramblings of a basement blogger.”

“Chairman Schiff’s report reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing,” wrote White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham in a statement.

Democrats released the 300-page report on Tuesday afternoon.

Schiff argued in the report that President Donald Trump had abused his power by pressuring Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into Burisma, a corrupt Ukranian energy company that hired former Vice President Joe Biden’s son to serve on their board.

“The impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the U.S. government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection,” Schiff wrote.

Schiff also claimed that Trump obstructed the investigative authority of Congress by ordering individuals to ignore subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.

The report also claimed that the president conditionally required Ukrainian officials to investigate Biden’s role with Burisma, before agreeing to meet with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The report did not mention recent Democrat accusations of bribery or any other crime except witness intimidation, according to Breitbart editor Joel Pollak.

Schiff and Democrats also argue in the report that President Trump intimidated witnesses by tweeting criticism of them, describing some of them as “Never Trumpers.”

Schiff also uncovered call records with House intelligence ranking member Devin Nunes, the White House, and also New York Mayor Rudy Guliani, arguing that the three parties were deeply involved with the president’s plan.

But the White House argued that Schiff had failed to produce enough evidence to impeach the president.

“At the end of a one-sided sham process, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump,” Grisham wrote. “This report reflects nothing more than their frustrations.”

The House Intelligence Committee will vote on the report on Tuesday and send it to the House Judiciary Committee under Democrat Chairman Jerry Nadler, who will draft the articles of impeachment.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: White House Mocks Adam Schiff Impeachment Report as ‘Ramblings of a Basement Blogger’

President Donald Trump recalled the spirit of unity and gratitude in his Thanksgiving proclamation for 2019.

Trump noted the pilgrims spent their first Thanksgiving seated in unity with the Wampanoag Tribe after they helped them survive in the New World.

“That first Thanksgiving provided an enduring symbol of gratitude that is uniquely sewn into the fabric of our American spirit,” Trump wrote.

The president also recalled America’s first president, George Washington declared a National Day of Thanksgiving after the Revolutionary War and the new Constitution and President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving after the battle of Gettysburg.

Color postcard celebrating Thanksgiving Day, showing a number of live turkeys, with a large male gobbler in the foreground. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

“Since the first settlers to call our country home landed on American shores, we have always been defined by our resilience and propensity to show gratitude even in the face of great adversity, always remembering the blessings we have been given in spite of the hardships we endure,” Trump wrote.

The president asked Americans to remember members of the United States military who had died to protect the country and those serving overseas during the holiday. He also reminded Americans to honor first responders and those serving in law enforcement.

“As we gather today with those we hold dear, let us give thanks to Almighty God for the many blessings we enjoy,” he concluded. “United together as one people, in gratitude for the freedoms and prosperity that thrive across our land, we acknowledge God as the source of all good gifts.”

Trump is spending Thanksgiving with his family at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Celebrates Unity and Gratitude in Thanksgiving Proclamation

President Donald Trump said Monday he would “strongly consider” testifying for the House Democrat-led impeachment probe.

“Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president responded to a challenge from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who invited him to testify to the committee.

“The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants,” Pelosi said in an interview on Sunday’s Face the Nation on CBS News.

Trump described Pelosi as a “crazy, do nothing” Speaker who was “petrified” by the leftists in her caucus, and criticized her for failing to pass the USMCA trade deal, infrastructure and lower drug prices.

Trump has appeared willing to testify during investigations in the past, which his White House lawyers typically advised against.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Will ‘Strongly Consider’ Testifying in Impeachment Probe

President Donald Trump has relieved over 8,000 Veterans Affairs employees for failing their duty since becoming the president, according to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

“The standard is if you don’t live up to your oath if you don’t live up to the standards that our veterans expect, that you will be asked to leave,” Wilkie told reporters in a press conference on Friday. “This is a transformational moment in our history.”

Wilkie said accountability was a signature promise from President Trump, particularly after the Veterans Affairs scandals in Phoenix in 2014 and 2015.

Under Trump, he said, VA employees as high as network directors down to the lowest employees were removed for not performing their job to the proper standards.

“This is, I think, one of the strongest statements that we can make: That it is a new day at VA,” Wilkie said.

Trump spoke about the importance of Veterans Affairs accountability in October, during a speech on health care at The Villages in Florida.

“Do you remember all of the bad stories that used to be about the VA?” he asked. “Now you don’t see that because they have accountability. We can fire bad people. We fired a tremendous number of really bad people that should’ve been fired years ago. I don’t like firing people, but I like firing people that don’t treat our vets great, that aren’t doing their job.”

Wilkie praised Trump for delivering the largest budget for the VA Department in its history and noted that the department in 2018 achieved the highest patient satisfaction rates in its history at 89.7 percent.

He also touted the success of the MISSION Act, allowing veterans the ability to have the choice to seek care in the private sector when Veterans Affairs could not give them the care that they needed.

“This puts veterans at the center of their healthcare decisions, not the institutional prerogatives of VA, but veterans,” he said.

Wilkie detailed a forthcoming national roadmap for understanding and preventing suicides and addiction, and mental health, bringing together the federal government including the Departments of Indian Health, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Department of the Defense.

He said 60 percent of veterans who committed suicide were not in Veterans Affairs care and that the roadmap would help the department was working with local organizations to find military veterans suffering from depression.

President Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin in 2018 and replaced him with Wilkie, who was recommended to the Department by then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

Wilkie said it was an “honor” to serve in President Trump’s administration, praising him for putting veterans’ care at the top of his priority list.

“There has never been a President who has given this much attention to America’s veterans or allowed for more transformation to go on in the lives of veterans in this department than this President has,” he said.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Has Fired, Demoted, or Suspended over 8,000 Veterans Affairs Employees Since Taking Office

President Donald Trump ripped the so-called ‘whistleblower’ on Monday after lawyers agreed to allow him to answer written questions from House Republicans.

“He must be brought forward to testify,” Trump wrote. “Written answers not acceptable!”

Trump argued the “whistleblower” gave false information about his call with the Ukrainian president and worked with House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff before coming forward.

The identity of the “whistleblower” has already been revealed in a report by Real Clear Investigations, although lawyers refused to confirm or deny the report but rather pretended his identiy remains a sacred secret.

Trump taunted the media on Sunday for not following up on his identity.

“You know who it is. You just don’t want to report it,” Trump said. “CNN knows who it is but you don’t want to report it. And you would be doing the public a service if you did.”

The president also questioned the location of the second ‘whistleblower.’

“Where is the 2nd Whistleblower?” Trump wrote. “He disappeared after I released the transcript. Does he even exist? Where is the informant? Con!”

Trump said anyone who had questions about his July phone call with the Ukranian president had only to read the transcript which he released.

“There is no reason to call witnesses to analyze my words and meaning,” Trump wrote. “This is just another Democrat Hoax that I have had to live with from the day I got elected (and before!). Disgraceful!”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump: ‘Whistleblower’ Must Testify; ‘Written Answers Not Acceptable’

President Donald Trump criticized Hollywood as “racist” and creators of “violence” on Friday as critics reacted to the controversial movie The Hunt.

“Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president did not specify a particular movie but mocked Hollywood for creating violence and chaos in the United States.

“The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos,” he said. “They create their own violence, and then try to blame others.”

Trump commented as controversy grew about the movie The Hunt, which features wealthy left-wing “elites” who hunt “deplorables” for sport.

A White House aide confirmed to Breitbart News that the president was likely referring to the film The Hunt.

As Breitbart News reported this week:

The film, which has been described as a gory satire featuring actresses Hilary Swank and Betty Gilpin, follows a group of elites who stalk and murder conservatives in red states. The hunters are fueled by their hatred of the “MAGA-type” characters and their right-leaning positions. While the term “deplorables” may not be explicitly stated in the trailer, Daily Mail notes that the “hunted” were, in fact, described as “deplorables” in the screenplay.

It is not clear whether the filmmakers are sympathetic to the “Deplorables” or the “hunters.” Nevertheless, Blumhouse founder Jason Blum is a notorious Trump-hater who was booed off stage at the 32nd Israeli Film Festival in Los Angeles last year after blaming the president for the rise of anti-Semitism.

“They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite,” Trump said. “In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!”

Ads for the violent film were pulled off of television after duel weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio. The original title for the movie was Red State Vs. Blue State.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Thunders Against ‘Racist’ Hollywood: ‘They Create Violence, Then Try to Blame Others’

President Donald Trump endorsed the idea of “meaningful” background checks on Friday, as Congress continues to grapple with the concept of more gun control after the duel mass shootings last weekend.

“Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks,” Trump wrote on Twitter, describing the concept as a “common sense” approach to the problem.

Trump said he was speaking with representatives from the National Rifle Association to make sure they were at the table during the discussion.

“I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country,” he wrote. “Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!”

Democrats have pushed for additional universal background checks as a solution to the gun violence problem in the country, despite many mass shooters passing a background check to purchase their rifles.

Senate Republicans blocked the passage of a bill to enact more background checks after the Sandy Hook elementary shootings, despite former President Barack Obama pushing desperately for it to pass.

Trump’s endorsement of the idea of expanding background checks runs against his 2015 campaign stance on the issue.

His campaign document on protecting the Second Amendment read:

Every time a person buys a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer – which is the overwhelming majority of all gun purchases – they go through a federal background check. Too many states are failing to put criminal and mental health records into the system – and it should go without saying that a system’s only going to be as effective as the records that are put into it. What we need to do is fix the system we have and make it work as intended. What we don’t need to do is expand a broken system.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Endorses More ‘Common Sense’ Background Checks for Gun Purchases

Former President Barack Obama delivered a lengthy response to the dual mass shootings that killed 31 people in Texas and Ohio over the weekend. He blamed guns, white supremacist websites, and President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for the ongoing violence in the United States.

In a message shared on Twitter, the former president specifically called for more gun control to help prevent more mass shootings.

“Until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening,” Obama said in a statement, citing “evidence” that proved that more gun control could stop “some killings.”

Obama lamented that “no other nation on Earth” experienced the level of gun violence the United States does.

The former president also called for more censorship of “white nationalist websites” to prevent radicalization.

“[T]here are indications that the El Paso shooting follows a dangerous trend: troubled individuals who embrace racist ideologies and see themselves obligated to act violently to preserve white supremacy,” he wrote.

He compared the radicalization of white nationalists to that of followers of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists.

“That means that both law enforcement agencies and internet platforms need to come up with better strategies to reduce the influence of these hate groups,” he wrote.

While Obama did not cite President Trump’s rhetoric specifically, he called Americans to “soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments.”

He also criticized rhetoric meant to “demonize those who don’t look like us” or suggest that immigrants were “sub-human” or threatened the American way of life.

Obama indicated that rhetoric, such as the kind Trump voiced, was the root of the worst moments in human history — citing Jim Crow laws, the Holocaust, Rwanda Genocide, and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.

“It has no place in our politics and our public life,” he wrote. “And it’s time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much — clearly and unequivocally.”

The president also shared a link to a Vox.com article calling for a bold plan to enact gun control:

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Barack Obama Blames Donald Trump, Guns, ‘White Supremacist’ Websites for Mass Shootings

President Donald Trump announced Monday evening that Republican and Democrat leaders in Congress had agreed to a budget deal that also raised the debt limit.

“I am pleased to announce that a deal has been struck with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – on a two-year Budget and Debt Ceiling,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The deal would raise spending by $320 billion, according to reports, and suspend the debt ceiling until July 2021 — well after the 2020 election.

The president said that the deal, reached days before members of Congress leave Washington for their August vacation, had “no poison pills.” The deal also means Democrats will not try to block Trump from transferring federal funding to help build the wall on the Southern border

“This was a real compromise in order to give another big victory to our Great Military and Vets!” he wrote.

The bill still has to pass both houses of Congress this week in order to fund the government before the scheduled August recess before the president can sign it.

Pelosi and Schumer celebrated the agreement in a joint statement on Monday, praising the end of the sequester cuts set when Republicans were in the House of Representatives.

“We are pleased that the Administration has finally agreed to join Democrats in ending these devastating cuts,” they wrote.

In exchange for funding the military, Democrats won over $100 billion in domestic spending priorities.

“The House will now move swiftly to bring the budget caps and debt ceiling agreement legislation to the Floor so that it can be sent to the President’s desk as soon as possible,” the statement read.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Announces ‘Real Compromise’ Budget Deal with Nancy Pelosi

President Donald Trump began his rally in Green Bay Wisconsin on Saturday with condolences to the victims of the synagogue shooting in California.

“Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded, and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community,” Trump said. “We forcefully condemn the evil of antisemitism and hate, which must be defeated. Just happened. Must be defeated.”

Trump thanked law enforcement officials for responding to the shooting, including an off-duty patrol officer who returned fire as the shooter tried to flee the scene.

“I especially want to recognize a certain off-duty border patrol agent who bravely returned fire and helped disrupt the attack and saved so many lives,” Trump said as the crowd cheered. “Border patrol!”

Trump also spoke about the shooting with reporters as he left the White House.

“Obviously looks right now, based on my last conversations, looks like a hate crime,” he said. “Hard to believe. Hard to believe. We’re doing some very heavy research. We’ll see what happens, what comes up.”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Praises Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Who Helped Disrupt Synagogue Shooting

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