Chris Enloe


‘I read the document and there was absolutely nothing concerning to me’

The Democrat-led House impeachment inquiry targeting President Donald Trump is driving the national discourse thanks in part to the amount of coverage the mainstream media is dedicating to it.

But what do actual voters think of the impeachment probe?

NBC News recently talked with voters in three early primary states — New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Minnesota — and the sentiment was clear.

  • Jim Baird of Minnesota: “I think it’s a waste of time and they’re a bunch of little kids fighting and not accomplishing what the hell they’re elected for.”
  • Gray Chynoweth of New Hampshire: “I think we have a system of checks and balances. And the way it should work is that, you know, the House and the Senate should do what is set out in the Constitution.
  • Tracy Veillette of South Carolina: “I read the document and there was absolutely nothing concerning to me from one president to another. It was absolutely appropriate.”

The segment aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. The voters prove what National Review’s Rich Lowry said during the segment: that although impeachment is driving the national discourse in the media, the average American is not as concerned with impeachment.

“People out there don’t talk about impeachment a lot at any events. It doesn’t come up,” Lowry said.

Not only are average voters not as concerned with impeachment as the media, but voters in swing states also continue to oppose the impeachment of the president and his removal from office.

Recent analysis by the New York Times showed that while voters in the six tightest 2016 swing states generally approve of the impeachment inquiry, they do not favor impeaching Trump and removing him from office, 53 percent to 43 percent. Voters nationally, however, continue to favor Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: NBC asks voters how they feel about impeachment — and they make it clear: ‘Bunch of little kids’

‘Then Nancy Pelosi does become president’

On MSNBC’s “AM Joy” Saturday, host Joy Reid and her panel of commentators envisioned a scenario in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi becomes president.

Reid claimed that even if President Donald Trump is impeached and removed from office, nothing would change in Washington because Vice President Mike would become head of state, which would keep “all of the conspirators in place.”

Jill Wine-Banks, one of the prosecutors during the Watergate scandal, then answered Reid’s call, predicting how to completely remove Trump and his political legacy from office, thereby manufacturing Pelosi’s “House of Cards”-style ascension to the White House.

Will-Banks’ solution? Impeach Pence first, then demand that Trump does not appoint a new vice president prior to his own impeachment.

“You could impeach Pence first. The problem is that Donald Trump then has to name his replacement,” she said. “But I think that maybe a deal could be struck where he was told, if you don’t make a replacement, then Nancy Pelosi does become president.”

As House Speaker, Pelosi is second in the line of presidential succession.

However, a rise to the Oval Office from her current position would be nearly impossible, and would require the level of constitutional-bending and political manipulation that Will-Banks suggests.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: MSNBC panel concocts plan to make Nancy Pelosi president by ousting Trump AND Pence

And there you have it

The New York Times reported Monday that President Donald Trump recently “pushed” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to help Attorney General William Barr gather information for an ongoing Justice Department investigation in hopes to “discredit” Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The newspaper characterized Trump’s alleged request as “using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests” — the same allegation Democrats and the media have made about Trump’s controversial July conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

But a letter surfaced later Monday discrediting the Times’ reporting.

Image via Twitter @KerrieYaxley

The letter — first reported by Australian reporter Kerrie Yaxley — shows Australia proactively reached out to Barr via Scot Hockey, Australia’s ambassador to the U.S., in May to offer assistance in the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation.

The letter states:

I refer to President Trump’s announcement on 24 May that you will investigate the origins of the Federal Bureau of Investigations probe into Russian links to the 2016 US election.

I note that the President referred to Australia, the United Kingdom and the Ukraine as potential stakeholders. Moreover, I note that he has declassified intelligence material to support your investigation.

The Australian Government will use its best endeavors to support your efforts in this matter. While Australia’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, The Hon. Alexander Downer, is no longer employed by the government, we stand ready to provide you with all the relevant information to support your inquiries.

The Acting White House Chief of Staff, The Honorable Michael Mulvaney, has been copied on this letter.

According to Fox News, Hockey wrote the letter after Trump told reporters he would direct Barr to seek assistance from other countries in the investigation, which is being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham.

A top Australian diplomat further corroborated Monday that it was Australia that initiated contact with Barr regarding the investigation.

“After the president said what he said — we initiated the contact. There was no pressure — we acted in order to help,” the diplomat told Fox News.

Indeed, the Justice Department told Fox News that “countries have been helpful” in the DOJ’s investigation.

“There was no pressing required,” the DOJ official said.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Letter emerges from top Australian official refuting New York Times’ latest Trump scoop

‘Most prominently, the Speaker of the House has been emphatic…’

The Justice Department told a federal judge on Friday the House Judiciary Committee should not be granted access to secret grand jury material collected during Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation because Democratic lawmakers do not agree on why they need the files.

The DOJ’s response comes nearly two months after the committee filed a petition in court arguing they needed full, unredacted access to the materials in order to determine whether to move forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

According to the DOJ, the committee — chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) — has “come nowhere close to demonstrating a particularized need” for the grand jury material.

In fact, the DOJ argued that conflicting language from Democratic leaders undermine their central claim for needing the secret files, citing statements from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-N.Y.).

“Most prominently, the Speaker of the House has been emphatic that the investigation is not a true impeachment proceeding,” the DOJ wrote.

“And the House Majority Leader had even explained that branding the Committee’s proceeding as ‘impeachment’ is a simply a device to enhance the Committee’s legal arguments in this and other courts,” the agency explained.

The DOJ went on to say:

As the Committee’s Chairman has stressed—and as the Speaker of the House and the House Majority Leader both reiterated this week—the purpose of its investigation is to assess numerous possible remedial measures, including censure, articles of impeachment, legislation, Constitutional amendments, and more.

What may come of this investigation—if anything—remains unknown and unpredictable.

Because congressional impeachment proceedings “are not ‘judicial proceedings’ under the plain and ordinary meaning of that term,” the DOJ said secrecy rules governing federal grand juries must be upheld.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: DOJ court filing shows how Nancy Pelosi sabotaged Dem efforts to obtain secret Mueller files for impeachment probe

‘The one who scares me the most in the general is…’

Although Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is not the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, she is reportedly the candidate whom the Trump campaign fears most.

“The one who scares me the most in the general is Kamala Harris,” a top Trump campaign official told the Washington Times this week.

“The top candidates are all flawed candidates, but the least flawed is Kamala Harris,” the official, who the Times described as a “key player” in the campaign, explained.

Unfortunately for Harris, mediocre debate performances have tempered her campaign’s momentum through the summer months after surging through the spring. Harris launched her campaign amid widespread Democratic enthusiasm in January, drawing a campaign kickoff crowd of roughly 20,000 people — a larger crowd than what then-Sen. Barack Obama drew in 2008 when launching his presidential campaign.

Harris currently stands fourth among the crowded field of Democrats behind front-runner Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

However, Harris stands to gain the most through the fall and into the primary season early next year.

Enthusiasm for Biden has already begun waning over continues gaffes and his political history. Meanwhile, although Warren is surging, both she and Sanders are seen as far-left socialists. Both candidates will be a tough sell for most Americans who are much closer to the political center than the far-left.

Harris is perhaps the most moderate top Democrat competing for the nomination, which will undoubtedly help her when Democrats hit the polls next year. In fact, Harris admitted last month that part of her campaign strategy thus far has included holding close to her campaign promises.

“I’m not churning out plans like a factory because it is really important to me that any plan that I’m prepared to implement is actually doable,” she said.

Indeed, if America learned anything in 2016, it is that the most politically-savvy candidate will be victorious despite what polls predict.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Top Trump campaign official reveals which 2020 Dem the Trump campaign fears most

‘You are a vicious unethical monster’

Controversial Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) suggested Friday that “Israeli occupation” was to blame after Palestinian terrorists murdered a 17-year-old Jewish girl hiking with her family in the West Bank.

The girl, Rina Shnerb, was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated at a popular tourist site outside the West Bank settlement of Dolev. Shnerb was pronounced dead at the scene, while her father and brother sustained life-threatening injuries and were airlifted out of the area.

From Haaretz:

According to the military, it remains unclear whether the charge was hidden at the site of the explosion or thrown at the family that was hiking there. The army has ruled out the possibility that the charge was hurled out of a moving vehicle and said it appeared the device was home-made.

Defense sources said that the explosive device that was used was large, forceful and required advanced knowledge and skill to assemble. However, it has yet to be determined if the incident is tied to a major organization.

It wasn’t immediately clear who exactly carried out the brutal attack, but Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh commended whoever did, calling the actions “heroic,” Haaretz reported.

What did Tlaib say?

In response, Tlaib said her “heart goes out to Rina’s family,” then immediately turned to seemingly blame the attack on “Israeli occupation.”

Tlaib was heavily criticized over her response.

One person replied, “This is vile! Have you no shame? How dare you blame the murder of this beautiful teenage Israeli girl #RinaShnerb on the ‘occupation’? Can you not just blame the Palestinian terrorists that took her young life? This only underscores Israel was right to deny you entry!”

“You actually blame the victim here. You are a vicious unethical monster,” another critic said.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Palestinian terrorists murder Jewish teenager. Rashida Tlaib rushes to blame ‘Israeli occupation.’

‘…evidence of a needy phony and a gleeful mob uniting’

HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher gloated on his show Friday over David Koch’s death, saying he was “glad” the billionaire businessman had died.

“F**k him,” Maher said. “I’m glad he’s dead and I hope the end was painful.”

Although Maher was not the only liberal to rejoice over Koch’s death, his response was the most harsh; Maher essentially danced on Koch’s grave to the applause of his audience.

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld had a powerful response for Maher, calling the vile jokes “evidence of a needy phony and a gleeful mob uniting.”

He added pointedly, “Koch was a generous libertarian, whose millions went to fight disease. he did more for the world in a day, than Maher will do in his lifetime.”

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Greg Gutfeld destroys Bill Maher with powerful response for hoping David Koch’s death ‘was painful’

‘Democrats only want to raise your taxes!’

President Donald Trump hinted Saturday that additional tax cuts are in the future for tens of millions of Americans.

However, the president said the “major middle income tax cut” would only become reality if Republicans retain control of the Senate and retake control of the House in 2020.

“If Republicans take back the House, and keep the Senate and Presidency, one of our first acts will be to approve a major middle income Tax Cut!” Trump said. “Democrats only want to raise your taxes!”

Trump did not elaborate on his promise nor did the White House release additional details.

Larry Kudlow, the top White House economic adviser, said this week that Trump could propose new tax cuts before the 2020 presidential election that would additional economic relief for individuals and small businesses.

“The personal tax rates could easily be lowered, and probably the brackets could be shrunk. That’s a thought,” Kudlow said. “We might even kind of work through a way to help our friends in some of the states who are concerned about the shrinkage of the tax deductions there … the SALT taxes.”

However, Kudlow cautioned that such proposals are not guaranteed. “I’m just — these are for examples, OK? For examples,” he said.

Trump made a similar promise in 2018, but the cuts never came to fruition because Republicans lost control of the House — the one stipulation Trump added to his promise.

If Trump follows through this time, it would be the second major tax cut of his presidency. The first came in 2017 and provided tax relief for the majority of Americans.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: More tax cuts coming? President Trump hints at ‘major middle income tax cut’ with one condition

‘Punishment must be swift and certain’

Attorney General William Barr vowed on Monday new legislation that would fast-track the death penalty for death-row inmates convicted of killing a police officer or committing mass murder.

Speaking at the Fraternal Order of Police conference in New Orleans, Barr announced that legislation that permits the “imposition of any death sentence without undue delay” for convicted mass murderers and cop killers will make its way to Capitol Hill after Labor Day, CNN reported.

“This administration will not tolerate violence against police, and we will do all we can to protect the safety of law enforcement officers,” Barr said. “Punishment must be swift and certain.”

The effort is being spearheaded by the Justice Department after President Donald Trump lauded such a bill last week.

However, as ABC News noted, opponents of the death penalty argue that swift executions would likely not deter those intent on committing mass murder because of the amount of planning involved, which usually includes the killer taking his own life or dying by suicide-by-cop.

Barr’s announcement came just weeks after his agency announced it would resume carrying out executions of federal death-row prisoners later this year after a nearly two-decade hiatus.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: AG Barr announces plan to more swiftly execute convicted cop killers, mass murderers

‘If the guards see that the guy is breaking, they’re going to help you break’

A former inmate at the Metropolitan Correction Center, a federal penitentiary in lower Manhattan, told the New York Post on Saturday there is “no way” that Jeffrey Epstein killed himself.

The comments, which were made on the condition of anonymity, will undoubtably add fuel to conspiracy suspicions that surround Epstein’s death

“I’ve done too much time in those units. It’s an impossibility,” the former inmate, who spent time in MCC’s special housing unit, where Epstein was held, told the Post.

The former inmate explained the physical dimensions of the special housing unit cells, in addition to secluded inmates not possessing any items transformable into an “instrument of death,” prevented Epstein from harming himself.

“They don’t give you enough in there that could successfully create an instrument of death. You want to write a letter, they give you rubber pens and maybe once a week a piece of paper,” the former inmate said.

“Could he have done it from the bed? No sir. There’s a steel frame, but you can’t move it. There’s no light fixture. There’s no bars,” he explained. “You have sheets, but they’re paper level, not strong enough. He was 200 pounds — it would never happen.”

The former inmate went on to explain that jail guards are on a “major power trip” and push some inmates passed their emotional tipping point.

“Some of the guards are on a major power trip. They know guys there are suffering. They know something the rest of the world hasn’t seen, that a place like this exists in this country, and they get off on it,” he said. “If the guards see that the guy is breaking, they’re going to help you break.”

It was revealed Saturday that Epstein, despite an apparent suicide attempt just weeks prior, was not on continuous suicide watch at the time of his death. Additionally, jail officials reportedly did not follow standard operating procedures in the hours preceding Epstein’s death, which included routine checks on every inmate.

Attorney General William Barr has initiated a Justice Department investigation into the matter.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Former inmate at jail where Jeffrey Epstein was held explains why there is ‘no way’ Epstein killed himself

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