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Posted by: thepinetree on 12/11/2019 01:02 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 12/11/2019 01:02 PM
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Congressman Tom McClintock at Judiciary Committee Impeachment Hearing

Washington, DC...Mr. Chairman: In every election, somebody wins and somebody loses. Democracy only works because the losing side always respects the will of the voters. The moment that social compact breaks down, democracy collapses into chaos. That has only happened twice in our nation’s history. It happened in 1860, when the Democrats refused to accept the legitimate election of Abraham Lincoln. And it happened again in 2016 when the Democrats refused to accept the legitimate election of Donald Trump.





The issues before us today do indeed strike at the heart of our democracy.

The first calls for impeachment began just days after the 2016 election, and ever since the Democrats have been searching for a pretext.

When the Mueller investigation found no evidence to support the monstrous lie that the President acted in collusion with Russia, the Democrats realized they were running out of time – and suddenly the Ukrainian phone call replaced collusion, Stormy Daniels, tax returns, emoluments, and even tweets, as the reason to nullify the election – just a year before the next one is to be held.

Impeachment is one of the most serious powers with which Congress is entrusted. It requires an overwhelming case of high crime supported by clear evidence that a vast majority of the nation deems compelling.

Our Constitution vests the executive authority – including the enforcement of our laws -- with the President and it gives him sole authority to conduct our foreign affairs. Clearly this includes requesting a foreign government to cooperate in resolving potentially corrupt and illegal interactions between that government’s officials and ours.

The sum total of the Democrats’ case comes down to this: Not one of their hand-picked witnesses provided any first-hand knowledge of the President ordering a quid-pro-quo – and two witnesses (Sonderland by testimony and Senator Johnson by letter) provided first-hand knowledge that the President specifically ordered NO quid-pro-quo. No testimony was provided that the Ukrainian government believed there was any quid-pro-quo, but there are ample public statements its officials did not believe there was such linkage.

In fact, the testimony of their witnesses crumbled under questioning – and we were left with career bureaucrats who admitted the only evidence they offered was presumption, speculation, resentments and what they read in the New York Times.

It is upon this flimsy evidence the Democrats justify overturning the 2016 Presidential election.

It is so flimsy that the Democrats have had to turn our Bill of Rights on its head to make it.

• They have argued that hearsay evidence – better known as gossip – is better than direct testimony.
• They have argued that the burden of proof rests with the accused to prove his innocence, while denying defense witnesses.
• They have argued that the right to confront your accuser is an invasion of the accuser’s privacy.
• They have argued that appealing to the courts to defend your constitutional rights is ipso facto obstruction of justice and evidence of guilt.
• They have asserted the power to determine what witnesses the defense is allowed to call.
• They have argued that a crime is not necessary to impeach – but only impure motives in performing lawful acts – motives to be divined solely by the accusers.

These are the legal doctrines of despots, but are the only ones that can accommodate the case before us today.

This is a stunning abuse of power and a shameless travesty of justice that will stain the reputations of those responsible for generations to come. And God help our country if they should ever be given the power and replace our Bill of Rights with the doctrines they have imposed in this process. The Democrats are fond of saying, “No one is above the law.” But they have one unspoken caveat: “EXECPT FOR THEMSELVES.”

The Speaker has already short-circuited what should be a solemn, painstaking, thorough and above all, fair process by ordering her foot soldiers on this committee to draw up articles of impeachment, without this committee hearing from a single fact witness. Despite the fact that Mr. Schiff doesn’t dare to appear before this committee to defend his work, we are supposed to accept his report at face value and obediently follow the Speaker’s orders. As the Red Queen decreed, SENTENCE FIRST, verdict afterwards.

We can only pray the Senate still adheres to the judicial principles of our founders and if they do, we can then begin repairing the damage this travesty has done to our democracy, our institutions, our principles of justice, our Constitution, and our country.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-12-11 13:08:43   By: Anonymous
 
Impeachment is the ONLY thing Donald Trump has ever earned.

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    Posted on: 2019-12-11 13:21:31   By: Anonymous
     
    You must be a demorat....

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      Posted on: 2019-12-11 14:14:38   By: Anonymous
       
      Your a fool Tom ,you lost my vote!

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        Posted on: 2019-12-11 14:28:32   By: Anonymous
         
        Call his office and tell him how you feel. (202) 225-2511

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          Posted on: 2019-12-11 14:50:30   By: Anonymous
           
          Tom is a traitorous, ass kissing punk.

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            LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!! LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!! LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!!
            Posted on: 2019-12-12 18:35:31   By: Anonymous
             
            Space Troll

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2019-12-12 06:30:46   By: Anonymous
         
        Your a fool? Yup, "you're" a Democrat

        Here's "your" sign. " ME STUPID DUMMYCRAT"

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          Posted on: 2019-12-12 11:57:55   By: Anonymous
           
          McClintock is getting voted out, its a wonder he can breathe with his mouth so full
          embarrassing having a trump apologist as our districts voice
          Back to Thousand Oaks

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    Posted on: 2019-12-11 13:21:39   By: Anonymous
     
    You nitwits are funny people. Not only is he your President, he will be in 2020 too. The reason is he won't be impeached because the SOCIALIST party won't get enough votes.
    The people with an IQ above a cow know Trump is not guilty of any crimes, unlike the corrupt socialist party you believe in.


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      Posted on: 2019-12-11 14:19:38   By: Anonymous
       
      "The people with an IQ above a cow know Trump is not guilty of any crimes"

      Is that cause Fox told you so? Or was it Trump himself who told you?

      Come on. You have to be kidding. Trump is as corrupt as they come. Always has been. Always will be.



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        Re: Reality Check
        Posted on: 2019-12-11 16:41:57   By: Anonymous
         
        If what you claim is true, then why hasn't President Trump been indicted, charged or convicted of any crime?
        President Trump is either the most honest man in Washington or the slickest criminal in history.

        Trump/Pence, 2020 Landslide!

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          Re: Reality Check
          Posted on: 2019-12-11 19:22:22   By: Anonymous
           
          The people with an "IQ above a cow" are Trumps base. Illiterate trailer trash so to speak. Too dumb to know any better. Just who Trump appeals to. Look at the backgrounds at his rallies. A whole bunch of Uncle Dads. Illiterate trailer trash make up the majority of Trumps base.

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            Re: Reality Check
            Posted on: 2019-12-12 09:48:33   By: Anonymous
             
            So what you are trying to insinuate is that people with an IQ above a cow are Republicans and those with an IQ below a cow are democrats?
            Yes, I think you're correct and it seems so do those who tried to argue that point, after all, those democrats are about as bright as a black hole.

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          Re: Reality Check
          Posted on: 2019-12-11 19:24:10   By: Anonymous
           
          Hey fool, he's definitely not the most honest person in Washington. What kind of idiot would make such an imbicelistic statement?

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        Posted on: 2019-12-11 22:26:56   By: Anonymous
         
        Trump is yrash but dems are fools! Give the guy a chance to work for the people

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        Posted on: 2019-12-12 08:03:08   By: Anonymous
         
        And the little bonnie Hillary is just waiting canonization.

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      Posted on: 2019-12-11 14:30:06   By: Anonymous
       
      I've watched every hearing and read every report, have you? Or do you just get your news from fox?

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        Posted on: 2019-12-12 06:36:03   By: Anonymous
         
        Really? How many pages in every report were there that you read Mr Liar?
        I've read every report, my God you imbeciles really think anyone believes you read every report?
        Your stupidity is ... PRICELESS

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      Posted on: 2019-12-11 15:20:25   By: Anonymous
       
      Abuse of power is a reason for removal of office.

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        Posted on: 2019-12-12 09:52:21   By: Anonymous
         
        S Schiff and Pelosi and all the other democrats who have tried 4 times now and have failed those 4 will be removed from office? HIP HIP HOORAY HIP HIP HOORAY HIP HIP HOORAY

        THE DRAINING OF THE SWAMP HAS STARTED HIP HIP HOORAY HIP HIP HOORAY HIP HIP HOORAY
        TRUMP 2020 MAGA!!!

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          Posted on: 2019-12-13 10:52:04   By: Anonymous
           
          MAGA stands for “Make A..hole Go Away”

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      Posted on: 2019-12-11 16:36:06   By: Anonymous
       
      Dems are smarter than that. They know they don’t have the votes in a GOP controlled senate but they are making the point to the conservative middle that the GOP cares more for holding office than the constitution. Trump has never had more than 35% of the vote; there’s a lot of disenchantment in that middle ground that has not seen the promised trade deals or tax cuts.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-12-11 13:29:41   By: Anonymous
 
Who the F__K CARES

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-12-11 14:27:27   By: Anonymous
 
Tom McClintock is a disgrace!! He should be ashamed of his hypocrisy. This stupid choice to follow Trump over his Constitutional Oath will ruin his political career.

Shame on you, Tom!!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-12-11 14:50:49   By: Anonymous
 
For his five terms in office, McClintock was the primary sponsor of three bills that were enacted into law. On June 14, 2013, McClintock introduced the bill To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to take certain Federal lands located in El Dorado County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (H.R. 2388; 113th Congress), a bill that would take specified federal land in El Dorado County, California, into trust for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.[54] The other two bills were to rename Post Offices. (H.R. 3892 and H.R. 3319).[55]

3 successful Bill's in 5 terms???! Don't work too hard for us, Tom.

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    Posted on: 2019-12-11 14:55:18   By: Anonymous
     
    And what have the Democrates accomplished over the last three years? Oh, that's right...NOTHING EXCEPT CRY!

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      Posted on: 2019-12-11 15:04:57   By: Anonymous
       
      "The president and his defenders here on the Capitol are doing everything possible to create the false perception that House Democrats are doing nothing other than investigate the President. Nothing can be further from the truth. We have passed more than 250 bills this Congress and sent them over to the Senate, where unfortunately they're sitting in Mitch McConnell's legislative graveyard."
      — Hakeem Jeffries

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      Posted on: 2019-12-11 15:46:29   By: Anonymous
       
      5 terms is 30 years

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        Posted on: 2019-12-11 18:45:51   By: Anonymous
         
        Members of the House serve 2-year terms.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2019-12-11 16:42:48   By: Anonymous
       
      You’re not paying very close attention. But your point is moot and typical of a Trump minion which is to point at others and deflect. The conversation at hand was what has McClintock accomplished for the voters of our district?

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      Posted on: 2019-12-12 09:05:20   By: Anonymous
       
      You mean the hundreds of bills that are sitting on Moscow Mitch (aka The Grim Reapers) desk going nowhere?

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Two peas in a pod!!
Posted on: 2019-12-11 15:13:26   By: Anonymous
 
He has blinders on and loves to support the occupant of the white house - obviously two peas in a pod as the saying goes.

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Posted on: 2019-12-11 16:31:59   By: Anonymous
 
You’re not paying very close attention. But your point is moot and typical of a Trump minion which is to point at others and deflect. The conversation at hand was what has McClintock accomplished for the voters of our district?

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    Re: /\/\ You're not paying close attention
    Posted on: 2019-12-11 16:56:35   By: Anonymous
     
    I notice that Stopper takes heed and is reverent to whatever McClintock says. If I was McClintock, I would be embarrassed!

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      Re: /\/\ You're not paying close attention
      Posted on: 2019-12-11 18:06:46   By: Anonymous
       
      How stupid are you? Trump would not vote to promote cannabis business, he's way too uptight, uneducated and a cheerleader.

      He has the understanding of and respect for science displayed by a 4th grader.

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        Re: /\/\ You're not paying close attention/\/\respect for science designed for a 4th grader
        Posted on: 2019-12-11 19:13:38   By: Anonymous
         
        Of course Trump won't support cannabis! And he's on the right track. He knows WTH he's doing. Do you know WTH YOU'RE doing? No-I didn't think so. You're probably one of Tronald's Troopers! Then his mom Rebecca is probably the 2nd in command shot caller, but Tronald always has to ask her permission. He couldn't make it on his own in this world! HAHA!

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          Re: /\/\ You're not paying close attention/\/\respect for science designed for a 4th grader
          Posted on: 2019-12-11 19:26:44   By: Anonymous
           
          Hey SRS. Quit sucking on mommas' titty and get real. We all know youhave mother issues. WOO, WOO, here comes the train daddy.

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            Re: /\/\ Hey SRS
            Posted on: 2019-12-11 20:32:11   By: Anonymous
             
            Wrong again! I've been weaned years ago-way before you were a gleam in your daddy's eyes and I see you haven't been weaned yet. You would never make it out on your own without mommy! Go get a real job!

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              Re: /\/\ Hey SRS
              Posted on: 2019-12-12 12:02:49   By: Anonymous
               
              I'm picturing a grown adult in diapers making the above comment.

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                Re: /\/\ Hey SRS/\/\adult wearing diapers
                Posted on: 2019-12-12 16:13:09   By: Anonymous
                 
                Excuse me but you're wrong again! Like I said I was weaned and out of diapers while still a toddler (maybe 1 or 2-can't remember) and way before your time youngster! You need to go back to your mommy so she can change your soiled diapers! WTH, she does everything else for you, right? Also while we're at it, I appreciate that you quit spreading rumors about Alice and I. She is a lady who has a lot of respect and is respectful herself. She also has brought her kids up well and a very upstanding citizen. Can you compare to that? No I don't think so. You are still living in a very dark world and I really feel sorry for you! So whoever you are Tronald or whoever: I say grow up and you don't intimidate me as well as you don't intimidate Alice. We are much better than that! So you can just go on with your gibberish as well as your cohorts! It doesn't faze me a bit!

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Posted on: 2019-12-11 22:00:17   By: Anonymous
 
Trump is yrash but dems are fools! Give the guy a chance to work for the people

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2019-12-12 09:12:55   By: Anonymous
     
    What Trump says and what he does are two different things. He needs to fact checked in real time. Media needs to pause his speeches and verify that what he is saying is true. If you ask "what has he lied about" then you're a lost cause. Vote how you want to.

    And yes, mainstream media is biased, but FOX is far worse. I recall the days when Walter Cronkite would lay out the facts and let it to Americans to decide for themselves.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2019-12-12 18:36:05   By: Anonymous
       
      Space Troll

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-12-12 09:13:46   By: Anonymous
 
May 3, 2016:
“If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed … and we will deserve it”
Lindsey Graham

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-12-12 09:16:58   By: Anonymous
 
McClintock, Jordon, Gaetz, Collins, McConnell, Graham.... your clocks are ticking.

I hope you hear whispers of “traitor” in your ear at night, because although not all remember history, the internet has a great way of being a haunting source.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2019-12-13 08:09:32   By: Anonymous
     
    Republicans, embarrassing

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