• Impeachment Hearing, Day 2: So, Now It’s ‘Bribery’?

    Day Two, Nothing New – Except for Dems’ Sudden Interest in ‘Bribery’

    Surge Summary: Again, not much new emerged in day two of Impeachment hearings. Former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified but didn’t contribute much of any substance. Meanwhile, Democratic hypocrisy continues to be on display – and suddenly they are accusing Donald Trump of “bribery” instead of a “quid pro quo” violation. 

    By Gary Bauer

    Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, testified today before Adam Schiff’s sham impeachment committee.  President Trump recalled Ambassador Yovanovitch in April.  It’s clear from her testimony that “Hell hath no fury like a diplomat scorned.”  Here are some observations.

    • Yovanovitch, who was appointed by Obama, said she felt threatened by President Trump and was deeply frustrated that no one “justified” her dismissal.  She reportedly wanted a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defending her.  Translation:  How dare the president think he has the right to appoint his own people.
    • Memo to Ms. Yovanovitch:  You serve at the pleasure of the president.  He can fire you for any reason.  Maybe he doesn’t like your singing voice.  It doesn’t matter.  And it certainly didn’t matter when Barack Obama fired all of George W. Bush’s ambassadors.  Why does Ms. Yovanovitch think she’s somehow special?
    • Like fellow diplomats George Kent and William Taylor before her, Yovanovitch expressed concern that U.S. policy toward Ukraine had been “hijacked” and that Foreign Service professionals were being undermined.  She declared, “This is not a time to undercut our diplomats.”
    • But exactly who is doing the hijacking?  And whose policy?  Policy is set by the duly elected president, not the unelected bureaucrats.  What many Americans heard this week was entitled Deep State operatives venting their frustrations.  They objected to Donald Trump winning the presidency and they object to him using the power of the presidency to enact his agenda.  The Deep State is undermining Trump daily!
    • I was particularly amused during the opening round of questioning when the Democrat counsel went after Fox News, Sean Hannity and investigative journalist John Solomon.  Are they on trial now?
    • Some progressives are trying to make today all about gender and a rerun of the Kavanaugh hearings.
    • While Ambassador Yovanovitch made a big deal about her efforts to fight corruption in Ukraine, Rep. Elise Stefanik noted that the Obama State Department was so concerned about Hunter Biden’s apparent conflict of interest with the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma that it specifically prepped Yovanovitch to deflect questions about Biden and Bursima during her Senate confirmation hearings.  Yet now we’re not supposed to ask questions about Biden and Burisma.
    • Kudos to Rep. Mike Turner, who drew attention to the missing whistleblower who triggered this entire controversy.  Turner read into the record a series of headlines such as, “Whistleblower Wants To Testify To House Panel, Schiff Says,” and “Whistleblower Reaches Agreement To Testify, Will Appear ‘Very Soon,’ Rep. Adam Schiff Says.”  Well, where is the so-called “whistleblower”?
    • And kudos to Rep. Jim Jordan, who exposed the partisan hypocrisy on full display here.  Democrats are attempting to impeach the president because they claim he abused his authority by inviting Ukraine to meddle in our elections.  (He did not.)  But we know the Ukrainians were meddling in the 2016 election to help Hillary Clinton.  Jordan recited a series of anti-Trump actions and statements from Ukrainian officials and asked Ambassador Yavonvitch whether she ever raised concerns about their partisan activity.  Of course she didn’t.

    It’s Bribery Now

    As I have suggested before, Democrats are struggling to manufacture a crime.  We noted earlier this week that they dropped “quid pro quo” for “extortion.”  Now they’re trying out “bribery.”  Speaker Nancy Pelosi leveled the charge yesterday.

    Where did that come from?  A focus group paid for by a political arm of the Democrat Party, as if we needed any more evidence that this was a purely partisan effort.

    But, if it is bribery to say to a foreign government, “I will give aid if you do this or take aid away if you do that,” then America’s entire foreign aid program is one gigantic bribe, and virtually every presidential candidate is guilty.

    Many Democrats have said recently, in effect, “If I’m elected president, I will pull military aid from Israel if it builds homes in Judea and Samaria.”  Or, “I will pull foreign aid from countries that don’t promote gay rights.”

    I think those “incentives” are wrong, but they are not bribery.  Foreign aid is given because we want countries to accommodate certain interests in order for us to share your tax money with them.

    And, by the way, the Ukrainian foreign minister said yesterday that there was no “bribery” or linkage of U.S. aid and cooperation in investigations.

    It’s time to stop this charade and move on!

    Originally posted here.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.  

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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