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The first public hearings of the Democrats’ “impeachment inquiry” are scheduled for this week and will start in front of the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday morning.

Two weeks ago Democrats laid out the rules, which put Chairman Adam Schiff in charge of calling hearings, determining who testifies, how long question and answer sessions will be, whether attorneys can be present, etc.

Over the weekend Republican lawmakers on the Committee officially submitted their witness requests, which includes the Ukraine call “whistleblower” and Hunter Biden. Schiff has rejected both. Other witness requests under consideration are Fusion GPS’ Nellie Ohr, David Jale, and Burimsa board member Devon Archer.

“As we move to open hearings, it is important to underscore that the impeachment inquiry, and the Committee, will not serve as vehicles for any Member to carry out the same sham investigations into the Bidens or debunked conspiracies about 2016 U.S. election interence that President Trump pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit,” a letter from Schiff to Ranking Intelligence Committee Member Devin Nunes states. “The Committee also will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm.”

Republicans have officially requested Schiff testify in a closed door hearing as part of the inquiry. There are serious questions about his relationship with the “whistleblower” and why Schiff hid the official whistleblower complaint from fellow Committee members for nearly a month.

As a reminder, Schiff has a long history of leaking out-of-context and selective information from closed hearings. He’s also infamous for making false statements on national television. A reminder:

It’s the Schiff show and we’ll be covering it all.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to call Schiff’s fishing expedition a “sham.”

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Here We Go: Public Impeachment Inquiry Hearings to Kick Off This Week

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will officially join the White House fight against Democrat impeachment efforts.

Bondi left her post as Florida Attorney General in 2018 when her term ran out. She served in the position for eight years. She actively campaigned for President Trump during the 2016 election and has been a strong supporter of his agenda. Earlier this year, Bondi joined the Washington D.C. lobbying firm Ballard Partners.

“Pam Bondi, elected twice to serve as Florida’s Attorney General from 2011 – 2019, has joined Ballard Partners to launch and Chair the firm’s Corporate Regulatory Compliance practice. The firm’s new national practice area will focus on serving Fortune 500 companies to implement best practices that proactively address public policy challenges such as human trafficking, opioid abuse and personal data privacy,” the firm released in January. “Pam Bondi has been one of Florida’s most accomplished Attorneys General and has earned a reputation among her colleagues as one of the toughest law enforcement officials in the country. With her unique perspective, experience and stellar reputation, there is no one better to launch and lead our firm’s national Corporate Regulatory Compliance practice.”

Meanwhile former Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh, who left his administration post in late 2018, will be rejoining the White House. He previously led the administration’s messaging on tax cuts and other major issues.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Fox News: Fighting Impeachment: Pam Bondi to Officially Join White House Team

Republican Congressman Doug Collins is calling on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to testify as a witness after Democrats moved forward with their impeachment resolution Thursday morning.

“Come to the Judiciary Committee and take every question asked of you [Schiff]. Be the first witness and take every question asked of you, starting with your own involvement with the whistleblower. Folks, this ain’t over. Get ready. The cloud that is dropping will be dropping on their heads because process matters and substance will always win out in the end and this president has nothing to worry about on substance,” Collins said.

Collins wants to know what Schiff’s relationship is with the whistleblower, who kicked this process into high gear. This is why:

Schiff received the whistleblower complaint, which was addressed to him, on August 12. Schiff didn’t share it with fellow members of the Committee until more than a month later. During that period he tweeted out, almost verbatim, information from the complaint, indicating he was secretly working closely with the whistleblower on substance and talking points.

According to the impeachment resolution passed on the House floor Thursday morning, which simply lays out the rules for how committee chairmen can proceed, Schiff is in charge of which witnesses are approved for testimony. Therefore, chances he’ll testify are slim-to-none.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: ‘This Ain’t Over’: Doug Collins Calls on Schiff to Testify About His Relationship With the Whistleblower

President Trump is publicly pushing back on allegations the United States paid $2 million to the North Korean regime to get American Otto Warmbier, who was tortured into a coma after being arrested for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster in 2016, back to his family.

From reports yesterday:

The U.S. received a $2 million hospital bill from the North Korean government for the care of American Otto Warmbier, who fell into a coma for unknown reasons while he was imprisoned in the country before he died in the U.S. in 2017, Fox News has confirmed.

Pyongyang authorities insisted the U.S. envoy sent to retrieve the University of Virginia student sign a pledge to pay the bill before allowing Warmbier’s comatose body to return to the United States, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Sources familiar with the matter confirmed the bill and the amount to Fox News.

Citing two people familiar with the situation, the Post reported the envoy signed an agreement to pay the medical bill on instructions from President Trump. However, a source told Fox News the U.S. did not pay money to North Korea.

Warmbier was returned to the U.S. in 2017. He was in a coma upon arrival and died just days later. His family has advocated for North Korea to be classified by the U.S. government as a terrorist state.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Townhall: President Trump: No, We Didn’t Pay the Bill North Korea Sent Us For Otto Warmbier

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