Tuesday's HOT MIC
Good Tuesday morning.
Here's what is on the president's agenda today:
- The president departs for San Diego, CA
- President Trump reviews border wall prototypes
- The president delivers remarks to members of the military
- President Trump travels to Los Angeles for a private residence
- The president participates in a roundtable with Republican National Committee supporters
A word on the special election in Pennsylvania: There is a special election today in Pennsylvania between a sleepy Republican candidate and a moderate Democrat who appears far more conservative than the progressive nutters fighting to take back the House in other races around the country. We are told that these are "litmus tests" for the #resistance but it will only be a litmus test if the Democrat wins. If the Republican wins, the race will be forgotten. My prediction: no idea, it's a toss-up.
House Intelligence Committee is done with its RUSSIA investigation
The House Intelligence Committee has wrapped up its RUSSIA investigation and is working on a report. The report found that there was no "collusion" between RUSSIA and the Trump camp.
According to [Rep. Mike] Conaway, the draft report is 150 pages, draws on 73 witness interviews and over 300,000 documents and also agrees with the intelligence community assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. He says it notably disputes the assertion from several intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton and raises questions about the accuracy of the underlying intelligence behind the intelligence community’s determination.
“We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment,” he said. “But only Tom Clancy … could take this series of inadvertent contacts with each other, meetings, whatever, and weave it into some sort of fiction, page-turner, and spy thriller.”
President Trump tweeted in response to the news: "THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION."
California Democrat and leaker of information from the intelligence committee Rep. Adam Schiff said, "By ending its oversight role in the only authorized investigation in the House, the majority has placed the interests of protecting the president over protecting the country, and history will judge its actions harshly."
The Democrats will not be happy with anything less than a finding of "guilty" on all investigatory fronts no matter what. None of the Democrats are undertaking a good faith investigation of what kind of influence the RUSSIANS had on our 2016 presidential election. The entire RUSSIA collusion theory is merely a PR effort and a tool to undermine the president and foment discord in America, which is, coincidentally, also what the RUSSIANS want. Neither Schiff nor any other Democrats have produced evidence of a partnership between the Trump campaign and RUSSIA, no matter how many times they hit the media and pretend that they have. It's a simple question: what was the product of this purported partnership between Trump and RUSSIA? No Democrat can answer that.
A Democratic source, which is undoubtedly Schiff or one of his staffers, complained that the Republicans did not tell the Democrats they were done with the investigation. This makes sense since Schiff leaks everything to the media and he can't be trusted.
In another sign of the partisan tensions, the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, had not been told as of midafternoon Monday that Republicans planned to end the witness interview portion of the Russia investigation, according to a Democratic source.
Two committees in the Senate are still investigating RUSSIAN election interference, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Guns under fire
Here's a superfun op-ed in the WaPo titled "Gun rights are about keeping white men on top." In the op-ed, we get a "history" lesson about how guns = power. But the author doesn't quite get it. Guns do equal power, that's why minority communities should fight for their 2A rights in their garbage, anti-gun Democrat-run cities instead of trying to take the guns away from the people smart enough to elect representation that respects their firearm rights.
It was this culmination of their worst nightmares that the Founders had in mind when they wrote the Second Amendment. Their “right to bear arms” was the right of white men to exercise authority over black men and women by violent means if necessary, and their right to a “well regulated Militia” was the right to do so in large groups.
Uh, ok, that was the main issue on the founders' minds when they wrote the Constitution: keeping the black man down. Not taxes or religious liberty, but racial oppression. But the RKBA isn't racially or gender-limited. If you don't like that the white guy has a hunting rifle, fight for your right to have one too.
Eminem took a shot at the NRA at an iHeartRadio performance over the weekend. Courageous.
“This whole country is going nuts, and the NRA is our way/They’re responsible for this whole production/They hold the strings, they control the puppet/And they threaten to take donor bucks/So they know the government won’t do nothing and no one’s budging/Gun owners clutching their loaded weapons/They love their guns more than our children,” rapped Eminem.
Here's something new: Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants people who lie on their firearm background check forms to be prosecuted. Former AG Eric Holder, who preferred that only Mexican narco-terrorists have high-powered weaponry, wasn't really interested in prosecuting these folks. It's a felony to lie on a 4473 form, by the way.
Sessions directed federal prosecutors to “swiftly and aggressively” prosecute cases involving individuals who are barred from obtaining a firearm, and who fail to tell the truth on a government form needed to pass a background check.
And here's something you won't hear in the mainstream media: the gunman who killed three at a veterans home had his gun permit revoked months prior.
A gunman, who killed three innocent women at a California veterans home, had his gun permit revoked several months before the shooting took place, according to a Monday report.
Very sad. The shooter murdered three people. Christine Loeber, 48, was the executive director of the veterans home. Jennifer Golick, 42, was a clinical director, and Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba, 32, was a clinical psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.
"Bad Penny" roundup:
Historical picture of the day:
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
In the past 24 hours, I've seen quite a few "life comes at you fast" tweets with this same theme:
For Democrats (and never-Trumpers), the motivation behind everything this president does, is RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA!
Pelosi is now fundraising off of Tillerson's firing.
That letter reads like something from the Onion.
WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN BUY AN AR-15 FOR $130?
Seriously, I'm willing to drive up to 500 miles for a deal that good.
Wait for it...
Looks like maybe a dozen angry and obscene malcontents showed up to protest President Trump at the border:
The pro-Trump rally, meanwhile, was much bigger with hundreds of happy and enthusiastic flag-waving supporters: