Roger L. Simon

What Impeachment? America's First 'Show Trial' Begins Wednesday

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“Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.” In recent years, many of us have become extremely, even overly, familiar with this famous quote from Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria, Stalin’s chief of secret police, the NKVD.

This repetition occurred because the man whose crime his political opponents and their myriad allies inside the media, intelligence agencies, and FBI have been trying to show, again and again and yet again, is none other Donald J. Trump, president of the United States. (Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.)

And what is the actual crime they are trying to show? If you channeled Hitchcock and called it “The Man Who Tweets Too Much,” you might have an argument, although a somewhat frivolous one.

The crime they are trying to show is, well… nothing that is real. As in Stalin’s time, what is about to go public Wednesday for everybody to watch is naught but a “show trial,” much like the trial of the British engineers and the yet more ominous Great Purge. Only it is an opéra bouffe version led by Adam Schiff, a failed screenwriter with a proven inability to distinguish fact from fiction. Thank God there’s no Gulag where he can send people

But let’s give a look at what he and his cronies claim they are trying to show—some kind of presidential corruption regarding Ukraine. Some so-called whistleblower with a name no one’s supposed to know but everybody does (Ciaramella) accused Trump of threatening Ukrainian President Zelensky umpteen times with withholding U.S. aid if Zelensky did not investigate the activities of his political opponent and the opponent’s son.

As it turned out, when the transcript of the actual phone call was produced, it was a good deal less than that. It’s likely the hyperpartisan whistleblower, who never heard the call in the first place, lied through his teeth for political reasons he thinks—in all his virtue-signaling narcissism—are justified. We may never know because he won’t be allowed to testify. You’ll have to wait for his book in which he no doubt will lie again.

Also not allowed is any word on the father-son corruption (Biden und Sohn) which is clearly monstrous, worth millions, even billions, and has a direct effect on our relationship with China (which old Joe, the law school plagiarist, assured us was fine and not to be concerned about). We’re supposed to ignore that, so we will. For now.

But the actual “favor” (that was the word used) being asked for on the phone by Trump to Zelensky was about CrowdStrike, not about the Bidens, who were an afterthought. You may have heard of CS by now. It’s the digital firm with roots in California and Ukraine that was hired by the Clinton-associated law firm Perkins Coie to investigate the break-in of the DNC server during election 2016. When CS reported it was the Russians, that was accepted at face value by the FBI. Why the FBI, with all their vaunted cyber facilities, did not do this themselves is open to question—and everybody in the Beltway cesspool knows it, all the despicable creeps wringing their hands over Trump. Omertà rules in Washington, especially among the Democrats and the media (of all places).

They all know that the real investigation is in progress—what happened early in 2016 and thereafter that instigated the two-plus years of phony national hysteria known as the Russia probe, the probe that did everything it could, but thankfully failed, to upend the Trump administration. The characters who engineered this shouldn’t just be impeached—some have already lost their jobs—they should be sent to stir. We shall see how this plays out, hopefully soon.

Meanwhile, if you were Donald Trump, wouldn’t you ask a favor of a foreign leader if you thought he might have access to information solving that endless, vicious case against him that looks as if it was a set-up? Do bears you-know-what in the woods? You can bet Pelosi, Schiff, and even Rachel Maddow would do the same thing if they were subject to the same wretched, immoral, disgusting and unpatriotic treatment for three years and counting.

This whole show trial would just be an amusing farce in the farcical land of D.C. politics were it not for one thing—it just could (not likely, but could) be successful. And if it is, that’s the end of our country as we know it. Half of our citizens will feel completely disenfranchised. Where it will go from there is anybody’s guess.

What will be interesting in the coming days is who Torquemada Jr. (aka Schiff) will allow to testify. It’s obviously ix-nay on the whistleblower-way, but watch the results for Nellie Ohr and Alexandra Chalupa. If they don’t let them testify, that means they’re terrified. And they should be. What a country we live in. Comrade Beria is smiling.

PJ Media co-founder Roger L. Simon’s well-reviewed new novel The GOAT is just now available in an audio version. If you purchase that instead of paperback, hardback or ebook, please drive carefully during the funny parts.