May 19, 2017
EVIDENCE by A F Branco
Democratic Rep. Al Green Renewed Calls For The Impeachment Of President Trump On House Floor
Other Lawmakers Warned Against A Rush To Judgment
Brooke Singman ❘Peter Doocy
Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green renewed calls for the impeachment of President Trump on the House floor Wednesday, in the wake of new allegations concerning the Russia probe. Other lawmakers warned against a rush to judgment. Green first called for impeachment on Monday, joining other liberal lawmakers like Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif, in pursuing a step most Democratic leaders suggest is premature.
The New York Times claimed President Trump asked former FBI chief James Comey to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn emboldened Green. “I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America for obstruction of justice,” Green said, implying Trump fired Comey due the Russian investigation. “We cannot allow this to go unchecked—the president is not above the law, it is time for the American people to weigh in.” Green went on to explain that implementing the impeachment process does not, necessarily, mean the president would be found guilty. In any impeachment proceeding, the Senate would effectively hold a trial to determine guilt. Republicans and most Democrats are strongly warning against such impeachment talk. The White House also strongly denied the claims in the Times.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa, told lawmakers after Green’s remarks that “members are reminded to refrain in engaging in personalities toward the president such as accusations that he committed an impeachable offense.” Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, said on Wednesday that: "No one should rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy for removing a president."
Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Claire McCaskill of Missouri reiterated the importance of getting the facts first. “You gotta get the facts, that’s why the special prosecutors are very important, the intelligence committee needs to do their job,” Tester said. “That’s why the FBI needs to do their job, once you get to the facts, then you can make a good decision. If you don’t have facts, you don’t make good decisions.” “I don’t think it’s time to talk about anything like that until we see the evidence,” McCaskill told Fox News.
Other Democratic lawmakers who have been discussing impeachment are Reps. John Yarmuth, D-Ky, Mark Pocan, D-Wis, Jared Huffman, D-Calif, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who warned constituents at a town hall that if Trump were successfully impeached, “the problems don’t go away,” because then “you have a Vice President Pence who becomes President Pence.”
Former Democratic Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich told Fox News on Tuesday that there was a “danger in engaging in compulsive opposition.” Mr Kucinich, who called for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over the decision to go to war in Iraq, told Fox News that this is only an option “after exhausting a number of other options.” “It is destructive to America to proceed with an impeachment at this stage of the presidency,” Kucinich, a Fox News contributor, said on Tuesday, before The New York Times report on the Comey-Trump meeting. “This is not the first thing you reach for, because when the first big move a party makes is towards impeachment, it’s very difficult for the American people to conclude that it is anything but a partisan issue.”
WH HEAD OF PERSONNEL TO PURGE TRUMP SUPPORTERS FROM STAFF ON MAY 22
DeStefano Blocks Pro-Trump Candidates From Joining White House
Editor’s Note: This article explains why the Trump administration is dealing with so many leakers inside the White House.
Johnny DeStefano, a GOP elite loyalist who never vocally supported President Trump, was somehow given the most important job in a presidential transition. As director of presidential personnel, DeStefano decides who will work in the Trump administration. Mr DeStefano has been using his power to undermine the President in several ways.
Johnny DeStefano, head of personnel and policy for President Donald Trump, has blocked Trump supporters from the White House, 23 people with knowledge of hiring and personnel have directly reported to me. Over 800 Trump supporters hold positions as Schedule C Federal Employees. These positions are temporary, and expire after 120 days. Fewer than 15% of Trump’s temporary appointees (Schedule C) have been given permanent positions. Their terms are coming up, and they are being sent home.
One source told this reporter: "I was told that I have a permanent position, moved to that position, was given a new email address, but my paperwork says I am still on a 120 day appointment that expires on the 20th. Half of the original Trump supporters here are in the same boat as me, the other half were told that they would not be re-appointed. So that 15% number (hopefully not, in my case) may be even lower."
Even pro-Trump interns are being blocked, as another source told me, "Hey Mike. I was a Trump field rep in [a swing state which Trump narrowly carried]. I wrote recommendations for several college kids for the WH internship. I guess I should have written that they were never trumpers as opposed to volunteers from before the primary. No one from the White House intern dept called me as a reference.
Trump has received well-justified criticism about being short-staffed. John Fund of Fox News reported that Trump had only 20% of the staff Bill Clinton had. DeStefano defended his inaction by claiming it takes time to hire the best people. Surely Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel would know something about how to hire the best people. Yet multiple sources confirm Mr Thiel has been completely shut out by DeStefano. Mr Thiel’s team reportedly will be making a visit to D.C. this Friday to discuss personnel decisions, although the meeting may have been rescheduled in light of President Trump’s planned overseas trip to Saudi Arabia, a trip whose existence was first reported by Mike Cernovich.
Alex Pfeiffer of the Daily Caller exclusively reported back in March that DeStefano has brought in rabid Never Trumpers like Brian Hook and homophobe Scott Garrett. Brian Hook, a Trump critic and former Bush administration official, is currently serving as the State Department’s director of policy planning. Foreign Policy’s John Hudson observed that Hook despised Trump. Hook told Politico in May. “Even if you say you support him as the nominee, you go down the list of his positions and you see you disagree on every one.” Since taking over at State, Brian Hook has pulled the security clearances of several of Trump’s most loyal supporters, putting America’s national security at risk. DeStefano has also been coordinating with H.R. McMaster to “Make the NSC Democrat Again.” McMaster has said, “We need to professionalize the NSC, and that means bringing in more Democrats.”
Scott Garrett, a Never Trump who hates gays, is also slated to take a high level position at the Export-Import Bank. Scott Garrett called Trump vile and said he should resign in disgrace.
If the Schedule C positions are allowed to expire later this month, the Trump revolution is over. What can you do to stop the May Massacre of Trump’s supporters Personnel is policy, and Trump’s supporters are being kept out of the White House, leading one White House staffer to quip, “We have a saying around here, ‘The only way to get within 100 feet of the White House is to have Tweeted #NeverTrump.’”
TRUMP UNDER SIEGE: MORE THAN 60% OF NSC EMPLOYEES PLACED BY OBAMA
The Source Said There Are “Whole Departments” At The NSC With Only One Trump Appointee
Calls are growing for President Trump to “clean house” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, after a series of leaks aimed at embarrassing and undermining the president sprung from the White House this week. A White House source estimates more than 60% of employees at the National Security Council are not Trump administration appointees, but career officials who were appointed to the White House from other agencies under the Obama administration.
The source said there are “whole departments” at the NSC with only one Trump appointee. “I think the lesson here is that these things are going to continue to happen until the Trump White House does a serious housecleaning,” said Fred Fleitz, a former CIA and Bush administration official.
“Now under civil service rules, it’s difficult to fire them and I’m not sure they should be fired, but they can be reassigned. And people who are going to promote the president’s policies rather than undermine them — he needs to put those people in place,” he added.
CHINA TO ALLOW US BEEF EXPORTS AFTER TRUMP RENEGOTIATED TRADE TERMS
Trump Follows Through On Tade Deal Between US And China- Key Plank Of Presidential Campaign
A new trade deal will allow US beef and natural gas exports to flow into China while opening up the US market for cooked poultry and Chinese banks, the US Commerce Secretary announced Thursday. The initial slate of commitments from the two countries marked steady progress between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at Trump’s Florida estate last month. President Trump renegotiated trade terms between the United States and China a key plank of his presidential campaign, and he said last month he hoped to make progress with China in the short term.
Under the agreement, China will allow US beef exports to flow directly to the country for the first time since 2003, while the United States will take steps to authorize Chinese imports of cooked poultry into the United States by July 16. The United States and China also agreed to open up US exports of liquefied natural gas to China, which could be a boon for both countries.
WHITE HOUSE TELLS CONGRESS IT WILL RENEGOTIATE NAFTA
New US Trade Rep Lighthizer Lays Groundwork For Nafta Talks On First Full Day Of The Job
Vicki Needham | The Hill
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress on Thursday that President Trump intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Lighthizer said the United States will rework the 23-year-old trade agreement to support higher-paying jobs here and grow the U.S. economy by improving trading opportunities with Canada and Mexico.
“USTR will now continue consultations with Congress and American stakeholders to create an agreement that advances the interests of America’s workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses,” Lighthizer wrote. Since being confirmed last week, Robert Lighthizer a longtime Washington Lawyer and former trade official has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill to discuss the White House's trade agenda.The announcement starts a 90-day clock meaning negotiations can begin no earlier than Aug. 16.
"We are prepared. We are ready," said Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray in response to the renegotiation announcement. Chrystia Freeland, Canada's minister of Foreign Affairs, said “this three-month notice period has long been anticipated and is specifically a part of the U.S. domestic process.” “We are at an important juncture that offers us an opportunity to determine how we can best align NAFTA to new realities and integrate progressive, free and fair approaches to trade and investment,” Freehand said in a statement.
In recent weeks, Trump has gone back and forth on NAFTA. At one point, he had planned to start the process to exit the three-country deal. But after talking to Canadian and Mexican leaders decided it was best to renegotiate the agreement. The president has called NAFTA the worst trade deal the U.S. ever signed.
In the letter to Congress, Lighthizer outlined the objectives of the negotiations, saying that “many chapters are outdated and do not reflect modern standards" especially on issues such as digital trade, which was in its infancy in the 1990s. "The plan is to address intellectual property rights, regulatory practices, state-owned enterprises, services, customs procedures, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, labor, environment, and small and medium enterprises," the letter said. Lighthizer's letter also said a rework would include stiffer enforcement of the three-nation trade agreement.
MAN WHO WAS JAILED IN NORTH KOREA DISCLOSED BOMBSHELL
There Are A Lot More Americans Locked Up Than Anyone Knows
We should all pray that the current level of antagonism between the US and North Korea eventually passes. But if it does, North Korea will fade from the news cycle. And with that, most people are going to forget about some of the crazy things that country has done, including the fact that they routinely kidnap foreigners and imprison them years.
Currently there are four Americans who are known to be held by the North Korean regime. But as crazy as it might sound, there are probably many more Americans and other Westerners who are secretly being held captive there. You’d think that we would know about every single person who has been taken by that government, but there’s one reputable source who claims otherwise.
While visiting North Korea, a Canadian security consultant and businessman by the name of James Leigh was imprisoned and interrogated there for several days last month. He claims that while he was in prison, he spoke to Professor Tony Kim, a US citizen who was also recently jailed by the authorities in North Korea. Kim was apparently being housed in a cell next to Leigh’s room, and the two frequently spoke to each other. Kim revealed to him that there are far more Americans being held captive in North Korea than any of us realize. Here’s what Mr Leigh revealed in a recent interview with Newsmax, not long after he was released. He said during his two-and-a-half day imprisonment, Prof. Kim told him, “There’s a lot more Americans locked up here than anyone knows. “I said, ‘Are you serious?’” “He said, ‘Yeah, Canadians, Americans, Europeans. There’s a whole place to hold them.’ ”And that place apparently, goes by a very chilling name. According to Leigh, Prof. Kim told him that many other foreign nationals have been secretly arrested and imprisoned in North Korea. Prof. Kim told Mr Leigh an associate had visited the facility where the prisoners are housed. According to Prof. Kim’s account as related by Mr Leigh, locals refer to that prison as “the house of people with no name” or “the place without a name” — Leigh was uncertain of the precise phrase due to language difficulties. “He was pretty specific about that,” says Mr Leigh. “He knew about that. That was something he really wanted me to know. … There were Americans and Europeans. … He was pretty specific because that was probably where he was going.”
It’s not just Kim’s story that makes Mr Leigh think that North Korea has captured scores of Westerners. He claims that during an interrogation, he saw filing cabinets brimming with large folders that were labeled with Western-sounding names. The only thing that’s even creepier than that, is how so many of these people could have found themselves imprisoned in North Korea. “He says there a lot more Americans than we know about being held,” says Mr Leigh, who adds that given the thousands of U.S. ex-pats living in Asia and the limited resources available to track their whereabouts when they go missing, he does not find Prof. Kim’s claim farfetched or improbable. It sounds like he’s implying that North Korea isn’t just arresting Westerners who visit the country. They’re sending out agents to kidnap tourists and ex-pats in neighboring countries, before sneaking them back into North Korea.
There’s actually a precedent for this. In the past, Kim Jong-il admitted that his government had kidnapped 13 Japanese citizens from Japan’s coastline between 1977 to 1983. There are countless abuses that have been committed by the North Korean regime. What’s going on in North Korea should stand as a warning to Americans. It’s shockingly easy for a government to make anyone disappear. Let us pray that these people are not forgotten and released to their own countries.
HUNGARY ELECTRIFIES BORDER WALL IN DEFIANCE OF EU MIGRANT QUOTA
Electrocution Warning Signs Printed In Arabic and Serbian
Hungary, which has resisted EU demands to take in more migrants, has reportedly electrified its double-sided fence on the Hungarian-Serbian border, according to local media. Hungarian media was tipped off when border officials installed new electrocution warning signs in Arabic, Hungarian and Serbian on the fence. “It may not be a full fence shield, but there are fixed wires running parallel to the ground,” reported journalist András Földes. “The 12 wires mounted on insulated points are visible on both fences of the double fence, with insulated portions on the inside of the fences since it’s assumed they [the migrants] will only come from the outside if they come in.”
The Hungarian government said it would further equip the fence with “night vision cameras, thermal imaging cameras, and motion detection systems.” During the installation of the fence grid and a worker "was shaken" badly and he was hospitalized.
The country is resisting the EU’s decision to distribute migrants.The majority of the migrants floodig into the EU are military-age males. The EU's “mandatory quota basis,” across member countries directly challenges Hungary’s national sovereignty and self-determination.
“Faced with massive arrivals in Italy and Greece, in September 2015 EU interior ministers decided to relocate 120,000 people to other member states – based on a mandatory quota system over a period of two years,” reported the EU Observer. “Reluctant states opposed to the idea of mandatory quotas are the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia were outvoted by the other member states in a qualified majority vote, which weighs up factors such as population size.”
“Hungary and Slovakia decided to challenge the decision in December 2015.” The Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, even sealed off the country’s borders in 2015 during the apex of the migrant crisis. A year later, 95% of the Hungarian public rejected the EU mandatory migrant quota when the country held a referendum on immigration. The victory allowed PM Orbán to continue crafting border security measures, including the electrified fence on the Hungarian-Serbian border.
GERMANY CONFISCATING HOMES TO USE FOR MIGRANTS
Authorities Confiscate Private Dwellings - Renovation Cost Billed To The Owners
Soeren Kern | The Gatestone Institute
In an unprecedented move, Hamburg authorities confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district near the city center. A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties and will rent them against the will of the owner — to tenants chosen by the city. District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said that all renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties. Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage, one that has been acutely exacerbated by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow more than two million migrants into the country in recent years. City officials have been seizing commercial properties and converting them into migrant shelters since late 2015, when Merkel opened German borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Now, the city is expropriating residential property units owned by private citizens.
The expropriation is authorized by the Hamburg Housing Protection Act a 1982 law that was updated by the city’s Socialist government in May 2013 to enable the city to seize any residential property unit that has been vacant for more than four months. The forced lease, the first of its kind in Germany, is said to be aimed at pressuring the owners of other vacant residences in the city to make them available for rent. Of the 700,000 rental units in Hamburg, somewhere between 1,000 and 5,000 (less than one percent) are believed to be vacant, according an estimate by the Hamburg Senate.
Socialists and Greens in Hamburg recently established a “hotline” where local residents can report vacant properties. Activists have also created a website Leerstandsmelder (Vacancy Detector) — to identify unoccupied real estate in Hamburg and other German cities. City officials said the measure was necessary because, at the time, more than 400 new migrants were arriving in Hamburg each day and all the existing refugee shelters were full. They said that because the owners of vacant real estate refused to make their property available to the city on a voluntary basis, the city should be given the right to take it by force. The measure was applauded by those on the left of the political spectrum. “We are doing everything we can to ensure that the refugees are not homeless during the coming winter,” said Senator Till Steffen of the Green Party. “For this reason, we need to use vacant commercial properties.” Others have argued that efforts by the state to seize private property are autocratic and reek of Communism. “The proposed confiscation of private land and buildings is a massive attack on the property rights of the citizens of Hamburg,” said André Trepoll of the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU). “It amounts to an expropriation by the state.” He said the proposed measure is a “law of intimidation” that amounts to a “political dam-break with far-reaching implications.” He added: “The ends do not justify any and all means.”
In November 2015, lawmakers in Berlin considered emergency legislation that would have allowed local authorities to seize private residences to accommodate asylum seekers. The proposal would have authorized police forcibly to enter private homes and apartments without a warrant to determine their suitability as housing for refugees and migrants. The legislation, proposed by Berlin Mayor Michael Müller of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), would have amended Section 36 of Berlin’s Public Order and Safety Law Allgemeine Gesetz zum Schutz der öffentlichen Sicherheit und Ordnung, ASOG), which currently allows police to enter private residences only in extreme instances, to “avert acute threats,” that is, to fight serious crime. Müller wanted to expand the scope for warrantless inspections to include “preventing homelessness." The proposal was kept secret from the public until the leader of the Free Democrats (FDP) in Berlin, Sebastian Czaja, warned the measure would violate the German constitution. “The plans of the Berlin Senate to requisition residential and commercial property without the consent of the owner to accommodate refugees is an open breach of the constitution. The attempt by the Senate to undermine the constitutional right to property and the inviolability of the home must be resolutely opposed.” Since then, both the mayor’s office and the Senate appear to have abandoned their plans.