Seeing the Round Corners

February 25, 2019

Evidently House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has fallen for the hype that she is in line to become President of the United States. A photo op last week showed Pelosi signing a Congressional bill with different pens to pass out as memorabilia gifts just as President Trump does and previous presidents have done.
Reuters News Agency reports Pelosi met with Canada’s Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland at the Munich Security Conference. Freeland reportedly made it clear to Pelosi just how important it is for lifting tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada. Note, there is no confirmation available from the White House that Pelosi had been given authority to conduct such meetings on behalf of the United States and the President.
Freeland acknowledged how Canada is “now focused on its domestic ratification process for the U. S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal, but it is strongly opposed to the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum. (Note, virtually no coverage has been given by the mainstream media about President Trump’s announcement of the agreement with Mexico and Canada.)
In a conference call with reporters Freeland said, “The Canada position is now that we have concluded USMCA, that is all the more reason why the tariffs must be lifted.” 
As time has worn on and the Mueller investigation, by most accounts is nearing an end after nearly two years, even that depends on who is making the prediction. Americans have grown weary of the Trump-Russian saga, and were holding high hopes the Mueller investigation was finally winding down, but with recent events, seems Mueller himself has never given any such indication.
Now news arrives that the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is making noises again to any microphone put in front of his face that if the Mueller report does not “allege that theTrump campaign and Russia conspired to fix the 2016 presidential election, the House of Representatives may carry out a full-scale, retracing of Muller’s investigation. Schiff puts it this way, “the new Trump-Russia probe will cover material Mueller might not have been able to examine” – readers should be aware that Muller has far more investigative power than the House of Representatives. Obviously, despite his vaulted position, Schiff does not believe in  “innocent until proven guilty,” and his statement is an extortion attempt directed at Mueller.
In an interview conducted by CNN’s Dana Bush, Schiff refused to say if he will accept Mueller’s judgment if Mueller issues a report that does not allege a Trump-Russian collusion. Instead, Schiff said, “Well, we’re going to do our own investigation,” but did admit “I have great confidence in the special counsel. And if the special counsel represents that he has investigated, and not been interfered with, and not been able to make a criminal case, then I will believe that he is operating in good faith.”
Last week’s column included statements made by former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) – Schiff replaced Nunes beginning January 4, 2019. The pertinent remarks relevant to Schiff’s comments are excerpted and repeated here:

  1. Actions taken by the FBI with the probe into Russia and President Donald Trump were “absurd” and showed a “counterintelligence investigation” had been launched based on “dirt and research” from an opposing political party.
  2. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was relying on Democrat paid-for-dirt that came from Russians to investigate another candidate in another political party for doing what; supposedly colluding with Russians, it is absolutely absurd.”
  3. The FBI had been “opening up a counterintelligence investigation into a political party based on dirt and research from another political party which should never be done.”
  4. “Every American should be outraged by this.” “This has been buried by the mainstream media for years. It is absolutely absurd. Now people are hawking books on the thing.”

          Nunes’ position is reiterated again as a reminder to readers that the Gang of 3 (Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Adam Schiff) are not the only game in town, which by the one-sided coverage of the media, seems all-so-sure that it is. Reputable media are beginning to take note of the almost blatant bias against President Trump and the broad scale coverage of the Gang of 3’s every move. The blatant bias shown by the mainstream media is a sad statement on the failure of the media to do its job – that job is to present both sides of the issue(s) in an unbiased manner.
Next week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’ show of belief in the hype she may well assume the Presidency of the United States.

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