Witness intimidation? How about Democrats boycotting Sondland’s hotels?

How Democrats flip an impeachment witness

‘Welcome to the Resistance’

If your Squire is ever called to testify before Congress, he promises to sweat profusely (unlike Prince Andrew), mop his brow obsessively, and shield the microphone as he consults with his mobbed up lawyer. The Fifth Amendment would be invoked, White Privilege blamed. He would also say something about Epstein not off-ing himself.

Adam Schiff concludes the examination of European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland today by asserting that he never wanted it to come to this — that being impeachment. That is a Whopper made of over-processed soybean meal. Schiff has been looking for a crime to fit the verdict for the last couple of years. Where, indeed, is the beef?

Sondland boycott

The real whopper is that a Democratic congressman from Sondland’s home state of Oregon, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, has called for a boycott has organized pickets and a boycott against Sondland’s hotels. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, asked Sondland if he’d received “threats and reprisals” since his name hit the news.

“Many,” Sondland replied. “We have countless e-mails, apparently, to my wife. Our properties are being picketed and boycotted.” Rep. Conaway commented:

Mr. Blumenauer should not be using the vast influences that we have to bully you (Sondland) and your businesses into harm — the hundreds or thousands of employees that operate your business — by trying take business away from you to force you into doing something that they wanted you to do. That’s a shame. I’m hopeful that my colleagues will join me in saying, ‘Mr. Blumenauer, you really shouldn’t be using your congressional influence to try to bully and threaten a witness before these proceedings.’

And you wondered why Sondland flipped from having Trump’s back to being an accuser!

‘Welcome to the Resistance’

Meanwhile, Blumenauer was apparently pleased with Sondland’s testimony on Wednesday, tweeting “Gordon Sondland, welcome to the Resistance,” according to the Seattle Times.

Gordon Sondland reminds us of Wallace Shawn in the movies My Dinner with Andre and Princess Bride. Nice guy, means well.

But talk about two-sided! Sondland’s opening statement said Quid Pro Quo, fo’ sho’. Only deep into the daylong testimony did Sondland quote the President as saying, in a direct face-to-face meeting: “I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky — President Zelensky to do the right thing.”

“You can’t find the time to fit that in a 23-page opening statement?” Jim Jordan (the man in shirt sleeves) marveled.

Even the Bidens?

Comment, respond, what do you think

Should the Bidens be exempt from investigation?

Democrats are fond of saying no one is above the law. Would that include Joe and Hunter Biden? Even Sondland had to admit that Hunter’s $50,000 monthly stipend while his daddy was Veep had at least the appearance of a conflict of interest. And why did the Obama administration brief a previous ambassador on how to handle the Biden conflict of interest?

Finally, who sets administration foreign policy? The Constitution offers a clue. It’s not the foreign policy establishment. It is an elected President who is skeptical of pouring taxpayer dollars in foreign aid to kleptocracies that — in the case of Ukraine — campaigned for his election opponent.

The Capital Times wants Sen. Ron Johnson to recuse himself in any impeachment trial. Why? Because the senator took his oversight responsibilities seriously, because he was boots on the ground, and because he defeated Capital Times favorite Russ Feingold. Twice. In any event, the Constitution makes no such demands.

Sen. Ron Johnson explores the Deep State

Ron JohnsonThe New York Times reports: As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and a leader of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Mr. Johnson has for years traveled to Ukraine and worked to build a relationship with the nation’s officials. Now considered a witness with firsthand information, he is prepared to use the newfound spotlight to defend the president.

Sen. Johnson’s letter to the House is a must read. 

The Senator called the Democrats impeachment inquiry “a concerted, and possibly coordinated effort to sabotage the Trump administration that probably began in earnest the day after the 2016 presidential election.”

He singled out Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman as part of the Deep State:

Lt. Col. Vindman’s testimony, together with other witnesses use of similar terms such as “our policy,” “stated policy,” and “long-standing policy” lend further credence to the point I’m making. Whether you agree with President Trump or not, it should be acknowledged that the Constitution vests the power of conducting foreign policy with the duly elected president. … not what the “consensus” of unelected foreign policy bureaucrats wants it to be.”

I raise this point because I believe that a significant number of bureaucrats and staff … have never accepted President Trump as legitimate and resent his unorthodox style and his intrusion onto their “turf.” 

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Folks, if Donald Trump wanted his pound of flesh, Ukraine would have conducted an investigation and found the Bidens guilty in absentia. Instead, that troubled country did not even promise a cursory look-see. And they still got the money! Our money. Americans’ money. No one stole it from Ukraine. Nor were they entitled to it.

What do YOU think?

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22 Responses to Witness intimidation? How about Democrats boycotting Sondland’s hotels?

  1. madisonexpat says:

    So we begin to learn how the Deep State foreign policy operates. They promise US taxpayers’ money (and a lot of it) to Corruptistan who must then kick it back to any Democrat with a kid who needs a cool million or so to maybe take two trips a year for a “board meeting”.
    Imagine how many Chinese. Ukrainian oligarchs are sitting around wondering ‘How many worthless kids can the high up Democrats spawn?’
    The price of US foreign aid is going up buy hey! its only taxpayers money.
    Why did not one of the sainted many professional foreign service folks in Ukraine not give a moments notice on the $1.3 million Hunter Biden was stealing? No quid pro quo? No bribery?
    Put them under oath and ask them.
    Why not?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. George's Son says:

    .RE Buffoons: Teddy Roosevelt said -“Too small game to shoot twice.” Truth will prevail, much to these insipid churls dismay.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Mark Porter says:

    I know you’ll do the right thing, Dave… 😉


  4. AnonyBob says:

    Attempted extortion? Attempted bribery? Attempted quid pro quo and abuse of office? All unconsummated, how can that be illegal or immoral? Nah, nothing to see here. And it was the Ukrainians who tried to influence the 2016 election, not our buddy Putin.
    Sondland was a bit of fresh air, a good natured “I don’t give a f***” kind of guy who stated the obvious: of course there was a quid pro quo, everyone knew it and was in the loop about it, from the Prez on down. Now the guy who bought a prominent ambassadorship for a cool million dollars and no relevant experience and who’s clearly out of his depth, gets some bad p.r. for his businesses? Calls for boycotts? What do you think this is? Fox and the other RWNJ media?
    Schiff delivers cool justice and thoughtful summations while Nunes and Gym Jorden sound like they’re on one way tickets to Unhinged Conspiracy Land. I’m enjoying the hearings VERY much.
    Deep state foreign policy operatives? Nah, just respected, competent professionals who take their oaths to defend the Constitution seriously. Of COURSE that’s threatening to the conspiracy hack Trump clowns.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      “Attempted extortion? Attempted bribery? Attempted quid pro quo”

      It’s always a guilty pleasure to see @AnonyBob, et al, being dragged along by the nostrils, led to believe by their cynical handlers that they’re onto something; their souls filled with hope when it’s only their holes filled with soap.

      To wit:

      Quid Pro Quo? Sank like a lead balloon.

      Extortion? Dead on Arrival.

      Hey; why not try Bribery?

      One problem; per HoR John Ratcliffe (R-TX): In 3,500 Pages of Testimony, ‘Bribery’ Appears Only Once – Referring to Biden’s Alleged Conduct


      Don’ be like @AnonyBob!

      The Gotch


      • AnonyBob says:

        Claw your way out of that rabbit hole of disinformation, quit being such a simple stooge, and try to pay attention to facts and reality, Gootchie.


        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob’s on the never-ending Lefty roller-coaster, with no hope of getting off, literally AND figuratively!

          Glass half full?

          His hero Jussie is counter-suing Second City

          Glass half empty?

          His hero St. Greta has been reduced to hitchhiking across the puddle, while her support staff basks in the lap of luxury.

          Too many questions…not enough time!

          The Gotch


        • AnonyBob says:

          Goofy deflections signifying nothing. Typical Gootch. Sad.


    • madisonexpat says:

      “I’m enjoying the hearings VERY much.” Said only one person, ever.
      Did you prefer the Sondland who said there was no presidential quid pro quo or the Sondland who said there was?
      If the US is giving taxpayers moneys to foreign governments there had damn well better be clearly understood quid pro quos on every one of them.
      I’m enjoying the Schiff Show to see how petty, the charges, the alleged high crimes and all the useless, contradictory presumptions of wrong doing are.
      The take away is the attention being drawn to the foreign policy industrial complex. Their entitlement, their self love, their elitism and their corruption.
      The Schiff Show Hearings have unmasked this awful cabal as certainly as the Muellar/Russia idiocy unmasked the cesspool in our DOJ and Intel industrial complex.
      And hey! Congratulations to Dem front runner Joe Biden. He’s a grand father at age 77.
      Mazel Tov!


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        After assuming the role of Acting Blog Idiot (and doing a Bang-Up job!), @AnonyBob finds it necessary to view all incoming brightly colored, seductively moving stimuli through Industrial Strength Hardened Weapons Grade Thickened ideological blinders, which categorically filter out Inconvenient Truth.

        What remains is what we in the business affectionately call Internet-n-Circus; how might one expect him to conclude anything else?

        The Gotch


      • AnonyBob says:

        Quid pro quos for foreign aid? There are reasons it’s granted and conditions placed on all the aid we give. But those conditions don’t include creating dirt on political opponents of the Prez. That’s not just scummy politics the Mafia Don in the White House loves, it’s against the law, doncha know.


        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          “Quid pro quos for foreign aid?”

          You just stick your delicate little hand in a hornet’s nest, knowing what will happen, yet do it still? Sheesh!

          To wit:

          (bolds/caps mine throughout)
          (QUID) “It got almost no attention, but in May [2018], CNN reported that Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) wrote a letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, (PRO) expressing concern at the closing of four investigations they said were critical to the Mueller probe. In the letter, (QUO) THEY IMPLIED THAT THEIR SUPPORT FOR U.S. ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE WAS AT STAKE.

          “Describing themselves as ‘strong advocates (you’s gotta nice country, here) for a robust and close relationship with Ukraine,’ the Democratic senators declared, ‘We have supported [the] capacity-building process and are disappointed (shame if anything happened to it) that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these [democratic] principles to avoid the ire of President Trump,’ before demanding Lutsenko reverse course (or your aid>/b>) and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.”

          Oh my, Quid Pro Quo (extortion/bribery) is supposed to ONLY be done by EVIL Righties, am I right?

          The Gotch


        • madisonexpat says:

          But you were all for it when the Clinton campaign paid Brit ex spy to solicit the phoney dossier fantasy from Russians to “create dirt on a political opponent” of wannabe preisdent Hillary……… weren’t you.
          Psssst, seen what’s happened to the beloved Clinton Family Foundation since nobody has to pay to play with Hillary?


        • Batman says:

          “But those conditions don’t include creating dirt on political opponents of the Prez. That’s not just scummy politics the Mafia Don in the White House loves, it’s against the law, doncha know.” According to bobo.

          Biden is not a political opponent and never will be. He is campaigning and that’s all.
          Plus, everyone knows the feeble creepy corrupt mental defective cannot go the distance. But let’s pretend it’s possible; Trump would absolutely love that for obvious reasons.

          It is legal and responsible to begin pulling the Biden/Ukraine thread because there was no condition involved. Dems are utterly terrified of what unraveling the Biden tapestry of corruption will expose.

          Let us pray


        • Sprocket says:

          Shorter AnonyBob: “If the bum ass coke-head son of a former Democratic VP presidential candidate somehow winds up with a $50K a month gig on the board of a foreign company, in an industry in which he has zero experience, and his dad is instrumental in squashing that company’s opponents, any investigation is illegitimate. Because (D).”

          If there were an (R) attached to any of the Bidens’ Ukraine shenanigans, you know the Democrats would be emitting all sorts of high pitched screeching noises about corruption and coverup. The bottom line is Democrats are trying to reframe Ukrainian aid being contingent on anti-corruption efforts as a quid pro quo because they know Biden’s activities there stink like week old road kill. It’s also fun to remember how comfortable they were with using foreign intelligence assets to go after political opponents (Steele Dossier), when they clutch their pearls.


        • AnonyBob says:

          Splat, you’re right! It was outrageous when President Hillary used the power of her office to withhold aid to an ally until it manufactured the Steele dossier. Oh, wait…
          Interesting situational ethics you Trumpsters have to possess to support that crook in the White House.


  5. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Heartbreak: CNNers Realize Impeachment Obsession Hurting Dem 2020 Race

    But there’s hope, according to the BabylonBee:

    Hillary Clinton Says She Is Being Urged To Run By Many, Many, Many Voices In Her Head

    @AnonyBob, et al, seen smiling-n-nodding furiously in AGREEMENT!

    The Gotch


  6. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    The MSM is pushing the impeachment farce like a bunch of elitist movie critics telling us we MUST see a 12-hour long black-and-white film consisting entirely of bland dialogue in an obscure foreign language (Ukranian?) with a cast of unknown actors. “Blockbuster Testimony!” “Star Witnesses!” “Compelling Evidence!” Meanwhile, viewership continues its steep downward trajectory. The low point for me was the Dems’ futile efforts to pivot to “bribery” as the sure-fire impeachable offense (after a focus group determined that “quid pro quo” was as little too obscure and Latiny for the average American). How is that different than a prosecutor changing the charges against a defendant mid-trial?

    As for the beatification of federal bureaucrats and the diplomatic staff, check out Phil Hands’ cartoon in the WISJ yesterday (Wednesday). A perfect example of the Left’s Manichean worldview. I wonder if Adam Schiff helped Vindman pin the medals on his resplendent uniform? “They call me LIEUTENANT COLONEL!” Move over, Sidney Poitier.


  7. George's son says:

    Typical A-Bob reply, with an unknowing pseudo-copy of Trump’s concise Tweets….

    “Goofy deflections signifying nothing. Typical Gootch. Sad.”

    I’d say A-Bob has been sucked BIGTIME into the gallimaufries of this joke-filled Congressional exercise. Yet once again, he fails to provide information or insight but merely projection.

    Just sayin’….


  8. Batman says:

    The dumbocrats and administrative state are no match for the righteous Orange Master.
    God is on his side and karma be a-coming.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. madisonexpat says:

    Thanks ABob. Biden family corruption is Trump’s crime. Shoulda known.
    Still and all you are hanging in with a non hand.
    You get a point for trying.


  10. M. Olson says:

    Boycotts are an acceptable form of dissent as far as I know. Tea anyone? This criminal activity seems to be backed up by evidence. Perhaps those with first hand information should do their duty and testify? The Russian fishing trip is over their limit, now they have the GOP echoing their misinformation.


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