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Trump rips into Democrats for coupling impeachment with trade deal at raucous rally

HERSHEY, Pa., Dec 10 (Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted House Democrats for announcing an agreement to pass a revamp of the decades-old North American trade deal on the same day they unveiled articles of impeachment against him.

Speaking to a boisterous crowd in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Trump said House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to use the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade pact to deflect attention from the impeachment effort.

“They announced the impeachment and then an hour later she announced that she is going to do USMCA. You know why, it’s a huge deal and it plays down the impeachment because they’re embarrassed by the impeachment,” Trump told the cheering crowd.

Trump is seeking to shore up support in swing states like Pennsylvania, which he won by less than 1 percentage point in 2016, visiting the state often ahead of the November 2020 election.

Pennsylvania, one of three “Rust Belt” states Trump won with votes from white, blue-collar voters who had previously supported Democrats, is seen as key to keeping control of the White House, along with Michigan and Wisconsin.

“We’re gonna win Pennsylvania,” Trump said at the rally, which was momentarily interrupted by a protester waving a pink sign that read “grabbing power back.”

“Get her out,” Trump said. “We don’t want to be politically correct,” he added.

House Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry into Trump several months ago over allegations he abused his office by pressuring Ukrainian officials to investigate a political rival, Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Get her out…We don’t want to be politically correct

On Tuesday, Trump called the probe a hoax and disparaged Biden for forgetting the names of states in which he was campaigning. Biden is one of the leading candidates in the Democratic primary race.

In his wide-ranging speech, Trump referenced a report released this week by the Justice Department’s inspector general that found it was proper to investigate Trump’s campaign, saying “they spied.”

Trump has been on a three-year quest to revamp the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which he has blamed for the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Trump faced opposition from Pelosi and other House Democrats who wanted changes to the new deal, including improving enforcement of worker rights. The USMCA has already been signed by the leaders of the three countries, but is also subject to ratification by lawmakers.

But on Tuesday, Pelosi announced an agreement had been reached with the White House as well as Mexico and Canada, the result of a rare show of bipartisan and cross-border cooperation in the Trump era of global trade conflicts.

Still, it was inked the same day Trump became the fourth U.S. president in history to face formal impeachment.

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President Donald Trump Rally LIVE in Hershey, PA 12/10/19

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Join RSBN’s Bailee Byers, Jordan Parker and cameraman Gage Fuller for LIVE coverage from Hershey, PA as President Donald Trump holds a Keep America Great Rally at the Giant Center. President Trump is expected to speak at 7:00pm EDT.

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Democrats Won’t Let Lack Of Evidence Stop Impeachment

On today’s podcast we cover the introduction of articles of impeachment in the House, and how Democrats won’t let a little thing like lacking evidence stand in the way of their creating “crimes” in order to smear the President. We also cove the Attorney General’s interview with NBC News, and talk about how political opportunists exploit unsuspecting people to rake in a ton of money for themselves.

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Attorney General Bill Barr gave an exclusive interview to NBC News, laying out his issues with the Inspector General report and the abuses of the civil rights of Americans by the FBI under James Comey. Where are the civil libertarians on the left speaking out about the violation of the rights of Carter Page? They’re weirdly silent, almost like they don’t care because Page is on the “wrong team.” We get into all of it and preview the testimony of the Inspector General before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

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Democrats have introduced 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump, neither of which are actual laws that can be broken. It’s a testament to just how weak their argument is. Plus, Adam Schiff lied yet again at the press conference announcing the articles. Is he capable of telling the truth, and is any journalist capable of calling him out? Of course not. We explain.

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This Week, Trump Completely Hamstrings World Trade Organization

President Donald Trump, no doubt owing to his “America First” economic vision, has long been a critic of the World Trade Organization and the globalism it promotes and protects.

Though it is likely beyond the president’s ability to summarily do away with the international institution that oversees global trade agreements and disputes, his administration has nonetheless battled against it.

Now, according to The New York Times, Trump will have, in essence, rendered the WTO ineffective and null as of the end of Tuesday by way of crippling the globalist body’s rules enforcement arm.

The Times explained that the Trump administration has spent the past two years effectively blocking any new appointments to a special seven-member panel that hears and rules on appeals stemming from disputes between global trading partners.

Without any new members, that panel has been whittled down to just three, the bare minimum necessary to even hear a case, much less render a ruling.

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The terms of two of those three remaining members are set to expire at the end of the day on Tuesday, and given that the Trump administration has not relented in its opposition to the appointment of new members, the panel will essentially have been all but dissolved.

In The Times’ judgment, the biggest concern in all of this is that without the sort of “trade referee” provided by the WTO appeals panel, the process of resolving international trade disputes will devolve into “a free-for-all, paving the way for an outbreak of tit-for-tat tariff wars.”

Given President Trump’s propensity for using tariffs as a tool, rather than waiting around years for a globalist body of judges to weigh in, such a “free-for-all” would seemingly prove ideal for his use of tariffs as bargaining chips to improve trade relations with both allied and rival nations.

Trump and his administration have been highly critical of the WTO over the past two years and have accused it of not protecting the interests of American workers and coming down too hard on the U.S. while doing next to nothing to address obviously unfair trade practices by China.

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The administration has also criticized the fact that the WTO has continued to allow China to claim special protected status as a “developing nation” despite being the world’s second-largest economy.

The WTO has failed to respond to China’s domination of certain industries through its mix of private and state-owned enterprises and government subsidies.

While the prospect of an international “free-for-all” in trade may be frightening to those opposed to American interests, Bloomberg reported that a hasty and admittedly less-than-ideal “plan B” has been put together by the European Union in the hopes of avoiding such an outcome.

The EU plan — which right now has only the backing of Canada and Norway, though China and others have expressed interest — would create a work-around to the crippled WTO appeals panel by replicating a WTO rule to create a sort of voluntary appeals-arbitration system that would settle disputes.

That system would allow the WTO director-general to appoint former appeals panel members to serve as arbitrators. If enough nations volunteered for the system, it could potentially function in much the same way as the now diminished appeals panel.

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Of course, the U.S. under Trump would be highly unlikely to voluntarily participate in such arbitration, but the EU has reportedly come up with a plan to address that potential downside as well — economic sanctions against non-participating bodies with no real way to appeal.

That would simply open up the EU and other nations to retaliatory sanctions from the U.S., which would put everybody back on square one. While the EU and China and other nations may continue to play their globalist games, America will go it alone and figure out what serves its best interests however it sees fit.

Globalists won’t like what Trump has done to the WTO at all, but those who place American interests first and are tired of being pushed around by international bodies will love it.

The president has taken yet another big step toward making the U.S. a truly independent economic powerhouse on the world stage.

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Clinton Prosecutor Sees Weak Impeachment Case Against Trump

House Democrats, legal analysts, and pundits suggested in recent weeks that President Donald Trump committed various impeachable crimes in his July phone call to Ukraine’s president.

But on Tuesday, the charge House Democrats came up with was a broad “abuse of power” claim, alleging that Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election.

The second and last charge against the president is “obstruction of Congress,” for not complying with congressional subpoenas in the impeachment probe.

“They have passed through treason, they passed through bribery, they passed through extortion, they passed through an illegal campaign contribution, and they passed through obstruction of justice,” former independent counsel Robert Ray, who investigated President Bill Clinton, said of House Democrats’ recent rhetoric about Trump’s alleged offenses.

“This is what they have,” Ray told The Daily Signal, referring to Democrats’ announcement of the two charges they will pursue. “It was broadened to abuse of power, which would seem to have a lower burden of proof.”

Ray was part of independent counsel Ken Starr’s team, which sent the report to Congress in 1998 recommending Clinton’s impeachment on charges that included perjury and obstruction of justice. Ray completed the long-running investigation after Starr stepped away from the post.

Ray acknowledged that impeachment is both a political and legal process, recalling the often-quoted Gerald Ford standard when, as House Republican leader, Ford sought to impeach Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas in 1970.

“An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history,” Ford, a future president, asserted at the time. “Conviction results from whatever offense or offenses two-thirds of the other body [the Senate] considers to be sufficiently serious to require removal of the accused from office.”

But that is not in the tradition of impeachment at the presidential level, Ray contends.

“I remain of the view that a well-founded impeachment must [involve] a crime,” Ray said, adding: “Obstruction of Congress does not constitute a crime unless it constitutes obstruction of justice.”

The impeachment article on obstructing Congress by not complying with congressional subpoenas raises questions related to the separation of powers established in the Constitution, legal experts said.

“The executive branch is not required to do what the legislative branch orders it to do,” Thomas Jipping, a former chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee who helped oversee two impeachment trials of federal judges, told The Daily Signal.

“When Adam Schiff says ‘jump,’ Donald Trump is not required to say ‘how high,’” said Jipping, referring to the California Democrat, point man on impeachment as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “There are real boundaries between branches of government.”

Not only is the article of impeachment on abuse of power lacking a finite crime, Jipping noted, the article is based largely on intent.

Trump, the article alleges, “solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 United States presidential election.”

“It’s about proving intent. This would be the first impeachment in history based on intentions,” said Jipping, now deputy director of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. “The view is Trump pressured or coerced and demanded action for the purpose of getting reelected. That is at the heart of the whole impeachment case.”

Still, in announcing the two articles of impeachment, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., warned of the grave consequences arising from Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“Our president holds the ultimate public trust. When he betrays that trust, and puts himself before country, he endangers the Constitution, he endangers our democracy, and he endangers our national security,” Nadler said in a formal statement. “The Framers prescribed a clear remedy for presidents who violate their oath of office. That is the power of impeachment.”

One former Justice Department lawyer, J. Christian Adams, summarized the abuse-of-power article as translating to “We don’t like Trump.”

The second article on obstructing Congress, Adams said, means “Trump didn’t do what we told him to do.”

“If that’s what the Democrats have, they are in trouble,” Adams, now president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, told The Daily Signal.

Adams noted that President Barack Obama took executive actions without Congress and withheld documents from Congress during the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal—so he could be accused credibly of both offenses if a Republican-controlled House had been inclined to do so.

“It boils down to this: Policy and ideological disagreements are not impeachable offenses,” Adams said.

The articles of impeachment against Clinton—perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with covering up an affair with a White House intern—were specific.

The two articles against Trump are similar to those contemplated against President Richard Nixon for the Watergate cover-up before he resigned: obstruction of justice, obstruction of Congress, and abuse of power.

But each of those articles cited specific conduct by Nixon that was criminal in nature.

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