Common sense-Americans are firmly defending President Trump’s Constitutional authority and slamming the whistleblower who filed a complaint against him as an “unelected, inferior employee.”
Rush Limbaugh’s long-time producer James Golden, “Snerdley,” summed it up nicely in a tweet Friday.
Contrary to what is being floated – there is NO legal restriction against the President of the US asking the leaders of Ukraine to “investigate” something. Please – somebody cite the crime? Or the impropriety? WHO is spying on our President? Answer that!
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) September 20, 2019
Fox News legal analyst and commentator, Gregg Jarrett, sitting in as guest host on Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” weighed in on the controversial reports that an anonymous member of the intelligence community reportedly filed a complaint about a recent phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president.
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“Article II of the Constitution gives the president sweeping authority to negotiate with foreign leaders to make demands, indeed, to make promises,” Jarrett said Friday, speaking with guest Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer and member of the Republican National Committee.
“It does not grant power to an unelected, inferior employee of the federal government to second guess what the president is doing or approve or disprove of what he’s doing. Would you agree?” Jarrett asked.
“Absolutely,” Dhillon agreed, adding that “it’s the president’s job under our system of government to communicate with foreign leaders and share his views with them.”
“There is no quid pro quo. There are so many issues uncovered here,” she added, after calling out the “partisan effort” by the whistleblower in the complaint about the July phone call during which the president reportedly urged Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son.
“Setting aside for the moment that quid pro quo is as standard of foreign policy negotiations,” Jarrett interjected, “the Wall Street Journal is reporting there was no quid pro quo. What journalists seem to be ignoring is that there was a quid pro quo with Biden and Ukrainian leaders.”
“He is seen on tape bragging about how he threatened them that if they didn’t fire a prosecutor he was going to withhold more than a billion dollars from Ukraine,” Jarrett said of the former vice president’s son, Hunter Biden. “Now that’s a quid pro quo, isn’t it and why is it the media ignores that?”
Dhillon responded that Jarrett was asking a “rhetorical question” since the media “hate the president and they are willing to give a pass to anybody who criticizes him.”
“Who knows what the whistleblower is doing behind the scenes?” she added.
In an opinion piece published by Fox News on Friday, Jarrett blasted the media for “convicting Trump in the court of public opinion and predicting his imminent demise” despite the “precious little information” found in the whistleblower report.
“Does this complaint really qualify under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA)?” Jarrett asked, noting that “a spy who allegedly spied on the president does not have a legitimate whistleblower complaint against that president under the law.”
“Yes, the alphabet soup of intel agencies ultimately report to the president, but that does not make Trump a member of that community and subject to its rules of conduct,” the author and former defense attorney wrote. So, it turns out that the ‘whistleblower’ may not be a whistleblower at all. But you will not hear that from the mainstream media. They are too busy lighting their own hair on fire.”
The president blasted “Radical Left Democrats” and the “highly partisan” whistleblower in a tweet on Friday.
The Radical Left Democrats and their Fake News Media partners, headed up again by Little Adam Schiff, and batting Zero for 21 against me, are at it again! They think I may have had a “dicey” conversation with a certain foreign leader based on a “highly partisan” whistleblowers..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2019
….statement. Strange that with so many other people hearing or knowing of the perfectly fine and respectful conversation, that they would not have also come forward. Do you know the reason why they did not? Because there was nothing said wrong, it was pitch perfect!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2019
Republicans in Congress defended Trump against the “highly partisan” whistleblower complaint.
“It’s not like we haven’t seen this movie before,” U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan told The Washington Post. “Democrats come out, they’re all spun up, Adam Schiff makes all kinds of statements, and then when the facts come out — Whoa, different story!”
“This seems to be the same kind of deal,” the Ohio Republican added.
“It would have a real chilling effect on dialogue between important leaders if they think that every time someone who overhears a conversation that wasn’t even party to the conversation is going to file a whistleblower complaint and it’ll end up on the front page of periodicals across the country,” North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said, according to The Post.
Rep. Mike Gallagher dismissed the inflated drama by noting that calls with foreign leaders go with the territory of being president of the United States.
“The fact is, the president, to quote John Marshall, is the ‘sole organ’ of U.S. external relations and has to have conversations in confidence with foreign leaders,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “There’s no practical way to conduct diplomacy without it.”
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