During the first hearing of the House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, a prominent Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee made the contention that hearsay “can be much better evidence” than direct evidence at the proceedings.
“I think the American public needs to be reminded that countless people have been convicted on hearsay because the courts have routinely allowed and created, needed exceptions to hearsay,” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) said while facing Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor and deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eastern Europe George Kent during today’s hearings.
“Hearsay can be much better evidence than direct, as we have learned from painful instances, and it’s certainly valid in this instance,” he added.
He can be seen making the incomprehensible statement here:
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) November 13, 2019
Quigley was referencing the 23 legally recognized exceptions to the rule making hearsay inadmissible during court proceedings. According to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University, those exceptions are as follows:
(1) Present Sense Impression.
(2) Excited Utterance.
(3) Then-Existing Mental, Emotional, or Physical Condition.
(4) Statement Made for Medical Diagnosis or Treatment.
(5) Recorded Recollection.
(6) Records of a Regularly Conducted Activity.
(7) Absence of a Record of a Regularly Conducted Activity.
(8) Public Records.
(9) Public Records of Vital Statistics.
(10) Absence of a Public Record.
(11) Records of Religious Organizations Concerning Personal or Family History.
(12) Certificates of Marriage, Baptism, and Similar Ceremonies.
(13) Family Records.
(14) Records of Documents That Affect an Interest in Property.
(15) Statements in Documents That Affect an Interest in Property.
(16) Statements in Ancient Documents.
(17) Market Reports and Similar Commercial Publications.
(18) Statements in Learned Treatises, Periodicals, or Pamphlets.
(19) Reputation Concerning Personal or Family History.
(20) Reputation Concerning Boundaries or General History.
(21) Reputation Concerning Character.
(22) Judgment of a Previous Conviction.
(23) Judgments Involving Personal, Family, or General History, or a Boundary.
While Quigley is technically correct that there are exceptions that allow hearsay to be admissible during certain court proceedings, his contention that it “can be much better evidence than direct” is an insult to the intelligence of the American people, and shows how Democrats are grasping at straws in the new phase of their witch hunt against President Trump.
It was essentially revealed during today’s proceedings that the entire case against President Trump is based entirely on hearsay, with the deep state whistleblower who filed the initial complaint being unwilling to take public questions:
WATCH: Both of the Democrats #impeachmenthearing witnesses just admitted that they were NOT on the phone call with President Trump and Ukraine's President Zelensky.
Democrats only care about hearsay and opinions, not facts! pic.twitter.com/28lHfT2qWk
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) November 13, 2019
First it was the Russia Hoax, now it’s the Ukraine Hoax.
And what are Democrats basing this sham on? HEARSAY. pic.twitter.com/Olzhy2LBYX
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 13, 2019
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) of the House Freedom Caucus was particularly effective in his new role on the House Intelligence Committee. He embarrassed the Democrats for the partisan fiasco they have inflicted upon the American people.
“This anonymous so-called whistle-blower with no firsthand knowledge, who's biased against the president, who worked with Joe Biden, who is the reason we're all sitting here today— we'll never get a chance to question that individual.” –@Jim_Jordan pic.twitter.com/1pZ785nXgq
— GOP (@GOP) November 13, 2019
Jordan rightfully pointed to President Trump as the big winner of the day, with the stupidity of the Democrats being showcased on a grand stage.
“I think it is a sad chapter for the country but a good day for the facts and the President of the United States,” Jordan said.
This sad chapter will hopefully come to a close on Nov. 3, 2020, when the public reaffirms Trump as president for a second term and the Democrats cries of conspiracy are muted once and for call.
Congress Uses Fake Russia-Taliban Report as Excuse to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
Another victory for the war party.
Democrats are seizing upon a fake news report alleging that Russia has funded Taliban mercenaries to kill U.S. soldiers in order to make it more difficult for troops to be pulled from Afghanistan, thus undermining President Trump’s foreign policy agenda.
The House Armed Services Committee voted on Wednesday to make it more difficult for Trump to pull troops out of Afghanistan. It would force several certifications to be met before Trump could bring troops home. Republicans in the committee joined the Democrats to undermine Trump with the approval of this National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the neoconservative who supports Bush-era globalism, said the measure “lays out, in a very responsible level of specificity, what is going to be required if we are going to in fact make decisions about troop levels based on conditions on the ground and based on what’s required for our own security, not based on political timelines.” It was approved by a 45-11 vote.
The amendment requires an assessment to determine whether or not “state actors have provided any incentives to the Taliban, their affiliates, or other foreign terrorist organizations for attacks against United States, coalition, or Afghan security forces or civilians in Afghanistan in the last two years, including the details of any attacks believed to have been connected with such incentives” before troops can be removed from the country.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) bragged about how the measure will make sure the U.S. does not leave the region and more American lives are put in jeopardy for a war effort that is largely recognized to be a lost cause.
“There’s been bipartisan criticism of what a weak deal [Trump] got with the Taliban, a deal that is already falling apart,” Moulton said. “Now we learned that he was making this deal at the same time as there were bounties on the heads of American troops, American sons and daughters. We clearly need more oversight over what the president is doing in Afghanistan.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is the most eloquent voice for an “America First” foreign policy in the House, opposed the measure because of its obvious implications against peace.
“A great nation does not force the next generation to fight their wars, and that’s what we’ve done in Afghanistan,” Gaetz said. “I think the best day to have not had the war in Afghanistan was when we started it, and the next best day is tomorrow.
“I don’t think there’s ever a bad day to end the war in Afghanistan,” he added. “Our generation is weary of this and tired of this.”
The defense industry is pushing the Russia bogeyman yet again, in order to create xenophobic outrage and a pretense to keep troops occupying in the region. The Pentagon has reported that Russia is trying to expedite the removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but they are painting this news as if it is a bad thing.
“As of February, the Russian government was working with the central government, regional countries, and the Taliban to gain increased influence in Afghanistan, expedite a U.S. military withdrawal, and address security challenges that might arise from a withdrawal,” a report from the Pentagon said.
“Russia has politically supported the Taliban to cultivate influence with the group, limit the Western military presence, and encourage counter ISIS operations, although Russia publicly denies their involvement,” they added.
The political establishment, including the military-industrial complex, is pulling out all the stops to sabotage President Trump and deprive him of achieving his goals before November’s election.
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