WATCH: Joe Biden Gets Defensive When Asked About How He Got the Ukrainian Prosecutor Fired

By Townhall. Former Vice President Joe Biden was asked about his shady dealings in Ukraine during an interview with New Hampshire’s WMUR-TV over the weekend.

“What about that council on foreign relations video, where you’re bragging about getting the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, fired?” WMUR’s reporter asked. “If average Joe, and not Joe Biden, is watching that, how do they tell the difference between that kind of pressure that you exerted and the pressure that the president exerted?”

“Because I was exerting the pressure of the United States government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Union and all of our allies,” Biden immediately replied. “All of them. Because the guy was corrupt. And I was the one who went to their Parlament and said it’s time for you to stand up and stop the corruption. You have a chance to break out of this now. That’s what that was about.”

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Joe Biden Ducks Questions About Conflict of Interest in Ukraine

By Breitbart. Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed in an interview set to air Sunday morning that no one had been able to point to anything he had done wrong in Ukraine.

Biden told Manchester, New Hampshire’s WMUR-9:

My case has already been made. There’s not a single solitary person in this administration who said I did anything other than my job. Not anybody in the United States of America that has been involved at all. Not anybody abroad … I did my job, and I did it really well. The problem is here, this is all about Trump’s ability to take the focus off.

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Democrats Step up Pressure Over Witnesses After Bolton Bombshell; Bolton Slams ‘Corrupted’ National Security Council Review Process After Book Excerpt Leaks

By The Hill. Democrats are stepping up pressure on Republicans to support calling witnesses as part of President Trump’s impeachment trial after a bombshell New York Times report Sunday evening.

The Times, citing sources familiar with former national security adviser John Bolton’s unpublished memoir, reported that Bolton claims President Trump sought to tie $391 million in aid to Ukraine to his requests for the country’s leaders to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. The Hill has not seen or verified the manuscript.

Democrats, including House impeachment managers, immediately seized on the report, arguing it underscores the need for Bolton and other administration officials to testify.

“John Bolton has the evidence,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote in a tweet. “It’s up to four Senate Republicans to ensure that John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, and the others with direct knowledge of President Trump’s actions testify in the Senate trial.” . . .

Trump’s legal team began presenting its defense on Saturday, including arguing that the president’s decision to hold up Ukraine aid was tied to concerns about corruption or a belief that Europe wasn’t doing enough to support Ukraine. (Read more from “Democrats Step up Pressure Over Witnesses After Bolton Bombshell” HERE)

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Bolton Slams ‘Corrupted’ National Security Council Review Process After Book Excerpt Leaks

By Fox News. A top aide to former national security adviser John Bolton is disputing part of a Sunday report in The New York Times, which claimed Bolton had shared a manuscript of his forthcoming book with “close associates” — and Bolton’s lawyer is saying the National Security Council’s review process of pending manuscripts is “corrupted.”

The Times reported that the manuscript included a bombshell claim that Trump explicitly linked a hold on Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden.

Trump told Bolton in August, according to a transcript of Bolton’s forthcoming book reviewed by the Times, “that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.”

The Times reported that Bolton had circulated “drafts of a manuscript he has circulated in recent weeks to close associates” and also “sent a draft to the White House for a standard review process for some current and former administration officials who write books.” . . .

In a statement obtained by Fox News, Bolton attorney Charles Cooper lamened that the review process had been “corrupted.” (Read more from “Bolton Slams ‘Corrupted’ National Security Council Review Process After Book Excerpt Leaks” HERE)

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Democrats Accuse President Trump of ‘Threatening’ Adam Schiff; Republican Senator: Trump’s Schiff Tweet Not a ‘Death Threat’

By The Blaze. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the House Democrat leading the impeachment charge against President Donald Trump, accused the president on Sunday of threatening him.

Speaking with NBC host Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” Schiff called Trump “vindictive,” and charged that one of Trump’s recent tweets constitutes a personal threat.

“What may be personal, though, and I think I have to be very candid about this, is I made the argument that it’s going to require moral courage to stand up to this president,” Schiff said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. And if you think there is, look at the president’s tweets about me today saying that I should ‘pay a price.'”

Todd responded, “Do you take that as a threat?”

“I think it’s intended to be,” Schiff replied.

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Republican Senator: Trump’s Schiff Tweet Not a ‘Death Threat’

By The Hill. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said Sunday that a tweet from President Trump saying Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) “has not paid the price” for “what he has done” to the U.S. was not “a death threat.”

The senator defended the president on CNN’s “State of the Union” when host Jake Tapper asked him about Trump’s tweet earlier Sunday morning targeting Schiff.

“I don’t think it’s a death threat. I don’t think he’s encouraging a death threat,” Lankford said.

Lankford also called Trump’s tweet “political,” saying it was “no different than” when Schiff and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) say “folks will be paying a price at the ballot box” or in the future.

When Tapper asked if he was “offended” by the president’s tweet, Lankford responded that he is “offended only because Adam Schiff believes that the only reason that we act the way that we do is because the president’s going to put our head on a pike.” (Read more from “Republican Senator: Trump’s Schiff Tweet Not a ‘Death Threat'” HERE)

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Did Adam Schiff Hide ‘Potentially Exculpatory’ Evidence From Trump’s Lawyers?

By The Blaze. According to President Donald Trump’s legal team, Democrats are concealing the testimony of a major witness the House questioned during its investigation into the Ukraine matter.

Alex Swoyer and S.A. Miller at the Washington Times reported that House Democrats are refusing to disclose the testimony of Michael Atkinson, the intelligence agency inspector general with firsthand knowledge of the origins of the whistleblower complaint that resulted in Trump’s impeachment. . .

At least one Republican who was present during Atkinson’s testimony says the reason why Democrats are not sharing the information is because it does not advance House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s impeachment case against the president.

“The reason it hasn’t been released is it’s not helpful to Adam Schiff. It is not helpful to the whistleblower,” Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said. “It raises credibility issues about both of them.”

The Times also noted that the evidence may be “potentially exculpatory” for the president. However, members of the House Intelligence Committee who conducted the interview are not allowed to disclose the details of the discussion, as it could reveal potentially sensitive intelligence information. (Read more from “Did Adam Schiff Hide ‘Potentially Exculpatory’ Evidence From Trump’s Lawyers?” HERE)

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Schiff: ‘No Exoneration’ for Trump Without Witnesses at Senate Trial

By NBC News. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the lead Democratic impeachment manager, warned Sunday that a Senate trial without additional witnesses won’t translate to an exoneration of President Donald Trump, who is charged with abusing his office for political gain.

Speaking two days after the House impeachment managers wrapped up their opening arguments, and the day after Trump’s legal team began their defense arguments, Schiff accused the president’s team of trying to convince senators “you don’t need a fair trial” that calls witnesses who had first-hand knowledge of the accusations against the president.

“If they are successful in depriving the country of a fair trial, there is no exoneration,” Schiff said during an exclusive interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Americans will recognize that the country did not get what the founders intended.”

Schiff and his fellow House Democratic impeachment managers finished up their testimony on Friday before President Trump’s legal team began their defense. (Read more from “Schiff: ‘No Exoneration’ for Trump Without Witnesses at Senate Trial” HERE)

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Joe Biden Claims Transgender Equality Is the ‘Civil Rights Movement of Our Time’

Former Vice President Joe Biden is trying to capitalize off of a rift between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supporters over a quasi-endorsement from comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan by announcing his unqualified support for “trangender equality” in a tweet.

“Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time,” Biden said on social media Saturday night. “There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights.”

Biden did not elaborate on what he belives constitutes “transgender equality,” and what he considers “compromise” on the issue, nor did he mention either Sanders or Rogan by name, but the reference was clear to those progressives currently battling over whether Sanders was right to Rogan’s support on his own social media profiles.

The statement isn’t necessarily a departure for Biden who, back in April, mentioned that he would support the “Equality Act,” a Democrat-authored House bill that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights act to outlaw discrimination based on “sexual orientation and gender identity.” That bill is controversial, as it includes language designed to compel public schools to allow transgender individuals who identify as female (but who are biologically male) to compete against female athletes on female-only sports teams.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) one of the bill’s more prominent sponsors, made it clear that expanding “access” to transgender athletes is a key element of the bill, denying biological reality: “Many states have sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination laws, and all of them still have women’s sports. Arguments about transgender athletes participating in sports in accordance with their gender identity having competitive advantages have not been borne out.” (Read more from “Joe Biden Claims Transgender Equality Is the ‘Civil Rights Movement of Our Time'” HERE)

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WATCH: Students Want Trump Removed From Office but Can’t Explain Why

On Friday, Campus Reform released a new video on YouTube in which Eduardo Neret asks students at American University about impeachment.

Neret first asks the students if they are following the ongoing impeachment trial. Almost universally, the students say that they are not. . .

One student is at least somewhat interested, telling Neret: “A little bit. I read The Washington Post’s five minute fix every morning.” . . .

The student who reads The Washington Post tells Neret that the impeachment is “honestly just, like, a show. It’s not actually – because everyone has read everything already.”

A male student wearing a University of Maryland hoodie says: “How many times can I read an article that has the heading, like, ‘He’s leaving office’? There’s like a thousand of them.” (Read more from “WATCH: Students Want Trump Removed From Office but Can’t Explain Why” HERE)

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California Case of Coronavirus Revealed: Three Now Confirmed in U.S.; “Whistleblower” Nurse Says China Has 90,000 Sick (VIDEO)

By Breitbart. A fresh diagnosis of the deadly coronavirus has been confirmed in Southern California, bringing to three the number of cases in the U.S. as the fast-moving virus continues its spread and the global death toll spiked to 56.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Orange County health officials late Saturday a potential case of coronavirus tested positive.

The patient has been described as a traveler from Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the disease’s outbreak — and is in isolation in a hospital in “good condition,” according to the release.

The first two U.S. cases of the virus were a Washington state man in his 30s and later an Illinois woman in her 60s who had both traveled to Wuhan, currently reported to be in stable condition at area hospitals.

The previously unknown virus has caused global concern because of its similarity to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) pathogen, which killed hundreds across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. (Read more from “California Case of Coronavirus Revealed: Three Now Confirmed in U.S.” HERE)

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“Whistleblower” Nurse Says China Has 90,000 Sick

By NY Post. The coronavirus now has a whistleblower — a nurse in Wuhan who insists in a shocking online video that close to 90,000 people in China have the disease, far more than the 1,975 reported by officials.

“I am in the area where the coronavirus started,” her video begins. Wuhan is the epicenter of the outbreak.

“I’m here to tell the truth,” the anonymous nurse says in the video, which shows her wearing a full-head face mask.

“At this moment, Hubei province, including the Wuhan area, even China, 90,000 people have been infected by a coronavirus.”

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WATCH: Unhinged Democrats Call Trump a Dictator During Impeachment Proceedings

By Townhall. The Democratic Party has been trying to oust Donald Trump since day one. It’s been an unhinged pursuit that was finally captured in one sentence by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY): “He is a dictator.” Nadler said of the president. Yeah, and this is an impeachment move by Democrats that isn’t political or partisan in any way; it’s not a cause of celebration. Please—this was done to appease the base and yes, the personal agendas of House Democrats. They tried to make Russian collusion into a thing. It failed. And now we’re off on this Ukrainian phone call where Trump supposedly threatened to withhold aid unless a corruption probe was opened into Hunter Biden’s board position at Burisma. This case is shoddier than the Russian collusion allegations that have been exposed as media myths. There is no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, though for two years we were told the walls were closing in on this administration.

There is no such thing as an elected dictator. Nadler and his ilk have just shown what many of us already knew, which is that the impeachment push itself, not Trump’s actions, are what’s really corrosive to the Constitution and the institutional integrity of the country. The Democrats have no case. It’s a partisan witch-hunt, which is why the president has rightfully made things very difficult when it comes to this circus. There was no evidence for the collusion goose chase. There is nothing to the quid pro quo allegations.

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‘Stunned’ Sen. Collins objected to Nadler’s impeachment accusation in note to Roberts

By Fox News. One House Democrat’s accusation amid the Trump impeachment trial “stunned” even the most moderate of Senate Republicans, reportedly prompting GOP Sen. Susan Collins to write a note to Chief Justice John Roberts about decorum on the floor of the upper chamber.

Collins, R-Maine, is the latest to signal her concerns, after impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., asserted earlier this week that GOP senators were engaged in a “cover-up.”

Collins told Politico she was “stunned” by Nadler’s comments, and confirmed to the outlet that she wrote a note that made its way to Roberts after a tense back and forth between Nadler and White House Chief Counsel Pat Cipollone.

“It reminded me that if we were in a normal debate in the Senate, that the rule would be invoked to strike the words of the senator for impugning another senator,” she told Politico. “So, I did write a note raising the issue of whether there’d been a violation of the rules.”

Collins said she gave the note to the secretary for the majority, Laura Dove, and “shortly thereafter, the chief justice did admonish both sides. And I was glad that he did.” (Read more from “‘Stunned’ Sen. Collins objected to Nadler’s impeachment accusation in note to Roberts” HERE)

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Pathetic Elitism in Motion: Inbred Prince Charles Snubs Vice President Mike Pence

In this political hellfire of an era, we have to take time to savor the little things, you know? Like petting nice dogs, or a good cookie … or a member of the royal family completely ignoring Mike Pence at a public event. We have to savor.

Prince Charles and Vice President and noted personification of a blank stack of paper, Mike Pence, were both in attendance at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, where Pence and the Prince both delivered remarks. In a truly beautiful moment, Charles seemed to look directly through Pence and declined to shake his hand before moving on to greet Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.

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George Soros Says Facebook Is Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump

Billionaire George Soros said that nothing is keeping Facebook Inc. from spreading disinformation and the company may be in cahoots with President Donald Trump to get him re-elected.

“I think there is a kind of informal mutual assistance operation or agreement developing between Trump and Facebook,” Soros, 89, said Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Facebook will work together to re-elect Trump, and Trump will work to protect Facebook so that this situation cannot be changed and it makes me very concerned about the outcome for 2020.” . . .

Soros has used his annual Davos speech as a platform to criticize the social media giant in the past. In 2018, he compared Facebook to a gambling company that fosters addiction among users, and last year reiterated the need to regulate technology firms.

Facebook has come under increased scrutiny from governments worldwide on multiple fronts, but especially related to the Russian misinformation campaign that ran undetected on the social network in the months prior to the 2016 election.

The company has since worked to improve its technology for taking down what it calls “coordinated inauthentic behavior” — efforts by foreign governments to manipulate public conversation. But critics argue that Trump is helped anyway by Facebook’s very nature: the platform rewards content with the potential to go viral, and Trump has a tendency to say incendiary things. (Read more from “George Soros Says Facebook Is Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump” HERE)

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