Why Was it Okay to Ask Foreign Nations to 'Investigate' a Political Opponent When Obama Did it? - Granite Grok

Why Was it Okay to Ask Foreign Nations to ‘Investigate’ a Political Opponent When Obama Did it?

John Ratcliffe

The crux of the impeachment is a lie, but so what. Let’s pretend the transcript we read included the things Democrats imagined were there. And that your President tried to get a foreign government to investigate Biden family Corruption, and that was bad. Barack Obama has several nations investigating Donald Trump.

The last time I checked, and every time before that, candidate Trump was a Republican political opponent. A guy who was being investigated by not one but several foreign governments in cooperation with the Obama Administration.

I want to recognize my colleague from Georgia, Mr. Johnson’s question, that he asked before. Is it ever okay to invite a foreign government to become involved in an election involving a political opponent? The answer is yes! It better be. We do it all the time. Have you that quickly forgotten how the Trump/Russia investigation proceeded? The Obama administration asked Great Britain and Italy and Australia and other countries to assist in its investigation of a person who was a political opponent from the opposite party.

That’s Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX). He felt obligated to set the record straight, not that Democrats care about that sort of thing.

I keep hearing over and over again, “You can’t investigate political opponents.” We have a member of this committee who was — as a member of this committee and the intelligence committee, investigating his political opponent, Donald Trump, at the very moment he was running to replace him as president. My colleague on the intel committee, Mr. Castro, was investigating President Trump at the same time his brother was running to replace President Trump. 

But, But But…

President Trump is the only one with the really legitimate reason to be doing it. He is the chief executive. We are in the judiciary committee, right? We do understand the Constitution, we do understand that the president as the unitary executive is the executive branch, and all power of the executive branch derives from the president. And the president can and should ask for assistance from foreign governments in ongoing criminal investigations. There was an ongoing criminal investigation into what happened in 2016. The Attorney General, Barr, at the time of the July 25th call had, long before that appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate exactly that issue. It wasn’t just appropriate, it was absolutely the president’s constitutional duty.

And we all know how Democrats feel about fealty to the Constitution (it’s week-to-week).

Not that any of that matters. It’s all just an excuse to do what they have promised since before day one. Russian Collusion failed. Mueller Failed (spectacularly). And this is by far the flimsiest scheme yet. One that, when compared to the facts, fails to amount to anything but proof of Trump Derangement syndrome.

An illness that plagues the blue roots of the party but runs deeper in the leadership. They have things to hide. Every day that Mr. Trump wields what Ratcliff calls the unitary executive power, he can dig and expose all the dirt hiding in the swamp.

And the swamp will do anything to stop that.

Impeaching him over this phone call is proof enough of that.

Breitbart – video | TruePundit