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H.Res.755 – Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
116th Congress (2019-2020)
[Congressional Bills 116th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office] [H. Res. 755 Enrolled Bill (ENR)]
Articles of Impeachment Against Donald John Trump {House Resolution 755, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session}


        Resolved, That Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the  people of the United States of America, against Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors. … [To read full text, click the following LINK – Ed.]
Democrats Need a Do-Over On Their Impeachment Article Andrew C. McCarthy. National Review, Jan. 11, 2021 — In all likelihood, President Trump is going to be impeached by the House this week, probably on Wednesday.
                                      WEEKLY QUOTES
 “I read that some VOA employees didn’t want me to speak today.  They didn’t want the voice of American diplomacy to be broadcast on. … the Voice of America. Think about that. We are all parts of institutions with duties and responsibilities higher than any of us. And this kind of censorial instinct is dangerous. It’s morally wrong. And it’s against your mandate. Censorship, wokeness, political correctness, it all points in one direction — authoritarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness. It’s similar to what we’re seeing at Twitter, and Facebook, and Apple, and on too many university campuses.” –Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Voice of America. He delivered a full-throated defense of the Trump administration’s presentation of its foreign policy and its support for democracy abroad.  Less than a week after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol to express their displeasure with what they say is a stolen election, Pompeo told staff at the Voice of America that America retains the credibility and standing to defend democratic values abroad. And, he said, they should amplify it. (WIN, Jan. 12, 2021)
“Al-Qaeda has a new home base: it is the Islamic Republic of Iran.  We need to acknowledge it. We must confront it. Indeed, we must defeat it. “We ignore this Iran-Al-Qaeda nexus at our own peril. Let’s not tolerate Iran giving al-Qaeda a second wind. Let’s not downplay the danger of Sunni-Shia cooperation in terror.” — US Sect of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in a speech to the National Press Club in Washington. (WIN, Jan. 13, 2021)
“Representative Cori Bush, Democrat of Missouri, introduced a resolution on Monday with 47 co-sponsors that would initiate investigations for “removal of the members who attempted to overturn the results of the election and incited a white supremacist attempted coup”. — write NY Times correspondents Catie Edmondson and Luke Broadwater.  They claim that the breaching of the Capitol is Republicans’ “1776 moment”: Several of the president’s closest allies in Congress used bellicose language to urge their supporters to attend the Jan. 6 rally that turned into a deadly riot. (NY Times, Jan. 11, 2021)
At The Wall Street Journal, former Washington federal prosecutor Jeffrey Scott Shapiro argues that whatever he did, President Trump “didn’t commit incitement or any other crime.” Under the relevant Supreme Court precedent, “mere advocacy” of violence, not “directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action . . . likely to incite or produce such action,” is protected speech under the US Constitution. Last week, “the president didn’t mention violence on Wednesday, much less provoke or incite it. He said, ‘I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.’ ” Nor did any “public disturbance” occur when Trump spoke. Bottom line: Inflaming public sentiment “does not satisfy the elements of any criminal offense.” –  former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Scott Shapiro.  (NY Post, Jan. 11, 2020)
“At a time of unprecedented crisis and deep divisions, America United reflects the beginning of a new national journey that restores the soul of America, brings the country together, and creates a path to a brighter future,” a statement from the transition team read.” – writes correspondent Emily Jacobs.  (NY Post, Jan. 11, 2021)
“… black people had “superior physical and mental abilities,” and that the skin pigment melanin “endows blacks with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities–something which cannot be measured based on Eurocentric standards.” — Kristen Clarke U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.  She is not only renowned for racist comments, but for promotion of anti-Semitism, as well.  As the head of the university’s Black Students Association, Clarke, currently president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, invited the late Wellesley College professor Tony Martin, who self-published a book called ‘The Jewish Onslaught: Dispatches from the Wellesley Battlefront,’ in 1994. Wellesley faculty members signed a statement censuring the book “for its racial and ethnic stereotyping and for its anti-Semitism.” In defending Martin, Clarke told Harvard’s student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, that “Professor Martin is an intelligent, well-versed black intellectual who bases his information of indisputable fact.”  (JNS, Jan. 12, 2021)
“… an unacceptable act of censorship.” — Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny tweeted.  Navalny reasoned in a thread that the ban was a decision based on “emotions” and “personal political preferences” as other accounts belonging to other controversial leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, as well as COVID-19-deniers and other extremists have been not been banned. “And yet, it was Trump who got banned publicly and ostentatiously,” wrote Navalny. “Such selectivity indicates that this was an act of censorship.” – writes correspondent David Loa. (Global News, Jan. 9, 2021)
“What is really interesting is that they all did it on the same day, those three without any prior warning… People threatening my life.  I can’t go home tonight.”  — Parler CEO John Matze told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, speaking of Apple, Google and Amazon’s ban. (WIN, Jan. 12, 2021)
Twitter brigade on the march:John O. Brennan @Johnbrennan:  Jan. 9,2021 – “Anyone now seeking national redemption by claiming to no longer support trump must acknowledge how wrong it was to ignore & enable his corrupt, dishonest, & divisive agenda. total denunciation of a despot’s legacy is necessary to eradicate any remaining malignancy.” — John Brennan is the former head of the CIA.Yishai Fleisher @YishaiFleisher: Jan. 9, 2021 – The America I knew was a country that cherished freedom above all else. However, an America that deplatforms its own President and shuts down the freedom of speech for millions of Americans is something else entirely. Jan. 9, 2021.  Yishai Fleisher is the international spokesperson for the Jewish community of Hebron and a broadcaster with a weekly podcast on The Land of Israel Network. He is a frequent columnist for the Daily Wire and Jewish Press and has been published in the New York Times.
PGA of America @PGA: Jan. 9, 2021 “The PGA of America Board of Directors voted tonight to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster.” –  Jim Richerson, PGA of America President
Don Winslow@donwinslow: Jan. 9, 2021 – “Who wants to start helping me identify major corporations who rent space in Trump buildings across the country?” – Don Winslow is an American author most recognized for his crime and mystery novels.
Anthony Scaramucci@Scaramucci: Jan. 20, 2021 – “There is very bad stuff coming. We are being called upon to fight fascism and the tyranny of a thuggish mob. Please take this seriously. Sounding the alarm is not being alarmist. It is just fact. We need to stick together and defeat this form of evil.” – Anthony Scaramucci, is an American financier and former White House Director of Communications.
Judd Legum @JuddLegum:  Jan. 11, 2021 – “UPDATE: In a statement to, @ATT announces it will “suspend contributions to members of Congress who voted to object to the certification of Electoral College votes last week.” @ATT was the largest corporate donor to this group
ISRAEL TO PROVIDE COVID VACCINES FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AROUND THE WORLD (Jerusalem) –Israel will work to provide coronavirus vaccinations for Holocaust survivors both in Israel and in the Diaspora. The Shalom Corps organization was tasked with the job of coordinating bureaucratic procedures.  The organization has approached several large medical shipping companies about the logistics of the project, and the Diaspora Affairs Ministry is working with the Health Ministry to coordinate with Pfizer and Moderna. The campaign will be conducted through vaccination centers in several different countries. Survivors who cannot leave their homes will have medical staff and volunteers come to them. (Jerusalem Post, Jan. 13, 2021)
NETANYAHU REMOVES TRUMP PICTURE FROM HIS TWITTER BANNER (Jerusalem) — President Donald Trump has been dropped from the Twitter homepage of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after having been featured there for most of the past 14 months. With president-elect Joe Biden due to be sworn in next week, the Twitter feed now features a picture of Netanyahu getting his second shot of coronavirus vaccine this past weekend. (WIN, Jan. 12, 2021)
SHELDON ADELSON, ICONIC JEWISH PHILANTHROPIST AND POLITICAL DONOR, DIES AT 87 (Las Vegas) — Sheldon Adelson, a casino-resort billionaire who funded Jewish charities and political causes in both Israel and the United States, died on Monday night of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, at the age of 87. The son of a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant, Adelson became one of the world’s richest men as the founder of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, with an estimated net worth of $35.9 billion. He donated huge sums to causes like Birthright Israel, which finances trips to Israel for young Jews, the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, and medical research into cancer and other diseases. He also spent heavily on politics, becoming one of the largest backers to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party in the US, and to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In 2007, he created the Israeli daily Israel Hayom, and also owned the Las Vegas Review-Journal.(Algemeiner, Jan. 12, 2021)
HOUSE REPUBLICAN COMES OUT IN FAVOR OF IMPEACHMENT, CLAIMS TRUMP ‘LIT THE FLAME’ OF CAPITOL RIOT (Washington) — Representative Liz Cheney, the third-highest ranking House Republican, came out in favor of Democratic efforts to impeach the president for a second time, making her the first member of House GOP leadership to announce her support for impeachment. (National Review, Jan. 12, 2021)
WORLD LEADERS DENOUNCE BIG TECH CENSORSHIP OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (Washington) — Political elites worldwide have criticized big tech companies for banning President Donald Trump from their social media platforms. At present, the president has been banned from Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, Reddit, and Instagram. These include Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Clement Beaune, the junior minister for European Union affairs; French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire; Manfred Weber, the leader of the European People’s Party—a centre-right political party; Norway’s left-wing Labor Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre who said that Big Tech censorship threatens political freedom around the world; Acting Australian Prime Minister Michael McCormack; Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Fellow Liberal Party member and senator, Alex Antic; Mexican President Manuel López Obrador; Russian opposition leader and strong anti-corruption advocate, Alexey Navalny.  (Epoch Times, Jan. 12, 2021)
TWITTER’S STOCK TUMBLES 6.4% AS IT BANS OVER 70,000 ACCOUNTS QUESTIONING US ELECTION RESULTS (Las Vegas) — Twitter announced that it has suspended more than 70,000 accounts since Friday following last week’s protest over the certification of election results in Washington, D.C. Twitter’s actions, which came in the wake of the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol building by Trump supporters, have shifted the conversation from the riots themselves to issues of censorship and free speech for at least part of America’s electorate. (WIN, Jan. 12, 2021)
Israel’s One of a Kind Healthcare System Is a Rare Opportunity for Pfizer:  Elihay Vidal, Algemeiner, Jan. 12, 2021 — “Israel is a world leader in everything related to digital medical data because it’s the first country in the world whose national healthcare system has been undergoing a process of digitization for close to 25 years.
WATCH: Twitter Hypocrites Greenlight Genocidal Anti-Semitism:  United With Israel, Jan. 12, 2021 — Twitter claims it shuts down accounts for inciting violence, but the social media giant has a major blind spot when it comes to genocidal hatemongers like Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Rupa Subramanya: Twitter banning Donald Trump shows why Big Tech has too much power:  Rupa Subramanya, National Post, Jan. 11, 2021 — n the aftermath of the attack on the United States Capitol building on Jan. 6 that was led by a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump, some Big Tech firms responded with an unprecedented and aggressive crackdown.
Save the Constitution From Big Tech:  Vivek Ramaswamy and Jed Rubenfeld, WSJ, Jan. 11, 2021 — Facebook and Twitter banned President Trump and numerous supporters after last week’s disgraceful Capitol riot, and Google, Apple and Amazon blocked Twitter alternative Parler—all based on claims of “incitement to violence” and “hate speech.”
Biden’s big tech ties and other commentary:  Editorial Board, NY Post, Jan. 12, 2021 — President-elect Joe Biden is building an administration with ties to all five Big Tech firms that “clamped down this week on President Trump and Parler, a social-media site popular with conservatives,” reports the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross.
Twitter Deranged Our Politics:  Rich Lowry, National Review, Jan. 12, 2021 –Donald Trump was the president of Twitter what radio was to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and TV was to Ronald Reagan, communicating 280 characters at a time on a social-media platform that is a watchword for hyperactive inanity was to President Trump. 

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