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HORIST: Democrats turning America into investigation nation

HORIST: Democrats turning America into investigation nation

Congressional Democrats recently announced that they will soon launch yet ANOTHER anti-Trump investigation – this time looking into the payoffs from Trump to certain women to purchase their silence.  This is something that is the common course of action for wealthy people with reputations to protect.  The so-called Non-Disclosure Contracts are practically boilerplate in law offices – and they are legal and enforceable.

While it passed with little attention from the east coast press, Trump won a large cash award from his lawsuit against porn performer Stormy Daniels blabbing in public with the ill-advised encouragement of her former attorney Michael Avenatti.  She would have been better advised to keep her mouth closed when not on the clock.

Think as you will about President Trump’s moral conduct – which would land him a permanent seat in the confessional were he a Roman Catholic.  That is for the voters – and eventually God – to decide.

With the possible exception of his hairstyle, there seems to be nothing about Trump that Democrats in Congress are not seeking to investigate.  New York Congressman and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler launched an investigation into the issues that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his staff had spent 18 months and approximately $30 million investigating – and found no reason to say that Trump or his campaign folks broke any laws.  Nadler has turned his investigation into an unauthorized and unofficial impeachment hearing.

The same is true of California Congressman Adam Schiff, who, as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is undertaking an investigation of Trump’s criminal collusion with Russians – something of which Mueller already absolved Trump and his campaign.

Then there is the nonsensical investigation as to whether Trump has – or is – violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution that bars presidents from accepting bribes.  It is a novel argument that has never been proffered against any President before Trump – and never reviewed to determine its scope and meaning by the Supreme Court.  That is being investigated by Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

All of these are nothing more than political showboating.  They are not likely to produce anything more than fodder for the Democrats political narratives.  It is unlikely that Trump will get impeached and even less likely – as in no chance – that he will get removed from office by the Senate.  His fate is up to the voters.

As if that were not enough politically motivated silliness, it now seems that Democrats want to open an investigation of the payments to Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

They argue that Trump and his campaign violated federal elections laws by allegedly paying off these “ladies” in order to prevent their stories from becoming public prior to the election.  It was – in the judgment of biased Democrats — an unreported campaign contribution that exceeded the legal limits.

Even if it were an illegal campaign contribution – and that is VERY dubious – the worst that could happen is that the Trump campaign would be fined. The Federal Election Commission fined President Obama’s 2008 campaign a whopping $375,000 – one of the largest fines ever.

Democrats hang their hat on the fact that one-time Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards was indicted in what they claim to be a “similar case.”  There may have been some superficial similarities, but the cases are quite different – including the fact that Trump cannot be indicted until he leaves office.  AND … Democrats fail to note that Edwards was found to be NOT guilty.

Of course, none of these investigations are about what they are investigating.  They are nothing more than political dog-and-pony shows designed to smear more mud on Trump in the hope of making him unelectable.

The problem for the Democrats is that the public is getting investigation weary – especially since all these long time-consuming and expensive efforts to find some smoking gun have been fruitless.  Their unwillingness to even peek into the Clinton campaign’s involvement with Russian operatives, the questionable use of the so-called Steele Dossier and the improper – and possibly illegal – actions of top officials in the FBI and intelligence community is beginning to make Democrats look a bit too partisan in pursuit of their self-proclaimed oversight responsibilities.

But with a number of inspector general reports yet to be released, the leaders of the House committees may not be able to keep the lid on the efforts of government officials to undermine the Trump election – and failing that, to bring down his presidency.  While Democrats are playing splash-splash in the political kiddy pool, it may be the Department of Justice that becomes the epicenter of real investigations with major consequences.  For the moment, the Democrats may be whistling past the graveyard.

As Trump often admonishes, we will just have to wait and see.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. James Andrews

    That is all they know how to do!

  2. Fire21

    With all the garbage that the leftists have been spreading all across the USA, just look who’s calling the kettle black!

  3. Donl Longo

    The FLAKES are at it AGAIN, Remember, What comes around goes around.

  4. Lowell

    IF Donald Trump paid off women to shut up it is not an impeachable offense because it is no illegal. And Billy Jeff already established that a president cannot be removed from office because of affairs with women. Even if it occurred in the Oval Office.
    As far as the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution is concerned, I think that it would be hilarious if the Trump organization let the troops stay at no charge so that they could let the Democrats make a huge deal out of the whole thing and then drop it on them!!

  5. Meekster

    MAYBE – but they aren’t qualified to do SH*T…..

  6. David Barron

    From the interactions and conversations I have heard in my travels, everyone is sick and tired of the childish actions of the Democratic Leadership and now very tiresome “investigations and accusations”. If you look at almost any administration it has its strong points and its weak points. An intelligent person should look at themselves and ask, am I better off under this or that. The question has been answered over and over that today the whole nation is in much better condition financially, more people are working than before, unemployment is way down, minorities are being put to work at a record rate, racial relations are improving rapidly, our businesses are returning to the USA, our standing in the world is much more respected, and people are just generally happier except with the childish actions of the Democrats from Nancy Pelosi’s clown like actions at the State of the Union Address to the chairpersons relentless attempt to investigate and act against President Donald Trump from before he was elected. It has been proven over and over again, in their own investigations, that the charges they “want” to charge him with are in fact baseless, with out merit, and totally false. President Trump is not a politician, he is a narcissist but then who is Washington DC isn’t? It takes one to put up with the total crap that is coming out of the house as they are totally absorbed in their daily pursuit of non-since. Just imagine how much President Trump could have accomplished had the Democrats just licked the wounds of losing the Executive Branch, and thank God that they did, and left him do his elected job. You can well bet your total wealth on the fact Democrats will again, cheat beyond all reasonable imagination in November in an attempt to unseat the best leadership this nation has had in decades. Vote for what you think is best for you, to return to the recession we experienced under Obama or prosperity while under Trump. If we had better immigration control, a Wall, controlled immigration as we use to have with health screening, perhaps our nation would not be in such jeopardy with the new Chinese Weaponized viruses, if it enters the USA in mass you can thank the Democrats. Oh, what were the Democrats elected to do in the first place, represent their Districts which they have now ignored for nearly 4 years and they still want to get paid. If they represent me, I would fire each and every one of them for not doing their jobs.

  7. Rodger Shull

    INVESTIGATE the one,s INVESTIGATING. lets make life MISERABLE for them, and I mean REALLY MISERABLE.

  8. David Barron

    Why can’t Democrats do the job that they were elected to do, represent the people who put them in office. It appears to me they have completely abandon that idea in order to completely waste tax payers money on false accusations, investigations, and charge. They must also remember that what ever is good for the goose is good for the gander as they are setting the stage for being accused, investigated, and charged in the future as devilishly as they have been. Meanwhile the American voting public has had it with them and I believe in a fair election will remove them from office for malfeasance.