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Feinstein Should Resign

Feinstein Should Resign
October 05
18:29 2018

Should Feinstein be censured by the Senate … or just resign?

One of the issues that has not gotten nearly enough news coverage and commentary is the role California Senator Diane Feinstein played in orchestrating the sexual assault ambush on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Yep! It was a political ambush and Feinstein’s “who me?” defense does not work.

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I have heard the cover story ad nauseum in the news casts.  The letter was to remain private even though it passed through the leaky hands of two Democrat members of Congress – Anna Eshoo in the House and Feinstein in the Senate.  Of course, neither of them have any idea how the letter got leaked to the press – so they say.

That just does not seem right.  The public disclosure of the letter has all the earmarks of intent rather than happenstance.  We are to believe that Feinstein was able to keep the letter secret for weeks and weeks when it appeared that it may not have been needed to block the nomination.  And just when the hearings concluded, and it appeared that Kavanaugh was heading to the Supreme Court, the letter surfaces like flatulence during a church service.  (And yes, I chose that perfect analogy because the cover story has a foul odor about it).

There was a little noticed but very significant exchange between Feinstein and a member of her staff during the hearings.  When Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley gave his polite, if not convincing, assurance that he did not believe that his colleague leaked the letter, he did suggest that it could have been someone on her staff.  He inquired if Feinstein has asked members of her staff.

“Oh no, oh no.” That was not possible Feinstein assured Grassley .  Had she asked inquired Grassley.  Obviously not, since Feinstein turned to a staff member and asked – after which she again assured Grassley that no one on her staff was responsible.  And Feinstein complains about the scope of the FBI investigation on Kavanaugh after casually querying one staff member.  

Then came the most interesting part.  The staffer again whispered to Feinstein, at which time the Senator said, “Oh.  I was just reminded that I had asked  the staff previously.”  Ponder that for a moment.  Feinstein had to be remined that she had investigated her own staff over a leak that was upending the entire confirmation process?  She did not recall bringing in her staff one-by-one to pose the question. 

What we witnessed in that exchange was instant cover-up based on prevarication – otherwise known as political baloney sausage.  The entire episode was too crafty to be credible. It was more of an example of strategic manipulation than candor.  Feinstein is like a person in my analogy.  She and everyone else knows that her letter leaking story stinks, so she just does the “wasn’t me” gambit.

And how was it that Feinstein wound up with the letter?  Ford was asked why she did not communicate with the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.  She made the implausible claim that she did not know how. It was part of the naïve poor-me act we saw played out later by a highly intelligent and articulate Democrat activist. 

The real answer is obvious, Ford, Eshoo and Feinstein had common partisan ground.  They are all liberal Democrats from California.  They were all committed to stopping the Kavanaugh confirmation.  They formed a partisan cabal.

What happened next elevates Feinstein’s role from stereotypical political parry to an unethical conspirator. In her testimony, Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford revealed that it was Feinstein who had recommended that Ford retain the crony law firm headed by Debra Katz – a radical left-wing Democrat activist.  In other words, Feinstein and her staff were working hand-in-hand with Ford and the political operatives Feinstein had recommended.

What make the recommendation curiouser and curiouser is that Katz testified that she was doing the work pro bono – free.  In other words, her motivation was not just simply acquiring a paid client.  She was in it for the cause – to do whatever to block the Kavanaugh confirmation.  She was there to package Ford’s weak narrative.  Katz role was not to help Ford create what was too often viewed as “credible” testimony.

Feinstein’s role is particularly egregious because she is not just a member of the Judiciary Committee, she is the leader of the Democrat minority.  It is her duty to make sure that the hearings are both informative and fair.  It is a violation of her role – and her oath to uphold the Constitution – to secretly participate – even taking the lead – in a matter before the Committee.  She was manipulating testimony.

Now consider this.  What if Ford is shown to be lying about the attack?  In recent days, we have seen more and more of the Ford accusations – and her own credibility – come into question or even be debunked.  What if Ford has committed perjury and made false accusation?  Has Feinstein made herself an accomplice in those illegal actions.

Even if that seems to be a bridge too far, it is prima fascia true that Feinstein participated in an effort to give undeserved credibility to accusations that lacked sufficient evidence.  She actively participated in a smear campaign.

 Her withholding the letter from the Committee during the hearing was an act of obstruction.  The fact that she did not share the letter privately with Committee Chairman Grassley was a substantial breech of ethics  — and maybe even a violation of Senate rules – and proved that fact-finding was secondary to partisan in-fighting.

Thanks to a friendly and submissive east coast news media, this flagrant abuse of the system did not – and never will – get the coverage it demands.  There will be no editorials demanding Feinstein’s resignation.  There will be no aggressive journalism, as they like to call it.  In fact, like the toddies they are, they will support Feinstein’s pathetic cover story.

Feinstein’s self-appointed role in the hearing process was to defeat Kavanaugh by any and all means possible.  The senior senator from California lived up to that battle cry — and more.  She suborned the advice and consent process – turning it into a smarmy political character assassination.  She unleashed the demons of political demagoguery.

Yes, she should be sanctioned by the Senate and, yes, she should resign in shame, but none of that will happen.  Feinstein should be thankful that she does not operate in Japan, where tradition has established a much more severe self-punishment for such gross ethical lapse. Unfortunately, the stench of her incredibly corrupt actions will simply waft away without consequence.  Welcome to the swamp.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Bunny
    Bunny October 08, 18:26

    That Feinstein Is such an evil piece of crap It Is so hard to believe she Is still breathing, her day to meet the Lord Is not too distant I feel.

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  2. Bryce Thompson
    Bryce Thompson October 08, 18:59

    look at the high waste, and pollution our cars are producing, a 200 mpg Porge vapor carburetor, liquid gas does not burn, Volkswagen has a 264 mpg diesel not coming here, boycott the oil company owned auto companys, spread the word.

    The only thing that will bring us out of this depression is free energy, hydrogen from water, have this as your debate, you can make all the hydrogen, as you drive from a tank of water, you know our space shuttles,are powered by hydrogen / oxygen made from water, tell every one not buy a new car / truck, to boycott the auto company’s, when they can’t sell their pieces of junk low mileage vehicles, they will have to bring out water to hydrogen powered vehicles, and kits to change the vehicles now that we have, just think what our world would be like with free energy. Do you want your world back? spread the word boycott the auto company’s that are destroying our world. the inventor of the water to hydrogen auto was murdered by our Democrat Government, get mad get real mad of the Democrats. Also audit all the Senator’s and representatives, they have wasted, and stole our money, make them repay all, and tax them. Do these 2 things, and the Demo rats will be finished, don’t do this and the civil war, will escalate, and the economy will collapse

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    • reality check
      reality check October 08, 19:51

      Your aluminum foil cap must be getting loose and/or you forget to take your psycho meds.

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    • Artillerest
      Artillerest October 09, 00:21

      You sure are not a realist or a Chemist, it takes tons
      Of electrical energy to brake the stable bonds between oxygen and hydrogen in the water molecule. And. If the 200+ mile per gallon
      Carberation system be it injection or creating vapors System was available it would be in use.
      The thing you also need to understand is that
      Say gasoline is an 8 carbon chain, you will
      Yield a certain maximum of energy. With
      What they are doing diluting 8 carbon with a
      2 carbon chain known as ethanol. That will
      Cause less MPG, and pre ignition with the
      Lesser carbon chains. Oh and are you going to burn coal for your electricity to form hydrogen?
      Or oil? Or nuclear?

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  3. Bob
    Bob October 08, 19:00

    Now that the Democrat Party has been found to have no clothes maybe some Kennedy Democrats will come to the realization that their allegiance is not to the Constitution nor the good of America.

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  4. charles
    charles October 08, 19:08

    resign????? she should face the firing squad. she tried to destroy him. turnabout is fair play.

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  5. Anne
    Anne October 08, 19:33

    The Swamp protects their own! Pitty.

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  6. Mark
    Mark October 08, 22:44

    Whether Sen. Feinstein is in D.C. or in California, I can still smell her stink in Wyoming, even upwind.
    Excellent article, as always.

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  7. Ed
    Ed October 08, 23:29

    Feinstein is a primary example of the need for term limits in Congress.

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  8. Joe
    Joe October 09, 01:36

    Anything that gets her out of politics would be a good thing. Any chance we could get rid of the whole democrat party and all their tribal (identity) leaders?

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  9. Charley R
    Charley R October 09, 03:13

    Feinstein SHOULD resign but…she is a DEMOCRAT. They have NO conscience. Look at Menendez in New Jersey. He should be in jail, not running for another term.

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    MAURICE R. CHEVALIER October 09, 04:10


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  11. Doug C.
    Doug C. October 09, 04:44

    Firstly, drawing the conclusion that Feinstein violated Christine Crazy Ford’s confidentiality is way over the top. Who can believe that the request for confidentiality was anything but a totally unserious cover for a carefully planned initiative? Consider Crazy Ford’s hiring of a lawyer, taking a rigged polygraph test and scrubbing her social media accounts for weeks. If anyone leaked her story, it was she.

    Secondly, Feinstein was behaving totally in character for Donks. Most Donks on the judiciary committee behaved equally contemptibly and criminally.

    We’ll likely never know who gifted the press with the early revelations about Crazy Ford, but who needs it? The entire corrupt gambit has been exposed, and the guiltiest parties have been revealed — the MSM and the Donks.

    Obviously the corrupt MSM isn’t about to investigate and expose the corrupt MSM. As long as the U.S. populace places the MSM in the position of prestige and influence that it does, there’ll be precious little reform.

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  12. Pete
    Pete October 09, 06:21

    Feinstein is a good reason to have term limits.

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  13. Robin
    Robin December 20, 15:13

    I consider myself a progressive and therefore do not like Feinstein one bit – you see what things in common. I agree that the whole leak thing was highly suspicious, but I don’t like her for lots of other reasons. She is part of the neo-liberal swamp and I would love to see her go. Pelosi too. So there you have it from a real leftie.

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