Whistle-blower Complaint Against President Trump

Whistle-blower Complaint:

I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election. This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s main domestic political rivals. The President’ s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General Barr appears to be involved as well.

Over the past four months, more than half a dozen U.S. officials have informed me of various facts related to this effort. The information provided herein was relayed to me in the course of official interagency business. It is routine for U.S. officials with responsibility for a particular regional or functional portfolio to share such information with one another in order to inform policymaking and analysis.

I was not a direct witness to most of the events described. However, I found my colleagues’ accounts of these events to be credible because, in almost all cases, multiple officials recounted fact patterns that were consistent with one another. In addition, a variety of information consistent with these private accounts has been reported publicly.

I am deeply concerned that the actions described below constitute “a serious or flagrant problem, abuse, or violation of law or Executive Order” that “does not include differences of opinions concerning public policy matters,” consistent with the definition of an “urgent concern” in 50 U.S.C. §3033(k)(5)(G). I am therefore fulfilling my duty to report this information, through proper legal channels, to the relevant authorities.

To the best of my knowledge, the entirety of this statement is unclassified when separated from the classified enclosure. I have endeavored to apply the classification standards outlined in Executive Order (EO) 13526 and to separate out information that I know or have reason to believe is classified for national security purposes. 1

If a classification marking is applied retroactively, I believe it is incumbent upon the classifying authority to explain why such a marking was applied, and to which specific information it pertains.

The 25 July Presidential phone call

Early in the morning of 25 July, the President spoke by telephone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. I do not know which side initiated the call. This was the first publicly acknowledged call between the two leaders since a brief congratulatory call after Mr. Zelenskyy won the presidency on 21 April.

Multiple White House officials with direct knowledge of the call informed me that, after an initial exchange of pleasantries, the President used the remainder of the call to advance his personal interests. Namely, he sought to pressure the Ukrainian leader to take actions to help the President’s 2020 reelection bid. According to the White House officials who had direct knowledge of the call, the President pressured Mr. Zelenskyy to, inter alia:

initiate or continue an investigation 2 into the activities of former Vice President Joseph Biden and his son, Hunter Biden;

assist in purportedly uncovering that allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election originated in Ukraine, with a specific request that the  Ukrainian leader locate and turn over servers used by the Democratic National  Committee (DNC) and examined by the U.S. cyber security firm Crowdstrike, 3 which initially reported that Russian hackers had penetrated the DNC’s networks in 2016; and

 meet or speak with two people the President named explicitly as his personal envoys on these matters, Mr. Giuliani and Attorney General Barr, to whom the President referred multiple times in tandem.

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1 Apart from the information in the Enclosure, it is my belief that none of the information contained herein meets the definition of”classified information” outlined in EO 13526, Part 1, Section 1.1. There is ample open-source information about the efforts I describe below, including statements by the President and Mr. Giuliani. In addition, based on my personal observations, there is discretion with respect to the classification of private comments by or instructions from the President, including his communications with foreign leaders; information that is not related to U.S. foreign policy or national security—such as the information contained in this document, when separated from the Enclosure—is generally treated as unclassified. I also believe that applying a classification marking to this information would violate EO 13526, Part 1, Section 1.7, which states: “In no case shall information be classified, continue to be maintained as classified, or fail to be declassified in order to: (I) conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error; [or] (2) prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency.”

2 It is unclear whether such a Ukrainian investigation exists. See Footnote #7 for additional information.

3 I do not know why the President associates these servers with Ukraine. (See, for example, his comments to Fox News on 20 July: “And Ukraine. Take a look at Ukraine. How come the FBI didn’t take this server? Podesta told them to get out. He said, get out. So, how come the FBI didn’t take the server from the DNC?”)

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The President also praised Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, Mr. Yuriy Lutsenko, and suggested that Mr. Zelenskyy might want to keep him in his position. (Note: Starting in March 2019, Mr. Lutsenko made a series of public allegations—many of which he later walked back—about the Biden family’s activities in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials’ purported involvement in the 2016 U.S. election, and the activities of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. See Part IV for additional context.)

The White House officials who told me this information were deeply disturbed by what had transpired in the phone call. They told me that there was already a “discussion ongoing” with White House lawyers about how to treat the call because of the likelihood, in the officials’ retelling, that they had witnessed the President abuse his office for personal gain.

The Ukrainian side was the first to publicly acknowledge the phone call. On the evening of 25 July, a readout was posted on the website of the Ukrainian President that contained the following line (translation from original Russian-language readout):

Donald Trump expressed his conviction that the new Ukrainian government will be able to quickly improve Ukraine’s image and complete the investigation of corruption  cases that have held back cooperation between Ukraine and the United States.”

Aside from the above-mentioned “cases” purportedly dealing with the Biden family and the 2016 U.S. election, I was told by White House officials that no other “cases” were discussed.

Based on my understanding, there were approximately a dozen White House officials who listened to the call—a mixture of policy officials and duty officers in the White House Situation Room, as is customary. The officials I spoke with told me that participation in the call had not been restricted in advance because everyone expected it would be a “routine” call with a foreign leader. I do not know whether anyone was physically present with the President during the call.

In addition to White House personnel, I was told that a State Department official, Mr. T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, also listened in on the call.

I was not the only non-White House official to receive a readout of the call. Based on my understanding, multiple State Department and Intelligence Community officials were also briefed on the contents of the call as outlined above.

II.   Efforts to restrict access to records related to the call

In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple U.S. officials that senior White House officials had intervened to “lock down” all records of the phone call, especially the official word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced—as is  customary—by the White House Situation Room. This set of actions underscored to me that White House officials understood the gravity of what had transpired in the call.

White House officials told me that they were “directed” by White-House lawyers to remove the electronic transcript from the computer system in which such transcripts are typically stored for coordination, finalization, and distribution to Cabinet-level officials.

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Instead, the transcript was loaded into a separate electronic system that is otherwise  used to store and handle classified information of an especially sensitive nature. One  White House official described this act as an abuse of this electronic system because the call did not contain anything remotely sensitive from a national security perspective.

I do not know whether similar measures were taken to restrict access to other records of the call, such as contemporaneous handwritten notes taken by those who listened in.

III.    Ongoing concerns

On 26 July, a day after the call, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker visited Kyiv and met with President Zelenskyy and a variety of Ukrainian political figures. Ambassador Volker was accompanied in his meetings by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. Based on multiple readouts of these meetings recounted to me by various U.S. officials, Ambassadors Volker and Sondland reportedly provided advice to the Ukrainian leadership about how to “navigate” the demands that the President had made of Mr. Zelenskyy.

I also learned from multiple U.S. officials that, on or about 2 August, Mr. Giuliani reportedly traveled to Madrid to meet with one of President Zelenskyy’ s advisers, Andriy Yermak. The U.S. officials characterized this meeting, which was not reported publicly at the time, as a “direct follow -up” to the President’s call with Mr. Zelenskyy about the “cases” they had discussed.

Separately, multiple U.S. officials told me that Mr. Giuliani had reportedly privately reached out to a variety of other Zelenskyy advisers, including Chief of Staff Andriy Bohdan and Acting Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov. 4

I do not know whether those officials met or spoke with Mr. Giuliani, but I was told separately by multiple U.S. officials that Mr. Yermak and lvlr. Bakanov intended to travel to Washington in mid-August.

On 9 August, the President told reporters: “I think [President Zelenskyy] is going to make a deal with President Putin, and he will be invited to the White House. And we look forward to seeing him. He’s already been invited to the White House, and he wants to come. And I think he will. He’s a very reasonable guy. He wants to see peace in Ukraine, and I think he will be coming very soon, actually.”

IV.    Circumstances leading up to the 25 July Presidential phone call

Beginning in late March 2019, a series of articles appeared in an online publication called The Hill. In these articles, several Ukrainian officials—most notably, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko—made a series of allegations against other Ukrainian officials and current and former U.S. officials. Mr. Lutsenko and his colleagues alleged, inter alia:

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4 In a report published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) on 22 July, two associates of Mr. Giuliani reportedly traveled to Kyiv in May 201Q and met with Mr. Bakanov and another close Zelenskyy adviser, Mr. Serhiy Shefir.

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that they possessed evidence that Ukrainian officials—namely, Head of the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnyk and Member of Parliament Serhiy Leshchenko—had “interfered” in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, allegedly in collaboration with the DNC and the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv; 5

that the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv—specifically, U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who had criticized Mr. Lutsenko’s organization for its poor record on fighting corruption—­had allegedly obstructed Ukrainian law enforcement agencies’ pursuit of corruption cases, including by providing a “do not prosecute” list, and had blocked Ukrainian

prosecutors from traveling to the United States expressly to prevent them from delivering their “evidence” about the 2016 U.S. election; 6 and

that former Vice President Biden had pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in 2016 to fire then Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in order to quash a purported criminal probe into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company on whose board the former Vice President’s son, Hunter, sat. 7

In several public comments, 8 Mr. Lutsenko also stated that he wished to communicate directly with Attorney General Barr on these matters. 9

The allegations by Mr. Lutsenko came on the eve of the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on 31 March. By that time, Mr. Lutsenko’s political patron, President Poroshenko, was trailing Mr. Zelenskyy in the polls and appeared likely to be defeated. Mr. Zelenskyy had made known his desire to replace Mr. Lutsenko as Prosecutor General. On 21 April, Mr. Poroshenko lost the runoff to Mr. Zelenskyy by a landslide. See Enclosure for additional information.

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5 Mr. Sytnyk and Mr. Leshchenko are two of Mr. Lutsenko’s main domestic rivals. Mr. Lutsenko has no legal training and has been widely criticized in Ukraine for politicizing criminal probes and using his tenure as Prosecutor General to protect corrupt Ukrainian officials. He has publicly feuded with Mr. Sytnyk, who heads Ukraine’s only competent anticorruption body, and with Mr. Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist who has repeatedly criticized Mr. Lutsenko’s record. In December 2018, a Ukrainian court upheld a complaint by a Member of Parliament, Mr. Boryslav Rozenblat, who alleged that Mr. Sytnyk and Mr. Leshchenko had “interfered” in the 2016 U.S. election by publicizing a document detailing corrupt payments made by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych before his ouster in 2014. Mr. Rozenblat had originally filed the motion in late 2017 after attempting to flee Ukraine amid an investigation into his taking of a large bribe. On 16 July 2019, Mr. Leshchenko publicly stated that a Ukrainian court had overturned the lower court’s decision.

6 Mr. Lutsenko later told Ukrainian news outlet The Babel on 17 April that Ambassador Yovanovitch had never provided such a list, and that he was, in fact, the one who requested such a list.

7 Mr. Lutsenko later told Bloomberg on 16 May that former Vice President Biden and his son were not subject to any current Ukrainian investigations, and that he had no evidence against them. Other senior Ukrainian officials also contested his original allegations; one former senior Ukrainian prosecutor told Bloomberg on 7 May that Mr. Shokin in fact was not investigating Burisma at the time of his removal in 2016.

8 See, for example, Mr. Lutsenko’s comments to The Hill on 1 and 7 April and his interview with The Babel on 17 April, in which he stated that he had spoken with Mr. Giuliani about arranging contact with Attorney  General  Barr.

9 In May, Attorney General Barr announced that he was initiating a probe into the “origins” of the Russia investigation. According to the above-referenced OCCRP report (22 July), two associates of Mfr. Giuliani claimed to be working with Ukrainian officials to uncover information that would become part of this inquiry.  In an interview with Fox News on 8 August, Mr. Giuliani claimed that Mr. John Durham, whom Attorney General Barr designated to lead this probe, was “spending a lot of time in Europe” because he was “investigating Ukraine.” I do not know the extent to which, if at all, Mr. Giuliani is directly coordinating his efforts on Ukraine with Attorney General Barr or Mr. Durham.

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It was also publicly reported that Mr. Giuliani had met on at least two occasions with Mr. Lutsenko: once in New York in late January and again in Warsaw in mid-February. In addition, it was publicly reported that Mr. Giuliani had spoken in late 2018 to former Prosecutor General Shokin, in a Skype call arranged by two associates of Mr. Giuliani. 10

On 25 April in an interview with Fox News, the President called Mr. Lutsenko’s claims “big” and “incredible” and stated that the Attorney General “would want to see this.”

On or about 29 April, I learned from U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the situation that Ambassador Yovanovitch had been suddenly recalled to Washington by senior State Department officials for “consultations” and would most likely be removed from her position.

Around the same time, I also learned from a U.S. official that “associates” of Mr. Giuliani were trying to make contact with the incoming Zelenskyy team. 11

On 6 May, the State Department announced that Ambassador Yovanovitch would be ending her assignment in Kyiv “as planned.”

However, several U.S. officials told me that, in fact, her tour was curtailed because of pressure stemming from Mr. Lutsenko’s allegations. Mr. Giuliani subsequently stated in an interview with a Ukrainian journalist published on 14 May that Ambassador Yovanovitch was “removed … because she was part of the efforts against the President.”

On 9 May, The New York Times reported that Mr. Giuliani planned to travel to Ukraine to press the Ukrainian government to pursue investigations that would help the President in his 2020 reelection bid.

In his multitude of public statements leading up to and in the wake of the publication of this article, Mr. Giuliani confirmed that he was focused on encouraging Ukrainian authorities to pursue investigations into alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S.

election and alleged wrongdoing by the Biden family. 12

On the afternoon of 10 May, the President stated in an interview with Politico that he planned to speak with Mr. Giuliani about the trip.

A few hours later, Mr. Giuliani publicly canceled his trip, claiming that Mr. Zelenskyy was “surrounded by enemies of the [U.S.] President…and of the United States.”

On 11 May, Mr. Lutsenko met for two hours with President-elect Zelenskyy, according to a public account given several days later by Mr. Lutsenko. Mr. Lutsenko publicly stated that he had told Mr. Zelenskyy that he wished to remain as Prosecutor General.

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10 See, for example, the above-referenced articles in Bloomberg (16 May) and OCCRP (22 July).

11 I do not know whether these associates of Mr. Giuliani were the same individuals named in the 22 July report by OCCRP, referenced above.

12 See, for example , Mr . Giuliani’s appearance on Fox News on 5 April and his tweets on 23 April and 10 May. In his interview with The New York Times, Mr. Giuliani stated that the President “basically knows what I’m doing, sure, as his lawyer.” Mr. Giuliani also stated: “We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do… There’s nothing illegal about it… Somebody could say it’s improper. And this isn’t foreign policy – I’m  asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may tum out to be helpful to my government.”

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Starting in mid-May, I heard from multiple U.S. officials that they were deeply concerned by what they viewed as Mr. Giuliani’s circumvention of national security decisionmaking processes to engage with Ukrainian officials and relay messages back and forth between Kyiv and the President. These officials also told me:

that State Department officials, including Ambassadors Volker and Sondland, had spoken with Mr. Giuliani in an attempt to “contain the damage” to U,S. national security; and

that Ambassadors Volker and Sondland during this time period met with members of the new Ukrainian administration and, in addition to discussing policy matters, sought to help Ukrainian leaders understand and respond to the differing messages they were receiving from official U.S. channels on the one hand, and Mr. Giuliani on the other.

During this same timeframe, multiple U.S. officials told me that the Ukrainian leadership was led to believe that a meeting or phone call between the President and President Zelenskyy would depend on whether Zelenskyy showed willingness to “play ball” on the issues that had been publicly aired by Mr. Lutsenko and Mr. Giuliani. (Note: This was the general understanding of the state of affairs as conveyed to me by U.S. officials from late May into early July. I do not know who delivered this message to the Ukrainian leadership, or when.) See Enclosure for additional information.

Shortly after President Zelenskyy’ s inauguration, it was publicly reported that Mr. Giuliani met with two other Ukrainian officials: Ukraine’s Special Anticorruption Prosecutor, Mr. Nazar Kholodnytskyy, and a former Ukrainian diplomat named Andriy Telizhenko. Both Mr.

Kholodnytskyy and Mr. Telizhenko are allies of Mr. Lutsenko and made similar allegations in the above-mentioned series of articles in The Hill.

On 13 June, the President told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he would accept damaging information on his political rivals from a foreign government.

On 21 June, Mr. Giuliani tweeted: “New Pres of Ukraine still silent on investigation of Ukrainian interference in 2016 and alleged Biden bribery of Poroshenko. Time for leadership and investigate both if you want to purge how Ukraine was abused by Hillary and Clinton people.”

In mid-July, I learned of a sudden change of policy with respect to U.S. assistance for Ukraine. See Enclosure for additional information.

ENCLOSURE:    Classified appendix

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(U)Supplementary classified information is provided as follows:

(U)Additional information related to Section II

(TS/) According to multiple White House officials I spoke with, the transcript of the President’s call with President Zelenskyy was placed into a computer system managed directly by the National Security Council (NSC) Directorate for Intelligence Programs. This is a standalone computer system reserved for codeword-level intelligence information, such as covert action. According to information I received from White House officials, some officials voiced concerns internally that this would be an abuse of the system and was not consistent with the responsibilities of the Directorate for Intelligence Programs. According to White House officials I spoke with, this was “not the first time” under this Administration that a Presidential transcript was placed into this codeword-level system solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive—rather than national security sensitive—information.

Additional information related to Section IV

I would like to expand upon two issues mentioned in Section IV that might have a connection with the overall effort to pressure the Ukrainian leadership. As I do not know definitively whether the below-mentioned decisions are connected to the broader  efforts  I describe, I have chosen to include them in the classified annex. If they indeed represent genuine policy deliberations and decisions formulated to advance U.S . foreign policy and national security, one might be able to make a reasonable case that the facts are classified.

I learned from U.S. officials that, on or around 14 May, the President instructed Vice President Pence to cancel his planned travel to Ukraine to attend President

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Zelenskyy’ s inauguration on 20 May; Secretary of Energy Rick Perry led the delegation instead. According to these officials, it was also “made clear” to them that the President did not want to meet with Mr. Zelenskyy until he saw how Zelenskyy “chose to act” in office. I do not know how this guidance was communicated, or by whom. I also do not know whether this action was connected with the broader understanding, described in the unclassified letter, that a meeting or phone call between the President and President Zelenskyy would depend on whether Zelenskyy showed willingness to “play ball” on the issues that had been publicly aired by Mr. Lutsenko and Mr. Giuliani.

On 18 July, an Office of Management and Budget (0MB) official informed Departments and Agencies that the President “earlier that month” had issued instructions to suspend all U.S. security assistance to Ukraine. Neither OMB nor the NSC staff knew why this instruction had been issued. During interagency meetings on 23 July and 26 July, OMB officials again stated explicitly that the instruction to suspend this assistance had come directly from the President, but they still were unaware of a policy rationale.

As of early August, I heard from U.S. officials that some Ukrainian officials were aware that U.S. aid might be in jeopardy, but I do not know how or when they learned of it.

Hate Alters Reality and Judgement

Hate also creates significant stupidity and extreme high-risk actions.

Hate of President Trump altered the judgement of high-ranking officials in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department Justice. Hate drove these officials to engage in high risk and stupid actions to try to remove a duly elected President – and they failed. Many will end up in jail.

Hate drove the Mueller investigation. Some 19 investigators, 40 FBI agents and $40 MILLION was spent on trying to find any kind of criminal act committed by the President – and failed, deeply disappointing Democrats.

In another hate fueled misjudgment by the Democrats – they called Robert Mueller to testify before Congress hoping to get something on the President. The aging formal FBI Director stumbled and mumbled through many senior moments. It was an extraordinary failure.

That was followed by the biggest hate driven blunder yet when Speaker Pelosi prematurely announced that Democrats would initiate impeachment proceedings because a whistleblower had damning evidence on President Trump.

The following day, the whistleblowers complaint was released – full of hearsay and no evidence of a criminal act. The whistle blower stated, “I was not a direct witness to most of the events described”. Because he or she was not present, he/she is not eligible for whistleblower protections.

The whistleblower’s primary complaint is that during a phone call with the President of Ukraine, President Trump threatened suspending military aid unless Ukraine investigated misdeeds of the Bidens’ and claimed such actions were illegal. The subject of military aid threats was never discussed. And it’s legal for President Trump to request Ukraine investigate the Bidens. A treaty signed by President Clinton in 1995 allows the two countries to share corruption investigation information.

Additionally, Joe Biden, as Vice President, has publicly bragged that he threatened to withhold ONE BILLION Dollars of U.S. aid, if Ukraine did not fire the prosecutor investigating his son, Hunter. Ukraine fired the prosecutor.

Both the phone call transcripts and the whistle-blowers complaint are posted at www.gilagop.com.

The Democrat hate of President Trump has to stop. Hate has caused resistance of President Trump’s every attempt to create a better life for Americans. Hate has consumed all their time. The countries business is stalled. The booming Trump economy and low unemployment is at risk of loss. If you want to keep a better life, vote Republican.

Gary P. Morris, Chairman

Gila County Republican Party

President Trump’s Phone Call With Ukraine President

The TRUTH about the Democratic Party attempt to impeach the president.

President Trump’s Phone Call With Ukraine President

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MEMORANDUM OF TELEPHONE CONVERSATION

SUBJECT: Telephone Conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine

Participants: President Zelensky of Ukraine

Notetakers: The White House Situation Room Date, Time July 25, 2019, am EDT and Place: residence

The President: Congratulations on a great victory. We all watched from the United States and you did a terrific job. The way you came from behind, somebody who wasn’t given much of a chance, and you ended up winning easily. It’s a fantastic achievement. Congratulations.

President Zelensky: You are absolutely right Mr. President. We did win big and we worked hard for this. We worked a lot but I would like to confess to you that I had an opportunity to learn from you. We used quite a few of your skills and knowledge and were able to use it as an example for our elections and yes, it is true that these were unique elections. We were in a unique situation that we were able to achieve a unique success. I’m able to tell you the following; the first time you called me to congratulate me when I won my presidential election, and the second time you are now calling me when my party won the parliamentary election. I think I should run more often so you can call me more often and we can talk over the phone more often.

The President: (laughter) That’s very good idea. I think your country is very happy about that.

President Zelensky: Well yes, to tell you the truth, we are trying to work hard because we wanted to drain the swamp here in our country. We brought in many, many new people. Not the old politicians, not the typical politicians, because we want to have a new format and a new type of government. You are a great teacher for us and in that.

The President: Well it is very nice of you to say that. I will say that we do a lot for Ukraine. We spend a lot of effort and a lot of time. Much more than the European countries are doing and they should be helping you more than they are. Germany does almost nothing for you. All they do is talk and I think it’s something that you should really ask them about. When I was speaking to Angela Merkel she talks Ukraine, but she doesn’t do anything. A lot of the European countries are the same way so I think it’s something you want to look at but the United States has been very, very good to Ukraine. I wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal necessarily because things are happening that are not good but the United States has been very, very good to Ukraine.

President Zelensky: Yes, you are absolutely right. Not only 100%, but actually 1000% and I can tell you the following; I did talk to Angela Merkel and I did meet with her I also met and talked with Macron and I told them that they are not doing quite as much as they need to be doing on the issues with the sanctions. They are not enforcing the sanctions. They are not working as much as they should work for Ukraine. It turns out that even though logically, the European Union should be our biggest partner but technically the United States is a much bigger partner than the European Union and I’m very grateful to you for that because the United States is doing quite a lot for Ukraine. Much more than the European Union especially when we are talking about sanctions against the Russian Federation. I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps specifically we are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.

The President: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that yolk do it if that’s possible.

President Zelensky: Yes, it is very important for me and everything that you just mentioned earlier. For me as a President, it is very important and we are open for any future cooperation. We are ready to open a new page on cooperation in relations between the United States and Ukraine. For that purpose, I just recalled our ambassador from United States and he will be replaced by a very competent and very experienced ambassador who will work hard on making sure that our two nations are getting closer. I would also like and hope to see him having your trust and your confidence and have personal relations with you so we can cooperate even more so. I will personally tell you that one of my assistants spoke with Mr. Giuliani just recently and we are hoping very much that Mr. Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet once he comes to Ukraine. I just wanted to assure you once again that you have nobody but friends around us. I will make sure that I surround myself with the best and most experienced people. I also wanted to tell you at we are friends. We are great friends and you Mr. President have friends in our country so we can continue our strategic partnership. I also plan to surround myself with great people and in addition to that investigation, I guarantee as the President of Ukraine that all the investigation will be done openly and candidly. That I can assure you.

The President: Good because I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great. The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news so I just want to let you know that. The other thing, there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.

President Zelensky: I wanted to you about the prosecutor. First of all, I understand and I’m knowledgeable about the situation. since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament, the next prosecutor general will be my person, my candidate, who will be approved, by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and will work on the investigation of the case. On top of that, I would kindly ask you if you have any additional information that you can provide to us, it would be very helpful for the investigation to make sure that we administer justice in our country with regard to the Ambassador to the United States from Ukraine as far as I recall her name was Ivanovich. It was great that you were the first one who told me that she was a bad ambassador because I agree with you 100%. Her attitude towards me was far from the best as she admired the previous President and she was on his side. She would not accept me as a new President well enough.

The President: Well, she’s going to go through some things. I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it. I’m sure you will figure it out. I heard the prosecutor was treated very badly and he was a very fair prosecutor so good luck with everything. Your economy is going to get better and better I predict. You have a lot of assets. It’s a great country. I have many Ukrainian friends, their incredible people.

President Zelensky: I would like to tell you that I also have quite a few Ukrainian friends that live in the United States. Actually, last time I traveled to the United States, I stayed in New York near Central Park and I stayed at the Trump Tower. I will talk to them and I hope to see them again in the future. I also wanted to thank you for your invitation to visit the United States, specifically Washington DC. On the other hand, I also want to ensure you that we will be very serious about the case and will work on the investigation. As to the economy, there is much potential for our two countries and one of the issues that is very important for Ukraine is energy independence. I believe we can be very successful and cooperating on energy independence with United States. We are already working on cooperation. We are buying American oil but I am very hopeful for a future meeting. We will have more time and more opportunities to discuss these opportunities and get to know each other better. I would like to thank you very much for your support.

The President: Good. Well, thank you very much and I appreciate that. I will tell Rudy and Attorney General Barr to call. Thank you. Whenever you would like to come to the Whitehouse, feel free to call. Give us a date and we’ll work that out. I look forward to seeing you.

President Zelensky: Thank you very much. I would be very happy to come and would be happy to meet with you personally and get to know you better. I am looking forward to our meeting and I also would like to invite you to visit Ukraine and come to the city of Kyiv which is a beautiful city. We have a beautiful country which would welcome you. On the other hand, I believe that we will be in Poland and we can meet in Poland hopefully. After that, it might be a very good idea for you to travel to Ukraine. We can either take my plane and go to Ukraine or we can take your plane, which is probably much better than mine.

The President: Okay, we can work that out. I look forward to seeing you in Washington and maybe in Poland because I think we are going to be there at that time.

President Zelensky: Thank you very much Mr. President.

The President: Congratulations, a fantastic job you’ve done. The whole world was watching. I’m not sure it was so much of an upset but congratulations.

President Zelensky: Thank you. President bye-bye.

– – End of conversation – –

Democrats’ double standard on Ukraine

Marc Thiessen

Updated: September 24, 2019 – 8:0 PM

Marc Thiessen, for the Washington Post

Andy Wong / Getty Images File / S

WASHINGTON We don’t yet know whether President Trump delayed some military aid to Ukraine as leverage to get Ukraine’s president to reopen an investigation into Hunter Biden. But if we are concerned about U.S. officials inappropriately threatening aid to Ukraine, then there are others who have some explaining to do.

It got almost no attention, but in May, CNN reported that Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Richard Durbin, D-lll., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., wrote a letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, expressing concern at the closing of four investigations they said were critical to the Mueller probe. In the letter, they implied that their support for U.S. assistance to Ukraine was at stake. Describing themselves as “strong advocates for a robust and close relationship with Ukraine,” the Democratic senators declared, “We have supported [the] capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these [democratic] principles to avoid the ire of President Trump,” before demanding Lutsenko “reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.”

So, it’s okay for Democratic senators to encourage Ukraine to investigate Trump, but it’s not okay for the president to allegedly encourage Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden?

And then there is Joe Biden. In 2016, the then-vice president threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine if the government did not fire the country’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin. According to the New York Times, “Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden … who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general.” The Post reports that it is “unclear how seriously Shokin who was under fire by U.S. and European officials for not taking a more aggressive posture toward corruption overall was scrutinizing Burisma when he was forced out.” But what is clear is that Biden bragged about getting him fired, declaring last year: “I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of b –. He got fired.”

This weekend, Biden told reporters, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” That is flatly untrue. Hunter admitted in an interview with the New Yorker that his father expressed concern about the Burisma post at least once: “Dad said, ‘I hope you know what you are doing,’ and I said, ‘I do.”‘ moreover, the New Yorker reports that, “In December, 2015, as Joe Biden prepared to return to Ukraine, his aides braced for renewed scrutiny of Hunter’s relationship with Burisma. Amos Hochstein, the Obama Administration’s special envoy for energy policy, raised the matter with Biden.”

So, Biden was fully aware of his son’s involvement with Burisma when he pressured Ukraine to fire the prosecutor in 2016. He should have known that his using U.S. aid as leverage to force the prosecutor’s dismissal would create at a bare minimum, the appearance of a conflict of interest.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that Congress will initiate a formal impeachment inquiry over the Ukraine episode, a move Joe Biden endorsed in a speech, declaring, “It’s time for the Congress to fully investigate the conduct of this president.” Such an investigation will be far more damaging for Biden than the president. It will keep the story of Biden’s conflict of interest in the news through the 2020 election. Senate Republicans can demand that Hunter Biden testify, and subpoena Obama White House aides to explain under oath what the vice president knew and when he knew it.

Put aside the prosecutor’s firing. Hunter took the position with a Ukrainian natural gas company just a few weeks after his father visited Ukraine in 2014 to urge its government to increase its natural gas production. He had no expertise in Ukraine or natural gas. It will not just be

Republicans calling this suspicious; nonpartisan experts in ethics law will testify that this a major conflict of interest.

And the focus will not just be on Ukraine but also how, as The Post reported, “for more than two decades, [Hunter’s] professional work often tracked with his father’s life in politics, from Washington to Ukraine to China.”

While Senate Republicans will not remove Trump from office, Democratic primary voters might decide that Biden and his troubles are a distraction they do not need. The irony is the Democrats’ investigation might do more to deny Biden the presidency than Trump.

Marc Thiessen writes a twice-weekly column for The Washington Post on foreign and domestic policy. He is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the former chief speech writer for President George W. Bush. @marcthiessen

Posted: September 24, 2019 – 8:01 PM

Marc Thiessen, for the Washington Post

Four Democrat Senators Attempted to Strong Arm the President of Ukraine to Get Dirt on President Trump

Democrats in Congress previously pressured Ukraine to continue investigations into President Donald Trump or risk losing U.S. aid, despite current cries of impeachment over the president’s similar actions.

In 2018, Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Dick Durbin of Illinois, and Pat Leahy of Vermont sent a letter to the Ukrainian general prosecutor accusing him of trying to “impede cooperation” with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion by the Trump campaign.

“On May 2, the New York Times reported that your office effectively froze investigations into four open cases in Ukraine in April, thereby eliminating scope for cooperation with the Mueller probe into related issues,” the senators wrote to General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko. “The article notes that your office considered these cases as too politically sensitive and potentially jeopardizing U.S. financial and military aid to Ukraine.”

WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 11: U.S. Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) ® speaks as Minority Leader Chuck Schumyr (D-NY) (L) listens during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Democratic policy luncheon June 11, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Schumer used the opportunity to criticize the lack of legislative movement under Republican control. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The senators also specifically add that it would be a mistake for Lutsenko to drop the investigations “in order to avoid the ire of President Trump.”

The letter also appears to dangle U.S. support for Ukraine as a reason for the country to continue cooperating with the investigation stating, “In four short years, Ukraine has made significant progress in building [democratic] institutions despite ongoing military, economic and political pressure from Moscow. We have supported that capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have set aside these principles.”

Meanwhile, Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy delivered a similar message to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky earlier this month, warning that Democratic support for the country could dwindle if he complied with the president’s requests to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

RELATED: President Donald Trump Reacts To The Release Of Ukraine Transcript

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 24: U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) talks to reporters ahead of a vote before attending the weekly Senate Democrat policy luncheon on Capitol Hill September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“I told Zelensky that he should not insert himself or his government into American politics. I cautioned him that complying with the demands of the President’s campaign representatives to investigate a political rival of the resident would gravely damage the U.S.-Ukraine relationship. There are few things that Republicans and Democrats agree on in Washington these days, and support for Ukraine is one of those,” Murphy told The Hill’s John Solomon.

And, of course, in 2016, the 0bama administration urged Ukraine to fire the prosecutor leading an investigation into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian oil company, or risk a $1 billion guaranteed loan from the U.S. Biden bragged about the move in 2018, despite the fact that his son, Hunter Biden, was being paid by and on the board of Burisma at the time.

Meanwhile, Democrats are pursuing an impeachment inquiry because Trump asked Zelensky to investigate whether Biden called for the firing of the prosecutor in order to protect his own son. A transcript of Trump ‘s phone call with Zelensky in July confirmed the request, but did not demonstrate that he threatened to withhold aid if the investigation weren’t carried out.

United States Senate

WASHINGTON, DC 20510

May 4, 2018
Mr. Yuriy Lutsenko

General Prosecutor

Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine

13/15 Riznytska St.

Kyiv, 01011

Ukraine

Dear Mr. Prosecutor General:

We are writing to express great concern about reports that your office has taken steps to impede cooperation with the investigation of United States Special Counsel Robert Mueller. As strong advocates for a robust and close relationship with Ukraine, we believe that our cooperation should extend to such legal matters, regardless of politics. Ours is a relationship built on a foundation of respect for the rule of law and accountable democratic institutions. In four short years, Ukraine has made significant progress in building these institutions despite ongoing military, economic and political pressure from Moscow. We have supported that capacity building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these principles in order to avoid the ire of President Trump. If these reports are true, we strongly encourage you to reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.

On May 2, the New York Times reported that your office effectively froze investigations into four open cases in Ukraine in April, thereby eliminating scope for cooperation with the Mueller probe into related issues. The article notes that your office considered these cases as too politically sensitive and potentially jeopardizing U.S. financial and military aid to Ukraine. The article indicates specifically that your office prohibited special prosecutor Serhiy Horbatyuk from issuing subpoenas for evidence or interviewing witnesses in four open cases in Ukraine related to consulting work performed by Paul Manafort for former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich and his political party.

This investigation not only has implications for the Mueller probe, but also speaks to critically important investigations into the corrupt practices of the Yanukovich administration, which stole millions of dollars from the people of Ukraine. Blocking cooperation with the Mueller probe potentially cuts off a significant opportunity for Ukrainian law enforcement to conduct a more thorough inquiry into possible crimes committed during the Yanukovich era. This reported refusal to cooperate with the Mueller probe also sends a worrying signal—to the Ukrainian people as well as the international community—about your government’s commitment more broadly to support justice and the rule of law.

We respectfully request that you reply to this letter answering the following questions:

  1. Has your office taken any steps to restrict cooperation with the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller? I so, why?
  2. Did any individual from the Trump Administration. or anyone acting on its behalf, encourage Ukrainian government or law enforcement officials not to cooperate with the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller?
  3. Was the Mueller probe raised in any way during discussions between your government and U.S. officials, including around the meeting of Presidents Trump and Poroshenko in New York in 2017?

Sincerely,

Richard J. Durbin

United States Senator

Patrick Leahy

United States Senator

Poll: 37 percent of voters support starting impeachment proceedings

By Owen Daugherty -09/18/19 08:5 AM EDT 521

The poll was conducted from September 19 to 23, before the Wednesday release of the transcript of a phone conversation between rump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. During this period, Trump faced growing outrage over accusations he improperly pressured Zelensky to conduct investigation that would damage presidential candidate Joe Biden.

37 percent of respondents to the Poll said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 57 percent were against impeachment.

The poll surveyed 1,337 registered voters and had a 3.2 percent margin of error.

Republicans Elect Dr. Kelli Ward – Stunning the ‘Establishment’

This past Saturday, some 1,200 Republican State Committeemen and woman from around Arizona voted at their annual convention in Phoenix to elect conservative Dr. Kelli Ward as Chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party.

This past Saturday, some 1,200 Republican State Committeemen and woman from around Arizona voted at their annual convention in Phoenix to elect conservative Dr. Kelli Ward as Chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, defeating the incumbent chairman, Jonathan Lines. The election stunned McCain supporters–the ‘establishment’ Republicans. Senator McCain’s daughter, Meghan, stated “Don’t get me started on this…great day for Arizona Democrats.”

The vote was held up for more than an hour and a half as both the establishment and conservative camps debated how the vote was to be conducted. The “Lines” crowd demanded an electronic election using smart phones. Conservatives opposed that method, stating that the Party’s by-laws did not allow electronic elections and voiced concerns about voter integrity, citing multiple problems with that method occurring at a previous election. They demanded a “floor vote” where individual counties and legislative districts conducted an internal vote.

Frustrated with the on-going debate, Gila County Republican Committee Chairman Gary Morris initiated a vote with his state committeemen for the State Chairman position. He tore up a pad of paper to create voter ballot slips and conducted the vote. Following the vote tally, he carried a wad of ballots to the floor microphone and announced that Gila County had conducted a secret vote for state Chairman, and was ready to announce the vote results. The floor vote was taken a short time later.

Gila County’s state committee voted unanimously for Dr. Ward. The final statewide vote count was 633 in favor of Dr. Ward with 551 votes going to Lines.

Conservative state committeemen were angry with the Kyrsten Sinema win of one of the two U.S. senate seats and the loss of two congressional seats to Democrats under Lines’ chairmanship. They were further alarmed by a leaked resignation letter from Lines’ Communications Director that confirmed rumors of numerous weaknesses in Lines’ leadership skills.

In his campaign speech for re-election to the floor, Lines cited his fundraising skills and the number of voter contacts as justification for his re-election. He did not cite the election losses.

Dr. Kelli Ward, on the other hand, gave a more motivational speech stating, “we have to win 2020 for President Trump, we’ve got to win back the ground we have lost in the mid-terms, and I pledge to you to do just that. Mark my words, the next two years will be the most important to Arizona”.

The mood of the attendees seemed to turn in her favor following her speech.

Following her election at the convention, she was immediately sworn in as Chairwomen for the Arizona Republican Party.

Dr. Ward served as a successful Arizona state senator but lost two really tough races for U.S. Senate.

One loss was against Sen. McCain, who greatly out-spent Ward in 2016, followed by an August primary loss in a three-way race to Lt. Col. Martha McSally. Governor Ducey later appointed McSally to Sen. McCain’s vacant seat. Ward successfully raised a lot of money in both campaigns and now has the experience to raise money for the Arizona Republican Party.

On Monday morning, when the Ward team arrived at the Phoenix Republican Headquarters, they found the office had been trashed.

Chairwoman Ward will be the keynote speaker at the Gila County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner at the Mazatzal Casino on March 1st. Tickets may be purchased at www.gilagop.com/.

Quotes from Chairman Morris, Gila County Republican Party

“The Gila County Republican Party has long supported Dr. Kelli Ward in both her U.S. Senate races.”

“This past December 8th, at the Gila County Republican Party’s Precinct Committeeman meeting, the Party voted to endorse Kelli Ward for Chairwomen of the Arizona Republican Party. We were the first to do so and may be the only county party to do so”.

“With the passing of Senator McCain, the vote for Dr. Kelli Ward and conservative leadership at the state party is reflecting the erosion of the establishment and McCain camps’ influence on Republican politics in Arizona”.

CRC 9/30/2018 Kavanaugh Confirmation

The Gila County Republican Committee is concerned about allegations presented to the  U.S. Senate Judicial Committee regarding Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the lack of due process for the Judge.

To date, there has been no actionable evidence provided that law enforcement can pursue. What evidence is presented thus far by Professor Ford and the other accuser is vague and can’t be collaborated.

Judge Kavanaugh has NOT been afforded proper due process. The proper due process would have referred the allegations to local law enforcement for investigation and then deliver the results of that investigation to the Senate Judicial Committee.

The Gila County Republican Committee is reminded of an old, but famous, western movie called “The “Oxbow Incident”.

In the movie, a cowboy (Ford) barges into a saloon and announces that a well-known local rancher has been shot and killed by rustlers. Cowboys in the saloon (Democrats) quickly form an illegal posse which is opposed by the town Sheriff (Chairman Chuck Grassley).

They find three cowboys herding cattle. The cowboys claim they purchased the cattle from the rancher before he was killed, but do not have a bill of sale.

The captured cowboys are not taken to town to be interviewed by the Sheriff. The posse (Democrats) spends the evening debating the guilt of the three and determines that they are guilty and will be lynched (term for an illegal hanging) at sunrise. The lynching (Committee hearing) takes place at sunrise, and three innocent men are hanged.

Returning to town, the illegal posse is met by the sheriff who announces the rancher who was assumed dead was only wounded and is alive and the real bandits have been arrested.

Don’t let the Judicial Committee commit an “Oxbow Incident”.

What is known is that Judge Kavanaugh has an impeccable record as a judge and is fully qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice.

The Gila County Republican Committee of Arizona strongly recommends that the Senate support a vote immediately after this hearing, and that all Senate members vote to move the Judge Kavanaugh confirmation vote to the full Senate as soon as possible.

Gary Morris, Chairman

Gila County Republican Committee

Gila County Republican Committee Opposes Four Proposed Propositions

Gila County Republican Committee

P.O. Box 3377

Payson, Arizona 85547

 

Gila County Republican Committee Opposes Four Proposed Propositions

The Gila County Republican Committee, at its August 18th Precinct Committeeman meeting, voted to oppose four of the state level propositions scheduled to be on the November ballot.

The approved motion stated;” The Gila County Republican Committee opposes the four state initiatives because passage would change the Arizona State Constitution and believes the four questions should first be addressed by the state legislature”. The Committee recommended all four propositions be submitted the Arizona legislature for proper debate. The four state initiatives for the 2018 General Election Ballot are;

  • The “Invest in Ed Act”
  • The “Outlaw Dirty Money Act”
  • The “Clean Energy for Healthy Arizona Act”
  • The “Protect Arizona Taxpayer Act”

The primary concern was passage of any of the propositions would become part of the Arizona Constitution, and therefore could not be adjusted, altered, or ceased in any way, without a hugely expensive financial burden on tax payers to return the question to a vote of the public.

The Committee was also concerned that the four initiatives are intentionally attempting to by-pass the legitimate legislative responsibility and the need for a thorough and open public debate on the initiatives pro’s and con’s. The Committee is further concerned that paid political ads in favor of passage will not constitute a fair and balanced “debate” and will be one sided with an agenda – particularly when the opposition can not raise the funding necessary to counter the argument.

It should also be noted that the initiative process is also foreign to the United States Constitution. The initiative process cannot be found anywhere in the Constitution, and for good reason. The Founding Fathers placed a heavy burden of deliberation on government, and the legislative process, to ensure a thorough and deliberate public debate occurs on matters affecting the Constitution along with a high mark of two thirds vote before the Constitution can be amended.

Therefore, the Founding Fathers established Article 5 of the Constitution which states; “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution.”

The Gila County Republican Committee is further concerned about whether there is a real pubic need for the initiatives and worries about their consequences.

Here is an examination of the individual Initiatives:

The “Invest in Ed Act”

NOTE: The Arizona Supreme Court ruled on August 29th that the “Invest in Ed Act” did not qualify for the ballot because the initiative’s language mislead the petition signers and the public on the actual tax burden. The below position statement by the Gila County Republican Committee is for information only in that there may be a future attempt to put this initiative back on the ballot

One has to question the additional cost to tax payers should the “Invest in Ed Act” initiative pass. The Governor just gave Arizona teachers a huge 20 per cent pay increase. And teachers initially didn’t think that was enough and went on strike and then settled for the 20 percent. The strike was illegal and very disruptive event. Today, 55 percent of the state’s budget goes to education and is growing. That’s a huge percentage! The legislature has added approximate $150 million to education each year over the last five years. Proposition 301, passed eight years ago, is putting approximately 3 percent annually into education. Additionally, Proposition 123, which passed in 2015, is projected to produce $880 million for K – 12 education. In addition, the growing economy is projected to deliver millions more of additional tax revenue to the State treasury which will be available for the legislature to move into education.

Considering these millions of dollars presently going to education, and more projected, why is there a need to double the tax burden on small businesses and high-income earners. And it should be noted, because the tax rate increase becomes a constitutional amendment it cannot be removed, expanded, or amended by the legislature without a huge cost to the tax payers to return the question to voters. This proposition effort is also receiving considerable out-of-state funding that that the voter needs to question why? Further, this initiative has not yet gone through the legislative process for proper deliberation. The Gila County Republican Committee recommended a no vote.

The “Outlaw Dirty Money Act”

NOTE: On Thursday, August 30th the Arizona Supreme Court Ruled the organizers of the “Outlaw Dirty Money Act” failed to obtain the required number of valid signatures. It seems some 70 “dirty” felons were hired to obtain petition signatures and all those signatures, plus other invalid signatures, were thrown out. The below position statement from the Gila County Republican Committee is for information only in that there may be a future attempt to put this initiative back on the ballot

The “Outlaw Dirty Money Act”, also known as the “Dark Money Initiative” is another needless attempt to change to the Arizona Constitution. In 2010 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United case that money contributed by corporations, AND unions, to political campaigns is a form of free speech. In a 1958 case involving the NAACP vs. Alabama, the Supreme Court the court ruled, in a unanimous ruling, that the State of Alabama’s action to identify members of the NAACP could leave members vulnerable to “economic reprisal, loss of employment, threat of physical coercion, and other manifestations of public hostility” should extremist obtain the list. In other words, government compelled disclosure of contributors violates the right to freedom of association, limits speech (as well as limiting donation of money) and limits participation in the political process and risks intimidation and retaliation…or worse. The initiative, if passed will mandate a huge data base of contributors.

Considering the current harassment, and actual physical assaults on Republicans, by members of the “Left” and the Democratic party, such a list exposes every contributor to a high risk of harassment described in the 1958 Supreme Court ruling. The initiative is also supported by the Democrat Party and the lead organizer for the initiative is former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, a Democrat. Further, considering the two Supreme Court decisions cited above, the initiative, if passed by voters, could be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Stay safe. The Gila County Republican Committee recommended a no vote on this initiative.

“The Clean Energy for Healthy Arizona Act”

Speaking of consequences, “The Clean Energy for Healthy Arizona Act” proposition, for example, would require all electric power companies in Arizona to use “renewable energy” sources (i.e. wind mills, solar, etc.) for 50% of their energy generation by 2030. That’s 50% in just 11years after the General election! Passage would cause the closure of coal generating plants in northern Arizona. The Palo Verde Nuclear Plant west of Phoenix – the largest nuclear power plant in the country, does not fall under initiatives “clean, affordable and renewable…” definition and could likely be closed (it produces 32% of Arizona’s electricity). More importantly, it would be virtually impossible for technology to meet the requirements in just 11 years and the consumer will be burdened with the extraordinary cost in their utility bills for the frugal attempt to try to comply with the law.

The proposal has not previously been presented to the state legislature. Liberal California billionaire Tom Steyer is committing $8 million to the effort. The Gila County Republican Committee recommended a no vote.

The Protect Arizona Taxpayer Act”

The Gila County Republican Committee empathizes with the organizers of the “Protect Arizona Taxpayer Act” proposition which would prevent the legislature from assigning taxes or fees on services such as barbers, veterinarians, etc. Restricting unnecessary taxes is a primary principle of the Republican Party. But to place a new tax, or raise a tax, requires two thirds vote by both State Senate and House of Representatives, making it very difficult to place a new tax on services. The Committee believes there are adequate protections to avoid taxes on services and to place it the States Constitution is unnecessary and recommends a no vote.

2 September 2230 hours

President Trump’s Successes June 2018

  • President has a higher approval rating than Obama had at 500 days
  • Stock Market/DOW up more than 35 per cent since election with an added value of more than $8 Trillion. (Stocks fell 24% in the first year of Obama’s administration)
  • 401K and IRA values have increased between 18% and 28% depending on investment design.
  • 8% Gross National Product. That’s more than DOUBLE the average GNP during the Obama Administration who averaged only 1.5% growth during his Administration.
  • Tax cuts for 82 percent of Americans
  • Greatest labor participation rate in 18 years
  • Highest consumer confidence in 18 years
  • Lowest participation in food stamps in 8 years.
  • 8 % Unemployment. Lowest since 1969! (65 years)
  • 9% Black unemployment – lowest in recorded history – since 1972.
  • Hispanic unemployment the lowest since records started in 1972.
  • Female unemployment the lowest in 18 years.
  • 223,000 new jobs in May…better than any time during the Obama Administration.
  • 4 million new jobs created in 500 days
  • Best time ever to seek a job.
  • There are now more job openings than there are unemployment applications.
  • S. manufacturing surging at a rate not seen since the 1980.
  • Existing home sales up to 5.6 percent – the best in more than a decade.
  • Tax plan has resulted in more hundreds of major corporations providing large bonuses, or increases in hourly salary’s
  • Blue Collar medium household income up by 5.2 percent in 2017 and rising.
  • ISIS Destroyed. Lost more than 90% of land captured by ISIS now retaken and more than 75,000 terrorists killed.
  • Obama era directive to ICE and Border Patrol “catch and release” ended.
  • Illegal border crossings down by more Than 72% – arrests are at a 45 year low
  • Appointment of Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch’s who believes in the Constitution
  • More judicial appointments to federal circuit courts than any other president (including Obama) at 500 days in office. These judges are true Constitutionalists!

Gila County Republicans Grand Opening of Payson Headquarters

Effective June 4, 2018, the Gila County Republican Committee has opened its Payson headquarters located at 307 South Beeline Highway. The facility will be staffed by volunteers on weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM. The public is welcomed to drop in for a visit anytime.

The Committee scheduled a public Grand Opening for the facility for Saturday, June 16th from 9 AM to 11 AM.  Republican candidates for local, county, state and federal elected offices were present. Refreshments were provided. This offered the public an opportunity to meet and talk to candidates about a variety of issues.

The Grand Opening also offers an opportunity for any resident of Gila County can register to vote, or, the change a voter registration to the Republican party.

Attendees included officers of the Rim Country Republican Club (Payson), the Cobre Valley Republican Club (Globe), and the Payson Tea Party.

Gary Morris

Chairman, Gila County Republican Committee

602-803-7366

The Cobre Valley Republican Club in Globe has elected new officers for 2018

Cobre Valley Republican Club

The Cobre Valley Republican Club in Globe has elected new officers. They are: President Judy Alexander, First-Vice President Diana Wheeler, Second Vice- President Dan Alexander, Secretary Louisa Medina, and Treasurer Mike Fane.

Congratulations to all. The Club also changed their meeting dates to the 4th Saturday of the month at 10 AM at Bernard’s Coffee Station in Globe. The Club welcomes candidate speakers. Contact President Alexander at (928) 701-2195

2018 Election Dates

2018 Election Dates

ELECTION DATE

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Special Primary Election    February 27, 2018

January 29, 2018

Consolidated Election    March 13, 2018

February 12, 2018

Special General Election    April 24, 2018

March 26, 2018

Consolidated Election    May 15, 2018

April 16, 2018

Primary Election    August 28, 2018

July 30, 2018

General Election    November 06, 2018

October 09, 2018

Trump-The Magnificent Bastard

By Evan Sayet

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum.

They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.” Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship.

Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain? We tried propriety: has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.

This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks. I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ’60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one the violent take-over of the universities till today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety. With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.  Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights…”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-bitch. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting.  And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastard, I read your book!”

That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics.

That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior college thesis. It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, he acknowledged Lucifer as the first radical.

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” (and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri) Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.” … Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position… They need to respond. This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news, or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve.

It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive. Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church. Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left and the #NeverTrumpers as well do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course, I do. These aren’t those times.

This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years!

So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care.

I can’t spare this warrior. He fights for America!  Fight on you magnificent bastard!

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Editorial Note: Lenin said, “Communism must be built by non-Communist hands.” Stalin said, “Communism needs ‘useful idiots’”. We are now seeing a declared war on the U.S. that is the purposeful start of the U.S. communist revolution.

Tune In To Our KMOG 1420 AM Radio Show

Our next KMOG radio show will be Monday, February 12th, at 9 AM on 1420 AM on the radio dial. The Gila County Republican Party does a one hour show each month on the second Monday. The last show covered the collusion and misconduct going on with the Special Counsel, the Department of Justice, and the FBI. Considering some of the breaking, and shocking news of spying on the Trump campaign, the next show should be very interesting.

Republican Voter Registrations Across the State Are Soaring

For the 2017-year, Republican voter registrations across the state were soaring upwards at a rate of 55 Republicans to 1 Democrat. In Gila County, the rate is even higher for Republicans – at a rate of 67 to one!

Across the country voters are recognizing that President Trump is a true leader and are impressed with his administration’s very rapid economic recovery, deregulation, judicial appointments, and all the other improvements that are ‘Making America Great Again’ – and are now joining the Republican winning team.

If you know someone who wants to change their voter registration to Republican, advise them to go to the website: https://servicearizona.com/webapp/evoter/selectLanguage

ACT for America

It’s patriotic actions like yours that clarify with absolute precision, just how blessed we are to be Americans, and to be fighting together for the survival of this great nation.

You’ve touched my heart and inspired me beyond words.

As for our enemies, they also remain as emboldened as ever.

They’re hell-bent on destroying the very fabric of our society, to achieve their destructive “politically correct” agenda. There is nothing they won’t politicize, distort, or ignore to get what they want.

That’s why it’s critical that we remain as engaged as possible with one another.

We are the ONLY grassroots national security powerhouse that can hold our elected officials and the Lamestream Media accountable for both their actions, and inactions. WE have the power to get the word out about the stories the media refuses to cover through our far-reaching social media pages, and unleash a tsunami of calls to our elected officials about issues that concern us.

But we can’t take it for granted…

What good is such influence if you’re not willing to use it when necessary?

That’s what the media will never understand; they’ll never understand that our organizations are the voice of the silent majority. We can’t be bought, tamed, or silenced the way spineless politicians can.

We’re the ordinary American citizen, fed up with being told why those who claim to represent us, just can’t seem to follow through on their promises to protect this nation.

We’re fed up with being told why building the wall isn’t possible. We’re fed up with the open borders propaganda, and we’re not going to sit idly by and take it anymore!

We’re fed up with being called bigots and Islamophobes, simply for demanding enhanced vetting for those coming to America from terror-ridden nations, many to do us harm. We’re fed up with the interests of foreigners being prefaced over even our own military heroes.

Unlike DC, there’s no room for lame excuses in Act for America and other patriotic organizations. That I can promise you! You better believe we’re going to hold some feet to the fire, and demand accountability.

Thank you again for your patriotic activism,

Brigitte Gabriel

“You never really own freedom, you merely protect it for the next generation!”

Gila County Republicans on KMOG Radio

Gila County Chairman Gary Morris will be the guest on Payson KMOG AM 1420 radio station’s “Forum” program on November13th. The one-hour program, starting at 9 AM, is part of the Gila County Republican Committees monthly radio show discussing current issues in Republican politics. Gila County has been doing the monthly radio show for more than a year. Tune in the 2nd Monday of the month and call in with your questions or comments.

Trump Phoenix Rally 8/22/17

Several Gila County Republicans traveled to Phoenix for the Pres. Trump rally, including chairman Gary Morris. Here is his report and some pictures:Trump lashes out during combative speech at campaign-style rally in Phoenix

Aug 23, 2017 1:35 AM EDT

In Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday night, President Trump insulted journalists, complained about Republican senators, defended his remarks concerning the rally in Charlottesville that left one dead and many wounded and strongly implied he would soon pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Mr. Trump started off by criticizing the press. “I’m really doing this to show you how … dishonest these people are,” Mr. Trump said toward the beginning of the speech, referring to the media.

The president spent roughly the first half of his rally defending his response to the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. He called the media’s coverage of his initial statement unfair and began reading a transcription of his first statement verbatim.

“They don’t report it,” Mr. Trump said of the media as he began to read a transcript of his initial statement.

Tuesday evening’s rally was the first since Mr. Trump’s comments blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville earlier this month. The remarks were heavily criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Analyzing Trump’s wide-ranging speech in Arizona

Mr. Trump referred to the “failing New York Times” and labeled The Washington Post as a “lobbying tool” for Amazon. He also had predictably harsh words for CNN, a network his White House has frequently feuded with.

“I really think they don’t like our country. I really believe that,” Mr. Trump said of the media.

And although he didn’t mention them by name, Mr. Trump also had harsh words for Arizona’s two Republican senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain. The president indicated his reluctance to mention McCain and Flake by name was due to pleas from White House staff.

McCain cast the vote that terminated the president’s long-promised plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and has since been subject to verbal attacks from Mr. Trump ever since. During Tuesday’s speech, Mr. Trump frequently complained that Obamacare had not been repealed due to “one vote.”

Flake, who is up for re-election in 2018, has been a vocal critic of the president. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump called him “your other senator who is weak on borders and weak on crime.”

Mr. Trump has tweeted in support of Flake’s competitor, Dr. Kelli Ward. He criticized Flake for being “WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate,” earlier this month.

“Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

As expected, Mr. Trump also spent some time discussing immigration. “The most sacred duty of government is to protect the lives of its citizens,” Mr. Trump said as he promised to secure the United States borders, enforce immigration laws and promote “extreme vetting.”

He said that immigration places a “burden” on American citizens and reasserted the near future of his long-promised southern border wall.

“We are building a wall on the southern border,” Mr. Trump said, calling the effort “absolutely necessary.”

He then knocked “obstructionist” Democrats in Congress for “putting all of America’s safety at risk” by opposing funding for the wall along southern border.

Earlier Tuesday, the president visited Yuma, a city in Arizona that borders Mexico, to tour U.S. Customs and Border Protection border equipment and meet with immigration authorities there. The question of border wall funding is on both Mr. Trump’s and Congress’ agenda after the August recess.

While there was speculation that Mr. Trump may pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the rally, he only hinted that this will probably happen in the near future.

“He’s going to be just fine,” Mr. Trump said. “I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy, okay? But Sheriff Joe can feel good.”

Arpaio was convicted of criminal charges last month and a federal judge found him guilty of disproportionately targeting Latinos through traffic patrols. He is currently awaiting sentencing.

Protest outside Trump Arizona Rally gets unruly

The speech lasted more than an hour and drew thousands of Trump supporters as well as protesters. As the rally came to a close, police tried to disperse the protesters with tear gas.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead had said on Monday that state resources will be on standby as a “backstop” in case Phoenix Police needed reinforcements.

Thousands of Trump Supporters

Chairman Morris continues…

I noted fake media reports immediately after the Trump rally, and the following morning, describing the event as “lightly attended”. When I arrived at the convention center at 4 PM there was a line going two blocks up the street, around the corner and up the street to the next corner, then turning back two blocks onto the next street towards the convention center entrance.

the line was three to four persons wide. I’m sure that the line lengthened as more people arrived over the next three hours or so.

By chance, once I arrived in the hall holding the event, I was selected to be on stage directly behind the President;. I was assigned to row 6 in the middle, which had an elevated view of the entire hall.

As you will note from the pictures, the crowd was wall to wall. As people were leaving after the event, I stopped to pace the floor for dimensions. That hall was about 100 yards by 100 yards! That basically is TWO football fields (nearly 100,000 square feet) full of Trump supporters! If you remove the vacant space around the podium and off the sides and allow four square feet per person, that comes to nearly 20,000 people!

Live Updates:

“This is our moment”

Mr. Trump promised that “our beloved nation will succeed” before ending the rally on a resounding “We will make America great again,” which the crowd said in unison with the president.

Mr. Trump thanked the Phoenix rally attendees, shook hands and left the venue.

Trump promises tax reform

“We are committed the passing the first major tax reform in 30 years,” the president promised. He said that he hopes to reduce taxes on businesses and corporations, adding that he plans to enact the “biggest tax cut in the history of our country.”

“It’s time to pass a tax cut for the middle class families,” Mr. Trump said.

Trump says he will “probably terminate NAFTA”

“We have been so badly taken advantage of,” Mr. Trump said. “Personally, I don’t think you can make a deal,” he added, noting that if a mutual agreement to reform the North American Free Trade Agreement cannot be met, the United States will plan to withdraw.

Trump on his presidency: “Most people think I’m crazy to have done this!”

“I don’t believe that any president has accomplished as much as this president in the first six or seven months,” Mr. Trump said of himself. He cited his appointment of the new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, 31 federal judge appointments, 50 signed bills and his administration’s elimination of “job-killing” regulations.

“Maybe something positive can come about” on North Korea

Mr. Trump said that he “respects” the fact that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be “starting to respect” the United States. His comments come following heightened tension between the United States and North Korea stemming from the regime’s acquisition of nuclear warheads and ICBMs capable of reaching parts of the United States.

Trump vows to build up the military

Following his address to the nation Monday night regarding military action in Afghanistan, Mr. Trump promised an “honorable and enduring outcome in a very tough place.”

Trump references McCain and Flake: “I won’t mention any names”

“See? I haven’t mentioned any names” Mr. Trump joked as he made references to Sen. John McCain’s vote which caused the Senate’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act to fail. He also referenced Sen. Jeff Flake without using his specific name, calling him “your other senator who is weak on borders and weak on crime.”He called on the crowd to speak to their senators.

Trump: Democrats want “a step beyond socialism”

The president said that congressional Democrats’ vision for the nation will leave the borders “wide open,” adding that their policy goals are what he called “a step beyond socialism.” The crowd chanted “drain the swamp!” in response.

Trump calls to remove filibuster rule

Noting that his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in the Senate by “one vote,” Mr. Trump said that “some of the best things in health care require 60 votes.”

“You gotta get rid of the filibuster rule, you gotta go to the majority,” Mr. Trump said.

Trump promises “extreme vetting”

“I have a message for Congress tonight: your job is to represent American people, American families and American workers. You need to represent them on the border, on taxes, on health care,” Mr. Trump said.

“We are building a wall on the southern border”

Mr. Trump promised to build his signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it “absolutely necessary.” He called out “obstructionist” congressional Democrats for “putting all of America’s safety at risk” by opposing funding for the wall along southern border.

Trump: Immigration places “burdens” on Americans

The president noted his visit to Yuma, Arizona earlier Tuesday where he met with border patrol and ICE agents, calling them “incredible people.” He said that the visit inspired him to reinforce “already existing laws” surrounding immigration. Mr. Trump also promised to “crack down” on sanctuary cities.

“Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe?”

Mr. Trump praised former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and made a prediction that “he’s going to be just fine,” as Arpaio awaits sentencing after being convicted of criminal charges last month and being found guilty of disproportionately targeting Latinos through traffic patrols.

“I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy, okay? But Sheriff Joe can feel good,” Mr. Trump said, apparently referencing his possible pardon of Arpaio.

Trump promises to be tough on immigration

“The most sacred duty of government is to protect the lives of its citizens,” Mr. Trump said, promising to secure the United States borders and enforce immigration laws.

Trump blames media for divide in nation

“They are trying to take away our history and our heritage,” Mr. Trump said of the media. “The only people giving a platform to these hate groups is the media itself and the fake news.” He then mocked the media present at the rally, noting that cameras filming the event are “turning those red lights off fast.”

Mr. Trump labeled the media as “the source of division” in the United States. He claimed that the media “would rather getting ratings and clicks than tell the truth.” He called out more media outlets by name, but praised Fox News and Sean Hannity for their “fair” coverage of his presidency.

“Jobs will have a positive impact on race relations”

Mr. Trump claimed that under his leadership, the United States has achieved the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, adding that under his administration he believes that “wages will go up.” Mr. Trump noted his hope that the combination of low unemployment and higher wages can calm some of the tension in race relations.

Trump calls out Obama for not condemning “radical Islamic terrorism”

The president met the critique that he didn’t condemn hate groups in Charlottesville by name by equating this notion to former President Barack Obama’s failure to specifically call out “radical Islamic terrorism” following terrorist events during his term in the White House.

Trump continues to defend his response to Charlottesville

The president continued reading his initial statement on Charlottesville, asserting that he was both fast and fair enough in his response, which he said “the media” criticized him for.

“I love all the people of our country”

The president promised to “make America great again” but for “all the people of this country.” A momentary disruption from a protester caused Mr. Trump to pause before the individual was removed from the rally.

Trump says media didn’t cover his Charlottesville response fairly

“I’m really doing this to show you how d**m dishonest these people are,” Mr. Trump said. He noted that he condemned the neo-Nazis and white supremacists present at the “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville in his initial statement following the violence that occurred earlier this month. The president then began to read his initial statement to the rally crowd. “They don’t report it,” Mr. Trump said of the media as he began to read a transcript of his initial statement in an effort to disprove reporters.

Mr. Trump called out the “failing New York Times” and labeled The Washington Post as a “lobbying tool” for Amazon. Upon the mention of CNN, the crowd responded with chants of “CNN s**ks!”

Trump cites Charlottesville

Mr. Trump condemned “the thugs who perpetrate hatred and violence” in Charlottesville. He then called out the media, calling them “truly dishonest people,” pointing to reporters and cameras nearby. The crowd met this with boos and jeers.

Trump: “Loyalty to our nation requires loyalty to each other”

Striking a tone of unity, Mr. Trump said that “when one part of America hurts, we all hurt.” He also said that the “forgotten men and women” will no longer be forgotten. While Mr. Trump said that “we are all American,” he noted that he still believes in his signature “America first” policy.

Trump preaches love, promises to fight for his agenda

“Our movement is built on the conviction that every American from every background is entitled to a government that puts their needs first,” Mr. Trump said, noting that his “movement” is one of “love.”

He also promised to fight for his agenda, pointing out the importance of the Second Amendment– a resonant note in an open carry state such as Arizona. The crowd gathered responded with cheers and chants of “USA! USA!”

President Trump takes the stage

Mr. Trump begins his rally. “What a crowd,” he said to cheers of his name from the audience. Mr. Trump assured that there weren’t “too many people outside protesting.”

“The crowds were so big, almost as big as tonight,” Mr. Trump said, recalling Arizona as the site of his first campaign rally. “Believe me, Arizona, I will never forget.”

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What’s Happening with the Gila County Republican Party?

What’s Happening with the Gila County Republican Party?

Greetings:

My name is Gary Morris and I’m the Chairman of the Gila County Republican Party. As Chairman, my goal is to share with you, and other registered Republicans, what’s going on in Republican politics in Gila County and nationally.

In our joint efforts (you and I) to get Republicans elected (and re-elected) I believe it’s important that you be armed with good and accurate information (not fake news) so that you are better informed to share Republican principles and successes with family, friends, co-workers, etc. Will you join me in that effort?

Reagan Day Dinner

Next, let me tell you about an exciting opportunity to join other Republicans and meet directly with elected Republican officials, both from the national, state, and county levels. It’s a wonderful night out on the town experience.

Our 4th annual Reagan Day Dinner will be September 1st. The cash bar opens at 5 PM and Dinner is 6 PM. Our keynote speaker is Congressman Paul Gosar. Mike Broomhead of KFYI 550AM will entertain and other speakers will follow.

Congressman Gosar will provide the latest and greatest on what’s happening in the Washington D.C. swamp, along with current updates on health care, President Trump’s tax reduction plan and other success for the Trump Administration

Mazatzal Casino produces an elegant event and up to 200 fellow Republican may be attending. Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased on our website www.gilagop.com/. Come and join us for a wonderful evening.

Now, some history and successes about the Gila County Republican Party.

For nearly 100 years, Gila County was a Democrat stronghold. In 2010, Republicans were 14 percent behind Democrats in voter registration in the county and Democrats held nearly all the 15 county’s elected offices. Today, Republicans are 27.6 percent ahead in voter registrations (a 42% swing) and the County is solidly red.

In 2012, the first Republican sheriff since statehood was elected. With the 2016 elections, Gila County experienced another historic event when Republicans ousted two incumbent Democrat members of the Gila County Board of Supervisors and for the first time since statehood all three members of the Gila County Board of Supervisors are Republicans.

Additionally, Republicans now hold all but four of the 15 elected offices in the county. And, in another major success for Gila County, Republican Frank Pratt defeated incumbent Democrat State Senator Barbara McGuire to make Arizona Legislative District 8 (south county) all Republican for the first time in recent memory.

For Legislative District 6, (north county) all three incumbent Republicans were re-elected. To achieve this success, the Gila County Republican Committee led a collaborative effort with the Rim Country Republican Club (Payson), the Cobre Valley Republican Club (Globe) and the Payson Tea Party whose presidents participated in the GCRC executive board meetings so that we all had a common goal and didn’t waste time, money or duplication of effort.

Precinct Committee men and women were major players in these successes. If you desire to have more influence on the election of Republican candidates, and the direction of the Republican party in the State, and would like to be a Precinct Committeeman or woman, please contact me at 928-478-8186

 KMOG Radio

Our monthly radio shows on KMOG 1420 AM radio continues. These shows occur at 9 AM the second Monday of the month for a one-hour show on the “Forum” with host Randy Roberson. I and Andy McKinney, who is the immediate past president of the Rim Country Republican Club, deliver the latest news regarding Republican issues at both the national, state, and county levels. This gives us a means to bypass the “fake news” and the left leaning Payson Roundup newspaper to carry the Republican message. Our next show is August 14th.

Gila GOP Website

The GCRC website continues to be updated thanks to the efforts of Shirley Dye and Glen Galster. I invite all of you to keep up with the new postings at www.gilagop.com.

Major Progress by the Trump Administration

The American people are seeing immediate benefits of the Trump Administration. Here’s some key points you can share in discussion and debates;

  • The successful appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court saved the country from sliding into a liberal socialistic disaster.
  • Trump may get a second true conservative Justice on the court. Liberal leaning Justice Kennedy has been advising applicants applying for his clerk positions that he may be retiring in the future. Another conservative Justice would strongly move the Court to a conservative position.
  • Since the election, more the $4 TRILLION of ADDED VALUE has been added to the stock market. That is helping everyone’s retirement 401K to grow – and that growth helps Republicans as well as Democrats.
  • Now, six months after taking office, the Trump affect has increased the stock market by 17%. On the other hand, following Obama’s election in 2008, the market decreased by 29%.
  • Border crossings have dropped as much as 72 percent in some areas of the border and the overall reductions are at 17-year low! Homeland security has been improved. That equals a reduction in welfare costs!
  • June’s new jobs surging ahead at an unexpected rate and well ahead of any job growth during the Obama Administration. June numbers showed continued acceleration of job creation, and now exceed 1 Million New Jobs Created. Companies Returning to America = More Jobs.
  • More Legislation Signed into law (41) than any past President in since Truman.
  • More than 90 executive orders–the most since President Truman.

Special Example. Veteran health care in hospitals is improving…veterans are now permitted to go other hospitals for care using a veteran’s insurance card. New Bill signed regarding VA administrator’s accountability – now firing!

  • Eliminating burdensome and unnecessary regulation by striking two existing regulations for each new regulation issued = More business and more jobs.
  • The House of Representatives has passed H.R.3011 “Kate’s Law” by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), named for Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman shot and killed by an illegal immigrant who was in the U.S. despite multiple deportations. They will mandate deportation of illegal immigrants in the country. Senate Democrats, however, have stalled the bill in the Senate.
  • The Trump Administration is also pursuing penalties on “sanctuary cities” who are protecting illegal immigrates.
  • Trump is proposing a huge tax reduction bill… That will help both business and jobs and more money in Americans pockets.

Another Item of Interest

Poll — Most-Vocal-Republican-Critics-Of-Trump-Are-The-Least-Popular

McCain, Graham, Flake — “Never-Trumpers in ’16” and “Gang of Eighters” — garnered the worst approval ratings of all GOP senators: …A new list of approval polls for all 50 U.S. senators released this week seems to indicate that the Republican senators with the lowest popularity among voters at home are those who have been the most vocally critical of President Donald Trump — and who have historically supported amnesty for illegal immigrants. The least popular GOP senators, according to the series of polls from Morning Consult, were — in this order — Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). McConnell, McCain, and Flake were the three least popular senators overall, regardless of party affiliation. Nearly half — 48 percent — of voters disapprove of McConnell. Nearly as many voters, 47 percent, disapprove of McCain. Flake has a disapproval rating of 45 percent, while 38 percent of voters disapprove of Graham.

Letter to the Editor

The Payson Roundup published my letter to the editor following the “assassination attempt” on Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise on June 14th (see below). This was the first of four letters that I’ve submitted to the editor since the campaign season started after the GOP convention last July. Three editions after my letter was published, the paper also published a letter from Precinct Committeeman Don Cline. And Don’s second letter was published on July 18th.

I had spoken with the Payson Roundup publisher, Mr. Brian Kramer, about taking a “fair and balanced” approach in publishing of Letters to the Editor during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in May. My concern was the Roundup was publishing Democrat letters to the editor while Republican letters were being rejected. So perhaps that “balance” will now continue.

It should be noted, that the editor, Pete Alishire, couldn’t resist trying to cover for the Democrats with his added “editor’s note” at the bottom of the letter. He did the same for Don Cline’s second letter published on July 18th.

Additionally, another reporter, Max Foster, took on my letter, in a separate column of the paper, a few days later, tried to equate President Trumps recorded “locker room trash talk” (which we agree was deplorable) as worse than the “hate speech” currently being spewed by Democrats and the liberal left. Locker room trash talk at the same level as the current hate speech from the left…are you kidding Max? You can see his comments at the end of my letter to the editor at the end of this report. As Democrats often do, they go for the throat. There was no need for him to mention my employer other than an attempt to hurt my employment relationship.

And then there’s Democrat, and frequent letter to the editor writer, Mr. Raymond Spatti, also tried to justify Republican policy positions as hate speech. Here’s some excerpts:

“But then the hateful, Trumpesque letter by the ideological president of local republicans appeared in the Roundup aimed at blaming just one political party for the deranged individual who spewed his venom with a gun”.

“Clearly, the writer is simply following the abhorrent lead of the current president.”

Speaking of inciting violence, why do so many Republicans support the violence of legislation aimed at depriving 22 million people…of health care”.

Why do they defend the violence inflicted by the ever-expanding economic chasm between the hyper wealthy and the millions of people in our country who live for pay check to pay check?

Why do Republicans systematically inflict violence on more than a million Arizonians by persistently depriving our public schools of resources…”

I say to Mr. Spate: None of what you wrote meets the definition of “violence” but the possibility of the assassination of 22 U.S. Congressmen does!

Definition of violence:

Behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something. The unlawful exercise of physical force or intimidation by the exhibition of such force.

It was an assassination attempt

Jul 4, 2017                   Payson Roundup

Editor:

Let me be direct, the shooting of Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and the wounding of four other Republican congressmen, was an assassination attempt on the leadership of the government of the United States! Had there not been a good guy with a gun (two on-scene Capitol police officers) who took out a bad guy with a gun, 22 members of Congress would have been massacred!

The assassin was found to be a dedicated Democrat supporter who espoused hate for all Republicans. He was not insane. He thoughtfully and deliberately plotted. A review of his emails, Facebook, and Google searches determined he believed the vile and violent hate speech spewed about Republicans by the current Democratic Party.

Sadly, this assassination attempt was not unexpected. Republicans began experiencing an escalation of threats and physical assaults by Democrats, and the liberal left, starting last summer during the campaign. Since May, there have been 30 assaults, or serious threats, against Republican congressmen. In one case, a woman chased a congressman in her car and tried to run him off the road.

So, let’s take a look at some of the hateful, vile language and acts associated with Democrats that are inciting violence.

There are two known cases where Republicans were shot and killed by a Democrat during the election campaign in arguments over politics.

There are many videos of Democrat supporters physically assaulting and injuring Republicans who were attending campaign rallies as well as undercover videos of Democrat organizers bragging that they were hired by Democrat financiers for the sole purpose of disrupting Trump campaign events AND to assault Republicans. A Nebraska Democratic Party official was caught on tape stating “I’m glad he was shot … I wish he was dead” and a Democrat strategist has created a website titled “Hunt Republicans.”

Then there is comedian Kathy Griffin photographed holding a severed, blooded head of President Trump and actor Johnny Depp stating, “When’s the last time a president was assassinated by an actor” and added, “maybe it’s time.” Or, Charlie Sheen, after learning that Scalise had been shot, tweeted “Oh God, Trump next, please.” Eleven Hollywood actors have now made statements about assassinating President Trump.

There’s an ongoing play titled “Caesar in the Park” in New York City which is not about Caesar. Rather, it has a Trump look-a-like being assassinated. From the academic field, a Fresno State University professor tweeted, “Trump must hang … the sooner, and the higher, the better.”

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren claims the Republican heath care bill is “blood money” and Senator Chuck Schumer calls the bill “meaner” than the House bill and Hillary Clinton tweets Republicans are the “death party” if they pass a health care bill. Even President Obama’s used the term, “fundamental meanness” in describing the health care bill.

And so, it goes. And there are far more examples.

Democrats can’t deny this institutional hate. The above clearly demonstrates that Democrats have nothing to offer the American people other than hate, rage and intolerance which are inciting violence. Sadly, it’s spewed one assassination attempt and likely will cause more violence unless there is a determined change by the Democratic Party to become more civil and respectful of everyone’s political views.

Gary Morris, Chairman, Gila County Republican Party

Editor’s note: For what it’s worth, Wikipedia’s entry under “political assassinations” includes a list of assassinated politicians in the country’s history that includes 27 Democrats and 14 Republicans. This suggests violent, brutal, maybe crazy people do vile things on both sides. Perhaps it’s time for people on both sides to stop using violent, inflammatory language that sometimes sets off the nut jobs. Any incitement to violence is abhorrent — and a danger to our of civility and violence than Republicans.

The below was inserted into an article that Max Foster was writing about the Pine Library

Off base Gary, way off base.

After reading XXXXXXXXXXX(Employer) Gary Morris’ letter to the editor, “It was an assassination attempt” that appeared in the July 4 Payson Roundup, one has to wonder how did a man who dedicated so much of his life to public service became so jaded, and opinionated.

Sorry Gary, the two-party system works and Democrats are no more responsible for the demise of civility and violence than Republicans.

After all, it wasn’t a Democrat who insisted during his hot mic comments from 2005 that “p____ grabbing” was harmless locker room talk.

Those disgusting comments turned his violence into a slur used to politically harass and intimidate women.

Certainly, Gary wrote the letter as chairman of the Gila County Republican Party, but those of us who have risen to influential positions know what we write and say publicly can be construed as the sentiments of those we represent.

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Historic Successes for the Gila County Republican Committee

The Gila County Republican Committee (GCRC) continues to make historic progress following this year’s General Election.

  • Gila County had the second highest voter turnout of all counties with 77.63 percent (the highest on record for the County).
  • Gila County also had a very high 63.9 percent of the vote to Trump against Clinton’s 31.5 percent.

For nearly 100 years, Gila County was a Democrat stronghold. In 2010, Republicans were 14 percent behind Democrats in voter registration in the county and Democrats held nearly all of the county’s 15 elected offices.

Today, Republicans are 26 percent ahead in voter registrations (a 40% swing) and the County is solidly red. In 2012, the first Republican sheriff since statehood was elected.

With the 2016 elections, Gila County experienced another historic event when Republicans defeated two incumbent Democrat members of the Gila County Board of Supervisors, and for the first time since statehood all three members of the Gila County Board of Supervisors are Republicans.

Additionally, Republicans now hold all but four of the 15 elected offices in the county.

And, in another major success for Gila County, Republican Frank Pratt defeated incumbent Democrat Barbara McGuire to make Arizona Legislative District 8 (south county) all Republican for the first time in recent memory.

For Legislative District 6, all three incumbent Republicans were re-elected. To achieve this success, the Gila County Republican Committee led a collaborative effort with the Rim Country Republican Club (Payson), the Cobre Valley Republican Club (Globe) and the Payson Tea Party, whose presidents participated in the GCRC executive board meetings so that we all had a common goal and didn’t waste time, money and effort duplicating our efforts.

Two Republican headquarters were opened – one in Payson and one in Globe. The Payson headquarters saw more than 3,000 visitors. Both headquarters also hosted numerous political events with candidates.

The GCRC conducts two major fund raising dinners each year – the Lincoln Day event in February and a Reagan Day dinner in August. Through these efforts the GCRC raised three times the money raised in 2014 to be used for this year’s candidate contributions. Every candidate who received a contribution won their election.

Thousands of door hangers with Republican candidates names listed were distributed and included in newspaper ads as “cut out” ads that could be taken to the voting booth.

The GCRC placed I-360 phone calls as well as direct phone calls for candidates. We also initiated several Saturday “Trump Wave Days” where members went to the main highways in Payson and Globe and waved Trump signs at passing cars.

The GCRC also purchased 20 weekly, half hour and one hour, radio shows with Payson KMOG Radio 1420 to allow candidates to market themselves and discuss Republican news and principles, both national and local. In addition, the GCRC purchased movie theater ad time as well as newspaper ad space.

Hard work paid off and yet we are doubling the effort this year. Hope to see you involved alongside our dedicated regulars!

Reagan Day Dinner Success

The third annual Reagan Day dinner at the Mazatzal Casino on August 26th was another great success. Attendees enjoyed comments from Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpio, along with Congressman Paul Gosar and Secretary Michele Reagan. The Casino creates an elegant ball room for an enjoyable evening for all attending. The Gila County Republican Committee’s next fund raising event at will be our spring Lincoln Day event celebrating President Lincolns birthday – the first Republican President.

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Sherriff Joe Arpio

Sherriff Joe Arpio

GOP Convention 2016

GOP Convention 2016

GCRC 2016 Pence Support

by Gary Morris, Gila County Republican Committee.

“The Gila County Republican Party welcomes Governor Mike Pence as the Vice President nominee to team with Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Governor Pence is a demonstrated long-time conservative Republican and current Governor of the State of Indiana. Republican principles have proven to be very successful in that state and have created a growing economy which is well ahead of the county’s sluggish economy while also lowering taxes by millions of dollars. That leadership can benefit the economic recovery of the country in a Trump administration. Further, the Governor brings 12 years of experience as a U.S. Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. That strong experience will certainly help to move a President Trump’s “Making America Great” agenda through Congress.”

Chairman Morris is in Cleveland as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention, as well as Precinct Committeewoman Shirley Dye, who is also the Payson Tea Party Vice President, and a Delegate. Shirley is on the Payson School Board and a member of the Northern Arizona Sanitary Board. Also attending the Convention is Precinct Committeewoman Nancy Cox, who is also the Vice President of the Rim Country Republican Club, and is serving as an Alternate Delegate.

Chairman Morris on the convention floor with the Arizona delegation shortly after Donald Trump was officially nominated as the Republican candidate for President

Chairman Morris on the convention floor with the Arizona delegation shortly after Donald Trump was officially nominated as the Republican candidate for President

GCRC Flag Day

Republicans and Tea Party Conservatives Rally on National Flag Day

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National Flag Day was Sunday, June 14th. That date celebrates the anniversary of the official adoption, in 1777, of the “Stars and Stripes” as the American flag.

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that the Union be thirteen stars, white, in a blue field, representing a new constellation”.

The anniversary was originally titled “Flag Birthday”. On August 3rd 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Members of the Gila County Republican Party along with the Rim County Republican Club, and the Payson Tea Party members assembled in Payson on Sunday to celebrate the 238th anniversary of the “Stars and Stripes”. The team lined Route 87 in Payson near the Post Office with multiple flags waving for three hours and got a rousing response from passing cars and motorcycles.

Gila County Republican Party Vice Chairwoman Lolly Hathhorn, who organized the event, stated, “The flag represents the freedom and liberties of an exceptional country that people all over the planet aspire to enjoy”. She went on to note that she did not observe any democrats out celebrating the special day.

Cobre Valley Armed Forces Day

The Cobre Valley Republican Club’s Armed Forces Day Luncheon was a momentous occasion Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Elks Lodge in Globe. We again Salute all WWII Veterans and special thanks to all those who attended this memorable event.

We were honored by many dignitaries some of which were Arizona State Treasurer Jeff Dewitt, AZ State Senator for LD6 Sylvia Allen, AZ Teenage Republican Chairman Lilia Dashevsky, Mayors Terry Wheeler and Darryl Dalley, and Globe VFW Commander Mario Villegas. Invocation was given by Reverend Clyde Bowen with the Globe High School JROTC presenting the Colors.

Honoring our WWII Veterans (2)Jose Angel Medina (928) 200-0820

Gila County–“Best Republican County in Arizona”

Gila County was selected as the Best Republican County in Arizona at the AZGOP Awards Presentation in Phoenix on January 23rd, 2015. Gila County Chairman Gary Morris accepted the award from Arizona Chairman Robert Graham.

DSC_0100In addition, our own Lolly Hathhorn, 1st Vice-Chairman of Gila County, won the prestigious Dodie London award for outstanding service to the Arizona Republican Party. Lolly Hathhorn is accepting the Dodie London Award from Arizona Chairman Robert Graham.DSC_0130A thunderous applause is due to the hard-working volunteers who made this possible!