Senate Votes 55-45 to Set Aside Rand Paul’s Point of Order That Impeachment Unconstitutional – 5 Republicans Vote with Democrats

On Tuesday Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) raised a point of order that the impeachment of private citizen Donald Trump is unconstitutional.

Democrat Majority Leader Chuck Schumer then moved to table or kill Paul’s point of order. Schumer only needed a simple majority vote to set Paul’s point of order aside.

The Senate then voted 55-45 against Senator Rand Paul’s motion.

FIVE Republicans voted with Democrats and against Rand Paul. The list included: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey.

The US Senate then moved the impeachment trial to February 9th at 1 PM.

Senator Paul responds

Source: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/breaking-senate-votes-55-45-set-aside-rand-pauls-point-order-impeachment-unconstitutional-5-republicans-vote-democrats/

German Court Rules That COVID-19 Lockdowns Are Unconstitutional

A German court in a landmark ruling has declared that COVID-19 lockdowns imposed by the government are unconstitutional.

Thuringia’s spring lockdown was a “catastrophically wrong political decision with dramatic consequences for almost all areas of people’s lives,” the court said, justifying its decision.

A German district court has declared that strict lockdown imposed by the government of the central state of Thuringia last spring are unconstitutional, as it acquitted a person accused of violating it.

The case was regarding a man violating strict German lockdown rules by celebrating a birthday with his friends.

The district court in the city of Weimar did not just acquit the defendant but also stated that the authorities themselves breached Germany’s basic law.

Thuringia’s spring lockdown was a “catastrophically wrong political decision with dramatic consequences for almost all areas of people’s lives,” the court said, justifying its decision.

It was this regulation that a local man violated by hosting a party attended by his seven friends.

However, the judge said that the regional government itself violated the “inviolably guaranteed human dignity” secured by Article 1 of the German basic law in the first place by imposing such restrictions.

According to the court, the government lacked sufficient legal grounds to impose the restrictions since there was no “epidemic situation of national importance” at that time and the health system was at no risk of collapsing as the Robert Koch Institute reported that the Covid-19 reproduction number had fallen below 1.

The judge also ruled that the regional government had no right to introduce such far-reaching measures at all since it was up to lawmakers to do so.

The lockdown imposed in Thuringia represented “the most comprehensive and far-reaching restrictions on fundamental rights in the history of the Federal Republic,” the court said while calling the measures an attack on the “foundations of our society” that was “disproportionate.”

Earlier, an American federal judge ruled coronavirus restrictions in Pennsylvania as unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down are unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV ruled.

Last year as GreatGameIndia reported, a Portuguese appeals court had ruled that PCR tests are unreliable and that it is unlawful to quarantine people based solely on a PCR test.

And only recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) changed its PCR test criteria to cover-up false positives and cautioned experts not to rely solely on the results of a PCR test to detect the coronavirus.

Source: GreatGameIndia

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Holds an Oversight Hearing to Examine Irregularities in the 2020 Election

Witnesses at a Senate hearing on election “irregularities” testified about a litany of alleged instances of election fraud occurring in certain states. Some also expressed concerns over last-minute changes to election laws and other issues they argued were unconstitutional.

Republican senators said they believe fraud did occur and that taking an honest look into the growing mountain of evidence is necessary for a democracy, noting how many Americans have similar concerns. A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll taken after the election found 70 percent of Republicans didn’t believe it was free and fair. However, trust in the election actually grew for Democrats.

Democratic Senators largely used their time to attack the hearing, declaring that the American people had already spoken and Republicans were spewing disinformation. Courts have struck down many of the suits contesting the results, they said. But witnesses, including politicians like Rand Paul, pointed out that the vast majority were rejected for procedural reasons, as opposed to merit-based or substantive-based rulings focused on the allegations of fraud.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in his opening statement that although the Electoral college awarded Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden 306 votes, “a large percentage of the American public does not believe the November election results are legitimate.”

“The fact that our last two presidential elections have not been accepted as legitimate by large percentages of the America public is a serious problem that threatens our republic,” Johnson said at the hearing, which is the first federal hearing on the matter of election fraud.

According to officials, witnesses, whistleblowers, and data experts, some level of fraud and other irregularities occurred during the 2020 election, but the level of fraud is disputed.

The question is “whether the level of fraud would alter the outcome of the election,” Johnson said in his opening remarks.

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, said that the current legal challenges to the election results “undermine the will of the people, disenfranchise voters, and sow the seeds of mistrust.”

Witnesses Speak Out

Pennsylvania state Rep. Francis X. Ryan told senators in his testimony (pdf) that the state’s mail-in ballots system for the election this year “was so fraught with inconsistencies and irregularities that the reliability of the mail-in votes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is impossible to rely upon.”

He brought up how on Oct. 23, a petition from the Secretary of the Commonwealth ruled that mail-in ballots need not authenticate signatures “thereby treating in-person and mail-in voters dissimilarly and eliminating a critical safeguard against potential election crime.”

Ryan also talked about a pattern of inconsistencies in the state’s results, noting how in a data file received on Nov. 4, the Commonwealth’s PA Open Data sites reported over 3.1 million mail-in ballots sent out.

“But on November 2, the information was provided that only 2.7 million ballots had been sent out,” he said. “This discrepancy of approximately 400,000 ballots from November 2 to November 4 has not been explained.”

Another witness Jesse Binnall, one of the Trump campaign’s lawyers, told the committee that “the election was inevitably riddled with fraud and our hotline never stopped ringing.”

“Over 42,000 people voted more than once,” Binnall alleged in his testimony (pdf). “Our experts were able to make this determination by reviewing the list of actual voters and comparing it to other voters with the same name, address, and date of birth.”

“Here is how it happened. On August 3rd, 2020, after a rushed special session, Nevada legislators made drastic changes to the state’s election law by adopting a bill known as AB4,” he said, referring to the state law that relaxed restrictions on mail-in ballots.

Binnall said his team’s efforts in Nevada to obtain evidence to file lawsuits were met with denial from relevant election officials.

“Paper [ballot] backups that were supposed to provide such transparency” were not given to the team, he said. Across the “entire state of Nevada,” there was “zero transparency” from election officials, he said. Binnall filed a lawsuit challenging thousands of ballots in the Silver State before a judge rejected it on Dec. 4.

Other witnesses such as former Clinton-era investigator Ken Starr testified that Pennsylvania’s last-minute changes to election laws before the Nov. 3 election were violations.

“The principle here is … [the] Constitution is very clear that it is the prerogative of state legislatures to determine what these rules and laws are,” Starr told the Senate Homeland Security Panel. “And that was, I must say, flagrantly violated in Pennsylvania, and perhaps elsewhere as well.”

Starr, a former prosecutor who led an impeachment investigation into former President Bill Clinton’s affairs, cited the Supreme Court’s ruling on Bush v. Gore in 2000. Starr previously served as a circuit judge, a solicitor general, and was part of President Donald Trump’s legal counsel during the Senate impeachment trial.

“Bush v. Gore stands for [the] basic proposition” that the United States “cannot have changes to election laws after the fact,” Starr told Paul and other members of the panel.

The ruling, handed down in a 7–2 Supreme Court vote, stipulated that Florida’s Supreme Court decision that called for a statewide recount violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. It was in reference to the presidential election between then-GOP candidate George W. Bush and former Vice President Al Gore.

Witness Christopher Krebs, who directed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) before he was fired by Trump (after claiming the 2020 election was the most secure election in history), said in his testimony that the allegations about manipulation of the equipment used in the election are baseless, dangerous “and only serve to confuse, scare, and ultimately undermine confidence in the election.”

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) schooled Krebs on the massive voter fraud that took place in the 2020 election. Krebs folded his arms and pouted as Rand Paul put him in his place.

The courts haven’t decided the facts. They never looked at the facts… The fraud happened. The election in many ways was stolen and the only way it will be fixed is by in the future reinforcing the laws,” Rand Paul said.

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Judge Rules CA Gov Overstepped His Authority with Covid Order, Issues Permanent Injunction Restraining Newsom From Further Issuing Unconstitutional Orders

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) for the past 8 months has imposed some of the most abusive and authoritarian Covid restrictions via executive orders.

Newsom is a tyrant who has completely bypassed the state legislature and unilaterally locked down California with 57 executive orders!

California residents have been suffering under Newsom’s iron fist and draconian lockdowns since March.

California state lawmaker Kevin Kiley sued Gavin Newsom and a Northern California county judge rebuked Newsom in a 9-page ruling on Monday.

Sutter County Superior Court Judge Sarah Heckman ruled one of the Covid executive orders issued by Newsom related to mail-in ballots overstepped his authority and encroached on the state legislature.

The judge barred Newsom “from exercising any power under the California Emergency Services Act which amends, alters, or changes existing statutory law or makes new statutory law or legislative policy.”

KUSI reported:

 A Northern California county judge on Monday preliminarily ordered Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop issuing directives related to the coronavirus that might interfere with state law.

[Judge] Heckman’s decision will become final in 10 days unless Newsom’s attorneys can raise new challenges. Newsom did not immediately comment or say if he will appeal.

The case centers on a single Newsom executive order in June requiring election officials to establish hundreds of locations statewide where voters can cast ballots in the November election. But lawmakers subsequently approved the same requirement, and the judge’s decision will have no effect on Tuesday’s election.

She acted in a lawsuit brought by Republican Assemblymen James Gallagher and Kevin Kiley, who said Newsom, a Democrat, was single-handedly overriding state laws in the name of keeping Californians safe.

“This is a victory for separation of powers,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement. Newsom “has continued to create and change state law without public input and without the deliberative process provided by the Legislature.”

Heckman wrote in a nine-page decision that the California Emergency Services Act “does not permit the Governor to amend statutes or make new statutes. The Governor does not have the power or authority to assume the Legislature’s role of creating legislative policy and enactments.”

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley explained today’s ruling against Newsom in an interview with KUSI News.

WATCH:

Source: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/judge-rules-ca-gov-overstepped-authority-covid-order-issues-permanent-injunction-restraining-newsom-issuing-unconstitutional-orders/

Virginia Governor Abuses Law to Declare State of Emergency, Ban Guns for Planned Pro-gun Rally

As the Virginia State Legislature — now firmly in the hands of Democrats — prepares to push for what Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Jack Wilson calls “a disarmed, vulnerable, and subservient citizenry,” freedom-loving citizens of the Old Dominion planned a rally for Monday (the 20th of January) to voice their concerns and demand that their right to keep and bear arms is not infringed. In response, Democrat Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and instituted a temporary ban on all weapons on the Capitol grounds.

Illegal Alien from Canada Allegedly Planned Attack at Virginia Gun Rally

As a result of the recent flip from Red to Blue (largely orchestrated by pro-Chinese communists) Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly are unapologetic about plans to disarm law-abiding Virginians. Governor Ralph Northam — having previously failed to get any traction for his citizen-disarmament policies — now appears to see his way clear to implement them.

Northam and his comrades in both houses of the Assembly have made their intentions clear. In June, he called a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to consider passing what he called “common sense” gun laws. Those laws would have included universal background checks; child access prevention; a one-gun-per-month purchase limit; bans on all so-called assault weapons, including bump stocks and high-capacity magazines; legal responsibilities for lost or stolen guns; allowing municipalities to ban guns from municipal buildings; and so-called red flag laws.

He and his fellow Democrats were held at bay in June because Republicans still controlled the General Assembly. But that was then; this is now. With the aforementioned Maoist-assisted shift in to the left in Virginia, Northam’s hands are not nearly so tied. Wasting no time, Democrat legislators began trotting out one anti-gun bill after another as soon as the legislative session began. As Roanoke, Virginia, NBC affiliate WSLS 10 News reported Monday, January 13:

The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee sent four gun control bills to the Senate floor.

They include:

  • A limit of one handgun purchase per month.
  • Expanded background checks to include private sales.
  • The ability for localities to ban guns in public spaces, including government buildings.
  • A Red Flag law, which gives law enforcement officers the ability to seize guns from people determined to be at risk of hurting themselves or others.

That article also stated that “There were passionate comments from dozens of gun rights supporters in the committee meeting and in a press conference held by NRA members near the Capitol.”

The NRA is not the only group to express concern over the new slate of anti-gun legislation. The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) is one of the premier gun-rights groups in the state. VCDL has planned a gun-rights rally to be held on the Capitol grounds on Monday, January 20. That date — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — is the traditional “Lobby Day” at the General Assembly, when citizens converge on the offices of their delegates and senators to express their views on a wide range of issues.

Wednesday — just days ahead of the rally which is expected to draw overflowing crowds of gun-rights supporters — Governor Northam twisted a 2012 law beyond recognition and declared a state of emergency including a temporary ban on all weapons on the Capitol grounds for Monday’s rally. That law was created to allow the governor to issue such a temporary ban “to the extent necessary to ensure public safety in any place or facility designated or used by the Governor, any political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or any other governmental entity as an emergency shelter or for the purpose of sheltering persons.”

His application of that law to this event is a transparent attempt to pervert the law for his own political agenda. Northam is essentially declaring that the Capitol grounds is an emergency shelter. Republican Delegate Mike Watson illustrated just how ridiculous that application of the law is, tweeting, “So the Governor has declared the Capitol Grounds a ‘Shelter’ in order to get around the law. I’m curious how many times a 14 acre plot of land has been designated an emergency shelter?” Furthermore, Watson pointed out in a subsequent tweet that “per COV sheltering strategy, Capitol Square does not meet the qualifications of an emergency shelter.”

Not only that, but even Northam’s premise for the state of emergency and weapons ban stretches credulity to the breaking point. In his announcement of the measure, Northam claimed there were threats of “armed militia groups storming our Capitol” and perhaps even using “weaponized drones.” He added, “Let me be clear. These are considered credible, serious threats by our law enforcement agencies.”

In a naked attempt to stir up fear, Northam resurrected the spectre of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, claiming that rhetoric used by groups planning to attend Monday’s rally is similar to what was said in the lead-up to that event. “We will not allow that mayhem and violence to happen here,” he said, adding of those “armed militia groups” that “They’re not coming to peacefully protest. They are coming to intimidate and cause harm.”

VCDL is considering legal action to block Northam’s ban. The pressing question is whether the group has time to get a legal injunction before Monday. And VCDL President Philip Van Cleave has urged all participants at the rally — whether or not the ban is in effect — to avoid engaging with any counterprotesters and authorities. He has also asked all militia groups to refrain from providing security at the event, stating that police can and will handle such matters. He added, “Lobby Day is a peaceful event about gun rights and NOTHING ELSE.” (Emphasis in original.)

On Friday, three days ahead of the rally, Virginia Senator Amanda Chase warned that the rally was a setup and that a false flag was possible based on her intel.

Senator Chase wrote this on her Facebook page.

I want you to be aware of how we are being set up.

Does the Patriot Act ring a bell?

Does the National Defense Authorization Act ring a bell?

If people show up wearing any kind of uniform, patch or other symbol on their clothing signifying they belong to a militia and something goes wrong, you could/will be held as a domestic terrorist.

If anyone steps out of line, all it takes is one person, it may even be a government plant….if that plant does anything to disrupt the rally, you could/will be arrested as a domestic terrorist.

The Governor, using the media has already set the stage for this to happen.
He has already laid the groundwork to make the entire movement look like insurrection.

It will be used to put the rest of the nation on notice of what will happen to you, if you resist.

They have used the Southern Poverty Law Center over the last 15 years to lay the groundwork.

They have labeled us as potential domestic terrorist for a long time now.

Anyone who has ever related to the 3%er’s, a militia, or just belonged to any Patriot group…the groundwork has been laid to brand you as a domestic terrorist.

Western Journal has more on the warning:

A Virginia state senator has sounded a warning bell three days before a massive rally is set to coalesce in the commonwealth’s capital.

Conservative Sen. Amanda Chase of District 11 took to Facebook on Friday with a warning for every patriot who plans to attend the pro-Second Amendment rally Monday in Richmond.

Her warning came the same week that Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order temporarily banning firearms in the Capitol Square.

“Sadly, I am posting this, knowing that the Governor of Virginia has declared a State of Emergency in our state,” Chase wrote. “I want you to be aware of how we are being set up.”

“Does the Patriot Act ring a bell? Does the National Defense Authorization Act ring a bell?”

Source: The New American; TGP

 

Although the mainstream media portrayed the gathering as one of white nationalists and anarchits, the patriots and constitutionalists who protect their right to bear arms were model citizens in a peaceful protest of around 60,000.

One of the things focused on excessively by the fake news media during the build up of the peaceful gun rally in Virginia was the supposed plotting of neo-Nazis and armed militia groups to storm the Capitol.

Although none of those hysterical fears came to fruition, there were three men accused of being involved with the neo-nazi group The Base that were arrested a few days prior, on weapons’ charges as well as the bizarre charge of harboring an illegal immigrant from Canada. It was claimed by authorities without any evidence being provided to the public that they were planning a violent display at the Capitol rally.

While this news was used to demonize all gun owners, startling details  emerged showing that The Base may have in fact been a group run by the feds. Another Base member Yousef O. Barasneh, 22, was arrested and charged with vandalizing a Racine, WI synagogue in 2019. Court records show that a federal informant had been giving orders to members of the hate group to commit acts of anti-Semitic terror.2