By Newt Gingrich
Historians may look back and mark this week as a remarkable turning point in the Trump presidency.
While the liberal media was mesmerized by the dull Judiciary Committee meetings (so boring at least one Democrat was caught watching a golf match while seated in the committee) big things were happening.
However, they are the kind of big things which the adversarial media has a hard time covering intelligently. In fact, several of the big events of this past week will further discredit the news media and force it even more toward the defensive (more than half of Americans already don’t trust the mass media).
To start, this week we learned from reports that for 18 years American military and national security leaders had been lying about progress in Afghanistan. As these reports are expanded on and more is published the Trump position that the war was a mistake – and we have lost thousands of lives, had tens of thousands severely wounded, spent over a trillion dollars and still have no plan for victory – will seem more and more wise. The balance of the tension between the traditional military establishment and the Trump White House will shift more and more to the President’s advantage. If next year the House and Senate armed services and foreign affairs committees hold serious hearings and dig into the degree to which senior officials in both parties simply lied to the American people, the resulting reforms may dramatically reshape how the United States operates in the world.
Second, the inspector general’s report that the FBI has methodically lied about the Russian collusion case – and clearly broke the rules and the law in its effort to get President Trump — opens a new window on how sick the establishment bureaucracies and the deep state in both the Justice Department and the intelligence community truly are. The upcoming reports from United States Attorney John Durham will apparently open even bigger windows into just how dishonest, partisan, and sick the Justice Department has become. It is turning out that President Trump was telling the truth all along and his opponents were lying. This is a significant historic breakthrough.
The Horowitz Report went on to assert that everything Congressman Devin Nunes had reported about the FBI’s activity was true, and everything Congressman Adam Schiff had said was a lie. The nation must confront the fact that the man Democrats chose to lead the impeachment inquiry is a proven liar. Every one of Schiff’s Russian collusion assertions were found to be false by the inspector general.
This week, we also saw Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s slip of the tongue (it can’t have been deliberate) that she had been working on impeachment for two and a half years. This puts the entire impeachment process into such a blatantly dishonest and political framework that it guarantees historians will treat the House Democrats roughly. Historians will note the Democrats’ willingness to undermine the Constitution and reduce the standard of impeachment from high crimes and misdemeanors to simply a question of a no confidence vote against a president they dislike. This admission of more than 30 months of effort to impeach President Trump (virtually from the time he won the election) will haunt every swing district Democrat who votes in favor of it. It also exonerates President Trump and makes clear he is in a political fight – not a legal one.
While the impeachment circus has been going on – and in spite of it – the Trump-McConnell team continued to set new records in approving federal judges in the Senate. President Trump, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s brilliant leadership of the Senate, will have appointed more than one fourth of the entire federal judiciary by the end of the year. Their insistence on younger judges means they will have shaped the judiciary as a conservative constitutional system for an entire generation. By itself this would justify a Trump presidency.
Across the Atlantic, the British election has three great advantages for President Trump. First, it gives him a political ally in Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The speed during the night with which the President responded to the Johnson victory with talk of a US-UK free trade zone is a good signal of how comfortable President Trump feels with his equally tousle-haired colleague in No. 10 Downing Street. Second, the depth of the Labour Party defeat (the worst since 1937) gives a big boost to the Trump campaign desire to paint the Democrats as being as strangely left as Jeremy Corbyn and the Labourites. On the other side, it has to really worry the non-extremist, centrist Democrats that continue to allow the radical left to define the Democratic Party, which could lead to a catastrophic outcome. Finally, the style of Boris Johnson’s campaign, with its constant sense of humor and refusal to take itself too seriously, is a good parallel to Trumpism.
This was a big week with big events. The news around the House Judiciary Committee may have been the most over-covered and least important of those events.
Historians may record that this was the week the Trump re-election became probable and the historic implications of the Trump commitment to reform began to be clear.