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In Jolting ‘60 Minutes’ Interview, Susan Collins Describes Bribes, Threats from Liberal Groups That Tried to Buy Her

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Over the weekend, in what may turn out be a career zenith for her, Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins – who heretofore seemed to make a cottage industry out of exasperating conservatives and going against the GOP grain – offered a methodical, rousing defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and her reasons for ultimately deciding to vote for his confirmation.

The squeeze she has encountered from liberals and the feral left who expect her to play along with them a good part of the time was, she divulges, nearly crushing.

From Nick Aramas over at YoungConservatives we learn: “Susan Collins … outlined some of the bribes and the threats against her when she appeared on “60 Minutes.”

“Collins blasted the blatant ploy to essentially buy her vote made by a leftist Crowdpac campaign.'”

Fox News provides further details:

“‘They are asking me to perform an official act and if I do not do what they want, $2 million plus is going to go to my opponent. I think that if our politics has come to the point where people are trying to buy votes and buy positions, then we are in a very sad place,’” Collins told CBS News’ ‘60 Minutes.’”

Ya think? File that one under an extreme understatement.

“The political groups Be A Hero Team, Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership had called out the senator before her vote, with a Crowdpac campaign titled: ‘Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent.’”

Well, high fives to this bunch for, if nothing else, not burying their lede.

“… The campaign has raised more than $3.5 million and counting.”

“‘This is a classic quid-pro-quo as defined in our bribery laws,’ Collins said in the interview.”

“In response to her ‘60 Minutes’ comments, Be a Hero founder Ady Barkan suggested that Collins was ‘smearing a grassroots effort from regular people pleading with someone in a position of power to do the right thing.’ Mainers for Accountable Leadership co-founder Marie Follayttar added: ‘The idea of Susan Collins attacking an effort by over one hundred thousand… small-dollar donors as bribery is politics at its worst.’”

Aramas: “The deal was if she voted no, they wouldn’t process the money people had donated and if she did vote yes, they would. So yes, pretty clear that it was a quid pro quo action for a vote.”

Again, nuanced these people ain’t.

It gets grimmer: “[S]he faced all kinds of threats including threats to the young female staff in her office.”

The sixty-five-year-old Senator, who has served in Congress’ upper-chamber for over two decades and is not up for re-election until 2020, told Scott Pelley that it had been very difficult. “[T]his is as ugly a situation as I’ve ever seen during [my terms] … I have had to have security because of threats against me and family members and staffers, and this has been unlike anything I have ever been through.”

Now, let me confess, I haven’t exactly been a jubilant aficionado of the Maine Senator for, oh, maybe … never? No, I wasn’t a charter member of her fan club; not a late joiner either; even now, I’m hardly inclined to sign up. Her dependable crumbling in the face of the fashionable-but-knot-headed social trends and progressive pet causes de jure has grown beyond wearisome.

It’s been a brand of go-along-to-get-along deal-cutting with the forces arrayed against what is best for America that turns my stomach.

The way Collins regularly holds her supposed party on tenterhooks, hostage to her “moderate” and “bi-partisan” — read “liberalistic” — whims on key votes? That’s gotten really old, too — actually, I’d had my fill of it about fifteen or so years ago. Maybe even before that.

We “right-wingers” have grown disgustedly accustomed to her bouts of big-government, socially-secularist flakiness. Time was it functioned garishly alongside her ideological sister, another dark-haired, maniac middle-of-the-roader and fly in the conservative ointment named Olympia Snow.

Snow, thankfully, absented herself from the Senate in 2013; too partisan an atmosphere she fretted. Yet, Collins has doughtily remained to heal that “problem” by upholding the RINO cause from her redoubt in the cold northeast.

One other confession: at times I’ve been tempted to pen a collective letter to the Pine Tree State’s electorate and sarcastically thank them for inflicting this woman on the rest of us.

Even in this, her Kavanaugh moment of relative glory, Collins’ assurances that she was confident the nominee won’t be interfering with our nation’s legalized, baby-killing status quo irked those of us who take issue with slaughtering the innocent. It was a sour interlude amidst a largely impressive performance.

Yet, if only because we cannot say grace over devastating a man’s life, family, and career on the strength of flatly uncorroborated charges, we have to commend Collins for ending up on the side of the angels on this vote — and doing it despite herculean animosities from the types of groups with which she too often collaborates.

They now deem her a Judas to their mission. She’s gone from being the GOP member they intermittently choose to cheer, to the one they’ve presently committed to jeer. And perhaps physically harm.

Speaking of which, for an anti-war lobby this sure is a violent bunch. Sounds like a line from Dr. Strangelove – but unfortunately this is no mere movie.

Nope, it’s the state of things in Obama’s and Hillary’s and Bernie Sander’s (next door to Collins in Vermont, by the way) and Schumer’s, and Pelosi’s, and Booker’s tribe. Luring out of hiding their worst tendencies is another service Senator Collins has rendered in this instance. They’re the ersatz “Tolerance Tribe,” but underneath lurks a disquieting totalitarianism.

So, on balance, you done good here, Senator Collins. Thank you.

And here’s to making this kind of solid thinking and legislating a habit of yours, not an exception.

President Trump Announced How He Just Got Mexico To Pay For The Wall

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When President Trump said he would have Mexico pay for the wall on our southern border, he meant it. He just announced how they are going to do it too… through the USMCA (the revision of NAFTA). Which I suspect was the plan all along.

Very early this morning at about 4:38 am, Trump tweeted: “I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!”

For those doubters on Twitter (and you will see some of them below), I highly doubt the plan was ever to have Mexico pay for the wall up front. We would fund the wall and recoup the funding from Mexico. I don’t see what is so hard to understand about that. But it seems to be a financial move many can’t seem to grasp and that is beyond their comprehension.

SIGN PETITION DEMANDING TRUMP BUILD THE WALL 75,000 HAVE SIGNED

I fully support that if Congress just won’t fund the wall, having the military build it through Pentagon funding and then reimbursing them for it. Why? Because it is a national security issue and always has been. That border is a clear and present danger.

Why shouldn’t Trump have Mexico pay through the USMCA? And why all the negativity from people who are obviously poorly informed and just politically biased? They let their hate for the president dictate all their thoughts and actions rather than looking at the mechanics of the move and the benefits from it. I just don’t get these people. They have not even given this a chance and already they are shooting it down. That’s a leftist for you.

Check out the moves on Twitter over this:

https://twitter.com/crimsonfaith88/status/1073207655760576514

https://twitter.com/catgrinner/status/1073207093254066178

Most of these people don’t seem to get that a great deal of the funding for the wall was approved before Trump started all of this. I have never seen so many people so intent on leaving themselves open to attack. What a bunch of foolish, self-involved individuals. Just sad. Build the wall whatever it takes and do it fast before one of our many enemies gets a chance to severely cripple this nation once again.

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Three Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers Will Testify This Coming Week, “Explosive” Allegations to Come…

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“With regard to the investigation, which doesn’t get a lot of attention, into the Clinton foundation, the DOJ designated John Huber to look into this. They have 6,000 pages of evidence that they’ve gone through. The foundation raised $2.5 billion, and they’re looking into potential improprieties. What’s next on this investigation?” the Fox News host questioned Congressman Meadows.

“Well, I think for the American people, they want to bring some closure, not just a few sound bites, here or there, so we’re going to be having a hearing this week, not only covering over some of those 6,000 pages that you’re talking about, but hearing directly from three whistleblowers that have actually spent the majority of the last two years investigating this,” Meadows answered.

The Gateway Pundit reports:

Some of the allegations they make are quite explosive, Martha and as we just look at the contributions — now everybody’s focused on the contributions for the Clinton Foundation and what has happened just in the last year, but if you look at it, you know, it had a very strong rise, the minute she was selected as Secretary of State — then it dipped down when she was no longer there and then rose again, when she decided to run for president. So there’s all kinds of allegations of you know, pay-to-play and that kind of thing, “Meadows said.

Take a look:

In the three years following Hillary Clinton’s departure from her position in the State Department, the Clinton Foundation donations dropped by 90%.

The Gateway Pundit writes, “Hillary Clinton left the State Department in 2013 and it looks like nobody wants to pay since she can no longer play.”

Currently, the Clinton Foundation is being put under investigation by the Justice Department and the FBI for a whole plethora of reasons.

The Hill reports that the Clinton Foundation is also being investigated by the IRS in order to find out whether or not any “tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use.”

Numerous Clinton emails backing up the idea that the Clinton Foundation was involved in “pay-to-play” schemes during Clinton’s time serving as the head of the Department of State have been found by Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

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