Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump again, according him the dubious distinction of being the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. The lone charge this time is inciting an insurrection, and the only evidence offered in support of the charge was the president’s incendiary language in a speech on Jan. 6, which promoters of impeachment say fueled the attack on the Capitol.
The single article of impeachment was carefully worded. Trump “willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a county anymore,'” the document states. Trump also urged supporters to “go … peacefully and patriotically” to the Capitol, but that language is conveniently omitted.
But there’s a much bigger piece of evidence that has emerged that Democrats are willing to overlook. Namely, on Jan. 5, the “FBI office in Virginia issued an explicit warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and ‘war,’ according to an internal document reviewed by The Washington Post that contradicts a senior official’s declaration the bureau had no intelligence indicating anyone at last week’s demonstrations in support of President Trump planned to do harm.”
The above quote comes not from One America News or Newsmax but from the Washington Post, which reports it without much fanfare. The headline — “FBI report warned of ‘war’ at Capitol, contradicting claims there was no indication of looming violence” — would seem to call for all caps or an exclamation point, but their absence is an indication of how brazen the media have become in plying their double standard.
The bombshell, which is what it is, was also reported with utter nonchalance by the New York Times. In any case, it should have stopped this new impeachment charade in its tracks. Instead, it’s business as usual inside the Beltway. As Hoover Institution fellow Paul Sperry observes:
BREAKING: Now that FBI's confirmed the Capitol riots were planned many days prior to President Trump's Jan. 6 speech, Dem impeachers are now moving the goalposts for proving Trump incited the violence from his 1/6 speech to remarks he made weeks earlier re election being "stolen"
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) January 13, 2021
Welcome to the new normal.