Kansas’ senior senator, Republican Pat Roberts, is not seeking re-election next year.
So there’s been a lot of buzz to the effect that Donald Trump’s Secretary of State and former CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, will run to succeed Roberts.
Pompeo used to represent Koch Industries, as a member of the Tea Party, and he’s not a little guy, and he’s real quick on his feet, and he gets along with Trump far better than former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson.
Big Mike was in London recently helping Boris Johnson leave the EU, while Trump was, as usual, dissing other world leaders, including Canada’s Justin Trudeau.
While Pompeo was in London, he nimbly sprinted from one room to another in his hotel and managed to evade very diligent CNN reporters, who learned that he had met with very conservative and very wealthy donors, right there in Queen Elizabeth II's backyard (https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/05/politics/pompeo-secret-donor-meeting/index.html).
Our London-based associate solitary reporter, Danielle Packwood, was in the room.
“My friends,” Pompeo began, “the Democrats are gonna take back the Senate next year, so Moscow Mitch is gonna need my help bigtime. That’s why I’ve already told Mr. Trump that I’ll leave Foggy Bottom in the spring.”
Pompeo received a standing ovation, but he failed to say hi to Packwood, who promptly texted DNC Chair Tom Perez, and us.
On another newsfront, associate solitary reporter Melissa Smith, who covers Congress for us, conferred this morning with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.).
For quite some time, the two of them have had their eye on Trumpite Devin Nunes (R-Cal.).
Nunes is the Rankling Member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Nunes has been impertinently, and obnoxiously, rankling every Democratic Member of the House Intelligence Committee during the Impeachment Hearings, with considerable help from Attack Dog Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) (a state which will vote for the Democratic presidential nominee next year by at least 60%).
Before Americans voted, virtually en masse, to rebuke Trump in last year’s midterms, Nunes was the Chairman of that Committee.
Phone records subpoenaed by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee indicate that Nunes was in contact with Trump's blustery, shadowy Secretary of State, Rudy Giuliani, and his indicted associate, Ukrainian American Lev Parnas, at a time when they were soliciting damaging information about Hunter and Joe Biden from Ukrainian officials.
Giuliani, who’s in Ukraine now, worked very closely with Trump to pressure Ukraine's sorta boyish (and former comedian) Volodymyr Zelensky into announcing an investigation into the Bidens. Along the way, Giuliani and Nunes publicly promoted many of the debunked theories about Joe Biden.
For example, McConnell’s close personal friend, senator John Kennedy (R-La.), has recently been on the airwaves saying that it was the Ukrainians (and not Vladimir Putin’s expert Russian hackers), who interfered with our presidential election in 2016.
Now that Articles of Impeachment are certain to be voted on before the end of the year, we asked ASR Smith to ask Senator No (a.k.a. "Moscow Mitch") how he and Chief Justice John Roberts feel about Nunes being called as a witness in the soon to be convened Senate trial starting early next year.
McConnell’s words cannot be printed in this family-friendly newspaper.
Chief Justice Roberts (who greatly irked RNC Chairlady Ronna Romney McDaniel and McConnell by saving the Affordable Care Act) had no comment.