Daily Archives: February 2, 2020

February—2 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?—John 3:12.

Was there ever condescension like that of Jesus, to accommodate himself to the dull and senseless capacities of his people? Kind, compassionate, indulgent Teacher, I would say, how shall I sufficiently admire or adore thy love? Oh! that a consciousness of my ignorance would endear to me thy wisdom! And oh! that a sense of the deep things of God would induce in me a temper and frame of mind suited to the docility and humbleness of a weaned child! Now, my soul! mark from these words of thy Jesus to that master in Israel, Nicodemus, that so sublime are the wonders of redemption, even in that part of it which is connected with earthly things, that our capacities, until opened and fitted for the apprehension of divine truths by grace, cannot enter into the enjoyment or belief of them. And how then shall the glories of eternity, which are reserved for unfolding on the other side of Jordan, be brought within the grasp of our intellect? And yet are there some, yea many, who, with the incredulity of Thomas, refuse conviction, unless they receive what, in the present state of things, cannot be granted. Blessed Master! I desire to praise thee for that proportion of faith thou hast given me, to believe the things which are freely given to me of God; and I beseech thee, Lord, to grant me increasing proportions of faith and grace, that I may both believe the earthly things of salvation, and the heavenly things to be revealed. I would pray for grace and faith in lively exercise, to connect and bring into the same view both worlds, as they concern thee and thy great salvation. Yea, Lord, I would pray for increasing knowledge of, and delight in all the great things of salvation, among the transactions of earth here below; such as the momentous truths of regeneration, justification by thy blood and righteousness, and the eternal acceptance of thy people in thee, and in thee only, the beloved. And I would pray also for the most enlarged and enlarging views of faith, concerning the glories which shall be revealed, which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man to conceive. Lord, increase my faith, and prepare me for the everlasting enjoyment of thyself in glory, when faith shall be swallowed up in sight; when I shall see thee as thou art, and know even as I am known.[1]


[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 38–39). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

February 2 Streams in the Desert

In the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft: in his quiver hath he hid me.” (Isa. 49:2.)

IN the shadow.” We must all go there sometimes. The glare of the daylight is too brilliant; our eyes become injured, and unable to discern the delicate shades of color, or appreciate neutral tints—the shadowed chamber of sickness, the shadowed house of mourning, the shadowed life from which the sunlight has gone.

But fear not! It is the shadow of God’s hand. He is leading thee. There are lessons that can be learned only there.

The photograph of His face can only be fixed in the dark chamber. But do not suppose that He has cast thee aside. Thou art still in His quiver; He has not flung thee away as a worthless thing.

He is only keeping thee close till the moment comes when He can send thee most swiftly and surely on some errand in which He will be glorified. Oh, shadowed, solitary ones, remember how closely the quiver is bound to the warrior, within easy reach of the hand, and guarded jealously.—Christ in Isaiah, Meyer.

In some spheres the shadow condition is the condition of greatest growth. The beautiful Indian corn never grows more rapidly than in the shadow of a warm summer night. The sun curls the leaves in the sultry noon light, but they quickly unfold, if a cloud slips over the sky. There is a service in the shadow that is not in the shine. The world of stellar beauty is never seen at its best till the shadows of night slip over the sky. There are beauties that bloom in the shade that will not bloom in the sun. There is much greenery in lands of fog and clouds and shadow. The florist has “evening glories” now, as well as “morning glories.” The “evening glory” will not shine in the noon’s splendor, but comes to its best as the shadows of evening deepen.

If all of life were sunshine,

Our faces would be fain

To feel once more upon them

The cooling plash of rain.

Henry Van Dyke.[1]


[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 37–38). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

Trump, in Super Bowl interview with Sean Hannity, predicts fall of Pelosi: ‘Radical left is gonna take over’

In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity during the Super Bowl LIV pregame show, President Trump said the State of the Union would go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday — just a day before the Senate is set to acquit him after a months-long impeachment process.

Source: Trump, in Super Bowl interview with Sean Hannity, predicts fall of Pelosi: ‘Radical left is gonna take over’

John Kerry overheard discussing possible 2020 bid amid concern of ‘Sanders taking down the Democratic Party’

Former Secretary of State John Kerry was overheard discussing a possible 2020 run, suggesting prominent members of the Democratic Party remain deeply unsettled by the current field.

Source: John Kerry overheard discussing possible 2020 bid amid concern of ‘Sanders taking down the Democratic Party’

GOP Sen. Joni Ernst warns Republicans could impeach Biden if he’s elected president | Axios

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) told Bloomberg in an interview Sunday that Republicans could immediately try to impeach Joe Biden over his actions in Ukraine if he’s elected president, despite no evidence of wrongdoing by the former vice president.

Why it matters: Republicans have argued that attempting to remove President Trump from office in a partisan fashion sets a dangerous precedent of politicizing impeachment. Ernst, who said earlier Sunday that she will vote to acquit Trump, told Bloomberg that “this door of impeachable whatever has been opened” and that “Joe Biden should be very careful what he’s asking for.”

The big picture: Biden, who was tasked by President Obama with fighting corruption in Ukraine, demanded the firing of former prosecutor general Viktor Shokin in 2016. At the time, Biden’s son Hunter was serving on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma, which was owned by an oligarch who had been investigated for corruption.

  • The removal of Shokin was a policy supported by the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and many bipartisan members of Congress. However, Republicans have alleged that Biden had Shokin fired because he was investigating Burisma.
  • There’s no evidence to support this claim, and no members of Congress expressed concern about Shokin’s ouster until last year, when the allegations were first promoted by Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Between the lines: Iowa, Ernst’s home state, will host its Democratic caucuses Monday. Polls show a tight race between Biden, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

  • Ernst suggested last week that information about the Bidens surfaced during the impeachment trial could hurt his chances.
  • “I’m really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic caucus goers,” she said. “Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point? Not certain at that.”

Go deeper … Fact check: What Joe and Hunter Biden actually did in Ukraine

Source: GOP Sen. Joni Ernst warns Republicans could impeach Biden if he’s elected president

For The First Time Ever, A Majority Of The World’s Population Is Dissatisfied With Democracy | ZeroHedge News

Submitted by Eric Peters, CIO of One River Asset Management

“2005 marked the beginning of the global democratic recession,” wrote Cambridge University’s “Global Satisfaction with Democracy 2020″  report.

“That year also marked the all-time high point for satisfaction with democracy.” In 2005, just 38.7% of citizens globally were dissatisfied with democracy. “Since then, the proportion of dissatisfied citizens has risen by 18.8% to an all-time 57.5% high.”

This leap in dissatisfaction is led by the US, Brazil, Nigeria and Mexico. But America’s surge has been most pronounced. Having spent many post-war decades with fewer than 25% of our citizens reporting dissatisfaction, a 55% majority are now dissatisfied with democracy.

The problem with that is twofold. A healthy democracy requires the vast majority to believe in fair elections. Checks. Balances. Institutions of integrity. Rule of law. Respect by the majority for rights of the minority. If that faith is lost, then each faction quite rationally fights to dominate its opponents at all costs, by any means. That is tribalism.

Which leads to the second problem – America was built by immigrants who left tribalism behind. Working together we’ve shown humanity the great wonders achievable through cooperation, integration, assimilation. Optimism. Idealism.

“For much of its modern history, America has viewed itself as a ‘shining city on a hill’ – a model democracy, and one that can serve as an example unto others that wish to emulate its success,” wrote the report’s authors. “Following the 2008 financial crisis, however, that has begun to change, with Americans’ evaluation of the functioning of their political system continuing to deteriorate year on year.

Rising political polarization, government shutdowns, the widespread use of public office for private gain, a costly war in Iraq, and growing spatial and intergenerational inequality have all weighed against Americans’ view of the ability of their democracy to deliver.”

What will happen when a majority of citizens in the world’s leading democracy, its largest economy, and mightiest military, lose faith in its very foundation?

Source: For The First Time Ever, A Majority Of The World’s Population Is Dissatisfied With Democracy

Sunday Talks: Lindsey Graham Discusses Impeachment ‘Next Steps’ With Maria Bartiromo… — The Last Refuge

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham appears on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the impeachment proceedings, the likely continuance of resistance investigative efforts, and Graham’s role in any Senate proceedings.

Despite never having a single investigative hearing since he starting promising hearings at the conclusion of the Mueller probe in April 2019, Senator Graham promises hearings to get to the bottom of the Biden-Burisma issue.  Not likely.  Bartiromo pushes the Senator on whether he will investigate the origin of the Whistleblower complaint, Graham avoids.

Graham promises hearings on FISA abuse. You decide if they will ever happen.  The FISA bulk metadata collection re-authorization vote is next month around March 15th.

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via Sunday Talks: Lindsey Graham Discusses Impeachment ‘Next Steps’ With Maria Bartiromo… — The Last Refuge

Sunday Talks: Steve Bannon Discusses “The Crime of the Century”, the “Soft Coup”… — The Last Refuge

Steve Bannon appears with Maria Bartiromo to discuss ongoing political events.  At the beginning of the interview Bannon focuses exactly on the issue that is paramount to the American population but is being avoided by politicians like Senator Lindsey Graham and institutional leaders like AG Bill Barr.

Until there is a process to bring a formal reckoning, sunlight upon the entire enterprise, there will be unending attacks by resistance operatives within the administrative state.

Steve Bannon also highlights the plan of the administrative state to diminish the successful accomplishments of President Trump and weaponize the Senate floor speeches to cast a cloud on the State of the Union speech. Indeed, Mitch McConnell has set up the schedule for maximum damage before acquittal.  Good Interview- Multiple Aspects:


via Sunday Talks: Steve Bannon Discusses “The Crime of the Century”, the “Soft Coup”… — The Last Refuge

February 2d The D. L. Moody Year Book

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.—2 Corinthians 5:17.

ALL the infidels in the world could not convince me that I have not a different spirit than I had before I became a Christian. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit,” and a man can soon tell whether he is born of the Spirit by the change in his life. The Spirit of Christ is a Spirit of love, joy, peace, humility and meekness, and we can soon find out whether we have been born of that Spirit or not; we are not to be left in uncertainty.[1]


[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (pp. 27–28). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Barr: ‘Militant secularists’ trying to impose values on believers | WND

U.S. Attorney General William Barr (video screenshot)

“Militant secularists” across America long have charged that religious people are “imposing” their views on them.

But it’s actually the other way around, contended Attorney General William Barr in an interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Sirius XM.

“I feel today religion is being driven out of the marketplace of ideas and there’s a organized militant secular effort to drive religion out of our lives,” Barr told Dolan, the Federalist reported.

“To me the problem today is not that religious people are trying to impose their views on nonreligious people, it’s the opposite — it’s that militant secularists are trying to impose their values on religious people and they’re not accommodating the freedom of religion of people of faith.”

Barr was excoriated by the left for a speech last October about religious liberty to Notre Dame Law School, warning students against depending on the government and unlimited licentiousness.

See the interview:

The Federalist noted that since “developing similar ideas in depth in several public talks, Barr has been the subject of a series of hit pieces in publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker.”

“It’s not just his full-throated defense of the natural right to obey one’s conscience above one’s government that gets their goat. Barr’s concern for the rule of law, fair play, and due process especially about Russian collusion and impeachment have also brought out the knives,” the Federalist said.

The report said a 10,000-word New Yorker article by David Rohde may have made one accurate assessment: “Barr is the most feared, criticized, and effective member of Trump’s Cabinet.”

“There is certainly some relationship between the left’s fear and the right’s effectiveness, and thus the neutering attempts,” the Federalist said. “As Sohrab Amari noted, Barr has been ridiculously labeled an ‘extremist Catholic’ associated with a ‘secretive, ultra-orthodox Catholic sect.’

“Of course, the point of flak like this is to polarize the target and thus make him ineffective through clouds of mistrust. A parallel effort has been underway much longer against the nation’s first freedom: the duty to obey God before men. Thus in her own attack article against Barr last month in The New York Times, Katherine Stewart put the words religious liberty and religious freedom in scare quotes, even though these are longstanding natural rights that enjoy U.S. legal protection for very good reasons that include staunching bigotry. The ignorant scare quotes are becoming common in even outlets that style themselves objective news sources.”

Stewart accused Barr of embracing “wholesale the ‘religious liberty’ rhetoric of today’s Christian nationalist movement.” She cited efforts to protect the rights of Christians to be given equal access to a program to help needy children.

The Federalist said Stewart is “doing exactly what Barr says she’s doing, while pretending that she is not.”

“Stewart is making a ‘secular effort to drive religion out of our lives’ and trying to impose her values on religious people while ‘not accommodating the freedom of religion of people of faith.'”

The Federalist said her values “say that only pagans — people with atheist, pantheist, syncretist, or agnostic religious beliefs — may fully access public goods.”

“People with theistic religious beliefs may not. This is not equality or tolerance — it is prejudice.”

Source: Barr: ‘Militant secularists’ trying to impose values on believers

Hammer At The ‘New York Post’: This Whole Pathetic Impeachment Effort Was Worse Than A Waste Of Time | The Daily Wire

Daily Wire Editor-at-Large Josh Hammer, who has been a frequent commentator on all things pertaining to the Democrats’ impeachment effort of President Donald Trump, has the following piece this weekend in the New York Post.

After months of hype and pseudo-drama ginned up by the left, public and secret testimony and breathless “smoking-gun” headlines, it’s taking the Senate just two weeks to bring an end, finally, to the impeachment circus. And it is ending with the always-inevitable acquittal of President Trump.

What a tragic, monumental waste of time it has been. After all, anyone capable of rudimentary arithmetic could have seen this foreordained outcome coming from Day One.

Indeed, it’s not entirely clear why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the rest of the leading luminaries of the Democratic Party even decided to embark upon this national exercise in political self-flagellation. Math is a stubborn thing, and Democrats constitute a Senate minority — a far cry from the two-thirds supermajority required for conviction under Article I of the Constitution.

It is true, of course, that many on the left have been juiced up by an all-encompassing impeachment fervor since the day President Trump was inaugurated. Who can forget the infamous Washington Post headline from Inauguration Day 2017: “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”

But impeach him for this? Really?

Democrats clearly resorted to this tepid, half-hearted effort after special counsel Robert Mueller failed to deliver the goods on Russiagate. No rational observer can earnestly believe that a sober reading of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky — the allegedly nefarious transcript that takes up all of a whopping five pages — actually amounts to an impeachable offense.

Hook up Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler to a polygraph and they may well admit as much. But after Mueller struck out, Pelosi needed some sort of grist to appease Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the crazy far-left caucus.

Alas, to call it a mere waste of time is likely far too charitable. The Democrats took stock of the decrepit state of our national politics, the bitterly fractious nature of our partisan tribalism, the pathetic regard the American people have for their Congress and took a sledgehammer to it all. The most immediate tangible result of this failed gambit will be to only further coarsen and debase our politics.

The trials and tribulations of Hunter Biden will now become an even more regular fixture of the Democratic presidential primary commentariat. And if Uncle Joe is the nominee, we won’t stop hearing about Hunter Biden throughout the general election, either. It’s tough to see how anyone could see that as healthy for the republic.

Whatever political damage Democrats think they have done to the president, furthermore, it is more than countered by the way this stunt has galvanized the president’s core supporters to rally to his side. There is no reliable polling showing that impeachment is a net political winner for Democrats.

Read the rest of the piece here.

Source: Hammer At The ‘New York Post’: This Whole Pathetic Impeachment Effort Was Worse Than A Waste Of Time

2 Feb 2020 – Rapture Ready News

SWAMP STENCH: The FBI deep state is hard at work trying to bury the Burisma evidence that incriminates Joe Biden and the Obama administration
Most American foreign policy experts and diplomats know that Ukraine is a deeply corrupt country and has been for decades since the breakup of the Soviet Union — not that Moscow’s Communist government was much better.

US bars foreigners coming from China for now over virus fear
The United States on Friday declared a public health emergency and took drastic steps to significantly restrict entry into the country because of a new virus that hit China and has spread to other nations.

Social Media Networks Vow To Censor “Misinformation” About Coronavirus
…don’t worry, friends. “Independent fact-checkers” from the Ministry of Truth will protect you from conspiracy theories and false claims…

Forensic science – Fingerprints can now be dated to within a day of when they were made | Science and technology
Since the first use of fingerprints to identify and convict a murderer, in 1892, detectives the world over have come to rely heavily on print evidence to build their cases against suspects. One limit on the value of fingerprints, though, is that it is hard to work out how old they are.

Arab League Holds Emergency Vote Today Rejected Trump Peace Plan As Palestinian Leader Abbas Cuts All Ties With United States And Israel
For ten years now we have been telling you that the main conflict between Israel and the Palestinians centers almost exclusively around who has the right to control Jerusalem. This is because God in the Bible says Jerusalem is where He has placed His name, and Satan has declared that he will take what God has. This has been the endless struggle all the way since Job 1. Here in 2020, we find this to be the exact reason why Abbas and the Palestinians are rejecting Trump’s peace plan. That little glimmer of light of Arabs siding with Trump peace plan evaporated quickly.

BRUTAL: Chinese Leaders to Sacrifice Coronavirus-Infected Cities to Save 11 Others; Prepared to Accept Millions of Fatalities
Brutal Chinese leaders have made a decision to sacrifice entire cities of their own citizens in order to save 11 “protected” cities elsewhere, according to a bombshell leak acquired by Hong Kong media professional Stephen Shiu Yeuk-yuen.

W.H.O. Warns Countries of the World: Coronavirus Pandemic Set to GO GLOBAL
With an 8th coronavirus infection patient now confirmed in the United States, the coronavirus pandemic looks on track to break containment in multiple countries and become a global pandemic.

Does America Need A NORTHERN Wall? Canada Now Taking in 1 Million Immigrants Per Year
Not many people talk about the threat coming from the Northern Border, but it needs to be a national discussion and it needs to happen soon.

On The Decline In US Strategic Thinking And The Creation Of False Stereotypes
In early Jan, the RAND Corporation published its latest Russia report… By the headings alone, it is clearly positioned to show Russia as a political entity is aggressive…and it is therefore vital to prevent such aggression in a variety of ways.

Source: 2 Feb 2020

Brannon Howse: January 31, 2020

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Today on PTIB Jimmy DeYoung has two of his Broadcast Partners, John Rood and Sam Rohrer. Topic: Israeli’s, for the most part, welcome the Trump Peace Plan, the Palestinians totally reject the plan. Topic: Israeli Prime Minister visits Moscow to brief President Putin  on the Trump Middle East peace plan. Topic: President Trump is pushing Prime Minister Netanyahu to expand Israel’s Biblical borders, as promised in Deuteronomy. Topic: Some Arab states favor the Trump Peace Plan while others want to destroy the Jewish State of Israel. Topic: Usama joins us to give us his take on Christian leaders and talk show hosts and pro-family groups that are promoting the book by Luke Goodrich that is calling for Christians to defend the right of Muslims to build mosques and practice aspects of Sharia in America.

Source: Brannon Howse: January 31, 2020

The State Of Democracy (Is Declining) Around The World | ZeroHedge News

The Economist Democracy Index rates countries on the state of their governing system each year. 

In the latest installment published today, Statista’s Katharina Buchholz notes that 22 countries in the world were rated as “full democracies,” including all Scandinavian countries, several Western European nations as well as Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mauritius, Costa Rica and Chile, which joined the top group in 2019 together with France and Portugal.

You will find more infographics at Statista

Malta dropped out of the full democracies section. Another country which saw its ratings drop in the past year was Iraq, which left the “hybrid regime” category and became authoritarian. India and China also were rated lower in 2019. India, a flawed democracy, was only rated at 6.9 points while China – an authoritarian regime – was scrutinized for heightened surveillance and human rights abuses in its Eastern regions and only achieved a rating of 2.3 points. The country exhibited the biggest loss of any country in the 2019 ranking and became the 15th least democratic place in the world.

Thailand improved its rating most – by 1.7 points – and became a “flawed democracy.”

Advanced economies like Japan and the U.S. also found themselves in the “flawed democracies” category. According to the report, the persistent success of anti-establishment parties (on the left and the right) was partly to blame for the “decline in the quality of democracy.” Japan, which is rated negatively because of inaction on gender inequality, actually made improvements but still “has a long way to go.” The U.S., finally, lost points because of political gridlock and the partisan nature of the political system.

You will find more infographics at Statista

The countries rated most poorly were North Korea, Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The lowest rated European nations were Belarus, Azerbaijan and Russia.

Source: The State Of Democracy (Is Declining) Around The World

Judge Jeanine Pirro: I want to thank Democrats for ‘exposing their hate’

In her “Opening Statement” Saturday night, Judge Jeanine Pirro thanked Democrats for guaranteeing the reelection of President Trump and uniting the Republican Party — except Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.

Source: Judge Jeanine Pirro: I want to thank Democrats for ‘exposing their hate’

Dershowitz: Pelosi, House Dems didn’t impeach Trump for a ‘legitimate crime’

One of the lawyers representing President Trump in his impeachment trial said it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats’ fault for failing to charge Trump with an impeachable offense while praising the Senate for rejecting a call for more witnesses in the trial.

Source: Dershowitz: Pelosi, House Dems didn’t impeach Trump for a ‘legitimate crime’

Dan Bongino: Trump’s impeachment appears over, but ‘this is not going to stop’

Retired Secret Service agent and Fox News contributor Dan Bongino said Sunday that Democrats will likely be eager to find a new way to attempt to stymie President Trump after their impeachment attempt.

Source: Dan Bongino: Trump’s impeachment appears over, but ‘this is not going to stop’

Joni Ernst: Obama’s Actions More Impeachable Than What Trump Did

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) argued Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that former President Barack Obama’s open mic moment in 2012, when Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev “after my election I have more flexibility,” was more impeachable than President Donald Trump’s actions in Ukraine.

Source: Joni Ernst: Obama’s Actions More Impeachable Than What Trump Did

NFL approves deceptive Michael Bloomberg anti-gun ad for Super Bowl, but bans pro-life ads


I haven’t watched an NFL game since Tim Tebow stopped playing football. I stopped watching because I saw how differently NFL football sportscasters treated Tebow compared to Colin Kaepernick. I also noticed that Fox Sports fired a broadcaster for disagreeing with homosexuality. The NFL and their broadcasters are secular leftists, so I shouldn’t be giving them my money.

Fox Sports is at it again by banning a pro-life ad while airing pro-LGBT ad.

Life News reports:

FOX Sports apparently has no problem airing controversial ads during the 2020 Super Bowl — just not a pro-life commercial.

According to NBC News, this year’s big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers will include a commercial featuring drag queens/LGBTQ activists.

Meanwhile, pro-life advocates with the new Faces of Choice organization said they have been waiting at least six months for an answer from FOX about their ad.


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Lindsey Graham: GOP to probe whistleblower, Bidens after impeachment trial

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that Senate Republicans will continue to probe where the allegations at the center of President Trump’s impeachment case came from after the trial concludes next week.

Source: Lindsey Graham: GOP to probe whistleblower, Bidens after impeachment trial