Impeachment Weekend

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Ukraine, Polls, Republicans, Trump & Administration, Trump ImpeachmentLeave a Comment

Compared to last week, there was little development over the weekend on the impeachment inquiry, but for a lot of eyes on the Trump team’s defense, as well as GOP reaction in Congress. From the talking heads on Sunday’s news shows, it looks like the Trump team defense is going to be… ineffective. On this particular day, the GOP decided … Read More

Trump Throwing Everything At The Wall Seeing What Will Stick

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Trump sounds upset this morning: Donald Trump’s day so far: – Attacks CNN for removing the apostrophe from Liddle’– Refers to the apostrophe as a “hyphen”– Makes up word “discribing”– This is somehow happening– He’s cracking under the pressure of impeachment– Trump is going to prison– It’s still only 7am — Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) September 27, 2019 Yeah, I won’t … Read More

Fruity-G: Rudy Is Mental

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Today’s Atlantic: Even among the president’s closest allies, Giuliani is now the subject of scorn. When I reached him by phone this morning, following House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s release of the full whistle-blower complaint at the center of the Ukraine scandal, he was, put simply, very angry. “It is impossible that the whistle-blower is a hero and I’m … Read More

Crazy Day Number Three: Whistleblower Complaint Release; DNI Joseph McGuire Testifies [And Updates]

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The whistleblower complaint has been released, and it alleged what we already know about (Trump’s attempt to get Ukraine to investigate Biden), plus more. It talks about how the White House handled records of the conversation and perhaps other conversations. Essentially, the complaint alleges that the White House would “lock down” words of the transcript. The whistle-blower, moreover, identified multiple … Read More

As Trump-Zelensky Call Is Released, DOJ Quietly Moves To Cover Its Ass

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Around the same time, the Justice Department released three important bits of news. First, the DOJ revealed that the inspector general for the intelligence community referred the matter to the Justice Department for a possible criminal campaign violation, but the DOJ judged it was not a campaign finance violation and took no action. According the NY Times, both the Inspector General and … Read More

Document Dump: The Trump-Zelensky Phone Call

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Just released by the White House. This is NOT verbatim, as the footnote in the document notes. One could argue that it is a crafty attempt to get us to overlook the ellipses by packing the actual text with completely insane and probably criminal comments. FYI: Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz reveals on @MSNBC that he and other members of Congress … Read More

Pushback

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It has been an interesting experience observing the defenses of Trump and his talking heads against the whistleblower and yesterday’s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry. Absurd almost. Trump’s first tweet about it was saying it was “fake news.” That phrase is almost reflexive now. A few made some half hearted attempts at claiming the “deep state” was involved, although … Read More

Breaking: Pelosi To Call For Impeachment Inquiry; Trump Will Release Transcript Of Zelensky Call And Whistleblower Complaint

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The open to @JakeTapper‘s newscast this afternoon: “This is a historic day.” pic.twitter.com/yo7N2qvadM — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 24, 2019 Speaker Pelosi will make a statement at 5 p.m. following the House Democratic Caucus meeting. Advisory coming… — Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) September 24, 2019 Only two presidents have been impeached: Andrew Jackson and Bill Clinton. (Nixon resigned before the House … Read More

Impeachment Murmurs Get Louder

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Oh, it’s getting ugly out there. Even at Fox & Friends, they can’t mask the trouble Trump is in: Steve Doocy: “If the President said ‘I will give you the money but you’ve got to investigate Joe Biden,’ that is really off-the-rails wrong.” pic.twitter.com/2lxUPDERJM — TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) September 24, 2019 Jonah Goldberg, a conservative columnist, says the most noxious … Read More

What Are We Waiting For?

Ken AshfordDemocrats, L'Affaire Ukraine, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Basically the Democrats want a video of Trump killing a guy with his bare hands, followed by a phone call to Putin where he says,”here is my bank account where you can the deposit the ten million we agreed to.” How cut-and-dried do things have to be before Democrats finally get some balls? It seems the Democratic political ecosystem, though, … Read More

“Your Damn Right I Ordered The Code Red!” [With Updates]

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The Washington Post and The New York Times posted stories within one minute of each other last night reporting that the conversation that caught the ear of an intelligence whistleblower was between Trump and the Ukrainians. WaPo’s posted at 8:04 p.m. and NYT’s at 8:05 p.m. Now I have to go back and give tags to all the whistleblower posts … Read More

Whistleblower Issue Blows Up Bigly [With Updates]

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I’ve been pointing to it the last couple days. Last night, we learned a little about what the whistleblower complaint discussed. The whistleblower complaint filed on Aug. 12 by an official in the U.S. intelligence community involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter told The Washington Post yesterday. During the interaction, Trump made a … Read More

Mysterious Whistleblower Complaint Points To Serious Shenanigans

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The whistleblower thing I mentioned yesterday gets weirder. This story is about to get a whole lot more media scrutiny, because it involves secretive back-channel maneuvering, a possible threat to national security and potential lawbreaking at the highest levels of the Trump administration, possibly at the direction of President Trump himself — all with a whole lot of cloak-and-dagger intrigue … Read More

What’s This? No Seriously, What’s This?

Ken AshfordCongress, L'Affaire Ukraine, Political Scandals, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This is a confusing and bizarre story but I think it may be one of those escalations that could wind up being an important moment. Talking Points Memo lays out the story: What’s there to hide? That’s what a congressional panel investigating a potentially urgent whistleblower complaint from the intelligence community wants to know. On Friday, House Intelligence Committee chair … Read More