Monday Morning Impeachment Update

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Well, let’s start off with Trump’s latest tweet on the subject: Newsflash: he won’t do this, but the tweet is giving his lawyer’s heartburn, I’m sure. Now that Trump has said he'd willingly testify, I'm sure he's willing to free Pompeo, Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, Rick Perry, and John Eisenberg to testify? — emptywheel (@emptywheel) November 18, 2019 But the weekend … Read More

Document Dump: Depositions of Jennifer Williams and

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As Special Advisor to VP Pence on Europe and Russia, Williams testified that the President’s requests were ‘unusual and inappropriate’ and shed light on ‘possible other motivations behind a security assistance hold.’  She also confirmed, like Lt. Col. Vindman, that the Ukrainian President specifically mentioned ‘Burisma’ during the call, even though the White House call record does not reflect that.  Importantly, Ms. Williams also testified … Read More

Impeachment Deposition: Opening Statement of David Holmes

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David Holmes, the guy who overheard Trump when he called Sondland in a restaurant, spilled a lot more than that. Holmes says he clearly heard the President’s voice and Sondland made clear he was talking to the President. Sondland told Holmes the President didn’t “give a shit about Ukraine” and only cared about the “big stuff” like the “‘Biden investigations’ that Mr. … Read More

Verdict in Roger Stone Case:

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Hectic news day. During a break in the Ukraine Impeachment hearings, we got news of Roger Stone’s verdict. A jury has now found Stone guilty of committing crimes to hide the Trump campaign’s efforts to optimize the release of emails stolen by Russia. — emptywheel (@emptywheel) November 15, 2019 Guilty on all counts. Russia hoax? I think not. REUTERS: TRUMP … Read More

Live Impeachment Hearings: Day 2

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WE start with a Trump tweet: He makes a rare point about the Foreign Minister of Ukraine’s statement (the President did not say anything). This is what he was referring to: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said on Thursday that U.S. ambassador Gordon Sondland did not explicitly link military aid to Kiev with opening an investigation into former Vice President … Read More

News Organizations That Ought To Know Better Cover Impeachment Hearings Like “Dancing With The Stars’

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Analysis: The first two witnesses called Wednesday testified to President Trump’s scheme, but lacked the pizzazz necessary to capture public attention. https://t.co/1UfkaeZ3I4 — NBC News (@NBCNews) November 14, 2019 That’s a story by Jonathan Allen, where he pitched yesterday’s events this way, as a measure of whether Democrats had achieved their goal of ousting the president. But at a time … Read More

House Impeachment Inquiry Live Hearings: Day One

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This is the fourth time in history that Congress has seriously looked into impeaching a president. TODAY: Bill Taylor and George Kent. FRIDAY: Marie Yovanovitch. NEXT WEEK’S WITNESSES: Tuesday: Pence aide Jennifer Williams … Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman … Kurt Volker … Timothy Morrison. Wednesday: Gordon Sondland … Laura Cooper … David Hale. Thursday: Fiona Hill. Today on the dais: George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for … Read More

A Random Look A Trump’s Bizarre Tweets

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I will be releasing the transcript of the first, and therefore more important, phone call with the Ukrainian President before week’s end! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2019 This makes no sense. Why is it more important because it was the first? It was a perfunctory phone call taking place in April, just after Zelensky was elected, and … Read More

Will The Media Get Distracted By The Release Of The Horowitz Report?

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Prior to the launch of the public impeachment hearings on Wednesday, Margaret Sullivan has some sage advice for the media. She highlighted four things they should keep in mind when covering this important story. Stress substance, not speculation. Don’t let stunts hijack the coverage. Avoid Barr-Letter Syndrome. Beware mealy-mouthed and misleading language. That first one captures one of my biggest pet peeves … Read More

The GOP Defenses

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Team MAGA has already sunk to promoting propaganda and disinformation from a Russian-inspired effort designed to exonerate Russia’s role in interfering with the 2016 elections. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Fla.) is the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. He has made clear he plans to shrug off Trump’s endangering national security and possible violations of law as justified by Trump’s … Read More

Vindman Fired

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As expected, retaliation.Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who gave a bombshell testimony in the House impeachment investigation last month on President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scheme, will be removed from his post at the White House National Security Council.https://t.co/tVmWffAcCA — Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) November 10, 2019 A lesson and a warning.

With Public Hearings To Start, Republicans Have No Decent Witnesses

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Devin Nunes sent his witness list to Chairman Adam Schiff last week for witnesses he wanted included in the House Impeachment Investigation. The list includes: Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business partner Hunter Biden Alexandrea Chalupa, the DNC consultant who conducted oppo research on Manafort [corrected] via non-official sources Undersecretary of State David Hale, who gave a private deposition the details … Read More

Trump’s Defense Strategy Is Bizarre

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The man is unhinged, The call to the Ukrainian President was PERFECT. Read the Transcript! There was NOTHING said that was in any way wrong. Republicans, don’t be led into the fools trap of saying it was not perfect, but is not impeachable. No, it is much stronger than that. NOTHING WAS DONE WRONG! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November … Read More