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

Mulvaney Is A No Show And More Testimony Dumps

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was subpoenaed last night by the House Impeachment Inquiry Committee for appearance this morning at 9 a.m. To nobody’s surprise, he was a no-show. I do wonder why the quick turn-around time, but I suppose we will find out in time. Last month, Mulvaney told reporters in the White House briefing room that … Read More

House GOP Strategy To Defend Trump Is To Throw His Loyal Underlings (Except Themselves) Under The Bus

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Um… House Republicans’ latest plan to shield President Trump from impeachment is to focus on at least three deputies — U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, and possibly acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — who they say could have acted on their own to influence Ukraine policy. All three occupy … Read More

NY Judge Orders Trump To Pay $2 Million To Charities

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Everyday — and I mean every day — we see something from this administration that would never happen in the Obama Administration. Fraud is still big with Trump — just check out his campaign. A web site called the Popular Information newsletter reports: A heavily-promoted contest to win breakfast with President Trump in New York City on September 26 was a … Read More

Oh, And The Quid Pro Quo Almost Worked

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NY Times headline reads “Ukraine’s Zelensky Bowed to Trump’s Demands, Until Luck Spared Him”: Aides to Ukraine’s leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, decided that military aid and support for peace talks outweighed the risks of appearing to take sides in American politics. It was early September, and Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, faced an agonizing choice: whether to capitulate to President Trump’s … Read More

Document Dump: Bill Taylor Testimony

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As per my practice, the full testimony is too large to place here, so you get the key excerpts: The full testimony is here. As you may recall, Taylor’s testimony, along with Vindman, really cracked the whole thing wide open. We’re just like a couple pages in and already Taylor is contradicting the picture Sondland laid out. Says Sondland said … Read More

May 29 Letter From Trump To Zelenesky Offers Unwavering Support

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Trump pledged “unwavering” support to Ukraine in a May 29 letter congratulating its new president on his election victory and invited Zelensky to the White House, as evidence of the United States’ “commitment” to the young democracy, it was reported yesterday. “Trump’s letter … points to a sharp contrast between Trump’s official, warm communications with Zelensky and the moves he actually … Read More

Document Dump: House Impeachment Committee Releases More Depo Transcripts — Sondland and Volker

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Key excerpts from Ambassador Sondland’s testimony: The full testimony is here. Notably, the full testimony contains an addendum that Sondland filed after his testimony in which he recounted how he told Ukrainian officials military aid was tied to their commitment to investigations President Trump wanted. QUID PRO QUO. I will likely take this up in a subsequent post. Key excerpts … Read More

Parnas In Open Talks With FBI

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It is too much to claim the Giuliani associate Lev Parnas has “flipped” against the Trump Team, but the current news can’t be good for that team. People following this inquiry are aware of the John Dowd letter mapping out what amounted to a Joint Defense Agreement between the President, Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, and Dmitry Firtash (with … Read More