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  1. In the 147 weeks that Donald Trump has been in office, last week was the worst. But, this week will be even worse … much worse. Last week a parade of officials and former officials testified, under oath, in the impeachment hearings, about what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now calling a bribe offered to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to undertake an investigation of the Bidens in exchange for the release of military aid. Three witnesses, Ambassador Bill Taylor, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, and former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, struck a common chord: If you opposed corruption and supported the rule of law in Ukraine you ran into a buzz saw of opposition from Trump. “Perhaps it was not surprising that when our anti-corruption efforts got in the way of the desire for profit or power, Ukrainians who preferred to play by the old, corrupt rules sought to remove me,” Yovanovitch testified. “What continues to amaze me is that they found Americans willing to partner with them and, working together, they apparently succeeded in orchestrating the removal of the U.S. ambassador.” “How could our system fail like this?” she asked. “How is it that foreign corrupt interests could manipulate our government?” When Kent was asked why Trump wanted Yovanovitch removed as ambassador of Ukraine, he replied, “[Y]ou can't promote principled anti-corruption action without pissing-off corrupt people.” Indeed. https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/mary-anne-marsh-impeachment-tops-trumps-awful-week-heres-how-it-will-just-get-worse sweet music
  2. And these are the people leading the vanguard to impeach Trump? 😂 75% of “The Squad” Has Been Investigated for Campaign Finance Abuses The so-called “squad” has more in common than their relative youth and progressive politics – facing allegations of campaign finance fraud. As of writing, 75% of the “squad” has been in, or is currently in that predicament. The most recent to find themselves under investigation is Rashida Tlaib. According to the House Ethics Committee, “Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee, Rashida Tlaib for Congress, reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes. If Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use, or if Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes, then Rep. Tlaib may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law. At the center of the complaint is the allegation that Tlaib potentially converted campaign funds to personal funds by paying herself a salary during a disallowed period (after November 6th, 2018). The payments were a $2,000 payment on November 16th and $15,500 payment on December 1st. Tlaib’s campaign had authorized a bi-weekly salary of $2,000 for her, so the $15,500 payment is extremely unusual. And she’s not the only one. Ilhan Omar Back in June, Ilhan Omar was ordered to reimburse her campaign $3,500 after an investigation from the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board found she illegally used campaign funds in 2016 and 2017. She was also find $500. The violating payments included reimbursements for personal travel expenses, in addition to hiring a law firm for services related to an inquiry into her personal tax returns. Soon-after she was hit with an FEC complaint in late August for allegedly using her campaign to illegally reimburse the travel expenses of political consultant Tim Mynett, who she is alleged to have had an affair with in divorce papers submitted by Mynett’s wife. The complaint was filed one day after those papers were submitted. Omar’s campaign has paid Mynett’s firm “E. Street Group, LLC” nearly $230,000 for various services since the beginning of 2018, and travel expenses. Most of the payments were after election day. Travel expenses totaled over $21,000 and were not itemized, which is required. AOC In March, the National Legal and Policy Center filed a FEC complaint against AOC alleging that she and her former chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti violated campaign finance laws by funneling nearly $1 million to businesses owned by Chakrabarti. AOC confirmed that the FEC was investigating her in August, dismissing it as a “trolling” effort. She said that her and Chakrabarti were “in conversation” with the FEC. That leaves Massachusetts rep Ayanna Pressley as the only “squad” member to have never been investigation over alleged campaign finance violations. Congratulations to her for that accomplishment.
  3. Dr. Bruce Hensel, former TV correspondent, asked girl to send sexually suggestive photos, prosecutors say Dr. Bruce Hensel, a former TV medical correspondent, was arrested Wednesday morning after he asked a 9-year-old girl to send him sexually suggestive pictures, according to prosecutors and law enforcement. Hensel, who was the on-air chief medical correspondent for NBC in Los Angeles and New York, was charged with one felony count of contact with a minor for sexual purposes, which stems from him requesting images from the daughter of an acquaintance through an online messaging app on or about Aug. 4, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department’s northeast division started a child sexual exploitation investigation involving the 9-year-old after inappropriate messages and photographs were shared between the child and Hensel, according to the LAPD. Since Hensel contacted the child online, detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children division assumed responsibility of the investigation. About 1:30 p.m. On Oct. 16, personnel from the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children task force served a search warrant at Hensel’s home in the 17500 block of Tramonto Drive in Pacific Palisades. About 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Hensel was arrested in the 9600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in connection with the investigation. Hensel was booked into the Los Angeles Police Department’s Metropolitan Detention Center, and his bail was set at $5,000. Hensel’s arraignment will be scheduled at a later date. If convicted as charged, Hensel faces a possible maximum sentence of 18 months in state prison. Hensel joined NBC4 in June 1987 and wrote multiple investigative stories, according to his biography. In his 13 years at NBC4, Hensel won several awards and was the co-host of the series “Health Fax” in 1988. He has also served as co-director of two emergency rooms in Southern California, Century City Hospital and San Dimas Community Hospital, according to his bio.
  4. Jennifer Williams, an aide to the VP, originally was on the infamous Trump-Zelensky call and in a November 7th deposition stated that Trump brought up Burisma. That has now been modified on the 11th to reflect that Zelensky actually brought it up. Seems pretty odd to misremember a significant detail like that but let's see where it goes. Also, no "quid pro quo" mentioned during communications between Ukraine and Pence. The President has really stirred up a hornet's nest in Ukraine so it looks like he must be over a really big Democrat scandal they're trying to hide. It's nice to hear from someone who was on the call and not some hearsay BS about hearing it from a friend who heard it from friend who heard it from another Trump's been messing around. You can read the whole thing here if so inclined.
  5. Well, let's see if we can count the lies. 1, it's not cash, it's Welfare, paid for by American Tax Payers. 2, it only goes to Corporate Farms, not small farms (We know thins form the last two times he made the same false claim) 3, China sin't buying shit. 4, There is no Japan deal. It's the exact same deal as Obama's TPP Not bad, 4 statements, 4 lies.
  6. As the hearing unfolded, Democrats repeatedly tied Trump's effort to life-and-death questions about whether the president's handling of Ukraine endangered not just the lives of Ukrainian soldiers but also U.S. national security. Their goal: to convince Americans that Trump abused his office and committed offenses that can be remedied only by impeachment and removal from office. “If this is not impeachable conduct, what is? Does the oath of office itself ... still have meaning?” said House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). With Schiff's opening statement, the House’s historic sprint toward Trump's impeachment began. The most explosive revelation came from Taylor, who told lawmakers that one of his aides overheard Gordon Sondland — the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a top Trump campaign donor — on the phone with the president, during which the aide could hear Trump ask about “the investigations.” Taylor said Sondland told the president that the Ukrainians were “ready to move forward.” The aide told Taylor that Sondland subsequently relayed “that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which [Rudy] Giuliani was pressing for.” Taylor said he was “not aware of this information” when he testified at a private deposition on Oct. 22, and learned of it only last week. When pressed by Schiff about whether he understood Trump’s remarks on the call with Sondland to mean that Trump cares more about a Biden investigation than he does about Ukraine, Taylor responded: “Yes, sir.” https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/13/trump-impeachment-hearings-070089?cid=impch_m DRIP!
  7. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.denverpost.com/2019/11/16/craig-silverman-radio-show-donald-trump/amp/
  8. Just like the mob boss he is, Donald apparently seems incapable of stopping himself from committing crimes. Aside from that he's a real class act, however. 'Witness intimidation in real-time': Democrats see more evidence of Trump obstruction Even Republicans expressed their discomfort with Trump attacking the former ambassador to Ukraine while she was testifying. House Democrats are calling Donald Trump’s decision to attack Marie Yovanovitch mid-hearing on Friday a blatant example of witness intimidation, further building the case to charge the president with obstruction in potential articles of impeachment. Lawmakers of both parties were stunned to see Trump’s disparaging tweet about the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in the middle of a hearing where she had already described in great detail how she felt personally threatened by the president. “What you saw today — witness intimidation in real-time by the president of the United States,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff told reporters during a brief pause in the hearing. “Once again, going after this dedicated and respected career public servant in an effort to not only chill her but to chill others who may come forward,” Schiff added. “We take this kind of witness intimidation and obstruction of inquiry very seriously.” Some lawmakers, meanwhile, were already speculating that it could act as more evidence in their articles of impeachment against Trump. Democrats have previously discussed charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his attempted blockade of witnesses and documents in their impeachment inquiry, though articles have not yet been drafted. “It looks like witness intimidation to me,” Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), who sits on the Intelligence panel, told reporters. “She presented compelling testimony. It obviously got under his skin. He just couldn’t help himself, he had to tweet.” Trump’s tweet — in which he wrote, in part, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad” — came one hour into the hearing designed to show how White House officials had personally targeted the former ambassador. Even Republicans admitted it was problematic for the president to be criticizing the witness, a respected career diplomat, at the same time she was testifying against him. Still, none would directly criticize the president, and many avoided questions about the tweet altogether. “It’s not something I would do,” Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters during a break from the hearing. Asked if it amounted to witness intimidation, Conaway did not offer a direct answer: “I’m not a lawyer, I’m not familiar with it, but it’s just not something I would do. It’s just not my style.” Several Republicans on the Intelligence Committee dodged the topic entirely. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) refused to answer questions about the tweets as he ducked on to the House floor, while Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) quickly whipped out his cell phone and began talking into it, even though his home screen was visible and there was no call in progress. And Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told POLITICO: "I don't discuss committee business." Notably, Nunes only briefly mentioned Yovanovitch in his opening statement. Other GOP members argued that the tweet did not amount to witness intimidation, even if they disagreed with the contents of it. “I have no reason to think she's done a bad job,” said Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah). Even some of Trump’s most hardcore supporters have been careful not to directly attack Yovanovitch, for fear it could play into Democrats’ hands. “Respectfully, this is all you need to know about Ambassador Yovanovitch's testimony,” tweeted Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), one of Trump’s closest allies. “She admits she can't bring any firsthand knowledge to” certain elements of the impeachment inquiry. For many Republicans, the mid-hearing attack embodies what has come to define the Trump era: a baffling or bombastic tweet, followed by a whole lot of GOP hand-wringing. “I have never been a fan of attacking people. That opinion has not changed this week or today,” said retiring Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.). White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham rejected Democrats' accusations. "The tweet was not witness intimidation, it was simply the President’s opinion, which he is entitled to," she said in a statement. "This is not a trial, it is a partisan political process — or to put it more accurately, a totally illegitimate, charade stacked against the President." Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Friday afternoon that she hadn’t seen the tweet and couldn’t comment on whether it could be added to potential articles of impeachment, but added, “witness intimidation is a crime.” “We have so much else going on. I’m so proud of the dignity and the grace of the ambassador and her patriotism, I haven’t really paid a lot of attention to the president,” the California Democrat said. Asked if the tweet was inappropriate, Pelosi quipped: “Appropriate and president in the same sentence? Why would we start making that judgment now?” Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), who also sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said he believed the tweet was “more evidence of intimidation, which is in effect, obstruction.” “I would have assumed that the Republicans would have tried to spend their time playing down the fact that she was intimidated and forced out,” Quigley said. “And the president opens with intimidation and getting rid of her.” https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/15/trump-impeachment-witness-intimidation-071129
  9. This is a great precedent. Now we can get all of the other people who lied to Congress like Comey, Clapper, Ohr, Brennan, Clinton, McCabe, and other who've had far more grievous crimes. Awesome job Mueller team! Roger Stone Is Found Guilty in Trial That Revived Trump-Russia Saga WASHINGTON — Roger J. Stone Jr., a former aide and longtime friend of President Trump, was found guilty on Friday of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election in what prosecutors said was an effort to protect Mr. Trump. Mr. Stone, 67, was charged with lying to the House Intelligence Committee, trying to block the testimony of another potential witness and concealing reams of evidence from investigators. Prosecutors claimed he tried to thwart the committee’s work because the truth would have “looked terrible” for both the president and his campaign. He was found guilty of all seven counts he was charged with. The government built its case over the past week with testimony from a friend of Mr. Stone and two former Trump campaign officials, buttressed by hundreds of exhibits that exposed Mr. Stone’s disdain for congressional and criminal investigators. Confronted with his lies under oath by one associate, prosecutors said, Mr. Stone wrote back: “No one cares.” They asked the jurors to deliver a verdict proving him wrong. The evidence showed that in the months leading up to the 2016 election, Mr. Stone strove to obtain emails that Russia had stolen from Democratic computers and funneled to WikiLeaks, which released them at strategic moments timed to damage Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent. Mr. Stone briefed the Trump campaign about whatever he had picked up about WikiLeaks’ plans “every chance he got,” Jonathan Kravis, a lead prosecutor, said.
  10. Well, it certainly adds up to a lot of criminality in Donald's inner circle. But why is that? Just bad luck? Coincidence? Politically biased rogue prosecutors? Maybe all of them were framed. Roger Stone seems to believe that he was framed: If only there were some way we could help Roger and all the other many Trump associates who have been framed. Oh, wait. There is, and it's right there in that above image. Donald supporters, please donate generously to Roger's defense fund. I know he's already been found guilty, but your money can help him with his appeal. He needs your help now more than ever in his hour of need. Also, all the other close associates of Donald can use your help. Even a modest contribution will go a long way toward making a difference. It's winter now and those prison cells can be mighty cold, so a pair of wool socks would come in very handy for Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and so many of the other boys that have been unfairly framed. Actually, I don't like to say it and maybe you don't like to be reminded of it, but there's also Donald himself to be considered. Don't you think at some point that he'll need your financial help as well? I think it's not too soon to consider making a kind and generous donation to Donald's defense fund. Because you just know he'll need it. Roger Stone Joins the Remarkable Universe of Criminality Surrounding President Trump On Friday, President Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone was found guilty on seven criminal charges related to testimony he gave to Congress as part of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Those charges included five counts of offering false statements, one of obstruction and one of witness tampering. Stone is scheduled to be sentenced early next year. Stone was with Trump at the very beginning of the president’s time in politics. In fact, Stone long pushed Trump to enter into the political world, encouraging him repeatedly to announce presidential bids in previous cycles. He was sidelined during Trump’s 2016 run after either quitting or being fired; as with many things related to Stone, details are murky. Friday’s convictions seem to bring to an end the high-profile criminal probes stemming from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The convictions also contribute to a truly remarkable universe of admitted, proved or alleged criminal behavior involving people linked to Trump. Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is in prison after being found guilty on charges including fraud. Manafort’s deputy on the campaign, his longtime business partner Rick Gates, is awaiting sentencing after agreeing to cooperate with investigators and pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge. Gates was also part of Trump’s inaugural team. Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn is awaiting sentencing for having lied to federal investigators. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen is in prison, serving time for charges including lying to Congress, fraud and campaign finance violations — charges in which he implicated Trump. A foreign policy adviser on Trump’s campaign, George Papadopoulos, was convicted of lying to investigators and served time in prison. Stone was convicted by a jury of lying to Congress, apparently to protect Trump as part of the Russia probe. The Mueller investigation obtained criminal indictments for or guilty pleas from dozens of other people, as well. Two dozen are Russian nationals, indicted over their alleged efforts to interfere with the 2016 campaign. One, Richard Pinedo, provided false bank information to Russians, allowing them to conduct their operation. Alex van der Zwaan, an associate of Manafort and Gates, admitted making false statements to investigators. Another Manafort associate based in Ukraine, Konstantin Kilimnik, is under indictment for obstruction of justice. Kilimnik, like the indicted Russians, has not been taken into custody. All the indictments above followed from the Mueller probe with the exception of most of the charges against Cohen. The scale of what Mueller’s team accomplished remains remarkable. (Philip Bump/The Washington Post) Alleged criminal activity in Trump’s orbit extends beyond Mueller’s work. Two associates of Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani were indicted last month on campaign finance charges. Those men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were subpoenaed by House investigators in September, at which point their attorney (who himself had once worked for Trump) asserted attorney-client privilege in a refusal to comply. “Messrs. Parnas and Fruman assisted Mr. Giuliani in connection with his representation of President Trump,” attorney John Dowd wrote. It was later revealed that this assistance included working with Giuliani’s efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine, including sitting in on interviews involving Ukrainian officials. That effort by Giuliani on Trump’s behalf is now a central part of the impeachment inquiry Trump faces. The Stone verdicts were returned during a break in a public impeachment hearing. During that same break, the Wall Street Journal reported that Giuliani himself was under investigation by federal prosecutors regarding a natural gas business in Ukraine. Earlier in the day, Bloomberg reported that Giuliani might also be under investigation for potential campaign finance violations. Reported investigations into Giuliani offered in vague terms extend back for more than a month. Stone’s career has been centered on pushing boundaries in politics. He has embraced breaking rules in service to his political goals. In that regard, Friday’s convictions aren’t terribly surprising. Nor are they surprising in the context of Trump’s sphere of advisers and associates. To date, Trump campaign and personal advisers have already been sentenced to more than a decade in prison, with Flynn, Gates and Stone still to be sentenced. In other words, Trump allies will have served more than twice as much time in jail by the time they are released as Trump will have served in the White House during this term in office. And that ratio, due to convictions like that of Stone, will only grow. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/11/15/roger-stone-joins-remarkable-universe-criminality-surrounding-president-trump/ Donald supporters, if you can think of any other great ideas related to how Donald and his other framed friends can be helped, please list those ideas below. Donald and the boys will all be very, very grateful for all the help and support you can provide in these dark times. God bless you.
  11. When it rains, it pours. Here's yet more damning evidence by a first-hand witness that Donald Trump has violated his oath of office by acting in his own selfish interest and against the national interest and is eminently worthy of impeachment. Oh, and isn't it reassuring to know that Zelensky, who desperately needs aid in his war against the Russians after they invaded his country, loves Donald's mob-boss ass? Loving Donald's mob-boss ass was the best way to get the aid previously authorized by Congress which Donald saw fit to withhold until Zelensky was willing to do him "a little favor" in return. Impeachment Inquiry: Trump 'Asked for Probe in Ukraine with Envoy' A US diplomat told Donald Trump Ukraine would carry out investigations the president had asked for, a US official testified at the impeachment inquiry. State department official David Holmes said he had overheard this during a call in July between Mr Trump and the US envoy to the EU, Gordon Sondland. Mr Holmes said the call came a day after Mr Trump asked Kyiv to probe ex-Vice-President Joe Biden. Mr Trump has dismissed the impeachment inquiry as "presidential harassment". The inquiry is investigating whether Mr Trump withheld US military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure the country's new President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce a corruption inquiry into Mr Biden, now his rival for the US presidency. On Friday, Mr Trump launched a Twitter attack on another witness - former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. "Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," Mr Trump wrote in the middle of her testimony. "She started off in Somalia, how did that go?" Asked for her response, Ms Yovanovitch called it "very intimidating". Mr Trump later hit back, arguing his tweets were not intimidating "at all". He told reporters he had watched part of the impeachment hearing and considered it "a disgrace". WARNING: This report contains strong language. What did David Holmes say? Mr Holmes, a US diplomatic aide, testified behind closed doors before us lawmakers in Washington DC. David Holmes: "Sondland told Trump that [Ukrainian President] Zelensky 'loves your ass.'"David Holmes: "Sondland told Trump that [Ukrainian President] Zelensky 'loves your ass.'" He said he had overheard the phone call between Mr Trump and Mr Sondland in which "investigations" are said to have been discussed. He said Mr Sondland called Mr Trump from a restaurant in Ukraine's capital Kyiv on 26 July 2019. According to a copy of his opening statement obtained by CBS News, Mr Holmes said: "Sondland told Trump that [Ukrainian President] Zelensky 'loves your ass.'" "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' "Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it', adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to'."Observers have drawn attention to the security implications of making the call from a restaurant, potentially exposing the conversation to eavesdropping by Russian intelligence. Mr Holmes' deposition appears to corroborate Wednesday's testimony to the impeachment inquiry by US ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor. He said one of his aides heard the same chat. The aide said Mr Trump had asked about "investigations" and Mr Sondland had replied that Ukraine was ready to move forward. According to Mr Taylor, Mr Sondland then told the aide that the president cared more about the investigation of the Bidens than anything else involving Ukraine. The call -- which the US president has denied any knowledge of -- allegedly happened the day after the now-famous Trump-Zelensky phone call. What about the Trump-Yovanovitch row? While giving her evidence, Ms Yovanovitch was alerted to the president's criticism by the hearing's chairman Adam Schiff. Responding directly to Mr Trump's tweet, in which he appeared to blame her for upheaval in Somalia, Ms Yovanovitch replied: "I don't think I have such powers, not in Mogadishu and Somalia and not in other places. "I actually think that where I've served over the years I and others have demonstrably made things better, you know, for the US as well as for the countries that I've served in. Her response was broadcast live during the televised hearing. Mr Schiff, the Democratic Chairman of the Intelligence Committee overseeing the impeachment inquiry, suggested the president's tweets could be classed as witness intimidation. Ms Yovanovitch was removed as ambassador to Kyiv in May, two months before a controversial phone call between Mr Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, which is now key to the inquiry. A rough transcript of the call revealed that Mr Trump had urged President Zelensky to investigate unsubstantiated allegations against Mr Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. In earlier closed-door testimony, Ms Yovanovitch alleged she had fallen victim to a smear campaign at the hands of Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. She said Mr Giuliani had worked to discredit her while attempting to push Ukraine into the anti-Biden investigations. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50443445
  12. Presidential power for personal political gain. Bribery and extortion are two sides of the same coin. how about a little shade on President Crime Spree?
  13. The impeachment inquiry has uncovered at least three examples of the quid pro quo between the Trump administration and Ukraine, where US military aid and a White House visit were used as leverage to secure an announcement that Ukraine was investigating President Donald Trump's rivals, according to documents and testimony from key witnesses. The question of whether there was a quid pro quo is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. Trump has been adamant that he did nothing wrong and tweeted at least 15 times since the inquiry began that there was no quid pro quo. Yet many Democrats have said from the start that they saw evidence of Trump attempting to trade US military assistance for political favors from Ukraine. Legal analysts and experts on the impeachment process have said the investigation doesn't actually need to find incontrovertible proof of a quid pro quo for the House to impeach Trump. Nevertheless, after a month of interviews with senior Trump administration officials, lawmakers have unearthed at least three examples of the quid pro quo. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/06/politics/trump-ukraine-quid-pro-quo-three-examples/index.html there will be several more drippity drip drip
  14. ‘I’m gonna lose everything’ (Full Story) A farm family struggles to recover after rising debt pushes a husband to suicide PLATTE, S.D. — Amber Dykshorn stood at her kitchen window and watched the storm come in. It was a very dark Saturday night in the middle of the summer in the middle of a year that is on track to be the wettest in more than a century. The wind blew over the farm, the rain came down and she heard the ominous pings on her roof — pea-sized hail, striking the still-fragile stalks of the only corn her husband, Chris Dykshorn, was able to plant before he took his own life in June. Did their crop insurance cover hail damage? She had no idea. That was something Chris would have taken care of, if he were here. Instead she was alone, with nearly $300,000 in farm debt, three kids ages 5 to 13 and a host of grief-fueled questions. Why hadn’t she been able to save him? What would happen to them now? She scrolled through his final texts, rereading his words, leaning on the kitchen counter next to a whiteboard with the kids’ chore list — Kahne: dishwasher, Kalee: dust living room — and a book someone gave her titled “Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy.” Chris had been despondent over the couple’s finances, crippled by surplus grain he couldn’t sell because of the trade war and flooded fields. “I’m struggling so bad today. I don’t know what to do anymore,” he texted on May 31. “I seriously don’t know how we r gonna make it.” On June 1: “I just want to sit in the house and cry.” And then: “What am I supposed to do. I am failing and feel like I’m gonna lose everything I’ve worked for the past how many years.” She was still asleep the morning of June 13 when he went to the utility room to get his gun. In farm country, mental health experts say they’re seeing more suicides as families endure the worst period for U.S. agriculture in decades. Farm bankruptcies and loan delinquencies are rising, calamitous weather events are ruining crops, and profits are vanishing during Trump’s global trade disputes. A 2017 study found that farm owners and workers were three to five times as likely to kill themselves on the job compared with other occupations. Researchers studying more recent data have not yet determined if farmer suicides are increasing, but leaders and social workers in rural America say that, anecdotally, they’re seeing more of these deaths. Calls to suicide hotlines around farm country have risen, prompting new federal and state programs targeting farmers’ mental health, including support groups, public awareness campaigns and funding for counseling.
  15. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/triggered-donald-trump-jr/1132014880?ean=9781546086031#/ This is one sharp guy with a big future. In some ways, a chip off the old block as they say. Can't wait to read his book. (see the link above). Like dear old dad, Junior doesn't take any crap. Never seen the guy flustered either. Those "sexy" gals on The View sure took to him this morning. LOL. One can only hope that one day he'll follow in dad's footsteps and hit the national political stage. Thoughts?
  16. The report says the abuse was an "open secret" when the Ohio congressman was employed by the university. Richard Strauss, who worked as an Ohio State doctor from 1978 to 1998, sexually abused at least 177 men during his time at the university, according to a 182-page report released by the law firm Perkins Cole on Friday. The report detailed how Strauss, who committed suicide in 2005, would shower with student-athletes, often multiple times a day; force them to strip naked during routine exams, sometimes for ailments as commonplace as a sore throat; and, in some cases, fondle them to the point of erection and ejaculation during examinations. But Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) — who worked as an assistant coach for the Ohio State wrestling team from 1986 to 1994, and has been accused by at least eight former wrestlers of knowing about Strauss’ abuse and failing to report it — was pleased by the report’s findings. “It confirms everything I’ve said before,” Jordan told reporters on Capitol Hill on Friday. “I didn’t know about anything. If I would’ve, I’d have done something.” While the report did not mention Jordan by name, it also did not confirm that he knew nothing. In fact, according to the report, many former students interviewed were adamant that Strauss’ abuse was an “open secret” on campus — that athletes, coaches, trainers, and administrative staff were all aware of Strauss’ propensity to shower with students, often multiple times a day, but took no steps to protect them. “[W]e find that University personnel had knowledge of Strauss’ sexually abusive treatment of male student-patients as early as 1979, but that complaints and reports about Strauss’ conduct were not elevated beyond the Athletics Department or Student Health until 1996,” the report says. “It was outside the scope of our fact-finding mandate to reach legal conclusions, including wither the University — or any University personnel — acted in accordance with applicable University policies or Ohio mandatory reporting laws in place at the time.” Over the past year, Jordan has repeatedly denied that he knew anything about Strauss’s abuse — except the locker room chatter he overheard. “Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than people coming up and talking about abuse. No one ever reported any abuse to me,” he said on Fox News last July. In the same interview, Jordan attacked the motives of the men who were making the allegations, saying one of them had a “vendetta” against Ohio State. Jordan also claimed that he was being “bullied” by Strauss’ victims, who were disappointed that he wasn’t using his powerful platform to help them seek justice. But his denials have not satisfied the men he used to coach. “There’s no way unless he’s got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State,” said one of Strauss’s alleged victims, former UFC world champion Mark Coleman. Despite the allegations that Jordan knew about Strauss’ abuse and did not act to protect student-athletes — which led to widespread calls for his resignation — the Ohio congressman easily won another term in 2018. He is currently serves in a leadership role on the House Oversight Committee.
  17. Leaked Bank Records Confirm Burisma-Biden Payments To Morgan Stanley Account Documents allegedly leaked by the Ukrainian General Prosecutor's office to CD Media have shed light on payments from Burisma Holdings to Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC, a corporation controlled by Hunter Biden partner (and fellow former Burisma board member) Devon Archer. Devon Archer (far left) is pictured with Joe and Hunter Biden. (Screenshot from Twitter) Archer was Yale roommates with John Kerry's stepson Chris Heinz - the two of whom opened investment firm Rosemont Capital with Joe Biden's son, Hunter. Rosemont Capital is the parent company of Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC - the entity which receive the Burisma payments and in turn aid Biden. The newly leaked records show 45 payments between November 2014 and November 2015 totaling $3.5 million, mostly in increments of $83,333.33. The payments correspond to Morgan Stanley bank records the New York Times reported on earlier this year - submitted as evidence in a case against Archer who was convicted in a scheme to defraud pension funds and an Indian tribe of tens of millions of dollars. Archer's conviction was overturned in November by a judge who felt that he may not have willingly participated in the scheme. What's more, there are several payments from "Wirelogic Technology AS" and "Digitex Organization LLP" in the amounts of 366,015 EUR and $1,964,375 US based on credit agreements - while $1,150,000 went to Devon Archer and Hunter Biden. Via CD Media Looking through the Rosemont Seneca Bohai bank records reveals that it was essentially a slush fund used for payments to Biden, expensive toys, an investment in the ill-fated Indian tribe scheme, and other miscellaneous expenses. $104,000 to Mecum Auction Inc. $142,000 to Schneider Nelson Motor, $30,000 to Hampton Watercraft & Marine $1,580 in toll road violations Indian Scheme On September 25, 2014 a wire of $15,000,000 was received from Florida attorney, Clifford A Wolff. It was subsequently used to buy a $15 million bond from Wakpamni Town Center - the scheme linked to Archer's overturned conviction. September 2014 statement October 2014 statement November 2014 statement It is unclear why Rosemont Seneca had so much skin in the game. Via the Wall Street Journal:
  18. Support for Impeachment Falls as Inquiry Moves to New Phase As House Democrats begin to release transcripts of closed-door testimony and prepare for public hearings as part of their impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, public support for impeaching the president has fallen. The latest Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 47 percent of voters favor the House voting to impeach Trump, down 4 percentage points from the share that backed it in an Oct. 11-13 poll. At the same time, 43 percent of voters oppose the House impeaching Trump, statistically in line with figures from the four other polls conducted on the issue since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her support for the impeachment inquiry in late September. Each of the surveys have a 2-point margin of error. The Nov. 1-3 poll comes after the House’s 232-196 vote to lay out the rules for its impeachment inquiry, which is moving to a public phase following weeks of private testimony before a bipartisan audience of members of Congress. House Republicans were united in their opposition to the measure, which empowers the House Intelligence Committee to take the lead on the public-facing part of the investigation into Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. Forty-two percent of voters — including 48 percent of Democrats, 42 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of independents — said they’d seen, read or heard “a lot” about the House voting to formalize its impeachment inquiry, making it one of the more widely penetrating events involving Ukraine and impeachment since news of the whistleblower complaint from a U.S. intelligence official first emerged. Those voters who paid the closest attention to last week’s vote were generally more supportive of impeachment. Among the voters who heard “a lot” about the vote, 57 percent supported the inquiry and 54 percent approved of Democrats’ handling of the process, compared with 49 percent and 40 percent among all voters, respectively. Opinions on Democrats’ handling of the inquiry was statistically unchanged among all voters over the past week. Topline support for the investigation has not changed in the five weeks of polling, with more than 4 in 5 Democrats supporting the investigation and a similar share of Republicans opposing it.
  19. It's about time. Don Cherry has a long history of being a racist bigot. He tries to hide behind Canadian nationalism. That sounds like Trump.
  20. The Impeachment Hearings Are the Beginning of the End Benjamin Franklin once said, “When you’re testing to see how deep the water is, never use two feet.” That’s a bit of simple wisdom many in the current Congress should have heeded. As the long-awaited public impeachment hearings kick off, one thing has become painfully obvious: the Democrats are in trouble. They have gone all in on their quest for impeachment and now they have to deliver, not just to their base, but to the country. After three long years of promising proof of Trump’s corruption, collusion, and contempt for the very basic institutions of our government, Democrats now have to turn over their cards and show the country what they have. If they can’t produce a smoking gun, if they don’t have a knock-out punch, then their party is in serious trouble. From “quid pro quo” to “extortion” to “abuse of power,” impeachment hungry Democrats have tossed around plenty of buzzwords and innuendo, backed up by hearsay, supposition, and biased opinion. Through carefully coordinated leaks and a selectively stage-managed production of transcripts, Adam Schiff and his team have been able to paint a very fuzzy picture of what they would like the country to believe, that President Trump used the full force of his office to pursue a political end. Yet what they have not been able to do is close the deal. They have not been able to establish that any of their beliefs are facts, that any of their dreams are realities. And it is not going to get any easier. Nancy Pelosi has consistently promised that she would not pursue impeachment absent clear and overwhelming bipartisan support. With all Members of Congress able to review the transcripts of the closed-door testimony, as well as consider any other evidence thus far collected, Democrats have failed to sway even a single Republican vote, not to mention move the needle with the general public. That is not a good sign considering that Democrats have held all of the cards and controlled all of the optics thus far. Now, open, public hearings are to commence. Still under the control of Adam Schiff, yet televised to an entire nation. Now, the general public will see a cross-examination of witnesses. The public will hear “my opinion” nearly as often as they have heard “quid pro quo.” The pubic will hear “I learned secondhand” at least as much as they have heard a compliant media say, “witnesses have confirmed.” Perhaps most importantly, the country will witness every single time Adam Schiff overrules a Republican question or request to call a witness to refute the narrative. In short, even though Schiff and the Democrats will still have an iron clad grip on the process, their unfettered control of the optics and narrative will fade, along with any hope of bipartisan support – public or Congressional. Their one-sidedness will be exposed for all to see. The question then becomes, after failing to garner any Republican support, or to bring the public along on their quest, would the Democrats still move towards a formal impeachment? They will undoubtedly be able to muster the 218 votes in the House, but where would that leave them? The matter must, Constitutionally, move to the Senate, where impeachment minded Democrats are not in control. A Senate where a formal impeachment trial would generate considerably more national attention than the House hearings. A Senate where each and every witness Adam Schiff declined to call will be compelled to testify. A Senate where dreams of President Trump’s removal may be dead on arrival, but a very public acquittal and exoneration would surely ensue. To be sure, an acquittal in the Senate will mean more than just the avoidance of removal for the president. It will be an enormous campaign ad on the largest possible stage. It will prove to be the culmination of a pointless three-year crusade to oust a president and overturn an election. It will come as six U.S Senators vying for the Democratic nomination will have to stand and cast a vote. And it will all come in an election year. Anyone who doubts Mitch McConnell’s ability to play the long game in an election year need only look to Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. When all of this impeachment hysteria has at last come to a close, when the last gasps of 2016 denial have finally subsided, Adam Schiff and the Democrats can attempt to answer the next great question: What have you been doing for the past three years? The impeachment distraction has provided a rather tenuous excuse for doing nothing else. Nothing in terms of working with the president. Prescription drugs, USMCA, and illegal immigration have sat undisturbed on the sidelines while they have recklessly pursued an undemocratic fantasy. The kickoff to an election season is probably the single worst time to have to answer for that. Beginning with the impeachment hearings the Democrats are in serious trouble, but they’re too deeply invested to turn back now. Any way forward, they lose.
  21. That alt-right is starting to look real alt-nazi. Fine people I guess. https://www.frontpagelive.com/2019/11/04/raw-racist-rage-shocking-nsfw-audio-attributed-to-neo-nazi-richard-spencer-reveals/
  22. Gordon Sondlan recanted his original testimony today and made it quite clear that not only was there a Qui Pro Quo, but he was tasked with executing it at the direction of Guiliani who was dispatched by Trump to the Ukraine to urge the Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in order to receiver the tax payer funded, legally dispatched military aide. That Trump illegally withheld the aid until that investigation was assured. What those of us that aren't supportive of this corrupt president already k new was true has now been verified by a Trump supporter, donor and apologist So for you Trumpsters that keep insisting there's no evidence of a Quid Pro Quo, I just wonder, who are you trying to convince, us or yourselves?
  23. Remember this? Opinion | I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader. It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall. The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. I would know. I am one of them. Well, he's written book entitled A Warning and excerpts are being released. The first excerpts from the upcoming book, A Warning, written by a reported senior administration official, say that multiple senior administration officials considered resigning en masse, in a “midnight self-massacre” to show public alarm about President Trump’s conduct.
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