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  1. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: a reality TV host (or whatever he was) and selfish lifelong corrupt businessman ignorant of politics and government cannot possibly make a good president. He was always doomed to fail before he ever took office. And of course he would appoint a fellow clown like Sondland. These people are incapable of serving the national interest. They are primarily interested in serving their own interests. Sondland's Impeachment Testimony Proves Trump Foreign Policy Is Run by Corrupt Clowns Ambassador Gordon David Sondland is an ebullient man — a hotelier who, like President Donald Trump, has a showman’s spirit. Like Trump, Sondland is a marketer, whether building his hotel brand or successfully hawking his home state, Oregon, as a site for movies and television. What he is not is a seasoned diplomat ready to represent the United States to the European Union. And he is certainly not the policymaker or implementer of U.S. policy with regard to Ukraine. He is a fixer, a kibitzer, someone who wants to fly close to the sun and be in the presence of power. And he might not even understand that he has now been badly burned. In his testimony Wednesday, Sondland not only confirmed his inadequacy as a diplomat — he also acknowledged he never took notes, he repeatedly could not recall critical conversations — but, at the same time, he unequivocally linked the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, to an attempt to bribe the president of Ukraine for his own political and personal purpose. Neither Sondland, nor Trump, nor the many officials Sondland implicated — Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — have acted in the pursuit of the national security of the United States. Sondland summed it all up: “Everyone was in the loop" and "We followed the president's orders." We are left with an image of a bunch of corrupt clowns who are downright dangerous to our democracy. Getting in over his head In 2016, Gordon Sondland initially supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign but canceled a fundraiser and withdrew his support after Trump’s attacks on Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Gold Star parents of a fallen soldier. Sondland then made the mistake of his life when, in early 2017, he donated $1 million to the Trump inaugural committee. Apparently, he was desperate to play the role of an international wheeler dealer. Now that ambition is costing him whatever is left of his reputation, while revealing the corrupt presidency in which he played a key role. Testimony goes beyond just quid pro quo: Gordon Sondland’s impeachment testimony on Trump and Ukraine adds up to bribery Presidents, from the beginning of our history, have rewarded donors and supporters with plum ambassadorships. Most presidents have tried to keep the percentage of political appointees in their administration to about 30%. Trump stands high above this at nearly 45% — especially noteworthy given many embassies under this administration have no ambassadors at all. Countries often want someone famous, notable and, most important, can call the president directly. Not every rich person is incapable. Some are sophisticated and practiced diplomats in their fields or politicians who have prior knowledge of a country. Those who are savvy are also smart enough to know they will need to lean on their professional diplomatic colleagues to succeed. There have been many political ambassadors who have been a good match — think Robert Strauss to the Soviet Union or Felix Rohatyn to France — but there have also been many more who are in over their heads, untethered to diplomatic professionals capable of steering the way. Helping Trump undermine the country Sondland, however, is a standout in his incompetence. Assigned to the EU, he has alienated the EU and its member states, acting as if he were ambassador to all of Europe, undermining the authority of colleagues whose job it is to carry out U.S. policy in each EU country. His freewheeling adoption of a Ukraine portfolio is not only outside of any normal channel, it also added further confusion to implementation of policy. Where's the smoking gun?: I was a reporter during Watergate. Democrats, don't celebrate impeachment hearings yet. Just compare his performance with that of acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, George Kent and David Holmes. These professionals are seasoned diplomats. Their testimony showed that they took notes, had virtually total recall of events, put country before party, have committed years to learning their craft, and acted based on what was in U.S. national security interest. They respected the presidency and, above all else, the Constitution to which they had sworn an oath. As devastating to our interests as Sondland has been, and as much as he must be held accountable under the law, the ultimate incompetent diplomat is the president, since he is a real estate developer and reality TV host, not a diplomat at all. Under the Constitution, the president gets to define our national security and foreign policy, but what he ordered those below him to do had nothing to do with our nation’s interests. The Ukrainian “drug deal” was all about Donald Trump’s reelection and his personal political agenda. In that, the president, supported by Sondland and all those Sondland implicated in his testimony, has not just abused his power. He undermined his oath of office and insulted all of us who treasure the Constitution. https://eu.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/11/21/sondland-impeachment-testimony-shows-trump-dangers-corruption-column/4251763002/
  2. Our bull-schiff-o-meter is off the charts! Shifty-Schiff pushed the FAKE Russian collusion story for three years and now he’s on to another sham. Don’t let Adam Schiff get away with the bull-Schiff Ukrainian investigation. Get'em at the Trump Shop
  3. Shit like this is totally why I'm onboard when Trump says they're the enemy of the people and are completely owned by Leftists. They find a horrifying stat about immigrant detentions with the full intention to use it to bury Trump only to find out too late that it all happened under Obama and try sweeping it under the rug before anyone notices. Whoops! Reuters, NPR, AFP Retracted ‘Child Detention’ Story After Obama Implicated The left-wing push to label President Trump as an unfeeling monster and law breaker continues despite the complete lack of factual evidence. This was seen, yet again, yesterday, when so-called ‘trusted’ news sites ran a story generated by a left-wing lawyer at the United Nations. The story claimed that the United States (under President Trump, of course) was violating international law by detaining more than 100,000 migrant child invaders. However, that was completely false. The numbers were actually taken from 2015… when Obama was president. So, what did these ‘news’ outlets do? They immediately deleted the story, refusing to show the former administration in a bad light. Apparently, truth matters little compared to propaganda being used to shape public opinion… The Daily Caller reported: Multiple outlets deleted entire stories Tuesday after falsely reporting the number of children in migrant-related U.S. custody. Outlets including Reuters, Agence France-Presse (AFP), NPR and Aljazeera jumped on a report from the United Nations, writing Monday that the country has the world’s highest rate of detained children. The outlets reported that there are currently more than 100,000 children in immigration-related custody, which violates international law. A day later, Reuters and AFP deleted their stories after the U.N. clarified the numbers were from 2015, when former President Barack Obama was in office. AFP did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why it no longer felt the numbers were newsworthy after being informed they were from 2015. “Reuters decided to withdraw its story after the United Nations issued a statement on November 19 saying the number of children in detention was not current but was for the year 2015,” a Reuters spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The page where the article was featured has a retraction on Reuters. The outlet declined to comment on why the story was no longer deemed newsworthy. “A Nov. 18 story headlined ‘U.S. has world’s highest rate of children in detention -U.N. study’ is withdrawn. The United Nations issued a statement on Nov. 19 saying the number was not current but was for the year 2015. No replacement story will be issued,” it reads. AFP also retracted its entire story, tweeting Tuesday that the author of the report clarified the numbers. AFP is withdrawing this story. The author of the report has clarified that his figures do not represent the number of children currently in migration-related US detention, but the total number of children in migration-related US detention in 2015. We will delete the story. https://t.co/p30UjEWl7u — AFP news agency (@AFP) November 19, 2019 NPR retracted its entire story at 6:53 p.m. Eastern time, issuing a notice that it would be posting another story with “more complete information.” “We have temporarily withdrawn this story because the study’s author has acknowledged a significant error in the data. We will post a revised article with more complete information as soon as possible,” NPR’s page reads. Aljazeera updated its article, which is now headlined “UN expert corrects claims on children in US migration.” The article notes that the data is from the Obama administration, but a large portion of it is still dedicated to scrutinizing illegal immigration under Trump. “Following the publication of this article, the outside expert quoted corrected a figure he cited claiming that more than 100,000 children were currently being held in migrant detention in the US,” Aljazeera’s correction reads. “On Tuesday, he told news agencies the figure was from 2015, the latest his team could find. This article has been updated under a new headline to reflect his corrected statement.” NPR and Aljazeera did not immediately responded to a request for comment from the DCNF. “The expert also says the Trump administration’s family separation policy is ‘absolutely prohibited’ by the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” the article reads, even though the numbers were from the Obama administration. The report’s author is Manfred Nowak, a human rights lawyer, who appears to have bungled the report as well. “Nowak said his team estimates that the U.S. is still holding more than 100,000 children in migration-related detention,” the NPR article reads. The Associated Press also deleted its article, but wrote a substitute story where it highlighted the figure that was incorrectly cited by Nowak. “But on Tuesday, he [Nowak] told The AP that figure was drawn from a U.N. refugee agency report citing data from 2015, the latest figure his team could find,” the new AP article reads. “That was before U.S. President Donald Trump, whose policies on migration have drawn criticism, was elected.” But, what can you expect from an outlet that worked hand in glove with the Obama administration against President Trump?
  4. “Just a quick comment on what’s going on in terms of testimony with Ambassador Sondland,” Trump said. “And I just noticed one thing, and I would say: That means it’s all over.” “ ‘What do you want from Ukraine?’ he asks me, screaming,” Trump said, offering his characterization of the testimony. “ ‘What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas and theories.’ This is Ambassador Sondland speaking to me; just happened. To which I turned off the television.” Trump repeated the “what do you want” question several more times, interrupting it briefly to assert that, contrary to Sondland’s testimony about his demeanor during the call, he is “always in a good mood.” “And now, here’s my response that he gave. Just gave,” Trump said. “Ready? You have the cameras rolling?” “ ‘I want nothing. That’s what I want from Ukraine.’ That’s what I said. ‘I want nothing.’ I said it twice. So he goes, he asked me the question, ‘What do you want? I keep hearing all these things. What do you want?' He finally gets me,” Trump continued. Another aside, this time about how he barely knows Sondland and how Sondland supported someone else in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. “But here’s my response. Now, if you weren’t fake news, you’d cover it properly,” Trump continued. “I say to the ambassador, in response, ‘I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky, President Zelensky, to do the right thing.’ So here’s my answer: I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing. Then he says this is the final word from the president of the United States. I want nothing.” “Thank you, folks,” Trump concluded. “Have a good time.” He then walked to the waiting helicopter. Today Donald proved his innocence. These words of his were the best words and extremely strong exculpatory evidence. I'd hereby like to apologize for ever having doubted his honesty, integrity and honor. "I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo" should be enough to satisfy even his harshest critics that the man is innocent and should now be left alone. I freely admit I was wrong in ever thinking Donald was guilty. There was no quid pro quo or any wrongdoing of any kind. I now know that. He should never again be questioned for anything he does. I would even go so far as to say that he should have his term of office extended to a life term. Or it would even be in the best interests of the country if he were made king. There's nothing more to be said. As Donald himself said, it's all over now. Long live King Donald!
  5. Ukrainian Indictment Claims $7.4 Billion Obama-Linked Laundering, Puts Biden Group Take At $16.5 Million An indictment drawn up by Ukraine's Office of the Prosecutor General against Burisma owner Nikolai Zlochevsky claims that Hunter Biden and his partners received $16.5 million for their 'services' - according to Ukrainian MP Alexander Dubinsky of the ruling Servant of the People Party. No "quid pro quo," the best they can get is there was a deal for a meeting only. Republicans to Subpoena Whistleblower, Hunter Biden, Alexandra Chalupa Schiff will never approve it but if he chooses to impeach then the Senate gets to call in all of these people... Please, do a formal vote!
  6. Yikes, not good for the future of the House and so far the witnesses haven't proven anything. Huge disaster! Independents run the show especially in swing states. Full Report
  7. https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/11/12/stephen-millers-affinity-white-nationalism-revealed-leaked-emails
  8. A Republican member of one of the House committees involved in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump said Sunday that information provided about Trump during a closed-door deposition of a former National Security Council official "is alarming" and "not OK." "Well, of course, all of that is alarming. As I've said from the beginning, I think this is not OK. The President of the United States shouldn't even in the original phone call be on the phone with the president of another country and raise his political opponent," Rep. Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." "So, no, this is not OK," he added on Sunday. On Saturday, Morrison testified that US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland was acting at Trump's instruction in his dealings with Ukraine. According to Morrison's deposition, Sondland said the President told him that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "must announce the opening of the investigations" into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Morrison also testified that US aid to Ukraine was conditioned on the country announcing an investigation into the Bidens. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden in Ukraine. Morrison's testimony, which was released by House impeachment investigators on Saturday, adds additional corroboration to the testimony of others, like US diplomat Bill Taylor, that Sondland said he was acting at Trump's direction when he was urging Ukraine to announce political investigations. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/17/politics/mike-turner-donald-trump-impeachment-inquiry-cnntv/index.html drip you realize there only needs to be 20 senate republicans voting to convict to create a fifty foot shit skid down the sidewalk of the white house, right? theres still a parade of witnesses to come, there will be more in the senate trial and all of that will be televised. we will find out soon if the sc will force subpoenaed witnesses to testify (likely yes), and the sc court should also give us access to his crime filled tax returns (Michael Cohen will you please point to each dead body contained therein) by the time the senate trial is wrapping up, we will have a picture of a truly disgusting, immoral, hubristic, and dangerous man who has no respect for the rule of law and thinks he can flout it right in front of our faces indefinitely. hes already hated by way more people than like him. in another year he is going to be a political and personal pariah plus, his magic touch is gone. hes actually a liability on the campaign trail now. hes actually turning out more democratic voters than republican ones - even in safe red districts! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/17/us/politics/louisiana-governor-trump.html. most people despise him and its only going to get worse. that means he becomes a liability to the whole GOP, and that changes everything https://www.thenation.com/article/impeachment-senate-republicans/ every day your shitlatan magat hero's chances of keeping his disgusting ass in that chair continue to dwindle. i expect his resignation will be coming along sooner than later. thank god
  9. He was probably chocking on his own bullshit..... seriously tho, no one believes the preposterous cover story for what happened over the weekend. right, they hustle his fatass off to WR without notice for a phased physical. sounds completely legit.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.denverpost.com/2019/11/16/craig-silverman-radio-show-donald-trump/amp/
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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?
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