Tag: Impeachment

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An Illustrated Guide to the Impeachment of Donald Trump

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Marie Yovanovitch’s Testimony Showcases Donald Trump’s Obsession With Revenge – Mother Jones

Day Two focused on a Giuliani-run smear campaign and Trump’s passion for settling scores—real or imagined.

The blood drained from her face as Marie Yovanovitch, the career diplomat removed as the US ambassador to Ukraine, read the reconstructed transcript of President Donald Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the day it was released. There was the president referring directly to her: “The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news,” Trump told the Ukrainian leader. And as Yovanovitch read on, she came across another Trump statement that seemed menacing: “She’s going to go through some things.” Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday morning as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry, Yovanovitch recalled how she had been “shocked,” “appalled,” and “devastated” to see a president undermine and threaten a US ambassador. And about the same time as she was telling the committee this, Trump was blasting Yovanovitch, claiming, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go?” This was a shocking move that even a Fox News anchor likened to witness intimidation.

Source: Marie Yovanovitch’s Testimony Showcases Donald Trump’s Obsession With Revenge – Mother Jones

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Roger Stone is a longtime Republican provocateur.Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is sworn in to testify.

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Rudy Giuliani’s Calls To Trump Are Conveniently Secret | HuffPost

Trump ― the man who was obsessed with the fact that Hillary Clinton used a private email server as secretary of state ― continues to use a personal cellphone, despite warnings from security experts. The practice also, conveniently, allows him to avoid extra public scrutiny.

Trump’s cellphone does not have security features to shield his communications from espionage, and he has reportedly resisted measures to make his phone more secure.

via Rudy Giuliani’s Calls To Trump Are Conveniently Secret | HuffPost

‘The Price Of Loyalty’: Trump’s Ally Sondland Is In Big Trouble | Crooks and Liars

'The Price Of Loyalty': Trump's Ally Sondland Is In Big Trouble

he took a call with Trump in a restaurant. The call was about the Ukraine situation, and people at the restaurant table were able to hear it was Trump and some of the content of the call. (If this was Sondland’s personal phone you can bet the Russians heard it, too.)

Criminal investigations, as Chuck and I know, you build by taking these depositions, getting their testimony. Now Sondland has already had to come back once and say, oh, I forgot some stuff, here it is. Now he’s going to have to come back and say, oh, I forgot about that call I had with the President of The United States on my cellphone.

via ‘The Price Of Loyalty’: Trump’s Ally Sondland Is In Big Trouble | Crooks and Liars

William Taylor’s Big Impeachment Reveal – The Atlantic

 

“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which [Rudy] Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor testified, referring to the presidential lawyer and former New York City mayor, who had been conducting a back-channel effort in Ukraine on Trump’s behalf.

via William Taylor’s Big Impeachment Reveal – The Atlantic

Ukraine Floodgates Open and Fox News Tries to Discredit Everyone — but It Won’t Work | The Smirking Chimp

Character assassination is what Fox News does. The problem for Trump when it comes to the impeachment scandal is that Fox News has too many characters it needs to assassinate.

via Ukraine Floodgates Open and Fox News Tries to Discredit Everyone — but It Won’t Work | The Smirking Chimp

Looks Like GOP Might Run With the “Moron Defense” for Trump | The Smirking Chimp

Lindsey Graham says Trump’s Ukraine policy was incoherent. It wasn’t. He knew what he wanted. But the strategy to defend the president in this impeachment proceeding is certainly incoherent at this point. He will probably survive a trial in the Senate, but none of his defenders are going to come out looking any better than he does. The central fact they can’t accept is that his behavior was indefensible.

via Looks Like GOP Might Run With the “Moron Defense” for Trump | The Smirking Chimp

Trio of impeachment testimonies to tell full story of Trump’s alleged wrongdoing | US news | The Guardian

Bill Taylor arrives to be deposed behind closed doors amid the US House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on 22 October 2019.

Bill Taylor, George P Kent and Marie Yovanovitch will tell complementary parts of the story and how it affects national security

via Trio of impeachment testimonies to tell full story of Trump’s alleged wrongdoing | US news | The Guardian

Key Donald Trump impeachment witness changes testimony over Ukraine ‘quid pro quo’ 

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A key witness in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry has reversed his evidence, indicating he did believe there was a quid pro quo in which US military aid would be denied to Ukraine unless it publicly launched a corruption investigation into Joe Biden.

via Key Donald Trump impeachment witness changes testimony over Ukraine ‘quid pro quo’ 

Impeachment: ousted US envoy to Ukraine felt threatened by Trump, transcript shows

Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch became a primary target.

Republicans have called for the release of the transcripts as Democrats have held the initial interviews in private, though Republican lawmakers have been present for those closed-door meetings.

Laying out the anatomy of a chilling smear campaign, former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House investigators in a transcript released on Monday that Ukrainian officials warned her in advance that Rudy Giuliani and other allies of President Donald Trump were planning to “do things, including to me” and were “looking to hurt” her.

The former envoy, who was pushed out of her job in May on Trump’s orders, testified that a senior Ukrainian official told her that “I really need to watch my back.”

via Impeachment: ousted US envoy to Ukraine felt threatened by Trump, transcript shows

Trump Dismisses Support For Impeachment: ‘I Have The Real Polls’ | HuffPost Australia

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But doesn’t name them. 18% of Republican Voters don’t oppose impeachment or his removal and could vote either way in 2020. (ODT)

via Trump Dismisses Support For Impeachment: ‘I Have The Real Polls’ | HuffPost Australia

Republicans’ Hopeful Claims about a New Impeachment Witness Suddenly Collapse as His Damning Statement Is Revealed | The Smirking Chimp

Republicans and even Trump was wrong in thanking Tim Morrison (ODT)

via Republicans’ Hopeful Claims about a New Impeachment Witness Suddenly Collapse as His Damning Statement Is Revealed | The Smirking Chimp

Trump Allies Smear Decorated Veteran Testifying In Impeachment Inquiry | HuffPost Australia

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Trump still contends that the summary of the July call released by the White House clears him of any wrongdoing, a claim that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has distanced himself from and that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has effectively contradicted.

via Trump Allies Smear Decorated Veteran Testifying In Impeachment Inquiry | HuffPost Australia

Old Dog Thoughts- Real Domestic Violence looks like this and it’s LNP approved

The Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds.

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A Second Whistleblower Is Coming Forward in Ukraine Scandal, Attorneys Say – Mother Jones

The second whistleblower poses a threat to the president’s attempts to downplay the scandal because the second person supposedly has first-hand knowledge of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

via A Second Whistleblower Is Coming Forward in Ukraine Scandal, Attorneys Say – Mother Jones

If Donald Trump goes down, he’ll try to take everyone with him | Opinion | The Guardian

President Trump talks to journalists last week.

As the impeachment saga gathers pace, even some Republicans fear that we’re looking at the ’doomsday president’

 

via If Donald Trump goes down, he’ll try to take everyone with him | Opinion | The Guardian

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Has Already Admitted Impeachable Acts – Mother Jones

 

Tuesday evening, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) affirmed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, saying “what he has already admitted to is an impeachable offense.”

Surrounded by a flurry of reporters, the New York Democrat was asked if the caucus had been too slow to move on impeachment. Ocasio-Cortez didn’t take the bait: “We can’t ask ourselves about whether we move too slow or too quickly. We have to ask ourselves what we’re doing right now.”
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Mere days after the Democratic firebrand called out her own party for abetting the president’s continued behavior, Ocasio-Cortez lent her support to the Speaker’s decision: “I think we have to hold this president accountable and we have to protect our democracy.”

via Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Has Already Admitted Impeachable Acts – Mother Jones

There are many reasons not to impeach Trump. The House should do it anyway | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

U.S. President Trump responds to questions from reporters at the White House in Washington<br>U.S. President Donald Trump responds to questions from reporters in front of a portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt after an event centered on a proposal to end surprise medical billing in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

It’s important to uphold the constitution through impeachment – even if it goes nowhere, even if it’s unpopular with many voters, even if it’s politically risky

via There are many reasons not to impeach Trump. The House should do it anyway | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

The Muscovian Candidate? | The Monthly

In the past there have frequently been discussions on the left about what was called a crisis of legitimacy within the countries of democratic capitalism. Most of these discussions have been misleading or exaggerated. In the case of the new US president this is not the case; the legitimacy wolf is finally at the door. Concerning the illegitimacy of the new US president it is, however, important to be precise. The presidency of Donald Trump is not illegitimate because he received three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton.

Source: The Muscovian Candidate? | The Monthly

Odds on Donald Trump being impeached shorten amid flurry of bets on President-elect not serving full term | The Independent

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Bookmaker Ladbrokes has cut the odds on Donald Trump leaving office early due to impeachment or resignation amid mounting controversy about how he will manage his business interests after becoming America’s 45th President.  Ladbrokes opened the market at 3-1, cutting it to 5-2, and again to 9-4 in the wake of a flurry of bets on the back of a growing consensus among law professors that the controversial Republican is heading for trouble.

Source: Odds on Donald Trump being impeached shorten amid flurry of bets on President-elect not serving full term | The Independent