Tag: Impeachment

Trump Had ‘Expletive-Laced’ Call With McCarthy, Siding With Rioters | Crooks and Liars

Trump Had ‘Expletive-Laced’ Call With McCarthy, Siding With Rioters | Crooks and Liars
Trump Had 'Expletive-Laced' Call With McCarthy, Siding With Rioters
White Supremacy Rules

As the fourth day of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial wrapped up, CNN reported shocking new details about the January 6th insurrection on the Capitol. They report that there was an “expletive-laced phone call” with House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy while the rioters were actively attacking the Capitol and shocking no one, Donald Trump gleefully told McCarthy that the “rioters cared more about the election results than McCarthy did.”

Trump Had ‘Expletive-Laced’ Call With McCarthy, Siding With Rioters | Crooks and Liars

Trump impeachment trial live updates: Rioters said President directly summoned them to the Capitol, US Senate hears – ABC News

US President Donald Trump makes a fist during a rally in Washington

Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is in its third day with the US Senate hearing example after example of the rioters saying the President directly summoned them to the Capitol on January 6.

Trump impeachment trial live updates: Rioters said President directly summoned them to the Capitol, US Senate hears – ABC News

Impeachment sends Republican senators scrambling: Trump makes the GOP squirm with a flailing defense | Salon.com

Impeachment sends Republican senators scrambling: Trump makes the GOP squirm with a flailing defense | Salon.com
Trump's lawyers make a mockery of Republican senators: Impeachment trial makes GOP complicity clear

But there’s one silver lining: The Democrats who are arguing the case as the House managers so thoroughly smoked Trump’s defense that even Trump knows it.

Impeachment sends Republican senators scrambling: Trump makes the GOP squirm with a flailing defense | Salon.com

‘The Senate Must Convict. America Is Watching’: Watchdogs Demand Trump Be Held to Account | Common Dreams News

Then-President Donald Trump arrives at the "Stop The Steal" Rally on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

“We cannot begin to address this threat and rebuild trust unless we send a clear message that future presidents cannot incite an insurrection at the end of their term and get away with it.”

‘The Senate Must Convict. America Is Watching’: Watchdogs Demand Trump Be Held to Account | Common Dreams News

The Monstrous Predicament Trump Left Behind | The Smirking Chimp

This week’s Senate trial is unlikely to convict Donald Trump of inciting sedition against the United States. At least 17 Republican senators are needed for conviction, but only five have signaled they’ll go along.

The Monstrous Predicament Trump Left Behind | The Smirking Chimp

Donald Trump Doesn’t Appear to Have a Lawyer for His Impeachment Trial – Mother Jones

Trump’s many post-presidential perks will go away if he is convicted. Trump would get to keep his Secret Service detail, but the rest—”a pension, access to health insurance, office space and staff”—aren’t guaranteed.

Donald Trump Doesn’t Appear to Have a Lawyer for His Impeachment Trial – Mother Jones

Lamar Alexander Just Gave Democrats What They Wanted – The Atlantic

This makes it hard to believe that the scolding from Alexander and his acolytes will matter a great deal, but it’s also hard to believe that anyone expected more. Alexander is not the hero that the impeachment process needed, nor perhaps even the one it deserved. But he is as close as anyone was going to get.

via Lamar Alexander Just Gave Democrats What They Wanted – The Atlantic

Price of Trolling Impeachment: End of Oslo Peace Process and Trump-Netanyahu Apartheid “Steal of the Century”

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The Trump administration did not consult the Palestinians in drawing up the plan, which gives away East Jerusalem and 30% of the Palestinian West Bank to Israel. The Palestinians may as well, Palestine foreign minister Saeb Erekat said, just withdraw from the 1995 Interim Agreement on Oslo.

Trump appears to have decided to unveil the Israel-Palestine plan on Tuesday to take the pressure off from his Senate impeachment trial and to shore up his support from the Jewish and evangelical communities. A majority of Americans in polls say they want Trump impeached and removed from office.

via Price of Trolling Impeachment: End of Oslo Peace Process and Trump-Netanyahu Apartheid “Steal of the Century”

‘This is a game-changer’: John Bolton revelations upend Trump’s impeachment trial

Former national security adviser John Bolton has said he was prepared to testify if subpoenaed.

Momentum is growing to call witnesses to Donald Trump’s impeachment trial after it was revealed his former national security advisor has written a book manuscript saying Trump directly tied military aid to Ukraine to politically-motivated investigations.

The revelations about John Bolton’s forthcoming book have shaken up the Senate impeachment trial, which appeared to be moving toward a speedy acquittal for Trump as early as the end of the week.

via ‘This is a game-changer’: John Bolton revelations upend Trump’s impeachment trial

Fox News’ evening shows avoid live coverage of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial | Media Matters for America

Tucker Carlson Tonight / Trump impeachment trial

Fox News’ evening shows avoid live coverage of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial | Media Matters for America

Members of Trump’s impeachment team have been fixtures on cable news, primarily Fox

https://www.mediamatters.org/cable-news/members-trumps-impeachment-team-have-been-fixtures-cable-news-primarily-fox

 

Watch The Full Video Of Trump Ordering For Marie Yovanovitch’s Ouster | HuffPost Australia

A full, 80-minute video of President Donald Trump calling for the ambassador of Ukraine to be booted out of her post was released by PBS News on Saturday.

A portion of the recording shows Trump in frame of the video, which was filmed at a private dinner on April 30, 2018, PBS reported. The recording also picked up Trump telling his associates to “get rid” of then-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, adding that they needed to “take her out.”

The release of the video recording confirms that Trump indeed called for Yovanovitch’s ouster, as suggested by reports from ABC News and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday.

Watch The Full Video Of Trump Ordering For Marie Yovanovitch’s Ouster | HuffPost Australia

Donald Trump Has Been A Strong Witness Against Himself

https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/impeachment-trial-trump-witness-own-words_n_5e2b1168c5b6779e9c31d501?ri18n=true

The Politics of Trump’s Impeachment – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tearing up the Constitution Mitch McConnel declares if a Senate trial is to be held he and the R-Senators are not there to swear they will be impartial (ODT)

Already, we know what Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has promised. “I’m not an impartial juror. This is a political process. There’s not anything judicial about it.” For Senator McConnell, the entire episode regarding Trump has been a matter of highest and most venomous partisanship. “The House made a partisan political decision to impeach. I would anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate.”

The Politics of Trump’s Impeachment – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trump campaign says impeachment backfiring. Not really, polls suggest

A rerun of the Clinton Impeachment for President Donald Trump? Not quite.

67 Votes away from yet another record Mr President. (ODT)

But if the Republican president is hoping for a public backlash like the one against the 1998 impeachment of Democratic President Bill Clinton, it has so far not worked out that way, Reuters/Ipsos polling data over the past few months shows.

via Trump campaign says impeachment backfiring. Not really, polls suggest

Old Dog Thoughts- Why is Trump always on the run? The US to NATO back to the US and disapproved of everywhere.

An Illustrated Guide to the Impeachment of Donald Trump

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 5/12/19; Trump’s escape from the US from impeachment. Trump’s flight from NATO idiots unwelcome. Will Trump hide in Australia? Morrison’s welcome;

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

Old Dog Thoughts- Can Australia Shame itself more? Can Trump?

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

Fighting Fake News with REAL; 16/11/19; Trump is practising threat, intimidation and extortion of witnesses live; Australia’s Shame has been amplified these past 6 years;

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

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

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