Tuesday, September 24, 2019

NEWS: The White House will release the *full whistleblower complaint* and accompanying IG report to Congress,

Wow, @HeidiNBC reporting that Trump called Pelosi today and asked “if they could work something out on this whole whistleblower thing.”

If Trump had any friends, they'd have taken his phone away 30 minutes ago

Hillary Clinton tells @People: "I'm in favor of moving toward impeachment. I did not come to that decision easily or quickly, but this is an emergency as I see it." She also says "we are in a crisis."

U.S. Coast Guard intercepts submarine with $165M in cocaine

“The President must be held accountable. No one is above the law.” @SpeakerPelosi

SPECIAL REPORT: "On Thursday, the inspector general testified before the House Intelligence Committee stating that the acting director of national intelligence blocked him from disclosing the whistleblower complaint," @SpeakerPelosi says. "This is a violation of law."

Pelosi: Trump is undermining national security and our intelligence community.

Something is up. White House pool is being told that "plans have changed" this afternoon. State Department press pool moving toward an "unknown location."

Some of the women accusing Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse say the late financier would send them to doctors who prescribed anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medications, gave them birth control, and screened them for sexually transmitted diseases:

Today Mitch McConnell & Senate Republicans backed a bill to spend $5 billion building Trump's border wall in 2020. That's 20 times more than they were willing to spend on election security for 2020. I've lost track of how many times Republicans have put politics before country.

Schumer making a motion right now to pass resolution calling on Trump to release whistleblower complaint. Buzz on the floor is that McConnell will not object, allowing it to pass. Just a non binding resolution, but...

Schumer making a motion right now to pass resolution calling on Trump to release whistleblower complaint. Buzz on the floor is that McConnell will not object, allowing it to pass. Just a non binding resolution, but...

BREAKING: Venezuelans arrested with $5 million worth of smuggled gold at Broward airport, feds say

BREAKING: Speaker Pelosi on impeachment: "Now we have the facts, we're ready"

Breaking: Senate intel seeking "closed bipartisan interview" with Ukraine whistleblower this Friday, ratcheting up pressure on White House.

Now do the whistleblower report.

As a former prosecutor, I loved when defendants made incriminating statements after they were caught. It was even better when they would change their stories.@realDonaldTrump has done both on national TV. And this time, he's not going to get away with it.

Speaker Pelosi will make a statement at 5 p.m. following the House Democratic Caucus meeting. Advisory coming...

Trump impeachment calls snowball, putting pressure on Pelosi

Among the names thrown out in court today in New York: Les Wexner, CEO of Limited Brands and Victoria Secret, whom lawyer Alan Dershowitz says has been accused in court papers of having sex with young girls procured by sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein

As early as tomorrow, the Senate will vote on terminating @realDonaldTrump’s national emergency declaration, which he has used to raid funds from our military to build a border wall. A wall he promised Mexico would pay for. Not taxpayers. Not American troops and their families.

Chopper noise makes it very hard to hear questions for WH staff stenographer who keeps the official record. I was wearing a microphone so we know specifically what I asked the president that is not reflected in the WH transcript. Here is a side by side.

BREAKING: Biden’s campaign says he would back impeaching Trump if the White House refuses to comply with congressional demands for information about his interactions with Ukraine’s president

BREAKING: @SpeakerPelosi tells @AlexNBCNews when asked about impeachment: "Later today I will make an announcement after I meet with my chairmen, my leadership and my caucus.”

DC federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a US citizen journalist who believes he may be on the US govt's "Kill List" (as a terrorist approved for targeting in Syria) — the judge dismissed it based on the govt invoking the state secrets privilege

BREAKING: Sen. Blumenthal just now: "I am calling today for a House Select Cmte. to investigate and move forward with impeachment proceedings against the President. I reached this decision with sadness, but also anger, after the President has repeatedly broken laws"

Breaking: Congressman John Lewis announced support for impeaching Donald Trump. The number of members supporting impeachment now stands at 163.

Breaking. Rep. John Lewis just now on the House floor: "I truly believe the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come. To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy."

Ukrainian president “directly” expressed concerns at meeting w US lawmaker that “the aid that was being cut off to Ukraine by the president was a consequence” of his unwillingness to launch an investigation into the Bidens.

FYI Globalists = Jews. That's the far right term for it. Trump's fully out as an antisemitic Hitler wannabe. He's gonna try to distract from the main problem he's about to have.

When your troll president gets out-trolled

Ukraine’s leader says he hopes for a “substantive” meeting with Donald Trump after being ensnared in the president's re-election bid

A branch of the Sackler family — the family behind Purdue Pharma — is selling a ski resort company, offering a rare glimpse into its sprawling fortune

"None of us ran on impeaching the President," says Rep. Mikie Sherrill about why she joined six other House Democrats in writing an op-ed supporting an impeachment inquiry. "However... I certainly won't stand by as the President tries to undermine our democratic elections."

Trump looked like a reanimated carcass at his UN, slow-mo, slurring speech- sounding stricken, drugged, barely able to get words out & disconnected from what he was saying. Snot began running out of his nose during the wind-up. His family & cabinet clapped at the end. He's unwell

No, the president was not languid, subdued or muted this morning. He was fuckin catatonic. Just say it.

Holy Q - bat man! TRUMP DROPING BOMBS in UN speech!

Trump is reading somnambulantly

TRUMP uses an anti-Semitic dogwhistle during his UN speech: "The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots."

A fascist and tyrannical statement. Nationalists bleed the world with tyranny while Globalism builds it with trade, truth, and judicious temperament

Opinion: Here’s a timeline of Trump’s latest scandal. It’s damning.

Is Wilbur Ross ... is he sleeping through Trump's #unga speech?

Says the party who impeached a president for a blowjob.

At UN, Trump begins by calling out “...those whose thirst for control deludes them to think they are destined to rule over others”

Rep. Jim Jordan Is Named in New OSU Sexual Abuse Scandal Lawsuit – Rolling Stone


This is an historic day as @HouseJudiciary & @HouseForeign committees hold the first ever joint hearing on the impact of Trump’s #MuslimBan and my #NoBanAct with Sen. @ChrisCoons to stop the pain he’s causing families & require *actual evidence* for any future ban

It's almost as if...and work with me here... #QAnon was always a con run for credulous Trump boomer rubes.

Very soon the Senate will vote on my resolution to terminate the president’s unlawful national emergency declaration. All senators— Republican and Democratic—should stand up against the president’s abuse of power.

During the first six months of 2019, oil companies spent $63.5 million on lobbying efforts.

Analysis: Voting machine companies may throw their doors open to ethical hackers

The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy, and there's no better way to make our voices heard.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to meet with six House committee chairmen who are leading investigations into President Trump, ahead of a full caucus meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss next steps, according to Democratic sources.

HAPPENING NOW: @realDonaldTrump is changing his story on why he withheld funds to Ukraine. Yesterday he said it was about getting Ukraine to investigate corruption. Today he says it’s because Europe wasn’t kicking in any funds.

Hannity: Did our State Department ask you to go on a mission for them? Giuliani: They did. The State Department called me and said would I take a call from Mr. Yermak., who's number two or three to the president elect who is now the president.

Russia's state TV: Ukrainian diplomat Vadim Triukhan cites German newspapers: "Trump won the first elections thanks to Russia and now he wants to be re-elected thanks to Ukraine." Russian state TV host Evgeny Popov: "Well, how else could you put it? That's exactly what happened."

BREAKING NEWS: French police launch search at Jeffrey Epstein's Paris flat, Karin’s modeling agency after at least Three victims come forward in Paris probe.

“Countries are starting to cozy up to countries like China in case the relationship with the US continues to deteriorate”

Egypt planned to arrest a New York Times reporter. The Trump administration reportedly wanted to let it happen.

The political war between California and the Trump administration escalated on Monday: The head of the Environmental Protection Agency threatened to withhold federal highway funds from the state.

"Treating the presidency in this fashion is not only corrupt but unpatriotic. Trump is not only a preening, prating fool; he has set his own interests above the interests of the nation."

Not surprising. @realDonaldTrump didn’t mind when Saudi Arabia brutally killed a Washington Post reporter. He wants his “enemies” harmed.

French President Emmanuel Macron meets Iran's Hassan Rouhani as he seeks to defuse tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Dershowitz had publicly dared the woman, Virginia Giuffre, to sue him, claiming he would be vindicated. She did, claiming his public statements defamed her. Now, he is claiming the case should be thrown out on First Amendment grounds.

#Russia Says U.S. Denied Visas to Its UN General Assembly Delegation Members

If you haven't yet, please call your members of Congress. The GOP isn't hearing from constituents so they feel no pressure to do the right thing, and without GOP support, impeachment won't make it through the Senate. Let them hear you.

Greta Thunberg speaks at the UN climate summit: "You all come to us young people for hope? How dare you!"

.@FoxNews, translated: "To maintain the lowest veneer of respectability, we'll pretend to apologize while Laura Ingraham invites the most vile people possible to keep our drooly viewers entertained"

Farmer subsidies from the Trump admin aimed at mitigating the effects of the U.S.-China trade war have reached $28 billion, about double the amount of money shelled out in the government bailout of Detroit automakers in 2009, Bloomberg reports.

⁦US Rep @ElissaSlotkin⁩, a former CIA and defense department official, says allegations that Trump extorted Ukraine 'constitute an impeachable offense'

“Investigators...have concluded that safety inspectors who worked on training requirements for Boeing 737 Max pilots were themselves “underqualified” — and that the FAA provided misleading information about the issue to Congress.”

Trump campaigned in 2016 on the argument that Hillary Clinton should be imprisoned

This is why Republicans act like cowards. Mitt Romney was the only R voice this weekend expressing "concern" about Trump's behavior towards Zelensky. Now Trump tweets out a "You're a Loser, I'm a winner" video. Disgusting.

Schiff, Engel and Cummings demand Pompeo turn over documents by Thursday over Ukraine and Rudy Giuliani - or face subpoena

Like Rep. Pelosi, I haven't seen the point of a House impeachment proceeding when the McConnell-led Senate won't convict. But with this Ukraine business, Trump has gone too far and must be brought to heel. For the good of America, impeach now.

Fox News statement: “The comment made by Michael Knowles who was a guest on The Story tonight was disgraceful - we apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers.”

#RevolvingDoor - Frmr Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) has signed on to help a large Russian state-owned bank with "provision of legal services that may include potential meetings with U.S. government officials regarding potential new sanctions legislation"

JUST IN: West Palm Beach Marine unit cancels Mar-a-Lago ball after blowback

For a balanced view of the whistleblower matter, read letter from ICIG, a Trump appointee. He says the matter is credible, of urgent concern, and relates to “one of the most significant and important of the DNI’s responsibilities to the American people.”

So Nissan had its internal corruption review done by the FARA agent law firm that represents Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska?

There's a group of them who convinced themselves that they can do trumpism without all the rough edges. They're damn fools but they want his base to move to them when the inevitable collapse hits.

“At this point, the federal government does not regulate facial recognition software in any way, and HUD officials say they have no plans to create any regulations.”

Damn. Laura Ingraham's brother is not fucking around

JFC Laura Ingraham really wants to lose some more sponsors, doesn’t she?

There's been no word from Boris Johnson after the UK Supreme Court's historic ruling that his suspension of Parliament was unlawful and void. He is currently in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

We're at the "maybe the whistleblower is a treasonous immigrant" stage of the process.

"@SpeakerPelosi was making calls as late as Monday night, and many leadership aides who once thought Trump’s impeachment was unlikely now say they think it’s almost inevitable."

During a meeting with Pakistan PM Imran Khan during the UNGA, Trump tells press: "I think I’ll get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things, if they gave it out fairly, which they don't." Then he talks about Obama getting one right away-pretty sure he thinks they come w/the Oval Office.

NEW TODAY: Lawyer Alan Dershowitz seeks to throw out lawsuit filed by a woman who has accused him of having sex with her when she was 17 at the direction of his former client, sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

"We have a moral responsibility to protect our Constitution and our job is to protect our national security."@RepDebDingell announces her support for an impeachment inquiry

Like Bush, who squandered the Clinton budget surplus & burdened us with a $1.4T deficit & the Great Depression, Trump and the #GOPTaxScam have squandered record Obama deficit reduction and taken us back to staggering $TRILLION deficits. WHY aren’t Democrats screaming?

'Consider your position': Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tells PM Boris Johnson to step down

BOOM: President Trump asked his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to place a hold on $391 million in aid to Ukraine more than a week before a July phone call in which he urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Joe Biden’s son.

It’s ‘Dictator Day’ at the UN — with Trump in the middle From Bolsonaro to Sisi to Erdogan, the early speaking lineup at the U.N. General Assembly is replete with autocratic leaders.

RPT: Trump ordered hold on military aid days before calling Ukrainian president

After attending the Climate Action Summit for 14 minutes, President Trump took to Twitter late Monday to mock 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg

Facing scandal, Pres. Trump admits more than he should have (again).

Republicans starting to crack after Trump's Ukraine conversation?

Must watch@MingGao26 @lauferlaw @ninaandtito @File511 @kelly2277 Ukraine whistleblower complaint is just not only about 1 phone call but multiple things

“If these allegations are true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense ... we call on our colleagues in Congress to consider the use of all congressional authorities available to us, including the power of 'inherent contempt'

U.S. corn exports slump to six-year low

#BREAKING: “7 freshman Democrats call for impeachment hearings: ”These allegations are a threat to all we have sworn to protect” - by Gil Cisneros, Jason Crow, Chrissy Houlahan, Elaine Luria, Mikie Sherrill, Elissa Slotkin and Abigail Spanberger

Republicans keep dragging trolls, wackos and conspiracy theorists before hearings — are the Democrats finally fed up?

When Bolton's the good guy in the story, you know things are bad.

Can you nominate a gif for an Oscar?

Trump's Labor Secretary Nominee Eugene Scalia Ruled It’s Ok to Make Disabled Workers Soil Themselves on the Job

Our new Washpost editorial shows how, while claiming to fight “corruption,” Trump and Giuliani have allied with Ukraine’s crooks and the government hacks who serve them.

"Parliament has not been prorogued. This is the unanimous judgement of all 11 justices" UK Supreme Court President Lady Hale QC says "it is for Parliament... to decide what to do next" after suspension is ruled unlawful

Here is the link to the full Vance memo to the court in support of blocking Trump's prayer for injunctive relief to stop the subpoena.

BREAKING: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes near Puerto Rico, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory.

UK Supreme Court President Lady Hale QC says UK PM Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament was unlawful as it "had the effect of frustrating or preventing Parliament from carrying out its constitutional functions"

MPs on @BBCNews say they’ll be heading straight back to parliament this afternoon

UK PM Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, Supreme Court rules

Dear DT: The walls are closing in Buddy.

Schiff, Engel and Cummings send Pompeo a letter documenting failure to comply with 9/16 deadline for turning over docs related to Trump, Giuliani and "press[ing] the Ukrainian government to interfere." Critical step in setting up the lawsuit for the whistleblower complaint.

Southeast Asian governments are banding together to take on Big Tech on issues including 'fake news' and taxation, marking a new stage in the region’s approach to the internet’s explosive growth

UK Supreme Court rules on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's parliament suspension

President Muslim Ban tells the UN that "protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities and always has been."

These new allegations are a threat to all I have sworn to protect. We must preserve the checks and balances envisioned by the Founders and restore the trust of the American people in our government. And that is what I intend to do.

Bolton argued to meet with Ukraine’s president and restore funding as a way to curb Russian aggression. Trump for some time was unmoved. He urged Biden probe. Giuliani urged probe. His aides began to worry move was illegal & GOP senators challenged.

The European Union's top court says Google doesn't have to extend the EU's "right to be forgotten" rules to its search engines globally.

Trump told Mulvaney to hold back $400 million in military aid for Ukraine at least a week before the phone call where he pressured them to investigate Biden's son and directed admin officials to call it an “interagency process” for 2 mos to obfuscate.

Trump: “If a Republican ever did what Joe Biden did, if a Republican ever said what Joe Biden said, they’d be getting the electric chair right now."

Perspective: The arc of the Trump administration bends toward stupidity

The State Department is part of a criminal conspiracy to subvert our democracy. Let that sink in.

"Dems have been looking for a triggering event to get behind impeachment and now have found one — especially if it turns out Trump sought to withhold military aid in exchange for a Ukraine probe into the Bidens,"

#Trump ordered hold on #military aid days before calling #Ukrainian president, officials say

7 national security Dems, all freshmen, call for impeachment: "Our lives have been defined by national service. We are not career politicians...Now, we join as a unified group to uphold that oath"

This deleted Facebook post, quoted from the report in this thread, shows Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman & Don Jr on May 21st 2018. This was just before Giuliani started going on his mysterious visits to Russia & Ukraine (which Parnas & Fruman arranged)

Hey @senatemajldr, Kentuckians are burdened by the 2nd highest per capita costs for prescription drugs in the country, on your watch. Perhaps that’s because you’re unwilling to take serious steps to lower those costs. Too busy cashing checks from big pharma?

People have applied many labels for this misconduct by @realDonaldTrump: bribery, extortion, blackmail, treason. Regardless of how it's labeled, one thing is clear: this misconduct by @POTUS constitutes "high Crimes and Misdemeanors." US Constitution, Article II, Section 4.

Ivanka at the UN. I don't know where to start.

Do not release the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky or the Trump-Putin call. Do release the whistleblower complaint to the US Congress.

"President Trump told ... Mick Mulvaney, to hold back almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine at least a week before a phone call in which Trump is said to have pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate the son of former V.P. Joe Biden..."

Implicated in this mess so far: POTUS VPOTUS SecState WH COS OMB director AG ... Who else am I forgetting?

Following up on my conversation with @maddow tonight, I will not be surprised if there’s a Russian angle to the Trump/Ukraine story. Rachel was right to remind us all of the Russian piece of the Manafort story.

Pompeo has a lot to answer for

Giuliani to Hannity: 'I wasn't acting on my own, I was following instructions of the state Department.' Honestly, impeachment could include Pompeo, Mulvaney, and Barr as well.

The @nytimes publisher’s first public remarks on the US government refusing to protect a US reporter against the Egyptian government is chilling.

Michael McFaul: "My prediction is that that whistleblower's complaint will have much more material in it than simply the transcript."

Bolton argued to meet with Ukraine’s president and restore funding as a way to curb Russian aggression. Trump for some time was unmoved. He urged Biden probe. Giuliani urged probe. His aides began to worry move was illegal & GOP senators challenged.

7 national security Democrats, Reps. Cisneros, Crow, Houlahan, Luria, Sherrill, Slotkin and Spanberger: "If these allegations are true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense. We do not arrive at this conclusion lightly."

“Only the mob pleads the fifth.” - Donald J. Trump

Trump asked acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to put a hold on military aid to Ukraine roughly one week before Trump’s call with the Ukrainian President, senior admin official confirms to CNN.