Friday, November 22, 2019

Ignoring Fiona Hill's warnings, Trump echoes Russian propaganda


Lies set to “dramatic” music are still lies, @DevinNunes. The American people see through them & the voters of #CA22 are tired of your games. Your days in Congress are numbered.


Joe Biden: Lindsey Graham will "regret his whole life" doing President Trump's bidding on Ukraine


If the choice is between living under liberals in a constitutional republic under the rule of law, or getting conservative policies from authoritarians subverting a constitutional republic and the rule of law, I will live under the liberals and fight within the system.


The IG report coming out next month is expected to make no finding that COMEY, MCCABE or STRZOK acted on anti-Trump political bias in Russia probe


State Department is down to the wire in terms of complying with this court order to hand over documents about the Ukraine scheme. It's 6pm ET right now. Deadline is 11:59pm ET tonight


President Trump claimed this morning Amb. Yovanovitch refused to hang his photo at the embassy in Kiev, but a member of Yovanovitch's legal team said photos of POTUS, VP and secretary of state went up "as soon as they arrived from Washington, D.C."


BOOM! The doctor at Ohio State for whom Rep. Jim Jordan allegedly covered may put the university on the hook for half a BILLION in damages to victims of sexual abuse.


“It’s not just factually incorrect, Trump is asking people to believe a discredited claim that is ‘being propagated by the Russian security services.’ Put another way, the president is helping advance Kremlin propaganda intended to hurt the United States”


Fact check request! Trump said Pompeo graduated #1 in his class at Harvard Law. If you were #1 in the 1994 class or know who was, please feel free to email daniel.dale@cnn.com.


The man cannot stop confessing.


“The Russian intelligence officers conveyed the information to prominent Russians and Ukrainians who then used a range of intermediaries, like oligarchs and businessmen, to pass the material to American political figures and even some journalists.”


Trump said U.S. is "getting raped" by NATO, has pushed to exit alliance according to White House insider


Nicolle: 'It's gonna take a dead Russian hooker at the bottom of the Hudson before Republicans wake up'


I'll admit I didn't expect Sacha Baron Cohen to be the one to give such a powerful takedown of how social media companies enable and propagate hate for profit -- but here it is.


John Bolton has been a blowhard chickenhawk since all the way back to when he dodged the Vietnam draft while loudly supporting the war...for other men. He's not going to save us, America. We'll have to do that ourselves.


Heck: "When the president did it, he put at risk our own national security. Most importantly, he put at risk that idea that makes us exceptional: we are a country rooted in something that nobody has ever tried before. Rule of law. He put that at risk when he did what he did."

ICYMI

There is a reason it’s called “Cambridge” Analytica


No one Freudian slips more than Trump.


‘RIGGED' IMPEACHMENT TRIAL Anger grows over report GOP senators met with Trump A clandestine meeting Thursday with Senate #Republicans to map out a plan to limit the Senate impeachment trial while #Trump has been secretly “courting” them


"That's what the word is." Always nice to hear the president of the United States casually spreading conspiracy theories with all the evidence and authority of that guy you'd creep away from at a bus stop.


we actually have bipartisan consensus, sadly, not including Trump, that U.S. interests lay with the defense and democratic reform of Ukraine, which is fighting an aggressive, deceitful Russian wannabe empire


"They gave the server to CrowdStrike ... that's what the word is" -- here's Trump pushing the absolutely insane, debunked conspiracy theory that the DNC's server is in Ukraine and that Russia was framed for interfering in the 2016 election


We are witnessing a criminal enterprise involving all the President’s men. I encourage my Republican colleagues to put country over party. Our democracy deserves justice.


An entire political party has ABANDONED REALITY to save the skin of a seditious criminal illicitly installed in the White House. THAT'S the cause of our frustration. Half of Congress are fucking traitors.


Wow, @Peggynoonannyc in @WSJ. "As to impeachment itself, the case has been so clearly made you wonder what exactly the Senate will be left doing. How will they hold a lengthy trial with a case this clear? Who exactly will be the president’s witnesses"


Those GRU boys really get around. Surely a coincidence that Assange and Snowden were such big backers of Catalonian independence.


On Fox & Friends, Trump denies any quid pro quo with Ukraine, asserting that he's stronger than Obama, Adam Schiff is "sick," and Nancy Pelosi is "crazy" and "paralyzed," being "played like a fiddle" by the AFL-CIO's Richard Trum


Trump is off the rails (or blowing rails) this morning.


Like Trump and Erdogan, Netanyahu describes the corruption allegations against him as a "coup" attempt. Almost as if this type of rhetoric fits into a global pattern for certain world leaders.


Trump goes after Marie Yovanovitch, who has served presidents in both parties for decades: "She's an Obama person. I said 'why are you being so kind?' 'Well, sir, she's a woman. We have to be nice.'"


Trump is completely losing it on Fox right now. The hosts are uncomfortable as he rambles & repeats like a maniac. He can't assemble thoughts. He sounds like a crazed dementia patient. Wild accusations-Strzok, Page, Obama & more. Everyone should read a transcript of this wreckage


“We have a lot of information that a lot of bad things happened,” says @POTUS when asked who is his source for the allegations. “What they have coming out, I hear, is historic.”


Live on Fox- The idiot confirms the elements of obstruction he can be charged with after leaving the WH: "If I didn't fire Comey, I'd be in some trouble right now...Firing Comey was the best move I ever made."


This Fox and Friends interview with Trump is insane. He’s openly pushing Russian conspiracy theories and telling Fox they should air the name of the whistleblower.


Epstein’s New Mexico housekeeper is opening up about what went down at Epstein’s notorious Zorro Ranch. The maid said that Prince Andrew was kept company by what she described as a “beautiful medic” who asked for herbal tea to make the prince “horny.”


Ex-Fox host Shep Smith in his 1st public remarks since leaving: "Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There's a phrase for that."


As the UN and President Reagan reported in 1985, the Soviets disguised bombs as children's toys. The deaths continue.


The rest of the headline: “but has concluded that the conduct did not affect the overall validity of the surveillance application”


“Obama on Thursday appealed to Democrats to ‘chill out’ about their differences during the presidential nomination race and focus instead on beating Trump. “There will be differences,” he said, but they are minor compared with “the ultimate goal...”


The @FoxNews mad left wing account is Russian propaganda designed to make the left look insane


Nunes’s ‘carousel of allegations’ all contain impeachable acts - The Washington Post


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is considering criminal charges against the business run by the Trump family.


“They know they have to create this big distraction because there’s a lot there otherwise that the American public is focusing on that tells us about the fact that we have a criminal living in the White House.” @KamalaHarris on the GOP. #LSSC


"This much is all but certain: President Donald Trump is going to be impeached. He's likely not going to be removed from office, but he's going to be impeached." --


Ivanka tweeting a misquote from the WSJ is my favorite conservative media Mรถbius strip of clusterfuckery.


Winery part-owned by Devin Nunes sued over cocaine and prostitutes charity yacht party


Trump is rolling back regulations enacted after industry disasters—setting off alarm bells with public safety advocates


The big question is whether America as we know it can long endure when one of its two major parties has effectively rejected the principles on which our nation was built. Trump and His Corrupt Old Party


Fool me once, shame on you...


Right now, impeachment is all about Ukraine. But after Thanksgiving, prepare for a Robert Mueller reprise


Trump's fixer says the child rapist who had 14 phone numbers for Trump, who put the guy who let the child rapist go free in his cabinet, says this is fixed for Trump.


Trump Campaign taps Mass. Sheriff Tom Hodgson as honorary chair


I’m not entirely clear on how “retroactive impeachment” would work.


Putin says he's pleased "political battles" in D.C. have put on the back-burner accusations that Russia interfered in U.S. elections. "Thank God," he said, "no one is accusing us of interfering in the U.S. elections anymore; now they’re accusing Ukraine."


"The giant corrupt elephant hanging all over these impeachment hearings is not Ukraine. It's Russia once again," says @ChrisCuomo. "Fiona Hill warned that the hyper-partisan politics of today, which we're all living through ... is playing right into Mr. Putin's hands."


Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe said “the evidence is all there” for the House to impeach President Donald Trump over the Ukraine scandal.


Don’t forget: Mark Zuckerberg openly attacked Elizabeth Warren while secretly meeting with Donald Trump. Tells you everything you need to know about the so-called liberals to who run Silicon Valley.


The World Burns All Year. Are There Enough Planes to Douse the Flames? As climate change pushes California’s fire season into Australia’s, an intricate system of resource sharing struggles with the load.


It’s a truly beautiful thing to watch David Holmes mop the floor with @Jim_Jordan.


Pro-Trump reporter John Solomon attacks Fiona Hill for debunking his Ukraine conspiracy theories


Six years ago today, brave Ukrainians, determined to achieve a better, European future, gathered on the Maidan and called for change. The U.S. stands firmly with all Ukrainians who are continuing to work, day in and out, to fully realize the aspirations of the #Euromaidan.


The public impeachment hearings were a total GOP disaster


If John Bolton Won't Testify, Congress Should Be Arrest Him | Time


Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment


China's Xi says he wants to work out initial trade deal with U.S.


Manhattan prosecutors and lawyers for a House committee urged the Supreme Court on Thursday not to block a pair of subpoenas directing President Donald Trump's accounting firm to turn over several years' worth of financial documents


Knowing Mandelblit: the man who just indicted Netanyahu


Spain is investigating ties between Catalan separatists and Russian GRU Unit 29155 that has been tied to Skripal attack and other acts of mayhem across Europ


Today I began an investigation into the Bidens. Did the Biden's do anything wrong? NO. Am I doing this to make @realDonaldTrump look innocent? YES. WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW!! IT WILL MAKE ME LOOK LIKE A MONSTER...


How Fiona Hill shamed every public official still aiding Trump’s obstruction


CNN’s John Berman throws cold water on GOP excitement over FBI official accused of altering Russia document


Sacha Baron Cohen singled out the one Jewish-American he believes is doing the most to facilitate “hate and violence” in America: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg


White House officials and Republican senators agreed the Senate should not immediately dismiss any articles of impeachment against the president


“Hill was really a powerful witness for the Democrats,” Fox News anchor Bret Baier said


Opinion: Fiona Hill shows how Trump and Republicans function as Putin’s useful idiots


Another day of the GOP’s disgraceful war on truth. I’m just as concerned about the spread of the attitude that “Trump did it, but it’s not impeachable.” There needs to be more pushback on this ignorant attempt to cut the baby in half.


This might all be over sooner than we thought


It’s clear that Donald Trump has abused the power of the presidency. Full stop. He is the most corrupt president in modern American history. — Joe Biden


The origins of this whole saga lie in Trump's still unexplained relationship with Russia. His inexplicable dislike of Ukraine; his obsession with disproving overwhelming evidence of 2016 meddling; his suspicion of US officials who work on Russia. Where does all this come from?


Thank god this finally made it to Fox News.


The extortion plot would have worked for Trump if the whistleblower had not alerted Congress. That's why Trump and the Republicans are so mad at the whistleblower: he or she ruined the plot at the very edge of success


Unlike certain countries, #China is not aggressive and doesn't push its interests on other countries, as that would not conform to its current development trend: Wei Jianguo, former vice minister of Chinese commerce ministry #TradeWar

ICYMI

Yermak says when he saw Parnas on TV after his indictment, he recognized him as the third person in his Madrid meeting with Giuliani


The question is not whether the GOP will abandom Trump. We know the answer. The question is whether the country will abandon the GOP.


The Secret Service spent more than a quarter of a million dollars at President Donald Trump’s properties over the course of five months in 2017


You MUST watch @RepAdamSchiff's powerful closing statement that sums up the entire #ImpeachmentHearing: "There is nothing more dangerous than an unethical president who believes they are above the law." "We are better than that."


Serbia accuses Russia of spy plot after video leak


BREAKING: Israeli PM Netanyahu is being indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust


The Ukraine situation could erupt into World War III, but Trump & Republicans don't care. They are in it for themselves, & doing Russia's bidding!


Fiona Hill's clarity on Russian activities against US democracy was impressive, but worrying. Time for transparency in Europe too. The UK's Russia report must be released. Glad we will have the chance to debate these issues next week in the @Europarl


Hong Kong police chief urges protesters to leave university campus


Here's why Hong Kong's district council elections this weekend could be a referendum on the protests that have disrupted the city for months


A Former Fox News Executive Divides Americans Using Russian Tactics An investigation found that several sites owned by Ken LaCorte push inflammatory items — stories, petitions and the occasional conspiracy theory — to the publi


As @DevinNunes weaves wild conspiracy theories to distract from the facts about @realDonaldTrump’s Ukraine shakedown, we learn about his own dealings with a Rudy Giuliani associate now under criminal indictment.


Fiona Hill’s testimony was about far more than Trumps conduct toward Ukraine. It was about America’s descent into the conspiracy mire. Its failing grip on things like facts and truth.


Hill: "In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance the Russian interests...These fictions are harmful even if they're deployed for purely domestic political purposes."


"Press freedom is not the preserve of one political group or political party, it’s a value embedded in our very foundational documents," Smith said at the event.


When Rudy Giuliani met with senior Ukrainian official Andriy Yermak in Madrid earlier this year and urged him to investigate the Bidens, Lev Parnas was at the table, Daily Beast reports. Parnas' presence has not been previously reported.


Fiona Hill is the best of America. In the face of withering opposition, she didn't flinch. House Republicans couldn't even stop her from delivering devastating testimony EVEN when they completely stopped asking her questions


Judge halts scheduled federal executions, says A.G. Barr's lethal injection protocol appears at odds with the law.


Lindsey Graham just gave Trump what he wanted all along: An investigation into Biden


Trump Reverses Navy Decision to Oust Edward Gallagher From SEALs


Barely breaks eye contact with witnesses. Barely refers to notes. They will study this in law schools, history classes, and rhetoric seminars. Very very few US politicians could come close to this


"In the highest-stake case, she was the best possible witness, and beneath her steely surface one could see a patriot who was desperate to save Americans from themselves," writes


EXCLUSIVE: Lev Parnas was at the table for a meeting where Giuliani pressured a senior Ukrainian official to investigate a company linked to the Bidens, an official told The Daily Beast


Nunes buried evidence on Russian meddling to protect Trump. I know because I’m on the committee


Mick Mulvaney's lawyer releases this statement on Fiona Hill's testimony


The degree to which the president is personally and directly implicated in this Ukraine scheme is uncontested now.


Opinion: Republicans have a new enemy — truth itself


Fiona Hill and Her Unapologetic Anger Is What We All Need Right Now


With all the scholarly detachment I can muster, I will say that this impeachment is a slam dunk, and makes Clinton and Nixon look murky by comparison. As I said on @Morning_Joe today, there is no way smarter Republicans like Stefanik and Hurd don’t know this. No way.


To those now trashing Fiona Hill tonight, please remember she was a Trump POLITICAL APPOINTEE, and served 2 1/2 years at the White House, one of the longest serving Trump administration appointees. (Does everyone who leaves Trump get trashed? Haley only one who hasn’t.)


Real lede: Rudy Giuliani met with Ukrainian officials through Parnas- who was on the payroll of *Russian Mob oligarch Dmitry Firtash.*


New FEC disclosures show a single large RNC payment of $94,800 to Books-a-Million in October, a few days before "Triggered" was released. An RNC spokesman confirmed that the expenditure was connected to their promotion of Don Trump Jr.'s book.


Mick Mulvaney got himself a lawyer. His lawyer previously represented Maria Butina. Does this lawyer have a retainer agreement with Russia? The Acting Chief of Staff is sure acting like he’s gone out and gotten himself a lawyer who specializes in helping out Russian Assets


Parnas's attorney asserts that Parnas witnessed "Rudolph pressuring Yermak on behalf of President Trump to compel Zelensky to announce that his administration was launching a corruption investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden and alleged Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 election."


This video of Lindsey Graham talking about Joe Biden - "as good a man as God ever created" - is really something to watch now that Graham has sold his soul to Trump.


A Secretary of State who first appoints a "human rights commission" headed by an extremist from the religious right, and who then participates in an extortion plot against Ukraine as it fights for survival. Despicable. And Impeachable


The impeachment witnesses are testimony to a welcoming and inspiring America


According to a new book, Justice Kennedy was the one who asked Trump to add Kavanaugh's name to his list of possible Supreme Court Justices. Given the rumors that bribes were involved, the plot is certainly thickening...


Americans should be elected by Americans. It's never ok for anyone to pressure a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. election. When the president does it, it is also a gross abuse of power. No one is above the law.


After today, POTUS is beyond legitimate rescue. The testimony by Fiona Hill and David Holmes ties down all loose ends and leaves Senators who have a shred of love for what America at its best represents no way to acquit the criminal in the Oval Office after the inevitable trial.


He used the powers of his office to secure foreign interference in our elections. He used the powers of his office to secure a personal & political benefit. This is exactly what our Founders feared. If what Trump did isn’t impeachable, then nothing is.


Dr. Hill: "July 10 is really the first time it crystallized for me that there was, basically, a different channel going on here - a foreign policy channel and a domestic policy change." Q: "Was it obvious to you that Burisma meant Bidens?" Hill: "Yes, it was."


US Education Dept officials have requested docs from MIT & Univ of MD on contacts & donations from foreign sources, including Russia, China, Saudi Arabia & info related to Huawei, Kaspersky Lab, Skolkovo Foundation (led by Viktor Vekselberg)


@HouseIntel Hearing with Dr. Fiona Hill and David Holmes. Their testimony before our Committee confirmed how Trump conditioned official White House acts on Ukraine's willingness to announce politically beneficial investigations.


Fiona Hill testified today that Russia operates "like a Super PAC." SDNY issuing subpoenas and investigating GOP fundraisers/mob associates. TIC TOC MFERS. The time has come.


Schiff alludes to those locked up in Turkey, the world's leading jailer of journalists; those protesting in Tahrir Square; and others opposing authoritarianism around the world. He says that those battling oppression around the world no longer recognize the United States.


The Queen fires Prince Andrew. They expect a subpoena from FBI. Her Majesty did what she must.


While you weren't sleeping: In face of impeachment, Trump pursues agenda on courts, environment, Israel and more


Outrageous. I'm not endorsing court-packing. But let's recognize that Justice Kennedy engaged in a fundamentally illegitimate form of personal politics if he implicitly used retirement as leverage to handpick a buddy/former clerk.


Netanyahu has literally barricaded himself inside the PM's residence. No journalists allowed in for his statement responding to indictment announcement. Just him, a camera and his closest advisers


Russian propaganda seen fusing with Republican Ukraine narrative


Trump role in Ukraine scheme uncontested after hearings


Impeachment witness rips 'domestic political errand' for Trump