Tuesday, December 3, 2019

"The president knows as well that Canada has been there for every NATO deployment" -- Trudeau pushes back as Trump castigates him for Canada not spending more on its military

Impeachment Inquiry Enters New Phase With House Judiciary

His team, led by #LenigradLindsey, are the ones pushin’ censure because they know Trump’s guilty and can’t defend him.

BREAKING: 2nd circuit court of appeals rules in FAVOR of the HOUSE for its subpoena of Deutsche Bank and Capital One financial records of the Trump FAMILY and businesses and STAYS it’s own ruling for 7 days for Trump to appeal!!

Lev Parnas' lawyer publicly shames Devin Nunes for not recusing himself from impeachment hearing

Seriously. Suing CNN is a commitment of $100,000 and up, first year, minimum. No firm is taking that dog on a contingency. Is this campaign funds?

BREAKING: U.S. House overwhelmingly approves legislation that would impose sanctions on Chinese officials over human rights abuses against Muslim minorities, risking retaliation from Beijing

Schiff on Nunes calls in the report: “It is deeply concerning that at a time when the president of the United States was using the power of his office to dig up dirt on a political rival, that there may be evidence that there were members of Congress complicit in that activity.”

GOP leader says it’s no big deal if Nunes spoke with Rudy Giuliani in secret while trying to undermine impeachment

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he is "one thousand percent confident" that Russia, not Ukraine, meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, breaking from President Trump and others in his party who have pushed the discredited conspiracy theory

One of Trump's most common responses to intelligence briefings is to doubt what he's being told, former Deputy Director of Intelligence Susan Gordon said. Trump's typical responses to briefings: "I don't think that's true" or "Why is that true?"

NEW: Nadler’s message to his colleagues this morning on tomorrow’s hearing: “I’m not going to take any shit” — a rare cuss word from the lawyerly Manhattan Democrat that prompted some lawmakers to sit up in their chairs

Consulting firm McKinsey & Company reportedly recommended that Immigration and Customs Enforcement cut down on food and medical care funding for migrant detainees as part of President Trump's effort to crack down on illegal immigration

Almost half of all Americans work in low-wage jobs

Mike Pence and other senior officials “were either knowledgeable of or active participants in an effort to extract from a foreign nation the personal political benefits sought by the president,” according to the report

BREAKING: @DevinNunes has filed a $435 million lawsuit against @CNN over its reporting on testimony from #LevParnas

'I'm not going to take any sh--': Nadler girds for battle.

Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’ll see you at your trial.

Will Republicans be able to wipe Trump's crimes from the history books?

My hot take is that Harris will be better off for her long-term political future playing a role in the Senate impeachment trial and possibly in a future Democratic administration. Bloomberg and Steyer's spending is a roadblock to the top tier she couldn't overcome.

Much respect to Schiff for waiting until after the hearings to out Devin Nunes' unethical ass.

Fox can’t shake anti-Semitism.

No sane person can actually say nothing happened. We can all see, clear as day, that Trump used the power of his office for personal gain. He traded away our National Security interest to bribe Ukraine for favors to help his 2020 re-election campaign

The whole time Devin Nunes was ranting and spewing conspiracy theories during those hearings, Adam Schiff knew he was deeply involved in the _real_ conspiracy.

President Donald Trump: "I had legal scholars looking at the transcripts the other day and they said 'these are absolutely perfect, Trump is right when he uses the word'"

Armed w/ never-before-seen phone records, Democrats accused Trump's allies of coordinating w/ a conservative journalist to peddle "false narratives" about Trump's opponents as part of his pressure campaign on Ukraine. Devin Nunes was linked to that effort.

Trump said: “I know more about offense and defense than [generals] will ever understand, believe me.” I don’t believe him. But I do believe a retired officer who wrote: “we have someone in charge of the military who would be unfit to hold the lowest rank.”

As the report came out today detailing Nunes' phone calls with Giuliani and Lev Parnas, Devin Nunes sued CNN for $435 million, for what he called ‘false and defamatory’ reporting

This is fascinating, as flagged by ⁦@KatyTurNBC⁩ and ⁦@AriMelber⁩ as I sit on tv w them: ⁦@RudyGiuliani⁩ was in contact with OMB

Schiff: "I don't think there's any question that the uncontested facts show this president solicited a bribe,"

No need to ask Tulsi Gabbard about how she feels about the Magnitsky Act because we have her voting record. In December 2016, she was among a tiny minority of members of Congress to vote against the Global Magnitsky Act

California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter has pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges stemming from his misuse of more than $200,000 in campaign funds. Read his plea agreement here

Just in: Norm Eisen, not Barry Berke, will be questioning the witnesses at tomorrow’s Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing, per an official.

"Today, we may be witnessing a collision between the power of a remedy meant to curb presidential misconduct and the power of faction determined to defend against the use of that remedy on a president of the same party," Democrats write in the report

Who in the W.H. budget office called Giuliani on August 8th, and what did they talk about for 13 minutes? The call — and more than a dozen others and texts between Giuliani and W.H. numbers — showed up in AT&T and Verizon records obtained by the House

So now that it appears that Devin Nunes participated in the conspiracy to rig the 2020 elections and then obstructed congress by not informing them of his conflict and recusing himself from the committee, what happens to him? Censure? Resignation?

Macron shreds Trump when he threatens to send ISIS fighters to France.

First big takeaway from House intel report: It concludes that VP Pence-- who would become POTUS if Trump is removed-- was "either knowledgeable of or active participant" in conduct that is basis for impeachment.

Now that we know Nunes has had at least 4 calls with Parnas, and Trump had at least 10 encounters with Parnas and Fruman, it seems to be understating their influence just to call them "indicted Giuliani associates."

Schiff on Nunes calls in the report: “It is deeply concerning that at a time when the president of the United States was using the power of his office to dig up dirt on a political rival, that there may be evidence that there were members of Congress complicit in that activity.”

Looks like Devin #Nunes is in deep, deep trouble. Comprehensive list of call records listed in #ImpeachmentReport Nunes/senior aide Derek Harvey calls with Giuliani and indicted Lev Parnas, who were engaged in disinformation campaign and Ukraine dirt on Bidens

In lawsuit against CNN, @DevinNunes says network should have known Parnas was "a renowned liar, a fraudster, a hustler, an opportunist with delusions of grandeur..." Not good timing given phone records in intel report.

Swalwell says House Intel "subpoenaed outside third-party records," noting they were "able to subpoena records that tied together what some of these individuals like Rudy Giuliani and ranking member Nunes and others were doing throughout the scheme."

Private American companies (AT&T and Verizon) were willing to comply with the House subpoenas. The Executive Branch, on the other hand, entirely stonewalled a co-equal branch of government. Power isn't supposed to be a shield against the rule of law. But it's become just that.

Devin Nunes, you should have recused yourself at the outset of the #HIC

. The most impt language is in 1st sentence: the Committee Report details the evidence gathered “THUS FAR.” They are clearly laying down a marker that the investigation continues & that the President is bent on obstructing it/trying to gag ExecBr employees from telling the truth

2. Page 1 then begins exactly where my book IMPEACH does, that our Founders feared a President who would put his personal interests over those of the American people. That’s what Impeachment is all about.
3. I love how the Report right away centers everything on the memo/partial transcript of the Trump/Zelensky July 25 phone call. That call alone is beyond damning, despite the President's phantom legal scholars he claimed today who supposedly labeled the call beautiful and perfect
4. The Report sets the right tone, saying impeachment isn't something they seek lightly. But that this is precisely why our Founders put it in the Constitution.
5. The Report then does a really good job explaining how the President couldn't say he was unaware of the problems in seeking help from a foreign govt in a presidential campaign. It nicely incorporates the 2016 Russian help and explains how Trump was on notice of the dangers here
6. Most impt, the Report explains that Trump has said he'd do it again, asking China for dirt on Biden, too. It destroys the "wait until the next election" argument. That is waiting for an election the President has tried to cheat in, and said he wants to continue to cheat in.
7. The Report does a fabulous job of explaining the facts, and points out that there is very little that Trump is even contesting about them. Instead, they just think we should "get over it."
8. In what is a devastating section of the Report, a lengthy 100pp analysis of Trump's obstruction of justice. This is a really fabulous job. My favorite is pp206-207, where they show that no President in American history has ever done what Trump has done here.
9. These pages are really impt. They show Trump has gone way beyond Nixon, and his claims would destroy our constitutional separation of powers.Even if Repubs are really fine with a President who tries to get help from a foreign govt in his reelection, they cannot be fine w/this
10. If a President can unilaterally say "I'm going to gag witnesses and info from Congress in impeachment proceedings b/c I feel they are unfair" we are reading these clauses out of the Constitution.
11. And we are back where we started, at page 1: it would undo the only check on a President who abuses his powers and puts his interests over the American people, impeachment.
12.Trump got away w/obstruction in Mueller b/c that was criminal& his guy Barr cleared him. This is difft,it's a crime against the American people. He doesn't have an AG to protect him. Every American must fear what Trump has done. If he can do it, so can President Warren/Sanders