Monday, January 13, 2020

Russia, if you are listening ...

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas turns over thousands of pages of documents to impeachment investigators

Not only was alan Dershowitz an Epstein lawyer he was also an Epstein friend.

#ItrustBernie to lie all day every day, and although I am not a supporter of Elizabeth Warren in the primaries, #ITrustElizabeth over that lying sexist every day of the week and twice on Sundays

What she did jeopardized the.most important prosecutions of our lifetimes.

‘Four embassies’: The anatomy of Trump’s unfounded claim about Iran

Trump planning to divert additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall

Canada's Trudeau says Iran plane victims would be alive had Trump not escalated tensions in the region

Trump just tweeted: “I stand stronger than anyone in protecting your Healthcare with Pre- Existing Conditions.” How absurd. His Administration is in court—right now—trying to repeal the entire ACA, including protections for pre-existing conditions. No one is fooled. — Adam Schiff

"I have to say, Rachel, I'm a bit distressed to see this for the first time in a newspaper report. If the intel community is aware of this, that should have been brought to our attention by now." -Rep. Adam Schiff on new NYT reporting on Russian hacking

Lawmakers Tangle Over Calling Witnesses in Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial

BREAKING: A major shakeup could happen at MSNBC with Chuck Todd's show moving to a morning slot. Execs are also talking with Fox News escapee Shepard Smith

The red herring here is from Bill Barr. When there is a campaign that involves repeated attacks on American targets, then there is no excuse for the administration not to have sought an authorization from Congress, as the Constitution demands. Otherwise, imminence is required

As usual the stories keep changing. Barr and Pompeo shift justification for Iran strike from 'imminent' threat to deterrence.

Is there any Republican without connections to Lev Parnas? Florida Republican governor’s communications with Giuliani henchman turned over to the House.

Treasury's Mnuchin to head U.S. delegation to Davos Mnuchin will be joined by Wilbur Ross, Labor Sec. Eugene Scalia, Elaine Chao, U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer and Ivanka and Jared.

Impeachment isn't about politics or poll numbers. It's about our duty to our country. President Trump abused the powers of his office to pressure Ukraine to help him cheat in the next election. The House upheld our Constitutional duty. It’s up to the Senate to do the same.

"[E]xperts say the timing and scale of the attacks suggest that the Russians could be searching for potentially embarrassing material on the Bidens — the same kind of information that Mr. Trump wanted from Ukraine when he pressed for an investigation of the Bidens and Burisma."

"The risk of war with this president is greater than it's been in a long time." -Senator Chuck Schumer

The one thing @realDonaldTrump loves to do is borrow and spend money. The one thing he doesn't like to do -- and usually doesn't do -- is pay it back

"I’ll vote in favor of hearing witnesses.” - Mitt Romney announces he will vote against McConnell — and approve witnesses during impeachment.

Steve Scalise

President Trump: Instead of spending the day in executive time tweeting lies about your record on protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions, Why not stand up for veterans affected by Agent Orange? Why not stop your lawsuit against our health care law?

Breaking via NYT: Russians hacked Burisma. The hacking attempts began in early November. It is not yet clear what the hackers found, or precisely what they were searching for

This is literally a video just released by Lev Parnas’ attorney. It is basically TV ready as an ad

Meanwhile, on #Russia's state TV

Facebook says it's not in the business of fact-checking. The FEC Commissioner says Facebook has no idea how seriously it is hurting democracy.

BREAKING: Sen. Cory Booker is dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, citing a number of reasons including a lack of money to continue

7 months ≠ imminent

Trump is pursuing a lawsuit RIGHT NOW to declare protections for people with pre-exisiting conditions unconstitutional

State Department officials involved in U.S. embassy security were not made aware of imminent threats to four specific U.S. embassies, two State Department officials said, further undermining Trump's claims that Soleimani posed an imminent threat.

Sen. John Cornyn urges Trump to not select House Republicans to his legal team: “My advice to him would be: Let's not infect the Senate trial with the circus-like atmosphere of the House,” he told reporters

NEW: A federal judge just GRANTED permission for Lev Parnas to share extractions from three more electronic devices with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Now someone’s scared of a trial. They must have told him they’re not going to be able to block witnesses.

Schiff: "If McConnell succeeds in dismissing this case without witnesses it will be the first impeachment case, not just involving a president, but involving anyone in the nation's history in which a trial went forward without witnesses."

Patriots, Stop helping adversarial hashtags trend. If you want, create a counter hashtag/message. But making their messaging reach more eyes is unwise.

Dallas Morning News Editorial Board: "Texas is the only state to turn its back on refugees, and we should be ashamed."

Donald Trump has retweeted an image of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in Islamic garb in front of an Iranian flag

Let’s hope this isn’t all a mob ruse

Q. Can Chief Justice John Roberts order witnesses to testify even if Senator McConnell disagrees? A: Yes, Chief Justice Roberts can and I think should overrule the majority if he has to. The constitution tells us that the chief justice shall preside

No tax returns, No medical records, No explanation of Russia ties, No evidence of success despite the cult-like following, No explanation for the continued issue with how women are treated who work for him. Am I talking about Trump or Bernie?

Rick Santorum says separation of church & state is a "communists" idea, not An American one. Is the entire GOP ignorant?

“Report further connects Trump's impeachment fears, airstrike”

"Let them eat coal!"

Netanyahu tried to delay the start of his corruption trial: Citing tensions with Iran R/T Trump’s assassination.πŸ€” 1. Pompeo meets Netanyahu in Israel 2. Then Pompeo convinces Trump to kill Iran’s general 3. Pompeo calls *Netanyahu immediately after attack

"I want to know what the plan is if the Democratic nominee is @BernieSanders & he suffers a heart attack on the campaign trail, what are Democrats going to do? Because if that happens, they’re giving @realDonaldTrump a 2nd term"

Experts predict what the 2020 housing market will bring

As Canada mourns 57 lives lost that came as a direct result of his actions, Trump has not has a single tweet of condolence but has had dozens proclaiming his own victimhood today alone. No smaller man has existed in modern times than this petulant fool.

Schiff Says House Intelligence Committee May Subpoena John Bolton “There is no reason not to have him testify unless you just want to cover up the president’s wrongdoing.”

If Trump Wins in 2020, Get Ready for President Don Jr. Over at ⁦@thedailybeast⁩, an excerpt from my new book Running Against The Devil. Enjoy!

If they have nothing to hide, why do Mitch McConnell and Republicans choose to quickly dismiss the case? Dismissing is a cover up.

I’m no climate scientist but 74 in January in Boston sounds bad

Officials dropped thousands of pounds of sweet potato and carrots to help wallabies looking for a meal in the wake of devastating wildfires.

This is just so wrong. Selling the US military. This entire administration is a complete shambles, run by a bunch of absolute incompetents. You can see why he went bankrupt. Amash accuses Trump of selling military support to Saudi Arabia

Ukraine's only English-language television channel, UATV, has stopped broadcasting. The channel was created in 2015 amid what media analysts have called a fierce "information war" with Russia.

Meh, sure, make the effort, but you'll acquit him anyway because you're cowards, it's obvious he's guilty, he's not even hiding it. We see you.

He can’t lie that he saw the non-existent intelligence on the threat to four embassies because the Intel Committees would ask him to produce it. But to survive he must lie about believing the president’s claim. Thus is the credibility of cabinet officers fatally compromised.

@SpeakerPelosi on McConnell signing a resolution to dismiss the #impeachment case: “Dismissing is a #coverup...senators who are thinking now about voting for witnesses or not, they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial."

Our slippery secretary of state said that “there were a series of imminent attacks,” but “we don’t know precisely when, and we don’t know precisely where.” Umm, if you don’t know where or when, how do you know the attacks were “imminent”?

Meet Robert Trump, Donald’s 72 year old, younger brother. Retired from the Trump Org. in 2016, yet awarded a $33 million contract for his investment co. CertiPath. Providing security for federal courthouses & cellblocks. A rival bidder filed a DOJ complaint. But, Hunter Biden.

Today Boston hit 74F making it the warmest January day on record in the city. Previous to this weekend there was only two January days in total in the past 150 years to hit 70F. This weekend we had two.

Thread: I’m Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, and these are personal reflections. I am very angry, and time isn’t making me less angry. A MLF colleague of mine lost his wife and family this week to a needless, irresponsible series of events in Iran...

Cocaine Mitch is back in town....

Q: "Do you think the administration has been straight with the American people about the reasons for taking out General Soleimani?" Pelosi: "I don't think the administration has been straight with the Congress of the United States."

Trump continues to be in complete denial of Russia's role in our elections. At the same time, he and McConnell refuse to protect our critical infrastructure of elections.

In one day, at the moment of a heightened national security crisis, we have witnessed 2 major public disagreements within Trump national security team, 1st between Secretary of Defense and the President, and 2nd, between the President and his National Security Advisor. Not good.

I imagine Mitch McConnell does not want us to retweet this