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Day 1049

1/ Trump committed impeachable offenses, according to three constitutional scholars who testified during the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing into Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine for political gain. Noah Feldman, a professor at Harvard, Michael Gerhardt, a professor at the University of North Carolina, and Pamela Karlan, a Stanford law professor, all agreed that Trump was guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanors" for soliciting foreign assistance and withholding a White House meeting and military assistance from Ukraine as leverage for political favors. Gerhardt added that Trump's actions toward Ukraine were worse than Richard Nixon's misconduct during Watergate. Karlan also told lawmakers that Trump's attempt to "strong arm a foreign leader" would not be considered politics as usual. Feldman, Gerhardt, and Karlan were invited to testify by the Democrats. Republicans also tapped their own law professor, Jonathan Turley, to testify, who suggested that the impeachment case is "slipshod" and premature. Turley also disagreed that Trump conditioning a White House meeting and releasing military aid on whether Ukraine would announce the investigations he wanted amounted to a bribe. (New York Times / Washington Post / NBC News)

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Looks like US Atty Durham who is doing a separate review of the 2016 election concurs with IG Horowitz…so that must bum Barr out.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office contacted U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor Barr personally tapped to lead a separate review of the 2016 probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, the people said. The inspector general also contacted several U.S. intelligence agencies.

Among Horowitz’s questions: whether a Maltese professor who interacted with a Trump campaign adviser was actually a U.S. intelligence asset deployed to ensnare the campaign, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the inspector general’s findings have not been made public.

But the intelligence agencies said the professor was not among their assets, the people said. And Durham informed Horowitz’s office that his investigation had not produced any evidence that might contradict the inspector general’s findings on that point.

@MissJava - maybe this should go on Day 1049 when it opens up. plz…thanks! :grin:


This seems to largely be speculation, but Pompeo and Netanyahu meeting to talk publicly about this is worrisome, especially when both Trump and Netanyahu are desperate for a big distraction.

U.S. seizes suspected Iranian missile parts, considers sending more troops to Mideast

A Navy warship has seized a “significant cache” of suspected Iranian guided missile parts headed to rebels in Yemen, U.S. officials said Wednesday

The Middle East Monitor articles seem very pro-Israel, anti-Iran, but still reveal some definite facts.


Last year it was a massive government shutdown. This year it’s slashing SNAP to take food stamps away from nearly 1M Americans, not to mention farmers who provide that food.
It seems making Americans starve is a new GOP holiday tradition.

Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement change

Nearly 700,000 SNAP Recipients Could Lose Benefits Under New Trump Rule

Trump administration proposals could cause millions to lose food stamps

“SNAP is related to hunger and getting people the nutrition they need,” one food bank representative said. “Food shouldn’t be a luxury.”

Food pantries concerned about possible changes to federal food stamp program

In addition to the millions of struggling families whose health & well being will be jeopardized, this move will harm farmers, retailers, & local economies. SNAP accounts for about 10% of the food that U.S. families buy for their homes.

This move will also harm local farmer’s markets.


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