Speaking of, here’s their latest argument.
Osama bin Laden & al-Awlaki were terrorists, like al-Baghdadi. Which is why no Democrat protested al-Baghdadi’s death. Muammar Gaddafi was killed by his own people, NOT Obama. This is a patent falsehood; if Obama had, it would have been illegal. Like killing Soleimani was.
Trump’s Deputy Press Secretary Mocked After Falsely Claiming Obama Killed Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi: ‘Just do a Google Search’
Trump wants to invoke executive privilege when and if Bolton ever testifies.
Mitch wants to outright ban witnesses and documents in the trial.
Their fear says everything.
Hannity Appears to Threaten to Give Out GOP Senators’ Phone Numbers if They Allow Impeachment Witnesses
“Don’t make me start giving out the phone number!"
U.S. Warns Iraq It Risks Losing Access to Key Bank Account if Troops Told to Leave
Loss of access to New York Fed account, where international oil sale revenue is kept, could creating cash crunch in Iraq’s financial system
And here is Trump bluntly stating our troops in Syria are there to take the oil.
Esper Says He ‘Didn’t See’ Specific Evidence Iranians Planned to Attack 4 Embassies
Despite admitting he had NO evidence to support this, Defense Sec. Mark Esper says he believes Iran was planning an attack on 4 embassies and that Trump believed it.
This is basically Trump’s sycophants yet again circling the wagons to support a Trump lie, only unlike #SharpieGate it resulted in real deaths and international turmoil instead of amusing memes.
The original lie was a planned attack on our Baghdad embassy; Trump later added 3 more without naming specific locations.
President Trump had claimed that a planned attack on four American embassies was a justification for the strike on an Iranian general.
We are now the world’s largest protection racket. Trump Mob Inc.
A brief moment of levity that is also very, very sadly accurate:
The UK is abandoning its alliance with Trump as the United States ‘withdraws from its leadership around the world’
In a statement certain to shock nobody, Trump is entirely in favor of the Senate flat dismissing the charges without a trial.
I suspect he doesn’t comprehend that if the Senate does this, he’s still impeached. This would explain his persistent argument that he shouldn’t be.
Good to see I am not the only one by far to recognize that Trump thinks he can wriggle out of his status as #ImpeachedForLife .
Pelosi says Trump ‘impeached for life’ despite McConnell’s ‘gamesmanship,’ ‘coverup’
maybe we’ll learn more about Nunes?
House Democrats will discuss on Tuesday morning how to move forward, Pelosi said on Sunday, with the chamber possibly voting to send the charges to the Senate later that day.
JOINT STATUS REPORT: AMERICAN OVERSIGHT V. DOE – PERRY AND BROUILLETTE’S UKRAINE RECORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Joint Status Report filed by American Oversight and the Department of Energy in American Oversight’s lawsuit seeking the release of Secretary Rick Perry’s communications with high-level Ukraine officials; with outside groups associated with U.S. energy interests in Ukraine; and with particular associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani. American Oversight is also requesting records regarding the U.S. delegation, led by Perry, to Ukrainian President Zelensky’s inauguration, including the records of former Chief of Staff Brian McCormack.
The Department of Energy agreed to make the first production of records on Jan. 28, 2020, prioritizing Perry’s and McCormack’s communications as well as records related to the delegation. Subsequent productions are scheduled for Feb. 4 and March 16.
This is outrageous. The Russians are not our friends – again and again, we see them taking extraordinary measures to mess up our country any way they can. In this case, are they looking to release dirt on Biden during the 2020 election cycle, the same way they released dirt on Hilary Clinton in 2016? Could they be fabricating dirt? Could they be destroying exculpatory records? Who knows. One thing we do know is that Trump appears to be doing little or nothing to protect our elections or the cyber infra-structure of our government and businesses.
With President Trump facing an impeachment trial over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, Russian military hackers have been boring into the Ukrainian gas company at the center of the affair, according to security experts.
The hacking attempts against Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, began in early November, as talk of the Bidens, Ukraine and impeachment was dominating the news in the United States.
It is not yet clear what the hackers found, or precisely what they were searching for. But the experts 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, setting off a chain of events that led to his impeachment.
The Russian tactics are strikingly similar to what American intelligence agencies say was Russia’s hacking of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman and the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential campaign. In that case, once they had the emails, the Russians used trolls to spread and spin the material, and built an echo chamber to widen its effect.
Then, as now, the Russian hackers from a military intelligence unit known formerly as the G.R.U., and to private researchers by the alias “Fancy Bear,” used so-called phishing emails that appear designed to steal usernames and passwords, according to Area 1, the Silicon Valley security firm that detected the hacking. In this instance, the hackers set up fake websites that mimicked sign-in pages of Burisma subsidiaries, and have been blasting Burisma employees with emails meant to look like they are coming from inside the company.
The hackers fooled some of them into handing over their login credentials, and managed to get inside one of Burisma’s servers, Area 1 said.
“The attacks were successful,” said Oren Falkowitz, a co-founder of Area 1, who previously served at the National Security Agency. Mr. Falkowitz’s firm maintains a network of sensors on web servers around the globe — many known to be used by state-sponsored hackers — which gives the firm a front-row seat to phishing attacks, and allows them to block attacks on their customers.
“The timing of the Russian campaign mirrors the G.R.U. hacks we saw in 2016 against the D.N.C. and John Podesta,” the Clinton campaign chairman, Mr. Falkowitz said. “Once again, they are stealing email credentials, in what we can only assume is a repeat of Russian interference in the last election.” …
Mmmm… Interesting times. The cynic in me says we’ll never see witnesses during the the Senate trial, and then along comes an article like this that offers just a little glimmer of hope. Could this all be posturing by vulnerable Republican Senators just to give the appearance of being fair (à la the Kavanaugh “investigation”)? We’ll find out soon!
The White House is preparing for some Republican senators to join Democrats in voting to call witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, which could get underway in the coming days.
Senior White House officials tell CBS News they increasingly believe that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses. In addition to Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and possibly Cory Gardner of Colorado, the White House also views Rand Paul of Kentucky as a “wild card” and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee as an “institutionalist” who might vote to call witnesses, as one official put it.
Last week, Collins said she was working with a “fairly small group” of GOP senators to allow new testimony, adding that her colleagues “should be completely open to calling witnesses.” Romney has expressed an interest in hearing from former national security adviser John Bolton, who has said he would testify under subpoena. Murkowski said last week that the Senate should proceed as it did during the 1999 Clinton impeachment trial.
Gardner and Alexander have both said the Senate trial should be fair and impartial. Paul has said the president should be able to call his own witnesses, including the whistleblower whose complaint about Ukraine sparked the impeachment inquiry in the first place.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the question of whether to call new witnesses in the trial would be decided by the full Senate after the trial gets underway. A simple majority of 51 votes will be needed to approve motions to call witnesses, meaning Democrats would need to convince four out of the 53 Republicans in the Senate to vote with them to compel testimony. …
That makes four. But is if it drops back down to three, it’s my understanding that Chief Justice Roberts will break tie votes during the trial.
More articles for this one. Wow.
GOP leadership: There aren’t 51 votes to dismiss Trump articles of impeachment
The list: Mitt Romney, Roy Blunt, Susan Collins, Rob Portman, John Cornyn.
Pelosi Statement on Timing of Appointment of Impeachment Mangers and Transmittal of Articles of Impeachment to Senate
JANUARY 14, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the timing of the appointment of impeachment managers and the transmittal of articles of impeachment to the Senate:
“In December, the House upheld its Constitutional duty to defend democracy For The People: passing two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. I am proud of the moral courage of Members to honor the vision of our Founders for a Republic, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform to defend it and the aspirations of our children to live freely within it.
“The Senate GOP Leader has signed on to a dismissal resolution. A dismissal is a cover-up. The American people will fully understand the Senate’s move to begin the trial without witnesses and documents as a pure political cover-up. Leader McConnell and the President are afraid of more facts coming to light.
“The American people deserve the truth, and the Constitution demands a trial. The House will now proceed with a vote on transmitting the articles of impeachment and naming impeachment managers on Wednesday, January 15.
“The President and the Senators will be held accountable.”