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The Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump

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(David Bythewood) #2393

Why do Republicans place the future of victimizers over their victims?


(David Bythewood) #2394

Alan Dershowitz Is Wrong


(David Bythewood) #2395

This also relates to the Immigration thread.




Anybody even mildly familiar with Trump’s obsession with revenge could tell you this was coming.

Trump Reportedly Compiling Nixonian ‘Enemies List’ as He Seeks Revenge for Impeachment


#2396

A powerful replaying of Rep Schiff’s speech with imagery of T’s character and friends.

:point_down: video


#2397

And wonder what the timing on getting Bolton to speak might be? Before his book drops maybe, right after?

Nadler says House ‘likely’ to subpoena Bolton

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, one of the House managers in the impeachment trial, **spoke to reporters following a caucus meeting about his
Nadler said he thinks it’s “likely” one of the House committees will subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton, one of the key witnesses Democrats were hoping to call. Bolton was an eyewitness to much of Trump’s conduct on Ukraine and expressed concerns about Rudy Giuliani’s involvement in Ukraine diplomacy.

Bolton had said he would testify if subpoenaed but the Senate on Friday killed an effort to hear from new witnesses.

Nadler didn’t give a timeframe for the potential subpoena.


#2398

Final arguments from Senators to impeach/not impeach T.

February 05, 2020

Senate Impeachment Trial Vote The impeachement trial of President Trump concludes with votes on the articles. Legislative work is also possible.

and the 1p PST/4p EST vote on Impeachment


#2399

Pentagon officials stunned by White House decision to block Ukraine aid, new emails show

Days before the July 2019 call between President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, US officials were still working to expedite the delivery of Javelin anti-tank missiles to the country, according to emails and other internal documents reviewed by CNN.

The new information underscores how the July 18th decision to hold the military aid stunned officials, who had already assessed Ukraine deserved to receive it and were preparing a Javelin missile order as well. The decision reverberated across the government for weeks. Officials grew so concerned over the deferrals by the Office of Management and Budget that they noted the aid was at “serious risk,” and questioned if the move was illegal.

In an email to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who was in his first week on the job, a top Defense official communicated his concern over Trump’s “reported view that the US should cease providing security assistance” to Ukraine and its impact on national security.

Defense officials hoped Esper might be able to persuade the President to drop the hold, and included their rationale in briefing notes provided to him for an August meeting at the White House.

The documents reviewed by CNN – none of which revealed classified information on military operations or sensitive personnel matters – are linked to communications and meetings from July and August last year related to the aid freeze that was at the center of efforts to impeach Trump. The documents paint a broad picture of bureaucrats scrambling to understand and push back against a sudden, unexplained White House directive that disrupted months of careful planning, contradicted Pentagon decisions based on US national security concerns and undermined Ukraine’s efforts to defend itself against Russia.

Drip💧drip💧


(David Bythewood) #2400

Romney is voting to convict. Why does that matter? It pokes gaping holes in the GOP’s “this isn’t bipartisan” argument.


#2401

Romney to vote to convict Trump on charge of abuse of power, becoming the first Republican to break ranks

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) sealed a place in history Wednesday with his announcement that he will vote to convict President Trump of abuse of power, becoming a rare lone voice in a Republican Party that otherwise has marched in lockstep with the president throughout the impeachment proceedings.

Romney said he will vote against the second article of impeachment, which accused the president of obstruction of Congress. But on the first article, the Utah senator said in a telephone interview that he found the evidence against Trump overwhelming and the arguments by the president’s defense ultimately unconvincing.

“There’s no question that the president asked a foreign power to investigate his political foe,” Romney said ahead of the floor statement he delivered Wednesday. “That he did so for a political purpose, and that he pressured Ukraine to get them to do help or to lead in this effort. My own view is that there’s not much I can think of that would be a more egregious assault on our Constitution than trying to corrupt an election to maintain power. And that’s what the president did.”

Romney is a yes to convict on Abuse of Power but not Obstruction of Congress. :woman_shrugging:t2: That’s super random…


(David Bythewood) #2402

I saw a quote from Trump calling for Romney to be expelled from the GOP, but can’t find a source.


#2403

Here’s just an ongoing list of all the insults that have been directed by T to Romney.


#2404

It was Jr.


(David Bythewood) #2405

Wow. Here we have Trump’s son, who cheated veterans and cancer victims, quote-tweeting the woman who created the Spygate conspiracy theory while calling for Mitt Romney to be expelled from the GOP.

I can’t think of a better recommendation for Mitt Romney’s integrity.

Good Trouble.


(David Bythewood) #2406

Final results of the Article 1: Abuse of Power vote - 48 to 52.

Second article coming up.


(David Bythewood) #2407

The final tally on Article 2: Obstruction of Justice is Guilty 47, Not Guilty 53.

And with that the trial-that-was-not-a-trial is over and Donald John Trump is anointed God-Emperor Trump of the Grand Ol’ Party.


#2408

He’s still impeached. :smirk::laughing::joy::joy::joy:


(David Bythewood) #2409

::sighs:: He is, but does he really understand that?


In Private, Republicans Admit They Acquitted Trump Out of Fear

One journalist remarked to me, “How in the world can these senators walk around here upright when they have no backbone?”



#2410

Cross-posting :raised_hands:

Last call for impeachment news!


(David Bythewood) #2411

Let the reprisals begin. Trump just posted an attack ad against Mitt Romney.
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#2412

Watch: President Trump Statement on Senate Acquittal

President Trump delivered a statement on the Senate acquittal on two articles of impeachment.