Trump Corruption

John Kelly: The GOP Only Gave Trump “Half A Trial”

The New Jersey Advance reports: A Senate vote to end President Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings without calling witnesses should be considered “half a trial,” the president’s former chief of staff John Kelly said Friday. “In my view, they kind of leave themselves open to a lot of criticism,” Kelly said in an interview in advance of his Feb. 12 appearance …

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Marie Yovanovitch Retires From State Department

Axios reports: Former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch has retired from the State Department, NPR first reported. The career diplomat remained on payroll since she was ousted from the department last year, per NPR. Why it matters: During her closed-door deposition before House impeachment committees, Yovanovitch testified that President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani led the smear campaign that led to her …

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Senate Vote On Acquittal Likely To Be On Wednesday

NPR reports: The Senate still must vote on whether or not to acquit Trump of the charges against him, a vote now expected to come next Wednesday, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri told reporters. The agreement would give senators the weekend off, with the trial resuming Monday with closing arguments from both sides, as well as time for senators …

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Senate Votes 51-49 Against Calling Trial Witnesses

The New York Times reports: The Senate voted on Friday to block the consideration of additional witnesses and documents in President Trump’s impeachment trial, as Republicans shut down a push by Democrats to bring in new evidence and cleared the way for a swift acquittal in the coming days. The nearly party-line vote came after a bitter, four-hour debate between …

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LIVE VIDEO: Vote On Witnesses May Happen Soon

Click the videos. Much consulting going on. CNET reports: Friday marks a pivotal day in the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Senators will first decide whether to call witnesses. If they then vote against witnesses, they could move straight to votes on the articles of impeachment. Friday’s session will start at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. With 53 …

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Pompeo Won’t Dispute Allegations In Bolton’s Book

ABC News reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to directly dispute allegations reportedly contained in an unpublished manuscript of former national security adviser John Bolton’s forthcoming book, saying he would not comment on press reports “off in the lands of the hypothetical.” In Kyiv on Friday, Pompeo downplayed the report’s credibility — but did not explicitly deny its contents. …

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Schumer Denies Report: No Deal In Place On Trial’s End

I was all set to post this and then Schumer denied it all. NBC News reports: Sens. Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell told their members at their respective closed-door lunches that the two leaders have agreed to a proposal that would culminate in a Wednesday vote to acquit the president, according to two Democrats in the room and two Republican …

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Rubio: Even If What Trump Has Done Is Impeachable, Removing Him Would Be Too Divisive For The Country

From Rubio’s statement published today on Medium: As Manager Jerry Nadler (D-NY) reminded us Wednesday night, removal is not a punishment for a crime. Nor is removal supposed to be a way to hold Presidents accountable; that is what elections are for. The sole purpose of this extraordinary power to remove the one person entrusted with all of the powers …

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Murkowski Caves To Trump’s Threats On Witnesses

The New York Times report: Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, said Friday she would vote against including new witnesses and documents in President Trump’s impeachment trial, likely dealing a fatal blow to Democrats’ attempts to compel new evidence. “I carefully considered the need for additional witnesses and documents, to cure the shortcomings of its process, but ultimately decided that …

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BOOK: Trump Ordered Bolton To Help Extort Ukraine

The New York Times reports: More than two months before he asked Ukraine’s president to investigate his political opponents, President Trump directed John R. Bolton, then his national security adviser, to help with his pressure campaign to extract damaging information on Democrats from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript by Mr. Bolton. Mr. Trump gave the instruction, Mr. Bolton …

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John Bolton Defends Trial Witnesses: They Should Be Able To Speak Their Minds Without Fearing Retribution

Austin’s NBC News affiliate reports: Speaking at a private event in Austin Thursday, Former National Security Advisor John Bolton defended government officials who testified in front of the U.S. House impeachment inquiry.  Sources tell KXAN Bolton defended former officials Fiona Hill, Tim Morrison, Alex Vindman, Bill Taylor, and Marie Yovanovitch. “All of them acted in the best interest of the …

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Trump In Iowa: Democrats “Want To Kill Your Cows”

NBC News reports: Trump painted a doomsday scenario under a Democratic president. “If we don’t win, your farms are going to hell,” he said, claiming that under the Green New Deal supported by some of the 2020 contenders, “they want to kill your cows.” “That means you’re next,” he said. The proposed legislation does not call for killing or banning …

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GOP Senator: Trump Did It, It Was Wrong, But So What

The Associated Press reports: Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee will oppose calling more witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, all but dashing Democratic efforts to hear more testimony and boosting odds the Senate will vote imminently to acquit without new testimony, in a matter of days. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said late Thursday she would vote …

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WaPo: Acquittal Without Witnesses Is Meaningless

From the editorial board of the Washington Post: Polls show that Americans overwhelmingly want the trial to hear witnesses. There is no precedent for an impeachment trial without live testimony. If it suppresses it, the Senate will ratify a coverup, making any acquittal of Mr. Trump meaningless. Mr. Trump tried to use his office to force Ukraine to intervene in …

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Christie: Trump Would Campaign Against Republican Senators Who Buck Party On Trial Witnesses [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says in a new interview that President Trump may target Republican senators who buck party leadership and vote for additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial for primary challenges. In an interview with ABC News, Christie said he could “definitely” see the president at least encouraging primary challengers if not …

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SO GLAD YOU’RE HERE: New Video Shows RNC Chair Mingling With Giuliani’s Thugs At Mar-A-Lago Event

Politico reports: New video released by the attorney for Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who worked to drum up an investigation of Joe Biden out of Ukraine, appears to show Parnas and his business partner Igor Fruman mingling with Trump and GOP officials at a donor event in April 2018. The recording …

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DOJ To Court: House Can’t Sue To Enforce Subpoenas

The Hill reports: The Trump administration told a federal judge on Thursday that Congress cannot sue the executive branch, attempting to fight off a House committee’s subpoena for documents related to aborted efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. James Burnham, an attorney with the Justice Department, argued that Congress cannot use the courts to enforce its …

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The Mooch To Bolton: Welcome To Life Under The Bus

From an op-ed just published by Anthony Scaramucci: President Trump’s White House has launched another disinformation campaign against a former staffer. This time, John Bolton is the target, thanks to revelations from his unpublished book. Trump said Monday that Bolton’s claim about withholding aid to Ukraine in a quid pro quo “was only to sell a book.” The president later …

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Rand Paul Storms Out Of Senate Trial After Roberts Won’t Read His Attempt To Name The Whistleblower

The Washington Post reports: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday declined to read a question submitted by Sen. Rand Paul, in which the Kentucky Republican sought to name a person who conservative media outlets have alleged is the whistleblower whose anonymous complaint launched the impeachment inquiry. “The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted,” Roberts said …

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New Audio Shows Trump At Second Dinner With Parnas

The Daily Beast reports: New audio obtained by The Daily Beast appears to show former Rudy Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman attending an April 2018 fundraising dinner with President Donald Trump along with former Republican Rep. Pete Sessions. The recording marks the second substantial release of audio showing Parnas interacting with the president at a fundraising event. Trump …

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