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  1. #241

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    Impeachment hearings live updates: Trump faces 5 p.m. deadline on participating in Judiciary Committee proceedings

    By
    John Wagner
    Dec. 6, 2019 at 1:27 p.m. EST

    President Trump faces a 5 p.m. deadline Friday to announce whether he intends to have a lawyer participate in the remaining impeachment proceedings before the House Judiciary Committee, as Democrats accelerate their attempt to remove him from office.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) directed committee chairmen Thursday to begin the process of drafting articles of impeachment against Trump, with many Democrats anticipating that a full House vote could come before Christmas.

    At the heart of the Democrats’ case is the allegation that Trump tried to leverage a White House meeting and military aid, sought by Ukraine in the face of Russian military aggression, to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as well as a probe of an unfounded theory that Kyiv conspired with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

    9:50 a.m.
    Giuliani departs Ukraine after controversial meetings

    Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani flew out of the Ukraine capital Kyiv on Friday after controversial meetings with Ukrainians, including people accused of spreading discredited conspiracy theories about corruption and Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

    He met a pro-Russian lawmaker Andriy Derkach who claimed to have information about misspent American funds and who called for a joint U.S.-Ukraine investigation into his corruption allegations. Derkach recently aired unfounded corruption claims against Hunter Biden.

    Giuliani was accompanied by a crew from a right-wing news network, One American News, that boasted it had debunked the impeachment allegations against President Trump in its reporting of the trip.

    Giuliani posted on Twitter that Democrats would be shocked to learn that the president would be asking that the claims of the Ukrainians he met to be investigated.

    “It comes as a huge shock to Democrats that @realDonaldTrump will ask for investigations concerning violations of US laws & misused hard-earned tax payer dollars,” he posted.

    Former Ukrainian diplomat, Andriy Telizhenko, a staunch Trump supporter, posted on Facebook that Giuliani flew out of Kyiv on Friday morning.

    “Thank you Rudy Giuliani for your work and what you do for the President, because we are fighting for the #TRUTH! You are a great friend of Ukraine and a Patriot of US. Hope to see you soon back in Kyiv,” he wrote, posting a photograph with himself, Giuliani and others at the departure gate before Giuliani’s departure.

    Also present was Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Artemenko who posted on Facebook, “Bon voyage, Great Mayor, I did my best …”

    By Robyn Dixon


    11:00 a.m.
    Trump lashes out at the Democrats’ ‘horror show’

    Trump lashed out anew at Democrats on Friday, contending that the economy would be better and problems at the southern border fewer if not for their “horror show.”

    “Without the horror show that is the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, the Stock Markets and Economy would be even better, if that is possible, and the Border would be closed to the evil of Drugs, Gangs and all other problems!” Trump tweeted, adding the hashtag: “#2020.”

    Trump’s tweeted followed a stronger-than-expected jobs report Friday that showed that the country added 266,000 jobs in November as the jobless rate decreased to 3.5 percent

    As Trump tweeted, Pelosi and other House Democrats were holding a news conference promoting the expected passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act in the House. Democrats have complained that scores of bills passed out of their chamber have not been taken up in the Republican-led Senate.

    By John Wagner

    11:00 a.m.
    Trump lashes out at the Democrats’ ‘horror show’

    Trump lashed out anew at Democrats on Friday, contending that the economy would be better and problems at the southern border fewer if not for their “horror show.”

    “Without the horror show that is the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, the Stock Markets and Economy would be even better, if that is possible, and the Border would be closed to the evil of Drugs, Gangs and all other problems!” Trump tweeted, adding the hashtag: “#2020.”

    Trump’s tweeted followed a stronger-than-expected jobs report Friday that showed that the country added 266,000 jobs in November as the jobless rate decreased to 3.5 percent

    As Trump tweeted, Pelosi and other House Democrats were holding a news conference promoting the expected passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act in the House. Democrats have complained that scores of bills passed out of their chamber have not been taken up in the Republican-led Senate.

    By John Wagner

    11:20 a.m.
    More than 500 law professors say Trump committed ‘impeachable conduct’

    More than 500 legal scholars have signed an open letter asserting that Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and that lawmakers would be acting well within their rights if they ultimately voted to remove him from office.

    The signers are law professors and other academics from universities across the country, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan and many others. The open letter was published online Friday by the nonprofit advocacy group Protect Democracy.

    “There is overwhelming evidence that President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to use presidential power to pressure a foreign government to help him distort an American election, for his personal and political benefit, at the direct expense of national security interests as determined by Congress,” the group of professors wrote. “His conduct is precisely the type of threat to our democracy that the Founders feared when they included the remedy of impeachment in the Constitution.”

    Read more here.

    By Matt Zapotosky

    (...)

    12:00 p.m.
    50 members of Congress have visited a Trump property since impeachment inquiry launched, watchdog group says

    Fifty members of Congress have visited a Trump property since the beginning of the House impeachment inquiry, according to a new report by a watchdog group.

    “While Congress is charged with providing unbiased checks and balances on the president, including President Trump’s conflicts of interest related to his businesses, many members have chosen to forgo these responsibilities while enjoying the political benefits that visiting and spending money at Trump properties provides,” says the report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “That’s especially problematic now, as members of Congress are tasked with considering how to perform their constitutional duty as the impeachment process moves forward.”

    According to the group, more than 100 members of Congress have visited a Trump property since he took office. Of those, five are Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee, the panel tasked with drafting articles of impeachment.

    They include Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Tom McClintock (Calif.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (Tex.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio). The campaign committees of Biggs, Gohmert and Jordan have also spent money at a Trump property, according to the group.

    By John Wagner

    12:20 p.m.
    Trump campaign manager tweets old video of Biden decrying ‘partisan’ impeachment

    In a bid to bolster the argument that Trump is facing a “partisan impeachment,” his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted a two-decade-old video of Biden protesting Republican efforts to oust then-President Bill Clinton.

    “Back when he still had his wits, Biden knew a partisan impeachment is WRONG,” Parscale wrote atop the 1998 video of Biden, who was then a U.S. senator representing Delaware.

    “It is simply antithetical to our constitutional democracy to use impeachment to overturn an election on partisan grounds,” Biden says in the video. “It violates the independence of the presidency, and it usurps the people’s voice.”

    By John Wagner

    1:20 p.m.
    White House says Trump ‘welcomes’ Senate trial with ‘serious witnesses’

    A White House spokesman said Friday that Trump “welcomes” a trial in the Republican-led Senate and plans to bring forward “serious witnesses,” including the anonymous whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), and Joe and Hunter Biden.

    “If it goes there, he wants a trial,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said during an appearance on Fox News. “He welcomes it. He wants the American people to see the truth. . . . He absolutely wants to bring forward serious witnesses, like the whistleblower, like Adam Schiff, like Hunter and Joe Biden. It they’re going to do this, if the Democrats want this fight, it’s something the president is willing to have.”

    Republicans have sought to put a spotlight on Hunter Biden’s service on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while his father was vice president. They are also eager to question Schiff about the origins of the whistleblower complaint.

    By John Wagner
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  2. #242

    Re: The Road to...The Senate

    Casablanca shocked at this.

    Adam Klasfeld
    @KlasfeldReports

    White House refuses participate in the impeachment inquiry in a two-paragraph missive by Trump's attorney.

    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  3. #243

    Re: The Road to...The Senate

    Asawin Suebsaeng
    @swin24
    Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s Eurotrip this week freaked out senior State Dept. & national-security brass so much that they tried to track his move & for days tried to figure out what the hell he was doing abroad:

    …They were trying to figure out what was going on right up until the moment the
    @kenvogel and co. story published on Wednesday:

    Giuliani, as you might guess, was unmoved by concerns of officials who were trying to track his travel—"I would hope they have more important things to do than intrude on the work being done by a lawyer defending his client against another set of…charges”

    “The concerns about Giuliani’s trip to Kiev were so pronounced that they reached officials close to President Volodymyr Zelensky, who were advised by Americans and politicians in Ukraine not to meet with Giuliani when he was in town…”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/rudy-g...he-doesnt-care
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  4. #244

    Re: The Road to...The Senate

    Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1

    NEW: Today, the House Judiciary Committee released a report by the majority staff entitled "Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment."

    https://judiciary.house.gov/sites/de...INAL%20v.3.pdf
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





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