Trump & 🇷🇺Russia & 🇺🇦Ukraine

 
https://wp.me/PDKwi-6Kc
 

With Tweets, Retweets, links to articles and excerpts, I’ve tried to document this national soap opera/tragedy we’re living through. The resources at the beginning are a mixed bag of timelines and documents and I provide a clickable cast of characters (Russians, mostly).

What does this have to do with The Blacklist? A lot, actually. Russian mob figures, spies and apparatchiks. Semion Mogilevich, the Smart Don, reminds me of Red, though Red is a lot nicer and much better-looking.

Featured are drawings (she calls them “maps”) by @Jzikah, and “Mueller, She Wrote” is the best podcast I’ve ever come across. The three women who do it are comedians, though they’re all super smart and A.J. (the lead) has a PhD and is a Veteran.

Caution: You may enjoy this feature a bit more if you’re of the liberal persuasion. This is the single place on this blog where *there are politics* though I tend to stick with MSM, specialized sources (ex-Intel Community, altGov, and reputable sleuths) and other people I’ve learned to trust.

 

🇷🇺 Press Here For Recent 2020 Articles

📀 Press Here For Impeachment Trial on Cspan

Press Here For Biden/Burisma/Ukraine Fact Checks

🇷🇺 Press Here For 2019

🇷🇺 Press Here For 7/26/2017 through 2018

 
💽Recommended⋙ Mueller She Wrote Podcasthttp://bit.ly/2PgTKWs  or Press   ⇊  ⇊
 
Other Podcasts:

    All The President’s Lawyers (J Barro, R Lowry)
    The Asset (Center for American Progress) 🌟
    The Dworkin Report (Scott Dworkin)
    Gaslit Nation (Sarah Kendzior, Andrea Chalupa)
    The Lawfare Podcast (Benjamin Wittes, Brookings)
    The Josh Marshall Podcast (TPM)
    The Mother Jones Podcast (David Corn)
    Mueller Time (Eric Leval, Chris Carey)
    The Oath (Chuck Rosenberg, MSNBC)
    The Report (Lawfare)
    On Topic (Renato Mariotti)
    Skullduggery (Michael Isikoff, Yahoo)
    Trump Inc (ProPublica)
    Trumpcast (Slate)

🔊 PlayerFM: Best Trump Russia Investigation Podcasts (2019) http://bit.ly/2MKbtV8
 
Twitter List: INVESTIGATORS: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/lists/investigators
// Investigative reporters, Trump-Russia sleuths, Intelligence Community, Legislators, “alt-gov,” and Targets
 

Russian Intelligence Services:

Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) – The Foreign Intelligence Service reports directly to the President of Russia.
GRU – Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces.
Federal Security Service (FSB) – The Federal Security Service is responsible for counter-intelligence, state security and anti-terrorist operations

 

 
🔄 ECFR , Mark Galeotti [EU] (2016): Introduction: Putin’s hydra: Inside Russia’s intelligence services http://bit.ly/2NZWN1h
// 5/11/2016, Intro
⋙ 📒 ECFR, Mark Galeotti [EU] (2016): Report: Putin’s Hydra: Inside Russia’s Intelligence Services [pdf] http://bit.ly/2NYjG5b 20p
// May 2016, Full report

 

 
Key People: Roman Abramovich, Aras Agalarov, Emin Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Yulya Alferova, Anatoly Antonov, Andrii Artemenko, Arron Banks, Andrey Baronov, Vitaly Bespalov, Leonid “Len” Blavatnik, Anna Bogacheva, David Bogatin, Victor Boyarkin, Wm Browder, Mariia Butina, Carole Cadwalladr, Michael Caputo, Yuri Chaika, Igor Chekunov, Michael Cohen, George Cottrell, Oleg Deripaska, Andrii Derkach, Igor Divyekin, Kirill Dmitriev, Aleksandr Dugin, Arkady Dvorkovich, Paul Erickson, Oleg Erovinkin, Nigel Farage, Dmitri Firtash, John Fotiadis, Gene (Evgeny) Friedman, Igor Fruman, Daniel Gelbinovich, Rob Goldstone, Sergei Gorkov, Henry Greenberg, Andrew Intrater, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Brittany Kaiser, Mikhail Kalugin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Saak Karapetyan, Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky Lab), Denis Katsyv, Irakly (“Ike”) Kaveladze, Michael Khodarkovsky, Konstantin Kilimnik, Sergey Kislyak, Artem Klyushin, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Konstantin Kosachev, Aleksandra Krylova, Elena Khusyaynova, Simon Kukes, Alexander Litvinenko, Howard Lorber, Yuriy Lutsenko, Simona Mangiante, Alexander Mashkevich, Viktor Medvedchek, Josef Mifsud, Semion Mogilevich (Don Semyon), Konstantin Molofeev, George Nader, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, Alexei Navalny, Eduard Nektalov, Konstantin Nikolaev, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Yevgeniy Nikulin, Alexander Nix, Isabel Oakeshoff, George Papadopoulos, Lev Parnas, Sam Patten, Alexander Perepilichnyy, Dmitry Peskov, Igor Pisarsky, Petro Poroshenko, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Vladimir Putin, George Ramishvili, Dmitry Rogozin, Alexander Rovt, Giorgi Rtskhiladze, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Konstantin Rykov, Mikheil Saakashvili, Felix Sater, Igor Sechin, Anastasia Shevchenko, Viktor Shokin, Oleg Solodukhin, Christopher Steele, Ruslan Stoyanov, Oleg Solodukhin, Peter Strzok, Taiwanchik (aka Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov), Andriy Telizhenko, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (aka Taiwanchik), Aleksandr Torshin, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Yulia Tymoshenko, Anastasia Vashukevich (aka Nastya Rybka), Viktor Vekselberg, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Vyacheslav Volodin, Curt Weldon, Andy Wigmore, Alexander Yakovenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Ivan Yermakov, Viktor Yushchenko, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, Maria Zakharova, Joel Zamel, Volodymyr Zelensky

 

 
Bios w links (Wikipedia unless otherwise noted): Roman Abramovich, Aras Agalarov, Emin Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Yulya Alferova (National Compass), Anatoly Antonov, Andrii Artemenko, Arron Banks, Andrey Baranov (Bloomberg), Vitaly Bespalov (NBC), Leonid “Len” Blavatnik, Anna Bogacheva (NYT), David Bogatin (NYT), Victor Boyarkin (TrumpRussia), William Browder, Mariia Butina, Carole Cadwalladr, Michael Caputo, Yuri Chaika, Igor Chekunov, Michael Cohen, George Cottrell, Oleg Deripaska, Andrii Derkach, Igor Divyekin, Kirill Dmitriev, Aleksandr Dugin, Arkady Dvorkovich, Paul Erickson, Oleg Erovinkin, Nigel Farage, Dmitri Firtash, John Fotiadis (Archinect), Gene (Evgeny) Friedman, Igor Fruman, Daniel Gelbinovich (Daily Beast), Rob Goldstone, Sergei Gorkov, Henry Greenberg (Miami Herald), Andrew Intrater, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Brittany Kaiser (Cambridge Analytica), Mikhail Kalugin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Saak Karapetyan, Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky Lab), Denis Katsyv, Irakly Kaveladze, Michael Khodarkovsky, Elena Khusyaynova, Konstantin Kilimnik, Sergey Kislyak, Artem Klyushin (National Compass), Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Konstantin Kosachev, Aleksandra Krylova (NYT), Simon Kukes, Alexander Litvinenko, Howard Lorber, Yuriy Lutsenko, Konstantin Malofeev, Simona Mangiante (Papadopoulos), Alexander Mashkevich, Viktor Medvedchek, Josef Mifsud, Semion Mogilevich (Don Semyon)

 

Cover: KyivPost (10/18/2019): Shady Cast of Characters: Engineers of Trump-Ukraine Scandal http://bit.ly/2MZCilW
 
Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, Alexei Navalny, Eduard Nektalov (NYMag), Konstantin Nikolaev, Yevgeniy Nikulin, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Alexander Nix, Isabel Oakeshoff, George Papadopoulos, Lev Parnas ,Sam Patten, Alexander Perepilichny, Dmitry Peskov, Igor Pisarsky (RIM), Petro Poroshenko, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Vladimir Putin, George Ramishvili (Bloomberg), Dmitry Rogozin, Alexander Rovt, Giorgi Rtskhiladze (CNBC), Nastya Rybka (aka Anastasia Vashukevich) (WaPo), Dmitry Rybolovlev, Konstantin Rykov, Mikheil Saakashvili, Felix Sater, Igor Sechin, Anastasia Shevchenko (Amnesty Intl), Viktor Shokin, Oleg Solodukhin, Christopher Steele, Ruslan Stoyanov, Peter Strzok, Taiwanchik (aka Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov), Andriy Telizhenko (BuzzFeedNews), Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (aka Taiwanchik), Aleksandr Torshin, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Yulia Tymoshenko, Anastasia Vashukevich (aka Nastya Rybka) (WaPo), Viktor Vekselberg, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Vyacheslav Volodin, Curt Weldon, Andy Wigmore, Alexander Yakovenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Ivan Yermakov (Moscow Proj), Viktor Yushchenko, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, Maria Zakharova, Joel Zamel, Volodymyr Zelensky

 

By @WendySiegelman
 

Key Documents

 
🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 LawfareBlog: Litigation Documents Related to the Mueller Investigation http://bit.ly/2OVch6n
// new November 2018, to be continually updated

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 JustSecurity: Public Document Clearinghouse: UKRAINE Impeachment Inquiry http://bit.ly/2CEsQ2F ‼️ Links to ALL documents ‼️

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 AmericanOversight: Trump-Ukraine Key Figures and Documents http://bit.ly/2C24bES
AmericanOversight: The Trump Administration’s Contacts with Ukraine http://bit.ly/2BYSY89 from FOIA requests

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 JustSecurity, Andy Wright: Just Security Launches the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse http://bit.ly/2L21uHz
// 8/22/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 Lawfare: Full Text of the Mueller Report’s Executive Summaries http://bit.ly/2IFLewq
// 4/18/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 Lawfare: Document: The Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2vcgNpN
// 4/18/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Whistle-Blower Complaint: Read the Document [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2nq4FAD
// 9/26/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo: Trump impeachment inquiry: Latest news and updates http://wapo.st/2P09WuE [Continually updated]

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo, Kate Rabinowitz and Kevin Schaul: Who’s involved in the Trump impeachment inquiry http://wapo.st/2W673dg
// orig published 10/21/2019

 

By @jzikah has a new book! Cartoon President http://amzn.to/2QUeZhk @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 Court Filing (1/17/2019): Civil Action No. 1:18-cv-03501 [pdf] http://cnn.it/2CBddZy (111p) Democratic National Committee v.: Russian Federation, DJ Trump For President, Inc (and others)
// 1/17/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheAtlantic, Yoni Appelbaum: Impeach Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2FykFIP
//March 2019 cover story

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Politico Mag, Darren Samuelsohn: The Only Impeachment Guide You’ll Ever Need http://politi.co/2QHcJGi
// 1/11/2019, As talk of the I-word heats up, here’s POLITICO Magazine’s soup-to-nuts answers to all your questions about the politics—and the practical realities—of removing a president.

⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo, Max Boot: Here are 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset http://wapo.st/2D7IJQ9
// 1/13/2019
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheAtlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg (Editor): UNTHINKABLE: 50 Moments That Define an Improbable Presidency http://bit.ly/2RvDFOn
// Jan 2019; Donald Trump’s 50 Most Unthinkable Moments ~ 50 Articles

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Wikipedia: Timeline of investigations into Trump and Russia (2018) http://bit.ly/2Bh12jP

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Axios: Timeline: Every big move in the Mueller investigation http://bit.ly/2Euh3H9
// 12/12/2018
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 Moyers&Co: Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump http://bit.ly/2uVHc9j
// continually updated

⋙ 💙💙🔄📒 DocumentCloud: Steele Dossier [pdf] http://bit.ly/2y5ZhnF 35p

⋙ 💙💙🔄📒 FBIRecordsVault: Records Between FBI and Christopher Steele http://bit.ly/2KqLoF1

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ AP: Mueller Investigation documents http://bit.ly/2ihbK0l

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ CitJourno: Trump/Russian Mob Connections http://www.citjourno.org
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ CNN, Marshall Cohen, Tal Yellen & Liz Stark: Tracking the Russia investigations (documents) http://cnn.it/2hVCpU5

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Russian Hacking and Influence in the U.S. Election http://nyti.ms/2NqFXeY

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ BrennanCenter: Trump-Russia Investigations http://bit.ly/2yRKcu6

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Politico: The people connected to the Russia probes [ Interactive ] http://politi.co/2FUDhz2 //➔ Democrats, Prosecutors, Law Enforcement/Lobbyists/Media,Team Trump, Foreign Nationals

⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheMoscowProject: Trump’s Russia Cover-Up By the Numbers http://bit.ly/2ycY959
// Center for American Progress; 80+ contacts with Russia-linked operatives https://themoscowproject.org/about/ http://bit.ly/2ycY959
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NBCNews: Russia timeline: Key players, meetings and investigation details http://nbcnews.to/2vtR3YW

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ DailyBeast: Democrats Release the Fusion GPS Testimony on Trump and Russia http://thebea.st/2qMmH1d w attachment [pdf] ⋙ via Dianne Feinstein http://bit.ly/2FjtlPP

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Justice Department Gives Congress Comey’s Memos on Trump http://nyti.ms/2HdLe2Z
// 4/19/2018 ➔ DocumentCloud: http://bit.ly/2HOGC4z

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ DOJ: Indictment of Internet Research Agency LLC et al … [PDF] http://bit.ly/2CqdHzD 37p //➔ Mueller Investigation
// 2/16/2018
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Amy Siskind: The Weekly List ~ “This is How Democracy Ends” https://theweeklylist.org

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Mueller Has List of Questions for Trump http://nyti.ms/2rfDuqK + http://nyti.ms/2HExEKi
// 4/30/2018, Majority Relate to if Trump Obstructed Inquiry on Russia

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Trump Lawyers’ Confidential Memo to Mueller, Explained [ Document ] http://nyti.ms/2kKPgq9
// 6/2/2018, NYT article about document: http://nyti.ms/2swIZSc

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ TIME: The Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation http://ti.me/2MdeARX
// 6/8/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ TIME: Wikipedia: Links between Trump associates and Russian officials http://bit.ly/2K42VDF

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ WaPo: Who has been charged in the Russia probe and why http://wapo.st/2toNwH2
// continually updated; WaPo Russia page

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ ForeignAffairs Anthology: A New Cold War? Russia and America, Then and Now 1947- http://fam.ag/2KEA4dF

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Justice.gov: Mueller Indictment of 12 Russians in the GRU for Election Hacking [pdf] http://bit.ly/2NbphV6 29p
// 7/13/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ FactCheck.org: Timeline of Russia Investigation http://bit.ly/2KZ4qaQ
// posted 6/7/2018, updated 7/13/2018; Key moments in the FBI probe of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election; Readable

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Legal Process Server: DNC Lawsuit vs Russia, Wikileaks, et al http://bit.ly/2KIOhBq

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT, Linda Qiu: Truth-Testing Trump’s 250-Plus Attacks on the Russia Inquiry http://nyti.ms/2MY609E
// 8/18/2018

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Justice.gov: Manafort Plea Agreement [pdf] http://bit.ly/2CZiVb7 17p
// 9/14/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄💽 NYT: Opinion | Operation Infektion: A three-part video series on Russian disinformation http://nyti.ms/2OHqSSV
// 11/12/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ PasteMag, Jacob Weindling: A Year of Trump and Russia: The 75 Stories That Defined the Mueller Investigation in 2018 http://bit.ly/2QWN1SU
// 12/28/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ LawFareBlog: Document: Indictment of Roger Stone [pdf] http://bit.ly/2UdQgmj 24p
// 1/25/2019

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄📋 NYT: Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2MAZCps
// 1/26/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 BuzzFeedNews: These Secret Files Show How The Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin http://bit.ly/2DWQ2ed
// 2/5/2019; ⏳TIMELINE ⌛️

⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo: What we learned about Trumpworld outreach to Russia since Mueller’s investigation began http://wapo.st/2twkXYE
// 2/19/2019, And what we still don’t know.

⋙ 💙💙🔄 ◕📋 NYT, Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish: Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times http://nyti.ms/2T2HSsN
// 2/19/2019

 

By @Jzikah
  ;
⋙ 💙💙🔄 ◕📋 WaPo, Philip Bump: The 81 people and organizations just looped into the Trump probe — and why they were included http://wapo.st/2SJrw41
// 3/4/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Full Document: Trump’s Call With the Ukrainian President [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2lfBkbC (Annotated)
// 9/25/2019″

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Whistle-Blower Complaint: Read the Document [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2nq4FAD
// 9/26/2019

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ HPSCI: Trump-Ukraine impeachment inquiry report http://bit.ly/2LlnJsX
// 12/3/2019; House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Report: House Judiciary Committee report on their articles of impeachment against President Donald John Trump http://bit.ly/2Ek2rIa 658p
// 10/15/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Lawfare: House Releases Impeachment Trial Brief http://bit.ly/2ucCo3Y document 111p
// 1/18/2019

 

By @Jzikah
 

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Trial Memorandum of the US House of Representatives in the Impeachment Trial of President Donald J Trump http://bit.ly/2uePNsc
// 1/18/2020

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Trial Memorandum of President Donald J Trump http://bit.ly/2NGi2XK 171p
// 1/20/2020

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Vox, Matthew Yglesias and Andrew Prokop: The ultimate guide to the Donald Trump impeachment saga http://bit.ly/2SoXpkm
// Updated: Feb 5, 2020, 8:06pm EST, Published: Nov 5, 2019, 8:06am EST

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ 📀 Press Here For Impeachment Trial on Cspan
// 1/20/2020-2/5/2020

⏳WaPo: The full Trump-Ukraine impeachment timeline http://wapo.st/35odsUl

 

By @Jzikah has a book! Cartoon President http://amzn.to/2QUeZhk


 
⭕ 22 Mar 2020

⭕ 21 Mar 2020

🐣 RT @Billbrowder Russia doctors say government is covering up Corona virus deaths classifying them as simple pneumonia in order to keep the numbers down. Of course the Russian government is
⋙ BusinessInsider: Doctors in Russia are accusing the government of covering up its coronavirus outbreak and denying them protective equipment http://bit.ly/33IS4tt

🐣 RT @GeorgeTakai The last time I remember them suspending constitutional rights in this country during a national emergency, I was 5 years old. I was sent to an interment camp with my family, without trial or due process, for four years. #NeverAgain
⋙ RollingStone, Peter Wade: DOJ Wants to Suspend Certain Constitutional Rights During Coronavirus Emergency http://bit.ly/2UvsdkJ
// The Department of Justice has secretly asked Congress for the ability to detain arrested people “indefinitely” in addition to other powers that one expert called “terrifying”

🐣 RT @olgaNYC1211 Russian doctors say Putin’s regime is covering up cases. They are absolutely correct. From people I have spoken to the virus is far worse than being reported and the numbers are suppressed. Its horrific! Also Putins cronies are profiting off this crisis
⋙ BusinessInsider: Doctors in Russia are accusing the government of covering up its coronavirus outbreak and denying them protective equipment http://bit.ly/2Um7b7W

DefenseOne, Patrick Tucker: Russia Has New Tool For Massive Internet Shutdown Attack, Leaked Documents Claim http://bit.ly/2U9ayQN
// Moscow’s latest cyber weapon would target a wider array of devices than previous denial-of-service tools: the growing internet of things

⭕ 20 Mar 2020

NYT, Jennifer Senior: Call Trump’s News Conferences What They Are: Propaganda http://nyti.ms/2wfR0RH
// Then contrast them with the leadership shown by Andrew Cuomo, Justin Trudeau and Angela Merkel.

⭕ 19 Mar 2020

🐣 RT @NormOrnstein Putin wins again.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KenDilanianNBC The top two officials at the National Counter Terrorism Center have been ousted amid a debate over downsizing the agency, NBC news has confirmed. First reported by @nakashimae

⭕ 18 Mar 2020

WaPo Editorial: Americans should not have to choose between their health and democracy http://wapo.st/393Komu
// elections

⭕ 17 Mar 2020

NYT, Jennifer Szalai: A Sobering Look at How Quickly Hitler Transformed Germany http://nyti.ms/399mVR4 Review of “Hitler’s First Hundred Days” by Peter Fritsche

WaPo, David Ignatius: Trump loyalists take command of the intelligence community http://wapo.st/2x7Ia8o

WaPo: Federal personnel chief quits abruptly amid coronavirus planning for the workforce of 2.1 million http://wapo.st/3d9Snli

⭕ 16 Mar 2020

‼️ 🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Dow closes 3,000 points down, wiping out 96% of the gains of Trump’s presidency.

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom An incredible defeat for USA, America was attacked by Russia in the lead up to the election, we did little to deal with it, and what we did in response is being undone.
⋙ 🧵 RT @Tom_Winter BREAKING: Federal prosecutors are seeking to dismiss their indictment against Concord Management the company owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin aka ‘Putin’s Chef’ in a case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 2 other entities and 13 Russian nationals remain under indictment. 📌 https://twitter.com/Tom_Winter/status/1239692810401525761?s=20

⭕ 15 Mar 2020

⭕ 14 Mar 2020

🧵 RT @McFaul THREAD on the stubborn persistence (tragic, good, or otherwise) of #Interdependence. 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1239047223289114625?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul [ … ] First, the United States may be a superpower when it comes to nukes or boats, but our state is not all powerful when it comes to fighting pandemics. South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and maybe even China have more state capacity to defend against the threat of SARS-CoV-2. 6/
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul Second, SARS-CoV-2 underscores the fallacy of go-it-alone, isolationist, build-the-wall strategies. Like climate change, we cannot increase the security of Americans without cooperating with other countries. It’s not a normative choice; it’s a fact. 7/
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul During the global financial crisis of the fall of 2008, the G-20 came alive. What is striking today, however, is how little international coordination/cooperation is occuring to address this global pandemic. 8/
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul [ … ] Our world is connected. In the 21st century, dreaming about going it alone, decoupling, or isolation is dangerous — extremely dangerous. 14/ END THREAD.

🧵 RT @JeremyKonyndyk Look who finally decided to address this! ¤ Let’s dissect everything that’s wrong with this tweet. 📌 https://twitter.com/JeremyKonyndyk/status/1238880465496440838?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnBolton Claims that streamlining NSC structures impaired our nation’s bio defense are false. Global health remained a top NSC priority, and its expert team was critical to effectively handling the 2018-19 Africa Ebola crisis. The angry Left just can’t stop attacking, even in a crisis.
⋙ RT @JeremyKonyndyk Bolton’s chosen approach to NSC “streamlining” involved decapitating and diluting the unit dedicated to pandemic prep and biosecurity. ¤ He eliminated the Sr Director position entirely, closed the directorate, and sprinkled the remaining staff across other parts of the NSC.
⋙ RT @JeremyKonyndyk That’s the opposite of streamlining. Instead of giving an issue (biosecurity) a distinct institutional presence, expertise, and voice in the policy process, Bolton’s re-org left this issue fragmented across other directorates that were focused on other higher priorities.
⋙ RT @JeremyKonyndyk That choice means that you don’t have a cohesive team able to elevate pandemic and biosecurity perspectives to senior leaders, you just have a few director-level subject-matter experts scattered around with limited influence and little ability to reach decision-makers. [ … ]

🐣 RT @VladDavidzon Mr. Telizhenko, who was #Gulliani main fixer in Kyiv, offered me bribe to illegally lobby US senate on behalf of proRussian television stations owned by Ukrainian oligarch Medvechuk. Telizhenko is unreliable narrator at the best. I was witness in US law enforcement investigation.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jeremyherb New from @NdosSantosCNN: Andrii Telizhenko, who was the target of the Senate Homeland Security Committee subpoena that was scrapped this week, offered a Ukrainian editor money to lobby US senators on behalf of pro-Russian media outlets
⋙⋙ CNN, Nina dos Santos: A Giuliani ally offered cash to lobby US senators on behalf of pro-Russian TV stations http://cnn.it/2TU8D2x

⭕ 13 Mar 2020

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Yes, this is good news. But it’s becoming apparent that it will be too little, too late. Trump’s weaponizing of the court system has been successful. In court, Trump loses and loses and loses. But it’s the DELAY he’s after. So he wins by losing.
⋙ Politico: Full appeals court to hear McGahn, border wall cases http://politi.co/2U0ECg6
// D.C. Circuit voids ruling in Trump’s favor on House Russia probe subpoena, sets April arguments

🐣 RT @JoshGerstein BREAKING: DC Circuit voids ruling in McGahn case, will rehear en banc April 28. Also to hear House challenge to border wall en banc same date. Order: https://politi.co/2IQrHbf

⭕ 12 Mar 2020

🐣 RT @WajahatAli Source at State Department says “we are forced to run around like headless chickens because there is 0 leadership by Trump and Pompeo. Each agency is now stepping up to protect their own staff from #coronavirus. Thankfully there are still some leaders here.” 1/
⋙ 🐣 RT @WajahatAli Source at HHS says “Trump political appointees are directly interfering with CDC recommendations for the White House that could better prevent the spread of #coronavirus and protect Americans.” They can directly connect people affected with the virus to the poor decisions made.

‼️ 🐣 RT @SethAbramson MAJOR BREAKING NEWS: NPR Source Says Trump Blocked Coronavirus Testing in January to Aid His Reelection Chances By Keeping US Infection Figures Low ¤ NOTE: Please RETWEET this—America needs to know what this monster did. Thousands of future deaths will rightly be laid at his feet.
⋙ 🐣 RT @nprfreshair A previous tweet of this quote did not make it adequately clear that it is Trump who did not push for adequate testing, not Secretary of Health and Human Services Azar. Here is the whole quote for context. @ddiamond Text Block: https://twitter.com/nprfreshair/status/1238186469690429440?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 11 Mar 2020 COVID-19 is Pandemic; Bear Market

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Trump will corrupt everything in sight to beat Biden. Here’s what’s next. http://wapo.st/2Q4hlZu
// Hunter Biden Burisma Inspector General IG Ukraine

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Politico reports that Trump’s coronavirus task force has discussed an emergency declaration, but will not give Trump its final verdict on one until Jared Kushner “finishes his research and comes to a conclusion himself.”
⋙ Politico: Trump fears emergency declaration would contradict coronavirus message http://politi.co/2Wglyxl
// Trump is concerned that declaring an emergency would hamper his narrative that the coronavirus is similar to the seasonal flu.
⋙⋙ 🐣 Doesn’t this mean that no matter what Congress passes regarding allocation of funds that Trump can override it and allocation it any way he wants? Like he did with the wall?

DailyBeast, Anna Nemtsova: Putin’s Now Positioned to Be President for Life http://bit.ly/2wLdEkG
// Putin’s blowing up global markets with his oil price war, and chafing at a serious slight by Trump. But, good news for him, he’s now set to be president for at least 16 more years.

NYT: Stocks Plunge,With Dow in Bear Market http://nyti.ms/2vMYDih Ends 11-year streak

💙 🐣 RT @brianklaas 4 days ago, a White House official insisted that the coronavirus outbreak was “contained.” These people are lying to you and it’s dangerous. Take precautions, especially if you’re in a high risk category, wash your hands a lot, and engage in some sensible social distancing.

⋙ 🐣 RT @ByMikeBaker Total number of confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases at each Tuesday:
Jan. 14 — 0
Jan. 21 — 1
Jan. 28 — 5
Feb. 4 — 11
Feb. 11 — 14
Feb. 18 — 25
Feb. 25 — 59
Mar. 3 — 125
Mar. 10 — 1,004

⭕ 10 Mar 2020

🐣 RT @URockLive1 Putin has taken a page from the Trump playbook of trade wars: be prepared to take short-term damage if you think your opponents will be forced to concede. Perhaps these will assumptions hold up in the weeks and months to come.
⋙ TheNationalInterest, Nikolas Gvosdev: The Great Oil War of 2020 Has Begun. Can Russia Win? http://bit.ly/2TYWtUR
// Russia enters this oil price war with two overarching objectives: drive U.S. producers out of business, and expose Riyadh to the limits of American support. Will Putin prevail? 

WaPo Editorial: The oil price war’s ultimate loser is America http://wapo.st/38FxlaL
// Putin and the Saudi crown prince are destabilizing the U.S. economy for their own selfish ends.

🐣 RT @moscow_project Acting DNI Richard Grenell was supposed to brief Congress today about election threats. ¤ He declined, saying he isn’t prepared to “address sensitive subjects that tend to upset the president.” ¤ In other words, he’s putting the president above the country.
⋙ WaPo: Trump’s acting intelligence chief declines to meet with Congress for election threats briefing http://wapo.st/3aITAht

⭕ 9 Mar 2020

‼️ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews “Implementation of the arrangements reached by Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump during the summit in Helsinki in 2018 and Osaka in 2019.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @RusEmbUSA On March 9, 2020, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov met the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin http://bit.ly/2PY7Dry https://twitter.com/RusEmbUSA/status/1237048071223160833?s=20/photo/1

Press release
On March 9, 2020, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov met the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

The two sides discussed the current state and future prospects of Russia-U.S. relations, implementation of the arrangements reached by Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump during the summits in Helsinki in 2018 and Osaka in 2019.

The Russian side reconfirmed its intention to continue joint work on stabilization of bilateral relations, expressed interest in maintaining a regular and direct dialogue between the Embassy and the U.S. Administration.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews (2018) Close-up of Putin’s notes shows the following list of topics, from what I can decipher:
1. “Interference” (in quotes) – proposal
2. #Ukraine – new ideas, transit of gas
3. Syria – joint humanitarian efforts
// 7/21/2020

CNBC: Russia, Saudi Arabia squabble over oil strategy, but the real battle is with the US http://cnb.cx/3aEYSKN

CNBC: Putin just sparked an oil price war with Saudi Arabia — and US energy companies may be the victims http://cnb.cx/2TAbf5t Brian Sullivan says oil play is Putin’s payback for Trump/Pompeo imposing sanctions on Igor Sechin’s Rosneft for transporting Venezuelan oil

⭕ 8 Mar 2020

CNBC, Brian Sullivan: Putin just sparked an oil price war with Saudi Arabia — and US energy companies may be the victims http://cnb.cx/2TAbf5t

⭕ 7 Mar 2020

CNN: 2017 ‘hit lists’ show that team Trump has long eyed political opponents http://cnn.it/2IthBwT

🐣 RT @WordsmithSteph Warning from former Bloomberg adviser: “If Republicans really want to make an issue out of Hunter Biden … there is going to be a scorched earth response aimed at all of the Trump children that is going to be unlike anything they’ve experienced thus far.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, AMJoy: Do Trump kids financially benefit from Trump in White House? http://on.msnbc.com/2TwKRcn
// Do Donald Trump’s children and in-laws benefit financially from his presidency? Experts explain the many allegations of Trump family favoritism in the Trump White House in conversation with Joy Reid.

CBS, 60MinutesOvertime: Former Trump adviser Fiona Hill says Vladimir Putin has U.S. “exactly where he wants us” http://cbsn.ws/2wEWXqS
// In her first interview since the impeachment inquiry, President Trump’s former top adviser on Russia tells 60 Minutes the Russians didn’t invent partisan divides in America, but “they understand how to exploit them.” See the full interview, Sunday.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Erik Prince has in recent years helped recruit former US & UK spies for secretive intelligence-gathering operations that included infiltrating Democratic congressional campaigns, labor organizations and other groups considered hostile to the Trump agenda.
🐣 RT @JillFilipovic Erik Prince and Betsy DeVos are siblings. Their dad co-founded the uber-conservative anti-feminist Family Research Council. Betsy’s father-in-law brought MLM scams to America & helped fuel the AIDS crisis. It’s possible this family has done more damage to America than any other.
⋙ 🐣 RT @amyfiscus NEW: Erik Prince, the security contractor, recruited former U.S. and British spies to help Project Veritas infiltrate groups viewed as hostile to the Trump agenda @MarkMazzettiNYT @adamgoldmanNYT
🐣 RT @JoeNBC The Education Secretary’s brother has hired FOREIGN SPIES to target political rivals of Donald Trump. Disgusting.
🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups http://nyti.ms/2TQ1MWk
// Mr. Prince, a contractor close to the Trump administration, contacted veteran spies for operations by Project Veritas, the conservative group known for conducting stings on news organizations and other groups.

One of the former spies, an ex-MI6 officer named Richard Seddon, helped run a 2017 operation to copy files and record conversations in a Michigan office of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers’ unions in the nation.

💙 🐣 RT @60Minutes “Putin, sadly, has got all of our political class, every single one of us, including the media, exactly where he wants us.” Fiona Hill speaks to Lesley Stahl in her first interview since the impeachment inquiry. Watch tomorrow on 60 Minutes. https://cbsn.ws/336l668 💽 https://twitter.com/60Minutes/status/1236353416491925504?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 6 Mar 2020

DailyBeast, Nick Mutch: Christopher Steele Whacks Mueller Report and ‘Bad Faith’ Team Trump http://bit.ly/2THUi7X
// The former head of MI6’s Russia desk was speaking publicly for the first time since his dossier on Trump’s relationship with Russia was published in 2017.

CAC*: Brief filed by a bipartisan group of former legislators of the need for Congressional oversight in the case of Trump v Mazars and Trump v Deutsche Bank (pdf) http://bit.ly/32Y3itM *CAC is the Constitutional Accountability Center, a think tank ● [Signatories] https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1236014147894226947?s=20/photo/1
↥ ↧
🧵 CAC: Bipartisan former Members of Congress discuss importance of congressional oversight of executive branch, how oversight often leads to legislation, and how important information is to legislation – info that may not be knowable in advance
📌 https://twitter.com/MyConstitution/status/1235988177942388736?s=20

🐣 RT @kyledcheney JUST IN: The Judiciary Committee is seeking a rehearing of the McGahn case, saying an earlier Appeals Court ruling left the House with only extreme options to get info from the WH — such as arresting high-level officials. https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1235975065071693826?s=20/photo/1
// i.e. “inherent contempt”
⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney The House also reiterated (for the first time post-impeachment) that it could consider new articles, perhaps for criminal obstruction of justice, if McGahn’s testimony supports it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ NEW: The House Judiciary Committee says the ruling denying its effort to obtain MCGAHN’s tesitmony would eviscerate congressional oversight of the president. ¤ The details:
⋙⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ Politico: Judiciary Committee says McGahn ruling leaves only extreme options — such as arrests — to get White House info http://politi.co/38uLCqX ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1236005377092841472?s=20/photo/1
// House lawyers say the alternatives to judicial review of congressional subpoenas would be a menu of unpalatable options.

The filing comes a week after an appeals court panel ruled 2-1 that the House may not ask judges to force the White House to make former counsel Don McGahn available for testimony. The panel determined that courts have no place intervening in disputes between Congress and the executive branch, a ruling that would remake the balance of power between the two branches of government if it stands.

The judges in that ruling worried that allowing the House to turn to the courts to resolve a subpoena dispute with the White House would lead to a flood of litigation. Though two of the three judges doubted the White House’s argument that McGahn is “absolutely immune” from testifying to Congress, the opinion said the House lawsuit failed altogether because the courts don’t have a say.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: A judge just brutally rebuked William Barr. Democrats must act. http://wapo.st/2TK5UHy

Judge Reggie Walton: “The inconsistencies between Attorney General Barr’s statements, made at a time when the public did not have access to the redacted version of the Mueller Report to assess the veracity of his statements, and portions of the redacted version of the Mueller Report that conflict with those statements cause the Court to seriously question whether Attorney General Barr made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse about the Mueller Report in favor of President Trump despite certain findings in the redacted version of the Mueller Report to the contrary.”

⭕ 5 Mar 2020

BrennanCenter: New Evidence Shows How Russia’s Election Interference Has Gotten More Brazen http://bit.ly/3cJkE2a
// The Kremlin-linked operation behind 2016 election meddling is using similar tactics for 2020, plus some new ones.

💙 ForeignAffairs, Michael Carpenter: Tribalism Is Killing Liberalism http://fam.ag/3axmUaF
// Why We Are Succumbing to the Politics of Division

🐣 RT @ddiamond Scathing report from HHS inspector general today finds that leaders ignored warnings about Trump’s family separation policy, failed to plan for the consequences and even discouraged staff from writing down concerns. https://twitter.com/ddiamond/status/1235724118806409216?s=20/photo/1
⋙ HHS/OIG: Communication and Management Challenges Impeded HHS’s Response to the Zerox-Tolerance Policy (pdf) http://bit.ly/2Q6AQAT 75p
// March 2020

WaPo: Romney may vote against Trump again — this time with some bite http://wapo.st/3avsk5X His vote on subpoening Hunter Biden documents could deadlock the Senate Homeland Security Committee

WaPo: Judge cites Barr’s ‘misleading’ statements in ordering review of Mueller report redactions http://wapo.st/2PQ5MVK

⭕ 4 Mar 2020

WaPo, Ishaan Tharoor: Democracy is in decline around the world — and Trump is part of the problem http://wapo.st/2wyaaBL

🐣 RT @TheAtlantic “Expertise matters. Institutions matter. There is such a thing as a global community. An enlightened response, even if it’s unpopular, matters. The system must be made to work again,” writes @thomaswright08 and Kurt Campbell:
⋙ TheAtlantic: The Coronavirus Is Exposing the Limits of Populism http://bit.ly/39qawsY
// Expertise matters. Institutions matter. There is such a thing as the global community. The system must be made to work again.

CBSNews: New White House questionnaire serves as litmus test for potential appointees http://cbsn.ws/3armItn

JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman: The Gravity of Michael Ellis’ Promotion to Senior Director for Intelligence at the White House http://bit.ly/2wqgPhE

Michael Ellis, a White House lawyer accused of serious ethical misconduct in the Ukraine scandal, has been picked by President Donald Trump to be senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council (NSC). He reportedly started the job this week, replacing a career official who served in that role. What makes the elevation of Ellis to this new post especially surprising is that the most specific charges against Ellis in the Ukraine matter involve his allegedly abusing the government’s national security classification system in a manner that not even Republicans in Congress were willing to defend.

The role of senior director for intelligence can be a pivotal one within the Intelligence Community. Brett Holmgren, who held the position under President Barack Obama, told Just Security, “The position serves as the focal point for coordination between the White House and the [Director of National Intelligence (DNI)] on a range of issues — from setting the president’s intelligence priorities and providing guidance to the DNI on policy matters, to determining who in the U.S. government is granted access to covert action programs and other sensitive operations.” Ellis will now be working hand-in-hand with acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, as well asKash Patel, who recently moved from the NSC to the DNI’s office.

Both Patel and Ellis previously worked for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as staffers on the House Intelligence Committee. In March 2017, Ellis became caught up in the White House scandal of sharing intelligence information with Nunes in an apparent effort to discredit the Russia investigation. …

🐣 RT @stevenportnoy Bloomberg, in statement, endorses Biden: ¤ “I’ve always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it. After yesterday’s vote, it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden.

🐣 RT @GarrettHaake In a statement, @MikeBloomberg drops out of the presidential race & endorses @JoeBiden

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @abbydphillip NEWS: Bloomberg OUT “Three months ago, I entered the race for President to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason: to defeat Donald Trump – because it is clear to me that staying in would make achieving that goal more difficult.”

🐣 RT @glennkirshner2 We The People rose up yesterday & message is unmistakable – Donald Trump WILL be a one-term president. And you know what? His attorney Bill Barr can protect him now, but once he leaves office Trump CAN AND MUST be prosecuted for his crimes against America. #TrumpCrimesCommission

⭕ 3 Mar 2020 Super-Tuesday

⭕ 2 Mar 2020

WaPo, David Von Drehle: Vladimir Putin’s virus http://wapo.st/38zRX4a
// How the Russian president has infected our national trust

⭕ 1 Mar 2020

🧵 RT @EricGarland ¤ There is so much in 600 pages that I’m just gonna start firing. ¤ First up: Jeff Sessions old partner Richard Burt flipped. 🔥
📌 https://twitter.com/ericgarland/status/1234688762690592768?s=20

⭕ 29 Feb 2020

🐣 RT @AmbassadorRice [Susan] Except we never agreed to a deal that excluded the Afghan Govt, subcontracted our counter-terrorism efforts to the Taliban, released 5k Taliban prisoners in exchange for 7 days of reduced violence, and sold out Afghan women. A Republican named Trump did.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AmbJohnBolton Signing this agreement with Taliban is an unacceptable risk to America’s civilian population. This is an Obama-style deal. Legitimizing Taliban sends the wrong signal to ISIS and al Qaeda terrorists, and to America’s enemies generally.

⭕ 28 Feb 2020

🐣 RT @EurasiaGroup #Coronavirus is the most significant geopolitical event since the Great Recession, threatening the reputation and perhaps survival of some regimes. What can an 18th century scholar teach us about it? ¤ Robert D. Kaplan finds lessons in @TheNatlInterest.
⋙ TheNationalInterest, Robert Kaplan: The Neo-Malthusian World of the Coronavirus http://bit.ly/2PQCMx7
// 2/28/2020; How the natural environment is a force for instability. 

◕ WaPo: How the coronavirus tanked the markets http://wapo.st/2VI5ggr
// stock market fall tall chart

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Intelligence should never be guided by partisanship or politics. Rep. John Ratcliffe’s embrace of conspiracy theories and distrust of law enforcement & intelligence patriots disqualify him from leading America’s intel community. [ … ]

WaPo: Dow dives 350 points as U.S. markets wrap up worst week since the financial crisis http://wapo.st/2wbvUDE
// Coronavirus panic sparked a brutal five-day run that saw the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq fall 10 percent or more

🐣 RT @tedlieu 3rd new case in Santa Clara County of #coronavirus. Patient was not tested for days because of the prior restrictive testing criteria of the @realDonaldTrump Administration. ¤ “It is important to recognize that we have moved from containment to mitigation”
⋙ 🐣 RT @latimes Authorities on Friday were dealing with a new coronavirus case in Santa Clara County, heightening concerns that the disease is spreading in the United States
⋙⋙ LATimes: New coronavirus case in Santa Clara County heightens fears of spread in U.S. http://lat.ms/3aiaKT5
// Officials are searching for people who might have come in contact with a woman thought to be the country’s first ‘community spread’ COVID-19 patient.

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Congress Cannot Sue to Enforce Subpoenas Defied by Executive Branch, Appeals Court Rules http://nyti.ms/3abYCTt
// An appeals court dismissed a lawsuit brought by the House Judiciary Committee against President Trump’s former White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II.

🐣 RT @MissFuhrerious “Only a single pill at a time and then a moment of waiting to observe the effect of its strength, to see whether the world conscience would still digest the dose, the doses became progressively stronger until all Europe finally perished from them.”
⋙ NewYorker, George Prochnik (2017): When It’s Too Late to Stop Fascism, According to Stefan Zweig http://bit.ly/3ag1qPE
// 2/6/2017

🐣 I’m afraid what we’re seeing in the markets is the collapse of globalism.

⭕ 27 Feb 2020 Stock Market Plunge

💙 🐣 RT @IAmSophiaNelson “The GOP now exists to further the personal desires and wealth of one man. It is no longer a party of ideas, but a party of idolaters. It is a dark mirror of the authoritarian regimes we once fought.” @ProjectLincoln #MightMakesRight
⋙ TheAtlantic, Reed Galen, John Weaver and Rick Wilson: The Party of Idolaters http://bit.ly/2vo9vTs
// The Republican Party, which some of us still hope to reform and which others have left, no longer deals in principle, morality, or the pursuit of the common welfare.

Politico Mag, Corey Brettschneider: Why President Trump Can’t Pardon Roger Stone http://politi.co/3abmvuh
// The Constitution and the Framers sought to protect the republic from a scenario like this.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Senate Intelligence Chair Richard Burr told Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley that their probe targeting Biden could aid Russian efforts to sow chaos and distrust in the U.S. political system, according to two congressional sources familiar with the meeting.
⋙ Politico: Senate Intel chair privately warned that GOP’s Biden probe could help Russia http://politi.co/2TmcL9P
// Richard Burr’s discussion with Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley highlights the divide among Republicans over the Biden investigation.

🐣 RT @JuddLegum 1. With the coronavirus killing thousands and threatening to tank the global economy, I feel like more people should be talking about the fact that Trump fired the entire pandemic response team two years ago and then didn’t replace them [ … ]
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuddLegum 2. Trump also cut funding for the CDC, forcing the CDC to cancel its efforts to help countries prevent infectious-disease threats from becoming epidemics in 39 of 49 countries in 2018. ¤ Among the countries abandoned? China.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuddLegum 3. This isn’t just about accountability. It’s about drawing attention to the structural problems in the US response effort before things get worse. ¤ Why isn’t the House holding hearings right now? [ … ]

NYT, Paul Krugman: When a Pandemic Meets a Personality Cult http://nyti.ms/32JjRK1
// The Trump team confirms all of our worst fears.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Like I said: The coronavirus outbreak is laying bare the pathologies of Trump admin — which include compulsive lying, pandering to dictators, ideological aversion to “globalism,” inveterate hostility toward experts and expertise, and sheer incompetence.
⋙ WaPo: Coronavirus lays bare all the pathologies of the Trump administration http://wapo.st/3cj2gNp

💙💙 Insider: We hired 2 comic creators from the world of DC and Marvel to tell the full story of why Trump was impeached, and what he got away with http://bit.ly/2T65yMo

🐣 RT @CasterNoel Trump has a MAGA rally scheduled for Friday night in SC to mess with Dems logistics. Should unnecessary public gatherings really be held when you’re facing a Coronavirus Pandemic? @realDonaldTrump

🐣 RT @LibsInAmerica As the first case of coronavirus not tied to foreign travel was announced in California Wednesday, Trump finds himself grappling with a crisis for which his record suggests he is particularly ill-suited to respond.
⋙ WaPo: Coronavirus pushes Trump to rely on experts he has long maligned http://wapo.st/3cfqHuY
// Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker

🐣 RT @RBReich I don’t know who needs to hear this, but forbidding health officials and expert scientists from reporting on a global pandemic without clearance is not how a government in a democratic society is supposed to operate.
🐣 RT @RonKlain I was the WH Ebola Response Coordinator in 2014-15. We never told @CDCgov or @NIH what they could say, or ever censored their medical statements. If the WH is doing that now, it is a danger to public health.
🐣 RT @RonKlain The public health officials telling the truth is not the coronavirus communications problem; it’s the President lying about it every day. I’d love to see Pence manage that!
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT White House is clamping down on interviews related to Coro🐣 RT @SenSchumer President Trump should have learned the lesson that China did: Hiding the truth makes things more dangerous. ¤ The American people need to hear the unfiltered truth from health experts.
🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT So let me get this right – the medical expert in pandemic response needs to clear what he tells the public through the guy who wrote “smoking doesn’t kill”?
⋙ 🐣 RT @AaronBlake “Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, one of the country’s leading experts on viruses and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases, told associates that the White House had instructed him not to say anything else without clearance.”
🔆 This ‼️ ⋙ NYT: Pence Will Control All Coronavirus Messaging From Health Officials http://nyti.ms/32z3PlI we’re screwed
// Government health officials and scientists will have to coordinate statements with the vice president’s office, one of three people designated as the administration’s primary coronavirus official.

🐣 RT @NATOmoscow This is quite astonishing – former high-ranking #Russia official, directly involved in preparing #MinskAgreements questioning the very existence of a neighbouring country #Ukraine …really worth reflecting on this

⋙ 🐣 RT @RFERL In comments likely to infuriate Ukraine, Vladislav Surkov echoes longstanding Russian imperial ideas about its neighbor — and questions the existence of Ukraine as a country.
⋙⋙ RFE/RL: In First Interview Since Departure, Russia’s Former ‘Gray Cardinal’ Questions Existence Of Ukraine http://bit.ly/2Pw3PNZ

⭕ 26 Feb 2020 COVID19

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Remaining in the race only to give more embarrassing debate performances and divide up non-Sanders vote would tarnish Bloomberg’s legacy and make him Mr. Money Bags villain Bloomberg is savvy enough to know how to attain his goal by means other means
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Bloomberg is not doing what he promised http://wapo.st/2HYrdzv

🐣 RT @RFERL Ukraine will mark February 26th as the Day Of Resistance To The Occupation Of Crimea.
⋙ RFE/RL: Zelenskiy Declares February 26 Memorial Day To Mark Annexation Of Crimea http://bit.ly/2SZEQEU
// Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has issued a decree designating February 26 a memorial day to mark the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region by Russia in 2014.

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT This is extraordinary, and underscores why so many of us believe that democracy is at risk. ¤ Trump is saying he is going to fire federal employees (not just political appointees) who oppose him politically. ¤ Dictatorships, not democracies, require loyalty tests.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Trump spokesman threatens fed’l employees: “the federal government is massive, with millions of people—and there are a lot people out there taking action against this president and when we find them we will take appropriate action.”
⋙⋙ GovExec: White House Confirms It’s Purging Disloyal Employees ‘From the Bowels of the Federal Government’ http://bit.ly/2T1ZtAA
// mAdministration will “take appropriate action” when officials find workers not sufficiently loyal to Trump, spokesman says.

🐣 RT @MotherJones The QAnon conspiracy has been laughed at and kicked offline. But there’s one place it won’t die. @alibreland and @MarkHelenowski take you inside the bizarre right-wing delusion and how it became the ultimate Trumper pledge of allegiance. http://bit.ly/2wa3ZnC 💽 https://twitter.com/MotherJones/status/1232652312260349952?s=20/photo/1
⋙ MotherJones, Ali Breland: QAnon May Be Resting, But It Will Never Die http://bit.ly/2Ti7IXV
// How a bizarre conspiracy became the ultimate Trumper pledge of allegiance.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Trump and his aides were obsessed with destroying one, and only one, of the Democratic candidates: Joe Biden. If they feared him so much, maybe we should, after acknowledging his flaws, go back to the big picture: At the end of the day, he’ll beat Trump and govern responsibly.

⭕ 25 Feb 2020

TheAtlantic, Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes: Trump’s Most Dangerous Destruction Yet http://bit.ly/32uAfgZ
// What the president is doing to America’s intelligence community could have enormous repercussions for the 2020 election and the country’s preparedness for threats from around the world.

LATimes: Germans demand U.S. ambassador, a ‘biased propaganda machine,’ be replaced http://lat.ms/32vUOd1
// Germany reacts after Trump names Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, as acting director of national intelligence.

💙🧵 RT @noUpside In light of reports on Russia “boosting” Trump & Bernie, there have been lots of references to the IRA’s activities in 2016. Not many explain the specifics, particularly on how Bernie fits in, so here’s a thread ab how the IRA operated in the 2016 primaries 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/noUpside/status/1231725268059869185?s=20

🐣 RT @digiphile Public: Don’t amplify disinformation. Media: Don’t put lies in headlines.
Tech: Don’t take $ for lies.
US Govt: If @POTUS lies & muzzles @odnigov, Congress should hold open hearings on election interference to inform Americans of threats facing our union.
💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT, Charlie Warzel: Russia Wants to Meddle in Our Election. We’re Helping. http://nyti.ms/3ci9xwS calls out @HillaryClinton, @TeamBloomberg, @WalterIsaacson, @JamesCarville, the media in general and the intelligence community for obliqueness
// Last week is proof

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance If Trump wants to remove “disloyal” executive branch appointees, those who support the rule of law, imagine how he must feel at the prospect a GOP SCOTUS Justice might not rule for him. He’s signaling them. Thank goodness he has Justice Thomas’ wife working on the loyalty lists.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Important cases related to Trump will soon come before the Supreme Court, including litigation regarding his secret tax returns. ¤ The fact that Trump wants Sotomayor and Ginsburg’s recusal on Trump matters “suggests he may be concerned about the cases.”
⋙⋙ MSNBC, Steve Benen: Trump takes aim at two progressive Supreme Court justices http://on.msnbc.com/2PnJ6f4
// What’s the next step in Donald Trump’s offensive against the justice system? Lashing out at two Supreme Court justices, of course.

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw A must, must read. ¤ Former Acting Attorney General—who earlier worked with #BillBarr in the HW Bush administration—raises deep concerns about Barr’s actions within the Justice Department. ¤ Gerson is a founding member of @chkbal
⋙ JustSecurity, Stuart Gerson: Let the Rule of Law Rule Law Enforcement: Reflections on the Current Attorney General’s Tenure http://bit.ly/2TegSET

WaPo: 70 former U.S. senators: The Senate is failing to perform its constitutional duties http://wapo.st/2TgkWUZ (including 17 Republicans and 4 Independents) ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1232384655627837447?s=20/photo/1

Examples of Congress ceding its powers to the executive through the years include the power to regulate international trade, the power to authorize the use of military force in foreign conflicts and, when the president declares national emergencies, the power of the purse. In addition, the partisan gridlock that is all too routine in recent decades has led the executive branch to effectively “legislate” on its own terms through executive order and administrative regulation. The Senate’s abdication of its legislative and oversight responsibilities erodes the checks and balances of the separate powers that are designed to protect the liberties on which our democracy depends.

⭕ 24 Feb 2020

WaPo, Michael Gerson: A Trump-Sanders election would destroy our politics http://wapo.st/3a6O1sK “Maybe there is no longer a democratic constituency for the talents and virtues that make democracy work.”

💽 MSNBC, TheLastWord: Jill Wine-Banks: ‘Trump is more dangerous than Nixon’ http://on.msnbc.com/2T8DrLa
// Jill Wine-Banks joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss her new book recounting her experience as the only woman prosecutor during Watergate. She says Trump is the “more existential threat to democracy than Nixon” because Trump is installing allies after purging those he sees as disloyal to him and Republicans are standing by him even though many found his actions wrong.

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: Putin Would Hate President Bernie Sanders http://nyti.ms/2wLqTBW Sanders “believes that American foreign policy should be oriented around expanding democracy in the face of what he called ‘a new authoritarian axis’.”
// The Russian autocrat may support Sanders, but Sanders doesn’t support him.

WaPo, John Negroponte and Edward Wittenstein: Trump plays a dangerous game in weakening the top intelligence job http://wapo.st/3a3F0AR “Unvarnished, nonpartisan intelligence is essential to making sound national-security decisions.”

🧵 RT @McFaul We have reached a dangerous moment in American democracy when senior Trump administration officials are politicizing and selectively declassifying intelligence to help Trump win reelection. That’s wrong. It needs to stop now. THREAD /1 📌 https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1232022445365678080?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ By the way, based on my reading of non-classified sources, I personally don’t believe that Putin wants Sanders to be elected president. Putin prefers Trump. But that’s just the assessment of a private citizen. I’m not the National Security Advisor. 9/

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok I agree w/ @Kasparov63. It’s absurd to deny Putin supports Trump. He said it himself in Helsinki! So why does @CNN keep reporting that the intel briefing was “nuanced & misread”? TBH that sounds like WH propaganda to justify purging those focused on Russia’s crimes to help Trump.

🐣 RT @MaddowBlog “At a time when Americans are increasingly distrustful of their institutions, I am thankful that our legal system affords a fair and open process by which one’s peers critically examine the facts. To denigrate that process is undemocratic and dangerous.”
⋙ WaPo, Seth Cousins: I was a juror in Roger Stone’s trial. I am proud of how we came to our decision. http://wapo.st/2VqkKoO

🧵 RT @benjaminwittes It is possible to hold several ideas in one’s head at the same time:
(1) I think Bernie Sanders is a terrible nominee who would be a bad president, represents a lot of things I don’t believe, and has a substantial chance of getting crushed by Donald Trump. 📌 https://twitter.com/benjaminwittes/status/1232088260597501953?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @benjaminwittes (4) He is in all respects not my choice. I will argue against him as long as there is a chance of defeating him. But in the fight against authoritarianism it would a historic error—one centrists have made before—to decline to make common cause with socialists.
⋙ 🐣 He is a social democrat (not a democratic socialist). I lived in Germany for two years. It is much fairer and humanistic than the American system.

🧵 RT @Cirincione One of the less reported aspects of Grenell’s placement as acting DNI is his demand to see all the “raw intelligence” behind the assessment that Russia is working to sabotage US elections. This has serious national security implications. 1/3 📌 https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1231945339189501953?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @Cirincione This is the tactic Steve Cambone used in the run up to the Iraq War when Cheney and Rumsfeld installed him in DOD to set up their own intel operation. He then cherry-picked raw, unvetted data to “prove” Saddam had WMD. He bypassed the usual intel community joint assessments. 2/3
⋙ 🐣 RT @Cirincione Worse, raw intel will include sources and methods. Grenell will pass that to Trump who could share it with the Russians. Cambone never would have shared intel with our enemies, but Trump and Grenell don’t see Russia as an adversary, but an ally. 3/3

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Awful new details about Trump’s purge should alarm us all http://wapo.st/2T8BWws “The purges are not just revenge. They are designed to remove people who defend the rule of law against Trump’s very deliberate corruption and degradation of it.”

🐣 RT @schwellenbach “I had the privilege of serving in the Justice Dept’s [OLC] from 1993-1997, when the Office was headed by the legendary Walter Dellinger…I … never felt any political pressure… b/c Walter Dellinger absorbed the political pressure”
⋙ JustSecurity, Neil Kinkopf: Dis-Barr the Justice Department http://bit.ly/3a2ySsq

🐣 RT @ForeignPolicy Trump wants loyalists in power, even when they are inconsistent with America’s national security interests, @nedprice writes.
⋙ ForeignPolicy, Ned Price (2/21): The Death of Truth to Power http://bit.ly/38XrMp9
// Intelligence services do their job by staying out of politics. Donald Trump’s new intelligence chief could end all that.

🧵 RT @NATSEC09 INTEL ALERT! For almost a week now, there has been a quiet scramble in certain sectors of the Intelligence community. It centers around figuring out what the boundaries will be with its new leadership. I’ve spoken to numerous current and… 📌 https://twitter.com/NATSEC09/status/1231947091972427778?s=20

⭕ 23 Feb 2020

🐣 RT @ianbassin Reminder: the last time US Attorneys were fired for failing to bring politically-motivated prosecutions the scandal consumed the country for months and the Attorney General was forced to resign. And this instance is far worse.
⋙🐣 RT @ssamcham This is absolutely insane. Jessie Liu got fired in large part because she didn’t bring baseless criminal prosecutions against Trump’s political enemies and go easy on his friends. You can’t politicize the DOJ much more than this. https://twitter.com/ianbassin/status/1231757681699901440?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ Axios, Jonathan Swan: Exclusive: Trump’s “Deep State” hit list http://bit.ly/2ulUjFM

NYT, Paul Krugman: Bernie Sanders Isn’t the Left’s Trump http://nyti.ms/39WAunJ ‘America under Sanders would still be America, both because Sanders is an infinitely better human being than Trump and because the Dem Party wouldn’t enable abuse of power the way the GOP has’
// And this is no time for ego or self-indulgence.

WaPo: Judge swats down Roger Stone’s effort to disqualify her as publicity stunt http://wapo.st/3bYXvbD

GQ, Julia Ioffe: Why Exactly Does Putin Love Bernie? http://bit.ly/2SSm5n2
// “Our candidate is chaos,” says a former Putin former advisor. Julia Ioffe on what Moscow sees in Sanders

DailyBeast, David Rothkopf: Trump Is Lobotomizing Our Government http://bit.ly/2HU4RPv
// Trump’s national security adviser has made clear that he sees his job as serving as a kind of human cocktail of drugs for the erratic president—part palliative, part sedative.

⭕ 22 Feb 2020

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: This Is the Only Move That Will Stop Sanders Now http://bit.ly/2SU65Rj. “If the others can’t stop him, they’d better get behind him. I certainly will. With zero hesitation. … The re-election of the incumbent is unthinkable.”
// Attacks on Bernie work better in a general election than a primary. So what are Democrats convinced he’ll lose to Trump to do?

DailyBeast, David Rothkopf: Trump Is Lobotomizing Our Government http://bit.ly/2HU4RPv
// Trump’s national security adviser has made clear that he sees his job as serving as a kind of human cocktail of drugs for the erratic president—part palliative, part sedative.

🐣 RT @steven_pifer No one has done more in past 6 years to push #Ukraine away from #Russia than Vladimir Putin, whose policy has led, among other things, to 14,000 dead in Donbas. ¤ Large majority of Ukrainians want to be part of Europe, not integrated with Russia.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RussianEmbassy [UK] President Putin: Any integration of Russia and Ukraine, along with their capacities and competitive advantages, would lead to the emergence of a rival, a global rival for Europe and the world. No one wants it. That’s why they’ll do anything to pull us apart.

WaPo Editorial: Trump doesn’t want to hear about Russian election interference. So Congress must step up. http://wapo.st/2T5c84t

🚫🐣 RT @juliaioffe Have spent the afternoon on the phone with Russians, asking them what they think of our elections so far. One of them summarized it thus: “Your country is hurtling toward the abyss. It’s a real pity!”

🐣 RT @AmyKlobuchar Thank you to the San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Times for your endorsements. Newspapers across the country are endorsing our campaign because they know we will win big and defeat Donald Trump in November.
⋙ TheHill: Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle endorse Klobuchar http://bit.ly/37TrwpM

🐣 RT @jdawsey1 “He is on his third chief of staff, his fourth national security adviser, his fourth defense secretary, his fifth secretary of homeland security, his sixth deputy national security adviser and his seventh communications director.”
🐣 RT @waltshaub I’m not sure if people fully appreciate how dangerous this is. If you replace all the career public servants who are loyal to the constitution with career public servants who are loyal to a politician, there will be no one left to uphold the rule of law.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MichaelKrause “Trump appears to be launching the biggest assault on the nation’s civil service system since the 1883 Pendleton Act ended the spoils system.”
⋙⋙ NYT: Trump’s Efforts to Remove the Disloyal Heightens Unease Across His Administration http://nyti.ms/2Vg7YcO
// As senior officials are shown the door, a new personnel chief orders a search for political appointees as well as career officials deemed insufficiently supportive of the president.

PoliticusUSA: Trump Could Face Criminal Charges If He Pardons Roger Stone http://bit.ly/2TaoWXn “[A]ccording to former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, a pardon of Roger Stone could be used in a potential conspiracy charge against Trump once he leaves office”

🐣 RT @MSNBC Fmr. national security adviser Susan Rice says Richard Grenell, President Trump’s pick for acting DNI, is “one of the most nasty, dishonest people I’ve ever encountered” in addition to calling him a “hack and shill, and that’s all he’s ever been.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, DeadlineWH: Susan Rice: Grenell is a ‘hack,’ who turned intel community into Trump re-election tool http://on.msnbc.com/3a0fyfp
// Former National Security Adviser and U.N. ambassador Susan Rice slammed President Trump’s pick as acting DNI Richard Grenell, calling him a “hack and a shill,” and says he is “one of the most nasty, dishonest people I’ve ever encountered.”

CNN: Intelligence community feels immediate impact of Trump’s diplomatic ‘disruptor’ http://cnn.it/2VjNyQ9

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs “The U.S. intelligence community can develop the best strategy for intelligence in a new technological era, but if it ever loses its reputation for objectivity, nonpartisanship, and professionalism, it will lose its value to the nation.”
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Amy Zegart and Michael Morell (2019): Spies, Lies, and Algorithms http://fam.ag/2T7b3sF
// May-Jun 2019; Why U.S. Intelligence Agencies Must Adapt or Fail

⭕ 21 Feb 2020

ForeignPolicy, Ned Price: The Death of Truth to Power http://bit.ly/38XrMp9
// Intelligence services do their job by staying out of politics. Donald Trump’s new intelligence chief could end all that.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff After Watergate, Congress passed reforms to safeguard the rule of law and root out corruption. ¤ We are working on new reforms now, because the threat Trump and his enablers pose to our democracy is more grave than anything Nixon did:
⋙ LATimes: Schiff: How to protect democracy from lawless presidents like Trump http://lat.ms/2HP1fOP
// We need a firewall between the White House and the Department of Justice.

💙💙 💽 ABCNews: Judge’s impassioned remarks in Roger Stone case: ‘The truth still matters’ http://abcn.ws/2vV7IFj
// Judge Amy Berman Jackson responded to President Trump and his allies.

“This case did not arise because Roger Stone was being pursued by his political enemies. It arose because Roger Stone, characteristically, injected himself smack into the center of one of the most significant issues of the day.”

“And as you’ve just heard when I went through the elements of the offense, he was not convicted and is not being sentenced for exercising his First Amendment rights, his support of the president’s campaign or his policies. He was not prosecuted, as some have complained, for standing up for the President. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president.”

“This effort to obstruct the investigation was deliberate, planned, not one isolated incident, and conducted over a considerable period of time. And Stone lied and sought to impede production of information to whom? Not to some secret anti-Trump cabal, but to Congress. To the elected representatives of both parties who were confronted with a matter of grave national importance.”

“…. it was largely Stone’s own emails and his own texts that proved the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt. So what did the defense say to the jury on his behalf? ‘So what?’ So what?

Of all the circumstances in this case, that may be the most pernicious. The truth still exists. The truth still matters. Roger Stone’s insistence that it doesn’t, his belligerence, his pride in his own lies are a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the very foundation of our democracy.

And if it goes unpunished, it will not be a victory for one party or another. Everyone loses because everyone depends on the representatives they elect to make the right decisions on a myriad of issues — many of which are politically charged but many of which aren’t — based on the facts.

Everyone depends on our elected representatives to protect our elections from foreign interference based on the facts. No one knows where the threat is going to come from next time or whose side they’re going to be on, and for that reason the dismay and disgust at the defendant’s belligerence should transcend party.

The dismay and the disgust at the attempts by others to defend his actions as just business as usual in our polarized climate should transcend party. The dismay and the disgust with any attempts to interfere with the efforts of prosecutors and members of the judiciary to fulfill their duty should transcend party.

Sure, the defense is free to say: So what? Who cares? But, I’ll say this: Congress cared. The United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia that prosecuted the case and is still prosecuting the case cared. The jurors who served with integrity under difficult circumstances cared. The American people cared. And I care.”

“The problem is that nothing about this case was a joke; it wasn’t funny, it wasn’t a stunt, and it wasn’t a prank. Stone’s conduct displayed flagrant disrespect for the institution of government established by the Constitution, including Congress and this Court. And I’ll venture to say that even many adolescents know the difference.”

RawStory: Former CIA director John Brennan sounds alarm: ‘Trump is abetting a Russian covert operation to keep him in office’ http://bit.ly/2Vfo5qH

🧵 RT @brett_mcgurk Some points made on @Morning_Joe this morning regarding ODNI situation:
– ODNI was established after the 9/11 attacks to ensure national security decisions are guided by unvarnished facts
– The intelligence community is our nation’s first line of defense against foreign threats
📌 https://twitter.com/brett_mcgurk/status/1230847679652974592?s=20

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance This is a great idea. Every American needs to know what attacks against our elections may look like & what to be on guard against. No reason not to do a declassified briefing for the country. Remember, elections are largely run at the local, country level, not out of Washington.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoeTrippi Here’s an idea. Why not hold House hearings on what every American should watch for and be on guard against in terms of how Russia or any other foreign actor tries to influence our election? Or maybe a network do a one hour special? No one knows what meddling means.

🐣 RT @MSNBC .@maddow notes it’s no longer accurate to frame Pres. Trump’s corruption as potential as he is openly abusing his power to make it clear that the U.S. government will be used to punish people who oppose him and help those who demonstrate fealty.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Maddow: Time for warnings is past as Trump openly abuses power http://on.msnbc.com/3bYf0su
// Rachel Maddow points out that it is no longer accurate to frame Donald Trump’s corruption as imminent or potential as he is openly abusing his power to make it clear that the power of the U.S. government will be used to punish people who oppose him and help people who demonstrate fealty.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Corruption, cruelty and incompetence define authoritarian states precisely because everything revolves around elevation of the leader. Democrats must recognize and be able to explain that. The task is not revolution, but fumigation and toxic cleanup.
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: When competence is not the goal http://wapo.st/32fvmIG

💽 MSNBC, TheLastWord: Former federal prosecutor: Trump ‘trying to destroy many of the institutions’ responsible for U.S. national security http://on.msnbc.com/38NMOq8
// Joyce Vance tells Lawrence O’Donnell that as Trump continues to deny Russian interference in U.S. elections, he is weakening the Intelligence Community and weakening the DOJ to find a narrative that is more favorable to him. Lawrence also discusses with Rick Stengel and Mieke Eoyang.

WIRED, Garrett Graff: How Trump Hollowed Out US National Security http://bit.ly/38R6fOL The purge goes well beyond the Office of National Intelligence
// Acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell is just the latest in a cascade of temporary or vacant personnel in critical government positions. 

DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Trump’s Fury at Intel Briefing Shows Putin’s Bet Keeps Paying Off http://bit.ly/2SPD5Kq
// The GOP wants you to believe Trump is tough on Russia. So why does Moscow love him so much? The Kremlin’s state media make that clear almost every day.

NYT: Richard Grenell Begins Overhauling Intelligence Office, Prompting Fears of Partisanship http://nyti.ms/39RAnd9 In addition to Acting DNI Joseph Maguire, his deputy Andrew P. Hallman resigned. Kash Patel, an aide to Devin Nunes, has been brought in.
// The new acting director of national intelligence also asked to see the facts underlying the finding that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election and favors President Trump’s re-election.

🐣 RT @MaddowBlog They are proclaiming openly that the rules are gone, they will do what they want, the government will be turned against you if you stand against this president.
That is not a warning.
That is where we are.
💽 https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1231054357690560518?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Trump embarks on expansive search for disloyalty as administration-wide purge escalates http://wapo.st/2SMbXMq

NYT Editorial: Cripple the Intelligence Agencies? Not Smart http://nyti.ms/37Na4Dp
// What happens when intelligence officials warn that Russia is meddling in American politics again? Donald Trump gets mad — at the intelligence officials.

WaPo, William McRaven: If good men like Joe Maguire can’t speak the truth, we should be deeply afraid http://wapo.st/38Q6FVM ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1231065849781465088?s=20/photo/1

As Americans, we should be frightened — deeply afraid for the future of the nation. When good men and women can’t speak the truth, when facts are inconvenient, when integrity and character no longer matter, when presidential ego and self-preservation are more important than national security — then there is nothing left to stop the triumph of evil.

🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzi GOP, it’s time to play for Team America:
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, 11thHour: Frank Figliuzzi on reports Russia is meddling in the 2020 race to help re-elect Trump: “If lawmakers and the president do nothing about it… they are essentially aiding and abetting Russia.” http://on.msnbc.com/2VbkCtx

🐣 RT @RepSteier Make no mistake, if Russian interference is allowed in our election, it will be transformative. We will be walking into a dictatorship with our eyes wide open. If our intelligence officials fear telling us the truth for fear of losing their jobs, we are exceedingly vulnerable.

⭕ 20 Feb 2020

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Think about that: Trump regards efforts to protect the integrity of our elections as a firing offense. So now Maguire is out as DNI, and Grenell is in. That is a terrifying prospect for the future of our democracy.
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Trump appoints a partisan propagandist to run the intelligence community http://wapo.st/39PyYnp

AtlanticCouncil: Russia loses leverage as Ukrainian exports go global http://bit.ly/37NEJ3w

WaPo, Max Boot: Trump appoints a partisan propagandist to run the intelligence community http://wapo.st/39PyYnp

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Yes. We have scandal overload and outrage fatigue. We seem to be waiting for one galvanizing event to motivate us into acting, organizing, marching. The time . . . is now.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JaneVoter2019 @glennkirschner2 ¤ This is not a legal question really but more of a how can we save our Justice system and restore the Rule of Law? Should people be occupying DC at this point? I feel like the people need to take a stand. We can’t just keep letting them destroy our Republic.

🐣 RT @SallyYates This is a screaming red siren, but in the daily barrage of crazy, can we hear it?Trump is not only trying to rewrite history of Russia’s intervention in 2016, he is now using the power of the presidency to conceal their 2020 scheme to re-elect him.Dangerous!
⋙ 🐣 RT @KenDilanianNBC “ODNI is nearing a meltdown.” Trump angry after House briefed on Russia meddling in 2020 election on his behalf
⋙⋙ NBCNews: Trump angry after House briefed on 2020 Russia election meddling on his behalf http://nbcnews.to/39RVxYv
// The briefing cost the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, his job, a former intelligence official said.

🐣 RT @Politico Pelosi expressed dismay that Republican lawmakers would leap to defend the president after a briefing on Russian interference in the 2020 elections
⋙ Politico: Pelosi: Trump politicized intel community after Russia election briefing http://politi.co/2V5VrbL
// Her remarks came after the New York Times reported that the House Intelligence Committee received a briefing that Russia planned to interfere in the 2020 elections.

NYT, Noah Bookbinder: What Barr Did for Roger Stone Is Like Nothing I’ve Seen Before http://nyti.ms/2T0QEpq Noah Bookbinder is the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
// Has the Trump Department of Justice ever asked for a lower sentence for someone who wasn’t a presidential ally?

🐣 RT @julianbarnes Grenell must leave by March 11 unless there is a formal nominee to the Senate, officials confirm. @EricColumbus and @steve_vladeck explain how the Vacancies act will work for the DNI post.
⋙ NYT: Trump’s New Intelligence Director Faces a Legal Countdown Clock on His Tenure http://nyti.ms/38PtwRs
// Under federal law, Richard Grenell, the new acting director of national intelligence, may be able to serve only a few weeks unless the president nominates someone to take on the job permanently.

🐣 RT @eliehonig The Stone case has been a massive embarrassment – and worse- for William Barr. He publicly undercut his own prosecutors; Trump laughed at his claim of independence; now his prosecutors revolt in court and the judge calls him out. ¤ Barr earned all of this. He’s unfit.

WaPo Editorial: Trump puts an unqualified loyalist in charge of national intelligence http://wapo.st/2SJOUls

🐣 RT @TiaBarracini This is the woman who actually briefed the HPSCI last week. Imagine Trump will get rid of her too.
⋙ NPR (1/22): Election Security Boss: Threats To 2020 Are Now Broader, More Diverse http://n.pr/32ceFha Shelby Pierson
// 1/22/2020

🐣 RT @XSovietNews Putin on Ukrainian nationalists: Caring about the interests of the Ukrainian people isn’t the main thing for them. How can it be if thanks to breaking with Russia they’ve lost missile building, shipbuilding, aviation, machine building, the country is de-industrialising?

💽 MSNBC, 11thHour: Trump is mad Dems know Russia is meddling to get him re-elected http://on.msnbc.com/39QybCE
// Trump is reportedly angry that Congress was briefed on Russia’s new efforts to meddle in the 2020 election to help Trump get re-elected, worried Democrats will use it against him. The New York Times was first to report this news later confirmed by NBC News.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi American voters should decide American elections — not Vladimir Putin. All Members of Congress should condemn the President’s reported efforts to dismiss threats to the integrity of our democracy & to politicize our intel community.

🐣 RT @waltshaub Excellent question. First, come to believe democracy can be saved. Two, take a small constructive action toward defending democracy. Every one of us. No matter how small. Then, do another. Then, do another. Then, do another. Then, do another. Then, do another. And never stop.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RobertMaguire What should a country do when the President and his political allies are potentially the biggest impediments to protecting democracy against repeated election interference by a hostile foreign power? ¤ Asking for 331 million friends.

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Breaking now: Kash Patel, a former NSC official who also played a key role as a Hill staffer in helping GOP discredit the Russia probe, is now a senior adviser for new acting DNI Richard Grenell, according to 4 people familiar with the matter. @dlippman
⋙ Politico: NSC aide who worked to discredit Russia probe moves to senior ODNI post http://politi.co/32eBbGh
// Kash Patel, a former acolyte of Rep. Devin Nunes, is now a top adviser in the Office of National Intelligence.

🐣 RT @hardball NBC News reports that Trump is not only weighing more pardons for associates like Roger Stone, but that he’s also cutting the Justice Department out of the loop.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, Hardball: Trump cutting out DOJ in weighing pardons http://on.msnbc.com/2SLGgTj
// NBC News reports today that Trump is not only weighing more pardons for associates like Roger Stone, but that he’s also cutting the Justice Department out of the loop.

🐣 RT @CBSHerridge #BREAKING Source close to matter tells @CBSNews NSC staffer Kash Patel tapped to serve as senior adviser to Amb. Rick Grenell, acting Intel chief (DNI.) Source said mandate is to “#cleanhouse including “top to bottom” review DNI operations that expanded dramatically since 2005.

DailyBeast, Betsy Swan: Trump Ally Roger Stone Gets 40 Months for Lying, Witness-Tampering http://bit.ly/38OMhV8
// “He was not prosecuted, as some have complained, for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson declared.

DailyBeast, Molly Jong-Fast: Roger Stone Judge Amy Berman Jackson: Look Out, America, ABJ Is the New RBG http://bit.ly/2uRBc6Z
// “The truth still matters.” With those words, a brave judge sent away a man who’s deserved it for years—and reminded us of what this country can be again.

DailyBeast: Russia Is Helping Elect Trump Again, Intel Official Says http://bit.ly/2v1qSJq by Spencer Ackerman, Betsy Swan, Erin Banco and Sam Stein
// “Republicans went nuts” when an intelligence official told Congress that Russia was siding with Trump in the election—again. Then Trump tapped a political ally as his top spy.

DailyBeast, Josephine Huetlin: Racist German Shooter Exposes the Global Network of Hate http://bit.ly/38XLdOs
// Tobias Rathjen killed nine people of migrant backgrounds in Hanau’s laid-back shisha bars, then shot his mother and himself.

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw James Madison on the pardon power, 1788: ¤ “If the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty.” ¤ (h/t: Stephen Holmes)
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and threatening a witness. ¤ He did it to cover up for Trump. His sentence is justified. ¤ It should go without saying, but to pardon Stone when his crimes were committed to protect Trump would be a breathtaking act of corruption.

🐣 RT @tribelaw This truly looks like TREASON in all but the narrowest possible sense. If confirmed, it’s utterly devastating. It points to an enemy of the nation sitting in the White House. This cannot stand if we are to survive as a sovereign constitutional republic.
🐣 RT @jdawsey1 UPDATED: Trump told Maguire and aides in Oval Friday that he did not believe Russia was interfering to help him & that intel community was getting played. Maguire struck a conciliatory tone when Trump said briefing shouldn’t have happened. Our latest:
💙 ⋙ WaPo: Senior intelligence official told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected http://wapo.st/2HJGsMJ

A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments.

After learning of that analysis, which was provided to House lawmakers in a classified hearing, Trump erupted at his acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, in the Oval Office, perceiving him and his staff as disloyal for speaking to Congress about Russia’s perceived preference. The intelligence official’s analysis and Trump’s furious response ruined Maguire’s chances of becoming the permanent intelligence chief, according to people familiar with the matter, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

Trump announced on Wednesday that he was replacing Maguire with a vocal loyalist, Richard Grenell, who is the U.S. ambassador to Germany. The shake-up at the top of the intelligence community is the latest in a post-impeachment purge. Trump has instructed aides to identify and remove officials across the government who aren’t defending his interests, and he wants them replaced with loyalists.

🐣 RT @JohnBrennan We are now in a full-blown national security crisis. By trying to prevent the flow of intelligence to Congress, Trump is abetting a Russian covert operation to keep him in office for Moscow’s interests, not America’s.
🐣 RT @juliaioffe From Russia’s point of view, this makes a lot of sense: Trump has been good to them—”our wrecking ball,” as one Russian political insider told me. And interference in the Democratic primaries worked last time, too. If it ain’t broke…
🐣 RT @maddow “Last week’s briefing did contain what appeared to be new information, including that Russia intends to interfere with the ongoing Democratic primaries as well as the general election.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @maddow “Some intelligence officials voiced concerns that the White House will dismantle a key election security effort by Dan Coats, the former DNI: the establishment of an election interference czar. Shelby Pierson has held the post since last summer.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @maddow “Some current and former intelligence officials expressed fears that Mr. Grenell may have been put in place explicitly to slow the pace of information on election interference to Congress.”
💙 ⋙⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Russia Backs Trump’s Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support http://nyti.ms/37LzzVI
A classified briefing to lawmakers angered the president, who complained that Democrats would “weaponize” the disclosure.

🐣📊 RT @QuinnipiacPoll Swing State Poll: #PresidentTrump up in Wisconsin while Dems have the edge in Pennsylvania; in Michigan it’s close https://bit.ly/325WREs #2020Election https://twitter.com/QuinnipiacPoll/status/1230538856489013249?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand New: Trump’s allies are urging him to push for a purge at DOJ of anyone involved with the Russia probe. The MAGA punditry’s outsized influence over the president means their campaign against the so-called Mueller “holdovers” is not falling on deaf ears
⋙ Politico: Trump allies target Mueller team, one by one http://politi.co/2SHItPH
// The president’s defenders are using him to remove anyone and everyone involved in the Russia probe.

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Strange scenes at Roger Stone’s sentencing raise even more questions about William Barr http://wapo.st/2Pc5LLl Crabb, a prosecutor who replaced those who resigned in protest, argued as if the first DOJ recommendation was still in effect

🐣 RT @moscow_project Reminder: Barr said in his confirmation hearings that it would be a crime for a president to pardon somebody in exchange for them lying to protect him. ¤ Will he still believe it if Trump pardons Roger Stone?
⋙ CNN (2019): Barr: “It would be a crime” for a President to pardon someone who promises not to incriminate him http://cnn.it/2PcU1IB under oath in confirmation hearings
// 1/16/2019

WaPo: How conservatives learned to wield power inside Facebook http://wapo.st/37Men1P

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months for lying to Congress, witness tampering http://wapo.st/38MVQDI

━━━━━━━▼ Roger Stone Sentencing
🧵 RT @awprokop I’m at the courthouse for Roger Stone’s sentencing hearing, which is scheduled to start at 10 AM, before Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Should be an interesting one… 📌 https://twitter.com/awprokop/status/1230503378058346498?s=20

🧵 RT @dsamuelsohn Good morning from the federal courthouse in DC and our continuing coverage of the 2016 presidential election. Roger Stone’s sentencing hearing begins at 10 am.
📌 https://twitter.com/dsamuelsohn/status/1230492187965755392?s=20

🧵 RT @Tierney_Megan After quickly going over some objections to the presentencing reports, Judge Jackson rattles off all the materials that have been filed for her to review for Stone’s sentencing, including the 2 DOJ memos. ¤ “I note that the initial memorandum has not been withdrawn,” she says. 📌 https://twitter.com/Tierney_Megan/status/1230510728970481665?s=20

🧵 RT @dfriedman33 Roger Stone’s much-watched sentencing hearing is underway, with a Judge Jackson starting with minor objections by the defense to language in a pre-sentence report. 📌 https://twitter.com/dfriedman33/status/1230509111508422656?s=20

🧵 RT @MManiero_CNS Roger Stone will be sentenced today at 10AM in D.C. federal court, with all eyes on Judge Amy Berman Jackson. @CourthouseNews 📌 https://twitter.com/MMineiro_CNS/status/1230486806782775301?s=20

🧵 RT @joshgerstein Morning from US District Court in DC where where @dsamuelsohn and I are standing by for sentencing of longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, whose case unleashed a furor at the Justice Department last week following an unusual intervention by Attorney General Bill Barr…. 📌 https://twitter.com/joshgerstein/status/1230505242132963329?s=20

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🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @MManiero_CNSe3 BREAKING: Judge Jackson sentences Roger Stone to 40 months incarceration.

🐣 RT @kyledcheney This really frames a potential pardon: The judge, who GOP lawmakers have defrred to, says Stone’s crimes were about “covering up for” Trump. ¤ Any pardon will be viewed in that light.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoshGerstein SNAP: ‘He was not prosecuted for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president.’

🐣 RT @awprokop [Judge] ABJ: “The truth still exists. The truth still matters. Roger Stone’s insistence that it doesn’t” poses “a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the very foundation of our democracy.” ¤ “The dismay and disgust at the defendant’s belligerence should transcend party.”

🐣 RT @harrylitman Judge skewerIng Stone not just for repeated lies but repeated lies that kept Mueller from discovering the truth about Trump. Critical to remember that context with every Trump tweet.

🐣 RT @KenDilanianNBC After AG Barr told the world the first sentencing recommendation for Stone was grossly out of whack, his prosecutor—the guy who replaced the guys who quit in protest—argued today for all the enhancements that bump the sentence as high as 9 years. That looks like a revolt.

🐣 RT @B52Malmet Judge Amy Berman Jackson says Roger Stone engaged in “threatening and intimidating conduct” toward her. She said Stone “knew exactly what he was doing” posting an image that pointed a gun’s cross-hairs above her face. “This is an intolerable rule of justice” she said. #RogerStone

🐣 RT @matthewamiller So DOJ’s position on Stone is that the enhancements should be applied but then ignored based on a sentencing memo the prosecutor appearing in court won’t say who wrote. What an absolute embarrassment.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance The Judge wants to know who wrote the 2nd sentencing memo DOJ submitted in the Stone case, the one the reflected Trump’s views not the law & the facts. Can’t think of a legit reason for a prosecutor to decline to answer the court’s question.

🐣 RT @MMiniero_CNS Judge says that she is under a duty to stick to sentencing guidelines and tell the court that for those “new to this” or who “woke up last week” and thought the guidelines are too high, that “many defense attorneys and judges have been making that point for a very long time.”

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Judge Jackson in the Stone case: “For those of you who are new to this … & became persuaded that the guidelines were harsh, I can assure you that defense attorneys & many judges have been making that point … But we don’t usually succeed in getting the gov’t to agree.” @MSNBC

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 NBC’s Ken Dilanian: On two separate enhancements, one for threatening a witness and one for obstructing the investigation, Judge Jackson has said that they do apply to Roger Stone and that suggests that the sentence will be in the upper range of the guidelines. @MSNBC

🐣 RT @C_Sommerfeldt This is stunning. ¤ The new DOJ attorneys are arguing in favor of most aspects of the initial Stone sentencing recommendation, even though Barr stepped in and rescinded it. ¤ Are they revolting against Barr’s interference?

🐣 RT @lauferlaw Wrong. A pardon can be issued any time after the commission of a crime. Why wait until after a jury found him guilty? Looks horrible. Further, pardoning Stone waives his right to assert the 5th amendment. He can be compelled to implicate everyone he conspired with.

🐣 RT @barbmcquade Stone is one reason Mueller was unable to complete his work. Without obstruction, he may have found conspiracy.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JustSecurity With Judge Jackson saying House Intel Committee’s Russia probe was stymied because of Stone’s obstruction. It “led to an inaccurate, incomplete and incorrect report.” ¤ We are re-upping this relevant analysis by @BarbMcQuade
⋙⋙ JustSecurity, Barbara McQuade: Did Trump and His Team Successfully Obstruct Mueller’s Investigation? http://bit.ly/2FK8NC7
// 6/25/2019

🐣 RT @harrylitman still awaiting bottom line but in brief, Jackson more adopting government’s (initial) position, but also giving throwing Stone a few bones, pointing towards a sentence somewhat under the 7 to 9 initially requested. And pretty well ignoring the whole second memorandum from DOJ.

🐣 RT @kyledcheney This whole sequence is mindblowing. Four prosecutors quit the Stone case because DOJ didn’t back their sentencing recommendation. ¤ The newly installed prosecutors … are now arguing in favor of the original recommendation.
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DailyBeast: Trump’s Choice for Intel Chief Leaves Officials ‘Blindsided’ http://bit.ly/2uj7asu
// Richard Grenell, a Trump loyalist, does not have any direct experience in the intelligence field—a fact that triggered alarm bells for some.

⭕ 19 Feb 2020

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 George Conway: Trump’s “invocations of the pardon power … appear unwedded to any notion of mercy or public good; they are not guided by the ordinary process of careful review. Rather, they are impulsive expressions of Trumpian spite and self-interest.”
⋙ WaPo, George Conway III: Trump’s ‘King Kong’ nickname has come into full fruition http://wapo.st/3bVuFZl

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Trump’s corruption will get worse. His own advisers just showed how. http://wapo.st/2uf24NL

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks All Trump’s pardons and commutations since Sheriff Joe Arpaio are to send a message that corruption is okay, that obstruction of justice and ignoring court orders is fine and that he is a king and above the law.
🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 The prosecutors who helped convict Blagojevich issued a stern statement in response to the commutation, noting that Blagojevich extorted the CEO of a children’s hospital, withholding funds for sick children until he issued campaign contributions.
⋙ CBSNews: Trump commutes Rod Blagojevich’s sentence and pardons Bernard Kerik http://cbsn.ws/37Lx7ym
// Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell former President Barack Obama’s Senate seat, and Kerik served time for tax fraud.

🐣 RT @CaslerNoel If Bloomberg has hired a team for opposition research into Trump I highly suggest they look into the ‘Miss Universe’ Pageant in Trinidad ‘99. He definitely does not want the democrats to know what went on down there that had him hurriedly flown-off the island. @realDonaldTrump

🐣 RT @RoguePOTUSStaff Follow up: Barr’s contemplations of resignation appear to be genuine. But only because he’s starting to worry he might be in too deep in terms of legal jeopardy, and that POTUS poses a real risk of blowing it all wide open. Just looking for a lifeboat.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RoguePOTUSStaff [2/13] “I told you if we do this you have to stay quiet about it. Now we have a mess on our hands,” AG Barr recently told POTUS. Barr Promises he’ll clean it up, but advises him to be careful. Then, when off the phone, Barr complains that Tillerson was right.

🐣 RT @JonathanLanday Dana Rohrbacher response to Assange lawyer’s allegation: ¤ “At no time did I talk 2 President Trump about Julian Assange. Likewise, I was not directed by Trump or anyone else connected with him to meet with Julian Assange. I was on my own fact finding mission at personal expense.”

🐣 RT @DavidCayJ If the ex-Congressman was acting at Trump’s behest he may, depending on the facts, be subject to felony indictment as a principal in a criminal scheme.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand As Post notes, the statement Assange’s lawyer was asking to submit was written by a WikiLeaks lawyer present for the Rohrabacher-Assange meeting where the pardon was allegedly floated—statement was not written by Rohrabacher himself. This has been source of some confusion today.

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Assange lawyer claims congressman offered pardon on behalf of Trump in exchange for absolving Russia in WikiLeaks DNC case http://wapo.st/3bTgHqY

BBC: Julian Assange: Trump ‘offered pardon for Russia denial’ http://bbc.in/2SZMsWF

🐣 RT @Wikileaks The meeting and the offer were made prior to Assange’s indictment. ¤ If you really want to know what this is about — tune in to Court on Tuesday 25th

Politico (4/4/2017): Republican known for defending Putin meets Trump at White House http://politi.co/3c1dfLc via @KevinMKruse
// The president’s decision to host Dana Rohrabacher drew raised eyebrows in D.C.

🐣 RT @Wikileaks The meeting and the offer were made prior to Assange’s indictment. ¤ If you really want to know what this is about — tune in to Court on Tuesday 25th

🐣 RT @ZcohenCNN .@PressSec disputing claim that Trump offered Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a pardon via former GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, saying: “It is a complete fabrication & a total lie.” @mkraju & I wrote this in 2018 about Rohrabacher’s meeting w/ Assange.
⋙ CNN, Manu Raju and Zachary Cohen (5/23/2018): A GOP congressman’s lonely quest defending Julian Assange http://cnn.it/32788EE
// 5/23/2018

🐣 RT @JonFlan Not so bright Rep. Rohrabacher bragged publicly about deal with Assange on Russian interference in our election –
⋙ 💽 KCAL (2017): Rohrabacher: Make Deal With Assange To Disprove Russia Claims http://cbsloc.al/32aPxrp
// 2017

DailyBeast, Niko Hines: Trump Offered Assange Pardon if He Covered Up Russian Hack, WikiLeaks Founder’s Lawyer Claims http://bit.ly/2SGz9vp
// Lawyers acting for the WikiLeaks founder said Dana Rohrabacher, a former Republican congressman, had brought the message to London from Trump.

WaPo: John Solomon columns on Ukraine ripped in newspaper’s internal investigation for conflicts and distortions http://wapo.st/2vMSOkm

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance A friend who is also a barrister tells me Assange’s barrister is a QC (Queen’s Counsel), or silk, which means he’s senior and well respected. See: https://www.qcappointments.org

Bloomberg: Trump Ousts Pentagon Policy Chief Linked to Ukraine-Aid Saga http://bloom.bg/2V70adg
● Rood’s letter says Trump asked Esper for his resignation
● Some officials said Rood was slowing Trump’s policy plans

A top Defense Department official who advised against cutting off U.S. military aid to Ukraine has resigned after President Donald Trump asked for his departure.

John Rood, the under secretary of defense for policy, said in a letter to the president dated Wednesday that he’ll step down Feb. 28 “as you requested.” Rood, who had been in his post since January 2018, didn’t say why the president sought his ouster.

Rood drew attention because he was the official who certified in May to Congress that Ukraine was eligible to receive $250 million in security assistance. That aid was later temporarily blocked by the White House, a decision at the center of Trump’s impeachment.

CNN reported earlier this month that Rood warned Defense Secretary Mark Esper against withholding military aid to Ukraine in an email on July 25, the same day Trump asked the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in a phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

The post is one of the most important at the Pentagon, managing the office that translates and implements policy set by senior defense civilian leaders. The office uses as its benchmark National Security Strategies published by incoming administrations and companion National Defense Strategies issued by the Pentagon.

🧵 RT @benlewismedia Julian Assange court appearance today- His lawyer mentioned a statement, that alleges former US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher visited Assange, saying he was there on behalf of the President, offering a pardon if JA would say Russia had nothing to do with DNC leaks. @SBSNews [Australia] 📌 https://twitter.com/benlewismedia/status/1230172453185429505?s=20

Law&Crime: Trump Has Now Granted Clemency to Three People Prosecuted by James Comey’s Colleague Patrick Fitzgerald http://bit.ly/2SGASRt Rod Blagojevich, Scooter Libby and Conrad Black

Mediaite, Ken Meyer: The Hill Rebukes John Solomon’s Ukraine Work and Admits Mistakes in Oversight of His Columns http://bit.ly/2V7rxnk Solomon’s writings “blurred the lines of a columnist and news writer”; editorial comments are being added to some columns

Politico: Trump campaign hires alum of controversial data company http://politi.co/2ub3ed6
// Cambridge Analytica was called out by Facebook for misuse of user data and shuttered in 2018.

💙💙 TheAtlantic, Adam Serwer: The First Days of the Trump Regime http://bit.ly/2P919Wx
// The Senate acquittal marked the beginning of a fundamental transition in the United States.
⋙ See under Entire Articles: Atl Serwer First Days 2/19/2020

DailyBeast, Michael Daly: Bernie Kerik Was as Corrupt as They Come—Just Like Trump http://bit.ly/2T131Sp
// Is it any wonder the president doesn’t care about Kerik’s history of lying, evading taxes, and ginning up charitable contributions?

WaPo: Justice Dept., in wrestling with how to handle Giuliani, tightens rules for Ukraine-related probes http://wapo.st/325dSPg

💙 🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs “After a long series of dashed expectations, many still believe that one day the rogue will vanish and the ‘real’ Russia will finally emerge. This is a fantasy.”
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Michael Kimmage: The Wily Country http://fam.ag/2P7Lnel
// Understanding Putin’s Russia

⭕ 18 Feb 2020

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Trump Pardons Crooks to Feel Like a King http://bit.ly/326uOok
// Of course he pardoned Blago. Aside from loving epic crooks, Trump is sending a message to aides: Keep your mouth shut, and I’ll protect you.

🐣 RT @MaddowBlog July 12, 2019 – “In January, one month after Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, prosecutors requested interviews with executives at the company, CNN reported. But prosecutors never followed up on their initial request…”
⋙ CNN (7/12/2019): Prosecutors unlikely to charge Trump Org executives, sources say http://cnn.it/37IGVsW
// 7/12/2019)

🐣 RT @TheLastWord .@JoyceWhiteVance tells @Lawrence that Trump uses pardons and commutations like the ones he just granted as a means of signaling to his criminal friends that he will take care of them if they don’t testify against him. https://on.msnbc.com/328chYR

Newsweek: Robert Reich: All the Progress We Made Since Watergate Has Been Bulldozed By a Shameless GOP and a Shameful Attorney General http://bit.ly/2HFDM2o

AtlanticCouncil: Russian escalation dampens hopes for peace in Ukraine http://bit.ly/38JLHrq

🐣 RT @RepSwalwell It’s no coincidence Donald Trump uses his power to pardon those accused of the same crimes he and his cronies are accused of. ¤ Don’t let him normalize abuse and fraud.

BusinessInsider: Trump declares himself the ‘chief law-enforcement officer of the United States’ and admits he makes Attorney General Barr’s job harder http://bit.ly/2P7SAet

🐣 RT @Yamiche Official William Barr watch begins. ¤ Attorney General William P. Barr has told people close to President Trump — both inside and outside the White House — that he is considering quitting over Trump’s tweets about Justice Department investigations.
⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Barr has told those close to Trump he is considering quitting over the president’s tweets about Justice Dept. investigations http://wapo.st/38JXBSg

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Just in: DOJ says in letter to Nadler that US attorney for EDNY has been assigned to coordinate “several open matters” related to Ukraine, and the US attorney in Pittsburgh will be receiving new Ukraine info from the public (i.e. Giuliani). Here’s the memo DOJ sent out on Jan 17: https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1229820889669259267?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand And here’s the letter to Nadler from Stephen Boyd: https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1229821169127317514?s=20/photo/1-2

🔆 This❗️⋙ Politico: DOJ taps U.S. attorney to ‘coordinate’ Ukraine inquiries http://politi.co/39KFWtH
// But the department’s notification to Congress is vague about which current investigations are now subject to special supervision by Brooklyn-based prosecutor

The top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn [EDNY], Richard Donoghue, is now vetting and managing all Ukraine-related efforts by the Justice Department in the wake of President Donald Trump’s impeachment over his actions toward the former Soviet republic..

The letter departs from the Justice Department’s typical stance of not commenting on ongoing investigations or their management. Boyd said confirming the roles of Donghue and Brady publicly was appropriate because press accounts and comments by lawmakers “significantly distorted the public’s understanding of the Department’s handling of such cases.”

Rosen’s January memo to department leaders is branded as “law enforcement sensitive” and “for official use only,” but also stresses that a series of Ukraine-related matters being probed by Justice have “been publicly reported.”

🐣 RT @gtconway3d “But more than that, what Trump is really after is the normalization of corruption. The fact that Blagojevich was a Democrat makes it all the better. Trump would never argue that Republicans are clean and Democrats are dirty; he wants to convince you that everyone is dirty.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @paulwaldman Because the @washingtonpost is a family paper, I couldn’t title this post on Blagojevich “I’ve got this pardon power and it’s f-ing golden.”
⋙⋙ WaPo, Paul Waldman: Why Trump is letting a corrupt Democrat out of prison http://wapo.st/3bMYawx
// If he can convince you that everyone is corrupt and the system is beyond help, he wins.

NewYorker, Jeffrey Toobin: The Trouble with Donald Trump’s Pardons http://bit.ly/3bO2JXx

🧵 RT @sarahturbo79 While the president is on a pro-corruption pardon spree, let’s examine just how far out of the mainstream his abuse of the pardon power has become. Snippy THREAD: ¤ 1/ The presidential pardon power is nearly absolute, thus it corrupts absolutely. 📌 https://twitter.com/sarahturbo79/status/1229863148758478850?s=20

🐣 RT @duty2warn He issued pardons or commuted sentences for 11 people today, including Blagojevich, Milken, DeBartolo, Kerik. Because he can, because he decides these things, because fraud is not a big deal, and because it distracts from Stone, Barr, Deutsche Bank, etc.
⋙ RawStory, Travis Gettys: ‘He’s going to pardon everyone Mueller indicted’: Trump sets off alarms with out-of-the-blue ‘pardon spree’ http://bit.ly/2P79SbL

JustSecurity: Three Dozen Questions for Congress (and News Media) to Ask Attorney General Barr http://bit.ly/326y96P by Joshua Geltzer, Ryan Goodman and Asha Rangappa

DerSpiegel, Von Ian Kershaw (2008): How Hitler Won Over the German People http://bit.ly/3bKOBOG
// 1/3/2008; There were still many Germans who were skeptical of Hitler when he became chancellor in 1933. But Führer propaganda and military success soon turned him into an idol. The adulation helped make the Third Reich catastrophe possible.

WaPo, James Comey: Justice is supposed to be blind. Bill Barr can’t see that. http://wapo.st/2uKORwB

🐣 RT @stengel Presidents can use the pardon power in different ways—to alleviate the suffering of poor defendants who could not afford counsel & were unfairly convicted—or free rich people with the best lawyers who were corrupt but have friends in high places. What kind of America do you want?

🐣 RT @danpfeiffer Just in case you had any doubts – they are all in on it. Every single one of them
🐣 RT @lrozen Wonder if the outside groups just a pretext, they are really defending him from Trump.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ @kyledcheney Unusual joint statement from McConnell, McCarthy and Graham defending Barr from “outside groups” (i.e. the 2,000 former DOJ employees who called on him to step down): https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1229855627691819008?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AriMelber As we reported back in Nov. — the extortion evidence against Blagojevich echoed *evidence against Trump* in the Ukraine plot, which made his 2019 defense of Blagojevich and his “phone call” so striking:
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri [9/26] Just weeks after his phone call with the Ukrainian President discussing the alleged bribery plot, Trump floated the idea of a pardon for Blagojevich, claiming he was “treated unbelievably unfairly” by having to go to jail “over a phone call where nothing happens.” 💽 https://twitter.com/AriMelber/status/1229842082476560385?s=20/photo/1
// 11/26/2019

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok #BREAKING Softening the ground to pardon convicted felon Roger Stone? >> Trump to commute sentence of disgraced Ill Gov Rod Blagojevich—convicted for a bribery extortion shakedown not unlike Trump’s Ukraine scheme. Trump even called it just “a phonecall.” SunTimes http://bit.ly/37FfMr1 https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1229832726229860352?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @PaulaChertok Trump—the #FreeFelon POTUS: Blagojevich was impeached; SCOTUS upheld felony corruption convictions. But Trump likes that Blago wife linked Mueller & Comey to Blago prosecutor: “This same cast of characters that did this to my family are out there trying to do it to the president” https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1229842090814656512?s=20/photo/1

RT @JoyceWhiteVance Trump uses pardons to message to others-stay on my side & I’ll take care of you. We know this from the Mueller Report. I’d speculate Trump won’t pardon until after the election but hard to imagine Flynn & Stone aren’t in line & maybe Manafort too.
⋙ NBCNews: Trump expected to grant clemency to former Ill. Gov Blagojevich, ex-NYPD commissioner Kerik http://nbcnews.to/3bPRn5a
// Blagojevich was sentenced in 2011 to 14 years in federal prison on corruption charges related to his solicitation of bribes in an attempt to “sell” Barack Obama’s open Senate seat.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance The Constitution gives Presidents an unfettered right to issue pardons. But if those pardons are used to reward people for refusing to testify against a president, that’s an abuse of power. This is one reason we should all register to vote & stay engaged.

🐣 RT @jimsciutto Is Russia testing US support for Ukraine?
⋙ 🐣 RT @ @AndersFoghR Disturbing escalation by Russia-backed rebels in Donbas. ¤ Attacking multiple positions and using weapons banned by the Minsk agreement ¤ This aggression must be condemned by US and EU, and Putin must understand that only path to better West/Russia relations runs through #Ukraine

🐣 RT @MarquardtA The top lawyer for the intel community is stepping down next month, @ZcohenCNN confirms. @ODNIgov General Counsel Jason Klitenic blocked the whistleblower’s complaint from going to Congress, before the ICIG reported it to them.
↥ ↧ ?
Politico: Top intel office lawyer who handled Ukraine whistleblower complaint resigning http://politi.co/2wlu6b0 so many lives disrupted ~ remember their names
// Jason Klitenic, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will depart early next month.

WaPo: Roger Stone will be sentenced Thursday despite his ongoing bid to overturn conviction http://wapo.st/3286PVK

🚫🐣 Will no one rid us of this meddlesome president? (Asking for a country)

🐣 RT @SimonWDC All these people unfairly treated by the criminal justice system – just like Trump and all his friends. ¤ It’s total lawlessness. To repeat – Trump is not right of mind. This is not strategic. He has gone crazy, become a Mad King, pushed off the cliff by Barr and McConnell.
🐣 RT @Santucci BREAKING – @ABC News has learned President Trump expected to commute the sentenced of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich via multiple senior level sources – more to come @KFaulders @vlasto & me

🧵 RT @rachelwienerwp Now representing DOJ in Roger Stone case as conference call starts: John Crabb (criminal chief) and J.P. Cooney (fraud unit chief) 📌 https://twitter.com/rachelweinerwp/status/1229797118472314881?s=20
🐣 […] RT @ Judge Berman Jackson rules – Roger Stone’s sentencing will go forward Thursday as planned, while motions for a new trial are being argued. The execution of the sentence will be deferred until she decides on those motions.

🐣 RT @ “Barr is the enabler who is making acceptable presidential and Justice Department behavior that virtually nobody accepted only a few years ago,” @qjurecic and @benjaminwittes write:
⋙ TheAtlantic, Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes: Imagine If a Democrat Behaved Like Bill Barr http://bit.ly/2V3E1wq
// What would the attorney general say were a future administration to follow his lead?

CNN, Stephen Collinson: Justice Department storm intensifies with new attacks on Barr’s credibility http://cnn.it/323O5qu

TheAtlantic, Sarada Peri: Trump Is Going to Cheat http://bit.ly/2V1PqMZ Sarada Peri is a former senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama
// How should Democrats fight against a president who has no moral or legal compass?

FastCompany: How a Wall Street exec’s suicide led his son to share files on Trump’s favorite bank with the FBI http://bit.ly/37ylz1q an excerpt from David Enrich’s new book
// In ‘Dark Towers,’ the New York Times’s finance editor David Enrich tells the story of the most scandalous bank in the world—and its shadowy ties to Donald Trump’s business empire.

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: The President’s Conspiracy Theories Get More Whacko than George Papadopoulos’ http://bit.ly/323GKHs Trump’s morning tweet barrage is disconnected from reality

🐣 RT @AndrewFeinberg Here’s the reason why this is some crackpot lying hot mess: ¤ Stone lied to Congress & threatened a witness (and the witnesses’ 🐶). ¤ You won’t find a single prosecutor at @TheJusticeDept who would not have brought that case to a grand jury. Mueller’s involvement is irrelevant.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real These were Mueller prosecutors, and the whole Mueller investigation was illegally set up based on a phony and now fully discredited Fake Dossier, lying and forging documents to the FISA Court, and many other things. Everything having to do with this fraudulent investigation is…
⋙ 🐣 RT @ ….badly tainted and, in my opinion, should be thrown out. Even Mueller’s statement to Congress that he did not see me to become the FBI Director (again), has been proven false. The whole deal was a total SCAM. If I wasn’t President, I’d be suing everyone all over the place…
⋙ 🐣 RT @ ….BUT MAYBE I STILL WILL. WITCH HUNT!

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Hey All. Because today ends in “y” (Tuesday), it’s a good day to fight for justice. As the Federal Judges Association meets to discuss Trump/Barr’s attack on the rule of law, I’ll be heading to Judge Jackson’s courtroom to see why she set an on-the-record call in the Stone case.

⭕ 17 Feb 2020

💙🔆 This❗️⋙ NYMag, By The Editors: 11 Months From Today A second term for Trump seems more possible than ever. But what would it look like? http://nym.ag/32foD1y With interviews by Brian Feldman, Ben Jacobs, Sarah Jones, Anna Silman, and Matt Stieb ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1230079811554566144?s=20/photo/1

● Impeachment Redux ~ Anonymous GOP House Staffer
● A Politics of Pure Revenge ~ Frank Rich
● The DOJ Brought to Heel ~ Former US Attorney Barbara McQuade
● A Big Tech Détente ~ Kara Swisher
● The Death of Global Climate Efforts ~ David Wallace-Wells
● More Hunger ~ Sarah Jones
● MAGA Budgets ~ Rep Barbara Lee
● Silly Television ~ Kathryn VanArendonk
● A Democratic Party in Revolt ~ Ezra Klein
● A More Vulnerable Electoral College ~ Ed Kilgore
● Nuclear Brinkmanship ~ Heather Hurlburt
● Extraordinary Stress ~ Dr. Jennifer Panning
● Red-State Entertainment ~ Alison Willmore
● Escalating Trade Wars ~ Josh Barro
● And Escalating Self-Dealings ~ Andrew Rice
● A Generation of Judges ~ Ed Kilgore
● A Crisis of Faith ~ Sarah Jones
● The Wall, Abandoned ~ Matt Stieb
● Don Jr. 2024 ~ Max Read

🐣 RT @DavidCornDC A reminder: Russia attacked the US & helped @realDonaldTrump become president. Trump encouraged that attack & assisted it by echoing Putin disinformation (the claim there was no attack). Trump & his campaign secretly interacted w/ Russia during the attack. That’s the big story.

🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield When we say that the institutions are holding out, this is what we mean. 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1229585227799904256?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ [ … ] . . . We can compare Trump’s power grabs to Hitler’s in the 1930s and Putin’s in the 1990s. ¤ Germany in the 1930s had only been a democracy since the end of World War I. ¤ Russia had no history of democracy. This means that Germany in the 1930s and Russia in the 1990s . . .
⋙ 🐣 RT @ . . . had almost no history of democracy and no entrenched democratic institutions. ¤ In contrast, we have a few hundred years of judicial independence and prosecutorial independence. ¤ So the institutions are holding out. (Except for the Senate.) [ … ]

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “If you look at what the catalyst is – this is great to have this being discussed on President’s Day – the rule of law involves equal justice. The Department of Justice in its own guidance says political affiliation doesn’t matter” – Andrew Weissmann w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1229533985644085248?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “The problem here…goes to a whole pattern of things that [Barr’s] done since the beginning of his term, including the whitewashing of the Mueller report, including categorically rejecting the critical finding of the inspector general’s report” – Donald Ayer w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1229532820516823040?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “Republicans and Democrats who have served in the Justice Dept for the past twelve presidents are today calling for William Barr’s resignation as our country’s attorney general, with one former Bush era Deputy Attorney General… calling Barr ‘un-American'” – @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1229512927440490496?s=20/photo/1

TheAtlantic, David Graham: John Bolton Hints at How Much More He Still Has to Tell http://bit.ly/2SEyGK4
// In his first public appearance since the impeachment inquiry, Trump’s former national-security adviser made news by suggesting what his book may reveal.

🐣 RT @kurtbardella Everybody needs to understand that Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s record is non-partisan. When @GOPoversight took @BarackObama @EricHolder to court over Fast and Furious documents, the judge who ruled in their favor was Judge Jackson. @realDonaldTrump’s attacks on her are a disgrace. 💽 [MorningJoe] https://twitter.com/kurtbardella/status/1229607207177768962?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Michael Gerson: Republicans owe Vindman a public apology http://wapo.st/2SzQkia

🧵 RT @ScottMStedman By 2013, Gazprombank (run by Putin’s closest allies) had funneled over 16 billion rubles into their account at Deutsche Bank Americas to swap the rubles to dollars to pay vendors. One problem: Gazprombank had a very minimal presence in the US. Who got paid? 📌 https://twitter.com/ScottMStedman/status/1229585967972937728?s=20

🐣 RT @matthewamiller I think Bolton has behaved cowardly too…BUT, the president’s former national security advisor just called major elements of his national security stewardship a failure. That is earthshaking news in any other admin, and should be here too.

🐣 RT @harrylitman This is mind-blowing. I’ve never heard of anything like it. We are in full on crisis mode.
🐣 RT @tribelaw This is rolling thunder. One stuffed goose named Barr is cooked. 2000 DOJ alumni he can ignore. 1000 federal judges? That’s an altogether different kettle of fish.
💙 ⋙ USAToday: Federal judges’ association calls emergency meeting after DOJ intervenes in case of Trump ally Roger Stone http://bit.ly/2P3Oe87

CNN: Bolton to break his silence as White House wrangles over content of his book http://cnn.it/2uRxb28

BusinessInsider (2019): RANKED: The greatest US presidents, according to 200 political scientists http://bit.ly/38EKwcM Partial List: ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1229485897848172545?s=20/photo/1
// 2/18/2019; Members of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents & Executive Politics section completed the survey online between December 2017 and January 2018.
… [E]ven among Republicans, Trump was ranked quite unfavorably. Respondents who identified as Republicans or conservatives ranked Trump 40th out of 44 presidents

1. Abraham Lincoln
2. George Washington
3. FDR
4. Teddy Roosevelt
5. Thomas Jefferson
6. Harry Truman
7. Dwight D Eisenhower
8. Barack Obama
9. Ronald Reagan
10. LBJ
11. Woodrow Wilson
12. James Madison
13. Bill Clinton
14. John Adams
15. Andrew Jackson
16. JFK
17. George HW Bush
18. James Monroe
19. William McKinley
21. Ulysses S Grant
26 Jimmy Carter
30. George W Bush
33. Richard Nixon
40. Andrew Johnson
44. Donald Trump (Last ‼️)

RawStory: Trump’s US delegation was ‘dumbfounded’ by hostile reception at Munich conference: report http://bit.ly/38Mf6l7

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The descent of the GOP into authoritarian know-nothingism http://wapo.st/39Ne2NX

🐣 RT @mfa_russia #Lavrov: Escalating tension, @NATO advancing its military infrastructure to the east, holding unprecedented exercises close to #Russian borders, and ramping up defence spending far beyond reasonable levels, all this leads to uncertainty.#Russia #MFA #Diplomacy #NATO #MSC2020

🐣 RT @jason_kint Yes. Please share widely. Thrilled 60 Minutes took this on. Trump, Giulliani and a number of lawmakers defending him, disgraced themselves by spreading this disinfo. They did nothing short of empower Russia, weaken Ukraine, weaken the United States and democracy itself.
⋙ 🐣 RT @60Minutes Mr. Trump’s defenders in Congress amplified the Ukraine election meddling story during the impeachment inquiry. But former Senior Director for Russia on the National Security Council, Dr. Fiona Hill, warned the committee against that “fictional narrative.” https://cbsn.ws/322KCbD
⋙⋙ 🧵RT @ “It was illogical; it could not be explained; it was crazy,” says Ambassador Bill Taylor about the Trump administration withholding military aid from Ukraine while pressing for investigations of Democrats. https://cbsn.ws/2SvwaWG 💽 https://twitter.com/60Minutes/status/1229199831664676864?s=20/photo/1
// ✛ additional clips
🐣 RT @jason_kint Here is the full, must-see @60Minutes segment. It has global implications and its twenty minutes long. Please watch and share with your family and friends.
💙 ⋙ 💽 CBSNews, 60Minutes: Why President Trump asked Ukraine to look into a DNC “server” and CrowdStrike http://cbsn.ws/39ESbb7
// The consensus view of the CIA, NSA, FBI and a Senate investigation is that Russians interfered in the 2016 election. But those findings don’t line up with the ever-evolving story President Trump has been telling about Ukraine.

💙 WaPo, Ron Wyden: Corporations are working with the Trump administration to control online speech http://wapo.st/2HyukhA ‘The Trump admin is working to give the AG power to set online speech guidelines and access everything Americans do w their digital devices’ ‼️

CNN: Federal prosecutors weigh new charges that bring Lev Parnas investigation closer to Giuliani http://cnn.it/2SUJrqP

🐣 RT @pithywidow Pretty epic takedown by Barr’s former boss
🐣 RT @EricColumbus As Deputy Attorney General, Don Ayer was Bill Barr’s boss when Barr headed OLC, and Barr succeeded him as DAG when Ayer left government. Now Ayer says it’s time for Barr to do the same.
💙 ⋙ TheAtlantic, Donald Ayer: Bill Barr Must Resign http://bit.ly/2SAoT7Y Ayer was U.S. Deputy Attorney General under George H. W. Bush
// The attorney general is working to destroy the integrity and independence of the Justice Department, in order to make Donald Trump a president who can operate above the law.

WaPo, Annie Owens: We knew what Barr would do. Now it’s too late to stop him. http://wapo.st/37BFhcu “Barr’s use of the Justice Department as a political cudgel is a stark reminder of why it must be jealously guarded and zealously effectuated”
// The attorney general’s radical view of the executive branch was apparent during his Senate confirmation

TheGuardian, John Naughton: Antisocial: How Online Extremists Broke America by Andrew Marantz – review http://bit.ly/39HJHjO
// A US journalist infiltrates the toxic world of alt-right ‘news’ peddlers in an absorbing study of online propaganda and its threat to democracy

⭕ 16 Feb 2020

🐣 RT @ShadiHamid Important read from @jacksondiehl on how there’s a lot to like in Bernie’s foreign policy for anyone who cares about supporting democracy and living up to our values abroad
⋙ WaPo, Jackson Diehl: The Sanders foreign policy you don’t know about http://wapo.st/2wkaQdZ
// Based on his speeches, Sanders would put the United States back on the side of global democracy and human rights.

TIME, Joyce White Vance: If William Barr Truly Believed in Rule of Law, He Would Resign http://bit.ly/2V2h64k

Politico: Trump camp finds no appeasement at Munich http://politi.co/39GstTH
// The security gathering shows the U.S. and Europe have very different views on health of transatlantic relations.

🧵 RT @jidk1187 THREAD. An American diplomat in Moscow wrote to the Department of State to summarize Russian capabilities and intentions toward the Western Alliance and the United States.  He stated that the Russians would try to isolate the allies from each other.  He predicted they would try 📌 https://twitter.com/jidk1187/status/1229039583024893953?s=20
// George Kennen 1947

💙 🧵 RT @waltshaub With the impeachment trial over, we’re in a dangerous new phase of Trump’s war on democracy. What do we do now? ¤ I want share a perspective that I hope you’ll find both optimistic and realistic. It’s long for Twitter, but I’m posting it here because you’re its target audience./1 📌 https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/1229158648485761024?s=20
⋙ I think the greatest threat we face is despondency. The enemies of democracy, foreign and domestic, want you drowning in hopelessness. A hopeless populace is a helpless one. To that end, a hostile foreign power set up an infrastructure to weaponize social media against you./2

🐣 RT @MichaelWinship “As we sink deeper into a revenge-driven despotism that brings the unimaginable closer, standing out, speaking up and pushing back are paramount.” It’s Happening Here… – https://go.shr.lc/2OTrnMz via @commondreams @MichaelWinship
⋙ CommonDreams, Michael Winship: It’s Happening Here… http://bit.ly/38xtpcU
// Messages of resistance in two little books, one a movie script.

🧵 RT @gtconway3d According to the Justice Department’s statistics, 67,595 criminal defendants were found guilty in federal courts in 2018. (The 2019 stats aren’t out yet.)
📌 https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1229074730717601793?s=20
⋙ And the one known case in which the AG intervenes to seek a lower-than-guidelines sentence just happens to be one against someone who not only is a longtime confidant of the president, but also is someone who could give testimony against the president.
⋙ You know all this, of course, but it’s just so stark to say it out loud.

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs Is it time for the U.S. to cut back its global role? In our March/April issue, “Come Home, America?,” six new essays engage in the debate over U.S. retrenchment.
⋙ ForeignAffairs: Come Home, America? http://fam.ag/2SxWorD
// Mar-Apr 2020 issue

DailyBeast, Spencer Ackerman: Barr Just Cost the Justice Department Its Prized Public-Corruption Fighter http://bit.ly/2uPH1le
// Jonathan Kravis was one of the most experienced anti-corruption prosecutors the government had. He resigned at a time when official corruption is increasingly normalized.

🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 [2/17] Update: over 2000 (!) former DOJ officials have signed. This is an extraordinary bi-partisan show of unity about our concern for the independence of DOJ.
⋙ NYT: More than 1,100 Former Justice Dept. Lawyers Press for Barr to Step Down http://nyti.ms/37AerBE
// More than 1,100 former prosecutors and officials who served in Republican and Democratic administrations signed an open letter condemning the president and the attorney general over the Stone case.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Trying to rewrite history is a central part of what autocrats do as they wage their war on truth. Trump is following that playbook
⋙ WaPo, Philip Rucker: ‘Something has to be done’: Trump’s quest to rewrite history of the Russia probe http://wapo.st/2UXTqhQ

🧵 RT @DrGJackBrown 1/ THREAD: Body Language Analysis No. 4026-T: Bill Barr’s interview regarding changes in Roger Stone’s Sentencing Recommendations (VIDEO, PHOTOS) • https://youtu.be/87CXlYBdWoc • #BodyLanguageExpert #BodyLanguage #BillBarr #DonaldTrump #RogerStone #Nonverbal #EmotionalIntelligence 📌 https://twitter.com/DrGJackBrown/status/1228928445654028288?s=20

🐣 RT @RonWyden NEW: I’ve been investigating Trump’s interference in the investigation into Turkish-owned Halkbank, and my suspicions were just confirmed. Attorney General Barr — at Trump’s request — was trying to orchestrate a sweetheart deal to please President Erdogan. https://twitter.com/RonWyden/status/1228742878404513794?s=20

🐣 RT @WIRED Opinion: “In the era of social networks, the bubble has expanded: People can easily become enmeshed in online communities that operate with their own media, facts, and norms, in which outside voices are actively discredited.”
⋙ WIRED, Renee Diresta (2018): Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults http://bit.ly/3bFR90l
// Inside these closed online communities, outside voices are discredited and dissent is often met with hostility, doxing, and harassment. Sound familiar?
// 11/13/2018

⭕ 15 Feb 2020

CNN: Attorney general’s actions spark outrage and unease among US prosecutors http://cnn.it/2SFlPr7 @maddow

🧵 RT @rgoodlaw 🧨 Barr personally tried to push SDNY away from indicting Turkish bank Halkbank but US Attorney Berman resisted, per CNN. ¤ Same bank case NYT cited—via John Bolton book—as Trump wanting to do favor for Turkey’s Erdogan cabal for Trump’s personal interest. 📌 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1228830979885850624?s=20

DailyBeast: Mike Pompeo to Western Leaders: How Dare You Question ‘America’s Leadership’ http://bit.ly/3bJGuSj

🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield (Thread) Things To Do ¤ Democracy is under attack. ¤ The antidote is more democracy (what Obama calls “citizenship”⤵️) ¤ Our democratic institutions are being battered and damaged. ¤ The antidote is to strengthen the institutions. ¤ Need ideas? Stand by. . . 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1228847863968362496?s=20

WaPo: Barr’s internal reviews and re-investigations feed resentment, suspicion inside Justice Dept. http://wapo.st/2V6zmKf

💙 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote A message to our listeners from Andy McCabe: “You and the MSW Nation have been a total bright spot for us in a very dark time. Stand up for what you believe in – even when it’s hard – and don’t blink. Nobody ever won a fight by giving up.”

CNN: Zelensky rejects Trump’s claim that Ukraine is corrupt in interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour http://cnn.it/37tHQxl //➔ acc to Transparency Intl’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2019, the U.S. is #23, Ukraine is #126, Russia is #137 of 180 countries
🌎 ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1228769049292787712?s=20/photo/1
⋙ TransparencyIntl: Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 – Transparency International http://bit.ly/39k4Y2E

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Here is one of the many reasons Roger Stone richly deserves the 7-to-9 year sentence the 4 honorable career prosecutors/public servants recommended to the judge before Bill Barr corruptly intervened to help Trump’s criminal associate:
💙 ⋙ Letter: http://bit.ly/2SO718p

🐣 RT @ANFILOLI Maddow: “How do we get our legal system back when these guys are done with it? What we’re living through isn’t a threat to the rule of law…we are emerging into a reality where we recognize that we have a lack of the rule of law. It’s broken.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Barr interfering in some cases that are not yet public: NYT http://on.msnbc.com/2SuLpz5
// Rachel Maddow highlights reporting from the New York Times that the list of cases where William Barr has asserted influence includes some that are not public, and wonders how the DOJ will recover from the way Donald Trump and Barr have broken it.

WaPo, Steven Pearlstein: The fall of Deutsche Bank: Lies, greed, money laundering and Donald Trump http://wapo.st/2u3yWsS
// Deutschebank; book review David Enrich Dark Towers

Politico: State Department keeps quiet as Pompeo meets Lavrov in Munich http://politi.co/39wSN2s
// Russian officials publicize meeting that US side did not mention

⭕ 14 Feb 2020 💕💗💕

RT @ForeignPolicy “Healthy democracies don’t sicken and die overnight,” @stephenWalt writes. “They collapse gradually, from a thousand tiny cuts … That is what Donald Trump is doing, aided and abetted by the once proud Republican Party.”
⋙ ForeignPolicy, Stephen Walt: Trump Is Failing His Dictatorship Test http://bit.ly/2V8yk0h
// After impeachment, the president has been passing most of the checkpoints on the way to authoritarianism.

🐣 RT @justinamash Pres. Trump and top officials lied about the existence of an imminent threat to excuse his having engaged in an act of war without congressional approval. For Americans’ safety, the Constitution forbids unauthorized offensive actions regardless of the president’s justification.
⋙ 🧵 RT @AndrewDesiderio JUST IN: House Foreign Affairs Committee releases Trump admin’s legal and policy framework for the Soleimani strike. ¤ The report does not mention an “imminent threat” against Americans, despite Trump and senior officials citing one after the strike. http://bit.ly2UZmC7V 📌 https://twitter.com/AndrewDesiderio/status/1228342740397756417?s=20

NewYorker, David Rohde: Why Is William Barr Really Criticizing Donald Trump? http://bit.ly/2SQXWf6 “I have come to feel that political supervision of the Department is very important,” [Barr] said. “Someone ultimately has to answer to the political process.”

WaPo Editorial: Tweets or no, William Barr made the wrong call on Roger Stone http://wapo.st/2wkZtmf

… [I]f Mr. Barr is a victim of presidential misbehavior, he is also too often — including in the Stone case — an accomplice. Mr. Barr misinformed the public about the contents of the Russia report of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, giving the impression that Mr. Trump had been cleared when he had not been. He has accused the government of “spying” on the Trump campaign. Mr. Barr’s initiation of an investigation of the Russia investigation — and his personal intervention in the probe — raise further questions about his commitment to isolating the Justice Department from political influence. So did a highly partisan speech he gave to the Federalist Society, in which he attacked “the other side” — i.e., Democrats — for their opposition to Mr. Trump.

WaPo, Steven Pearlstein: The fall of Deutsche Bank: Lies, greed, money laundering and Donald Trump http://wapo.st/2u3yWsS
// Deutschebank

🐣 RT @ByronYork It’s heartwarming that she believes so strongly in keeping political influence out of the Justice Department. Now, it would be nice to know why she used the Logan Act as a pretext to investigate entirely legal activity by Michael Flynn.
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Byron York doesn’t think Russia tampering in the election and Flynn appearing to pay off a quid pro quo merits an investigation and so clings to his Logan Act story.
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Note the 302s released so far make it fairly clear Flynn did this on Trump’s orders, meaning it may well have been a quid pro quo.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @jycefisher Does anyone really believe that he offered sanctions relief to the Russians on his own authority?
⋙ WaPo, Sally Yates: Trump thinks the Justice Department is his personal grudge squad http://wapo.st/2uLQjPb

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance So, did Bill Barr just wake up one morning & decide to open an investigation into the statement agents took from General Flynn, or did someone *suggest* that he do so?
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel I think he gave assurances to Sidney Powell she could rip up Flynn’s plea deal back in June, bc he believed the shit he saw on Fox News. It turned out Fox News doesn’t report the truth, and all that was bullshit, some invented by their propagandists.
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel So now she’s got her client WAYYYYYYYYYY over his skis, having made two more statements under oath that conflict with his past statements under oath. They’re trying to withdraw from the plea deal but the record SHE HERSELF has released makes it clear Flynn lied to Covington.
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel And prosecutors were JUST ABOUT to get Covington out of atty-client to explain just how much Flynn lied to them, when this all started.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Andrew McCabe on CNN: “The pursuit of political enemies and the use of the criminal justice system and criminal investigations to exact some sort of revenge on those political enemies is not something that should be happening in the United States of America.”

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln NEW VIDEO: Telling The Truth – Lt. Col. Vindman upheld his oath. @realDonaldTrump has not. #CountryOverParty 💽 https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1228375930021826560?s=20/photo/1
@gtconway3d @reedgalen @NHJennifer @madrid_mike @TheRickWilson @jwgop @RonSteslow @SteveSchmidtSES

🐣 RT @Acosta Trump was angered by decision by federal prosecutors not to pursue charges against former FBI director Andrew McCabe, a WH official said.
⋙ 🐣 no kidding

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Protecting whistleblowers is essential to shining light on misconduct in our government and the private sector. Today, I am naming Shanna Devine as the first Director of the House of Representatives’ Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman. https://twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi/status/1228415096860422144?s=20

🐣 RT @AngrierWHStaff This is one, I’m happy to be right about. ¤ Vindman did his job. Nothing more. Nothing less. ¤ Trump might be able to corrupt just about everyone else, but I had faith DoD would do what was right.
⋙ 🐣 RT @blakehounshell The Army will not be investigating Alexander Vindman, per Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, despite Trump’s request
⋙⋙ Politico: Army won’t investigate Vindman over impeachment testimony, top leader says http://politi.co/2Hmjuer
// Vindman was ousted from his position on the NSC last week after the Senate acquitted Trump.

DailyBeast, Betsy Swan: U.S. Readied Sanctions on Russian Oligarch’s Associates—Then Mysteriously Backed Off http://bit.ly/2tXMlT5
// Deripaska; “Somebody overruled [Treasury], essentially,” one sanctions expert said. “That’s the most likely scenario.”

🐣 RT @juliaioffe “One part of the Justice Department is scrutinizing Giuliani while another is accepting information from him allegedly concerning a political rival of the president.” 🤯
🐣 RT @PostRoz Federal investigators have asked questions about Giuliani and his business in recent weeks. They’ve also been interested in Ukraine-related topics, including the recall of Marie Yovanovitch.
⋙ WaPo: As impeachment trial ended, federal prosecutors took new steps in probe related to Giuliani, according to people familiar with case http://wapo.st/2uKR7DO
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @PostRoz They’ve also been focused on Giuliani associate Lev Parnas’ business transactions, including interviewing an investor to his company Fraud Guarantee in recent days. The investor paid $250k in hopes that Parnas would show this painting of a temple built above Jerusalem to Trump. https://twitter.com/PostRoz/status/1228465722415775744?s=20/photo/1

DailyBeast, Betsy Swan and Adam Rawnsley: ‘Disturbing’: Federal Judge Blasted DOJ for Leaving McCabe in ‘Limbo’ http://bit.ly/2HnREP1
// “I think as a government and as a society we’re going to pay a price at some point for this,” Judge Reggie Barnett Walton told DOJ attorneys.

🐣 RT @Acosta Trump was angered by decision by federal prosecutors not to pursue charges against former FBI director Andrew McCabe, a WH official said.

🐣 RT @peterNYT On the other hand, Lisa Monaco, who worked under Mueller and Reno, argues that under Barr we have seen “a dangerous fraying of the perception of the department’s independence.”
🐣 RT @JustSecurity “The Soul of the Justice Department: Who Must Stand Up For It Now” ¤ Powerful essay by Lisa Monaco, who served in the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama Justice Departments before serving as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.
⋙ JustSecurity, Lisa Monaco: The Soul of the Justice Department: Who Must Stand Up For It Now. http://bit.ly/3bDX46o

The latest controversy does not involve criminal justice priorities but rather — in its best light — the appearance of direct and self-interested intervention in a law enforcement matter. Whether or not the stunning Departmental reversal in the Roger Stone sentencing which has now resulted in the withdrawal of all four career prosecutors from the case, (and the Departmental resignation of one) was the result of specific political interference, if you understand the Justice Department, the damage has already been done. The reputation and credibility of the Justice Department has been dealt a significant blow. The job of prosecutors and DOJ attorneys is both to do fair and impartial justice and to appear to have done so. A prosecutor withdraws from a case if and only if she believes she cannot in good conscience proceed. This standard is not met by disagreement, or preference that a decision go a different way. This high threshold is met only when as an officer of the court you cannot stand up and say the words that every Assistant US Attorney beams with pride at saying, I am here on behalf of the United States Justice Department; I represent the United States in this matter. If you cannot stand up and in good conscience advance the position of the Department you have no choice but to withdraw and sometimes to resign altogether. That’s how serious this is. It is a fundamental question of who and whose interests you serve.

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: General John Kelly, Trump Stooge, Is No Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Patriot http://bit.ly/325kcX7
// Vindman saw something, and said something. Kelly saw plenty, and kept it to himself for more than two years.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Ex-FBI official Frank Figliuzzi on the Flynn review: “This is what the inspector general is for. So the message that’s being sent is: We no longer trust the FBI or DOJ to police themselves. We are abandoning the usual course of oversight.”
🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 The inquiry into the Flynn matter began within the past month, sources tell NBC]. Around that same time, federal prosecutors on the Flynn case came under pressure from senior DOJ officials to recommend a lighter sentence for Flynn than they had proposed.
⋙ NBCNews: Justice Department opens inquiry into FBI interview at heart of Flynn’s guilty plea http://nbcnews.to/39vPHM8
// AG Barr has asked a U.S. attorney to lead the inquiry. Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements during the interview, but wants to withdraw plea.

‼️🐣 RT @benjaminwittes The NYT actually misses the critical point about its own reporting in this story: in reviewing the Flynn case, Barr isn’t simply conducting a review of the decisions of career prosecutors in DC. He’s conducting a review of the decisions made by Robert Mueller.
⋙ 🐣 RT @benjaminwittes And let’s be clear: Mueller did not charge Flynn (and his son) with a variety of crimes on which they were extremely vulnerable because Flynn agreed to a plea deal in which he plead to a charge–a deal he now wants out of.
⋙ 🐣 RT @benjaminwittes If Mueller were still around, Flynn would face the logical consequences of seeking to void his plea deal. With Mueller no longer on the scene and Barr actively second-guessing his decisions, we will have to see what unfolds.
🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Barr continues his unrelenting campaign of politicizing cases in which the president is personally invested.
🐣 RT @matthewamiller Barr is going to burn DOJ to the ground from the inside in his crusade to advance the president’s political interests.
⋙ 🐣 RT @charlie_savage SCOOP: Barr installed a team of outside prosecutors, including from St. Louis, to go into the office of the US attorney for DC & review the work of line attorneys handling political sensitive cases — including vs Michael Flynn @adamgoldmanNYT @mattapuzzo
🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Barr Installs Outside Prosecutor to Review Case Against Michael Flynn, Ex-Trump Adviser http://nyti.ms/2Hl8HRJ
Amid turmoil in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, the attorney general has also sent outside prosecutors to review other politically sensitive cases.

🐣 RT @.JohnWDean TWO YEARS of torturing this guy by holding criminal charges over him, after Trump fired him his last day of work so he could not collect his full retirement. Sue them Andrew for this outrageous revenge for doing your job against Putin’s corrupt president!

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Recall also that there had been speculation that the grand jury had declined to indict McCabe. No public charges were filed after the grand jury met in September.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JakeTapper DOJ tells former Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe that it will not pursue charges against him. [letter from Shae:] https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1228378823013605376?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ TheRickWilson It has LONG been an article of faith on the QAnon/loon conspiracy front that Andy McCabe was going down hard. ¤ Almost 900 mentions of him at Gateway Pundit lolol
⋙ 🐣 RT @dobozysaurus *Q nuts right now* uh, this looks bad but, uh, this press release has exactly 53 words in it… the same number of secret tribunals in the subterranean MAGA courts… omg it’s so obvious he’s being tried right now and this is just a ruse to throw normies off the trail

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Justice Dept. won’t charge Andrew McCabe, the former FBI official who authorized the investigation of President Trump http://wapo.st/3bCLzvR

🐣 RT @MSNBC “It’s not normal to be a democratic country,” Yale professor Timothy Snyder says. “It’s tough to be a democratic country and while we still are a democratic country, people should make explicitly how grateful they are to have these kinds of chances.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: 2020 campaign an opportunity to celebrate democratic freedom http://on.msnbc.com/31TbATf
// Timothy Snyder, Yale University history professor and author of “On Tyranny,” talks with Rachel Maddow about how the 2020 Democratic campaign can be a means of pushing back on the attack on democratic institutions and the rule of law.

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WaPo, Philip Bump: Why Barr’s denials of influence can’t be taken at face value http://wapo.st/2tYPuCj
// He was hired to influence the Justice Department in the way he has.

🐣 RT @waltshaub It’s 10:00 a.m. Trump tried to extort a state, solicited election interference and declared absolute power to defend friends and target perceived enemies through DOJ. The media and every other institution are two steps behind him. Time to call fascism by its name. Pay attention.

RawStory: Bill Barr is attempting to smother a Justice Dept ‘mutiny’ by pushing back on Trump’s tweets: CNN New Day http://bit.ly/2uL82pY

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: The Right’s Big Lie About Roger Stone http://nyti.ms/3bEN7ph
// Trump allies are saying Stone didn’t really threaten a witness. They’re wrong.

🐣 RT @McFaul No, Mr. President, you do not have he absolute right to tell the Department of Justice what to do. We are are country of laws.
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar (2/11) Asked about Roger Stone, Trump says he has an “absolute right” to tell the Justice Department what to do 💽 https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1228247060249501701?s=20/photo/1

💽 MSNBC, Rachel Maddow: Replacing rule of law violates trust at heart of US life http://on.msnbc.com/2UO9Mtb
// Timothy Snyder, Yale University history professor and author of “On Tyranny,” talks with Rachel Maddow about how the rule of law form a basis of trust that enables freedom in a democracy and how attacks on the rule of law breach that trust.

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🐣 RT @waltshaub It’s 9:30 a.m. Yesterday, the fascist attempted quid pro quo extortion on Twitter. This morning, he declared that he has the absolute power to target anyone—political rivals, their families, dissidents, you—with the criminal investigative apparatus of the state. Pay attention. https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/1228325565041717249?s=20/photo/1-2
// two tweets

🐣 RT @brianklaas Gosh, do you mean to tell me that the guy who routinely calls to jail his political opponents might not believe in an apolitical rule of law?

🐣 RT @ Trump erupted so angrily in August when DOJ decided not to charge Comey that aides talked for days. He is upset w/FBI director Chris Wray. He wants formers in jail. And Barr wants POTUS to leave him alone publicly. w/@DevlinBarrett & @mattzap:
⋙. WaPo: Barr pushes back against Trump’s criticism of Justice Dept., says tweets ‘make it impossible for me to do my job’ http://wapo.st/2vDrXXN

🐣 RT @postpolitics Trump appears to escalate standoff with attorney general and Justice Dept., declaring on Twitter a ‘legal right’ to influence criminal cases
⋙ WaPo: Trump bucks Barr’s request to stop tweeting about Justice Dept., declaring a ‘legal right’ to seek intervention in criminal cases http://wapo.st/3bC2YF1

🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Barr: You’re making it impossible for me to do my job overturning the judgments of career prosecutors in cases you care about and making sure we go easy on your friends! You’re making me LOOK like a shill. ¤ Trump: And the problem is what, exactly?
🐣 RT @BillKristol The president’s abstract insistence that he can intervene in criminal cases should be taken seriously. He’s saying it to justify a) continuing to publicly smear individuals as criminals, and b) because he will order this AG or a new AG to act if he thinks he can get away with it.
⋙ 🐣 ‼️ RT @real “The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” A.G. Barr This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!

🐣 RT @ShimonPro When the chief judge issues a statement you know things aren’t normal: https://twitter.com/ShimonPro/status/1228124605413576704?s=20/photo/1
// Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the DC Circuit

Mediaite: Rudy Giuliani Spews Out Busted Firehose of Wild Accusations in Off-the-Wall Interview: Democrats ‘Want to Literally Kill Me’ http://bit.ly/37ljXIg

💽 MSNBC, TheBeatWithAri: ‘Not fit for office’: George H. W. Bush lawyer and Barr colleague slams Barr for ‘undermining’ DOJ http://on.msnbc.com/2uNnWjF
// Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer joins MNSBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber to discuss AG Bill Barr’s intervention in DOJ cases to protect convicted Trump aide Roger Stone. Ayer, who also preceded Barr as deputy attorney general under President George H. Bush, argues Barr’s “pattern of conduct that he’s engaged in since he came in” as Attorney General involves “intervening out of usual course to protect Donald Trump.” Ayer adds Barr is not “fit for the office” as his “campaign” as AG works to “undermine the Department of Justice.”

⭕ 13 Feb 2020

AtlanticCouncil, Suleiman Mamut: World must not forget Putin’s Crimean crime http://bit.ly/2ujK30Y Six years ago this month, Russia shocked the world by launching a lightning operation to seize control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

🚫🐣 RT @IcuNotItAll Well, there is this…apparently, some one (we don’t follow 45🤮) snapped it b4 some one saw/deleted it…is this what chafed #BarrLies arse. This is what put #BarrIsACriminal on the edge😂? Fun days ahead😢 https://twitter.com/IcuNoItAll/status/1228125926371840001?s=20/photo/1
// deleted Trump tweet saying “Roger (and many others) will never ever ‘serve time’ as long as I am in office (long time?)” //➔ not Rt’d because only screenshot

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Barr’s ABC News interview is deeply damning. Here’s what must come next. http://wapo.st/321Bm7W It’s time for Congress to hear from the prosecutors

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Barr said, in substance, Mr. President, if you don’t shut up about the DOJ, I can’t do my job (of course, Barr sees his job as criming/covering-up for the president, but setting that aside…). Trump responds by saying he’s not bothered by what Barr said. Can someone PLEASE …
⋙ 🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 search Trump’s tweets/public statements to see if Trump EVER BEFORE responded to a direct attack/insult/criticism by saying, “all good, doesn’t bother me a bit.” I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that this kind of response is, let’s say, out of character for President Thin Skin.

🐣 RT @EricColumbus Trump pressuring DOJ to finish Durham investigation so he can “use whatever Durham finds as a cudgel in his reelection campaign.” https://twitter.com/EricColumbus/status/1228142662261387264?s=20/photo/1
💙 ⋙ WaPo: Barr pushes back against Trump’s criticism of Justice Dept., says tweets ‘make it impossible for me to do my job’ http://wapo.st/2HoCHfC

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: Trump’s New York Shakedown Shows He’ll Never Get Out of the Gutter http://bit.ly/39shRHY
// Trump again confessed out loud, demanding NY “stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits and harassment.” He does not, of course, mean of undocumented immigrants. He means of him.

🐣 RT @pleasesaveour I’m thinking Jarvanka are behind all these losers coming back. Dad is unhinged
NYT: Trump Places Loyalists in Key Jobs Inside the White House While Raging Against Enemies Outside http://nyti.ms/2HldHWp
// President Trump had a busy morning on Twitter and the radio, in a tirade that rivaled his most grievance-filled moments since becoming president.

NYT: Trump Places Loyalists in Key Jobs Inside the White House While Raging Against Enemies Outside http://nyti.ms/2HldHWp
// President Trump had a busy morning on Twitter and the radio, in a tirade that rivaled his most grievance-filled moments since becoming president.

RT @DeadlineWH “People are heartbroken. This is an institution, just like what you’re hearing about at the State Department, that people are just emotionally, very upset seeing the rule of law gutted.” – former FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1228084666562904064?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @BillKristol Whoa. Rep. Mac Thornberry, top House Armed Services Republican, on Trump’s plan to shift $3.8b from military to pay for the wall: The “re-programming announced today is contrary to Congress’ constitutional authority” and “requires Congress to take action.”
⋙ DallasNews: Top Texas Republican criticizes Trump’s plans to divert $3.8B from military to border wall http://bit.ly/2ORkLyg
// Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said the move ‘requires Congress to take action’

🐣 RT @AriMelber Shorter Bill Barr: ¤ I stand by intervening to help a convicted Trump adviser, but I wish Trump did not admit what we are doing on Twitter
⋙ 🐣 RT @AriMelber Also note Barr is *rushing* out an interview to defend himself against condemnation for blatantly improper interference by:
– nonpartisan legal experts
– top DOJ veterans
– some conservative legal leaders
Apparently facts still matter. ¤ What veteran peers say still matters.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AriMelber So this reaction from one of Trump’s favorite cabinet members reveals what they do can reveal more than what they say (‘I don’t care about criticism etc’)

🐣 RT @laurmasi Appreciated these “must reads“ & authors of them:
“Dark Money” @JaneMayerNYer
“Blow Out” @maddow
“American Oligarchs” @AndreaWNYC
“Running Against The Devil” @TheRickWilson
“Crime In Progress” Glenn Simpson & Peter Fritsch
“The Fifth Risk” Michael Lewis

🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield (Thread) Expect More Crisis and Spectacle ¤ Judith, the reason you’ve lost perspective and you’re feeling at sea is because you’re in the grip of a nation being governed by crisis and spectacle. ¤ You can expect a dizzying round of crises and spectacles between now and November. 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1228176690938961921?s=20
// much on Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny”
⋙ 🐣 RT @musicmommy23 Teri, thank you again for your insight. What do you think will happen though? I’ve lost all perspective and really feel at sea.

🐣 RT @MikeBloomberg .@realDonaldTrump – we know many of the same people in NY. Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown. They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence. ¤ I have the record & the resources to defeat you. And I will.

🐣 RT @janinezacharia “Kelly has described Trump as amoral…saying he only obsesses about his news coverage and thinks very little about what matters to the United States…Trump is naive when it comes to foreign policy because he only cares…what makes him look strong in the moment.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @CarolLeonnig This is big. ¤ People always ask me and co-author @PhilipRucker: why don’t senior aides stand up in public and say what they really think of Trump’s governing. ¤ John Kelly just did.
⋙⋙ WaPo: Former White House chief of staff John Kelly takes issue with Trump for ousting Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, among other things http://wapo.st/2u1BPug

WaPo: John Kelly’s deepest shiv: People who rely on Fox News ‘are not informed citizens’ http://wapo.st/2UOX0dP

RollingStone, Rick Wilson: Roger Stone Knows Trump’s Secrets. That’s Why He’ll Avoid Prison http://bit.ly/2OTGlSK
// Attorney General Bill Barr is doing his best Deputy Dog routine for the president, but the fate of Trump’s underlings is inescapable

🐣 RT @McFaul Very scary. History will not be kind to those consciously not acknowledging the increasingly ruthless, autocratic tactics of Putin.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kasparov68 18-year sentences for young Russian activists, tortured and convicted on made-up terrorism charges. You can serve less time for murder. Putin’s regime is the terrorist, using indiscriminate punishments to instill fear the way his idol Stalin did.
⋙⋙ NYT: Russia Sentences Anti-Fascists on Bogus Terror Charges, Critics Say http://nyti.ms/2HqqF52
The young men received sentences of up to 18 years on the basis of confessions obtained under torture, their lawyers and rights advocates say.
// 2/10/2020

WaPo: 39 prosecutors blast Attorney General Barr for ‘dangerous and failed’ approach to criminal justice http://wapo.st/31SVJnv

‼️ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The New York City bar goes after William Barr http://wapo.st/2uLWGBX

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok #Maddow [to] @TimothyDSnyder, What now, now that we’ve diagnosed tyranny?
TS: Applaud dissenters. Make them heroes. Show solidarity by dissenting too. Many make an opposition movement. Glamorize rule of law. America works b/c of trust & law. W/o it life’s unpredictable, miserable

💙 🐣 RT @SpiroAgnewGhost Chilling to read this NYT op-ed from the 1st anniv. of Watergate, June 17, 1973, 46 yrs ago tmrw. ¤ Read it & compare to what we are living through now. This was 8 days before John Dean’s riveting, explosive testimony that revealed Nixon’s deep complicity in a massive cover up. https://twitter.com/SpiroAgnewGhost/status/1139998592330977280?s=20/photo/1

🧵RT @hu_spencer BREAKING Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell of Washington also issued a rare statement responding to President Trump’s attacks on Stone’s sentencing judge, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, and defending the integrity of the courts. https://twitter.com/hsu_spencer/status/1228082771765100551?s=20/photo/1
📌 https://twitter.com/hsu_spencer/status/1228082771765100551?s=20

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Really hard to read this story and come up with a non-nefarious reason for why this investigation even exists. Barr is using the criminal investigative process, and all the suspicions it casts in its wake, to basically explore typical bureaucratic decision making.
⋙ 🐣 RT @charlie_savage NEW: The Barr-Durham investigation of CIA-NSA-FBI officials who sought to understand Russia’s 2016 election interference appears to be hunting for a basis to accuse intel officials of hiding evidence or manipulating analysis. @adamgoldmanNYT @julianbarnes
🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Justice Dept. Is Investigating C.I.A. Resistance to Sharing Russia Secrets http://nyti.ms/2UOP24z
// The prosecutor was assigned by the attorney general to scrutinize the agents and analysts who sought to understand Russia’s covert operation to help Donald J. Trump win the 2016 election.

CNN, Marshall Cohen: Trump contradicts past denials, admits sending Giuliani to Ukraine http://cnn.it/3bEu3Ht
// Emboldened after his impeachment acquittal, President Donald Trump now openly admits to sending his attorney Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to find damaging information about his political opponents, even though he strongly denied it during the impeachment inquiry.

NYT: After Stone Case, Prosecutors Say They Fear Pressure From Trump http://nyti.ms/2UOT6lf
// The episode also brought to a head tensions in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington.

RawStory: Bill Barr’s gambit was ‘carefully staged’ to keep the Justice Department doing Trump’s bidding: Ex-RNC chairman Michael Steele http://bit.ly/2wg9dy5

💙 🧵 RT @davidcicilline It’s hard to understand what the Attorney General’s talking about today given everything he’s already done. (1/x) 📌 https://twitter.com/davidcicilline/status/1228124390413434885?s=20

🐣 RT @kasparov63 The mafia nature of Trump’s admin isn’t in firing Alexander Vindman for his testimony, but in how he also went after his brother. Go after the family, send a message.

🐣 RT @DavidTheNonBot BREAKING: Trump says his former Chief of Staff John Kelly “Can’t keep his mouth shut. The Irish like to drink, run their mouths and fight. That’s what they do. He should have stayed in the Army.” ¤ 𝐍𝐄𝐖𝐒 𝐅𝐑𝐎𝐌 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐂𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐈𝐎𝐍 [FoxNews:] https://twitter.com/DavidTheNonBot/status/1228104782243602432?s=20

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt McConnell on Fox sides with Barr: “I think if the attorney general says it’s getting in the way of doing his job, maybe the president should listen to the attorney general.”

🐣 RT @renato_mariotti Is Trump holding the global entry status of New Yorkers hostage unless the state drops its pursuit of his tax returns and investigation of his businesses?
⋙ 🐣 RT @real I’m seeing Governor Cuomo today at The White House. He must understand that National Security far exceeds politics. New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes. Build relationships, but don’t bring Fredo!

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 When Trump demanded that Gov. Cuomo drop lawsuits against him—even as the admin banned NYers from the trusted traveler program—”it was an almost uncanny parallel to one of the post-acquittal scenarios that the House impeachment managers had warned about.”
🐣 RT @AndreaWNYC Latest @sbg1 “Blowing through previously established rules and norms matters. Having suffered no consequences for such acts, leaders move on to bigger and more audacious targets. The appetite grows while eating, as the Russian saying goes.”
⋙ NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Donald Trump, a President So Unhinged That Even Bill Barr Says He’s Out of Control http://bit.ly/31R6WVK
// 2/14/2020; Welcome to the post-acquittal Trump Presidency.

Law&Crime: Chief Judge of D.C. District Court Rebukes President Trump in ‘Rare Statement’ http://bit.ly/3buwso6

WaPo: Pelosi says Barr ‘deeply damaged the rule of law’ through handling of Stone case http://wapo.st/2UQcTAE

🐣 RT @NBCnews JUST IN: Former US attorney Jessie Liu resigns from Treasury Dept. after President Trump withdrew her nomination as a top Treasury official on Tuesday. ¤ Liu was formerly the US attorney in Washington, DC, who headed the office that oversaw Roger Stone’s prosecution.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d “‘With Bill Barr, on an amazing number of occasions … you can be almost 100 percent certain that there’s something improper going on,’ said Donald Ayer, the former deputy attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand New: Bill Barr has emerged as a key ally in Trump’s post- acquittal crusade against the law enforcement and national security establishment that initiated the Russia and Ukraine probes. More here on the implications and White House reaction w/ @dlippman
⋙⋙ Politico, Natasha Bertrand and Daniel Lippman: ‘Really shocking’: Trump’s meddling in Stone case stuns Washington http://politi.co/2UO3zNH
// Alarmed veterans of the Justice Department said the legal system was entering uncharted territory.

🐣 Savings from Medicare-for-All are predicated on lower costs, but Medicare by law does not cover its full costs. It is subsidized by other payers. Medicaid pays even less. ¤ There are ways to cut costs, many latent in the ACA, but not yet enabled because of GOP opposition.

🐣 I can’t recommend this highly enough. It’s long, but very enlightening, tying biology to politics and suggesting a way forward.
⋙ 🐣 RT @aeonmag Love for your pet, the Earth, homeland, God: these are all triggered by a 500-million-year-old, nine-amino-acid molecule that evolved to help bonding between mother and baby
💙💙 ⋙⋙ Aeon, Ruth Feldman: The biology of love http://bit.ly/38nNLoR
// oxytocin; Humans teeter on a knife’s edge. The same deep chemistry that fosters bonding can, in a heartbeat, pivot to fear and hate; Ruth Feldman is the Simms-Mann Professor of Developmental Social Neuroscience at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzlia in Israel, with a joint appointment at the Yale Child Study Center in the United States. 5,300 words

TheAtlantic, Peter Nicholas: John Kelly Finally Lets Loose on Trump http://bit.ly/2OOCRRx
// The former chief of staff explained, in the clearest terms yet, his misgivings with Trump’s behavior regarding North Korea, immigration, and Ukraine.

⭕ 12 Feb 2020

BusinessInsider, John Haltiwanger: ‘There need to be mass protests’: Authoritarianism experts say time is running out for Americans to stop Trump http://bit.ly/2HO8FSG “The system is enabling Trump,” Jason Stanley, a Yale philosophy professor who wrote “How Fascism Works,” told Insider.

● Americans are running out of time to stop President Donald Trump’s authoritarian slide, experts warned.
● “There need to be mass protests,” a Yale philosophy professor and expert on fascism told Insider. “The Republican Party is betraying democracy, and these are historical times. Someone has got to push back.”
● Since he was acquitted in the GOP-controlled Senate earlier this month, the president has overseen a White House purge of impeachment witnesses, and the attorney general has intervened in the trial of a Trump associate.
● Republicans have mostly sat back, with at least one senator conceding that Trump’s behavior did not seem to have changed because of impeachment.
● “There is absolutely no reason for him to stop pushing. It goes against both his personality and his experience,” Cas Mudde, a political scientist at the University of Georgia, told Insider.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 The American Bar Association: “Public officials who personally attack judges or prosecutors can create a perception that the system is serving a political or other purpose rather than the fair administration of justice.”
⋙ HuffPo: American Bar Association Goes After Trump For Blasting Roger Stone Sentencing On Twitter http://bit.ly/2HkUu7l
// The organization put out a pointed statement about “public officials who personally attack judges or prosecutors” after the president did just that.

🐣 RT @Peter_Wehner “Asking Trump to understand morality is like asking a person born blind to understand color.” From my conversation with @JohnJHarwood of @CNN.
⋙ CNN, John Harwood: Trump’s historical place defined by his amorality http://cnn.it/2SGotf7
// Scandals, large or small, mark most American presidencies. What makes Donald Trump historically unique is something different.

WaPo, Philip Bump: We know what Roger Stone did, Mr. President. He lied in your defense. http://wapo.st/39uHat2

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks 45 just said he didn’t know what Roger Stone did to deserve 9 years. Here’s answer: Stone was convicted of 7 felonies w maximum sentence of 20 years. He lied, obstructed Congress and threatened witness against him. 9 years is fair, w/in the sentencing guidelines & deserved.

🐣 RT @harrylitman I know prosecutors’ reactions sound cataclysmic, but that’s because they are –and they’re not given to overstatement. Here @JoyceWhiteVance explains the existential threat to the system of the Stone debacle.
⋙ TIME, Joyce White Vance: If Trump Is Allowed to Turn the Justice Department Into a Political Weapon, No One Is Safe http://bit.ly/2w9igAI

🐣 RT @File411 This juror speaking up, AFTER the fact is incredibly heartening… ¤ “It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @CNN A juror on the Roger Stone trial said she wants to “stand up” for the four prosecutors who withdrew from the case in response to their sentencing recommendation being changed by DOJ leadership. She wrote on Facebook that she “can’t keep quiet any longer.”
⋙⋙ CNN: Stone juror says she ‘stands with’ the prosecutors http://cnn.it/2vxgE3G

NBCNews, Courtney Kube: Russia will try to meddle in 2020 U.S. election, intelligence report says http://nbcnews.to/37px4s2
// Russia wants to help pro-Russia candidates, the report says, but it also meddles because it wants to show that Western nations can’t hold fair elections.

💙 🐣 RT @NatSecLisa To Aaron and Adam, Jonathan and Michael: I am sorry for the agony you are about to endure, and for the pain & betrayal you will feel at the hands of your beloved Dept. Know that you are on the right side of history & that we are so very proud of you for defending the rule of law.

🐣 RT @RepSeanMaloney We’ve lost @StateDept – Pompeo won’t defend his ambassadors.
We’ve lost @TheJusticeDept – Barr has thrown a prosecution for a political favor.
What’s next? If these agencies bend to Trump’s will, there’s no defense against him refusing to concede a loss or claiming a 3rd term. 💽 [on @Lawrence:] https://twitter.com/RepSeanMaloney/status/1227807636541919235?s=20/photo/1

DailyBeast, David Lurie: Trump DGAF About Roger Stone or Justice. Here’s the Proof. http://bit.ly/2uxWzdq
// Justice’s new sentencing recommendation for Stone had almost nothing to do with what Stone did. It was Trump showing that the justice system is, finally, being molded to his will.

NYT Editorial: Can Trump Tell the Justice Department To Do Whatever He Wants? http://nyti.ms/37qItHU
// Not according to the Constitution. http://nyti.ms/

WaPo Editorial: The degradation of William Barr’s Justice Department is nearly complete http://wapo.st/2UNl4hm

WaPo, Randall Eliason: The Justice Department confirms things are even worse than we feared http://wapo.st/2HiHA9Z

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) will meet with Zelensky in Kyiv on Friday…“we must make sure Ukraine knows that we view them as a strategic ally,” they said in a statement.
⋙ Politico, Burgess Everett: Bipartisan group of senators to meet with Ukrainian president http://politi.co/3bz9Jav
// The trip comes soon after Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial that centered on his pressure campaign against Ukraine.

🧵 RT @Heidi_Cuda [Jul 2019] PROTEST IS PATRIOTIC: As we witness an eruption of protests globally, it’s important to reflect on our history of civil disobedience on behalf of democratic values. We are a country founded on revolution. ¤ We knew something very wrong occurred on Nov. 8, 2016 and so we showed up. 📌 https://twitter.com/Heidi_Cuda/status/1155900057935175680?s=20
// 7/29/2019

🐣 RT @cm_merlin Trump, Roger Stone & Paul Manafort, team since 80’s. Manafort ran the Torturers’ Lobby. Worked for Deripaska/Putin 10yrs, before Trump’s campaign. Busted in Ukraine 2010 for election rigging. Stone involved Russia via WikiLeaks, etc. 💽 https://twitter.com/cm_merlin/status/1227823602365583360?s=20/photo/1
// old video of Trump and Stone

🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 When Chuck Rosenberg is this alarmed, you know it’s bad. “What the prosecutors were ordered to do was dangerous and unsettling and undermined everything they — and we — stood for as Justice Department professionals. They properly refused.”
⋙ WaPo, Chuck Rosenberg: This is a revolting assault on the fragile rule of law http://wapo.st/37iCAfP

NBCNews, Mimi Rocah: Roger Stone case reveals Barr and Trump’s gross politicization of American criminal justice http://nbcnews.to/37hVEuM
// Barr’s gross distortion of the Mueller report led to calls for him to step down. He did not, and now we are facing the same situation all over again.

WaPo: Trump seeks to bend the executive branch as part of impeachment vendetta http://wapo.st/2vsQ37E

💙 NYRB, Masha Gessen (11/10/2016): Autocracy: Rules for Survival http://bit.ly/2Smig99 re: @maddow https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1227821940284575744?s=20/photo/1
// 11/10/2016

🐣 RT @tribelaw Don’t say we’ve not been warned. The alarm is going off right now.
⋙ NYT, Bob Bauer: Trump and Barr Are Out of Control http://nyti.ms/2OLPzQQ Mr. Bauer was a White House counsel in the Obama administration
// The prosecutor who quit over the Roger Stone sentencing is sending a powerful message about political weaponization.

Graphika: Report: From Russia With Blogs http://bit.ly/2vsKshw by Ben Nimmo, Camille François, C. Shawn Eib, and L. Tamora
// GRU Operators Leveraged Blogs, Social Media Accounts and Private Messaging to Reach Audiences Across Europe
⋙ 📔 Report PDF http://bit.ly/2uwUBtM 26p

🐣 RT @chrislhayes I remember basically every conservative either losing their mind or pretending to lose their mind because Bill Clinton was briefly on a plane with the Attorney General.

🐣 RT @SimonWDC Yes our Mad King is working to create a narrative where he/his aides did nothing wrong. Ukraine attacked US not Russia; perfect phone call; both investigations partisan/illegitmate thus his illegal obstruction warranted. ¤ Trump working to replace real world w/his fictional one.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SimonWDC Russia/Ukraine investigations were initiated by Trump apppointees; Mueller is GOP; people who testified against Trump all worked for Trump: the prosecutors who arrested and jailed his aides worked for Trump; everyone arrested/jailed worked for Trump. ¤ Not partisan, not a hoax.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @SimonWDC Thought – the prosecutors acted like whistleblowers, not just by going after Stone hard but also by putting in a public filing that US govt believes the Trump campaign conspired w/Russia, and they have proof; and thus Trump is compromised, a security threat. (h/t @maxbergmann).
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @adamgoldmanNYT Some interesting tidbits from Roger Stone sentencing memo that prosecutors submitted. https://twitter.com/SimonWDC/status/1227356791941533696?s=20/photo/1
// Bannon (and, implicitly, Trump) believed they had a direct line through Stone to Wikileaks

🐣 RT @SenSchumer Dear Senate Republicans: ¤ President Trump didn’t learn any “lessons” when you excused his abuse of power. ¤ And now you are responsible for every new abuse he commits.

🐣 I lived on the South Side of Chicago working at the U of C Hospitals at the height of the crime wave. Our E.R. was full of shooting victims. Everyone knew someone who’d been killed. We left because of it since we were starting a family.

🐣 RT @emptywheel This is right: The replacement of Jessie Liu–first her demotion put in place on January 6, and then her instant removal last week–is the equivalent of firing Mueller and should be treated with the same alarm.
⋙ 🧵 RT @nycsouthpaw Had Trump and his goons forced out Mueller and scuttled his prosecutions, it would’ve been a top level crisis. The same should be true for the people finishing his work. ¤ It’s also a reminder that we never learned why Mueller closed his office so suddenly with so much left to do. 📌 https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/1227581340079599624?s=20

🐣 RT @jedshug Hi, historian of the Department of Justice here. ¤ Just a reminder that the DOJ was founded in 1870 to put professionalism, expertise, and independence above partisanship, patronage, and corruption. ¤ Some suggested reading for William Barr:
⋙ StanfordLawReview, Jed Shugerman (Jan 2014): The Creation of the Department of Justice http://stanford.io/2vvFXCT
// Jan 2014; Professionalization Without Civil Rights or Civil Service

The DOJ’s creation was linked with major professionalization efforts, such as the founding of modern bar associations, to make the practice of law more exclusive and more independent from partisan politics. In this new interpretation, the DOJ’s creation runs in the opposite direction from one historical trend, the growth of the federal government’s size. Instead, it was at the very leading edge of two other major trends: the professionalization of American lawyers and the rise of bureaucratic autonomy and expertise.

🐣 RT @MelissaRyan Just gonna say this again: Trump wants to make sure we all know, and normalize internally, that the rules no longer apply to him.
🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS Trump has now publicly admitted that his attorney general intervened in the case of his own longtime adviser — who obstructed an investigation into an attack on our political system — for the express purpose of undermining DOJ’s own investigative conclusions about himself.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought. Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!

🐣 RT @b_judah No surprise that Navalny backs Sanders. Bernie has:
— condemned Putin’s militarism
— condemned Kremlin interference
— backed Magnitsky Act
— backed sanctions on Deripaska
— rock solid anti-kleptocracy policy
— anti-oligarch economic agenda
— wants to dismantle offshore
⋙ 🐣 RT @navalny Так приятно проснуться и узнать, что Берни выиграл! Я болел за него.

🐣 RT @mbk_center Public trust in President Putin has nearly halved in 2 years, according to the independent @levada_ru’s survey.35% of Russians trust Putin, compare to 59% back in November 2017, a massive 24 points drop. Also 4% less than in September 2019. @MoscowTimes
⋙ MoscowTimes: Russians’ Trust in Putin Halves in 2 Years – Poll http://bit.ly/2OPguv7

⭕ 11 Feb 2020 Stone prosecutors quit in protest

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Time for Democrats to get much tougher with William Barr http://wapo.st/2SLecOG

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson This is a truly great idea. ¤ I mean, TRULY great. ¤. Hell, it’s only a couple billion and routing Trump from his properties when he defaulted would be a karmic pleasure.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tvsheaha I think that Bloomberg should purchase all of Trump’s debts and then call the loans. Take everything.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi By tweet @realDonaldTrump engaged in political interference in the sentencing of Roger Stone. It is outrageous that DOJ has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing its recommendation. Stepping down of prosecutors should be commended & actions of DOJ should be investigated.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks Today was worse than the Saturday Night Massacre because this time the AG was part of the interference with justice. During Watergate AG Richardson and Deputy AG Ruckelshaus stood up to Nixon and refused to do his dirty work. Shame on Trump and Barr and new US Attorney. #VoteBlue

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 This is an extremely dangerous period for America. Sec Def Esper and CJCS Milley in Constitutional dilemma. Do the officers of the Armed Forces obey the Constitution, Federal law, snd DOD Regs OR are they subject to the unconstrained orders of Trump.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BillKristol I’ve known @EsperDoD slightly for a while. He is, I think, a decent man. If he doesn’t speak up against this–not just ignore it or mumble about process, but make clear it’s wrong for the president to suggest this and he won’t follow the suggestion–then what’s the decency worth?
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @jeffmason1 Trump says the military should look at disciplinary action against Lt. Col. Vindman, who gave testimony in impeachment hearings about the president https://twitter.com/jeffmason1/status/1227347240269885440?s=20/photo/1

DailyBeast: ‘The Gloves Are Off’: Trump Pushes Revenge Operations http://bit.ly/38luwfO by Asawin Suebsaeng, Erin Banco and. Betsy Swan
// “I think he feels like the chains are off now,” said one senior administration official. “Everything that used to be hush hush is now just…out in the open.”

NYT: Spencer Bokat-Lindell: President Bernie Sanders? http://nyti.ms/38iWCYY He was always going to be a contender. But his strength in the primaries has some Democrats excited — and others worried: A compilation of views ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1227478994255257603?s=20/photo/1

“A Sanders presidency, Mr. Yglesias says, would simply mean ‘an emphasis on full employment, a tendency to shy away from launching wars, an executive branch that actually tries to enforce environmental protection and civil rights laws, and a situation in which bills that both progressives and moderates can agree on get to become law,’ he writes. ‘That’s a pretty good deal, and you don’t need to be a socialist to see it.’”

NYT: Trump’s War Against ‘the Deep State’ Enters a New Stage http://nyti.ms/2Shjx1f
// The suggestion that Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman should now face punishment by the Pentagon was one sign of how determined the president is to even the scales after his impeachment.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Disgusting. ¤ NSA O’Brien:“We’re not a country where a bunch of lieutenant colonels can get together and decide what the policy is of the United States. We are not a banana republic.” ¤ Offers NO evidence the Vindmans were doing any such thing. Simple slander.
⋙ Politico: ‘We are not a banana republic’: National security adviser defends Vindman dismissals http://politi.co/2HgLujr
// Robert O’Brien said the brothers’ removal from the NSC was because they were trying to undermine Trump.

DailyBeast, David Lurie: Groveling Barr Just Pissed Away DOJ’s Greatest Power http://bit.ly/2waxsO8
// The department’s hard-earned reputation for factual honesty and legal credibility is in tatters now.

DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Russians Think Triumphant Trump Is More Their Man Than Ever http://bit.ly/2SkwxDk
// Russian commentators note that in Trump’s “mythologized world, he is now a superhero,” and they see him as even easier prey than before.

WaPo: Trump escalates campaign of retribution as Republican senators shrug http://wapo.st/2SiLZQd

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance In the most important statement of this primary race, Sanders says no matter which Democrat wins, everyone will unite behind them to “defeat the most dangerous president in the modern day history of this country.” It’s notable that he’s set this standard for his followers early.

🐣 RT @MarkWarner I can’t believe I have to say this, but the President of the United States has no business interfering in the criminal trial of his own campaign adviser. ¤ The Justice Department owes the court and the American people an explanation of exactly what is happening here.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The Justice Department becomes a political hit squad for an unleashed president http://wapo.st/38qQA8Y

🐣 RT @PreetBharara The DOJ leadership seems bent on humiliating its own career prosecutors, sacrificing its independence, politicizing justice, and giving special treatment to the President’s criminal associates. The worst part is they don’t seem even to care anymore.

🐣 RT @SallyQYates To the career men and women of DOJ, you are both the backbone and the heart of the Department. Your noble dedication to the rule of law is the foundation of our republic.

🐣 RT @RBReich Barr has turned the DOJ into Trump’s stooge. ¤ McConnell has turned the Senate into Trump’s rubber stamp. ¤ Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have turned the Supreme Court into Trump’s doormat. ¤ The GOP has turned itself into a Trump cult. ¤ At what point do we call this a dictatorship?

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Roger Stone lied to Congress and threatened a witness to cover up Trump campaign contacts with Wikileaks. ¤ He was found guilty on all charges. ¤ Barr overruling career prosecutors at Trump’s urging is a disgraceful attack on the rule of law. ¤. Has DOJ no independence left?

🧵 RT @marty_lederman 1/ Yes, there ought to be significant protests and resignations in DOJ, following the lead of the deeply principled Kravis & Zelinsky. Unfortunately, however, it won’t make a (practical) difference. Even if, e.g., Chris Wray & Noel Francisco & Brian Benczkowski & Jeff Wall … 📌 https://twitter.com/marty_lederman/status/1227345627178094592?s=20

🐣 RT @tribelaw The Rule of Law is gasping for breath, being suffocated by Trump and his personal henchman Bill Barr. Not even a pretense of legality. They’re doing it because they can. It’s raw, naked, unprincipled, immoral power.
⋙ PoliticusUSA: A new report confirms that William Barr is acting as Trump’s personal attorney as he has taken over all DOJ legal matters that Trump is interested in. http://bit.ly/39qCvs4
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @moscow_project Justice Department officials say that Barr was personally involved in the DOJ’s decision to reduce Roger Stone’s sentencing recommendation.s They also say it’s not the first time he’s done it—in fact, he did the same thing last month for Mike Flynn.
🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzi1 We’ve lost the Justice Department: Three Roger Stone prosecutors resign from case after DOJ backpedals on sentencing recommendation #disbarbarr
🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey What is being described here is systematic abuse by an Attorney General wielding DOJ to hurt the president’s enemies and help his friends. Barr must resign.
💙🧵RT @NBCnews BREAKING: AG Barr is taking control of legal matters of interest to President Trump, including the Roger Stone sentencing, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. 📌 https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1227400874785431557?s=20
💙 ⋙ NBCNews: Barr takes control of legal matters of interest to Trump, including Stone sentencing http://nbcnews.to/2tO4ZwE
// Barr’s intervention in Roger Stone’s case wasn’t the first time senior political appointees reached into a case involving an ex-Trump aide, officials say.

🐣 RT @DocKimResists The House of Representatives STILL has oversight responsibilities on the Executive Branch regardless of the continual Trump Administration obstruction. Call your MoC to demand they look into AG Barr and his meddling in the Stone sentence recommendation. 202-224-3121 #ImpeachBarr https://twitter.com/DocKimResists/status/1227381905252913152?s=20/photo/1
// Justice Statue of Liberty

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance .@harrylitman: Resignation is the strongest possible protest.. prosecutors can employ, w/in professional bounds, against improper conduct by their leadership. [Trump’s] tweet & the dept’s reduction of Stone’s sentencing were utterly rank & improper.
⋙ WaPo, Harry Litman: The Justice Department’s reputation is on life support http://wapo.st/2SgOQt0

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ I have really tried to have, and encourage others to have, faith in the resiliency of our institutions. But today I just feel so much sadness — grief, really — over what is happening. There is a cancer in the White House, and it has spread to the Justice Department.

🐣 RT @maddow “It was unusual that DC US Attorney Jessie Liu departed before a Senate confirmation hearing was scheduled. Moreover, the selection of Shea to replace her was outside the norm, as it bypassed the office’s veteran principal assistant US attorney.”
⋙ WaPo: Prosecutors quit amid escalating Justice Dept. fight over Roger Stone’s prison term http://wapo.st/31LC9tm

PoliticusUSA: Trump Claims That It Is His “Right” To Interfere In Roger Stone’s Sentencing http://bit.ly/3bvjkzb

🧵 RT @MuellerSheWrote THE TUESDAY NIGHT MASSACRE. Ask yourself what’s more likely: that four career prosecutors forged Timothy Shea’s name on their Stone sentencing memo, OR, Tim signed off on it, Trump found out, called him and made him walk it back? Let’s look at recent history for the answers. 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1227376126814638080?s=20

🐣 RT @matthewamiller The DC US Attorney’s office, which is now being run by a clear political hack taking orders from the president, is also overseeing the Flynn case, the McCabe investigation, and the new leak probe into Comey. There is surely more to come.

🐣 RT @clairecmc You may have outrage fatigue. Get over it. What happened today needs a whole new level of outrage. Trump directly helping a political crony through his bag man Barr.

🐣 RT @jaketapper All four prosecutors of Trump friend/adviser Roger Stone — Jonathan Kravis, Michael Marando, Aaron Zelinsky and Adam C. Jed — have now resigned in the wake of President Trump criticizing their sentencing recommendation, and DOJ acquiescing.

🐣 RT @qjurecic I’d been idly wondering how long it would take after impeachment for us to find out about another egregious breach of the public trust by Trump. My guess had been a month or so. Looks like the answer may be … less than a week

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance This, the 2nd withdrawal notice from a career prosecutor, speaks loudly to those of us who used to work at DOJ. There is a 4-alarm fire at Justice. https://twitter.com/JoyceWhiteVance/status/1227339683518124033?s=20

🐣 RT @davidgura “This signals to me,” Chuck Rosenberg tells @NicolleDWallace, “there has been a political infestation in the office.”

🐣 RT @EricHolder AUSA’s Kravis and Zelinsky have shown more guts-and an adherence to the rule of law-than too many now serving in Washington. What Main DOJ is trying to do-and at whose behest?-is unprecedented, wrong and ultimately dangerous. DOJ independence is critical
🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield “Highly unusual” is entirely inadequate. ¤ The president and corrupt AG are attempting to weaponize the DOJ.
🔹The judge isn’t bound by the DOJ recommendation
🔹The House has oversight and should investigate to keep shining the light on the depths of corruption. ¤ #ImpeachBarrNow
🐣 RT @nytimes Breaking News: In a highly unusual intervention, top Justice Department officials are intervening to seek a shorter sentence for President Trump’s former adviser and longtime friend Roger Stone, after the president called prosecutors’ recommendation unfair
🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Justice Dept. to Seek Shorter Sentence for Roger Stone, Overruling Its Prosecutors http://nyti.ms/2SmhwRD
President Trump had complained that the recommendation of seven to nine years in prison for his former adviser and longtime friend was a “miscarriage of justice.”

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Breaking via Axios: Top Mueller prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky filed a notice withdrawing from the Roger Stone case on Tuesday afternoon. The filing notes that Zelinsky has resigned from the Justice Department “effective immediately.” https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1227326459598995458?s=20

WaPo: Justice Dept. to reduce sentencing recommendation for Trump associate Roger Stone, official says, after president calls it ‘unfair’ http://wapo.st/2OMLfAN

🐣 RT @waltshaub Barr
-deceived us @ Mueller report
-is investigating those who probed Trump
-asked foreign govts for intel on CIA/FBI
-set up a way to accept dirt on Biden from Giuliani
-kept the whistleblower complaint from Congress
-cast doubt on an IG report
-retracted recommendation on Stone
⋙ 🐣 RT @biancagolodryra Correct me if I’m wrong, but this reminds me of Barr taking the unusual step of saying IG Horowitz wasn’t critical enough of the FBI in his report.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @jakegibson The DOJ is changing its sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, according to a Senior DOJ official. ¤ “The Department finds seven to nine years extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate,” the source said, adding the DOJ will clarify its position on sentencing later today

🧵 RT @.CarnegieRussia 1/9 THREAD: In this new Carnegie paper, Tatiana @Stanovaya explains how the power transition will reshape the Russian establishment & impact both domestic & foreign policy. She presents a new system for classifying the Russian elite into five tiers: https://carnegie.ru/p-81037 📌 https://twitter.com/CarnegieRussia/status/1227228949580832768?s=20

🐣 RT @ForeignPolicy “We are deeply concerned by the number of removals of deputy chiefs of mission overseas, which are happening at way above the normal pace,” a senior foreign service officer told FP.
⋙ ForeignPolicy, Robbie Gramer (2/5): At Embassies Abroad, Trump Envoys Are Quietly Pushing Out Career Diplomats http://bit.ly/37hRa7s
// “There’s zero support or pushback from the department for the career people,” said one former U.S. official.

🐣 RT @AtlanticCouncil 🇺🇦Ukraine has made considerable reform progress over the past six years, but until Kyiv offers justice for the dozens of Ukrainians killed during the country’s 2014 Revolution of Dignity, many will continue to doubt whether fundamental change is possible.
⋙ AtlanticCouncil: No new Ukraine without justice for Maidan victims http://bit.ly/39qNDoG
// 2/9/2020

🐣 RT @leonidragozin Zelensky has fired his Kolomoysky-linked chief of staff Andriy Bohdan replacing him with Andriy Yermak who handled the delicate Giuliani matter for the presidency last year.

⭕ 10 Feb 2020

💙 TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum: This Is How Reaganism and Thatcherism End http://bit.ly/2OHO8mj
// In a hotel ballroom in Rome, leaders of the nationalist right took a grim view of Western liberal democracy—which Cold War conservatives deeply believed in.

🧵RT @.Teri_Kanefield (Thread) It’s never too late ¤ Exactly right ⤵️ ¤ The question is how much pain must be suffered along the way—until people come together to do what needs to be done. ¤ What’s needs to be done, you ask? ¤ Looking at how countries fought off authoritarianism offers lessons. 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1226974785307127810?s=20

Reuters: Exclusive: Justice Department anti-human trafficking grants prompt whistleblower complaint http://reut.rs/2tNR5L7 //➔ “Hookers for Jesus.” Really.

🐣 RT @BillKristol An American president suggesting there’s massive election fraud. Will Trump accept his defeat on Nov. 3? Are we—from his own Cabinet to Congress to major civic institutions—ready for him if he tries not to?
⋙ 🐣 RT @rtrupar “We should have won the election, but they had buses being being shipped up from Massachusetts. Hundreds and hundreds of buses” — Trump pushes a completely unfounded conspiracy theory about massive election fraud costing him New Hampshire in 2016 📌 [full thread]. https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1227023426558271490?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @AshaRangappa Bill, what we’ve learned from impeachment is that the GOP, led by Mitch McConnell, will back up every false claim he makes and support his refusal to give up power, even, I suspect, if it leads to violence. @SenatorCollins, of course, will be very DIS-appointed.

🐣 RT @fred_burton As a former agent, we call that a clue. #Russia #France
⋙ 🐣 RT @dcexaminer ‘Politically motivated’: Putin critic found in French hotel with slit throat and dozens of stab wounds
⋙⋙ WashingtonExaminer: ‘Politically motivated’: Putin critic found in French hotel with slit throat and dozens of stab wounds http://washex.am/2SikXZx

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Giuliani is getting treatment available to no other American. If you’re under investigation and you want to provide info to DOJ about issues related to the things you’re under investigation for, you deal with the office investigating you, not a special backchannel.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jdawsey1 The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh is now in charge of looking at all the evidence Giuliani finds in Ukraine. @devlinbarrett @mattzap
⋙⋙ WaPo: Barr acknowledges Justice Dept. has created ‘intake process’ to vet Giuliani’s information on Bidens http://wapo.st/39jYMHU

📔 Rand (book 2009): Social Science for Counterterrorism (pdf) http://bit.ly/39mFwJZ
// 2009; Putting the Pieces Together

The authors report on an aggressively interdisciplinary project to survey and integrate the scholarly social-science literature relevant to counterterrorism. They draw on literature from numerous disciplines, both qualitative and quantitative, and then use high-level conceptual models to pull the pieces together. In their monograph, they identify points of agreement and disagreement and point out instances in which disagreements merely reflect difference of research context or perspective. Priorities for further research are suggested and improved ways to frame questions for research and analysis are identified. The questions addressed relate to how terrorism arises, why some individuals become terrorists, how terrorists generate public support, how terrorist organizations make decisions, how terrorism declines, why individuals disengage, and how strategic communications can be more or less effective.

🐣 RT @HouseJudiciary NEW: @RepJerryNadler sent a letter to AG Barr to demand answers after @LindseyGrahamSC and Barr admit that Rudy Giuliani is sending information concerning Ukraine to the Department of Justice through a special intake process. https://twitter.com/HouseJudiciary/status/1226998969492033536?s=20/photo/1-2

USNews: Trump Seeks Steep Cut to Fund Designed to Deter Russia From Threats to Europe http://bit.ly/38iIDm4

💙 HuffPo, Michael Hobbes: The Golden Age of White Collar Crime http://bit.ly/3btqV1a

🐣 RT @ACEurasia 🇺🇦🇷🇺 Rival interpretations of the 2015 Minsk Protocols have brought Ukraine and Russia to deadlock in negotiations to end the undeclared six-year war between the two nations—but could international law help Ukraine to win the diplomatic argument?
⋙ AtlanticCouncil: International law may yet contain Putin in Ukraine http://bit.ly/31K1u7d

WaPo, George Conway III: Trump is right. We might have to impeach him again. http://wapo.st/2uDW3KC

🐣📊 RT @kylegriffin1 New Quinnipiac poll: Despite the acquittal, voters say 55–40% that the Senate voting to acquit Trump does not clear him of any wrongdoing in the Ukraine matter.
⋙ 🐣 No witnesses. No documents. = Sham trial.
Trump’s Crimes (below) ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1227114730483048449?s=20/photo/1
~ not counting the 6-8 cases of Obstruction of Justice Mueller found
~ not counting the FEC violations Michael Cohen is serving time for (for which Trump is “Individual 1”)
TRUMP’S FIVE CRIMES CONNECTED TO UKRAINE:
I. Bribery (18 U.S.C. § 201)
II. Soliciting Foreign Campaign Contribution (52 U.S.C. §§ 30109, 30121)
III. Coercion of Political Activity (18 U.S.C. § 610)
IV. Misappropriation of Federal Funds (18 U.S.C. § 641)
V. Obstruction of Congress (18 U.S.C. §§ 1505, 1512)

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Voter suppression comes in a lot of different packages but this one is particularly appalling & also a reminder Trump’s people don’t believe he can win without cheating.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JonLemire “Advisers hoped that Secret Service moves in Manchester to secure the area for president would make it harder for Democratic candidates and their supporters to transverse the state’s largest city in the hours before the primary’s first votes are cast” https://
⋙⋙ AP: Trump plunges into New Hampshire race, aiming to rattle Dems http://bit.ly/2OKdvnJ
⋙ 🐣 More Abuse of Power

🐣 Pro-choice should include the personal choice to oppose abortion for oneself and to share that view with others. Many, including many Catholic Democrats, have this point of view. Amy is right. https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1227084752290746369?s=20

WaPo: Barr acknowledges Justice Dept. has created ‘intake process’ to vet Giuliani’s information on Bidens http://wapo.st/2SvJclM

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Barr’s failure to refute Sen Graham’s claim that he is going to work directly with a person who is or should be under criminal investigation (Rudy is implicated by the allegations in the Parnas indictment & his own public conduct) is as good as a confirmation. Need hearings now.
⋙ 🐣 RT @matthewamiller Very strange Barr performance at this Chinese hacking press conference just now. After opening remarks, takes one q on Lindsey Graham’s Ukraine claim, gives very general answer, then leaves before anyone can follow up, leaving rest of press conference to others.

DailyBeast, David Lurie: How the Trump DOJ’s Own Arguments May Make a Biden Probe Impossible http://bit.ly/37awwWF
// When it comes to probes of him, Trump argues Congress can’t do anything. But if that’s so, then why should Lindsey Graham be able to investigate the Bidens?

🐣 RT @FBI A federal grand jury has indicted four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army for allegedly hacking into the computer systems of a credit reporting agency and stealing the personal data of 145 million Americans. http://ow.ly/YWCk50yikPk https://twitter.com/FBI/status/1226895014388813827?s=20/photo/1
// Equifax

🌎 TransparencyIntl: Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 – Transparency International http://bit.ly/39k4Y2E
// undated; corruption ranking, corruption index

⭕ 9 Feb 2020

🧵 RT @anneapplebaum thread: ¤ This week I was in Venezuela, mostly offline. I observed, from Caracas, the finale of the impeachment trial, Romney’s last stand, the firing of civil servants. All around me, people nodded wearily: Yes, they said, we’ve seen this before… 📌 https://twitter.com/anneapplebaum/status/1226534687377674244?s=20

🐣💽 RT @ProudResistor Every word of this. The injustice in this world is connected and our collective liberation is too. #Oscarshttps://twitter.com/ProudResister/status/1226741650707206144?s=20/photo/1
// Joaquin Phoenix Oscar acceptance speech; Academy Awards

TheWeek: Barack and Michelle Obama-backed documentary American Factory wins an Oscar http://bit.ly/38hX6hW

🐣 RT @atrupar Here’s Lindsey Graham telling CBS that Attorney General Barr has “created a process” where Rudy Giuliani can feed Biden dirt from Ukrainian sources directly to the DOJ, and the DOJ will then check it out 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1226538711623634947?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @goodbye56789 Seriously? Can we be real for a minute? What about Ivanka, Jr and Jared? Then there’s Bill Barr’s son in law advising Trump’s legal team. And what about his daughter Mary, who works for Barr at the Justice dept.? Do they really want to discuss nepotism?
⋙⋙ VanityFair (2019): William Barr’s Son-in-Law Just Landed a Job Advising Trump on “Legal Issues” http://bit.ly/39mYYGi
// 2/14/2019

💙🧵 RT @benjaminwittes First he came for @comey, and I said nothing because I was mad at @comey because of the Clinton email investigation and I blamed him for Trump’s election.
📌 https://twitter.com/benjaminwittes/status/1226511619267743747?s=20

🐣 RT @brianklaas In authoritarian regimes, the law still exists, but it is politicized — bent to the will of the ruler so that it can be used to protect political allies and go after political rivals. Rather than an equalizer, it is a weapon.
⋙ 🐣 RT @joshtpm Remarkable. Sen. Graham says he talked to AG Barr this morning and they have set up a “process” by which Rudy Giuliani will now send his Biden “dirt” directly to AG Barr.

🐣 RT @SarahLongwell25 “Our military deserves better. Our country deserves better. Lt. Col. Vindman deserves better.” ¤ Running nationally in Fox and Friends this week. ¤ @ForTheRuleOfLaw. 💽 https://twitter.com/SarahLongwell25/status/1226501840369594370?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 8 Feb 2020

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 According to Barr and the horrific OLC memo, you can’t indict a criminal president, even for retaliating against witnesses who provided truthful testimony about your crimes and abuses. But guess what? There’s no OLC memo saying you can’t prosecute a president’s son . . . https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2/status/1226138237783232512?s=20/photo/1
// Don Jr attack on Adam Schiff etc

BusinessInsider: Trump is losing the support of the United States’ closest ally after the president slammed down the phone on them during an ‘apoplectic’ call http://bit.ly/3bnc3RZ
// Huawei, Iran, tariffs, bilateralism

● Donald Trump is close to losing the support of the United States’ closest ally after a growing series of public rows.
● The president reportedly slammed down the phone on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson during what officials described as an “apoplectic” call.
● In recent weeks Johnson and senior members of his government have staged repeated public criticisms of Trump and his administration.
● Johnson has accused Trump of “failing to lead” and “letting the air out of the tires of the world economy.”

TheAtlantic, Benjamin Wittes: Trump Points His Finger, and a Life Is Ruined http://bit.ly/2UN83ED
// alt: “Doing the Right Thing Was Vindman’s Only Crime”; Alexander Vindman joins the club of people whom the president has targeted for telling the truth.

🐣 RT @Jackasaurus3 “Forty two years ago I left a country that built walls to come to a place without them. But today, as a citizen of the US, for the first time, I’m hearing rhetoric that reminds me of the Soviet Union of my youth.” ¤ – Mikhail Baryshnikov on Donald Trump and his cult, 2016

WaPo, David Nakamura and: ‘Not just chilling but frightening’: Inside Vindman’s ouster amid fears of further retaliation by Trump http://wapo.st/2ukcsE9

🧵RT @Teri_Kanefield (Thread) Mafia States ¤ Each of Trump’s outrageous actions push us one step closer to what Hungarian scholar Balint Magyar calls a “mafia state,” — the term he uses to describe the kind of autocracies we see springing up in the former Soviet Union. http://bit.ly/2Sb0llN
📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1226163809783439369?s=20

⭕ 7 Feb 2020 Night of the Long Knives

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Here’s a new abuse of power by Trump that should alarm you http://wapo.st/2UNcYW7 over-classification of documents

WaPo, Vladimir Kara-Murza: Saying ‘no’ to Vladimir Putin http://wapo.st/2OyTbWn Can the Russian people halt Putin’s move to become ‘president-for-life’?

RT @JoyceWhiteVance I truly believe this. I just hope it will happen before November.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RevDrBarber Mark my word: more things are going to come out that will prove just how guilty Trump & his enablers are. It will turn the public against them. How do we know? Read history. He looks like he’s getting away, but pride & arrogance come before a fall. Always have, always will.

🐣 RT @kasparov63 I don’t really care that Sanders visited the USSR. I do care that he saw anything to like in our totalitarian regime and served as a propaganda tool. And some US voters will care and if he’s nominated it will be a catastrophe for Dems & country.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jcs2 @Kasparov63 ¤ I respect your views & insight, so would like to ask you about this.
⋙⋙ Politico, Holly Otterbein (5/27/2019): Bernie’s mystery Soviet tapes revealed http://politi.co/2H8Ly4R
// 5/27/2019; Unseen by the public for three decades, a POLITICO reporter views hours of footage from his 1988 ‘honeymoon’ to the USSR.

🐣🌎 RT @CityLab 13 million U.S. coastal residents are expected to be displaced by 2100 due to sea level rise. Researchers are starting to predict where they’ll go @linpoonsays reports: https://twitter.com/CityLab/status/1226142569643548672?s=20/photo/1
⋙ CityLab: Where America’s Climate Migrants Will Go As Sea Level Rises http://bit.ly/37fmRhT

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: Amy Klobuchar Seizes the Debate http://bit.ly/2H8wPqG
// We’ll see Tuesday if that impression, which she’s made on previous debate nights, impacts voters this time — and which voters if so.

DailyBeast, David Rothkopf: Friday Night Massacre’s Just the Beginning for Acquitted Trump http://bit.ly/2tBMifw
// Nine months before election day, our most corrupt, unfit, demented and malevolent president has been given more power than any other human being in our history.

DailyBeast, Jackie Kucinich: Democratic Voters Worry Biden Has ‘Too Much Baggage’ After Trump’s Ukraine Smears http://bit.ly/39mlCyS
// The conspiracy theories about Biden amplified by Trump may have been debunked, but some voters say it doesn’t matter—the former VP already has a huge weak spot.

NYT, John Gans: Col. Vindman and the Trumpification of the National Security Council http://nyti.ms/2utLOZp “[A] Trumpian National Security Council is a terrible fit for today’s world“
// His removal is petty and vindictive. It’s also part of a bigger plan.

WaPo, Nancy Pelosi: McConnell and the GOP Senate are accomplices to Trump’s wrongdoing http://wapo.st/2SrOKO5 “[T]they have joined the president in normalizing lawlessness and rejecting the checks and balances of our Constitution.“

🐣 “In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it.” – JFK, 1961

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Sen. Bob Menendez, Foreign Relations Ranking Member: “The administration’s dismissal of Lt. Col. Vindman, his brother and US Amb. to the European Union Gordon Sondland is clear political retaliation, the likes of which is seen only in authoritarian countries around the world.”

🐣 RT @joelockhart I’ve never subscribed to the view that we should criminally charge a President after they’ve left office. It’s a slippery slope to persecuting political opponents in our system. After today, I’ve changed my view. This President deserves to be escorted out by security.
⋙ 🐣 This is a special case, in that there is no independent DOJ. There needs to be a nonpartisan blue ribbon commission to investigate Trump’s crimes, assuming a Democrat is elected and we win the Senate.

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Ben, I believe four more years of Trump/Barr will give us a dictator — and I am not employing hyperbole!
⋙ 🐣 RT @brhodes Barr is legit scary. Now consider 4 more years of DOJ as an extension of Trump-Barr worldview of an all-powerful executive

🐣 RT @McFaul I am really angry that Trump did not allow The Vindmans a dignified departure from the NSC. Such a petty, small, vindictive man.
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul “I served with [Vindman] in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, where he was everything you would want in a military attaché: smart, knowledgeable about the country, fluent in Russian and absolutely dedicated to the mission of advancing U.S. national interests.”
⋙⋙ WaPo, Michael McFaul (10/30): Alexander Vindman should be celebrated, not smeared http://wapo.st/335iyUR

🐣 RT @Msnbc After the ousting of Lt. Col. Vindman, @Maddow looks at the fates of some of the other key witnesses in the Trump impeachment inquiry and finds several who are no longer in their positions. https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1226030917011025922?s=20/photo/1
💙 ⋙ 💽 MSNBC, Rachel Maddow: Witnesses left scattered in wake of Trump impeachment scandal http://on.msnbc.com/2ScurFH
// Rachel Maddow looks at the trail of empty positions left by people involved in the impeachment investigation of Donald Trump’s Ukraine scheme who either felt compelled to leave or were forced from their jobs.
⋙ Kurt Volker, Fiona Hill, Tim Morrison, Rick Perry, John Bolton, Marie Yovanovich, Wm Taylor, Jennifer Jones, Alexander Vindman, Yevgeny Vindman, Gordon Sondland

🐣 RT @rulajebreal
•Marie Yovanovitch testified & retired.
•Kurt Volker turned over texts & quit
•Sondland testified now fired
•Taylor testified removed Jan 2
•Morrison left week after testified
•Vindman testified, escorted out yesterday along with twin brother
•Pence aide Williams left OVP
⋙ 🐣 I think Fiona Hill went back to Brookings

Politico: Intel hearing on global threats delayed amid fears of provoking Trump’s ire http://politi.co/379m0iH
// Intelligence leaders initially wanted to abandon the public portion of the congressional hearing to avoid upsetting Trump.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Lieutenant Colonel Vindman has proven to be an American patriot. His firing was a clear and brazen act of retaliation that showcases the President’s fear of the truth — and the vindictiveness which led Republican Senators to be accomplices to President Trump’s cover-up.

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Here at #TeamJustice we’re a big tent w/room for all. We’ll have honest & even heated disagreements, we’ll argue our points & listen to the points of others. Then we’ll come together & work like h&ll to defeat, dislodge & dethrone the dictator determined to destroy our democracy.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff President Trump is exacting his retribution, removing those who complied with subpoenas, came forward, and testified about his misconduct. ¤ These are the actions of a man who believes he is above the law — ¤ Precisely the kind of conduct Congressional Republicans enabled.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d What normally happens when a public official retaliates against a witness who testified about the public official’s criminal conduct is that the public official goes to prison.

🐣 RT @NedPrice They claim this is about downsizing. The previous admin downsized the NSC staff; precisely ZERO staffers were escorted out. It was done through attrition, just as this process was billed. This is about chilling whistleblowers & eliminating potential witnesses, not streamlining.

🐣 RT @AndrewFeinberg NEW: “The Art of the Deal” co-author @TonySchwartz says Americans “vastly underestimate the level of danger that we’re facing” from @realDonaldTrump, who he calls “every bit as capable” of using law enforcement against his enemies as Putin or Kim Jong Un.
🐣 RT @AndrewFeinberg MORE: @RepRaskin adds that @HouseDemocrats “undoubtedly will get serious about our use of the appropriations power” post-impeachment, including voting to zero out salaries for administration officials and kill funding for agencies that defy/ignore Congress
🐣 RT @ SCOOPLET: @RepRaskin says “there is revived interest” among @HouseDemocrats in using Congress’ “inherent powers of contempt,” which would allow the House vote on detaining or fining Trump administration officials who defy subpoenas.
⋙ TheIndependent [UK], Andrew Feinberg: Trump is now free to take revenge against those who wronged him during impeachment. Insiders told me it won’t be pretty http://bit.ly/2Sc1VEd
// ‘I think of myself along with other people who’ve spoken out consistently against him as being incredibly vulnerable’

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Pelosi said she was “stunned” by Colonel Vindman’s dismissal. “That’s such a shame,” she told reporters. “What a patriotic person. This goes too far.”
⋙ NYT: Trump Fires Gordon Sondland Hours After Dismissing Impeachment Witness Alexander Vindman http://nyti.ms/2H5pdoU
// mEmboldened by his victory and determined to strike back, the president fired Mr. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, after the White House earlier on Friday dismissed Colonel Vindman.

🐣 RT @CBS BREAKING: Gordon Sondland, EU ambassador who testified in impeachment hearing, ousted https://cbsn.ws/3bhP8Y5

🐣 RT @AP BREAKING: President Trump ousts ambassador to EU Gordon Sondland, who gave damaging testimony in impeachment inquiry.

🐣 RT @tribelaw “Colonel Vindman’s twin brother, Yevgeny Vindman, also an Army lieutenant colonel who worked at the White House, was fired as well and escorted out at the same time.” ¤ Punishing even the relatives of one’s critics is the hallmark of tyrants.
⋙ NYT: Impeachment Witness Alexander Vindman Fired From the White House http://nyti.ms/2Uyqmx5
// Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, whose testimony in the House inquiry infuriated President Trump and his allies, will be reassigned within the military, officials said. “I’m not happy with him,” Trump said. Colonel Vindman’s brother was fired too.

WaPo, James Comey: As usual, Trump called me a sleaze. But the audience reaction to his rant was more upsetting. http://wapo.st/2Sn9Mxq

🐣 RT @SarahKendzior Targeting family members is a classic and effective tactic of authoritarian rule. It goes hand in hand with the installation and elevation of the autocrat’s family into political power, which happened the moment Trump took office.
🐣 RT @julieroginsky My heart breaks for their father, who brought his boys to the US from the Soviet Union because he didn’t want them to live under an authoritarian regime that punished decency in public life. As a fellow Soviet Jewish refugee, I find this particularly chilling.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Vindman’s brother was fired & walked out alongside him. Understand, Trump can now come for anyone who gets in his way, he can retaliate against family. The people who wouldn’t do the right thing for its own sake should know that day can come for them too.

🧵 RT @emptywheel As Vindman is removed from the White House for telling the truth remember that Kash Patel is running around the White House pretending he’s an expert on Ukraine. 📌 https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1225906343774740480?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel [ … ] By all means, celebrate Vindman. ¤ But remember that this is also a choice to make the US less safe, out of Trump’s fear of the truth.

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Vindman’s lawyer tells me his twin brother Yevgeny has been fired from NSC, too, and was also escorted from the White House.
⋙ Politico: Vindman, a star Trump impeachment witness, escorted out of the White House http://politi.co/2ujAAXx
// “The truth has cost LTC Alexander Vindman his job, his career, and his privacy,” said one of his lawyers.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 “His twin brother Yevgeny Vindman, a National Security Council attorney, was also fired and walked off the White House grounds alongside him.”
⋙ CNN: Key impeachment witness Vindman fired from White House job http://cnn.it/3bmKjg8
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance It seems trivial to mention it at this point, but retaliation against a witness is a federal crime.

🐣 RT @peteralexander LTC Vindman escorted from WH, per his lawyer David Pressman: “He followed orders, he obeyed his oath, and he served his country… And for that, the most powerful man in the world – buoyed by the silent, the pliable, and the complicit – has decided to exact revenge.” https://twitter.com/PeterAlexander/status/1225883984007221248?s=20/photo/1-2
// letter from lawyer

🐣 RT @FrankFugliuzzi We were all kicked out of the WH today. It’s no longer the people’s house: Vindman, who provided key impeachment testimony, ‘escorted’ from White House, attorney says
⋙ NBCNews: Vindman, who provided key impeachment testimony, ‘escorted’ from White House, attorney says http://nbcnews.to/3bqhlwb
// The truth has cost LTC Alexander Vindman his job, his career, and his privacy,” Vindman’s attorney told NBC News.
– – – – – – – – – – –
WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Buttigieg thrives in town-hall settings http://wapo.st/373Inpv “Frankly, we could do a lot worse at this point than a prepared and intellectually sophisticated president”

🐣 RT @atrupar “I probably have a legal obligation to report corruption” – here’s Trump accusing the Bidens of corruption on Thursday, saying, “my kids could make a fortune” if they did the same ¤ New reporting indicates Trump’s business bilked nearly $500k from taxpayers
WaPo: Secret Service has paid rates as high as $650 a night for rooms at Trump’s properties http://wapo.st/2OApIeq “The records show more than $471,000 in payments from taxpayers to Trump’s companies. But … the actual total is likely to be higher.”

🐣 RT @ A third of Republicans have confidence in Vladimir Putin—a man who poisons dissidents, murders journalists, facilitates horrific war crimes, illegally annexes territory, rigs his elections, and attacks our elections—to “do the right thing concerning world affairs.”
⋙ 🐣 📊 RT @PewPoll: Americans consistently have expressed little confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Republicans are now 21 points more likely than Democrats to express confidence him (31% vs. 10%), the widest partisan gap in our polling. https://pewrsr.ch/375lQsC https://twitter.com/brianklaas/status/1225784492188717057?s=20/photo/1

TheBulwark, Charles Sykes: The Gospel According to Mad King Donald http://bit.ly/39c7VCc “a raw, bitter, unhinged rant of crazy”
// Wednesday’s outbursts didn’t teach us much about Donald Trump. But they taught us a lot about the Republican party.

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade All public servants of integrity at are risk with a vindictive president, enabling cabinet, and complicit Senate. I hope they will do their duty anyway. Thanks for doing yours, Lt. Col. Vindman.
⋙ 🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Thinking of Lt Col Alexander Vindman today. You should be too.

🐣 RT @gregpmiller There is no graceful exit from Trump’s orbit.
Vindman had already informed WH officials he would take early departure from NSC and leave by end of February.
But WH appears to be accelerating that plan in part to make it look punitive.

🐣 [To @BillKristol] I wrote this before I ever heard @SpeakerPelosi invoke it: ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1225768077406736384?s=20/photo/1

Has the Enlightenment itself failed? – that world of rights and responsibilities in which the individual was the measure of all things, the crux of ethics and morality, the agent of action. This question frames the dreadful legacy we may leave to our children. They will live with the consequences of our inaction, of our inability to bear the burden of moral and effective self-governance. “A Republic,” Ben Franklin cautioned: “– if you can keep it.”

🐣 RT @BillKristol I emailed @WalshFreedom this poem, a favorite of mine. But it’s not quite right; one doesn’t know the effect of a losing, even doomed, effort, on others who, sooner or later, may pick up the torch for a decent conservatism or a GOP worth defending.
⋙⋙ PoetryFoundation, WB Yeats: To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing http://bit.ly/2S4asZz
⋙ 🐣 RT @BillKristol These lines seemed especially resonant:

“Now all the truth is out,
Be secret and take defeat
From any brazen throat,
For how can you compete,
Being honor bred, with one
Who were it proved he lies
Were neither shamed in his own
Nor in his neighbors’ eyes…”

🐣 RT @maddow
3-part mini thread:
it’s an iowa thing, not just an iowa dems thing.
the 2012 gop iowa caucuses were “won” by romney.
& then a few days later they were “won” by santorum.
& then a few months later they were “won” by ron paul
@Morning_Joe
https://twitter.com/maddow/status/1224720202669133824?s=20
// 1/4/2020

💙 🐣 RT @glennkirshner2 The House has to stay high but go hard. They must move to impeach Barr. He lie to Congress, he lied about the Mueller report, he refuses to investigate obvious crimes by the administration, he is conflicted out of many matters but refuses to recuse. Oh, and then there’s Epstein.

🐣 RT @Morning_Joe “Donald Trump mocked the words of Jesus Christ and he got applause for it.” — @JoeNBC 💽 https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1225748402757083138?s=20/photo/1
// Trump at national prayer breakfast
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @Morning_Joe “Let me read you the words that the President of the United States at a National Prayer Breakfast was mocking yesterday.” — @JoeNBC 💽 https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1225748206568558593?s=20/photo/1
↥ ↧
💙 🐣 RT @Morning_Joe “It was a master class yesterday in the difference between humility and hubris, between class and someone who is classless.” –@JoeNBC on the difference between Clinton and Trump post-acquittal speeches. 💽 https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1225740839130927106?s=20/photo/1

🐣 Iowa also screwed up the Iowa caucuses for the GOP in 2016. They had three different winners called, weeks apart. Dems were also hit with a Denial-of-Service attack (not “prank calls”) by the GOP. @Morning_Joe @JoeNBC @MorningMika
⋙ 🐣 Sorry, this was 2012, not 2016. per @maddow:
it’s an iowa thing, not just an iowa dems thing.
the 2012 gop iowa caucuses were “won” by romney.
and then a few days later they were “won” by santorum.
and then a few months later they were “won” by ron paul….

🐣 RT @davidenrich This is a very dangerous precedent. ¤ I am familiar with this situation because @BikiniRobotArmy has shared these Deutsche documents with me too. My best guess: someone complained to @Twitter that the documents are the property of the Broeksmit estate. (1/2)
⋙⋙ ForensicNews (2/4): Twitter has temporarily banned our founder @ScottMStedman for allegedly violating rules. It is forcing him to delete a crucial tweet about Deutsche Bank, which will not happen. https://twitter.com/davidenrich/status/1225617609930027013?s=20/photo/1-2
// [screenshots of docs (copied) ~ Scott is contesting with Twitter]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ That does not affect the right of a journalist in the US to publicly disclose the documents. ¤ @Twitter should not be doing the bidding of whoever is trying to keep this stuff secret, whether it’s the Broeksmit family or @DeutscheBank.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ And yes, I have a stake in this, because the @BikiniRobotArmy documents are an important part of my book and have already featured in the NYT. I don’t always agree with @ScottMStedman’s reporting, but I 100% endorse his right to put stuff like this in the public domain.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @mikemcgannpa You may not be aware the Val Broeksmit posted on here that he gave express permission to Forensic News to publish them. So, it seems like the pressure must be coming from Deutsche Bank.
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @ NatashaBertrand This is ridiculous, @TwitterSupport
⋙⋙ 🧵 RT @ForensicNews Twitter has informed @ScottMStedman that he will be permanently locked from his account unless he removes content. 📌 https://twitter.com/forensicnewsnet/status/1225502501929127937?s=20
⋙ 🐣 Please write about this and about what’s in the article they banned screenshots of. It’s dynamite. (link in my last tweet)
💙 ⋙⋙ ForensicNews (1/3/2010): Trump Deutsche Bank Loans Underwritten By Russian State-Owned VTB Bank, Whistleblower Told FBI http://bit.ly/37B3WP4 by @ScottMStedman, Eric Levai and Bobby DeNault

DailyBeast, Scott Bixby: Mike Bloomberg Is Paying ‘Influencers’ to Make Him Seem Cool http://bit.ly/2SDFwyD
// The Bloomberg campaign is trying an ad strategy familiar to every other startup with a ton of cash and a questionable business model: paying influencers to make it seem cool.

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: King Donald to GOP: And Now—and Forever—You Shall Be My Servants http://bit.ly/2vcp4gu
// Trump’s performances Thursday told the world that corruption had triumphed. He learned exactly the opposite lesson of the one Republicans imagined.

NYT, Michael Bloomberg: Fixing Inequality Is My Priority http://nyti.ms/2vbQaV0
// Right now, the rewards of the economy are far too concentrated at the top.

⭕ 6 Feb 2020

MSNBC, Steve Benen: Trump’s impeachment tested our political system, and it failed http://on.msnbc.com/38cXj6c
// After Watergate, Americans were told “the system worked.” In the wake of Trump’s acquittal, let no one use the same phrase now.

TheAmericanInterest, Neal Barnett and Andrew Foxall: Collapsing the Russian Tripod http://bit.ly/2vfWpHp
// Successfully fighting disinformation and influence operations of authoritarian adversaries requires understanding how these efforts have been developed by—and are run out of—the intelligence services.

🐣 RT @duty2warn Trump calls his political opponents “bad,” “dirty,” “horrible,” “evil,” “sick,” “corrupt,” “scum,” “leakers,” “liars,” “vicious,” “mean,” “lowlifes,” “non-people,” “stone-cold crazy” and “the crookedest, most dishonest, dirtiest people I’ve ever seen.”
⋙ WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump learned his lesson. He’s going to be even more vulgar. http://wapo.st/38bYsL9

Marketwatch, Timothy Joseph: Trump’s impeachment acquittal echoes the collapse of ancient Rome’s republican ideals http://on.mktw.net/3bpbasf
// A classics professor sees troubling political parallels between ancient Rome and America today

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🔊 ApplePodcasts, Talking Feds: 57. Partial Acquittal http://apple.co/2S5TmKP with Harry Litman, Frank Figliuzzi, Glenn Kirschner and Barb McQuade

In this special Talking Feds Now! episode, taped hours after the Senate voted to acquit President Trump, Frank Figliuzzi, Glenn Kirshner, and Barb McQuade join Harry with initial reactions and analysis.  Is the verdict an unalloyed triumph, as Trump’s ardent defenders proclaim, or inconclusive given the failure to even present evidence?

To what extent did the defection of Senator Romney take the luster off the verdict?  And what should we now expect by way of continuing oversight in the House?

🐣 RT @McFaul As I’ve said before, and he just demonstrated again today, Trump does not understand right from wrong. And that fact is the scariest of all.

TheWeek, David Faris: Trump’s acquittal means there is no bottom http://bit.ly/2Uy6wSH ‘Only the November general election stands between us and slow-motion authoritarianism’

WaPo: Trump lambastes his critics as he moves to target perceived enemies over impeachment http://wapo.st/31DiD27

🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS This is bad. The Treasury Department, which broke the law to avoid giving Congress Trump’s tax returns, is turning over records related to Hunter Biden in response to requests from GOP Senators. The sharp contrast demands answers, one exert tells me:
⋙ WaPo, Greg Sargent: Emboldened, Trump allies may already be targeting his enemies in new ways http://wapo.st/38j1uNC

🚫 ≣ Vox: Read Trump’s bananas, post-impeachment victory lap speech http://bit.ly/372fYQR

WaPo, Joe Walsh: Challenging Trump for the GOP nomination taught me my party is a cult http://wapo.st/2Ox07U0
// Real conservatives think for themselves. Trump Republicans have been brainwashed.

🐣 RT @BillKristol This ad thanking Mitt Romney for his principled and courageous stand will run next week on Fox News in Utah. And you can thank Mitt here at http://bit.ly/2SpmHil 💽 https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1225473327164280838?s=20/photo/1

HuffPo, Arthur Delaney: Treasury Department Hands Over Hunter Biden Info After Withholding Trump’s Tax Records http://bit.ly/3bl2vGT
// The impeachment trial is over, but Senate Republicans are pressing forward with an investigation into the Bidens.

🐣 RT @NormOrnstein The attacks on the whistleblower by Trump toadies in the Senate and House are undoubtedly aimed at intimidating whistle blowers in the Justice Department from pointing out Barr’s misconduct.
🐣 RT @SethAbramson Increasingly I get the sneaking suspicion that Attorney General William Barr should probably either be in jail or on bail awaiting trial right now
⋙ 🐣 RT @SethAbramson PS/ I want to be clear: this isn’t some sort of “lock him up” chant. I’m saying that we have a growing stock of evidence that he committed perjury before Congress, that he is seeking to conspire to obstruct justice with President Trump, and that he has already done so many times.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SethAbramson PS2/ His knowledge of the Parnas case means he knows what Trump did and still plans to do; but then he issued an edict yesterday that *no one can investigate the president without his permission*. That seems to place him at the center of a conspiracy to defraud the United States.

🐣 RT @11thHour Tonight’s #LastThingBeforeWeGo? How did Trump’s comments at the National Prayer Breakfast compare to Obama and Bush? ¤ https://on.msnbc.com/3bloDkq 💽 https://twitter.com/11thHour/status/1225646945311449088?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @AshaRangappa_ There is an inherent conflict of interest in an Attorney General, a political appointee, making the decision on whether a predicated case on the person who appointed him should be opened. This is EXACTLY why we have Special Counsel regulations 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1225581662534238208?s=20

🐣 RT @donwinslow I have multiple sources inside the Justice Department that tell me when Barr became Attorney General he shut down *six* separate investigations into Trump and Trump related companies and surrogates. ¤ I’m told Barr has also prevented *two new* investigations from moving forward.

TheDesk, Matthew Keyes: Twitter suspends Forensic News investigative reporter for posting journalism http://bit.ly/2StW6AC
⋙ ForensicNews (1/3/2010): Trump Deutsche Bank Loans Underwritten By Russian State-Owned VTB Bank, Whistleblower Told FBI http://bit.ly/37B3WP4 by Scott Stedman, Eric Levai and Bobby DeNault

🐣 RT @OlgaNYC1211 Welcome to a mafia state. ¤ Criminal mafia regime is going after US citizen @AlexandraChalup for trying to warn about the attacks on America by Russia by highlighting Putin’s decade long agent Manafort who happens to be a 40 yr associate of Trump. Via our tax funded agencies
⋙ 🐣 RT @JasonLeopold NEW: Sens. Grassley and Johnson have targeted @AlexandraChalup as part of their probe into debunked claims re: Ukraine/2016 election & Biden. Here’s her statement to @BuzzFeedNews. Additionally, DOJ sent Chalupa a letter in 2017 saying she did not have to register under FARA https://twitter.com/JasonLeopold/status/1225496596302921728?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 The President of the United States. He now feels more empowered. More seeking vengeance. More unchecked. Some dangerous months ahead.
⋙ WaPo, Michael Gerson: Trump’s politicization of the National Prayer Breakfast is unholy and immoral http://wapo.st/31EWoJm

🐣 RT @dcpoll The insane criminal president* on Thursday gloated about his newly confirmed immunity from both legal and constitutional accountability to room full of federal lawmakers who responded to his paranoid ravings with a mixture of feigned and genuine delight.
⋙ NYMag, Eric Levitz: The Insane Criminal President Held a Party Today http://nym.ag/2v7AfHt

WaPo, Michael Gerson: Thank you, Mitt Romney http://wapo.st/2OOFtPp

WaPo, David Nakamura: Trump celebrates end of impeachment with angry, raw and vindictive 62-minute White House rant http://wapo.st/3703CIQ

DailyBeast, Jay Michaelson: Trump Drags Prayer Breakfast Into Gutter With Attack on Romney and Pelosi’s Faith http://bit.ly/2H3vtgA
// It’s supposed to one of Washington’s few totally nonpartisan events where people are on their best behavior. Then Donald showed up.

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng: Trump Celebrates Impeachment Acquittal With Bizarre ‘Blood’ and ‘Bullshit’ Filled White House Speech http://bit.ly/2H1pjxF
// “It’s a celebration,” Trump said about the day’s event. “I’ve done things wrong in my life, I will admit…but this is what the end result is.”

🐣 RT @NoahSchachtman Just so we are clear here: FOX NEWS is calling out FOX NEWS pundits for spreading propaganda on FOX NEWS. I’ve never seen anything like it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AndrewKirell Exclusive: In leaked documents, Fox News’ in-house research team warns colleagues of “disinformation” from several Fox News regulars like Giuliani and John Solomon.
💙 ⋙⋙ DailyBeast: Fox News Internal Document Bashes Pro-Trump Fox Regulars for Spreading ‘Disinformation’ http://bit.ly/2GXLHIa
// In a briefing obtained by The Daily Beast, Fox’s research unit advises colleagues to be wary of “disinformation” from several Trump-boosting on-air regulars, including Giuliani.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews European intel & law-enforcement officials remain extremely concerned about assassinations of anti-Putin & Kadyrov dissidents throughout the EU & the UK. At least 15 people have been killed by Russian hit squads in the UK, including innocent bystanders. https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1225497611509129224?s=20

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Senate Report Criticizes Response to Russian Meddling and Partly Blames McConnell http://nyti.ms/2S4SpTi
// A new report from a Republican-led committee included accusations that the Senate leader stopped a more forceful American response to Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

━━━━━━━▼ Crazytime
🐣 RT @JustSchmeltzer And I’ll add one more point — if a reporter refuses to report on the objective truth, and uses more positive spin out of fear of being called anti-Trump, then they ARE reporting with bias, and doing harm to their profession and their responsibility.

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Congratulations to Bill Barr for sitting there yukking it up while the president spreads smears and lies about career FBI officials and attacks one of the most decorated prosecutors in DOJ history. Coward.

🐣 RT @JoeLockhart People really should find the answer of why Trump had an unscheduled emergency trip to Walter Reed a few months ago. My guess is it had something to do with today’s performance.

🐣 RT @Stonekettle He’s insane. ¤ But then, we already knew that.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jonavlon “I wish he were here, I’d give him one hell of an introduction.” ¤ That was President Trump on Abraham Lincoln. ¤ Just now. ¤ In the White House. ¤ Says people don’t know he was a Republican. ¤ Then goes on to say that Jim Jordan is “very proud of his body.” Totally normal.

🐣 RT @ECMcLaughlin I wonder what it feels like to abdicate your dignity intentionally for a man like this.
⋙ 🐣 RT @joelockhart How humiliating it must be to be a Senator to be sitting through this horror show. What ever was left of their self respect is dying on national TV.

🐣 RT @Acosta This is like a press conference except Trump is answering the questions he wishes reporters would ask.

🐣 RT @MikhailaRFogel Well, I think I speak for all of us when I say this is the moment of grace our great nation was looking for.
// pretty sure this is sarcastic🥴

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger media: you have an obligation to explain how unhinged and insane this is: Trump Loses It in Rant Against Enemies

🐣 RT @CasterNoel This is the most insane I have ever seen Trump and I have seen him sh*t himself on a soundstage on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and make a teenage Ivanka give him a lapdance on ‘Miss Teen USA’ @realDonaldTrump
━━━━━━━▲

DailyBeast, Betsy Swan: Zelensky Adviser on Trump Impeachment: ‘It Definitely Was Stressful’ http://bit.ly/2S17Ont
// “If we could choose, this thing wouldn’t have happened. It would have been building the relationship rather than trying to save it from something very political, very loud.”

🐣 RT @BarackObama Even if the methods are new, sowing the seeds of doubt, division, and discord to turn Americans against each other is an old trick. The antidote is citizenship: to get engaged, organized, mobilized, and to vote – on every level, in every election.
🐣 RT @JeffreyGoldberg “These pro-Trump forces are poised to wage what could be the most extensive disinformation campaign in U.S. history. Whether or not it succeeds in reelecting the president, the wreckage it leaves behind could be irreparable.” — @mckaycoppins:
⋙ TheAtlantic, McKay Coppins: The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President http://bit.ly/2S1hTki
// How new technologies and techniques pioneered by dictators will shape the 2020 election

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo, Marie Yovanovitch: These are turbulent times. But we will persist and prevail. http://wapo.st/2StWwHw

🐣 RT @ProudResister
75% of America wanted witnesses
— GOP voted against witnesses
73% of America want stricter gun reform
— GOP refuse to vote for any gun reform
70% of America want climate action
— GOP refuse to vote for climate action
GOP does not vote for America.
America, stop voting for GOP.

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson I have some thoughts on Mitt Romney’s stand against Donald Trump: ¤ “Mitt Romney Is the Only Republican in Congress With Any Guts Left”
⋙ Medium, Rick Wilson: Mitt Romney Is the Only Republican in Congress With Any Guts Left http://bit.ly/2uojxDA
// The Utah senator enraged Republicans and showed you can take a stand against a lawless president

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng and Erin Banco: Giuliani & Co. Plot New Biden Probes and Overseas Trip as Trump’s Ukraine Team Lies in Ruin http://bit.ly/2txIqw3
// Members of Trump’s Ukraine team ensnared in the scandal appear to have been the biggest casualties in the Giuliani-led crusade.

💙 🐣 RT @Zigmanfreud This interview between Mitt Romney and Chris Wallace is the greatest 15 minutes of TV Fox News has done since at least the start of the 2016 election. ¤ Romney is tremendous & heads must have EXPLODED all over #Cult45 America, especially the White House!
⋙ 💽 FoxNews: Sen. Mitt Romney tells Chris Wallace that President Trump should be removed from office http://bit.ly/2UvoKE8
// Feb. 05, 2020 – 15:00 – Exclusive: ‘Fox News Sunday’ anchor Chris Wallace interviews Republican Senator Mitt Romney about his decision to vote to convict President Trump on abuse of power article of impeachment.

🐣 RT @olgaNYC1211 According to @maddow Barr sent out a memo today stating that only he can approve or disapprove an investigation into the President and VP. Looks like the Trump regime has been given green light by his corrupt AG to commit whatever crimes he wants and our agencies cant do a thing

⭕ 5 Feb 2020 Trump Acquitted, but Romney!

USAToday, Reed Galen and John Weaver: Impeachment trial verdict reminds us why we fight to defeat Donald Trump and his enablers http://bit.ly/3bgPwWQ
// Trump has hijacked the GOP and remade it in his value-less image. We can’t end the cowardice of cultish Republicans, but we can end their careers.

WaPo Editorial: History will remember Mitt Romney http://wapo.st/2H1jTTu

TheWeek, Windsor Mann: Mitt Romney tells it like it is http://bit.ly/39eTtcW

🐣 RT @duty2warn “Slurred speech, slouching, hanging on to the podium, obsessive sniffing and sweating, twitches and jerks and seeming paralysis in his left arm were all evident as the president spoke State of the Union Address Raises Eyebrows Over Health, Mental Capacity
⋙ NYIndependent, Keith Girard: Trump State of the Union Address Raises Eyebrows Over Health, Mental Capacity http://bit.ly/2Sob3Er

🐣 RT @kasparov63 “Do what you must and so be it,” in the words of the Soviet dissidents. Romney’s vote and his words should shame McConnell and his colleagues, but you cannot shame the shameless.
⋙ 🐣 RT @sykescharlie “‘Do what is right; let the consequence follow.’ Mitt Romney has lived those words, and history will honor him for having done so.” Romney’s decision to vote to convict the president, writes @Peter_Wehner, presents a profile in courage:
⋙⋙ TheAtlantic, Peter Wehner: A Profile in Courage http://bit.ly/2GWg0PA
// Senator Mitt Romney’s decision to vote to convict President Donald Trump is an extraordinary act.

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand DoD officials were trying to expedite delivery of Javelins to Ukraine 10 days before Trump’s call w/Zelensky, emails show, but then Trump ordered hold on aid. ¤ Adds new context to Trump’s “I’d like you to do us a favor, though,” when Z asked about Javelins.
⋙ CNN: Pentagon officials stunned by White House decision to block Ukraine aid, new emails show http://cnn.it/2SlzrGU

TPM, Josh Kovensky: President Petro Poroshenko, Zelensky’s predecessor, nearly announced Biden investigations in March ’19 http://bit.ly/2Sn6SbR

Newsweek, Doug Gordon: Republicans Have Just Green-Lit Open Season on Our Elections http://bit.ly/2UserRc

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: Today, Trump Is Acquitted. Tomorrow, He Starts Cheating on the 2020 Election. http://bit.ly/3bevQTu
// The precedent being established here beyond Trump. It’s harrowing. Absofuckinglutely harrowing.

DailyBeast, Erin Banco: Senate Republicans Admit Trump Did It but Vote to Acquit Him Anyway http://bit.ly/2SndqY7
// The outcome seemed pre-ordained. And yet, a late speech by Mitt Romney added an immense amount of drama and bipartisan support for conviction.

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Mitt Romney’s act of bravery changed nothing and changed everything http://wapo.st/2GYpMk7

WaPo, Philip Bump: 69 million Americans voted for senators who supported impeachment http://wapo.st/31tkpTo
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1225366729557188609?s=20/photo/1
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1225366653711548416?s=20/photo/1
// Or about 55 percent of the votes received by sitting senators

WaPo Editorial: It’s not over. Congress must continue to hold Trump accountable. http://wapo.st/31sHmpZ

💙💙 Vox, Matthew Yglesias and Andrew Prokop: The ultimate guide to the Donald Trump impeachment saga http://bit.ly/2SoXpkm
// Updated: Feb 5, 2020, 8:06pm EST,
Published: Nov 5, 2019, 8:06am EST

💙 NYT, Neal Katyal and Joshua Geltzer: This Will Come Back to Haunt Trump and His Enablers http://nyti.ms/2v7BLcA
// The president was acquitted by the Senate, but the American people are smarter.

🐣 RT @ABC Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Pres. Trump’s acquittal: “Because of the Republican Senate’s betrayal of the Constitution, the President remains an ongoing threat to American democracy.” http://abcn.ws/2SjDG5z https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1225321088873324545?s=20/photo/1

Politico: DOJ reviews allegation that Erik Prince misled Congress in Russia probe http://politi.co/2UtQlFH
// Rep. Adam Schiff says Prince impaired the House Intelligence Committee investigation of Russian links to the 2016 Trump campaign.

🐣 RT @TheLastWord .@Lawrence argues that Doug Jones took the hardest and most politically courageous vote in voting to convict Trump on both articles of impeachment because Jones jeopardized his own re-election to stand up for what he believed in. https://on.msnbc.com/2SmgSlL

💙 🐣 RT @PaulBegala I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever “get over” Bush v. Gore. Ever. #WeWuzRobbed
⋙ 🐣 RT @RonaldKlain The Supreme Court should NEVER have decided the 2000 election on a 5-4 vote; far from settling ANYTHING, Bush v. Gore played a large part in launching our dysfunctional current politics.
⋙⋙ 🐣 I think of how differently history would have turned, from 9/11 to Iraq to climate change, tax cuts and the market collapse. Painful to think about.

RT @kylegriffin1 After Romney finished, Sen. Chris Murphy remained at his desk for minutes, composing himself. ¤ “Glad I was in the chamber to hear that,” he said, choking up. ¤ “It’s the hardest thing to do in the world — to stand up to your party, your donors, your friends — to do what is right.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 One of just four senators on hand for Romney’s speech, Sen. Brian Schatz walked off the Senate floor in tears. He remained speechless for several seconds, fighting back tears. ¤ “He literally restored my faith in the institution,” Schatz said.

🐣 RT @ATRupar ROMNEY: “It’s hard for me to imagine a more serious attack on the constitution & on a republic like ours than saying that a president would be able to enlist a foreign government to corrupt our elections to keep in power. That’s what happens in tinhorn autocracies.” 💽 [Fox] https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1225138200185839617?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Philip Bump: No senator ever voted to remove a president of his party from office. Until Mitt Romney. http://wapo.st/2SiDZxA
// In doing so, Romney torpedoed Trump’s assertion that his impeachment was wholly partisan

🐣 RT @colberrtthelateshow Thank you for taking your oath seriously Mitt Romney. #LSSC 💽 https://twitter.com/ShimonPro/status/1225281315882381312?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Romney on the criticism he’ll receive for his vote: “Does anyone seriously believe that I would consent to these consequences, other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it of me?”

🐣 RT @ForTheRuleOfLaw This is what courage and integrity look like. 💽 https://twitter.com/ForTheRuleOfLaw/status/1225159507220860928?s=20/photo/1
// Romney speech

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind 24 hours later the story headline stories are Pelosi ripping up papers and Romney voting to convict. You gotta love Trump is the subtext. #resist

🐣 RT @brianaklaas On the one hand, Trump called Mexicans rapists, pledged to ban Muslims from entering the country because of their religion, allegedly committed multiple felonies, praised people marching with Neo-Nazis & KKK members. But on the other hand, did you see Pelosi tear up some paper?

🐣 RT @jmclaughlinSAIS Mitt Romney’s most powerful phrase was “my own reasoned judgment”. I suspect that is what the Founders, many of them children of the Age of Reason, hoped for in placing power in senatorial hands. It is the foundation of political courage. Turns out brains and guts go together.

🐣 RT @SenDougJones In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch said, “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” ¤ All along, my conscience has been my guide. But voting my conscience does not require courage — it simply requires doing what I know is right. 💽 https://twitter.com/SenDougJones/status/1225182984149573633?s=20/photo/1

💽 Politico: Read the full text: Mitt Romney’s remarks on impeachment vote http://politi.co/2S5GlBf
// Plus video; Read Mitt Romney’s statement on how he’ll vote on the president’s impeachment.

🐣 RT @ktumulty He once recited for me, from memory, a letter from the man he admired most. It was about standing on principle, even if the political winds are against you. Please read:
⋙ WaPo, Karen Tumulty: What Mitt Romney learned from his father http://wapo.st/2Uv3kXY

🐣 RT @sykescharlie “One and God make a majority.” — Frederick Douglass

🐣🌎 RT @j2dumfounded Here’s why Russia annexed Crimea, stealing its military bases, ships, and most importantly, its extractive resources. https://twitter.com/j2dumfounded/status/1213307552621944832?s=20/photo/1

DailyBeast, Betsy Swan and Adam Rawnsley: Ukrainian Oligarch Seethed About ‘Overlord’ Biden for Years http://bit.ly/32V912u
// Dmytro Firtash’s lawyers say his team had to investigate Joe Biden to defend their client. One expert says Biden pushed reforms that cost the oligarch up to $400 million per year.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Our Founders put safeguards in the Constitution to protect against a rogue president. They never imagined that they would at the same time have a rogue leader in the Senate who would cowardly abandon his duty to uphold the Constitution. https://twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi/status/1225197369244909568?s=20/photo/1

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: The Wrenching Truth About Mitt Romney’s Impeachment-Trial Vote Is That It Doesn’t Matter http://bit.ly/31w1zLx
// 2/6/2020; Donald Trump’s impeachment-trial acquittal makes him the President he always wanted to be: inescapable and utterly unaccountable.

🐣 RT @jdawsey1 Romney didn’t tell the president or the White House or his niece, the RNC chair, that he was going to vote to convict. He knew storm would come and felt it was worth it. Some advisers are trying to convince POTUS to let it blow over. Will he? My latest:
⋙ WaPo: Mitt Romney knew the storm was coming over his impeachment vote. How long it lasts will be up to Trump. http://wapo.st/2GYrIJt

🐣📊RT @Politidope NEW @Reuters Poll: Trump now only has a 29% approval rating among Independents vs. 66% who disapprove. ¤ 49% of Independents now strongly disapprove http://bit.ly/2SksPZm https://twitter.com/Politidope/status/1225182279040995330?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Lawrence The 48 Senators who found Trump GUILTY represent 18 million MORE people than the 52 who voted not guilty.

🐣 RT @NewYorker John F. Kennedy’s preface to “Profiles in Courage” provides some measure of the bravery of the speech that Mitt Romney delivered on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
⋙ NewYorker, Michael Luo: Mitt Romney’s Act of Political Courage in the Senate Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2vWKe2N

🐣 RT @gtconway3d Next season should be cancelled, then.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jdawsey1 Nielsen says Trump’s ratings for the State of the Union were down 20% from last year and well below the numbers in 2017 and 2018.
⋙⋙ NYT: TV Ratings Declined for Trump’s State of the Union Speech http://nyti.ms/2OxLxvc
// About 37 million Americans tuned in on Tuesday, the smallest audience of President Trump’s tenure.

🐣 RT @allinwithchris Sen. Romney’s vote marked the first time in American history that a senator voted to convict a president of his own party in an impeachment trial. http://nbcnews.to/2GYP8ON #inners
⋙ NBCNews: Senate acquits Trump on both impeachment charges http://nbcnews.to/398fIBd
// Mitt Romney of Utah was the lone Republican to cross party lines to convict Trump on abuse of power.

WaPo: House managers: Trump won’t be vindicated. The Senate won’t be, either. http://wapo.st/2S43Ev3 By Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Val Demings, Sylvia Garcia and Jason Crow 

🐣 Yesterday was Nancy Pelosi’s day.
Today is Mitt Romney’s day.

NYT, Sherrod Brown: In Private, Republicans Admit They Acquitted Trump Out of Fear http://nyti.ms/2GYDLqa
// One journalist remarked to me, “How in the world can these senators walk around here upright when they have no backbone?”

🐣 RT @marty_lederman His vote is the least of it. WATCH THE STATEMENT. A model for the ages. (And, I might add, an exemplary demonstration of what it means to take one’s religious *and* civic obligations seriously.)
⋙ 🐣 RT @NewsHour WATCH: Sen. Mitt Romney announces that he will vote to convict President Trump. ¤ “The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” the Utah Republican said in his floor speech. ¤ https://to.pbs.org/36WNisd #ImpeachmentPBS
💽 https://twitter.com/NewsHour/status/1225145066219503622?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AriBerman This can’t be repeated enough. As Romney told @mckaycoppins: “Corrupting an election process in a democratic republic is about as abusive and egregious an act against the Constitution—and one’s oath—that I can imagine. It’s what autocrats do.” http://bit.ly/2Ovn5uA
💙 ⋙ TheAtlantic, McKay Coppins: How Mitt Romney Decided Trump Is Guilty http://bit.ly/2Ovn5uA
// Comparing the president’s behavior to that of an autocrat, the Republican senator explains to The Atlantic why he’s voting to convict him.

🐣 RT @NBCNews FULL SPEECH: Sen. Romney says he will vote in favor of the article of impeachment on abuse of power against President Trump. ¤ “With my vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability, believing that my country expected it of me.” 💽 https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1225140338467201025?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @samstein Romney not just voting to convict, he’s ripping Trump anew:
“An appalling abuse of public trust”
“A flagrant assault” on our elections
“Perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of ones oath of office that I can imagine.”

 
⭕ Senate Impeachment Trial (Cspan)

January 20 – February 5, 2020
http://cs.pn/2sQ6sSP

Day I

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 1 (1/20/2020) http://cs.pn/38uImMw
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump began with the swearing-in of Chief Justice John Roberts and Senators.

Day II

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 2, Part 1 (1/21/2020) http://cs.pn/30M78Fp
// During this portion of day 2 of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, House impeachment managers and the president’s defense attorneys debated the proposed rules for the trial. Impeachment manager Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) during his argument used digital slides, graphics, and video.

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 2, Part 2 (1/21/2020) http://cs.pn/3azMhJP
// During this portion of day 2 of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, House impeachment managers and the president’s defense attorneys debated a proposed amendment from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that would subpoena State Department documents for the trial. House impeachment manager Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) during her argument used digital slides and graphics as well as videos, including footage from the House impeachment inquiry hearings and of remarks made by the president during a speech that Article II of the Constitution means, “I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 2, Part 3 (1/21/2020) http://cs.pn/2NQ7Rju
// During this portion of day 2 of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, House impeachment managers and the president’s defense attorneys debated a proposed amendment from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that would subpoena White House documents for the trial. Impeachment managers Representative Val Demings (D-FL) and Jason Crow (D-CO) during their arguments used digital slides, graphics, and videos, including footage from House impeachment inquiry hearings.

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 2, Part 4 (1/21/2020) http://cs.pn/2RGwtfD
// During this portion of day 2 of the impeachment trial of President Trump, House impeachment managers and the president’s defense attorneys debated a proposed amendment from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that would subpoena testimony from Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, White House aide Robert Blair, Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey, and Department of Defense documents and records for the trial. The impeachment managers during their arguments used digital slides, graphics, and videos, including footage from House impeachment inquiry hearings, remarks made by President Trump to reporters in London during a NATO Summit, and by Mr. Mulvaney during a news conference in the White House Briefing Room.

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 2, Part 5 (1/21/2020) http://cs.pn/2RjapJe
// In this portion of day 2 of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, House impeachment managers and the president’s defense attorneys debated a proposed amendment from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY that would subpoena testimony of former National Security Adviser John Bolton. Impeachment manager Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) during his argument used digital slides, graphics, and videos, including footage from House impeachment inquiry hearings.

Day III

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 3, Opening Arguments from Rep Adam Schiff (1/22/2020) http://cs.pn/2TS0Cvo
// In this portion of day 3 of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead House impeachment manager, began opening arguments by explaining the history of why the framers included impeachment in the Constitution. He then laid out the specifics of the charges against President Trump. Throughout his presentation, Representative Schiff used digital slides, graphics, and videos, including footage from House impeachment inquiry hearings as well as clips of remarks by the president and from White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney during a news conference.

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 3, Opening Arguments from House Managers (1/22/2020) http://cs.pn/2sWbJZ6
// In this portion of day 3 of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, House impeachment managers Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Sylvia Garcia (D-TX), Jason Crow (D-CO), Val Demings (D-FL), and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) made opening arguments. Throughout their presentations, speakers used digital slides, graphics, and videos, including footage from House impeachment inquiry hearings and tweets and oral remarks made by President Trump. ¤ Representative Jeffries’ argument was briefly interrupted by a protester’s shouts from the upper gallery.

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 3, Part 3 (1/22/2020) http://cs.pn/2RjhlWE
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

Day IV

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 4, Part 1 (1/23/2020) http://cs.pn/2RlnAt0
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Senators heard opening arguments from House impeachment managers the President’s defense attorneys.

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 4, Part 2 (1/23/2020) http://cs.pn/36tPrM4
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Senators heard opening arguments from House impeachment managers the President’s defense attorneys.

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 4, Part 3 (1/23/2020) http://cs.pn/30UpKDc
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Senators heard opening arguments from House impeachment managers the President’s defense attorneys.
⋙ ● Including Schiff’s closing

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 4, Part 4 (1/23/2020) http://cs.pn/2tDw9qb
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Senators heard opening arguments from House impeachment managers the President’s defense attorneys.

Day V

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 5 (1/24/2020) http://cs.pn/2GotHX6
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued with opening arguments from House managers.

Day VI

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 6, Part 1 (1/25/2020) http://cs.pn/37AjOBA
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued with opening arguments by the President’s defense team.

Day VII

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 7 (1/27/2020) http://cs.pn/2t9lZNK
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continues with opening arguments from the President’s defense team. Other legislative work is possible.

Day VIII

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 8, Part 1 (1/28/2020) http://cs.pn/2u2d4hg
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump concluded with arguments from the president’s defense team

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 8, Part 2 (1/28/2020) http://cs.pn/37C47dk
// White House Counsel Pat Cippillone gave the summation of President Trump’s defense in the Senate Impeachment Trial.

Day IX

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 9, (1/29/2020) http://cs.pn/2RBsty9
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continues as Senators ask House impeachment managers and the President’s defense team questions.

Day X

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 10, Part 1 (1/30/2020) http://cs.pn/2UeNzUN
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued as Senators asked House impeachment managers and the President’s defense team questions.

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 10, Part 2 (1/30/2020) http://cs.pn/2SbQafL
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued as Senators asked House impeachment managers and the President’s defense team questions.

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 10, Part 3 (1/30/2020) http://cs.pn/2GFgzx5
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued as Senators asked House impeachment managers and the President’s defense team questions.

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 10, Part 4 (1/30/2020) http://cs.pn/2GJfZhM
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued as Senators asked House impeachment managers and the President’s defense team questions.

Day XI

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 11 (1/31/2020) http://cs.pn/2RK21T3
// The Senate votes 49-51 to reject any subpoenas for witnesses & documents. Sens. Collins & Romney voted “Yes” with all Democrats. The Senate resumes debate on Feb. 3 at 11am ET. Final votes on the articles of impeachment happen Feb. 5.

Day XII

Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 12 (2/3/2020) http://cs.pn/2SeKwJz
// The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continues with closing arguments.

Senate Impeachment Trial, Adam Schiff Closing (2/3/2020) http://cs.pn/37Y6x5Z
// Lead House Manager Adam Schiff Wraps Up Closing Arguments; 26min
Lead House manager Adam Schiff wraps up closing arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and urges the Senate to convict and remove him from office. Representative Schiff asks senators if the president can be trusted to do the right thing and he warns that those who vote to acquit the president will stand on the wrong side of history

Day XIII

Senator Romney Says President Trump is “Guilty of Appalling Abuse of Public Trust” (2/3/2020) http://cs.pn/395B1TQ
// 8.36mins; Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney announces that he will break with his party and vote to convict President Trump on the first article of impeachment–abuse of power. He says “the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust” and calls his action a “flagrant assault on.our…fundamental values.” Senator Romney also casts doubt on the White House counsel’s defense that the president was concerned with corruption in Ukraine. “There’s no question in my mind, that were their names not Biden, the president would never have done what he did,” Romney says of the effort to get Ukraine to investigate his political rival.

Senate Impeachment Trial Vote (2/5/2020) http://cs.pn/2UvRBbs
// The Senate voted to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment against him: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. All 53 Republicans voted to acquit him on obstruction of Congress, and all 47 Democrats voted “guilty.” For obstruction of justice the vote was 48-52, with Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) the lone Republican to vote “guilty” with all Democrats.

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Trump’s Speech Was a Bataan Death March of Bullsh*t http://bit.ly/31xFBYk
// And it was a wakeup call for Democrats, who have acted as if 2016 was a fluke and Trump’s personal sh*tshow, corruption, and idiocy all but ensure an easy win in November.

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Trump’s Speech Was a Bataan Death March of Bullsh*t http://bit.ly/31xFBYk ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1225740822294999041?s=20/photo/1
// And it was a wakeup call for Democrats, who have acted as if 2016 was a fluke and Trump’s personal sh*tshow, corruption, and idiocy all but ensure an easy win in November.

Trump knew this speech had a utility for his campaign, and that it is framed against the impeachment acquittal vote on Wednesday. He knows that soon—very soon—he’ll enjoy the fruits of Mitch McConnell’s labor. He knows that after he is acquitted in the Senate there is no power in American government that will constrain him again. He knows he is about to hold executive power at a level no president before him could have imagined. That knowledge was enough to have him read off the teleprompter for one night.

It wasn’t the speech that Trump wanted to give, which we’ll hear soon enough.

“The state of the union is pure, weapons-grade, uncut fucking chaos, and I am both unhinged and unbound from any consequence, ever. All the pretty words my speechwriters worked so hard on are a thin veneer over the seething mass of coming horrors. I have gambled our economy, compromised our security, and shredded our dignity, and I’ll do it again. My message to the American people: bend the knee. To my enemies: vengeance is coming.”

⭕ 4 Feb 2020

🐣 RT @BillKristol I emailed @WalshFreedom this poem, a favorite of mine. But it’s not quite right; one doesn’t know the effect of a losing, even doomed, effort, on others who, sooner or later, may pick up the torch for a decent conservatism or a GOP worth defending.
⋙⋙ PoetryFoundation: http://bit.ly/2S4asZz

To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing
BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Now all the truth is out,
Be secret and take defeat
From any brazen throat,
For how can you compete,
Being honor bred, with one
Who were it proved he lies
Were neither shamed in his own
Nor in his neighbors’ eyes;
Bred to a harder thing
Than Triumph, turn away
And like a laughing string
Whereon mad fingers play
Amid a place of stone,
Be secret and exult,
Because of all things known
That is most difficult.

⋙ 🐣 RT @BillKristol These lines seemed especially resonant:

“Now all the truth is out,
Be secret and take defeat
From any brazen throat,
For how can you compete,
Being honor bred, with one
Who were it proved he lies
Were neither shamed in his own
Nor in his neighbors’ eyes…”

🐣 RT @maddow
3-part mini thread:
it’s an iowa thing, not just an iowa dems thing.
the 2012 gop iowa caucuses were “won” by romney.
& then a few days later they were “won” by santorum.
& then a few months later they were “won” by ron paul
@Morning_Joe
https://twitter.com/maddow/status/1224720202669133824?s=20
// 1/4/2020
✅ NBCNews: State of the Union fact check: What’s true and what’s false in Trump’s address http://nbcnews.to/2v7l292
// Here’s what the president got right, wrong and in between in his third such address to Congress.

✅ HuffPo: FactCheck: Here Are The Biggest Whoppers From Trump’s 2020 State Of The Union http://bit.ly/2tuVK4l
// The president inflated details and straight-up misled Americans about his policies during his address to Congress.

💙 ✅ PolitiFact: Scorecard: Donald Trump (All Fact-checks) http://bit.ly/2GU1Cai 4% True, 10% Partly True, 14% Mostly True; Mostly False 20%, False 34%, Pants-on-Fire 🔥 14% ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1224942144810627073?s=20/photo/1

✅ NYT: Fact-Checking Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address http://nyti.ms/36ZuGru
// Trump brings a record of erroneous statements into his address; [I omitted two claims by respondent Gov Whitmer, rated “exaggerated” and “lacks context”]

Trump’s Claims:
5 True
4 Mostly true
2 Partly true
– – – – – – – – – – –
3 Exaggerated
6 Lacks context
8 Misleading
7 False

✅ WaPo FactChecker: Fact-checking President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address http://wapo.st/399Z18y Thirty-one dubious claims 🍄🍄🍄

WaPo, Ashley Parker: With chants, walkouts and a ripped-up speech, bitter partisanship dominates Trump’s State of the Union http://wapo.st/3bhz0pN //➔ does standing up for the truth vs lies constitute partisanship?

🐣 RT @ SpeakerPelosi The manifesto of mistruths presented in page after page of the address tonight should be a call to action for everyone who expects truth from the President and policies worthy of his office and the American people. #SOTU
⋙ SpeakerOfTheHouse: Pelosi Statement on State of the Union Address http://bit.ly/3802lCZhttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1224924812109328385?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @mkraju Leaving the Capitol shortly before midnight, Pelosi tells us why she tore up Trump’s speech: “Because it was a manifesto of mistruths.” 💽 https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1224921291901296641?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Trump claims he will protect those with preexisting conditions, while trying to take away their coverage. ¤ He says he is taking on the drug companies, but does nothing to lower Rx costs. ¤ There is a word for those who say one thing and do another. ¤ Today, that word is President.

🐣 RT @Eleven_Films BREAKING: Midnight In Washington #ImpeachmentTrial Also view here: YouTube : https://youtu.be/I5D3iT4BhbQ
Facebook: https://facebook.com/elevenfilms/
⇈ ⇊
💙💙 🐣 RT @Eleven_Films BREAKING: Remember America? We do. #ImpeachmentDay 💽 https://twitter.com/Eleven_Films/status/1224906560616316930?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union http://wapo.st/2ShSIsG
1) Bad blood spills over — repeatedly
2) Trump inflates his economic record — repeatedly
3) Trump runs against … Obama?
4) The Rush Limbaugh moment
[5) Pelosi rips up Trump’s speech]

🔄✅ TPM: We’re Tracking The Acquittal Excuses GOP Senators Toss At The Wall Ahead Of Vote http://bit.ly/38155zQ

NYT, Diana Preston: We’re Still Living in Stalin’s World http://nyti.ms/2v17r3k Ms. Preston is the author of “Eight Days at Yalta: How Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin Shaped the Post-War World.”
// At the Yalta Conference 75 years ago, the Soviet leader got everything he wanted — and shaped global politics for decades.

🐣 RT @Leshenkos This whole story with Parnas proves once again: If the authorities have the political will to fight corruption, it can be done quickly and efficiently. This American principle should be an example for Ukraine to follow.
⋙ KyivPost, Sergeii Leshenko (1/31): Ukraine should import US corruption-fighting methods http://bit.ly/381UaGm
// 1/31/2019

🐣 RT @just_security With @KenDilanianNBC reporting: “There is still no agreement about whether intelligence officials will testify in public for worldwide threats hearings, officials tell me.” ¤ @jgeltzer and @rgoodlaw wrote why the assessment is so important to the public:
⋙ JustSecurity: Three Things to Look For in the 2020 “Worldwide Threat Assessment” from the U.S. Intelligence Community http://bit.ly/2OseFE5

NYT, K Biswas: How the Far Right Became Europe’s New Normal http://nyti.ms/2S01KeI
// It was a scandal when a far-right party entered government two decades ago. Now it’s just routine. What happened?

WaPo: ‘The guardrails are gone’: Democrats brace for emboldened Trump at State of the Union http://wapo.st/2GSjGSb

WaPo, Robert Samuelson: The strong case for censuring Trump http://wapo.st/2vLq0ss

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Trump is about to get a lot more dangerous. Here’s what’s coming. http://wapo.st/2GT2j3J

🐣 RT @matthewamiller So what should Democrats do now that impeachment is over? I argue in @PostOpinions today that they should step on the gas and keep investigating the Trump admin as aggressively as they did in the Ukraine scandal. On every front.
⋙ WaPo: Trump may be acquitted, but House Democrats proved their power to check him http://wapo.st/2v6M1Bz
// They went from toothless to aggressive on oversight. The next step is to bombard the administration with subpoenas.

NYT Mag, David Enrich: The Money Behind Trump’s Money http://nyti.ms/2Sm2CJE
// The inside story of the president and Deutsche Bank, his lender of last resort.
⋙ NYT, David Enrich (May): Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts http://nyti.ms/2w9Kx71
// 5/19/2019

DailyBeast, Matt Lewis: Republicans Have One Last Chance to Avoid Looking Like Total Patsies http://bit.ly/2u8hfsg
// It’s obvious. If there are no consequences to what President Trump did, he’s going to turn right around and start doing it again.

⭕ 3 Feb 2020 Closing Arguments

WaPo: Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin says the American Dream is best achieved in Nordic countries http://wapo.st/2Otd2Gd
// Here’s a look at how the United States compares to Finland on several economic and well-being indicators.

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey: Senate Republicans Salivating Over Chance to Investigate Joe Biden http://bit.ly/39aa01N
// With impeachment all but defeated, the president’s base is now eager to turn the tables on Democrats and investigate Joe and Hunter Biden’s conduct on Ukraine.

JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman: The Most Serious Obstruction of All: The Vote to Block Witnesses and the Public’s Right to Know http://bit.ly/2vNtR8p

WaPo, Editorial: How the Senate can still hold Trump accountable http://wapo.st/2tw5HyC Republicans “ought to be tested on whether they will stand behind their conclusion that the president’s behavior was wrong. Democrats should put forward a censure resolution … “

WaPo, Gerson: To cheer Trump is to submit to him http://wapo.st/2RW0YiT “Trump uses language as an instrument of power. To him, epistemology is ideology. A willingness to accept his claims — and to view all competing information as fake & false — is what defines his movement.”

NYT: Pelosi Says Democrats Have ‘Pulled Back a Veil’ on Trump’s ‘Unacceptable’ Behavior http://nyti.ms/2vOyZcx
// With the president on the verge of acquittal in the Senate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the case that Democrats had won by losing. “He has been impeached forever,” she said in an interview.

WaPo, Max Boot: Jared Kushner’s incompetence is surpassed only by his arrogance http://wapo.st/31pBOMS
⋙ 🐣 As F Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

He is the living embodiment of football coach Barry Switzer’s scathing quip: “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”

His “portfolio … , as Time notes in a recent profile, includes ‘brokering peace in the Middle East, building a border wall, reforming the criminal-justice system, pursuing diplomacy with China and Mexico, and creating an ‘Office of American Innovation’ dedicated to revamping how the government works.’ Oh, and he’s also ‘in charge of the President’s 2020 re-election campaign, overseeing fundraising, strategy and advertising’.” …

So now Kushner can move on to his next excellent adventure while dodging responsibility for his reckless actions and leaving others to deal with the wreckage he leaves behind.

🐣 RT @Lawrence The best political orators of the 21st century are @BarackObama & @RepAdamSchiff
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff History will not be kind to Donald Trump. ¤ Because truth matters. Right matters. And decency matters. ¤ It may be midnight in Washington, but the sun will rise again. ¤ I put my faith in the optimism of our Founders. ¤ You should too. 💽 https://twitter.com/Lawrence/status/1224454982759374854?s=20/photo/1
// 6 mins

Cspan: Senate Impeachment Trial, Adam Schiff Closing (2/3/2020) http://cs.pn/37Y6x5Z
// Lead House Manager Adam Schiff Wraps Up Closing Arguments; 26min
Lead House manager Adam Schiff wraps up closing arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and urges the Senate to convict and remove him from office. Representative Schiff asks senators if the president can be trusted to do the right thing and he warns that those who vote to acquit the president will stand on the wrong side of history

🐣 RT @SkinnerPm Three pics to sum up the Impeachment Trial of MeanCat, in which his lap dogs—SweetDog, the Baked Potato, & Sweet Potato Pie Pup—acquitted him in a sham without witnesses. MeanCat is now massively empowered by precedent & lack of oversight to act much much much worse. He rules us. https://twitter.com/SkinnerPm/status/1224504735987912704?s=20/photo/1-3

NYT, Paul Krugman: How Zombies Ate the G.O.P.’s Soul http://nyti.ms/31kGTGi
// Everyone with principles has left the party.

🐣 RT @justinamash Although I had hoped a few more Republicans in Congress would stand on principle, I had always expected most would ignore impeachable conduct even if it stared them in the face. Most members of Congress are quick to abandon their stated principles when power is at stake.

🐣 RT @RCdeWinter
the chaos of everything
is erasing me
small details fall away daily
in a shower of monochrome particulate
soon i’ll be nothing but a vaguely rendered outline
a ghost
walking through the skeleton of what was once familiar
now seeded with landmines and salt
~ RC deWinter

🧵 RT @jennycohn1 The GOP criticizes Joe Biden for opposing corrupt former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who refused to prosecute allies of former president Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych was installed by Manafort & Deripaska & then convicted of treason for abetting Russia’s war on Ukraine 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1224501761362104320?s=20

🐣 RT @michaelschweitz One man. Begging for someone to care enough. To stand up against what is wrong. To wake up. To search their souls and find one shred of decency to do the right thing. Begging! And they will not hear. 💽 https://twitter.com/michaelschweitz/status/1224500401879293953?s=20/photo/1
// Adam Schiff

🐣 RT @tribelaw So it begins. What else did you expect? And an acquitted Trump will be an even more vindictive Trump. Here it comes!
🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Congratulations, Republicans. By refusing to hold Trump accountable for his crimes you’re enabling a lawless, out-of-control, petty, vindictive man who intends to use DOJ to conduct politically motivated prosecutions of his enemies. You’re doing nothing but feeding the monster.
⋙ 🐣 RT @gabrielsherman Trump is compiling a post-impeachment enemies list and Bolton is at the top of it. Trump had told people he wants Bolton criminally prosecuted. My latest:
⋙⋙ VanityFair, Gabriel Sherman: “It’s Payback Time”: With Acquittal Certain, Trump Plots Revenge on Bolton, Impeachment Enemies http://bit.ly/2vOVEWb
// Trump, says a source, wants Bolton to be criminally investigated for possibly mishandling classified information. Romney, Schiff, and Nadler are also in West Wing crosshairs.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance We all know how history works. GOP Senators who give this president a pass will have earned the disdain their grandchildren will treat them with. They will not be respected. History will teach they sacrificed the country’s interests for a party & POTUS that didn’t deserve them.

💙 Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes: The Incomprehensibly Weak Case for Acquittal Without Witnesses http://bit.ly/37Xc78H

💙 🐣 RT @K_JeanPierre Another brilliant moment from @RepAdamSchiff — WATCH. 💽 https://twitter.com/K_JeanPierre/status/1224432106605924352?s=20/photo/1
// 6 mins

WaPo, Brian Klaas: Senate Republicans just paved the road to American authoritarianism http://wapo.st/2Sg5Lec

🐣 RT @HouseIntel “What has changed? The short answer is: we have changed… For reasons as varied as the stars, the members of this body and ours are now far more accepting of the most serious misconduct of a president as long as it is a president of ones own party.” – @RepAdamSchiff 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1224426959565922312?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: In case you had any doubt, impeachment will plague Senate Republicans http://wapo.st/2RRtlyS

🧵 RT @SethAbramson So @RepAdamSchiff now knows he’s giving a closing argument in a fake trial. The jurors and defense attorneys are both fake (as many are defense witnesses) and the judge is an unstuffed scarecrow. I’d give a closing today that brings in *all* the evidence and allegations. Why not? 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1224356259366887425?s=20

CNN, Charlie Dent and Joe Lockhart: The penalty Donald Trump should get for Ukraine scandal if the Senate acquits http://cnn.it/3ba5cLk
// Censure

TheAtlantic, David Frum: The Next Trump Crisis Is Already Here http://bit.ly/36QaecF
// Ukraine is by no means the only dirty secret being covered up.

DailyBeast, Nico Hines: Leak: Man Who Bankrolled Brexit Boasted of WikiLeaks Backchannel http://bit.ly/3b3PlxX
// Hacked Twitter messages raise legal questions over Cambridge Analytica, undeclared foreign lobbying, and links between Julian Assange and the Brexit and Trump campaign teams.

🐣 RT @BillKristol A fine piece by @Peter_Wehner. Because he’s a nicer person than I, Pete finds the spectacle of Republican politicians “beaten down and broken by Trump” “a poignant thing.” I too once found it somewhat poignant. I now find it simply contemptible.
⋙ TheAtlantic, Peter Wehner: The Downfall of the Republican Party http://bit.ly/2RUjecH
// To see men and women who had a positive vision beaten down and broken by Trump is a poignant thing.

CNN: A week like no other looms in American politics http://cnn.it/37SWe3p

⭕ 2 Feb 2020

NYT, David Leonhardt: The Simple Reason Trump Does What He Does http://nyti.ms/2UiZkth
// Because he can.

WaPo, EJ Dionne: The Trump 51 and their challenge to Democrats — and democracy http://wapo.st/2OmGY6R

🐣 RT @kathrynw5
Sunday night: Super Bowl
Monday: Senate trial
Monday night: Iowa caucuses
Tuesday: Senate trial
Tuesday night: State of the Union
Wednesday afternoon: Senate conviction/acquittal vote
Friday night: Another Democratic debate
🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff We proved our case. Republican Senators now admit Trump is guilty as charged. ¤ Still, they blocked witnesses from testifying, and deprived the American people of a full accounting of Trump’s misconduct. ¤ Senators will now render judgement – and be held accountable for it. 💽 [FaceTheNation] https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1224071900000915459?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @ZevShalev I know it’s can be depressing but sometimes at moments like this, when the chips are down, you can hear yourself with the greatest clarity. @NarativLive 📌 https://twitter.com/ZevShalev/status/1224155265118998528?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ZevShalev 2. We are all tired. Maybe too tired to realize we have prevailed. It’s not the outcome we wanted but we all sat in a chamber and stared down our problem. We did it calmly and with a grudging understanding of the challenge before us. @NarativLive [ … ]

DailyBeast, Justin Baragona: Adam Schiff Blasts Republican Senators for Scolding Trump’s Ukraine Scheme While Letting Him Slide http://bit.ly/37O48ea
// “To call solicitation, coercion, blackmail of a foreign power…merely inappropriate, doesn’t begin to do justice to the gravity of this president’s misconduct,” Schiff said.

WaPo Editorial: Ukraine wouldn’t do Trump’s dirty work. So GOP senators are doing it instead. http://wapo.st/2UfuL81

WaPo: Senate Republicans defend decision to bar new evidence as Trump acquittal vote nears http://wapo.st/2GMpa0K

🐣 RT @CREWcrew After days of arguments and questioning in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, many Republican senators have come to the same conclusion: The president did it, and they don’t care.
⋙ BuzzfeedNews (1/31): Republicans Now Say Trump Did What He Was Accused Of — They Just Don’t Care http://bit.ly/38YxM0v
// “Just because actions meet a standard of impeachment does not mean it is in the best interest of the country to remove a President from office.”

🐣 RT @BillKristol “Laws are only as strong as the character of the people charged with enforcing them. They cannot be applied selectively, or you find yourself in the cynical world encapsulated in the words of Benavides, ‘For my friends everything, for my enemies the law.’”
🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews “Every time I hear someone say, “But Trump would never…” I recall all the times we were told by tut-tutting Western pundits that Putin would never jail his opposition, would never return to the presidency, would never invade Ukraine…He would & he did.“
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews “The party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, and Reagan is now slavishly loyal to a corrupt reality-TV host whose only demonstrable allegiances are to his own image and Vladimir Putin.” By @Kasparov63 ⇊
⋙⋙ 💙 NYRB (1/28), Gary Kasparov: A Popular Front to Stop Trump http://bit.ly/2GSwfNj

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Many have asked if the House managers can move for a mistrial. Here are my quick thoughts: I wish Schiff WOULD make a motion for a mistrial based on, among other things, the revelation of Cipollone’s grossly unethical conduct/conflicts of interest. I wouldn’t be deterred that…
⋙ 🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 disclosed by John Bolton). Cipollone perpetrated a unimaginable fraud on the Senate and the American people and the Dems should not go quietly into that dark acquittal. Move for a mistrial and see what the Chief Justice says.

🐣 RT @MSNBC If White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who acted on Pres. Trump’s impeachment defense team, was in fact involved in the Ukraine pressure scheme, “this is big-ticket unethical conduct, at a minimum,” says fmr. federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner. http://on.msnbc.com/31d97ma
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, LastWord: Fmr. federal prosecutor: W.H. counsel participated in ‘big ticket unethical conduct’ http://on.msnbc.com/31d97ma
// Revelations from the NYT show that White House counsel Pat Cipollone was a fact witness in the activity that is at the center of Trump’s impeachment trial. Since Cipollone is defending Trump in the trial, Glenn Kirschner says the state bar could open an investigation, decide if there was wrongdoing and if so, sanction or disbar Cipollone. Lawrence also discusses with Ron Klain, Maya Wiley, Rick Stengel, and Chuck Rosenberg.

WaPo, Philip Rucker: ‘A massive historical story’: Trump’s impending acquittal could have profound ramifications for future presidents http://wapo.st/2OmLdPV

DailyBeast, Clive Irving: The Man Who Enabled the Holocaust http://bit.ly/2OiZJIq “80 million people were not persuaded to follow Hitler because … he seemed evil, but because he seemed extraordinarily good.” – Albert Speer

⭕ 1 Feb 2020

NYDailyNews, Gersh Kuntzman: Basic ‘lizard brain’ psychology can explain the rise of Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2SwPzFy Trump knows how to appeal to the primitive fear center (the amygdala) in our brains

WaPo, Paul Kane: Senate to emerge from impeachment trial guilty of extreme partisanship http://wapo.st/2UhChzd

🐣 RT @csdickey This is the same epiphany slaveowners of the South had in the 1850s. Demography had turned against them. Their power and wealth were on the line. They started a war to preserve their “rights” and damn near destroyed the United States. The Trumpsters are their spiritual heirs.
⋙ 🐣 RT @davidrothkopf America is changing. The GOP’s desperation and willingness to use any tactics at all to survive are based on their recognition that demography and an urbanizing, better educated America absolutely dooms them as a party. It may take a while. But there is some comfort in that.

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: Senators Vote Away Their Power to Save Trump From Himself http://bit.ly/2SaqSOP
// Here’s what I saw from the press gallery, on a day that will live in infamy.

DailyBeast, Sophia Nelson: Here’s Why I Left the GOP http://bit.ly/37PJnir
// The Republican party that drew me in as a young black woman is gone. This new Republican Party is beholden to a lawless, immoral, godless man.

🧵 RT @SethAbramson Trump committed Bribery—the facts confirm it, and many of us told Democrats to write the articles of impeachment that way. They didn’t—which, ironically, means they still can. Democrats should continue their investigation for another two months and then impeach Trump for Bribery. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1223645926671167488?s=20

🐣 RT @waltshaub Law & Crime has a link to the motion DOJ filed last night AFTER Senate Republicans sealed the cover- up by voting not to subpoena witnesses and documents. In the filing, DOJ admits OMB has records directly bearing on Trump’s rationale for holding up aid.
⋙⋙ Law&Crime: OMB Withholding 24 Emails Directly Related to ‘Presidential Decision-Making’ on Ukraine Military Aid http://bit.ly/2Ommmvw
⋙ 🐣 RT @waltshaub “the documents in this category are emails that reflect communications by either the President, the Vice President, or the President’s immediate advisors regarding Presidential decision-making about the scope, duration, and purpose of the hold on military assistance to Ukraine”

WaPo, Max Boot: The GOP doesn’t deserve to survive this debacle http://wapo.st/37QW78o

🐣 RT @BillKristol “When history gets around to rendering the ultimate verdict on the Trump impeachment, Trump’s defense will be remembered as…a curiosity, entirely lacking in any precedential value. Or perhaps even as a negative precedent. Otherwise we’re in big trouble.”
⋙ TheBulwark, Philip Rotner: The GOP’s Sham “No Witnesses” Arguments—Explained http://bit.ly/3aZwOmF
// Or rather, debunked.

💙 DailyBeast, David Rothkopf: The Worst Day for Democracy Since the Civil War http://bit.ly/2UjHfeW
// The Republican party is escalating its war on democracy as it aims to rule America, or ruin it.

🧵 RT @carolecadwalla Brexit was a battle of stories. The story of who we are as a country & who we want to be. And if we want to live in a country where truth & justice matter, we have to not just say why truth & justice matter but make people feel it. We have to tell this story better 4/ 📌 https://twitter.com/carolecadwalla/status/1223757467177377792?s=20

🐣 RT @duty2warn When the Trump era comes to a close and people finish licking their wounds and reflect back at the impeachment trial specifically, they’ll talk of complicity, violation of oaths, and even treason. But the overriding disaster will have resulted from the normalization of a madman.

🧵 RT @arapaho145 1/ #Cult45 vs. #Corruption . (more…) May 19, 2019: 📌 https://twitter.com/arapaho415/status/1223740467235287040?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 2/ ~33:00 minute mark: @ProfGaryDarden:”There was an article once written saying that many Trump supporters have a different definition of corruption. Corruption to them is not classic wheeling & dealing, withholding money, promising money… ¤ Jan 28 2020: [ … ]

🐣 RT @IgnatusPost The senators who see Trump’s offenses but decide to take a pass—like Rubio and Alexander—must imagine Trump world will write the history books and spare them future shame. I wish they had read JFK’s “Profiles In Courage” about brave senators who took risks to do the right thing.

🐣 RT @RCdeWinter
dazed and crazed
as the social compact crumbles
i begin to think i’ve lived too long
all i thought incorruptible
tarnished
no
smashed
by villainy
leaves me standing
unafraid but alone
without a hand to hold
boxed in by unbridgeable walls
in an unrecognizable world
~RC deWinter

🐣 RT @MSNBC “He’s functionally a monarch. He’s functionally the most politically powerful president in American history.” ¤ — Historian Jon Meacham on President Trump following the Senate’s vote to not have witnesses in the impeachment trial.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC: Jon Meacham: Trump’s the most politically powerful president in history http://on.msnbc.com/3b1HLUt
// Presidential historian and biographer Jon Meacham explains why he thinks Trump is the most politically powerful president in American history.

CNN: Trump administration reveals it’s blocking dozens of emails about Ukraine aid freeze, including President’s role http://cnn.it/2uWfOgg

🐣 RT @tribelaw “Rarely, if ever, has a political blood oath—in this case, a pledge to acquit a crooked President regardless of the evidence against him, and without even bothering to call any witnesses—rebounded so horribly, publicly, and spectacularly.”
⋙ NewYorker, John Cassidy (1/29): John Bolton’s Book Is Making Fools of Trump’s Republican Enablers http://bit.ly/36OgWQg

🐣 RT @MSNBC If White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who acted on Pres. Trump’s impeachment defense team, was in fact involved in the Ukraine pressure scheme, “this is big-ticket unethical conduct, at a minimum,” says fmr. federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC: Fmr. federal prosecutor: W.H. counsel participated in ‘big ticket unethical conduct’ http://on.msnbc.com/31d97ma
// Revelations from the NYT show that White House counsel Pat Cipollone was a fact witness in the activity that is at the center of Trump’s impeachment trial. Since Cipollone is defending Trump in the trial, Glenn Kirschner says the state bar could open an investigation, decide if there was wrongdoing and if so, sanction or disbar Cipollone. Lawrence also discusses with Ron Klain, Maya Wiley, Rick Stengel, and Chuck Rosenberg.

⭕ 31 Jan 2020

🐣 My heart is moved by all I cannot save:
so much has been destroyed… ¤
…I have to cast my lot w those /
who, age after age, perversely /
w no extraordinary power /
reconstitute the world ¤
— Adrienne Rich

CommonDreams, Eoin Higgins: ‘A Crisis for Democracy’: Senate Votes Against Hearing From Witnesses http://bit.ly/37PFTMT
// “Trump’s defenders are saying that our Constitution does not apply to the powerful few.”

Slate, Jeremy Stahl: Which Republicans Had the Worst Excuses for Ending the Impeachment Trial With No Witnesses? http://bit.ly/3b64yhV

WaPo, Josh Dawsey: Republicans agree it was no ‘perfect call’ — but will vote to acquit Trump anyway http://wapo.st/2RSaQdL

TheGuardian, Richard Wolffe: Republicans march over the impeachment cliff – taking their self-respect with them http://bit.ly/2OkrsbF
// How can Republicans pretend to the world that their vision of America – where a president can happily use military aid to coerce a foreign government to smear his political rival in an election – is the model for democracy?

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi President Trump was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. By refusing to call witnesses and compel documents, Senate Republicans have chosen to become accomplices in his cover-up. #DefendOurDemocracy
⋙ Speaker.gov: Press Release: Pelosi Statement on Senate Vote to Block Witnesses and Documents http://bit.ly/2OhuEEU

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Lamar Alexander’s craven surrender to Trump leaves our country exposed http://wapo.st/2GFedye

RT @tburages This entire piece is terrifying. ¤ There is no more “establishment” Republican Party. It’s the party of Trumpism and members are expected to demonstrate true allegiance to its centerpiece. The more devout the devotion, the more donations in the coffers.
⋙ WaPo: ‘The center of the orbit’: Endangered Republicans go all-in on Trump http://wapo.st/37RhshW

🐣 RT @chrislhayes The Murkowski vote is largely, I think, about maintaining the myth of Roberts’ neutrality. Him casting a deciding vote would have been an optics disaster, and they want to keep him clean so he can continue to deliver for them.

🐣 RT @fordm In a 51-49 vote, the Senate decides that nothing matters.
⋙ NewRepublic, Matt Ford: The Senate Embraces Nihilism http://bit.ly/2UeVh1d
// Republican lawmakers, blanching at the prospect of removing Trump from power, remove themselves instead.

🐣 RT @pbump The Bolton revelation today was a reminder that the vote to reject new testimony in the impeachment trial will be viewed in the context of all of the information that is certain to emerge in the upcoming days, months and years.
⋙ WaPo: In voting against impeachment testimony, Senate Republicans light a political fuse http://wapo.st/38V17sE
// The question is: How big will the explosion be?

🐣 RT @RepTomColeman Agree with John, it’s extra difficult to watch this happen when you personally know the senators who just undermined our democracy and shredded the Constitutional powers of congress. Something doesn’t smell right about the Senate proceeding. House must continue its investigation.
⋙ 🐣 RT @gwgop We knew it would be a sham show trial, of course. But to see Senators you’ve known for decades, helped and guided, actually turn their backs on the Constitution, against the wishes of the vast majority of Americans, for an ignorant Queens crime boss, was shocking. 1/2
⋙ 🐣 RT @gwgop Now we know what the Bernie Madoff salesmen felt like when learning of the collapse. It was all a lie. Rule of law? Character? National security? Constitution? None of it matters to them. Only power driven by cowardice, careerism and the cult. Burn it down.

🧵 RT @ChrisMurphyCT 1/ For tonight’s impeachment behind-the-scenes, something different: ¤ I want to tell you my theory about why Democrats and Republicans are on different planets during this trial. I want to tell you why we could only get 2 R votes today against a rigged trial. This is important. 📌 https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1223427383388098560?s=20

🐣 RT @MysterySolvent Bill Maher made a political ad for the Democrats! Honestly it’s the best one I’ve seen so far. ¤ Democrats need to do more of this!! It will drive Trump bonkers! 💽 https://twitter.com/MysterySolvent/status/1223465552007651328?s=20/photo/1

💙 WaPo, James Comey: Trump won’t be removed. But we’ll be fine. http://wapo.st/3b5alVk “When I was a kid, the United States didn’t come apart. It won’t now.”

🐣 RT @SamanthaJPower 33 years of service to our country brought to an end by the Putin-enabling bully, @realDonaldTrump. Ambassador Yovanovitch will be missed, but by standing her ground, she helped bring Trump’s corruption to light. A final act of patriotism.
⋙ NYT: Diplomat at Center of Trump Impeachment Retires From State Department http://nyti.ms/37NGazQ
// On a July 25 telephone call with the president of Ukraine, President Trump described Ambassador Yovanovitch as “bad news” and said, ominously, “She’s going to go through some things.”

🧵 Teri_Kanefield (Thread) This isn’t the time to panic. It’s time to get busy. ¤ What happens in Nov. depends on what people do today. ¤ Nobody expected the GOP to convict and remove Trump. The goal was for the truth to come out. ¤ McConnell is a shrewd political operator, but Pelosi is shrewder. 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1223256857101258757?s=20

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw It was a mistrial
“McConnell, aided by White House liaisons, exercised a behind-the-scenes campaign in the chamber to keep his members from panicking and breaking en masse from Mr Trump. Mr McConnell’s office even advised the president’s legal team throughout the process” – WSJ

🧵 🐣 RT @DrGJackBrown 1/ THREAD: Body Language Analysis No. 4024-T: Chief Justice Roberts reacts to his reading of Senator Warren’s question (VIDEO, PHOTOS) • https://youtu.be/2uyY7i1WsWc #BodyLanguageExpert #BodyLanguage #ElizabethWarren #JohnRoberts #Nonverbal 📌 https://twitter.com/DrGJackBrown/status/1223439843084001280?s=20

WaPo, Ruth Marcus: When the impeachment trial ends, the Senate’s reputation will be hopelessly in tatters http://wapo.st/2thx67c

NYT, Carl Hulse: Once Skeptical, Senate Republicans Are All In on Trump http://nyti.ms/2S7PBn1
// In pressing toward their preordained vote of acquittal, Senate Republicans made it clear they see their fortunes and futures intertwined with the president’s.

DailyBeast, David Lurie: Republicans Bless Trump’s Crimes: He Did It, Get Over It http://bit.ly/37NPnYU
// The senator says there’s no need for witnesses since voters, not senators, should judge Trump—but the overwhelming majority of voters wanted senators to call witnesses.

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey and Erin Banco: U.S. Officials Warn of ‘Real Security Consequences’ if Trump’s Acquitted http://bit.ly/38RkO4y
// Crimes, conspiracies, and off-the-book ops—that’s just a taste of what an impeachment acquittal could usher in, U.S. officials and Senate Democrats fear.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin One can only deduce by Senate Republicans’ decision tonight to join Trump’s cover-up that they’re willing to enable his corruption if it helps them maintain power. They’ve abandoned the public interest, weakened our system of checks and balances, and should be held accountable.

🐣 RT @EJDionne Listened to that Senate roll call voting down witnesses & documents, and even though I knew how it would end, my heart sank for our country. Republicans enabled a lawless president, rejected their obligation to accountable government & told #Trump: You can get away with anything

WaPo Editorial: The cringing abdication of Senate Republicans http://wapo.st/2S56ZJ2

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson There is always more Trump filth.
There is always another shoe to drop.
And Mitch McConnell is going to rush the GOP into the coverup.
⋙ 🐣 RT @HoarseWhisperer Lev Parnas’ attorney sends letter to McConnell saying Parnas would name Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Rick Perry, Bill Barr, Lindsey Graham, Devin Nunes, Giuliani and others as co-conspirators in the plot to shakedown Ukraine.

🐣 RT @ColinHanks The GOP just took the Constitution, shot it in the middle of 5th avenue, grabbed it by the pussy, and threw it in the trash can.

🐣 Amazing how many GOP Senators Trump can have by the balls with his tiny hands.

🐣 RT @mkraju #BREAKING: A divided Senate rejected a motion for witnesses and documents in President Trump’s impeachment trial, voting 49-51 largely along party lines to kill the motion and taking a major step towards Trump’s acquittal on charges of high crimes and misdemeanors.

🐣 RT @jenmercieca It was a republic. We couldn’t keep it. ¤ I can’t wait to find out what it’s like to live under neo-liberal authoritarianism.

🐣 RT @LACaldwellDC 49-51 the motion for witnesses and documents is not agreed to.

🐣 RT @ashkenaz89 What does being informed look like in echo chambers where people have been persuaded to believe drinking bleach is an effective cure for the #coronavirus?
⋙ CNN: So the GOP believes that it’s up to the voters to decide. OK, well then it makes sense for the House to continue its investigation, so that voters can make an informed vote in November. I explained this morning to @CNNnewsroom 💽 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1223310081393078273?s=20/photo/1

🐣 “Civilization is hideously fragile…there’s not much between us & the Horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish” – CP Snow

🐣 “It’s a lot easier to fool someone than to convince them they’ve been fooled” ~ Mark Twain

🐣 RT @MeredithGould So, @senatemajldr is awaiting permission from impeached POTUS about when impeached POTUS wants to be acquitted? If so, then we’re well into dictatorship.

🐣 RT @BretBruen This is a significant loss for our diplomatic service. ¤ Her departure will also lead others to leave.
⋙ 🐣 RT @npratc JUST IN: Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, has retired from the State Department. ¤ She was abruptly removed from her post in May 2019 and was a key witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

MotherJones: With Trump’s Impeachment Trial, Republicans Have Convicted Themselves http://bit.ly/2SbqCz6
// The president’s defenders waged a war on reality.

NBCNews: Parnas names top Trump officials in letter to McConnell on potential testimony http://nbcnews.to/2RJ9jXh
// The letter represents a last-ditch attempt by Parnas to make known the value of the information he says he could provide as a witness.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “Giuliani represented Trump for no pay, and was compensated by one of his partners, Lev Parnas, who was in turn paid by a Russian oligarch who works closely with Vladimir Putin.”
⋙ NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Trump Is Terrified Giuliani’s Ukraine Work Will Be Exposed http://nym.ag/2GJRmkW

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Schiff: “Senators, there’s a storm blowing through this Capitol. It’s winds are strong and they move us in uncertain and dangerous directions … If we hold true, if we have faith that the ship of state can survive the truth, this storm shall pass.”

🐣 RT @MichaelArt123 Adam Schiff: I don’t remember any of you Senators attending our Intel House hearings. You were not there. Yes this is a reflection of the Senate, and yes if you rule against witnesses and evidence, you bring shame on this Senate. History will remember. Americans will not forget.

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Sekulow giving the weirdest argument against witnesses ever. He’s saying he didn’t get to cross examine Sondland&other witnesses in House, and if they are called in the Senate, he’d cross-x them ¤ That’s the whole point! If you had an innocent client, that’s what you’d want to do.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ But of course, he isn’t seeking that kind of exoneration, because he knows he wouldn’t ever get it. The moment the witnesses testify, it’s game over for Trump. #ChamberofSecrets

🐣 RT @McFaul From the former President of Estonia:
⋙ 🐣 RT @IlvesToomas “Great! No more tedious US lectures on rule of law, fair trials, evidence, equality before the law, transparency, corruption, free and fair elections” — some 130 governments around the world right now.

🐣 RT @McFaul A shockingly sad day for the American rule of law. We know there are key eyewitnesses who have not testified in this impeachment trial. Yet Republicans refuse to allow the American people to hear from them. I’m depressed about the status and future or our republic.

WaPo, Barbara McQuade: Book Review: How Trump may change the presidency forever http://wapo.st/2u9y7P1 //➔ Unmaking The Presidency by Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes

💙 🐣 RT @josephabondy Below is the letter Stephanie Schuman @LeafLegal and I sent to Senator McConnell earlier today, (202) 224-2541, summarizing the testimony Lev Parnas would be able to provide, were he called as a witness. #LetLevSpeak #AmericansDemandWitnesses #CallTheWitnesses #LetBoltonTestify https://twitter.com/josephabondy/status/1223331368618418176?s=20/photo/1-3

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @jamiedupree Lawyer for Lev Parnas sends 3 page letter to McConnell laying out what Parnas would testify to on Ukraine https://twitter.com/jamiedupree/status/1223336975874260992?s=20/photo/1
🐣 RT @jamiedupree More from letter to McConnell https://twitter.com/jamiedupree/status/1223337658597937152?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @EricColumbus JOHN KELLY: “If I was advising the United States Senate, I would say, ‘If you don’t respond to 75 percent of the American voters and have witnesses, it’s a job only half done.’ You open yourself up forever as a Senate that shirks its responsibilities.”

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff The decisions made today will reverberate throughout history.
No matter the vote on witnesses, the facts will come out in the end.
We will be asked: Why didn’t we consider the evidence when we had the chance?
What answer shall we give, if we decide not to pursue the truth?

WaPo: Senate investigators interview IRS whistleblower about alleged interference with Trump or Pence audit http://wapo.st/2tl48n4

🐣 RT @clairecmc 1) Bolton is telling the truth
2) Cipollone was in the meeting
3) Cipollone is a fact witness and has misled the tribunal
4) Cipollone has violated the ABA Rules of Professionall Conduct
5) Cipollone should be disciplined by the Bar and potentially lose his bar license.

DailyBeast, Matt Lewis: Impeachment Proves There’s No Republican Left to Believe In http://bit.ly/37MDoea
// Pathetic, the whole lot of them. South Carolina’s Tim Scott once gave me particular hope. Now, he’s a goner, too.

WaPo: A new Bolton revelation ties Trump to Giuliani’s early efforts in Ukraine — and loops in other Trump allies http://wapo.st/31e8Nn7
// The Senate’s vote on witnesses just got more complicated

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Trump Told Bolton to Help His Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Book Says http://nyti.ms/38UKJbv
// The president asked his national security adviser last spring in front of other senior advisers to pave the way for a meeting between Rudolph Giuliani and Ukraine’s new leader.

🐣 RT @NewYorker Lamar Alexander “will go down in history as the Republican senator whose choice at a pivotal moment confirmed the complete and final capitulation of the G.O.P.,” @sbg1 writes.
⋙ NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Trump Impeachment Trial: The Senate Can Stop Pretending Now http://bit.ly/3b0pKWM
// Lamar Alexander and the end of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

🐣 RT @MSNBC “For the majority of Americans … what we’re witnessing tonight is really a capstone in a total collapse of faith in American institutions,” NY Times editorial board member Mara Gay says. “It’s actually quite scary. I think we’re at a very scary moment.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, 11th Hour: Mara Gay: America is at ‘a very scary moment’ in its history http://on.msnbc.com/3aWcT7X
// New York Times Editorial Board member Mara Gay reacts to the latest developments in the Trump impeachment trial ahead of a critical vote on witnesses.

⭕ 30 Jan 2020

🐣 RT @disorderedworld We underestimate scale of damage Trump has done to the fabric of US society with connivance of the Republican Party. Together they’ve undermined civility, normalized hatred & fury, & made Americans enemies to one another & to foreigners. The idea of America is ready to collapse.

💙 NYRB, Fintan O’Toole: Whatever He Wants http://bit.ly/2Of05Qi “Trump is denying the existence of any constitutional limits on his pursuit of his private goals”

TheAmericanInterest, Gabriel Schoenfeld: The New, Rotten Normal http://bit.ly/38TfCNJ Book: Unmaking The Presidency by Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes
// A new book convincingly argues that Trump has altered the institution of the presidency in irreversible ways.

DailyBeast: Dems Fed Up With GOP’s Refusal to Budge on Impeachment: ‘It’s More Than Frustrating—It’s Pathetic’ http://bit.ly/2S9AedE “[W]hat we’re seeing is there is no amount of evidence that will move the … Republicans in this political environment” – Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA)
// To a person, they feel like the case they made was overwhelming. So what does it say if Republicans don’t move?

WaPo, Amber Philips: 4 takeaways from the final day of questions in Trump’s impeachment trial http://wapo.st/38Sex8O

1. Democrats almost certainly aren’t getting the four Republicans they need to call witnesses
2. All eyes are on John Roberts
3. Trump’s defense still hasn’t answered key questions about his intent
4. Rand Paul’s attempt to publicly out the whistleblower

🐣 RT @AdamParkmenhenko The United States Senate is officially compromised. It has joined a criminal president in opening up our democracy to attacks from every monster on the planet. They didn’t defend their country. They put a bullseye on it.

🐣 RT @grconway3d This thread describes what absolutely will come to pass after a sham acquittal with no witnesses.
⋙🧵 RT @TheRickWilson 1/ Every Republican senator needs to know some key, invariable facts: 📌 https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1223049812632686592?s=20
The moment they vote to deny witnesses, they seal their own political fate.
The blow won’t just come from the Democrats or from outside groups.
It will come from Trump himself.

‼️💙💙 WaPo: Dana Milbank: The impeachment trial hurtles toward its worst-case conclusion http://wapo.st/3aX3RHR ⋙ IMPORTANT
⋙ See under Entire Articles: WP Worst Case 1-30-2020

🧵 RT @mikefarb1 [Thread] We are in the fight of our lives now. We have chosen to be above it. Be the better people. Our politicians have done an amazing job. But we are not playing under normal rules. I believe it is time to take the gloves off and get a little angrier. 📌 https://twitter.com/mikefarb1/status/1223123055959896067?s=20

🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield (Thread) Why Trump Supporters Willingly Embrace his Lies ¤ Spoiler: They embrace the lies because the lies destroy, and they want to destroy. ¤ It explains why @SenateGOP are shamelessly lying to the public and know their supporters don’t care. ¤ Scholars have done work on this. 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1222908932680638465?s=20

🐣 RT @harryliman Hadn’t realized that the day after the US attorney’s office’s reversal of position on Mike Flynn’s sentencing, Bill Barr named a new US attorney there. Also has possible implications for Andy McCabe. One more very tangled web.

🐣 RT @NumberMuncher Support for witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial:
Quinnipiac 75
Monmouth 80
Reuters 72
CNN 69
AP/NORC 68
WaPo 71
That’s an average of 73%!
Republicans are blocking witnesses while admitting Trump engaged in a quid pro quo. Will voters punish them in November for it?

🐣 RT @kasparov63 Trump’s pathetic defenders deserve to be grilled every day as further evidence of his abuses comes out. They are also complicit in his every act going forward. They know what he is and what he did, and that now he will do more. The 2020 election is under assault.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Maybe it’s just as well the Senate didn’t save us, and we will have to depend on ourselves to do so in November. ¤ “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly…it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” —Thomas Paine

🐣 RT @RepJeffries Lawlessness matters. ¤ Corruption matters. ¤ Abuse of Power matters. ¤ The President committed a high crime against the Constitution. ¤ He must be held accountable.

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Alexander says no more witnesses are needed because the House managers proved their factual case, that Trump withheld aid at least in part to pressure Ukraine to help him against Biden. But while he says that was “inappropriate,” it does not merit removal from office.
⋙ 🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Alexander As for the second article alleging obstruction of Congress, Alexander calls that “frivolous” because the president has the right to assert privileges.

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq This is going to be the standard now for presidential behavior: you can use your authority over government action to extort foreign governments to investigate your domestic political opponents, and Congress will let it slide. ¤ The president was just given the green light to cheat

🐣 RT @moscow_project Congratulations, Senator, on your cowardly abdication of your constitutional duty in favor of completing the president’s coverup.
‼️ ⋙ 🧵 RT @SenAlexander I worked with other senators to make sure that we have the right to ask for more documents and witnesses, but there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the U.S. Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense.1/15 📌 https://twitter.com/SenAlexander/status/1223093577145864194?s=20

‼️ 🐣 RT @npfandos Alexander is a No. That may be the ballgame, folks.

🐣 RT @SenatorCollins I will vote in support of the motion to allow witnesses and documents to be subpoenaed. My full statement: http://bit.ly/2GApYpw
https://twitter.com/SenatorCollins/status/1223091529872564225?s=20/photo/1

‼️ 🐣 RT @SethAbramson BREAKING: Sen. Susan Collins Will Vote for Witnesses and Documents

🐣 RT @qjurecic frankly, I resent having to care this much about the psychodrama of these people

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🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff After two and half centuries of our nation’s history, it’s come to this: ¤ The President’s lawyers argue on the Senate floor that he can withhold aid, coerce an ally, and try to cheat in an election, ¤ And there’s nothing we can do about it. ¤ Our Founders would be aghast. 💽 https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1223092655913041920?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @frankthorp NEW stmt from @lisamurkowski: “I am going to go reflect on what I have heard, re-read my notes and decide whether I need to hear more.”

🐣 RT @nycsouthpaw Alan Dershowitz was a hero to the White House and GOP Senators Tuesday night. By Thursday afternoon, he wasn’t allowed to answer questions that mentioned him by name.

🐣 RT @nycsouthpaw Alan Dershowitz was a hero to the White House and GOP Senators Tuesday night. By Thursday afternoon, he wasn’t allowed to answer questions that mentioned him by name.

🐣 RT @qjurecic Philbin has acted with bravery and principle in the past. This is pathetic.
⋙ 🐣 RT @moscow_project Philbin now says that the *established facts* of Trump’s quid pro quo aren’t impeachable, but the *debunked conspiracy theory* of the allegations against Biden would be. ¤ The actual principle they’re asserting: Trump is unimpeachable; Democrats are illegitimate.

🐣 RT @BillKristol At the Tiger 21 conference in Phoenix today, I’m told former Trump COS John Kelly said in response to a question, “It would be a black mark in history on the GOP senators if they fail to allow witnesses.”

🐣 RT @ArmandiOnAir Waiting on @SenAlexander who will announce imminently tonight, if he’ll vote to allow witnesses. ¤ As a Republican Senator who’s about to retire, he has nothing to lose & immortality to gain by putting the Constitution & his country over his morally bankrupt, treasonous party.

🐣 RT @sbg1 Lamar Alexander has had such a long career in Washington. Amazing that it will come down to whether he wants to be remembered as the guy who did Donald Trump a big favor on his way out the door….

🐣 RT @ShimonPro Update on what Sen. Alexander has been doing from @jeremyherb inside the room: ¤ As the questions went into the final hour, the senator everyone is watching, Lamar Alexander, put a cap on his pen, sat back in his chair and folded his arms.

🐣 RT @atrupar “An impeachable offense would require a crime” — here it is: the question from Republican senators that lays the groundwork for despotism. They are making explicit that extorting foreign governments to investigate your political rival is legal and cool in their book.

🐣 RT @ECMcLaughlin “The highest of high crimes against the Constitution.”@RepJeffries isn’t lying.

🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield We expected this question: Biden advocated against witnesses in the Clinton trial. ¤ The two cases are not similar. Starr collected literally all the evidence. ¤ Also, by the time the case came to the Senate, both parties wanted the matter to end quickly.
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @TrumpWarRoom BREAKING: In January 1999, then-Sen. Joe Biden argued strongly against the need to depose additional witnesses or seek new evidence in a memo sent to fellow Democrats ahead of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial. 
⋙ Politico: Biden argued against witnesses in 1999 impeachment trial memo http://politi.co/2uSqXi7
// The comments from the then-senator are at odds with current Democratic arguments.

🐣 RT @qjurecic Under Philbin’s argument, this is would be just fine. So it’s notable that he dodged the question.
⋙ 🐣 RT @fordm King, to Trump’s counsel: Could a president block military aid for Israel unless the Israeli PM publicly accuses his opponent of anti-Semitism? ¤ Philbin: That’s an “irrelevant” question.

🐣 RT @atrupar TRUMP: “They want to kill our cows. That means you’re next.” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1223068056575971329?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse A staunch Republican lawyer friend, very able and experienced, just emailed me that Dershowitz testimony was “the most shocking thing I have seen a ‘serious’ lawyer say in my entire legal career.”

🐣 RT @burgessev Alexander joins a question about whether if Bolton’s recollection is true it still wouldn’t be impeachable and then his testimony “wouldn’t add anything to this case” (!)

🐣 RT @atrupar TRUMP: “They want to kill our cows. That means you’re next.” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1223068056575971329?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse A staunch Republican lawyer friend, very able and experienced, just emailed me that Dershowitz testimony was “the most shocking thing I have seen a ‘serious’ lawyer say in my entire legal career.”

🐣 RT @sbg1 Alexander spends the countdown to his key impeachment decision on witnesses reading, “Impeachment: an American History,” by @jmeacham, @TimNaftali @jeffreyaengel and household favorite @peterbakernyt

🐣 RT @kairyssdal No matter how you feel about this on the merits, it’s stunning to realize that Bolton’s sitting there watching it all, knowing that he can resolve it in minutes by stepping in front of a microphone.

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 This Philbin character is shameless. He complains that the House didn’t present enough witnesses when the reason they didn’t was because Trump ordered the witnesses not to testify. These arguments are pure and utter nonsense!

WaPo, Aaron Blake (12/10): Christopher Wray, basically: Don’t listen to Trump’s Ukraine conspiracy theories http://wapo.st/37M9uGQ
// 12/10/2019

🐣 RT @sbg1 As we all wait for Alexander’s decision, I keep coming back to this: All 15 previous Senate impeachment trials have had witnesses. ¤ Is Trump really going to be the one guy in American history to get acquitted without even having to have witnesses testify in his Senate trial?

🧵 RT @HeidiNBC After 17 years in the Senate, a single vote may define retiring Sen.
@SenaAlexander’s legacy. ¤ W 1 more R needed to hear witnesses at Trump’s impeachment trial, his good friend, Keel Hunt (Alexander was best man at his 1981 wedding), spoke with @NBCNews ¤ Here’s what Hunt said: 📌 https://twitter.com/HeidiNBC/status/1223051633157967873?s=20

💙 🐣 RT @BillKristol “No one had more influence on my life over the last half century than Howard Baker…Throughout my entire public life and private life, no one has had more effect on me…as an example for how to do things.” — Lamar Alexander
⋙ 🐣 Howard Baker was key as an open-minded Republican in the Watergate Hearings
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🐣 RT @ChrisLu44 From @Maddow show: extraordinary clip of Howard Baker talking about Watergate 30 years later and the moment he decided to put party loyalty aside for the good of the nation. ¤ History remembers Baker as a statesman and patriot. How it will remember the current Senate? 💽 https://twitter.com/ChrisLu44/status/1223060923817979904?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Acosta Biden on Trump: “he tried to get a foreign country to come after me…. they’ve slandered me and my only surviving son and they’ve done it repeatedly.”

🐣 RT @BillKristol How will you vote, Lamar Alexander?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you,
Woo, woo, woo.
What’s that you say, Mitch McConnell?
Lamar! has left and gone away!
Hey, hey, hey,
Hey, hey, hey.

🧵 RT @JillWineBanks 1/ Yesterday’s and today’s behavior by the president’s defense team made me think of the Army-McCarthy hearings and the despicable behavior of Senator McCarthy and his chief counsel Roy Cohn (mentor to 45). 📌 https://twitter.com/JillWineBanks/status/1223057243496730624?s=20

🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Very interesting
‼️ 💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @Zachary_Cohen Potentially pivotal moment just now on the floor: Sen. Alexander asks managers about bipartisanship of previous impeachment proceedings. As Rep. Lofgren answers, he walks to the back and talks to Majority Secretary Laura Dove, who listens with her mouth agape before responding.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @dogdrool23 @CNN reporting that Alexander and Murkowski are meeting now.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @redboybroken Read the guys whole post. Whatever it was got McConnell upset.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ShimonPro Stay Tuned: Key swing vote Sen. Lamar Alexander says he’s going to announce his decision on witnesses tonight, a decision that will make clear whether the Senate trial will come to a swift conclusion or if it will lead to an unpredictable phase over witnesses and documents.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “And corruption, for all the Trump lawyers’ attempt to muddy the waters with tortured interpretations of the Constitution, is what this impeachment is all about. Trump acted with corrupt intent, to damage a political opponent.”
⋙ WaPo, George Conway: George Conway: Don’t let the defense fool you. This impeachment is all about corruption. http://wapo.st/38WL9yn

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Ask yourself 1 question: in a world where
1) 75% of Americans want to hear witnesses,
2) President’s own top guy John Bolton says he’s got impt info showing Trump lying, AND
3) Senate controlled by Rs AND
4) needs 2/3 vote to convict, why are Trump and Rs so afraid of witnesses?

WaPo, Harry Litman: Dershowitz may have argued himself out of relevance http://wapo.st/2Od2rPw

🐣 RT @tribelaw .@AlanDersh just called my colleague @nikobowie a “coward” and has denigrated my motives — and those of hundreds of other law professors — just because we all think his pro-Trump arguments are ludicrous and aren’t afraid to say so.

🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey If the Senate were to refuse to call Bolton, it would mean that impeachment is merely a measure of how many members of the president’s party sit in the Senate. One of the core structural checks on executive power would go up in smoke.

🐣 RT @moscow_project “The reason they’re not on the president’s witness list is because, if they were truthful under oath, they would incriminate the president. Otherwise, they would be begging to have Mick Mulvaney come testify”—and Pompeo, and Bolton, and many other administration officials. 💽 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1223028126931922957?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio We’ve got a running list of the most notable questions, the answers, and why they matter. ¤ Catch up during the Senate’s dinner break >> w/ @kyledcheney
Politico: Warren calls out John Roberts and the other key questions asked at today’s trial http://politi.co/2vtTdYK
// Senators are holding their second question-and-answer session in Trump’s impeachment trial.

🐣 RT @CraigRozniecki Dear #TrumpDefenseTeam:
Stop lying about the origins of the Steele Dossier.
“Conservative Free Beacon originally funded firm that created Trump-Russia dossier” –
http://politi.co/2iDXLp9
#ImpeachmentHearing #TrumpIsGuilty
⋙ 🐣 FusionGPS is a US company and the DNC didn’t know the footwork was farmed out to Christopher Steele. The campaign never used the findings. Steele, who had worked Russian counter-intel for MI6, became alarmed at what he found and went to the FBI, then to the press.

🐣 RT @petersagal In German: “ein Reich, ein Volk.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @MaggieNYT “Maybe if the House members stop opposing him and harassing him…maybe we could even get more done,” Herschmann says. “Join us. One nation. One people.”
⋙⋙ One of the Nazis’ most-repeated political slogans was Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer – “One People, One Empire, One Leader”.

🐣 Lear:
No, I will weep no more. In such a night
To shut me out? Pour on; I will endure.
In such a night as this? O Regan, Goneril!
Your old kind father, whose frank heart gave all—
O, THAT WAY MADNESS LIES; let me shun that;
No more of that.
(King Lear, Act-III, Scene-IV, 17-22)

🐣 RT @brhodes The absurdity of this whole trial is that everyone knows Trump is guilty but doesn’t know what to do about the fact that Republicans don’t care
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Over the past week, we’ve seen a descent into Constitutional madness. ¤ The President and his team argue that any conduct is okay, as long as a president thinks it will benefit him. ¤ That’s an argument of pure desperation — one you only make when you know your client is guilty.

🐣 RT @maddow “Schiff brought up Williams’s classified supplemental testimony on Wednesday, confirming that it contains information about Russia’s role in promoting the unsubstantiated theory that Ukraine rather than the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election…”
⋙ Politico: Pence aide who testified in impeachment inquiry to leave VP’s office http://politi.co/2GF9Hzz
// Foreign policy adviser Jennifer Williams will be taking a new job at Central Command.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Ultimately, a sham trial will do nothing to exonerate Trump in the eyes of Americans outside the cult, but a fake trial without witnesses could be quite enough to convince voters that Republicans are incapable of carrying out their oaths
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The reasons not to call John Bolton are ridiculous http://wapo.st/2OdUzgL

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin We’re witnessing the raw, partisan pursuit of power by Senate Republicans, most of whom appear willing to destroy the Constitution if it serves their personal interests. I never thought I’d see such an unpatriotic display in America, let alone the Senate. Never.

🐣 RT @emptywheel Hakeem Jeffries blew that question about the Impoundment Control Act. The answer should have been, “That was a tool we passed after Nixon’s abuses to implement a reporting mechanism to make sure Congress could exercise their power of the purse.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Hoping the Dems hammer Philbin for ignoring that FEC also has jurisdiction here.
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel And, for fuck sake, someone ask if the GOP thinks it amounts to Ukrainian interference to hold a clandestine meeting with Trump’s campaign manager to discuss how to win, how to carve up Ukraine, and how to get paid $2.4M.

WaPo, Keith Whittington: The Senate is likely to acquit Trump. It should still reject Dershowitz’s logic. http://wapo.st/2S2ZySF
// There has to be some conduct that truly is impeachable, even if Trump’s isn’t.

🐣 RT @mayawiley #Cippolone, who wrote a ltr asserting blanket privilege to all evidence, that raised the eyebrows of seasoned lawyers, now tries to compare this impeachment to a regular trial. The obstruction is why this isn’t like a regular trial. #ImpeachmentTrial

NBCNews, Maya Wiley: Trump impeachment defender Alan Dershowitz’s quid pro quo argument is absurd http://nbcnews.to/2tb6vbS
// But more than legally laughable, Dershowitz’s extreme position should scare us. It would certainly scare the founders.

🐣 RT @ianbremmer “Always remember that to argue, and win, is to break down the reality of the person you are arguing against. It is painful to lose your reality, so be kind, even if you are right.” – Haruki Murakami

🐣 RT @clairecmc They can’t. They don’t have a defense other than a phony legal argument that what he did was fine.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KevinMKruse Instead of ping-ponging back and forth between attacking Hunter Biden and demanding the whistleblower’s identity be revealed, maybe the president’s defense might want to spend a little time defending the president?
⋙ 🐣 How powerful are the precedents here? They can’t overturn laws on the books, can they?

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Let’s be clear, Dershowitz said the president can do anything he wants if he “believes it’s in the public interest.” Like . . . cancel elections? Summarily imprison political opponents? Shoot people on 5th Avenue and elsewhere? [ … ]

🐣 RT @MSNBC “We now have an all-powerful executive that can do whatever it wants to do – maybe not as much as Alan Dershowitz thinks it can do, but they can at least make sure that the president is not subject to any legitimate oversight.”- @JoyceWhiteVance
⋙ 💽 MSNBC: Vance: ‘There is no longer rule of law,’ Senate has handed over their oversight ability http://on.msnbc.com/2GIEv2l
// MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Vance discusses what Senate’s refusal to hear witnesses means for the rule of law.

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio Schiff tees off on several GOP sens who asked about one of his staffers who used to work at NSC. ¤ “I will not dignify those smears on my staff by giving them any credence whatsoever,” Schiff says. ¤ “Members of this body used to care” about whistleblower protections, Schiff adds.

🐣 RT @duty2warn Many have characterized these proceedings as a sham trial, a shredding of democratic norms, party over country, and although these are accurate, we feel they miss THE salient point. This is the normalization of a man with extreme power who is severely and dangerously mentally ill

🐣 📊 RT @JakeTapper [ … ] Gallup Jan 6-19 poll found that 51% of the public wanted the president removed from office https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1222992209827573767?s=20/photo/1
// Trump did something 63% Illegal (38% def, 25% prob); Unethical 70% (def 45%, prob 26%)
🐣 RT @neal_katyal If Trump is acquitted, he can call on foreign govts tomorrow to investigate every Democrat in our nation (and do so in secret). He can ask DOJ to target every Democrat as well, too. And his legal argument,voiced by his lawyer,is that there is nothing wrong with this. Buyer beware

🐣 The JFK Foundation should consider establishing “Profiles in Cowardice” Awards. I can think of a few nominees.

🐣 RT @MarkWarner The President and his lawyers are just wrong. Foreign election interference is a threat to national security like every single one of our intelligence agency heads have told us, and asking for it is against the law.

🐣 RT @BillKristol An apt quote for this moment, h/t @WindsorMann: “I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man.”
—Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis” (1776)

🐣 RT @MarkWarner I still can’t believe the President’s lawyer tried to convince the United States Senate that foreign election interference isn’t a crime.

🐣 RT @justinamash The president’s lawyers call our Constitution’s carefully prescribed impeachment process “massive election interference,” but they consider the president’s abuse of power to benefit his re-election just another day at the office.

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Alan Dershowitz for the Defense: L’État, C’est Trump http://bit.ly/2GOKweh

🐣 RT @HouseIntel “Election intervention from foreign governments has been considered unacceptable since the beginning of our nation. It is wrong, it is corrupt, it is lawless, it is an abuse of power, it is impeachable and it should lead to the removal of President Donald Trump.” – @RepJeffries 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222966623767814145?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield Val Demings quoted Sondland: “Everyone was in the loop.” ¤ This is precisely why the GOP doesn’t want witnesses. They don’t want to expose the depth of corruption in the Republican Party. ¤ They’d rather vote for a sham trial and face the political fallout from that.

CNN: In contrast with Trump legal team, Justice Department lawyer says House can impeach over defied subpoenas http://cnn.it/2S0oM44

🐣 RT @JustinAmash Under our Constitution, the Senate has “the sole Power to try all Impeachments.” Senate Republicans’ repeated assertion that the House itself should have conducted the essential functions of a trial is an effort to undo the results of the 1787 constitutional convention.

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman We are watching the complete destruction of our judiciary. The third branch.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman This will get overlooked but CANNOT. DC was the main jurisdiction where Mueller handed his ongoing cases. Now run by a Barr flunky. Liu was tough but fair.

🔆 This❗️⋙ AP Exclusive: Barr names new U.S. attorney in DC http://bit.ly/2uNr2nc Attorney General William Barr has named Timothy Shea, one of his closest advisers, to be the next top prosecutor in the nation’s capital.

🐣 RT @The_Unsilent_ Chris Hayes absolutely eviscerates the Hunter Biden defense in 1 minute and 46 seconds 💽 https://twitter.com/The_UnSilent_/status/1222926766370623488?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade As a friend points out, the Supreme Court takes another hit as a credible institution as Chief Justice Roberts presides over a trial in which Trump’s lawyers lie (see “secret bunker”) and make absurd arguments (see Dershowitz: anything goes if it helps the president’s reelection)

🐣 RT @NBCNews Speaker Pelosi on the Senate impeachment trial: “The fate of our nation is riding on how this is resolved.” 💽 https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1222920284077993986?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Greg Sargent: GOP senators know Trump’s defense is based on lies. Here’s proof. http://wapo.st/36AqNt2

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin No senator who votes against witnesses should keep their seat.

🐣 RT @NoahBookbinder The President has called the impeachment a scam. Majority Leader McConnell is doing everything he can to make it so – and it looks like a majority of senators may let him. The trial’s verdict will only be worthy of respect if the process is fair.
⋙ NYT, Noah Bookbinder (1/22): The American People Are Being Scammed by Mitch McConnell http://nyti.ms/2OcLC7A
// Senators have a duty to conduct a fair and full trial. The Republican leader is trying to make sure they can’t.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Not literally “anything,” @AlanDersh — just anything that’s not in the criminal code. Like promising Putin that, if Russia helps the president win re-election, he’ll veto any future sanctions against its oligarchs. The media understood you perfectly. Stop whining & get a grip.
🐣 RT @kyledcheney Dershowitz’s exact words: https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1222908951186022405?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @OverUnderClover Thank you. ¤ This trial has become, by virtue of the arguments laid, FAR more dangerous even before. ¤ If this becomes precedent, we really are inviting cancellation of elections, extending terms, deep fakes, complete lawless elections and therefore complete lawless leadership.
🐣 RT @AngrierWHStaff Hey @AlanDersh, you know they kinda recorded the trial, right? We all saw you say precisely that
🐣 RT @LincolnsBible We all heard what you said. You cannot erase or re-qualify it. ¤ The panic you’re feeling is knowing beyond all shadow of doubt that the world now sees you are a complete fraud. ¤ Your legacy is toast. ¤ And soon, all you’ll be remembered for is Jeffrey Epstein. ¤ #HarvardsShame
⋙ 🐣 RT @alandersh They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a president believes that his re-election was in the national interest, he can do anything. I said nothing like that, as anyone who actually heard what I said can attest.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 Yes, you did. Your “mixed” example says that precisely. In the case of Trump, it was exacerbated by extortion, inviting foreign meddling in our election, holding up congressionally allocated funds, and putting the national security at risk: all are crimes.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @alandersh What I said was that there are 3 broad categories of relevant motive:
1) pure national interest ( help the military)
2) pure corrupt motive ( get a kickback) And
3) mixed motive (help the national interest in a way that helps your reelection efforts ) ¤ (MTC)
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @alandersh I gave as an example mixed motive President Lindon’s decision to send troops home from the battlefield to Indiana so that they would vote for his party. He genuinely believed that his party’s victory in Indiana was essential to the war effort, but it also helped him politically.

🐣 RT @NoahBookbinder The President has called the impeachment a scam. Majority Leader McConnell is doing everything he can to make it so – and it looks like a majority of senators may let him. The trial’s verdict will only be worthy of respect if the process is fair.
⋙ NYT, Noah Bookbinder (1/22): The American People Are Being Scammed by Mitch McConnell http://nyti.ms/2OcLC7A
// Senators have a duty to conduct a fair and full trial. The Republican leader is trying to make sure they can’t.

🐣 RT @alandersh They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a president believes that his re-election was in the national interest, he can do anything. I said nothing like that, as anyone who actually heard what I said can attest.
⋙ 🐣 RT @alandersh What I said was that there are 3 broad categories of relevant motive:
1) pure national interest ( help the military)
2) pure corrupt motive ( get a kickback) And
3) mixed motive (help the national interest in a way that helps your reelection efforts ) ¤ (MTC)
⋙ 🐣 RT @alandersh I gave as an example mixed motive President Lindon’s decision to send troops home from the battlefield to Indiana so that they would vote for his party. He genuinely believed that his party’s victory in Indiana was essential to the war effort, but it also helped him politically.

🐣 RT @alandersh They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a president believes that his re-election was in the national interest, he can do anything. I said nothing like that, as anyone who actually heard what I said can attest.

🐣 RT @JoeNBC The US economy limped along with 2.3% GDP growth a year after Trump’s massive tax cuts for the world’s biggest corporations. As warned, CEOs used the transfer of billions to buy back stock instead of expanding businesses and hiring new workers. ¤ The Dow is high. The GDP is low.

🐣 RT @deanobeidallah Here I thought Alan Dershowitz would be remembered for representing Jeffrey Epstein. Instead it will be for helping Trump destroy our Republic #dershowitzlogic

🐣 RT @justinamash So that everyone is clear, Trump’s team is simultaneously arguing that the House should enforce its subpoenas in court *and* that it is unconstitutional for a court to enforce the House’s subpoenas.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger The impeachment trial underscores the degree to which the right is in no shape or form conservative but authoritarian.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Schiff: “We have witnessed over the course of the last few days and the long day today a remarkable lowering of the bar, to the point now where everything is OK as long as the president believes it’s in his re-election interest. You could conspire with another country.”

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Look on the bright side: By going this route the Senate R’s will discredit the entire process and themselves. A referendum on the Constitution and on toadies to a tyrant isn’t the worst thing

🐣 RT @pithywidow A vote to acquit is its defense
⋙⋙ 🐣 That’s what I’m trying to figure out. Do arguments made in an #ImpeachmentTrial have the weight of law? It seems that can’t be. The laws would need to be rescinded by Congress. Right?
⋙ 🐣 RT @FrankLuntz I have yet to see anyone sincerely defending this argument.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ABC Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.” https://abcn.ws/2S37weJ 💽 https://twitter.com/FrankLuntz/status/1222757053602529281?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @brianklaas I was left stunned by the argument that Dershowitz and Trump’s legal team made yesterday. It’s the kind of thing I have heard in authoritarian countries — that if the leader does it, and they think it’s good for the public, then it’s legitimate. We must all reject that argument.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Democrats need to make clear: It is their nominee or King Trump, who thinks he can do whatever he wants. That is what is at stake in 2020. You better pick the most electable, Dems, otherwise we are toast.

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Dershowitz says if Trump thinks whatever he does to get re-elected is in the “public interest” then it can’t be corrupt or impeachable. Dershowitz just confirmed that Trump can do whatever he wants. He can cancel future elections if he thinks it’s in the public interest to do so.

TheAtlantic, Peter Wehner: There Is No Christian Case for Trump http://bit.ly/2GzTXOz
// When faith is treated as an instrumentality, it’s bad for politics and worse for the Christian witness.

WaPo, Randall Eliason: The president’s bizarre ‘intent’ defense http://wapo.st/2GEZdA8

🐣 RT @UROKlive1 In a normal world this would be terrifying everyone.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheTweetOfJohn Trump’s lawyers argued that anything a president did to win re-election was “in the public interest.”

🐣 If the law is on your side, argue the law
If the facts are on your side, argue the facts
If neither is on your side, rip up the Constitution
– @AlanDersh

🐣 RT @McFaul “Hunter Biden” is the new “Hillary’s emails” of this election cycle. Don’t get fooled again.

🐣 RT @MSNBC “What we saw today for the first time was Republican senators being co-conspirators in that cover-up,” @K_JeanPierre says. “The shredding of the Constitution that we saw… it is absurd, it’s insane and it sets a precedent that is so incredibly dangerous.”
💽 MSNBC: Karine Jean-Pierre: Today we saw Republicans start a cover-up for Trump http://on.msnbc.com/2S0rmab
// Fmr. Obama campaign staffer Karine Jean-Pierre says during the questions from senators in the Trump impeachment trial, she believes was the makings of a cover-up from Republicans for Trump.

🐣 RT @Evan_Rosenfeld “We’re all now so deep down into the trees that we’re not seeing the forest,” @JoyceWhiteVance says. “But if we take a step back and use our common sense, arguments like Dershowitz’s really fall apart.”
💽 MSNBC: Why Alan Dershowitz’s defense of Trump reminded people of Nixon http://on.msnbc.com/36Ehwju
// Nixon once argument a crime wasn’t a crime if the president does it. An argument from Trump’s attorney Alan Dershowitz during the Senate impeachment trial sounded rather similar. Our panel reacts.

⭕ 29 Jan 2020

WaPo, Jonathan Capehart: Schumer on Republicans and impeachment witnesses: ‘They realize we’re right’ http://wapo.st/315Srgo

🐣 RT @Politicusarah Dershowitz is unhinged and ranting about Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and @tribelaw It is telling that no scholar from the last few centuries agrees with Alan Dershowitz’s position on impeachment. 💽 https://twitter.com/PoliticusSarah/status/1222664001596874762?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @McFaul We need more scrutiny of the relatives of all public officials, just not an impeachment trial. (PS Hunter never worked in WH & didnt make 100 million a year!) “Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Report Up to $135 Million in 2018 Income” https://nyti.ms/2XNwct0
⋙ 🐣 RT @davidmweissman Another question that’s ignored, what’s the difference between Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Hunter Biden? They basically are doing the same thing, so why is Trump’s family not being investigated?

WaPo: Bolton’s lawyer contends his book does not contain classified material and asks White House for expedited review so he can testify if called http://wapo.st/2GBT6wI

🐣 RT @sbg1 [Susan Glasser] John Bolton is not the only witness I’d like to hear from. How about VP Pence, Mike Pence, Mick Mulvaney, Mark Esper, Rudy Giuiliani, Alec Parma’s, Igor Fruman, Ulrich Brechbuhl, Russ Vought, and a bunch of others?

🐣 RT @AdamSerwer If the president drops nuclear bombs on New York and California to neutralize their electoral votes because he believes it is in the national interest, it is not impeachable, according to Alan Dershowitz.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ABC Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.” 💽 https://twitter.com/AdamSerwer/status/1222609809654108162?s=20/photo/1

Vox, Aaron Rupar: Alan Dershowitz’s latest defense of Trump would let presidents get away with almost anything http://bit.ly/38WPP7r
// Trump’s lawyer argued that anything the president does to stay in power is unimpeachable, short of actual crimes.

WaPo, Joe Scarborough: Trump’s confederacy of dunces http://wapo.st/2U7IGgf

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Bolton has direct, powerful, sharply incriminating evidence of Trump’s guilt of the first article of impeachment. If Republicans block Bolton from testifying it will not be a trial, it will be a coverup of Trump’s crimes. And it will signal the death of the Senate’s legitimacy.
🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Sooner or later, one way or another, justice will come. The rampant crime, abuse and corruption of Trump & his enablers makes for an unsustainable government. Justice MAY involve rising from the ashes after the Republicans burn our republic to the ground. But #JusticeIsComing

💙 Politico: Dershowitz’s power play and a Trump team stumble: The moments that mattered in the Senate Q&A http://politi.co/2u1AEec by Kyle Cheney, Andrew Desiderio, and Darren Samuelson
// A lengthy question-and-answer session yielded a few exchanges that might make a difference in the trial.

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT It’s all out in the open now. ¤ The President’s counsel just argued that there is nothing wrong with any candidate for office soliciting dirt on their opponents from foreign countries. ¤ They’re not even trying to fake it anymore.

🐣 RT @brianklaas Interesting piece by @davidlitt on how the Senate has become more and more dysfunctional over time and how its democratic deficit is only getting worse:
⋙ WaPo, David Litt: The Senate has become a threat to democracy itself http://wapo.st/3aVMPK4
// The impeachment trial proves one thing: It’s time to change the upper chamber

🐣 RT @mkraju The White House has issued a formal threat to former national security adviser John Bolton to keep him from publishing his book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” sources familiar with the matter tell @jaketapper
⋙ CNN, Jake Tapper: White House has issued formal threat to Bolton to keep him from publishing book http://cnn.it/2GwzI4h

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: John Bolton’s Calling the Shots Now, and Trump and McConnell Are Shitting Bricks http://bit.ly/2vyPgSO
// The trial may still end with the president’s acquittal, but that verdict would come back to haunt Republicans in November.

💙 DailyBeast, Betsy Swan and Erin Banco: Parnas Lawyer: Giuliani Delivered Graham Letter Calling for Sanctions on Ukrainian Officials http://bit.ly/37AfMcu
// The mysterious letter-writer listed several Ukrainian officials, including one reformer who’d gone up against an oligarch, and claimed they were part of a “crime syndicate.”

JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman: Lessons for Life: The Obituaries of Republicans Who Opposed Nixon’s Impeachment http://bit.ly/38UwOSL

DailyBeast: Stephen Colbert Hammers Alan Dershowitz’s ‘Logical Turd’ of a Trump Impeachment Defense http://bit.ly/38R9Bkq
// “Only the public gets to decide what’s in the public interest—not the politician,” the “Late Show” host declared Wednesday night.

USAToday, Tom Nichols: Trump is being impeached over a blackmail and extortion scheme, not a ‘policy dispute’ http://bit.ly/2S2UIEW
// Trump was shaking down Zelensky while trying to keep the rest of the government in the dark. That’s not a ‘policy,’ that’s a conspiracy.

💙 DailyBeast, David Lurie: Alan Dershowitz Wants to Save Donald Trump by Ending America http://bit.ly/38RAzIR
// If senate Republicans uses his logic to acquit Trump, it will mark the end of the American system of government and with it the American way of life as we have known them.

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade Absurd legal argument by @AlanDersh’s that a president cannot be impeached for conduct that helps him politically. Is this the cold water that might finally awaken GOP from its stupor?
⋙ WaPo: Trump legal team advances blanket defense against impeachment http://wapo.st/38RyVag

💙 WaPo Editorial: Republicans’ damaging new line of defense http://wapo.st/2OcofLc “Alan Dershowitz, a criminal-defense specialist … has been offering constitutional interpretations sharply at odds with those of constitutional scholars.”

🐣 RT @PattyArquette Ass backwards. Translation- Dershowitz argues anyone in power can do anything to win. Reminder he represented Epstein.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TimJHanrahan Dershowitz says all officials believe their election is in the public interest. ¤ So “if a president does something … he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.” https://wsj.com/livecoverage/trump-impeachment-trial/card/1580327345

🐣 RT @HouseIntel “Now apparently it’s ok for a president to get information from a foreign government in an election. That’s news to me… We are creating additional dangers to the nation by suggesting that things that have long been prohibited are now suddenly going to be ok.” – @RepZoeLofgren 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222723997785300992?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @StevenBeschloss I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t born in America to be ruled by a Mad King, no matter what the White House counsel thinks.

🐣 RT @TeamPelosi Trump abused his power for personal and political gain. And Republicans in Washington are covering up the truth. #GOPCoverup ¤ Pass it on.

🐣 RT @duty2warn THIS JUST IN: Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is planning to force a vote on Friday to require Chief Justice John Roberts to subpoena impeachment witnesses who he believes are relevant, and also rule on any claims of executive privilege. [Link to TheHill https://twitter.com/duty2warn/status/1222737287571628035?s=20%5D

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance If anything the president does to get re-elected is ok, could he take steps to suppress votes from the other party? Help hackers gain access to voter rolls? Stage traffic accidents at polling places to make them inaccessible? I could go on & on but you get the point.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mnnurse10 Those things are all going to happen this year. The Republicans have layed the predicate for fascism. The 2020 campaign will be the actualization of all of the seemingly ridiculous arguments layed out tofay.

🐣 RT @Rschooley I feel like good lawyers might have come up with a better case than, “Everything every other expert says about the constitution is wrong.”

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Dersh says any danger Trump poses can be eliminated in eight months…after explaining why it’s totally legal and totally cool for Trump to do anything he wants to get himself elected in said election

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger The GOP is now the pro-totalitarian party. It is a clear and present danger

🐣 RT @BillKristol The moment the Senate votes against witnesses Friday, if it does, John Bolton should release to the public (and the Senate) what would have been his opening statement under oath.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: How the White House could keep John Bolton’s book buried — for now http://wapo.st/3aMPLZs

🧵 RT @ChrisMurphyCT Welcome to my daily behind-the-scenes thread on the impeachment trial. ¤ 1/ I have a vague recollection that my day started w a meeting w the Amtrak CEO (my work on other stuff doesn’t stop) but my memory is hazy after 8 hours and 100 questions. 📌 https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1222747424650858496?s=20

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger BTW an acquittal in a sham trial really demands a prosecution after Trump leaves office. Public’s right to know and all that.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks This is a sad day in American history.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnWDean Alan Dershowitz unimpeached Richard Nixon today. All Nixon was doing was obstructing justice and abusing power because he thought he was the best person for the USA to be POTUS. When POTUS does it… etc. Seriously, that was his motive! Agree with Alan and impeachment is gone!

🐣 RT @EricBoehlert that’s the actually quote ¤ it’s an Orwellian nightmare
⋙ 🐣 RT @ABC Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.” https://abcn.ws/2S37weJ

🐣 RT @neal_katyal The fact a President would send his lawyer out to say such grossly unconstitutional things highlights the need for impeachment. If he believes he can do anything, so long as 1 of his motives is to win reelection, he won’t just do Ukraine leverage again, he’ll do far far worse.
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal This is inane. The president could threaten people (including with our army) unless they voted for him? Could order a breakin of DNC headquarters? I’m not sure even Kings had such powers.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff The pattern of his words and conduct is clear: President Trump thinks he is above the law. He thinks he is the state. ¤ Trump said it himself: Under Article II I can do whatever I want. ¤ Precisely what our Founders feared. Precisely why they drafted the remedy of impeachment. 💽 https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1222624768819638284?s=20

🐣 RT @GlessKesslerWP Hmm, John Bolton, one of the most skilled lawyers in Washington, would write a book filled with TOP SECRET classified information? He’s done this rodeo before, so that would be highly surprising if true.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jaketapper WH letter to Bolton warning him against publication of his book as it is right now https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1222588159063666689?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @SyncPol Glenn Kessler, you need to keep up with the time. There’s a new definition for Top Secret: Anything that irritates, embarrasses, contradicts, or in any way is lacking in the most lavish praise of the President is Top Secret. Take a look at the statute, and you can confirm that.

🐣 RT @duty2warn “This is a President who identifies the State as if it is himself.” – Adam Schiff, moments ago.

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 Wow, Dershowitz is actually making the King Louis XIV argument right now! Trump is good for the country, so anything he does to stay in power is the national interest, even if corrupt or illegal. That’s the language of every king & dictator: I am the end and the means justify me.

TheAtlantic, Yoni Applebaum (Dec): How America Ends http://bit.ly/2CGO3ZG
// Dec 2019; A tectonic demographic shift is under way. Can the country hold together?

WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump’s impeachment team offers the Trumpiest possible argument in his defense http://wapo.st/36Bo3vz

🐣 RT @mkraju Engel reveals a 2019 phone call in which he says Bolton suggested that the committee look into Yovanovitch ouster and “strongly implied that something improper had occurred” about her ouster https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1222574762637103105?s=20/photo/1
// memo dated today

🔄💙 CREW: #Nepotism and Conflicts of Interest – Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump http://bit.ly/2u2fEUu
// with extensive references

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman I’m told by two sources close to the situation that Lev Parnas has documents and messages showing Giuliani’s involvement in using Parnas to pressure Poroshenko to end Ukraine’s cooperation in any Mueller related probe, especially Manafort.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman The sources were not clear about whether Kilimnik’s planned escape to Russia was part of the efforts. Lutsenko and Poroshenko handled that end of things. Soon after, it appears, Javelin missiles were approved.

⭕ 28 Jan 2020

💙 WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump’s defense, lost in space http://wapo.st/36DfgZQ “Like his boss’s Twitter stream, Sekulow’s argument ricocheted from dubious complaint to extraneous grievance”

🐣 RT @pleasesaveour If they call Hunter, we want Ivanka
⋙ Fortune, Renae Reints (Jan 2019): Ivanka Trump’s Brand Received Five New Trademarks From China This Month http://bit.ly/37zgpmM ¤ #nepotism

🐣 RT @StefSimanowitz Jared Kushner was a realtor. ¤ He had NO expertise in foreign affairs, NO experience in govt or diplomacy, NO knowledge of the #MiddleEast & NO security clearance. ¤ Yet #Trump put him in charge of negotiating #MiddleEastPeace. ¤ What could possibly go wrong? ¤ #nepotism
// nepotism

GQ, Jay Willis (Oct): How Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump Have Profited Off Their Dad’s Presidency http://bit.ly/37F9lEY ¤ #nepotism
// 10/14/2019; nepotism

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman I’m told by two sources close to the situation that Lev Parnas has documents and messages showing Giuliani’s involvement in using Parnas to pressure Poroshenko to end Ukraine’s cooperation in any Mueller related probe, especially Manafort.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman The sources were not clear about whether Kilimnik’s planned escape to Russia was part of the efforts. Lutsenko and Poroshenko handled that end of things. Soon after, it appears, Javelin missiles were approved.

🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzu Witnesses don’t ensure a fair trial, but the lack of witnesses guarantees an unfair trial:
⋙ 🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “We all know justice doesn’t happen in the dark… Optics and public perception are critical. The credibility of the Congress is being tested right now… They’re trying to talk everybody out of light, and sunshine, and witnesses” – @FrankFigliuzzi1 w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1222283161473880065?s=20/photo/1

💽 CNN: Alan Dershowitz called Trump corrupt in 2016 and said he could be corrupt as President http://cnn.it/37Djpyn

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Dear media: ¤ When referring to Republican Senators who are grasping at utterly debunked Dershowitz “theory” of the Constitution. ¤ Recall over TWO THOUSAND historians: Trump’s actions “are precisely what the Framers had in mind as grounds for impeaching and removing a president.” https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1222309395620671488?s=20/photo/1

🔄 🔊 Lawfare and Goat Rodeo Podcast: The Report / Impeachment http://bit.ly/38LgF28 or http://apple.co/316M7FA with Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes

WSJ: McConnell Says GOP Doesn’t Have Votes to Block Impeachment Witnesses http://on.wsj.com/2RUHUQY
// Senate majority leader makes remarks in private Republican meeting

🐣 Ivanka Trump reminds me of the German Baroness (played by Brigitte Kahn) in the film of The Remains of the Day.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Trump’s defense boils down to this:
Sure, the President did it.
We all know he did it.
We just don’t want the American people to see even more evidence that he did it.
Besides, he is allowed to do whatever he wants.
Get over it.
Well, the American people know better.

🐣 RT @RichardHaass It is true that the Palestinians rarely miss an opportunity to miss an opportunty, but Israel’s moving to annex territory discredits the notion there is opportunity in the plan. Trump admin seems to be forgetting that 2 state outcome is as much a favor to Israel as Palestinians.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin When a president is working to undermine an election in which he is currently standing, it’s not only appropriate to impeach and remove him in that same year, it’s necessary.

🐣 RT @neal_katyal So now the President’s Chief of Staff AND his natl security advisor (one of the more conservative people I have ever met). This isn’t a Democrat witchhunt, it is a former Trump close circle truth crusade.

🐣 RT @nycsouthpaw Alan Dershowitz is a disgraced figure in the legal community, and has been since long before Donald Trump came down the escalator. He was never a constitutional scholar and for decades has occupied the role of an outrageous, trolly contrarian.

🐣 RT @HouseIntel .@RepAdamSchiff on the need for John Bolton to testify: “Are we really going to require the country to wait until his book comes out to find out information that Senators could’ve used to make the right decision on conviction or acquittal?” 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222261578634006533?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DavidJollyFL GOP Senators are beginning to act as though they are genuinely concerned this could spin out of control for them, and for Trump.

🐣 RT @JakeTapper New Q poll of registered voters
75% say witnesses should be allowed to testify in the impeachment trial
20% say they should not
⋙ 📊 Quinnipiac Poll: 75% Of Voters Say Allow Witnesses In Senate Impeachment Trial http://bit.ly/2RxG9du versus 20% who don’t
● A plurality of 49% of GOP want witnesses; 95% Dems, 75% Indies
● 53% say President Trump is not telling the truth about Ukraine

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Let me get this straight, if the Bolton book rumors are correct, Trump was so concerned about public corruption that he singled out the company in Ukraine with a connection to his political rival, while offering personal favors to leaders of corrupt regimes in Turkey and China?

🐣📊 RT @ryanstruyk New national Quinnipiac poll: 75% (!) of voters, including a 49% plurality of Republicans, say witnesses should be able to testify in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Here are my takeaways: ¤ Trump’s lawyers cannot, and did not, defend him on the facts. ¤ Their defense has evolved to this: he did it, so what? ¤ His lawyers strengthened our case that the Senate must hear from Bolton. ¤ A fair trial requires key witnesses. Will America have one?
🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff The President’s lawyers say this is about a “policy debate.” ¤ It is not. ¤ Unless that policy provides that a president can be as corrupt as he chooses and there is nothing Congress can do about it. ¤ That must never be the policy of the United States.

🐣 RT @mkraju Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker told me: “I don’t think the testimony of Ambassador Bolton would be helpful because I basically am in agreement with the very scholarly approach that Mr Dershowitz took that there’s no article there that’s grounds for impeachment and removal”

🐣 RT @DanRather You may try to build a dam to hold back truth. You can use sycophancy, shamelessness, and self-denial. But, I have found, reality has a way of cracking through.

🐣 John Kelly: http://bit.ly/37DycZOhttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1222207631407878144?s=20/photo/1
// HeraldTribune, former chief of staff

“If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton,” said retired Gen. John Kelly, who served as Trump’s chief of staff for 18 months…

“Every single time I was with him … he always gave the president the unvarnished truth,” Kelly said of Bolton, who has become a figure of intense interest in the impeachment inquiry…

“I mean half of Americans think this process is purely political and shouldn’t be happening but since it is happening the majority of Americans would like to hear the whole story,” Kelly said.

“So I think if there are people that could contribute to this, either innocence or guilt … I think they should be heard,” Kelly said, adding: “I think some of the conversations seem to me to be very inappropriate but I wasn’t there. But there are people that were there that ought to be heard from.”

TheNation, Elie Mystal: The Trump Team’s Legal Defense Was a Tour-de-Force of Hypocrisy http://bit.ly/38Q11Tf
// From Ken Starr to Alan Dershowitz, the president’s lawyers spewed illogical arguments that contradicted their own well-known positions.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 “Bolton was regularly appalled by what he saw from the president, the people close to him said. He wondered at times if Trump was acting in America’s best interest or if he was inspired by nefarious reasons, according to a person familiar with the book.”
⋙ WaPo: Bolton book roils Washington as onetime allies turn on Trump’s former national security adviser http://wapo.st/2uDAauQ

🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse Yesterday was disgusting: Starr, Dershowitz, the Biden oppo dump, and the Trump campaign ad. It makes me want a shower.
⋙ Esquire, Charles Pierce: If a More Sanctimonious Toad Than Kenneth Starr Ever Has Crawled Through American Politics… http://bit.ly/37Dwvf2
// I’m hard-pressed to know who it was.

🐣 RT @GlennKesslerWP As a reporter, I appreciated Bolton’s attention to detail, his prodigious memory and his willingness to say what he knew and didn’t know, in contrast to officials who tried to BS you. It was clear he kept careful track of who said what in meetings.

🐣 RT @EricWolfson
GOP 1.0: “Trump is innocent & no quid pro quo!”
GOP 2.0: “OK, there was, but Trump wants to root out corruption!”
GOP 3.0: “OK, but Biden sucks!”
GOP 4.0: “OK, but it failed!
GOP 5.0: “OK, but do we *really* care?”
GOP 6.0: “OK, but [insert newest inane talking point here]!”

🐣 RT @joelockhart All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Joni Ernst, Senator from Iowa. Her gleeful reaction to the Senate smear of Joe Biden laid bare what this is always been about. Using foreign policy to smear a respected former VP. It’s always been about this. Thank you Joni for honesty.

🐣 .@alandersh
Abuse of power = Betrayal of PUBLIC Trust
Public ≠ Private
Use of PUBLIC resource for PRIVATE benefit
= Abuse of Power

🐣 RT @tribelaw This is the best essay I’ve read on why Trump’s “defense” of defying all the subpoenas totally fails. It’s a must read:
💙 ⋙ TheAtlantic: Trump’s Defense Against Subpoenas Makes No Legal Sense http://bit.ly/37KYGZm
// Like so many contentions of the president’s legal team, this is malarkey thinly draped with plausible-sounding distortions of facts, rules, court opinions, and the Constitution itself.

🐣 RT @AlexandraChalup Trump’s legal team is strategically turning the impeachment hearing into a campaign commerical against his political opponent. It should be an FEC violation. These lawyers know the claims against the former VP are false; they aren’t defending Trump but campaigning for him.

🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Yeah, so @qjurecic turns to me during his presentation yesterday and asks this question. Glad people on @Morning_Joe enjoyed it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KatiePhang .@benjaminwittes just now on @Morning_Joe: “Does Ken Starr KNOW he’s Ken Starr?!” 🤣😂

🐣 RT @prchovanec They need to read the transcript.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarshallCohen Trump lawyer Jane Raskin argues that Rudy Giuliani was “just a minor player” in the Ukraine situation. (Context: His name was mentioned *five times* during the Trump-Zelensky call on July 25.)

🐣 huh?!
⋙ 🐣 RT @revrrlewis Brian Kilmeade: “I don’t see how you avoid bringing Bolton in now.” 💽 https://twitter.com/revrrlewis/status/1222117398230241280?s=20/photo/1
// Fox and Friends

WaPo: Bolton book roils Washington as onetime allies turn on Trump’s former national security adviser http://wapo.st/2O4tWuy

✅ WaPo, Aaron Blake: The Bidens, Burisma and impeachment, explained http://wapo.st/3aKxiwG

RawStory/Politico: GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘My guess’ is John Bolton is telling truth about Trump and Ukraine http://bit.ly/2tKqajn

CREW: Criminal Abuse of Power: Trump’s Five Crimes Connected to Ukraine http://bit.ly/2U3WDfk

TRUMP’S FIVE CRIMES CONNECTED TO UKRAINE:
I. Bribery (18 U.S.C. § 201)
II. Soliciting Foreign Campaign Contribution (52 U.S.C. §§ 30109, 30121)
III. Coercion of Political Activity (18 U.S.C. § 610)
IV. Misappropriation of Federal Funds (18 U.S.C. § 641)
V. Obstruction of Congress (18 U.S.C. §§ 1505, 1512)

🐣 RT @karenamyatt Remember how this all started. President Obama roasted him. Thin skinned MNPD can’t take a joke. He’ll make these guys pay. Just wait & see. ¤ I laughed & gulped at the same time as I watched this live. He’ll never forget a slight, not ’til the dementia takes his entire memory.

⭕ 27 Jan 2020

NewYorker, Jill Lepore (1/27): The Last Time Democracy Almost Died http://bit.ly/31c1TyX
// Learning from the upheaval of the nineteen-thirties.; It’s a paradox of democracy that the best way to defend it is to argue about it.

🧵 RT @Morning_Joe Joe’s epic thread on Trump’s confederacy of dunces 💽 https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1222152608443457536?s=20/photo/1
📌 https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1222152608443457536?s=20

WSJ Editorial: The John Bolton Report http://on.wsj.com/2RPnhpa “Mr. Bolton could do it in a public statement, a TV interview, or an op-ed in this publication. Our editors are standing by.”
// The former NSC adviser should tell the public what he knows.

With the news of what’s in the book already public, Mr. Bolton can help everyone, including himself, by erasing any doubt about what he knows. He can tell the American public what he wrote—now, before the Senate votes on witnesses. Lay it all out. Put to rest the “coverup” talking point.

This doesn’t require testifying to the Senate. Mr. Bolton could do it in a public statement, a TV interview, or an op-ed in this publication. Our editors are standing by.

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Biden Helped Reform Ukraine, and Giuliani Is Recorrupting It http://nym.ag/2U3SUyk

🐣 RT @MarshallCohen There is a strong consensus among legal scholars and impeachment experts that the arguments Dershowitz is making right now on the Senate floor… are bogus. He’s arguing that there must be a crime to impeach a president.
⋙ CNN, Marshall Cohen (1/20): Legal scholars pan Alan Dershowitz’s defense of Trump http://cnn.it/30Y0L1N

🐣 RT @jonward11 Bondi’s claim that Shokin was investigating Burisma is the key claim. She cited a Kyiv Post article. All other reporting has concluded that Shokin was not investigating Burisma and that his removal increased the chances that Burisma would be investigated.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ddale8 Trump lawyer Bondi played the vid of Joe Biden talking about trying to get Ukraine prosecutor Shokin fired. She said Shokin was “investigating Burisma.” ¤ She didn’t say: A) Shokin was widely accused of corruption; B) Former Shokin deputy has said Burisma probe was dormant; 1/2
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @ddale8 Bondi then read what Trump said on the Zelensky call – that “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution.” She accused House managers of omitting this important fact. ¤ Biden never bragged he stopped any prosecution. He bragged that he’d gotten a corrupt guy fired.

🐣 RT @kyledcheney NEW: Trump turned the Senate floor Monday into an alternate-reality impeachment of Biden and Obama. ¤ While Senate Rs discussed the real impeachment behind closed doors, Trump’s lawyers acted out a virtual prosecution of his rivals.
⋙ Politico, Kyle Cheney and Andrew Desiderio: Trump team turns Senate trial into extended Obama-Biden attack http://politi.co/2U27d6r
// The president’s lawyers mostly ignored the firestorm around former national security adviser John Bolton’s book.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Schiff’s mild remarks had senators apoplectic, yet they had nothing to say about Trump’s tirade against “lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff.” Trump gets to say anything he wants while his opponents must observe Victorian rules of decorum.
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Republicans’ lack of outrage — even after Bolton’s smoking-gun evidence — is outrageous http://wapo.st/2uEefDP

TheAtlantic, Maya Wiley: This Is a Trial of the Constitution Itself http://bit.ly/2Rwy49a
// To condone the president’s behavior is to shift power further into the executive and break the protections the Framers created.

WaPo: Bolton book roils Washington as onetime allies turn on Trump’s former national security adviser http://wapo.st/2O4tWuy

✅ WaPo, Aaron Blake: The Bidens, Burisma and impeachment, explained http://wapo.st/3aKxiwG

RawStory/Politico: GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘My guess’ is John Bolton is telling truth about Trump and Ukraine http://bit.ly/2tKqajn

CREW: Criminal Abuse of Power: Trump’s Five Crimes Connected to Ukraine http://bit.ly/2U3WDfk

TRUMP’S FIVE CRIMES CONNECTED TO UKRAINE:
I. Bribery (18 U.S.C. § 201)
II. Soliciting Foreign Campaign Contribution (52 U.S.C. §§ 30109, 30121)
III. Coercion of Political Activity (18 U.S.C. § 610)
IV. Misappropriation of Federal Funds (18 U.S.C. § 641)
V. Obstruction of Congress (18 U.S.C. §§ 1505, 1512)

Bloomberg, Jonathan Bernstein: Here We Have It. The Trump Impeachment Smoking Gun. http://bloom.bg/2O5jiEd
// A report about a book by John Bolton makes the president’s Republican defenders look like liars and fools. Maybe they’ll be fine with that.

🐣 RT @tribelaw I believe @ColinKahl, having known Biden well for decades. He’s scrupulously honest and profoundly patriotic.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ColinKahl I staffed Biden on every Ukraine call, mtg & trip from fall 2014-2017. I sat in the Oval & SitRoom & coordinated w/State. Everything he did was to advance US policy alongside our allies, internat’l institutions & Ukrainian reformers. No amount of Trump spin changes those facts.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ColinKahl See also AP fact check back when Trump made similar claims about Biden in his crazy letter to Pelosi http://bit.ly/2GzImPb https://twitter.com/ColinKahl/status/1221964328376471552?s=20/photo/1-2
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ColinKahl And another fact check http://wapo.st/2U1gImn

🐣 RT @LoopEmma .@ewarren says Alan Dershowitz’ arguments tonight were “contrary to both law and fact.” ¤ “His characterization of the law simply is unsupported. He is a criminal law professor who stood in the well of the Senate and talked about how law never inquires into intent…”
⋙ 🐣 RT @LoopEmma “…and that we should not be using the president’s intent as part of understanding impeachment. Criminal law is all about intent. Mens rea is the heart of criminal law. That’s the very basis of it. So it makes his whole presentation just nonsensical. I truly could not follow it”

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey, Jackie Kucinich and Asawin Suebsaeng: Team Trump Settles on Its Impeachment Defense: A Healthy Dose of Lib Triggering http://bit.ly/37xXaK1
// At one point, a GOP senator even seemed to concede that it was all about damaging Joe Biden.

WaPo: ‘Talk to Rudy’: Testimony from diplomats highlights Giuliani’s central role in driving Ukraine policy http://wapo.st/2Rx1jID

WaPo Editorial: If senators fail to call Bolton, their trial is a farce http://wapo.st/2RYtbVn

RawStory: CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin mocks Alan Dershowitz for admitting he has a ‘minority view’: It’s ‘because he’s wrong’ http://bit.ly/3aKnraa

🐣 RT @walterdellinger My former student Judge Starr emphasizes that prior impeachments have been bipartisan. He assumes that is a criticism of Democrats who have proceeded alone rather than of the GOP members who have refused to consider joining in a serious critique of the president’s actions.

🐣 RT @JonFlan Nick Akerman and I got a chance on NBC News Now after the Senate trial to react to the day’s activities esp. the almost perfect failure of the Trump “scheme team” to mention Bolton’s accusations against Trump –
⋙ 💽 NBCNews: Trump legal team argues high crimes and misdemeanors must be criminal violations http://nbcnews.to/2O4rc0t
// The president’s legal defense team argues today that the impeachable offense of high crimes and misdemeanors but be a criminal violation. Former assistant special Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman and former federal prosecutor John Flannery weigh in.

WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump’s team dismisses the case for impeachment as weak — and then sloppily attacks Joe Biden http://wapo.st/2UdaJLt
// Who needs Ukraine to disparage Biden when your legal team can do it on national television?

🐣 RT @RDEliason It’s not the titles of the Articles of Impeachment that matter, it’s the substance of the allegations. And these Articles do allege several criminal violations. #TheCrimesAreInThere
⋙ Sidebarsblog, RandallEliason (12/17): The Crimes in the Articles of Impeachment http://bit.ly/36wY887

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Very relieved that it wasn’t just me
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @seungminkim Warren on Dershowitz’s presentation: “I truly could not follow it.”
⋙ 🐣 Possibly the point. But not a good look for Harvard Law

🧵 RT @jedshug [Thread] BRIBERY THREAD:
100% CLEAR. ¤ The House alleged felony bribery in Article I. ¤ The Trump lawyers are dense and/or in bad faith, so let’s do this step by explicit step.
Here’s the bribery statute 18 USC 201:
A. Corrupt
B. Demand/Seek
C. Anything of value
D. For Official Act:
📌 https://twitter.com/jedshug/status/1221998767295160322?s=20

NYT, Nicholas Bowie: Don’t Be Confused by Trump’s Defense. What He Is Accused of Are Crimes. http://nyti.ms/2uzQigW
// Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress have long been considered criminal and merit impeachment.

🐣 RT @AngrierWHStaff I’ve been telling you guys for years that the leaks are coming from inside the building AND that the NSC was trying to sound the alarm. ¤ It looks like they finally hit the right button.
⋙ 🐣 RT @meredithmcgraw New: NSC spox John Ullyot statement says no one in WH outside NSC reviewed the draft: ¤ “Amb. Bolton’s manuscript was submitted to the NSC for pre-publication review and has been under initial review by the NSC. No White House personnel outside NSC have reviewed the manuscript.”

WaPo, George Conway III: Bolton’s testimony would be devastating. Not even Republicans could look away. http://wapo.st/2O5vXa6

🐣 RT @eliotcwilliams 4 basic food groups: Triscuits, rice cakes, bananas, sparkling water
⋙ 🐣 No! Cheddar goldfish crackers, peanuts, Key Lime greek yogurt and Diet Mountain Dew

━━━━━━━▼ House Intel Fact Checks

Mega-Thread Link: https://twitter.com/i/events/1221120833764188160?s=13

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Text.
Reality: Text 💽 https/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: They can’t point to evidence proving Trump’s legitimate interest in corruption because it’s not in House record..
Reality: The President’s legal team would have provided witnesses and documents if such exculpatory evidence exists. We subpoenaed it #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222644997809496065?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Ukraine did not know about the withheld aid until public reporting..
Reality: Ukraine’s former deputy foreign minister confirmed publicly that the Ukrainians knew. Witness testimony confirms it as well, including from State Dept official Catherine Croft: https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222640097809641472?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: It is inappropriate to impeach a president in an election year..
Reality: Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2016 election, admitted he would do it again in 2020, and continues to direct a scheme to do so. Impeachment is the only remedy. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222610783139454978?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The President’s motives were mixed..
Reality: President Trump answered a direct question on what he wanted from Ukraine: “…if they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens. It’s a very simple answer.” #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222600611025342464?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Presidents have the right to set foreign policy..
Reality: Presidents do not have the right to use official government levers to obtain personal, political gain. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222597072257474560?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Founders opposed this sort of impeachment.
Reality: Constitutional scholars testified: “If what we’re talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is.” Founders worried about a president who might “spare no efforts or means whatever to get himself reelected.” 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222226245733310464?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Impeachment is inappropriate in an election year..
Reality: Trump asked Russia to hack his 2016 rival’s emails. He stood on the White House lawn and said that China & Ukraine should investigate a 2020 opponent. This is a clear pattern. And he’ll do it again. 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222232305126772736?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: President Trump had legitimate corruption concerns with Ukraine..
Reality: Ukraine is plagued by corruption, but the president undermined official anti-corruption policy by asking for political investigations of a rival. ¤ And Ukrainians saw right through it: 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222242012067508224?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump has been impeached over a policy disagreement..
Reality: He created an irregular back channel for Ukraine policy through his personal political lawyer. ¤ “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son” is not a policy. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222238759690829825?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump has been impeached over a policy disagreement..
Reality: He created an irregular back channel for Ukraine policy through his personal political lawyer. ¤ “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son” is not a policy. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222238759690829825?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Presidents frequently withhold aid..
Reality: There are legitimate ways to advance American interests with foreign aid. ¤ Trump, however, used his irregular Ukraine back channel for his personal political interest, not America’s interest. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221979497253232642?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump’s lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, argues that abuse of power is not impeachable.
Reality: In 1998, Mr. Dershowitz asserted: “If you have somebody who completely corrupts the office… and abuses trust… you don’t need a technical crime.” #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221967205853810689?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: There is no evidence of President Trump’s corrupt intent..
Reality: The fact that he only wanted investigations announced, and not completed, is evidence that he was interested in political benefit, not serious anti-corruption aims. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221973756714852352?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Presidents frequently withhold aid.
Reality: There are legitimate ways to advance American interests with foreign aid. ¤ Trump, however, used his irregular Ukraine back channel for his personal political interest, not America’s interest. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221979497253232642?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump’s obstruction of Congress is not impeachable.
Reality: Trump’s own lawyer Robert Ray said “Contempt of Congress is illegal.” ¤ No president in history has blocked an impeachment inquiry by ignoring every subpoena for documents & witnesses. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221871124721602566?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Abuse of power is not impeachable..
Reality: The Framers made clear that it is. ¤ Hamilton: impeachment is for “those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.” #TruthMatters

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: It is inappropriate to impeach a president in an election year.
Reality: Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2016 election, admitted he would do it again in 2020, and continues to direct a scheme to do so. Impeachment is the only remedy. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221873676913664000?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Rudy Giuliani is “a minor player.”.
Reality: Witnesses testified that Trump directed them to “talk to Rudy” about Ukraine. Trump himself mentioned Giuliani on the call with Zelensky. And Ukrainians viewed Rudy as “the key.” #TruthMatters https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221903718624514048?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The impeachment inquiry had no authority to begin without a full House vote. .
Reality: A House vote is not necessary. Nevertheless, the House took not one vote, but two. #TruthMatters 💽 https/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: There was no quid pro quo.
Reality: Gordon Sondland on quid pro quo for the White House meeting: “The answer is yes.”
Mulvaney on quid pro quo for the aid: “We do that all the time.”
Ambassador Bolton is prepared to testify & should be called. #TruthMatters
💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221882488139788288?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The President was really concerned about burden sharing.
Reality: The burden did not change between freezing and releasing the aid. There was no new effort to get others to contribute more, and Europe in fact contributes a great deal to Ukraine. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221880528913281024?s=20

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump had valid concerns about corruption with Burisma.
Reality: Trump only wanted to ensure that Ukraine 𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙚 investigations. Announcing investigations before they begin is not the best practice for effectively fighting corruption. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221914133278396416?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: We should out the whistleblower..
Reality:
• Details of the whistleblower’s report have been confirmed by other witnesses and documents
• Trump endangered the whistleblower by calling them a traitor and a spy, and suggesting harsh punishment #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221122151174025216?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump withheld the aid to Ukraine because of concerns about corruption..
Reality: White House claim: Trump withheld the aid to Ukraine because of concerns about corruption. ¤
Reality: The Trump Administration’s own Department of Defense had already certified that Ukraine met the necessary anti-corruption benchmarks to receive the aid. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221111832720683008?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: [Abuse of Power is not impeachable].
Reality: In fact, the Republican’s own witness, Professor Jonathan Turley, agreed that abuse of power is an impeachable offense: ¤ “[I]t is possible to establish a case for impeachment based on a non-criminal allegation of abuse of power.” https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221963419357712384?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: President Trump was deeply concerned about corruption in Ukraine..
Reality: White House Claim: President Trump was deeply concerned about corruption in Ukraine. ¤ Reality: In two calls with President Zelensky, Trump does not mention “corruption” at all, only the two specific investigations for his personal political benefit. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221110683875659776?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Ukraine did not know about the withheld aid until public reporting.
Reality: Two witnesses testified Ukraine knew of the hold before it was public. ¤ Ukraine’s former deputy foreign minister confirmed publicly that the Ukrainians knew: https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221878543778570241?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The House never subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, therefore he is not central to the Ukraine scheme..
Reality: Giuliani was subpoenaed for documents on September 30 and deposition notices were sent to three of his associates. Giuliani refused to comply. #TruthMatters https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221897330124886016?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: This president has been the strongest support of Ukraine..
Reality: Reality: President Trump knew that US support was vital to Ukraine, but withheld the aid anyway. Trump has also defended Russia’s invasion of Crimea. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221892472785244161?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: he House denied due process..
Reality: President Trump was offered the same or better procedural privileges than those given to Nixon and Clinton. He chose not to avail himself of these privileges. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221900148156047364?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: “It was no secret” why the aid was withheld..
Reality: The House interviewed 17 witnesses. None were given any explanation for the hold on military aid until after controversy erupted. All documents are STILL being obstructed. #TruthMatters https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221890825849901056?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: VP Biden acted inappropriately..
Reality: There is zero evidence to support this claim. Shokin was widely recognized by our allies to be a corrupt prosecutor, and removing him was in line with official U.S. policy to combat corruption in Ukraine. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221924848609439744?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The fact that Trump and Zelensky met at the UN exonerates the President..
Reality: Reality: Multiple witnesses testified to the unique significance of an Oval Office meeting. And Zelensky himself brought up the desire to meet at the White House, at the UN. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221885673474531328?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: There was no quid pro quo..
Reality: Gordon Sondland on quid pro quo for the White House meeting: “The answer is yes.” ¤ Chief of Staff Mulvaney on quid pro quo for the aid: “We do that all the time” #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221095396581289986?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump invited Zelensky to a White House meeting..
Reality: Text 💽 https/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Ukraine felt no pressure.
Reality: US assistance = 10% of Ukraine’s military budget.
Lt. Col. Vindman: “The power disparity between the POTUS & the President of Ukraine is vast.”
Holmes: “I think they’re being very careful. They still need us.” #TruthMatters
https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221860802136825856?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The fact that Trump and Zelensky met at the UN exonerates the President.
Reality: Multiple witnesses testified to the unique significance of an Oval Office meeting. And Zelensky himself brought up the desire to meet at the White House, at the UN. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221885673474531328?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Text.
Reality: Text 💽 https/photo/1

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🐣 RT @nytmike EXCLUSIVE: Bolton privately told Barr last year that he had concerns Trump was effectively granting personal favors to the autocrats of Turkey and China. Barr said he was concerned Trump created appearance he had undue influence on inquiries w/@maggieNYT
⋙ NYT: Bolton Was Concerned That Trump Did Favors for Autocratic Leaders, Book Says http://nyti.ms/2RvM0zW
// The former national security adviser shared his unease with the attorney general, who cited his own worries about the president’s conversations with the leaders of Turkey and China.

🐣 RT @HarryLitman 100% straw man: Dershowitz’s argument that alternative to Trump’s view is inane view that impeachable offense are whatever Congress says they are. See @tribe, @RepRaskin and #chemerinsky excellent discussion here: [Lawfare podcast] https://twitter.com/harrylitman/status/1221964324454879232?s=20

🐣 RT @McFaul Incredible. Admitting openly that Trump and team are using this impeachment trial to take down Biden in Iowa.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AlanHe ERNST: “IA caucuses are this next Monday evening. And I’m really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Demcaucus goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?” ¤ H/T @JaxAlemany

🐣 RT @mikercarpenter Derschowitz is claiming that abuse of office is outside the realm of impeachable offenses. But what Trump did fits the very definition of criminal bribery: soliciting an item of value as a means of influencing the actions of an individual holding a public duty.

🐣 RT @AriMelber Dershowitz is now literally contradicting the life’s work of his Trump *co-counsel* Ken Starr, who pushed abuse of power as an article of impeachment against Clinton. ¤ What does it say that Trump’s own lawyers!don’t agree with each other’s work on their defense?

🐣 RT @neal_katyal These arguments do nothing except highlight the need for witnesses. It’s nuts to think Senate can decide this w/out hearing from the key person in room who it is reported says Trump had the very motive he denies having. Every piece of evidence corroborates Bolton, nothing Trump.

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Dersh is giving this argument instead of Turley because Turley says it’s BS

🐣 RT @cbouzy Alan Dershowitz’s primetime ramblefuckery is truly a WTF moment.

🐣 RT @McFaul This is the key difference between Biden and Trump. Biden was never freelancing . He was always on the Obama team advancing Obama Administration polices. Trump undermined his own administration’s policy! Not one senior nat security official on his team supported his “drug deal”.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Dershowitz is having the time of his life arguing an inane theory in the capstone lecture of his entire creepy career. He doesn’t care about the constitution, or the country. This is Alan Dershowitz in his final act of self fulfillment on the floor of the United States Senate.

🐣 RT @tedlieu Robert Ray is correct that the call by @realDonaldTrump to the Ukrainian leader was less than perfect. In fact, when you put that call in the context of the overall pressure campaign by Trump and his associates, it was perfectly ILLEGAL.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MaxBoot Trump won’t be happy with Robert Ray for conceding the Zelensky call might have been “less than perfect.” That’s not the party line.

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Just a little something #PamBondi omits: ¤ US Ambassador 2015 speech, coordinated with VP Biden, excoriating Ukraine Prosecutor Office for having covered up Burisma corruption. ¤ That’s right: They went after Prosecutor Office for failing to confront Burisma. ¤ (Also Kent testimony) https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1221918377180123140?s=20/photo/1
// i.e. Zlochevskiy

🐣 RT @michaelbd A number of us at NR – myself, @ltthompso, and @AndrewCMcCarthy- have been saying the quid pro quo is right there in the rough transcript. Yet the WH and GOP Senate have stuck to this idiotic “no quid pro quo” defense, against common sense.
⋙ NationalReview, Andrew McCarthy: Bolton Blows Up Trump Team’s Foolhardy Quid Pro Quo Defense http://bit.ly/38JkBAj

Newsweek: #ILeftTheGOP Trends as Former Republicans Share Why They ‘Cut the Cord’ With the Party http://bit.ly/2uznJQK GOP party affiliation is now 27% compared to 39% in 2004.

🐣 RT @DavidJollyFL The odd part of the Trump team’s takedown of Hunter Biden just now is that it serves to confirm the House managers’ case that the President was indeed engaged in impeachable behavior by asking a foreign government to investigate his political opponent. A terrible legal argument.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RickPetree This is key: Trump wants to say “hell yes, I wanted Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, and I was *absolutely right* to do so.” His lawyers transmit a muted version of that ‘defence.’

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump’s defense is irrelevant. Only Bolton matters now. http://wapo.st/2TZI4Jy

🐣 RT @brianklaas Senate Republicans and Trump are pushing a fake scandal about Biden that isn’t just a lie, it’s the exact opposite of what actually happened. Voters should hold them accountable for their blatant lies. Truth matters. Learn the facts:
⋙ WaPo, Brian Klaas (Sep): Trump is pushing a fake scandal once again. Don’t buy it. http://wapo.st/2uBIPxS

🐣 RT @HotlineJosh National Review: “The president’s most ardent defenders are already out smearing him as a treacherous liar. But Bolton is an unvarnished truth-teller, to a fault.”
⋙ NationalReview, Rich Lowry: The Smear Campaign against John Bolton http://bit.ly/ “the chances of the trial extending have increased markedly over the last 24 hours”

DailyBeast, David Lurie: The GOP Isn’t Exonerating Trump—It’s Indicting Itself http://bit.ly/2O3Tt7n
// Part-and-parcel of any cultish political movement is a continuous demand for declarations of loyalty, and punishment of the disloyal.

WaPo: Trump says he was concerned about corruption in Ukraine. The evidence indicates he was focused on Biden. http://wapo.st/3aGsJ6u

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey and Jackie Kucinich: Bolton Leak Sends GOP Scrambling to Justify Quick Trial http://bit.ly/3aX7ayS
// The New York Times report about the former national security adviser’s new book renewed the debate over witness testimonies and left Republicans frantically circling the wagons

NYT Editorial: Surprise, Mr. President. John Bolton Has the Goods. http://nyti.ms/2RTlBeD
// Who’s telling the truth about Ukraine? There’s one way to find out.

WaPo: Key GOP senators say reports on Bolton book bolster case for witnesses in impeachment trial http://wapo.st/2uzgyYO

🐣 RT @atrupar Pam Bondi, who dropped an investigation into Trump University after Trump’s foundation gave her campaign $25,000, is here to lecture us about corruption 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1221911604201246720?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield Okay, we finally have #15: Joe Biden was corrupt. ¤ I can’t believe it took 3 hours to get here. https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1221911169587236865?s=20/photo/1
// Bogus arguments Bingo Card complete

🐣 RT @StevenJHarper1 The poor quality of the lawyering is matched only by the poor quality of their client and his case.
⋙🐣 RT @jgelzer Trump’s own lawyer admitted in just the past hour:
– Live testimony & cross-examination are great for finding the truth.
– The only courts to rule on Trump’s absolute immunity theory have rejected it.
– House Dems DID go to court, & indeed won.
None seems good for his client!

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum I know it’s meant to be a joke, but this is literally the logic.
⋙ 🐣 RT @petersuderman Trump didn’t do the thing he’s accused of doing, but if he did it was fine, and in fact that’s exactly what he did, get over it, because it’s not only fine, it’s precisely what we want from a president, and can you believe that Biden did the same thing, shame on him.

Mediaite: ‘ARE YOU KIDDING?!’: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Lights Fire to ‘Mind Boggling’ Arguments From Trump Legal Team http://bit.ly/2vrH3Qg

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance This argument only gets more dangerous, as Philbin now gives every future president a pass on answering any questions as part of oversight. Does that also apply to turning over documents? Silly Bill Clinton, deciding to answer questions under oath.

🐣 RT @moscow_project Philbin continues to argue for the inviolability of executive privilege, which Trump has never actually asserted over any of the documents or testimony in the case.
⋙ WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump’s defenders make it up as they go http://wapo.st/30Xy0lP

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Another unforced error. ¤ What’s remarkable about this tweet thread by President Trump responding to specific allegations in #BoltonBook: ¤ These statements by Trump may constitute a WAIVER of executive privilege! ¤ Can’t publicly discuss the info, and then say @AmbJohnBolton can’t. https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1221811681254367232?s=20/photo/1

JustSecurity: Executive Privilege Cannot Block Bolton’s Testimony http://bit.ly/2O19V8w

🐣 RT @clairecmc I’m scratching my head here.They get the lawyer who thought an extramarital affair was impeachable to argue that withholding urgent military assistance to an ally in war against our enemy for a political favor is not impeachable. If it wasn’t so infuriating it would be hysterical

🔆 This❗️⋙ Reuters/CNN: Trump ally Graham says he’d back subpoena for Bolton manuscript: CNN reporter http://reut.rs/37ANfU4

🐣 RT @bradheath Starr is arguing that Congress should hold presidents accountable through “oversight,” not impeachment. But the Trump administration has repeatedly argued that Congress can’t seek all types of information about the president unless it’s conducting an impeachment inquiry.

🐣 RT @jonflan Zelensky was ready to give a CNN interview but the Senate forced the WH to release the funds, and Taylor discouraged Zelensky from announcing any investigation on CNN. Do we think the Senators have done enough homework to know the facts that contradict Purpura’s show. Not the Rs

🐣 RT @AlFranken I have Republican friends in the Senate who are morally serious people. McConnell is not one of them. Let’s see if there are four who think it’s important to hear the truth. #ImpeachmentTrial

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff The President blocked our request for Bolton’s testimony. ¤ Now we see why: ¤ Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the President’s defense. ¤ If the trial is to be fair, Senators must insist that Mr. Bolton be called as a witness, and provide his notes and other documents.

TheBulwark, Bill Kristol: Speak for America, John! http://bit.ly/36wWDXq
// This is John Bolton’s moment.

🐣 RT @SethAbramson I’ve listened to most of the impeachment trial—and have my TV on right now—but I actually can’t listen to Ken Starr, as there is a degree of hypocrisy and lack of principle that is so spectacularly offensive to the human spirit I refuse to subject myself to it and Starr qualifies

🐣 RT @digby I guess it’s just me. Having been re-radicalized by the inane Clinton impeachment, I guess I’m still astonished that it ever happened. To have Ken Starr up here blathering about the horrors of impeachment is just more than I can take. ¤ This is nuclear level gaslighting.

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Ken Starr’s “Rodino Rule” that you only proceed with impeachment when it is bipartisan is baloney, and a distortion of history. The Nixon process became bipartisan only as Republicans discovered his guilt. The GOP of 1970s refused to coverup for him! Not so today, it appears.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Ken Starr would be more convincing if he were to say, “I apologize for my role in impeaching Bill Clinton. It was all a big mistake. I too fell prey to the passions of the Age of Impeachment.”

🐣 RT @bydinator Sen. Lisa Murkowski to reporters just now: “I said before I was curious about what Ambassador Bolton might have to say. I’m still curious.”

🐣 RT @santucci Senior level White House sources tell @ABC the president’s legal team is preparing for the possibility of witnesses in the impeachment trial. Sources tell @jonkarl @KFaulders & me legal team preparing aggressive, drawn out legal fight to block testimony of potential witnesses.

🐣 RT @RobGeorge Who on Trump’s team thought that THIS argument delivered by THIS person was a really good idea? #ImpeachmentTrial #KenStarr

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Mulvaney lawyer says he never had conversation indicating aid was tied to investigating Democrats. Why would we think he had? Because Mulvaney told us the aid freeze was linked to Trump’s demand for probe of 2016 Democrats. “That’s why we held up the aid.”
⋙ NYT (Oct): Mulvaney Says, Then Denies, That Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid as Quid Pro Quo http://nyti.ms/2RRMcJ2
// 10/18/2019; Conflicting comments by the acting White House chief of staff threw Washington into turmoil.

🐣 RT @julianzelizer 1998: Starr calls for impeaching a president who lied about an affair. ¤ 2020: While nobody cares about the president’s affairs, or violating campaign finance laws to hide them, Starr defends a president impeached for using foreign aid as leverage for his reelection needs

🐣 If impeachment is to be removed from the Constitution, it requires a Constitutional Amendment, not a lecture from Ken Starr.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa This is insane. If true, then Barr is not merely conflicted (he was directly referenced in the phone call to Zelensky), he is a coconspirator who actively tried to obstruct Congress and justice by burying the WB complaint and preventing a criminal investigation
⋙ 🐣 RT @SethAbramson NEW YORK TIMES: “Bolton said after Trump’s call with Zelensky, Bolton raised with Barr his concerns about Giuliani—who was pursuing a shadow Ukraine policy encouraged by Trump—and told Barr Trump mentioned him on the Zelensky call. Barr denies learning of the call from Bolton.”

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Four big takeaways from the explosive John Bolton revelations http://wapo.st/30WLvlE

🐣 RT @ryanstruyk SCHUMER: “It boils down to one thing: we have a witness with firsthand evidence of the president’s actions for which he is on trial. He is ready and willing to testify. How can Senate Republicans not vote to call that witness and request his documents?”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ryanstruyk SCHUMER: “If there was ever even a shred of logic left to not hear witnesses and review the documents, Mr. Bolton’s book just erased it.”

🐣 RT @justinbaragona Fox News’ Chris Wallace on the Bolton news: “If you want a sense of how big the news is that we’ve heard in the past 12-14 hours, listen to the Trump supporters…spinning like crazy that it isn’t big news and you get a sense that this is really an important development.” 💽 https://twitter.com/justinbaragona/status/1221853319993483265?s=20/photo/1

CREW: Newly Disclosed Docs Cast Further Doubt on DOJ’s Decision to Terminate McCabe http://bit.ly/2GoUsL4

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Either way, the incriminating evidence against Trump will come out. The only question is if they want to be seen as accomplices in a failed coverup scheme.
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Eight ways Bolton has changed the trial and boxed in Republicans http://wapo.st/37ytsol

🐣 RT @HouseIntel House impeachment managers statement on @nytimes reporting on John Bolton: ¤ “…no doubt now that Mr. Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the President’s defense and therefore must be called as a witness at the impeachment trial of President Trump.” http://bit.ly/37yaDBA https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221590523707826179?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MSNBC JUST IN: House manager Rep. Schiff reacts to this new NYTimes report: ¤ “If the trial is to be fair, Senators must insist that Mr. Bolton be called as a witness, and provide his notes and other documents.”

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Pompeo has become a Trump mini-me who emulates his master in boorishness, bombast, bullying—and dishonesty. Every day that Pompeo stays in office, he makes Rex Tillerson—once seen as the worst secretary of state ever–look better by comparison.
🐣 RT @MaxBoot It’s impossible to imagine Pompeo calling out Trump as Tillerson did. He is described as “among the most sycophantic and obsequious people around Trump.” That’s saying something, b/c Trump is surrounded by more servile courtiers than a medieval monarch.
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Every day that Pompeo stays in office, he makes Tillerson look better by comparison http://wapo.st/2RREs9V

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Schiff must make a motion to CJ Roberts for witnesses. As I’ve been saying all along, if Roberts grants the motion for witnesses (he will) & the Rs vote to overrule him (they might) that will (de facto) be obstruction of justice & accessory after the fact.
🐣 RT @tribelaw Here’s a scenario:
1. House Managers invoke Rules VII & XXIV to ask the CJ to subpoena Bolton & all relevant documents
2. CJ Roberts issues subpoena
3. Trump lawyers realize Senate can’t overrule this order
4. Trump sues Roberts in DC district court
⋙ NYT, Neal K. Katyal, Joshua A. Geltzer and Mickey Edwards: John Roberts Can Call Witnesses to Trump’s Trial. Will He? http://nyti.ms/36vzwwo
// Democratic House managers should ask the chief justice to issue subpoenas for John Bolton and others.

🐣 RT @profbriankalt [1/26] I’m reading Schlesinger’s 1973 book The Imperial Presidency. He notes presidential corruption peaks in 50-year cycles (Grant, Harding, Nixon) and says, “Around the year 2023 the American people would be well advised to go on the alert and start nailing down everything in sight.”
⋙ 🐣 Maybe things have sped up because social media

⭕ 26 Jan 2020

🐣 RT @DanRather In a story where a lot of shoes have been dropping, this Bolton revelation seems to be one heckuva big one. If true it confirms a lot, but also raises a whole new set of questions.

🐣 RT @JonahDispatch The only way to tell who’s lying is to obtain sworn testimony as well as the production of any notes, memoranda, phone logs. Etc either party might have.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Axios JUST IN: President Trump has strongly denied John Bolton’s allegations tying the hold-up of Ukraine aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden
⋙⋙ Axios: Trump denies Bolton book allegations that Ukraine aid was tied to Bidens http://bit.ly/36vtZWS

WaPo, Fred Hiatt: The White House offers senators a false, and poisonous, choice http://wapo.st/30VYjc0 “If they accept the White House defense, senators will accept as precedent for all time that a president may use the powers of his office for personal political gain … ”

🐣 RT @RepJeffries Note to those critics allegedly concerned with decorum. ¤ This is the President of the United States. ¤ The next time you think to criticize House Dems for using sharp language. ¤ Spare us the FAKE outrage.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @real Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!
⋙ 🐣 RT @DrGJackBrown This isn’t just ‘Sharp Language’ – it’s stochastic terrorism. Trump is deliberately trying to incite lone wolves.

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Bolton just decimated every Trump defense all at once and irreparably

NYT: 6 Revelatory Moments From the Video of Trump’s Private Donor Dinner http://nyti.ms/2uBKKlM
// The video of the 2018 event made headlines for capturing conversations now tied to the impeachment inquiry. But it also showed remarkable exchanges that weren’t about Ukraine.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote The Bolton leak came from the NSC. Maybe totally off base, but wasn’t Andrew Peek-the NSC guy who took over for Tim Morrison who took over for Fiona Hill-unceremoniously escorted off White House grounds last week for a “security” issue?
⋙ Bloomberg (1/18): Trump Loses Another Russia Adviser, Adding to NSC Turnover http://bloom.bg/2O3fpPV
● Andrew Peek was top Russia hand on National Security Council
● Peek’s two predecessors testified in impeachment inquiry

🐣 RT @bryantylercohen
12/30: Bolton provides copy of manuscript to WH, including claim that Trump tied aid to Biden probe
1/3: Trump launches disproportionate strike on Iran, which Bolton had encouraged for years
[ ⋙ ] If you think there’s no connection here, wake up. EVERYTHING Trump does is self-serving
⋙ 🐣 RT @bryantylercohen The timelines *always* match up. ¤ Mueller testified on 7/24. Trump felt exonerated. He called Zelensky the next day on 7/25. ¤ The House Intel Committee received the whistleblower complaint on 9/9. The WH suddenly released the aid to Ukraine on 9/11. ¤ It’s. Always. Obvious.

🐣 RT @jdawsey1 John Bolton plans to say in memoir titled “The Room Where It Happened” that Trump linked Ukraine investigations to foreign aid in August. Book is unflattering portrait of Trump he hopes to publish March 17. Matching NYT story with a couple new details:
💙 ⋙ WaPo: Democrats call for Bolton to testify in Trump impeachment trial after new report on aid to Ukraine http://wapo.st/30V3jO9

🐣📊 RT @kylegriffin1 New Fox News poll: ¤ On impeachment, by a 50-44% margin, voters think the Senate should vote to convict Trump and remove him from office. ¤ Among independents, more say Trump should be removed by a 19-point margin (53-34%).

💙 NYT, William B. Taylor: Yes, Secretary Pompeo, Americans Should Care About Ukraine http://nyti.ms/37yGgek Mr. Taylor is a former United States ambassador to Ukraine.
// A former ambassador tells the secretary of state just why.

🐣 RT @biannagolodryga I was waiting for this. Russian Senator says “@SecPompeo let it slip ‘do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ in a radio interview. The Sec of State admitted that for US national interests, Ukraine is of no concern. It is just a fictitious priority of the ruling caste.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @Alexey_Pushkov Помпео проговорился. «Вы что, считаете, что американцев действительно волнует Украина?»- обрушился он на радиоведущую. Так госсекретарь фактически признал: для национальных интересов США происходящее на Украине не имеет особого значения. Это выдуманный приоритет правящей касты.

🐣 RT @McFaul This should be a warning to anyone ever thinking of working for Trump. You leave/get fired and immediately become “enemy of the people” — Comey, McMaster, Tillerson, Kelly, Mattis, Hill, Taylor, Bolton, etc. Haley is the only one in my world who has come out unscathed.
⋙ 🐣 RT @seanmdav John Bolton is running the exact same revenge playbook against Trump that James Comey used. He’s even using the same agent and leaking to the same reporters. All because he’s mad Trump fired him for leaking and trying to start new wars. It’s so boring and predictable.

WaPo, Daniel Drezner: The secretary of slander http://wapo.st/2GstylG
// So much for the beacon of democracy

🐣 RT @andrewfeinberg He wants you to believe that @AmbJohnBolton, his national security adviser — who’d already directed several staffers to talk to counsel’s office about the “drug deal” — never brought said deal up with the person he was there to advise.

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Article says Bolton book submitted to WH for prepublication rev. If Trump and defense team have read it&delaying publication (as nyt suggests), may further obstruction case. This is where Trump decn to use WH lawyers may haunt him. No atty/client privilege
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal “Bolton’s submission of the book to the White House may have given the White House lawyers direct insight into what Mr. Bolton would say if he were called to testify… It also intensified concerns among some of his advisers that they needed to block Mr. Bolton from testifying”

💙 🧵 RT @jennycohn1 [Thread] Dear @SenatorCollins: threatening senators is entirely consistent with Trump’s character & conduct. Remember when he read Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number out loud (which wld enable it to be hacked)? 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1221622779834847237?s=20

🐣 ◕ RT @Teri_Kanefield Moreover, in 2 of Trump’s tweets, we can check off 3 Bogus Defenses from the Bingo Card. https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1221675426671558656?s=20/photo/1
#1: The call was perfect
#17: Zelensky said there was nothing wrong
#21: Trump did more for Ukraine than Obama
(I need to make a card with more squares)

🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield If John Bolton takes the stand and testifies under oath—and if you want to testify that he’s wrong—you’ll have to take the stand and swear an oath to tell the truth. ¤ Are you up to it, @realDonaldTrump? ¤ There is no such thing as testifying by tweet.

🧵 RT @TheRickWilson [Thread] 1/ Sitting down for a dinner with REDACTED and the Bolton news is lighting up my phone. ¤ Watch for Mitch and the WH team (but I repeat myself) to work overtime to end the entire proceedings as fast as possible. 📌 https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1221595929888858113?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 2/ This Bolton information is previously unheard, entirely relevant, directly makes the president’s direct command of the scheme of illegal extortion apparent. ¤ Unless you vote to demand it, you’re not Senators. ¤ You’re co-conspirators. [ … ]

🐣 #MAGA people really don’t care. Do You?

🐣 RT @IlvasToomas When all this is over, the history books will be written by smart people who will bring out all the mendacity, dissembling and sheer stupidity of what people said. Along with the facts documented and footnoted. Screaming dumb people will not publish history books anyone reads 1/2
⋙ 🐣 RT @IlvasToomas It will all be laid out, clearly, simply. This will be the legacy of of the people who acted, of who was honest, who was not. Some, history will hold up as heroes, others as villains. Children will read who was who. Some will be proud, some spit, some will change their names 2/2

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance No wonder Trump wants a quick end to impeachment. He told Bolton he would hold Ukrainian aid “until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.” What is left of our ideals if The Senate votes w/out hearing from Bolton?

🐣 RT @tribelaw .@Lawrence has nailed this. If executive privilege had otherwise been available — which it wasn’t— this #twaiver (my term for a “waiver by tweet”) rendered it unavailable.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Lawrence And with this late night tweet the Very Stable Genius has legally waived executive privilege on John Bolton’s testimony. ¤ Trump has now made their conversations public. ¤ History might show this was Trump’s most self-damaging tweet.
🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance No wonder Trump wants a quick end to impeachment. He told Bolton he would hold Ukrainian aid “until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.” What is left of our ideals if The Senate votes w/out hearing from Bolton?
🐣 RT @McFaul So, why don’t you both come testify to the Senate, under oath, and settle this matter? #FactsMatter.
🐣 RT @kyledcheney This is why Democrats’ demand for Bolton’s contemporaneous notes — even more than his live testimony — means everything here. ¤ For now, it’s Trump’s word vs. Bolton’s.
🐣 RT @ianbremmer Trump says Bolton is lying. ¤ Despite corroboration from Bolton advisor Fiona Hill and other Trump Admin officials.
🐣 RT @sfpelosi Say it under oath at the Senate
🐣 RT @PreetBharara Nervous
🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio Trump denies Bolton’s reported account that Trump told him military aid was tied to investigations: “If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.”
🐣 RT @RepSwalwell Save it for the judge
🐣 RT @ScottMStedman It’s almost as if there should be some sort of…. trial.
💙💙 ⋙ 🧵 RT @real [12:20amET] [Thread] I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book. With that being said, the… 📌 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1221663763138588672?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman with…. ¤ witnesses!

🐣 RT @normornstein Cipollone had to know. This manuscript was vetted by the counsel’s office. He has been lying through his teeth.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RyanLizza What exactly did Trump’s Senate trial lawyers know about what Bolton wrote in his manuscript and did they say anything to the Senate that contradicted what they knew?

🐣 RT @SSNBubblehead … If you haven’t read @SethAbramson’s timeline over the past 12 hours, you are’t getting the full scope of the video & #BoltonBombshell. Both are devastating to 🍊🤡, who should not be allowed to continue his mob boss rule of the USA for another single minute. #ImpeachmentTrial
🧵 RT @SethAbramson [Thread] I have to put my live-thread on hold. Bolton just confirmed the damn quid pro quo—and says it came directly from a conversation with Trump. This (if America were a real country, if this were a real investigation, if we were in the middle of a real trial) would be THE smoking gun. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1221581875292098564?s=20
// quotes from article

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Tomorrow we outline a simple way for Americans to hear from witnesses, even if the Republican Senate wants to block them. Given Bolton’s news tonight, it would profoundly betray our Constitution to try to prevent these witnesses from telling the truth. If Rs try,there is a remedy
⋙ 🐣 RT @jgeltzer If you’re reading what Bolton would say if he testifies & thinking it’ll take 4 Republican Senators to get a subpoena issued, stay tuned. ¤ Because that’s not actually what the Senate rules require. ¤ @neal_katyal, @mickeyedwardsok & I will explain why tomorrow in @nytopinion…

🐣 RT @klasfeldreports INBOX: House impeachment managers release a statement on the NYT report on Bolton. ¤ “There can be no doubt now that Mr. Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the President’s defense and therefore must be called as a witness at the impeachment trial of President Trump.” https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1221599522108907522?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @NicolleDWallace This is interesting-clearly it’s already written and wh has had ample time for classification review. Rest assured that if it exonerated Trump on Ukraine in any way, shape or form,Trump would print it himself, staple the pages together and stand on the street handing out copies
⋙ 🐣 RT @frankrichny For both commercial & patriotic reasons, Simon & Schuster should get Bolton’s book out now & dare Trump to kill it. S&S publishes Bob Woodward; they know this drill.

WaPo: Democrats call for Bolton to testify in Trump impeachment trial after new report on aid to Ukraine http://wapo.st/30V3jO9

🐣 RT @AmandiOnAir The man who writes here that his guess is that, “Trump is a Russian agent,” is not just some layman, but a former CIA Station Chief in Moscow, who also helped nab treasonous CIA officer/KGB double agent, Aldrich Ames. ¤ Take what Rolf Mowatt-Larssen says VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY
💙💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @AmericanMystic [Rolf Mowatt-Larssen] What is maddening about impeachment proceedings is there is no doubt about Trump’s guilt; the facts are undisputed. And there’s a pattern here: Trump engaged in an even deeper conspiracy with Russian intelligence in 2016 and covered it up. My guess is Trump is a Russian agent.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Amb. Bolton reportedly heard directly from Trump that aid for Ukraine was tied to political investigations. ¤ The refusal of the Senate to call for him, other relevant witnesses, and documents is now even more indefensible. ¤ The choice is clear: our Constitution, or a cover-up.
🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Bolton must testify. Executive privilege can’t be invoked to cover-up Trump’s crimes. How might Trump try to stop Bolton from testifying & further exposing his crimes? We probably need only ask the following question to find an answer: how would a dictator handle this situation?
🐣 RT @Isikoff Among many questions this raises – did president’s lawyers do basic due diligence – and make any effort to find out – what Bolton would say when they told senators on Saturday there was no direct testimony that Trump linked withheld aid to investigations
🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey This is the single most significant revelation since the release of the call memorandum itself. That isn’t to minimize the mountains of other incredibly important corroborating evidence that has been gathered, but this is game-changing to the political calculations.
🐣 RT @ShimonPro This is also significant: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged privately that there was no basis to claims by the Rudolph W. Giuliani that the ambassador to Ukraine was corrupt and believed Mr. Giuliani may have been acting on behalf of other clients, Mr. Bolton wrote.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ShimonPro NY Times: President Trump told Bolton in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript.
🐣 RT @maggieNYT SCOOP: Bolton book draft, circulated to associates and sent to WH for review process, describes a convo w POTUS where he says he doesn’t want to release withheld aid till Ukraine turned over material related to investigations @nytmike and me
💙💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says http://nyti.ms/3aKE4CF
// Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt; Drafts of the book outline the potential testimony of the former national security adviser if he were called as a witness in the president’s impeachment trial.

⭕ 25 Jan 2020

✅ CNN: Fact-checking opening statements from President Trump’s legal team http://cnn.it/2tRVvAC

━━━━━━━▼ House Intel Fact Checks
🐣 RT @HouseIntel #TruthMatters | Fact Checking President Trump’s Defense ¤ U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221159434707185665?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: We should out the whistleblower.
Reality:
● Details of the whistleblower’s report have been confirmed by other witnesses and documents
● Trump endangered the whistleblower by calling them a traitor and a spy, and suggesting harsh punishment
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221122151174025216?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Fighting corruption was a priority of US policy in Ukraine
Reality:
● Trump undermined that policy.
● Fiona Hill: “[Sondland] was being involved in domestic political errand. And we were being involved in national security… those two things had just diverged.”
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221112846349750274?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump withheld the aid to Ukraine because of concerns about corruption.
Reality:
● The Trump Administration’s own Department of Defense had already certified that Ukraine met the necessary anti-corruption benchmarks to receive the aid. #TruthMatters
● Ukraine does have a history of corruption. That’s why, when Congress provided them military aid, the Dept of Defense was required to certify Ukraine met anti-corruption benchmarks. ¤ DOD did so in May 2019. But in July, Trump put a hold on the aid anyway, to use it as leverage.
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221111832720683008?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: President Trump was deeply concerned about corruption in Ukraine.
Reality:
● In two calls with President Zelensky, Trump does not mention “corruption” at all, only the two specific investigations for his personal political benefit. #TruthMatters
● George Kent Testimony on Government Anti-Corruption Efforts
Q: “In your opinion, was this a comprehensive and whole of government effort to end corruption?”
Kent: “I would not say so, no sir.”
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221110683875659776?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Presidents withhold foreign aid all the time.
Reality: Trump withheld Ukraine’s aid for his own personal political interest.
● Amb. Taylor: “To withhold that assistance for no good reason other than help with a political campaign…was crazy.” #TruthMatters
● ⋙CNN: “To withhold that assistance for no good reason other than help with a political campaign made no sense,” Bill Taylor says on what he meant when he texted US officials that withholding Ukraine aid was “crazy” https://cnn.it/373vw8b
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221109026697728000?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Using the WH meeting as leverage doesn’t matter, because Trump met Zelensky at the UN.
Reality:
● Witnesses testified to the significance of an Oval Office meeting, especially for a new leader of a vulnerable nation.
● It still hasn’t happened. #TruthMatters
💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221105708516675585?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Europe did not support Ukraine
Reality: The European Union is a huge contributor of foreign assistance to Ukraine. #TruthMatters https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221103513788350471?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Ukraine did not know about the withheld aid until public reporting.
Fact Check: Two witnesses testified Ukraine knew of the hold before it was public. Ukraine’s former deputy foreign minister confirmed to the press that the Ukrainians knew. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221101165917691904?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Tim Morrison exonerates the President.
Reality:
● Morrison repeatedly reported the pressure campaign to lawyers, and Sondland told Morrison of a conversation where Sondland told Ukraine directly there was a quid pro quo for the military aid. #TruthMatters
● ⋙ CNN: Morrison on conditioning aid to Ukraine:
Q: And what did Ambassador Sondland tell you that he told Mr. Yermak?
Morrison: That the Ukrainians would have to have the prosecutor general make a statement with respect to the investigations as a condition of having the aid lifted.
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221099539064664064?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: There was no quid pro quo.
Reality:
● Gordon Sondland on quid pro quo for the White House meeting: “The answer is yes.”
● Chief of Staff Mulvaney on quid pro quo for the aid: “We do that all the time”
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221095396581289986?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The impeachment inquiry process has been unfair.
Reality: The process gave equal time to Republicans & Democrats, was consistent with prior House precedent, and afforded the same rights to President Trump that Nixon and Clinton were granted.
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221093324901224450?s=20/photo/1
━━━━━━━▲

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump’s lawyers are absolutely entitled to their own facts http://wapo.st/2RtIPbW ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1221324423329914880?s=20/photo/1

As outlined in two hours on the Senate floor, theirs is a world in which Ukraine interfered in the U.S. election in 2016; where the FBI and intelligence community are disreputable; where the United States, not Europe, gives Ukraine the bulk of its foreign aid; where there was no quid pro quo with Ukraine and where a “transcript” of President Trump’s call conclusively proves it; where the halt of military aid to Ukraine was routine, and where Ukrainian officials didn’t even know about it; where the president was barred from impeachment proceedings; and where Robert Mueller totally vindicated Trump.

🐣 RT @mccaffrey3r Trump an increasingly lawless and dangerous man. This Trump tweet clearly suggests violence and physical intimidation against a Member of Congress.
🐣 RT @BillKristol This is the man to whom the Republican Party bends the knee and bows the head.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real Our case against lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam “Shifty” Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, their leader, dumb as a rock AOC, & the entire Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrat Party, starts today at 10:00 A.M. on @FoxNews, @OANN or Fake News @CNN or Fake News MSDNC!

NBCNews: Who is Dmytro Firtash? The man linked to $1 million loan to Giuliani ally has a shadowy past http://nbcnews.to/38GapJ2 by By Tom Winter, Ken Dilanian and Dan De Luce
// The billionaire oligarch is “at the dead center of the greatest corruption operation in Ukraine’s history,” said a former senior U.S. diplomat.

NYT: Emotional Schiff Speech Goes Viral, Delighting the Left and Enraging the Right http://nyti.ms/2NYI34M

DailyBeast, Erin Ryan: All The President’s Men Are Whiny Little Boys http://bit.ly/2GpK4CK
// So many men in the Trump camp are utterly losing their minds at any given time that it’s congealing into a collective conservative male freakout of Brobdingnagian proportions.

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 If Republicans refuse to allow evidence and witnesses, they will have done Stalin’s show trials one better! It was all pre-arranged, of course, but America deserves more than the mere appearance of justice.

NBCNews: Obama called Trump a ‘fascist’ during phone call, Sen. Kaine says in new Clinton film http://nbcnews.to/2RSQv6P
// The Va. lawmaker is heard discussing the conversation in 2016 in “Hillary,” an upcoming documentary.

🐣 RT @GlennKirshner2 If Republicans vote to acquit Trump it will signal the END of their oversight powers (Trump can ignore ALL congressional subpoenas) & the END of their power of the purse (Trump can put every congressional appropriation in his back pocket and use it as a personal bargaining chit).

DailyBeast, Matt Lewis: The GOP’s Terminal Infection of Advanced Trumpism Has No Known Cure http://bit.ly/2O0TQzo
// They wave away every revelation as Trump being Trump. Senators send out tweets impugning the patriotism of war heroes. The medical profession is at a loss.

🔊 DailyBeast, Betsy Swan: Rudy Pal Lev Parnas Releases Audio of Trump Calling for Ukraine Ambassador’s Firing http://bit.ly/2TWzNG5
// Listen to the recording, released by Parnas, of an April fundraising dinner with President Trump.

🐣 RT @RobertMaguire_ The full recording, more than an hour long, of Trump’s intimate dinner with super PAC donors in April 2018 has been released by Lev Parnas’ lawyer
⋙ [DailyBeast audio] 🔊 https://twitter.com/RobertMaguire_/status/1221163266854002689?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Nothing says “drain the swamp” like a 1.5hr-long recording of the president of the United States at an intimate dinner with wealthy super PAC donors hosted at the luxury hotel he still owns and profits from, during which the donors talk about their business and policy priorities.

🐣 RT @SenSchumer President Trump’s lawyers did something they didn’t intend: ¤ They made a really compelling case for why the Senate should call witnesses and documents.

CNN: Schiff: Trump’s team is trying to ‘deflect’ and ‘distort’ truth in opening arguments http://cnn.it/3aLgNjR

USAToday (Nov): Factcheck: Trump wrong on European aid to Ukraine http://bit.ly/33Gj5fi
// 11/13/2019

🐣 RT @CBSEveningNews In opening statements, House managers examined the debunked conspiracy theories invoked by Pres. Trump. ¤ A @POTUS confidant tells CBS News that GOP senators were warned: “vote against the president & your head will be on a pike.” ¤ Here’s @nancycordes https://cbsn.ws/2GhfYkX 💽 https://twitter.com/CBSEveningNews/status/1220491412854185984?s=20/photo/1
// 1/21/2020

🐣 RT @SamBergerDC Looking for a list of witnesses who made statements to the effect that they understood the delay in funding to be tied to Trump’s demand for investigations? Here you go.
⋙ JustSecurity, Sam Berger (Nov): Trump’s Hold on Ukrainian Military Aid was Illegal http://bit.ly/34AgZ1O
// 11/26/2019

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: There was no quid pro quo. ¤ Reality: ¤ Gordon Sondland on quid pro quo for the White House meeting: “The answer is yes.” ¤ Chief of Staff Mulvaney on quid pro quo for the aid: “We do that all the time” #TruthMatters

🐣 RT @GlastnostGone To boldly plagiarize, where no plagiarism has been before. #SpaceForce https://twitter.com/GlasnostGone/status/1221097284370423809?s=20/photo/1

💽✅ MSNBC, MorningJoe (Sep): Numbers contradict President Trump’s reason for withholding aid from Ukraine http://on.msnbc.com/2sqBjEI European institutions have funded $425.2M in gross overseas development assistance for Ukraine, while the U.S. has contributed $204.4M
// 9/25/3019; Willie Geist breaks down how President Trump has shifted his explanation on withholding Ukraine aid. European institutions have funded $425.2 million in gross overseas development assistance for Ukraine, while the U.S. has contributed $204.4 million, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

✅ CNN, Daniel Dale (Sep): Fact check: Breaking down Adam Schiff’s account of Trump’s Ukraine call http://cnn.it/2RoZKww
// 9/27/2019

✅ PolitiFact (Sep): Donald Trump said European nations have not put money into Ukraine. They have put in a lot http://bit.ly/36t1jxy MOSTLY FALSE
// 9/25/2019

✅ FactCheck.org (Sep): Trump Wrong on European Aid to Ukraine http://bit.ly/2rrtNsR
// 9/26/2029

🐣 RT @mmpadellan Preview of GOP defense of trump:
Joe Biden
Hunter Biden
President Obama
It was a perfect call
DEMs just hate trump
Ukraine got their money
They have no evidence
There was no pressure
They want to overturn 2016 election
We don’t need no stinkin’ witnesses
What’d I miss?

⭕ 24 Jan 2020

🐣 RT @JohnRMoffitt #AdamSchiff … one of the greatest attorneys of this era. His arguments this week have been among the most inspirational & admirable orations seen in decades. He shows acres of ethics & integrity and will look great in the history books. https://twitter.com/JohnRMoffitt/status/1220877084001783811?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @CharlesPPierce What Adam Schiff presented was the closing argument in a vast and virtual RICO prosecution—a moral RICO case, a political RICO case, a constitutional RICO case, and a historical RICO case.
⋙ Esquire, Charles Pierce (1/24): Republican Senators Are Co-Defendants in a Moral RICO Case http://bit.ly/30WSlHL
// Adam Schiff made sure the president*’s enablers in Congress felt the heat of history in his closing remarks.

WaPo Editorial: The impeachment evidence will catch up to Republicans and Trump — whether they ignore it or not http://wapo.st/36uAF7A

🐣 RT @DrGJackBrown A strong sign that #Pompeo is at his emotional edge. He has almost no emotional reserve. He’s ready to crack. He’s stressed because he’s perpetrated his own malfeasances — and he’s covering for Trump’s. And, just like Trump, Pompeo has profound difficulty with impulse control.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 .@NPRKelly: “[Pompeo] was not happy to have been questioned about Ukraine. He asked, ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’. He used the F word … He asked if I could find Ukraine on a map. I said yes. He called out for his aids to bring him a map …I pointed to Ukraine.”

🐣 RT @matthewamiller My dad was a Baptist preacher, and he always said that after every service you could tell who was most embarrassed by the sermon by how mad they were on their way out.
⋙ 🐣 RT @lindsaywise “He did a lot of damage to his credibility in insulting the senators,” said Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. “We’re complicit unless we vote for impeachment.”

🐣 Republicans are such delicate souls. A harsh word from Jerry Nadler or a lurid metaphor from Adam Schiff and they’ll simply have no choice but to rip up our Constitution. God knows what will happen if Nancy Pelosi starts wielding ~ gasp! ~ pens!

NYT: Pompeo Lashes Out at Reporter and Challenges Her to Find Ukraine on a Map http://nyti.ms/36orxRS
// “He shouted at me for about the same amount of time as the interview itself had lasted,” said Mary Louise Kelly of NPR.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Joseph Bondy, an attorney for Lev Parnas, tells @maddow that the recording is one hour and 24 minutes long. It is of a dinner in the Trump Hotel. Trump is there. Parnas is there. Fruman is there. And about 40 minutes into the recording, the subject of the Yovanovitch comes up.

🧵 RT @ChrisMurphyCT [Thread] House managers’ case is closed. My nightly behind-the-scenes account follows: ¤ 1/ A half an hour into testimony, I start feeling regret for working out this morning. For some reason, morning workouts make me more tired during the day. Today isn’t a good day to be tired. 📌 https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1220902471133990922?s=20

WaPo: House impeachment managers declare ‘facts have been proved’ as they wrap up their opening arguments against Trump http://wapo.st/37lyLYd

🐣 RT @chicagotribune Thomas Railsback, an Illinois Republican congressman who helped draw up articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in 1974, has died. He was 87.
⋙ ChicagoTribune: Thomas Railsback, Illinois GOP congressman who backed Nixon impeachment, dies at 87 http://bit.ly/2ROxSRl
// 1/21/2020

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: King Trump Wants Heads on Pikes. The GOP Can’t Wait to Oblige. http://bit.ly/30W5r8b
// The creation of a new form of American government, where the executive branch is permanently and utterly above the law, oversight, and accountability is upon us.

🐣 RT @McFaul Ukrainians worry a lot that team Trump doesn’t care about Ukraine. This wont help. Not a very diplomatic statement from our chief diplomat.
⋙ 🐣 RT @davidgura After the interview, @NPRKelly tells @arishapiro, @SecPompeo “shouted at [her] for about the same amount of time as the interview itself had lasted.” ¤ “He asked, ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ He used the F-word in that sentence, and many others.” [ … ]

MMFA, Eric Kleefeld: Smear merchant John Solomon accidentally reveals role of his lawyers diGenova and Toensing http://bit.ly/2tFsHvf
// Perhaps his attorneys should have advised him to not say this

💙 🧵 RT @moscow_project .@RepAdamSchiff begins with a summary of article one: Trump’s abuse of power by pressuring Ukraine to help him cheat the 2020 election. ¤ “That has been proved.” 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220872469097205764?s=20

🐣 RT @EricColumbus When the facts are on your side, pound the facts.
When the law is on your side, pound the law.
When neither is on your side, pound the Bidens.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Acosta Source on Trump’s legal team, on conference call with reporters, said they will be going after the Bidens during the Trump defense presentation.

🐣 RT @EliStokols Starting Saturday, Trump’s lawyers will get their say — and they appear ready to deliver the public tarring of Biden that Trump had sought from Ukraine.
⋙ LATimes, Eli Stokols: Trump’s lawyers prepare a blistering defense http://lat.ms/2vgfzNf

🐣 RT @davidgura After the interview, @NPRKelly tells @arishapiro, @SecPompeo “shouted at [her] for about the same amount of time as the interview itself had lasted.” ¤ “He asked, ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ He used the F-word in that sentence, and many others.” https://twitter.com/davidgura/status/1220838347767238657?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @davidgura At the end of this remarkable exchange, during which @NPRKelly asks @SecPompeo why he hasn’t defended Amb. Marie Yovanovitch, the Secretary of State ends the interview: 🔊 https://twitter.com/davidgura/status/1220756761289904128?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, George Conway III: There’s a critical witness impeachment is missing http://wapo.st/2NYGJPh Trump himself

🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] .@RepJeffries: “President Trump can’s address the substance of our case. He therefore complains about process. But these procedural complaints are baseless excuses.” ¤ They have no basis in law, no basis in history, and no basis in truth. 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220851452282839041?s=20

🐣 RT @lourdesgnavarro Wow. @NPR’s @NPRKelly just now on @npratc says @SecPompeo was furious about being questioned about Ukraine in her interview. Took her into his office, cursed at her, dropping f-bombs, made her point to Ukraine on an unmarked map (she did). It’s just…shocking.
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🐣 RT @lourdesgnavarro The full interview will be up soon. But here is the part that got him angry. She did her job for the American people. We ask questions because of the PUBLIC RIGHT TO KNOW. We represent you when we speak to officials who make decisions in our name.
⋙ 🔊 NPR: Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo: ‘I Have Defended Every State Department Official’ http://n.pr/3aFwWYb
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🐣 RT @mrbromwich Pompeo is a bully and a coward. He was irritated because @NPRKelly called him out for his failure to defend Amb. Yovanovitch. Good for her.
⋙ 🐣 RT @arishapiro The coda to @NPRKelly’s interview with @SecPompeo is shocking. As described on @npratc: He screamed, swore at her, and said she couldn’t find Ukraine on a map. He ordered staffers to bring a blank map. She pointed to Ukraine and thanked him for his time.
💙 ≣ NPR: Transcript: NPR’s Full Interview With Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo http://n.pr/2RKNllz Asked several times if he owes Marie Yovanovitch an apology, he refuses ● Text Block [] : https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1220841297386397705?s=20/photo/1

Change of subject. Ukraine. Do you owe Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch an apology?
You know, I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran. That’s what I intend to do. I know what our Ukraine policy has been now for the three years of this administration. I’m proud of the work we’ve done. This administration delivered the capability for the Ukrainians to defend themselves. President Obama showed up with MREs (meals ready to eat.) We showed up with Javelin missiles. The previous administration did nothing to take down corruption in Ukraine. We’re working hard on that. We’re going to continue to do it.

I confirmed with your staff [crosstalk] last night that I would talk about Iran and Ukraine.
I just don’t have anything else to say about that this morning.

I just want to give you another opportunity to answer this, because as you know, people who work for you in your department, people who have resigned from this department under your leadership, saying you should stand up for the diplomats who work here. [crosstalk]
I don’t know who these unnamed sources are you’re referring to. I can tell you this, when I talked to my team here —

These are not unnamed sources. [crosstalk] This is your senior adviser Michael McKinley, a career foreign service officer with four decades experience, who testified under oath that he resigned in part due to the failure of the State Department to offer support to Foreign Service employees caught up in the impeachment inquiry on Ukraine.
[I’m not going to comment on things that Mr. McKinley may have said. I’ll say only this. I have defended every State Department official. We’ve built a great team. The team that works here is doing amazing work around the world.

Sir, respectfully [crosstalk] where have you defended Marie Yovanovitch?
I’ve defended every single person on this team. I’ve done what’s right for every single person on this team. [crosstalk]

Can you point me toward your remarks where you have defended Marie Yovanovitch?
I’ve said all I’m going to say today. Thank you. Thanks for the repeated opportunity to do so. I appreciate that.

One further question on this.
I’m not going to — I appreciate that. I appreciate that you want to continue to talk about this. I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran. ]

And you appreciate [crosstalk] that the American public wants to know as a shadow foreign policy, as a back channel policy on Ukraine was being developed, did you try to block it?
The Ukraine policy has been run from the Department of State for the entire time that I have been here, and our policy was very clear.

Marie Yovanovitch [crosstalk] testified under oath that Ukraine policy was hijacked.
I’ve been clear about that. I know exactly what we were doing. I know precisely what the direction that the State Department gave to our officials around the world about how to manage our Ukraine policy.

🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] .@RepJerryNadler lays out how Trump’s obstruction harms the Senate and the American people by trying to place the president above the law: 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220834583387787265?s=20

🐣 RT @emmaloop Sekulow gave a bit of a preview of Trump’s defense, which will start tomorrow and continue next week. Here’s my quick transcription from the scrum earlier: Text Block: https://twitter.com/LoopEmma/status/1220850324786831360?s=20/photo/1

✅ WaPo FactChecker, Glenn Kessler (2018): Did Hillary Clinton collude with the Russians to get ‘dirt’ on Trump to feed it to the FBI? http://wapo.st/36prANx No. FOUR PINOCCHIOS 🍄🍄🍄🍄 @JaySekulow ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1220837790037966851?s=20/photo/1
// 2/8/2018

“The truth is that they [Democrats] are covering up that Hillary Clinton colluded with the Russians to get dirt on Trump to feed it to the FBI to open up an investigation into the other campaign.” —Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show, Feb. 7, 2018 …

[T]here is no evidence that Clinton was involved in Steele’s reports or worked with Russian entities to feed information to Steele. That’s where Nunes’s claim goes off the rails — and why he earns Four Pinocchios.

🐣 RT @MollyMcKew Sekulow’s little outburst during the break should terrify all republicans. ¤ Their only presentation plan is conspiracies. They will skripal the hell out of everything with wackobird conspiracies. ¤ And POTUS expects Repubs to just suck it up and raise their little hands. Pathetic.

🐣 RT @McFaul Trump also agreed to help Putin investigate Americans regarding completely invented claims, not unlike what Trump asked Zelensky to do regarding another American. Not the way it’s supposed to work!
⋙ 🐣 You’re too modest. You were on Putin’s list
⋙ 🐣 RT @mitchellreports On Trump/Putin Helsinki summit, @RepAdamSchiff: “There he is, the President of Russia, standing next to President of the U.S., & hearing his own Kremlin propaganda talking points coming from the President of the U.S. Now, if that’s not a propaganda coup, I don’t know what is.”

🧵 💽 RT @moscow_project [Thread] .@RepAdamSchiff: “If someone sacrifices the national interests in favor of his own and is not removed from office, our democracy is in jeopardy. It’s just that simple.” 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220789448285327362?s=20

🧵 RT @emptywheel [Thread] Schiff plays Trump parroting the “where is the server” line he used in the July 25 phone call standing next to Putin. 📌 https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1220800640215126017?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Schiff: The President of the US standing next to the President of Russia saying he doesn’t believe his own intelligence agencies. He’s promoting this kooky crazy server story cooked up by the Kremlin, standing next to the guy who cooked it up.
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Schiff: What profile they have of our president, boy do they have him spot on. Flattery and propaganda. This is the most incredible propaganda coup!
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Schiff: He won’t read his own NatSec talking points. But he will read the Kremlin ones.
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Schiff: how do you make this argument, when you say the IC cannot be believed. You undermine your own intel agencies, you weaken the country for when you need to persuade allies, you can trust us. How do you make that arg when you trust Russia more than own people?
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Schiff: That’s one hell of a Russian intelligence coup. They got the President of the Untied States to cover for their own interference in our election.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot How do we know Trump had corrupt motive? 1. Ukraine inquiry was by his personal lawyer. 2. He held up military aid after DOD certified that Ukraine was fighting corruption. 3. He wanted Biden investigation announced—he didn’t care whether it was completed.
🐣 RT @MaxBoot Trump defenders claim he was promoting U.S. interests by demanding an investigation of corruption. But we know this is false. The word “corruption” was not mentioned in either of Trump’s 2 calls with Zelensky. But Biden was mentioned 3x on July 25 call.
🐣 RT @MaxBoot Strip away the name-calling, lies, procedural complaints, & conspiracy theories, and you are left with the core of Trump’s defense: “Everyone does it.” This is alluring but false. There is no evidence any president has done what Trump is accused of doing.
⋙ WaPo: Trump wants you to think ‘everyone does it.’ No, they don’t. http://wapo.st/2TTad51

🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS The latest GOP excuse for carrying out Trump’s coverup is that if he invokes executive privilege to block witnesses, it would mean a long court fight. This is nonsense on every level. I talked to experts and found a good CRS report. Here are the facts:
⋙ WaPo, Greg Sargent: The latest GOP excuse for helping Trump’s coverup is a scam http://wapo.st/2Rou6z9

💙 🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] Trump only lifted his hold on aid because he got caught. ¤ There is no other explanation. 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220772032197033984?s=20

🐣 It’s not that Trump ordered a hit. “He speaks in a code,” as Michael Cohen said. He wanted her out; it was up to others to decode his words. “Plausible deniability.”

🐣 RT @Scout_Finch Founders: It’s complete BS that we are founded by a ruler who can do whatever he wants. Let’s have a war and create a government where all men are created equal and nobody is above law.
Everyone: Hear hear!
Republicans 2020: It’s not illegal if the president does it.

💙💙 🧵 RT @jentaub [Thread] 🍑We have commenced the final day of the House Managers’ presenting their case for the impeachment of Donald John Trump ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1220770187563225089?s=20

🐣 RT @eliehonig Schiff just said they’d bring executive privilege arguments direct to Chief Justice. They absolutely should, if necessary, and he should rule. ¤ The Constitution says the Chief Justice “shall preside.” That doesn’t mean “sit there silently and hope to get it over with.”

DailyBeast, Betsy Swan: Rudy Pal Igor Fruman Taped Trump Trying to Fire Ukraine Ambassador: Lawyer http://bit.ly/30QCv1g
// The tape may contradict Trump’s claim that he does not know the two Giuliani associates who worked to have the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine be removed.

🐣 RT @brianklaas Republican Senators: these damning breaking stories aren’t going to stop. You’re debasing yourself for a crook who would happily shred the Constitution if it provided him a slight bump in TV ratings or polls. If you don’t care about your country, at least think about your legacy.

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Trump has claimed he doesn’t know Parnas, but here he is apparently giving him a direct order to “get rid of” a U.S. ambassador.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT “Get rid of her!” is what the voice that appears to be President Trump’s is heard saying. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.”
🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Don’t get distracted by Trump’s mob-speak about Yovanovich. He’s not trying to murder her. Don’t miss the actual point: that Parnas has tapes and Trump is caught in the headlights of a *massive* lie on which the pretense of his defense rests. Hammer the GOP Senators with it.
🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 A recording reviewed by ABC News appears to capture Trump telling associates he wanted Marie Yovanovitch fired while speaking at a small gathering that included Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. The recording appears to contradict statements by Trump.
🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance The story says this recording of Trump & Lev Parnas (who he’s repeatedly said he doesn’t know) talking about taking out Yovanovitch was made by Igor Fruman. Unless it was somehow in Parnas’ cache of materials, this could imply Fruman is also cooperating.
🐣 RT @kyledcheney HUGE: ABC gets a recording that backs up Parnas’ claim that Trump ordered Yovanovitch at a small gathering in April.
⋙ ABCNews: ‘Take her out’: recording appears to capture Trump at private dinner saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired http://abcn.ws/2U4GsOT
// Trump apparently heard discussing firing Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: ‘If the truth doesn’t matter, we’re lost’ — and we are http://wapo.st/36ozKFV

CNN: Hundreds of thousands protest US troop presence in Iraq http://cnn.it/2TQ1PmN

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: The Darkness Where the Future Should Be http://nyti.ms/2GggAr5
// What happens to a society that loses its capacity for awe and wonder at things to come?

⭕ 23 Jan 2020

💙 NBCNews: Trump’s Senate impeachment trial: What happened on Day Three http://nbcnews.to/2NWbuUS
// Schiff, the lead House manager, closed Democrats’ second day of arguments with a passionate appeal to senators to remove the president from office.

NYT, Peter Baker: Now Testifying for the Prosecution: President Trump http://nyti.ms/3aEOlQL
// Barred so far from presenting witnesses, the House managers prosecuting the president have focused on turning his own words against him

DailyBeast: Dems Aim to Put ‘Knife in the Heart’ of Trump’s Defense http://bit.ly/2RplEQ0
// by Sam Brodey, Erin Banco and Jackie Kucinich; Mixing video, some levity, and senators’ words from the Clinton impeachment era, Democrats’ overstuffed pre-buttal sought to discredit the Trump defenders’ case before it starts.

WaPo, Catherine Rampell: Trump’s Treasury secretary just admitted the tariff rationale is hogwash http://wapo.st/2GheFT2 //➔ Using tariffs as a cudgel, Trump takes his bullying to international commerce

WaPo, Dana Milbank: John Roberts comes face to face with the mess he made http://wapo.st/2RMEGPp

🧵 RT @atrupar [Thread] SCHIFF: “Whether we can say it publicly, we all know what we’re dealing with here with this president. Donald Trump chose Rudy Giuliani over his own intelligence agencies… that makes him dangerous… why would anyone in their right mind believe Giuliani over Christopher Wray?” 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1220550812742684673?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar SCHIFF: “Let’s say [Russia] starts blatantly interfering in our election again to help Trump. Can you have the least bit of confidence he’ll stand up & protect our national interest over his own? You know you can’t, which makes him dangerous to this country. You know you can’t.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar SCHIFF: “If right doesn’t matter, we’re lost …here, right is supposed to matter. It’s what’s made us the greatest nation on earth. No constitution can protect us if right doesn’t matter anymore …this is why if you find him guilty, you must remove him. Because right matters.”
// plus 💽s

HuffPo: Lindsey Graham Bizarrely Defends Trump: ‘He Did Nothing Wrong In His Mind’ http://bit.ly/37q4pnp //➔ Trump really believes Ukraine hacked the DNC. Will he now demand GOP Senators and lawyers go along with him on this, too?
// Twitter users were quick to rip apart the South Carolina senator.

🐣 RT @PatrickNova6 A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within….for the traitor appears not to be a traitor…he rots the soul of a nation…he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. — Cicero

🐣 RT @secupp Elected Republicans, whatever instant gratification you’re getting for defending Trump’s corruption and abuse of power, History’s attention span and memory are a lot longer than Trump’s. Rest assured, it will remember you correctly.

💙 🧵 RT @ChrisMurphyCT 1/ [THREAD]: My wife picked a hell of a week to travel for work. It’s 11pm and we just finished today’s trial. Our babysitter needs to get some sleep, so tonight’s behind-the-scenes account of the trial will be quick! 📌 https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1220557542738341889?s=20

🐣 RT @MSNBC “The volume is going to much higher — there will be yelling, there will be passionate gesticulation on the floor … but the substance will be next to zero,” @Lawrence says of Pres. Trump’s upcoming legal defense. “They simply do not have facts to argue.” https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1220580265879318530?s=20

🐣 RT @duty2warn Malignant narcissists rule by fear. Pure gangster.
🐣 RT @kasparov63 A perfect recording.
⋙ 🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzi1 ‘Take her out’: Recording appears to capture Trump at private dinner saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired –
🐣 RT @StevenBeschloss It’s not acceptable. It’s a felony. Are we living in a country with the rule of law or aren’t we? Are Republican senators prepared to prop up a president & his henchman who believe it’s acceptable to intimidate jurors?
🐣 RT @AviWolf Aside from being disgusting and unacceptable, this strikes me as dumb and self-destructive. They’re all aware of primary day, anyway. Something like this might force some to say “F–k it.”
🐣 RT @LizMair I mean, if you are a self-important dude who has a 6 year term and you don’t enjoy the executive branch trampling on your constitutional duties in the first place, statements like this are going to piss you off. And some people like that aren’t big wusses.
🐣 RT @tedlieu I don’t know if @realDonaldTrump is a thug. But his team sure act like thugs. ¤ Also, threatening senators is a very condescending move. As if #GOP Senators will simply kneel before Trump. Oh wait, they repeatedly have. ¤ That’s why they are being threatened. ¤ #ImpeachmentTrials
🐣 RT @SpiroAgnewGhost How is THIS not extortion and abuse of power?
🐣 RT @AuthorKimberley It’s beginning to look a lot like fascism.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mattmfm CBS News reports that GOP Senators have been warned by Trump team: “Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike.” How is this acceptable? https://twitter.com/mattmfm/status/1220555307916677120?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Thank you @RepAdamSchiff for reminding the Senate and public that the Attorney General tried to COVER UP the whistleblower complaint under legal mumbo jumbo and if the ICIG (Trump’s own appointee) hadn’t notified Congress of its existence directly, they would’ve never known

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ “You know you can’t count on him.” ¤ It was dead silent because at that moment every single member of that chamber knew that this is the absolute, crystal clear, truth.
⋙ 🐣 RT @igorbobic Schiff’s closing, where he asked if senators had confidence that Trump would pick national interest over himself, was probably the most interesting moment so far of Dem arguments. ¤ Chamber was dead silent and focused on him – didn’t see a single conversation on GOP side.

🐣 2017 GDP $1.58Tr; Pop 144.5M Russia
2017 GDP $1.50Tr; Pop 19.59M NY State
2017 GDP $19.39Tr; Pop 325.7M United States
So, why is Trump so impressed w Putin?
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🐣 .@clairecmc thinks Trump got his Ukraine conspiracy theories directly from Putin

🐣 RT @Zigmanfreud Wow. As good as Adam Schiff was yesterday, what he just did about why Trump must be removed to protect the nation and the Constitution may have even been better. ¤ “If right doesn’t matter, the Constitution can’t protect us.”
🐣 RT @DavidShuster The final 8 and a half minutes of @RepAdamSchiff close from tonight. Gripping. Dramatic. Historic. #rightmatters
🐣 RT @Lawrence Best lawyer I’ve ever seen in Congress.
💙💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Donald Trump must be convicted and removed from office.
Because he will always choose his own personal interest over our national interest.
Because in America, right matters. Truth matters.
If not, no Constitution can protect us.
If not, we are lost.
💽 https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1220559375938609152?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @justinamash The president has abused power for personal gain, precisely as the Framers of the Constitution feared. To not remove him for such misconduct will embolden future executives to act in their own interests to the detriment of our republic. The impeachment power will be dead law.

NYT: Schiff ends the day with a fiery push for Trump’s removal. http://nyti.ms/2TND0YJ

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Masterful close from Schiff, summing up not just this case but the entirety of the Trump presidency. “You can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. He’ll do what’s right for Donald Trump.”

🐣 RT @emptywheel Jury tampering.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mattmfm CBS News reports that GOP Senators have been warned by Trump team: “Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike.” How is this acceptable?

NBCNews, Jonathan Allen: Trump schools the Senate on the exercise of power http://nbcnews.to/37od61C
// Analysis: If the Senate calls no witnesses, the lesson of Trump’s stonewalling strategy will be that the president can easily seize power from Congress.

🐣 RT @PeterAlexander Schiff emotionally punctuates tonight’s argument: “You know you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. You can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump. He’ll do it now. He’s done it before… He’ll do it in the election if he’s allowed to.” 1/2
⋙ 🐣 RT @PeterAlexander “This is why, if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed,” Schiff concludes. “Because right matters. Because right matters. And the truth matters. Otherwise we are lost.” 2/2
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🐣 RT @DrDenaGrayson 🔥 “If right doesn’t matter, we’re lost…here, right is supposed to matter. It’s what’s made us the greatest nation on earth. No constitution can protect us if right doesn’t matter anymore…this is why if you find him GUILTY…Because right matters.” 💽 https://twitter.com/DrDenaGrayson/status/1220555578541596672?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @jmonkatthestate Trump is “dangerous to this country,” Rep Schiff tells senators Thursday night. “The American people deserve a president they can count on to put their interests first…If truth doesn’t matter, we’re lost” 💽 https://twitter.com/jmonkatthestate/status/1220549710957686784?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @neal_katyal New @Reuters poll. Wow. “About 72% agreed that the trial ‘should allow witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the impeachment charges to testify,’ including 84% of Democrats & 69% of Republicans” ¤ Good luck President Trump w/ your attempted coverup.
⋙ Reuters: Let them speak: Most Americans want witnesses in Trump impeachment trial – Reuters/Ipsos poll http://reut.rs/2uqpX4I
// 1/22/2020

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Masterful close from Schiff, summing up not just this case but the entirety of the Trump presidency. “You can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. He’ll do what’s right for Donald Trump.”

🌎 Transparency[.]org: Corruption Perceprions Index http://bit.ly/2TOVW9r https://twitter.com/anticorruption/status/1220214448440344580?s=20/photo/1
// US 7.1/10; “Flawed Democracy”; Rank 23, 69 points, down from 75 in 2017

🐣 RT @waltshaub One can see Marie Antoinette on a summer evening in 1784 at Hameau de la Reine—the pretend farmhouse beside Château de Versailles where she would don costumes and play milkmaid. She turns sweetly to look upon Cow, leans in and whispers “I gave up a life in Paris for you, cherie.” https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/1220544765239922689?s=20/photo/1
// about Ivanka

🐣 RT @Yamiche Lt Col Vindman’s lawyers say Sen Blackburn’s tweets are a “a testament to cowardice” & show she has “failed to follow her oath of impartiality”¤ Rep Liz Cheney’s office confirmed wks ago that Cheney talked to Vindman’s wife & told her attacks on his patriotism weren’t acceptable
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarshaBlackburn Adam Schiff is hailing Alexander Vindman as an American patriot. ¤ How patriotic is it to badmouth and ridicule our great nation in front of Russia, America’s greatest enemy?

🐣 RT @KaivanShroff I don’t wanna hear another word about Yale-educated lawyer Hunter Biden taking a job he wasn’t overqualified for when out-of-business-Made-In-China-flammable-scarf-retailer Princess Ivanka is literally at Davos in meetings with world leaders who definitely don’t want her there.
⋙ 🐣 Barbara Bush was on the Board of Mayo Clinic. As far as I know she did not have any background in healthcare.

🐣 I will miss the House Managers. Living in their reality where facts and laws matter has been so uplifting. I wish we could stay in it. But soon … ‘The darkness will drop again.’

🐣 Here’s the thing: Even as we prepare to vote in the Dem primaries, we don’t know if Trump has damaged (or, in fact, enhanced) Biden’s chances.

🐣 Here’s the thing: Even as we prepare to vote in the Dem primaries, we don’t know if Trump has damaged (or, in fact, enhanced) Biden’s chances.

🐣 RT @HouseIntel “‘Read the Transcript!’ President Trump says. ¤ We have read the transcript, and it is damning evidence of a corrupt quid pro quo… this for that.” – @RepJeffries 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1220511862783139841?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TomJChicago While she doesn’t say the word, Trump’s dementia is what Claire McCaskill is describing. She emphasizes how the entire Senate knows he’s impaired. Enabling him to stay in the WH while deteriorating from dementia will become one of the biggest scandals in US history.
⋙ 🐣 RT @politicusarah Claire McCaskill says on MSNBC that Republican Senators have told her that Trump doesn’t know what he is talking about. 💽 https://twitter.com/PoliticusSarah/status/1220520803084750848?s=20/photo/1

😅🐣 RT @TheTweetOfGod Whether or not Trump is found guilty, he’s guilty.

TheWeek, Ryan Cooper: Trump is a clear and present danger to constitutional government http://bit.ly/37nY3oE ‘Would Republican senators complain if a Trump militia took control of polling stations…? Or would they lie & dissemble & call it ‘fake news?’ We may live to find out’

🐣 RT @HouseIntel President Trump requested the two sham investigations into the 2016 election and the Bidens for his own personal, political gain. ¤ This was never about corruption. ¤ Here’s how we know: https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1220454563062472716?s=20/photo/1
// List of 10 proofs investigation were for personal gain

🐣 RT @CAPAction “It’s about a stunning abuse of power. It’s about obstruction of Congress. It’s about the need for us…to have a fair trial with witnesses and evidence… ¤ What keeps us free from tyranny is the sacred principle that in this great country, no one is above the law.” —@RepJeffries 💽 https://twitter.com/CAPAction/status/1220510587198869504?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DrDenaGrayson 🚨BREAKING: virologist who helped identify SARS says a bigger #CoronavirusOutbreak is “certain,” “conservatively” estimating it could be 10x bigger than SARS because SARS was transmitted by only a few “super spreaders” in a more defined part of #China.😳
⋙ WaPo: Chinese cities cancel New Year celebrations, travel ban widens in effort to stop coronavirus outbreak http://wapo.st/2NU0wiJ

🐣 RT @HelenArmstrong5 Dear @senrobportman you left Senate chambers in violation of p@senatemajldr 1st rule of conduct – ALL Senators will be in attendance at all times during the impeachment proceedings. We’re watching and don’t approve. If you can’t obey the rules, don’t vote. ¤ PHONE: 202-224-3353

🐣 RT @SenJeffMerkley Once both sides present their case, Senators will be submitting questions through the Chief Justice to be answered by the two teams. Based on what you’ve heard so far, what would you ask if you had the chance? I’ll be taking your questions into account as I formulate my own.
⋙ 🐣 RT Please ask someone (Roberts himself?) what can be done about outright lies or (if it happens) GOP spouting conspiracy theories? I’m concerned this trial will allow the perpetuation of our two “alternative realities”

WaPo: Democrats use Trump’s allies in their case against the president http://wapo.st/37lIbTr

🐣 RT @SenBlumenthal Persuasive & personable, the younger Senator Graham, then a House manager in the Clinton case, was right: even if it’s not a statutory violation, “when you start using your office & you’re acting in a way that hurts people, you’ve committed a high crime.”
⋙ 💽 TheHill: Nadler plays 1999 clip of Graham defining high crimes: ‘It doesn’t even have to be a crime’ http://bit.ly/2uoHB98

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger “The Constitution is not a suicide pact. It does not leave us stuck with presidents who abuse their power in unforeseen ways that threaten our security and democracy” – quote of the day [Jerrold Nadler]

🐣 RT @K_JeanPierre Thank you to the 7 House impeachment trial managers:
— @RepAdamSchiff (D-CA)
— @RepJerryNadler (D-NY)
— @RepJeffries (D-NY)
— @RepValDemings (D-FL)
— @RepZoeLofgren (D-CA)
— @RepSylviaGarcia (D-TX)
— @RepJasonCrow (D-CO)
#TrumpImpeachmentTrial

🐣 RT @lrozen He did not badmouth the nation, he was wounded fighting for it. He spoke with tremendous praise and pride for the nation in the hearings, telling his father not to be afraid for him because this is America.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarshaBlackburn Adam Schiff is hailing Alexander Vindman as an American patriot. ¤ How patriotic is it to badmouth and ridicule our great nation in front of Russia, America’s greatest enemy?

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Rep. Jerry Nadler is CRUSHING the President’s position that his abuse of power is not an impeachable offense by using the very words of the president’s own supporters and enablers: Barr, Dershowitz and Turley.

🐣 RT @mayawiley Law need pt: #Trump defense brief tries to pull back from #Dershowitz extreme that #impeachment requires a crime. Maybe cuz he said it didn’t when Clinton impeached& House GOP expert said #abuseofpower was impeachable. Brief softens to “law violation.” GAO found that.
⋙ 🐣 RT @thehill Rep. Jerry Nadler: “The president’s lawyers argue that impeachment and removal are subject to statutory crimes or to offenses against established law, that the president cannot be impeached because he has not committed a crime. This view is completely wrong.” 💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1220463718284218368?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] Trump and his hand-picked deputies, led by Rudy Giuliani, began their efforts to solicit foreign interference from Ukraine all the way back in 2018. It wasn’t until Zelensky came into office promising reform that the corrupt extortion scheme truly began. 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220468829081546755?s=20

💙 🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Abuse of power. ¤ Fox News’ top legal analyst Judge Napolitano: “What is required for removal of the president? A demonstration of presidential commission of high crimes and misdemeanors, of which in Trump’s case the evidence is ample and uncontradicted.”
⋙ FoxNews, Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump’s Senate impeachment trial — What does it take to remove a president? http://bit.ly/2RlTlCb

🐣 RT @CNNBusiness Fox News executives shielded the channel’s audience from the impeachment trial proceedings playing out in the Senate, instead choosing to air its regular bloc of opinion programming which is strongly supportive of President Trump | Analysis by @oliverdarcy
⋙ CNN: Instead of airing the impeachment trial, Fox News fed viewers pro-Trump opinion in prime time http://cnn.it/2RMaAvo

🐣 RT @TheRickyDavila The moment Jerry Nadler played old clips of @LindseyGrahamSC’s hypocrisy, he got up and walked out. A true coward and traitor. ¤ What do they have on you Lindsey? What’s in your closet?

🐣 RT @SimonWDC Underappeciated moment in the Ukraine timeline – Sept 26th. ¤ Just days after the scandal became public, Trump launches $10m ad campaign hitting Biden w/the false Ukraine conspiracy. ¤ It’s a smoking gun confirmation Ukraine project’s intent was electoral. [+link to article in TheHill] https://twitter.com/SimonWDC/status/1220355044530380800?s=20
// plus two other under appreciated moments

TPM (9/25;2019): Barr Denies Involvement In Trump’s Ukraine Smear Campaign Against Biden http://bit.ly/2uo3MMH
// 9/25/2019

🐣 RT @DruckerPhilip If you can’t at least be dis-barred for lying to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in front of the entire Senate I don’t know what acts would qualify. There has to be some penalty for repeating Fox “News” talking points as if they were facts in a supposed tribunal of truth.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw The House Managers are doing a great job blowing up Trump’s phony defenses in advance. I’d feel sorry for Team Trump — if I didn’t remind myself that nobody is forcing them to represent a dictator wannabe, a demagogue who threatens all we stand for as a representative democracy.

🐣 RT @tribelaw .@RepAdamSchiff is rescuing a lackluster account by restating in his inimitably powerful way what an earlier manager didn’t fully explain. This is a teaching moment for students learning the difference between an earnest performance that misses the mark and a delivery that kills.

ThreadReader: 🐣 RT @JoeLockhart 1. On day two of the Senate trial to remove President Donald J Trump, welcome to the Daily White House Shadow Briefing. For newcomers, since the White House stopped doing briefings some 330 days ago, we’ve been doing our shadow briefing to make sure the important questions http://bit.ly/2NQJaDl 📌 https://twitter.com/joelockhart/status/1220436475545821187?s=20

🐣 RT @grantstern If the Republican Senators cannot stay awake during a trial over which they’re presiding as judges, then you must do your duty and #VoteThemAllOut2020 if this turns into an unfair trial without documents and witnesses.
⋙ TheAtlantic, Paul Savoy: An Impeachment Trial Without Witnesses Would Be Unconstitutional http://bit.ly/38D8HYX Paul Savoy is a former prosecutor in the office of the Manhattan District Attorney.
// And a resulting acquittal verdict would present Americans with something far worse than a constitutional crisis.

🐣 RT @SenBlumenthal Just reviewed the Williams classified document—which should be made public immediately. There is absolutely no reason to keep it classified regardless of which side it helps. Americans should judge for themselves.

🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] NEW: Under #MoscowMitch’s watchful eye, Republicans have become the party of Putin. It’s not just Trump—the whole party has gone all-in on the debunked Russian conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election. 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220437964154601473?s=20
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MoscowProject: Moscow Mitch and the Party of Putin http://bit.ly/36oW4z0 Now the whole GOP is mouthing Russian talking points

💙 🧵 RT @jentaub [Thread] Here we go again. Adam Schiff is thanking Senators for working so late and sitting silently for hours 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1220407789006225408?s=20

Bloomberg, Noah Feldman: Maybe the Senate Isn’t Up to the Job of Trump’s Impeachment Trial http://bloom.bg/2viTcXJ Noah Feldman is a professor of law at Harvard University
// James Madison wanted the Supreme Court to try impeachments. Maybe he was right.

ForeignAffairs, Joe Biden: Why America Must Lead Again http://fam.ag/2sPGheQ “The triumph of democracy and liberalism over fascism and autocracy created the free world. But this contest does not just define our past. It will define our future, as well.” ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1220389148382638081?s=20/photo/1
// Rescuing U.S. Foreign Policy After Trump

The Biden foreign policy agenda will place the United States back at the head of the table, in a position to work with its allies and partners to mobilize collective action on global threats. The world does not organize itself. For 70 years, the United States, under Democratic and Republican presidents, played a leading role in writing the rules, forging the agreements, and animating the institutions that guide relations among nations and advance collective security and prosperity—until Trump. If we continue his abdication of that responsibility, then one of two things will happen: either someone else will take the United States’ place, but not in a way that advances our interests and values, or no one will, and chaos will ensue. Either way, that’s not good for America.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Republicans, think carefully about the choice you have to make http://wapo.st/2uqRyTv “This trial could end up as long ad for throwing the GOP out of power”

WaPo, Amber Philips: What happened in Wednesday’s Senate trial, in 5 minutes http://wapo.st/37nvkA7

DailyBeast, Eleanor Clift: GOP’s ‘Drug Deal’ for Trump Keeps Bolton From Testifying About Him http://bit.ly/30Li4CW
// Adam Schiff is in his element—and may be baiting Donald Trump into an executive-privilege trap.

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Adam Schiff’s Moment http://bit.ly/38vaUpd
// On Day 2 of the Senate impeachment trial, the House presents its case—and a senator has a cold glass of milk.

DailyBeast, Margaret Carlson: Trump’s ‘Ridiculous’ Impeachment Defense Could Crumble http://bit.ly/38vurWs
// Republicans are insisting that there’s no case without witnesses and that it’s too late to call them.

⭕ 22 Jan 2020

💙 NationalReview Editorial: Impeachment Doesn’t Require a Crime http://bit.ly/2RpwFkG

Politico Mag, James Robenalt: Why Is John Roberts Even in the Impeachment Trial? http://politi.co/38zkPtN
// Last night, the chief justice showed he wasn’t just a potted plant. But the founders would have wanted him to play an even stronger role in impeachment.

NYT: McConnell Prefers to Hold ’Em, but Also Knows When to Fold ’Em http://nyti.ms/37miW3p
// The majority leader, facing defections in his own ranks, made a strategic retreat this week in an effort to retain his grip on the trial

WaPo, Amber Philips: What happens next in the impeachment of President Trump? http://wapo.st/2tAYX2z

WaPo, Joe Scarborough: Mitch McConnell has failed the Republican Party http://wapo.st/30OnSf4

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: “Ass-Backwards” and (So Far) Witness-Free, Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial Begins http://bit.ly/30NiYyK
// A report from Day 1 of the case against the President.

💙≣ Politico: Read Adam Schiff’s opening argument at Senate impeachment trial http://politi.co/36lbg06
// Schiff Opening Statement

WaPo: Biden says he refuses to be part of impeachment witness deal http://wapo.st/2TN0ZXX “Think about everything that President Trump does, from the time he got into real estate,” Biden said. “Whenever he has a problem, he blames somebody else.”

WaPo: Biden says he refuses to be part of impeachment witness deal http://wapo.st/2TN0ZXX

NYT: In Impeachment Case, Schiff Accuses Trump of Trying ‘to Cheat’ in Election http://nyti.ms/2GddeoK
// The House impeachment managers began presenting their oral arguments against President Trump in the Senate trial, arguing that his conduct warranted his removal.

DailyBeast, Matt Wilstein: George Conway Unloads on Senate Republicans: ‘They Know He’s Guilty’ http://bit.ly/2GfMYtN
// “Are they going to stand for lies instead of truth?” Kellyanne Conway’s husband asked. “Are they going to stand for gaslighting instead of reality?”

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey: McConnell’s Brushback Is a Preview of the Impeachment Battle to Come http://bit.ly/2TVyNCp
// The most unexpected thing to come out of the first day of Senate impeachment proceedings was the appearance of boundaries for the majority leader—which could shape the coming days.

DailyBeast, Jay Michaelson: Trump’s Lawyers are Lying About the Meaning of Impeachment http://bit.ly/2RjgNA5
// Impeachment is an indictment, not a trial.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks A profound question. Could Chief Justice be moved to action by the reality that the fundamental balance of powers created in our Constitution are being obliterated by Trump and his theories that he can do anything he wants and not be investigated or held accountable.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger We hope that Roberts viscerally understands Trump will obliterate the separation of powers, wield his powers for personal gain, seek to destroy the legislative and executive branches and lie to courts, Congress and the American people
⋙⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The education of Chief Justice John Roberts http://wapo.st/2Ggs4e1

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq
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⋙ 🐣 RT @ryanjreilly “Good job,” @LindseyGrahamSC tells @RepAdamSchiff as the impeachment trial wraps for the day. “Very well spoken.” https://twitter.com/BradMossEsq/status/1220196660208381953?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣🌎 RT @AndreaCalupa “More than a third of the world’s population still live under authoritarian rule.” https://twitter.com/AndreaChalupa/status/1220191157054996480?s=20/photo/1
// US flawed democracy rated 7 of 10

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Americans know about Trump’s Ukraine scheme because people with a sense of duty were willing to step forward and speak out. ¤ People like Ambassadors Yovanovitch and Taylor, Lt. Col. Vindman, Dr. Hill. ¤ They were willing to risk their careers. Can Members of Congress do the same?

Law&Crime: Calls for Pat Cipollone’s Disbarment Swell After ‘Brazen Lack of Candor’ During Impeachment Trial http://bit.ly/3aBZ8v9

🐣 RT @matthewamiller No idea how many Americans are watching Schiff in prime time tonight, but those who are are seeing a devastating argument against the Republican Senate not demanding documents and witnesses (among other things).

🐣 RT @justinamash Based on my experience with Republican colleagues in the House, I suspect that many Senate Republicans are hearing the facts of this case for the first time.

DailyBeast: Dems: Convict Trump or ‘Write the History of Our Decline with Our Own Hand’ http://bit.ly/2NT0acp by Spencer Ackerman, Sam Brodey and Erin Banco
// Rep. Schiff portrayed Trump’s impeachment as a make-or-break moment for democracy in the U.S. and worldwide, hoping that history will compel 20 Republican senators to join him.

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio NEW: House Dems hammered senators with everything they had: an all-day deluge of dense info, peppered with screenshots of deposition transcripts, emails, text messages and 50 video clips — 3 times more than House GOP used in 1999 for Clinton.
⋙ Politico: Dems unload ‘overwhelming’ impeachment case on the Senate — even as they press for more http://politi.co/3auTRFD
// House managers work to balance their case with urgent pleas for new witnesses and documents.

🐣 @tedcruz Fact Checks: Biden Burisma 1/4 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1220166314003771392?s=20/photo/1-2
🐣 @tedcruz Fact Checks: Biden Burisma 2/4 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1220166611577069570?s=20/photo/1-2
🐣 @tedcruz Fact Checks: Biden Burisma 3/4 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1220166859716210688?s=20/photo/1-2
🐣 @tedcruz Fact Checks: Biden Burisma 4/4 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1220167322498891776?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @poniewozik This Schiff refrain of “Would you like to see it? I’d like to show it to you” (asking the Senate to request withheld documents) is really rhetorically effective, and I wonder if they saved it for prime time for that reason

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand NEW: Russia’s attempts to tie Clinton to Ukraine appear to have begun as early as 2015, w/a disinfo campaign stemming from donations she received from an oligarch (who also gave to Trump). Trump began asking DOJ to investigate Ukraine as early as 2017.
 ⋙ Politico, Natasha Bertrand: How a Russian disinfo op got Trump impeached http://politi.co/2TQR0Rk
// The Kremlin may have been laying the groundwork for blaming Ukraine for 2016 as early as 2015.

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Biggest howler of #ImpeachmentTrial Day 2: Sekulow’s lie that @jaketapper exposes. ¤ But much larger point: The lie shows what Trump did with Sondland. Trump said, “no quid pro quo” but then proceeded to tell Sondland: exchange US aid for Biden! 📌 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1220144394248052738?s=20

🐣 RT @froomkin I’m learning stuff I didn’t know, listening to Schiff. Technically it’s not new. But is it news that we’re hearing a unprecedentedly complete and evidence-laden explanation? I would say so.

💙💙 🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] .@RepAdamSchiff picks up where @RepJeffries left off: the aftermath of the July 25 phone call. The very next day saw more escalation as Volker coordinated with Giuliani to continue putting pressure on Ukraine. 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220145284484947970?s=20

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Ted Cruz has just said Hunter Biden’s testimony is essential. I’d like to hear his explanation for how it’s any more relevant to impeachment that testimony from Trump’s tax accountant or the women he paid to keep their relationships quiet. Interesting maybe, relevant no.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Democrats shouldn’t agree to Trump’s distraction witnesses as a trade to get relevant witnesses with 1st hand knowledge, like Bolton & Mulvaney. It may seem tempting but it gives legitimacy to fake defenses & gives the proceedings a patina of legitimacy they don’t deserve.

🐣 RT @cassandra17lina A key difference between today’s #ImpeachmentTrial versus #Watergate (other than the magnitude #Trump’s high crimes) is that most #Republicans back then believed in the rule of law, even against one of their own. Oh, and #Nixon, realizing that he’d be #impeached, resigned.

🐣 RT @CREWcrew The American people want their senators to engage in a serious quest for the truth. A recent CNN poll of voters showed that 69 percent of Americans want the Senate to hear evidence and witnesses in the coming days.
⋙ NYT, Noah Bookbinder: McConnell’s Impeachment Scam http://nyti.ms/2NLRNzh
// Senators have a duty to conduct a fair and full trial. The Republican leader is trying to make sure they can’t.

WaPo, Max Boot: Trump’s lawyers are playing a bad hand badly http://wapo.st/37fBGl8

💙💙 🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield [Thread] Hakeem Jeffries is talking about how Trump is embracing Russian propaganda that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election. ¤ In their brief, the Trump defense said this ¤ Their rebuttal: One doesn’t exclude the other. Both could have interfered. ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1220121161595404288?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield The problem is a subtle one. ¤ From @TimothyDSnyder: Russian propaganda works this way. The Russian government doesn’t deny that it is corrupt. They say all governments are corrupt. ¤ If everyone is corrupt—if everyone is guilty— nobody is any worse than anyone else. ¤ 2/

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance I’d go so far as to call this a confession, but when you’re above the law, they don’t matter. Dark times ahead.
⋙ 🐣 RT @waltshaub Trump, who obstructed Congress by withholding documents and witnesses, just told reporters in Davos that the House doesn’t have the evidence, “we” have all the evidence. Given that one of the charges is obstruction, that’s as brazenly corrupt and cynical as it gets.

🐣 RT @MollyMcKew How can any senator not think the same? How can Inhofe — who *knew* how bad it was, hence he wrote to OMB? How could Thornberry — such a practical leader on these issues and partnerships in the past, who also wrote to OMB — still turn a blind eye to what POTUS was risking?

💙💙 🧵 RT @SethAbramson [Thread] I said weeks ago Trump wanted a short trial; media bought his claim he wanted a long one. I said McConnell was lying about his resolution/trial plans; Democrats thought otherwise and handed him the articles, resolution unseen. Then I said there’d be no witnesses. And here we are. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1219984258816671744?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @mkraju McConnell is hardening his argument against witnesses, a sign he plans to rally fellow GOP senators to block testimony and bring a swift end to proceedings. He is warning of exec privilege issues and long court fight. w/ @Phil_Mattingly @jeremyherb
⋙⋙⋙ CNN: McConnell warns against witnesses in pitch for quick impeachment trial resolution http://cnn.it/2veNtCc

ForeignPolicy: Republican Lawmakers Questioned Trump’s Withholding of Ukraine Aid, Documents Show http://bit.ly/30LzcZj
// Newly released emails and other documents show that some of those now sitting as jurors in Trump’s impeachment trial were also unhappy about his move to freeze aid last year.

🐣 RT @ burgessev Trump’s ‘I think I’d take it’ remark on accepting foreign information on political opponent was just played during his impeachment trial 💽 https://twitter.com/burgessev/status/1220098926881144838?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ABC Rep. Adam Schiff quotes from Alexander Hamilton at the start of House impeachment managers’ opening arguments in the trial of Pres. Donald Trump. https://abcn.ws/36mf3dn https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1220046595993022464?s=20/photo/1
// Hamilton Quote (Letter to George Washington): “When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having the advantage of military habits—despotic in his ordinary demeanour—known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty—when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity—to join in the cry of danger to liberty—to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion—to flatter and fall in with all the non sense of the zealots of the day—It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may ‘ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.”— Alexander Hamilton

🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] .@RepJerryNadler outlines Rudy Giuliani’s efforts pursuing Trump’s corrupt goals in Ukraine, going back to before Zelensky took office last spring: 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220091428476461058?s=20

🐣 RT @ddale8 Trump lawyer Sekulow just told reporters, “Notice what’s not in the articles of impeachment: allegations or accusations of quid pro quo.” ¤ The *words* quid pro quo aren’t in the articles, but the Abuse of Power article is all *about* Trump’s alleged quid pro quo effort.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ddale8 The Abuse of Power article alleges that Trump conditioned “official United States Government acts of significant value to Ukraine” on Ukraine announcing investigations that would give him “personal political benefit.” That is, plainly, an accusation of a quid pro quo.

🐣 RT @dfriedman33 Schumer: “Adam Schiff’s speech was one of the most compelling I have ever heard. It was a tour de force… I thought it was an amazing two and a half hours.”

🐣 RT @Delavegalaw Agree — a huge result of the wrongfulness of the president’s misconduct. Bringing shame to the U.S. is bad enough, but he has also jeopardized our national security. Starting day one, he failed to defend us against a RU attack; he exacerbates that jeopardy thru corrupt acts.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoyceVanceWhite This also compromises our reputation. Who will trust us after the Senate says POTUS can barter US support for foreign leader help in a re-election campaign? We can no longer work to deter corruption abroad if the “greatest deliberative body in the world” countenances it at home.

🐣 RT @DavidCayJ Clearly and calmly, Schiff just presented a perfect argument, connecting dots, cutting through Trump’s fog of lies and articulating telling detail by fact by document how Trump betrayed his oath, lied, covered up and acts like a king, all in utter contempt for our Constitution.

🐣 RT @justingamash “I would like you to do us a favor though.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @real “NO PRESSURE”

🐣 RT @atrupar The ugly truth staring people in the face is that Republicans aren’t as invested in this “democracy” and “free and fair elections” stuff as Democrats would like to believe

🐣 RT @NotmOrnstein He should be disbarred for appearing as a lawyer in a case where he is embroiled and complicit.
🐣 RT @MiekeEoyang Also, he could face potential criminal sanction under 18 USC 1001, for making false statements to Congress.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw No question @RepRaskin is right. Cipollone must correct his lie or face disbarment.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @RepRaskin Cipollone must be forced by CJ Roberts to correct the record and apologize or face disbarment for brazen lack of candor to the tribunal in a legal proceeding. I was in nearly every deposition and the GOP Members were always present.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar “Not even Mr. Schiff’s Republican colleagues were allowed into the SCIF” — this is a blatant lie from Cipollone 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1219705851239419904?s=20/photo/1

💙 🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger This is the most brilliant legal presentation I have heard. None comes close. The tone, the facts, the anticipated defenses. I am in awe.
⋙ 🐣 Pelosi was wise to entrust this to Adam Schiff #TrumpImpeachmentTrial

🐣📊 RT @rgoodlaw New CNN poll consistent with Quinnipiac Poll, WaPo-ABC poll on #ImpeachmentTrial
1. Large majority of Americans want to see witnesses testify
CNN: 69%
QP: 66%
WaPo-ABC: 71%
2. Plurality of GOP want to see witnesses testify
CNN: 48% to 44%
QP: 39% to 35%

🧵 RT @blakesmustache [Thread]: Trump is losing, we are winning. ¤ Let’s count the ways!
1. Trump has been impeached, and it was a “self-impeachment” as Pelosi predicted. As a malignant narcissist, this causes him narcissistic injury and rage, making him even more likely to self-impeach again. 📌 https://twitter.com/blakesmustache/status/1220034720429416449?s=20

🐣 RT @Brasilmagic Adam Schiff is SO presidential. #AdamSchiffROCKS

🐣 RT @Andrew_Roth Absolutely bizarre choices here by the Trump administration to even consider ban on visas to citizens of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. Doesn’t make sense from a security perspective and will serve to isolate these countries from west.
⋙ 🐣 Belarus has recently resisted Putin’s attempts to draw it closer. Being cut off from the West would certainly help Putin. My son was on a US Army team training firefighters in Kyrgyzstan. Joint efforts like that may not be acceptable to Russia. “All roads … “

💙 🐣 RT @MollyMcKew Dark note from Dad: ¤ “In my life I’ve seen a president gunned down, a war lost in crushing defeat–but now this, ‘the city on a hill’ trashed for absolutely nothing, nothing but a few bucks. ¤ Maybe in a few hundred years someone will take a chance on this great experiment again.”

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger The notion he was concerned about corruption in Ukraine is belied by bringing up China. He cares about whatever he can use to smear Biden

💙💙 🐣 RT @moscow_project [Thread] .@RepAdamSchiff summarizes the charges against Trump. ¤ “His scheme was undertaken for a simple but corrupt reason: to help him win reelection in 2020.” 💽 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220047794641297413?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel “When the President’s scheme was exposed and the House properly performed its constitutional responsibility to investigate the matter… [Trump] ordered the entire Executive Branch…to categorically refuse and completely obstruct the House’s impeachment inquiry.” – @RepAdamSchiff 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1220058793326915586?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @klasfeldreport Rep. Schiff: ¤ “This is why you will hear the president’s lawyers make the astounding claim that you can’t impeach the president for abusing the powers of his office.” ¤ “That’s exactly, exactly what he did,” he said, his voice rising. “So, they needed to find a lawyer somewhere.”

🐣 RT @chkbal Trump is “perhaps the most dishonest person to ever sit in the White House” & “he is capable of doing serious damage” – via @Newsweek interview with Charles Fried, Reagan’s Solicitor General and Member of @chkbal
⋙ Newsweek: Reagan’s Solicitor General Says ‘All Honorable People’ Have Left Trump’s Cabinet: ‘He is Capable of Doing Serious Damage’ http://bit.ly/2TP8BcC

💽 MSNBC: Chris Matthews calls Adam Schiff’s speech ‘most compelling case for removal of office’ http://on.msnbc.com/3aDn8hw
// On House Manager Adam Schiff’s speech on Tuesday night in Congress, Chris calls Schiff’s remarks “the most compelling case for removal from office of this president I had heard in all these months.”

NatGeo (2015): The Invisible War on the Brain http://on.natgeo.com/2GcXFNA “Brain trauma from blast force … strikes deeply into a soldier’s mind and psyche” ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1220054107345629184?s=20/photo/1
// 1/15/2015; Brain trauma from blast force is the signature injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, afflicting hundreds of thousands of U.S. combat personnel. Although unseen, the damage strikes deeply into a soldier’s mind and psyche.

🐣 RT @CSIS By enabling Russia’s malign economic activities, some European countries are feeding the Kremlin’s cycle of influence, weakening democratic structures, and threatening transatlantic security: http://cs.is/2I0G9OI

🐣 RT @weareoversight [ … ] New from @EricLiptonNYT on the OMB documents we uncovered last night through our FOIA lawsuit.
⋙ NYT: New Emails Show Budget Office Working to Carry Out Ukraine Aid Freeze http://nyti.ms/2RfG3qN
// The communications about President Trump’s order to hold up military assistance to Ukraine were released under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

🧵 RT @TheRickWilson [Thread] 1/ Today’s list of insanely dumb Senate GOP conceits
– “Motions to table” votes for the Trump coverup can be waved off as mere procedural votes is laughable. Trust me, when the ads come – and they are coming – voters *will* believe you were voting on the substance. 📌 https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1220026192411025409?s=20

🐣 RT @BillKristol The Democrats need to play this clip over and over on the floor of the Senate today and on various forms of media throughout the country: Trump boasts about his coverup, enabled so far by Senate Republicans.
↥ ↧
💙 🐣 RT @RepValDemings The second article of impeachment was for obstruction of Congress: covering up witnesses and documents from the American people. ¤ This morning the President not only confessed to it, he bragged about it: ¤ “Honestly, we have all the material. They don’t have the material.” 💽 https://twitter.com/RepValDemings/status/1220017702011535364?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ECMcLaughlin Gratitude is a good practice to keep going in devastating times. ¤ Today’s a good day to call the impeachment managers and thank them for all their hard work.

🐣 RT @MichaelArt123 Sen Patty Murray: R’s were unprepared, confused & did not offer sober minded arguments. The Pres is only concerned about inflammatory comments. So too are his lawyers, who said No to each & every attempt to insure a fair & honest trial. This is about our Democracy & our future.

Politico: Schiff may have mischaracterized Parnas evidence, documents show http://politi.co/2NPim6E Zelensky (Ukraine president) or Zlochevsky (Burisma exec)?
// Unredacted material shows he may have referred to the wrong “Mr. Z.”

🐣 RT @jimsciutto “They don’t want to hear the evidence because they know the truth. They know he’s guilty.” – @gtconway3d live on @cnn right now.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jimsciutto “I’m deeply saddened….it’s a day of reckoning for Republican senators. Are they going to stand for lies instead of truth? Are they going to stand for this one man over the interests of this country?” – @gtconway3d

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio Schumer on possible deal with Republicans involving one-for-one witness deal: ¤ “The witnesses should have something to do with or direct knowledge of the charges against the president.”

🐣 RT @AngrierWHStaff Trump, at Davos said:
– The possibility of our troops suffering traumatic brain injury in the Iran strike wasn’t a big deal because they just “had some headaches”
– He would look at cutting social security if re-elected
– He would love to testify at the Senate trial.

🐣 RT @CAPAction “The people who say [Trump] wants to be as powerful as a king are understating it…He wants to be a dictator. When we get one of these votes after another in lockstep, 53 to 47, it just shows real cowardice on the part of [Senate Republicans].” —@TribeLaw 💽 https://twitter.com/CAPAction/status/1220012149730430979?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @justinhendrix In an incredible exchange at Davos, @realdonaldtrump admits he is comfortable with the status of the impeachment trial because the White House is withholding evidence. “Honestly, we have all the material. They don’t have the material.” As always, he says the quiet part out loud.

⭕ 21 Jan 2020 🔥 Trump on Trial 🔥

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Trump and Russia Are Colluding in Ukraine for Profit and Political Gain http://nym.ag/2Rkjdyv

🐣 RT @gtconway3d .@realDonaldTrump’s lawyers have been complaining all day about being shut out of the House impeachment process, but here was Cipollone’s response to the House Judiciary Committee’s invitation to participate: https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1219811465504395269?s=20/photo/1

💙 🧵 RT @ChrisMurphyCT [Thread] 1/ It’s 2am, but it’s never too late for transparency. So, as promised, here are my behind the scenes impressions from the Tue/Wed impeachment proceedings. 📌 https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1219876860764610560?s=20

🐣 RT @ForeignPolicy “Putin the amateur historian would not get a passing grade at any reputable university. Nor would he be able to get his views published in any peer-reviewed journal,” @DrRadchenko writes.
⋙ ForeignPolicy, Sergey Radchenko: Vladimir Putin Wants to Rewrite the History of World War II http://bit.ly/3aANkJy
// The Russian president’s amateur history lessons are outraging neighboring countries. While he is right to criticize a recent EU Parliament resolution, his historical revisionism doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

🐣 RT @walterdellinger Schiff is not just good. Today is one of the most impressive performances by a lawyer I have ever seen.

💙 WaPo, Dana Milbank: And the White House defense is … well, there isn’t one http://wapo.st/37ukqIQ

WaPo: Trump threatens Europe with fresh tariffs in Davos, deepening a rift with longtime U.S. allies http://wapo.st/37fVjcJ
// After 70 years of being largely hand in hand in promoting democracy and capitalism around the world, the United States and Europe are now at odds over trade, climate change, taxation, privacy, Iran and defense funding. And Trump continues to try to use tariffs to pressure European leaders to meet his demands.

💙 ForensicNews: Russian Government Bank Deposited $500 Million into Deutsche Bank Subsidiary as it Lent to Trump http://bit.ly/2NMJinF
// By Scott Stedman, Bobby DeNault, Adrienne Cobb and Jess Coleman;

🐣 This could all boil down to Hunter Biden getting paid too much. Never mind Trump inheriting half a billion dollars.

🐣 One side told the truth, earnestly and thoroughly. The other lied a lot, flung sound bites around, dissembled and practiced whataboutism. House members won on the law and told a compelling story. I was gratified to see the Truth lifted up. #ImpeachmentTrial

🐣 My favorite part of the day was watching Adam Schiff’s rebuttals. #ImpeachmentTrial

🐣 The Great Oz speaks.
↥ ↧ // Roberts
🐣 RT @NormOrnstein Pat Cipollone is a lying weasel.
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @ AndrewDesiderio The rhetoric has indeed become heated between the House managers and Trump’s lawyers who, at this late hour, are haranguing each other by name and accusing each other of lying.

🐣 RT @renatomariotti Then why not subpoena him and find out what he has to say?
⋙ 🐣 Exactly. I am ready to be enlightened, even if he doesn’t say what I expect

🐣 RT @donnabrazille The fake outrage hour has started. #JaySekulow and #PatCipollone are acting like Chairman Nadler stole their lunch. ¤ #SenateTrial ¤ #SenateCoverup

🐣 RT @MollyMcKew Cipollone is really bad at this, & can only read outrage from a card. He is fluffing his bejeweled tutu while preening that his counterparts who actually did their homework are outrageous. ¤ These people are paid by us to be embarrassing while not understanding the constitution.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MollyMcKew Oh wait, Sekulow is more embarrassing, because clearly POTUS is awake in Europe so everyone put on their outrage shoes and got out their Khrushchev fingers. ¤ How can R senators watch this and think the president is being well-defended?

🐣 Cipillone is projecting. Trump stole one election with the help of a foreign country and was caught red-handed attempting to do it again.

NYT, Tom Friedman: How to Defeat Trump and Catch a Frisbee http://nyti.ms/2RD4YDQ
// There is a winnable approach for Democrats in the impeachment trial.

🐣 RT @DanRather We have a cover up. The senators who are voting against documents, those who wish to hide witnesses, those who are content whistling past the truth they surely know, have made their bargain with their conscience. The question is where the conscience of the nation will fall.

NBCNews, Jonathan Allen: Trump’s defense looks shaky on first day of impeachment trial http://nbcnews.to/37eFuTS
// Analysis: Using the president’s convoluted logic with none of his outsized passion, his defense team wasn’t very persuasive.

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio Nadler says “every Republican senator has shown they want to be part of the cover-up” by voting against subpoenas tonight for documents and witnesses.

🚫 🧵 RT @mikefarb1 Everything we are seeing right now. A President destroying everything he touches while under an Impeachment. A GOP Senate ignoring every law of our land. They don’t fear our voices. They don’t fear the polls? Why? What do they know? Are we going to even have Elections? Thread 📌 https://twitter.com/mikefarb1/status/1219836071242076160?s=20
// conspiratorial?

🐣 RT @ChrisAlbertoLaw Based upon Trump’s: ¤ selection of inept & unethical lawyers,
their sophomoric misrepresentations in the trial brief & arguments today, ¤ Trump/McConnell definitely engineered the GOP Senate to violate their oath to impartial justice, oath of office & place Trump above the law.

🐣 RT @MSNBC .@NicolleDWallace: “Mitch McConnell has already lost his grip on his caucus. The rules that he made clear last night … those have changed already.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC: McConnell already loses grip on GOP, softens rules after caucus ‘ate his lunch’ http://on.msnbc.com/38xZQYt
// Nicolle Wallace, Claire McCaskill and Michael Steele discuss the last-minute, handwritten changes made to the Trump impeachment trial rules he released Monday night, and what those changes could mean for the future of the trial.

🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield Bondi accused the House of denying due process and trampling Constitutional rights. ¤ Schiff reminds everyone that the House followed the rules put in place by Republicans, the same rules in place in the Clinton impeachment.

🐣 RT @NormOrnstein Never forget: Pam Bondi as Florida AG took a $25,000 illegal contribution from Trump to quash the prosecution of his corrupt Trump University, overruling her professional staff. She is totally corrupt.

🐣 RT @Acyn It’s 11pm and I’m totally here for watching Adam Schiff shutdown Pam Bondi 💽 https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1219836288141950976?s=20/photo/1

Politico: Trump impeachment team undercuts DOJ position in McGahn case http://politi.co/2GcOwoA
// The issue could affect ongoing court cases revolving around impeachment.

🐣 RT @chriscoons I’m a lawyer, and here’s what I know: Trials have witnesses, and the witnesses have to be relevant to the case. It isn’t complicated. ¤ The President is on trial here, not anyone with the last name Biden. VP Biden and Hunter Biden are not relevant witnesses.

🐣 RT @brianefallon McConnell tried to ambush everybody by springing the text of his organizing resolution on the eve of the trial, but Senate Dems were armed with their amendments & are insisting on making GOP vote for them all and House managers came fully prepared with their arguments. Well done.

🐣 RT @leahmcelrath I’m impressed by @SenSchumer and @RepAdamSchiff’s strategy. ¤ They anticipated obstruction and came prepared to present their case via the very evidence we are being denied access to within the context of these procedural votes. ¤ We’re learning much of what they’re trying to hide.

💽 MSNBC: Wiley: Dems ‘brought the receipts, threw them on the table, and asked them to be paid’ http://on.msnbc.com/37iCRAh
// Legal analyst Maya Wiley says the Democrats’ impeachment managers are trying to use the Senate trial’s rules process to deliver evidence, but Mitch McConnell is trying to use the rules to advantage the White House’s defense.

🐣 RT @StevenBeschloss These partisan votes by the GOP to deny evidence make me sad. They make me angry. They make me doubt they care one iota about the rule of law, a fair trial or fair elections. But they also fuel my belief it will motivate a tidal wave of voters determined to drive them from power.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Doing show & tell with emails between DOD & OMB, @RepJasonCrow is doing a masterful job of showing how redactions, instead of being legitimate, are likely concealing damaging information. And, he’s doing it right at the time most likely to have coast-to-coast audiences watching.

🐣 RT @duty2warn “Devin Nunes has betrayed the truth, betrayed the trust of voters and, quite possibly, betrayed our country. We don’t know exactly where this new (Parnas) evidence will lead, but we do know this: The people of California’s 22nd District deserve better.” – The Fresno Bee

🐣 RT @GeigerNews Rep. Jason Crow, a former U.S. Army Ranger and officer with three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, takes the wood to Republicans whining about how long they’re having to work on the impeachment trial today.
⋙ 🐣 RT @PoliticusSarah As Republicans whine about how late it is, House Impeachment Manager Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) tells them that troops around the world don’t want to hear their complaints. #ImpeachmentTrial #SenateImpeachmentTrial 💽 https://twitter.com/PoliticusSarah/status/1219815404081766400?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @publicintegrity Shoutout for public service journalism from @RepJasonCrow for the #UkraineDocs we sued to get which showed— despite many redactions— serious concerns among WH staff re: legality of military holdup. “Let’s see the documents and let’s see them now”
⋙ 🐣 RT @CBSNews Rep. Jason Crow, an impeachment manager and veteran, comments on the freeze of Ukraine military aid: “I remember what it feels like to not have the equipment you need when you need it. Real people’s lives are at stake. That’s why this matters.” http://cbsn.ws/38t6Wx9 💽 https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1219774570133118978?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MSNBC .@neal_katyal: “The president has a very weak case… the president is trying to use executive privilege just to hide stuff from the American people, and it’s a sure loser.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, : Neal Katyal: Trump trying to use executive privilege to hide stuff from American people http://on.msnbc.com/30K3qw0
// The White House is mulling whether to use executive privilege on John Bolton’s testimony. Neal Katyal says that, “The president is trying to use executive privilege just to hide stuff from the American people and it’s a sure loser.”

🐣 RT @Will_Bunch “Mitch McConnell is trying to Merrick Garland the rules” — Ari Melber on MSNBC just now

WaPo, David Ignatius: What does impeachment show the world? America’s stability. http://wapo.st/2RgGTn7

🚫 🐣 RT @TiaBarracini Trump cuts his Davos trip short to host all 53 Republican Senators at a bull & oyster roast tomorrow night in DC. 💽 https://twitter.com/TiaBarracini/status/1219787603337207809?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @harrylitman There is no presumption of innocence. This is not like a criminal trial where better 10 guilty go free than one innocent convicted. There is a huge public interest here in not getting it wrong, though they are determined to do just that.
⋙ 🐣 RT @CevallosLaw .@senatemajldr mentioned the “presumption of innocence” of the President. I’m not sure there’s any such presumption in an Senate trial. That would imply a criminal burden of beyond a reasonable doubt on the House Managers. This was requested and rejected at Clinton trial.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d There must be some logical explanation as to why they sound like they are representing a mentally unbalanced, megalomaniacal, criminal deviant. What could it possibly be?
⋙ 🐣 RT @WordswithSteph Trump’s lawyers sound like paranoid conspiracy theorists. Like they’re representing a mentally unbalanced, megalomaniacal, criminal deviant. Like they’re performing for an aspiring monarch, and auditioning for Fox News prime time. ¤ #TrumpsRemovalTrial

🐣 RT @CharlesPPierce McConnell just gave out with a tell. Wanted one vote on all Schumer amendments. Apparently doesn’t want an endless recitation of the facts. Schumer blew him up. ¤ Good job, Chuck.

WaPo Editorial: Trump’s impeachment defense is designed to destroy guardrails on presidential power http://wapo.st/2G8HwsL

🐣 RT @Lawrence Amazing that the House managers haven’t hit redundancy yet. Each presentation adds important information & evidence.

🐣 RT @MollyMcKew The @RepJasonCrow Schiff tagteam tonight made the strongest arguments I’ve heard from Dems: the national security case for impeachment, & the issue of moral leadership. ¤ Incredibly effective & clear. Crushed the attempted reply. ¤ This is, after all, why this matters so damn much

🔆 This❗️⋙ 📊 Newsweek: 71% of Republicans Want Mitch McConnell to Call Witnesses at Trump Impeachment Trial, New Poll Shows http://bit.ly/38pTKJB SurveyUSA Poll: 93% of Democrats, and 81% of Independents also say witnesses should be allowed to testify

🐣 RT @wendtrsherman Who isn’t impressed by this extraordinary and diverse group of House mangers- prepared, articulate, profound, thorough, patriotic, committed to truth, to our democracy and to America. Honored to know them and to listen to them. Thank you.

WaPo: Senate Democrats privately mull Biden-for-Bolton trade in impeachment trial http://wapo.st/38u6xdX

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade A trial without witnesses is not a trial. It is a farce. Let’s go, Senate. Defend your institution and uphold your responsibility.

CNN: Inside the Republican lunch that slowed McConnell’s plan to rush the impeachment trial http://cnn.it/36eEVYI

🐣 RT @MollyMcKew The national security and moral leadership cases for impeaching the president — who has weakened our alliances, left us more isolated and forced to rely on illiberal friends of POTUS — is THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE. Because it leaves us less safe, makes our power matter far less.

NYT (12/29): Behind the Ukraine Aid Freeze: 84 Days of Conflict and Confusion http://nyti.ms/2RDMrXV The inside story of President Trump’s demand to halt military assistance to an ally shows the price he was willing to pay to carry out his agenda ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1219775550073511937?s=20/photo/1

🐣📊 RT @ Swing state support for Trump’s impeachment

AZ: 51%
CO: 56%
FL: 49%
GA: 48%
IA: 49%
ME: 60%
MI: 51%
MN: 55%
NH: 55%
NV: 54%
NM: 55%
NC: 50%
OH: 50%
PA: 52%
SC: 45%
TX: 45%
VA: 53%
WI: 51%

http://bit.ly/2sKBwmg

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin The president’s defense hardly even bothers to dispute the mountain of damning evidence presented by the House, yet most Senate Republicans are as eager as could be to acquit him. It’s a disgrace, a betrayal of the nation.

NYT, Charlie Savage: Barr Once Contradicted Trump’s Claim That Abuse of Power Is Not Impeachable http://nyti.ms/3apYgtg
// In a memo for the Trump team during the Russia investigation, the attorney general wrote that presidents who misuse their authority are subject to impeachment.

🐣 RT @moscow_project Sekulow just cited in defense of Trump the “no quid pro quo” call from September 9.
Except …
-evidence suggests that call didn’t happen.
-even if it did, Trump lies ALL. THE. TIME. Why would this—when Trump’s confronted with his crimes—be the exception?
⋙ JustSecurity, Susan Simpson: Here’s the Proof that Trump’s “No Quid Pro Quo” Call Never Happened http://bit.ly/2q2tUdZ

🐣 RT @TeamPelosi Trump abused his power for personal and political gain. And Republicans in Washington are covering up the truth. #GOPCoverup ¤ Pass it on.

🧵 RT @kurteichenwald [Thread] 1. Well, by lying to the Senate and the Chief Justice, Pat Cippolone has raised a question about the integrity of @Kirkland_Ellis: Did he learn his dishonesty when he was a partner there? Or did it come from his firm Stein, Mitchell, Cipollone, Beato & Missner? Given that…. 📌 https://twitter.com/kurteichenwald/status/1219734430551592960?s=20

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Collins says she will be independent on witnesses… but later. And have I got a bridge for you!

🐣 RT @HouseIntel “As a career law enforcement officer, I have never seen anyone take such extreme steps to hide evidence allegedly providing his innocence. And I do not find that here today. The President is engaged in this cover up because he is guilty, and he knows it.” – @RepValDemings 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1219747720392560645?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @amandacarpenter Jonathan Turley, who served as a House GOP impeachment witness, writes in WaPo: “The White House is arguing that you cannot impeach a president without a crime. It is a view that is at odds with history and the purpose of the Constitution.”
⋙ WaPo, Jonathan Turley: Where the Trump defense goes too far http://wapo.st/2TGa6JY “There is a vast array of harmful and corrupt acts that a president can commit outside of the criminal code.”

🐣 RT @NumbersMuncher Support for witnesses in the Senate #ImpeachmentTrial in recent polls: CNN 69-26; Quinnipiac 66-17; WaPo/ABC 71-22; Morning Consult 57-24;
Republicans are absolutely going against the will of the people here, and voters will now get to decide if they’ll make them pay for it in Nov.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Retweet if the lockstep 53-47 vote to conduct a coverup instead of a trial made you gag as it did me.

🐣 RT @JoeLockhart Serious question for the lawyers in the House. Is lying on the floor of the Senate the same as lying to Congress which I know is a criminal offense? Are the President’s lawyers liable for the statements they make on the Senate floor. Can someone refer this to DOJ?

🐣 RT @MSNBC .@NicolleDWallace: “Mitch McConnell is playing with lit matches when he plays these process games today.”

🐣 RT @mayawiley #Philbin also ignores the months long efforts by House Judiciary Committee to come to an agreement with Don McGhan. It was clear that White House wasn’t negotiating in good faith. A Judge has NOT supported that position. #ImpeachmentTrial
⋙ 🐣 RT @mayawiley #Philbin has to admit “its technically true” that White House didn’t formally assert executive privilege. He falls back on DOJ memos on “absolute immunity” of Congressional testimony. BUT that wasn’t in the context of #Impeachment

🐣 RT @glennkirschner We are now listening to a third defense attorney for the president who can not bring himself to say a single solitary thing suggesting Trump’s behavior was an appropriate exercise of presidential power. This is powerful evidence that the emperor has no . . . defense.

🐣 RT @tribelaw As I listen to the arguments of the Trump team of lawyers in the Senate, I can’t decide whether to be disgusted at their duplicity and ineptitude or to be outraged that we have elected a president who would choose this bunch of idiots to represent him in so solemn a proceeding

🐣 RT @neal_katyal There is a mismatch,but I don’t think that’s all. Dems are arguing for transparency+truth, and the trajectory of the investigation is at their back-every week new evidence comes out&its always bad news for,and never exonerates,Trump.The R’s, in contrast, are arguing for a coverup
⋙ 🐣 RT @gtconway3d If there’s any unfairness in these proceedings, it’s the astounding mismatch between the high skill and preparation of the House managers and the rambling, dissembling, and gaslighting of @realDonaldTrump’s counsel. It’s like the New York Yankees versus the Bad News Bears.

💙 🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] .@RepAdamSchiff debunks Trump’s defenses so far, starting with the fact that there hasn’t been any defense—or, for that matter, any actual invocation of executive privilege. 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1219716830002106370?s=20

💙 🧵 RT @jentaub [Thread] 🍑 Here we go! CJ Roberts gaveled in. Swore in sole Senator who was not present on Thursday. 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1219686198257573888?s=20

🐣 RT @JoeLockhart @RepAdamSchiff is proving that facts, evidence and conviction will beat false anger and personal attacks every time.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Pat Cipollone thinks he made a point by reminding @RepAdamSchiff that “Laurence Tribe” says punishing people for invoking their constitutional rights is dangerous. Of course it is! But Article 2 does nothing of the sort. Cipollone’s argument was pathetic.

🐣 RT @DeanObeidallah What we just saw with Adam Schiff and Trump’s lawyers is rare-you had Trump’s lawyers not prepared. It’s really that simple. They expected to give a short argument on a rigged motion. But Schiff wasn’t playing along-He crushed Trump. Thats why they were panicked #ImpeachmentTrial

💙 🧵 RT @atrupar C-SPAN: “We have requested from the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, that our cameras be allowed inside the chamber for the impeachment trial, and no word on that from the majority leader.” #ImpeachmentTrial 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1219685025626624002?s=20

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Another new low. ¤ White House Counsel for President of United States on the floor of Senate engaging in disinformation. ¤ Repeating false claim that Schiff “manufactured a false version of that call.” The call transcript was ALREADY PUBLIC, Schiff was obviously paraphrasing it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Pat Cipollone is falsifying the timeline of the Ukraine scandal. (The first Trump-Zelensky call was never a major subject of controversy and Cipollone is pretending to be made about Schiff paraphrasing.)

🐣 RT @CAPAction “If a president can obstruct his own investigation, if he can effectively nullify a power the Constitution gives solely to Congress…then the president places himself beyond accountability, above the law…It makes him a monarch.” —@RepAdamSchiff #TrumpsRemovalTrial

🐣 RT @leahmcelrath “They’re not here to steal one election. They’re here to steal two elections.” ¤ The projection by Cipollone is astonishing and undiluted.

🐣 RT @AaronBlake Must have been a reference to the Gaetz et. al. stunt. But totally incorrect.
⋙ 🐣 RT @GarrettHaake Cipollone says “Not even Mr. Schiff’s Republican colleagues were allowed into the SCIF” during impeachment investigation. ¤ That’s 100% false. Any member of the three investigating committees could attend, and many Republicans did!

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio Quick point on Sekulow: he says the House should have waited for the courts to render judgments on their challenges to subpoenas etc. — but the Trump admin has argued in federal court for several months now that the courts have no role in resolving these types of disputes.

🧵 RT @seungminkim NEW – Changes to the McConnell resolution: 24 hours over each side will be spread out over *three* days, not *two*, and evidence will be *automatically* admitted unless someone objects. 📌 https://twitter.com/seungminkim/status/1219689291296780289?s=20

🐣 RT @ProudResistor BREAKING: Elizabeth Warren just announced as president that she will establish a Task Force to “investigate the corruption during the Trump administration and hold officials accountable for illegal activity.” We cannot let the corruption of the Trump administration go unpunished.

🐣 RT @pbump Imagine a criminal trial in which half the jury was friends with the accused, the accused could ignore subpoenas and if evidence emerged after the indictment it wasn’t admissible.
⋙ WaPo, Philip Bump: Obstruction still isn’t exoneration, no matter what Trump may argue http://wapo.st/2TKC9YP
// How would we look at a criminal proceeding conducted with the constraints of Trump’s impeachment trial?

JustSecurity, Michael Gerhardt: Four Fundamental Flaws in President Trump’s Impeachment Trial Memo http://bit.ly/3ayj2H5

🐣 RT @neal_katyal He [McConnell] says that would lead to a lengthy court fight and generate destructive precedent. This is precisely what he said should have happened in the House! Makes zero sense. ¤ And he’s wrong about that too. Chief Justice can rule on exec priv claims quickly. No ct fight. Unlike House

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Schumer: “I will vociferously oppose any attempt to begin the trial unless the reporters trying to enter the gallery are seated. The press is here to inform the American public about these pivotal events in our nation’s history. We must make sure they are able to.” Via CSPAN

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Leader McConnell’s plan for a dark of night impeachment trial confirms what the American people have seen since Day One: the Senate GOP Leader has chosen a cover-up for the President, rather than honor his oath to the Constitution.
⋙ PressRelease: Pelosi Statement on McConnell Cover-Up Resolution http://bit.ly/3avQE8Q

NBCNews: Appalling,’ ‘national disgrace’: Democrats slam McConnell’s impeachment proposal http://nbcnews.to/38sVJg2
// Schumer accused McConnell of “totally, totally, totally going along with Trump’s cover-up, hook, line and sinker.”

🐣 RT @DiLamucaTodd Judge: Does the defence have their opening statement ready?
Defence lawyer: Yes your Honour. We’d prefer it if you deemed all evidence inadmissible, disallow all prosecution witnesses, strike the jury, recuse yourself & appoint a fine chap we have in mind as new judge.
Judge: FO

🐣 RT @joshtpm Further destruction of the reputation of the fame-whoring toady Dershowitz is among the more righteous collateral damage of impeachment.

🧵 RT @TheRickWilson 1/ I’ll summarize this for the slow learners in the Senate one last time. ¤ Your protestations of independence, integrity, and honor will mean nothing to the voters this Fall. Nothing. ¤ You’re going to moo and walk into the chute like cattle, terrified of Trump and Mitch. 📌 https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1219660314267897856?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheRickWilson 2/ So when you’re underwater in the polls, drowning in public anger at becoming accessories to Trump’s coverup, here’s a handy list of what went wrong. Clip-and-save, because you’ll need it later.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “If GOP senators vote as McConnell hopes, they’ll actually be voting to never hear from the people with the most direct knowledge of the very conduct Trump says was entirely above reproach. After all, Trump blocked them from speaking to the House as well.”
⋙ WaPo, Greg Sargent: A big tell in Trump’s own legal brief exposes McConnell’s coverup http://wapo.st/

🐣 RT @DavidJollyFL Senate Dems should offer a motion calling Trump to testify. Make Republicans vote against it.

🐣 RT @tedlieu The President’s legal position disrespects the American people and is also just stupid. For example, @POTUS has the power to order an air strike. But can he abuse that power & order an air strike on 5th Avenue in New York? No. Because abuse of power is one of the highest crimes.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi The President’s legal position is that he has a right to abuse his power as much as he wants, and there is nothing Congress can do about it. ¤ The Founders disagreed on both, and there is something Congress can do: hold a fair trial. #DefendOurDemocracy https://twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi/status/1219639237483671557?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @harrylitman “Why isn’t “let presiding officer decide” the guiding principle here? Because the Senate, without a shred of constitutional authority, has adopted a set of rules that would effectively strip the presiding officer of much of his power to “preside” over the trial.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw The Senate Parliamentarian will need to give serious thought to this alternative to the conventional view of what it means for the Chief Justice to “preside” over the president’s impeachment trial: [TIME http://yhoo.it/2G9qtXt%5D

🐣 RT @MJGerson “Will Republican senators allow partisanship to override their institutional obligations? Probably. Would this make them complicit, not only in an unethical presidential act, but also in the further decay of the constitutional order? Definitely.”
⋙ WaPo, Michael Gerson: Trump pushes his party to normalize corruption http://wapo.st/36k9lcl

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 A trial without witnesses is a whitewash. A trial without witnesses is a coverup. A trial without witnesses . . . is d@mn-near a conspiracy.

🐣 RT @mayawiley #RepAdSchiff – Article II of Impeachment is #obstruction. If Senate doesn’t allow evidence (including witnesses), #Trump won’t be acquitted. He will be protected by his party. #ImpeachmentTrialRules

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Just now, @RepJerryNadler speaks the plain truth, talking about Mitch McConnell’s impeachment trial rules: They won’t call the witnesses because they’re afraid of what they’ll say. A vote against witnesses is a vote for a cover up.

🐣 RT @DavidCornDC McConnell is trying to Merrick Garland the Trump impeachment trial & make it part of the Trump cover-up. The founders worried about a corrupt POTUS, but they didn’t count on one whole entire party not giving a damn about corruption in the White House.
⋙ MotherJones: With Trump’s Impeachment, American Democracy Is on Trial http://bit.ly/2RBG2wv
// This is a momentous test for the US political system.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Democrats can read the polls. They know 70 percent of Americans want witnesses and that McConnell’s tortuous arguments and Kafkaesque rules are designed to hide facts, not reveal the truth.
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Democrats: Republican rules for the impeachment trial are a crock http://wapo.st/37gUf8r

TheAtlantic, Susan Hennessy and Benjamin Wittes: The Disintegration of the American Presidency http://bit.ly/30GfiPm
// The president’s job is to oversee the whole of the executive branch, but under Trump the inverse is happening.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance In Alice in Wonderland the queen wanted “sentence first-verdict afterwords.” Mitch McConnell insists the Senate give its verdict first, acquitting Trump before hearing, & perhaps not even bothering to hear, the evidence against him. An acquittal like this does not exonerate.

🐣 RT @matthewamiller The thing about show trials is they can render a verdict, but not legitimacy. Nothing that is happening in the Capitol can exonerate the president.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BillKristol I grew up reading about show trials in authoritarian nations abroad. I didn’t expect to see one of our two major parties endorse a show trial here in the U.S. Capitol.

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Republican Senators May Save Trump, but Trump has Already F*cked Them http://bit.ly/37fTgWg
// They may let Trump skate, but they’ll take the hit for covering up his guilt. He won’t give half a damn about any of them.

🐣 RT @glennkirshner2 Every Senator knows in his or her heart that the president is guilty of both articles of impeachment, is entirely unfit to serve and should be removed from office. Let’s hope that enough senators can muster the courage, decency and patriotism to do right by the American people.

⭕ 20 Jan 2020

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng and Erin Banco: How Trump Twisted Iran Intel to Manufacture the ‘Four Embassies’ Threat http://bit.ly/38plI8e
// “There were definitely questions [at the time, internally] about whether he had just made it up on the spot,” recalled one White House official.

TheBulwark, Bill Kristol and Jeffries Tulis: Is the Oath a Joke? http://bit.ly/2NNVoN4
// Republican senators are about to answer that question.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The media must expose bad-faith arguments on impeachment http://wapo.st/2NKxuCb

NBCNews, George Conway and Reed Galen: Trump’s Senate impeachment hearings will be driven by the GOP’s fear http://nbcnews.to/36c1MnK “Republican senators’ fears actually boil down to a fear of the Constitution”
// Republicans have toadied to Trump since the day he took office, and in doing so, have left themselves with no room to maneuver politically.

YahooNews/TIME, Martin London: John Roberts Has More Power Than Mitch McConnell Would Like You to Think. But Will He Use It? http://yhoo.it/2G9qtXt

NYT, Charlie Savage: ‘Constitutional Nonsense’: Trump’s Impeachment Defense Defies Legal Consensus http://nyti.ms/2sFgYvU Even Dershowitz acknowledges his opinion is an outlier
// The president’s legal case would negate any need for witnesses. But constitutional scholars say that it’s wrong.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Laughed so hard the cat jumped off my lap at @TheRickWilson on @11thHour describing Trump’s claque of “skells, roadside hobos, incipient serial killers, D and E level operatives …imbued with this post-Soviet corruption vibe”

💙 CRIMES:
18 U.S. Code §1505 Obstruction of Congress
18 U.S. Code § 201 Bribery
18 U.S. Code § 872 Extortion by officers or employees of the United States
Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, Title X
🐣 RT @SethAbramson FUN FACT: 18 U.S. Code § 1505 makes punishable by 5 years in federal prison a person “corruptly impeding any investigation by any House committee”—*just* what the second article of impeachment against Trump alleges. So much for the “no crime” mantra! Link: http://bit.ly/2GbFx6N
// Obstruction of Congress
⋙ 🐣 RT @ FUN FACT #2: 18 U.S. Code § 201 makes punishable by 15 years in prison “a public official corruptly seeking anything of value personally in return for being influenced in the performance of any official act”—*exactly* what the first article alleges! Link: http://bit.ly/38uBheH
// Bribery
⋙⋙ 🐣 Plus: The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (ICA) reasserted Congress’ power of the purse. Title X established procedures to prevent the President and other govt officials from unilaterally substituting their own funding decisions for those of the Congress. http://bit.ly/2RdpZpK

🐣 .@TheRickWilson on The @11thHour: @AlanDersh is engaging in “performative b.s.”

🐣 RT @HeidiNBC Since Trump was impeached:
1. OMB email: “Clear direction from POTUS to continue to hold.”
2. Bolton volunteers to testify if subpoenaed. (Lawyer has said he has new info.)
3. Parnas agrees to empty his phone/hand over docus/grants interviews.
4. GAO says Trump broke the law.

🐣 RT @LincolnsBible I shall translate his unstoppable fury over @RepAdamSchiff mob-splaining his letter: Both mobsters & propaganda assets (he is both) use language to deceive. They can swipe your money & murder your freedom, & you’d think it was a kiss. Because of their use of language. /1 https://twitter.com/LincolnsBible/status/1219472288346603520?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @LincolnsBible 2/ donald can no longer do this. He can no longer hide who he really is. The only skill he had got pierced. He got exposed. It’s a major threat that people (like Schiff) can put his idiocy in terms that voters can grasp. He can be mob-splained, & it’s eating him alive.
⋙ 🐣 RT @LincolnsBible 3/ Now, imagine what happens inside that tiny man when his financials get exposed.

✅ CNN, Daniel Dale: Fact check: 65 ways Trump has been dishonest about Ukraine and impeachment http://cnn.it/37hGxCo

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump is dishonest about a whole lot of things. But he is rarely as comprehensively dishonest as he has been about his dealings with Ukraine and the impeachment process.

From the eruption of the Ukraine controversy in September to the Senate trial that officially began on Thursday, relentless deceit has seemed to be Trump’s primary defense strategy in the court of public opinion. He has made false claims about almost every separate component of the story, from his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, to the whistleblower who complained about the call, to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s own relations with Ukraine.

The President has been dissembling about so many different things at once that it can be difficult to keep track of what is true and what isn’t. To help you fight Trump-induced dizziness as the trial gets underway, we’ve tallied his dishonesty on the subject of Ukraine and impeachment. Our original list from mid-November included 45 false claims he has made and a brief fact check of each one. ¤ We have since added 20 more for a total of 65.

The phone call with Zelensky
1. Trump released an “exact transcript” of his July call with Zelensky. (The document says on its first page that it is “not a verbatim transcript.”)
2. When Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman wanted to add in a word that was missing from the rough transcript, “they added the word.” (Vindman testified that two “substantive” changes he suggested were not made, though he also testified that the document remained “substantively correct.”)
3. Trump did not ask Zelensky for anything on the call. (Trump asked Zelensky to look into former Vice President Joe Biden, look into a debunked conspiracy theory about Democratic computer servers, and speak with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr.)
4. Zelensky criticized former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch “out of the blue” on the call. (Trump brought up Yovanovitch first.)
5. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “angry” when she saw the rough transcript of the call, and she said, “This is not what the whistleblower said.” (Pelosi has said no such thing in public, and there is no evidence she has said anything like that in private. Her public statement on the call was scathing.)
6. “Everybody” that looked at the text of the call agreed that it was “perfect.” (Some of Trump’s staunch defenders agreed with this characterization, but clearly not “everybody” did.)
7. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke to Trump about the call and said, “That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read.” (McConnell said he doesn’t recall speaking to Trump about the call. His public statement on the call was far less effusive than Trump’s description.)
8. People were not talking about the call anymore in late October. (People continued to talk about the call, a central focus of the impeachment inquiry.)
9. The Washington Post made up fictional sources for its article on how Trump had allegedly tried to get Barr to hold a news conference saying Trump had broken no laws in the call. (There is no evidence that the Post invented sources. Other major news outlets, including CNN, quickly reported the same thing the Post did.)
10. Zelensky affirmed in December that “President Trump did nothing wrong.” (Zelensky has said Trump applied “no pressure,” but he did not say Trump did nothing wrong. Zelensky did say, “Look, I never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing.” But he continued: “I don’t want us to look like beggars. But you have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying.”)

The whistleblower
11. The whistleblower was “sooo wrong.” (The rough transcript and witness testimony have proven the whistleblower to have been highly accurate.)
12. The whistleblower should be investigated for “fraud.” (Nothing the whistleblower is known to have done remotely resembles fraud.)
13. The whistleblower, a second whistleblower and the first whistleblower’s source have all “disappeared.” (There is no evidence for this. Whistleblowers do not have an obligation to speak publicly after filing their complaints.)
14. The whistleblower had “all second hand” information. (While the whistleblower did get information about the call from other people, the whistleblower also had “direct knowledge of certain alleged conduct,” noted Michael Atkinson, the Trump-appointed inspector general for the intelligence community.)
15. The whistleblower “said ‘quid pro quo’ eight times.” (The whistleblower did not even use the words “quid pro quo” in the complaint, much less specify a number of times Trump allegedly said those words. Trump may have been referring to a Wall Street Journal article that had asserted that Trump urged Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani” on a probe that could hurt Biden; the article did not say this claim came from the whistleblower.)
16. The whistleblower “works now for Biden.” (There is no evidence for this. The whistleblower’s lawyers said their client has never worked for or advised a candidate, campaign or party; the lawyers said the whistleblower has come into contact with presidential candidates for both parties while working as a civil servant in the executive branch.)
17. Someone “changed the long standing whistleblower rules” just before this whistleblower submitted their complaint. (Contrary to a report on a right-wing website, the whistleblower rules were not changed.)

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff
18. Schiff committed “a criminal act” by delivering an exaggerated interpretation of Trump’s July 25 call at a committee hearing. (The Constitution gives members of Congress immunity for comments they make at committee.)
19. Schiff did have immunity for his comments at the committee, but not when he tweeted a video of those comments. (Experts say members of Congress also have immunity for videos of their comments at committee.)
20. Schiff might have committed “treason.” (Treason has a specific constitutional definition that Schiff’s actions do not come close to meeting.)
21. Schiff made his comments before Trump released the rough transcript of the call, not expecting Trump to release it. (Schiff spoke the day after Trump released the document.)
22. Schiff “didn’t use one word that I said” in his rendition of the call. (Schiff did add words Trump had never said, but he didn’t make up the whole thing; some of his remarks hewed closely to what Trump said.)
23. Schiff might have been the whistleblower’s source. (This is nonsense. The whistleblower said in the complaint that information about the call came from “multiple White House officials with direct knowledge of the call.”)
24. “A lot of people think that Schiff basically is, essentially, the whistleblower. He already told the whistleblower what to do.” (Schiff is not the whistleblower, “essentially” or otherwise. The whistleblower sought guidance from Schiff’s committee before filing their complaint, but there is no evidence Schiff dictated the content of the complaint.)
25. Schiff might have picked the whistleblower. (There is no evidence for this, either.)
26. Schiff “will only release doctored transcripts.” (Schiff has already released multiple transcripts of testimony from closed-door impeachment inquiry hearings, and there was no sign that any of them had been “doctored.” Witnesses and their lawyers were given the opportunity to verify the accuracy of the transcripts prior to release, and Republicans who attended the testimony did not allege that any transcripts had been improperly altered.)

The impeachment process
27. Republicans were not allowed into the closed-door impeachment inquiry hearings. (Republican members of the three committees holding the hearings were allowed into the room and to ask questions of witnesses. Only Republicans who were not on the committees were barred from the room.)
28. Republicans were not allowed to ask questions in the closed-door hearings. (Republicans were allowed to ask questions. Democrats and Republicans alternated questioning.)
29. Republicans were not allowed to ask questions in the public hearing held by the House Intelligence Committee on November 15. (Republicans were allowed to ask questions. Schiff would not grant a request from the committee’s top Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes, to hand some of Nunes’ questioning time to Rep. Elise Stefanik, because only Nunes was allowed to speak at that point in the hearing, but Stefanik got to ask questions later in the day.)
30. Republicans were not allowed to have lawyers participate in the public hearings chaired by Schiff. (They were. Lawyer Steve Castor questioned witnesses on behalf of the Republicans on the committee. It was Trump himself who was not allowed to have a lawyer participate.)
31. Nobody else has ever faced closed-door impeachment hearings. (Both the Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton impeachment processes involved some closed-door hearings.)
32. Trump’s opponents have committed “illegal acts” related to impeachment. (Trump wasn’t clear about who he was talking about, but there is no evidence of illegality by either the whistleblower or Democrats.)
33. The people who have testified in the impeachment inquiry have had “no firsthand knowledge.” (Various witnesses have had firsthand knowledge of various components of the story.)
34. Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, maintained there was “no quid pro quo.” (Sondland revised his original testimony. While he continued to say that Trump told him there was no quid pro quo, he said his own belief was that there was a quid pro quo.)
35. Unlike Democrats, former House Speaker Paul Ryan “would never issue a subpoena.” (Numerous Republican subpoenas were issued to the Obama administration during Ryan’s tenure as speaker.)
36. “Many” of the people who had testified as of October 21 “were put there during Obama, during Clinton, during the Never Trump or Bush era.” (FactCheck.org noted that just two of the nine people who had testified at that point had been appointed under Obama. The other seven were appointed by Trump or his appointees.)
37. Pelosi gave Trump “the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress.” (The House did not hold a trial at all. Under the Constitution, it is the Senate that has the sole power to try impeachments.)
38. Trump was “deprived of basic Constitutional Due Process” during the House impeachment process, “including the right to present evidence, to have my own counsel present, to confront accusers, and to call and cross-examine witnesses.” (The rights of criminal defendants do not apply to public officials in a House of Representatives impeachment process.)
39. “More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials.” (This is absurd. Nineteen innocent people were hanged after they were accused of witchcraft in the trials of the late 1600s. The courts accepted “spectral evidence” from dreams. Some of the accused were tortured into confessions.)
40. Trump “won 196 to nothing” in the House. (Trump did not win any vote related to impeachment. He lost an October vote to set the rules of the impeachment inquiry, 232-196, then the December votes on the two articles of impeachment, 230-197 and 229-198. He appeared to mean that there were no Republican defections from his side, but he didn’t explain here.)
41. Democrats are “not doing anything” on gun violence because “all they do is the impeachment nonsense.” (The Democratic-controlled House passed a bill in February to require background checks on all gun sales. The Republican-controlled Senate has refused to hold a vote on the bill.)

The Bidens
42. Joe Biden, along with his son Hunter Biden, has “ripped off at least two countries for millions of dollars.” (There is no evidence Joe Biden has profited from his son’s business dealings abroad.)
43. Joe Biden was “possibly” paid millions of dollars by foreign countries “for doing NOTHING.” (Again, there is no evidence of this.)
44. A video of Joe Biden speaking in 2018 about his past dealings with Ukraine is evidence of “corruption.” (The tape does not show corruption. It shows Biden talking about his effort, in accordance with the policy of the US and its allies, to pressure Ukraine into firing a prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was widely considered unwilling to fight corruption.)
45. There is a photo of Joe Biden playing golf with “the company boss” of Burisma, the Ukrainian company for which Hunter Biden sat on the board. (Neither Burisma’s owner nor chief executive is in the photo. The person Trump had identified as a “Ukraine gas exec” was Devon Archer, another American board member at Burisma and a longtime business associate of Hunter Biden.)
46. That golf photo contradicts Joe Biden’s claim to have “never met the gentleman.” (Joe Biden had not claimed to have never met Devon Archer.)
47. Hunter Biden was under investigation by Shokin. (There is no public evidence that Hunter Biden was ever himself under investigation. The prosecutor’s former deputy, Vitaliy Kasko, has said that the actual investigation, into the owner of Burisma, was dormant at the time of Joe Biden’s pressure.)
48. Shokin was “prosecuting” Burisma. (There was no prosecution, only the investigation that Kasko has said was dormant.)
49. Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to take Shokin “off the case.” (There is no evidence that Biden ever tried to get Shokin taken off the Burisma case. Rather, Biden, like the US government more broadly, tried to get Shokin fired.)
50. Biden admitted in an NPR interview that this effort to get Shokin fired “looked bad.” (Biden’s “looked bad” comment was not about Shokin. Rather, Biden said “the appearance” of Hunter Biden’s presence on the board “looked bad and it gave folks like Rudy Giuliani an excuse to come up with a Trumpian kind of defense.”)
51. Before Joe Biden denied that he had spoken to Hunter Biden about Hunter’s overseas business activities, Joe Biden had said he did speak to Hunter about those business activities. (Joe Biden had not said he did speak to Hunter Biden about those business activities. Hunter Biden said they had one brief conversation in which Joe Biden asked him if he knew what he was doing.)
52. Hunter Biden’s acts were “illegal.” (Hunter Biden has acknowledged using “poor judgment” in accepting the seat on the Burisma board, but there is no evidence of illegality.)
53. Before Hunter Biden got business opportunities during Joe Biden’s vice-presidency, he had “never made 10 cents in his life.” (Hunter Biden, a lawyer, had worked prior to Joe Biden’s vice-presidency as a bank executive, at the Department of Commerce and as a lobbyist. He had also served on the board of Amtrak.)

Dealings with Ukraine
54. Trump “didn’t delay” the military aid to Ukraine. (His administration did delay the aid.)
55. The aid “got there two or three weeks ahead of schedule — long before it was supposed to be there.” (Because of Trump’s freeze, $35 million of the aid could not get out the door before the legal deadline of the end of September, forcing Congress to pass a deadline extension.)
56. Democratic senators sent a letter to Ukraine that threatened to deny US aid if the Ukrainians did not comply with their demands. (The letter did not make any threat to Ukraine. The senators expressed concern about a New York Times report that Ukraine had, to avoid Trump’s wrath, stopped cooperating with the Mueller investigation and frozen investigations into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The letter urged Ukraine to reverse course if the report was true.)
57. President Barack Obama sent mere “pillows and sheets” in aid to Ukraine. (Trump was correct that Obama refused to provide lethal military assistance, but Obama sent other military assistance: drones, armored Humvees, counter-mortar radars, night vision devices and medical supplies.)
58. The US is the “only” country providing assistance to Ukraine, and “nobody else is there.” (European countries have provided billions in grants and loans to Ukraine since Russia’s 2014 invasion.)
59. Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike is primarily owned by someone from Ukraine. (CrowdStrike is a publicly traded, US-based company co-founded by Dmitri Alperovitch, an American citizen who was born in Russia.)

Polls
60. Impeachment has caused Trump’s poll numbers to go “way up” to “higher than they’ve ever been, ever.” (There has been no sign of a significant increase in Trump’s poll numbers. His approval rating has fallen slightly since the Ukraine scandal began, according to FiveThirtyEight’s poll aggregate.)
61. It was “announced” that a Fox News poll showing majority support for impeaching and removing Trump from office was “incorrect.” (Fox News says it stands by the poll.)
62. Support for impeachment dropped “down into the 20’s in some polls” in November. (CNN could find no scientific public polls at the time with support for impeachment as low as the 20s.)
63. November polling on impeachment showed that, “Everybody said, ‘That’s really bullshit.’…Everybody.” (Not even close to “everybody.” Polls had consistently shown support for impeachment at or above 40%.)
Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch
64. “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go?” (There is no basis for Trump’s suggestion that Somalia “turned bad” because Yovanovitch served there as a new foreign service officer in the mid-to-late 1980s; Somalia had severe economic and social problems before she arrived. And since Trump said “everywhere,” it’s worth noting she also served at the US embassy in Canada.)
65. Yovanovitch refused to hang Trump’s picture at the US embassy in Ukraine for “like a year and a half, or two years.” (There is no evidence for this claim. The Trump administration itself caused a delay: it took the administration more than nine months after Trump’s inauguration to distribute his official photo to government buildings, CNBC reported in 2017.)

CNN’s Tara Subramaniam, Holmes Lybrand and Ryan Browne contributed to this article.

🐣 RT @ECMcLaughlin
Parnas: in bed with EVERYBODY in senior GOP leadership
Also Parnas: funded by Firtash
Giuliani: funded by Parnas, with money from Firtash
Implicated in Ukraine: Trump, Pence, Mulvaney, Barr, Perry, Pompeo, Giuliani
Point of Ukraine: to interfere in 2020 presidential election

🐣 RT @MaxBoot The number of people abroad who express confidence in US president fell from 70% in 2013 to 28% in 2018 while the number who see U.S. as a threat climbed from 25% to 45%. More Germans now view Trump as a danger than Kim, Putin, Xi, and Khamenei combined.
⋙ WaPo: Trump is destroying America’s soft power http://wapo.st/2Rb46as “Every time Trump meets with foreign leaders, the yawning gap between his inflated self-image as a “very stable genius” and the disturbing reality becomes starkly apparent”

Much of the world rejects Trump’s policies. A new Pew Research Center survey of people in 32 countries found that 68 percent oppose his tariffs, 66 percent his withdrawal from climate change agreements, 60 percent his border wall, 55 percent allowing fewer immigrants into the United States and 52 percent his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. What makes Trump’s decisions worse is that so many of them were taken either without consulting U.S. allies — as when he pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership three days after taking office — or without seriously listening to their concerns.

But it’s not just his policies that make Trump — and by extension the whole country — so much less popular worldwide. All of the appalling behavior that causes him to lose standing at home — his incessant lies, his bombastic threats, his playground name-calling and abusive tweets, his racism, his erratic zigzags — also undermines him abroad. When Trump pardons war criminals, tries to legalize bribery by U.S. companies, insists that he did “NOTHING WRONG” in pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political opponent, calls the media “the enemy of the people,” tries to discredit the intelligence community (“go back to school!”) and the FBI (“badly broken”), and orders investigations of the investigators — in other words, when he acts like a typical dictator — that’s when American soft power melts as fast as the polar ice caps.

🐣 RT @DanRather McConnell’s rules for whatever you want to call what will take place in the Senate is not a process for determining the merits of the accusations. It’s a process for saying, “we don’t care.”

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: Ken Starr Is America’s Most Poisonous Creep http://bit.ly/2Rza5ol
// His Clinton probe was one of the sleaziest episodes in recent American political history, at least until Trump came along.

🐣 RT @tribelaw These aren’t rules for a real trial at all, much less a fair one. They’re rules for a rigged outcome, with #MidnightMitch making sure that as much of the so-called trial as possible takes place in the dark of night.
⋙ NYT: Trump Legal Team Asks Senate for Speedy Acquittal in Impeachment Trial http://nyti.ms/38tg5pM
// The day before the trial starts, the president’s lawyers asserted he did nothing wrong and urged the Senate to “swiftly reject” the charges against him.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Trump and McConnell can rig an acquittal but it will deny him exoneration in the eyes of those 69% who expect witnesses. And Sens who vote for hiding witnesses will be laughingstocks

🐣 RT @ChrisAlbertoLaw Tribe is right. ¤ Dersh has made willful misrepresentations of facts & law on TV. His arguments are replete with intentional accuracies. ¤ Filing & making bogus claims before a tribunal is a more serious matter. They should be stricken from the record & he should be sanctioned.

WaPo: White House calls for Trump acquittal as Senate prepares for a swift trial http://wapo.st/36cyTb9

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind It’s called a cover-up Republicans.
We see you.
There will be consequences.

🐣 RT @RCdeWinter

my wings are
heavy with the soot
of disappointment
around every corner
waits disillusion
the leering smile of loss
when i turn my gaze
to the landscape
i see nothing but betrayal and
the treachery of fools
the endless wait of purgatory
would be less painful

WaPo: Trump’s lawyers, Senate GOP allies work privately to ensure Bolton does not testify publicly http://wapo.st/37f0nht

🐣 RT @SenSchumer As soon as Senator McConnell offers this resolution, I will be offering amendments to address the many flaws in this deeply unfair proposal and to subpoena the witnesses and documents we have requested. https://twitter.com/SenSchumer/status/1219428402693922816?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @vermontgmg I expect very little of Mitch McConnell—who has made clear that there is no democratic norm he won’t trade for greed and power—but even I am shocked by his proposed kangaroo one-week impeachment trial.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mkraju Trump could be acquitted by mid week next week. The exact schedule is fluid and subject to change based on how the trial goes and how votes go, but it could look like this.
🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind #MoscowMitch planning to conduct the trial while no one is watching. The American people are not going to stand for this!
⋙ CNN: Impeachment resolution shortens trial’s opening arguments to two days per side http://cnn.it/38op9ff

WaPo, Catherine Rampell: Trump says he hates corruption. But he wants to make bribery easier worldwide. http://wapo.st/3asQPBF

🐣 RT @SethAbramson I find it hard to expend any energy responding to the Trump defense team’s impeachment memo because it’s legally and factually empty—it’s political rhetoric based on a pathological denial of testimonial and documentary evidence. It’s a joke—it’s beneath attorneys to “analyze” it.

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “The charges are so grave… And the charges and the facts are not in dispute, that the only basis upon which to defend the president… is a narrow legal basis that says ‘actually Trump was acting in furtherance of the national interest'” – Jeremy Bash w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1219385411027509250?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson OMG I have never loved @NicolleDWallace more than after she described Rudy and Barr as “Two tarantulas in a bowl.”

WaPo, Paul Waldman: The White House doubles down on its dumbest impeachment defense http://wapo.st/2NIwj6r

🐣 RT @McFaul The House has passed 2 articles of impeachment against Trump. Hunter Biden has never been indicted of any crime related to Ukraine; not even any serious evidence produced. These 2 things are NOT equivalent. Stop comparing them please. #StopWhataboutism.

💙 🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield (Thread) Trump’s Trial Brief [Link to Brief]
From the brief: ¤ “Trump acted properly” when he rejected all subpoenas and requests for information. (p. 37) ¤ “No witness with direct knowledge testified that Trump conditioned a presidential meeting on investigations (p. 97) 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1219316183045820416?s=20

🐣 RT @JesseLehrich new CNN poll is brutal for Trump/Rs on impeachment… http://bit.ly/38tPoAX

should Trump be removed from office?
51% yes, 45% no

should Senate call witnesses?
69% yes, 26% no

Trump abused power
58% true, 41% not true

Trump obstructed Congress
57% true, 39% not true

🐣 RT @OrinKerr President’s lawyers: Impeachment was a rigged process all about a perfect phone call. It’s like Presidential tweets reformatted to look like a legal document. https://twitter.com/OrinKerr/status/1219321490438381569?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheRickWilson Oh God he wrote it

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff No, Mr. President, we did ask John Bolton to testify. You ordered him not to, and blocked others, like Mick Mulvaney. ¤ All Americans know what a fair trial includes documents and witnesses. ¤ What are you hiding?
⋙ 🐣 RT @real They didn’t want John Bolton and others in the House. They were in too much of a rush. Now they want them all in the Senate. Not supposed to be that way!

🐣 RT @jpitney Anyone who has a passing familiarity with the Constitution knows that Trump’s defense is ridiculous. But here’s the problem: most Americans don’t have even a passing familiarity with the Constitution.
⋙ AnnenbergCenter (2017): Americans Are Poorly Informed About Basic Constitutional Provisions http://bit.ly/2ujnwAK
// 9/12/2017

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks Abuse of power is exactly what our Founders intended as a grounds for impeachment and the facts prove that Trump abused his and endangered our national security for his own personal benefit.

🧵 RT @KlasfeldReports Lev Parnas’ attorney Joseph Bondy filed a motion calling for Attorney General Bill Barr’s recusal and the appointment of a special prosecutor outside @TheJusticeDept for his client’s case. 📌 https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1219359491151552523?s=20

💽 CNN: See Dershowitz’s big flip on impeachment http://cnn.it/36azhae
// In an interview from 1998 about the Clinton impeachment, Alan Dershowitz says it “certainly doesn’t have to be a crime” to be impeachable. This is opposite of his defense of President Trump over the weekend.

Politico, Anita Kumar: How Trump fused his business empire to the presidency http://politi.co/2GchOmU
// As Trump kicks off his fourth year as president with an impeachment trial tied to his actions involving Ukraine, critics say the president has yet to face accountability for blatant conflicts of interest tied to his private businesses.

NYT: Trump Legal Team Asks Senate for Speedy Acquittal in Impeachment Trial http://nyti.ms/38tg5pM
// The day before the trial starts, the president’s lawyers asserted he did nothing wrong and urged the Senate to “swiftly reject” the charges against him.
⋙ 📔 Document: Trial Memorandum of President Donald J Trump http://bit.ly/2NGi2XK 171p

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance I have a new piece exploring & rejecting the notion that witnesses should be divvied out one to the Democrats & one to the GOP in pairs. Testimony should be relevant to the issues.
⋙ WaPo: Witness ‘reciprocity’ isn’t a thing. So no, there can’t be a Biden for every Bolton. http://wapo.st/36aEMWf
// Only testimony that bolsters or casts doubt on facts necessary to deciding on the articles of impeachment is relevant at trial

🧵 RT @jedshug Thanks for the question, @gtconway3d.
Trump’s brief accurately cited Blackstone (see screenshot), but left out crucial context:
1) England had common law criminal offenses – which don’t need statutes.
“Known and established law” in US precedent may include “abuse of power.”
📌 https://twitter.com/jedshug/status/1219334703850848259?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @gtconway3d @jedshug—Trump’s brief crops some quote from Blackstone supposedly saying that impeachment requires an established violation of law. What did he really say?

TheAtlantic, Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes: Trump’s Impeachment Brief Is a Howl of Rage http://bit.ly/2TJF6bY
// The document released by the president’s lawyers reads more like the scream of a wounded animal than a traditional legal filing.

🐣 RT @SallyQYates There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic not popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.” MLK’s words are the final instruction to Senators who have sworn “to do impartial justice.”

🐣 RT @tribelaw The U.S. House just filed this devastating reply to the long but empty brief filed this morning by the president’s made-for-tv legal team. It took just 7 pages to shred the 110-page bag of . . . ok, bag of air filed on Trump’s behalf.
[Document:] http://bit.ly/2RbtUTT

WaPo, George Conway: The worst thing about Trump’s answer to the impeachment articles http://wapo.st/3atwJas “At its core, his submission represents an attack on the impeachment process — and on the Constitution itself.”

WaPo, George Conway: The worst thing about Trump’s answer to the impeachment articles http://wapo.st/3atwJas

🐣 RT @joelockhart Point of contrast in impeachments. Trump White House seems to be constructing a legal defense to defend the President’s rhetoric, not what the best defense is. In 1999, the President didn’t even see the WH counsel’s opening statement before he gave it. Legal theory ruled.

🐣 RT @HeidiNBC Dershowitz in 98/99:
“You don’t need a technical crime. … if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office … and who abuses trust.”
Dershowitz today:
“Abuse of power is not a criteria for impeachment.”
“You need ‘criminal type behavior’ akin to treason and bribery.”

🧵 RT @joelockhart 1. Welcome to a special holiday edition to the Daily White House Shadow Briefing thread. We are at work today and briefing to honor the legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King. The White House and @PressSec will treat this like every other day, with contempt, contempt for 📌 https://twitter.com/joelockhart/status/1219276649516191745?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @joelockhart 2. the media by refusing to hold briefings, contempt for the truth by lying as easily as they breath and contempt for al Americans betting we’re all dumb enough or “low information” enough to fall for this routine that involves self dealing, self pity and a frightening contempt
⋙ 🐣 RT @joelockhart 3. for the constitution and the rule of law. [ … ]

💙 🐣 RT @rickwtyler If the Senate acquits @realDonaldTrump, it won’t be an exoneration, but a coronation.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The media must expose bad-faith arguments on impeachment http://wapo.st/2NKxuCb

✅ Sixty-three FACT CHECKS on The BIDENS, BURISMA and UKRAINE (Reverse Chronological): There’s no “there there” 1/2
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1219268705126842370?s=20/photo/1-4
✅ Sixty-three FACT CHECKS on The BIDENS, BURISMA and UKRAINE (Reverse Chronological): There’s no “there there” 2/2
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1219268942381965317?s=20/photo/1-4

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Whether Biden is your guy or not, we should all fight the spread of “misinformation” in the 2020 campaign: Trump has been “spreading a malicious & conclusively debunked conspiracy theory” that “Biden engaged in wrongdoing” in executing US policy in Ukraine
⋙ NBCNews: Biden campaign warns against media use of Trump disinformation during impeachment trial http://nbcnews.to/2G6r9wH
// A campaign memo warns against the spread of “malicious and conclusively debunked” theories about the Bidens by Trump allies.

⭕ 19 Jan 2020

🚫 NewYorker, Marin Sardy: My Brother Tom’s Schizophrenia http://bit.ly/2tntkJH
// 5/20/2019

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Trump won’t be the only one on trial this week. McConnell also will be on trial. Indeed, the entire Senate will be on trial. Will Mitch be convicted of gross unfairness? Will he steal America’s future? And will the Senate be found guilty of murdering our democracy? #Fairness

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Robert De Niro: “There’s right and there’s wrong. And there’s common sense and there’s abuse of power. And as a citizen, I have as much right as anybody … to voice my opinion. And if I have a bigger voice … I’m going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power.”

🐣 RT @propublica Lev Parnas says conservative journalist John Solomon was in on the Ukraine scheme. ¤ And indeed, we reported how Parnas was *literally in the control room* as Solomon “interviewed” a dodgy Ukrainian prosecutor.
⋙ ProPublica (Oct 2019): How a Veteran Reporter Worked with Giuliani’s Associates to Launch the Ukraine Conspiracy http://bit.ly/2Jq3R72 by Jake Pearson, Mike Spies and J. David McSwane
// 10/25/2019; Lev Parnas, recently indicted for foreign influence in U.S. elections, collaborated closely with The Hill’s John Solomon to fuel spurious allegations involving the Bidens and Ukraine.

🐣 RT @jacobkornbluh Zelensky in interview with Times of Israel: “I didn’t do anything illegal. I had phone calls with the pres. of the U.S. As the pres. of Ukraine, I did what I could do.. to have a good, reliable and strong relationship with one of our strategic partners.”
⋙ TimesOfIsrael, David Horowitz: A serious man: Zelensky bids to address Ukraine’s dark past, brighten its future http://bit.ly/2uciA0O
// Ahead of this week’s visit to Israel, comedian who became a corruption-battling president discusses everything from Babi Yar, the Holocaust and the Holodomor, to Putin… and Trump

NYT: In a break with convention, the editorial board has chosen to endorse two separate Democratic candidates for president: Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren http://nyti.ms/2ujmp41

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt “You’re a damn, damn, damn fool”: When Clinton was impeached, Democrats did not hold back how angry they were with him. A look back at the last time a president went on trial in the Senate.
⋙ NYT, Peter Baker: The Trial That Would Be a Template http://nyti.ms/2G7Zbk4

🐣 RT @pollreport icymi
Is it acceptable for the president of the U.S. to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival?
ALL
Yes 23%
No 64%
REP.
Yes 48%
No 29%
DEM.
Yes 4%
No 95%
IND.
Yes 22%
No 64%
(Quinnipiac U. Poll, RV, 12/11-15/19)
trend: http://pollingreport.com/trump_ad.htm

WSJ: Lev Parnas Paid His Way Into Donald Trump’s Orbit http://on.wsj.com/365FELX
// Ukrainian-American with reputation for quick access to financing made inroads at White House, won GOP allies while his business ventures soured

🐣 RT @tribelaw .@AlanDersh is grossly misstating law, history, and even the arguments in the Johnson Senate impeachment trial. He’s not to be trusted. Trump’s mendacity has sadly rubbed off on my former colleague. Read my @washingtonpost op-ed laying it all out:
⋙ WaPo, Lawrence Tribe: Trump’s lawyers shouldn’t be allowed to use bogus legal arguments on impeachment http://wapo.st/2G4zfGj

🐣 RT @MaxBoot When a defendant is caught red-handed, with both the law & facts against him, he has only two choices: a plea bargain or jury nullification. Given that Trump is incapable of admitting error, the first option has been foreclosed. He is left with option B.
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Trump would never go for a plea bargain, so it looks like jury nullification is his only option http://wapo.st/2uX631o

💙 🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield Hi, @MarshaBlackburn ¤ That’s not how the Constitution defines the “Senate’s job.” ¤ It’s also not how the Senate rules define the Senate’s job. ¤ You do intend to follow the Constitution and Senate rules, right? ¤ Questions? Let’s have a look at the Constitution and the rules. ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1218961569981222912?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarshaBlackburn Democrats want the Senate to do their work for them. ¤ But the Senate’s job is to review what the House sent over, not hold an impeachment* do over.

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio Schiff: “The NSA, in particular, is withholding what are potentially relevant documents to our oversight responsibilities on Ukraine, but also withholding documents potentially relevant that the senators might want to see during the trial.”
⋙ Politico, John Bresnahan: Schiff says NSA, CIA withholding Ukraine info due to White House pressure http://politi.co/2tpaqlI
// “The intelligence community is beginning to withhold documents from Congress on the issue of Ukraine,” he said.

🐣 RT @dlippman Jared Kushner has a file called “Hoax II” in his West Wing office
Other file names: FIFA, AEI, To Do’s, Lebanon, Border Infrastructure, Central America Econ Plan, Encryption, POTUS Environment, Mexico Crisis, DJT
From @Time video w/ him: https://bit.ly/38hLZFj https://twitter.com/Pinche_Pi/status/1218629130066911233?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, George Conway: Why Trump had to hire this legal odd couple http://wapo.st/2tA3bXX

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Distinguished person of the week: Lev Parnas http://wapo.st/2Rb4wh8

NYT: Ukraine’s President Said He’d Fight Corruption. Resistance Is Fierce. http://nyti.ms/367f0SI
// For Volodymyr Zelensky, taking on the oligarchs and organized crime is a domestic test with geopolitical consequences.

⭕ 18 Jan 2020

🧵 RT @SethAbramson (LEV PARNAS PICTURE PARTY THREAD) Ain’t no party like a Lev Parnas picture party! Use this thread to post all your pictures of Lev Parnas—who the GOP is terrified of having testify in Trump’s Senate trial—with GOP figures from Trump to Trump Jr., Jared Kushner to GOP leadership. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1218722810283069441?s=20
// Lev photos Levlies

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Trump’s responses to the articles of impeachment is outrageous. He claims they violate the Constitution. He states “they are defective in their entirety.“ Clearly he’s going to move to dismiss hoping 51 Senators will end his agony. If he gets away with it, we’ve got a dictator!

NYT: Trump’s Defense Team Calls Impeachment Charges ‘Brazen’ as Democrats Make Legal Case http://nyti.ms/2TDLgKO
// In a six-page filing formally responding to the impeachment charges, President Trump’s lawyers rejected the case against him as illegitimate and described the effort to remove him as dangerous.

🐣 RT @HuffPoPol George Conway’s Lincoln Project released a new ad that demands impartiality during Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.
⋙ 💽 HuffPo: Republican Group Issues GOP Senators Blunt Reminder About Their Oaths http://bit.ly/3aqcdHO

💙💙 🧵 RT @Heidi_Cuda (Apr-May 2019) A LAYPERSON’S GUIDE TO TRUMP-RUSSIA: It’s komprocated.
So many distractions and too many syllables. I get it. ¤ But if you’re curious whether or not Putin is trying to run America via Russian proxies, I put together this evidentiary thread. Start here: 1/ 📌📌 https://twitter.com/Heidi_Cuda/status/1128011323416014848?s=20
// 4/26/2019 and 5/9/2019; Thread of threads; Mueller Report

🐣 RT @AdamSchiff It appears if Congress wants to get a full answer on the justification for the Soleimani strike, or other decisions by the President that bring our nation to the brink of war, we need to pay to attend a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser ¤ Or we can insist by passing the War Powers Resolution.
⋙ WaPo: Trump privately told donors new details about Soleimani airstrike at Mar-a-Lago fundraiser http://wapo.st/377lYbV

🐣 RT @elle_desilva

McConnell knew
Mulvaney knew
Pompeo knew
Kushner knew
Jordan knew
Nunes knew
Trump knew
Barr knew
Gaetz knew
Pence knew
Cohen knew
Giuliani knew
Graham knew
Mnuchin knew
Manafort knew

It all makes sense now.

NYT, Frank Bruni: Senate Republicans Are Bathed in Shame http://nyti.ms/2R4C7cr
// There’s no “impartial justice,” just protection of Trump at all costs.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger 111 pages of facts and legal arguments vs. 7 pages of ad hominem attacks and insults. They have never made a factual defense because their [sic] is none
⋙ WaPo: House Democrats say Senate ‘must eliminate the threat’ that the president poses to national security http://wapo.st/

💙 🧵 RT @McFaul THREAD ON QUID PRO QUOS IN TRUMP-UKRAINE SCANDAL. Parnas interviews have now expanded the number of “drug deals” (Bolton’s metaphor, not mine) — illicit quid pro quos– that team Trump attempted to play to compel Ukraine to open an investigation into the Bidens. 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1218581562284920832?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul QUID PRO QUO 1. Corrupt Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko promised to open an investigation of the Bidens if Trump fired Yovanovitch. Trump did fire Yovanovitch. Lutsenko didn’t deliver on his side of the deal. (Zelensky was elected president & then removed Lutsenko) 2/
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul QUID PRO QUO 2. Pence would attend Zelensky’s inauguration if the new Ukrainian government opened an investigation of the Bidens. Ukrainians didn’t deliver; Pence canceled his trip. 3/
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul QUID PRO QUO 3. Trump would give Zelensky an Oval office meeting– an extremely valuable chit in diplomacy sought by all heads of state — if new Ukrainian government opened an investigation of the Bidens. Zelensky didn’t deliver; Zelensky has never visited the White House. 4/
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul QUID PRO QUO 4. Trump froze military assistance until Zelensky opened an investigation of the Bidens. Zelensky was feeling the pressure and seemed ready to do this deal. But the the whistleblower acted first, forcing Trump to resume military assistance. 5/
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul That’s four different plays made by team Trump, attempted over several months, to try to get the Ukrainian government to open an investigation of the Bidens. In all 4 cases, Trump was using his public office to pursue private gains, the definition of corruption. 6/ END THREAD.

🐣 RT @JenniferJJacobs NEW: The top Russia expert on Trump’s National Security Council, Andrew Peek, has left his post, just a couple months in, sources tell me, @nwadhams and @justinsink. ¤ That’s the Fiona Hill, Tim Morrison, Russia/Ukraine job. ¤ Peek was escorted from WH on Friday. Story out soon.

🐣 RT @davidfrum This bears repeating after WH impeachment reply. The impeachment process exists for the exact same reason as the Trump presidency exists: The complex compromises of the 1787 Constitution. If impeachment is illegitimate, then the Electoral College is also illegitimate
⋙ 🐣 RT @ [Nov] Trump was not “democratically elected” – he lost by 2.9 million votes. He was “constitutionally elected,” by an 18th century constitutional design that includes a ban on foreign bribes to the president and that offers impeachment and removal as a remedy for bribe-seeking
// 11/13/2019

💙 WaPo: ‘Once this is over, we’ll be kings’: How Lev Parnas worked his way into Trump’s world — and now is rattling it http://wapo.st/2NDNq9q

🐣 RT @renatto_mariotti Trump’s team is focused on making legal arguments because the facts aren’t on his side. This way Republican Senators can vote for acquittal without getting into the facts.
⋙ 🐣 RT @dsamuelsohn Cipollone plans to open Trump’s defense on core constitutional issues. Then Sekulow for an overview. Starr, Ray, Dershowitz & others will tackle “discrete functions” during the trial, a source close to the president’s legal team said Saturday. https://politi.co/30zWZeT @politico

🐣 RT @SimonWDC Clear now that the Senate is about to get bombarded by Trumpian craziness. ¤ This isn’t the House, and these folks – including the 5 vulnerable Senators – just aren’t going to be happy w/defending this stuff. Watch for grumbling from unnamed Senate sources in coming days.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Reminder that more than four months into this fiasco the White House has yet to provide a rebuttal witness or exculpatory evidence. ¤ Why? Because the President is guilty. ¤ We will find out soon if they have an argument beyond whining about process.
⋙⋙ 🧵 RT @kyledcheney NEW: The White House previewed its response to the articles of impeachment — it’s an attack on Democrats’ process and a claim that the articles were “constitutionally invalid” from the start. ¤ w/ @dsamuelsohn @anitakumar01 📌 https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1218657701674332161?s=20
⋙⋙⋙ Politico: ‘Brazen and unlawful’: Trump team attacks House impeachment effort in first formal response http://politi.co/2u9UEuS
// The president’s initial reply comes on the same day House managers previewed their own opening arguments.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Can’t wait to see Collins, Gardner, etc. vote to acquit when all the facts are as House says. They would be the pro-bribery, pro-extortion, pro-abuse of power, pro-obstruction power. They would reveal they are anti-Constitution, anti-democracy, pro-monarchy

💙 🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield (Thread) ¤ Trump responds to the Articles of Impeachment (this is the first official statement of Trump’s defense team.) ¤ It’s the same exact nonsense the House Republicans spouted all through the inquiry. Almost like they all used the same talking points. http://bit.ly/2RtzLTs 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1218689073239314432?s=20

💙 🧵 RT @File411 Guys the @HouseJudiciary @HouseIntel and House Managers
@RepAdamSchiff
@RepJerryNadler
@RepJeffries
@RepZoeLofgren
@RepValDemings
@RepJasonCrow
@RepSylviaGarcia
Have FILED their Impeachment Brief… http://bit.ly/2uePNsc
📌 Analysis https://twitter.com/File411/status/1218674816435343367?s=20

RawStory, Matt Chapman: MSNBC panel bursts out laughing after watching clip of Alan Dershowitz explaining his Trump defense strategy http://bit.ly/37bExvq @JillWineBanks @mayawiley @JoyAnnReid

💙 🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield (Thread) Senate Trial ¤ Let’s talk about the difference between issues of fact and issues of law. ¤ Bonus: This thread will help you prepare for the Twitter Bar Exam🤓 ¤ Or ⤵️Trump just admits to the facts alleged. ¤ That avoids the need for fact witnesses. 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1218569314858491904?s=20

🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS The WH response to House managers’ report is utter nonsense in every conceivable way. The House report is well argued and fact based. Press accounts will present these as two equivalent sides of a good faith argument. Until this stops, the bad faith will continue to be rewarded.

🐣 RT @MaggieNYT Trump team response to House brief https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1218665945595613189?s=20/photo/1-4 and https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1218666005561475072?s=20/photo/1-2

≣ White House Response http://bit.ly/2RtzLTs 6p
↥ ↧
Lawfare: House Releases Impeachment Trial Brief http://bit.ly/2ucCo3Y document 111p
// The House of Representatives has released its trial brief in the impeachment trial of President Trump, available here and below. The president’s defense team is set to file their response on Monday, Jan. 20.

📔 Document: Trial Memorandum of the US House of Representatives in the Impeachment Trial of President Donald J Trump http://bit.ly/2uePNsc

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: House Democrats say Senate must ‘eliminate the threat that the President poses to America’s national security’ http://wapo.st/36cTrjW
// House brief

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom You can tell on Twitter an election is coming.
– Lots of new accounts
– Old accounts that were dormant suddenly tweeting
– Accounts with massive tweet-to-follower ratios
– Lots of accounts with the same header photos
Twitter can’t get those new filters in place soon enough.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Btw, Trump’s use of WH Counsel to defend him could be illegal & is clearly improper: Trump is on trial as an individual who happens to be POTUS. Pat Cipollone is paid by all of us as WH Counsel to defend THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, not the dude We the People are seeking to fire.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw People ask me why I’m not arguing in the Senate opposite @AlanDersh to defend the House view of the Constitution. Here’s why:
1. No need. My views are known & the Dersh view refutes itself.
2. Trump can name anyone to defend him, but the House rules say it must use its managers.

WaPo Editorial: The Senate must not ignore the new evidence on Ukraine http://wapo.st/38hKnLU

🐣 RT @djrothkopf
Rosenstein is a good guy.
Mueller is a hero who will save us.
Barr is an institutionalist.
Pompeo is one of the grown-ups.
Tillerson is a weakling.
Ivanka and Jared are moderating influences.
Mattis will stand up and save us.
Perhaps we need a mass resignation of pundits.

TheAtlantic, Franklin Foer: The Kremlin Inches Closer to the Biden Plot http://bit.ly/2NDYRhg
// Lev Parnas pointed his finger at Dmytro Firtash.

🐣 RT @AlexandraChalup Barr targets Trump’s enemies while covering up Trump’s crimes. ¤ That’s how Russia’s judicial system operates & what Trump referred to as “strong leadership” when praising Putin in 2016. ¤ Trump, Barr, & others are making the U.S. mirror the Russian mafia state while helping Putin.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NavyVetResister Bill Barr singling out Trump’s enemies for ‘selective’ scrutiny: ‘The pattern is unmistakable’
⋙⋙ RawStory: Bill Barr singling out Trump’s enemies for ‘selective’ scrutiny: ‘The pattern is unmistakable’ http://bit.ly/2NFmNkh

NBCNews: Trump backer from Europe says supposed surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch was a joke http://nbcnews.to/37bjvwY
// An ardent European supporter of Trump’s admitted to having sent supposed details about Yovanovitch’s whereabouts that made their way to Lev Parnas, but said it was “ridiculous banter.”

🐣 RT @chrislhayes really no idea what to believe. On the one hand, none of these people seem minimally competent enough to actually have been surveilling Yovanovitch, on the other hand, the “just kidding” shtick keeps getting harder and harder to swallow.
⋙ 🧵 RT @kenvogel ANTHONY De CALUWE RESPONDS: The Dutch citizen who texted with ROBERT F. HYDE about MARIE YOVANOVITCH’s movements says through a spokeswoman that he “was not involved in any surveillance,” & that suggestions in his texts to @RFHyde1 to the contrary “was just … ridiculous banter.” 📌 https://twitter.com/kenvogel/status/1218578011722862592?s=20

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa [9/3/2019] Rod Rosenstein is really not that enigmatic or complicated. He is simply a weak character whose moral compass is outweighed by his instinct for self-preservation and need for belonging, and he’s therefore susceptible to stronger forces around him in service of those goals 1/
⋙ RT @AshaRangappa In this regard, Comey assessed him exactly right: RR appointed a Special Counsel only because once the behind-the-scenes notes of POTUS came out, he knew he was going to be accused of obstruction/cover up. He did the right thing in appointing SC, but he did it to save himself 2/
⋙ RT @AshaRangappa When Rod is around stronger people with a clear moral compass, like Mueller, he’ll defer…and this ends up being a good thing. But when he ends up around people who are deceptive and corrupt, like Barr, he’ll defer to them too. Basically, he’s a walking piece of Jell-o. END

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Sometimes it’s obvious. If Trump was running a legitimate foreign policy, the Senate-confirmed Secy of State, Pompeo, would have been in charge, not Rudy & Lev. There’d be no need for secrecy, changing stories, withholding witnesses & documents. You don’t cover up if it’s lawful.

🐣 RT @joshgerstein NEW OVERNIGHT: In late-night court filing from DOJ, @RodRosenstein acknowledges he made decision to release Strzok-Page texts that have fueled many a POTUS attack on the former FBI employees. Both are suing over release, saying it invaded their privacy
⋙ Politico, Josh Gerstein: Rod Rosenstein says he made call to release Strzok-Page texts http://politi.co/2NEwAax

🐣 RT @Hardball “I think Trump and Trumpism is the greatest threat this country has faced since the fall of communism.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, Hardball: James Carville: Trumpism greatest threat ‘since fall of communism’ http://on.msnbc.com/2NFvP0R
// James Carville recently endorsed Michael Bennet for president. Carville says, “I think Trump and Trumpism is the greatest threat this country has faced since the fall of communism.”

✅ AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s compulsive claims of ‘biggest’ ever http://bit.ly/2NDn1Zi “Size matters to President Donald Trump. So much that he exaggerates continually, sometimes spectacularly, the size of what he does” 🍄

🐣 RT @pleasesaveour [Facebook:] “When we find networks of Pages misleading people by concealing who controls them, we require those owners to show additional information. In this case, the necessary disclosure was not made, so per our policy, the Pages have been removed,”
⋙ DailyBeast: Facebook Removes ‘Misleading’ Pages Defending Trump Donor Accused of Tracking Former Ambassador http://bit.ly/376JXrB

🐣 RT @tribelaw There’s no basis at all for the claim that the Framers “rejected” making “abuse of power” impeachable. What they rejected was making mere policy disagreements impeachable. They sharply distinguished doing that from removing those who use their public power for private gain.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri Alan Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s impeachment team, on ‘abuse of power’: ¤ “Abuse of power, even if proved, is not an impeachable offense. That’s what the framers rejected. They didn’t want to give Congress the authority to remove a president because he abused his power.”

🐣 RT @newtgingrich Lets see: Speaker Pelosi sends in Schiff and Nadler and President Trump sends in Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr. That should tell you everything you need to know about the quality of the two cases.
⋙ 🐣 Yeah, the two lawyers (@AlanDersh and Starr) who got Epstein off so he could continue criming now represent Trump.

🐣 RT @woodruffbets Parnas said he attended a small dinner w Jared, Ivanka, and cannabis industry pros that the America First Action super PAC hosted (where he his pic w them)
⋙ DailyBeast, Betsy Swan: Lev Parnas Dishes On Kushner, Maduro, and Soros http://bit.ly/30zhEj4
// In an interview from his lawyer’s office, the ex-Giuliani ally talked cannabis, conspiracies, and one very weird meeting with the lawyers of an indicted Ukrainian oligarch.
⋙ 🐣 RT @woodruffbets You can’t buy tickets to these dinners, per source w/ knowledge; rather, you make a generous donation to the super PAC and then become eligible for an invite

WaPo, Aaron Blake: New text messages put Devin Nunes on the hot seat http://wapo.st/2G2QUhn

🐣 RT @duty2warn Nunes was a participant in the scheme he was investigating. Another dark irony as the Republicans gangsters make a perverse mockery of our government
⋙ 🐣 RT @PoliticusUSA [1/15] Parnas nails Devin Nunes as being involved in the Ukraine effort to dig up a scandal on Joe Biden. Parnas met with Nunes at Trump’s hotel. #Nunes #LevSpeaks #Maddow 💽 https://twitter.com/duty2warn/status/1218539713319051264?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @lrozen Trump told donors at Mar a Lago tonight that Soleimani was “saying bad things about our country” before the strike, which led to his decision to authorize his killing. ¤ So much for claim of imminent threat or threat to US embassies.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mkraju Trump recounted minute-by-minute details of strike that killed Soleimani during remarks to big donors in FL, according to audio obtained by @Kevinliptakcnn. Trump’s detailed recounting of the strike goes further than what he or other officials have said.
⋙⋙ CNN: Trump recounts minute-by-minute details of Soleimani strike to donors at Mar-a-Lago http://cnn.it/363qpTK
⋙ 🐣 In fact, @khamenei_ir had jeered him on Twitter
RT @khamenei_ir [Jan 1] …
1st: You can’t do anything.
2nd: If you were logical —which you’re not— you’d see that your crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan… have made nations hate you.

🐣 RT @RepValDemings The president confessed to trying to cheat in the election, and said he would do it again. ¤ I was a law enforcement officer for 27 years. This is what we would call an open and shut case.

⭕ 17 Jan 2020

WaPo, Sam Berger: Holding up Ukraine aid was illegal. Trump’s White House knew before GAO said so. http://wapo.st/2NH5BuI Sam Berger served as a senior attorney in the Office of Management and Budget during the Obama administration
// The agency’s decision undercuts two pillars of the president’s impeachment defense;
Sam Berger is vice president for democracy and government reform at the Center for American Progress. He served as a senior attorney in the Office of Management and Budget during the Obama administration.

Politico, Kyle Cheney and Andrew Desiderio: House releases new impeachment evidence linking Nunes aide to Parnas http://politi.co/2G1Qisp

🐣 RT @richsignorelli Nunes must be removed from intelligence committee & investigated. His chilling lawsuits should be dismissed and sanctions should be imposed on Nunes and his attorney ¤ New Lev Parnas records detail Ukraine surveillance efforts, contact with Devin Nunes aide
⋙ Axios: New Lev Parnas records detail Ukraine surveillance efforts, contact with Devin Nunes aide http://bit.ly/2tn0Kbr
// Parnas did the following, according to documents he provided to the House committee:

● Kept hand-written notes outlining the alleged pre-condition of a now-infamous July 25 phone call between President Trump and Zelensky: that Zelensky publicly announce an investigation into Joe Biden, Trump’s political rival in the 2020 election.
● Arranged interviews with Nunes aide Derek Harvey and Ukrainian officials, including Yuri Lutsenko, the country’s prosecutor general.
● Shared pictures and articles of Yovanovitch with GOP congressional candidate and Trump donor Robert Hyde, who texted back: “Can’t believe Trum[p] hasn’t fired this [b**ch]. I’ll get right on that.”
● Received text messages from Hyde suggesting that the congressional candidate had Yovanovitch under physical surveillance in Kyiv. “They are willing to help if we/you would like a price,” Hyde texted.
● Appeared to receive screenshots of Hyde’s conversation with a Belgian country-code number. “Nothing has changed she is still not moving they check today again. It’s confirmed we have a person inside,” the contact texted Hyde in a string, after sharing a picture of Yovanovitch and a tweet referencing her.

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: When Trump’s Thugs Turn on Him http://nyti.ms/3aquHaU
// Lev Parnas has shown us Trumpism from the inside.

💙 🧵 RT @SethAbramson (THREAD) I knew this day would come eventually—but I had to wait over two years for it. Now that it’s come, I’d like to briefly say something about it. The upshot: I’ve just been vindicated on the most abiding, popular, and wholly untrue attack ever made against me and this feed. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1218352196863037440?s=20
// “I told you so” thread

BuzzfeedNews, Emma Loop: New Impeachment Evidence Shows How Political Operatives Tried To Get A Respected US Ambassador Fired http://bit.ly/30x5uqM
// “The bomb is dropping tomorrow,” Lev Parnas wrote the day before Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was abruptly recalled from her post in Ukraine.

CNN: Barr dropped into Giuliani meeting at Justice Department in previously undisclosed encounter http://cnn.it/2TCd5TN

NYT, Timothy Egan: Trump’s Evil Is Contagious http://nyti.ms/3640R92
// The president has shown us exactly what happens when good people do nothing.

CNN, Asha Rangappa: Trump gets a Ukraine probe, just not the one he asked for http://cnn.it/2RrLOk4 “Ukraine’s decision to investigate the circumstances surrounding Yovanovitch’s security exposes, by comparison, Attorney General William Barr’s willingness to turn a blind eye”

WSJ: Facebook Removes Pages That Coordinated Posts Defending Man Embroiled in Impeachment Probe http://on.wsj.com/2G45ntC
// Some of the pages had described themselves as representing groups of supporters of President Trump from different states

🐣 RT @CNNOpinion “Rather than mount a defense of his conduct with the best legal team, he’s choosing a group mired in controversies including scandal, alleged corruption and misogyny. The majority of America, in my view, will be repulsed,” writes @joelockhart
⋙ CNN, Joe Lockhart: Trump’s circus of defense lawyers http://cnn.it/2FZNWu5

🐣 RT @TeamPelosi The facts were overwhelming. He gave us no choice. That is why the current occupant of the White House is impeached forever. ¤ And with each passing day, we learn of his corrupt mission to cheat in the 2020 election. -NP

💙 🧵 RT @ScottMStedman I found the social media accounts for the guy who was allegedly surveilling Ambassador Yovanovitch, Anthony de Caluwé. This was posted 3 weeks ago. 📌 https://twitter.com/ScottMStedman/status/1218369912495837185?s=20
// aka Anthony Calloway; at Trump NY Party, photo’d w Trump and De Santis; visited Russian Orthodox Church (wut?)

💙 🧵 RT @JoshNBCNews THREAD: ¤ Robert Hyde today pointed the finger at a guy named Anthony de Caluwe, saying he merely copy-pasted Yovanovitch info from him & sent to Parnas. Hyde told me he met de Caluwe at a Trump fundraiser & at Trump hotel in DC (1/7) 📌 https://twitter.com/JoshNBCNews/status/1218363761188274182?s=20

🐣 RT @mkraju New texts show more efforts to track Marie Yovanovitch. “She been there since Thursday – never left the embassy,” said an unknown Belgium number in text exchange with Trump ally Robert Hyde. Also texts show more extensive talks bw Nunes aide and Parnas.
⋙ CNN: New documents from Lev Parnas show more texts about possible surveillance of former US ambassador to Ukraine http://cnn.it/2sCam1x

🐣 RT @MSNBC “I knew that the Trump defense was going to rely in large part on alternative facts, but i didn’t know they were also going to use alternative law,” Laurence Tribe says of Alan Dershowitz’s legal argument for President Trump’s impeachment trial.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, AllInWithChris: ‘Alternative law:’ Constitutional scholar on the Dershowitz defense of Trump http://on.msnbc.com/2FYxpGM
// Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe looks at Alan Dershowitz’s likely defense of Trump ahead of the Senate impeachment trial: “Alan is completely wacko on this.”

🐣 RT @EmilyGorcenski Half a dozen neo-Nazis with explicit and concrete plans to commit murder and acts of terrorism were arrested in the past few days. Hundreds more are calling for civil war. ¤ This isn’t Leaderless Resistance. ¤ It has a leader, and he’s calling for action.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away. Republicans will win Virginia in 2020. Thank you Dems!

🐣 RT @neal_katyal I wrote this piece with Ken Starr. It concludes:”If President Trump cannot agree to an investigation modeled on what Richard Nixon agreed to,the question will linger:Just what is he afraid of?” ¤ Remember,Nixon allowed witnesses&documents.He didn’t gag them
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal To be clear, I have no issue whatsoever w Starr defending Trump. President should have any lawyer he wants who is willing to represent him. My point is just that it’s a very tough defense given Trump’s anticonstitutional behavior. That’s why they are trying to gag docs&witnesses
⋙ NYT, Neal Katyal and Kenneth Starr: A Better Way to Protect Mueller http://nyti.ms/2tkLDiJ
// 2/19/2018

🐣 RT @McFaul Trump told Pence to cancel his planned trip to attend Zelensky inauguration after Zelensky refused to open an investigation of the Bidens. Another quid pro quo. @maddow spelled it all out very clearly tonight. Watch the show when you can.

WaPo, Eric Columbus and Andrew Kent: Trump can’t stop John Bolton from testifying http://wapo.st/375NwOD
// Once they’re out of office, officials who want to talk are shielded by the First Amendment.

🐣 RT @lrozen What was the arrangement between Rudy Giuliani, Victoria Toensing & Joe diGenovo? and a dozen other questions @violagienger and I would like to ask Lev Parnas
⋙ JustSecurity, Viola Gienger and Laura Rozen: 15 Questions the Media Should Be Asking Lev Parnas http://bit.ly/30u4GDe

1. List all the individuals who can corroborate your specific claims. What other specific documents and records that have not been released to the public would corroborate your claims?

2. Exactly when and how did you first meet Rudy Giuliani?

3. Exactly when and how did this idea of pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe and/or Hunter Biden first arise, to your knowledge?

Background: The New York Times has referred to Parnas’s “first trip to Ukraine in February 2019,” but it’s unclear whether that was his first time in Ukraine on this mission or just his first time there that year. Parnas was born in Ukraine, though he has long lived in the United States and is a U.S. citizen.

4. Was Rudy Giuliani involved in other work in Ukraine that you had any connection with or knowledge of, other than this mission to persuade the Ukrainian government to announce investigations of Biden?

5. Can you speak to whether Trump thought that the efforts with the Ukraine authorities could benefit your or Giuliani’s or others’ business dealings?

6. Similarly, do you know whether Trump thought that the efforts with Ukraine could benefit Giuliani, Joe Toensing, or Joseph diGenova in their being hired by the former and incumbent Ukraine officials (per the NYT and Post’s reporting a few months ago), and what stage those contracts with the Ukrainians reached.

Background for Questions 5 & 6: If Trump knew an effect would be to direct business toward Giuliani or Parnas, it may trigger liability for the President under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). See Susan Simpson’s important analysis of Giuliani and Parnas’s activities in relation to the Ukraine effort and the FCPA.

7. You have talked almost exclusively about your and your associates’ roles in relation to the effort to persuade the Ukrainian government to announce investigations into Joe and/or Hunter Biden. What discussions did you have with anyone about Giuliani’s and Trump’s belief that the Ukrainian government tried to interfere in the 2016 election in opposition to Trump and in favor of Hillary Clinton?

8. Who all was part of the “team” that you have mentioned that was involved in carrying out this mission? Name all the members and their roles.

9. You have been described at times by pro-Trump Washington lawyers Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova, as well as Giuliani or others as a “translator,” but your role extended at least to that of a fixer, right? How would you describe your role in this effort?

10. Where exactly did you travel in the course of this mission, and who paid for the travel in each instance? Who paid for Giuliani’s travel and other expenses?

11. The WhatsApp messages that the House committees released on Jan. 14 show that Rudy Giuliani messaged you on July 3, 2019, asking, “Where are you guys?” And you responded, “Going to Vienna.” And he replied, “Wow!” Who were “you guys,” and why did Giuliani respond with that kind of excitement?

Background: This was around the time that Kremlin-linked Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, a fugitive fighting U.S. extradition who is living in Vienna, hired Toensing and diGenova in the scheme to get dirt on the Bidens. Firtash later says he had paid the couple $1.2 million as of November 2019, including a referral fee for Parnas.

12. What is your understanding of the arrangement between Giuliani, Toensing, DiGenovo? Was the arrangement deliberately structured so that the team would have the “cover” of attorney-client privilege to not disclose their foreign clients and their being directed by the Trump legal team?

Background: Before taking the February 2019 trip to Ukraine, Parnas met with Giuliani in Manhattan to discuss details. Parnas told Giuliani that he and Fruman were concerned about not having diplomatic credentials for their mission, according to the Times:

Mr. Parnas said he proposed that the president designate them “special envoys” to ensure their safety and access. Then, Mr. Parnas said, Mr. Giuliani walked away to call Mr. Trump, and returned with a new plan: He would represent Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman, as well as the president, a move that might afford their shared mission the confidentiality of attorney-client privilege. Mr. Giuliani has denied Mr. Parnas’s account.

13. Why was Toensing, as indicated in several of the texts you provided to the House committees, so desperate for Yovanovitch to be removed? Did Toensing’s retention of Ukrainian or other clients require Yovanovitch’s removal? Which clients? Why?

14. What was/is Toensing-DiGenovo’s connection to Trump’s legal team?

15. You have said you were lobbying Trump in April 2018 to have Marie Yovanovitch removed as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. That was almost a year before your efforts with Giuliani to have the Ukrainian government announce a Biden investigation. Why, and on whose behalf, were you seeking Yovanovitch’s removal in the spring of 2018?

WaPo, Melinda Haring: I spotted a scandal in Ukraine last year, but I should have been looking closer to home http://wapo.st/38c6aVc

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Many real lawyers are mocking @AlanDersh for baseless definition of high crimes but defense has a fundamental problem: no facts. How do they even fill the time?? Cc @tribelaw @neal_katyal @ianbassin

🐣 RT @CREWcrew BREAKING: Chris Collins, the first Member of Congress to endorse Trump, was just sentenced to more than two years in jail. Duncan Hunter, the second endorser, just pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. https://twitter.com/CREWcrew/status/1218311029920292865?s=20

🐣 RT @MollyMcKew This is the conspiracy that Nunes, his staff, R colleagues were pursuing — which is even on paper too complex to be rational. It’s pretty hard not to see that where were part of the plot against Yovanovich even while they were questioning her to dismiss it & exonerate POTUS team https://twitter.com/MollyMcKew/status/1218349680054153216?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @matthewamiller My conclusion from reading the latest Parnas texts is that the FBI should open a field office in the Trump Hotel lobby.

🐣 The Founders rejected “maladministration” not abuse of power, @alandersh. You may need to brush up on the Federalist Papers before Tuesday.

🧵 RT @File411 I see that FINALLY BRIAN BALLARD has made an appearance FWIW this is a small tranche of documents mainly pictures in this tranche ¤ Waves hiya @DevinNunes and Derick Harvey http://bit.ly/377wX4X 📌 https://twitter.com/File411/status/1218318756675452934?s=20

🧵 RT @dfriedman33 Here is top Nunes aide Derek Harvey asking Parnas to help him gather info. https://twitter.com/dfriedman33/status/1218315597286641665?s=20/photo/1
📌 https://twitter.com/dfriedman33/status/1218315597286641665?s=20

🐣 RT @harrylitman Scoundrel of the first order. ¤ “The new materials draw Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, even further into the efforts undertaken by Giuliani and his associates to push out Yovanovitch in Ukraine and digging up dirt on the President’s political rivals.”

🐣 RT @jbkjournalist Keep In mind that #JeffreyEpstein continued to abuse girls after Mr. Dershowitz & Kenneth Starr got him a sweetheart deal.

🐣 RT @davidfrum At the time the constitution was ratified, impeachment clause included, nobody knew whether there would ever be such a thing as a “federal crime” – and if there ever were such a thing, what that crime or crimes would be
🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ This is one of the dumbest talking points and it needs to be retired. We didn’t have a robust fed criminal code until the early 20th century (the FBI wasn’t even created until 1908 because of state resistance to a national police force)…but the Founders had a time machine?
🐣 RT @tribelaw .@GeorgeWill was just flat wrong on @HardballChris that something must be a federal crime in order to be an impeachable offense. No real constitutional scholar makes that mistake, although the criminal defense expert @AlanDersh does intend to make it in his Senate presentation.

🐣 RT @sfpelosi The same Ken Starr who impeached a president for lying about an affair and then got fired as Baylor’s president after a “fundamental failure” in the way his school responded to sexual assault allegations? THAT Ken Starr? Oh.
⋙ 🐣 RT @eliehonig Trump has added Ken Starr to his defense team. ¤ Now House Managers can point across the well and say: “There’s the same guy who interviewed @MonicaLewinsky’s ex-boyfriends, WH window washers and Kathleen Willey’s dentist. Now he doesn’t want us to hear from Bolton and Mulvaney.”

WaPo: Trump expands legal team to include Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr and others http://wapo.st/3akSx8a

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw For integrity of Congress, looks like #Nunes must resign. ¤ Nunes’ close aide Harvey clandestinely worked with Parnas/Giuliani to get (read: create) Ukrainian dirt on Biden. ¤ Nunes was Ranking Member presiding over impeachment hearings, never disclosed and then lied about ALL this
⋙ 🐣 RT @rgoodlaw The encrypted Harvey-Parnas messages corroborate reporting (by CNN’s @VickyPJWard Daily Beast’s @woodruffbets Washington Post’s @PostRoz @ColbyItkowitz CNBC’s @christinawilkie NBC’s @kwelkernbc) assembled in this Timeline.
⋙⋙ JustSecurity, Ryand Goodman and Viola Geinger: Timeline: Rep. Devin Nunes and Ukraine Disinformation Efforts http://bit.ly/37FcJjz
// 11/26/2019
⋙ 🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Rep. Devin Nunes question to Fiona Hill and David Holmes in impeachment hearings: ¤ “Do you think it’s appropriate for political parties to run operatives in foreign countries to dig up dirt on their opponents?” ¤ Encrypted texts are evidence that’s basically what Nunes was doing.

TheGuardian (2017): Trump lawyer’s firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show http://bit.ly/38f3J4g
// 6/27/2017; Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his family

WaPo: In rare Friday sermon, Iran’s Khamenei says U.S. suffered blow to ‘superpower image’ http://wapo.st/2R7uulD

BusinessInsider, Sonam Sheth: Trump previously said Ken Starr, who will represent him in the impeachment trial, was a ‘freak,’ a ‘lunatic,’ and a ‘disaster’ who might have ‘something in his closet’ http://bit.ly/2NBfOZK

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq Make America Bribe Again
⋙ 🐣 RT @GeoffEarle Larry Kudlow says White House ‘looking at’ changing federal anti-bribery statute https://mol.im/a/7900019 via @MailOnline

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Whichever dem wins in November, please let’s not do the “it’s time to look forward, let bygones be bygones and not prosecute this administration for the sake of unity” bullshit, kthanksbye.
⋙ 🐣 It would be different if we had a real AG who would pursue corruption in the Admin now, but we don’t. To object to the current situation, House Dems should act on the NY Bar Assn recommendation and begin impeachment hearings on Barr.

🐣 RT @paulwaldman1 And don’t forget that the Trump Foundation then tried to cover it up by filing a false tax return claiming the illegal donation actually went to a nonprofit in Kansas with a similar name as Bondi’s PAC. ¤ They claimed it was just an honest mistake.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Farenthold Pam Bondi, one of @realdonaldtrump’s impeachment lawyers, once accepted a $25K donation from Trump’s charity (while another AG was investigating Trump University). ¤ Trump paid a $2.5K fine for violating charity law.
⋙⋙ WaPo, David Farenthold: Trump pays IRS a penalty for his foundation violating rules with gift to aid Florida attorney general http://wapo.st/37f44Ed
// 9/1/2016

NYT, Margaret Taylor: The Real Risks of Republicans’ Burying Their Heads in the Sand http://nyti.ms/2szQYlL
// G.O.P. senators will harm Congress if they turn away from new testimony and information relevant to impeachment.

🐣 RT @tribelaw The Royal third person? Or just a Trumpian trope?
⋙ 🐣 RT @AlanDersh STATEMENT REGARDING PROFESSOR DERSHOWITZ’S ROLE IN THE SENATE TRIAL – Professor Dershowitz will present oral arguments at the Senate trial to address the constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal. (1of 2)
⋙ 🐣 RT @AlanDersh (2 of 3) While Professor Dershowitz is non partisan when it comes to the constitution—he opposed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and voted for Hillary Clinton— he believes the issues at stake go to the heart of our enduring Constitution.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AlanDersh (3of 3) He is participating in this impeachment trial to defend the integrity of the Constitution and to prevent the creation of a dangerous constitutional precedent.

JustSecurity, Sam Berger: GAO Decided Trump’s Hold on Ukraine Funding Was Illegal and It Wasn’t a Tough Call http://bit.ly/2TylqYv

🐣 RT @rfaraon Wait, Dershowitz of the Epstein and OJ Simpson crowd? Oh I get it – he’s gonna be on Celebrity Apprentice soon. POTUS, if you’re listening, please make Alan go on your show. Also Rudy. Ratings: at least 5.0 Nielsen, guaranteed. I’d watch!!

🐣 RT @danpfeiffer Ken Starr defending one of the most impeachable offenses in history after prosecuting one of the least with zero self-reflection and no sense of irony really encapsulates the GOP’s part over country ethos.

NBCNews (10/16): Ukrainian oligarch Firtash linked to Giuliani pals’ gas deals and Biden dirt digging http://nbcnews.to/2ue9cth
// 10/16/2019; A Ukrainian oligarch [Firtash] who is fighting extradition to the U.S. may figure in both the dirt digging and the gas deals pursued by Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

NewYorker, Connie Bruck: Alan Dershowitz, Devil’s Advocate http://bit.ly/2tjwWwl https://twitter.com/Susan_Hennessey/status/1218198692961947649?s=20/photo/1
// 7/29/2019; great drawing

🐣 RT @NormOrnstein So Trump’s legal headliners include 2 discredited lawyers who were integral to the Jeffrey Epstein moral/legal meltdown of despicability + a former Florida AG who took a $25,000 illegal contribution from Trump and overruled her staff to quash the action against Trump U. Perfect!

🐣 RT @ericgarland Hey, does everyone know Toensing worked with Linda Tripp to get Ken Starr the Lewinsky tapes?

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng and Justin Baragona: Trump Taps Fox News Legal Panel to Defend Him in Impeachment Trial http://bit.ly/2NEzLPs
// “He knew my positions and he asked me to present those arguments [on the Senate floor],” Alan Dershowitz told The Daily Beast.

🐣 RT @mitchellreports On Ken Starr, @peterbakernyt: “He’ll bring a lot of the baggage of the last impeachment to this debate & people will start making comparisons & saying if then this, then that. And it’s interesting choice to want to import the 21-year old fight into his fight today.” #AMRstaff

🐣 RT @sykescharlie “This was the gravest insult he could have delivered to these people, in this sacred space. The flag officers in the room were shocked.”
🐣 RT @Evan!cMullin Even after all we know about this rotten human being we call president, this is shocking. Trump berated Jim Mattis and our senior military generals in 2017 saying “You’re a bunch of dopes and babies.“ Trump’s utterly disgraceful behavior risks our security.
⋙ WaPo, Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker : ‘You’re a bunch of dopes and babies’: Inside Trump’s stunning tirade against generals http://wapo.st/38h3R3f

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger The necessity of ignoring probative evidence and relying on partisan rhetoric and distraction raises an interesting question for Trump, his lawyers and Republicans: What exactly is the case the lawyers will put on?
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Catching senators who swear a false oath red-handed http://wapo.st/2TyjgrH

🐣 RT @real “The GOA got it exactly backwards. Here’s what they said. The law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities to those Congress has enacted into law. It’s exactly the opposite. The Constitution does not allow Congress to substitute its own priorities….
⋙ 🐣 RT @real ….for the foreign policies of the President.” @AlanDersh Alan Dershowitz @seanhannity @FoxNews They do what the House asks. The Swamp!
💙 ⋙⋙ 🐣 The impeachment trial will be about more than Trump’s malfeasance. The Separation of Powers, the Power of the Purse ~ the very meaning of the Constitution ~ will be litigated. I hope Roberts and the Senate up for this. The “Constitutional Crisis” we have feared is upon us.

WashingtonMonthly, Nancy LeTourneau: It Is Beginning to Look Like the U.S. Has a Corruption Problem, Not Ukraine http://bit.ly/362delN

DailyBeast, Betsy Swan: Lev Parnas Reveals Why He Turned on Trumpworld http://bit.ly/2Ny7kTi
// The Soviet-born businessman at the center of Rudy Giuliani’s dirt-digging crusade in Ukraine tells The Daily Beast he’s determined to speak out despite backlash.

DailyBeast, Tim Teeman: Ron Reagan: My Father, Ronald Reagan, Would Not Want Republicans to Vote for ‘Traitor’ Trump in 2020 http://bit.ly/30rWraO
// Ron Reagan discusses why his father would have never voted Trump, Ronald Reagan’s gay rights and AIDS record, fighting “religious freedom,” and his “burning in hell” atheism TV ad.

🐣 RT @glennkirshner2 We now know from the GAO that Trump committed a crime (wrongfully w/holding Congressionally appropriate funds/Ukrainian aid) to commit a crime (bribing Zelensky) to commit a crime (campaign finance crime/foreign interference in US election). That’s quite a criminal hat trick.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Time was the friend of truth. Tradition will be the friend of transparency. As reality sinks in, the weight of history will make itself felt.

⭕ 16 Jan 2020 📜 Impeachment Trial Begins 📜

🐣 RT @DrDenaGrayson “Trump…demonstrated that he will remain a threat to the Constitution if allowed to remain in office…warrants #impeachment & trial, removal from office & disqualification to hold & enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the US”—@RepAdamSchiff 💽 https://twitter.com/DrDenaGrayson/status/1217861394760110081?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Robert S. Litt and John E. McLaughlin: Prosecutors investigating intelligence analysts is a dangerous idea http://wapo.st/38thUD9
// Robert S. Litt served in the Justice Department from 1978 to 1984 and 1994 to 1999 and as general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from 2009 to 2016. John E. McLaughlin served as deputy director of the CIA from 2000 to 2004 and acting director in 2004 and teaches at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

WaPo, Patrick Leahy: Trump broke the law. Congress must now defend the separation of powers. http://wapo.st/2NBBbdp

WaPo, Paul Kane: Senate GOP hopes for a drama-free impeachment trial while bracing for Trump and his legal team http://wapo.st/2R0K2HC

NYT Editorial: What America Learned in 28 Days http://nyti.ms/2NA7t8C
// Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay transmitting the impeachment articles allowed significant new information to come to light.

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: The Trump Presidency Delivers Its Craziest 24 Hours Yet as America Heads Down the Tubes http://bit.ly/2szTuIL
// This nation is being cheapened, weakened, destroyed. They don’t know, or don’t care.

🐣 RT @Rschooley Republicans casually dismissing an office called “Government Accountability” should be a clue as to where their heads are at.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Trump is drawn to unethical hustlers because he’s one himself. That may be barely tolerable for the head of a small real-estate firm. It’s intolerable for US president. Senators or voters must act before the govt becomes as disreputable as the Trump Org.
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: The company Trump keeps tells you everything you need to know http://wapo.st/2R1BvEj

🐣 RT @PostRoz Documents corroborate Parnas’ timeline: texts show he met with Zelensky aide the day before Pence aide was unexpectedly informed that President had ordered VP to skip Zelensky inauguration.
⋙ WaPo: Giuliani associate points to Pence snub as Ukraine pressure point http://wapo.st/38fsU6G

🐣 RT @RepAdamShiff Mr. Parnas’ public interviews and documents shed light on the origins and key players in Trump’s scheme. ¤ His information, Bolton’s offer to testify, and the GAO’s finding of Trump’s illegality all underscore the need for a fair trial. ¤ The American people deserve all the facts.

💙 🐣 RT @jonflan I am frustrated that some ask for a fair impeachment trial and expect there to be one, but McConnell has no intention of providing one; it strikes me more efficient not to play the fool, but to try Trump and the Senate before the nation.

🐣 RT @MaddowBlog “After analyzing all the evidence and sitting back and really understanding what’s going on, I don’t think Vice President Biden did anything wrong. I think he was protecting our country and getting rid of, probably, a crooked attorney general.” -Lev Parnas 💽 https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1217995798748782597?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @CNN “The GAO ruling, coming after two weeks of impeachment hearings and 30 hours of testimony from 12 witnesses before the Democratic-led House, stands as a powerful indictment against the Trump White House,” writes Michael Bociurkiw for @CNNOpinion
⋙ CNN, Michael Bociurkiw: Trump can’t dodge the GAO report bombshell http://cnn.it/2FZ0QbO

🐣 ◕ RT @pbump With the various new Parnas revelations, it’s worth revisiting the odd web of legal relationships that surrounds him and Giuliani. https://twitter.com/pbump/status/1218022952224153600?s=20/photo/1
⋙ WaPo: The complex network pushing for Ukraine dirt — with Rudy Giuliani at its center http://wapo.st/38dbUhy
// And Lev Parnas close by

NYT: Justice Dept. Investigating Years-Old Leaks and Appears Focused on Comey http://nyti.ms/2uX8P70 //➔ are we a banana republic yet?
// An inquiry into years-old disclosures of classified information is highly unusual and leaves law enforcement officials open to accusations of politicizing their work.

🐣 RT @MSNBCPR RATINGS: “The Rachel @Maddow Show” scores historic rating of 4.5M total viewers in explosive interview with Lev Parnas. http://bit.ly/2NymHLb

🐣 RT @MollyJongFast Oh look, it took 24 hours to get to Criming is fine.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ndrew_lawrence Reince Priebus: “Sometimes the best defense is the ‘so-what’ defense which is, if everything the Democrats said is true it’s still not impeachable. If everything Lev Parnas said is true, it’s still not impeachable” 💽 https://twitter.com/MollyJongFast/status/1218019699407118337?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @dfriedman33 Some people who gave Parnas $:
Harry Sargeant: https://motherjones.com/politics/2020/01/billionaire-oil-magnate-funded-travel-by-lev-parnas/…
Firtash: https://bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-17/firtash-lawyer-was-source-of-1-million-to-parnas-giuliani-ally…
Toensing & diGenova: https://reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-whistleblower-firtash/indicted-giuliani-associate-worked-on-behalf-of-ukrainian-oligarch-firtash-idUSKBN1WQ2H5…
Brian Ballard: https://nytimes.com/2019/11/20/us/politics/trump-fund-raisers-subpoenaed.html…
Charles Gucciardo, sort of: https://emptywheel.net/2019/11/08/why-did-gucciardo-pay-giuliani-partners-for-his-loan-to-fraud-guarantee/
https://twitter.com/dfriedman33/status/1217933653436706817?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “Mr. Barr does not need any help in undermining his own reputation, he’s done a fine job of that by himself, but there are institutions outside of the executive branch that can hold an attorney general accountable: the Congress and the media” – Chuck Rosenberg w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1217938010316136448?s=20

🐣 RT @joelockhart The only oath that matters for Republicans is the oath to their dear leader @realDonaldTrump It’s not a political party any longer, it’s a cult. Welcome to America’s version of North Korea.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Acyn The Senator [Lindsey Graham] took an oath hours ago and he still has the audacity to appear on Fox News to announce his bias 💽 https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1217966764551634944?s=20/photo/1

MotherJones, Dan Friedman: Billionaire Oil Magnate Funded Travel by Lev Parnas http://bit.ly/38pBCQb
// A lawyer for GOP donor Harry Sargeant says the money was a loan.

🐣 Two topics not delved into by @maddow:
1) Payments from Firtash ➔ Parnas ➔ Giuliani
2) Perry et al involvement in gas/oil board deal
May have been off the table for these interviews

🐣 RT @BlogsOfWar “…liberal democracy cannot function without a shared understanding of reality. As long as the zone is flooded with shit, that shared understanding is impossible.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @seanilling “If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer… And with such a people you can then do what you please.” – Arendt
⋙⋙ 🚫 Vox, Sean Illing: “Flood the zone with shit”: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy http://bit.ly/2tq6L74
// too depressing; The impeachment trial probably won’t change any minds. Here’s why.

🐣 RT @MarshallCohen Lev Parnas says he watched Trump fire Yovanovitch. At a private dinner for donors at the Trump hotel last spring, Parnas told Trump that Yovanovitch was badmouthing him. Parnas says Trump then turned to a WH aide and said, “Fire her. Get rid of her.”
⋙ CNN, Marshall Cohen: Lev Parnas says he watched Trump fire the US ambassador to Ukraine http://cnn.it/38dPm03

🐣 RT @McFaul To those doubting the validity of Parnas claims, there is a REALLY easy way to confirm or deny his claims — call witnesses to the Senate trial under oath ! How can any American, let alone Senators, be against the truth, evidence, facts?

🧵 RT @joshtpm Obviously Trump’s denials of knowing Lev Parnas are absurd. But we can actually get to pretty concrete refutation. John Dowd had to get Trump’s permission to represent Parnas because of a potential conflict since Dowd had earlier been Trump’s lawyer. Jay Sekulow extended that … 📌 https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1218007876196802561?s=20

🐣 RT @CNN “Wherever we went, he said, ‘I don’t represent the government, I represent the President of the United States.'” ¤ Lev Parnas on the role of Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine, adding, “It was all about 2020 to make sure [Trump] had another four years.” http://cnn.it/2tgTe1L

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Parnas says he has a significant fear of Barr and the DoJ, and that’s why he’s telling his story. He believes he’s safer telling his story than leaving it in the hands of Barr. “I’m more scared of our own justice department than I am of these criminals”. #ParnasInterview

🐣 RT @matthewamiller So add Jay Sekulow to the list of people who didn’t want anything to do with this drug deal, according to Parnas on @maddow. Smart guy!
🐣 RT @matthewamiller So the guy Trump says he never had a conversation with just said he personally got Trump to order that Yovanovitch be fired at a small dinner at the Trump Hotel.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Parnas said trump tried multiple times to fire Yovanovitch going back to spring 2018, but not Tillerson, Bolton, nor Pompeo would do it. That is what started the smear campaign. #ParnasInterview

🧵 RT @awprokop Parnas tells Maddow again (citing Sondland) that “everybody was in the loop,” but also points out: “Everybody didn’t *agree* with the loop.” ¤ Example is, Jay Sekulow. Parnas says he knew all about it, but didn’t want to be involved, “wanted to stay away from it.” 📌 https://twitter.com/awprokop/status/1217997160148586496?s=20

🧵 RT @lrozen Parnas has significant fear of @TheJusticeDept and AG Barr, Maddow says, thinks safer to get out what he knows than have Barr et al know what he knows. 📌 https://twitter.com/lrozen/status/1217991513025720322?s=20

🐣 RT @dcpoll Parnas to #Maddow on Bill Barr: If you look at Trump in 2017, he wasn’t that powerful. He got more powerful when he got Barr. I’m more afraid of DOJ/Barr than these criminals –– they can lock you in a room and treat you like some animal…

🐣 RT @kelly2277 😮 WHOA! Once Parnas and Fruman got arrested Trump abandoned him‼️In jail, John Dowd and Downing starting acting like drill sergeants and telling Parnas to keep quiet and not implicate the President! THIS IS CRAZY‼️🔥🔥🔥

🐣 RT @lrozen Parnas says the Ukrainians multiple times said they would announce corruption investigations, then walk it back. Giuliani would fume they don’t want corruption investigations, it had to be of Biden.

// Part 2 Maddow Interview of Lev Parnas ⇈ ⇈ ⇈

🐣 RT @tribelaw The solemnity of what we witnessed today after the Chief Justice administered the oath to do impartial justice marked a new phase in a process that up to now has been mostly noise. The sounds of silence will permit Senators to LISTEN. And that means they just might hear.

🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzi1 They’re afraid Trump may not like the truth? That’s their job. Intel agencies push to close threats hearing after Trump outburst
⋙ Politico: Intel agencies push to close threats hearing after Trump outburst http://politi.co/30rsWFS

WaPo: ‘It was like a breeding ground’: Trump hotel’s mix of GOP insiders and hangers-on helped give rise to impeachment episodes http://wapo.st/2TxunkI

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Schiff: “In the history of the Republic, no president has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry, or sought to obstruct and impede so comprehensively the ability of the House of Representatives to investigate high crimes and misdemeanors.” Via ABC 💽 https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1217861596409712646?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 New from Sen. Susan Collins: “While I need to hear the case argued and the questions answered, I tend to believe having additional information would be helpful. It is likely that I would support a motion to call witnesses at that point in the trial just as I did in 1999.”

NYT: Robert Hyde, Erratic Ex-Landscaper, Is Unlikely New Impeachment Figure http://nyti.ms/3afakgU
// F.B.I. agents visited Mr. Hyde’s home and business in Connecticut after electronic messages suggested he had been illegally tracking the American ambassador to Ukraine.

🐣 RT @HelenKennedy Here is Mitch McConnell affirming the oath he just took: “I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of Donald John Trump now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help me God.” https://twitter.com/HelenKennedy/status/1217891912008466439?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Want to highlight something @kateashaw1 noticed in GAO opinion. It doesn’t just conclude White House broke law w Ukraine aid (mirroring Article 1). Also says was obstruction of the investigation (Article 2) &raises profound constitutional worries. That obstruction still continuing https://twitter.com/neal_katyal/status/1217878163931516928?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @cspan Chief Justice: “Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God?”

Senators: “I do.”

🐣 RT @brianstelter “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America” has hit No. 1 on Amazon’s best sellers list, owing to yesterday’s leaks. And NYT’s @DwightGarner just came out with this rave review, calling it a “taut and terrifying book”
⋙ NYT, Dwight Garner: A Meticulous Account of Trump’s Tenure Reads Like a Comic Horror Story http://nyti.ms/2NypvYT

🐣 RT @eliehonig Question for Parnas: the $500,00 that you paid @RudyGiuliani through your company “Fraud Guarantee” – Where did that money come from? What was that money for? And what work did Giuliani do to earn that half million?

🐣 Perhaps it’s possible to oppose Article I Abuse of Power. But HOW can anyone oppose Article II Obstruction of Congress without at the same time holding that the House has no right of impeachment? Iow, ruling against the Constitution itself? This is a Constitutional Crisis.

🐣 RT @duty2warn As a narcissist, he craves adulation. But at his core, he craves legitimacy. He’s tried to force it with a falsified narrative on inheritance, grades, skill, wealth, achievement, acuity. Too many are on to him. He’ll never gain legitimacy. But he MUST protect the lies and secrets

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Well, using interstate commerce (including wires) to communicate threats against foreign officials is a federal crime. So.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ShimonPro FBI investigators went to the home and the business of Robert Hyde on Thursday. The agents were seen by CNN and confirmed by a law enforcement official. They were at the home early Thursday morning in Weatogue, CT before going to Hyde’s business in Avon, CT.

🐣 RT @sfpelosi So Ukraine is doing a better job of looking out for the safety of a United States ambassador than her own government. ¤ Shame on #ImpeachedForLife @potus and @SecPompeo! #AllRoadsLeadToPutin
⋙ 🐣 RT @jimsciutto Breaking: Ukraine announces it is probing possible surveillance of US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, expects US cooperation in the investigation.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @jimsciutto And note this: CNN has reached out to the State Dept about Ukraine’s investigation. It has not replied to multiple inquiries about the matter and whether it will open its own investigation. @kylieatwood reports

🐣 RT @tribelaw Mark Short, the chief of staff to VP Pence, said Lev Parnas’ interview on @maddow contradicted much of the sworn testimony of the witnesses heard by @RepAdamSchiff’s Committee. That is a flat-out lie. There was full corroboration, no contradiction.

🐣 RT @BillKristol If Mitch McConnell had the courage of his convictions, he would politely decline to take the oath today “to do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.”

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Bill Barr is super concerned about “illegal spying”…so he’s going to have DOJ all over this too, right?
⋙ 🐣 RT @mayawiley So not quite the investigation #Trump & #Giuliani wanted: Ukraine launches probe into alleged surveillance of former U.S. envoy
⋙⋙ NBCNews: Ukraine launches probe into alleged surveillance of former U.S. envoy http://nbcnews.to/2FRTHKe

🐣 RT @jmclaughlinSAIS Toughness is too admired and too little understood in Washington. Listen to FDR in 1940: “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.”

Politico: White House violated the law by freezing Ukraine aid, GAO says http://politi.co/2QWuMvn
// “Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law,” the GAO wrote.

🐣 RT @EJDionne Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was front-page news for years. Trump’s extravagant abuses of power just roll by as if we were watching a movie about another country with a dysfunctional political system & a corrupt, madcap leader. My column
⋙ WaPo, EJDionne: Debating in the shadow of impeachment http://wapo.st/38dQWiI

💙 🐣 RT @JDiamond1 GAO has concluded in a legal decision that the Office of Management and Budget broke the law in withholding security aid to Ukraine: ¤ “Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @JDiamond1 “OMB withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). The withholding was not a programmatic delay. Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the ICA,” the GAO said in its decision

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance This is where the rubber meets the road. Will Trump try to distance himself from Rudy or not? Hard to do because of all the times he insisted people deal with him but he’s done it to Cohen and others. And then there’s the matter of Rudy’s insurance policy.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey Are reporters asking @PressSec about the letter Giuliani wrote to Zelensky and whether the position of the White House is that the letter is not real or otherwise inaccurately represents the involvement of the president?
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @rebeccaballhouse On Fox & Friends, @PressSec says of Lev Parnas: “This is a man who is under indictment and who’s actually out on bail. This is a man who owns a company called Fraud Inc. … So we’re not too concerned about it. We know that everything in the Senate is going to be fair.”
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey And if the White House is saying the Rudy inaccurately held himself out to a foreign government as representing the president in seeking a meeting, will Trump be retaining his future services? Does Trump agree Rudy should be questioned under oath?

🐣 RT @Morning_Joe “So now [AG] Bill Barr is investigating himself and clearing himself? That’s not how our justice system works.” — @Mimirocah1 💽 https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1217788247461580800?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @NoahBookbinder Lev Parnas’s documents are devastating for the President, adding strongly in black and white to the existing evidence of the President’s own involvement and the clear purpose of targeting the President’s political opponents. 1/2
⋙⋙ WaPo, Aaron Blake: 4 takeaways from the Lev Parnas interview and revelations http://wapo.st/2Nz0jS1

1. Ukraine knew this was about hitting Biden, not ‘corruption’
2. Parnas implicates pretty much everybody
3. Doubting the surveillance of Yovanovitch
4. Nunes admits contact with Parnas — suddenly

⋙ 🐣 RT @NoahBookbinder Parnas’s interviews go further, strongly implicating AG Barr and John Bolton among others. There are obviously credibility questions, but at the least these interviews make painfully clear the need for witnesses at the Senate trial who can elucidate just how far this goes. 2/2

WaPo: Ukraine opens probe into possible surveillance of U.S. Ambassador Yovanovitch http://wapo.st/2FU5NCD

⭕ 15 Jan 2020

Politico: Intel agencies push to close threats hearing after Trump outburst http://politi.co/30rsWFS

🐣 RT @DavidCornDC SCOOP: Robert F. Hyde, the new guy in the Ukraine scandal, worked with a mysterious Chinese donor who gave $237,000 to Trump and the GOP. Please read, RT, like, and share.
⋙ MotherJones, David Corn: A New Figure in the Ukraine Scandal Worked for a Mysterious Chinese Trump Donor http://bit.ly/2uRPN1D
// Robert Hyde introduced this donor to Trump at Mar-a-Lago

🐣 RT @CheriJacobus The person who told me I was in danger and a Trump had “guys in Queens” maybe on their way over to harm me was Arthur Schwartz, who was very close to Michael Cohen & Roger Stone, so he would know. Arthur currently is adviser/spokesman for Don Jr. He was trying to help me.
⋙ 🐣 RT @CheriJacobus Parnes stuff is triggering, I admit. Reminding me how f-ing scared I was when Trump and his thugs were targeting me, getting me blacklisted, and I was told he had “guys in Queens” he might be sending over to harm me. Catfished, defamed, blacklisted, hacked, spied on. My reality.

🧵 RT @lrozen Parnas said he was tasked by Giuliani to tell Ukraine presidential aide sergey shaffer, in harsh message, Pence would not come to zelensky inauguration if they don’t announce investigation of Biden. Shaffer blocked him. Told Rudy answer no. Pence attendance canceled next day 📌 https://twitter.com/lrozen/status/1217632160842207235?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ maddow: did pence know why his attendance canceled. ¤ Parnas: gonna quote (sondland): everyone was in the loop. ¤ references Pence meeting with Zelensky in Poland on Sept. 1.

🐣 RT @acslaw “It’s up to John Roberts to make sure senators stay true to their oath” former ACS President @crfredrickson #impeachmenttrial
⋙ WaPo, Caroline Frederickson: It’s up to John Roberts to make sure senators stay true to their oath http://wapo.st/2FVQIAy

WaPo: Parnas used access to Trump’s world to help push shadow Ukraine effort, new documents show http://wapo.st/3ahi9CX

🐣 RT @McFaul Pence involvement in using his public office for private gain — aka corruption — was a big new bombshell tonight. Eager to hear Pence response.
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul As I read/see people questioning whether Parnas is credible, my response is compared to whom? Trump? Giuliani? Everything he said tonight was consistent with earlier testimonies. (The one exception might be his speculation about Barr being on the team.) Correct me if Im wrong.

WaPo: How Giuliani’s outreach to Ukrainian gas tycoon wanted in U.S. shows lengths he took in his hunt for material to bolster Trump http://wapo.st/2RrYF62

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Parnas, Rudy, Nunes, Barr, Pompeo, Pence — there is a desperate need for a special prosecutor, immediately! Congress does not have prosecutors or a grand jury to deal with this conspicuous corruption, and these indictable characters. SDNY appears uninterested.

🐣 RT @McFaul I now understand better why Yovanovitch had to be fired — gift to Lutsenko in return for him investigating Bidens. (That was never quite clear to me before). Lutsenko hated Yovanovitch. That I know from many in Ukraine very close to this story.

💙 🐣 RT @mikefarb1 Great point. It was abundantly clear that by not agreeing to just announce an investigation the cost to Ukraine was enormous. They never blinked. They stayed on the right side of this at great peril to themselves. I hope someday we can actually properly thank them.
⋙ 🐣 RT @PamKeithFL What shouldn’t be lost in all of this is that Ukraine didn’t WANT to do the announcement of an investigation because THERE WAS NOTHING TO INVESTIGATE. ¤ They wanted nothing to do with framing Joe Biden to help Trump.

🐣 RT @mikefarb1 Great point. It was abundantly clear that by not agreeing to just announce an investigation the cost to Ukraine was enormous. They never blinked. They stayed on the right side of this at great peril to themselves. I hope someday we can actually properly thank them.
⋙ 🐣 RT @PamKeithFL What shouldn’t be lost in all of this is that Ukraine didn’t WANT to do the announcement of an investigation because THERE WAS NOTHING TO INVESTIGATE. ¤ They wanted nothing to do with framing Joe Biden to help Trump.

🐣 RT @matthewamiller The Barr stuff was pretty unclear and secondhand, but a few things are certain: he needs to recuse himself from handling the Giuliani and Fartas cases, and he needs to testify before Congress about what he knew and what he did.

🧵 RT @LuLuLemew Rudy told Parnas to deliver message harshly that Pence wouldn’t come to Z inaug. ¤ All aid, relationships would be soured, unless they made announcement of Biden investigation. And biggest thing was no support from US “that was the key.” 📌 https://twitter.com/LuluLemew/status/1217631911977345024?s=20

🐣 RT @brhodes Whenever there are disturbing new revelations about the conduct of Trump and his cronies, the scariest thing is to think of everything we don’t know.

DailyBeast, Christopher Dickey: This Is Trump’s Benghazi Moment: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’ http://bit.ly/3aeUz9J
// He railed at Hillary over her “What difference does it make?” snap. But the president’s impatience on Iran and Soleimani led to his own insouciance about some serious matters.

🐣 RT @zigmanfreud It has never been more clear that the president of the United States thinks of himself, and acts, just like a mob boss. #DonnySoprano #Maddow #LevSpeaks

🐣 RT @AndreaChalupa Firtash, Ukrainian gas oligarch, wanted by USG, is linked to Russian mafia. ¤ Firtash funded Lev Parnas. ¤ Lev Parnas worked with @realDonaldTrump, Giuliani, & Attorney General Barr [?] to extort Ukraine to invent a scandal to hurt Biden in 2020 election. ¤ This is how the mafia works.

🐣 RT @lrozen why is Toensing so desperate for Yovanovitch’s removal? required for her contracts with Firtash and who else? Lutsenko?
⋙ 🐣 RT @awprokop 3/23/19: Toensing: “Is the Wicket Witch gone?” ¤ Parnas sends over some images. Adds: “Also the wire and Breitbart are doing story’s” ¤ Toensing: “And still no movement?” https://twitter.com/lrozen/status/1217589782630584322?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @ Isakoff A little context before folks get too excited: DiGenova and Toensing did meet with Barr to try to get the charges against Firtash dropped– and Barr didn’t do what they wanted.

NYT: Lev Parnas, Key Player in Ukraine Affair, Completes Break With Trump and Giuliani http://nyti.ms/2TrWn9q
// In an interview, he said the president knew everything about the effort to push Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election.

🐣 RT @jdawsey “I certainly am not going to disavow them. I have no reason to doubt them. Everything I’ve known about them says they would not commit a crime,” GIULIANI told me of Parnas and Fruman on the day they were arrested.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jdawsey When Lev Parnas was arrested, Giuliani defended him & said he was sticking by him. Tonight he has a different message. “Who cares?” he says in text. “Believe him at your peril.” Adds that he feels sorry for “him and his family.” Does not specify what he sees at falsehoods.

🐣 .@JoyceWhiteVance calls for a special prosecutor on the @11thHour

🐣 RT @Avi_Bueno Derek Harvey, the aide that Lev Parnas said he engaged with in his dealings with Devin Nunes, is at the bottom of this list – he went to Europe with Nunes at the end of November 2018, allegedly trying to dig up dirt on the Bidens.

🧵 RT @SethAbramson Parnas *does* lie to MSNBC. He says the “only” reason to get Yovanovitch out of her post was her blocking the initiation of a Burisma (Biden) investigation. That’s not true. In fact, Parnas also felt she was blocking the removal of the CEO of Naftogaz—a much more important issue. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1217645256293920768?s=20

🧵 RT @emptywheel This dude is lying, in a very dangerous way. ¤ But hey, lying in a useful way too. ¤ That’s the point! 📌 https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1217636479930982400?s=20

🧵 RT @AndreaNYC [+ProPublica, this a.m.] I re-read the documents Lev Parnas sent to the House. ¤ Some thoughts 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/AndreaWNYC/status/1217480080714276869?s=20

🐣 RT @Weinsteinlaw The Parnas interview puts Senate Republicans in a real bind. If they think he’s lying, then they should want Bolton and other witnesses to testify to clear things up. A sham trial is an admission that it’s all true.

WaPo, Philip Bump: How Ukraine’s top prosecutor went after Marie Yovanovitch, step by step http://wapo.st/38bqk1D

🐣 Don’t forget Pence’s office has classified info his asst Jennifer Williams wanted to share and that Adam Schiff said should not be classified.

🐣 [My:] Takeaways:

1. Hyde may be just a drunk hanger-on
2. Barr discussed Firtash extradition with Toensing and diGenova, but extradition was not lifted (cold feet?)
3. Bolton must testify!
4. Pence is protecting himself

🧵 RT @jedshug Thread following @maddow interview with Parnas. I am particularly interested in his Barr allegations. Remember Trump implicates Barr in the July Ukraine call & Barr is in whistleblower report, so reason to suspect. ¤ But I’m skeptical if no details or documentation to verify… 📌 https://twitter.com/jedshug/status/1217630045969289217?s=20

🐣 RT @grantstern Lev Parnas says he met with @DevinNunes “several times.” ¤ Also with his aide Derek Harvey. ¤ “They were involved in getting all this stuff on Biden.” ¤ #Maddow

🐣 RT @ECMcLaughlin He witnessed conversations between Giuliani and Barr and di Genova and Barr about setting up meetings with Firtash’s team, in the context of stopping extradition proceedings for dirt on Weissman and for the opening of an investigation in Ukraine into the Bidens. It’s all there.

🐣 RT @KlasfeldReports Stunner from the latest doc release: ¤ This appears to be Lev Parnas transmitting The Hill’s John Solomon’s pitch and questions to Yuriy Lutsenko, dated shortly before the editorials smearing Ambassador Yovanovich. https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1217619391484919809?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @KFaulders Asked Giuliani if he had any comment on the ongoing Parnas interview and he texted me “None he’s a very sad situation.”

🐣 RT @davidgura Lev Parnas tells @maddow he met Robert Hyde at the bar at the Trump Hotel, which was, he says, “like a breeding ground.”

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Parnas says Robert Hyde “is a weird character” who he met at the Trump Hotel where “he was a regular at the bar.”

🐣 RT @lrozen Parnas says Bolton and Giuliani were “butting heads.” “from venezuela to ukraine, bolton did not agree” with giuliani, parnas says. adding Bolton knew what was going on

🐣 RT @kelly2277 @VP cancelled his trip to Zelensky’s Inauguration after Parnas’ phone call because they wouldn’t announce the investigation into the Bidens. It gave Parnas klout when Pence cancelled his trip. @VP knew everything…. He MUST resign

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq Any time people want to start apologizing to the Ukraine whistleblower for all the smears, and in light of now being vindicated over and over by defecting members of Trump’s inner circle, they can form a line.

🐣 RT @EliSkokols Wow. Parnas says Giuliani told him to deliver a tough message to Zelensky aide that “it wasn’t just military aid, it was all aid” from US that depended on Ukraine announcing the Biden investigation Trump wanted.

🐣 RT @NatSecMulligan “It was never about corruption, it was strictly about Burisma and Hunter Biden and Joe Biden.” —witness Lev Parnas.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Watching this Parma’s interview on @maddow, I’m going to be fascinated to see how the Senate Republicans will now argue that they don’t need to hear witnesses.

🐣 RT @justinamash Most members of Congress don’t think anymore. They just follow whatever they’re told by their leadership. A lot of members of Congress are used to that lifestyle and they like it. They don’t want responsibility. They want the job, not the responsibility.
⋙ RollingStone, Andy Kroll: The House’s lone independent talks congressional cowardice, how Pentagon spending became untouchable, and Trump’s impeachment http://bit.ly/2u2M0OR

🐣 RT @chrislhayes As you read through the documents and notice how *intensely focused* they are on firing Yovanovitch, keep in mind it now appears that itself is a quid pro quo. Lutsenko will only play ball and give them Biden dirt if they get rid of Yovanovitch.

🧵 RT @SethAbramson Parnas is a low-level swindler. Kilimnik is a high-level Kremlin agent. Sater is a high-level swindler. Akhmetshin is an international operator. All do—as a matter of fact, not opinion—hold critical evidence. At least 3 face criminal liability. This “lumping” produces a bad take. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1217621403681415168?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @MollyMcKew What guys like Sater, Akhmetshin, Kilimnik, Parnas know best is how to play people by claiming they have information that is unique & critical. They use it to buy access, stir crisis, layer narrative. ¤ When they get unfettered access to our media, they know how to use subversion.

🐣 RT @TheRynheart “Trump knew exactly what was going on,” Parnas told Maddow when asked to correct the biggest inaccuracy about his dealings with (Trump.) “He was aware of all of my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president”
⋙ Politico: Lev Parnas: Trump knew everything http://politi.co/2Nvpvch
// The associate of Rudy Giuliani said the president was fully aware of his actions in Ukraine.

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq This is who @realDonaldTrump and @GOPLeader were hanging with at the World Series …..
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoshNBCnews “We were playing. I thought we were playing,” Hyde tells @ericbolling. ¤ He dismisses the Parnas texts as “colorful texts” from when they’d “had a few pops way back when I used to drink”

🐣 RT @thedailybeast Devin Nunes told Fox News on Wednesday night that he now remembers speaking on the phone with Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani actively involved in the Ukraine scheme at the heart of the president’s impeachment
⋙ DailyBeast, Justin Baragona: Devin Nunes Now Remembers Call With Lev Parnas http://bit.ly/2TuyEVZ

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Just now, @chrislhayes says he’s read the transcript of @maddow’s interview with Lev Parnas & he also implicated AG William Barr.

🐣 RT @jedshug Here’s the context everyone is ignoring: ¤ The DOJ has had Parnas’s phone & all these damning texts for 3 months. ¤ But we learn of them only bc a court order allowed Parnas to give them to the House a few days ago. ¤ Seems like Barr is covering up these crimes. ¤ And he’s implicated.

🐣 RT @MSNBC “When the Speaker walks out of the room, that will be the end of her formal role in this process. What’s left now is entirely to the 7 impeachment managers.” – Garrett Haake on House’s role after delivery of impeachment articles.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, MeetThePress: House sends impeachment articles to Senate http://on.msnbc.com/3abVesx
// “When the speaker walks out of the room, that’ll be the end of her formal role in this process,” News Correspondent Garrett Haake explains.

🐣 RT @Hardball “Well the book provides rich detail of what we have seen everyday for the last 3 years: That Donald Trump is the most ignorant as well as incompetent individual who has ever held the office of the presidency. I worked for 6 presidents.”@JohnBrennan on Trump. #Hardball
// on Phil Rucker and Carole Leonnig’s book “A Very Stable Genius”

🐣 RT @MaxBoot While Trump’s instincts are incoherent and illogical, they are not entirely random. Highly trained Trumpologists are able to spot patterns just as zoologists do when they study primate behavior.
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: These 7 impulses explain Trump’s inexplicable foreign policy http://wapo.st/2tltEbJ

🧵 RT @awprokop Welp, here’s another 390 pages of Lev Parnas messages, posted by the House: http://bit.ly/30wBony
Starts off with a fun one to Parnas from a Trump PAC official: “What should I send Don to tweet?” A tweet from Jr. soon materialized.
https://twitter.com/awprokop/status/1217570455973957639?s=20/photo/1-2
📌 https://twitter.com/awprokop/status/1217570455973957639?s=20

🐣 RT @awprokop Welp, here’s another 390 pages of Lev Parnas messages, posted by the House: http://bit.ly/30wBony
Starts off with a fun one to Parnas from a Trump PAC official: “What should I send Don to tweet?” A tweet from Jr. soon materialized.
https://twitter.com/awprokop/status/1217570455973957639?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @Hardball Lev Parnas is breaking his silence in an exclusive interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. ¤ When asked what he thinks when Trump said “I don’t know those gentlemen” in regards to him and Igor Fruman, Parnas says the president lied. https://twitter.com/hardball/status/1217606354212478976?s=20

🧵 RT @abigailtracy After document dump last night, one animating question among diplomats is: What did Mike Pompeo know about the effort to oust Masha Yovanovitch and when did he know it? 📌 https://twitter.com/abigailtracy/status/1217595267148591104?s=20
⋙ VanityFair: “He Is on Fox News. He Is in California. He Is Everywhere but Doing His Job”: As the Ukraine Plot Thickens, Mike Pompeo Is Missing in Action http://bit.ly/2Rg8Dao

🧵 RT @emptywheel Again, DOJ has admitted that 3 Ukrainians “volunteered” evidence to John Durham’s inquiry. It seems inconceivable that Lutsenko was not one of them. 📌 https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1217591647741120513?s=20

🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri .@mayawiley: “The critical thing about this trial is that the American people… will get to see how or whether we’ll get all the facts. So the Constitution works to this point. The question of witnesses will be central to whether or not the Constitution continues to work.”

Politico: Democrats release more Parnas evidence, including voicemails with Trump associates http://politi.co/36VOTiQ
// The previously undisclosed documents underscore the evolving nature of the investigation.

BuzzfeedNews: Key Witnesses In The Mueller Probe Told Investigators How Sean Hannity Advised Trump’s Closest Aides http://bit.ly/3aeclKf
// Hannity, the popular Fox News personality, is mentioned more than a dozen times in documents BuzzFeed News has obtained from the Mueller investigation so far.

🔊 Apple Podcasts: DeadlineWH: “What kind of low have we sunk to today?” http://apple.co/2G5iAT3 //➔ this was especially good

Nicolle Wallace discusses incriminating new evidence around the president’s involvement in the pressure campaign against Ukraine. Plus, Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment strategy as she announces the impeachment mangers, and a new book paints a picture of Trump as uninformed and unstable.

Joined by: New York Times political reporter Nick Confessore, former U.S. attorney Joyce Vance, Republican strategist Rick Wilson, former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI Frank Figliuzzi, MSNBC Correspondent Garrett Haake, Politico senior Washington correspondent Anna Palmer, Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker, and New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich

💙❤️ 💽 Frontline: America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump http://to.pbs.org/2TrbZdf

💙❤️ NYT Mag, Jonathan Mahler: The Fog of Rudy http://nyti.ms/36ZfgV7
// Did he change — or did America?

🧵 RT @Kasparov63 Stop asking about the new dance Putin’s Kremlin puppet show is performing. His intent to be dictator for life was clear over a decade ago and the only way he’ll leave power is in a box, just like his idol Stalin. 📌 https://twitter.com/Kasparov63/status/1217538768657362944?s=20

🐣 RT @RCdeWinter what can one say
when one’s country is not one’s country anymore
but a criminal empire with no morality
and a vested interest in removing by any means possible
those doing honorable work under oath?
america i do not know you
dressed as you are in a whore’s costume of shame
~ RCdW

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Today, I have the privilege of naming the Managers of the impeachment trial of the President. #DefendOurDemocracy https://twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi/status/1217464494668091394?s=20/photo/1
// list of House Impeachment Managers

Vox, Ian Millhiser: A Trump tweet revealed the absurdity of the legal case against Obamacare http://bit.ly/2Ns37Ai
// Even Trump’s having trouble getting his head around the Trump administration’s legal arguments.

🐣 RT @MSNBC Tonight on @MSNBC: ¤ Lev Parnas speaks out to @maddow.

🐣 RT @JoeNBC “The question Americans need to ask is do we have the right to accurate information from our White House, or not? Would we permit an elected small town mayor to lie this frequently about town business? How about a school board chair?” ~@svdate
⋙ HuffPo, SV Date: The Ministry Of Untruth http://bit.ly/2QWCcyM
// What Donald Trump’s unending stream of lies has done to our White House, our country and us.

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand “The Intercept obtained police records showing that Hyde violated a restraining order issued by a Washington, DC superior court judge at the request of a Republican consultant who says that Hyde stalked her and intimidated her family over the last year.”
⋙ TheIntercept, Lee Fang: Trump Supporter Who Discussed Surveillance of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Has History of Stalking, Mental Health Issues http://bit.ly/2FTbNeR

🐣 RT @McFaul Given the shocking revelations about the stalking of Yovanovitch by Trump’s associates, imagine all that we still do NOT know. Now more than ever, the Senate needs to see State Department & NSC emails & documents as well as hear testimony from Bolton, Pompeo, and Mulvaney, etc

🐣 RT @tribelaw It’s telling that not one of the Republicans who spoke in the House as it approved the transfer of the impeachment articles to the Senate said a single word contesting any of the facts found by the House in the articles or a word defending Trump’s conduct. Not one word.

🐣 RT @CAPAction This exchange is even more chilling now:
Q: “What did you think when [Trump] told [Zelensky]…that you were going to ‘go through some things’?”
YOVANOVITCH: “I was very concerned…It didn’t sound good. It sounded like a threat.”

🧵 RT @weareoversight We lined up the newly released Parnas messages with the records we obtained from the State Department through FOIA litigation, as well as other records and reports. ¤ The timeline is troubling. (Thread) 📌 https://twitter.com/weareoversight/status/1217495167328038913?s=20

DailyBeast, Anna Nemtsova: Putin’s Power Play: Shuffle the Cabinet But Keep Command http://bit.ly/3a69Rxs
// As the Kremlin continues dramatically expanding its military power and influence, Putin makes a feint at liberalization while keeping a firm grip.

💙 WaPo, Aaron Blake: Lev Parnas reveals a new Ukraine quid pro quo http://wapo.st/38aEEHO “It all suggests the Ukrainians [in particular, Lutsenko] were perhaps more interested in ousting Yovanovitch than were even Giuliani and company.”
// refs to Adam Entous interview w Lutsenko in TheNewYorker

🐣 RT @adegrandpre On Marie Yovanovitch & the revelation she was possibly under some sort of surveillance while in Ukraine, it appears the matter has been referred to the State Dept’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. https://twitter.com/adegrandpre/status/1217477166105010178?s=20/photo/1
// letter from Engel

🐣 RT @nahaltoosi Mini-SCOOP: The Hill wanted to know what was up with embassy security. The @StateDept promised to tell them today, then cancelled without explanation.
⋙ Politico: State Department abruptly cancels briefing on embassy security http://politi.co/389PNbG
// Congressional staffers had asked for an update following the administration’s claims that Iran threatened U.S. embassies.

💙 BuzzFeedNews, Emma Loop: Congress Released Messages From Rudy Giuliani’s Associate As New Impeachment Evidence http://bit.ly/2TqyZJr
// documents; The evidence includes text messages, handwritten notes, and other correspondence from Lev Parnas, one of the men who worked with Rudy Giuliani to dig up dirt in Ukraine.

🐣 RT @sarahnferris Pelosi’s big secret is finally out. Updated story w/ @heatherscope Dem managers today are a far cry from the 13 white men who prosecuted Clinton in ’99. The team is 3 women and 4 men, with 2 members of Black Caucus and a member of the Hispanic Caucus.
⋙ Politico: Pelosi appoints impeachment managers for Trump’s Senate trial http://politi.co/2Ron10a
// The House will vote on a resolution later Wednesday sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

🐣 RT @C_Summerfeldt Chilling. @rfhyde1, a pro-Trump congressional candidate in Connecticut, texted Lev Parnas in March that he had Marie Yovanovitch under surveillance in Kiev and that the people there “are willing to help if we/you would like a price.” He also called Yovanovitch a “bitch.” https://twitter.com/C_Sommerfeldt/status/1217220525757534214?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @C_Summerfeldt Here’s the exact text exchange. @rfhyde1 also texted, “Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money,” after telling Parnas that he had Yovanovitch under surveillance. https://twitter.com/C_Sommerfeldt/status/1217222764702195713?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MSNBC Fmr. Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn is asking a court to withdraw his guilty plea. @BarbMcQuade says the judge must find “a fair and just reason before he allows Michael Flynn out of his guilty plea.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Despite past admissions, Flynn looks to withdraw guilty plea http://on.msnbc.com/30o5CJ4
// Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about what it means that disgraced former Donald Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn wants to withdraw his guilty plea and change it to not guilty despite what he has already signed and admitted to in open court.

🐣 RT @pbump There are a lot of fascinating details in the handwritten notes Lev Parnas provided to House investigators. I walked through their apparent significance.
⋙ 🐣 RT @pbump This page, in particular, is telling, apparently outlining the effort to separate the oligarch Firtash from his counsel and move him to Giuliani allies — with notes at bottom right (10) related to the desired investigations. https://twitter.com/pbump/status/1217473291507716101?s=20/photo/1 https://wapo.st/2Rjb4sD
💙 ⋙⋙ WaPo, Philip Bump: Lev Parnas’s handwritten notes about Giuliani’s Ukraine push, annotated http://wapo.st/2TutIAz

🐣 RT @evanmcmurray Rep. Jerry Nadler: “Some people said, well, let the election take care of it. [Pres. Trump] is trying to cheat in that election.” ¤ “So it is essential that we bring this impeachment to stop the president…from rigging the next election.” https://abcn.ws/3agvKdN 💽 https://twitter.com/evanmcmurry/status/1217472651041628161?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @RichardEngel Iranian officals and pro-govt media now expressing sympathy for protesters and Iranians who felt lied to, expressing outrage and anger that human error led to shoot-down. Promising justice.

💙 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 It’s official. Speaker Pelosi announces the impeachment managers:
• Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
• Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)
• Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
• Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
• Rep. Val Demings (D-FL)
• Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO)
• Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi The President has fought tooth-and-nail to keep thousands of documents away from the public. ¤ And no wonder – each time new pieces come out, they show President Trump right at the center of the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi There can be no full & fair trial in the Senate if Leader McConnell blocks the Senate from hearing witnesses and obtaining documents President Trump is covering up. #DefendOurDemocracy

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi The President has fought tooth-and-nail to keep thousands of documents away from the public. ¤ And no wonder – each time new pieces come out, they show President Trump right at the center of the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: New evidence of impeachable conduct: Could it get worse for Trump? http://wapo.st/38cPMEa

🐣 RT @AnaCabrera MORE: Russian president Vladimir Putin thanked members of the government for their work but added that “not everything worked out.” ¤ Putin added that in the near future he will meet with each member of the cabinet.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AnaCabrera #Breaking: Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that he and the entire Russian government is to resign in a televised statement on the Russian state TV.

🐣 RT @jimsciutto What’s happening here? Putin appears to be changing the constitution, including shifting powers to PM, to allow him to continue to rule Russia after term limit as president is up.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jimsciutto Breaking: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev announced that he and the entire Russian government is to resign in a televised statement on the Russian state TV. President Vladimir Putin thanked members but added that “not everything worked out.”

WaPo, Neal Katyal and Joshua Geltzer: Lev Parnas and Rudy Giuliani have demolished Trump’s claims of innocence http://wapo.st/36ZJC9Y
// New documents show why the president has been trying to hide evidence from Congress.

⭕ 14 Jan 2020

NYT Editorial: Take Impeachment Seriously, Senators http://nyti.ms/2FR6jkR
// Can they handle the truth?

MotherJones, Dan Friedman: New Documents Appear to Link Ukrainian Oligarch With Trump’s Push for Biden Probe http://bit.ly/2FSYpaJ

… The documents also suggest ties between Trump’s effort to push Ukraine to launch investigations and efforts by indicted Ukrainian magnate Dmitry Firtash, who is under house arrest in Vienna, to convince the Trump administration to drop the case against him.

Parnas’ scribblings indicate that Davis’ replacement may have been engineered by Parnas and Giuliani as part of a broader effort to advance Trump’s political interests in Ukraine. And it supports a claim by Parnas’ lawyer, Joseph Bondy, that Toensing and diGenova, through Parnas, suggested to Firtash that they could leverage their ties to Trump and Giuliani to help resolve the oligarch’s “extradition problems” if Firtash hired them and helped them find dirt on the Bidens. Firtash told the New York Times that he hired Toensing and diGenova to obtain a meeting with Attorney General William Barr. They achieved that in August, though they have not succeeded in getting the extradition effort dropped.

Davis on Tuesday told Mother Jones that while representing Firtash, “I drew a red line over anything approaching politics.” He added that he is “sad for Mr. Firtash about this situation.”

🐣 RT @donwinslow If the Parnas document dump today does not move the needle – and I mean really move it – I’m truly afraid nothing will. That letter from Giuliani. Holy shit. That is the textbook definition of a smoking gun.

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq A few months later, he was in the luxury suites with Trump at the World Series.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DavidCornDC SCOOP: Robert F. Hyde, the new mystery player in the Ukraine scandal, was taken into police custody at a Trump resort last year, claiming the Secret Service & a hit man were after him. He was then involuntarily confined in a medical facility.
⋙⋙ MotherJones, David Corn: New Figure in Ukraine Scandal Was Taken Into Police Custody at Trump Resort Last Year http://bit.ly/2FPVY8D
// This landscaper-turned-lobbyist claimed the Secret Service and a hit man were after him.

🐣 RT @ RepAdamSchiff McConnell says the Senate shouldn’t hear witnesses or see documents, as if it’s not a trial, only an appeal. ¤ But the trial has yet to begin:
These new materials show exactly why we need a fair trial — with documents and witnesses. ¤ Not a coverup by the President and his men.
⋙ 🧵 RT @nycsouthpaw The House investigating committees have just sent out some additional ‘evidence’ apparently from Parnas’s devices that they’re transmitting to the Judiciary Committee. https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/1217210186408087553?s=20/photo/1-4
📌 https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/1217210186408087553?s=20
WaPo, Philip Bump: With an impeachment trial looming, new evidence that Trump sought personal benefit in Ukraine http://wapo.st/389xi7s

🐣 RT @josephabondy Call the witnesses. Hear the sworn testimony. @realDonaldTrump @RudyGiuliani @senatemajldr @SenSchumer #LetLevSpeak #LevRemembers 💽 https://twitter.com/josephabondy/status/1217124092626771968?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @davidwbrown The documents from Parnas are STUNNING.
However bad we imagine it could be, it was way worse.
They were stalking and implying bringing harm to a US Ambassador.
Giuliani spelled out he was meeting on Trump’s personal behalf.
No sitting Senator can possibly claim this was OK.

🐣 RT @ECMcLaughlin Parnas needs to testify as does the person who notified Yovanovitch to get on the next plane home. ¤ We’re not even close to the end of this story.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Exactly this. Pelosi was never going to get McConnell to agree to a real trial, but she could wait until every GOP vote to engage in this coverup was more costly.
⋙ 🐣 RT @julianzelizer Agreed on the impact. This is the strategy behind Pelosi’s delay. Make the vote that Senate Republicans will inevitably take more costly and more transparent.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DebandKhola She was right all along. He was self impeaching and the GOP were self damning.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Exactly this. Pelosi was never going to get McConnell to agree to a real trial, but she could wait until every GOP vote to engage in this coverup was more costly.
⋙ 🐣 RT @julianzelizer Agreed on the impact. This is the strategy behind Pelosi’s delay. Make the vote that Senate Republicans will inevitably take more costly and more transparent.

🐣 RT @biancagolodryga Let’s revisit the unconscionable treatment of Marie Yovanovitch. Her reputation was smeared by lies, she was attacked by the President, followed, threatened & professionally sidelined. Yet not a peep from Pompeo in defense of the country’s highest ranking female diplomat.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 “On October 2, 2019, Jay Sekulow … informed … John Dowd that he had discussed with President Trump ‘the issue of representation’ and that President Trump ‘consents to allowing your representation of Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman.'” ¤ On October 10, Trump denied knowing Parnas.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 NEW: The House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs Committees have transmitted additional evidence to be used as part of the Senate impeachment trial. The evidence provided includes phone records, as well as new docs and materials from Lev Parnas. https://bit.ly/2FNeI8U

🐣 RT @BillKristol Hyde and Parnas, and for that matter Rudy and Sondland, are in a way comical (if also thuggish) figures. But it’s worth remembering that from start to finish they’re executing a genuinely sinister plot. And it was Trump’s plot. It was, at the end of the day, Trump’s drug deal.

🐣 RT @TheLastWord .@RepMikeQuigley calls the new revelations in the Parnas-Giuliani documents “deeply disturbing” and asks, “Who gave the orders to do this, to surveil a U.S. ambassador?” and “Who was making these threats?” @JillWineBanks and @MiekeEoyang also discuss. https://on.msnbc.com/2FSD9lg

MotherJones, Dan Friedman (12/17/19): Indicted Ukrainian Oligarch (Firtash) Paid $1 Million to Giuliani Pal (Parnas), Prosecutors Say http://bit.ly/30r9adU
// 12/17/2019; Lev Parnas was on Dmitry Firtash’s payroll.

🐣 RT @AmbDana There was an American plot against the security of a US Ambassador. State must turn over what it has and what steps were taken to protect her AND end the plot. You don’t pull the Ambassador because an American is threatening her. You have the threat arrested.
// former US Ambassador to Qatar

🐣 RT @tribelaw The House should depose Lev Parnas tomorrow.
⋙ Politico: House Dems release new impeachment evidence related to indicted Giuliani associate http://politi.co/388n72R
// It also includes a previously undisclosed May 2019 letter from Giuliani to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

🐣 RT @donwinslow This letter. My God. If @SpeakerPelosi @RepAdamSchiff and @RepJerryNadler don’t reopen EVERYTHING based on this the Democratic party is surrendering 2020.
This letter is that important.
This letter is the ballgame.
https://twitter.com/donwinslow/status/1217320986766274560?s=20/photo/1
// Rudy’s letter to Zelensky

🐣♫ RT @mikefarb1

Texting and Screenshots
And Treason by Dipshits
Nunes, Giuliani
And the Rest of these Nitwits
All of Lev’s Data all Tied Up with Strings
These are a few of my Favorite things.

MotherJones, Dan Friedman: New Documents Appear to Link Ukrainian Oligarch With Trump’s Push for Biden Probe http://bit.ly/2FSYpaJ
// Democrats released explosive new material on Trump’s Ukraine scandal.

🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield The Parnas doc dump included this letter from Giuliani to Zelensky. ¤ Nothing new here. Just another smoking gun. ¤ First Giuliani makes noise about how it’s perfectly legal for the president’s private lawyer, on behalf of the president, to ask a foreign leader for a favor. 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1217319115938885632?s=20
https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1217319115938885632?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield 1/ Hint: It isn’t ¤ Trump and Giuliani are using the levers of government for their personal benefit. ¤ This is what happens in what Hungarian scholar Balint Magyar calls mafia states—his name for the autocracies springing up in the former Soviet Union. [ … ]

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Along with the SDNY probe into Giuliani, Parnas and Fruman, there are FOIA releases teed up for the rest of the year. Senators who vote to acquit are going to own every new fact that emerges after the trial.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey Moderate Republicans in the Senate who were hoping to walk away from this with a furrowed brow and a quiet “no” vote have got to be feeling queasy tonight.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal Um, no wonder Trump has tried to block every document from being released to the American people.

🐣 RT @atrupar “They are willing to help if we/you would like a price” — what exactly did the crooks running Trump’s shadow foreign policy plan to do to Ambassador Yovanovitch?
⋙ 🐣 RT @MikhailaRFogel Extremely concerning detail from the House cover letter regarding the Parnas materials http://bit.ly/36VJEji

🐣 RT @mikefarb1 There’s no walking this back. There is no defending it. Any GOP that doesn’t denounce this and put party in the rear view mirror is part of this.
⋙ 🧵 RT @BradMossEsq The more I look over these texts, I am seriously worried they were planning to murder an American diplomat. 📌 https://twitter.com/BradMossEsq/status/1217232006309974017?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @joshtpm I think we have the consider possibility he was bs’ing Parnas or exaggerating. But yes, also suggests possibility he was dealing with criminal types who would have done anything or even the sort who wld have been reckless etc.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @BradMossEsq That’s my concern, namely that they didn’t realize what they were getting into and with whom they were getting it
⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @joshtpm Yeah, you get the sense you’ve got twitter this tough guy here in the US who’s hooked up with some UKR gangsters.

🐣 RT @kyledcheney Looks like Robert HYDE, revealed as a texting partner of Lev Parnas during Yovanovitch smear campaign, was at the World Series game with Trump and MCCARTHY: https://instagram.com/p/B4KvliLlKNk/ ¤ Instagram suggests he was a regular at Trump hotels/golf clubs w/ access to Trump and his family

🧵 RT @LouiseMensch Well now. What if as well as helping @realDonaldTrump cheat in 2020, Rob Hyde helped him cheat in 2016? ¤ Dial 1-800-CALL-FBI @RepAdamSchiff @RepJerryNadler :)
(I’ve archived everything of Hyde’s I’m tweeting tonight, as his delete finger is getting a workout) 📌 https://twitter.com/LouiseMensch/status/1217281813896409088?s=20
// Photos of Hyde with everyone

🐣 RT @AngrierWHStaff Who among us hasn’t gotten drunk and plotted assassinations in a foreign country?
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoshNBCNews NEWS – Robert Hyde reacts ¤ He tells me tonight via text message: ¤ “How low can liddle Adam Bull Schiff go. To take some texts my buddy’s and I wrote while we had a few drinks to some dweeb I met a few times…. Bull Schiff is a desperate turd.”

💙 🐣 RT @MSNBC “I think the letter… from Rudy Giuliani is a real smoking gun, because you have Rudy Giuliani saying that he’s acting in the president’s personal capacity. That shows that the president and Rudy Giuliani knew this would be improper.” – Andrew Weissmann
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, Hardball: ‘Explosive’ : House releases records from Lev Parnas http://on.msnbc.com/2NrqZUy
// Congresswoman Jackie Speier calls new evidence released by the House Judiciary Committee ‘explosive.’ House Democrats released additional evidence in impeachment case, including phone records and documents from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas. Parnas provided a letter that Giuliani wrote to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky requesting a meeting on Trump’s behalf in May.

🐣 RT @LevShalev The ledger is evidence Paul Manafort was laundering cash stolen from Ukrainians illegally funneled to him from Putin’s proxy party in Ukraine.@NarativLive
⋙ 🐣 RT @LincolnsBible Oh dear God… “get all info from case” – meaning, privileged info from Firtash’s LAWYER. And how were they planning on doing that?!
Nancy has a royal flush.
It’s all about Firtash, & the idiot spy couple is finally going down.
Glory.
I now agree with the hashtag: #LetLevSpeak
https://twitter.com/ZevShalev/status/1217297626430832641?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MalcolmNance .@rfhyde1 is a former Marine but I’m willing to bet very very soon he will be an ex-Marine. Plotting to surveill & perhaps get quotes to possibly take action or assasinate a US Ambassador Diplomat using foreign mercenaries would be many many crimes. Seems this is #TrumpsBenghazi

🐣 RT @WendySiegelman In May, Hyde was removed by police from Trump National Doral Miami in FL – according to an incident report filed by the Doral police department, Hyde told the responding officer that he was in fear for his life and “a hit man was out to get him.”
⋙ HartfordCourant: Who is the Robert F. Hyde who surfaced in House Intelligence Committee documents? http://bit.ly/37ZrnBM

🐣 RT [To: @renato_mariotti] @badappl8 Rudy’s 3 minute buttdial included, ¤ “Is Robert around? We need a few hundred thousand dollars.” https://twitter.com/badappl8/status/1217286307438891008?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @renato_mariotti She’s right—Ambassador Yovanovitch and the American people deserve to know what happened and the extent of Trump’s involvement.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jimsciutto New: Amb Marie Yovanovitch calls for investigation after evidence reveals GOP congressional candidate & Giuliani associate Lev Parnas discussed surveilling her. “The notion that American citizens & others were monitoring Amb Yovanovitch’s movements..is disturbing,” says her atty.

🧵 RT @KlasfeldReports Obtained by @CourthouseNews, a never-before-published photo shows House Minority Leader McCarthy standing between two old donors – Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman – contradicting what he told me last week on Capitol Hill. ¤ Investigation by me & @MMineiro_CNS: http://bit.ly/36UKdKb 📌 https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1217243671269183489?s=20

🐣 RT @kenvogel NEW: Despite new texts suggesting otherwise, ROBERT F. HYDE denied that he had tracked MARIE YOVANOVITCH’s movements in Kyiv, and called @RepAdamSchiff a “commie.” ¤ Asked how he knew LEV PARNAS, @rfhyde1 replied (with apparent sarcasm) “Parcheesi club.”
🐣 RT @maggieNYT Yovanovich, who Trump once told the Ukranian president would “go through some things,” appears to have been under surveillance by Giuliani associates, per evidence turned over to the House
🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: New Details Emerge on Shadow Campaign to Oust Ambassador to Ukraine http://nyti.ms/2FQCrFq
// Records released just before President Trump’s impeachment trial included texts that suggested the ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, was being watched in Kyiv.

🧵 RT @TheRynheart Let’s piece together what happened to Ambassador Yovanovitch. She testified that Guilliani and a ‘corrupt foreign prosecutor general’ had plans to ‘do things to her.’ She was told this by Ukraine officials. https://twitter.com/TheRynheart/status/1217272074248564737?s=20/photo/1 📌 https://twitter.com/TheRynheart/status/1217272074248564737?s=20
⋙ 🐣 [ … ] RT @TheRynheart To appreciate the actual danger to the Ambassador read this entire exchange between Parvas and Hyde. The Ambassador was actually being guarded for her protection. https://twitter.com/TheRynheart/status/1217274574439698437?s=20/photo/1-2

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Ukraine prosecutor offered information related to Biden in exchange for ambassador’s ouster, newly released materials show http://wapo.st/2FP6PQv

CNN: Trump supporter and Giuliani associate discussed surveilling Yovanovitch http://cnn.it/2RiKKPy

DailyBeast, Will Sommer and Betsy Swan: Meet the Trump Donor Who Allegedly Stalked America’s Ambassador in Ukraine http://bit.ly/2RkziTh
// Robert F Hyde; He was a longshot candidate with a penchant for the obscene. Now he’s at the center of the impeachment drama.

🐣 RT @woodruffbets New: A spokesperson for Victoria Toensing’s law firm tells me she had no knowledge of Rudy Giuliani’s outreach to Zelensky, including of the letter where he said she would come to their potential meeting.
⋙ DailyBeast, Betsy Swan: Toensing Law Firm Distances Itself From Giuliani Letter to Zelensky http://bit.ly/2uKqYEQ

🧵 💙 RT @jedshug A Lev Parnas “told ya so” thread.
I don’t want to overstate this new evidence, but there are some whoppers and new questions.
Parnas will be a witness.
Again:
“I wouldn’t want to be a Senator engineering a cover-up non-trial when a bombshell may be around the corner.”
1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jedshug/status/1217228889480749056?s=20

🧵 ❓RT @EricGarland Almost like Trump engaged Ukrainian Mobsters to execute hostile intelligence Ops against America’s own State Department. ¤ Trump is a historic villain. 📌 https://twitter.com/ericgarland/status/1217254151396175874?s=20
// unsure about this guy

🐣 RT @emptywheel Gonna interrupt here and note that Billy Barr announced you can’t investigate members of a political campaign today without his say-so. I wonder whether he’s going to apply it retroactively…

🧵 RT @chrislhayes One part of the Ukraine story that’s never *quite* made sense to me is the air of menace direct at Amb. Yovanovitch that’s always kind of unspecified and never spelled out. Obviously getting fired because you stood in the way of a political hit job sucks, but it’s more than that. 📌 https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1217235213224415233?s=20

🐣 RT @NinaHatchigan Having been an Amb, this is really hard to wrap my mind around. You are out there taking risks to advance US interests but a set of Americans is surveiling you? Did I get this right?
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoshNBCNews NEWS tonight: Records turned over by Lev Parnas to House Intel show Parnas communicated with a GOP congressional candidate who said he had former Ambassador Yovanovitch under physical and possibly electronic surveillance in Kyiv

NYMag, Matt Stieb: House Intelligence Committee Releases Lev Parnas Docs Showing His Connection to Trump http://nym.ag/2uNluJv

PoliticusUSA: The Threat To Yovanovitch’s Safety Was Coming From Trump http://bit.ly/2Nr5x1Y

PoliticusUSA: The Threat To Yovanovitch’s Safety Was Coming From Trump http://bit.ly/2Nr5x1Y

The physical threat to former Ambassador Yovanovitch’s safety was coming from Rudy Giuliani and his associates at Trump’s direction.

According to a House letter sent to the Senate with accompanying evidence, the Ukraine plotters had the former Ambassador to Ukraine under surveillance:

In March 2019, Mr. Parnas communicated by text message with Robert F. Hyde about former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. In response to some articles, tweets, and videos accusing the Ambassador of being disloyal to President Trump, Mr. Hyde wrote “Wow. Can’t believe Trumo [sic] hasn’t fired this bitch. I’ll get right in that.” Mr. Hyde then sent a series of text messages suggesting that he had Ambassador Yovanovitch under physical surveillance in Kyiv and that “They are willing to help if we/you would like a price.”

Here is the text exchange: 🐣 RT @NatashaBeetrand Um holy sh*t

🐣 RT @kenvogel RUDY GIULIANI also appears to have tried to enlist @JaySekulow to work with LEV PARNAS on the effort to obtain a visa for VIKTOR SHOKIN, the Ukrainian prosecutor general who was fired at the urging of @JoeBiden, the Obama administration & the IMF. https://twitter.com/kenvogel/status/1217250420424429569?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @StacyJannis https://twitter.com/StacyJannis/status/1217249079677411328?s=20/photo/1
// Yanukovich testimony about security threat
⋙ 🐣 maybe our good guys stepped in when they saw what was brewing – that she really was in danger

🐣💙 RT @saradannerdukic “That address I sent you checks out.”
“It’s next to the embassy.”
“They are willing to help if we/you would like a price.”
“Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money…what I was told.”
👆 WTF DOES THAT SOUND LIKE TO YOU?

🧵 RT @HayesBrown This message between Parnas and former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Lutsenko (who fed Giuliani most of the lies he spread) helps connect why getting rid of Amb. Marie Yovanovitch was a priority. ¤ Lutsenko says without that piece, his stories about Biden are less credible https://twitter.com/HayesBrown/status/1217231249913327622?s=20/photo/1 📌 https://twitter.com/HayesBrown/status/1217231249913327622?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @HayesBrown This whole string of messages is stunning actually. Here’s Lutsenko mocking Parnas for not being able to hold up his end of the job and get Yovanovitch fired ¤ “She’s not getting away,” Parnas promises http://bit.ly/36TT3YJ https://twitter.com/HayesBrown/status/1217232589104304128?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @HayesBrown Then in late March, days before Ukraine’s presidential election, Parnas writes to assure Lutsenko that “America supports you and will not let you be harmed no matter how things looks now.” https://twitter.com/HayesBrown/status/1217233965989404673?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @HayesBrown Lutsenko responds that he has records of payments from Burisma, the company that had Hunter Biden on its board, to a company owned by Hunter’s friend. That company came up in a story on Hunter’s work that Reuters published in October http://reut.rs/2CBcKqE https://twitter.com/HayesBrown/status/1217234455208873985?s=20/photo/1-2
⋙ 🐣 RT @HayesBrown 5/4: Lutsenko notes that a high-level delegation is coming to Zelensky’s inauguration ¤ Parnas responds, “Well, you understand who’s working on this” ¤ 5/13: Jennifer Williams, a Pence aide, emails to say Pence is out. She publicly testified the order to cancel came from Trump. https://twitter.com/HayesBrown/status/1217239344840396800?s=20/photo/1-2
⋙ 🐣 RT @HayesBrown And finally, this one is just SO OMINOUS https://twitter.com/HayesBrown/status/1217239459978252289?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @biancagolodryga Reminder that Yovanovitch testified that UKRAINIAN officials warned her that Guiliani and other associates “had plans, and that they were going to, you know, do things, including to me”.
🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 As a former mafia prosecutor, this sure sounds like a mob hit was being planned on a public servant in a foreign country by associates of the POTUS. A POTUS who said she was “going to go through some things.” This takes Trump’s lawlessness & misogny to new level.
🐣💙💙 RT @NatashaBertrand More on Yovanovitch in this exchange between Parnas and Lutsenko. “She’s not getting away,” Parnas texted. https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1217237865048027136?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Um holy sh*t. This certainly makes it sound like Parnas and co. were actively tracking Yovanovitch’s movements. This could explain why Yovanovitch was moved out of Ukraine so quickly. http://bit.ly/30ma37j https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1217215352754577409?s=20/photo/1-4

🐣 RT @sfpelosi A catchy tune with images that will send shivers down the spines of Republicans willing to stiffen theirs and support the Constitution. #LetLevSpeak #DefendOurDemocracy #EndtheCoverUp 💽 ♫ https://twitter.com/sfpelosi/status/1217136472228151296?s=20/photo/1
// Lev and Igor w Trumps etc

🐣 RT @sbg1 [Susan Glasser] NEWS tonight: Records turned over by Lev Parnas to House Intel show Parnas communicated with a GOP congressional candidate who said he had former Ambassador Yovanovitch under physical and possibly electronic surveillance in Kyiv
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoshNBCNews NEWS tonight: Records turned over by Lev Parnas to House Intel show Parnas communicated with a GOP congressional candidate who said he had former Ambassador Yovanovitch under physical and possibly electronic surveillance in Kyiv

🐣 RT @vermontGMG Has anyone ever answered what legit reason Trump could want a meeting with Ukraine in his “personal capacity”?
⋙ 🐣 RT @awprokop Some juicy stuff in Lev Parnas’s new evidence, posted by the House in these links: http://bit.ly/30ma37j http://bit.ly/36TT3YJ https://twitter.com/awprokop/status/1217211791572377600?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri “The evidence we have corroborates that the President was focused on having President Zelensky investigate the Bidens and exonerate Russia for its role. We have not seen a single piece of evidence that shows the President was doing anything other than that.” – @RepSwalwell

🐣 RT @pleasesaveour A resolution to curb Trump’s military auth in Iran has enough votes to pass the Senate. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins will join three other members of the GOP who had previously announced their support for the measure to invoke Congress’ war powers.
⋙ WaPo: Senate resolution to limit Trump’s military authority on Iran has enough GOP votes to pass, key Democrats say http://wapo.st/3a8oQqJ

🐣 RT @zacharybasu The batch of records includes a hand-written note on Ritz-Carlton Vienna stationery that states: “get Zalensky [sic] to Annonce [sic] that the Biden case will Be Investigated”
⋙ Axios: Schiff sends House Judiciary Committee records from Lev Parnas http://bit.ly/2tgNTao

🧵 RT @duty2warn (1/3) Malignant Normality has become a highly relevant term. Coined by Robert Jay Lifton, it’s a degenerative societal phenomenon. Mass numbers of people begin to view reality through a skewed lens of a leader, even adopt his traits. Logic and reason get subjugated in the fervor. 📌 https://twitter.com/duty2warn/status/1217144496070094848?s=20

Politico Mag, Zach Dorfman (5/26/2019): The Spy Case That Made Adam Schiff a Russia Hawk http://politi.co/30GL6mZ //➔ been there, done that
// 5/26/2019; Three decades before he railed against the Trump campaign, the future congressman prosecuted an FBI agent who was seduced by a Soviet spy.

🐣 I think this is a “putting the house back in order” election. The way to do that is (still) to win the Midwest. From that perspective the best ticket may be #BidenKlobuchar or, if you prefer #JoeAndAmy. My thoughts today, anyway. I’ll support whoever is on the ticket. We must WIN.

WaPo: Democrats can get witnesses with 50 votes — if Roberts does his job http://wapo.st/2ToIh8Y

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger It matters because it further erodes his near-nonexistent credibility. It matters because it is one thing to risk war to prevent imminent harm and quite another to risk war by taking the most provocative action to reestablish deterrence he frittered away.
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump says it does not matter whether he lies to us http://wapo.st/2QT50s8

🧵 RT @SethAbramson The Ukraine scandal has a background between major players (e.g., Trump, Manafort and Firtash) going back 15 years; a timeline of inculpatory events going back 2 years; and a cast of witnesses numbering over 100. ¤ And we’re going to get a trial about a dozen men and a phone call. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1217108959682797568?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @SethAbramson 5/ Did you know the Ukraine scandal is actually a plot by Trump and men he knows *extremely well* (including Parnas and Fruman, who are in effect two of his *advisers*) to overthrow Ukraine’s gas company in a bid to enrich Putin and help him win a war in which he invaded Europe?

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi This is why President Trump was impeached for obstruction of Congress, and why a Senate trial with no witnesses or documents is a cover-up. #EndTheCoverUp #DefendOurDemocracy https://twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi/status/1217033679102533633?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @duty2warn Justin Trudeau blames Trump for Iranian shoot down. When we started Duty To Warn, we argued real lives would be lost if Trump remained in office. Here we are. Can we make it to January 2021 without all out war? [DailyMail:] https://twitter.com/duty2warn/status/1217063184961503237?s=20

NYT, Ali Soufan: Suleimani Is Dead, Iraq Is in Chaos and ISIS Is Very Happy http://nyti.ms/3a6Ma8g Mr. Soufan is a former F.B.I. special agent and the author of “Anatomy of Terror.”

⭕ 13 Jan 2020

WaPo: Top Senate Republicans reject Trump’s renewed call for immediate dismissal of impeachment charges http://wapo.st/3a2XIJP

🐣 RT @McFaul “Putin is not trying to win the argument; instead, his propaganda machine aims to convince that there is no truth, no right and wrong, or no data or evidence, only relativism, point of view and biased opinion.”
⋙ WaPo, Michael McFaul: Be prepared to fight a dangerous new wave of disinformation during the Senate trial http://wapo.st/3886AMb

🐣 RT @mayawiley Not surprising to hear these names based on what we know to date. Rep. Pete Sessions lobbied for #Yovanovitch removal, John Solomon rehashed #Russian conspiracies as fact & Rudy Giuliani never even pretended to be doing anything but go after Biden dirt. #LevParnas
⋙ 🐣 RT @rebeccaballhaus Among the documents Lev Parnas has handed over to the House Intelligence Committee: text messages with Rudy Giuliani, former Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, former Hill columnist John Solomon and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, sources familiar with the matter say.
⋙⋙ WSJ: Lawmakers Tangle Over Calling Witnesses in Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial http://on.wsj.com/3aaxyEP
// Democrats seeking to add new witnesses say that they were blocked from calling several during House probe

🐣 RT @maggieNYT Trump advisers have made clear privately they would push for Hunter Biden as a witness under this scenario. And they’re betting some Democrats will have difficulty arguing against it.

🐣 RT @orenfalkowitz Here’s a link to the @Area1Security report on #phishing of Burisma Holdings by the GRU ⋙ document: http://bit.ly/2sm3u8d

🐣 I spent a few bucks to get on Bolton’s mailing list. Caution: His views of the powers of the Presidency are expansive. He would be called as a fact witness but could testify what Trump did was within his powers. (Price paid: Now I’m on Trump’s mailing list, gack)

🐣 RT @heidiNBC NEW: from Quinnipiac:
–Two thirds of Americans want John Bolton to testify in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, (39 % of Republicans, 71% of independents, and 91% of Democrats).
*Bolton has made clear, through his lawyer, he has new information about the Trump/Ukraine probe*

🐣 RT @matthewamiller If they found anything interesting, you can be sure it will be leaked timed for maximum political advantage for Trump.
🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews The Russian attacks on Burisma appear to be running parallel to an effort by Russian spies in Ukraine to dig up information in the analog world that could embarrass the Bidens, according to an American security official.
🐣 RT @ScottMStedman BREAKING: Russia hacked Burisma as Trump was attacking Biden and the company
💙💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Russians Hacked Ukrainian Gas Company at Center of Impeachment http://nyti.ms/2TrQads “The hacking attempts against Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, began in early November”

🐣✅ RT @GlennKesslerWP Trump claimed that he’s gotten $1 billion in the bank from the Saudis to pay for US troops. But the Pentagon just confirmed to me the Saudis still have not paid their outstanding bill for refueling costs in the Yemen war. So let’s label Trump’s statement as highly doubtful.

🐣 RT @duty2warn NO EMPATHY – Trump doesn’t show empathy because he CAN’T. He is a Malignant Narcissist, first and foremost. All other monikers normalize him by comparison. ¤ This is a short clip from our upcoming feature film #UNFIT. ¤ A long-awaited UPDATE re: status of the film is coming next. 💽 https://twitter.com/duty2warn/status/1216808445384388609?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Not only is 45 forever “impeached” – he cannot be exonerated (1) without witnesses and documents that he has stonewalled producing and (2) without Republicans abiding by their oath to view evidence impartially.
⋙ 🐣 Can’t jurors who state they can’t be impartial be dismissed from a jury pool?

CNN: Trump’s top general puts his reputation to the test over Iran http://cnn.it/2NnLAt5 General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (or as I thought of him before I learned his name, “General Eyebrows”)

🐣 RT @KlansfeldReports NEW: ¤ A federal judge just GRANTED permission for Lev Parnas to share extractions from three more electronic devices with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1216752802745196547?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @farnazfassihi Iran State TV’s anchor resigns saying, “It was very hard for me to believe the killing of my countrymen. I apologize for lying to you on TV for 13 years.”#IranProtests2020 https://twitter.com/farnazfassihi/status/1216749134348201985?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @FarnazML64 [Google translate] The presenter of the network after two years of work in broadcasting #دروغگویی In the media, he withdrew from television. He said: sorry I lied to you on Iranian TV for 5 years !! ***#کناره_گیری_مجریان It’s a good thing that’s happening.
// photo shows a woman

🐣 RT @AaronBlake Before 11 am, Trump has:
-Tweeted 4 typos, including “Bernie Sander’s”, “Pocahontus,” “rafical,” “eminent”
-RTed photoshopped image of Schumer/Pelosi in Muslim garb
-RTed image of corpse
-Tweeted several false claims about GOP & health care
-Tweeted about Bloomberg’s height

🐣 RT @gtconway3d Our Fake #IMPOTUS @realDonaldTrump is subliterate.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was “eminent” or not, & was my team in agreement. The answer to both is a strong YES., but it doesn’t really matter because of his horrible past!

Politico: How Schumer might get the last laugh on impeachment trial http://politi.co/30f3vr0
// Democrats plan to squeeze vulnerable Republicans with a series of tough votes that could hurt them in November.

Politico: John Roberts may be leading the Senate impeachment trial, but this woman is shaping it http://politi.co/382MF1j
// The first female Senate parliamentarian will be advising the chief justice on how to address arcane procedural questions; The Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, and her aides were scrambling to prepare for an event with little precedent in American history — the impeachment trial of a U.S. president.

🐣◕ RT @historylvrsclub War World II casualties https://twitter.com/historylvrsclub/status/1216716526318948352?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes: Trump’s Frightening Vision of the Presidency Is on Trial, Too http://nyti.ms/2QMrxXo
// The president believes that what is good for him and what is good for the country are indistinguishable.

NewYorker, David Rohde: William Barr, Trump’s Sword and Shield http://bit.ly/2FMUyMa
// 1/20/2020 issue; The Attorney General’s mission to maximize executive power and protect the Presidency.

⭕ 12 Jan 2020

WaPo, Max Boot: Trump’s congenital dishonesty trips him up again http://wapo.st/35QxtTv ‘To satisfy the legal standard…, the Trump admin claimed that it was acting to disrupt an ‘imminent’ attack on US personnel but refused to release any intelligence to buttress its case’

🐣 RT @StevenLHall1 Re-upping this great video. You don’t have to have a PhD in Russian studies to understand Putin.
⋙ 💙💙 💽 Vox, Sam Ellis (2017): From spy to president: the rise of Vladimir Putin http://bit.ly/
// He’s intent on pushing back against the Western world order … and it appears to be working.
// 3/27/2017

WaPo: Killing of Soleimani reflects an aggressive national security team not inclined to curb Trump http://wapo.st/2uGlHOB

🐣 RT @CREWcrew Sen. Graham’s own words about witnesses at impeachment trials: “when you have a witness…who was in the middle of it telling you about what they were doing…it’s the difference between getting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”
⋙ Newsweek (1/7): Resurfaced Video Shows Lindsey Graham Arguing for Witnesses to Testify at Bill Clinton Impeachment Trial http://bit.ly/2R8jlPZ

🐣 RT @neal_katyal So come and testify and explain why 18 witnesses, many from your own Administration, have testified in Congress and thrown the book at you. So far, the count is 18-0. ¤ Your party controls the Senate. If you are innocent you should have nothing to fear. #SayItUnderOath
⋙ 🐣 RT @real Many believe that by the Senate giving credence to a trial based on the no evidence, no crime, read the transcripts, “no pressure” Impeachment Hoax, rather than an outright dismissal, it gives the partisan Democrat Witch Hunt credibility that it otherwise does not have. I agree!

TheDailyMail [UK]: Vladimir Putin jokes with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad that he will invite Trump to Damascus to have a biblical conversion http://dailym.ai/2FL5KsU so “everything will become normal with him”

🐣 RT @Delavegalaw There’s only way to look at this: No intel indicated 4 embassies were being targeted, yet Esper is willing to imply there might have been, thereby endangering us all and making a complete fool of himself, in order to vouch for Trump. They’re all lying. That’s all you have to say.

VanityFair: Pelosi to Trump: You Are Impeached Forever (And Your Tweets Are Crazy) http://bit.ly/2taGslb
// The Speaker of the House did not hold back on This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

DailyBeast, Anna Nemtsova: Amid Iran Crisis, Russia’s Mideast Presence Just Keeps Growing http://bit.ly/37VaCaE
// One example: At the peak of the pre-war crises around Iran, German Chancellor Merkel has gone to see Putin, not Trump, looking for solutions.

🐣 RT @mtomasky New Column: Once upon a time, when a POTUS made a claim, the world generally believed him. (Read the anecdote that opens this column.) Today? Well…
⋙ DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: How Trump’s Parade of Lies Finally Caught Up With Him http://bit.ly/2uzmnFp
// Iran blinked, but Trump got no credit for it and for good reason: He’s devalued the authority of his position speaking for America with his endless stream of lies.

🐣 RT @FaceTheNation NEWS: .@RepAdamSchiff tells @margbrennan that the House Intelligence committee is “considering” subpoenaing John Bolton, who has previously said he would testify if subpoenaed in the Senate. 💽 https://twitter.com/FaceTheNation/status/1216388411113771008?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @atrupar On CNN, Mark Esper makes it absolutely clear that the Trump administration is making it up as they go when they claim Soleimani posed an imminent threat to 4 different US embassies 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1216364467820408834?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s new talking point is that while he may not have seen intelligence indicating Iran was imminently targeting American embassies, President Sharpie believed they were — and that’s good enough for him. That’s the best these guys can do. It’s farcical.

✅ AP: How a debunked Ukraine theory endures against all evidence http://bit.ly/2R768Hi by Amanda Seitz, Eric Tucker and Richard Lardner
// Unfortunately, this article doesn’t link to all the articles it cites, not even giving media outlets or authors. I have a pretty good idea of the articles they’re referencing, but I’m steeped in this stuff. I suggest: BuzzFeedNews, Ryan Broderick (11/4): http://bit.ly/2YfgVCA

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: If Trump Wins in 2020, Get Ready for President Don Jr. http://bit.ly/2uHqj7e //➔ and then Ivanka. Eric, not so much.
// In an excerpt from his new book, “Running Against the Devil,” Daily Beast columnist Rick Wilson conjures what a Trump dynasty would look like.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d If someone else did something else thousands of times, they would be consistently flagging that something else for readers and viewers whenever it was relevant. But somehow that doesn’t happen with @realDonaldTrump’s countless absurd fabrications.
⋙ 🐣 RT @joshtpm Fascinating dimension of the Trump era: all news orgs now hitting live with Trumps claim about four embassies and considering it as claim to be litigated even while simultaneously everyone universally understands he made this up on the spur of the moment.
⋙⋙ 🐣 It’s what hard-working journalists do. Yes, everyone knows, but as it can’t be proved, it must be questioned and the fact of the changing narrative laid out. Opinion writers have more freedom, but fact reporters must report facts. Hound Pompeo til he breaks like Mulvaney did.

🐣 RT @HMATehran Thanks for the many goodwill messages. Can confirm I wasn’t taking part in any demonstrations! Went to an event advertised as a vigil for victims of #PS752 tragedy. Normal to want to pay respects- some of victims were British. I left after 5 mins, when some started chanting.
// @HMATehran is Bob Macaire, British Ambassador to Iran

🐣 RT @hardball “Assassination is not a method for ending belligerence with a foreign power; it’s a way to deepen it. By ordering the killing of this Iranian general we have unleashed something … The Iranian people are going to remember it for years.” [–Chris Matthews]
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, Hardball: Chris Matthews: Iran will remember what the United States did http://on.msnbc.com/2NkENQP
// 1/11/2020; On the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, Chris says “Assassination is not a method for ending belligerence with a foreign power; it’s a way to deepen it. By ordering the killing of this Iranian general we have unleashed something. It will not end with the Iranian firing of those ballistic missiles into the Al Assad military base. The Iranian people are going to remember it for years.”

🐣 RT @MSNBC WATCH: @Maddow dives into reporting from the Washington Post and CNN that a federal investigation into Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, and other right-wing narratives has found nothing worthy of criminal investigation.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Another vindication for Clinton as probe reportedly hits dead end http://on.msnbc.com/2RdzrYI
// Rachel Maddow relays reporting from the Washington Post and CNN that a federal investigation into Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, and other pet right-wing narratives has found nothing worthy of criminal investigation, and reviews the other such investigations and suggestive media reports that have previously failed to incriminate Clinton.

⭕ 11 Jan 2020

RawStory: Lev Parnas attorney tells judge there are ‘essential’ documents Congress needs for impeachment http://bit.ly/3a57hHU
⋙ ⇈ ⇊ 🐣 RT @josephabondy We’ve just asked the Court’s permission to give additional materials, extracted from three more of Lev Parnas’ electronic devices, to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence #HPSCI for use in the impeachment inquiry. #LetLevSpeak #LevRemembers https://twitter.com/josephabondy/status/1216113437622837248?s=20/photo/1-2

🧵 RT @SethAbramson Everyone wonders where the $1 billion Trump got from MBS (he won’t say when) went. In late 2017, a Saudi whistleblower later spied on by MBS via Twitter said he had the answer. (@MiddleEastEye was founded by an @guardian editor.) ¤ The story is unconfirmed. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1216168772404490245?s=20
⋙ MiddleEastEye (Nov 2017): Crown Prince bin Salman ‘bribed’ Trump, Saudi Twitter whistleblower claims http://bit.ly/37VSxcH
// Mujtahidd alleges that boat linked to Trump’s organisation was filled with $1bn in cash as a personal gift from bin Salman
🐣 RT @SethAbramson [ … ] 7/ There’s no reason to give Trump money by boat; he’s set up more clandestine ways to pay him. But given that a second assassination attempt happened the same night as Soleimani, and it was one MBS but not America wanted/needed, it’s possible MBS is paying us to assassinate men.

🐣 RT @DrGJackBrown FACT: While ‘The Fog of War’ mostly likely led to the unintentional dowing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, with no doubt, if Donald Trump had not assassinated #Soleimani, those 176 people would be alive today. ¤ #NoWarWithlran #NoWar #UkranianPlaneCrash
⋙ 🐣 Not to mention the 80 who were crushed to death when people panicked and stampeded during one of the mourning gatherings

💙 CNN, Katelyn Polantz: 2015 memo from Erik Prince to Trump campaign: ‘National disgrace’ that Soleimani ‘not already DEAD’ http://cnn.it/2FJe7Fm

🐣 RT @justinamash He sells troops. ¤ “We have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia—I said, listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops? I’m going to send them to you, but you’ve got to pay us. They’re paying us. They’ve already deposited $1B in the bank.” 💽 https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1216054398138376192?s=20/photo/1

CNN: Why Trump’s changing Iran story is costing him support in Congress http://cnn.it/2Nju7lr

🐣 RT @DrGJackBrown Why did Trump assassinate #Soleimani?

A. To distract from his Impeachment Trial.
B. To appease #JohnBolton.
C. To appease Republican Senators.
D. Putin told him to do it.
E. Trump is a Sadist.
F. Cowardly overcompensation by proxy.
G. Someone paid Trump to do it.

🐣 RT @BillKristol It’s been a rough decade for those of us who think America has a key role in advancing liberty around the world. But from Hong Kong to Tehran, the yearning for freedom is strong, and the U.S., despite its problems, remains an inspiration. This is a source of hope for the future.

💙 TheGuardian, Martin Pengelli: How to dump Trump: Rick Wilson on Running Against the Devil http://bit.ly/2TefnIv
// He was a Republican ad man but now he’s a bestselling author out to bring down a president. He says Democrats must listen

🐣 RT @MSNBC “This group is the most incompetent bunch of liars I’ve ever encountered. I served an administration that had skillful liars in it, like Richard Bruce Cheney and so forth. But this administration gets caught every day…” – Ret. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, AMJoy: Trump admin. justification for Iran strike slammed by retired col. http://on.msnbc.com/30gShCC
// Iran has admitted to unintentionally shooting down a Ukrainian plane amid increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, retired, joins Joy Reid to discuss, saying of the ongoing conflict between America and Iran, ‘Let’s wash away all the lies and all the cheating and all the stupidity and incompetence… And let’s just look at what we did.’

🐣 RT @Delavegalaw A juror who’s shown clear bias, or has already decided the case is disqualified due to “Actual Bias.” Dems needn’t grandstand or decry the hypocrisy; They should just make the legal case to Roberts, and the public, that McConnell, Graham and others have disqualified themselves.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d “Trump is so cynical he wouldn’t even recognize that making foreign policy decisions influenced by impeachment is the kind of thing he shouldn’t say out loud.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw Trump’s motives are always muddled, but for assassinating Soleimani it’s a good bet it was:

30% Impeachment insurance
40% Obama envy
10% Putin bragging rights
10% Revenge for past wrongs
10% Weakening Iran
0% Defense vs imminent attack

⋙ 🐣 RT @NYMag A new report indicates Trump may have committed a grave dereliction of duty by letting his ongoing impeachment influence his decision to kill Soleimani
⋙⋙💙NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Report: Trump Cited GOP Senate Impeachment Pressure As Reason to Kill Soleimani http://nym.ag/2QHPhMj

🐣 RT @tribelaw If @Lawrence really said the Chief Justice couldn’t & wouldn’t break a 50-50 Senate tie as presiding officer in the upcoming trial, I respectfully disagree. The Constitution’s text, structure & history all show the contrary. Eg: CJ Chase broke two Senate ties in Johnson’s trial.

🐣 RT @MollyJongFast I knew it was Tom Cotton.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT He told some associates that he wanted to preserve the support of Republican hawks in the Senate in the coming impeachment trial, naming Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas as an example, even though they had not spoken about Iran since before Christmas.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MikeLupica If Tom Cotton is now setting policy in that part of the world, we’re more screwed than I thought.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MollyJongFast We’re all going to die
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MikeLupica There was a movie once about circumstances like the ones we now face: “Dr. Strangelove.”
🐣 RT @gtconway3d “[A]ministration officials said they did not actually know when or where .. an attack might occur and one … said it was ‘a mistake’ to use the word ‘imminent.’ And some … were stunned that Mr. Trump picked what they considered a radical option with unforeseen consequences.”
🐣 RT @gtconway3d “American intelligence officials … learned that the Iranians ..had not intended to escalate the low-level conflict. The rockets landed … when … personnel normally were not there and it was only by unlucky chance that Mr. Hamid [the American contractor] was killed ….”
🐣 RT @dcpoll Milley told lawmakers that intelligence showed discussion by Suleimani of potential attacks on 3 specific dates in late Dec or early Jan –– but those were all before the strike on Suleimani and no attacks actually occurred. ¤ There was no ‘imminent threat.’
🐣 RT @UROCKlive1 It’s. What. He. Does.
⋙ 🐣 RT @gtconway3d He. Just. Made. It. Up.
⋙⋙ 🧵 RT @rgoodlaw This is important: ¤ “American intelligence officials monitoring communications between Kataib Hezbollah and General Suleimani’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps learned that the Iranians…had NOT INTENDED TO ESCALATE the low-level conflict.” 📌 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1216092756705206272?s=20
⋙⋙⋙ 💙 NYT: Seven Days in January: How the U.S. and Iran Approached the Brink of War http://nyti.ms/30ap1gy
// The story of that week, and the secret planning in the months preceding it, ranks as the most perilous chapter so far in President Trump’s three years in office.

🐣 RT @ WSJ SCOOP: U.S. officials warned Iraq that it risks losing access to its account at the New York Fed, where international oil sale revenue is kept, if it moves to expel U.S. troops
⋙ WSJ: U.S. Warns Iraq It Risks Losing Access to Key Bank Account If Troops Told to Leave http://on.wsj.com/30hAsTN
// Loss of access to New York Fed account, where international oil sale revenue is kept, could creating cash crunch in Iraq’s financial system

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Daily reminder: Trump is an impeached President. If he’s acquitted by a Senate GOP that suppresses key evidence, it won’t exonerate him. And, the facts will come out. They always do.

🐣 RT @amandarivkin The demand that you must be seriously serious at all times is kind of mindless totalism. Be human FFS, it is actually the only way to slay totalism. In the face of horror, I have always been encouraged to be funny by my father, the refugee born stateless. Dictators hate laughter.

🐣 RT @farnazfassihi BREAKING: Public mourning gatherings turn into protests in #Iran. Angry crowds chanting, “Death to the liars.” ¤ #IranPlaneCrash #UkrainePlaneCrash
⋙ 🐣 68 trampled to death, 167 killed in a plane crash. And all because Trump was trying to gain the support of unnamed Senators in his Senate trial, per WSJ. People are dying now. We’ve turned a corner. If not for Iranian restraint, we’d be in a hot war today.

🐣 RT @USArmy You heard it from the @ArmyChiefStaff. ¤ When we go, we go to win! ¤ #WinningMatters! ¤ #USArmy Graphic https://twitter.com/USArmy/status/1215998061178167302?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 That’s why we’ve abandoned the Kurds to the Turks, have ended the war on ISIS and have retreated to protection of forces status in Iraq, where we’re now unwelcome. ~ West Point grad’s wife ¤ Trump has repeatedly betrayed the Armed Services, the country and our allies.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @KathyHurley My dad was a career Army intelligence officer. He served in Viet Nam – came back pretty damaged (emotionally); died at the age of 47 from cancer caused by agent orange. I loved the military life and love our military. They don’t deserve this clown & his equally incompetent admin.

🐣 RT @ConsWahoo This man is a jenius. He’s figured out that he can lie with impunity, bullshit his way through if called on it, and then have the apparati of the executive branch, the GOP, and half the Congress clean up after him.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Acyn Trump claims Saudi Arabia has already deposited one billion dollars “in the bank” in exchange for US troops being sent. He then goes on to talk about South Korea paying $500 million for US troops defending them against North Korea. 💽 https://twitter.com/ConsWahoo/status/1215997662387941377?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @cbouzy I am calling on @SpeakerPelosi @RepAdamSchiff to investigate why the Trump administration didn’t alert the four embassies of an imminent attack. Trump put the lives of Americans at risk by not alerting the embassies, we deserve to know why.

🧵 RT @rgoodlaw President Trump’s claim of bomb threats to embassies is falling apart. 📌 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1215989643528822784?s=20
1. No threat to an embassy in intelligence briefings to Congress
2. Two senior administration officials appear to be admitting to WaPo that Trump’s claim is false

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs In its official rhetoric and strategic documents, Washington has, since 1979, consistently portrayed Iran as a purely hostile and dangerous actor. @Benjamin05055 and @sns_1239 discuss the origins of the distorted U.S. view of Iran:
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon: America’s Great Satan http://fam.ag/
// 10/15/2019, Nov/Dec 2019 issue; The 40-Year Obsession With Iran

🔆 This❗️⋙ TheTelegraph [UK]: Iran plane crash: Tehran admits it ‘unintentionally’ shot down plane http://bit.ly/2TbFNdJ

⭕ 10 Jan 2020

🐣 RT @ Russian military expert Igor Korotchenko: ¤ “Today, Turkey, Russia and Iran are jointly working in Syria… from where you’ve been asked to get out. Tomorrow, you’ll get out of Iraq and then you’ll get out of everywhere else… we’re winning.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Russians Think Soleimani Was Great, and Trump’s a Big Loser
While lamenting Soleimani’s liquidation, Russian experts see the Kremlin as the big winner as tensions rise between the US & Iran—both geopolitically & financially. ¤ My latest for @thedailybeast
⋙⋙ 💙 DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Russians Think Soleimani Was Great, and Trump’s a Big Loser http://bit.ly/36KTC77
// While lamenting Soleimani’s liquidation, Russian experts see the Kremlin as the big winner as tensions rise between the U.S. and Iran—both geopolitically and financially.

🐣 RT @AlArabia_Eng Germany says it still wants “to save” the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, rejecting US President Donald Trump’s call for Europeans to quit the pact.
⋙ AlArabia: Germany rejects Trump call to ditch Iran nuclear pact http://bit.ly/37QzXCG

WaPo, James Robenalt: The Supreme Court can review an unfair impeachment trial http://wapo.st/39WmM4Z In general, the courts will defer to the Senate. But there are limits, some justices have said.
// James Robenalt is an attorney in Cleveland and the author of four nonfiction books, including “January 1973: Watergate, Roe v. Wade, Vietnam, and the Month That Change America Forever.” He lectures with John Dean on Watergate and legal ethics.

DailyBeast: Trump Is Handing Iran Its Biggest Strategic Objective: Iraq http://bit.ly/2QHmE1G by Spencer Ackerman, Erin Banco and Asawin Suebsaeng
// Iran wants the U.S. out of Iraq, so the administration’s response is to say it won’t leave, regardless of what the government of Iraq—that the U.S. set up—has to say about it.

WaPo: E.U. leaders rally behind tattered Iran deal, ignoring Trump’s call to ditch it http://wapo.st/2uzAhY8

WaPo: Trump now claims four embassies were under threat from Iran, raising fresh questions about intelligence reports http://wapo.st/36Jkm83

NYT: Iran Says It Unintentionally Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner http://nyti.ms/2QKZK9U
// “The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,” President Hassan Rouhani said, as Iran reversed its claims that mechanical failure was to blame.

🐣 RT @MiaFarrow [To: @real] 176 people would be alive today if you hadn’t killed Soleimani, Iran’s second in command. On an ordinary night no one would have shot down that plane. If Iran had been less prudent in their response to the killing of Soleimani, we would surely be in a full scale war.

🐣 RT @jpduberg still thinking a resignation by March? If not, what changed your thoughts?
⋙ 🐣 RT @AngrierWHStaff March is my best guess. We’ve seen more GOP speak out against him lately. I was afraid Iran was going to push it back, but that seems stable for now. ¤ For those wondering, I say March because most states with vulnerable Republicans have a primary cutoff by March.
// re: Trump resignation

🐣✅ RT @ddale8 None of these claims of fact is correct. ¤ [On NATO:] ¤ The “it had no money,” the “nobody was paying except us,” the “roller coaster down,” the “$530 billion,” the “all because of me.” All wrong. https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1215840546578747392?s=20/photo/1

🐣 Facebook ads don’t have account managers. It’s all done by searches and algorithms. That’s why it’s so lucrative, because it’s all automatic. To start factchecking ads would require hiring thousands of people. It would require them to change their entire business model #inners

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT I have placed a request with the Director of National Intelligence for a briefing on the new intelligence surrounding the imminent attacks on U.S. embassies that the President referred to today, but somehow didn’t come up in the full Senate briefing on Wednesday.

DailyBeast, David Rothkopf: With 176 Dead in Iran on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, Does Trump Understand Consequences Yet? http://bit.ly/2R9jYJr
// Iran bears full responsibility for this deadly disaster. But it was America that created the conditions for it, and more disasters to come.

🐣 RT @MikeMadden “A senior White House official said it was “super uncool” and “quite unwise” for Gaetz to push for limits on the president’s authority.”
⋙ WaPo: Trump angered by House ally’s push to limit his authority on Iran http://wapo.st/2uDuctS

BaltimoreSun (8/23/19): Clinton’s airstrike motives questioned Many wonder if attack was meant to distract from Lewinsky matter http://bit.ly/30eol9Z But this involved Afghanistan, not Iraq @AllInWithChris #inners

Pretty sure Clinton’s “Wag The Dog” moment involved Afghanistan … and Osama Bin Laden: ForeignPolicy (1/7/2020): Trump’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Moment http://bit.ly/3a1iXLM @allinwithchris #inners
// We were in the White House when President Bill Clinton was wrongly accused of using military power to aid his own political fortunes. Here’s why this time is different.

DailyBeast, Justin Baragona: Hannity Appears to Threaten to Give Out GOP Senators’ Phone Numbers if They Allow Impeachment Witnesses http://bit.ly/2Tcy3IE
// “Don’t make me start giving out the phone number!”

🐣 RT @Acosta Source familiar with discussions inside Trump Senate trial team says “significant and important issues of executive privilege” are raised by prospect of Bolton potentially testifying. But source says no decision made on privilege as Bolton testimony is not yet a sure thing.

🐣 RT @NoahBookbinder Senator Lindsey Graham, before the last presidential impeachment trial, strongly embraced the long-standing precedent of hearing witness testimony. There is absolutely no reason for President Trump’s impeachment trial to be any different.
⋙ Newsweek: Resurfaced Video Shows Lindsey Graham Arguing for Witnesses to Testify at Bill Clinton Impeachment Trial http://bit.ly/2R8jlPZ
// 1/7/2019

WaPo, George Conway and Neal Katyal: How Pelosi should play her impeachment cards http://wapo.st/2sXYerU

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff A Senate trial should be like any other trial. ¤ Senators should hear from witnesses. Senators should see the documents. ¤ Only then can they make the best possible decision regarding the President’s misconduct. ¤ Once upon a time, Mitch McConnell felt the same. 💽 https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1215626187101306881?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @benjaminhaddad Elegant and interesting compared review of the memoirs of @RNicholasBurns and @SamanthaJPower by Ivan Krastev and @leonardbenardo1. Critical reviews yet makes you want to read both. via @aminterest
⋙ AmericanInterest: Ivan Krastev and Leonard Benardo: The Foreign Policy Debate We Need https://wp.me/p4ja0Z-MNt
// How to temper idealism with the demands of responsible statecraft—without abandoning our commitment to democracy and human rights? This is the question facing America’s foreign policy hands as they look beyond the Trump presidency.

🐣 RT @dcpoll “Which makes us an occupying force in violation of international law, creates tension with a key partner government, and makes Iranian and affiliated efforts to kick us out more sympathetic.” – @djrothkopf
⋙ 🐣 RT @sam_vinograd State indicates that it will not accept the caretaker Iraqi Prime Minister’s request to discuss a US troop withdrawal, indicating the US view that our force posture is right and appropriate. ¤ Our position is that our position trumps the Iraqi one.
⋙⋙ StateDept, Press Statement: The U.S. Continued Partnership with Iraq http://bit.ly/2R6htre //➔ whether they want it or not

🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS A hair-raising quote from an interview with Tom @Malinowski, a member of Armed Services: ¤ “If the objective was to weaken the Quds Force irrespective of any intelligence about imminent attacks on Americans, then where does that end? And is it over?”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS Senior House Dems tell us the bombshell effort to kill Shahlai strongly suggests a much broader operation underway, one mostly concealed from Congress. ¤ Worse, @RepEliotEngel tells us @SecPompeo may NOT show up at hearing next week. @paulwaldman1 and me:
⋙⋙ WaPo: New Iran revelations suggest Trump’s deceptions were deeper than we thought http://wapo.st/2R0ok5q
⋙ 🐣 RT @Southeast191 I’m starting to think that bc of Trump’s dementia-related issues, Pompeo & other hawks are taking advantage to wage unnecessary war for personal gain, revenge, and religious ideology. This isn’t to say the buck doesn’t stop w Trump.
⋙ 🐣 RT @HCHyson Great! So 63 of my fellow Canadian citizens died because Trump decided to go on a Middle Eastern adventure. ¤ With this information, there is no way NATO should get involved in this despite Trump’s request, as this in no way looks like a defensive measure by the United States.

CNN, Chris Cillizza: How ‘Lock Her Up!’ just blew up http://cnn.it/39YbAVK //➔ just wait: I wouldn’t be surprised if Barr didn’t put himself in charge of a new probe @

🐣 RT @BobbyChesnick This second strike would have to rest on the same fact-dependent domestic law ground as the Soleimani strike: self-defense (whether understood as based on Art. II, as implied term of AUMF, or both). Note T10/T50 oversight issue too. Will post about this @lawfareblog shortly.
⋙ 🐣 RT @gregorydjohnsen If this is true, I’m curious as to what authority the US used to conduct the strike in Yemen. Certainly not the 2001 AUMF, not the 2002 AUMF, and article II seems weak here or am I missing something @BobbyChesney @steve_vladeck @benjaminwittes
⋙⋙ WaPo: On the day U.S. forces killed Soleimani, they launched another secret operation targeting a senior Iranian official in Yemen http://wapo.st/2t9kyP4

TheAtlantic, Jonathan Shaub (Nov): Executive Privilege Should Have No Power When It Comes to an Impeachment http://bit.ly/35EJbAE
// 11/15/2019; The same rules don’t apply now that the House has begun a formal impeachment inquiry.

MacLeans.ca, Marcus Kolga: Vladimir Putin’s war against truth, justice and Sergei Magnitsky http://bit.ly/39Zt0Bl “This requires us to consume news through a thick critical lens, and question sources and motivations behind stories that sound too strange or wild to be true”
// Canadian advocates for Magnitsky legislation have become victims of Russian government propagandists
➔ “Marcus Kolga is a strategic digital communications strategist, human rights activist and expert on foreign disinformation. He is a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Centre of Advancing Canadian Interests Abroad.”

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: This is how Democrats can flip the Senate http://wapo.st/2QFmd8e

🐣 RT @brianklaas Just want to put this out there: Donald Trump is a serial liar and anyone who simply takes him at his word is incredibly naive.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ddale8 Over two days, Trump has gone from 1) not mentioning embassies to 2) saying it was the embassy in Baghdad to 3) saying it was embassies plural to 4) saying it was four embassies.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JProskowGlobal NEW: In a new interview with Fox News, President Trump claimed that Soleimani was planning to attack the US Embassy in Baghdad, and later said “I believe it would have been 4 embassies”
⋙⋙⋙⋙ link to: FoxNews https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1215723018762235904?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 Let me guess: Pompeo will agree but say the location of the four embassies is classified – too classified to tell to Congress

🐣💙 RT @MollyMcKew Many conspiracies are connected by a set of malicious, profiteering actors, and The Hill should have to pay for independent investigation/debunking of all of Solomon’s deliberately false and manipulative lies, and everyone should STOP LINKING TO THE HILL. ¤ Carry on.
⋙ 🧵 I have. I used to link to them as a source of breaking news. Then I ran into one of the Solomon’s articles and it was kind of like that horrible @CelebrityCruises ad: Total alt-reality. Haven’t linked to them since. 📌 https://twitter.com/MattGertz/status/1215695794596188161?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @MattGertz 1. I surfaced an interesting fact while researching this piece. Jeff Sessions appointed John Huber after a John Solomon report in The Hill, the details of which are very familiar.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MattGertz The final, inevitable collapse of the right-wing media’s Uranium One conspiracy theory is a cautionary tale for journalists who trust Peter Schweizer’s reporting.
⋙⋙⋙ MediaMatters, Matt Gertz: The final, inevitable collapse of the right-wing media’s Uranium One conspiracy theory http://bit.ly/2QIb5Yf
// Report that probe will result in no charges shows the danger of trusting Peter Schweizer’s reporting

NYT: Pelosi Alerts House to Be Ready to Send Impeachment Articles Next Week http://nyti.ms/37Sf3mL
// In a letter to lawmakers, Ms. Pelosi appeared to be moving to end an impasse, but she did not offer a more specific timeline.

🐣 RT @cstrohm A Kremlin strategy to undermine Biden would echo its work in 2016, when American intelligence agencies found that Russia carried out a sophisticated operation to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton and ultimately help Trump
⋙ Bloomberg: U.S. Probes If Russia Is Targeting Biden in 2020 Election Meddling http://bloom.bg/35FERRu

WaPo: On the day U.S. forces killed Soleimani, they launched another secret operation targeting a senior Iranian official in Yemen http://wapo.st/2t81eSl

🐣 RT @joelockhart Anyone who thinks the House managers have yet to be picked and have not been preparing for the trial doesn’t know the Speaker. There’s a difference between being picked and being announced. They’ll be ready.
⋙ 🐣 Best thing I learned recently: House managers get to both open and close. America will be watching.

🐣 There are two people I simply can’t watch on live tv, Trump and Pompeo. The factchecking part of my brain shorts out.

🐣 RT @NancyPelosi By joining a resolution to dismiss, Sen. McConnell showed his true colors. Americans have now seen what is at stake in a fair trial with witnesses & evidence, and new evidence has emerged. Every Senator will have to vote: is their loyalty is to the President or the Constitution?

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind Lest we forget on Monday both Pompeo and Kellyanne Conway claimed Trump never said he would destroy cultural sites. This whole regime is lying to us in the light of day. This is authoritarian-like propaganda!

🐣 Yup. Trump said it so it’s true. ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1215669125038723078?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Bill_Maxwell_ NONE OF THE SENATORS OR CONGRESSIONAL REPS WHO WERE BRIEFED ON THIS THURSDAY WERE TOLD ANYTHING LIKE THIS.
⋙ 🐣 that’s because it’s b.s. – reshaping reality to conform to whatever Trump spouts off. this is it, folks. 2+2=5. we have always been at war with Eastasia. (Orwell)

🐣 RT @SarahGould_SA Bingo. Bush Sr. Was an oil man, W & Rumsfeld too. They all got richer from Iraq & Afghanistan wars. Afgan has big poppy seeds production. W:”Let’s send CIA to collect seeds for us. We may need it.” (Insert sarcasm BIGLY here)
⋙ 🐣 The first blog post I ever wrote was at DailyKos titled “Guns and Poppies” about how the Taliban had tried to control opium trafficking. It all changed when the U.S. showed up. Corruption took over with high govt officials cashing in.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @janforney1 And I believe CIA with contractors too- ¤ drug trafficking to line pockets of their collaborators and stock funds for office the shelf operations

🐣‼️RT @GlennKirschner2 If military strikes were motivated by Trump’s desire to curry favor with witnesses who will sit in judgment at his impeachment trial it represents a historic, egregious, unforgivable abuse of power.
⋙ 🐣💙 RT @jaketapper WSJ: “Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said.”
⋙⋙ WSJ: Trump’s New National Security Team Made Fast Work of Iran Strike http://on.wsj.com/3a19Lr8
// White House advisers were cohesive and less inclined than their predecessors to push back against the president’s wishes
⋙⋙ caption: White House officials in the Situation Room on Tuesday night, including, from left, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, President Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley [General Eyebrows], Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and national security adviser Robert O’Brien. SHEALAH CRAIGHEAD/WHITE HOUSE/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1215644318989418496?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @justinamash The administration has provided no evidence to qualify its recent military action as a necessary defensive response to an imminent attack. Moreover, it absurdly relies on the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force and Article II of the Constitution as legal justifications. 📌 https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1215019603979624448?s=20

🐣 RT @duty2warn Donald Trump’s huge eye bags, sniffing and slurring spark yet more health fears “He repeatedly stumbled over simple words raising concerns of dementia. During the speech, Trump also botched words like ‘tolerated,’ ‘terrorist’ and ‘accomplishments.’ […] http://bit.ly/309x6Cj
⋙ 🐣 doctored photos
⋙⋙ 🐣 I’ve edited thousands of photos. Notice how much more wrinkled his skin is in the right photo. That’s done with a function to add “structure” (overused here). He’s always spray-tanned orange, but notice the grey circles under his eyes. This is done by “desaturation.”

WaPo, Noah Bookbinder: The Senate has conducted 15 impeachment trials. It heard witnesses in every one. http://wapo.st/37UyziA
// Historical precedent is clear, and it’s not on Trump’s side.

🐣 RT @AngrierWHStaff No matter what else happens from a military perspective, Iran wins here, and Putin’s foothold in the Middle East probably gets bigger.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AP BREAKING: Iraqi prime minister asks U.S. secretary of state to decide the mechanism for American troop withdrawal from Iraq.
⋙⋙ AP: Iraqi PM tells US to decide mechanism for troop withdrawal http://bit.ly/36Hvan2

🐣 RT @CREWcrew FOIA is an important tool for transparency, but the recent misuse of redactions by the government demonstrate the need for reform to ensure the public continues to get the answers they deserve.
⋙ JustSecurity, Anne Weismann: How Should FOIA Be Reformed to Prevent Further Abuse of Redactions? http://bit.ly/2QZ1cnS

WarOnTheRocks, Aaron Stein: A Guide to Getting Real on Iran http://bit.ly/35Gtk4u “[T]here is a notion that the United States can simultaneously be risk adverse and omnipotent”

🐣 RT @brianklaas Trump has tweeted this stat — which he fabricated — 22 times. He has strong approval in the Republican party (usually between the high 70s and high 80s) but he keeps saying 95% even when the real numbers fluctuate. But we’ve just grown used to him making stuff up.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real 95% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. Thank you!
⋙ 🐣 📊 According to FiveThirtyEight, 9.8% of Republicans want to see Trump removed from office http://53eig.ht/2N5MJV2https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1215612676983939072?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AtlanticCouncil “This is not a call for American military recklessness rooted in a new-found sense of escalatory dominance over Iran. A rough parity between the parties where both sides recognize the dangers of armed escalation suffice to prevent war.”
⋙ AtlanticCouncil, Frederic Hof: Qasem Soleimani and escalatory parity http://bit.ly/37QoumE

🐣 RT @MSNBC .@Maddow had to rearrange her studio to accurately portray the scale of 2020 election ad spending by Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer and the other candidates. Prepare to zoom out. https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1215566707026288642?s=20/photo/1
⋙ Bloomberg, Steyer ad spending dwarfs rest of 2020 field -by a lot
// Rachel Maddow shows the sheer scale of the difference between what Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer have spent on TV and radio ads so far in the 2020

⭕ 9 Jan 2020

Slate, Fred Kaplan: Trump’s Contempt for Democracy Has Reached New Depths http://bit.ly/2Tj2Vaj
// The president is defying the Constitution amid the crisis with Iran.

🐣 RT @MarkTFitz “Though Mr. Trump has since walked back from the brink of war, I can’t explain the chaos of his presidency as it lurches from crisis to crisis, real or manufactured. [He] said he ‘doesn’t do exit strategies.’ Clearly he doesn’t do strategies, period.”
⋙ NYT, John Kerry: Diplomacy Was Working Until Trump Abandoned It http://nyti.ms/2Nge7AD
// The president put us on a path toward conflict and turmoil with Iran.

ForeignAffairs, Robert Zaretsky: Trump’s Napoleon Moment http://fam.ag/2R2RG32 Napoleon “surrounded himself with servants instead of collaborators.”
// When Crimes Become Blunders in an Acquiescent Court

🐣 RT @MSNBC Six senators who were jurors in the impeachment trial of Pres. Clinton refute Majority Leader McConnell’s claims that he’s following the Clinton trial precedent for PRes. Trump. Here’s what else they told @AriMelber.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, TheBeatWithAri: On Trump trial, Sen. McConnell gets fact-checked by six of his Senate colleagues at once http://on.msnbc.com/36Go6H3
// As the Senate marches towards putting Pres. Trump on trial, six former senators who served as jurors in the Senate trial of Pres. Clinton weigh in on the process in this rare joint interview with MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber. The senators fact-check McConnell’s recent claims that he is following the same precedent as the Clinton trial; share their insights on who the key witnesses would be; and reflect on how Sen. Lindsey Graham went from advocating witnesses at this kind of trial and condemning then-candidate Trump to contradicting his past positions.

TheBulwark, Shay Khatiri: Trump’s Treatment of U.S. Allies Comes Home to Roost http://bit.ly/2R7oqZb
// For three years Donald Trump abused America’s allies. Now he’s shocked that they’re not rushing to back him up on killing Soleimani.

WaPo, Fareed Zakaria: Trump does not have a foreign policy. He has a series of impulses. http://wapo.st/37Qy0Go

🐣 RT @N_Waters89 We @bellingcat have analysed a video that shows a missile hitting an object above Parand in Tehran. ¤ We believe this object was likely flight #PS572.
Read it here👇
⋙ Bellincat.com: Video Apparently Showing Flight PS752 Missile Strike Geolocated to Iranian Suburb http://bit.ly/2Nd2VEO
//➔ unverified image of possible missile fragment from article https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1215608820053020672?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TIME TIME’s new cover: “We’ve upped the ante.” Why Nancy Pelosi is going all in against Trump https://ti.me/2QASs8k 💽 https://twitter.com/TIME/status/1215241863436873728?s=20/photo/1
// TIME Cover Nancy Pelosi ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1215593610936225799?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @SenKamalaHarris .@SpeakerPelosi is right. This isn’t 1999. During Clinton’s impeachment:
-that President fully cooperated with Congress
-first-hand witnesses from the administration gave sworn testimony
Trump is blocking witnesses and documents—and McConnell vows to be in ‘total coordination.’
⋙ 💙🐣 RT @CNNPolitics Speaker Pelosi: “I’m not withholding them indefinitely. I’ll send them over when I’m ready. And that will probably be soon. … documentation, witnesses, facts, truth. That’s what they’re afraid of” https://cnn.it/2tIAxUt 💽 https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/1215310079899119618?s=20/photo/1

Politico: Trump claims Soleimani was planning to blow up U.S. embassy http://politi.co/2FDqD97
// Democrats have been criticizing the administration for not revealing more about Iran’s ‘imminent’ attack plans.

WaPo, David Ignatius: This is what a real Iran strategy would look like http://wapo.st/2FxCYvJ

WaPo, Jim Webb: When did it become acceptable to kill a top leader of a country we aren’t even at war with? http://wapo.st/2FxJD94 Webb is a former Democratic Senator from Virginia and was Secretary of the Navy under Reagan

WaPo: House approves measure limiting Trump’s authority to take further military action against Iran http://wapo.st/35HuJHU

🐣 🔲 RT @PodSaveAmerica NEW POD: Mitch McConnell & the Senate Republicans get ready to vote for a rigged impeachment trial, endorsements start piling up in the Democratic primary, & @ewarren talks to @jonfavs about the Iran crisis & her campaign strategy in the weeks before Iowa: http://go.crooked.com/XMf82j

🐣 🔲💙 RT @AmExperiencePBS One man’s crusade tested the limits of American decency and democracy. ¤ Watch MCCARTHY, now streaming online and on the @PBS Video app → http:// to.pbs.org/2tO05PK

🐣 RT @BillKristol In the midst of arguments over the Senate trial rules, let’s not lose sight of this: ¤ Trump hasn’t testified. ¤ He’s stopped key witnesses from testifying. ¤ His defenders want to stop witnesses from testifying. ¤ It’s almost as if…Trump’s guilty, and his defenders know he’s guilty.

🐣 Benefits of withholding Impeachment Articles (thread): ¤ (Seth is nothing if not thorough)
⋙ 🧵 RT @SethAbramson 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1215392051354853378?s=20

1⃣ More time to investigate.
2⃣ More time to litigate.
3⃣ More time for media to investigate/report.
4⃣ New evidence can emerge.
5⃣ New witnesses can emerge.
6⃣ New evidence aids argument for witnesses.
7⃣ New Senate can hear trial.
8⃣ Deny Trump fake exoneration.

1⃣5⃣ Time for closed depositions of reluctant witnesses.
1⃣6⃣ Time for open hearings of new witnesses.
1⃣7⃣ Time for hearings with old witnesses with new info.
1⃣8⃣ Time to educate public on contents of HPSCI report.
1⃣9⃣ Prove that the House can exert its power.

9⃣ Retain ability to add articles.
1⃣0⃣ Keep Ukraine story in the news.
1⃣1⃣ Keep impeachment in the news.
1⃣2⃣ Purpose of putting Trump on legal notice: met.
1⃣3⃣ Purpose of drawing public attention to acts: met.
1⃣4⃣ Deny GOP a televised conspiracy theory-fest.

1⃣5⃣ Time for closed depositions of reluctant witnesses.
1⃣6⃣ Time for open hearings of new witnesses.
1⃣7⃣ Time for hearings with old witnesses with new info.
1⃣8⃣ Time to educate public on contents of HPSCI report.
1⃣9⃣ Prove that the House can exert its power.

2⃣0⃣ Option remains to just send Obstruction article.
2⃣1⃣ Option to draft [already supported] Bribery article.
2⃣2⃣ Increase morale of Democratic base.
2⃣3⃣ Provoke Trump to inculpatory words due to anger.
2⃣4⃣ Time to let related probes (e.g. Giuliani) play out.

MORE BENEFITS:
2⃣5⃣ A public stand against ever trusting Mitch again.
Meanwhile, the benefits of *sending* the articles are *sad*:
🔻 Get media off your back
🔻 Let Senators set travel schedules
🔻 Participate lamely in a sham, rigged trial
🔻 Hope GOP will be less mean to you

ONE BENEFIT I FORGOT:
2⃣6⃣ Force GOP Senators in danger of losing their seats to go on the record moving to “dismiss” the articles—which they literally can’t do anyway—when 64% of Republicans want a full trial and 72% of all Americans do. That vote will be an election albatross.

TheAtlantic, David Frum: We’re Just Discovering the Price of Killing Soleimani http://bit.ly/2FwTaxj
// Grieving families around the world are already paying it.

WaPo, Andrew McCabe: If you think Iran is done retaliating, think again http://wapo.st/35CZfTi

🐣 RT @DavidVidecette I know, I was perhaps being a little facetious towards what I thought was a political point. ¤ We can point the finger of blame in many places, including my own country’s past leaders, but none of them actually shot down the civilian plane.
⋙ 🐣 To me, the key pivot point was Trump pulling out of Iran deal, but it could go back to Bush’s unwarranted invasion of Iraq (which was clear at the time from Colin Powell’s on-the-record statements). The rest is mostly noise.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Message from Nancy Pelosi: ‘It’s not about how bad they are. It’s about how good we are’ http://wapo.st/35EgweW “The administration conducted a provocative, disproportionate airstrike against Iran, which endangered Americans” ~ Pelosi

🧵 RT @jonallendc When you hear a lawmaker arguing that a War Powers resolution does not have force if it is “concurrent” rather than “joint,” he or she is effectively saying Congress doesn’t have the power to stop a president intent on fighting a war without two-thirds votes in each chamber. 1/x 📌 https://twitter.com/jonallendc/status/1215342971387883520?s=20

🐣 RT @JohnBrennan Gang of 8 in Congress is entitled to ALL intelligence on Soleimani killing. @realDonaldTrump’s lies, reckless jingoism, and incompetence disgrace the office of the presidency. Right-wing ideologues in Administration & media steering Trump have put our Nation in grave danger.

🐣 RT @ABC BREAKING: Justin Trudeau: “We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.” ¤ “This may well have been unintentional.” https://abcn.ws/35E7WNg 💽 https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1215359833655910402?s=20/photo/1
↥ ↧
🐣‼️RT @Acosta Trudeau: Canadian intelligence shows Ukrainian jet was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile.

🐣 RT @ThePlumlineGS Wow:
“Americans by more than 2-1 say the killing of Soleimani has made the US less safe, a nationwide USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds”
“A majority of those surveyed, by 52%-34%, called Trump’s behavior with Iran ‘reckless'”
But he showed “strength” apparently
⋙ 🐣 RT @ArmandoNDK Media spin for Trump will simply fail on this no matter how hard the NYT tries. No one believes them anymore// Exclusive: Americans say Soleimani’s killing made US less safe, Trump ‘reckless’ on Iran
⋙⋙ 📊USAToday/Ipsos Poll: Killing Soleimani made US less safe, Trump reckless on Iran http://bit.ly/2N9OAZM

🐣 RT @McFaul [To: @MessageFromLen] Thanks for this list. Note that most incidents on your list occurred DURING the Trump era, not Obama era. Please fill out the list with data from 2018 and 2019. & especially grateful for data going back to 2003. Most (all?) US soldiers killed by Iranians happened before JCPOA.
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul For what I’ve read, the 600 US soldiers killed by Iran occured before signing of JCPOA. The source in this story is your own colleague, [Newsweek] Brian Hook: http://bit.ly/2FAiJ0e How many after? By my count, only American killed by IRI after JCPOA happened last week, during Trump era.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MessageFromLen Soleimani, and the regime, are responsible for the deaths of 603 US service members in Iraq 2003-2011. Cumulatively, the IC estimates around a thousand. The latest was last week, which prompted our kinetic (vs pallets of cash) response.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 Are generals to be targets now? Eisenhower, Marshall, Patraeus were also “responsible” for thousands of war deaths, but once the door is opened to assassinating the leaders of other countries, when does it stop?
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 The “pallets of cash” was (as you know) money that belonged to the Iranians. But keep on lying about that. It only works on FoxNews.

⭕ 8 Jan 2020

🐣 RT @Hardball “It sounds like there’s absolutely no justification, we’ve been lied into war before … I see this all over again where the intel is so thin.”
— Valerie Plame on White House justification for Soleimani assassination.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, Hardball: Valerie Plame: We’ve been lied into war before, intelligence ‘so thin’ http://on.msnbc.com/35OoD8B
// Members of Congress were briefed this afternoon on the intelligence that the administration says justified the assassination, as the administration faces increased pressure for details about what prompted it. Valerie Plame says, “It sounds like there’s absolutely no justification, we’ve been lied into war before … I see this all over again where the intelligence is so thin.”

NYT, Nicholas Kristof: Trump Has a Bizarre Idea of Winning http://nyti.ms/2tLkmWt
// Let’s tally up the results of his efforts with Iran.

BuzzFeedNews: The White House’s Iran Briefing Won Over Most Republicans, But Rand Paul And Mike Lee Are Calling It A Disgrace http://bit.ly/37R6Krb
// The parties are splitting apart as the House schedules a vote Thursday on whether to limit Trump’s authority to wage war.

VanityFair, TA Frank: Why Trump’s Iran Blunder Is a Turning Point http://bit.ly/39YM1nw
// Trolled by Iran’s leaders and captured by the hawks around him, the president clumsily took the U.S. to the brink of the Middle East war he’d pledged to avoid. For some supporters, it could be the last straw.

🔆 New❗️⋙ 📊 Pew Poll: How people around the world see the U.S. and Donald Trump in 10 charts http://pewrsr.ch/2QVvhokhttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1215265467553677312?s=20/photo/1
// Confidence in Trump has ticked up in EU countries but remains low

⏳WaPo: A timeline of the escalation in the Middle East http://wapo.st/2QEp417
// In May 2018, the U.S. withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Throughout 2019, economic sanctions were imposed as part of President Trump’s “maximum pressure campaign,” further escalating tensions in the region.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Lindsey Graham’s sycophancy will be remembered long after his senatorial career. It’s on a par with that of Trollope’s Obadiah Slope, whom Eleanor Harding calls “an abominable, horrid, hypocritical man…the most fulsome, fawning, abominable man I ever saw.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @Acyn Lindsey Graham says Trump’s speech from this morning will be remembered long after his second term. He also says it’s as good as Reagan’s Tear Down This Wall speech 💽 [Fox:] https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1215100062532956161?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 Finally, someone took the words right out of my mouth (ha! I wish!)

🐣 RT @MSNBC Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wants to move the Secret Service back to the Treasury Department, but not if it means disclosing Trump’s travel costs before the 2020 election.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, AllInWithChris: Trump admin. still hiding the President’s travel costs http://on.msnbc.com/2T7zY0R
// Thing 1/Thing 2: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wants to move the Secret Service back to the Treasury Department, but not if it means disclosing Trump’s travel costs before the 2020 election.

🐣 RT @MSNBC John Kerry says President Trump delivered “an outright lie” during White House speech on Iran missile attack, and discusses Iran Nuclear Deal. 💽 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1215116080550699008?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @justinamash Congress must repeal both the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs. They primarily serve as false bases for administrations to commence military engagements that Congress never approved. The American people must be heard in matters of war.

DailyBeast: Trump: Iran Is ‘Standing Down,’ but I’m Gonna ‘Punish’ It Some More http://bit.ly/2tEf3Im by Spencer Ackerman, Asawin Suebsaeng and Justin Baragona
// “The American people should be extremely grateful and happy.”

🐣 Iran, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 10 years of tax returns that are missing.

Politico, Natasha Bertrand and Connor O’Brien: ‘Utterly unpersuaded’: Democrats blast Trump team’s Iran intel briefing http://politi.co/2T7aFfG
// Lawmakers declared themselves unimpressed with the administration’s case for killing Qassem Soleimani.

Politico: After ripping up Obama’s Iran playbook, Trump quickly pieces it back together http://politi.co/2QCDj6y
// Following years of trashing his predecessor’s engagement with Iran, Trump found himself echoing key elements of the Obama approach to avoid creating another front in America’s Middle East wars. http://politi.co/

DailyBeast, Matt Lewis: The Trump Doctrine—Hem, Haw, Overreact Wildly, Then Clean Up Your Own Mess http://bit.ly/2QCv4Yk
// Well, we’ve avoided World War III for now, and maybe Trump’s gamble paid off. But his foreign policy still depends on whatever mood he’s in that day.

WaPo: ‘Launch, launch, launch’: Inside the Trump administration as the Iranian missiles began to fall http://wapo.st/2QCqvgI

NYT: 3 Hours From Alert to Attacks: Inside the Race to Protect U.S. Forces From Iran Strikes http://nyti.ms/37ZBHd9
// Intelligence that foreshadowed the Iranian attack set off a tense, often confusing afternoon in the White House Situation Room.

🐣 RT @duty2warn He is an obese man with severe stress, near-constant rage, and acute narcissism, in his 70’s, who washes cheeseburgers down with diet soda and Aderall, and never exercises. He was recently driven to a hospital. Today may have been a turning point. He may be seen less in public.

🐣 RT @GerryConnolly I just left the administration’s briefing on the strike that killed Qasem Soleimani. They tried, unsuccessfully, to conjure up a rationale for the president’s reckless decision. ¤ It was sophomoric and utterly unconvincing. I left the room more troubled than when I went in.

🐣 I expect a revised version of Impeachment Article 1 to be passed in the House incorporating new evidence if Senate trial terms specify that they will only consider findings as submitted. This could even include a deposition from subpoenaed Bolton.

🐣 RT @danbaer “He will need more corruption, more racism & misogyny, more lies, more reckless foreign policy, & more rot of our institutions as time goes on. But none of that will truly dampen the flames of grievance on which Trump rose to power…” In @denveropinion
⋙ DenverPost, Daniel Baer: Trapped between the authoritarian spiral and the progressive paradox http://dpo.st/39W0r7U

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 GOP Sen. Mike Lee goes off on the Trump briefing: “They had to leave after 75 minutes, while they’re in the process of telling us that we need to be good little boys and girls and run along and not debate this in public. I find that absolutely insane. I think it’s unacceptable.” 💽 https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1215031720937963521?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, EJ Dionne: Hey Republicans, demagoguery won’t hide Trump’s incoherence http://wapo.st/2N6oaZe

🐣 RT @duty2warn Last night he chose not to speak nor be seen. The All Is Well tweet – written by an aide. His speech this morning was replete with heavy breathing, sniffling, disconnected affect, aphasia, other gaffes. Other than tweeting a video of it, he did not tweet today. This man is ill.

🐣 RT @jdawsey1 Defense Sec. Esper, answering question in senators briefing today, said voting to curb authority & having public fight over Iran strike could demonstrate division to Iran and a “division of purpose” to troops. Durbin then said he disagreed. Sen. Lee says exchange infuriated him.

Alternet, Chauncey DeVega: Trump’s stark mental impairments are now unleashing global catastrophes: mental health professionals http://bit.ly/2QAAhzP

🐣 RT @MIGS_AI “Tweets from US president Donald Trump and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif Tuesday offered a fascinating glimpse at how world leaders can communicate more quickly and directly than ever in times of crisis.”
⋙ WIRED, Garrett Graff: Did Twitter Help Stop War With Iran? http://bit.ly/39PAeYp
// Tweets from US president Donald Trump and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif Tuesday offered a fascinating glimpse at how world leaders can communicate more quickly and directly than ever in times of crisis.
⋙ 🐣 .@JZarif’s calm and clarity – even as he was being illegally prevented from entering the US to attend a U.N. meeting – were noteworthy

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “It’s just sad that we’re still sitting here with a President of the United States who – out of a weird mixture of envy and deep antipathy – has to attack his predecessor in the most political manner with the military standing behind him” – @brhodes w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1215049175894757383?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @matthewamiller I wonder which one of the briefers could be so arrogant as to say something like that to United States Senators. You get one guess.
⋙ 🐣 RT @igorbobic Mike Lee calls Iran briefing “probably the worst briefing at least on a military issue I’ve seen,” adding that it was “insulting” to be told by administration officials not to debate merits of taking military action

🐣 RT @atrupar “Blood on his hands” isn’t legal justification for killing Soleimani. Lots of officials throughout world have blood on their hands. Trump initially said there was “imminent threat.” But if that’s true we haven’t seen evidence, and it’s worth remembering that he lies constantly.

NYRB, Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani: The Minimal Value of Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran http://bit.ly/304In72

✅ WaPo FactCheck, Glenn Kessler and Salvador Rizzo: Fact-checking Trump’s address on the Iran missile attacks http://wapo.st/2T4TpaJ

🐣 RT @NBCNews BREAKING: Sen. Lee, Republican from Utah, heavily criticizes Trump admin.’s briefing for senators today on Iran, saying officials expect Senate to be “good little boys and girls” and not debate in public. 💽 https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1215027375802605568?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @caslernoel Trump is on drugs, whether we want to face it or not, he is an Adderall addict and has been addicted to speed for decades. Benzo’s figure in as well as the UK Sudafed he takes to control those sniffles and for the buzz. This was NO secret in TV Production. @realDonaldTrump
⋙ 🐣 RT @caslernoel Former Apprentice Staffer Noel Casler Accuses Donald Trump of Drug Use and Inappropriate Behavior
⋙⋙ People (2018): Former Apprentice Staffer Noel Casler Accuses Donald Trump of Drug Use and Inappropriate Behavior http://bit.ly/2QCysCc
// 12/14/2018

🐣 RT @alfonslopeztena Reckless, illegal, unhinged — Why Europe hates Trump more than Iran. In Brussels and national capitals, officials are seething. Europeans aren’t lining up to back the US this time, even with rhetoric. The main reason is simple distrust of Trump
⋙ Politico.eu, Matthew Karnitschnig: Why Europe hates Trump more than Iran http://politi.co/37L6Z7e
// Behind the sober public pronouncements from Brussels and national capitals, officials are seething.

🐣 RT @tribelaw When @SenMikeLee says an Intell briefing was the worst he can recall and voices anger that the Trump cabinet members tried to stifle debate, you know Trump’s team is hiding the truth.

🐣 RT @grantstern Fox News just aired a major crack in Trump’s red wall in the Senate! ¤ Senator Mike Lee called it the worst briefing he’s ever seen on military matters and is very upset it’s classified so can’t be publicly debated. Fox cut away from him.
🐣 💙 RT @Acyn An angry Mike Lee criticizes the briefing as lame and not adequate 💽 https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1215024891532988416?s=20/photo/1

NBCNews, Ned Price: The Iran attacks are the result of Trump’s foreign policy of trying to beat Obama http://nbcnews.to/35FYHfH
// The president’s strategy in Iran, as with everything else, was to show that he was greater than his predecessor. The risks in that were always obvious.

🐣 RT @AngrierWHstaff Jesus Christ. He just revealed top secret intel in the middle of his address. https://twitter.com/AngrierWHStaff/status/1214952941603446785?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @washingtonpost Trump: “Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal and fast. … The fact that we have this great military equipment, however, does not mean we have to use it. We do not want to use it.”
⋙⋙ [note “…”]

🐣 RT @McFaul Did Iran blow up Saudi oil fields, shoot down a US drone, kill an American working in Iraq, attack bases where American soldiers were stationed, or provoke demonstrations against our embassy in Obama era, after JCPOA was signed? I dont remember that. If Im wrong, send links.

🐣 RT @bmkoplow5 @gtconway3d Alas, there are no drugs approved for treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Antisocial Personality Disorder.
⋙ 🐣 But there are drugs for bipolar disorder and psychosis that might be worth a try. Trump seems to be self-medicating on amphetamines (Adderall etc). Too bad he doesn’t have access to top-rate MDs like from Johns Hopkins or … Walter Reed.
🐣 RT @tribelaw So it wasn’t just me? I wondered whether I was imagining things, but it truly upset me to watch the man in the White House look and sound, well . . . tranquilized. The fact that lots of others sensed the same thing is creepy at best. We need to know more.
⋙ RawStory, Travis Gettys: ‘What drugs is he on?’ Trump sparks concern by slurring and sniffling through Iran remarks http://bit.ly/36x2GMC

MSNBC, Steven Benen: Andrea Mitchell: ‘The worst national security team that I’ve ever seen’ http://on.msnbc.com/2QVpyPr

🐣 RT @duty2warn “vintage Trump: lacking in even the barest eloquence, replete with lies, delivered with garbled pronunciation and weirdly somnolent affect and unintentionally revealing.” Five takeaways from Trump’s deranged speech on Iran
⋙ WaPo, Paul Waldman: Five takeaways from Trump’s deranged speech on Iran http://wapo.st/2QzzkHM

🐣 RT @CNNnewsroom Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly, who just emerged from a briefing on Iran from top Trump administrations officials, called it “sophomoric and utterly unconvincing” adding that he remained “utterly unpersuaded” that the strike on Qasem Soleimani was justified. 💽 https://twitter.com/CNNnewsroom/status/1214987526055837696?s=20 /photo/1

🐣 RT @bubbaprog 58 times. He sniffed 58 times during his address. Here are all of them. 💽 https://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/1214955938119127040?s=20

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT All in all, just a massive national security fumble.
Iraq turns against us, kicking out our troops.
Iran restarts their nuclear weapons program.
Operations against ISIS stop.
And for what? To get Iran to stop shooting at us – which they weren’t doing when Obama left office.

🐣 RT @CNNpolitics Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: “If America commits another crime … they will receive a stronger reaction” https://cnn.it/2R12fUn

🐣 RT @maggieNYT The president’s words so far comport with reporting from me @jonathanvswan and others last night – potus wanted an off-ramp from an escalating conflict. Iran gave him a face-saving way with missiles that caused no casualties.

🐣 RT @brhodes I’m guessing that if Iran announced it wasn’t abiding by JCPOA limits, the counter ISIS mission was suspended, the Iraqi parliament voted to expel US forces, and Iran fired off ballistic missiles at US bases, no one would say Obama had a win.

🧵 ✅ RT @ddale Trump is speaking now, flanked by Pence, Pompeo, Esper and military leaders. “As long as I am president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Good morning,” he begins. 📌 https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1214946978406260736?s=20

🐣 RT @McFaul Trump could have made a triumphant statement today without distorting the historical record concerning the Obama era and the Iran nuclear deal. People like me could have then praised. He choose a different course, politicizing yet again national security. Disappointing.

🐣 RT @towandatowanda9 JUST look at this fucking guy. I mean seriously… who in the @GOP thinks this is a strong leader? He’s higher than a kite and WHO the fuck did his makeup??
⋙ 🐣 RT @angelamelini Are his dentures loose? What’s with the sniffing? Is he still an adderall junkie? Why can’t he pronounce words properly? What’s with his tongue thing? Is he fiending?
💽 https://twitter.com/TowandaTOWANDA9/status/1214956140456546304?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @brhodes The rest of the world doesn’t indulge Trump’s lies or ignore the damage he’s doing.
⋙ 🐣📋RT @brianklaas Worth reiterating the damage Trump is doing to our alliances at a moment when we could use steadfast allies.
Confidence in US leadership, change from Obama to Trump:
↓76% Germany
↓75% France
↓58% Canada
↓52% Australia
↓51% UK
↓48% Japan
↑8% Russia
(Pew 2018).

🐣 RT @tribelaw Trump took Iran’s “yes” for an answer: he accepted Iran’s decision to stand down after its non-lethal missile retaliation. By not raising the stakes beyond unjustifiably killing Soleimani, he’s turning down the temperature. I’m glad.

🐣 RT @joelockhart Where have we seen this pattern before. @realDonaldTrump creates a crisis, “solves” it and is heaped with praise from GOP and Fox News. Why stop if it’s still working.

🐣 RT @TomJChicago Trump is a neurological nightmare struggling at the podium. Words like “tolerated” & “accomplishment” are unpronounceable, although “a compliment” revealed his inner desire. The protruding tongue appears- completely expected now. Pack him up- head to the Mayo Clinic neurological

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Trump’s constant shaking of the news cycle will hurt him: He was counting on Iran to push impeachment off the agenda. But he screwed up, Iran played it smart, and now this is a two-day story. ¤ (And of course, he’ll never draw a connection between today and future Iranian attacks.)

🐣 RT @kylekulinski That speech was absolutely full of lies and insanity but no indication of further military conflict so this is best case scenario in an absolutely terrible situation this administration is responsible for getting us in.

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson I don’t mean this in a mean or sarcastic way but he does not sound well
⋙ 🐣 RT @OrenKessler He struggled mightily with “tolerated” and “accomplishments” but dementia coupled with likely dyslexia will do that

//➔ Note: I couldn’t listen live to Trump’s comments. Too much stress. So, I’m just learning … But if we dodged a bullet, that’s good.

🐣 RT @brianklaas A few thoughts:
1) Iran’s minor response gives Trump a way out. The smart de-escalation move would be to condemn the attack but no major US retaliation.
2) This isn’t the end of Iran’s “revenge.” But future attacks will probably be deniable (cyber, militias, sponsored terror).

🐣 Pompeo’s reason for caring about Persian culture is that it preserves Biblical history. Does he know that Persian culture predates Christianity by thousands of years and that its value is historical and cultural w/o regard to religion?

🐣 RT @MSNBC “There was an effort to get him to sort of take his time, to be judicious, to be measured in how he responded to this,” The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker says of aides’ counsel to Pres. Trump after Iran’s strike on Iraq bases.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC: Trump tweets ‘All is well!’ instead of addressing the nation after Iran strikes
After hours of uncharacteristic silence, Trump tweeted ‘All is well!’ and ‘So far, so good!’ after U.S. forces were targeted by Iran while serving in Iraq. http://on.msnbc.com/2uuZ9jR

🐣 RT @carlbildt If Iran says that its missile strikes tonight have killed 80 Americans, and the US says that they killed no one, then let it all be with that and try to create an opening for some diplomacy. High time.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Trump isn’t just a Russian asset. He’s indebted to the Saudis, Israel, and the UAE just as much, if not more. The Iranian threat to Dubai and Israel has dampened the escalation for now. THAT is what being compromised means-and the Iranians know it. #Impeached45

⭕ 7 Jan 2020

Newsweek: Resurfaced Video Shows Lindsey Graham Arguing for Witnesses to Testify at Bill Clinton Impeachment Trial http://bit.ly/2R8jlPZ

NYMag, Frank Rich: What Will Happen to The Trump Toadies? http://nym.ag/2T4n57X
// Look to Nixon’s defenders, and the Vichy collaborators, for clues. https://twitter.com/JoeNBC/status/1215251804096749568?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Frank Bruni: We Can’t Afford Trump as Our Commander in Chief http://nyti.ms/39L1PKp
// He lacks the counsel, character and credibility to lead us into war.

🐣 RT @MSNBC Daniel Weiss, president & CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “One of the areas where the world comes together is celebrating our shared civilization. Cultural heritage is the way we do that…So, destroy those things is to destroy people’s identity.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, AliVelshi: Met Museum President on Why Cultural Sites Need Protection http://on.msnbc.com/36xY5d2
// President & CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel Weiss, joins Ali Velshi to discuss the significance of cultural sites and symbols, after President Trump threatened to target Iranian cultural sites.

WWaPo, Leon Panetta: Trump is facing the greatest test of his presidency http://wapo.st/36zgxBX
// (written before Iranian missile attacks on US bases in Iraq)

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Brilliant! 👇
⋙ 🧵 💙 RT @ Or @SpeakerPelosi could just send Article 2 (Obstruction of Cong) to Senate since Bolton doesn’t necessarily have info on that ¤ And then subpoena Bolton, who obv has info relevant to Article 1(Ukraine). He has even said he has new info. Then 1st trial could focus on obstruction 📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1214707076448043009?s=20
⋙⋙ 🧵 RT @neal_katyal I think House should subpoena Bolton b/c McConnell wont guarantee witnesses ¤ He claims that happened w/Clinton,but there SenMaj leader didnt say “there will be no difference between the president’s position and our position” nor “There’s no chance president is going to be removed” 📌 https://twitter.com/neal_katyal/status/1214672577626607619?s=20
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @nytopinion In a single stroke, John Bolton elevated truth and transparency over political gamesmanship, write @neal_katyal and @gtconway3d. The Senate must take him up on his offer to testify if subpoenaed.
⋙⋙⋙⋙ NYT, Neal Katyal and George Conway III: Why Is Mitch McConnell So Afraid of John Bolton? http://nyti.ms/2QVHnOd
// The Senate must hear his testimony in an impeachment trial.

🐣 RT @neal_katyal McConnell is angling for a sham trial. No one (besides Trump) benefits from that. The whole point of a trial is to provide the public w/reassurance that the truth has been ferreted out. That’s always impt, never more so than now, given Trump’s Iran action
⋙ WaPo, Neal Katyal and Joshua Geltzer: We can’t trust Trump on Iran without a real impeachment trial http://wapo.st/39QxHxh
// The Ukraine matter hurts the White House’s credibility — on everything.
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal @SpeakerPelosi has been absolutely right in her urgency around impeachment. But given that McConnell cant commit to even the most basic of truth-seeking (e.g., testimony from a witness whom the deft gagged, who now wants to testify), the need for truth > expediency of a sham trial
🐣 RT @realT_rumpT_rex
The Bushes had Gulf Wars, and they were a mess!
But me, I make GOLF WARS! And they are the best!
I kill who I like, without forethought or goals,
Then it all goes to shit while I play 18 holes!
#TrumpsWar @realDonaldTrump #golfwar #Golf

🐣 RT @NumbersMuncher Trump tweets an American flag after the killing of Suleimani. ¤ Adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader tweets Iran’s flag after launching missiles at US air base. ¤ World leaders trolling each other on Twitter following military attacks is what we voted for apparently. https://twitter.com/NumbersMuncher/status/1214699915009515521?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @kyledcheney NEW: The House impeached President Donald Trump three weeks ago, but a gusher of evidence related to the case has continued to flow — threatening to intensify the Ukraine scandal, regardless of what happens in the Senate.
🐣 RT @kyledcheney John Bolton’s offer to testify was just the latest new stream of potential evidence: there’s Lev Parnas’ documents, emails related to the hold on military aid and Jennifer Williams’ classified letter about Pence’s Sept. 17 call with Ukraine.
⋙ 💙 Politico, Kyle Cheney and Andrew Desiderio: New Ukraine revelations hang over impeachment trial http://politi.co/36Fzfbu
// The case against the president continues to evolve as new evidence comes to light.

🐣 RT @lhfang Gen. Stanley McChrystal: “I don’t think we should view him as an evil person. I think we should view him just like I believe in my country. I think Qassem Suleimani believes in his country.” ¤ Worth watching this well-timed BBC doc on Suliemani’s life, which came out last year. 💽 https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1214711719764713472?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @GEsfandiari Pretty clear from Khamenei’s speech currently aired live on state TV and FM Zarif’s tweet that Iran is not after a war. But Tehran had to respond to Soleimani’s assassination to save face.

🐣 RT @nayyeroar With both psides trying to be strong and saving face for their public, additional attacks are inevitable. When the chief diplomat, SecState, is throwing rhetorical bombs at #Iran – who is discussing an off ramp? Is there a third party who can intervene?

🐣 RT @RichardEngel Iran making threats of mass escalation. To attack more bases in Iraq. To unleash Hezbollah. To unleash shiite militias in Iraq. To attack Israel and Dubai. Making it clear it is ready for a widespead campaign if this escalates further with a US response.

🐣 RT @RVAwonk ask your dad about “grave miscalculations”
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepLizCheney I am monitoring the situation in Iraq closely and praying for our men and women in uniform. The Iranian regime has made a grave miscalculation by launching these attacks.

🐣 RT @maggieNYT Some around POTUS think he is looking for an off-ramp.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DavidLauter Trump tweets “All is well!” & Iranian foreign minister Zarif tweets that Iran does “not seek escalation or war.” Both sides seem to be signaling a possible face-saving break in the escalation. Could easily break down, tho.

🐣 RT @RichardEngel We’ll see if cool heads prevail. This doesn’t need to slide into a full blown war, which will nasty and long. Iran says it will stop if not hit. Both sides have st[r]uck. Can they now step back and assess?

🐣 RT @BazziNYU A top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader with a message for @realDonaldTrump
⋙ 🐣 RT @DrSaeedJalili 🇮🇷 https://twitter.com/BazziNYU/status/1214707751588442112?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS Broken record on this, but we need to know to what degree Trump was warned off of this folly, and what the intelligence said about it: https://wapo.st/2sMLd4o
⋙ 🐣 RT @dandrezner “Before Iran’s apparent retaliation, Trump argued to aides that the attack on Soleimani would be politically popular and that Iran would not ‘do anything too stupid,’ in the words of one senior administration official who had spoken to the president.”
⋙⋙ WaPo: Amid confusion and contradictions, Trump White House stumbles in initial public response to Soleimani’s killing http://wapo.st/2N24qWj

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Closely monitoring the situation following bombings targeting U.S. troops in Iraq. We must ensure the safety of our servicemembers, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence. America & world cannot afford war.

🐣 RT @maggieNYT “whether the strike will help the president win over more voters rests on factors largely outside Mr. Trump’s http://control.How Iran retaliates, and how voters who responded to his 2016 campaign message about ending ‘forever wars’”are 2.
⋙ 🐣 I really don’t care. Do you?
⋙ NYT: Suleimani’s Killing Creates New Uncertainty for Trump Campaign http://nyti.ms/2T1uRPZ
// The campaign by one count has run nearly 800 distinct Facebook ads highlighting the killing, but no one is sure what the political impact will ultimately be.

🐣 RT @RichardEngel Iran saying it will escalate if attacked by US, or per our @aliarouzi, will stop if no US response.

🐣 RT @rezahakbari Thread: As a member of a generation born in the midst of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), I cannot help but remember the tragedy of those 8 years of bloodshed that are so ingrained in my memory and the psyche of a generation of Iranians. 1/8 #Iran #IranVsUS #Iraq #IranWar

🐣 RT @r_momani So not just Ain al-Assad base. Lots of evidence that also a US base near airport in Erbil. So 2 locations now confirmed. US doesn’t give details of where US troops positioned inside Iraq (for obvious reasons). Still no reports of deaths and that’s the key factor to watch. https://twitter.com/b_momani/status/1214705581803659265?s=20/photo/1
// 🌎 map: US military footprint in Middle East

🧵 RT @DeptofDefense The following statement is attributed to @ChiefPentSpox: At approximately 1730 EST on Jan. 7, Iran launched at least a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military & coalition forces in Iraq. 📌 https://twitter.com/DeptofDefense/status/1214709255070191620?s=20

🐣 RT @RichardHaass Efforts to de-escalate crisis off to a bad start with US denying Iranian FM a visa and Iran launching missiles at US base. If each side thinks it is better placed to dominate as matters escalate and that the other will back down first we are in for a dangerous confrontation.

🐣 RT @real Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership could unknowingly lead us into World War III.
// 8/31/2013

🐣 RT @nedprice Tonight’s news is all the more sobering because, if history is any guide, this won’t constitute the totality of the retaliation. We should be prepared for months or even years of this, across theaters and with different tactics — all for choosing a path we never had to go down.
⋙ 🧵 RT @farnazfassihi #BREAKING: Iran Revolutionary Guards begin “fierce revenge” on US. Iranian ballistic missiles hit Al Assad military base in #Iraq, largest US base. ¤ And It Begins. #Soleimani 📌 https://twitter.com/farnazfassihi/status/1214687432731430913?s=20

🐣 RT @MiddleEastMnt BREAKING: US top officials Mark Esper and Mike Pompeo have arrived at an emergency meeting regarding Iran’s retaliation on their US bases

🐣 RT @MiddleEastEye “It is significant that Iran for the first time targeted the US from its territories and using ballistic missiles instead of rockets by proxies, this breaks more redlines in