Trump & 🇷🇺Russia 🇺🇦Ukraine & 🇮🇷Iran

 
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 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): <bShady 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
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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 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 has a new book! Cartoon President http://amzn.to/2QUeZhk
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 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

 

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

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 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

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


 
⭕ 24 Jan 2020

⭕ 23 Jan 2020

🐣 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.

Richest in U.S. The top 10 richest people in America for 2019 are:
Jeff Bezos: $114 billion
Bill Gates: $106 billion
Warren Buffett: $80.8 billion
Mark Zuckerberg: $69.6 billion
Larry Ellison: $65 billion
Larry Page: $55.5 billion
Sergey Brin: $53.5 billion
Michael Bloomberg: $53.4 billion
Steve Ballmer: $51.7 billion
Jim Walton: $51.6 billion
// via Forbes
💙 🐣 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 @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 US-Iranian confrontation”
⋙ MiddleEastEye: Iranian rockets target US air base in Iraq in response to Soleimani killing http://bit.ly/36zYgVc
// Iran claims responsibility attack on Ain al-Assad base, saying it was in response to ‘criminal and terrorist’ US operation

🐣 RT @nytimes What we know so far:
—Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at 2 American military bases in Iraq
—Iran said the attacks were retaliation for General Suleimani’s killing
Live updates:
⋙ NYT: Iran Fires Missiles at U.S. Troops at Two Bases in Iraq: Live Updates http://nyti.ms/2ZZH2OF
// The Asad and Erbil bases were targeted by Iran in retaliation for the killing of a top Revolutionary Guards commander in Baghdad.

🐣 RT @caitlancollins Defense Secretary Esper just arrived at the White House carrying a large bag. Secretary Pompeo, seen reading in his car before he got out, also arrived.

💥 This❗️⋙ WaPo: More than 12 Iranian missiles launched at two U.S. bases in Iraq, Pentagon confirms http://wapo.st/2sYv77z

━━━━━━━▼ Background Iran US Israel
WSJ, Felicia Schwartz (Nov): Netanyahu, a Steadfast Trump Ally, Urges U.S. to Stay Focused on Iran http://on.wsj.com/37MBTMm
// 11/3/2019; Worries grow among Israeli officials who consider U.S. responses to recent Iranian moves as muted

💙 NYT Mag, Ronen Bergman and Mark Mazzetti (Sep): The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran http://nyti.ms/2m1BaV6 ¤ #longread
// 9/4//2019; Hawks in Israel and America have spent more than a decade agitating for war against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Will Trump finally deliver?

ForeignAffairs, Ilan Goldenberg (Jun): What a War With Iran Would Look Like http://fam.ag/2tH5Oqx “Even if neither side wants to fight, miscalculation, missed signals, and the logic of escalation could conspire to turn even a minor clash into a regional conflagration”
// 6/4/2019; Neither Side Wants a Fight, but That Doesn’t Eliminate the Danger

TimesOfIsrael, Alexander Fulbright (Jul 2018): In recording, Netanyahu boasts Israel convinced Trump to quit Iran nuclear deal http://bit.ly/2QU7tB5
// 7/17/2018; Public broadcaster airs clip of PM telling Likud activists US exit came after he stood up ‘against the whole world’ by opposing accord

💙 NewYorker, Adam Entous (Jun 2018): Donald Trump’s New World Order http://bit.ly/36yKQZI ¤ #longread
// 6/11/2018; How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran—and leave the Palestinians and the Obama years behind.

NewYorker, Bernard Avishai (May 2018): Why Netanyahu Really Wanted Trump to Scuttle the Iran Deal http://bit.ly/2tCUMmt
// 5/10/2018

McClatchy, Anita Kumar (May 2018): Trump’s withdrawal from Iran deal sets up best relations with Israel in a decade http://bit.ly/2tEAtoq
// 5/8/2018; “President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that the U.S. will not be a part of the Iran nuclear deal. He said the U.S. and its allies couldn’t stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon ‘under the decaying and rotten structure of the current deal.’”
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🐣◕ RT @CSIS As the U.S. and Russia have significantly reduced the size of their nuclear armaments, other countries like China, India, and Pakistan have expanded their nuclear forces: http://cs.is/2Q2tVHL https://twitter.com/CSIS/status/1214642863436382210?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @chrislhayes ’ll state for the record: I have no idea what Bolton would say under oath and it’s seems absolutely possible he would try to offer exculpatory evidence for Trump. But that’s beside the point. We should hear from him!

🐣 RT @MiekeEoyang McConnell’s actions to proceed without agreement on taking evidence are a precursor to a violation of the Senate’s Constitutional role. ¤ I will explain. 📌 https://twitter.com/MiekeEoyang/status/1214627881361510400?s=20
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🐣 RT @MiekeEoyang Here, proceeding without agreement to about how or whether to take evidence means that this isn’t a real trial, as the Senate is directed by the Constitution to conduct. ¤ Voting to dismiss without allowing consideration of the facts is reducing the Constitution to naked politics.
🐣 RT @MiekeEoyang So if McConnell proceeds without allowing testimony and the introduction of evidence, having previously stated that he’s in lock step with the White House, he and every Senator that votes with him are derelict in their Constitutional duty to run a trial.

🐣 RT @MiekeEoyang McConnell’s actions to proceed without agreement on taking evidence are a precursor to a violation of the Senate’s Constitutional role. ¤ I will explain. 📌 https://twitter.com/MiekeEoyang/status/1214627881361510400?s=20

🐣 📊 RT @geoffgarin 1. We recently completed polling for @LawWorksAction on the Senate impeachment trial in six key states, including four with Republican senators in cycle (AZ, CO, ME, NC) and two with Democratic senators in cycle (MI, NH). 📌 https://twitter.com/geoffgarin/status/1214598422822559745?s=20

⋙ RT @geoffgarin 2. By 67% to 29%, voters in the six states want the Senate to conduct a full trial and carefully consider the evidence on both sides. This result is the same in the 4 GOP and the 2 Democratic states. 73% of Independents and 40% of Republicans want a full trial.
⋙ RT @geoffgarin 3. Seven-in-ten voters say the Senate should insist on seeing relevant documents and call witnesses who have so far refused to cooperate but who can provide direct, first-hand evidence about Trump’s actions.
⋙ RT @geoffgarin 4. Three quarters of independent voters and half of all rank-and-file Republicans say the Senate should insist on documents and witnesses in the Senate trial.
⋙ RT @geoffgarin 5. We asked voters in AZ, CO, ME, and NC how they would feel if @MarthaMcSally @SenCoryGardner @SenatorCollin and @ThomTillis voted against calling any witnesses or subpoenaing any documents. ¤ 63% would be unfavorable, while only 26% would be favorable.
⋙ RT @geoffgarin 6. By 54%to 43%, voters reject the argument that the House impeachment of President Trump was a partisan witch hunt and the Senate should move quickly to find Trump innocent and acquit him of the charges against him.
⋙ RT @geoffgarin 7. On the other hand, fully 91% agree (81% strongly agree) that, “Senators must put country before party, listen to all the evidence and carefully consider the facts, and then do their duty to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.”
⋙ RT @geoffgarin 8. By opposing witnesses and documents that can provide first hand evidence about Trump’s actions, Republican senators are burnishing an already pervasive feeling that they are motivated by politics rather than principle.
⋙ RT @geoffgarin 9. If the GOP senators vote to acquit, only 32% say it will be because they believe Trump did not commit an impeachable offense, while 54% say they are just following a party line. By contrast, the plurality in MI, NH say Peters/Shaheen are doing what they believe is right.
⋙ RT @geoffgarin 10. The survey was conducted December 26-30 by phone with a total 901 likely 2020 voters, with representative cross sections of ~150 in each state. Party ID of sample is 43% Democrat, 43% Republican.

🐣 Finally, the polarization and protests have ended and the country has come together. Unfortunately the country is Iran.

🐣 RT @joncoopertweets The Trump admin. barred Iran’s top diplomat from entering the U.S. to address the UN Security Council about Soleimani’s assassination, violating terms of a 1947 HQ agreement requiring Washington to permit foreign officials into U.S. to conduct UN business.
⋙ ForeignPolicy (1/6): Trump Administration Blocks Iran’s Top Diplomat From Addressing the U.N. Security Council http://bit.ly/2tAM2x2
// Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had sought to give a speech condemning the U.S. assassination of Qassem Suleimani.

DailyBeast, David Lurie: DOJ’s New Argument: Trump’s No King. He’s a Roman Emperor. http://bit.ly/2ZVRZ3O
// If the Supreme Court accepts Barr’s twisted logic, it will sideline itself, collapse the balance of powers, and leave Congress and the White House to literally battle things out.

WaPo, Ruth Marcus: Will he or won’t he? John Bolton is playing a very cagey game. http://wapo.st/302Yz8O

WaPo: How a ‘quantum change’ in missiles has made Iran a far more dangerous foe http://wapo.st/2NiVtZd

EurasiaGroup: Top Risks for 2020 http://bit.ly/35zq6Qahttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1214550559140851712?s=20/photo/1

Risk 1: Rigged!: Who governs the US?
Risk 2: The Great Decoupling
Risk 3: US/China
Risk 4: MNCs not to the rescue
Risk 5: India gets Modi-fied
Risk 6: Geopolitical Europe
Risk 7: Politics vs. economics of climate change
Risk 8: Shia crescendo
Risk 9: Discontent in Latin America
Risk 10: Turkey

⭕ 6 Jan 2020

Newsweek: Fox News Judge Cites ‘Newly Acquired Evidence’ In Trump-Ukraine Scandal as Reason House Democrats Should ‘Reopen the Impeachment’ Inquiry http://bit.ly/37IYjOI Judge Andrew Napolitano

WaPo, David Ignatius: The Trump administration rolls out Operation Backfire http://wapo.st/2Qu9Mfn

🐣 RT @duty2warn Trump is actually retweeting an assessment from a conservative that states he can assert executive privilege to prevent Bolton’s testimony. He didn’t have to address this, let alone address this now. He is mortally terrified. He is flailing. He is in some form of mental decline.

🐣 RT @duty2warn He is louder. More fanatical. Often tweets in ALL CAPS. His fear has turned to dread. His gut is a simmering stew of agitation, rage, and animus. Attempts to regain the narrative are increasingly far-reaching and extreme. We’ve seen only a small precursor of what’s to come.

NYT: Pentagon Rules Out Striking Iranian Cultural Sites, Contradicting Trump http://nyti.ms/2Qs2sRg
// The defense secretary acknowledged that “the laws of armed conflict” prohibited attacking antiquities and said the military had no plans to do so, even though the president declared them targets.

WaPo: Trump administration begins drafting possible sanctions against Iraq following Trump’s economic threat http://wapo.st/2uhBZ07
// No decision has been made on whether to implement the penalties, but aides scrambled following presidential warning to Baghdad

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: The Nightmare Stage of Trump’s Rule Is Here http://nyti.ms/2QMVQMo
// Unstable and impeached, the president pushes the U.S. toward war with Iran.

CNN: Top general says letter suggesting US would withdraw troops from Iraq was a ‘mistake’ http://cnn.it/36vbVwT

WaPo, Joe Scarborough: Trump’s ignorance has created an international crisis http://wapo.st/2rZk6T1 “With his audacious attack, Trump has further isolated the United States from its allies, provided a lifeline to Iran’s terrorist regime and broken yet another of his campaign promises.”

🐣 RT @daevology “…the Supreme Court held that Congress can’t use its powers to delve into someone’s private financial matters unless there is a proper legislative purpose…”
⋙ Politico (Apr): Why Congress Might Not Get Trump’s Tax Returns http://politi.co/2SYNcgA
// 4/4//2019; Unless Democrats invoke impeachment, there’s a strong chance they’ll lose this legal fight.
⋙ 🐣 The law in question was written for precisely situations like this ~ corruption at the highest levels of the government. But it runs up against protections against unwarranted search and seizure. So SCOTUS will decide (at some point).

🐣 RT @brhodes This is exactly right and these two forces are deeply interconnected by a single powerful motive: corruption.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RichardEngel At outset of 2020 we are seeing two big perils of coming decade. Climate change and its disasters, and rising authoritarian populism and its consequences.

🐣 RT @jonathanswan The incompetence of this defies description.
⋙ 🐣 RT @rabrowne75 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley: “That letter is a draft, it was a mistake, it was unsigned, it should not have been released…poorly worded, implies withdrawal, that is not what’s happening”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @rabrowne75 .@EsperDoD on Iraq: “We are re-positioning forces throughout the region number one. Beyond that with regard to the letter which I’ve read once. I can’t tell you the veracity of that letter and I can tell you what I’ve read. That letter is inconsistent of where we are right now.”
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🐣 RT @paulmcleary It was a strange afternoon at the Pentagon, even by 2020 standards.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BreakingDefense, Paul McLeary: The Mistaken Memo That Turned The Pentagon On Its Side http://bit.ly/2Nh1DZR
// The US withdrawal from Iraq isn’t happening today, but the existence of a leaked draft memo to Iraqi military officials shows that the writing is not only on the wall, it’s on paper.

🐣 💙 RT @McFaul There’s something strange about this explanation. Its 2020. Who today prints draft letters? Why is there no stamp or words on this letter making clear that it is a draft? When I worked in the USG, we always did that. I even do that for unprinted draft documents in my computer.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jaketapper Joint Chiefs Chair GEN Milley: “That letter is a draft it was a mistake, it was unsigned, it should not have been released…poorly worded, implies withdrawal, that is not what’s happening” https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1214297917114200064?s=20/photo/1

Esquire, Charles Pierce: The Executive Branch Is Staffed Entirely With People Who Tell a Half-Crazy Guy What He Wants to Hear ~ What could go wrong? http://bit.ly/2MZwuJW

DailyBeast, Candida Moss: Biblical Sites, Ancient Wonders, the Last ‘Garden of Eden’: Here’s What Trump Just Threatened to Bomb in Iran http://bit.ly/39IaJYZ
// In threatening Iran’s archaeological riches, President Trump is bent on destroying sites that are central to human history.

🐣 RT @Neal_Katyal “former White House officials and people close to Mr. Bolton have indicated that his testimony would likely be damning to Mr. Trump and put additional pressure on moderate Republicans to consider convicting him.”
⋙ NYT: Bolton Is Willing to Testify in Trump’s Impeachment Trial http://nyti.ms/36GruBK
// The former national security adviser, who has complied with a White House directive not to cooperate in the inquiry, said he was willing to testify in the Senate trial if subpoenaed.http://nyti.ms/

Medium, Geoff Golberg (Oct): State-Sponsored Twitter Accounts Pushing For War With Iran http://bit.ly/37yAuJs
// 10/22/2019; How Twitter remains complicit in allowing the U.S. Department of State to finance propaganda

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: Trump Took a Reckless Gamble Even Reagan Passed Up http://bit.ly/2QKmhlG
// Whatever mistakes we’ve made, whatever wrongs we’ve committed, we’ve always been smart enough not to provoke directly an actor who had the power to hurt us. Until last week.

NBCNews: Pelosi announces war powers resolution as tensions with Iran escalate http://nbcnews.to/35pXzfP
// Pelosi said “the Trump administration conducted a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials.”

🐣 RT @EdwardGLuce Worth stating starkly: Trump is a menace to world peace. He’s made it abundantly clear he sees no legal or moral limit to what he can do, up to and including war crimes. This is a time of acute danger both to global stability and US democracy.

NYT, Azadeh Moaveni: The Day After War Begins in Iran http://nyti.ms/2QPnjwR Ms. Moaveni is a writer and an analyst with the International Crisis Group.
// The outpouring of grief for Qassim Suleimani is the country’s first act of retaliation.

DailyBeast: How Joseph McCarthy’s Witch-Hunt Echoes Republicans’ Trump Worship http://bit.ly/2Qt0uQD “The new PBS documentary ‘McCarthy,’ 🔆 ⋙ airing tonight ⋘ 🔆 draws eerie parallels between the senator’s anti-communist witch-hunt and our 45th president”

WaPo, George Will: Senators now risk indecent exposure of their minds http://wapo.st/2QunX3Y “Soon Americans will learn much, not about the president — he is an open comic book who has read himself to the country for years — but about senators”

NYT Editorial: Mr. McConnell, It’s Time to Hear From John Bolton http://nyti.ms/2SXjtVd
// The Senate impeachment trial will be a sham unless top administration officials testify.

DailyBeast, Donald Kirk and Christopher Dickey: The Nuclear Threats From Iran and North Korea, Working Together, Grow by the Day http://bit.ly/2SYJh36
// By blowing away Soleimani, Trump wanted to show he is not a paper tiger. But his “disproportionate” actions may push North Korea and Iran to step up nuclear cooperation.

WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump’s insistence on proving his toughness is in open conflict with America’s actual strength http://wapo.st/37QSor9 “Legal rules simply don’t seem to be something that Trump sees as a bound on his military decisions”

NYT, Karen Greenberg: Killing Qassim Suleimani Was Illegal. And Predictable. http://nyti.ms/2Fnh520 Ms. Greenberg is an expert on national security law
// This was the inevitable outcome of a dangerous ‘war on terror’ policy.

🔆 This❗️⋙ RT @AmbJohnBolton I have posted a brief statement regarding testimony on the Ukraine impeachment matter before the Senate at: ≣ Statement: http://bit.ly/2SUXsGq
⋙ 🐣 The fact that Fiona Hill worked for you is promising! I don’t agree w you on much, but she was the best witness we heard.

🐣◕ RT @ColinPClarke Want to learn more about Iran’s proxy groups, how they differ from one another, and what their military capabilities are? Please see our @TheSoufanCenter report [May 2019], “Iran’s Playbook: Deconstructing Tehran’s Regional Strategy” http://bit.ly/2R3zw1l https://twitter.com/ColinPClarke/status/1214221205919731712?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Sean McElwee and Brian Schaffner: How Democrats Can Win Back Obama-Trump Defectors http://nyti.ms/2QS4dWW To win back Obama/Trump voters emphasize TOP FOUR issues. (Any expansion of health coverage is popular.) De-emphasize bottom three. ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1214149608080846848?s=20/photo/1
// They don’t have to lose their souls to do it. Just the opposite.

NYT Mag (Sep): The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran http://nyti.ms/2rXjfSP by Ronen Bergman and Mark Mazzetti
// 9/4/2019; Hawks in Israel and America have spent more than a decade agitating for war against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Will Trump finally deliver?

⭕ 5 Jan 2020

🐣 RT @halajew Nasrallah: “I want to be very clear, we don’t mean the American people. All across the region there are American citizens– traders, journalists, engineers, and doctors. They cannot be touched… any harm to U.S. civilians will only serve Trump’s agenda.”

WaPo Editorial: Senate Republicans close their eyes to presidential abuse http://wapo.st/35qRzng

WaPo: The surprising news from Ukraine: Zelensky is succeeding despite Trump’s abuse http://wapo.st/35uzbto

🐣 RT @McFaul ISIS targets cultural sites. The Taliban destroys cultural sites. The United States of America should not join this list. Please @DeptofDefense. @StateDept, roll back this horrific statement by @realDonaldTrump & make clear that we will not target Iranian cultural sites.
⋙ 🐣 RT @EYEofPROVENANCE Calm down, for centuries other cultures are wiped-out, and why there’s so many ancient ruins and sites. The objective in this case Christianity vs Islam – leads to the total annihilation of one or the other – which one you want it to be?
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul Persepolis predates both Christianity and Islam. (Know your facts before telling me to “calm down.” )
⋙⋙ 🐣 The loss of any items or remnants of antiquity is a loss for all humanity. The history of religions and cultures provides insights that can teach us all. That’s why they are protected by international law. Thank heaven for photography. Only barbarians destroy the past.

🐣💙 RT @hahussain For non-Arabic speakers, reporting in the main news outlets NYT and Wash Post is so misinformed (either on purpose or because of incompetence) that you might think that the Iraqi State has officially voted for ejecting US forces from Iraq (because of Trump’s miscalculated move 📌 https://twitter.com/hahussain/status/1213866852314763265?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @hahussain [ … ]
⋙ 🐣 RT @hahussain Bottom line is, Iraqi parliament vote was an Iranian face-saving measure. Iran is in a bind: If it retaliates without claiming its attack, it does not count as revenge for Soleimani. If Iran claims the attack, regime risks further wrath, in a country whose economy is in free fall
⋙ 🐣 RT @hahussain The most probable outcome of #Soleimani’s killing is more of the same: Low-intensity Iranian warfare against America, Iran never engaging in direct war, but maintaining her proxy war, fighting America to the last Arab. But with Soleimani out, Iranian proxy war will be much weaker

📔🌎 IISS (Nov): Iran’s Networks of Influence in the Middle East http://bit.ly/36up4WP
// The latest Strategic Dossier from the Intl Inst for Strategic Studies. This 18-month long study, based on field work, interviews and open source analysis examines how Iran projects its influence in the Middle East through a variety of complex relationships with regional partners.
● Iran Influence https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1214114581867573248?s=20/photo/1
● Quds activity https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1214115027747319808?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Poor Mr Trump is scared. He made a bold, stupid move and thought it was heroic. Now he’s blustering illegal stupid stuff on camera. We are on the verge of a domestic Constitutional crisis. What will Congress do? This is not a partisan issue.

WaPo: Pelosi says House to vote this week on war powers resolution to limit Trump’s action on Iran http://wapo.st/2SXIzTO “Pelosi said lawmakers were concerned that the Trump administration acted without consulting Congress“

WaPo: Trump threatens to strike Iranian cultural sites and impose ‘very big’ sanctions on Iraq as tensions rise http://wapo.st/2QrB0TF

🐣 “Under a 1924 federal tax law, § 6103 of title 26 of the United States Code, Congress may request copies of anyone’s tax returns.[73][74][75][76]” Wikipedia http://bit.ly/37F7jnW
The law stipulates the returns “shall” be provided, iow, it’s mandatory.

🐣 RT @nytimes News Analysis: President Trump thought the nuclear deal was flawed because restrictions on Iran would end after 15 years. But now, Iran declared that those restrictions are over — a decade ahead of schedule. Trump’s gambit has effectively backfired.
⋙ NYT: Iran Challenges Trump, Announcing End of Nuclear Restrictions http://nyti.ms/35ryb9B
// President Trump thought the nuclear deal was flawed because restrictions on Iran would end after 15 years. Now, responding to a U.S. strike, Iran has declared the limits over after less than five.

🐣 RT @John_Hudson New *deep dive* on Soleimani killing –> Pompeo spoke to Trump about hitting the top commander months ago. Getting Trump to “yes” involved key personnel changes at the Pentagon and Trump’s aversion to being viewed as weak, giving Pompeo an opening 📌 https://twitter.com/John_Hudson/status/1213967546761785345?s=20
⋙ WaPo: Killing of Soleimani follows long push from Pompeo for aggressive action against Iran, but airstrike brings serious risks http://wapo.st/2MYXj1b //➔ different take than NYT that this was a spur-of-the-moment decision by Trump

🐣 RT @SenSchumer President Trump seems hell bent on starting another endless war in the Middle East. ¤ He does not have the authority to do so. ¤ I plan to fight him tooth and nail on this and intend to support the efforts of Senators Kaine, Sanders, and others. ¤ Congress must assert its authority.

🐣 RT @ColinKahl [Asst to Biden] I’m not privy to the intel, but the administration’s claim that Trump’s decision to authorize the Soleimani hit was driven by signs of a major imminent attack seems more like a post hoc rationalization than the real reason for the strike. 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/ColinKahl/status/1213682231312605184?s=20
// refs to @rcallimachi thread

🐣 RT @nytimes A crowd of people stretching over 30 kilometers, or almost 20 miles, poured out onto the streets of Ahvaz, Iran on Sunday to mourn the death of General Suleimani https://nyti.ms/2uopvUN

🐣 RT @maggieNYT NEWS from AF1 – POTUS doubled down on cultural sites in Iran as appropriate sites for retaliation. 📌 https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1213978687193911296?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT “They’re allowed to kill our people. They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. they’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people. And we’re not allowed to touch their cultural site? It doesn’t work that way,” POTUS SAID.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT Regarding retaliation from Iran: ¤ “If it happens it happens. If they do anything there will be major retaliation.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT POTUS on possibility of US presence being forced out of Iraq: “We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it” (referring to the air base).

🐣 RT @John_Hudson Some key factors in the Soleimani decision: Pompeo and Esper, West Point classmates, were in “lockstep” going into the Dec. 29 Mar-a-Lago meeting. Both supported the move. Pence also supported, but did not attend the meeting.
⋙ 🐣 RT @VviewSsonicMair Most people realize this was a Netanyahu and Pompeo masterminded deal… but it doesn’t matter. Trump made the call. He is responsible. We are all very vulnerable as long as him or Pence are at the helm.

🐣 RT @John_Hudson Some key factors in the Soleimani decision: Pompeo and Esper, West Point classmates, were in “lockstep” going into the Dec. 29 Mar-a-Lago meeting. Both supported the move. Pence also supported, but did not attend the meeting.

🐣 RT 💙 @davidfrum So anybody who can hack Trump’s Twitter account can start a war?
🐣 RT 💙 @HouseForeign[AffairsCommittee] This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. And that you should read the War Powers Act. And that you’re not a dictator.
🐣 RT @sruhle Has @Twitter management and/or board responded to this? ¤ Can the platform assume this awesome responsibility? ¤ Is it secure & impenetrable at a time when cybet attacks could be immenent? ¤ Is @jack in Africa or Twitter HQ?
⋙ 🐣💙 RT @justinamash This Constitution of the United States of America will serve as notification to the president that should he order nondefensive strikes without congressional approval, he will be in violation of the law. Such legal notice was provided in 1789 but is given here again nevertheless. https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1214061268740558848?s=20/photo/1-4
⋙ 🐣 RT @real These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!

🐣 RT @peston This statement by @EmmanuelMacron chancellor Merkel and @BorisJohnson on US assassination of Soleimani is quite remarkable for what is missing. There is no mention at all of Trump or the USA. Not a whisper. Not even a nod. Extraordinary https://twitter.com/Peston/status/1213976013891395590?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @adamdavidson One of Soleiman’s chief goals was to acquire WMD missile systems that could threaten Israel and US installations. ¤ He assigned the job to his ally, Mohamed Bagher Ghalibaf. ¤ When sanctions began, the IRGC used front companies to handle WMD acquisition. 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/adamdavidson/status/1213873920400605187?s=20
⋙ NewYorker, Adam Davidson (2017): Donald Trump’s Worst Deal http://bit.ly/2QUt5h0
// 3/7/2017; The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

🐣 RT @brianschatz It’s either all part of their master plan that we get kicked out of Iraq, that American service members are targeted by Iran, that we’ve stopped fighting ISIS, and Iran is full throttle towards nuclearization, or it’s a series of unintended consequences. Either way it’s terrible.

🐣 RT @IronStache This is a claim that would have it appear that the Iraqi PM was asked to mediate. ¤ He tried. ¤ The meeting that would have taken place to do so was used to set up the assassination. ¤ Who in their sane mind would trust Trump again?
⋙ 🐣 RT @janearaf This is stunning – #Iraq prime minister tells parliament US troops should leave. Says @realDonaldTrump called him to ask him to mediate with #Iran and then ordered drone strike on Soleimani. Says Soleimani carrying response to Saudi initiative to defuse tension when he was hit.

🐣 RT @RichardEngel Iraqi parliament calling for US troops to leave, exactly what Soleimani wanted. But it’s not over yet. Now a constitutional battle as current Iraqi prime minister had already submitted his resignation, heading a caretaker gov’t. So – military crisis and now political crisis too.

NewYorker, Robin Wright: Where Will U.S.-Iran Tensions Play Out? An Interview with Iraq’s President http://bit.ly/37BOa6h

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Pompeo’s arrogant dismissal of unintended consequences http://wapo.st/37BZUWt

🐣 RT @emptywheel On the one hand, Bill Barr’s DOJ spends a lot of time covering up for Trump’s crimes. On the other hand, don’t US citizens get first dibs at trying Trump for his crimes?
⋙ 🐣 RT @mkraju The only way Iran will negotiate with the US is if Trump is tried in Iran, the adviser tells @fpleitgenCNN. “There is only one way: first Trump must be tried in our own court, he should punished for the crime he committed. Then we could negotiate.” 📌 https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1213797853409292288?s=20

🐣 RT @iiicorps_cg [Lt Gen Pat White] Force protection is our #1 priority. Period. I’ve ordered @CJTFOIR to focus on security for all personnel. Full @CJTFOIR statement here: https://twitter.com/iiicorps_cg/status/1213860369376169985?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews The view from Russia: ¤ “Geopolitically, the US is weakening before our very eyes… Americans are steadily losing political positions in the Middle East. Russia, Turkey and Iran are stepping on their heels.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Russia Blames Trump’s Iran Strike on Impeachment: ¤ “For Trump, the annihilation of an Iranian General presents a decent opportunity for a domestic PR campaign, which is quite timely in the context of the upcoming elections.” ¤ My latest for @thedailybeast
⋙⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis (1/4): Russian State Media Blames Impeachment for Trump’s Iran Strike http://bit.ly/2SSGtoq
// “For Donald Trump, the annihilation of an Iranian General presents a decent opportunity for a domestic PR campaign,” one Kremlin columnist said.

🐣 RT @RichardHaass The ill-advised war of choice w Iraq undermined the 43rd Potus. Iran-exiting JCPOA even tho Iran was complying, then eco sanctions w no diplomatic off ramp, now mil strikes-could well come to define & undermine the presidency of @realDonaldTrump. A self-imposed strategic error.

🐣 RT @RichardEngel Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah expressing same message as Iraqi parliament – that the correct response to killing of Soleimani is to kick US troops out of Middle East. Nassrallah said US civilians, professionals not targets, rather US bases, troops & ships to ‘liberate’ Iraq.

🐣 RT @stengel Congratulations, Mr. President, with one reckless move, you have ceded Iraq to Iran, put our soldiers and our allies at greater risk, given ISIS a reprieve, united a divided Iran which will now revive its nuclear weapons program. Well done, Sir.
🐣 RT @ciricione This is a major setback for US national security. The Trump policy towards Iran has been a complete disaster. It has accomplished none of the goals it set. We are heading back to the dangers we faced before this historic accord was reached.
🐣 RT @brianklaas Trump sycophants will now claim this is some form of 3 dimensional chess rather than an unmitigated disaster. But there’s no sugar coating this: Iran pulling out of the deal plus Iraq voting to push the US out today is a terrible development for US interests in the region.
🐣 RT @wendyrsherman No surprise. If there is good news in this it is that Iran will return to deal if nuclear sanctions lifted and will not kick out IAEA. Again must ask @SecPompeo are we safer? Really?
🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Iran Ends Commitment to Landmark Nuclear Deal: Live Updates http://nyti.ms/2QQ5M7M

🐣 RT @DanRather Indications are increasing that- as many suspected – Pres. Trump’s decision to unleash a national security crisis was impulsive with little thought of what might come next. The decision-making process within the White House seems fundamentally broken with few if any guardrails.

🐣 RT @ZekeJMiller TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV reports Iran will no longer abide by any limits of its 2015 nuclear deal.

🐣 RT @NickKristof On top of everything else, Iran just announced that it will no longer abide by any of the limits in the 2015 nuclear deal. So President Trump has inadvertently accelerated Iran’s push for nuclear weapons, and we now have a nuclear crisis on our hands as well.

NYT: U.S.-Led Coalition Halts ISIS Fight as It Steels for Iranian Attacks http://nyti.ms/2SUeqEV
// American forces in Iraq and Syria will now focus on protecting themselves.

🐣 RT @jeffreyprescott here were no rocket attacks against U.S. forces while the Iran deal was in effect. No attacks on Saudi oil facilities. Tensions in Gulf were down. Iran’s nuclear program was verifiably locked down. All of that has changed, even before Trump’s reckless further escalation.
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🐣 RT @brhodes This is a lie, offensive, obscene and an absolute disgrace. This man and his boss have destroyed America’s reputation and made a shambles of Iran policy in part because of their pathetic obsession with Barack Obama who they will never, ever measure up to.
⋙ 🐣 RT @joshrogin Pompeo: “In 2015, the Obama-Biden administration essentially handed power to the Iranian leadership, and acted as a quasi-ally of theirs, by underwriting them, underwriting the very militias that killed Americans.” Wow. @FoxNewsSunday 📌 https://twitter.com/joshrogin/status/1213833817473069056?s=20
// end of thread
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ poet_economist 1) It is a crime to lie about the reasons for making war. 2) Every detail of this statement is false. 3) Conspiracy theory does not justify striking civilian airports, 4) or holding public office. 5) No one has done more to empower those who threaten Americans than Trump.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @RichardEngel US military announced its suspending anti-ISIS operations in Iraq. Iraq parliament requests govt to kick out US forces. Massive protests in Iran. North Korea says it will show off new military technology soon. All have knock-on effects. More danger. More instability.

🐣‼️RT @mccaffreyr3 To the 5000 US ground forces and US contractors scattered around Iraq THIS IS AN IMMEDIATE THREAT OF AN ATTACK BY IRAN BACKED MILITIAS. We also have to consider the possibility the 165,000 man Iraqi Army will turn on us. Pompeo is a propagandist.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance This morning on @MeetThePress, Trump’s Secy of State referred to the prospect of retaliation by Iran against American citizens as “noise” so sure, go play golf.
⋙ 🐣 RT @graceann319 Trump created a crisis and is too incompetent and lazy to to lead this country through this crisis.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @jonlemire President Trump has arrived at his golf course in West Palm Beach, Florida

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Trump has made us ALL less safe. This madness, this crime, corruption & abuse of the American people, could be ended by just a handful of R Senators voting to convict Trump of the impeachable offenses he inarguably committed. Or, they can allow yet another endless war to begin.
⋙ 🐣 RT @sasss31 @glennkirschner2 with the realest of real talks for you this Sunday morning.. 💽 https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2/status/1213850719809409024?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @gtconway3d This isn’t a policy platform and shouldn’t be treated as such. The essence of it is that he’s simply incoherent, ignorant, inarticulate, and impulsive, and he says and does whatever comes to mind at a given moment. The only cohering threads are his narcissism and sociopathy.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT I noted this weekend the president ran on ending the Mideast wars. True. But it’s complicated. He also said he would “bomb the sh*t” out of ISIS and, in 2011, talked about taking Iraqi oil. He didn’t run as an isolationist or an interventionist; he ran as both, and still does.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ t’s the lack of a thruline on the decisions that lets both Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham be people who can influence him.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 heaven help us

🐣 RT @juliaioffe To be honest, I’m not sure why we are so surprised. Trump is doing what he always said he would do: stop doing boring, complicated things like multilateral treaties and diplomacy, and just whack bad guys instead.
⋙ 🐣 RT @juliaioffe This hit first, ask questions later, action-movie approach to foreign policy can only be surprising if you were a believer in the “take Trump seriously, not literally” fairy tale.

🐣 RT @juliaioffe “The DoD was not all in agreement that killing the second most popular person in Iran at an international airport in Iraq was a good idea.”
⋙ ForeignPolicy, Lara Seligman: Pentagon Chief Kept Tight Circle on Suleimani Strike http://bit.ly/2QU39lE
// Sources say senior officials who would normally be consulted were left out of the loop.
⋙ 🐣 you don’t say

🐣 RT @GlastnostGone What’s fucking insane is supposed intelligent people in the Pentagon thought Trump wouldn’t go for killing Suleimani. I mean, even those with half a brain cell know he’d take that option. Trump graves [craves?], narcissistic praise, & yet the Pentagon haven’t worked that out yet?

Haaretz: Trump has no idea what comes next : Opinion @DanielBShapiro http://bit.ly/2MWYHRP

🐣 I just 🙏 that Trump’s bone spurs kick in.

🐣 RT @emptywheel Trump did not give advance notice of Soleimani strike to the people who could constitutionally bless it (or not). ¤ He did give advance notice to the Mar a Lago members would could game stock market responses to it.

🐣💙 RT @RexAlexander And the military advisers are all, “Yeah, sure, we gave him one really extreme option, but we had no idea he’d actually TAKE it!” Which, go to hell, every one of you. #TrumpsRazor: He will ALWAYS take the stupidest, most extreme option. ALWAYS.
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul As Tensions With Iran Escalated, Trump Opted for Most Extreme Measure
⋙⋙ [NYT 1/3]

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT Iraq votes to expel American troops. ¤ All Americans evacuated from Iraq. ¤ U.S. and NATO suspend anti-ISIS campaign. ¤ The mounting evidence – two feet in front of your face – is that the Soleimani attack has made us less safe.

🐣 RT @sfpelosi “As Speaker of the House, I reiterate my call on the Administration for an immediate, comprehensive briefing of the full Congress on military engagement related to Iran and next steps under consideration,” @SpeakerPelosi
⋙ 🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi President Trump’s classified War Powers Act notification raises more questions than it answers about the timing, manner and justification of the decision to engage in hostilities against Iran.
⋙⋙ Speaker.gov: Pelosi Statement on White House’s War Powers Act Notification of Hostilities Against Iran http://bit.ly/2FqqFB2

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Unmitigated disaster and utterly predictable
⋙ NYT: Iraqi Lawmakers Vote to Expel U.S. Troops as Iran Mourns a Slain General http://nyti.ms/37v6tu2
// The vote in Parliament, after the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran in a U.S. drone strike, is not final until Iraq’s prime minister signs the draft bill.

🐣 RT @carolemadge Iran is a country with a long and rich history where many civilisations thrived, stretching back thousands of years. With 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, each with its own story to tell, Iran offers an incredible variety of archaeological & cultural wonders. #IranianCulturalSites https://twitter.com/carolemadge/status/1213818966604431365?s=20/photo/1-4

🐣 RT @ssbeltran These are some of the #IranianCulturalSites that @realDonaldTrump threatened to destroy. ¤ Persepolis. Of of the last standing massive archaeological complexes from ancient Persia. The Iranians and their cultural institutions have done a fantastic job in protecting it. ¤ 1/12 📌 https://twitter.com/ssbeltran/status/1213804072689635329?s=20

🐣 RT @McFaul It’s the job of the National Security Advisor at the NSC to present the president with likely 2nd & 3rd order consequences of any policy decision, so they surely briefed Trump that killing Suleimani would trigger an Iraqi decision to ask US troops to leave. Trump’s real goal? /1
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul If so, can Secretary Pompeo please stop saying that our goal in killing Suleimani was to “restore deterrence.” You don’t “restore deterrence” by handing the mullahs ruling Tehran what they have wanted for decades — US military withdrawal from Iraq. /2
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul PS I remember vividly those Republicans who berated Obama for leaving Iraq. Please dust off your talking points and repeat them again – preferably on Fox where you presented them the 1st time — if we are forced out of Iraq now because of Trump actions. /3

WaPo: Iraq’s prime minister says ‘urgent measures’ should be taken to remove foreign forces http://wapo.st/2ugzRFT

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs “Trump and Pompeo are already out crowing with patriotic tweets reminiscent of the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banners rolled out in the first weeks of the Iraq War. But what was true then in Iraq is true now: the crisis will not end here.”
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Kelly Magsamen (1/4): How to Avoid Another War in the Middle East http://fam.ag/2Qs2mJv
// De-escalating After the Soleimani Strike

🐣 RT @gtconway3d Or, as a May 1997 profile of @realDonaldTrump in @NewYorker put it, “Trump … aspired to and achieved the ultimate luxury, an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul.”
⋙⋙ NewYorker, Mark Singer (1997): Trump Solo http://bit.ly/36qd6hb
⋙ 🐣 RT @DMRDynamics Trump actually doesn’t understand money or economics. ¤ He only understands obtaining money for self and sycophants as a surrogate for his self-worth and inner emptiness. Money is his ersatz soul. ¤ That’s not economics. It’s narcissism. ¤ @gtconway3d

🐣 RT @MSNBC “Frankly, the rest of the world doesn’t put any trust in anything Donald Trump says, so the United States is also completely isolated as we find ourself on the brink of a much, much more serious conflict with Iran.” – Fmr. Obama adviser Ben Rhodes
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, AMJoy: Iranian general Soleimani’s assassination endangers U.S. former Obama advisor says http://on.msnbc.com/2MXU2io
// Donald Trump tweeted that Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was ‘plotting to kill many more’ Americans. But Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama Ben Rhodes asserts to Joy Reid, ‘every analyst knows that taking this strike just raised the threat of attacks on our personnel.’

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Pence falsely links Suleimani to 9/11. Here’s what the 9/11 commission concluded regarding Iran: “We have found no evidence that Iran or Hezbollah was aware of the planning for what later became the 9/11 attack….” (1/2)
🐣 RT @peterbakernyt “… At the time of their travel through Iran, the Al Qaeda operatives themselves were probably not aware of the specific details of their future operation.” (2/2)
⋙ ✅ NYT, Zach Montague: Factcheck: Pence Links Suleimani to 9/11. The Public Record Doesn’t Back Him. http://nyti.ms/2Qnt0mG

🐣 Before that WH Correspondence Dinner, someone should have told Obama that Trump really really REALLY can’t take a joke.

🐣 The next distraction could be nuclear

Inquisitr, Jonathan Vankin: Kremlin Bank CEO May Have Flown To Florida 6 Days After Vladimir Putin Phoned Donald Trump, Records Suggest http://bit.ly/2ZPSlZA
// A private jet reportedly used by Sberbank CEO German Gref landed in Fort Lauderdale at 2:30 in the morning Saturday, according to FlightAware.com.
⋙ discusses flight data but not possible connection to Deutschebank whistleblower story

ThreadReader: Private Russian jet going down the east coast now. Heading to…Mar-a-Lago? http://bit.ly/2ZWjfzg
🐣💙 RT @realdivipro 📌 https://twitter.com/realdivipro/status/1213623315983667200?s=20
🐣 RT @realdivipro Russian jet from Moscow, lands in Florida, where the president is, for about 24 hours, arrives and leaves in the middle of the night, and doesn’t want to be identified on flight trackers. This is definitely something.

🐣 💙💙 RT @McFaul I have not seen any confirming reporting that Gref was in Florida. If I missed it, please post. https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1213732517351583744?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul Wow. Gref is very close to Putin. Hoping for more details.
🐣 RT @ScottMStedman [1/4] If Russian reports are correct and this is the personal jet of Herman Gref, the CEO of Russia’s biggest bank just flew into Ft. Lauderdale in the dead of night. 📌 https://twitter.com/ScottMStedman/status/1213378826291466240?s=20
🐣 RT @ScottMStedman It’s 100% his personal jet. It was either him or a close confidant.
⋙ 🐣 @McFaul the same tail number as the plane that landed in Fort Lauderdale last night https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1213744319473111041?s=20
⋙ 🐣 @McFaul ⋘⋙ 🐣 RT @travisakers This jet belongs to Herman Gref, the CEO of Russia’s biggest bank. ¤ Why did he arrive where the President is located at 2:30 in the morning? https://twitter.com/travisakers/status/1213446924298264582?s=20
⋙ 🐣 @McFaul ⋘⋙ RT @ScottMStedman “Personally, the head of the state bank, according to the Interlocutor, is assigned a Gulfstream G650 business liner with a tail number RA-10204” http://bit.ly/2FkucRo https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1213739408031174657?s=20
⋙ 🐣 @McFaul ⋘⋙ 🐣 RT @MrsSunshineYo So, why was the CEO of Russia’s biggest bank landing in Ft. Lauderdale last night? https://twitter.com/MrsSunshineYo/status/1213523246466904064?s=20
// 🐣 w flight documents ⇈ ;; also I posted 2 plane photos 1) https://twitter.com/realdivipro/status/1213618691516047362?s=20 2) https://twitter.com/realdivipro/status/1213618691516047362?s=20

🐣 [to @real] nervous much? as the Persian story goes, you can’t put the genie back in the bottle

⭕ 4 Jan 2020

DailyBeast, Adam Rawnsley: All the Ways Iran Could Hit Back at the U.S. for Killing Soleimani http://bit.ly/2SYrTeR
// Iran has spent decades developing plans and forces to prepare for contingencies like Qassem Soleimani’s assassination. But just how crafty might Tehran’s retaliation be?

NYT Editorial: The Evidence on Ukraine Is Only Getting Worse for Donald Trump http://nyti.ms/39HpTOj
// The Senate impeachment trial will be a sham unless top administration officials testify.

🐣 RT @mikefarb1 I honestly don’t believe that we have legitimately elected a GOP President this Century. However they keep taking office and they cost us greatly. We need to Overwhelm this Piece Of Shit Election System so we never have to find ourselves back here again.

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT Editorial: Congress, Stop President Trump’s Rush to War With Iran http://nyti.ms/37AL5na
// Powerful Republican senators are the only people with the power to restrain the president.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Someone better let the President know he’s threatening war crimes.
– 52 sites for purely symbolic reasons would be a war crime.
– Striking cultural sites without military necessity would be a war crime
– Striking in revenge is a war crime
– Targeting civilians is a war crime

🐣 RT @RWPUSA He won the presidency with help from a foreign country.
He was impeached for coercing another foreign country to help his re-election campaign.
He now starts a war with a third foreign country to distract from his impeachment.
That’s foreign policy?
⋙ CNN: Skepticism mounts over evidence of ‘imminent’ threat that Trump says justified Soleimani killing http://cnn.it/35pRd0b //➔ uh, Iran? please ignore that killing ~ our president is just, uh, crazy

🐣 RT @ActMeasuresDoc Sometimes it’s not fun being right.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AdamParkhomenko “A Deutsche Bank whistleblower has told the FBI that the Russian state-owned bank VTB underwrote Trump’s loans”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ ScottMStedman Hey @MSNBC @CNN @NBCNews @nytimes @washingtonpost @MotherJones @ABC @propublica @politico, now that members of Congress are commenting on this report, will you pick it up?
⋙⋙ ⋙ ForensicNews [1/3] Trump Deutsche Bank Loans Underwritten … http://bit.ly/2T4ypRF
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JaredHuffman This is why Trump is fighting so desperately in court to keep his tax returns and other financial records secret. Time to come clean Mr President.

🐣 RT @mikefarb1 To all of you that stand with him. That enable him. That lie for him. You are putting our country and it’s citizens in grave danger. We will get through this. We will remember who you are and what you did.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT The moment we all feared is likely upon us. ¤ An unstable President in way over his head, panicking, with all his experienced advisers having quit, and only the sycophantic amateurs remaining. ¤ Assassinating foreign leaders, announcing plans to bomb civilians. ¤ A nightmare.

🐣 RT @McFaul ISIS targets cultural sites. The Taliban destroys cultural sites. The United States of America should not join this list. Please @DeptofDefense, @StateDept, roll back this horrific statement by @realDonaldTrump & make clear that we will not target Iranian cultural sites.

🐣 RT @tyrian1 Also, to those who are saying that just killing one person is not going to start a big war: ¤ “World War I began in 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and lasted until 1918.” ¤ Total number of casualties in WW1: ~ 40 Million.

🐣 Trump’s idea of ‘making us more safe’ is to put a target on the back of every American, especially every service member and diplomat.
Peace is War. War is Peace. 2+2=5.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d “The question is why now? … Hard to decouple [the] killing from the impeachment saga.” ¤ Indeed, given @realDonaldTrump’s personality disorders, his complete and pathological narcissism, it’s hard to imagine that his impeachment *wasn’t* a factor motivating the strike. [re: rcallimachi https://twitter.com/rcallimachi/status/1213436210238111744?s=20%5D
⋙ 🐣 Never give a psychopath the “worst option”

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman The private jet of the CEO of the largest Russian bank is currently in Florida for unknown reasons. This is a sanctioned bank. https://twitter.com/ScottMStedman/status/1213618963977949184?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @realdivipro Jet is still at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), at least according to https://planefinder.net/data/aircraft/RA-10204…, which seems to have pretty current data.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BebeOhio Probably making a drop for Putin. During the campaign and in 2017 the private jet of oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev was parked at airports near Trump’s location. Lots of denials. All of this is so suspicious.
🐣 RT @ 🐣 RT @wingsformarie2 Just as a whistleblower reports his loans are backed by that Russian bank. Stinks like rotten fish.
🐣🚫 RT @lazzkicker Thurs nite, Saudi Arabia Finance Minister landed at JFK for 1 1/1 hours, just long enough to drop something (Saudi’s pay cash) off. Was Soleimam’s assassination a paid hit job for MBS? Remember waiting for instructions as “how to proceed” after Saudi oil supply bombing.

🐣 RT @DanielBShapiro Excellent. The president “deescalates” by tweeting wild threats toward Iran. No diplomacy, no concern for the position it puts partners like Iraq in, no even just letting the impact of the Soleimani hit sink in. He’s incapable of sound, strategic decision making and behavior.
⋙ 🐣 George Will observed that ‘Trump can’t think sequentially,’ which I think is a penetrating insight.

🐣 RT @DanielBShapiro Excellent. The president “deescalates” by tweeting wild threats toward Iran. No diplomacy, no concern for the position it puts partners like Iraq in, no even just letting the impact of the Soleimani hit sink in. He’s incapable of sound, strategic decision making and behavior.
⋙ 🐣 George Will observed that ‘Trump can’t think sequentially,’ which I think is a penetrating insight.

🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey The @nytimes story now includes Callimachi’s reporting. This dramatically undercuts the administration’s claims regarding the legal basis and certainly looks like Secretary Pompeo’s statements regarding the nature of the threat were deeply misleading.
🐣 RT @gtconway3d “Pentagon officials were stunned.” ¤ But a legion of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts aren’t. It’s the kind of thing they’ve been predicting all along.
⋙ 🐣 RT @nytimes President Trump opted to kill Iran’s top general despite aides’ disputes about intelligence warning of new threats. Pentagon officials were stunned.
⋙⋙ NYT: As Tensions With Iran Escalated, Trump Opted for Most Extreme Measure http://nyti.ms/39P3wXg
// While senior officials argue the drone strike was warranted to prevent future attacks, some in the administration remain skeptical about the rationale for the attack.

🐣 RT @awprokop Trump is familiar with the milieu of the mob. Sounds like he just decided to whack the guy. One part payback, one part sending a message.

🐣 RT @digby56 And of course he is threatening to commit massive war crimes. He loves war crimes. He said that explicitly during the 2016 campaign. I’m sure he’s been on the horn with all his pardoned, war criminal buddies looking for tips.

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq If you work in DOD or the IC, and have been tasked with identifying Iranian cultural or civilian targets to intentionally strike in violation of DoD rules and federal law, please blow the whistle through your leadership and to HPSCI/SSCI.

🐣 RT @MollyMcKew Just another Saturday night in Twitter where POTUS is either revealing highly classified intelligence and targeting info on Twitter — or else completely batsh*t. ¤ Either way, one might say a massive national security risk.

🐣 RT @AngrierWHstaff I told you guys this already — the Soleimani option was the far-fringe choice, and one that everyone expected Trump would reject. ¤ They didn’t count on Trump’s desperate need for a distraction.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ShimonPro An official familiar with President Trump’s national security briefings says some officials were surprised and taken aback that Trump chose to target Qasem Soleimani, which was one of several options that senior national security aides presented to him. @kevinliptakcnn

RawStory: Trump threatens to target 52 Iranian sites if any ‘American assets’ are hit in retaliation assassination of Suleimani http://bit.ly/2QmApCT
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🐣 RT @davmicrot Attacking civilian locations, like cultural sites, is a War Crime.

🐣 RT @mikecarpenter New Cambridge Analytica leaks said to contain “emails between major Trump donors discussing ways of obscuring the source of their donations through a series of different financial vehicles….[exposing] the entire dark money machinery behind US politics.”
⋙ TheGuardian, Carole Cadwalladr: Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’ http://bit.ly/35l9fjX
// Company’s work in 68 countries laid bare with release of more than 100,000 documents

🐣 RT @chrislhayes Really feels like we are hurtling towards Worst Case Scenario for a Trump Presidency right now.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d Good question. Let’s hope it’s not true, because if it is, it would mean the president of the United States is in hock to the Russians.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman Hi everyone. Co-author here. After publication, our site @forensicnewsnet was immediately hit with a sophisticated DDoS attack. Please follow and spread the word if possible!

🐣 RT @BaddCompani trumpf is an Actor in a play, a delusional tragic play but play none the less.
⋙ 🐣 and we’re all the groundlings

🐣 RT @ddale8 New record: Trump made FORTY false claims in Battle Creek, Michigan in December, which was also his longest rally speech ever.
⋙ ✅ CNN: Trump makes 90 false claims during final two weeks of 2019 http://cnn.it/2MUTJVK

🐣 .@Lawrence said that[*] back in August and retracted it because @NBC couldn’t confirm. Now @forensicnewsnet ForensicNews has new reporting. @ScottMStedman, one of the authors, will be on @MuellerSheWrote Sunday night.
[*] That Trump’s loans were backed by Russian bank (VTB)

🐣 Trump has slowly been figuring out his powers – tariffs, pardons – and created new ones (ignoring subpoenas). Now, as I’ve been dreading, he’s discovered that under contrived circumstances and the 20yo AUMF, he can start a war.

🐣 RT @McFaul plus, world’s attention is now on us, not Putin’s belligerent actions.
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul Putin can so only see upside from escalating US-Iran tensions, from small short-term gains like increased oil prices, possible mid-term gains like our withdrawal from Iraq, to possible long-term gains such as our weakened worldwide position from full-scale war.

WaPo: Trump plunges toward the kind of Middle Eastern conflict he pledged to avoid http://wapo.st/2STH3ly

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Dec 29: Trump orders airstrikes.
Dec 31: Eric Trump says “whoop-ass” coming.
Dec 31: Mar-a-Lago members told strike imminent.
Jan 1: Eric deletes tweet.
Jan 2: Airstrike kills Soleimani.
Jan 3: Citizen journos raise Eric’s foreknowledge.
Jan 3: Media calls it “conspiracy theory.”
⋙ 🐣 Also 12/29 Trump talks to Putin

🐣 RT @SRuhle Reminder. ¤ Prior to becoming Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper was a lobbyist for Raytheon, a major US defense contractor.

🐣 RT @RepMaxineWalters Only a reckless, cowardly, impeached international laughing stock would order a deadly drone strike from a golf resort before running off to a rally to be worshipped by the few evangelicals who still support him. A real President would’ve immediately shared info w/ Congress.

NYT, Susan Rice: The Dire Consequences of Trump’s Suleimani Decision http://nyti.ms/2rYFrw0
// One thing is clear after the killing of Iran’s second most important official: Americans are not safer.

🐣 RT @shadihamid 1. Initially I was on the fence, but the more I consider different scenarios, the more the original alarmist takes seem even more wrong than I first suspected. The WW3 stuff is obviously silly, but even the risk of “mere” war seems increasingly unlikely 📌 https://twitter.com/shadihamid/status/1213510539432878080?s=20

🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Judge Griffith of the DC at yesterday’s McGahn oral argument to DOJ counsel: “Has there ever been an instance of such broad-scale defiance of a congressional request for information in the history of the Republic? Has there been anything like this?”
⋙ 🐣 RT @benjaminwittes “An instruction has been given from the President of the United States not to cooperate in any form or fashion with an inquiry. Has that ever happened before? Not directed to one individual … but everyone from the administration. Has that ever happened before?”

NYT, Jonathan Stevenson: American Foreign Policy Is Broken. Suleimani’s Killing Proves It. http://nyti.ms/2SNUm7g Mr. Stevenson is a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
// A properly functioning National Security Council would never have let it happen, for good reason.

DailyBeast, Adam Rawnsley: All the Ways Iran Could Hit Back at the U.S. for Killing Soleimani http://bit.ly/37BE4m1
// Iran has spent decades developing plans and forces to prepare for contingencies like Qassem Soleimani’s assassination. But just how crafty might Tehran’s retaliation be?

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom 1. Once again, not happy that Trump could be bumbling into a war, and not sure killing QS now was the right move. 2. But when you’re the officer of a nation-state and you work off the books and deniably as a terror leader you lose the presumption of such protections.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT Iran is full of malevolent evildoers, and Soleimani was the worst of them. But Iran is also a nation state. And the reason the U.S. doesn’t kill leaders of other countries is because once you normalize assassinations, it’s hard to put the genie back in the bottle.

WaPo, Siobhán O’Grady: Why Soleimani’s killing is different from other targeted attacks by U.S. http://wapo.st/2ZQQdkl
// “The strike was much more consequential than those that killed Osama bin Laden or Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, analysts said.”

🐣 RT @Cirincioni Just read transcript of the State Department briefing on the Suleimani killing. Could not believe the arrogance of the State officials. Insulting reporters, refusing to answer direct questions. They did not provide one iota of evidence to back up their claims of imminent attack.
🐣 RT @ajmount This entire transcript is a nightmare. Deluded soundbites substitute for reason and rationality, antagonism for transparency. There is no indication here these officials have thought seriously about the potential consequences of the action.
🐣 RT @emptywheel This State Department briefing seems to argue that any time a single American is killed, the US reserves the right to assassinate a high official in response. Interesting precedent
⋙ ≣ StateDept (1/3): Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Iraq [Discussion] http://bit.ly/37CnjHr

🐣 RT @NoahBookbinder The current conflict makes impeachment more, not less, important. With the country facing grave issues, we need a president not tainted by abuse of power and criminal conduct, a president who will act in our interest, not his own. We don’t have one now.

DailyBeast, Will Sommer: QAnon Believer Teamed Up With Conspiracy Theorists to Plot Kidnapping, Police Say http://bit.ly/2FqovBr
// Conspiracy theorist Cynthia Abcug allegedly predicted that “Satan worshipers” would be killed in a raid by QAnon believers.

🐣 RT @carlbildt Now Russia has cut its oil supply to Belarus hoping that this will force the country to be more accommodating on both economic and political issues. There is reportedly also a Russian request for better military access.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Belsat_Eng Forced integration: Russia cuts its oil supply to Belarus http://bit.ly/2MUnnKI

🐣 RT @HeidiNBC Pompeo said on CNN the US acted to disrupt an “imminent attack” abroad, providing no evidence. ¤ h/t @AymanM ¤ Amnesty International human rights lawyer: unless U.S. can demonstrate the killing neutralized an imminent threat, it is still not allowed to kill a terrorist.

🐣 RT @jimsciutto The obvious consequence of Trump disparaging US intelligence that (1) Russia interfered in 2016, (2) NK is expanding its nuclear program and (3) Iran was complying with the nuclear deal, is the question why should he – and we – believe US intel re Soleimani as described now?

🐣 RT @jrubinblogger Sec State Pompeo has been the one to emphasize an “imminent” threat. Available evidence suggests that is bunk. Given that he lied about MBS and about progress on NoKo I think it is very likely he is not telling the truth now.

🐣 RT @StevenBeschloss We are living in a time of dread when none of Trump’s actions can be judged for legitimate purpose or based on credible information because he’s spent three years constantly lying and making choices that feed his damaged ego, enrich himself and/or serve his foreign benefactors.
⋙ 🐣 RT @anneapplebaum I find I am unable to take seriously any administration justification, explanation or prediction about the Middle East right now. Why should I believe their policies have any goal except distraction – from impeachment /scandal – or Trump’s re-election?

.@missy_ryan @jdawsey1 @DanLamothe @John_Hudson You don’t think Trump was responding to @khamenei_ir taunting him on Twitter on Jan 1? https://twitter.com/khamenei_ir/status/1212301034871279616?s=20

Salon, Igor Derysh: Yale psychiatrist urges Pelosi: Request 72-hour mental health hold on Trump after Iran attack http://bit.ly/36oDpUT
// Yale psychiatrist [Bandy X Lee]: Pelosi can request “72-hour hold” of Trump after he responded to impeachment with Iran attack

🐣 RT @rcallimachi 1. I’ve had a chance to check in with sources, including two US officials who had intelligence briefings after the strike on Suleimani. Here is what I’ve learned. According to them, the evidence suggesting there was to be an imminent attack on American targets is “razor thin”. 📌 https://twitter.com/rcallimachi/status/1213421769777909761?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 6. One official described the planning for the strike as chaotic. The official says that following the attack on an Iraqi base which killed an American contractor circa Dec. 27, Trump was presented a menu of options for how to retaliate. Killing Suleimani was the “far out option”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 8. It was after the embassy protests that the president, according to one US official, chose the Suleimani option, but the problem at that point in time is that American intelligence did not know his precise whereabouts. They scrambled to locate him, says the official.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 17. Before I go back to the pool let me just say the obvious: No one’s trying to downplay Suleimani’s crimes. The question is why now? His whereabouts have been known before. His resume of killing-by-proxy is not a secret. Hard to decouple his killing from the impeachment saga.
⋙⋙ 🐣 Did Trump start a war over a Twitter insult?
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 [To @rcallimachi] Maybe this: RT @khamenei_I [1/1] That guy has tweeted that we see Iran responsible for the events in Baghdad & we will respond to Iran.
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. https://twitter.com/khamenei_ir/status/1212301034871279616?s=20

DailyBeast: Trump Told Mar-a-Lago Pals to Expect ‘Big’ Iran Action ‘Soon’ http://bit.ly/2MWjnJL
// Attendees of a closed-door Senate briefing didn’t get much more clarity than the club guests did. Instead, officials spun Soleimani’s slaying as a way to “de-escalate” tensions.

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman If Russian reports are correct and this is the personal jet of Herman Gref, the CEO of Russia’s biggest bank just flew into Ft. Lauderdale in the dead of night.
📌 https://twitter.com/ScottMStedman/status/1213378826291466240?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman @forensicnewsnet can confirm this is a Sberbank plane. 📌 https://twitter.com/ScottMStedman/status/1213377151606484992?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman Flight data (h/t @civmilair). RA-10204 is owned by Sberbank and used by CEO Herman Gref whom Trump met in 2013.
🐣 RT @ScottMStedman “Personally, the head of the state bank, according to the Interlocutor, is assigned a Gulfstream G650 business liner with a tail number RA-10204″ http://rusletter.com/articles/german_gref_again_handed_himself_a_bank
⋙ 🐣 RT @CheeseWhiz That would be 39 miles by car from Mar-a-lago.

⭕ 3 Jan 2020

🐣 RT @Hardball “We wouldn’t be where we are today with threats in Iraq … if it were not for the decision that the Trump Admin took: the reckless, shortsighted, and unnecessary decisions to throw away the nuclear deal.”
— Iran Deal Negotiator Rob Malley
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, Hardball: Iran deal negotiator: Trump’s ‘reckless’ decision to scrap Iran deal led to tensions http://on.msnbc.com/2QKeaXL
// The Trump administration has hit Iranian proxies before, but yesterday’s airstrike against the country’s top general is the first direct confrontation with Iran itself. Iran deal negotiator Robert Malley says, “We wouldn’t be where we are today with threats in Iraq, threats to Americans, if it were not for the decisions that the Trump administration took, the reckless, shortsighted, and unnecessary decisions to throw away the nuclear deal.”

WaPo, George Will: Senators now risk indecent exposure of their minds http://wapo.st/2QunX3Y “Soon Americans will learn much, not about the president — he is an open comic book who has read himself to the country for years — but about senators”

WaPo: Iran knows how to bide its time. Don’t expect immediate retaliation for Soleimani. http://wapo.st/2Qr6VUg
// The regime wants to stay in power. Escalating the conflict with the U.S. even more would threaten that.

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “It’s always been Soleimani’s strategic game… to get us out of the Middle East. He wants to see us leave Syria, he wants to see us leave Iraq… I think if we leave Iraq after this, that would just be a real disastrous outcome…” – @brett_mcgurk w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1213225171638722561?s=20/photo/1

WaPo/AP: Iranian cyberattacks feared after killing of top general http://wapo.st/2tyOrYV

🐣 RT @baseballcrank [1/4] The 9/11 Commission Report on Iranian facilitation of the hijackers from Saudi Arabia into Afghanistan – this isn’t something Pence just pulled out of thin air today. https://twitter.com/baseballcrank/status/1213320211966943233?s=20/photo/1-2
↥ ↧
WaPo, Aaron Blake: Pence’s dubious tweet tying Qasem Soleimani to 9/11 http://wapo.st/36oSoyd

WaPo, Alexander Petri: Whatever happens with Iran, I’m confident Donald Trump can get us through it [Satire] http://wapo.st/39Ize8C

NYT Editorial: ‘The Game Has Changed’ http://nyti.ms/2QNJiUW
// The assassination of Qassim Suleimani, one of Iran’s top military commanders, rocks the Middle East. Is President Trump ready?

🐣 RT @justinamash The president has the power, when seconds matter, to prevent an imminent attack on the United States, but the Pentagon and administration officials have presented contradictory statements about whether this was the justification.
🐣 RT @justinamash No authorization for war with Iran:
• 2001 AUMF: 9/11 attackers
• 2002 AUMF: Saddam Hussein’s Iraq regime
• War Powers Resolution: President can act without Congress only in *national emergency* following attack
• 10 USC §127e: Funding authorization, not war authorization

DailyBeast: Why Obama, Bush, and Bibi All Passed on Killing Soleimani http://bit.ly/39GcEx6 By Christopher Dickey, Noga Tarnopolsky, Erin Banco, Betsy Swan
// The Iranian general was in American crosshairs before. But nobody could begin to be sure what would come next if Soleimani were killed, and no scenario looked good.

🐣 RT @bluegal Is it a Constitutional crisis yet?
⋙ 🐣 RT @SenSchumer The White House is now openly defying a federal court order to release emails between key players in the Trump-Ukraine scandal. ¤ President Trump: If you’re listening, release the emails! ¤ What are you so afraid the American people will see?

🐣 RT @clairecmc It’s shocking that the President is not at the White House at this critical moment. He should not be at his opulent golf resort while he is deploying thousands of troops to the Middle East, and while the country and Congress are worried, begging for more information.

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT The Administration is lying to us. They spent today saying they want to deescalate with Iran and their proxies while they were planning another strike. Just unbelievable.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RichardEngel Iraqi security official tells @nbcnews there has been anther US airstrike, this one north of Baghdad targeting Shiite militia leaders. Reports of 6 killed. This right BEFORE a big Shiite protest tomorrow in Baghdad. It seems certain to provoke an escalation.

🐣 RT @swavedave1 Today is the day we all knew would come. Something so serious that the truth would need to come from this administration. Sadly no one believes a word they say and they’ve laid the ground work for that truth.

💽 MSNBC, Hardball: Richard Engel on US airstrike that killed Soleimani: This is not over http://on.msnbc.com/2FlwcJe
// Qasem Soleimani’s death is the latest in a series of escalating incidents that followed President Trump’s decision to unilaterally withdraw America from the Iran nuclear deal.

WaPo: How Trump decided to kill a top Iranian general http://wapo.st/39Eddrc
// By Missy Ryan, Josh Dawsey, Dan Lamothe and John Hudson 

🐣 RT @maggieNYT This is the thing that hasn’t fully penetrated for people – Soleimani was part of the state.
⋙ 🐣 RT @adamgoldmanNYT General David H. Petraeus, US Army (Ret.) has some thoughts*: https://twitter.com/adamgoldmanNYT/status/1213213685147217921?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ NewYorker, Robin Wright: The Killing of Qassem Suleimani Is Tantamount to an Act of War http://bit.ly/2MUkTf8
⋙⋙*LinkedIn: General David H. Petraeus, US Army (Ret.) ¤ Partner, KKR & Chairman, KKR Global Institute

This [NYT, Wright ⇈ ] is an excellent summary of the significance of the killing of Qods Force Commander Qassem Suleimani and of the possible implications of this action. (I provided an interview for it.)

It is impossible to overstate the significance of this action. Suleimani was, in US terms, a combination of CIA Director, JSOC Commander, and Special Presidential Envoy for the Mideast. He was the second most important person in Iran and the architect and commander of Iranian initiatives to solidify control over the Shia Crescent.

He had the blood of hundreds of American and coalition soldiers on his hands and that of countless of our Iraqi and partner elements in the region.

There will inevitably be responses by Iranian and proxy forces; the question is whether they force the US to respond with direct attacks on Iranian forces and infrastructure, at a time when the Iranian economy is already seriously damaged by sanctions and when the Iranian people have already been demonstrating against the regime in very considerable numbers. #QassemSuleimani

The New Yorker
Is the Killing of Qassem Suleimani an Act of War?
By Robin Wright January 3, 2019
https://lnkd.in/dHX9dfg

🐣 RT @Ali_H_Soufan Mr. Vice President,
First, there were 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks: 15 Saudis, 2 Emiratis, 1 Egyptian, and 1 Lebanese.
Second, there are lots of bad things Soleimani did, this is not one of them.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Mike_Pence Assisted in the clandestine travel to Afghanistan of 10 of the 12 terrorists who carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @vermontgmg I really can’t get over the idea of the @VP throwing out such a incendiary charge that is wrong on so many levels. Does not bode well for level of strategic thinking going on right now.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @DougWalsh72 Al Qaeda was not supported by Iran. They were supported buy Saudi Arabia and the hijackers were mostly Saudi. One is Sunni the other is Shia. This is why we get into never ending wars.

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind Speaker Pelosi not mincing words: ¤ “Today, Leader McConnell made clear that he will feebly comply with President Trump’s cover-up of his abuses of power and be an accomplice to that cover-up.”
⋙ ≣ Speaker.gov: Pelosi Statement on Urgency for Fair Senate Trial http://bit.ly/2QozSAd

🐣 RT @mmpadellan We interrupt your regularly scheduled trump distraction to bring you the distraction he was trying to distract you from: ¤ A Deutsche Bank Whistleblower confirms trump’s loans are backed by Russia. ¤ He is OWNED by Russia, which is not really news, sadly.
⋙ 🐣 RT @robertjdenault BREAKING: A Whistleblower told the FBI that Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans were backed by Russian state-owned bank, VTB Bank. VTB was proposed lender for Trump Tower Moscow and allegedly funded the Rosneft Deal. New docs show deep ties between Deutsche + VTB.
⋙⋙ 💙 ForensicNews: 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
// 1/3/2019

Deutsche Bank’s loans to Donald Trump were underwritten by Russian state-owned VTB Bank, according to the whistleblower whose collection of thousands of bank documents and internal communications have captured the recent attention of federal investigators.

Val Broeksmit acquired the emails and files of his late father, Deutsche Bank executive William S. Broeksmit, after Broeksmit tragically took his own life in 2014.

Val informed the FBI in late 2019 about his knowledge of VTB’s underwriting of Trump’s loans, information he attributed to a network of sources connected to the bank he cultivated over the past five-plus years

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi The Trump Admin has conducted strikes in Iraq targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani without an AUMF against Iran. Further, this action was taken without the consultation of the Congress.

NBCNews, Charles W. Dunne: The death of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, means America has declared war http://nbcnews.to/35pzA0a
// All the regular risks of undertaking war are exponentially more dangerous here because of the impulsive approach Trump has taken.

Reuters: Inside the plot by Iran’s Soleimani to attack U.S. forces in Iraq http://reut.rs/2SQQDpn

DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Russian State Media Blames Impeachment for Trump’s Iran Strike http://bit.ly/2SSGtoq
// “For Donald Trump, the annihilation of an Iranian General presents a decent opportunity for a domestic PR campaign,” one Kremlin columnist said.

🐣 RT @chrislhayes I guess the de-escalation of last night’s air strike wasn’t enough to fully de-escalate and stop war, so today the US has ordered another airstrike at a top Iraqi militia commander to further de-escalate and stop even more war.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff As additional documents are revealed, and new information about Trump’s abuse of power comes to light, we learn more and more about the extent of his cover-up. ¤ Senators must ensure they see these and other documents related to the President’s scheme. ¤ A fair trial requires it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Breaking via NYT: The Trump admin has disclosed there were 20 emails between a top Mulanvey aide and a colleague at the Office of Management and Budget discussing the Ukraine aid freeze, but OMB says it won’t turn over the emails —not even with redactions.
⋙⋙ NYT: White House Withholds 20 Emails Between Two Trump Aides on Ukraine Aid http://nyti.ms/2QlB7Am
// It contends the release of the documents sought by The Times, would “inhibit the frank and candid exchange of views” in government decision-making.

WaPo: Giuliani associate can give impeachment investigators phone data, documents seized by prosecutors, judge says http://wapo.st/37rODIm Lev Parnas

WaPo Editorial: Yes, Soleimani was an enemy. That doesn’t mean Trump made the right call. http://wapo.st/37wn14T

🐣 RT @TimKaine I just filed a resolution to prevent Trump from starting a war with Iran. The President wants to pretend that Congress doesn’t exist, but it’s our clear Constitutional duty to debate and vote before allowing him to rush into an unnecessary war.

🐣 RT @BazziNYU “When Trump took office, there was no US crisis with Iran. He created one – driven by hawkish advisers, many of whom had supported the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and his desire to undo one of Obama’s major foreign policy accomplishments” — my take
⋙ TheGuardian, Mohamad Bazzi: Donald Trump has blundered into a crisis of his own making with Iran http://bit.ly/2MU8EPN
// The president inherited relative peace. Now conflict with Iranian proxies across the Middle East seems likely

🐣 RT @RepSlotkin As a former Shia militia analyst who served multiple tours in Iraq and worked at the White House under both Presidents Bush and Obama, and later at the Pentagon, I participated in countless conversations on how to respond to Qassem Soleimani’s violent campaigns across the region. 📌 https://twitter.com/RepSlotkin/status/1213127820395851776?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepSlotkin What always kept both Democratic and Republican presidents from targeting Soleimani himself was the simple question: ¤ Was the strike worth the likely retaliation, and the potential to pull us into protracted conflict?
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepSlotkin The two administrations I worked for both determined that the ultimate ends didn’t justify the means. The Trump Administration has made a different calculation. ¤ The Iranian government has vowed to retaliate and avenge Soleimani’s death, and could do so in any number of ways:
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepSlotkin Against our diplomats and service members or high-ranking military officers, against our allies and partners in the region, or through targeted attacks in the Western world. [ … ]

🐣 RT @RepSlotkin As a former Shia militia analyst who served multiple tours in Iraq and worked at the White House under both Presidents Bush and Obama, and later at the Pentagon, I participated in countless conversations on how to respond to Qassem Soleimani’s violent campaigns across the region. 📌 https://twitter.com/RepSlotkin/status/1213127820395851776?s=20

NYT, Narges Bajoghli: Suleimani’s Death Changes Nothing for Iran http://nyti.ms/2ZQ5WAo Professor Bajoghli is the author of “Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic”

NYT: Live Updates: Iran Vows ‘Forceful Revenge’ After U.S. Kills General http://nyti.ms/2ZPK87R
// Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promised retaliation against those who killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad. The U.S. moved to send more troops to the Middle East.

RFE/RL, Frud Bezhan: Analysis: U.S. Killing Of Iran’s Top General Risks ‘Dangerous’ Consequences http://bit.ly/2QobZc9

ForeignAffairs, Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon (10/15): America’s Great Satan http://fam.ag/35iKODF
// 10/15/2019; The 40-Year Obsession With Iran

🐣 RT @real Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!
⋙ 🐣 Mission Accomplished?

🐣 RT @DanielBShapiron 1. Qassim Soleimani had the blood of many thousands on his hands: Americans, Iraqis, Lebanese, Syrians, Israelis & many, many others. Truly one of the most evil men on the planet. Seeing his smiling mug in selfies with terrorists across the region was hard to take. Good riddance. 📌 https://twitter.com/DanielBShapiro/status/1212983781197529088?s=20/photo/1
// Shapiro=Former U.S. Amb. to Israel (2011-2017), Obama NSC, @INSSIsrael, @WEAdvisors, husband, dad, Cubs fan, Middle East politics, peace & security, US-Israel relations

🐣 RT @samwinograd @SecPompeo tells @JohnBerman that “the risk of doing nothing was enormous” — the intelligence community made that assessment.

🐣 RT @ Flashback to 1998
https://twitter.com/EricColumbus/status/1212929154460590080?s=20/photo/1
// Bill Clinton wag the dog NYT cover

🐣 RT @owenawhaley The President’s week:
12/24: Golfed for 6 hrs.
12/26: Golfed for 4 hrs.
12/27: Golfed for 4 hrs.
12/28: Golfed for 5 hrs.
12/29: Golfed for 8 hrs.
12/30: Golfed for 6 hrs.
12/31: Golfing while our embassy is under attack.
YOUR tax dollars are paying for this.
Angry yet?
// 12/31/2019

🐣 RT @BrianKarem Question: Mr. president why? WTF? No explanations. No briefing. You didn’t address the nation. You escalated tensions for vague reasons…has anyone in the GOP had enough of this yet?

🐣 RT @stengel
1. Soleimani was a very bad guy & an implacable enemy of America.
2. His role in Iran’s military aggressiveness was central & Iran will regard this as an act of war.
3. For that reason, other American presidents decided the cost to such a killing would greatly outweigh benefit.
🐣 RT @stengel
4. The benefit is the temporary relief from a powerful foe. The cost is a potential Middle Eastern war.
5. Pompeo statement that he hopes we can “de-escalate” situation is laughable.
6. Iran’s response will be very aggressive. They will turbocharge their nuclear development.
🐣 RT @stengel
7. They will use cyber-terrorism as well as the more traditional kind.
8. What is our strategy here? What is the exit plan? This could make the Iraq War look like a skirmish.
9. Extraordinary reckless. Buckle up.

🐣 RT @RFERL Russia: “reckless”
China: decried “the use of force in international relations”
UK: urged “all parties to de-escalate.”
France: “We have woken up to a more dangerous world.”
⋙ RFE/RL: U.S. Killing Of Iranian Commander Sparks Global Concern http://bit.ly/39AMETX

🐣 RT @IsraeliPM President @realDonaldTrump deserves all the credit for acting swiftly, forcefully and decisively. ¤ Israel stands with the United States in its just struggle for peace, security and self-defense.

🐣 RT @RussianMFA [UK] MFA: Alarmed by killing of Gen Soleimani by US strike in Baghdad. Risk of grave consequences for regional peace and stability. #Iran #Iraq #IRGC #Quds

🐣 RT @Lobelog It bears remembering that Trump predicted 6 times between late 2011 and early 2013 that Obama was going to start a war with Iran to distract from his political problems. http://bit.ly/39A6A9w Today’s attack may tell us something about Trump’s own sense of vulnerability.

TheSpectator, David Patrikarakos [UK]: How Iran will strike back after the killing of Qasem Soleimani http://bit.ly/2u7u99h

🐣 RT @MiddleEastEye Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, the Quds force’s deputy leader, has been named as Soleimani’s replacement http://ow.ly/EwER30q6w3i

🐣 RT @FazelHawramy Mojtaba Zonnour the head of Iran parliament national security committee says the Iraqis should close the airports and not allow the Americans to get out of the country. There are 36 bases of the American in the region, it is very easy to hit them, he told IRINN news
🐣 RT @FazelHawramy People in Kerman where #QasemSoleimani was born are preparing for mourning their most famous #IRGC commander. Haj Qasem is not like any other blood that was spilt, he was the father of all martyrs, our revenge will be different this time, a woman told IRINN

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Trump is counting on our inability to focus on 2 things after last night: emails confirming he directed Ukrainegate & newly released Mueller investigation info. No surprise that the man who withheld security aid from Ukraine to get re-elected would do this. Let’s prove him wrong.

🐣 Useful. Sober and informed.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RymMontaz 1/ Why did Iran militarily escalate in the Gulf lately? Shooting down a US drone, seizing tankers, bombing Saudi oil infrastructure? It wanted to internationalise the conflict. The Strait of Hormuz is where most of the world’s shipping transits. The US chose not to go there. 📌 https://twitter.com/RymMomtaz/status/1213045597223165952?s=20

🐣 RT @PeterBeinart This tough guy bravado bullshit from people who have no idea what consequences America has just unleashed and won’t suffer those consequences themselves. For those too young to remember, this is what it was like in 2003

🐣 RT @ragipsolyu UPDATES: ¤ • Iraqi caretaker PM Abdul-Mahdi: The attack is a breach of the deal that permits US presence in Iraq. Called parliament for an extraordinary meeting ¤ • Iran’s Khamenei is participating for the first time in a National Security Council meeting to discuss the response

🐣 RT @MalcolnNance WARNING: This is not good. The Mehdi Army is a militia for 10,000s of Shia who are not yet in a militia. We fought them in fierce battles in 2004-2005. It’s a Religious call to get out pitchforks & torches. Sadr & his family are revered in Iraq by all Shia Muslims.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NRT_english Sadr says will reestablish Mehdi Army, condemns US strike that killed Iran’s Soleimani http://bit.ly/37swKcc #NRTnews #Iraq #Iran #US #Baghdad

🐣 RT @KimGhatta 1 THREAD: Middle East waking up to incredible news of Qassem Suleimani’s killing in US strike in Iraq, at Baghdad airport. He had reportedly just flown back from Beirut. He was like a Middle East viceroy, trotting around region, giving orders, masterminding small and large ops 📌 https://twitter.com/KimGhattas/status/1212976875074662400?s=20

🐣 RT @ezraklein I keep coming back to this. The focus on Suleimani obscures what’s really happened here: ¤ We’ve gone to war with Iran. ¤ There’s been no congressional debate. No effort to secure allies, public support, or UN or NATO-backing. No discussion of trade-offs.

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson Two days ago
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheRickWilson 2019 In my darkest imagination, I just envisioned a Trump call to Bolton. “Keep quiet and I’ll give you a war with Iran…” ¤ Lurid? Crazy? Remember, Trump’s great gift as a con man is that he seeing into the deepest needs of his marks…

🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS The only thing we want to hear from you about is your conversations with Trump about your opposition to his corrupt freezing of military aid to extort Ukraine. Your duty to the nation is to tell us what you know about that before parading around cheerleading for more war.
🐣 RT @JoshRogin Official U.S. policy is that we are NOT seeking regime change in Iran. Bolton’s comments will undermine that claim.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnBolton in the making, this was a decisive blow against Iran’s malign Quds Force activities worldwide. Hope this is the first step to regime change in Tehran.
⋙⋙ 🐣 You still have to testify

🐣 RT @brianklaas Experienced, well-informed, intellectually curious presidents staffed by the world’s top experts & advisers would have a hard time managing the fallout from Soleimani. ¤ We’ve got Trump, who attacks his own experts on Twitter, and listens to Jared, Ivanka, and Fox & Friends.

WaPo: In major escalation, American strike kills top Iranian commander in Baghdad http://wapo.st/2tu33c0

NYT: Qassim Suleimani, Iranian General, Cast Long Shadow Over Middle East http://nyti.ms/2QLJNPg
// The hard-line military leader was seen by some as a potential future leader of Iran.

NYT: Top Iranian General Qassim Suleimani Is Killed on Trump’s Orders, Officials Say http://nyti.ms/2QjsIx4
// Suleimani was planning attacks on Americans across the region, leading to an airstrike in Baghdad, the Pentagon statement said. Iran’s supreme leader called for vengeance.

🐣 This all goes back to Trump’s narcissism in ripping up the Iran nuclear deal because any deal forged by Obama must be the ‘worst deal ever.’ And to respond to world leaders laughing at him at NATO and getting criticized for his other international blunders, like Kurds and NoKo.

🐣 RT @carlbildt With Iraq turned into a battlefield between US and Iran the already fragile state of Iraq will be weakened and the room for Daesh and other terrorist organizations will in all probability increase.

🐣 RT @khameini_Ir In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Dear Iranian Nation!
Years of sincere, brave efforts fighting against the devils& villainous in the world & yrs of wishing for martyrdom on the path of God finally took the dear Commander of Islam, Soleimani, to this lofty status. His blood was shed by the most barbaric of men./1

We congratulate Imam Mahdi (‘a.j.) & Soleimani’s pure soul& condole the Iranian nation on this great martyrdom. He was an eminent example of a person trained in Islam. He spent all his life in struggling for God. Martyrdom was the reward for his tireless efforts over the years./2

His efforts & path won’t be stopped by his martyrdom, by God’s Power, rather a #SevereRevenge awaits the criminals who have stained their hands with his & the other martyrs’ blood last night. Martyr Soleimani is an Intl figure of Resistance & all such people will seek revenge. /3

All friends—& enemies—know that Jihad of Resistance will continue with more motivation & definite victory awaits the fighters on this blessed path. The loss of our dear General is bitter. The continuing fight & ultimate victory will be more bitter for the murderers & criminals./4

The Iranian nation will honor the memory of the noble Major-General Soleimani & the martyrs with him—particularly the great Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis— & I declare 3 days of mourning across the nation. I condole & congratulate his family. /5
Sayyed Ali Khamenei
Jan 3, 2020

🐣 RT @RichardEngel Iran has options to respond to killing of Soleimani directly or through its allies: militias in iraq and syria, hezbollah in lebanon, friends in Yemen. A big question is: does it want a confrontation with US now, as govt has been facing its biggest domestic uprising in decades?

🐣 RT @McFaul Not good
⋙ 🐣 RT @RashaAlAqeedi Muqtada al Sadr gives orders via statement on twitter to revive Al Mahdi Army and Al-Yom Al-Maw’oud militias.

⭕ 2 Jan 2020

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw “The framers of the Constitution gave the authority to declare war to Congress…in part to prevent the United States from being drawn into conflict…without debate and consideration by the representatives of the people.”

🐣 RT @adgrandpadre “This strike went forward with no notification or consultation with Congress.” https://twitter.com/adegrandpre/status/1212955025875578880?s=20/photo/1
// Statement by Eliot Engel, Chair of House Foreign Affairs

🐣 RT @jimsciutto An escalating conflict with Iran will be unlike any war the US has fought before. Iran & its proxies have regional & global capabilities to attack civilian & diplomatic targets, US soldiers, ships & aircraft, economic targets incl shipping, oil pipelines & facilities, plus cyber.

DailyBeast, Maxwell Tani: Manafort Said Hannity Served as His Trump-Backchannel: Docs http://bit.ly/35hYv64
// The former campaign chairman “understood his conversations with Hannity to be a message from Trump” after he came under scrutiny by the feds, according to newly released memos.

🐣 RT @ mwhanna1 The United States is deployed legally in Iraq to advise and assist in the anti-ISIS campaign, which continues. Killing Soleimani and Muhandis likely makes its continuation impossible and will cripple US-Iraq relations. Making Iraq the forum for US-Iran conflict is frankly stupid

🐣 RT @SajadJiyad From an Iraqi perspective the news tonight fills me with dread of what’s next. There’s so many questions about how this will impact Iraq and what will happen to protests and the movement for reform & justice. What we have seen before is that when US-Iran butt heads Iraq gets hurt 📌 https://twitter.com/SajadJiyad/status/1212958441263828992?s=20 📌 https://twitter.com/SajadJiyad/status/1212955715167494144?s=20

💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Brett McGurk: We need to presume that we are now in a state of war with Iran’ http://on.msnbc.com/2trLhGm
// Brett McGurk, who served as special envoy on the global coalition to defeat ISIS under Pres. Obama and Pres. Trump, talks to Rachel Maddow about the serious implications of the strike on Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force.

🐣 RT @RedTRacoon Rachel Maddow is talking about how Qasem Soleimani was the architect of a particular deadly type of IED in Iraq called a EFP (shape charge) ¤ I was hit with an EFP. ¤ I almost died because of this man and I hate him. ¤ His assassination was the worst decision Trump could have made.

🐣 RT @TheLastWord .@wendyrsherman tells @Lawrence that the Trump administration’s “one-off action” to launch a strike that killed the top Iranian revolutionary guard commander could have “unbelievably horrific consequences” for the United States. https://on.msnbc.com/2Qjd5FZ

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Soleimani was responsible for unthinkable violence and world is better off without him. ¤ But Congress didn’t authorize and American people don’t want a war with Iran. ¤ All steps must now be taken to protect our forces against the almost inevitable escalation and increased risk.

🐣 RT @MiddleEastEye Adam Smith, chair of the House Armed Services Committee: ¤ I do not want war with Iran, and neither do the American people… The American people deserve to know why President Trump has brought us to the brink of another war and under what authorization”

WaPo: Pentagon launched airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, Defense Secretary Mark Esper says http://wapo.st/

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphtCT The justification for the assasination is to “deter future Iranian attacks”. ¤ One reason we don’t generally assasinate foreign political officials is the belief that such action will get more, not less, Americans killed. ¤ That should be our real, pressing and grave worry tonight.

🐣 RT @krystalball No one voted for this. No one authorized it. And yet here we are on the precipice of war with Iran. If we assassinated Soleimani, it’s hard to overstate just what a massive escalation and dangerous situation this President has just put us in.

🐣 RT @20committee Killing Soleimani is bigger than killing Bin Laden. ¤ He was smarter, craftier, and more ruthless than UBL. He killed more people too. Including thousands of Americans. ¤ He was a worthy adversary. He will never be forgotten. ¤ I’m still celebrating his death.

🐣 RT @lrozen Pentagon says US military killed Soleimani with aim of deterring future Iranian attack plans. [Statement:] https://twitter.com/lrozen/status/1212929197481611264?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman Pentagon: “At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.”

🐣 RT @brhodes Trump may have just started a war with no congressional debate. I really hope the worst case scenario doesn’t happen but everything about this situation suggests serious escalation to come.

🐣 RT @MiekeEoyang I honestly haven’t been this scared about what comes next since 9/11. And this time, the US very clearly instigated it.

🐣 RT @JoeNBC There will be a debate over the recklessness of this act, but a Middle East official told me tonight that this is the single most significant event in the Middle East since the US invaded Iraq.
⋙ 🐣 RT @PeterBeinart Suleimani has lots of blood on his hands. So did Saddam Hussein. And assassinating him is the single most reckless act of American foreign policy since the Iraq War.

🐣 RT @kellymagsamen I worked the Iran account for years at the NSC under two Presidents. I’m honestly terrified right now that we don’t have a functioning national security process to evaluate options and prepare for contingencies. God help us.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews There is a Trump Tweet for everything.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real [2011] In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran

🐣 RT @MalcolmNance WARNING WARNING: If the US killed Solimani & Mohandes in an air strike then expect the US Embassy under full scale siege by the end of tomorrow’s end of prayers. Convoy was struck by precision missiles and multiple Iraqis and 2 Iranian “guests” killed.
🐣 RT @juliaioffe Reports are coming out of Iraq that a U.S. drone strike has killed the Iranian Qassem Suleimani. If you want to know why that’s a BFD, read Dexter Filkin’s incredible 2013 profile of him.
🐣 RT @michealluo Dexter Filkins wrote the definitive profile of Qassem Suleimani.
⋙ NewYorker, Dexter Filkins (2013): The Shadow Commander http://bit.ly/39J0gN4
// 9/13/2013; Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria.
 

‼️U.S. kills Iranian Qassem Suleimani‼️

 
WaPo, Aaron Blake: New coverup questions in Trump’s Ukraine scandal http://wapo.st/2sItVFd

CNN: White House budget official told Pentagon that order to hold Ukraine aid came from Trump, national security site reports http://cnn.it/36kNySz

🐣 RT @EarlOfEnough BLOCKBUSTER:
📌 This isn’t just the smoking gun. It is literally the gun with somebody’s tiny fat fingers wrapped around it.
📌 TRUMP BROKE THE LAW, PEOPLE.
📌 The Pentagon repeatedly tried to stop him and he wouldn’t. ¤ READ
🐣 RT @Politics_PR New Ukraine docs mean the Senate must not sanction a ‘GOP-approved cover up’: Ex-prosecutor [Joyce Vance] http://j.mp/2sxyP8f
🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Schiff: “The disclosure of these incriminating documents reinforces the need for all of these materials to be produced, and that a fair trial in the Senate cannot take place without them … the Senate and the American people must ask, what else is the President hiding?”
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Just Security obtained unredacted Trump admin emails about withholding Ukraine military aid. ¤ “What is clear is that it all came down to the president and what he wanted; no one else appears to have supported his position.”
⋙⋙ JustSecurity, Kate Brannen: Exclusive: Unredacted Ukraine Documents Reveal Extent of Pentagon’s Legal Concerns http://bit.ly/39yzwPi

⭕ 1 Jan 2020

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣💙💙 RT @khamenei_Ir [Jan 1] That guy has tweeted that we see Iran responsible for the events in Baghdad & we will respond to Iran.
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.
WaPo Editorial: The Senate and the public need to hear from Mulvaney and Bolton http://wapo.st/2FdAeU2

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind As of 1/1/20:
*Trump – impeached
*Manafort – in prison
*Cohen – in prison
*Flynn – going to prison
*Stone – going to prison
*Gates – going to prison
*Prince, Giuliani, Parnas, Fruman – under investigation
*Lewandowski – not running
*reputations ruined
“All the president’s men.”

DailyBeast, Will Sommer: Trump Throws Fresh Fuel on Dangerous QAnon Conspiracy Theory http://bit.ly/2rLX95H
// The president’s recent retweets have conspiracists in overdrive. “Best case is we’re up getting a medal at the White House,” one QAnon luminary gushed.

🐣 RT @davidfrum Groups becoming more Democratic in Trump era:
Women
Blacks
Hispanics
Asians
College graduates
Millennials
Mormons
Urban voters
All Voters
Groups becoming more Republican
White evangelicals
White Catholics
Rural voters
https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/1212550909546373121?s=20/photo/1
⋙ Pew Poll (3/20/2018): Trends in party affiliation among demographic groups http://pewrsr.ch/2suOYvb

🐣 RT @TomJChicago 1 Trump’s dramatic dementia symptoms get the attention, yet the underlying event is his irreversible brain damage. This damage is from the buildup & improper breakdown of Tau protein (in my opinion) & is progressively reducing the size of his brain, killing neurons & leaving gaps 📌 https://twitter.com/TomJChicago/status/1212571396234260480?s=20

🐣 RT @Stratfor “The Russians have the capability to disrupt our power grid at least for a short time. Weve seen the Russians do that in Ukraine now twice, & I dont think were ready for that.” In this #podcast, @fred_burton talks with @robknake #TheFifthDomain.
⋙ 🔊 Stratfor (9/18): The Fifth Domain With Author Robert Knake http://bit.ly/39qibId

🐣 RT @litzz11 “I don’t think he can win this time. Despite being the most powerful political figure in America for the last three years, Trump hasn’t done anything to expand his base. And the Democrats will never again make the mistakes Hillary Clinton made…”
⋙ LATimes, Jon Weiner: 2020 will be the worst year of Trump’s life http://lat.ms/2Qfan4t
 
🐣 RT @neal_katyal THREAD ON IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL IN THE NEW YEAR. The conventional wisdom is that the Republicans in the Senate will rush to acquit Trump. I outline here why I think that overstates the case, and that the process has any number of variables in which things may change. 📌 https://twitter.com/neal_katyal/status/1212450406917271552?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal 6. First, because even McConnell has no appreciation for our system of law, others do. His statements blatantly violate his Oath, which requires him to do impartial justice. And our Constitution puts the Chief Justice in charge of the impeachment trial.
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal 7. Chief Justice Roberts will strive to do impartial justice, even if McConnell won’t. His New Year’s Eve Statement was characteristic.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal A timely message from our Chief Justice for 2020: “We should reflect on our duty to judge without fear or favor, deciding each matter with humility, integrity and dispatch. …
⋙⋙⋙ NYT: Impeachment Trial Looming, Chief Justice Reflects on Judicial Independence http://nyti.ms/2SMbs5d
// Chief Justice John Roberts’s year-end report on the judiciary praised civics education, but it was not hard to detect a timely subtext that appeared to be addressed to President Trump.
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal 8. Second, the case for blocking the witnesses is a really hard one. McConnell looks like he’s protecting a guilty man with something to hide. This weekend’s revelations in the @nytimes [sic]make McConnell’s position increasingly untenable.
⋙⋙ WaPo: Explosive new revelations just weakened Trump’s impeachment defenses http://wapo.st/2ZF1cNR
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal 9. Third, Dems are giving Trump what he wanted. During House proceedings, Trump said he wanted witnesses to testify, just in Senate not the House. Dems have called him on it. Bait&switch now? Trump is acting even more like a guilty man b/c he is afraid.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ Here’s Trump earlier this month insisting that he wants Mulvaney and Pompeo and Perry to testify in the Senate. http://bit.ly/36bvVEB Let’s hold him to it! https://twitter.com/EricColumbus/status/1210974989106761736?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal 10. It is no surprise @lisamurkowski raised concerns about McConnell & @SenatorCollins announced she is open to witnesses. I expect pressure to build. @MittRomney will be critical. Ultimately, I can see a resolution leaving these questions to CJ Roberts.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Politico Susan Collins said that she is “open to witnesses” in Trump’s impeachment trial and criticized Mitch McConnell for working closely with the White House
⋙⋙⋙ Politico: Susan Collins says she is ‘open to witnesses’ in impeachment trial http://politi.co/37rjAwb
// “It is inappropriate, in my judgment, for senators on either side of the aisle to prejudge the evidence,” she says.
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal 12. And that is why you see Trump’s support cracking in quarter after quarter. Christianity Today. Influential conservatives like @RameshPonnuru.
⋙⋙ NationalReview, Ramesh Ponnuru (12/19): Four Tests for Impeachment http://bit.ly/2Zd4fwp
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal 13. Apart from witnesses, longstanding Senate impeachment rules say that the President is summoned to appear in the Senate when impeached. Trump should testify. If he thinks he did nothing wrong, #SayItUnderOath. That’s what innocent people do, day in and day out.
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal 14. I have never felt the case for impeachment is political, it’s based on the rule of law. Whether it hurts Dems or helps Republicans is beside the point. It’s our duty. People like me just want process – a real trial where both sides make their case.
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal 15. And the thing that gets me the most, is that Trump is behaving like a guilty man. If this were such an easy case, as he claims, he should do what every other American does – face justice and tell his story. The fact that he is afraid to do that speaks volumes.
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal 16. Trump is afraid of the truth. ¤ And he is afraid of you and me knowing the truth. ¤ There is hope that our Senate will see that. ¤ END

🐣 RT @neal_katyal THREAD ON IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL IN THE NEW YEAR. The conventional wisdom is that the Republicans in the Senate will rush to acquit Trump. I outline here why I think that overstates the case, and that the process has any number of variables in which things may change. 📌 https://twitter.com/neal_katyal/status/1212450406917271552?s=20
 
WaPo, Stuart Stevens: Wake up, Republicans. Your party stands for all the wrong things now. http://wapo.st/2sGKj9c

🐣 RT @ABC Night-vision footage shows U.S. Marines landing at the Baghdad embassy. https://abcn.ws/2F887Wg 💽 https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1212308631665950720?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @RFERL 🇦🇹 🇧🇾 🇧🇴 🇧🇬 🇨🇲 🇨🇱 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇮🇱 🇮🇹 🇨🇮 🇱🇾 🇲🇬 🇲🇩 🇲🇪 🇲🇿 🇳🇱 🇲🇰 🇿🇦 🇸🇩 🇪🇸 🇨🇫 🇨🇩 🇺🇸 ¤ All of these countries have accused Russia of trying to meddle in their elections. What is going on? 💽 https://twitter.com/RFERL/status/1212312511107629056?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @leonidragozin Aside from OTT theatrics, this is a very powerful New Year address by President Zelensky which celebrates Ukraine’s diversity and portrays him as a leader for all Ukrainians, no matter what languages they speak and which political gods they worship. https://twitter.com/leonidragozin/status/1212315532956966914?s=20

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Happy new year to all. Am so grateful for this country and its freedoms, and for all of you. May our Constitution and its arc bend toward justice in the year to come.

 
━━━━━━━▼ FACTCHECK Ukraine Meddling Hunter Biden Chalupa

💙💙 ✅🔄 PolitiFact’s Trump-Ukraine-Biden coverage in one place http://bit.ly/38gaZOb Dozens of articles, starting 5/7/2019; continuously updated

✅ AP: How a debunked Ukraine theory endures against all evidence http://bit.ly/2R768Hi by Amanda Seitz, Eric Tucker and Richard Lardner
// 1/12/2020; 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

✅ PolitiFact: Fact-checking House Republicans’ impeachment report defending Trump on Ukraine http://bit.ly/351fme0
// 12/4/2019

✅ WaPo FactChecker, Glenn Kessler: GOP tries to connect dots on Biden and Ukraine, but comes up short http://wapo.st/361zKeX FOUR PINOCCHIOS 🍄🍄🍄🍄
// 12/4/2019

President Trump has falsely claimed that then-Vice President Joe Biden pressured the Ukrainian government to fire Shokin, the top Ukrainian prosecutor, because he was investigating Ukraine’s largest private gas company, Burisma, at a time when Hunter Biden was on the Burisma board. In fact, the opposite is true — Joe Biden was carrying out administration policy, coordinated with European allies, to press for the removal of Shokin because he was not investigating corruption. …

Republicans are clearly trying to connect some dots to give an impression of malfeasance by Biden. But they are looking at the wrong dots. Nothing significant appears to have happened in February 2016 except primarily the reinstatement of a previous court order. Instead, Zlochevsky’s assets had been seized a year earlier and were only briefly not under a court order because of a prosecutorial error.

In other words, there would have been no reason for Biden to raise the supposed raid of Zlochevsky’s home in his phone calls. Moreover, as we’ve shown, Biden’s aides at the time say that neither Burisma nor Zlochevsky was raised in the calls.

💙💙 ✅ PolitiFact: What we know about the Politico story at the heart of a Ukraine conspiracy theory http://bit.ly/2LojVr3
// 12/3/2019; Ken Vogel, Alexandra Chalupa

WaPo, Philip Bump: This is what Ukraine’s ‘interference’ looked like, according to Republicans http://wapo.st/35Z5a5Y
// 12/2/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Republican Impeachment Defense Claims Trump’s Ukraine Pressure Was Apolitical http://nyti.ms/33IfE7S
// // 12/2/2019; In a report intended to counter Democrats’ impeachment case against President Trump, Republicans will argue his efforts to get Ukraine to investigate his rivals had nothing to do with politics.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: The latest defense of Trump is a total scam. Republicans just confirmed it themselves. http://wapo.st/
// 12/2/2019; 1. Collins: Trump cares about corruption, 2. “Senator Kennedy’s laughable spin”

✅ WaPo, Glenn Kessler (Dec): Not enough Pinocchios for Trump’s CrowdStrike obsession http://wapo.st/2sXyzzy 🍄🍄🍄🍄
// 12/2/2019

BusinessInsider: NBC’s Chuck Todd grills Sen. John Kennedy for echoing Putin’s talking points and doing Trump’s ‘dirty work’ http://bit.ly/33Ay5vm
// 12/1/2019

✅ PBS: AP Fact Check: Trump’s Ukraine defense collides with facts http://to.pbs.org/34IaXfF
// 11/30/2019

✅ Politifact: Fact-checking Trump’s falsehoods on Fox & Friends about Ukraine, impeachment and Mueller report http://bit.ly/2rHGaRR
// 11/22/2019

✅ Politifact: No, Ukraine didn’t indict Burisma on Wednesday http://bit.ly/33G8kKj
// 11/22/2019

✅ FactCheck.org: Trump Repeats False Ukraine Claims http://bit.ly/2sC2VXK
// 11/22/2019

WashingtonExaminer: Intelligence officials warned senators Russia tried to blame 2016 election interference on Ukraine http://washex.am/2Rar9m4
// 11/22/2019

💙 NYT: Charges of Ukrainian Meddling? A Russian Operation, U.S. Intelligence Says http://nyti.ms/2OFy4kl
// 11/22/2019; Moscow has run a yearslong operation to blame Ukraine for its own 2016 election interference. Republicans have used similar talking points to defend President Trump in impeachment proceedings.

Axios: Senators briefed that CrowdStrike theory is Russian-backed disinformation campaign http://bit.ly/33CJWcb
// 11/22/2019

CNN: Senators were briefed on Russian campaign to blame Ukraine for 2016 election meddling in the fall http://cnn.it/2Y6n18d
// 11/22/2019

✅ NBCNews: Does Ukraine have the DNC server like Trump says? We fact checked that. http://nbcnews.to/2P89VTG
// 11/22/2019; A day earlier, a key impeachment witness — Trump’s former Russia expert — called this conspiracy a “fictional narrative” that serves Moscow’s interests.

✅ Politifact: Fiona Hill and conspiracy theories about Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know http://bit.ly/35UYkOQ
// 11/22/2019

✅ AP FACT CHECK: Trump, GOP claims on Ukraine corruption http://bit.ly/2DzhSfm
// 11/21/2019

TheFederalist, Chrissy Clark: Media Acknowledged Ukrainian Meddling Until It Hurt Impeachment Efforts http://bit.ly/2Pad3ym
● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1201563217945911296?s=20/photo/1
// 11/21/2019; Apparently these sources were used by Sen John Kennedy (R-AL) as evidence Ukraine meddled in 2016 election. They were cited without links or even titles, but I found them based on media source, date and topic.

“As the endless impeachment hearings drag on, congressional Democrats and the mainstream media are pushing the narrative that Ukraine meddling in the 2016 election is a fictitious theory. But that’s not what they said just after President Trump won the election.

“‘It’s not just that [Trump] subverted U.S. policy for this fictitious theory about Ukrainian meddling in the election. Which, by the way, the absolute, unanimous conclusion is it was Russia, not Ukraine, is a conclusion based on fact.’ CNN’s Andy McCabe said.”

[ The article doesn’t provide links or article titles, just dates, but I looked them up: ]

● FinancialTimes, Roman Olearchyk: Ukraine’s leaders campaign against ‘pro-Putin’ Trump http://on.ft.com/2DDFM9B
// 8/26/2018; Fears over effect Republican’s victory would have on US policy towards Kiev

● Politico, Ken Vogel and David Stern: Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire http://politi.co/2XBjFcp
// 1/11/2017; Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton.

● FinancialTimes, Demetri Sevastopulo and Courtney Weaver: Moscow’s cyber warriors in Ukraine linked to US election http://on.ft.com/34D2FG1
// 12/21/2016; Security firm accuses Russian intelligence’s ‘Fancy Bear’ hackers

● Politico, Ken Vogel, David Stern and Josh Meyer: Manafort faced blackmail attempt, hacks suggest http://politi.co/2Y6Vq6G
// 2/23/2017; Stolen texts appear to show threats to expose relations among Russia-friendly forces, Trump and his former campaign chairman.

● NYT, Andrew E Kramer: Ukraine Court Rules Manafort Disclosure Caused ‘Meddling’ in U.S. Election http://nyti.ms/2PbKjFM
// 12/12/2018; [this ruling was overturned]

✅ BBC: Trump impeachment inquiry: Three Republican claims fact-checked http://bbc.in/37XAyDt
// 11/19/2019

💙 ✅ WaPo FactChecker, Glenn Kessler (10/8/2019): The GOP theory that Ukraine ‘set up’ Trump http://wapo.st/2CPohCV
// 11/18/2019

≣ GaslitNation: Alexandra Chalupa Interview [Transcript] http://bit.ly/2XpKT68
// undated; 19p

✅ CNN, Daniel Dale: Fact check: A list of 45 ways Trump has been dishonest about Ukraine and impeachment http://cnn.it/2XlvzaR
// 11/16/2019

✅ NBCConnecticutt: AP Fact Check: GOP Presses Empty Ukraine Meddling Theory http://bit.ly/2YbXQBg
// 11/13/2019; The first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump was held Wednesday

✅ USAToday: Factcheck: Trump wrong on European aid to Ukraine http://bit.ly/33Gj5fi
// 11/13/2019

💙💙 BuzzFeedNews, Ryan Broderick (11/4): How A Viral Article On Facebook Convinced Trump’s Inner Circle They Had Found Their Very Own Ukrainian “Whistleblower” http://bit.ly/2YfgVCA
// 11/4/2019; Andriy Telizhenko has propelled himself from a minor functionary at the Ukrainian Embassy to a bespoke purveyor of conspiracy theories to Republican senators, Russian media, and Rudy Giuliani.

… Telizhenko possesses a key piece of currency that many of his peers don’t: a major Politico story that includes his name significantly. Since the piece’s publication, he’s been able to parlay the name-check into a political consultancy business and meetings with senators and the president’s personal lawyer.

Written by Ken Vogel and Ukraine-based reporter David Stern, the story is titled “Ukrainian Efforts to Sabotage Trump Backfire.” Vogel left Politico in June 2017 and joined the New York Times, where he has continued to cover Ukraine’s role in US politics, Stern has recently been doing the same for the Washington Post. Although it was largely forgotten in the mainstream discourse, the 2017 story caused a massive shockwave across the conservative fringe. It’s regularly posted to 4chan and Reddit as smoking gun proof of Democratic collusion. It was linked to by right-wing news site Daily Wire as recently as last month.

Telizhenko, then working for the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, told Vogel and Stern that in March of 2016, Oksana Shulyar, a top aide for Ukrainian Ambassador to the US Valeriy Chaly, asked him to help Ukrainian American DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa research connections between Trump, his campaign chair Paul Manafort, and the Russian government. …

Telizhenko presents himself as stumbling across the purported conspiracy inadvertently, claiming that Chalupa solicited the Ukrainian Embassy’s assistance to build a case against Manafort, who was later indicted and found guilty on eight counts and pleaded guilty to counts of conspiracy. …

… Telizhenko resurfaced in the summer of 2018 on the Ukrainian news site Strana.UA, whose editor fled Ukraine for Vienna amid threats to his life in 2018. Telizhenko repeated his story to the pro-Russian outlet — Chalupa tried to solicit help from the Ukrainian Embassy to do opposition research on Manafort. But in this story, he claimed that Poroshenko worked with Chalupa to discredit the Trump campaign. Telizhenko also mentions his appearance in the Politico story as a way of adding legitimacy to his story. …

The first original English interview with Telizhenko of the post-Spygate cycle was conducted by former Breitbart journalist Lee Stranahan, who left the hyperpartisan news site in April 2017 to join Russian state-run news site Sputnik News. Stranahan, following his move to Sputnik News in April 2017, told the Atlantic, “I’m on the Russian payroll now, when you work at Sputnik you’re being paid by the Russians. That’s what it is. I don’t have any qualms about it.”

Stranahan conducted the interview on Periscope, but it was soon embedded and written up by Sputnik News, which included a link to the 2017 Politico article as a way to validate the Stranahan conversation. “I spoke to Lee Stranahan because he was asking for an interview for a long time. And he promised it wouldn’t go on Sputnik, but it went on Sputnik. But he did it in a professional way. He said, ‘I am not pro-Russian,’” Telizhenko said. “That was the deal.”

Following Stranahan’s interview, Telizhenko started appearing more frequently in American far-right media. In November 2018, he appeared on the same Infowars radio show episode as Roger Stone. Gateway Pundit wrote multiple stories about him, the first in December 2018 and the second in March this year.

… On March 20, Telizhenko tweeted the Gateway Pundit article at far-right activist Jack Posobiec and Donald Trump Jr. The next day, he tweeted at John Solomon, a former opinion writer at the Hill, then at Fox News host Sean Hannity, and then at Solomon again.

“I wanted someone to look into my story,” Telizhenko said. “I effectively reached out to them because I figured they were also interested in something in Ukraine.”

On March 24, Telizhenko went on another Twitter self-promotion push, tweeting at Fox News contributor Sara Carter and host Sean Hannity, asking them to “look into DNC Ukraine collusion.” Then he tweeted at Dan Bongino, then at Hannity again, then at Bongino again, then Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton and President Trump, then finally at Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz. Telizhenko’s tweetstorm began to wind down on March 25 with a tweet at Giuliani; then on March 27, Telizhenko tweeted the Politico article at Giuliani and Trump one last time.

None of the big names Telizhenko tweeted at publicly engaged with him, either via a reply, like, or retweet. None of them follow him either. But a month later, the tweets to Solomon paid off, when the Hill ran an interview with him. (Telizhenko told BuzzFeed News that Solomon reached out to him.) …

Solomon’s work has shaped much of the conservative news coverage around the Ukrainian–DNC collusion conspiracy theory. Solomon began reporting on possible Ukrainian collusion in April this year, publishing allegations made by Kostiantyn Kulyk, the deputy head of Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s International Legal Cooperation Department, which claimed Ukrainian law enforcement had evidence that Democrats attempted to interfere in the 2016 election.

Solomon’s first interview with Telizhenko, published on April 25, was the most-shared story featuring the Ukrainian since the Politico story. According to BuzzSumo, it received 68,000 engagements on Facebook and 34,000 shares on Twitter. According to social metrics site Crowdtangle, the two largest Facebook groups or pages that linked to it were the Hill’s main page (1.3 million followers) and “The Committee to Defend the President” (over 880,000 followers). Of the four Hill articles Telizhenko’s name has appeared in since last spring, Solomon, who did not return requests for comment, has written three.

Telizhenko also worked in Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office, between June 2014 and November 2015, before Yuriy Lutsenko became prosecutor general, but overlapping with Ukraine’s special anti-corruption prosecutor, Nazar Kholodnytsky, whom Giuliani interviewed in 2019.

“We kept in touch. We talked for some time,” Telizhenko said of Kholodnytsky. “Last time I spoke with him was last year.”

It looks as if his efforts to curry favor with Trump’s inner circle by members of the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office were actually part of a larger plan to oust Marie Yovanovitch, the US ambassador to Ukraine and a vocal anti-corruption critic. The Trump administration recalled Yovanovitch in May.

In a deposition given to congressional committees last month, she said that she was told that Trump had lost confidence in her and that there had been a concerted campaign against her and pressure from the president to remove her since the summer of 2018.

But Telizhenko denied that Ukrainian prosecutors coming forward had anything to do with the ousting of Yovanovitch. “They just wanted to protect what was going on in the prosecutor’s office from the interference from the liberal-sided state department officials,” he said. …

Although Telizhenko’s conservative media blitz may not have landed him on Fox News, it was successful enough to get him a seat at the table with Giuliani — literally. According to the joint US House committees’ investigation and confirmed by Telizhenko, Republican operative Victoria Toensing organized a meeting between him and Giuliani at the former mayor’s office in New York in May. (Toensing also currently represents Solomon.) …

A month after the interview with Giuliani, Telizhenko met with Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson in Washington, DC. … Johnson has emerged as a central figure in the impeachment investigation, both as an investigator and a figure in the investigation. …

Throughout it all, the engine of Telizhenko’s rise from low-level embassy employee to alt-whistleblower is the Facebook traffic around the 2017 Politico story that names him. According to Crowdtangle, on Sept. 23 of this year, the story started to go viral on Facebook again — a day after President Trump acknowledged that he had discussed Hunter Biden and a missing DNC server in a phone call with Ukraine’s president. It began with a user from Flushing, New York, sharing it to a 3,000-person group called “YourVoice America Group.”

“While the Democrats and the lapdog media has been spending their time making up Trump Administration scandals, they’ve been ignoring the real political scandals coming out of Ukraine,” the user wrote.

Then that same user shared with the same copy-and-pasted the same text to three other groups, “Crowdsource the Truth,” “LIFT — Long Islanders for Trump,” and “ActivistsUnited for Transparent Democracy” in quick succession. The Politico link made its way through a network of fan groups for Fox News hosts like Jesse Watters, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson. It finally got its first surge of traffic on Oct. 1, when it was shared to “Bill O’Reilly fan group.” The next day, it was on Rush Limbaugh’s verified Facebook page where it was shared 700 times. Two weeks later, it was shared on the verified Facebook page for Mark Levin, a right-wing radio host, where it was shared 7,000 times.

And from the fan pages, Telizhenko finally made it to the mainstream of conservative media. His name appeared in Fox News article for the first time in September. He appeared on Glenn Beck’s YouTube show on Oct. 19. The episode was titled “Whistleblowing AGAINST the DNC.” Telizhenko also managed to snag a segment on One America News Network, being interviewed by Jack Posobiec.

Throughout everything, Telizhenko has vehemently denied working with Russian media. “I don’t like that [the Russian media] is using this. I’m against it. I’m getting calls from the Russians asking for an interview,” he said.

At the same time, though, when asked how he feels about the fact that what he’s doing could be used to disrupt the impeachment process or the 2020 US election, he’s wholly dismissive.

“I don’t think I have the weight to disrupt the elections for 2020 with a story that happened in 2016 — four years prior to today,” he said. “I saw that there’s a lot of other websites using my talks or interviews and they have their own narrative or story. I don’t have any action over that. I try not to get involved.”

✅ Bloomberg: On Bidens and Ukraine, Wild Claims With Little Basis http://bloom.bg/2Kf8m4W
// 10/9/2019

✅ PolitiFact: PolitiFact, Louis Jacobson: Donald Trump’s accusations about Hunter Biden and a payout from China: A closer look http://bit.ly/2OidDLW not illegal; HB was unpaid board member; company raised $4.2M (not $1.5B), Hunter invested $420K; no returns realized
// 10/2/2019

Vox, Matt Yglesias: Hunter Biden, the black sheep who might accidentally bring down Trump, explained http://bit.ly/2OrAIM3
// 10/1/2019; A troubled guy at the center of the fake scandal that became a real scandal.

✅ WaPo FactChecker, Glenn Kessler: A quick guide to Trump’s false claims about Ukraine and the Bidens http://wapo.st/2sKBVoS
// 9/27/2019

🐣 RT @NBCNews President Trump’s claims appear to be at the center of a scandal involving a phone call with Ukraine’s president, in which he reportedly pressed for a probe of his political rival.
⋙ NBCNews: There’s no evidence for Trump’s Biden-Ukraine accusations. What really happened? http://nbcnews.to/2mzVcGA
// Trump’s claims appear to be at the center of a scandal involving a phone call with Ukraine’s president, in which Trump reportedly pressed for a probe of his political rival.
// 9/25/2019

✅ NPR, Greg Myre: What Were The Bidens Doing In Ukraine? 5 Questions Answered http://n.pr/2kUuHuZ
// 9/24/2019

1. So what did Joe Biden do in Ukraine?
2. What role did Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden play in Ukraine?
3. Is there any sign of wrongdoing by either Joe Biden or his son Hunter Biden?
4. How do Trump and his supporters see Joe Biden’s work?
5. What’s next?

DailyBeast, Anna Nemtsova: Ukraine Likely to Reopen Probe of Hunter Biden Firm: Sources http://bit.ly/2mwUXfi
// 9/24/2019; President Zelensky came to office vowing to fight corruption, and it looks like he’ll open a lot of cases shut by shady prosecutors. But the focus is on Ukraine, not the U.S.

AP, Stephen Braun and Lynn Berry: The story behind Biden’s son, Ukraine and Trump’s claims http://bit.ly/2kUQBOR
// 9/23/2019

🐣 RT @jennycohn1 It is important to understand that the Trump regime is LYING when it says that prosecutor Shokin—who Biden & the EU called out—wanted to investigate Burisma’s corruption. It was the opposite. Shokin enabled Burisma’s corruption by refusing to turn over evidence to the UK. 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1176333122507440129?s=20
// 9/23/2019; Hunter Biden

MMFA, Courtney Hagle and Bobby Lewis: Debunking lies about Trump, Biden, Ukraine, and the whistleblower http://bit.ly/2l05I9O research contributed by Courtney Hagel and Eric Kleefeld
// 9/23/2019

✅ CNN, Daniel Dale: Fact check: What Trump has been getting wrong on Biden and Ukraine http://cnn.it/2mZxIef
// 9/23/2019; Hunter Biden

✅ PolitiFact, Louis Jacobson and John Kruzel: Trump’s Ukraine call, a whistleblower and the Bidens: What we know, what we don’t http://bit.ly/2mSDu14
// 9/23/2019; Hunter Biden

✅ WaPo FactChecker, Glenn Kessler and Salvador Rizzo: Fact-checking Trump’s latest claims on Biden and Ukraine http://wapo.st/2muacWl No there there.
// 9/23/2019; Hunter Biden

💙💙 🔆 WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump has been openly trying to leverage Ukraine to his political benefit for months http://wapo.st/2m6eRxr
// 9/20/2019

💙💙 🔆 DailyBeast, Anna Nemtsova: Ukrainian Official: Trump Wants Dirt ‘To Discredit Biden’ http://bit.ly/2mrtjR4
// 9/20/2019

✅ PolitiFact, Louis Jacobson: Fact-checking Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and Ukraine http://bit.ly/2mqKylA
● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1176620172830023680?s=20/photo/1
// 9/24/2019; “Half-True”

The image gets individual pieces of this assertion right — Hunter Biden was a director of the company, and Joe Biden did leverage U.S. aid to fire a prosecutor. But it overreaches by assuming that Joe Biden acted to protect the company his son was affiliated with. In reality, there was widespread agreement in the West that the existing prosecutor had to go, and it’s not clear that the company would have benefited from his ouster anyway, given evidence that its cases had long been dormant.

✅ FactCheck.org, Eugene Kiely: Trump Twists Facts on Biden and Ukraine http://bit.ly/2liUTjn
// 9/24/2019; Hunter Biden

Politico: Biden wages war on Hunter-Ukraine reporting http://politi.co/2lx49jR
// 9/24/2019; ‘You saw what happened to Hillary in 2016 with all of the ridiculous coverage about her emails. That’s not going to happen with us. We learned.’

WashingtonExaminer, Joseph Simonson: Business efforts of Biden brother and son prompt new questions over influence peddling http://washex.am/
// 8/15/2019

Politico, Ben Schreckinger: Biden Inc. http://politi.co/2mGFxoQ
// Over his decades in office, ‘Middle-Class Joe’s’ family fortunes have closely tracked his political career.
// 8/2/2019

NewYorker, Adam Entous (7/1): Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign? http://bit.ly/2kx7q28
// 7/1/2019, background

VanityFair, Rachel Dodes: Hunter Biden Is the Best Thing That Could Happen to Joe Biden http://bit.ly/2mHGsW0
// 6/27/2019; If Biden is in fact the Democratic nominee in 2020, his son’s messy personal life might actually be an advantage.

DailyBeast, Erin Banco and Asawin Suebsaeng: House Dems Ready to Investigate Giuliani’s Ukraine Shenanigans http://bit.ly/2WuuXCp
// 6/7/2019; The president’s lawyer says he welcomes the scrutiny and plans to turn it to his advantage.

DailyBeast, Lachlan Markay: Trumpworld Lobbyists Cut Check to Giuliani’s Ukraine ‘Investigator’ http://bit.ly/2QU9CN1
// 6/6/2019; A payment to Global Energy Producers’ Lev Parnas was revealed in federal court proceedings, in which a former partner is attempting to recoup money over a movie deal gone bad.

Bloomberg: Ukraine Prosecutor Says No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Bidens http://bloom.bg/2kJF6tz By Daryna Krasnolutska , Kateryna Choursina , and Stephanie Baker
// 5/16/2019
● Hunter Biden, Burisma not targets, despite Giuliani’s pleas
● Long-running investigation said to focus on another Ukrainian

Law&Crime, Jeremy Smith: Ukrainian Prosecutor Rains on Giuliani’s Parade, Says There’s No Evidence the Bidens Broke the Law http://bit.ly/2mFSpvK
// 5/16/2019

FreeBeacon, Brent Sched: Hunter Biden’s China Deal Partners Include Mobster Whitey Bulger’s Nephew, John Kerry’s Stepson http://bit.ly/2l6jJmn
// 5/13/2019

Vox, Gabriela Resto-Montero: Rudy Giuliani cancels Ukraine trip amid criticism he’s courting election interference http://bit.ly/31cQdeL
// 5/11/2019; The president’s lawyer wants Ukrainian officials to investigate a call Joe Biden made about corruption.

TheIntercept, Robert Mackey (May): A Republican Conspiracy Theory About a Biden-in-Ukraine Scandal Has Gone Mainstream. But It Is Not True. http://bit.ly/2muqizk
// 5/10/2019

Wonkette: Rudy Colludy Twisting Ukraine’s Arm To Investigate Joe Biden http://bit.ly/2XtXRiJ
// 5/10/2019

NYT, Kenneth Vogel: Rudy Giuliani Plans Ukraine Trip to Push for Inquiries That Could Help Trump http://nyti.ms/2VcNlKH
// 5/9/2019

TheAtlantic, Peter Nicholas: Trump’s Biden Plan? It Could Get Dirty. http://bit.ly/2l6doaz
// Should Biden remain atop the 2020 field, Donald Trump and his allies may attack the former vice president’s family.
// 5/2/2019

NYT, Kenneth Vogel and Iuliia: Biden Faces Conflict of Interest Questions That Are Being Promoted by Trump and Allies http://nyti.ms/2lsdSrL
// 5/1/2019

Vox, Murray Waas (2018): Exclusive: Paul Manafort advised White House on how to attack and discredit investigation of President Trump http://bit.ly/2PCPrRe
// 12/14/2018; We now have details as to how the indicted former campaign manager worked with the president to undermine federal law enforcement.

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay (2017): Team Trump’s Gotcha on Ukraine-DNC ‘Collusion’ Is Total B.S. and Trump Aides Know It http://bit.ly/
// 7/13/2017; It’s like ‘trying to make the Lewinsky scandal about Bob Dole getting a blowjob.’

Politico, Kenneth Vogel (2017): Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire http://politi.co/2XBjFcp
// 1/11/2017; Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton.

NakedCapitalism, Richard Smith (2014): R. Hunter Biden Should Declare Who Really Owns His New Ukrainian Employer, Burisma Holdings http://bit.ly/2Qur6jd
// 5/21/2014; deep dive with conspiratorial overtones; some notes more recent
⋙ MediaBias/Fact-check for NakedCapitalism: “LEFT-CENTER BIAS These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias.  They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to […]”
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