Trump & 🇷🇺Russia & 🇺🇦Ukraine

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

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

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

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

 

🇷🇺 Press Here For Recent 2020 Articles

📀 Press Here For Impeachment Trial on Cspan

Press Here For Biden/Burisma/Ukraine Fact Checks

🇷🇺 Press Here For 2019

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

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

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

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

Russian Intelligence Services:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

By @WendySiegelman
 

Key Documents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

By @Jzikah
 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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


 
⭕ 6 Jul 2020

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Putin sent a telegram congratulating Trump on America’s Independence Day. Interesting move. By avoiding a phone call Putin also avoided any direct pressure to address reports about the Kremlin paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers. https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1279819305216024577?s=20

⭕ 5 Jul 2020

WaPo, EJ Dionne: A vicious culture war is all Trump has left http://wapo.st/2C3lHMl “[W]e face months of being led by someone so desperate to avoid defeat that he will warp our history, shatter what little unity we have left, and leave it to others to clear the wreckage”
// Trump’s spiteful and hostile moves over the July 4 weekend are alarming. But they are also a sign of weakness.

💙 WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump’s ‘Toe-tally-terry-tism’ speech http://wapo.st/2ZDiTh7 “It is all froth, anger and white resentment … His enemies are other Americans; his understanding of American greatness is utterly defective“
// Trump delivers a bookend to his “American carnage” speech.

NYRB, David Rothkopf: ‘The Most Ignorant and Unfit’: What Made America’s Worst Ever Leader? http://bit.ly/2AA1j5a “November’s election is a judgment day for this nation’s form of republican government. Or else, only ‘civil commotion’ awaits us”

🐣 RT @McFaul According to reporting including @MeetThePress, Trump called Putin 6 times in 2 months – March 30th, April 9th, April 10th, April 12, May 7th, June 1 ! That would be a crazy number of calls to any foreign leader. But to Putin? What on earth were they discussing? So strange.

🐣 RT @MeetThePress “We are at a moment where our democracy is at stake, where our leadership role in the world is at stake, where the lives of tens of thousands of Americans are on the line — lost to incompetence and callous leadership.” — @AmbassadorRice exclusively on #MTP. #IfItsSunday

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Trump survives via distraction. No matter how bad the next scandal is, the country moves on & so, he avoids any accountability. Boggles the mind to think the GOP will give Trump a pass for kowtowing to Putin who paid for Taliban to kill our troops, but it sure looks that way.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Weinsteinlaw So are the Republicans in Congress just going to move right past Trump letting Russia target our troops?

⭕ 4 Jul 2020

🐣 RT @GeorgeTakei Listen up. The second half of 2020 will likely deliver all manner of chaos, with new lows we yet sink to. From the banal, to the horrifying, to the deadly…it’s all on the table. That means, more than ever, we need to stay focused and determined. Eyes on the prize, friends.

NYT: 239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne http://nyti.ms/38E0XXX
// The W.H.O. has resisted mounting evidence that viral particles floating indoors are infectious, some scientists say. The agency maintains the research is still inconclusive.

💙 🐣 RT @danielsgoldman 99 years ago, my grandmother was a baby when her family escaped anti-Semitism in Russia and made it to the US. She was six months old and began to cry as her family crossed the border river at night. As others threatened to throw her overboard, she miraculously stopped crying.
⋙ 🐣 RT @danielsgoldman Coming through Ellis Island, she was welcomed by the Statue of Liberty. She and her five older brothers lived the American dream — one brother ran a store to put the rest through school. ¤ Happy Birthday America. We will restore our faith in you on November 3rd.

🐣 RT @BillKristol A 4th of July video from Republican Voters Against Trump: Happy Birthday, America. Let’s make the next 4th of July better than this one.@RVAT2020 💽 https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1279018413051052032?s=20/photo/1
// Republican Voters Against Trump ad❣

💽 WaPo: On the country’s birthday, Biden offers hopeful counterpoint to Trump’s message http://wapo.st/31MgIui “We have a chance to rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country. We have a chance to live up to the words that have founded this nation.”

💙 TheGuardian, Ted Widmer: Love of science, not Trump’s ignorance, will make America great again http://bit.ly/3e0lSFF “More than 20,000 patents were issued in the North during the war years. In the South, it was different. … [S]lavery depended on the suppression of information”
// Amid a pandemic, the president rails against reason itself. The passions of his predecessors throw his failure into sharp relief

⭕ 3 Jul 2020

🐣 RT @votevets This July 4th, there is a new name synonymous with traitor. Move over Benedict Arnold. Meet… ¤ #BenedictDonald ¤ #TRE45ON https://twitter.com/votevets/status/1279097817240305670?s=20/photo/1
// Vote Vets ad❣ West Point Russian bounties Afghanistan

🧵 RT @atrupar [7/3/2020 Trump in South Dakota] 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1279236923945553920?s=20

🐣 RT @McFaul Trump obviously has no idea what words like facism and totalitarianism mean. To those who wrote that speech, shame on you. To those that cleared on this speech, shame on you. Perhaps the most un- American speech ever delivered by an American president, on the eve of July 4th.

🐣 RT @duty2warn Malignant narcissists cannot apologize, empathize, or show contrition. They harbor such grandiose opinions of self, that they cannot admit any imperfection. They cannot reverse course. They cannot pivot. The GOP will learn it hard. They cannot control nor fix their naked Emperor.

WaPo: New York prosecutors appeal in Manafort case seen as a backstop if Trump pardons him http://wapo.st/3gqeDIE

🐣 RT @danielsgoldman This is scary. And while the fact that Trump never denounced Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — much less called it a national security emergency — consistency has never been his thing. ¤ Be forewarned: Trump will do anything to stay in power.
⋙ Newsweek: Timothy Wirth and Tom Rogers: How Trump Could Lose the Election—And Still Remain President http://bit.ly/3gtfaJT

🐣 RT @renato_mariotti U.S. Attorneys are supposed to be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. ¤ It looks like Barr is once again trying to install a loyalist into a key U.S. Attorney’s Office in order to increase his control over prosecutions there.
⋙ 🐣 RT @holmescnn The Justice Department is considering replacing the US attorney in Brooklyn with a senior department official close to Attorney General William #Barr, officials briefed on the matter said. By @davidgshortell @evanperez @KaraScannell #JusticeDepartment
⋙⋙ CNN: Justice Department considering replacing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr ally http://cnn.it/2BseUMt

🐣 RT @alfonslopeztena How long can a political system seek to remake itself before triggering either a backlash from those most threatened by change or a realization by the change makers that their goals can no longer be realized within the present order?By @charleskingdc
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Charles King: How a Great Power Falls Apart http://fam.ag/3dX7A8o “the antidote to hopelessness isn’t hope. It’s planning”
// Jul-Aug issue, 6/30/2020; Decline Is Invisible From the Inside

⭕ 2 Jul 2020

🧵 RT @rgoodlaw A Timeline of Trump’s acts of accommodation to Russia while US intelligence agencies reported Putin was paying militants to kill American soldiers (February-June 2020) from @jgeltzer @DaniSchulkin and me. #RussianBounty 📌 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1278676571352637441?s=20

FinTimes, Edward Luce: How America could fail its democracy test http://bit.ly/3iodQcY
// High risk that Donald Trump and Joe Biden could dispute November’s presidential result

⭕ 1 Jul 2020

WaPo, Michael McFaul: Trump would do anything for Putin. No wonder he’s ignoring the Russian bounties. http://wapo.st/31KdhnP Michael McFaul was US Ambassador to Russia under President Obama
// Russia’s pattern of hostility matches Trump’s pattern of accommodation.

🐣 RT @giacomonyt Oh my goodness. The Lincoln Project is not letting up on Trump.
⋙ 🐣 RT @gtconway3d Помогите нам удалить товарища Д. Дж. Трампа из Белого дома! ¤ Поддержите @ProjectLincoln! 💽 https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1278434731454017536?s=20/photo/1
// Project Lincoln ad❣ in Russian

NYT: Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say http://nyti.ms/2YSeCaA
// A small-time businessman became a key middleman for bounties on coalition troops in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence reports say. Friends saw him grow rich, but didn’t know how.

NYT, Timothy Naftali: How Generations of Russians Have Tried to Influence American Elections http://nyti.ms/3ipNozx Review of “America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference” by David Shimer

🐣 RT @tribelaw Donald Trump now says he doesn’t believe our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia is paying bounties to Taliban who kill U.S. troops. Why not? Because . . . wait for it: ¤ Because Putin TOLD him Russia isn’t doing that. Shades of Helsinki. Can this really be happening?

‼️WaPo: White House does not plan any immediate response over intelligence reports on Russian bounties targeting U.S. troops http://wapo.st/3dPCtM7 “President Trump does not believe the reports are true or ‘actionable,’ according to two senior administration officials”

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson Hearing that even though the Senate Coward Caucus is publicly sticking with Trump over letting Putin pay the Taliban to murder American soldiers that there is a Great Disturbance In the Farce inside the caucus.

NYT, David Sanger and Eric Schmitt: Trump’s New Russia Problem: Unread Intelligence and Missing Strategy http://nyti.ms/2NMZ9SM “[T]he president repeatedly objected to criticizing Russia & pressed us not to be so critical of Russia publicly,” John Bolton notes in his memoir
// High-level clearance is not required to see that the list of Russian aggressions in recent weeks rivals some of the worst days of the Cold War.

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln Former U.S Navy Seal Dr. Dan Barkhuff wants to know if @realDonaldTrump is a coward who can’t stand up to Putin or if he’s complicit.
Well, Donald, which is it? 💽 https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1278028522863427584?s=20/photo/1
// Project Lincoln ad❣

🐣 RT @McFaul If American patriots are willing to deploy to Afghanistan to defend our country, the least our Commander in Chief could do to honor and support their service is spend 20 minutes a day reading his PDB.

⭕ 30 Jun 2020

🐣 RT @MSNBC .@mccaffreyr3 says President Trump “is someone who refuses to confront Russian adversarial efforts.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, DeadlineWH: Retired four star general: ‘In 50 years I’ve never seen anything like this’ http://on.msnbc.com/2ZFDeCf
// Former National Security Council member General Barry McCaffrey and former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk on why they believe the national security process is broken amid reports the U.S. had intelligence that Russia offered and paid the Taliban bounty to kill U.S. troops

🐣 RT @MSNBC .@neal_katyal on Pres. Trump’s Supreme Court tax return case: ¤ “The idea that he can just say ‘hey, hell no, I’m not going to give this to you.’ … In an American democracy, when the president does that, generally the courts don’t accept such things.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, TheBeatWithAri: SCOTUS about to rule against Trump on tax returns, says Obama’s SCOTUS lawyer http://on.msnbc.com/
// The Supreme Court will rule on the fate of Pres. Trump’s long-secret tax returns by mid-July and possibly sooner, and Pres. Obama’s Supreme Court litigator says it will likely be a partial loss for Trump. “This whole Russia story may very well color” the decision, says Neal Katyal, explaining that legitimate questions about Trump’s links to Russia argue in favor of a legal probe of his taxes. Katyal discusses the case with MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber.

WaPo: Intelligence reports on Russian bounty operation first reached White House in early 2019 http://wapo.st/2Vx0n92

NYT, Susan Rice: Why Does Trump Put Russia First? http://nyti.ms/3eRt8F4
// It’s exceedingly difficult to believe that no one told the president about the intelligence on Russian efforts to harm Americans in Afghanistan.

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson Because Vlad is Daddy.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln When will President Trump condemn Putin? ¤ Why won’t President Trump simply say he will defend our troops from Russia at all costs?
⋙⋙ 🐣 This is why Mary Trump’s book could be helpful. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology. The book’s publication has been held up by a judge. ¤ The obvious scenario is that Trump felt rejected by an authoritarian father, whose affection he nonetheless craved.

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw HUGE change in WSJ story.*
On the left (in blue) from earlier: NSA and CIA differed on #RussiaBounty assessment.
On the right (in yellow) now: NSA and CIA “differences WEREN’T over the central assessment” of #RussiaBounty
*WSJ editors keep same headline, and no editor’s note.
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1278126395944841216?s=20/photo/1
// my reformatted text with original on top, revised on bottom

Politico: Russians squeeze U.S. troops in Syria amid uproar over Trump’s dealings with Moscow http://politi.co/31zEs4G ‘The growing friction comes against a backdrop of deepening mistrust between the NatSec community and Trump’s White House over dealings with Moscow’
// The dispute over intelligence about bounty payments in Afghanistan is exposing a deep rift in the government over how to handle Russia.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews The officials with knowledge of Bolton’s apparent briefing for Trump in 2019 said that the classified assessment of Russian bounties was the sole purpose of the meeting.
⋙ AP: AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019 http://bit.ly/38eP9uT

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Nobody forced so many Americans to act so recklessly – first by placing their faith in a president who doesn’t deserve it and now in ignoring widely publicized scientific findings. ¤ We are living – and now dying – in an idiocracy of our own creation.
⋙ WaPo: Welcome to the United States of ‘Idiocracy’ http://wapo.st/2BnP3oA

🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzi Here’s all you need to know about our elections: Senate strips provision from intelligence bill requiring campaigns to report foreign election help #Senate
⋙ CNN: Senate strips provision from intelligence bill requiring campaigns to report foreign election help http://cnn.it/3gcUqWv

WaPo, Leon Panetta: Trump has no excuse for his failure to take action to defend America’s troops http://wapo.st/3dJdhXL “For the sake of those who lost their lives because of Russian bounties, someone must be held responsible”

NYT: Father of Slain Marine Finds Heartbreak Anew in Possible Russian Bounty http://nyti.ms/2AgNgkI “‘I am a Republican and I am a Trump supporter,’ he said. ‘But there would be no way he didn’t know about it if Russians were paying off these cowards like mafia payoff hit men’”
// “If it does come out as true, obviously the heartache would be terrible,” said Erik Hendriks, whose son was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan.

🐣 RT @charlie_savage EXCLUSIVE: Data intercepts showed GRU-to-Taliban $ transfers & a key intermediary fled to Russia, bolstering earlier detainee accounts about a Russian bounty op. Trump WH omitted in its briefing to GOP lawmakers as it downplayed intel as murky/contested.
⋙ NYT: Data on Financial Transfers Bolstered Suspicions That Russia Offered Bounties http://nyti.ms/31xyKk2
// Analysts have used other evidence to conclude that the transfers were likely part of an effort to offer payments to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.

Though the United States has accused Russia of providing general support to the Taliban before, analysts concluded from other intelligence that the transfers were most likely part of a bounty program that detainees described during interrogations. Investigators also identified by name numerous Afghans in a network linked to the suspected Russian operation, the officials said — including, two of them added, a man believed to have served as an intermediary for distributing some of the funds and who is now thought to be in Russia.

The intercepts bolstered the findings gleaned from the interrogations, helping reduce an earlier disagreement among intelligence analysts and agencies over the reliability of the detainees. The disclosures further undercut White House officials’ claim that the intelligence was too uncertain to brief President Trump. In fact, the information was provided to him in his daily written brief in late February, two officials have said.

They said that several businessmen who transfer money through the informal “hawala” system were arrested in Afghanistan over the past six months and are suspected of being part of a ring of middlemen who operated between the Russian intelligence agency, known as the G.R.U., and Taliban-linked militants. The businessmen were arrested in what the officials described as sweeping raids in the north of Afghanistan, as well as in Kabul.

A half-million dollars was seized from the home of one of the men, added a provincial official. The New York Times had previously reported that the recovery of an unusually large amount of cash in a raid was an early piece in the puzzle that investigators put together.

Democrats and Senate Republicans were also separately briefed at the White House on Tuesday morning. Democrats emerged saying that the issue was clearly not, as Mr. Trump has suggested, a “hoax.” They demanded to hear directly from intelligence officials, rather than from Mr. Trump’s political appointees, but conceded they had not secured a commitment for such a briefing.

The Times reported last week that intelligence officials believed that a unit of the G.R.U. had offered and paid bounties for killing American troops and other coalition forces and that the White House had not authorized a response after the National Security Council convened an interagency meeting about the problem in late March.

Investigators are said to be focused on at least two deadly attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan. One is an April 2019 bombing outside Bagram Air Base that killed three Marines: Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, 43, of Newark, Del.; Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, N.Y.; and Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pa.

On Monday, Felicia Arculeo, the mother of Corporal Hendriks, told CNBC that she was upset to learn from news reports of the suspicions that her son’s death arose from a Russian bounty operation. She said she wanted an investigation, adding that “the parties who are responsible should be held accountable, if that’s even possible.”

Intelligence about the suspected Russian plot was included in Mr. Trump’s written President’s Daily Brief in late February, according to two officials, contrasting Mr. Trump’s claim on Sunday that he was never “briefed or told” about the matter.

Two former Afghan officials said Monday that members of local criminal networks have carried out attacks for the Taliban in the past — not because they share the Taliban’s ideology or goals, but in exchange for money.

In Parwan Province, where Bagram Airfield is, the Taliban are known to have hired local criminals as freelancers, said Gen. Zaman Mamozai, the former police chief of the province. He said the Taliban’s commanders are based in two districts of the province, Seyagird and Shinwari, and that from there they coordinate a network that commissions criminals to carry out attacks.

And Haseeba Efat, a former member of Parwan’s provincial council, also said the Taliban have hired freelancers in Bagram district — including one of his own distant relatives in one case.

“They agree with these criminals that they won’t have monthly salary, but they will get paid for the work they do when the Taliban need them,” Mr. Efat said.

Twenty American service members were killed in combat-related operations in Afghanistan last year, the most since 2014.

🧵 RT @SteveSchmidtSES President Ulysses S Grant, “I leave comparisons to history, claiming only that I have acted in every instance from a conscientious desire to do what was right, constitutional, within the law and for the very best interests of the whole people. failures have been errors in 📌 https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1277820446658965505?s=20
🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES Judgement not intent.” These are the words of a great and honorable man. Let’s compare them to Trump’s record of self interest, corruption, cowardice, betrayal, idiocy, insanity and maliced indifference towards the suffering of our country and her people. We are fated (2)
🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES to suffer death and loss on an epic scale in the months ahead. The economic catastrophe will worsen. The Trump regime is in its death throes and thus has arrived at its most dangerous hour. He is failing and falling apart mentally and physically. He has lost control. (3)
🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES But it will get worse before it can get better. The Maliced indifference of Trump to the American people and our country will grow more lethal and dangerous between now and November. He will divide the country, incite racial tensions and stoke violence all in the name of (4)
🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES Law and Order. He will continue his assault on the Rule of Law and vandalism of the American Justice system. He will seek to conjure chaos in our country hoping the resulting foul winds can fill his sagging political sails. He will continue to betray our men and women in (5)
🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES Harms way who have been targeted for death by Russian contracts through faithlessness to his oath. He will steepen the angle of our decline and weaken us more with each instance of his bloviating incompetence. Trump will seek to destroy the integrity of the election process (6)
🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES And when he loses he will question the legitimacy of the election and further erode the faith of his followers in democracy, liberty and the American ideal. Trump and his party will seek do disenfranchise millions of Americans from their god given right to vote because they (7)
🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES Smell the pungent scent of political repudiation moving ever closer. The stench will envelop all of them. The GOP Senate Majority has enabled all of this. Trump could not have desecrated the dignity of his office, disgraced America, dishonored (8)
🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES the US Military and sundered the American people absent the malignant collaboration and despicable silence of the GOP Senators. Their cowardice at a moment when they were called to stand for the right and decent will be their eternal shame. They all deserve defeat. They deserve (9)
🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES It because America needs Senators who aren’t afraid of Tweets, Fox News Rush Limbaugh or a Presidential nickname. The Country needs Patriots not collaborators. When Trump and a Platoon of defeated Republican Senators look in the early morning mirror upon the first dawn after (10)
🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES The election they can all be assured that ignominy is their destiny for remembrance, Timid men and Women who failed America in an hour of great crisis and testing. None will ever be able to say what Grant did at the hour of his death. (11)
That is a tragedy for all of us . # @ProjectLincoln

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio WSJ reports the NSA “strongly dissented” on the Russian bounty assessment
⋙ WSJ: NSA Differed From CIA, Others on Russia Bounty Intelligence http://on.wsj.com/2VvZU71 //➔ Note that the AP has reported that John Bolton did in fact brief Trump in March 2019 ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1278009456870264835?s=20/photo/1
// Lawmakers say intelligence contains evidence that Russia paid bounties to insurgent for attacks on Americans

The National Security Agency strongly dissented from other intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia paid bounties for the killing of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, according to people familiar with the matter.

The disclosure of the dissent by the NSA, which specializes in electronic eavesdropping, comes as the White House has played down the revelations, saying that the information wasn’t verified and that intelligence officials didn’t agree on it.

Because of that, President Trump was never personally briefed on the threat, the White House said, although a key lawmaker said the information apparently was included in written intelligence materials prepared for Mr. Trump.

🐣 RT @duty2warn The more he’s losing, the crazier he gets. The crazier he gets, the more aides mollify him. The more they mollify him, the more he’s unchecked. The more he’s unchecked, the more mistakes he makes. The more mistakes he makes, the more he’s losing, and the crazier he gets. Repeat.

🐣 RT @atrupar SCHIFF: “I find it inexplicable in light of these public allegations that POTUS hasn’t come before the country & assured people that he’ll get to the bottom of whether Russians are putting bounties on the heads of troops, & he’ll do everything in his power to protect US troops.” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1277966586901487616?s=20/photo/1

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Trump’s F*cked. That Means America Is Too Until November. http://bit.ly/3eKLPu0 //➔ Actually, until Jan 20, right? As in: Turn out the lights on your way out.
// He’s tired of the job, but he knows that without the power of his office (and Bill Barr to protect him), every conceivable chicken will come home to roost. 

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 The mother of a Marine killed last year in Afghanistan wants an investigation of reports that her son and two other Marines may have been the targets of Taliban-linked fighters who collected a bounty on US soldiers offered by a Russian military intel unit.
⋙ CNBC: Mom of Marine killed in Afghanistan wants investigation of claim Russians paid Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers http://cnb.cx/2BUZgbX
// Felicia Arculeo, whose son Cpl. Robert Hendriks died in the April 8, 2019, attack, also told CNBC “that the parties who are responsible should be held accountable, if that’s even possible.”

🐣 RT @mjgerson “This is an enormity, wrapped in a treachery, inside a debacle.”
⋙ WaPo, Michael Gerson: Trump’s diminished moral capacity is on full display http://wapo.st/2CSRy2O

Outrages committed by President Trump generally come in an undifferentiated mass of scandals, travesties, betrayals, absurdities and abuses of the public trust.

Consider recent days. The president tweeted a video of a supporter shouting “white power,” seemingly to distract from his inaction on Russian-paid bounties for the killing of U.S. troops, which had drawn attention away from his tragically botched pandemic response. This is an enormity, wrapped in a treachery, inside a debacle.

🐣 RT @danielsgoldman We warned everyone. Senate Republicans ignored the warnings.
⋙ 🐣 RT @brhodes Over the last few months, the consequences of the Trump presidency have caught up with us, and hit us all at once in every dimension of American life. Our democracy will not survive four more years of this.

🐣 RT @cbouzy Trump’s presidency is over, the question now is will it take the November election to remove him or will he be forced to resign. I predict we will know as early as today which way the political winds are blowing.

🐣 RT @carolecadwalla The advertising boycott of Facebook is totally genius. Finally – *FINALLY* – something’s working. It is extraordinary that it has come to this – Congress, the combined clout of 7 parliaments, the EU, FTC, SEC, nothing & no-one has been able to do this. Take a bow, all 👏👏👏
⋙ 🐣 RT @slpng_giants Honestly, when we launched #StopHateForProfit 10 days ago with the @NAACP @ColorOfChange @ADL @CommonSense & @freepress, we had no idea if it would amount to anything. ¤ To watch these major brands finally hold Facebook accountable is completely surreal and humbling. ¤ What a day.

⭕ 29 Jun 2020

🐣 RT @CT_Bergstrom So various media are reporting a new pandemic flu virus discovered in China. ¤ What does this actually mean? ¤ Let’s look at the original paper. Actually, that’s not so easy to do because—unconscionably in my opinion—@PNAS has put it behind a paywall.
⋙ 🐣 RT @CT_Bergstrom The main finding is that a new genotype of H1N1 flu, known as G4, emerged and by 2016 became the dominant strain in pigs. ¤ So that’s the first thing to notice. This is not a *new* new virus; it’s been very common in pigs since 2016.
⋙ 🐣 RT @CT_Bergstrom But every indication is that the G4 virus would have to undergo some evolutionary change to spread readily in people, and it may never do that. ¤ If it does? We know how to make vaccines for influenza viruses. It could be included in the seasonal vaccine; the only issue is timing.

WaPo, Ignatius: Were Trump’s aides afraid to tell him about the Russian bounties? http://wapo.st/3gckJfz “Trump is an obstacle to good policy. Either people don’t tell him the truth, or he doesn’t want to hear it. Whichever way, he’s defaulting on his most basic responsibility“

A basic truth about Russian President Vladimir Putin, which President Trump evidently doesn’t understand: Putin is in the payback business. He believes the United States destroyed his former country, the Soviet Union. He likes the United States to feel pain, in Afghanistan and everywhere else.

Trump has his own, much rosier take on Putin. And I can’t help wondering whether that explains why, assuming his account is true, the American president was never briefed about intelligence reports early this year that Russia was offering bounties to Taliban fighters to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan. Perhaps Trump’s national security aides were afraid to upset him.

First, we must understand that the Russians wish us ill in Afghanistan. Putin’s generation remains bitter about their forced withdrawal that finished in 1989, under American pressure, which presaged the collapse of the Soviet Union.

What makes Afghanistan especially painful for Russia is that the Soviet Union’s final defeat resulted from a secret CIA program to supply the Afghan mujahideen with Stinger antiaircraft missiles, which could shoot down Soviet helicopters and were a death sentence for Moscow’s recruits.

🧵 RT @MuellerSheWrote THREAD: 1/ I know this sounds likes super space beans, but I need to get it out of my head so I’m putting it here. Some is public reporting (labeled AP=Associated Press), some is speculative (labeled AG=me). 📌 WHAT IF: https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1277833687640334336?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote ● 2/ Jan 2019: The White House is briefed on Russian bounties to the Taliban to murder allied troops in Afghanistan (AP)
● Mar 2019: Bolton discusses the bounties with trump (AP)
● Apr 2019: 3 US Marines are murdered in an ambush in Afghanistan. The Taliban claims responsibility (AP)
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote 3/ If that ambush was part of the bounty operation, trump had blood on his hands & began hiding the intel, keeping it under wraps for the last 14 months (AG). He fired 5 inspectors general, replaced the DNI with a yes-man, & gutted the NCTC & the US agency for global media (AP)
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote 4/ Former Director of National Intel Maguire briefs the gang of 8 in February and trump fires him for not briefing him first (AP)
Maybe that briefing including the bounties, and maybe that ‘s the first congress has heard of it (AG)
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote 5/ Trump does damage control & uses Barr to get rid of the non-cooperative GOP chair of the Senate Intel Cmte (Burr) ahead of their counterintelligence report (AG). Think of everyone he’s fired since last April, and then think of all the favors he’s done for Russia since then.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote 6/ Think of all the clandestine Pooty calls & secret meetings. Think about the fact that he blocked the DNI threat assessment from coming out in March for the first time in 14 years (AP). We need a full investigation, the PDBs, testimony, documents, EVERYTHING #TrumpTraitor
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote 7/ This all sounds nuts to me, but a long time ago when we speculated that Roger Stone told trump about the Wikileaks dumps ahead of time & Manafort & Gates knew, I also thought we sounded crazy. Please note this is only conjecture based on public reporting. END

🐣 RT @Oriana0214 JUST IN from the Pentagon: “The Department of Defense continues to evaluate intelligence that Russian GRU operatives were engaged in malign activity against United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan… (1/2)
⋙ 🐣 RT @Oriana0214 DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports. Regardless, we take the safety & security of our forces in Afghanistan—& around the world—most seriously & continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats” (2/2)
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @AdamBlicksteim This is so oddly stated. Typically the intelligence itself, if deemed credible, is corroborating. And we know according to other USG sources DOD protected US forces because of the intelligence. So if DOD took action based on the intel they must’ve deemed it credible

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman Photo of the attack in April 2019 in Afghanistan that killed 3 US troops and that is under investigation as a possible bounty hit paid for by Russia.
⋙ 🐣 RT @qadir_sidiqi #AFG. Car bomb hit foreign forces’ convoy close to the entrance gate of Bagram airbase, in #Bagram district of central #Parwan province on Monday evening. ¤ #Taliban claimed responsibility by sharing the picture with media. https://twitter.com/qadir_sediqi/status/1115270537578713088?s=20/photo/1
// 4/8/2019

PressRelease: Romney, Colleagues Introduce Measure to Defense Bill to Limit Troop Reductions in Germany http://bit.ly/3eLxM7r Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

🐣 RT @jedshug I still won’t call it “treason.” ¤ But damn, it is time for a mutiny over these bounties. ¤ Dasvidaniya, Donnie.
🐣 RT @tedlieu The specificity and large number of leaks to multiple news organizations suggests current and/or former @realDonaldTrump officials are very angry that @POTUS coddled Russia while Putin paid people to kill US troops. These patriots want the American people to know the truth.
🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING: Bolton told trump about the Russian bounties paid to the Taliban to kill US troops in March 2019. LAST YEAR. How do you feel about Bolton refusing to testify now?
🔆 This❗️⋙ AP: AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019 http://bit.ly/38eP9uT

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.

The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.

Bolton declined to comment Monday when asked by the AP if he had briefed Trump about the matter in 2019. On Sunday, he suggested to NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump was claiming ignorance of Russia’s provocations to justify his administration’s lack of a response. ¤ “He can disown everything if nobody ever told him about it,” Bolton said.

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok Shocker: Trump, Grenell, Ratcliffe, McEnany lied. Trump Got Written Briefing ~February 27 on Russian Bounty Intel, Officials say. ¤ Why would they lie, if not to hide profound dereliction of duty & betrayal? Whenever GOP covers for Trump, they shield Putin.
🐣 RT @BillKristol “The intelligence was included months ago in Trump’s President’s Daily Brief document — a compilation…that is prepared for him to read. One of the officials said the item appeared in Trump’s brief in late February; the other cited Feb. 27, specifically.”
⋙ 🔆 Breaking❗️⋙ NYT: Trump Got Written Briefing in February on Possible Russian Bounties, Officials Say http://nyti.ms/31q47gh
// The investigation into Russia’s suspected operation is said to focus in part on the killings of three Marines in a truck bombing last year, officials said.

American officials provided a written briefing in late February to President Trump laying out their conclusion that a Russian military intelligence unit offered and paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, two officials familiar with the matter said.

The investigation into the suspected Russian covert operation to incentivize such killings has focused in part on an April 2019 car bombing that killed three Marines as one such potential attack, according to multiple officials familiar with the matter.

The new information emerged as the White House tried on Monday to play down the intelligence assessment that Russia sought to encourage and reward killings — including reiterating a claim that Mr. Trump was never briefed about the matter and portraying the conclusion as disputed and dubious.

But that stance clashed with the disclosure by two officials that the intelligence was included months ago in Mr. Trump’s President’s Daily Brief document — a compilation of the government’s latest secrets and best insights about foreign policy and national security that is prepared for him to read. One of the officials said the item appeared in Mr. Trump’s brief in late February; the other cited Feb. 27, specifically.

But that stance clashed with the disclosure by two officials that the intelligence was included months ago in Mr. Trump’s President’s Daily Brief document — a compilation of the government’s latest secrets and best insights about foreign policy and national security that is prepared for him to read. One of the officials said the item appeared in Mr. Trump’s brief in late February; the other cited Feb. 27, specifically.

The Associated Press first reported that the intelligence community was examining the deaths of the three Marine reservists: Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, 43, of Newark, Del.; Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, N.Y.; and Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pa. ¤ They were killed when a vehicle laden with explosives hit their truck, wounding an Afghan contractor as well. The huge blast set fire to the truck, engulfing those inside in flames, while their fellow Marines tried to extricate them, a defense official said. A brief firefight ensued.

🐣 RT @danielsgoldman The consequences of attacking the Ukraine whistleblower: concerned officials go to the media instead of proper channels. When you take away the proper route through vindictive retribution, you cannot then complain about leaks.
🐣 RT @VickyPJWard In hundreds classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, Trump was so consistently unprepared and so often outplayed that the calls helped convince some senior officials that Trump himself posed a danger to national security. ¤ Per @carlbernstein:
🔆 This❗️⋙ CNN: From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump’s phone calls alarm US officials http://cnn.it/2YGDH8a

The calls caused former top Trump deputies — including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials — to conclude that the President was often “delusional,” as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders. … [H]e continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest.

… [T]he President regularly bullied and demeaned the leaders of America’s principal allies, especially two women: telling Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom she was weak and lacked courage; and telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was “stupid.”

Trump incessantly boasted to his fellow heads of state, including Saudi Arabia’s autocratic royal heir Mohammed bin Salman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, about his own wealth, genius, “great” accomplishments as President, and the “idiocy” of his Oval Office predecessors, according to the sources.

In his conversations with both Putin and Erdogan, Trump took special delight in trashing former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and suggested that dealing directly with him — Trump — would be far more fruitful than during previous administrations. “They didn’t know BS,” he said of Bush and Obama — one of several derisive tropes the sources said he favored when discussing his predecessors with the Turkish and Russian leaders.

Like Bolton, CNN’s sources said that the President seemed to continually conflate his own personal interests — especially for purposes of re-election and revenge against perceived critics and political enemies — with the national interest.

… More than a dozen officials either listened to the President’s phone calls in real time or were provided detailed summaries and rough-text recording printouts of the calls soon after their completion, CNN’s sources said. The sources were interviewed by CNN repeatedly over a four-month period extending into June.

One person familiar with almost all the conversations with the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Canada, Australia and western Europe described the calls cumulatively as ‘abominations’ so grievous to US national security interests that if members of Congress heard from witnesses to the actual conversations or read the texts and contemporaneous notes, even many senior Republican members would no longer be able to retain confidence in the President. [ ✛ worse ]

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Intelligence on Russian bounty plot was included in the President’s Daily Brief earlier this year. ¤ If Trump was doing his job—and not just golfing and Tweeting—he would have read it.
⋙ CNN: Intelligence on Russian bounty plot was included in the President’s Daily Brief earlier this year, source says http://cnn.it/2BfsJOa

🐣 RT @lrozen includes House Ds who have intelligence & military experience (Spanberger, Slotkin, Gallego), chair of House intel comm Schiff,
⋙ 🐣 RT @JakeSherman 🚨 DEMS going to the White House tomorrow for Afghanistan briefing: Hoyer, Engel, Schiff, Smith, Meeks, Sherman, Spanberger, Slotkin, Gallego and Keating.

🐣 RT @MJGerson “It is usually better to have responsible people in the room where the president makes strategic choices. But if the commander in chief knew of the Russian bounties in Afghanistan and refused to confront them — then resignation would be an act of honor.”
⋙ WaPo, Michael Gerson: If Trump ignored bounties on U.S. soldiers, this represents a new level of debasement http://wapo.st/2CSRy2O

🐣 RT @atrupar Tammy Duckworth: “While he spent his wknd golfing, lying, & making sure the buck stopped anywhere but w/ him, our troops in hot spots were forced to wonder whether they might be next, whether a bounty might be placed on them, and whether POTUS would even care enough to respond.” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1277714864258121730?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @kurtbardella Expect Republicans in Congress to play for time and accuse Democrats of trying to politicize the Russia-Trump bounty story … my recommendation is for Democrats to exhibit the same level of restraint that Republicans showed during #Benghazi

🐣 RT @casternoel Exactly. This reminds me of the fundraiser at Howard Lutnick’s townhouse next to Epstein’s (#9 & #11 E.71st.) shortly before his arrest. In attendance: Trump, Giuliani, Steve Wynn and 27 other pervs. @realDonaldTrump
⋙ 🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 In fairness, Trump may just be gathering the Rs together to remind them what was on the RNC server that was hacked by a Russia . . .
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @BillKristol You’ve got to be kidding.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JakeSherman The Afghanistan briefing this afternoon at the White House is for House Rs only.

🐣 RT @Klasfeld Speaker Pelosi asks DNI Ratcliffe and CIA director Haspel about reports of Russian bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops: ¤ “Was the President briefed, and if not, why not, and why was Congress not briefed?” Text Block: https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1277607295397085185?s=20/photo/1
⋙ Speaker.gov: http://bit.ly/3i7d8k6

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Folks, we are about to experience the mother of all gaslights in response to the Putin bounties. ¤ My wager: Bill Barr is going to launch an “investigation” into the “leaker” who gave the story to the NY Times which is also going to somehow become magically connected to Obamagate

🐣 RT @tedlieu Dear @RepJimBanks: Why does the story keep changing? The DNI at the time, @RichardGrenell, flatly denies ever hearing of the Russian bounty information. Now you are saying there was an actual investigation. Also, why were no Democrats allowed in the briefing?
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepJimBanks The real scandal: We’ll likely never know the truth… Because the @nytimes used unconfirmed intel in an ONGOING investigation into targeted killing of American soldiers in order to smear the President. The blood is on their hands.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepJimBanks [⇈ ⇊ Top of Thread:] I just left the White House where I was briefed by CoS @MarkMeadows and top intelligence officials. They discussed @nytimes’ hit piece falsely accusing @realDonaldTrump of ignoring reports that Russia placed bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan.A thread, 📌 https://twitter.com/RepJimBanks/status/1277684823063171073?s=20

🐣 RT @MichaelSSmithII Gonna wager a very safe bet here for the whole world to see: ¤ @DNI_Ratcliffe’s career as director of @ODNIgov is about to be the shortest one in the history of that office.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kaitlincollins Seven lawmakers were just briefed on the reports about Russians offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops. Cheney, Thornberry, McCaul, Biggs, Banks, Kinzinger & Stefanik were briefed by O’Brien, Ratcliffe and Meadows, I’m told.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @GeraltOfPhilly It’s not a briefing unless democrats were also invited. This is a cover up.

“This makes Benghazi look like they’re playing with toys” – Claire McCaskill on @DeadlineWH

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio Sen. Young (R-Ind.) urges Trump to take punitive action against his own intel officials if they didn’t brief him. ¤ “I stand ready to hold any members of your administration accountable for their gross negligence in performing such a grave responsibility.” http://bit.ly/2CTjDXL

RawStory: Pentagon officials were ‘pounding on the door’ to get Trump to do something about Russia’s assassination bounty: WaPo’s Ignatius http://bit.ly/3geDBdXhttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1277695027339296768?s=20/photo/1

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” longtime political columnist David Ignatius said that his own follow-up on the New York Times’ explosive report that Donald Trump’s administration was well aware that the Russians were offering a bounty for the death of U.S. military members revealed that Pentagon officials have “pounding on the door” and trying to get Donald Trump to do something about it.
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“Based on my reporting trying to confirm the New York Times’ excellent story it’s clear in late March you had senior U.S commanders, senior civilian intelligence officials, in effect pounding on the door of the White House saying we need to do something about this, we need to come to a conclusion about what damage the Russian program is doing, we need to reassess our programs in Afghanistan and they couldn’t get an answer,” [Ignatius] reported.
^
“To this day there’s not an answer, there’s not a real response. Was this because the president was briefed and did nothing or because he wasn’t briefed because people were afraid to give him bad news and kept it to themselves? I don’t know.”

🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES It is slightly past 1800 hrs in Afghanistan. Americans are being hunted. Americans have been marked for death by Putin and Russian intelligence. The President knows this but does nothing. In fact, he rewards Russia. It is a singular and astounding betrayal. Trump shames us.

🐣 RT @McFaul Dmitri, do you/did you work at the National Security Council ? I did for three years. This is not how it works (at least under normal circumstances.) https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1277501759674478595?s=20
⋙ 🐣 The Trump admin is so incompetent that I’d guess little works the same, including alerting the POTUS and VP of dire threats. That’s why I like @gtconway3d’s assessment of “Dereliction of Duty.” Iow, when incompetence results in deaths and failure to protect. Applies to CV19 too.

🔆 More❗️⋙ AP: Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against US troops http://bit.ly/3i834HE “The Trump administration [is] set to brief select members of Congress on the matter on Monday.” “Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. … golfed with Trump on Sunday”

President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he was made aware of U.S. intelligence officials’ conclusions that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan. The Trump administration was set to brief select members of Congress on the matter on Monday.

… The assessment was first reported by The New York Times and then confirmed to The Associated Press by American intelligence officials and two others with knowledge of the matter.

There were conflicting reports about whether Trump was aware of Russia’s actions. The intelligence officials told the AP that the president was briefed on the matter earlier this year; Trump denied that, tweeting on Sunday that neither he nor Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed. The president tweeted Sunday night that he was just told that intelligence officials didn’t report the information to him because they didn’t find it credible.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 Republican in the House, called for the White House to share more information with Congress, saying if true, lawmakers need to know “Who did know and when?” and, referring to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, “What has been done in response to protect our forces & hold Putin accountable?”

Bolton told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he thinks the answer “may be precisely because active Russian aggression like that against the American service members is a very, very serious matter and nothing’s been done about it, if it’s true, for these past four or five months, so it may look like he was negligent. But, of course, he can disown everything if nobody ever told him about it.”

Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden said reports that Trump was aware of the Russian bounties would be a “truly shocking revelation” about the commander in chief and his failure to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan and stand up to Russia.

In early 2020, members of the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known to the public as SEAL Team Six, raided a Taliban outpost and recovered roughly $500,000. The recovered funds further solidified the suspicions of the American intelligence community that the Russians had offered money to Taliban militants and other linked associations.

One official said the administration discussed several potential responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step.

Biden criticized Trump for “his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself” before Putin. Trump tweeted that “nobody’s been tougher” on Russia than his administration.

⭕ 28 Jun 2020

🐣 RT @SallyQYates Trump tries to wrap himself in faux love for our military but looks the other way when Russia puts a bounty on American service members’ lives. It’s time for a president who will stand with our allies and stand up to our adversaries.
⋙ NYT: Spies and Commandos Warned Months Ago of Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops http://nyti.ms/388oNuz
// The recovery of large amounts of American cash at a Taliban outpost in Afghanistan helped tip off U.S. officials. It is believed that at least one U.S. troop death was the result of the bounties.

🐣 RT @duty2warn When a sitting President is repeatedly accused of being compromised, acts like he’s compromised, takes steps to avoid any investigative oversight, and fights to the death to keep taxes, financials, and business dealings secret, how does ALL of America not ask: WTF is he hiding?

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Trump and team are the most incompetent liars in the history of American politics. There will be a paper trail on all of this. We need to hear who else in government knew? What were the options discussed in the March NSC? Why was ZERO ACTION taken?
⋙ 🐣 RT @tedlieu Dear @realDonaldTrump: Your story conflicts with the story the DNI Director at the time @RichardGrenell told. He said he “never heard” of the Russian bounty info, not that he found it not credible enough to tell you. ¤ Also, UK confirmed the bounty info.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @adamgoldmanNYT British security officials have confirmed to Sky News that the reports about the plot are true. @AliBunkallSKY
⋙⋙⋙ SkyNews, Alistair Bunkall [UK]: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops – as senior Tory MP seeks answers http://bit.ly/31reFeU
// The group responsible for the payments is the same Russian intelligence outfit behind the Skripal poisonings, Sky News is told.

WaPo, Manuel Roig-Franzia: John Bolton’s been a political brawler for decades, but his rumble with Donald Trump is extreme — even for him. http://wapo.st/3dGuwJb “Neither has resorted to saying, ‘Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah’ — yet”

In his book, Bolton calls Trump “erratic” and “stunningly misinformed” and says he’s obligated to share his take on the president with Americans before November’s election. Trump has responded by calling Bolton an “idiot” and a “wacko.” Neither has resorted to saying, “Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah” — yet.

Bolton’s animosity toward Trump now goes so deep that he said in an interview with The Washington Post that he’d rank Democratic presidents Bill Clinton and even Barack Obama — whose Iran nuclear deal Bolton has savaged repeatedly — as handling foreign policy better than Trump. (Bolton rates Ronald Reagan as the best of the past six presidents on that count and Trump dead last.)

WaPo, Fred Hiatt: Trump’s articles of impeachment — updated http://wapo.st/2VqaqMS
● Negligence, leading to thousands of deaths, in the handling of the novel coronavirus
● Abuse of law enforcement powers
● Abuse of his appointment power
● Abuse of power in foreign affairs

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants resulted in deaths of U.S. troops, according to intelligence assessments http://wapo.st/2NCBPHd
// The issue has generated disagreement within the Trump administration about how to confront Moscow.

Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members, according to intelligence gleaned from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants in recent months.

Several people familiar with the matter said it was unclear exactly how many Americans or coalition troops from other countries may have been killed or targeted under the program. U.S. forces in Afghanistan suffered a total of 10 deaths from hostile gunfire or improvised bombs in 2018, and 16 in 2019. Two have been killed this year. In each of those years, several service members were also killed by what are known as “green on blue” hostile incidents by members of Afghan security forces, which are sometimes believed to have been infiltrated by the Taliban.

The intelligence was passed up from the U.S. Special Operations forces based in Afghanistan and led to a restricted high-level White House meeting in late March, the people said.

The meeting led to broader discussions about possible responses to the Russian action, ranging from diplomatic expressions of disapproval and warnings, to sanctions, according to two of the people.

The disturbing intelligence — which the CIA was tasked with reviewing, and later confirmed — generated disagreement about the appropriate path forward, a senior U.S. official said. The administration’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, preferred confronting the Russians directly about the matter, while some National Security Council officials in charge of Russia were more dismissive of taking immediate action, the official said.

It remained unclear where those discussions have led to date. Verifying such intelligence is a process that can take weeks, typically involving the CIA and the National Security Agency, which captures foreign cellphone and radio communications. Final drafting of any policy options in response would be the responsibility of national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien.

Asked to comment, John Ullyot, an NSC spokesman, said that “the veracity of the underlying allegations continue to be evaluated.”

Russia and the Taliban have denied the existence of the program. ¤ Among the coalition of NATO forces in Afghanistan, the British were briefed late last week on the intelligence assessment …

[T]he primary controversy in Washington over the weekend revolved around denials by President Trump and his aides that the president was ever briefed on the intelligence.

Trump on Sunday confirmed statements by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and the White House press secretary that he received no briefing on the subject …

“… [T]he president will not confront the Russians on this score, denies being briefed,” Pelosi said on ABC News’s “This Week.” ¤ “But he wants to ignore,” she said, “he wants to bring them back to the G-8 despite the annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine, despite what they yielded to [Putin] in Syria, despite [Russian President Vladimir Putin’s] intervention into our election, which is well documented by our intelligence community, and despite now possibly this allegation, which we should have been briefed on.”

So the issue is not when the president was briefed, [a person familiar with the issue] said, but rather, “now that you are aware of it, what are you going to do about it? That’s where the focus should be.” … Carter Malkasian, who served as a senior adviser to the previous chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. … now a scholar at CNA, said the bounty operation, if true, could be a “random” initiative, rather than one that reflected a well-coordinated program ordered by the highest levels of the government.

WaPo: Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him. http://wapo.st/3dAKkgw “[A]s Trump grew in power, the fear of his wrath pushed Facebook into more deferential behavior toward its growing number of right-leaning users”
// Starting as early as 2015, Facebook executives started crafting exceptions for the then-candidate that transformed the world’s information battlefield for years to come.

💙 🐣 RT @donwinslow When America needed a Commander in Chief, America got a traitor. ¤ Trump knew since March that Putin had placed and paid the Taliban $$ bounties $$ to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. ¤ When his soldiers needed him, he looked the other way. Our latest video: #TrumpTraitor 💽 https://twitter.com/donwinslow/status/1277341022167564288?s=20/photo/1
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🐣 RT @votevets Donald Trump can take all his empty words about respecting our service and shove them. #TRE45ON #TraitorTrump 💽 https://twitter.com/votevets/status/1277295496105807873?s=20/photo/1
// Vote Vets ad❣

🐣 RT @duty2warn Our president asked at least three foreign governments to help rig a US election for his benefit. That would be the scandal of all time, if this was any other time. Today, he golfed with Graham. When they debut the new narrative, remember – everything is confession or projection.

🐣 RT @NormOrnstein There are fundamentally two possibilities here. One is that Trump was told months ago about Russian bounties to kill American soldiers and did nothing as our troops were killd. Two is that he wasn’t told. If #2 what would a competent, patriotic American president do? 1/
⋙ 🐣 RT @NormOrnstein Immediately drop everything, fire the national security advisor and everyone on the NSC staff dealing with Russia. Fire your chief of staff. Haul in the DNI and CIA director and demand to know why it was not in the PDB. Announce serious sanctions against Russia. 2/
⋙ 🐣 RT @NormOrnstein Apologize to the American people and especially to our military for this despicable failure in governance. What does this president do? Plays golf with Lindsey Graham. Issues a tweet of denial which includes neither an apology nor any action against his BFF Putin. Breathtaking.

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom GRU attacks Election 2016, White House attacks FBI, corrodes DOJ in response. GRU plots assassinations on Troops in AFG, White House tries bringing Russia back into G8. What if GRU kills Americans in America, what would the White House do?

🐣 RT @duty2warn “Donald Trump is the second president of the Confederacy.” —Steve Schmidt.

🐣 RT @davidplouffe He’s trying to deflect attention from Russia with the white power tweet. But most people can digest that we have a President who is a confirmed racist who also knew his political idol Putin paid bounties to kill American troops and he rewarded not punished him.

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT Our President is openly working to help a deadly virus spread that has killed 120,000.
Russia is putting bounties on the heads of American soldiers and he seems ok with it.
He’s distributing white power videos.
And that’s just the last 48 HOURS.

🐣 RT @lrozen at least 6 Trump Putin phone calls since March 30. Trump’s staff never thought to brief him on intelligence that Russia military intelligence allegedly paid a bounty to kill US and UK troops in Afghanistan before he chatted up his Kremlin buddy? not once in 6 calls over 2 months?
⋙ 🐣 RT @lrozen There were Trump Putin phone calls on:
March 30
April 9
April 10
April 12
June 1
Trump and Putin also issued a joint statement on April 25

NewYorker, Ben Taub (2018): Why an expert in counterterrorism became a beat cop. http://bit.ly/3dAlU6M “‘We have to stop treating people like we’re in Fallujah,’ Patrick Skinner said. ‘Just look what happened in Fallujah.’” //➔ wow profile of @SkinnerPm on community policing
// 4/30/2018; Why an expert in counterterrorism became a beat cop.
⋙ [To Walter:] This is a great person to follow on Twitter (owner of #MeanCat). Tweets about his pets, community policing and insights from working in counter-intelligence. Excellent writer, insightful and very funny when it comes to his pets. Follow this link:
https://twitter.com/SkinnerPm/status/1276612620456517634?s=20

⭕ 27 Jun 2020

🐣 RT @McFaul Time for a hearing. Trump officials need to tell the truth under oath.
⋙ 🐣 RT @adamgoldmanNYT One American official had told The Times that the intelligence finding that the Russians had offered and paid bounties to Afghan militants and criminals had been briefed at the highest levels of the White House.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @adamgoldmanNYT Another said it was included in the President’s Daily Brief, a written document which draws from spy work to make analytic predictions about longstanding adversaries, unfolding plots and emerging crises around the world.
💙 ⋙⋙⋙ NYT: Biden Criticizes Trump Over Intelligence on Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops http://nyti.ms/3dHkis3 The White House denied that President Trump was briefed on the classified assessment, even though his staff has been discussing the matter since March.
● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1277116635476885510?s=20/photo/1

“Not only has he failed to sanction or impose any kind of consequences on Russia for this egregious violation of international law, Donald Trump has continued his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself before Vladimir Putin,” Mr. Biden said in a virtual town hall event held by a voter group, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote.

“His entire presidency has been a gift to Putin, but this is beyond the pale,” Mr. Biden added. “It’s a betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation, to protect and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way.”
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[A]s criticism of the administration’s inaction swelled on Friday and Saturday, the White House claimed that Mr. Trump had never been told about the intelligence assessment.

“While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the C.I.A. director, national security adviser and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said in a statement Saturday afternoon, about 25 hours after the article was posted on The Times’s website.

About six hours later on Saturday night, the director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, issued a statement echoing the White House’s assertion that Mr. Trump had not been briefed on the intelligence finding.

🐣 RT @john_sipher You know the system. Ambassador, military and intelligence officers in Kabul would know. Allies would know. Secretary of State would know. National Security Advisor would know. Intelligence would immediately be sent to the NSC and all relevant officials. This is BS. [iow everyone knew]
⋙⋙ 🐣 Acc to the NYT article, this was a ‘closely held secret’ and the British were just recently briefed. Perhaps that’s why the story came out now.
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul And, if true, why on earth was the president not briefed on his intelligence?
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @biannagolodryga Why on earth would the WH wait 24 hours to respond with this given how damning the story is? [link to @PressSecy denial]
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ They needed a day to get their story straight with the [GOP] members of Congress and Fox News who are also going to repeat this lie

🐣 The White House denial that Trump was briefed on the Russians paying the Taliban to kill US troops is a tacit admission that the matter is serious and that action should now be taken against Russia, though it’s possible they don‘t realize that.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote I urge @HouseDemocrats @RepAdamSchiff to find out whether trump fired DNI Maguire before or after he was briefed on the GRU bounties for US troops, and why the DNI threat assessment report was blocked by this administration. I have 746 more questions, too. DMs open #TraitorTrump

💙 🐣 RT @HouseForeignGOP LR @RepMcCaul: “I have seen the press reports that a Russian military intelligence unit offered Afghan militants bounties to kill American troops. If true, it would only deepen my grave concerns about the Putin regime’s malicious behavior globally.
⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseForeignGOP From invading Ukraine, propping up dictators around the world and interfering in U.S. and European elections, the Putin regime has shown time and again it cannot be trusted and is not our friend.
⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseForeignGOP I immediately reached out to the Administration and will be talking with them in the very near future. If accurate, the Administration must take swift and serious action to hold the Putin regime accountable.”

🐣 So that’s CNN, The Guardian, WaPo and the WSJ confirming NYT story after checking their sources. White House and Russian Embassy deny. So it’s true.
🐣 RT @McFaul More and more confirming tho story. Has anyone in the Trump Administration denied it?
⋙ 🐣 RT @AnaCabrera #BREAKING: A European intelligence official tells CNN that Russian intelligence officers for the military intelligence GRU had recently offered Taliban militants in Afghanistan money as rewards if they killed US or UK troops there. 💽 https://twitter.com/AnaCabrera/status/1276993313002991616?s=20/photo/1

TheGuardian: Russia offered bounty to kill UK soldiers http://bit.ly/3g9iqdf
// Moscow accused of trying to give money to the Taliban as part of its campaign to destabilise America and its allies

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Coming soon: “President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial.”
🐣 RT @maggieNYT The @PressSec doesn’t address what the US is doing about the matter, just taking the usual whack at the NYT. Also would be quite something for intel officials not to brief the president on this.
🐣 RT @RonaldKlain Well, I mean, it’s not like she would lie or anything like that.
🐣 RT @BradMossEsq Not believable
⋙🐣 RT @JoshNBCNews JUST IN – @PressSec says neither Trump nor Pence were briefed on the “alleged Russian bounty intelligence” first reported by NYT
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JoshNBCNews This raises the obvious and very serious question: The US had intelligence that Russia was paying militants to kill US & allied troops, and officials decided NOT to tell the president or VP about it?

🐣 RT @john_sipher Thread. Nothing new here. The Kremlin always looks for weakness to exploit. Trump has presented weakness at all turns. Until someone makes Putin stop, he’ll keep pushing.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NedPrice The story may seem unbelievable — and it IS unfathomable that an American President could know about this and yet fail to authorize even a weak diplomatic protest. ¤ But it’s not unbelievable that Moscow embarked on this initiative. Far from it.

🐣 RT @McFaul I am really outraged by Trump’s indifference to Putin paying Taliban terrorists to kill American soldiers. I can’t imagine my anger if one of my sons were deployed in Afghanistan right now.
🐣 RT @McFaul To my followers urging restraint until more details are confirmed, I will retract all statements if NYT reporting is proved to be inaccurate. But others are confirming. I look forward to on-the-record statements/testimony from Pompeo, Esper, or O’Brien correcting the record.

🐣 RT @glubold We matched @nytimes great reporting on how US intel has assessed that Russians paid Taliban to target US, coalition forces in Afg which is a pretty stunning development. Me and @wstrobel
⋙ WSJ: Russian Spy Unit Paid Taliban to Attack Americans, U.S. Intelligence Says http://on.wsj.com/2NxgDT3
// Bounties paid by GRU are disclosed as U.S. plans troops drawdown, Taliban peace plan

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT Here’s what Trump said 2 months after finding out Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops: ¤ “We have this great friendship. And, by the way, getting along with Russia is a great thing.” ¤ Basically a green light for Putin to keep executing our soldiers.

🐣 RT @Linda_STLN10 John Bolton’s new book reveals that Trump thought Finland was under Russian control. ¤ Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin says, “To be fair, we’ve thought the same thing about the United States since January 20, 2017.” ¤ I love her! ❤️ 🇫🇮

🐣 RT @JoeNBC Russians are paying Islamic radicals to kill American troops in Afghanistan. Donald Trump has known about Putin targeting Americans for months and has refused to even condemn Russia diplomatically. What Republican senator will speak out against this shocking dereliction of duty?

🐣 RT @McFaul I hope we get to hear from Pompeo, Esper, and O’Brien regarding this dereliction of duty to defend American soldiers. I hope there is an explanation. I really do. Because otherwise, their willingness to enable Trump on this issue is unforgivable.

🐣 RT @NatSecLisa This is horrifying. Absolutely unconscionable. And regardless of what drivel comes out of the White House, it is indefensible.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SangerNYT For those keeping score at home: In the months since the Administration knew about these bounties, the President invited Putin to join the G-7 summit, planned for pulling troops out of Germany and failed to act against growing Russian cyber action in the U.S.

🐣 RT @20committee US IC has gotten credible reports of GRU helping the Taliban and offering a bounty on dead US personnel in Afghanistan for several years. Which should surprise nobody who knows the Kremlin. Why you’re just hearing about this now seems like a relevant question.

🐣 RT @McFaul Agreed. Putin has become increasingly unhinged. Annexation in 2014, then intervention in US election in 2016, then assassination attempt against Skripal in 2018, and now contract killing of US soldiers in 2020. There is a pattern of increasingly risky, belligerent, immoral acts.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @mschwirtz Political implications for the Trump admin aside, it’s hard to overstate what a major escalation this is from Russia. Election meddling and the occasional poisoning are one thing. Paying the Taliban to kill American troops, that’s something entirely new. [nyt link]
⋙ 🐣 RT @DanielGoldman Because he knows he can get away with more?

🐣 RT @IlvesToomas Orders to kill foreigners abroad without a declaration of war are left to the head of state. https://twitter.com/IlvesToomas/status/1276805032936177665?s=20

🐣 SCOTUS has said it can only be Treason if it involves a country we’re at war with, right? Looks like Russia’s “hybrid war” with the US in Afghanistan just became very real – and very relevant. #TraitorTrump

🐣 RT @XSovietNews If you didn’t keep killing people perhaps someone would believe you.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RusEmbUSA Baseless and anonymous accusations [published by @nytimes] of Moscow as mastermind behind killing of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan have already led to direct threats to the life of employees of the Russian Embassies in Washington D.C. and London. ¤ @StateDeptDSS https://twitter.com/RusEmbUSA/status/1276692847698337792?s=20/photo/1-2
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @RusEmbUSA In the absence of reasons to #BlameRussians, @nytimes is there to invent new fake stories. @mschwirtz @EricSchmittNYT @charlie_savage obviously lack information on cooperation between Russia and #US on the Afghan peace process, on Syrian, North Korean, Venezuelan, Iranian agendas https://twitter.com/RusEmbUSA/status/1276692847698337792?s=20/photo/1-4

⭕ 26 Jun 2020

💙 NYMag, Andrew Sullivan: You Say You Want a Revolution? http://bit.ly/31MPWSs on iconoclasm ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1279774848609329155?s=20/photo/1

And there is no escaping this. The woke shift their language all the time, so that words that were one day fine are now utterly reprehensible. You can’t keep up — which is the point. (A good resource for understanding this new constantly changing language of ideology is “Translations From the Wokish.”) The result is an exercise of cultural power through linguistic distortion.
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So, yes, this is an Orwellian moment. It’s not a moment of reform but of a revolutionary break, sustained in part by much of the liberal Establishment. Even good and important causes, like exposing and stopping police brutality, can morph very easily from an exercise in overdue reform into a revolutionary spasm. There has been much good done by the demonstrations forcing us all to understand better how our fellow citizens are mistreated by the agents of the state or worn down by the residue of past and present inequality. But the zeal and certainty of its more revolutionary features threaten to undo a great deal of that goodwill.
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The movement’s destruction of even abolitionist statues, its vandalism of monuments to even George Washington, its crude demonization of figures like Jefferson, its coerced public confessions, its pitiless wreckage of people’s lives and livelihoods, its crude ideological Manichaeanism, its struggle sessions and mandated anti-racism courses, its purging of cultural institutions of dissidents, its abandonment of objective tests in higher education (replacing them with quotas and a commitment to ideology), and its desire to upend a country’s sustained meaning and practices are deeply reminiscent of some very ugly predecessors.

But the erasure of the past means a tyranny of the present. In the words of Orwell, a truly successful ideological revolution means that “every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” We are not there yet. But unless we recognize the illiberal malignancy of some of what we face, and stand up to it with courage and candor, we soon will be.

💙 🐣 RT @MaddowBlog So if this NYTimes report is correct, U.S. intelligence has concluded that Russia offered bounties for dead U.S. troops in Afghanistan, AND has paid out on some of those bounties. And Donald Trump was told in March and so far has opted to have no response. 💽 https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1276740944184979456?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @MaddowBlog This is hard to fit in a brief Twitter clip. Here is full video of Rachel Maddow’s review of the NYT report: 💽 https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1276741245008850945?s=20/photo/1
💙 ⋙⋙ 💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Russia paid bounties to kill US troops, US intel says; Trump mum: NYT http://on.msnbc.com/2B8pyrw
// Rachel Maddow reviews the details of a New York Times report that U.S. intelligence told Donald Trump in March that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill coalition troops, including U.S. troops. Trump has yet to respond and instead has advocated for Russia’s return to the G8.

WaPo: Russian operation targeted coalition troops in Afghanistan, intelligence finds http://wapo.st/2CMXhan Russia’s G.R.U. “offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan, including U.S. and British troops” [confirms @nytimes story]

Russian involvement in operations targeting Americans, if confirmed, is likely to lead to outrage on Capitol Hill and questions about why the administration has not responded to it.

The attempt to stoke violence against Americans, if confirmed, would also represent a signifiant departure from Moscow’s earlier position toward Islamist militants in Afghanistan. Previously, U.S. officials had cited what they characterized as sporadic, low-level Russian support for the Taliban, including the supply of small arms via Afghanistan’s northern neighbors.

While [the Skripal] attack, along with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its role in the war in Syria, have generated strong criticism in Europe and from many of Trump’s most senior advisers, the president himself has frequently appeared to have a chummy relationship with Putin, downplaying Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and other Russian transgressions.

WaPo: Russian operation targeted coalition troops in Afghanistan, intelligence finds http://wapo.st/2CMXhan Russia’s G.R.U. “offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan, including U.S. and British troops” [confirms @nytimes story]

🐣 RT @duty2warn So for months, Trump has known that Russians are paying to have locals kill American troops in Afghanistan. If Trump has said anything, we haven’t heard it. Certainly no public rebuke to Russia. GOP SENATORS: Have your vocal chords been severed? Do ANY of you know how to speak?

🐣 RT @MollyJongFast So trump signed up off on both the Chinese concentration camps and the Russian murders of United States soldiers?

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson What part of “support the troops” includes ignoring Russians paying bounties to Taliban forces to murder American soliders? ¤ #TraitorTrump’s part.

🐣 RT @drothkopf This.
⋙ 🧵 RT @brett_mcgurk If the White House has been sitting on credible intelligence about Russian threats to US forces overseas since MARCH, it further begs the question as to why it’s keeping an unclassified DNI threat assessment from the public for the first time ever. What’s in it? 📌 https://twitter.com/brett_mcgurk/status/1276712068343664640?s=20
⋙⋙⋙ 🧵 RT @brett_mcgurk [Apr] Some background on the bottled-up report in thread below. This is the first year since the DNI’s first threat assessment in 2006 that there has been no public report. Someone doesn’t want the public to see it. WHY? Presumption: because its authors—IC professionals—tell the truth. 📌 https://twitter.com/brett_mcgurk/status/1246274792124067842?s=20

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson “Hey, Mr. President, Russia is paying the Taliban a bounty to kill American soliders.”
TRUMP: “Let’s put Russia back in the G8.”

WaPo: Roger Stone ordered to report to prison July 14, as judge denies request for two-month delay http://wapo.st/2Z7CfL2

🐣 RT @kasparov Bingo. This was what first occurred to me as well, to look back at every Trump statement & action re Putin & Russia after he found out the Kremlin was paying for US soldiers to be murdered. Treasonous.
⋙ 🐣 RT @biannagolodryga Keep in mind that AFTER being briefed on this intelligence, Trump once again pushed to have Russia readmitted into the G8. [nyt]

🐣 RT @MattWDC Hey @mattzap, an interesting piece but leaving out the story that two right wing TERROR attacks have been foiled in recent weeks, one which involved a transnational network, seems like a major oversight; and the Boogaloo boys in Oakland killed/assassinated two cops, not just one.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Additionally, Antifa is not anti-government, it is anti-fascist. ¤ No left wing groups have an ideological rationale for disrupting the protests. ¤ Barr’s venal bothsiderism here is a cover for rise of right wing political violence in US.
🐣 RT @mattzap JUST IN: Barr has formed task force to counter “anti-government extremists.” In memo, he singles out antifa and Boogaloo, but notes extremists come from “all persuasions.” He also says groups “may be fortified by foreign entities seeking to sow chaos.”
⋙ WaPo: Barr forms task force to counter ‘anti-government extremists’ http://wapo.st/31lOK8k

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Breaking via NYT: The European Union will bar most travelers from the United States, Russia, and dozens of other countries considered too risky because they have not controlled the coronavirus outbreak, E.U. officials said.
⋙ NYT: Most U.S. Travelers Will Be Barred From E.U. When Bloc Reopens http://nyti.ms/31l9oWo
// Europe will allow outsiders to begin entering again on July 1, but the U.S. and Russia are among the nations considered too risky because they have not controlled the coronavirus outbreak.

💙 ⋙⋙ NYT: Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says http://nyti.ms/2A6hPti
// The Trump administration has been deliberating for months about what to do about a stunning intelligence assessment.

American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.

Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said. Twenty Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, but it was not clear which killings were under suspicion.

The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.

An operation to incentivize the killing of American and other NATO troops would be a significant and provocative escalation of what American and Afghan officials have said is Russian support for the Taliban, and it would be the first time the Russian spy unit was known to have orchestrated attacks on Western troops.

Any involvement with the Taliban that resulted in the deaths of American troops would also be a huge escalation of Russia’s so-called hybrid war against the United States, a strategy of destabilizing adversaries through a combination of such tactics as cyberattacks, the spread of fake news and covert and deniable military operations.

The Kremlin had not been made aware of the accusations, said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. “If someone makes them, we’ll respond,” Mr. Peskov said. A Taliban spokesman did not respond to messages seeking comment.

The officials familiar with the intelligence did not explain the White House delay in deciding how to respond to the intelligence about Russia.

While some of his closest advisers, like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have counseled more hawkish policies toward Russia, Mr. Trump has adopted an accommodating stance toward Moscow.

… Mr. Trump criticized a bill imposing sanctions on Russia when he signed it into law after Congress passed it by veto-proof majorities. And he has repeatedly made statements that undermined the NATO alliance as a bulwark against Russian aggression in Europe.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the delicate intelligence and internal deliberations. They said the intelligence has been treated as a closely held secret, but the administration expanded briefings about it this week — including sharing information about it with the British government, whose forces are among those said to have been targeted. …

Moreover, as Mr. Trump seeks re-election in November, he wants to strike a peace deal with the Taliban to end the Afghanistan war.

While officials were said to be confident about the intelligence that Russian operatives offered and paid bounties to Afghan militants for killing Americans, they have greater uncertainty about how high in the Russian government the covert operation was authorized and what its aim may be.

The officials briefed on the matter said the government had assessed the operation to be the handiwork of Unit 29155, an arm of Russia’s military intelligence agency, known widely as the G.R.U.

Western intelligence officials say the unit, which has operated for more than a decade, has been charged by the Kremlin with carrying out a campaign to destabilize the West through subversion, sabotage and assassination.

The disclosure comes at a time when Mr. Trump has said he would invite Mr. Putin to an expanded meeting of the Group of 7 nations, but tensions between American and Russian militaries are running high.

🐣 RT @mattyglesias I guess we’re not supposed to talk anymore about how the president’s relationship with the Russian government seems fishy, since he got Paul Manafort to break his cooperation agreement which somehow proved the whole thing was a hoax but I do kinda wonder.
⋙ 🐣 RT @charlie_savage EXCLUSIVE: A Russian spy unit secretly offered bounties to militants in Afghanistan for killing American troops, U.S. intelligence officials found. Trump and White House have known for months, but not authorized any response.w/ @EricSchmittNYT @mschwirtz
💙 ⋙⋙ NYT: Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says http://nyti.ms/2A6hPti
// The Trump administration has been deliberating for months about what to do about a stunning intelligence assessment.

⭕ 25 Jun 2020

🐣 RT @eliehonig Absolutely outrageous: Barr tried to get SDNY to un-do the part of the Michael Cohen conviction that implicated the President, per NYT. ¤ But the SDNY resisted. Which helps explain last weekend’s attempted takeover.
⋙ NYT: Inside Barr’s Effort to Undermine Prosecutors in N.Y. http://nyti.ms/2YwbOiW “More than any other federal prosecutor’s office, the Manhattan office had pursued investigations that angered Mr. Trump”
// The firing of the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan was foreshadowed by a disagreement over a case linked to President Trump.

Shortly after he became attorney general last year, William P. Barr set out to challenge a signature criminal case that touched President Trump’s inner circle directly, and even the president’s own actions: the prosecution of Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s longtime fixer.

The debate between Mr. Barr and the federal prosecutors who brought the case against Mr. Cohen was one of the first signs of a tense relationship that culminated last weekend in the abrupt ouster of Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan. It also foreshadowed Mr. Barr’s intervention in the prosecutions of other associates of Mr. Trump.

⭕ 24 Jun 2020

🚫 🐣 RT @Evan_McMullin Russia protects Trump. Trump protects Russia. Flynn protects Russia and Trump. Barr protects Trump, Russia and Flynn. Trump loyalist judge protects Trump, Russia, Flynn and Barr. Russia keeps protecting Trump. Textbook banana republic corruption.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom This is what years of Facebook and chat groups do to people who probably have some problems to begin with.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RexChapman This angry Florida woman argued today against the mask mandate, while bringing up the devil, 5G, Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton, “the pedophiles” and the deep state. ¤ Enjoy… 💽 https://twitter.com/RadioFreeTom/status/1275914667148402693?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @tribelaw Let’s do more than get scared. Let’s get even. By which I mean getting a step ahead of those crooks and outscheming them.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RVAwonk Speaking about AG Bill Barr, former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer tells the House Judiciary Committee: ¤ “The drumbeat of his misbehavior is accelerating as we get closer to the election. I don’t know what’s next, but I’m scared to think about what it might be.” 💽 https://twitter.com/tribelaw/status/1275875540516380673?s=20/photo/1

TheAtlantic, David Frum: It All Happened In Full View http://bit.ly/2NsqKIz “The president is staring the country in the eye and acknowledging: ‘Sure I did it. I’ll do it again. And again. Because nobody’s going to stop me. Cover-ups are for losers.‘“
// What if there is no cover up?

💙 TheAtlantic, Tom McTague: The Decline of the American World http://bit.ly/3ey0oAJ “In the United States, the world sees itself, but in an extreme form: more violent and free, rich and repressed, beautiful and ugly”
// Other countries are used to loathing America, admiring America, and fearing America (sometimes all at once). But pitying America? That one is new.

🐣 RT @swin24 “Even before the president’s brother—represented by [Charles] Harder, one of…Trump’s personal attorneys and the Gawker-killing lawyer—filed the order against Mary…court this week, Trump had actively weighed his options for legal retribution against his own niece.”
⋙ DailyBeast, Lachlan Cartwright and Asawin Suebsaeng: Trump’s Brother spent at least 10 days in a Neuro ICU Just Before Filing Suit Over Tell-All http://bit.ly/3dvDatX //➔ strange ⇊
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1275981433459347456?s=20/photo/1
// Robert Trump, Donald’s younger brother, spent at least 10 days in a neuro intensive care unit just before launching legal action to stop the publication of his niece’s book.

Robert, 72, had been at Mount Sinai hospital’s Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) in New York since at least June 11th, being treated for a serious condition. …

On its website Mount Sinai boasts that its 16-bed NSICU specializes in “state of the art, compassionate care of patients who suffer from subarachnoid hemorrhage, acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, subdural hematomas, coma, tumors of the brain and spine, severe or prolonged seizures, neuro-infections, [and] spinal cord injury among others.” …

[Robert] was discharged on Sunday and despite his stay in the hospital, he wasted no time in filing and signing complicated legal documents aided by his celebrity attorney Charles Harder and releasing a statement. 

“Her attempt to sensationalize and mischaracterize our family relationship after all of these years for her own financial gain is both a travesty and injustice to the memory of my late brother, Fred, and our beloved parents. I and the rest of my entire family are so proud of my wonderful brother, the president, and feel that Mary’s actions are truly a disgrace,” Robert said in his statement to The New York Times roughly 48 hours after he was discharged from hospital.

❤️ 🐣 RT @glenkirschner2 I’ll be posting a video on YouTube this evening discussing today’s Flynn opinion and a three-point plan to remedy McConnell’s nefarious attempt to trash the federal judiciary by flooding it with unqualified judges. We will not give up or give in. No retreat, no surrender.

TheAtlantic, Adam Serwer: Trump Is Struggling to Run Against a White Guy http://bit.ly/2Z5tXU2
// The president is having a difficult time deploying his traditional culture-war playbook against Biden.

It’s not that Biden, as compared to his predecessors, lacks flaws for Trump to exploit. In fact, while the two candidates are different in most of the ways that really matter—Biden has a baseline respect for democracy and the ability to express remorse—they possess superficial similarities. Watching Republicans struggle to land a punch on an elderly white man with suspicious hair, a reputation for exaggerations and fibs, questionable policy judgment, and a track record of racist remarks who is running a nostalgic campaign for a bygone era, and yet whom voters seem willing to give the benefit of the doubt no matter what—well let’s just say their opponents know what that’s like.

🐣 RT @RohdeD The extremism of Barr’s views didn’t emerge during his first tenure as AG because the president he served then (Bush 41) was a traditionalist. Trump is contemptuous of congressional & judicial oversight. It’s ideologue meets grifter. Thank you @seanilling
⋙ Vox, Sean Illing: “It’s ideologue meets grifter”: How Bill Barr made Trumpism possible http://bit.ly/31fZ2Ho
// Bill Barr is the most powerful law enforcement officer in the country. What does he want?

🐣 RT @MSNBC Chuck Rosenberg on AG Barr and the politicization of the Justice Department: “What I see is incredibly repugnant. It undermines the rule of law. It’s despicable.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, DeadlineWH: Chuck Rosenberg on Bill Barr: ‘What I see is incredibly repugnant’ http://on.msnbc.com/3fWajjW
// Former senior FBI official Chuck Rosenberg to Attorney General Bill Barr undermining the rule of law after DOJ officials testify on Barr’s politicization of the agency

🐣 RT @davidcicillini Attorney General Barr’s conduct is corrupt, dangerous, and must be stopped. He is corrupting the law in order to protect President Trump and influence the 2020 presidential election.

🐣 RT @MMineiroCNS Judge Amy Berman Jackson wants more info from DOJ on why the government is unopposed to Stone’s request to push his date to report to prison from 6/30 to 9/3. @CourthouseNews [Minute Order:] Text Block: https://twitter.com/MMineiro_CNS/status/1275871177215553536?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @peoplefor During today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, @RepTedLieu spoke about how AG Williams Barr’s Department of Justice intervened after Roger Stone was convicted to lower Stone’s sentencing recommendation: ¤ “That is a perversion of justice.”

🐣 RT @gregolear From what I’m hearing, MAGA celebrating Flynn’s legal escape is akin to the 49ers celebrating winning the last Super Bowl at the end of the third quarter.

🐣 RT @imillhiser I’m starting to think that Neomi Rao is not a very good judge.
Vox, Ian Millhiser: The court decision dismissing charges against Michael Flynn is astonishingly bad http://bit.ly/3erbpUy
// Neomi Rao rides again.

🐣 RT @jgeltzer Astonishing: ¤ The DC Circuit panel that just ruled for Flynn is saying that DOJ has zero obligation even to explain to a judge why it’s going easy on a Trump crony–literally 2 hours before a career DOJ lawyer will testify to Congress about DOJ going easy on another Trump crony!
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Key majority phrase: ¤ “The district court’s judicial supervision ‘threatens to chill law enforcement by subjecting the prosecutor’s motives & decisionmaking to outside inquiry.’” ¤ What the majority calls a “chill,” many of us call transparency, judicial responsibility, & Rule 48.

🚫 🐣 RT @FBI Cyber actors affiliated with the People’s Republic of China have tried to seize public health research related to #COVID19 treatments. The potential theft of this information jeopardizes the delivery of secure, effective, and efficient treatment options. http://ow.ly/vsqT50AfwZI

🐣 RT @AaronBlake There it is. ¤ Zelinsky says the supervisor who told him the motivation for changing Roger Stone’s sentencing memo was political was J.P. Cooney, the chief of fraud and public corruption in the D.C. U.S. attorney’s office.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AaronBlake Amazing that it took 2 hours to get to this — and under questioning from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), rather than a Democrat.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @knox_hughes It’s better that it came from a Jordan question. That way, clips of the answer include a Republican and NOT a Democrat. Makes it tougher to smear as partisan.

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Silver lining? Flynn can now be charged with ALL crimes come January, including the other felonies he admitted to in the Statement of Offenses in this case AND the prosecutors will not have to fight to undo a corrupt Trump pardon (and no 6-month cap).
⋙ CNBC: U.S. appeals court orders judge to dismiss case against former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn http://cnb.cx/31cDzPn

🧵 RT @atrupar Republicans are wasting no time turning the House Judiciary Committee hearing into a clown show 📌 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1275830505003528192?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @mjs_DC Ultra-Trumpy Trump Judge Neomi Rao—who else?—writes the 2–1 decision ordering the Flynn judge to dismiss the prosecution. She is really just the worst.
⋙ [Google Doc of Opinion] http://bit.ly/3hXFJbs
[ … ]
🐣 RT @mjs_DC Neomi Rao’s Flynn decision is totally indefensible and incredibly dangerous, placing federal prosecutors above judicial scrutiny despite clear evidence of political interference. She has made her court complicit in the Trump administration’s corruption.
⋙ Slate, Mark Stern: Trump Judge Neomi Rao’s Flynn Opinion Is Dangerous and Anti-Democratic http://bit.ly/2Nq0fDH

🐣 RT @KerriKupecDOJ The Attorney General has accepted an invitation to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a general oversight hearing on July 28th.

💙 🐣 RT @cspan Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer: “I am here because I believe that William Barr poses the greatest threat in my lifetime to our rule of law and to public trust in it. That is because he does not believe in its core principle; that no person is above the law.” 💽 https://twitter.com/cspan/status/1275838616778964992?s=20/photo/1

💙 🐣 RT @jedshug Re: Flynn If you think about how long it will take the appeals process just on this question, it is likely that this case does not get resolved until 2021… When a new DOJ will take over and could reverse Barr and Trump, ask for sentencing.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jedshug Re: Flynn: En banc review would take a few months. Even if the Circuit decided the case this fall, 4 Justices could grant cert, scheduling oral argument in 2021. ¤ And before SCOTUS hears the case, a new DOJ reverses Barr and Trump, and Flynn gets sentenced in 2021.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @RDiffering So, let’s say, arguendo, en banc rehearing, same result (I don’t think so, but….) Sullivan can then petition SCOTUS for cert.? Or would it have to be an amicus? That next step just feels procedurally icky.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @jedshug I’m assuming en banc goes against Flynn. ¤ If en banc rules for Flynn, it would be complicated, but if Sullivan wanted to file cert petititon, all you need is 4 Justices to think it’s a plausibly valid move and they could grant it.

💙 🧵 RT @emptywheel The HJC hearing livestream has begun. Note that at least Zelinsky will be testifying remotely. http://cs.pn/3g0coeZ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1275825424405323776?s=20
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💙 🧵 RT @jentaub Here we go! ¤ House Judiciary Committee Hearing on “Oversight of the Department of Justice: Political Interference and Threats to Prosecutorial Independence.”
1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1275825424405323776?s=20

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Appeals court orders Judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss criminal case against Michael Flynn http://wapo.st/3dwq8wi “The ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit … can be reviewed by the full court”

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 65 faculty members from A.G. Barr’s law school alma mater say he has “failed to fulfill his oath of office to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States.'” ¤ “Attorney General Barr stands on the wrong side of history,” the statement says.
⋙ CNN: 65 faculty members from AG Barr’s law school alma mater say he has ‘failed to fulfill his oath of office’ http://cnn.it/2YtA85b

⭕ 23 Jun 2020

🐣 RT @DemWrite If a president “slows the testing down” because he doesn’t want bad press, thereby dramatically increasing the body count, what do you call that?
From @MeidasTouch: #TrumpKillsUS #DemCast 💽 https://twitter.com/DemWrite/status/1275585487357399041?s=20/photo/1
// last frame: dictionary definition of murder; Meidas Touch ad❣
⋙ 🐣 Trump also knows that minority communities are disproportionately killed by COVID-19. There’s an additional word for that: ¤ Genocide. ¤ It’s a crime against humanity.

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Reading Zelinsky’s testimony in full just leaves me extraordinarily sad. Sad that this could even happen, sad that no R will care, sad that Barr can stay in office even a single additional day in the face of it. It is an outrage what they’ve done to DOJ.
⋙ ≣ [Zelinsky Testimony:] http://bit.ly/3dqeXVF
⋙ 🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 As I was just discussing with other former DOJ people – I keep thinking we can’t be shocked anymore and then are.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @matthewamiller right, exactly. just not even in the same ballpark of anything you could have imagined happening before this admin.

‼️🐣 RT @ Delusional stuff from Trump: “The radical left demands absolute conformity from every professor, researcher, reporter, journalist, corporation, entertainer, politician, campus speaker, and private citizen.”
🐣 RT @atrupar “The left-wing mob is trying to demolish our heritage so they can replace it with a new repressive regime that they alone control. They’re tearing down statues, desecrating monuments, & purging dissenters … it’s the behavior or totalitarians & tyrants.” — Trump
🐣 RT @atrupar On coronavirus, Trump claims Democrats “are trying to do their best to keep the country shut down and closed because they’d love those numbers not to be good, but there’s not a lot they’re going to be able to do about it.”

CNN: Top Pentagon nominee pushed conspiracy theories that former CIA director tried to overthrow Trump and even have him assassinated http://cnn.it/3du5YD8 ‘Tata’s nomination comes as the WH seeks to install loyalists to key positions throughout the administration’
// tags: former CIA Director John Brennan Cicero quote Jeremiah Wright Weather Underground

WaPo: Prosecutor to tell Congress of pressure from ‘highest levels’ of Justice Dept. to cut Roger Stone ‘a break’ http://wapo.st/2Z6hbol Asst US Atty Aaron Zelinsky was pressured to treat Stone “differently and more leniently … because of his relationship with the President”

A federal prosecutor is expected to tell House lawmakers Wednesday that the senior-most Justice Department officials pressured government lawyers in Roger Stone’s criminal trial to treat him “differently and more leniently” during his trial, “based on political considerations” and “because of his relationship with the President.”

Aaron Zelinsky, an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland who previously served on former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team, is one of two current Justice Department employees expected to tell the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William P. Barr ordered agency officials to pursue politically motivated investigations and court motions, in deference to President Trump and his own preferred policies.

According to a copy of his prepared remarks, Zelinsky plans to testify that prosecutors experienced “heavy pressure from the highest levels of the Department of Justice to cut Stone a break,” and request a lighter sentence he characterized as “virtually unprecedented.” Zelinsky formally objected to the “significant pressure” placed on line prosecutors “to water down and in some cases outright distort events” that led to Stone’s prosecution, activity he called unethical. His objections, Zelinsky intends to say, went unheeded, and he ultimately resigned from the case.

John Elias, the acting chief of staff for the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, is expected to appear alongside Zelinsky to describe how Barr often issued orders to investigate company mergers, not because of antitrust concerns but because he “did not like the nature of their underlying business.”

🐣 RT @harrylitman The New York City Bar Association has written to Congressional leaders “in response to continuing actions by Attorney General William P. Barr that raise the most serious questions about Mr. Barr’s fitness for the high office that he holds.”

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Barr must resign immediately. trump should, but won’t, be impeached. And any Republican who doesn’t call this out & demand both resignations has no further standing to complain about anything a future AG does because they’ve abdicated all responsibility.
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand A bombshell statement to Congress from Aaron Zelinsky, the prosecutor in the Roger Stone case who says he withdrew because of “wrongful political pressure”: Text Block: https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1275502875058286592?s=20/photo/1
// “ … and because the U.S. Attorney was ‘afraid of the President’”

⭕ 22 Jun 2020

WaPo, Max Boot: The unraveling of the rule of law under Trump is picking up speed http://wapo.st/2YoOQtZ “Trump is in the midst of purging the executive branch of anyone who refuses to put loyalty to him above loyalty to the country”

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Here’s the @joshtpm scoop that @PreetBharara just mentioned on @AC360 ¤ Barr reportedly misled US Attorney of NJ—told him that Berman was voluntarily resigning—in asking him to replace Berman. ¤ Carpenito was shocked to learn he’d been misled by Barr.
⋙⋙ TPM, Josh Marshall: More On Bill Barr’s Friday Night Caper http://bit.ly/2BzQ6Bv
⋙ 🐣 RT @rgoodlaw 2. Another indication that Barr’s effort to replace Berman was rushed: ¤ Barr reportedly called Carpenito on Friday afternoon to ask him to replace Berman. It was the first Carpenito had heard of it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @rgoodlaw 3. This reporting also raises question whether Carpenito dropped out of the deal upon learning of Berman’s true position. ¤ Carpenito “seems to have been clear with staff that Berman’s late Friday night press release had changed the equation for him considerably.”
⋙⋙ 🐣 Question I have is whether SDNY has to just “notify” Main Justice that they are ready to proceed with indictments in a case or if they have to “get permission”? If the latter and Barr says “no” – what’s the next step?

🐣 RT @MSNBC Fmr. SDNY Chief David Kelley says President Trump and AG Bill Barr are attempting to “subvert the independence of the Southern District,” following the firing of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC: Fmr SDNY Chief: Trump fired ‘independent’ prosecutor to replace with someone he can ‘keep an eye on’ http://on.msnbc.com/2NoYfvj
// In an exclusive interview with MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber, Former SDNY Chief David Kelley speaks out for the first time since Trump fired the NYC prosecutor. Kelley argues Trump and AG Bill Barr are attempting to “subvert the independence of the Southern District,” and adds to his latest attack on the rule of law. Kelley argues the DOJ has “become politicized” and adds “it is sad” that the “Executive Branch” not “untouchable.”

🐣 RT @RichardHaass This is as self-defeating as it gets. @realDonaldTrump has opted for short-term anti-immigrationism over pro-US competitiveness. China and others will be the big winners here while American businesses, workers, and consumers will be big losers.
⋙ NYT: Trump Suspends Visas Allowing Hundreds of Thousands of Foreigners to Work in the U.S. http://nyti.ms/2YmAIl8
// The move is fiercely opposed by business leaders, who say it will block their ability to recruit critically needed workers from countries overseas.

🐣 RT @mpadellan trump cowers in the bunker ¤ while America needs a leader.
We need to EVICT that squatter ¤ and reclaim #OurHouse. 💽 https://twitter.com/mmpadellan/status/1275255725296623616?s=20/photo/1
// MeidasTouch ad❣ Our House

NewYorker, Adam Entous: What Fiona Hill Learned in the White House http://bit.ly/3dpy1U4 “Hill did not realize where her real challenges lay: ‘I know the intrigue in Russia better than the intrigue at home.’”
// The senior fellow at Brookings and expert on modern Russia had hoped to guide the U.S.-Russia relationship. President Trump had other ideas.

🐣 RT @tribelaw “Trump-friendly legislatures could seize on fraud claims to exercise their constitutional power to bypass voters and appoint representatives to the Electoral College themselves.” Theoretically possible under Art. II but virtually inconceivable.
⋙ CNN, John Harwood: Why Trump is already sowing doubts about November’s vote http://cnn.it/2B2oPb0

🧵 RT @AshaRangappa_ THREAD. The “mail voter fraud” narrative is about more than a fear of increased turnout among Dems. It’s also about facilitating foreign interference, including Russia tampering with voter registrations and actual votes, and distracting the public from that effort. Here’s why: 📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1275106533714669570?s=20

🐣 RT @waltshaub “Pack’s coup d’état is so potentially damaging to the US government’s overall effort to stop Chinese and Russian disinformation that some wonder if that isn’t the point. ‘Maybe they don’t want to fight Russian disinformation,’ one staff member speculated.”
⋙ TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum: The Voice of America Will Sound Like Trump http://bit.ly/3enBljS
// Under the president’s control, U.S.-funded broadcasters could turn into a presidential propaganda machine.

Or maybe the idea is to help Trump politically, at home. This would be illegal: An act of Congress passed in 1948 explicitly prohibits U.S.-government-funded foreign-information services from making programs targeted at domestic audiences. But the act’s strictures were eased somewhat in 2013, and it’s very hard to enforce: In a digital world, it’s impossible to stop domestic audiences from reading the material put out by VOA online. As he grows less enamored of Fox News, Trump may want something that he can control completely. If Pack can produce the rough equivalent of “Trump TV,” then the president will finally have a true state media at his command and no longer need to rely on Rupert Murdoch.

Whatever the real reason, the damage could be deep, wide, and long-term. In a world where airwaves are flooded with authoritarian disinformation, the effectiveness of American messaging depends on the perceived credibility and independence of the messengers. Anything that resembles “Trump TV” or even just old-fashioned propaganda will have neither. America’s international broadcasters are an important part of the face we present to the world. Thanks to congressional negligence, presidential malice, and general indifference, that face has just gotten uglier.

DailyBeast, Harry Siegel, Asawin Suebsaeng and Erin Banco: Berman Leaves SDNY in Trusted Hands After Bill Barr Fucks Up His Ouster http://bit.ly/3hTYQDh //➔ Trump’s lack of interest in the legal details and instinct to ”take no responsibility at all” ruined Barr’s sinister plot

DailyBeast, Harry Siegel, Asawin Suebsaeng and Erin Banco: Berman Leaves SDNY in Trusted Hands After Bill Barr Fucks Up His Ouster http://bit.ly/3hTYQDh //➔ Trump’s lack of interest in the legal details and instinct to ”take no responsibility at all” ruined Barr’s sinister plot
// cap1: Who’s in charge? Can crucial deadlines be hit? And what happens to all those big, politically-charged cases?; cap2: Barr said Berman had resigned, and Berman said he had not. Then, Barr said Trump had fired Berman, and Trump said he had not. Finally, Berman stepped away, and left Barr exposed.

💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ DailyBeast, Tomasky: Bill Barr Has Pie on His Face, and One More Trick Up His Sleeve With John Durham’s October Surprise http://bit.ly/2CnNNC2 //➔ Dems need to get out in front of plan to issue indictments against Trump’s “enemies” (Obama loyalists, incl Biden)
// People had better be paying renewed attention to what Durham might be up to. Democrats need to pre-bake public opinion on this.

🐣 RT @jaketapper Despite what House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler said on @CNNSotu today, there are several House Democrats eager for @AmbJohnBolton to testify
⋙ 🐣 Nadler was an embarrassment in that interview. He said the Senate wouldn’t impeach. The House impeaches, not the Senate. Calling him, in any case, is to educate the American people, not the Senate. It would also expose Bolton as trying to have it both ways.

🐣✅ RT @ddale8 In addition to the general lie about mail voting being rife with fraud, the claim about wartime voting makes no sense. ¤ Soldiers voted by mail in large numbers — in the low millions — during WWII. A substantial number of soldiers also voted by mail during the Civil War. https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1275069087714951169?s=20/photo/1
// Trump tweet about WW2

⭕ 21 Jun 2020

🐣 RT @atrupar “Erratic, foolish, behaved irrationally [&] bizarrely, can’t leave him alone for a minute, he saw conspiracies behind rocks, he couldn’t see the difference between his personal interests & the country’s interests” – how former national security adviser John Bolton describes Trump 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1274914020408135681?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Bolton on how history will remember Trump: “I hope it will remember him as a one-term president who didn’t plunge the country irretrievably into a downward spiral we can’t recoil from.” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1274921369004843008?s=20

NYT: For Barr, Standoff w Prosecutor Adds to String of Miscues http://nyti.ms/37OOC2x “‘As attempted power plays go, this was an abject failure & served only to further undermine the credibility of both the [Barr] & the president,’ said Greg Browser, a former federal prosecutor”
// The attorney general has found himself at odds with the White House on high-profile issues in recent weeks.

💙 🐣 RT @JoeBiden It’s in some of our darkest moments of despair that we’ve made some of our greatest progress. If we stand together, as one America, we’ll rise stronger than before. https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1274785156050464768?s=20/photo/1
// Biden for President ad❣ showing demonstrators assailed by police: “Is this who we are?”

🧵 RT @SethAbramson (THREAD) I’m reading John Bolton’s book The Room Where It Happened, and in this thread I’ll tell you a lot about it so you won’t have to buy or read it. I’ll also discuss the larger problems with coverage of Trump that the book’s content raises. I hope you’ll read on and RETWEET. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1274843414778073094?s=20

TheAtlantic, Paul Rosenzweig: Why Bill Barr Got Rid of Geoffrey Berman http://bit.ly/2ANloFl “Like strongmen everywhere, Barr (and Trump) seek to exalt their interests over those of the nation”
// This is how an authoritarian works to subvert justice.

… Why replace Berman now, just five months before the election? ¤ The answer lies in the firing earlier this year of Jessie Liu, the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. By firing Liu, Barr and his team took control of the Washington, D.C., U.S. attorney’s office. Until they did that, the office was following up on various indictments and charges that had been brought against Trump’s associates. Once they seized control, Barr’s team intervened to short-circuit that process. They interceded in the sentencing of Roger Stone, and more recently, they have made an effort to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn. In both circumstances, career prosecutors were so outraged that they withdrew from the case, and some resigned from the Department of Justice altogether.

That may be the game plan for New York as well. Barr may want Berman out so that he can use his newly enhanced control to dismiss or short-circuit all of the pending cases in Manhattan that implicate Trump or his associates.

We know those are many. We know that Trump’s various organizations, including his inauguration committee, are under investigation. We know that Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is under investigation. We know that Trump’s bank, Deutsche Bank, is under investigation.

Since taking office, Barr has repeatedly intervened to protect Trump. In addition to the behavior already mentioned, we might identify his attempt to protect Trump’s tax records from disclosure, or the way he distorted the true contents of the Mueller report. Barr’s actions are more like those of a consigliere to Don Trump than those of an attorney general of the United States, working for the American people.

Even that characterization is too kind to Barr. The attorney general’s apparent goal is to turn the Department of Justice into an arm of the president’s personal interests. He seems to have no regard for the department’s independence, and is doing long-term damage to the fabric of American justice.

Given the authoritarian structure of what Barr is attempting to achieve—preserving the forms of liberty while destroying their substantive content—we might call this the Orbánification of the American system of governance. Like strongmen everywhere, Barr (and Trump) seek to exalt their interests over those of the nation. And this latest effort—seemingly to short-circuit the ongoing criminal investigation of Trump’s affiliates and associates—is only the most recent evidence. As he continues down this road, Barr is doing his best to make John Mitchell, President Richard Nixon’s disgraced attorney general, look like a man of principle.

NYT, Preet Bharara: The Wrong Justice Department Official Lost His Job This Weekend http://nyti.ms/3dnEfnk “Sovereign” as the SDNY is often called, “does not mean rogue. It signifies respect for law and scorn for political considerations”
// The attorney general, Bill Barr, undermined the rule of law by forcing out Geoffrey Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan.

To understand the uproar over the termination in legal circles, some context helps. S.D.N.Y. is famously and proudly independent. It embraces its nickname, the “Sovereign District of New York,” as a badge of honor. Sovereign, in the understanding of those who have served there, does not mean rogue. It signifies respect for law and scorn for political considerations. Republicans and Democrats are equally in the cross hairs.

Forcing out a well-performing U.S. attorney of the same party, without explanation, on the eve of election, in favor of a less qualified candidate who golfs with the president (as Mr. Clayton does), in the midst of investigations known to be irksome to the president, does not reflect a commitment to law enforcement independence.

Within the Department of Justice, hardworking public servants — in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere — are angry, dismayed and demoralized. I’ve spoken to many of them this weekend. They are disheartened by the bad faith of Bill Barr and his determined efforts to undermine prosecutorial independence. On Saturday, finally assured his well-regarded and principled deputy, Audrey Strauss, would take over the reins, Mr. Berman left S.D.N.Y. with his head held high.

WaPo Editorial: How can anyone trust Bill Barr’s Justice Department now? http://wapo.st/319ACiJ “What well of credibility did he expect to draw on when he moved against Mr. Berman?”

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Barr’s botched effort to remove a prosecutor who probed Trump allies http://wapo.st/37NWnWt “Barr has now made something that already looked problematic reek — yet again — of the politicization of the Justice Department”

CNN, Julian Zelizer: Trump’s chilling distortion of ‘law and order’ http://cnn.it/3hIbwgF “Barr has been the point man in this strategy. He brings a level of legal sophistication … that Trump lacks & has repeatedly placed the political interests of the President above the law”

[T]he Trump administration has repeatedly taken steps that undermine our nation’s confidence that this White House adheres to the notion that nobody is above the law. …

Barr has been the point man in this strategy. He brings a level of legal sophistication and political savvy that Trump lacks and has repeatedly placed the political interests of the President above the law. When the Mueller investigation wrapped up, the attorney general framed the findings of the report in a way that exonerated the President from wrongdoing. During the impeachment hearings and trial earlier this year, Trump reportedly leaned on Barr to limit the ability of legislators to obtain necessary information. And in Trump’s post-impeachment attacks on inspectors general and US attorneys, Barr has proven willing to take the bold and controversial steps necessary to insulate his boss.

The restraints that have checked previous administrations have deteriorated, and we are now living in a moment when President Trump — with Barr’s assistance — appears to believe that there are no law and order guardrails prohibiting what he can do.

Given the fact that Senate Republicans continue to back him, the President is not wrong in this assumption. Senate Republicans have played an essential role in allowing Trump to continue eroding our democratic institutions. As long as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is willing to stand firm in backing the administration, the odds of any sort of serious check on these kinds of actions diminish.

The wildcard remains the courts. … Though the Supreme Court is now under a conservative majority, it is not an institution where members can be primaried out of their posts, and federal judges have the capacity to be true institutionalists, even in an era when many elected officials refuse to accept that role. Certainly, Chief Justice Roberts is following these events with a close eye. As the President bends law and order to fit his own agenda, the biggest question remains: How much are the federal courts willing to tolerate and at what point will they finally check the President in the dangerous campaign that he has undertaken?

Until the courts step in, the nation is in a dangerous place. The stories that have converged in the past few weeks have revealed quite clearly that law and order is under threat. The threat, however, isn’t coming from the streets but from the highest office in the land.

🧵 RT @TimOBrien 1/x Barr knows Berman’s investigations all involve sensitive matters touching Trump. With the presidential election less than five months away, cynics like me can be forgiven for thinking that this looks exactly like a housecleaning. Let’s count the ways:
📌 https://twitter.com/TimOBrien/status/1274678104783372290?s=20

⭕ 20 Jun 2020

WaPo Editorial: We knew Trump didn’t care for human rights in China. But this is a new low. http://wapo.st/3emPCNQ “Trump’s message in Osaka was that he would not use the power of the presidency nor the influence of the United States to save the Uighurs from cultural extinction”

🐣 RT @SallyQYates Trump fires a US Atty investigating his inner circle, his AG misleads the public about it, and Trump’s relentless assault on the rule of law continues. Trump throws one body blow after another at DOJ, but the career men and women who fight for justice every day are stronger.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Chairman Nadler: “The House Judiciary Committee will immediately open an investigation into this incident, as part of our broader investigation into Barr’s unacceptable politicization of the Department of Justice.” https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1274482286424031232?s=20

🐣 RT @AliVelshi “In light of A. G. Barr’s decision to respect the normal operation of law and have Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss become Acting U.S. Attorney, I will be leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, effective immediately.” -Geoffrey Berman

WaPo: U.S. attorney who was investigating people close to Trump now says he will step down, ending standoff with AG Barr http://wapo.st/2Nsvezb Berman’s deputy, Audrey Strauss, who will now replace him, has made “numerous contributions to Democratic political candidates”

In his letter Saturday, Barr appeared to change course from his original plan to bring in Craig Carpenito, the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, to lead the New York office — a move that legal experts had said was on especially shaky ground. The shift allows for Berman’s deputy to take over. Strauss is well respected in the office but during a time when she was working in the private sector made numerous campaign contributions to Democratic political candidates.

WaPo, Stuart Gerson: In the crisis at Justice, impartial rule of law is on the line http://wapo.st/3hOB0sv

🐣 RT @renato_mariotti Will Barr now interpret this to be a “resignation” by Berman and use this opportunity to replace Strauss with someone of his choice in the near future?
⋙ 🐣 RT @ShimonPro Geoff Berman says he’s leaving: Text Block: https://twitter.com/ShimonPro/status/1274461707801432065?s=20/photo/1
// because Barr is putting Strauss in charge
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @PreetBharara Yes I know Audrey Strauss. She is an excellent and principled lawyer.

🐣 RT @johnkruzel New: WH now says Trump granted AG Barr permission to fire Berman. Still not entirely clear if Trump is now saying the firing was done pursuant to his presidential powers, a fact with legal significance if this goes to court. From a sr WH official: Text Block: https://twitter.com/johnkruzel/status/1274459545612488704?s=20/photo/1

💙 NYRB, Cass Sunstein: It Can Happen Here http://bit.ly/3hMNAst Review of “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933–45” by Milton Mayer and “Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century” by Konrad Jarausch
// 6/28/2020 issue

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Pool report: “On the attempted firing of Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, he [Trump] said that’s up to AG Barr, and that he is ‘not involved.'” ¤ Note: Barr’s letter to Berman said that Trump fired him.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ BTW, since when does the Attorney General “choose to nominate” U.S. Attorneys? That is the President’s job, not the AG’s. Barr is on a major power trip, as we have already seen from his giving orders to non-DOJ law enforcement and the military https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1274449226030895108?s=20

🐣 RT @MikeSacksEsq (Barr will now call Trump and say “fire Berman” and Trump will fire Berman, possibly by tweet and with some gratuitous insults or assertions of unitary executive power to clean up the mess he made of Barr’s own messy attempt to use one of Trump’s blank checks)

🐣 RT @MaxKennerly It seems Trump is so accustomed to “I don’t take any responsibility” and pretending that he isn’t a part of his administration that he is incapable of firing Berman even when he has been expressly told that he must do it himself and that it cannot be pawned off on a subordinate.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RMFifthCircuit So Barr says the President fired Berman and the President says Barr did? Lol.

🐣 RT @joshtpm Trump on Barr’s claim Trump fired Geoff Berman: “That’s really up to him. I’m not involved” 💽 https://twitter.com/chrisgeidner/status/1274451022895894529?s=20/photo/1

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Barr says at his request, Trump has removed Geoffrey Berman as U.S. attorney in Manhattan http://wapo.st/2Nsvezb [Letter:] WaPo: http://wapo.st/2V2L4EG
// The move escalates a standoff that began Friday night.

Barr informed Berman of the president’s move in a sharply worded letter, explaining that Berman’s deputy, Audrey Strauss, will serve as the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan until the Senate can confirm a permanent replacement.

Barr wrote that he had hoped for Berman’s “cooperation to facilitate a smooth transition” in the office as Trump nominates the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton, to fill the job.

Instead, Barr wrote that Berman had chosen “public spectacle” by resisting. “Because you have declared you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you as of today, and he has done so,” Barr wrote.

Outside the White House on Saturday, Trump told reporters that Berman’s ouster was “all up to the attorney general” and that he hadn’t become involved in the matter.

“That’s his department, not my department,” the president said. “But we have a very capable attorney general, so that’s really up to him.”

WaPo: James Comey: Geoffrey Berman upheld the finest tradition of the SDNY office http://wapo.st/3fLiEqu

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: A Friday night massacre that backfired http://wapo.st/2NhplVi “It is telling that we do not know which of many possible investigations may have triggered Barr’s ire. There are so many to choose from”

It is telling that we do not know which of many possible investigations may have triggered Barr’s ire. There are so many to choose from. AP reports, “The move to oust Berman also comes days after allegations surfaced from former Trump national security adviser John Bolton that the president sought to interfere in an Southern District of New York investigation into the state-owned Turkish bank in an effort to cut deals with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.” There are also the original investigations into campaign finance violations for which Michael Cohen was prosecuted, the alleged insurance and tax irregularities that Cohen alluded to in testimony to Congress, and the investigations into Rudolph W. Giuliani’s nefarious activities in Ukraine. You need a scorecard to keep track of Trump’s legal vulnerabilities.

🐣 RT @RonWyden William Barr has repeatedly interfered with the prosecutions of Donald Trump’s associates, is purging the Justice Department of qualified prosecutors and has lied about government actions and the content of documents to protect Trump. In any just world Barr would be impeached.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin Some reassure themselves that Trump’s purge of law enforcement officials is troubling, but nothing that can’t be resolved with an election. But the purpose of these firings is to remove barriers to even more corruption, especially that which subverts free and fair elections.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Schumer: “I am calling for the Department of Justice Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility to immediately launch an investigation into the reasons behind the decision by the president and the attorney general to attempt to dismiss Mr. Berman.”

WaPo: U.S. judge declines to block release of book by former national security adviser John Bolton http://wapo.st/2NdFtH8

🧵 RT @harrylitman Thread: here’s where I think we are. It’s pretty exquisite. Berman is court appointed and under 28 USC §546 his appointment lasts until there is a presidentially appointed and confirmed US Attorney. 📌 https://twitter.com/harrylitman/status/1274341980319805440?s=20

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom I hope Berman and the SDNY are gathering up all the ammunition, loading the canons and start firing out what ever they have on Monday morning before the investigatory & evidentiary trail gets suppressed.

🐣 This is the position Barr offered to Berman:
⋙ NYT (6/16): Justice Dept. Official to Exit, Signaling Third Departure in Recent Days http://nyti.ms/2YGeAkx “The head of the department’s civil division said he would leave next month after a 20-year career. He did not say why.”

🐣 RT @jbarro This is interesting. Suggests Barr tried to “promote” Berman out of the office so his departure wouldn’t be a story, and Berman wouldn’t go along.
⋙ 🧵 RT @KFaulders US Atty for SDNY Geoffrey Berman was fired. The news came as a shock tonight. Sources close to him & DOJ official say AG Barr offered him other positions including head of Civil Division at main justice and Berman declined. News via me @alex_mallin & @AaronKatersky 📌 https://twitter.com/KFaulders/status/1274167670041186304?s=20

🐣 RT @emptywheel Among other things this is going to make it a lot easier for judges in OTHER cases–like Mike Flynn’s–to argue that Barr is undermining justice.
⋙ 🐣 RT @eorden The standoff opens up a fresh crisis at DOJ, places the leadership of the most prominent federal prosecutors office outside Washington in a precarious position & raises questions about Barr’s willingness to steer the dept to suit Trump’s political agenda:
⋙⋙ CNN, Erica Orden: Powerful US attorney who investigated Trump associates refuses to step down after Barr tries to push him out http://cnn.it/2Ygy5RG

🐣 RT @kimwehle People wonder what the *rule of law* means? US Attorney #Berman and #SCOTUS showed us this week. The rule of law keeps us all safe. Bowing to the dear leader…or face the consequences…is a march toward tyranny. #justsayno to authoritarianism #vote #voteforyourlife

🐣 RT @richsignorelli Clayton and Carpenito should announce publicly today that they are withdrawing their names from SDNY US Attorney consideration. For good of the country and Constitution.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d The House of Representatives should immediately commence an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of the Attorney General of the United States.

🐣 RT @SethAbramson (1/2) The ongoing Giuliani investigation is a money laundering, fraud, and FARA case involving foreign money pouring into Trump’s 2020 campaign. Giuliani’s activities and other evidence suggest Turkey is one of the main sources of illegal Trump election aid (pecuniary/otherwise).
⋙ 🐣 RT @SethAbramson (2/2) Barr issued an edict saying no federal prosecutor could investigate foreign donations to a presidential campaign—meaning Trump’s, as he’s taking all “evidence” Giuliani has on Biden. It seems likely Berman refused to play ball, and thereby got fired. Now he’s fighting back.

🐣 RT @PreetBharara Why does a president get rid of his own hand-picked US Attorney in SDNY on a Friday night, less than 5 months before the election?
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @frankrichny The abruptness suggests Trump is now panicked he will lose in 5 months and wants to shut down post-White House SDNY indictments ASAP.

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman *The way* Trump and Barr tried to get rid of Berman is the most damning thing here. The only conclusion is that SDNY is moving forward on something big involving Trump and/or his allies.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman Trump could’ve just tried to fire him outright. But straight up lying about Berman resigning is bizarre and reads like a huge miscalculation on what Berman would do when Barr put out the press release.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Everyone has their guesses about what SDNY is progressing on. But the truth is it could be any number of the plethora of scandals to which Trump is tied. Giuliani, Trump finances, Jr’s Psy Group meeting (took place in Manhattan!), National Enquirer/Saudi ties, inauguration, etc.
⋙⋙ 🐣 or all of them; Bolton’s book and the SCOTUS decisions (that they’re not gonna be a rubber stamp) may have led to panic; also, DOD making clear they are not behind Trump. Polls. If he thinks he’s gonna lose, wants to kill ALL cases that implicate him, most via SDNY

🐣 RT @BenWeiserNYT Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of N.Y., on Barr’s firing of Berman: “This late Friday night dismissal reeks of potential corruption of the legal process. What is angering President Trump? A previous action by this U.S. Attorney or one that is ongoing?”
⋙ NYT: Barr Abruptly Seeks to Fire U.S. Attorney Who Investigated Trump Associates http://nyti.ms/2NdFz1x updated 2:03am ET
// But the United States attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman, who had been leading the inquiry into Rudolph Giuliani, is refusing to leave his position.

The clash focused new attention on the efforts by Mr. Trump and his closest aides to rid the administration of officials whom the president views as insufficiently loyal. It also touched off a crisis within the Justice Department over one of its most prestigious jobs, at a time when the agency has already been roiled by questions over whether Mr. Barr has undercut its tradition of independence from political interference.

Mr. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, and his team have been at the forefront of corruption inquiries in Mr. Trump’s inner circle. They successfully prosecuted the president’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who went to prison, and have been investigating Mr. Trump’s current personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani.

“I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position,” Mr. Berman said in a statement, adding that he had learned that he was “stepping down” from a Justice Department news release.

Mr. Trump’s purge of officials has intensified in the months since the Republican-led Senate acquitted him in the impeachment trial. He has fired or forced out inspectors general with independent oversight over executive branch agencies and other key figures from the trial.

Several dismissals have come late on Friday nights, a time that many White Houses have used to disclose news that they would prefer receive little attention.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Barr lied about Berman stepping down, a lie he has to have known would surface. So Berman must be very close to doing something they view as being very dangerous for Trump.
🐣 RT @maddow “Berman’s office subpoenaed Trump’s inaugural committee for a wide range of documents as part of an investigation into various potential crimes, including possible illegal contributions from foreigners to inaugural events.”
⋙⋙ AP: DOJ tries to oust US attorney investigating Trump allies http://bit.ly/2UXsUnK

The Justice Department moved abruptly Friday night to oust Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan overseeing key prosecutions of President Donald Trump’s allies and an investigation of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. But Berman said he was refusing to leave his post and his ongoing investigations would continue.

“I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position,” Berman said. His statement came hours after Attorney General William Barr said Berman was stepping down from his position.

The standoff set off an extraordinary clash between the Justice Department and one of the nation’s top districts, which has tried major mob and terror cases over the years. It is also likely to deepen tensions between the Justice Department and congressional Democrats who have pointedly accused Barr of politicizing the agency and acting more like Trump’s personal lawyer than the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.

⭕ 19 Jun 2020 Barr goes after SDNY Berman

🐣 RT @lolzkatt It must be utter chaos at the DOJ. Someone over there even published #Berman’s memo of resistance 😬 on the DOJ website. ¤ Maybe the rank and file DOJ employees have had enough.
⋙ SDNY Official Website: Statement Of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman On Announcement By Attorney General Barr http://bit.ly/2NfaIBK

“I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney.  I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate.  Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption.  I cherish every day that I work with the men and women of this Office to pursue justice without fear or favor – and intend to ensure that this Office’s important cases continue unimpeded.”

🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 Barr lied in writing about firing a US Attorney.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChrisAlbertoLaw Barr’s intent to obstruct investigations into Trump-associates is criminal behavior outside the scope of the AG’s authority. ¤ A rogue Attorney General has no legitimacy in @TheJusticeDept ¤ Their oath of office should guide federal prosecutors to protect institutional integrity.

🐣 RT @clairecmc Berman may have just flipped the Senate. Will Mitch risk losing the Senate by trying to force Rep Senators to confirm someone clearly being chosen to protect Rudy andTrump?

🧵RT @chrisgeidner On the substance of tonight’s SDNY move, there seems to be as much confusion as there is potential nefariousness — as is often the case with this administration.
📌 https://twitter.com/chrisgeidner/status/1274176125476851712?s=20

🐣 RT @steve_vladeck Clear: ¤ Barr lied. ¤ Something *really* stinks. ¤ Legally, *Barr* can’t fire Berman. ¤ Berman *can* be replaced by a Senate-confirmed successor.
Not clear: ¤ Whether *Trump* can fire Berman. ¤ Whether Barr/Trump can name his replacement *without* Senate confirmation. ¤ *WHY* this happened.

🐣 RT @richsignorelli Here are the folks who will not be sleeping well tonight: Rudy, who may soon be charged; Barr, due to his stunning and unsuccessful act of corruption and obstruction; and Stone/Flynn, because receiving a pardon/commutation from Trump just became more politically unpalatable.

WaPo Editorial: Voice of America and other U.S. government media never engage in propaganda. Is that about to change? http://wapo.st/3hJj8iQ

🐣 RT @RWPUSA This is precisely the type of behavior by Attorney General Barr that @COFinkelstein and I wrote the House Judiciary Committee about last week. We also demanded that Attorney General Barr appear before the Committee to explain himself. ¤ Enough is enough.
⋙ 🐣 RT @COFinklestein Barr’s Friday night massacre of Geoff Berman at the S.D.N.Y. must not stand. Barr is the head of DOJ, true, but if his purpose in this firing is to obstruct an official investigation, he is risking charges for obstruction of justice. http://bit.ly/3dfTajG

🐣 RT @brhodes If this is somehow routine and not an assault on the independence of DoJ why is it being done late on a Friday night?

🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler America is right to expect the worst of Bill Barr, who has repeatedly interfered in criminal investigations on Trump’s behalf. We have a hearing on this topic on Wednesday. We welcome Mr. Berman’s testimony and will invite him to testify.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Tom_Winter BREAKING / NBC News: In a statement U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman says “I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning.” ¤ He says he found out he was “stepping down” by reading it in a press release.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Tom_Winter BREAKING / NBC News: Berman says he will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate. ¤ “Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption.”

🧵 RT @AshaRangappa_ Bully Barr, how do you obstruct justice? Let us count the ways:

1. LIED about the contents of the Mueller Report, claiming that it found “no evidence” of colllusion or obstruction of justice
2. Attempted the redact material in Mueller Report which reveals that Trump DID collude
📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1274195851309723648?s=20
3. Tried to interfere in sentencing of Roger Stone, who we now know was communicating with Trump about said collusion
4. Is trying to get the case against Flynn dropped, against the interests of justice as a former federal judge serving as amicus has stated
5. Is dropping the case against RUSSIA, which attacked the U.S., by classifying info necessary to prosecute Russian defendants
6. Has testified that he doesn’t believe that foreign assistance to a campaign is even a crime if it is not directly by a “foreign intelligence service”
7. Had his OLC justify blocking a whistleblower complaint required by law to reach Congress from ever reaching Congress (an opinion which was soundly rebuked in a letter from collective Inspectors General)
8. Oversaw his Criminal Division deciding — before even investigating — that secretly extorting a foreign country to investigate a political opponent would not constitute a violation of campaign finance laws
9. Has appointed, without any legal basis that I am aware of, political appointees to (repeatedly) “investigate the investigators” of Russian interference even after the DOJ IG has investigated it
*taling [sic] a break to refill wine glass*
10. Where was I? Oh yes: Got “activated” by POTUS to tear gas peaceful protesters and clergy members in violation of the Constitution of the United States AND THEN LIED ABOUT IT
11. Has YET to mention that right-wing extremists are the most dangerous domestic terror threat AS TESTIFIED TO BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE FBI
12. But meanwhile has put the Joint Terrorism Task Force on investigating Auntie Tifa who is his imaginary foe
13. Has been pimping hydroxychloroquone in his free time for no apparent reason even though by the way we know it kills people
(Not sure this is obstruction but it’s super cray cray so including it)
14. Now is trying to fire the U.S. Attorney for SDNY which, among other things, has evidence that:
~ a) Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator in criminal campaign finance violations in conjunction with the indictment against his former lawyer, Michael Cohen
~ b) was investigating to co-conspirators of Jeffrey Epstein who died under mysterious and as yet unexplained circumstances and who by the way used to work for his DAD who wrote a bizarre novel about space sex trafficking (someone else please take over this piece because I can’t)
~ c) was reportedly investigating Fruity G & Co. playing Scooby Doo in Ukraine digging up sketchy dirt on his political opponents (see #2 and 3, reprise)
~ d) is obviously investigating other things which will continue “without interference” as per SDNY U. S. Attorney who
~~ i) never was told he was “resigning” and
~~ ii) isn’t resigning
APPENDIX A: (To tweets #11 and 12) Took it upon himself to bring in unidentified, armed federal agents to DC to intimidate the population and usurp the authority of the DC mayor*
*reserve the right to add appendices and additional vidence that I forgot or which may arise
15. I am SO EFFING DONE with this dude and if Ted Cruz wants I will wrestle Barr and settle this once and for all if Congress isn’t willing to impeach him because this %#*$! has Got. To. Stop. ¤ END (but to be continued

🐣 RT @steve_vladeck To recap:
1) Berman was appointed under 28 U.S.C. § 546(d).
2) That statute contemplates that he keeps his job until a permanent successor is confirmed by the Senate.
3) 28 U.S.C. § 541(c) says U.S. Attorneys are subject to removal by the President.
So the statutes conflict.
⋙ 🐣 RT @steve_vladeck One last point:
Because Berman was appointed under 546(d), even if the President can remove him, he can only be replaced by:
1) Someone nominated by the President & confirmed by the Senate; or
2) Someone *else* appointed by judges under 546(d).
Carpenito is neither of those.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @renato_mariotti Barr apparently didn’t consider this when he tried to appoint Carpenito to temporarily replace Berman.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Interesting legal/constitutional question about whether Berman can be fired by Barr or Trump, absent a Senate-confirmed successor. But the other question is: Why? Why did Trump feel then need urgently to get Berman out and get a loyalist in? And why the lie about him resigning?

🐣 RT @walterdellinger Trump/Barr’s Friday night attempt to remove the US Att. for the Southen District investigating Trump associates is more profoundly serious that my earlier tweet would suggest. Are we so nummed [sic] by Trump that presidential obstruction of justice is now just another news item?

🐣 RT @renato_mariotti If Berman was offered other big positions at DOJ, he wasn’t fired for cause. ¤ Why did Barr want him out of SDNY so badly? Who or what is SDNY investigating that Trump cares so much about? Giuliani? ¤ Congress *must* get to the bottom of this.

🐣 RT @steve_vladeck A friendly reminder, courtesy of @fedjudges, that the “blue slip” policy still applies in the Senate to confirmations of U.S. Attorney nominees…

🐣 RT @BillKristol Wow. Says he’s not stepping aside until a successor confirmed. [Statement:] https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1274183386328903686?s=20/photo/1
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @pleasesaveour investigators are scrutinizing Giuliani’s consulting business and eyeing donations made to America First Action, the main pro-Trump super PAC set up by his advisers and allies after his election, as well as a nonprofit affiliated with the super PAC.
🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Trump administration in standoff with Manhattan U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman http://wapo.st/2BmkpM3 “Berman fired back that he hadn’t resigned and would stay on to ensure his office’s cases proceed unimpeded”

🐣 RT @pbump Michael Cohen said that he overheard Roger Stone telling Trump about upcoming WikiLeaks releases. Apparently Trump wasn’t the only one Stone told.
⋙ BuzzfeedNews: Roger Stone Told Trump In Advance Wikileaks Would Release Documents Harmful To Clinton Campaign, Aides Claimed http://bit.ly/2YhK69K
// Newly unredacted portions of the Mueller report show that Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and Michael Cohen told investigators Stone had promised the campaign damaging revelations by Wikileaks. The information was released following a lawsuit by BuzzFeed News.

⭕ 18 Jun 2020

VanityFair, Gabriel Sherman: John Bolton’s Unredacted Book Shows Trump Was Baldly Asking for China’s Help http://bit.ly/3dgWECz “Vanity Fair has seen unredacted pages from the book and it’s clear why the White House tried to keep Trump’s words secret”
// Trump’s own words to Xi Jinping, among others, were so damning and politicized that the government insisted they be removed.

Vanity Fair has seen unredacted pages from the book and it’s clear why the White House tried to keep Trump’s words secret: they are deeply embarrassing and illustrate Trump’s naked politicization of America’s foreign policy.

According to an unredacted passage shown to Vanity Fair by a source, Trump’s ask is even more crudely shocking when you read Trump’s specific language. “Make sure I win,” Trump allegedly told Xi during a dinner at the G20 conference in Osaka, Japan last summer. “I will probably win anyway, so don’t hurt my farms.… Buy a lot of soybeans and wheat and make sure we win.”

For example, at last year’s G20 dinner, with only interpreters present, Xi explained to Trump why China was building concentration camps for the country’s minority Uighur population. Trump allegedly told Xi he approved of the brutal human rights violation. “According to our interpreter, Trump said to Xi, ‘go ahead, you’re doing exactly the right thing.’” Bolton writes. Earlier in the same passage, Bolton writes that Trump told Xi on a phone call ahead of their G20 meeting: “I miss you,” and then said, “this is totally up to you, but the most popular thing I’ve ever been involved with is making a deal with China.… Making a deal with China would be a very popular thing for me.’”

💙 🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs “Having destroyed many Americans’ trust in their country’s democratic institutions, Trump has set about destroying the institutions themselves, one oversight mechanism at a time.”
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Daron Acemoglu: America’s Democratic Unraveling http://fam.ag/30VsVwn
// 6/15/2020; Countries fail the same way businesses do, gradually and then suddenly.

[E]ven if the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, wins the upcoming election—and even if Trump leaves office without a fight—his new administration will confront damage that it will be powerless to fix unless it addresses the deep structural problems that propelled Trump into office in the first place.

To regain … trust, the next administration must confront endemic racism as well as economic inequality. Good jobs must once again be on offer for most Americans—even those without college degrees. Redressing these wrongs will go a long way toward restoring faith in American democratic institutions. But the next administration must also redouble its commitment to bureaucratic expertise, competence, and autonomy. Institutions don’t merit public trust if they serve the interests of the president or other politicians instead of the interests of the people. Americans deserve better. One hopes they will use the ballot box, and if necessary the streets, to make sure that they get better.

🐣 RT @brianstelter Dr. Fauci diagnosing an American problem: “There is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are – for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable – they just don’t believe science and they don’t believe authority.”
⋙ CNN: Fauci warns of ‘anti-science bias’ being a problem in US http://cnn.it/30XW8Xs

WaPo, Michael Gerson: The stage is being set for the repudiation of Donald Trump in November http://wapo.st/3efxfdF “The ideological carnage that Trump has wreaked on the American right is large and lasting”
// The president is a failure without peer.

NYT: Is Donald Trump a Danger to Democracy? http://nyti.ms/3fCFS25 Yasha Mounk reviews Masha Gessen’s “Surviving Autocracy” and Eric Posner’s “The Demagogue’s Playbook: The Battle for American Democracy From the Founders to Trump”

WaPo: Russia. Ukraine. China. Bolton account highlights pattern of Trump welcoming foreign political help. http://wapo.st/2YSMGBU “Experts fear that Trump’s behavior may embolden nations to try to sway U.S. voters in the 2020 campaign”

WaPo, Philip Rucker: Bolton book and Supreme Court ruling on ‘dreamers’ amount to twin defeats to Trump http://wapo.st/2CdN1Ye “‘This is a blow against Trump that has existential implications for his presidency … Trump is becoming what he hates most, which is being a loser.’”
// In a span of less than 24 hours this week, Trump twice had the whistle blown on his moves to bust through the boundaries of law.

🐣 RT @TheLastWord Bolton’s book reveals a long list of Trump’s misconduct, including that Trump solicited China’s help with his reelection. @brhodes tells @Lawrence it’s “absurd” that Bolton refused to testify about Trump’s corrupt conduct during impeachment. https://on.msnbc.com/30UWrT2

🐣 RT @pontifex The Lord cannot enter into hard or ideological hearts. The Lord enters into hearts that are like His: hearts that are open and compassionate.

🐣 RT @eliehonig The House can still subpoena John Bolton. It’ll be too little, too late, but let’s see if this guy finds a reason to to run and hide yet again.

💙🐣 RT @MarthaRaddatz “I don’t think he’s fit for office. I don’t think he has the competence to carry out the job,” former national security adviser John Bolton tells me of Pres. Trump. ¤ Watch more from my exclusive interview with Bolton Sunday at 9|8c.
⋙ ABCNews: Bolton: Trump’s not ‘fit for office,’ doesn’t have ‘competence to carry out the job’ http://abcn.ws/3fH80RX
// In an ABC interview, Bolton says Trump was singularly focused on reelection.

“There really isn’t any guiding principle that I was able to discern other than what’s good for Donald Trump’s reelection,” Bolton told ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz. ¤ “He was so focused on the reelection that longer-term considerations fell by the wayside,” he added.

🐣 Is it too late for the House to subpoena Bolton, to get him under oath? @RepAdamSchiff @SpeakerPelosi @danielsgoldman @Morning_Joe @JoeNBC @MorningMika

🐣 RT @HoarseWhisperer I’m issuing my first Excellence in Headlining Award to Mother Jones. ¤ Congratulations on your deserved honor, @MotherJones!
⋙ MotherJones, Dan Friedman: Say It Under Oath, Asshole http://bit.ly/30SBiZr
// John Bolton wants to join the resistance. He’s too late.

🐣 RT @MSNBC “The thing that is so striking about what we are reading about this book … is how consistent it is with the case that we built.” — Daniel Goldman, fmr. House majority counsel in the Trump impeachment, on John Bolton’s new book https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1273541005300686848?s=20

⭕ 17 Jun 2020

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: John Bolton Shows That All the President’s Men Are Cowards http://bit.ly/3ddaIg7 “Bolton had a chance to speak up before all those people died from Trump’s selfish incompetence. … [W]ith Trump, something bad was coming. It was inevitable”
// I’m glad the book is out. We all should be. Pecuniary motive aside, it takes a little bit of kishkes for Bolton to say these things.

The president of the United States has been destroying this country, eroding its decent values every single day of his presidency, until matters have finally reached the point that, through his malevolence and stupidity and lack of empathy, he is actually and literally responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans. 

Bolton had a chance to speak up before all those people died from Trump’s selfish incompetence. Of course he couldn’t have known that was coming. But with Trump, something bad was coming. It was inevitable. Maybe with a different roll of the dice, war with Iran. The man is a lunatic, completely in over his head in this job, mentally unstable, and an instrument of national grief just waiting to happen every day. It’s been obvious to everyone for years.

Because cheating is his way. That man would steal a shilling from Tiny Tim and brag about it. So what happens between now and November, when Pompeo and Mark Meadows and others witness more cheating; more obviously unethical or even illegal acts? Because it’s going to happen. Are they just going to watch him rape the Constitution, murder democracy, and steal an election while staying silent, and saving it for their memoirs? ¤ I’m looking for one honest soul here. It seems to be too much to ask.

TheBulwark, William Kristol: John Bolton Tells the Truth http://bit.ly/2YJT2nf
// Even if they don’t like him, every Republican and conservative in Washington knows that Bolton doesn’t make things up. What will they do now?

USAToday, Trevor Wrobleski and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein: Another coronavirus danger: Harassment of public health leaders poses new threat http://bit.ly/3eef4VI
// Targeting of public health leaders is unprecedented and dangerous. All who care about the health of their communities should help stop this trend.

💙 🐣 RT @AngrierWHStaff Fun fact: Bush fought like hell against going to the bunker — wanted to send Cheney instead. He didn’t want to do anything but get back to DC where he could be visible for the American people. ¤ Obama and Biden had a similar agreement — if shit hit the fan, Biden would bunker.

WaPo, David Ignatius: John Bolton’s book is full of startling revelations he should have told us sooner http://wapo.st/3d6Zn1a “This account should deeply embarrass Republican senators who offered unblinking defenses of Trump’s Ukraine actions during the impeachment trial”

WaPo, Max Boot: John Bolton delivers a scathing indictment of Trump — and of himself http://wapo.st/37ICYq2 “There is no one who could have done more to aid a wider impeachment inquiry than you — but you failed us when the nation needed you most“

WaPo: Joe Biden reacts to allegations against Trump in Bolton book, calls them ‘morally repugnant’ http://wapo.st/3hGzRmK

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT The Chinese leader told Trump that he was going to set up concentration camps for millions of Muslims and Trump replied, “build the camps, it’s exactly the right thing to do.” ¤ Chew on that for a minute. ¤ Our president is PRO-concentration camp.

🐣 RT @juliaioffe While you’re worrying about “TwitteЯ cancel culture,” the U.S. government is trying to ruin the career of an actual refugee from the Soviet Union for speaking out against Trump in a legal setting. Taste the difference.
🐣 RT @crampell Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s promotion is in jeopardy over what some officials fear could be White House retaliation for his role in last year’s impeachment inquiry
⋙ WaPo: Role in Trump’s impeachment casts shadow over Army officer’s promotion http://wapo.st/3hE59ed

🐣 RT @brianstelter BREAKING: The heads of four organizations overseen by the US Agency for Global Media were dismissed tonight. A former official called it a “Wednesday night massacre.” Full story by @jmhansler and @brianstelter
💙 ⋙ CNN: ‘Wednesday night massacre’ as Trump appointee takes over at global media agency http://cnn.it/2YcYWy9

🐣 RT @eliehonig My latest @CNN: “Bolton could have changed the course of history. Instead, he will go down in a footnote as an enabler of corruption, a model of cowardice and an opportunist who put self above country.”
⋙ CNN, Elie Honig: John Bolton betrayed his country http://cnn.it/3hDf0B0 “John Bolton has offered the nation a staggering profile in cowardice. He has left no doubt about his own monumental betrayal of his country”

According to the New York Times, Bolton now belatedly reveals in his book that Trump explicitly conditioned foreign aid to Ukraine on investigations of his political opponents. Trump’s defenders repeatedly claimed there was no “firsthand evidence” of a quid pro quo. Bolton’s testimony would have established just that.

Worse, Bolton now tells the world that he witnessed (and apparently decided to do nothing about) not just one impeachable act, but several. Showing a remarkable lack of self-awareness, he criticizes House investigators for committing “impeachment malpractice” by failing to discover these critical facts. But how, exactly, should investigators have discovered this information when the key witness — Bolton himself — played games and refused to talk?

Even more troubling, Bolton now details Trump’s active solicitation of election assistance from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Bolton proclaims that “I saw these developments as a threat to U.S. strategic interests and to our friends and allies.” ¤ Bolton now writes that Trump engaged in “a pattern of fundamentally unacceptable behavior that eroded the very legitimacy of the presidency. ”

🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey One interesting wrinkle for the government is that in order to claim elements of Bolton’s book are classified, the government must admit the information in question is true. There’s no such thing as a classified lie.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “By reminding those in uniform that their loyalty lies with the Constitution…the military’s leadership has affirmed that it will stand with the American people through the ultimate test—the peaceful transition of power…It should not have come to this.”
⋙ TheBulwark, Ken Harbaugh: The Generals Are Fighting Back http://bit.ly/2YESUW4
// It should not have come to this.

🐣 RT @brianstelter JUST IN: Simon & Schuster’s response to the DOJ’s new filing against Bolton: “A frivolous, politically motivated exercise in futility. Hundreds of thousands of copies of the book have already been distributed around the country and the world.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @brianstelter The DOJ wants a temporary restraining order so that a court will enforce its order against John Bolton’s book. His publisher Simon & Schuster points out that “the injunction as requested by the government would accomplish nothing.” The book is effectively already out.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Joe Biden: “Today, we learned from John Bolton, the President’s former national security advisor, that President Trump sold out the American people to protect his political future. He reportedly directly asked Xi Jinping, China’s leader, to help him get re-elected.”

🐣 RT @itsjefftiedrich “you should have impeached Trump for the things I refused to tell you about” is peak Bolton

🐣 RT @brhodes Our government is run by a corrupt cabal in collaboration with the world’s most odious dictators with the full support of the GOP

🐣 RT @chrislhayes Take a step back to marvel at the 11.5 years of GOP presidencies in this century: just complete unmitigated disaster through and through. As bad a governing run as any party since the civil war. Just astonishing combination of corruption, incompetence and cruelty.

NYT: Five Takeaways From John Bolton’s Memoir http://nyti.ms/2Y9QPSV
// Baker; “The Room Where It Happened” describes Mr. Bolton’s 17 turbulent months at President Trump’s side through a multitude of crises and foreign policy challenges.

💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Trump asked China’s Xi to help him win reelection, according to Bolton book http://wapo.st/2N9Gf8h //➔ WaPo got a copy of Bolton’s book. If you don’t want to buy it, read this article. LOTS of details!
// “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir”

During a one-on-one meeting at the June 2019 Group of 20 summit in Japan, Xi complained to Trump about China critics in the United States. But Bolton writes in a book scheduled to be released next week that “ Trump immediately assumed Xi meant the Democrats. Trump said approvingly that there was great hostility among the Democrats. ¤ “He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,” Bolton writes. … The China allegation also comes amid ongoing warnings from U.S. intelligence agencies about foreign election interference in November, as Russia did to favor Trump in 2016.

The request for electoral assistance from Xi is just one of many instances described by Bolton in which Trump seeks favors or approval from authoritarian leaders. Many of those same leaders were also happy to take advantage of the U.S. president and attempt to manipulate him, Bolton writes, often through simplistic appeals to his various obsessions.

In May 2018, Bolton says, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan handed Trump a memo claiming innocence for a Turkish firm under investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for violating Iranian sanctions.

“Trump then told Erdogan he would take care of things, explaining that the Southern District prosecutors were not his people, but were Obama people, a problem that would be fixed when they were replaced by his people,” Bolton writes.

… Bolton writes that Barr agreed he also was worried about the appearances created by the president’s behavior.

Bolton broadly confirms the outline of the impeachment case laid out by Democratic lawmakers and witnesses in House proceedings earlier this year, writing that Trump was fixated on a bogus claim that Ukraine tried to hurt him and was in thrall to unfounded conspiracy theories pushed by presidential lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and others.

… [Bolton] found Trump’s decision to hold up military assistance to pressure newly elected Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky “deeply disturbing,” and that he tried to work internally to counter it, reporting concerns to Barr and the White House Counsel’s Office. ¤ “I thought the whole affair was bad policy, questionable legally and unacceptable as presidential behavior,” he writes.

… Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Bolton himself — all considered resigning in disgust or frustration. Even some of the president’s most loyal advisers hold a grim view of him in private …

“He second-guessed people’s motives, saw conspiracies behind rocks, and remained stunningly uninformed on how to run the White House, let alone the huge federal government,” Bolton writes, always looking to “personal instinct” and opportunities for “reality TV showmanship.”

Bolton’s book is also filled with examples of Trump’s closest advisers sharply criticizing the president behind his back, including Pompeo.

Trump said invading Venezuela would be “cool” and that the South American nation was “really part of the United States.”

… Trump told Xi that Americans were clamoring for him to change the constitutional rules to serve more than two terms, according to the book.

… Trump [said] journalists should be jailed so they have to divulge their sources: “These people should be executed. They are scumbags,”

For Trump, Bolton writes, one singular goal loomed above all: securing a second term. ¤ “I am hard pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,” Bolton writes.

Though Trump approved of a proposal from Bolton to publicly declare the United States recognized Guaidó rather than Maduro, within 30 hours Trump was already worrying that Guaidó appeared weak — a “kid” compared to “tough” Maduro — and considering changing course.

[Trump] consistently opposed to U.S. policy designed to discourage Russian aggression and to sanction Putin’s malign behavior. ¤ … Helsinki summit in July 2018, when Trump sided with Putin against U.S. intelligence agencies over Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election. ¤ “This was hardly the way to do relations with Russia, and Putin had to be laughing uproariously at what he had gotten away with in Helsinki,” Bolton writes.

[Bolton] describes Trump and top advisers repeatedly slashing each other, lying to each other and outmaneuvering each other to gain advantage. ¤ … Should he replace Vice President Pence with Haley on the 2020 ticket? According to his book, the idea was floated by Kushner and his wife, Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

“I briefed Pompeo and Mnuchin on this new ‘son-in-law channel’ and they both exploded. Pompeo was furious, Bolton writes, “because this was one more example of Kushner’s doing international negotiations he shouldn’t have been doing (along with the never quite ready Middle East peace plan.)”

“Why is Jared calling Mexicans?” Kelly asked loudly, according to the book. “Because I asked him to. How else are we going to stop the caravans?” Trump responded.

In November 2018, Trump came under fire for writing an unfettered defense of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, littered with exclamation points, over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamaal Khashoggi. But according to Bolton’s book, the main goal of the missive was to take away attention from a story about Ivanka Trump using her personal email for government business.

He repeatedly describes Trump lashing out at military leaders, demanding to withdraw troops from the Middle East and all around the world — from Africa to Europe to the Middle East. “I want to get out of everything,”

Trump repeatedly told Mattis that he had been given a chance but had failed. ¤ “I gave you what you asked for: Unlimited authority, no holds barred. You’re losing. You’re getting your ass kicked. You failed,” Trump says.

Bolton castigates Trump’s diplomatic efforts, saying the president cared little for the details of the denuclearization effort and saw it merely as a “an exercise in publicity.” ¤ “Trump told … me he was prepared to sign a substance-free communique, have his press conference to declare victory and then get out of town,” Bolton wrote. ¤ Bolton described Trump’s inordinate interest in Pompeo delivering an autographed copy of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” CD to Kim during Pompeo’s follow on visit to North Korea. Trump originally used the term “Rocket Man” to criticize the North Korean leader but subsequently tried to convince Kim that it was a term of affection.

⭕ 16 Jun 2020

💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: World takes note of waning influence of U.S. mired in crises http://on.msnbc.com/2USTAGn
// Robert Gates, former defense secretary for President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the world sees American economic problems and political paralysis as a sign that the U.S. is not an example to be followed.

NYT: Justice Dept. Official to Exit, Signaling Third Departure in Recent Days http://nyti.ms/2YGeAkx Besides Joseph H Hunt, who served as head of the civil division, Brian A Benczkowski, the head of the criminal division, and Noel J Francisco, the solicitor general, are leaving
// The head of the department’s civil division said he would leave next month after a 20-year career. He did not say why.

NYT: Prosecutor in Roger Stone Case Will Testify About Barr’s Intervention http://nyti.ms/3fxvcC0 Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, along with a second Justice Department official, John W. Elias, will testify June 24 about politicization under Attorney General William P. Barr
// The prosecutor is one of two Justice Department officials coming forward whom Democrats are calling whistle-blowers.

WaPo: Justice Department seeks court order to block release of book by former national security adviser John Bolton http://wapo.st/2Beuw5w The Room Where It Happened “is due to go on sale June 23 and has already been shipped to distribution centers across the country”

🐣 RT @brianklaas The best thing for America and the world isn’t just a Trump loss in November; it’s a resounding, historic defeat that tosses Trumpism into the dustbin of history and forces the Republican Party to become sane, after exorcising its authoritarian, racist, conspiracist demons.

⭕ 15 Jun 2020

🐣 RT @McFaul This. Not matter what Bannon and other “we-are-tougher-on-China” Republican screamers say, this is the reality — Xi and Putin both prefer Trump.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AlexanderAbuev In Beijing, officials have come around to support four more years of Trump. The Kremlin’s attitude towards Trump 2.0 looks similar: benefits of erosion of U.S. leadership outweigh risks, damage on issues like arms control etc.
⋙⋙ Bloomberg: China Warms to Idea of Four More Years of Trump Presidency http://bloom.bg/3e5SX3z
// Erosion of U.S. alliances outweighs trade blows, officials say. China-U.S. ties to deteriorate no matter who wins, they say

🐣 RT @jgeltzer This is not true of classification. ¤ This is not even true of executive privilege. ¤ This is not true of anything.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jeffmason1 Trump says any conversation with him is classified

JustSecurity: Statement of Homeland and National Security Leaders http://bit.ly/2C9XJPC “We oppose the use of the active duty military to patrol the streets of our cities in response to the ongoing protests” ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1272546140773404674?s=20/photo/1
// Former Republican and Democratic cabinet members and other senior officials speak out about protests, use of the military, racial justice, and policing

Moreover, the blanket use of the label “terrorists” to justify the use of para-military and military force is both factually wrong and legally unsupportable—contradicting core constitutional principles. Simply put, this nation has been through challenging times before, and we believe our law enforcement and homeland security institutions are best situated both practically and legally to address these challenges.

⭕ 14 Jun 2020

WaPo: More than 400 arrested during protests in the District http://wapo.st/2Yz3hL9 “We have not seen any indication that any individual who was arrested … was a member of an extremist left-wing group like antifa,” said Karl A. Racine, the District’s attorney general
// rest of title: Among … most cases involve curfew violations and burglary

“We have not seen any indication that any individual who was arrested, or served with a citation, was a member of an extremist left-wing group like antifa,” Racine said. “We have no evidence to support the statements of Attorney General Barr.”

🐣 RT @waltshaub Appalling! The @CDCgov is banning @VOANews, a federal government-run news outlet, from covering its activities. The would-be authoritarians apparently feel that any news created by the government should be Trumpist propaganda, and VOA’s not having it.
⋙ VOA: Director’s Statement on CDC’s Media Interview Policy Excluding VOA Journalists http://bit.ly/30Jjos6

💙 NYRB, Walter Shaub: Ransacking the Republic http://bit.ly/2BcByYk “Trump appears to recognize no line between his political career and the government’s administration of criminal justice”
// July 2 issue

⭕ 13 Jun 2020

⭕ 12 Jun 2020

Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes: Oral Argument Summary: In re: Michael Flynn http://bit.ly/30EAibf “[T]he D.C. Circuit’s remote hearing concerned whether the appeals court should preemptively order Sullivan to dismiss the case” since the DOJ decided to drop the prosecution
// “[T]he case before the D.C. Circuit’s remote hearing concerned whether the appeals court should preemptively order Sullivan to dismiss the case on the theory that he has no authority to do anything else”

DailyBeast, David Lurie: The Mike Flynn Fix Is in, But the Court Proceedings Still Matter. Here’s Why. http://bit.ly/3hqZyYm //➔ Claiming Flynn was set up by the Obama “deep state” is key to Trump’s re-election strategy; Judge Emmett Sullivan wants us to know what they’re up to
// The DOJ’s concern here isn’t with Flynn, but with the threat to the “integrity” of the “Executive” if they have to explain to a judge why they’re letting Trump’s pal walk away.

If Bill Barr’s Justice Department can’t convince a panel of judges to force Flynn’s trial judge, Emmet Sullivan, to let Flynn withdraw the guilty plea he’d already submitted, and that Sullivan has accepted, Trump will just pardon his former National Security Adviser. One way or the other, Flynn is getting off the hook. 

The question is whether or not Barr’s crew will have to explain why they’re letting an admittedly guilty man walk.  ¤ Friday, Justice Department attorneys argued before a federal appellate court that they shouldn’t have to explain themselves at all, after former federal judge John Gleeson— appointed by Sullivan to argue for the position that the Justice Department abandoned when they walked away from a conviction obtained by Robery Mueller—called the Trump administration’s reversal a “gross abuse of prosecutorial power” and “an unconvincing effort to disguise as legitimate a decision to dismiss that is based solely on the fact that Flynn is a political ally of President Trump.”

Wall acknowledged what is really at stake for Barr, and, most importantly, Trump: The risk of public embarrassment. According to Wall, a hearing on the DOJ’s motion would be a “spectacle” and could threaten the “integrity” of the “Executive,” meaning Trump’s presidency. That may be true, but for reasons that should lead the appellate court to deny Flynn’s petition.

As Gleeson demonstrates in his brief, the public record raises serious questions of misconduct, not by the FBI agents and prosecutors who brought the case against Flynn, but rather by Trump’s consigliere, Barr. Gleeson dismantles the government’s motion to dismiss, demonstrating that it is based on pretextual legal and factual arguments, and is infected with open and notorious evidence of prosecutorial abuse. 

[T]he extraordinary motion is about Barr’s effort to use the court system as a theater in which to advance Trump’s “deep state” conspiracy theory during the months leading up to the election – and to do so without any pesky interference by a judge seeking to cast light on the government’s motive and purpose

If the DOJ has become the house counsel for a corrupt president and is dropping the charges against a twice admitted felon, not because the case was defective, but because he’s Trump’s guy, the nation should learn that, and before the election, regardless of whether Flynn ends up walking free. The end of this movie, after all, will really be in November.

⭕ 11 Jun 2020

🐣 RT @meredithmcgraw From the press release for @AmbJohnBolton’s book: “What Bolton saw astonished him: a president for whom getting reelected was the only thing that mattered, even if it meant endangering or weakening the nation.” Text Block: https://twitter.com/meridithmcgraw/status/1271443359824072704?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 John Bolton will claim in his forthcoming book that Trump engaged in “misconduct with other countries,” beyond his contacts with Ukraine. https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1271462268786536454?s=20/photo/1
⋙ Axios: Scoop: John Bolton to argue Trump misconduct http://bit.ly/2YxwwOc

🐣 RT @peterbakerNYT Bolton in his new book, per publisher release: “I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations.” The House committed “impeachment malpractice” for charging him only with the Ukraine matter, Bolton says.

WaPo: Quarrel between Trump and military leaders intensifies as Milley apologizes for photo op http://wapo.st/2XWHNJ3 Trump’s speech on Saturday to West Point cadets has generated controversy & will be carefully watched. “50-50 he’ll disgrace himself” – Ret. Gen. Barry McCaffrey
// The perception that Pentagon leaders went along with Trump’s desire to use military force against domestic protesters has caused the biggest civil-military crisis in more than a decade

💽 WaPo: Pentagon’s top general apologizes for appearing alongside Trump in Lafayette Square http://wapo.st/37l69Pw Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: “I should not have been there”

WaPo: Senate Judiciary approves dozens of subpoenas targeting origins of Russia probe http://wapo.st/2XU9imA

⭕ 10 Jun 2020

WSJ, Chuck Cooper: The White House vs. John Bolton http://on.wsj.com/37pET2D The book will be published on June 23, over White House objections. Mr. Cooper is a founding member and chairman of Cooper & Kirk LLC. He represents John Bolton.
// Officials are attempting to use national security as a pretext to prevent the publication of his memoir.

WaPo Editorial: Trump is spreading a dangerous conspiracy theory about antifa http://wapo.st/37kmzYA “The real provocateur here is the president”

PRESIDENT TRUMP spread a deranged and dangerous conspiracy theory this week when he accused a 75-year-old man pushed to the ground by police in Buffalo of faking the force of his fall — as well as attempting to “scan” the cops. The man, claimed the president, was “antifa,” a member of a militant activist network known for violent tactics.

This allegation was entirely baseless, a shameful smear of a victim of state violence. It was also part of a pattern. The White House, with the help of Attorney General William P. Barr, is inventing a domestic terror threat from whole cloth, blaming the loose, left-wing anti-fascist, or antifa, movement for the unrest roiling the country these past weeks. The only thing that’s missing is the evidence.

Yet experts point out that disrupting demonstrations in general alignment with antifa’s goal of dismantling white supremacy is hardly the group’s ideological bailiwick. They’ve also pointed out that the group isn’t much of a group at all: that antifa is too diffuse and too small to mount a coordinated co-option campaign.

The government’s own analysis agrees. The FBI’s internal situation report on the May 31 protests in Washington says the field office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence”; Justice Department records show no links to antifa in relevant cases. A new multiagency bulletin identifies the primary threat as “lone offenders with racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist ideologies” and domestic violent extremists “with personalized ideologies.”

Meanwhile, three men arrested for plotting violence in connection with protests in Las Vegas are indeed allegedly involved with a militant group: the right-wing “Boogaloo” movement. When asked about these arrests over the weekend, how did the administration respond? By talking about antifa again.

These words matter. They exist in an ecosystem crawling with misinformation. White nationalist networks are masquerading as antifa and vowing to “move into residential areas,” and people are believing what they hear. Citizens of rural communities believe buses and even planes stuffed with antifa activists are coming to town, so they’re gathering with baseball bats and guns to confront them. They’re finding only peaceful protesters, no different from the innocent man shoved into unconsciousness in Buffalo.

What Mr. Trump is doing today is even more appalling than an attempt to distract from deeply felt discontent. By inventing a violent, even terrorist, effort with not a scintilla of proof, he makes an excuse for military escalation — and for impunity when the state engages in the same brutality these protests are responding to. The real provocateur here is the president.

WaPo: More than 1,250 former Justice Dept. workers call for internal watchdog to probe Barr role in clearing demonstrators from Lafayette Square http://wapo.st/3cQlqcp

💙 WaPo: Flynn committed perjury and his guilty plea of lying to FBI should not be dismissed as DOJ requests, court-appointed expert finds http://wapo.st/3cSeJX4 former NY fed judge John Gleeson called DOJ’s attempt to undo Flynn’s conviction “a gross abuse of prosecutorial power”
// reported his findings to Judge Emmet Sullivan

“Flynn has indeed committed perjury in these proceedings, for which he deserves punishment, and the Court has the authority to initiate a prosecution for that crime,” Gleeson wrote in an 82-page opinion. “I respectfully recommend, however, that the Court not exercise that authority. Rather, it should take Flynn’s perjury into account in sentencing him on the offense to which he has already admitted guilt. This approach — rather than a separate prosecution for perjury or contempt — aligns with the Court’s intent to treat this case, and this Defendant, in the same way it would any other.”

In its motion, which is supported by Flynn and which prompted a career department prosecutor to quit the case, the department [DOJ] said it had concluded that Flynn’s January 2017 FBI interview was unjustified and “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis,” so any lies he told about his contacts with Russia and other foreign governments were immaterial to any crime.

In his argument, Gleeson said the government’s “ostensible grounds” for seeking dismissal were “conclusively disproven” by its own earlier briefs; contradict the court’s prior orders and Justice Department positions taken in other cases; and “are riddled with inexplicable and elementary errors of law and fact.”

A former federal prosecutor and judge for 22 years in Brooklyn — best known for putting the late mob boss John Gotti behind bars and presiding over the trial of “Wolf of Wall Street” stockbroker Jordan Belfort — Gleeson wrote that judges are empowered to protect their court’s integrity “from prosecutors who undertake corrupt, politically motivated dismissals. That is what has happened here. The Government has engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the President.”

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is expected to hear arguments over Sullivan’s refusal to immediately dismiss Flynn’s case. Flynn’s lawyers have accused Sullivan of bias and asked the federal appeals court to intervene, asking that it order Sullivan to drop the prosecution immediately or to reassign Flynn’s case to another judge.

Sullivan’s attorney has argued that he should not be required to act as a “mere rubber stamp” for the government’s unusual request.

“What, if anything, should Judge Sullivan do about Mr. Flynn’s sworn statements to the court, where he repeatedly admitted to the crime and to the voluntariness of his guilty plea, only to now claim that he never lied to the government and was pressured and misled into pleading guilty?” Sullivan’s lawyer Beth Wilkinson argued in a filing to the appeals court last week.

ForeignAffairs, Francis Fukuyama: The Pandemic and Political Order http://fam.ag/2AkSXOF “The factors responsible for successful pandemic responses have been state capacity, social trust, and leadership. … The United States has bungled its response badly”
// Jul-Aug 2020; It Takes a State

It is already clear why some countries have done better than others in dealing with the crisis so far, and there is every reason to think those trends will continue. It is not a matter of regime type. Some democracies have performed well, but others have not, and the same is true for autocracies. The factors responsible for successful pandemic responses have been state capacity, social trust, and leadership. Countries with all three—a competent state apparatus, a government that citizens trust and listen to, and effective leaders—have performed impressively, limiting the damage they have suffered. Countries with dysfunctional states, polarized societies, or poor leadership have done badly, leaving their citizens and economies exposed and vulnerable. …

The United States, in contrast, has bungled its response badly and seen its prestige slip enormously. The country has vast potential state capacity and had built an impressive track record over previous epidemiological crises, but its current highly polarized society and incompetent leader blocked the state from functioning effectively. The president stoked division rather than promoting unity, politicized the distribution of aid, pushed responsibility onto governors for making key decisions while encouraging protests against them for protecting public health, and attacked international institutions rather than galvanizing them. The world can watch TV, too, and has stood by in amazement, with China quick to make the comparison clear.

Over the years to come, the pandemic could lead to the United States’ relative decline, the continued erosion of the liberal international order, and a resurgence of fascism around the globe. It could also lead to a rebirth of liberal democracy, a system that has confounded skeptics many times, showing remarkable powers of resilience and renewal. Elements of both visions will emerge, in different places. Unfortunately, unless current trends change dramatically, the general forecast is gloomy.

This might put to rest the extreme forms of neoliberalism, the free-market ideology pioneered by University of Chicago economists such as Gary Becker, Milton Friedman, and George Stigler. During the 1980s, the Chicago school provided intellectual justification for the policies of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who considered large, intrusive government to be an obstacle to economic growth and human progress. At the time, there were good reasons to cut back many forms of government ownership and regulation. But the arguments hardened into a libertarian religion, embedding hostility to state action in a generation of conservative intellectuals, particularly in the United States.

The biggest variable is the United States. It was the country’s singular misfortune to have the most incompetent and divisive leader in its modern history at the helm when the crisis hit, and his mode of governance did not change under pressure. Having spent his term at war with the state he heads, he was unable to deploy it effectively when the situation demanded. Having judged that his political fortunes were best served by confrontation and rancor rather than national unity, he has used the crisis to pick fights and increase social cleavages. American underperformance during the pandemic has several causes, but the most significant has been a national leader who has failed to lead.

Even should the Democrats take the White House and both houses of Congress, they would inherit a country on its knees. Demands for action will meet mountains of debt and die-hard resistance from a rump opposition. National and international institutions will be weak and reeling after years of abuse, and it will take years to rebuild them—if it is still possible at all.

With the most urgent and tragic phase of the crisis past, the world is moving into a long, depressing slog. It will come out of it eventually, some parts faster than others. Violent global convulsions are unlikely, and democracy, capitalism, and the United States have all proved capable of transformation and adaptation before. But they will need to pull a rabbit out of the hat once again.

⭕ 9 Jun 2020

WSJ: Trump Wanted to Fire Esper Over Troops Dispute http://on.wsj.com/2YppR90 Esper “was mak­ing his own prepa­ra­tions to re­sign, … over the dif­fer­ences re­gard­ing the role of the military … be­fore he was per­suaded not to do so by aides and other ad­vis­ers …” Text Block:
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// How defense secretary’s stand against federal troops at protests prompted president’s plan to fire him

Last Wednesday, Mr. Esper said that he didn’t think using federal troops in American streets was warranted at that time. The comments, made in an opening statement at a news conference at the Pentagon, weren’t vetted beforehand by the White House, and the statement caught officials there off guard, two officials said. …

Advisers consulted by Mr. Trump that day included White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; longtime Trump friend and outside adviser David Urban; and Sens. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and James Inhofe (R., Okla.), the officials said. ¤ Mr. Trump informed these people that he planned to remove Mr. Esper as soon as that day, according to several of the officials. …

The advisers argued that firing Mr. Esper would put the Trump administration in a tough spot: there were few qualified individuals who could quickly replace Mr. Esper, and that could leave the Pentagon without a confirmed leader as Mr. Trump faced voters in November. …

After the Pentagon press conference on Wednesday that angered Mr. Trump, Mr. Esper went to the White House for a previously scheduled meeting, officials said. There, he met face-to-face with Mr. Trump in what the officials said was an unpleasant encounter for Mr. Esper. The two ultimately came to terms, the officials said.

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson They’re not conservatives. They are fanboys of racially-inflected authoritarianism.
⋙ 🐣 RT @allen Opinion: conservatives literally went from “life starts at conception and should be protected at all costs” to, “kill grandma to save the economy” then “let the police kill black and brown people cause this is America” in less than six months.

WaPo, Max Boot: The GOP has gone from tea party libertarianism to Trumpian authoritarianism http://wapo.st/2MG9nnr “The rejection of libertarianism isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What’s worrying is that the Republican Party has become increasingly hostile toward liberal democracy”

The spur for this development is, of course, President Trump. He proclaims, “I have to the right to do whatever I want as president,” and acts as though he means it. He has spent money on a border wall that Congress hasn’t authorized; locked up immigrant children in cages; blocked immigration from multiple Muslim nations and now (under cover of the coronavirus pandemic) from all nations; purged government watchdogs; and issued an executive order cracking down on social media after Twitter fact-checked him.

When demonstrations swept the country following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Trump acted like a would-be authoritarian: He threatened to have looters shot, demanded that the National Guard “dominate” the streets, and wanted to deploy 10,000 troops. The Pentagon balked at his demands, but security forces did gas peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square so he could stage a photo-op.

Trump blames recent disorder on “ANTIFA & other Wacko groups of Anarchists,” even though there is no evidence that antifa — a loosely knit group of far-left activists — is behind any of it. “Is there a shorter term for anti-anti-fascism?” historian Kevin M. Kruse quips. Yes, there is, and Republicans are increasingly flirting with fascism.

⭕ 8 Jun 2020

💽 MSNBC, Steve Benen: Admiral from bin Laden raid: US ‘needs to move forward without’ Trump http://on.msnbc.com/3f2fDlt
// No American president has ever inspired the kind of criticisms and pushback from retired military leaders that Trump has.

ForeignAffairs, Max Boot: A Few Good Men http://fam.ag/2A8bcXH
// Jun/Jul issue; Trump, the Generals, and the Corrosion of Civil-Military Relations

WaPo, Philip Bump: Attorney General Barr’s dishonest defense of the clearing of Lafayette Square http://wapo.st/2Upjh0W “The goal of the outing was to send a dual message: that Trump prioritized religion and that he wasn’t cowed by the protests”

The goal of the outing was to send a dual message: that Trump prioritized religion and that he wasn’t cowed by the protests. Reporting had revealed that Trump was moved to a secure bunker a few nights earlier; this was Trump’s way of reiterating his strength. It was a demonstration that required a clear path (and a reinforced protective bubble).

To hear the White House tell it, this narrative is wrong. It’s wrong to say that the square was cleared for Trump’s benefit, it’s wrong to describe the crowd as peaceful and, the most frequent complaint, it’s wrong to say that tear gas was used. Attorney General William P. Barr made each of these points on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, in fact.

But he did so clumsily and disingenuously, making it less likely that viewers would be convinced by his argument than motivated to be skeptical by the rhetoric.

⭕ 7 Jun 2020 🎂

🐣 RT @CNN #FareedsTake: “I have not been one to argue that the United States under President Trump is on the verge of turning into a tyranny, but it is clear that, left to his own devices, Trump would act with little regard to law, precedent or the Constitution.” 💽 https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1269666514162106368?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DebraMessing The following have denounced Trump:
Gen. Powell
Gen. Mattis
Gen. Kelly
Gen. Milley
Gen. Allen
Gen. Myers
Gen. Dempsey
Gen. Thomas
Gen. Hayden
Adm. McRaven
Adm. Stavridis
Adm. Mullen
Sec. Perry
Sec. Cohen
Sec. Carter
Sec. Panetta
Sec. Hagel
Pres. George W. Bush
(In formation)

NYT, Jennifer Senior: Is This the Trump Tipping Point? http://nyti.ms/2AMZ3Y4 “At a time of genuine crisis, Americans aren’t pining for Darth Vader. They’re pining for a healer”
// I know. We’ve said we’ve been here a thousand times before. This time feels different.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Is there *anyone* else on these Pooty calls or just Trump??? They seem to be getting more frequent and always coincide with huge upheaval-producing actions that no one knew about beforehand
⋙ 🐣 RT @olgaNYC1211 Update on this extremely important story! ¤ Germany was blindsided by Trump’s announcement of plans to withdraw some US troops which occurred after his most recent phone call with Putin last Monday
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @olgaNYC1211 Huh! So Russia is sending more troops to challenge NATO/US near the borders, Trump announces that he is planning the withdrawal of troops from Germany, and Putin this week signed a decree giving him more flexibility in using nuclear weapons. Nothing to see
⋙⋙⋙ MSN/Newsweek: Russia Sends More Troops West, Challenging U.S.-NATO Presence Near Borders http://bit.ly/2Y90S9O

🐣 RT @NPR Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., says he’s drafting a bill that would ban officers from hiding their names and agencies while policing public protests. ¤ “How do you ever hold people accountable if you don’t know what their name is?” he asks.
⋙ NPR: Virginia Democrat To Propose Bill To Require Identifying Information Of Officers http://n.pr/2YalYEL Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., says he’s drafting a bill that would ban officers from hiding their names and agencies

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo, Barack Obama: Class of 2020, ‘You don’t have to accept the world as it is’ http://wapo.st/3cKDEvI “You can create a new normal, one that is fairer, and gives everyone opportunity, and treats everyone equally, and builds bridges between people instead of dividing them” https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1269791434783305728?s=20/photo/1
// nice portrait

It’s fair to say that your generation is graduating into a world that faces more profound challenges than any generation in decades. It can feel like everything’s up for grabs right now. A lot of this uncertainty is the direct result of covid-19 — the 100,000 lives it’s taken from us, the economic disruption it’s caused. No can say for sure how much longer the crisis will last — a lot of that will depend on the choices we make as a country. But it will eventually end. Vaccines and treatments will emerge. The economy will begin to heal. Life will start returning to normal — and you’ll still have your whole life ahead of you.

The thing is, Class of 2020, what these past few weeks have shown us is that the challenges we face go well beyond a virus, and that the old normal wasn’t good enough — it wasn’t working. In a lot of ways, the pandemic just brought into focus problems that have been growing for a very long time, whether it’s widening economic inequality, the lack of basic health care for millions of people, the continuing scourge of bigotry and sexism, or the divisions and dysfunction that plague our political system. Similarly, the protests in response to the killing of George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and Nina Pop aren’t simply a reaction to those particular tragedies, as heartbreaking as they are. They speak to decades worth of anguish and frustration over unequal treatment and a failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system.

… You can create a new normal, one that is fairer, and gives everyone opportunity, and treats everyone equally, and builds bridges between people instead of dividing them. Just as America overcame slavery and civil war, recessions and depression, Pearl Harbor and 9/11 and all kinds of social upheaval, we can emerge from our current circumstances stronger than before. Better than before.

First, do what you think is right, not just what’s convenient or what’s expected or what’s easy. While you have this time, think about the values that matter to you the most. Too many graduates who feel the pressure to immediately start running that race for success skip the step of asking themselves what’s really important.

Second, listen to each other, respect each other, and use all that critical thinking you’ve developed from your education to help promote the truth. You are the Internet generation and the social media generation … But what’s become clear is that social media can also be a tool to spread conflict, division and falsehoods — to bully people and promote hate. Too often it shut us off from each other instead of bringing us together — partly because it gives us the ability to select our own realities, independent of facts, or science, or logic, or common sense.

Finally, even if it all seems broken, have faith in our democracy. Participate — and vote. Don’t fall for the easy cynicism that says nothing can change — or that there’s only one way to bring about change. In the midst of recent protests, I’ve noticed that there have been some debates among young people about how useful voting is compared to direct action and civil disobedience in ending discrimination in our society. The fact is that we don’t have to choose; we need both.

America changed, and has always changed, because young people dared to hope. Democracy isn’t about relying on some charismatic leader to make changes from on high. It’s about finding hope in ourselves, and creating it in others. Especially in a time like this. You don’t always need hope when everything’s going fine. It’s when things seem darkest — that’s when you need it the most.

As someone once said: Hope is not a lottery ticket; it’s a hammer for us to use in a national emergency — to break the glass, sound the alarm and sprint into action.

That’s what hope is. It’s not the blind faith that things will get better. It’s the conviction that with effort, and perseverance, and courage, and a concern for others — things can get better.

That remains the truest part of our American story. ¤ And if your generation sprints into action, it will still be true of America’s future.

WaPo: New York Times editorial page editor resigns after uproar over Cotton op-ed http://wapo.st/2Ycy4Nn

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Do not underestimate the power of this moment http://wapo.st/2Yb2Y8X “[V]otes at the ballot box will determine whether this is a fleeting moment or the beginning of a long overdue reckoning. We must all vote like our lives depend on it. Because they do.”

⭕ 6 Jun 2020

🐣 RT @brhodes These second-rate authoritarians and racists are going to lose. The future does not belong to them.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tedlieu Third-rate would be more accurate.

WaPo: ‘Vicious dogs’ versus ‘a scared man’: Trump’s feud with DC Mayor Bowser escalates amid police brutality protests http://wapo.st/37iRSDf

NYT: Pentagon Ordered National Guard Helicopters’ Aggressive Response in D.C. http://nyti.ms/3eYmgVT The National Guard helicoptors were ordered in by the Pentagon as a last attempt to “handle the situation” before injecting a rapid-reaction unit of the 82nd Airborne
// The high-profile episode, after days of protests in Washington, was a turning point in the military’s response to unrest in the city.

Military officials said that the National Guard’s aggressive approach to crowd control was prompted by a pointed threat from the Pentagon: If the Guard was unable to handle the situation, then active-duty military units, such as of the 82nd Airborne Division, would be sent into the city.

Senior Pentagon officials, including Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were trying to persuade President Trump that active-duty troops should not be sent into the streets to impose order, and that law enforcement and National Guard personnel could contain the level of unrest.

🐣 RT @NorahODonnell NEW: A senior Pentagon official tells @CBSNews David Martin that on Monday the president said he wanted 10k troops patrolling streets across the country. In a heated conversation in the Oval Office, Barr, Esper, & Milley advised him against it. ¤ More tonight on @CBSEveningNews

🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES Who are these men? What Law Enforcement agency are they with? Where are the badges, insignia, and names? Many of them are obese and unfit. The facial hair is unusual for Federal Officers. This is an urgent matter. This is not ok in America. We do not have secret police here
⋙ 🐣 RT @bdavidkc Completely unmarked officers in riot gear holding protesters blocks away from the White House. No badges. No insignias. No name tags. Nothing. Refused to tell us who they’re with. #DCprotest #DCprotests 💽 https://twitter.com/bdaviskc/status/1268401251978563585?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @aveniam Trump is finally getting the crowd sizes he’s always bragged about. 💽 https://twitter.com/avenaim/status/1269352936456376320?s=20/photo/1

NYT: U.S. Diplomats Struggle to Defend Democracy Abroad Amid Crises at Home http://nyti.ms/2XFLQsM
// Police violence and President Trump’s threats to use the military against protesters have undercut American criticism of autocrats and called into question the country’s moral authority.

⏳CNN: Flash bangs and fury: Behind the fortress walls in a defining week for Trump and the country http://cnn.it/2YmdYkb
// thorough timeline

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln Regardless of the failure, President @realDonaldTrump tells us again and again: ¤ “No, I don’t take responsibility at all.” ¤ Special thanks to @johnorloff for the script for this new release. 💽 https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1269224720081334272?s=20/photo/1
// ad❣Eisenhower on D-Day

🐣 RT @michaelluo Dexter Filkins: In a meeting in the Oval Office, Trump expressed a desire to quell the protests by sending forces…into American cities. Milley resisted. “They got into a shouting match,” the senior military official told me. Trump finally backed down.
⋙ NewYorker, Dexter Filkins: Trump’s Public-Relations Army http://bit.ly/3cFOq6m
// Will the Military Allow President Trump to Use It for Political Advantage?

The image of Donald Trump leading his advisers to St. John’s Church may prove to be a defining one of his Presidency: Trump, passing through streets that had been cleared of protesters by tear gas, to pose with a Bible while fires burned all over the country. For many members of the military, the image contained an especially discordant note. Amid the political aides in blue suits was a barrel-chested Army officer wearing combat fatigues: General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and America’s highest-ranking soldier. A former senior defense official described to me his disgust with that moment and the de-facto endorsement that it represented. “Walking the streets of D.C. in your combat fatigues—are you kidding me?” he said.

But Trump has shown himself willing to trash any institution—the press, the F.B.I., the State Department—that he can’t bend to his will. This week, Milley and Mark Esper, the Secretary of Defense, allowed the armed forces to be drawn into Trump’s protest response—and allowed themselves to be used for Trump’s political gain.

When Milley got the job, in 2019, it was the culmination of an unusually forthright campaign. His primary backers were what a former senior military official described as the “West Point cabal”: Esper; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; and David Urban, a businessman and a Republican fund-raiser close to Trump. All of them were classmates at West Point, graduating in 1986.

⭕ 5 Jun 2020

NYT, Timothy Egan: How to Beat the Bully in His Bunker http://nyti.ms/3faMjcJ
// Democrats can learn from the people who know Trump’s base best — the Never Trump Republicans.

Moyers&Co, Bill Moyers: We Hold This Truth to Be Self-Evident: It’s Happening Before Our Very Eyes http://bit.ly/3cKB8FV “We may be running out of luck, and no one is coming to save us. For that, we have only  ourselves”

ForeignAffairs, Richard Haass: Foreign Policy By Example http://fam.ag/37aIYay
// Crisis at Home Makes the United States Vulnerable Abroad

CNN: The prominent former military leaders who have criticized Trump’s actions over protests http://cnn.it/3dGhLPn

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, Former Secretary of Defense under Trump
⋙ Statement released June 3
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society.”

Marine Corps. Gen. John Kelly, Former Chief of Staff to Trump, Former commander of US Southern Command under Obama
⋙ Interview on June 5
“I would’ve argued against it, recommended against it,” Kelly said of Trump’s photo-op. “I would argue that the end result of that was predictable.”
“I think we need to look harder at who we elect. I think we should look at people that are running for office and put them through the filter: What is their character like? What are their ethics?”

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, Former commander of US forces in Afghanistan under Obama
⋙ Commentary published June 3 by Foreign Policy
“Donald Trump isn’t religious, has no need of religion, and doesn’t care about the devout, except insofar as they serve his political needs…To even the casual observer, Monday was awful for the United States and its democracy. The president’s speech was calculated to project his abject and arbitrary power, but he failed to project any of the higher emotions or leadership desperately needed in every quarter of this nation during this dire moment.”

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George W. Bush and Obama
⋙ Op-ed for The Atlantic published June 2
“It sickened me yesterday to see security personnel—including members of the National Guard—forcibly and violently clear a path through Lafayette Square to accommodate the president’s visit outside St. John’s Church. I have to date been reticent to speak out on issues surrounding President Trump’s leadership, but we are at an inflection point, and the events of the past few weeks have made it impossible to remain silent. Whatever Trump’s goal in conducting his visit, he laid bare his disdain for the rights of peaceful protest in this country, gave succor to the leaders of other countries who take comfort in our domestic strife, and risked further politicizing the men and women of our armed forces. There was little good in the stunt.”

Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George W. Bush
⋙ Interview with CNN on June 4
“The first thing was just absolute sadness that people aren’t allowed to protest and that, as I understand it, that was a peaceful protest that was disturbed by force, and that’s not right. That should not happen in America. And so I was sad. I mean, we should all shed tears over that, that particular act. …I’m glad I don’t have to advise this President. I’m sure the senior military leadership is finding it really difficult these days to provide good, sound military advice.”

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Obama
⋙ Interview with NPR on June 4
“The idea that the President would take charge of the situation using the military was troubling to me.”

William Perry, Former Defense Secretary served under Clinton
⋙ Twitter, June 4
“I am outraged at the deplorable behavior of our President and Defense Secretary Esper, threatening to use American military forces to suppress peaceful demonstrators exercising their constitutional rights. This is a deeply shameful moment for our nation.”

Navy Adm. William McRaven, Former commander of US Special Operations Command under Obama
⋙ Interview with MSNBC on June 5
“You’re not going to use, whether it’s the military, or the National Guard, or law enforcement, to clear peaceful American citizens for the President of the United States to do a photo op. There is nothing morally right about that.”

Navy Adm. James Stavridis, Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO
⋙ Commentary published by Time on June 3
“Our active duty military must remain above the fray of domestic politics, and the best way to do that is to keep that force focused on its rightful mission outside the United States. Our senior active duty military leaders must make that case forcefully and directly to national leadership, speaking truth to power in uncomfortable ways. They must do this at the risk of their career. I hope they will do so, and not allow the military to be dragged into the maelstrom that is ahead of us, and which will likely only accelerate between now and November. If they do not stand and deliver on this vital core value, I fear for the soul of our military and all of the attendant consequences.”

Army Gen. Raymond A. “Tony” Thomas, Former commander of US Special Operations Command under Obama and Trump
⋙ Twitter, June 1
On Esper’s use of the term “battlespace” when discussing quelling violence on the streets amid civil unrest: “The ‘battle space’ of America??? Not what America needs to hear…ever, unless we are invaded by an adversary or experience a constitutional failure…ie a Civil War…”

Air Force Gen. Mike Hayden, Former director of the CIA and NSA under Bush and Obama
⋙ Twitter, June 2
On Milley joining Trump for his walk in front of the White House after protesters were cleared: “I was appalled to see him in his battle dress. Milley (he’s a general?!?) should not have walked over to the church with Trump.”

Ash Carter, Former Defense Secretary under Obama
⋙ Statement on June 5
“The Department of Defense exists to safeguard our citizens, not dominate them. I was dismayed to see DoD drawn inappropriately this week into the President’s response to protests. There is here no need, no warrant, and no excuse to bring active-duty military force into the restoration of order. I say this as a former Secretary of Defense who death with many situations where military intervention was helpful, even vital, in the homeland — past epidemics, hurricanes and floods, and so forth. Equally abhorrent to me was the inclusion of defense leaders in political theater.”

Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel, Former defense secretaries under Obama
⋙ Joined Carter and 86 other former defense officials in Washington Post open letter on June 5
“As former leaders in the Defense Department — civilian and military, Republican, Democrat and independent — we all took an oath upon assuming office ‘to support and defend the Constitution of the United States’ as did the president and all members of the military, a fact that Gen. Milley pointed out in a recent memorandum to members of the armed forces. We are alarmed at how the president is betraying this oath by threatening to order members of the U.S. military to violate the rights of their fellow Americans.”

🐣 RT @IgnatiusPost President Trump came closer to the brink of ordering active-duty military troops to intervene against protesters in Washington this week than many realize. A bad situation could have been even worse.
⋙ WaPo, David Ignatius: How Trump came to the brink of deploying active-duty troops in Washington http://wapo.st/3cD9TwZ

“It was clear to me that the president was ready to use the Insurrection Act and send in troops” on Monday, when federal police cleared the area near the White House so Trump could pose for a photo outside St. John’s Episcopal Church, said one knowledgeable senior Pentagon official. The official requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issues.

Trump’s push for direct military intervention came in a noisy meeting midday Monday in the Oval Office with Vice President Pence, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, Attorney General William P. Barr and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Esper, Barr and Milley all opposed the active-duty troop call-up, while Pence took Trump’s side [I’m shocked, shocked!], the senior Pentagon official said.

The streets in Washington had calmed by Tuesday, in part because of mounting criticism by former military leaders of Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and his pugnacious photo op. Esper and Milley, facing sharp criticism for having acquiesced in Trump’s show of force, both issued statements to the troops late Tuesday stressing the military’s obligation to support the Constitution — and, implicitly, stay out of politics.

As divisive as Trump’s response to the crisis that followed George Floyd’s brutal death has been, it could have been worse. If Trump had followed his instinct and sent regular army troops to quell civil protests against racial injustice, the damage to the military would have been lasting. And the scars on the American body politic would have been even deeper.

🐣 RT @LibsInAmerica Andrew Weissmann and Lisa Page are now MSNBC analysts. Trump’s head [explodes] 💽 https://twitter.com/LibsInAmerica/status/1269065427294044165?s=20/photo/1

💙 🐣 RT @JameleHill I have no idea who did this, but if you know, find them and tag them. One of the best things I’ve seen on this app this week 💽 https://twitter.com/jemelehill/status/1268999177536585728?s=20/photo/1
// superheroes ~ BLM

WaPo: 89 former Defense officials: The military must never be used to violate constitutional rights http://wapo.st/30esVHy including former defense secretaries Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, Ashton B Carter and William S Cohen

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us.” —General James Mattis 💽 https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1269013225804357634?s=20/photo/1
// ad

DailyBeast: Minneapolis Neighborhood Patrols Fear White Supremacists Are Infiltrating to Derail Protests http://bit.ly/3dEbsfg “In recent days, even the mayor of Minneapolis and governor of Minnesota publicly warned of white supremacists”
// Minneapolis residents are forming patrols to protect their city from people who would mar the protests with violence—and some report having strange run-ins with armed white men.

🐣 RT @thedailybeast A video of Buffalo police officers shoving an elderly police activist to the ground, then walking by him as a pool of blood collected around his head, shocked the nation. ¤ Their colleagues? Not so much.
⋙ DailyBeast: Every Buffalo Cop in Elite Unit Quits to Back Officers Who Shoved Elderly Man to Ground: Report http://bit.ly/2BD0OaG ⋙ your move, @NYGovCuom
// A video showed the 75-year-old man was left bleeding from his ear after being pushed to the ground.

🐣 RT @nypost Entire Buffalo Emergency Response Team resigns in solidarity with cops who pushed old man https://trib.al/hXg2mGe

CNN: Esper orders remainder of active duty troops in Washington region back to home base http://cnn.it/2XE4fqe

🐣 RT @JeremyKonyndyk The difference in how law enforcement treats these protestors vs the heavily armed and armored “reopen” protestors says it all. White guys with guns are given free run of state capitals; people of color face military-kitted riot squads.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance I didn’t have any of this on my dystopian hellscape 2020 bingo card.

WaPo: Pentagon disarms guardsmen in Washington, D.C., in signal of de-escalation http://wapo.st/2A9bJsf

Vox: US Park Police: It was a “mistake” to say no tear gas was used in Lafayette Square http://bit.ly/2XB182d “[W]e used smoke and pepper balls,” Sgt. Eduardo Delgado, a spokesperson for the Park Police, said, but not CN or CS gas, which are more irritating
// A spokesperson again said that only smoke canisters and pepper balls were used, but acknowledged that saying “tear gas” was not used was seen as misleading.

“It was kind of a fault on our part just not saying in the first place ‘we did not use CN or CS, we used smoke and pepper balls,’ and that would’ve made it a moot point,” Delgado said. Some people claim we purposefully tried to mislead by “saying we didn’t use tear gas, we used pepper balls. … That was not our intention.”

🐣 RT @CarlWoog Statement from former #SecDef Carter: “There is here no need, no warrant, and no excuse to bring active-duty military force into the restoration of order… it’s vital to remember our North Star is the Constitution.” Text Block: https://twitter.com/CarlWoog/status/1268949444017352704?s=20/photo/1

Salon: Trump sued for “criminal” assault on peaceful protesters http://bit.ly/2XBlubJ
// Black Lives Matter DC and the / ACLU sues Trump over “shameless, unconstitutional, unprovoked, and frankly criminal” assault on peaceful protesters

WaPo: How Mattis reached his breaking point — and decided to speak out against Trump http://wapo.st/2XFym0x “The nonpartisan military that Mattis had served for nearly five decades was being featured as decoration for a photo op [and] to further divide the nation“

Smoke was still rising from Lafayette Square, where authorities had just used pepper spray and smoke canisters to disperse a group of largely peaceful protesters, when Gen. Mark A. Milley, along with Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, joined President Trump Monday evening as he strolled to a nearby church to pose for cameras with a Bible.

In Mattis’s eyes, the appearance of the two top military leaders appeared to condone an unprovoked use of force. The nonpartisan military that Mattis had served for nearly five decades was being featured as decoration for a photo op, and Mattis fumed that the president was using the leaders who replaced him at the Defense Department to further divide the nation, according to four people familiar with his thinking.

💽 MSNBC: ‘Performing fascism’: Masha Gessen on Trump’s dictatorial turn http://on.msnbc.com/2AKaCPr
Author Masha Gessen on the line between Trump’s performance and actual authoritarianism: “Does he know that that is fascism? Does he care? It doesn’t matter. That is his idea of power.”

💙≣ General Milley’s letter to the chiefs of all the Armed Services on June 2, after the unfortunate “photo op” ~ “We all committed to the idea that is America,” Milley wrote by hand on the memo. “We will stay true to that oath and the American People.” @Morning_Joe https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1268872369143242752?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @joshtpm Amazing. They totally greenzoned that shit.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ All said and done it looks like it’s about 1.7 miles of fencing according to Google Maps (minus a few hundred feet for places where buildings prevent fencing from being put up). https://twitter.com/JakeGodin/status/1268660364406935552?s=20/photo/1
// new fencing around White House complex

🐣 RT @NoahSchachtman Barr keeps squealing about ‘Antifa.’ But Antifa is not referenced — not once — in any of the first 22 federal criminal cases from the protests.
⋙ DailyBeast, Wm Bredderman and Spencer Ackerman: Antifa’ Is Literally Never Mentioned in the First Prosecutions of Protest Violence http://bit.ly/371eIPk
// Trump called them terrorists. Bill Barr claimed they are “instigating” violence at the protests. But antifa is not referenced in any of the 22 criminal cases from the protests.

⭕ 4 Jun 2020

NYT, Paul Krugman: Donald Trump Is No Richard Nixon http://nyti.ms/3h3OQqE “[W]e’re a better country than we used to be, but we’re in dire political straits, because one of our two major parties no longer believes in the American idea”
// He — and his party — is much, much worse.

At this point it’s alarmingly easy to see how the United States could follow the path already taken by Hungary, becoming a democracy on paper but an authoritarian one-party state in practice. And I’m not talking about the distant future: It could happen this year, if Trump wins re-election — or even, potentially, if he loses but refuses to accept the results.

And the reason democracy is threatened in a way it never was under Nixon is not simply that Trump is a worse human being than Nixon ever was; it is the fact that he has so many enablers.

The modern G.O.P., however, is nothing like that. Many of its leading figures — people like Senator Tom Cotton — are every bit as authoritarian and anti-democratic as Trump himself.

The rest, with hardly any exceptions, are loyal apparatchiks, intimidated into obedience by an angry base. This base gets its information from Fox and Facebook and basically lives in an alternate reality, in which protesters demonstrating peacefully against police brutality are actually a radical horde that will begin a violent insurrection any minute now.

The point is that today’s Republican Party wouldn’t object to a Trumpian power grab, even if it amounted to a military coup. On the contrary, the party would cheer it on.

The bottom line is that while parallels with the Nixon era are very real, there are important differences between now and then — and the differences aren’t reassuring. In many ways we’re a better country than we used to be, but we’re in dire political straits, because one of our two major parties no longer believes in the American idea.

🐣 RT @YAppelbaum “President Donald Trump is trapped inside the White House, as a tall and imposing wall is erected around him, and prison guards stand watch.” @GrahamDavidA can write a lede:
⋙ TheAtlantic, David Graham: Trump Has Imprisoned Himself in the White House http://bit.ly/3eRMn0D Unlike Reagan, “Trump is not demanding that walls be torn down; instead, he’s erecting new ones”
// The president is trying to project strength, but instead is betraying weakness.

The administration has undertaken a contradictory dual strategy. On the one hand, as my colleague Anne Applebaum writes, the president wants to gin up fear among people far from the protests. On the other hand, he wants to show that he has matters under control.

Trump is not demanding that walls be torn down; instead, he’s erecting new ones. He’s also emulating the tactics of a former KGB agent stationed in East Germany: Russian President Vladimir Putin. Where Putin dispatched “little green men” to Ukraine, devoid of any markings or insignia, Trump and Barr have flooded the streets of the city with officers who refuse to even say what agency they work for and cover up their affiliations. The White House has erected temporary fencing and pushed back the public, and as Thursday dawned, more barriers were coming.

🐣 RT @mlcalderone WSJ editorial board: “Every President has breakups with advisers, but Mr. Trump has gone through them like an assembly line. His demand for personal loyalty and his thin skin clash with people who care about larger causes and have strong views.”
⋙ WSJ Editorial: The Revenge of Jim Mattis http://on.wsj.com/3dDmDox Trump’s ill treatment of former advisers is coming back to haunt.

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s denunciation of President Trump on Wednesday isn’t surprising, but it still looks like an important political moment. Mr. Trump’s polarizing and hyper-personal governance is catching up with him, as we and so many others warned. …

[T]he general’s real motivation here is to tell the public that Mr. Trump lacks the character to be President and should be defeated in November. “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us,” Mr. Mattis said. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”

This will resonate with many voters because it comes from someone who is no left-winger and has worked closely with the President. …

Every President has breakups with advisers, but Mr. Trump has gone through them like an assembly line. His demand for personal loyalty and his thin skin clash with people who care about larger causes and have strong views. Mr. Trump’s habit of blaming others for policy decisions or events that go wrong also builds resentment. This was bound to boomerang as he ran for re-election, and so it is.

WaPo: As protests spread, tensions escalated over Trump’s reach for military in response http://wapo.st/2MthNOV “They are walking a high-wire act.”

President Trump’s actions in recent days have pushed the military into the most uncomfortable position in his presidency, prompting an outcry that continued to build on Thursday from retired generals, including his former defense secretary and three former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs, who have expressed grave concerns about his willingness to wield the military as a club against American citizens.

The president’s threats to employ military troops to put down protests in American cities and his steps to pull Pentagon leaders into his response to unrest in the nation’s capital have dramatically escalated the tensions that have beset the military since Trump took office, highlighting the fragility of norms surrounding the military’s role in public life.

The events have prompted unusual public rebukes from former leaders, including retired Gen. Jim Mattis, whose turn as Trump’s first defense secretary enjoyed perhaps the most bipartisan support of any Cabinet member in the Trump era.

“Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens — much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside,” Mattis wrote, referring to Americans’ right to peaceful protest.

The cascade of military criticism of recent events, and the military’s role in them, came also from retired Gen. Tony Thomas, the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command; retired Adm. Mike Mullen, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and retired Gen. Richard Myers, another former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who voiced “absolute sadness” at the clearing of Lafayette Square outside the White House.

On Thursday, retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Barack Obama, told NPR that calling the military to suppress mostly peaceful protests “was very dangerous to me.”

Milley, who faced intense criticism for appearing in camouflage next to the president as Trump made his way to St. John’s Episcopal Church on Monday, issued a memo to the U.S. military’s top leaders the following day affirming the military’s commitment to the values of the Constitution. Officials said Esper and Milley had intended to inspect damage at the church and speak with National Guard troops stationed near the White House and did not know Trump intended to stage a televised event.

“We all committed to the idea that is America,” Milley wrote by hand in the memo. “We will stay true to that oath and the American people.”

The memo came as service chiefs also issued notes regarding the events following the unrest, designed to ensure people that top generals and admirals agreed with the need for a response.

“The active duty are speaking just in the way that they can,” Lee said. “They are walking a high-wire act.”

TheGuardian/Reuters: Ukrainian prosecutors find no evidence against Hunter Biden http://bit.ly/2A35JkJ
// Audit probed energy company Burisma, of which Biden was a board member from 2014-2019

An audit of thousands of old case files by Ukrainian prosecutors found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Hunter Biden, the former prosecutor general, who had launched the audit, told Reuters.

Ruslan Ryaboshapka was in the spotlight last year as the man who would decide whether to launch an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, in what became a key issue in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy described Ryaboshapka as “100 percent my person” on a call in July 2019 in which Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate Biden, the man who became his main rival in the 2020 presidential race.

🧵 RT @BeingHelpish In the past 48 hours, 4 four-star generals have publicly rebuked Donald Trump:
1. Jim Mattis
2. John Allen
3. Mark Milley
4. John Kelly
Ouch.
@realDonaldTrump 📌 https://twitter.com/BeingHelpish/status/1268732744214986752?s=20
// links to articles, documents

RT @RCdeWinter
i refuse to believe all those
standing on the side of insanity and injustice
actually believe the shit they say
oh sure some of them are twisted defectives
but i’d give a handsome bon mot
to know why most of them mouth
the appalling propaganda of monsters
~ RC deWinter

🐣 🌎 RT @jamiedupree The White House security zone (yellow) is being dramatically expanded in the aftermath of recent protests over the police killing of George Floyd. ¤ New fencing has walled off Lafayette Square (in red), and the Ellipse is now getting fencing (in orange). https://twitter.com/jamiedupree/status/1268701838196572161?s=20/photo/1
⋙ WSBRadio: New fencing dramatically expands White House security zone http://bit.ly/2ADhiyY

🐣 RT @rosenbergerlm “The White House is now so heavily fortified that it resembles the monarchical palaces or authoritarian compounds of regimes in faraway lands — strikingly incongruous with the historical role of the executive mansion… known as the People’s House.”
⋙ WaPo: With White House effectively a fortress, some see Trump’s strength — but others see weakness http://wapo.st/2z5yNrp

🐣 RT @SecDef19 [Wm Perry] I am outraged at the deplorable behavior of our President and Defense Secretary Esper, threatening to use American military forces to suppress peaceful demonstrators exercising their constitutional rights. This is a deeply shameful moment for our nation.
⋙ Politico: Ex-Defense Secretary William Perry joins Mattis in condemning Trump http://politi.co/2XZVpC8
// The military “was never intended to be used for partisan political purposes,” he wrote.

🐣 RT @profcarroll Bennet didn’t even read the goddamn martial law piece riddled with falsities because it was “rushed” and so it’s an even more painful negligence to fascism and it’s white privilege he still has a job.
⋙ NYT: New York Times Says Senator’s Op-Ed Did Not Meet Standards http://nyti.ms/3h1Sfqf
// After a staff uproar, The Times says the editing process was “rushed.” Senator Tom Cotton’s “Send In the Troops” essay is now under review.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Pelosi: “I am writing to request a full list of the agencies involved and clarifications of the roles and responsibilities of the troops and federal law enforcement resources operating in the city. Congress and the American people need to know.”
⋙ Speaker.gov: Pelosi Sends Letter to President Trump on Deployment of Troops & Unidentified Law Enforcement Personnel in Nation’s Capital http://bit.ly/3gOjnbU

🐣 RT @JohnJHarwood new CBS News poll:
Trump job performance
40% approve, 54% disapprove
his handling of race relations
33% approve, 58% disapprove

🐣 RT @SteenBeschloss For the record, that’s our White House, not his.

WaPo, David Ignatius: Why Mattis and Mullen toppled their bridge of silence http://wapo.st/2MsBd6o “The military establishment’s anger at President Trump’s politicization of the armed forces has been building for three years. It finally ripped open”

🧵 RT @BarackObama Real change requires protest to highlight a problem, and politics to implement practical solutions and laws. As I mentioned yesterday in our @MBK_Alliance town hall, there are several steps our mayors and elected officials can take right now: 📌 https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1268682936221609994?s=20

🐣 RT @politico Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Trump “has clearly forgotten” the circumstances of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s departure from the administration, breaking with his former boss to side with a fellow retired Marine Corps general
⋙ Politico: The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened’: John Kelly defends Mattis http://politi.co/370M4xX
// Kelly called Mattis “an honorable man” and described Trump’s Twitter attack on the former Defense secretary as “nasty.”

WaPo, Brian Klaas: Mattis finally spoke out. It’s time for any principled Republicans to do the same. http://wapo.st/3gVxX1q

🧵 RT @DrEricDing I still can’t get over the video. 2 US Park police officers from this clip are now on leave- one for gut+face punching the cameraman, the other for hitting the reporter with a truncheon. It was broadcast live to 🇦🇺 – and brought shame to worldwide audience.
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/DrEricDing/status/1268605729889492994?s=20/photo/1
// Australian camera crew attacked

🐣 RT @atrupar PELOSI: “Soldiers on steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Bureau of Prisons officers in Lafayette Square. The National Parks Service hassling peaceful protesters… who’s in charge? What’s chain of command & by what authority do these National Guard people come in from other states?”

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Grassley is placing a hold on Trump nominees. He wants answers on Trump’s firing of IGs without reason.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChuckGrassley Im placing holds on 2 Trump Admin noms until I get reasons 4firing 2 agency watchdogs as required by law Not 1st time ive raised alarm when admins flout IG protection law Obama did same& got same earfull from me All I want is a reason 4 firing these ppl CHECKS&BALANCES

WaPo, by Joshua Geltzer, Neal Katyal, Jennifer Taub and Lawrence Tribe: Trump’s authoritarianism in the streets is being matched in the courts http://wapo.st/3dBQZYs //➔ Dismissing the Flynn case is key to Trump/Barr/LGraham’s case that the entire Mueller probe was a “hoax”

Courts — real courts, where every legitimate party gets to make every legitimate argument — are the last bastion against authoritarianism. ¤¤ This case long ago ceased being about a single judge. It’s about the right of all of us to learn what happened at the Justice Department and avoid a coverup.

🐣 RT @glennkirschner Thank you @PierreTABC for calling out Barr on only mentioning (deamonizing) one group by name – Antifa – and not naming a single alt-right hate group, when DOJ had ARRESTED 3 members of the far-right extremist Boogaloo Boys group. #BillBarrBias

🧵 RT @kasie Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Mattis letter: “Gen Mattis served his country well and honorably and he’s entitled to his opinion…” (1/2) 📌 https://twitter.com/kasie/status/1268558485761019905?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @kasie Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska: “I thought General Mattis’ words were true, and honest, and necessary and overdue. And I have been struggling for the right words and I was encouraged a couple of nights ago when I was able to read what President Bush had written.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @kasie Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah: “General Mattis’ letter was stunning and powerful. General Mattis is a man of extraordinary sacrifice. He’s an American patriot.”

🐣 RT @mmpedellan Bill Barr makes a statement about violent extremists and only name-checks Antifa, but NOT the Right-wing Boogaloo Boys or other White Supremacist groups? ¤ Sounds about White.

🐣 RT @Max_Fisher What “sending in the troops” sounds like to scholars of democratic decline: ¤ Trump’s actions and threats, including those echoing Tom Cotton, bring him closer than at any point in his presidency to the playbook of the strongman leaders he’s long praised.
⋙ NYT: Trump Tests a Role He’s Long Admired: A Strongman Imposing Order http://nyti.ms/36XsZN8
// The president’s unapologetic calls for force, and his efforts to bring the military into his political line, follow a strongman’s playbook. It’s a risky move for him, and for democracy.

NBCNews: Three men connected to ‘boogaloo’ movement tried to provoke violence at protests, feds say http://nbcnews.to/306n6eX //➔ “boogaloo” means civil war ~ Steve Bannon must be so proud
// NBC News reported last weekend that members of the “Boogaloo” movement were seen at protests in states including Minnesota and Texas, as well as in Philadelphia.

Email to Family: Two documents:
1) From General Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
2) Document posted at Army.mil: A message to the Army community about civil unrest http://bit.ly/2XtqOOb
⋙ See under Communications 📂

Duty2Warn: Many feel that Mattis should have issued a statement earlier. But it may prove as that this was perfect timing. He may not have been speaking to you or me – but to the US military. They take oaths to the constitution and Mattis is the perfect guy to remind them of that.
⋙ 🐣 This was provided to the press yesterday, dated 6/2. The military is coordinating, making sure everyone knows where their loyalties must lie (to their oaths & the Constitution). Mattis provides the ultimate imprimatur. These people do war games. There are no accidents. Text Block: ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1268447363779244033?s=20/photo/1

Newsday: Loyalty to Trump erodes over his truculence on use of military http://bit.ly/305UUcf

🧵 RT @anders_aslund Was June 3, 2020, the day when Donald Trump lost command over the federal troops? Defense Secretary Esper’s press conference at the Pentagon’s makes it look like that. 📌 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1268427462008090624?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_aslund Clearly Trump is now scrambling for loyal troops as is usually the case in a pre-coup situation. …
⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_aslund My greatest fear is that Trump will call on his militias with their AK15s to come to Washington to liberate him in the White House. That should make the GOP grandees wake up and realize what is going on. The US has the 25th Amendment that could be used.
⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_aslund This looks like a pre-coup situation. It is by no means a prerevolutionary situation because democratic institutions exist and enjoy legitimacy. The danger comes from a president who is afraid to lose power democratically.

CNN: Military leaders condemn Trump over protest response http://cnn.it/3eOOsua “[T]he most significant statement of the day came from a former general who may have the most capacity of any Washington elite to undermine Trump with the military that is at his command”

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Police responding to protests against police brutality with police brutality. Who thinks this is a good idea?

⭕ 3 Jun 2020

WaPo, Patrick Skinner: I’m a cop. I won’t fight a ‘war’ on crime the way I fought the war on terror. http://wapo.st/3h3eBrf
// The failed strategy I participated in for years as a CIA officer is not how to police people I consider my neighbors. It’s not how to police at all.

💙 NewYorker, Masha Gessen: Donald Trump’s Fascist Performance http://bit.ly/2A2QLLy “In his intuition, power is autocratic; it affirms the superiority of one nation and one race; it asserts total domination; and it mercilessly suppresses all opposition”

Donald Trump thinks power looks like masked men in combat uniforms lined up in front of the marble columns of the Lincoln Memorial. He thinks it looks like Black Hawk helicopters hovering so low over protesters that they chop off the tops of trees. He thinks it looks like troops using tear gas to clear a plaza for a photo op. He thinks it looks like him hoisting a Bible in his raised right hand.

🧵 RT @anders_aslund Was June 3, 2020, the day when Donald Trump lost command over the federal troops? Defense Secretary Esper’s press conference at the Pentagon’s makes it look like that. 📌 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1268427462008090624?s=20

🐣 RT @JenniferJJacobs [Bloomberg] NEWS: Trump had strong words for Esper in Oval today after Esper said at his news conference he opposes deploying active duty troops to contain protests, I’m told. Trump later privately asked advisers if they think Esper can still be an effective defense secretary.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JenniferJJacobs Esper this a.m. said active duty troops should be only a last resort, angering WH officials and Trump personally with what they viewed as a matter of breaking rank. Trump isn’t planning to use active duty troops right now, but didn’t want Esper publicly ruling it out, I’m told.

WaPo, Philip Bump: A dangerous new factor in an uneasy moment: Unidentified law enforcement officers http://wapo.st/304tLpY “Such anonymity echoes the way in which enforcers in autocratic regimes have worked to avoid accountability”

DailyBeast: Bill Barr Takes Charge of Trump’s Crackdown as the Military Tries to Back Away http://bit.ly/2MrSYTp
// It’s a controversial move, even within Barr’s own department. A senior law enforcement official called it “a political ploy to make being anti-Trump look like terrorism.”
(By Erin Banco, Spencer Ackerman, Michael Daly and William Bredderman)

WENYNews: Retired Marine General John Allen: Trump’s threats of military force may be ‘the beginning of the end of the American experiment’ http://bit.ly/3eSlVnL Re: Gen. Allen’s June 3 oped in ForeignPolicy($): “A Moment of National Shame and Peril—and Hope” Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1268414914227515392?s=20/photo/1
// 6/4/2020

Gen. John Allen, the former commander of American forces in Afghanistan and former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS under the Obama administration, wrote in an op-ed for Foreign Policy that “to even the casual observer, Monday was awful for the United States and its democracy.”

His comments come after the President declared himself “your president of law and order” as peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets, apparently so Trump could visit a nearby church. He remained at the boarded-up building for a matter of minutes before returning to the White House.

“So, while June 1 could easily be confused with a day of shame and peril if we listen to Donald Trump, if instead we listen to Terrence Floyd [brother of George], it is a day of hope. So mark your calendars—this could be the beginning of the change of American democracy not to illiberalism, but to enlightenment,” Allen wrote. ¤ “But it will have to come from the bottom up. For at the White House, there is no one home.”

⋙ General Allen is the former commander of American forces in Afghanistan and former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS

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ForeignPolicy, John Allen: A Moment of National Shame and Peril—and Hope http://bit.ly/3dxtEan
// $$; We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.

🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES Actually, all of those things are happening under Trump. Additionally he is responsible for a calamitous response to COVID-19 that has killed over 100000 and shattered the economy. He has vandalized the constitution, disgraced his office, committed sacrilege and loosed violence
⋙ 🐣 RT @presssec Under President @realDonaldTrump’s leadership, there will be NO burning of churches, looting of businesses, destruction of property, and assaults on civilians and police. ¤ America will unite in LAW AND ORDER!
⋙⋙ 🐣 Here’s a “LAW”: Amendment I: “Congress shall make no law prohibiting … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” ~ Constitution of the United States of America

🐣♫ RT @mikefarb1 He was a Two Bit TV Star from out Manhattan Way
He had a Racist Heart that Everyone Would Say
He was a Man Devoid of Class
But then his Number Came Up and he Ran from the Draft
He’s in The White House Now, A-Tweetin Recklessly
He’s the Racist Tweeting Bunker Boy of Washington DC

Army.mil: A message to the Army community about civil unrest http://bit.ly/2XtqOOb Signed:
Michael A. Grinston (Sergeant Major of the Army)
James C. McConville (General, United States Army)
Ryan D. McCarthy (Secretary of the Army)
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1268397647901200384?s=20/photo/1

“Every Soldier and Department of the Army Civilian swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution. That includes the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. We will continue to support and defend those rights, and we will continue to protect Americans, whether from enemies of the United States overseas, from COVID-19 at home, or from violence in our communities that threatens to drown out the voices begging us to listen.”

💙 🐣 RT @RexChapman Damn cool scene in Lincoln, Nebraska this afternoon. LPD & community leaders sat down and drafted an agreement to “Hold Cops Accountable.”
Once signed – Cupid Shuffle.
This the American content I’m here for. 🌎❤️♫❤️🌎
( vid @EllisWiltsey ) 💽 https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1268379338019418113?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Nicholas Kristof: Trump Uses the Military to Prove His Manhood http://nyti.ms/3gKt4YS “Trump’s call to dispatch armed forces to crush protests so that he can look tough betrays the military’s nonpartisan tradition and should trigger all our alarm bells”
// The president’s response to the coronavirus that killed more than 100,000 people was lethargic and ineffective. But when it came to anti-racism protesters, it was time to call in the troops.

🐣 RT @orensegal
Murder hornets, “boogaloo,”
Facebook is exploiting you.
Unemployment, quarantine,
bleach, hydroxyxholroquine.
Protests, looting, photo ops,
(a)nother black man killed by cops.
Qanon, mass shooting[s] grow,
how will it end, we just don’t know.
We ● didn’t ● start ● the 🔥 Fire
@billyjoel https://twitter.com/orensegal/status/1268378859617103872?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Max Boot: The entire Republican Party is complicit in the assault on Lafayette Square http://wapo.st/2Xv0IKJ

🔄 🧵 💽 RT @boomerhunter55 A thread currently 163 videos deep of absolute police brutality and power abuse 📌 https://twitter.com/boomerhunter55/status/1268004647882686469?s=20

🐣 RT @mehdirhassan “Trump has few ideological convictions as consistent as his belief in the redemptive power of state violence against religious and ethnic minorities” – the brilliant @AdamSerwer with another #mustread essay
⋙ TheAtlantic, Adam Serwer: Trump Gave Police Permission to Be Brutal http://bit.ly/
// The president didn’t cause America’s policing crisis, but he deliberately made it worse.

💙 🐣 RT @marty_lederman This extraordinary memo might be more significant than the Mattis statement. Together, the message they send to the forces is unlike anything I can recall. Military resistance to the civilian CINC is *not* a welcome precedent–but Trump has left them with little choice.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @BillKristol This memo from Gen. Milley is pretty interesting–I’d even say startling. https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1268324463550107651?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @marty_lederman To be clear, the military hasn’t (yet) refused an order. The point of this memo is to send up a flare in order to try to deter Trump from issuing any unlawful orders. Remains to be seen what the response would be if and when he does so.

🐣 RT @davidplouffe The House Dems need to be all over this. Now. Hearings tomorrow, inquiries, local members get out to the streets yourselves to get answers.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kurteichenwald Who the hell ARE these guys? There is no way this rag-tag group of thugs are either US military or FBI. Most likely not DEA either. And DC cops say it’s not them. ¤ Is this like Altamont and the Rolling Stones? Did Trump hire the Hell’s Angels for security? This is obscene. https://twitter.com/kurteichenwald/status/1268326720471314432?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Pentagon chief balks at Trump’s call for active-duty military force on U.S. citizens, and Mattis rips president http://wapo.st/2U76HmR

🐣 RT @DrEricDing 🚨BREAKING: Official autopsy report finds #GeorgeFloyd had #coronavirus. Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s full report says he tested positive April 3. Wow. Every crisis in America is intersecting! #covid19

🐣 RT @MarquardtA Law enforcement deployed in/to DC we’ve seen/reported:
US Secret Service
US Park Police
Arlington PD (gone)
DC Nat’l Guard + other states
Bureau of Prisons
FBI
DEA
DHS
ICE
CBP
TSA
US Marshals
Pentagon Force Protection
Ft Bragg/Fort Drum active duty troops
MPD
Miss anyone?

🐣 RT @JoeNBC Angry Republicans declare “This is a time for choosing. America or Trump.” The Lincoln Project ads keep getting tougher by the day. 💽 https://twitter.com/JoeNBC/status/1268334228778909697?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @GoAngelo What the fuck? ¤ Hannity: “We will show you a breaking report that shows how the group Black Lives Matter is planning to train armed militia for war on police” https://twitter.com/GoAngelo/status/1268353174357803008?s=20/photo/1

🐣 Trump was challenged three times today: by Esper, Mattis and (subtly) by Obama. Trump cannot bear humiliation. Expect him to strike out. ¤ 🙏 Be careful out there.

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT We cannot tolerate an American secret police. ¤ I will be introducing legislation to require uniformed federal officers performing any domestic security duties to clearly identify what military branch or agency they represent.
⋙ 🐣 Gestapo. Gestapo means “GEheimnische STAatsPOLizei” or “secret state police”

🐣 RT @hannah_natanson Surreal, beautiful, peaceful scene outside the White House as a man sings “Lean On Me” and thousands and thousands of protesters raise lighted cellphones and join their voices with his. 📌 https://twitter.com/hannah_natanson/status/1268341706098958336?s=20/photo/1

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: #Bunkerboy’s Photo-Op War http://bit.ly/2AAVofS “This is, in fact, a farce with consequences”
// Is this an authoritarian crackdown by Donald Trump or just another politicized spectacle?

TheLincolnProject: Call For General Milley And Secretary Of Defense Esper To Resign Immediately http://bit.ly/3dvrUOR

🐣 RT @BhadeliaMD The chief of National Guard joins other military service chiefs in speaking up on commitment of troops to the US Constitution https://twitter.com/BhadeliaMD/status/1268341844217401346?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, George Will: The military officers aiding Trump’s stunt have been promoted to the level of their incompetence http://wapo.st/3cqCNjK

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Did not expect to be as moved by Mattis’s statement as I am. Let’s hope Lafayette Square becomes a breaking point for the entire country, as it clearly was for Mattis. We can do so much better than this.
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💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ TheAtlantic: James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution [w complete statement] http://bit.ly/2U7bswJ “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.” Text Block: ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1268338381366444032?s=20/photo/1
// In an extraordinary condemnation, the former defense secretary backs protesters and says the president is trying to turn Americans against one another.

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,” Mattis writes. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”

WaPo: Rosenstein says, in hindsight, he would not have signed application to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page http://wapo.st/2XrUL14

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt I’m [sic] declining to come to Trump’s G7, Merkel cited the coronavirus but privately she did not want to come if he invited Putin, did not want to be part of an anti-China display and did not want to be used for US politics. @StevenErlanger reports.
⋙ NYT: Embattled at Home, Trump Finds Himself Isolated Abroad, Too http://nyti.ms/
// After years of snubs and American unilateralism, European allies have stopped looking to the president for leadership, and are turning their backs on him.
[Caption: President Trump has become a figure some of America’s closest allies prefer to keep at arms’ length.]

🐣 RT @tedlieu Statement by @EsperDoD was not an off the cuff response to a question. It was a deliberate act by Sec Esper to oppose the desire of @realDonaldTrump to send in active duty military. Good that Esper understands rolling in tanks & bayonets against Americans is not the solution.
💙 ⋙ NBCPolitics NEW: Defense Sec. Esper: “I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.” ¤ “The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most … dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now.”

NYT: Snap Says It Will No Longer Promote Trump’s Account http://nyti.ms/2XWccG6
// The social media company’s decision follows Twitter’s moves to label Mr. Trump’s posts inaccurate or as inciting violence.

🐣 RT @brhodes 100,000 dead from a pandemic. Tens of millions unemployed. Protests across country. Authoritarianism on the streets of DC. And Lindsey Graham is holding hearings on OBAMAGATE. The Republican Party is totally broken.

🐣 RT @mitchellreports On Trump/Insurrection Act, @kwelkernbc: “A remarkable reversal here. Sources telling us President Trump is now backing away from the threat to invoke the Insurrection Act, which would allow him, arguably in some cases, to deploy the military to various US cities.” #AMRstaff

🧵 RT @blakesmustache Rosenstein just threw McCabe under the bus and called him a liar. 📌 https://twitter.com/blakesmustache/status/1268189241785430016?s=20
// testimony to Senate Judiciary; read entire thread: excerpts ⇊
⋙ 🐣 RT @blakesmustache My god. Rosenstein just agreed with Graham that there was no reason to investigate the Trump campaign.
⋙ 🐣 RT @blakesmustache Rosenstein has made several statements already confirming what I’ve suspected all along: Rosenstein had Mueller on a short leash and limited his ability to conduct his investigation. Mueller was not independent of DOJ in any meaningful way.
⋙ 🐣 RT @blakesmustache Rosenstein says “there was NO evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia” ¤ “NO EVIDENCE” ¤ This is absolute bullshit and Rosenstein belongs in prison.
⋙ 🐣 RT @blakesmustache Rosenstein continues to dissemble. He refuses to agree with any of Mueller’s conclusions other than that Russia interfered in the election. And on that point he repeatedly says Russia did not want Trump to win.
⋙ 🐣 RT @blakesmustache Here we go: Rosenstein says Russia was not trying to help Trump and was also attacking HRC. Anyone who still believes Rosenstein is anything other than a rat is an idiot. [……]

⭕ 2 Jun 2020

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 The FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that occurred on May 31 during the DC-area protests over the murder of George Floyd, according to an internal FBI report obtained by The Nation. https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1267989415420297216?s=20

🐣 RT @maggieNYT Two officials said Meadows said at senior staff meeting this AM that the church photo op was Ivanka Trump’s idea @anniekarni
// [caption: Police advance on protesters outside the White House to clear a path for President Trump to walk to St. Johns church in Washington on Monday]
💙 ⋙⋙ NYT: How Trump’s Idea for a Photo Op Led to Havoc in a Park http://nyti.ms/2z1qsoA
// When the history of the Trump presidency is written, the clash with protesters that preceded President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square may be remembered as one of its defining moments.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT Meadows said that while others were getting credit for the church appearance, it was Ivanka Trump who deserved the credit, per two officials. She thanked him and thanked the team for carrying it out, the officials said. @anniekarni

What ensued was a burst of violence unlike any seen in the shadow of the White House in generations. As he prepared for his surprise march to the church, Mr. Trump first went before cameras in the Rose Garden to declare himself “your president of law and order” but also “an ally of all peaceful protesters,” even as peaceful protesters just a block away and clergy members on the church patio were routed by smoke and flash grenades and some form of chemical spray deployed by shield-bearing riot officers and mounted police.

But critics, including some fellow Republicans, were aghast at the use of force against Americans who posed no visible threat at the time, all to facilitate what they deemed a ham-handed photo opportunity featuring all white faces. Some Democratic senators used words like “fascist” and “dictator” to describe the president’s words and actions.

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, who was not consulted beforehand, said she was “outraged” over the use of one of her churches as a political backdrop to boast of squelching protests against racism. Even some White House officials privately expressed dismay that the president’s entourage had not thought to include a single person of color.

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser of Washington sharply objected on Tuesday and said the federal government had even privately broached the idea of taking over the city’s police force, which she pledged to resist. “I don’t think the military should be used in the streets of American cities against Americans,” she said, “and I definitely don’t think it should be done for a show.”

Arlington County in suburban Virginia withdrew its police from those assembled to guard the White House and other federal sites after the Lafayette Square clash. Even beforehand, Democratic governors in Virginia, New York and Delaware refused to send National Guard troops requested by the Trump administration.

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, put out word through military officials that they did not know in advance about the dispersal of the protesters or about the president’s planned photo op, insisting that they thought they were accompanying him to review the troops.

In Washington, Mr. Barr was in charge of the federal response and an alphabet soup of agencies had contributed officers, agents and troops to defend the White House and other federal installations, including the Secret Service, the United States Park Police, National Guard, Capitol Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Marshal’s Service, the Bureau of Prisons, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind Trump literally spoke to Putin before gassing the American people. Who do you think is advising him now? Leaders of democracies – even Boris Johnson – are turning their back on him.

NYT Editorial: In America, Protest Is Patriotic http://nyti.ms/2XtS7rD “The police used tear gas, rubber bullets and riot shields … all so Mr. Trump could pose for photos. The photo op managed to take aim at the freedom of assembly, speech and religion all at the same time”
// The police are supposed to protect free speech, not suppress it.

The police used tear gas, rubber bullets and riot shields to drive away protesters, journalists and priests standing on the private porch of St. John’s Church, all so Mr. Trump could pose for photos. The photo op managed to take aim at the freedom of assembly, speech and religion all at the same time.

💙 WaPo: Thousands descend on D.C. protests to push back against Trump’s show of federal force http://wapo.st/3cuH99o

🧵 RT @SenWarren Last night’s attacks on peaceful protesters near the White House demanding justice for George Floyd were appalling. Trump acted more like a wannabe authoritarian than Commander in Chief. Here’s some of the things I’ve been working on today to hold this administration accountable: 📌 https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1267976298271592448?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @SenWarren I’ve asked the @DoD_IG to conduct an immediate investigation into the role of @DeptofDefense civilian and military officials at protests in Washington DC and other cities throughout the country. https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1267976300024774657?s=20/photo/1-3
⋙ 🐣 RT @SenWarren AG William Barr reportedly ordered law enforcement to clear Lafayette Square for Trump’s photo-op himself. He should resign. And @JusticeOIG should investigate the role that AG Barr & @TheJusticeDept personnel played in this ugly propaganda event. https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1267976301501128705?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @brhodes This photo represents the opposite of what the Lincoln Memorial stands for, and will be a permanent stain on the American story at home and around the world
⋙ 🐣 🖼 RT @VeraMBergen Remarkable photo via @MarthaRaddatz, where protestors are being blocked from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

🐣 🖼 RT @CT_Bergstrom As protesters are being beaten and gassed in the streets, just a reminder that a couple of weeks ago this was tolerated INSIDE A STATE CAPITOL without a blast of pepper spray, a raised baton, the use of tear gas, or any damn thing. ¤ Oh, and these guys had semiautomatic weapons. https://twitter.com/CT_Bergstrom/status/1267965962885558272?s=20/photo/1
// great photo

NBCNews: Defense Secretary Esper on Trump church photo op: ‘I didn’t know where I was going’ http://nbcnews.to/2U1K7w0
// In an exclusive interview, Esper also said he had “no idea” about the plan to use force to disperse protesters ahead of Trump’s staged visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church. http://nbcnews.to/

🐣 RT @RBReich I have held off using the f word for three and a half years, but there is no longer any honest alternative. Trump is a fascist, and he is promoting fascism in America.

🐣 RT @JohnBrennan There should be no place in American society, much less in our government, for the depravity being demonstrated daily by @realDonaldTrump. Members of his Cabinet who enable such behavior are betraying their oath of office by supporting an increasingly desperate despot.

🐣 RT @jonmladd Thread. The Dept of Justice is using security in military gear who refuse to identify their affiliation. As others have noted, something that only would happen in an authoritarian state. ¤ Where is Congress? This is the point in the frog boiling when you’re really getting cooked.
⋙ 🐣 RT @dfriedman33 Asked who they’re with, these guys say only that they’re with “The Department of Justice.” https://twitter.com/dfriedman33/status/1267936203522932738?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ErinBanco NEW: Pentagon officials say it was the White House, not the Defense Department, pushing for military might in the streets—with Trump seeking details on “tanks” that could be used.
💙 ⋙ DailyBeast: Uncomfortable Mission’: Pentagon Tries to Retreat From Trump’s Call to ‘Dominate’ Protests http://bit.ly/2z1S4tM by Erin Banco, Spencer Ackerman and Asawin Suebsaeng
// Pentagon officials say it was the White House, not the Defense Department, pushing for military might in the streets—with Trump seeking details on “tanks” that could be used.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Just to recap:
*AG Barr, who is not a real “general” of any force, is giving orders for the use of force
*His personal “army” does not belong to any federally-authorized force and won’t identify itself *He’s obscuring legal accountability by moving fed law enforcement to DEA

🐣 RT @GovCTW [Christine Todd Whitman] .@realDonaldTrump, Please stop injecting yourself into crises. Don’t try to tell governors what to do. Instead of calling for calm & for the nation to unite, you were sequestered in the White House basement & silent. Governors and mayors, on the other hand, were actively (1/5) https://twitter.com/GovCTW/status/1267504841103990784?s=20

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 It’s time for the good, honorable people of the DOJ, FBI, ATF, DEA, USCP, USPP, USSS, USMS & other agencies to say – we will not work to end our republic. We will not abuse the American people we’re here to serve. The president is abusing his power & violating the Constitution.
🐣 RT @dburbach Leaked memo shows AG has granted DEA extraordinary powers to investigate and act against any federal crime “related” to protests, nexus to drugs or not, including covert surveillance. Seems likely similar grants to ATF and other DOJ agencies
🐣 RT @FrankFigiuzzi We are in trouble: The DEA Has Been Given Permission To Investigate People Protesting George Floyd’s Death #protesters
⋙ BuzzFeedNews: We are in trouble: The DEA Has Been Given Permission To Investigate People Protesting George Floyd’s Death #protesters http://bit.ly/36UjfTL

CNN: George W. Bush on George Floyd protests: ‘It is time for America to examine our tragic failures’ http://cnn.it/2XYLPiE

WaPo: George W. Bush calls out racial injustices and celebrates protesters who ‘march for a better future’ http://wapo.st/2AAl5Nk

🐣 RT @tedlieu Dear @realDonaldTrump: Are you going to have soldiers stab Americans with bayonets? This is frickin’ insane. There is no military solution here. ¤ The solution is to listen to the people, and commit to real reforms so that our government no longer murders black Americans.

WaPo: Resignation letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper: ‘I believe that you violated your oath’ http://wapo.st/3dusXP0 by James N. Miller, Defense Science Board; Miller served as under secretary of defense for policy from 2012 to 2014

🔆 This❗️⋙ TheAtlantic, Mike Mullen: I Cannot Remain Silent http://bit.ly/2Xqiv5x Seventeenth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Text Block: ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1267948315158683652?s=20/photo/1
// Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so.

I remain confident in the professionalism of our men and women in uniform. They will serve with skill and with compassion. They will obey lawful orders. But I am less confident in the soundness of the orders they will be given by this commander in chief, and I am not convinced that the conditions on our streets, as bad as they are, have risen to the level that justifies a heavy reliance on military troops. Certainly, we have not crossed the threshold that would make it appropriate to invoke the provisions of the Insurrection Act.

Furthermore, I am deeply worried that as they execute their orders, the members of our military will be co-opted for political purposes.

Even in the midst of the carnage we are witnessing, we must endeavor to see American cities and towns as our homes and our neighborhoods. They are not “battle spaces” to be dominated, and must never become so.

💙 BusinessInsider: Trump’s tear gas photo-op was ‘frightening’ to authoritarianism experts, who warn that his behavior will only get worse without ‘fierce opposition’ http://bit.ly/3eH95bN

● President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to deploy the military to quell nationwide unrest over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minnesota police officer knelt on his neck.
● As Trump made these threats, a crowd of peaceful protesters were tear-gassed outside of the White House to clear the way for the president to walk to a nearby church for a photo-op.
● Videos showed demonstrators being pushed, struck with batons, and tear-gassed. Democrats and critics of the president accuse him of employing authoritarian tactics.
● Top experts on authoritarianism and fascism said this confrontation on live TV was “frightening,” and warned that the president could continue to escalate the situation if left unchallenged.
● Some experts say that it’s too generous to label Trump an authoritarian or fascist, in the sense he doesn’t have a coherent political philosophy, but they also say this doesn’t make him “any less dangerous.”

— Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, a former CIA officer
— Former Vice President Joe Biden
— Ben Rhodes, who served as deputy national security adviser under former President Obama

Academics:

— Sheri Berman, a professor of political science at Barnard College with expertise in democracy, populism, and fascism
— Robert Paxton, Columbia University historian and author of “The Anatomy of Fascism,”
— Cas Mudde, a political scientist at the University of Georgia who’s an expert on populism, extremism, and democracy
— Jason Stanley, a Yale philosophy professor who wrote “How Fascism Works,”
— Roger Griffin, author of “The Nature of Fascism” and emeritus professor in modern history at Oxford Brookes University

His interpretation of becoming president is that of a narcissist, egomaniac who thinks that because he’s been voted in he doesn’t need to devolve power or consult in any meaningful sense with anybody else,” Griffin said, going on to say that when the history of this era is written, Monday’s teargas photo-op might turn out to have been “one symbolic gesture too far.”

🐣 RT @maddow We’ve now entered the “bayonets” phase of the Trump Presidency?
⋙ 🐣 RT @JamesLaPorta Also: 700 members of the 82nd are at Joint Base Andrews and Fort Belvoir. 1,400 more soldiers are ready to be mobilized within an hour. Soldiers are armed and have riot gear. They also were issued bayonets—standard issue but some feel could be inflammatory
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ (AP) Aircraft flying over DCA last night in a show of force against #GeorgeFloyd protesters were ordered by President @realDonaldTrump – US forces in DC are operating under an official mission: Operation Themis—Greek mythology, Themis = divine law & order. http://bit.ly/2ZZIOBq

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ordered military aircraft to fly above the nation’s capital Monday night as a “show of force” against demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd, according to two Department of Defense officials.

Show-of-force missions are designed to intimidate and, in combat zones, warn opposing forces of potential military action if provoked. The officials, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss ongoing operations publicly, did not say how many or what type of aircraft had been mobilized.

Videos and photographs posted on social media showed helicopters flying low over buildings and hovering just above groups who were on the street despite a district-wide curfew.

On Tuesday, roughly 700 members of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division had arrived at two military bases near Washington. Another 1,400 soldiers are ready to be mobilized within an hour, the two Pentagon officials said. The soldiers are armed and have riot gear as well as bayonets.

The officials said the mission has been named “Operation Themis.” In Greek mythology, Themis was a titaness of divine law and order, whose symbols are the scales of justice
— Reporting by James LaPort

🐣 RT @moscow_project The House Judiciary Committee is reportedly planning a hearing in which whistleblowers will testify about Trump and Barr’s political interference in the Department of Justice. A date for the hearing has not yet been scheduled.
⋙ Politico: House Judiciary panel to hear from DOJ ‘whistleblowers’ amid efforts to reschedule Barr testimony http://politi.co/3dr07iA
// The hearing is part of a series of steps the panel intends to take in the coming weeks to push back against Barr.

💙 🐣 RT @ABC ‘I CAN’T BREATHE’: Philadelphia police toss canisters toward crowd trying to flee up highway embankment. https://abcn.ws/2zKGzY8 💽 https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1267871756573913090?s=20/photo/1
// from yesterday

🐣 RT @UROCKlive1 Yeah that’ll fix the problem … well no, actually they don’t want to fix the problem. Trump just wants to look strong and powerful. He’s perfectly fine with white cops continuing to kill black people.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnFitzgerald Trump’s cabinet is preparing a “central command center” for coordinating federal responses to rioting across many states in the country.
🔆 This❗️⋙ AmericanMilitaryTimes: US military establishing ‘central command center’ to oversee riot responses http://bit.ly/2zUZTBS AG Bill Barr and Defense Secretary Mark Esper to be involved in sending federal assets re: Trump’s call “to respond to rioting and dominate”

WaPo: Barr personally ordered removal of protesters near White House, leading to use of force against largely peaceful crowd http://wapo.st/2Xq9yZZ

⭕ 1 Jun 2020

💙 TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum: History Will Judge the Complicit http://bit.ly/2U0x91A
// Jul-Aug 2020 issue; Why have Republican leaders abandoned their principles in support of an immoral and dangerous president?

The disappearance of the federal government was not a carefully planned transfer of power to the states, as some tried to claim, or a thoughtful decision to use the talents of private companies. This was the inevitable result of a three-year assault on professionalism, loyalty, competence, and patriotism. Tens of thousands of people have died, and the economy has been ruined.

This utter disaster was avoidable. If the Senate had removed the president by impeachment a month earlier; if the Cabinet had invoked the Twenty-Fifth Amendment as soon as Trump’s unfitness became clear; if the anonymous and off-the-record officials who knew of Trump’s incompetence had jointly warned the public; if they had not, instead, been so concerned about maintaining their proximity to power; if senators had not been scared of their donors; if Pence, Pompeo, and Barr had not believed that God had chosen them to play special roles in this “biblical moment”—if any of these things had gone differently, then thousands of deaths and a historic economic collapse might have been avoided.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews America’s heartbreak brought considerable joy to Putin’s Russia, but the gloating also exposes the deep ugliness of his regime. Russian state media focused on the benefits Trump may be able to reap once he is able to crush the uprising.
⋙ DailyBeast, Julia David: Russian Gloating About U.S. Unrest Is Racist as Hell http://bit.ly/
// While the English-speaking offshoots of state media feign sympathy, in Russian for domestic audiences grotesque propaganda serves only the interests of the Putin regime.

Politico: Judge questions ‘unusual’ Justice Department filing in Flynn case http://politi.co/3doJjc7 Judge Emmet Sullivan argued in a 46-page filing submitted by his counsel
// The Justice Department moved to drop the case against the former Trump aide last month.

“For now, it suffices to say that the unusual developments in this case provide at least a plausible ‘reason to question’ the ‘bona fides’ of the government’s motion,” Sullivan argued in the 46-page filing, submitted by his counsel.

DOJ, Sullivan noted, repeatedly affirmed for years that the evidence Flynn lied to the FBI was ironclad and crucial to the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“It was signed by the Acting U.S. Attorney alone, with no line prosecutors joining; it featured no affidavits or declarations supporting its many new factual allegations; it was not accompanied by a motion to vacate the government’s prior, contrary filings and representations; it cited minimal legal authority in support of its view on materiality,” Sullivan’s brief noted, adding that it also omitted any mention of other potentially criminal conduct Flynn had admitted to in his plea: working on behalf of the Turkish government without registering as a foreign agent.

“It is unprecedented for an Acting U.S. Attorney to contradict the solemn representations that career prosecutors made time and again, and undermine the district court’s legal and factual findings, in moving on his own to dismiss the charge years after two different federal judges accepted the defendant’s plea,” Sullivan’s legal team wrote, adding, “As this Court’s precedents envision, Judge Sullivan can—and arguably must—consider those issues before granting a motion to dismiss.” … …

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying about his contacts with Kislyak. He also admitted to doing paid lobbying for Turkey’s government without registering and to lying about efforts to delay a U.N. vote on Israeli settlements in the weeks before Trump took office.

⭕ 24 May 2020

🐣 RT @NoahSchachtman Andrey Bezrukov, retired Russian intelligence colonel: “I am often asked: ‘Why is Trump better than, for example, Biden or Clinton?’ Because Biden or Clinton would act in support of [international] coalitions. When Trump came, he destroyed that team.”
⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Can Trump’s Art of the Arms Deal Get More Stupid? The Russians Are Loving It. http://bit.ly/36pnZk7
// Now that Trump reportedly is toying with a resumption of nuclear testing, the Kremlin intends to take full advantage.

⭕ 23 May 2020

🐣 RT @nedprice This Acting DNI has absolutely no understanding of the line between intelligence and policy. The fact is, he’s not performing the role of DNI — Acting or otherwise. He’s faithfully doing the job Trump set our for him: leveraging the IC to protect and promote Trump’s interests.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ODNIgov Acting DNI Grenell statement on U.S. Intent to Withdraw from Open Skies Treaty Text Block: https://twitter.com/ODNIgov/status/1263542910689193988?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 22 May 2020

🐣 RT @OrinKerr Interesting amicus brief filed in the Flynn case by @tribelaw, @gtconway3d, and many others. Not entirely sure where I come out on this. My initial view was that Sullivan had to grant the motion, but now I’m not sure. Will be interesting to watch.
⋙ Amicus Brief filed in Flynn Case Supporting Denial of the Government’s Motion to Dismiss [pdf] http://bit.ly/2WUyAAb 28p; by @tribelaw @gtconway3d @RWPUSA, others
// BRIEF AMICI CURIAE OF SEPARATION OF POWERS SCHOLARS LAURENCE H. TRIBE, PHILIP BOBBITT, LEE C. BOLLINGER, LEA BRILMAYER, ERWIN CHEMERINSKY, GEORGE T. CONWAY III, MICHAEL C. DORF, BRUCE FEIN, JOSHUA A. GELTZER, JEANNIE SUK GERSEN, DAVID M. GOLOVE, OONA A. HATHAWAY, HAROLD HONGJU KOH, MARTHA MINOW, RICHARD W. PAINTER, ROBERT POST, TREVOR POTTER, JUDITH RESNIK, GEOFFREY R. STONE, and DAVID A. STRAUSS, SUPPORTING DENIAL OF THE GOVERNMENT’S MOTION TO DISMISS

WaPo: FBI director orders internal review of Michael Flynn case http://wapo.st/2LSEHii

⭕ 20 May 2020

NYT, Volodymyr Zelensky: I Expected War. I Didn’t Expect Trump’s Impeachment or a Pandemic. http://nyti.ms/2ZjQqhH Mr Zelensky is the president of Ukraine
// Ukraine’s president looks back at what got him through his first year in office.

⭕ 18 May 2020

DailyBeast: Trump’s Been Playing a Ventilator Shell Game With Russia http://bit.ly/2LGMnnx (Julia Davis watches Russian TV so we don’t have to): latest: opting not to go forward with cases against Flynn and the Internet Research Agency paves way for lifting sanctions
// The Trump administration bought ventilators from Russia that can’t be used (wrong voltage, and they catch fire). Then it gave good ventilators, still needed in the U.S., to Moscow.

⭕ 16 May 2020

WaPo: Trump ramps up retaliatory purge with firing of State Department inspector general http://wapo.st/2WCdeY9

WaPo: State Department inspector general fired as Democrats decry ‘dangerous pattern of retaliation’ http://wapo.st/2Tdfrr1

⭕ 15 May 2020

🔆‼️⋙ Politico: Trump ousts State Department watchdog http://politi.co/361RN68
// Democrats blasted the Friday-night dismissal as an assault on the rule of law

🐣 RT @RodneyCasten Burr gives middle finger to Trump and fellow @GOP conspirators on his way out.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KenDilanianNBC In his last act as intel chairman, Richard Burr has submitted for declassification the final volume of the intel committee’s Russia report – 1,000 pages on the committee’s “counterintelligence findings.”

📊 Rasmussen Poll: 23% of Republicans Think GOP Should Nominate Someone Other Than Trump http://bit.ly/2Ww4HpU //➔ Never thought I’d tweet a Razz poll – which skew notoriously pro-Trump/GOP – but here we are; disinfo? Whatever: RT @BarackObama Vote.

💙💙 🐣 RT @BarackObama Vote.
⋙ 🐣 powerful ~ perfect Obama response to all the crazy

🐣 RT @MSNBC “Our country is in very serious trouble when you have such blatant political corruption at the highest levels of U.S. government.”— Fmr. CIA Director Brennan
⋙ 💽 MSNBC: John Brennan calls Trump targeting Obama era officials an ‘abominable abuse of authority’ http://on.msnbc.com/2Ww11EA
// The president’s acting Director of National Intelligence declassified a list of Obama era officials who pointed out that Michael Flynn was having conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. National Security experts say it’s an effort on the Trump Administration’s part to shift the narrative on the Russia investigation. Former CIA Director John Brennan says the United States is in ‘very serious trouble when you have such blatant political corruption at the highest levels of government.’ Brennan went on to say, “I’m just hoping that individuals like Chris Wray, who is a remarkable public servant, will stay strong in the face of abominable abuse of authority.”

🐣 RT @brhodes The United States is in the middle of a pandemic and depression and this is what Trump is focused on. He doesn’t care about your health or your job. He doesn’t have anything to offer you but an endless series of cartoon enemies. Just look at what that is doing to our country.
⋙ 🧵 RT @NatashaBertrand New: One year after the Russia investigation ended and 6 months before he faces re-election, Trump is getting his revenge—and his most trusted advisers, some newly installed throughout DOJ and the IC since his impeachment acquittal, are helping him do it
💙 ⋙⋙ Politico, Natasha Bertrand: Trump exults in his Mueller revenge play http://politi.co/
// The president’s appointees have done more to unwind the Russia probe in a few months than years of complaints from the Oval Office ever achieved.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand This is only the beginning of the revenge tour, Trump’s allies say, pointing to the ongoing Durham probe. And they are increasing pressure on the IC to declassify a memo written by HPSCI Rs in 2018 outlining supposed evidence that Russia wanted Clinton, not Trump, to win in 2016.

⭕ 14 May 2020

🐣 RT @ “One of the arguments that Barr has made and I find frankly absurd is that there was no predication… Nobody is saying that Flynn didn’t lie, they’re simply saying now that his lies didn’t matter… that is belied by everything we know” – Chuck Rosenberg w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1261047391777587207?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “I think [Judge] Sullivan’s gonna handle this thing by the law. This is a decision by the law. But it can’t be lost on him that in many ways this will become a referendum on everything that has gone on in the past 4 years” – @nytmike w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1261048388809875462?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 When Judge Sullivan opened the door to third party arguments in the Flynn case, he was apparently reacting to legal arguments sent to court by 16 Watergate prosecutors, who reasoned he could still sentence Flynn. And they warned of corruption within DOJ.
⋙ CNN, Katelyn Polantz: Judge in Flynn case has mastered the art of surprise http://cnn.it/3bE9BWh

🐣 RT @KenDilanianNBC Sure. Burr has stepped aside as intel chairman after this dramatic escalation of the FBI probe into his February stock sales. The use of a search warrant means the FBI convinced a judge there was probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MeetThePress We will get to the coronavirus, but first want to ask you about today’s breaking news. The FBI seized Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr’s cell phone in their investigation into possible insider trading. Fill us in on the latest. #TweetThePress

⭕ 13 May 2020

NYMag, Ed Kilgore: Why Trump’s Obamagate Ploy Is Doomed to Fail http://bit.ly/3dRciVT “In one fell swoop, ‘Obamagate’ turns Trump from a sleazy practitioner of corrupt and arguably unpatriotic campaign tactics into a victim of those same tactics”

NYT: Ex-FBI Official Is Said to Undercut Justice Dept. Effort to Drop Flynn Case http://nyti.ms/3cwawJv //➔ There was no attempt to set Flynn up, according to Bill Priestap, the former head of FBI counterintelligence
// Prosecutors questioned a former F.B.I. official whose notes were used to buttress their motion to dismiss the charge against the president’s first national security adviser.

His lawyers said Mr. [Bill] Priestap’s notes — recently uncovered during a review of the case — suggested that the F.B.I. was trying to entrap Mr. Flynn, and Attorney General William P. Barr said investigators were trying to “lay a perjury trap.”

That interpretation was wrong, Mr. Priestap told the prosecutors reviewing the case. He said that F.B.I. officials were trying to do the right thing in questioning Mr. Flynn and that he knew of no effort to set him up. Media reports about his notes misconstrued them, he said, according to the people familiar with the investigation.

The department’s decision to exclude mention of Mr. Priestap’s interview in the motion could trouble Judge Sullivan, who signaled late on Tuesday that he was skeptical of the department’s arguments.

The department’s decision to drop the Flynn case was a stunning reversal, widely regarded as part of an effort by Mr. Barr to undermine the Russia investigation. The prosecutor who led the case, Brandon L. Van Grack, withdrew from it, and only the interim U.S. attorney in Washington, Timothy Shea, a longtime adviser to Mr. Barr, signed the motion.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Translation: “Not so fast, Barr. I’m still the judge here, not you.” Good news for those of us who still care about how the Constitution protects the independent judiciary. Judge Sullivan wants to hear from genuine friends of the court. Excellent!
⋙ Politico: Judge slows down effort to drop Flynn case http://politi.co/2yGXcU1
// Judge Emmet Sullivan said he’ll receive written arguments that are likely to oppose Justice’s bid to abandon the high-profile prosecution.

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade As a national security prosecutor, I learned the standard for predication to open an investigation. The Flynn case was more than adequately predicated, and DOJ’s motion to dismiss is utter nonsense. My thoughts in @Lawfare.
⋙ Lawfare, Barbara McQuade: Why the Flynn Interview Was Predicated http://bit.ly/3dIhnQ3

🧵 RT @renato_mariotti THREAD: What should we make of the news that Judge Sullivan has appointed retired Judge John Gleeson to present arguments in opposition to the DOJ’s motion to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn? https://twitter.com/renato_mariotti/status/1260713633081851904?s=20

🐣 RT @DrDenaGrayson 🚨 Judge Sullivan appoints retired judge John Gleeson—asks him to recommend whether Flynn should face CRIMINAL contempt charge for #perjury for declaring under oath TWICE that he was GUILTY of lying to the FBI before claiming he didn’t lie. 😎
⋙ Politico: Federal judge mulls contempt charge against Michael Flynn http://politi.co/2Ww3NcV
// Judge Emmet Sullivan named af former judge to weigh the issue after the Justice Department filed a motion to dismiss the case against the former Trump national security adviser.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Will the courts thwart Trump’s overreach? http://wapo.st/2LoZKsx //➔ a look at the Flynn case and the SCOTUS oral arguments on whether Trump can shoot someone on Fifth Avenue

AP: Flynn case boosts Trump’s bid to undo Russia probe narrative http://bit.ly/2YZrSuh

DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Trump’s Confident He’s Wrapping Up the ‘Russia Hoax,’ and Russia’s Confident He’s in Their Pocket http://bit.ly/2LC0LxH
// “The Russia hoax made it very hard for Russia and the United States to deal with each other,” said Trump. But he figures that’s going to change. And so does Vladimir Putin. 

⭕ 12 May 2020

TheBulwark, Tim Miller: Taking #Obamagate Seriously http://bit.ly/2Luj9bB “[U]nderneath the palpable jealousy & the desperate attempt to change the subject … is a very real effort by President Trump … to undermine the rule of law [&] rewrite the history of the 2016 election”
// President Trump’s bonkers theory, explained.

… [U]nderneath the palpable jealousy and the desperate attempt to change the subject to something, anything besides the slow-motion pandemic-management disaster that he is overseeing, is a very real effort by President Trump and his enablers to undermine the rule of law, rewrite the history of the 2016 election, and give a hall pass to a hostile foreign power for its interference in our election.

Last year I went deep into the heart of the MAGA web to understand the web of conspiracies that President Trump has since dubbed #Obamagate. Go ahead and read that piece—a rollicking 3,000 words of crazy that I highly recommend you ingest with a stiff cocktail. But the tl;dr of what MAGAworld saw as the state of play when it was written was this:

‘Four years ago, there was a global conspiracy — comprised of President Obama, Vice-President Biden, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director Jim Comey, much of the FBI, the DNC, a company called CrowdStrike, multiple foreign-intelligence services, and Ukrainian oligarchs — to undermine Donald Trump by planting a phony conspiracy theory that he was colluding with the Russians to win the 2016 election. These deep-state operators framed several top Trump officials, fabricated evidence, and spied on the campaign with the end goal of committing the biggest fraud in American history in order to derail Trump.’

💙 Politico: Judge slows down effort to drop Flynn case http://politi.co/2yGXcU1 //➔ Good Judge Emmet Sullivan may have just saved the republic ~ in rebuke of Barr, this hold to review amicus briefs also throws cold water on the entire Q-inspired frenzy about an #Obamagate
// Judge Emmet Sullivan said he’ll receive written arguments that are likely to oppose Justice’s bid to abandon the high-profile prosecution.
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🐣 RT @kyledcheney JUST IN: Judge in FLYNN Case indicates he’s going to set a schedule to receive briefs from interested parties regarding the effort by DOJ to drop the case.
⋙⋙ ≣ [Minute Order:] Text Block: https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1260329456398487552?s=20/photo/1
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🐣 RT @kyledcheney UPDATE: We have the filing that appears to have prompted Judge Sullivan to pursue a schedule for receiving briefs — it’s from 16 former Watergate prosecutors.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney The Watergate prosecutors argue that once a guilty plea is accepted, as it was for Flynn, it’s final and becomes the juridiction of the courts. They intend to file an amicus brief presenting this argument more fully by May 21.
⋙⋙ ≣ [Court filing:] http://politi.co/3brfcin
// The Watergate Prosecutors are: Nick Akerman, Richard Ben-Veniste, Richard J. Davis, Carl B. Feldbaum, George T. Frampton, Jr., Kenneth S. Geller, Gerald Goldman, Stephen E. Haberfeld, Henry L. Hecht, Paul R. Hoeber, Philip Allen Lacovara, Paul R. Michel, Robert L. Palmer, Frank Tuerkheimer, Jill Wine-Banks, and Roger Witten.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance 1/ This means folks like the 2000 former DOJ employees, including appointees of both political parties, who demanded Barr’s resignation over his unwarranted dismissal of the Flynn case can make arguments to the court. This is a fascinating judge for this situation because
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @TomWinter NBC News: The federal judge overseeing the case of Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn says he’ll set a schedule to receive ‘amicus curiae briefs’ which will allow interested 3rd parties — outside of Flynn’s attorneys and the Justice Department — to file briefings with the court.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @TomWinter This is an unusual step for a judge to allow amicus curiae briefs (in a criminal case) and indicates that he is far from ready to make an immediate decision on whether the Flynn case will be dismissed or whether he will be allowed to withdraw his plea.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance 2/ his history with DOJ includes public release of misconduct findings against prosecutors in the case of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. Among other things, this prompted a nationwide reform of discovery practices in US Attys offices & Main Justice components.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance 3/ Given Judge Sullivan’s history of taking institutional integrity seriously & believing the courts have a role to play in insuring proper conduct at DOJ, this is starting to look like game-on. (& before people ask, he has been appointed to judgeships by Reagan, Bush & Clinton)

🧵 RT @SteveSchmidtSES It is Tuesday evening and America is being smothered under a toxic fog of lies, conspiracy theories, false accusations, demagoguery and crackpottery. These things are true. USA is the epicenter of Covid 19 and has the most deaths and among the worst per capita testing rates. 📌 https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1260337967228432385?s=20

Ethics, honor, decency, goodness and selflessness are alien concepts to Trump. He brims with the worst human qualities. He is everything a parent hopes their child will never be. Barack Obama’s Presidency did not result in a single criminal indictment over eight years. (4)

He served with honor, decency integrity and competence. He left his successor with a pandemic plan. He made America stronger over his tenure. Trump’s numbers are tanking. Here comes the Lugenkrieg (lying war) Trump will wage an all out war on reality and truth in the (5)

Months ahead. He will attack the press in fits of distemper and illiberalism. He will make up smears against Joe Biden and his family. He will enlist the aid of hostile foreign powers and echo their propaganda and disinformation campaigns which are designed to divide (6)

The American people, weaken our standing in the world and erode faith in democracy because he thinks it will benefit him. He will attack Secretary Clinton and President Obama with lies, slander and smears. He will be supported in all of this by an echo chamber of dishonest (7)

Propagandists who have become a network of Baghdad Bob’s for whom no lie, no absurdity no anything is too much in service of their leader. Trump will do these things because he knows the walls are closing in. He is beginning to panic. He is America’s greatest failure.

WaPo: Acting intelligence chief Grenell gave DOJ list of Obama officials who ‘unmasked’ Michael Flynn http://wapo.st/2yQvXGx

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: U.S. judge puts on hold Justice Dept. move to dismiss Michael Flynn’s guilty plea to hear outside groups’ challenges http://wapo.st/2YVMsM8

WaPo: The Flynn case isn’t over until the judge says it’s over http://wapo.st/2WqyekN “The independence of the court protects us all when executive-branch decisions smack of impropriety; it also protects the judiciary itself from becoming a party to corruption”
// By John Gleeson, David O’Neil and Marshall Miller 

NBCNews, Frank Figliuzzi: Trump’s ‘Obamagate’ comments and Barr’s Flynn meddling suggest troubling new pivot http://nbcnews.to/2Lka596 “As this staged farce unfolds, the truth will be trampled, reputations ruined and a foreign adversary empowered”
// Trump can’t pull off this ruse by himself, of course, but he has a partner. Barr is riding shotgun during this scorched-earth joyride against justice.

As other commentators have pointed out, attempting this bait and switch would likely involve efforts to censure, discipline or even criminally charge current and former government officials, such as former CIA Director John Brennan, fired FBI Director James Comey, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper and perhaps even Obama and Biden. During his Monday news conference in the Rose Garden, a reporter asked Trump what crime he might accuse Obama of committing. Trump responded: “Obamagate, it’s been going on for a long time. It’s been going on from before I got elected, and it’s a disgrace that it happened. You look at, now, all of this information that’s being released, and from what I understand, that’s only the beginning.”

Trump can’t pull off this ruse by himself, of course, but he has a partner. Barr is riding shotgun on Trump’s scorched-earth joyride against justice. Barr already said he believes the Russia inquiry was designed to “sabotage” Trump’s campaign. He’s ignored the findings of his own inspector general and appointed a hand-picked U.S. attorney to try to put flesh on the bones of a convoluted conspiracy theory.

As this staged farce unfolds, the truth will be trampled, reputations ruined and a foreign adversary empowered. We don’t need a crystal ball to see the harmful trap ahead. Don’t fall for it.

⭕ 11 May 2020

🐣 RT @CREWcrew One of the former Roger Stone prosecutors, who resigned in protest, has spoken out about the decision to dismiss charges against Michael Flynn, and the dangerous pattern of political interference in cases dealing with the president’s allies.
💙 ⋙ WaPo, Jonathan Kravis: I left the Justice Department after it made a disastrous mistake. It just happened again. http://wapo.st/2zxx1PG

⭕ 10 May 2020

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Chuck Rosenberg on Flynn: “Were his lies material, as required by the statute to which he pleaded guilty? Absolutely. For those of us who spent a professional lifetime as prosecutors and in the Justice Department, this is not a close call.”
⋙ WaPo, Chuck Rosenberg: The long list of people who thought Flynn’s lies were material http://wapo.st/2YNRhal

NYT, Mary B. McCord: Bill Barr Twisted My Words in Dropping the Flynn Case. Here’s the Truth. http://nyti.ms/3dEuUZb Ms. McCord was an acting assistant attorney general for national security at the Justice Department from 2016 to 2017.
// The F.B.I.’s interview of Mr. Flynn was constitutional, lawful and for a legitimate counterintelligence purpose.

⭕ 9 May 2020

🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 This is a terrifying & necessary chronicle of Barr’s abuse of the power of the DOJ. We cannot stop calling this out. It is one of the most dangerous parts of the Trump Administration.
⋙ NYT Editorial: William Barr’s Perversion of Justice http://nyti.ms/2AhIR0N
// The attorney general is turning the Justice Department into a political weapon for the president.

⭕ 8 May 2020

NYT, Neal Katyal and Joshua Geltzer: The Appalling Damage of Dropping the Michael Flynn Case http://nyti.ms/3dv5nBt
// It embeds into official U.S. policy a shockingly extremist view of law enforcement as the enemy of the American people.

⭕ 7 May 2020

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “The Justice Department had nothing to do with this, this was the White House 100%, President Trump dropped charges against Mike Flynn. Mike Flynn was lying to Mike Pence, he was lying to the FBI to cover up for Trump” – Jeremy Bash w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1258504067862736897?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Seems to me that the judge should investigate why this very well-regarded prosecutor withdrew from the Flynn case. If what DOJ did here is so up&up, they should have nothing to fear. Let them explain it to the Judge and hear this prosecutor’s side, too.
⋙ ⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney JUST IN: Prosecutor Brandon VAN GRACK has moved to withdraw from the Flynn case. Text Block: https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1258447664213045249?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoyceVanceWhite Since the motion to dismiss the case was signed by the new US Atty in DC, who came there straight from a job as an advisor to AG Barr, with no signatures from career prosecutors as would be usual, I look forward to his explanation to the court.

NYT: ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’: Experts Question Dropping of Flynn Prosecution http://nyti.ms/3drVtk1 “‘eating the Justice Department from the inside out’”
// Abandoning the case is the latest step in a pattern of dismantling the work of the Russia investigators. A former prosecutor likened it to eating the department from the inside out.

💽 MSNBC: Chuck Rosenberg on DOJ asking judge to drop Michael Flynn case: ‘Not good for the rule of law’ http://on.msnbc.com/2xI4p5A
// On the Justice Department asking a judge to drop the Michael Flynn case, Chuck Rosenberg says, “It’s not good for the rule of law, it’s not good for morale, and it’s not a fair outcome in this case.”

⭕ 5 May 2020

WaPo: Obama’s office condemns Senate investigation into Ukraine, Biden in letter http://wapo.st/2SDN7h6 The letter, sent March 13, “dismiss[es] the probe as ‘without precedent’ and a way to ‘give credence to a Russian disinformation campaign.’”

⭕ 22 Apr 2020

WaPo Editorial: The Russia hoax was never a hoax. An encouraging bipartisan report confirms it. http://wapo.st/2VuytdZ
// Brenner, Steele dossier addressed

The Senate Intelligence Committee deserves accolades for its clear-eyed examination of a subject that shouldn’t be political but has become polarizing thanks to the president’s provocations. Yet lawmakers wouldn’t have had a report to analyze at all if it weren’t for an intelligence community willing to dig up inconvenient truths. This is the community Mr. Trump is slowly destroying, most recently by firing his director of national intelligence and nominating an unqualified loyalist to fill the slot, as well as by dismissing Inspector General Michael Atkinson for lawfully alerting Congress about a whistleblower complaint.

The most recent Russia report is a reminder of the need to protect our elections against a repeat performance, whether by disrupting online influence campaigns, securing critical infrastructure or requiring paper trails and risk-limiting audits at the ballot box. But it’s also a reminder of the need to protect the intelligence community from co-option by a leader hostile to any truths that threaten his power.

⭕ 21 Apr 2020

🐣 RT @Comey First Mueller Report, then the IG, and now Senate Republicans. There really was a Russian attack in 2016 and those who investigated it were professionals. Facts remain stubborn things.
⋙ NYT: Republican-Led Review Backs Intelligence Findings on Russian Interference http://nyti.ms/2RYaemh
// A new Senate report undercuts claims by President Trump and his allies that Obama-era officials sought to undermine him while investigating Russia’s 2016 election meddling.

A three-year review by the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously found that the intelligence community assessment, pinning blame on Russia and outlining its goals to undercut American democracy, was fundamentally sound and untainted by politics.

“The I.C.A. reflects strong tradecraft, sound analytical reasoning and proper justification of disagreement in the one analytical line where it occurred,” said Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina and the panel’s chairman. “The committee found no reason to dispute the intelligence community’s conclusions.”

⭕ 16 Apr 2020

RT @glennkirschner2 So Roger Stone will be reporting to prison in the coming weeks. Let’s be clear: a pardon would be an act of clear presidential corruption. Bannon testified that Stone was the Trump campaign’s “access point” to Assange/Wikileaks. A Stone pardon should = “Impeachment: The Sequel.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ajdukakis #BREAKING: Longtime Trump friend Roger Stone denied new trial – @ABC News https://abcn.ws/2ylyism

JustSecurity, Alex Joel: Seek and Speak the Truth http://bit.ly/3covrO3 “Having the fortitude to speak unpopular truths is part of what it means to be an intelligence professional”
// on the dismissal of CI IG Atkinson

⭕ 13 Apr 2020

NYT: Putin’s Long War Against American Science http://nyti.ms/3egXDEr
// A decade of health disinformation promoted by President Vladimir Putin of Russia has sown wide confusion, hurt major institutions and encouraged the spread of deadly illnesses.

⭕ 7 Apr 2020

🐣 RT @sfpelosi Just this week Trump fired 2 inspector generals, retained an incompetent Acting Navy Secretary #FireModly, had his Supreme Court majority toss #WisconsinPrimary votes and installed a #COVID19 denier as press secretary. This is what dictatorship looks like!

🐣 RT @gregpmiller Officials ousted so far during the Corona crisis:
1) Navy captain of covid-infected ship.
2) Inspector General of the intelligence community
3) DOD Inspector General in charge of tracking $ billions in pandemic relief

🐣 RT @PattyMurray This is a huge red flag. President Trump’s repeated attacks on those who hold him accountable make clear Congress cannot leave him unchecked. With so much at stake, Republicans should join our call for the serious oversight this President clearly needs.
⋙ Politico: Trump removes independent watchdog for coronavirus funds, upending oversight panel http://politi.co/
// The move comes as Trump makes a broad push against inspectors general scrutinizing his actions.

⭕ 5 Apr 2020

🐣 RT @Yamiche NEW: Statement from Michael Atkinson, Intel Community IG who Pres Trump fired after he told Congress about whistleblower Ukraine complaint. ¤ Atkinson says he was “legally obligated to ensure that whistleblowers had an effective and authorized means to disclose urgent matters.” [Letter] https://twitter.com/Yamiche/status/1246970011496955905?s=20/photo/1-2
📌 https://twitter.com/Yamiche/status/1246970011496955905?s=20/

⭕ 3 Apr 2020

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Breaking: Trump has fired the intelligence community’s chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson, who was the first to sound the alarm to Congress about an “urgent” complaint he’d received from an intelligence official involving Trump’s communications with Ukraine.
⋙ Politico: Trump fires intelligence community inspector general http://politi.co/
// The president has formally notified the Senate Intelligence Committee of the move.

⭕ 30 Mar 2020

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 The unredacted Mueller report finally lands in the hands of Judge Reggie Walton after he concluded Bill Barr lacks candor. The unredacted report can serve as a blueprint for the prosecution of Donald Trump, come Jan. 2021. #TCC #TrumpCrimesCommission 💽 https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2/status/1244770039930200065?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @RNicholasBurns Where to start? We’ve been allies with Germany in #NATO for decades. Russia is an adversary. Trump regularly praises adversaries like Putin and criticizes true allies like Angela Merkel. He is doing great harm to our country.
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Trump on Russia: “They also fought World War 2. They lost 50 million people. They were on partner, in World War 2. Germany was the enemy. And Germany’s like this wonderful thing…now we don’t talk to Russia, we talk to Germany. I mean, look, it’s fine. I want to talk to Germany” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1244611853990404100?s=20/photo/1
// Fox and Friends

⭕ 25 Mar 2020

History.com (2019): The Spy Who Kept the Cold War From Boiling Over http://bit.ly/33KWCzy
// 7/15/2019; Dmitri Polyakov

⭕ 21 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

⭕ 20 Mar 2020

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

⭕ 19 Mar 2020

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

⭕ 18 Mar 2020

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

⭕ 17 Mar 2020

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

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

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

⭕ 16 Mar 2020

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

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

⭕ 15 Mar 2020

⭕ 14 Mar 2020

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

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

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

⭕ 13 Mar 2020

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

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

⭕ 12 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 10 Mar 2020

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

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

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

⭕ 9 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 8 Mar 2020

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

⭕ 7 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 6 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 5 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 4 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 3 Mar 2020 Super-Tuesday

⭕ 2 Mar 2020

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

⭕ 1 Mar 2020

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

⭕ 29 Feb 2020

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

⭕ 28 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 27 Feb 2020 Stock Market Plunge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 26 Feb 2020 COVID19

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 25 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 24 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 23 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 22 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 21 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 20 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 19 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 18 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 17 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 16 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 15 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 14 Feb 2020 💕💗💕

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

🔄 📋 🐣 RT @@USAFact Don’t make judgements on the State of the Union until you have the numbers. Get it here: http://bit.ly/39ALU0o
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🐣 RT @waltshaub It’s 9:30 a.m. Yesterday, the fascist attempted quid pro quo extortion on Twitter. This morning, he declared that he has the absolute power to target anyone—political rivals, their families, dissidents, you—with the criminal investigative apparatus of the state. Pay attention. https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/1228325565041717249?s=20/photo/1-2
// two tweets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 13 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 12 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 11 Feb 2020 Stone prosecutors quit in protest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 10 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 9 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 8 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 7 Feb 2020 Night of the Long Knives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 6 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 5 Feb 2020 Trump Acquitted, but Romney!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
⭕ Senate Impeachment Trial (Cspan)

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

Day I

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

Day II

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

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

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

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

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

Day III

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

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

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

Day IV

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

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

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

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

Day V

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

Day VI

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

Day VII

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

Day VIII

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

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

Day IX

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

Day X

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

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

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

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

Day XI

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

Day XII

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

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

Day XIII

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

⭕ 4 Feb 2020

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

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

⋙ 🐣 RT @BillKristol These lines seemed especially resonant:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

🐣 RT @Leshenkos This whole story with Parnas proves once again: If the authorities have the political will to fight corruption, it can be done quickly and efficiently. This American principle should be an example for Ukraine to follow.
⋙ KyivPost, Sergeii Leshenko (1/31): Ukraine should import US corruption-fighting methods http://bit.ly/381UaGm
// 1/31/2019

🐣 RT @just_security With @KenDilanianNBC reporting: “There is still no agreement about whether intelligence officials will testify in public for worldwide threats hearings, officials tell me.” ¤ @jgeltzer and @rgoodlaw wrote why the assessment is so important to the public:
⋙ JustSecurity: Three Things to Look For in the 2020 “Worldwide Threat Assessment” from the U.S. Intelligence Community http://bit.ly/2OseFE5

NYT, K Biswas: How the Far Right Became Europe’s New Normal http://nyti.ms/2S01KeI
// It was a scandal when a far-right party entered government two decades ago. Now it’s just routine. What happened?

WaPo: ‘The guardrails are gone’: Democrats brace for emboldened Trump at State of the Union http://wapo.st/2GSjGSb

WaPo, Robert Samuelson: The strong case for censuring Trump http://wapo.st/2vLq0ss

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Trump is about to get a lot more dangerous. Here’s what’s coming. http://wapo.st/2GT2j3J

🐣 RT @matthewamiller So what should Democrats do now that impeachment is over? I argue in @PostOpinions today that they should step on the gas and keep investigating the Trump admin as aggressively as they did in the Ukraine scandal. On every front.
⋙ WaPo: Trump may be acquitted, but House Democrats proved their power to check him http://wapo.st/2v6M1Bz
// They went from toothless to aggressive on oversight. The next step is to bombard the administration with subpoenas.

NYT Mag, David Enrich: The Money Behind Trump’s Money http://nyti.ms/2Sm2CJE
// The inside story of the president and Deutsche Bank, his lender of last resort.
⋙ NYT, David Enrich (May): Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts http://nyti.ms/2w9Kx71
// 5/19/2019

DailyBeast, Matt Lewis: Republicans Have One Last Chance to Avoid Looking Like Total Patsies http://bit.ly/2u8hfsg
// It’s obvious. If there are no consequences to what President Trump did, he’s going to turn right around and start doing it again.

⭕ 3 Feb 2020 Closing Arguments

WaPo: Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin says the American Dream is best achieved in Nordic countries http://wapo.st/2Otd2Gd
// Here’s a look at how the United States compares to Finland on several economic and well-being indicators.

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey: Senate Republicans Salivating Over Chance to Investigate Joe Biden http://bit.ly/39aa01N
// With impeachment all but defeated, the president’s base is now eager to turn the tables on Democrats and investigate Joe and Hunter Biden’s conduct on Ukraine.

JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman: The Most Serious Obstruction of All: The Vote to Block Witnesses and the Public’s Right to Know http://bit.ly/2vNtR8p

WaPo, Editorial: How the Senate can still hold Trump accountable http://wapo.st/2tw5HyC Republicans “ought to be tested on whether they will stand behind their conclusion that the president’s behavior was wrong. Democrats should put forward a censure resolution … “

WaPo, Gerson: To cheer Trump is to submit to him http://wapo.st/2RW0YiT “Trump uses language as an instrument of power. To him, epistemology is ideology. A willingness to accept his claims — and to view all competing information as fake & false — is what defines his movement.”

NYT: Pelosi Says Democrats Have ‘Pulled Back a Veil’ on Trump’s ‘Unacceptable’ Behavior http://nyti.ms/2vOyZcx
// With the president on the verge of acquittal in the Senate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the case that Democrats had won by losing. “He has been impeached forever,” she said in an interview.

WaPo, Max Boot: Jared Kushner’s incompetence is surpassed only by his arrogance http://wapo.st/31pBOMS
⋙ 🐣 As F Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

He is the living embodiment of football coach Barry Switzer’s scathing quip: “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”

His “portfolio … , as Time notes in a recent profile, includes ‘brokering peace in the Middle East, building a border wall, reforming the criminal-justice system, pursuing diplomacy with China and Mexico, and creating an ‘Office of American Innovation’ dedicated to revamping how the government works.’ Oh, and he’s also ‘in charge of the President’s 2020 re-election campaign, overseeing fundraising, strategy and advertising’.” …

So now Kushner can move on to his next excellent adventure while dodging responsibility for his reckless actions and leaving others to deal with the wreckage he leaves behind.

🐣 RT @Lawrence The best political orators of the 21st century are @BarackObama & @RepAdamSchiff
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff History will not be kind to Donald Trump. ¤ Because truth matters. Right matters. And decency matters. ¤ It may be midnight in Washington, but the sun will rise again. ¤ I put my faith in the optimism of our Founders. ¤ You should too. 💽 https://twitter.com/Lawrence/status/1224454982759374854?s=20/photo/1
// 6 mins

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

🐣 RT @SkinnerPm Three pics to sum up the Impeachment Trial of MeanCat, in which his lap dogs—SweetDog, the Baked Potato, & Sweet Potato Pie Pup—acquitted him in a sham without witnesses. MeanCat is now massively empowered by precedent & lack of oversight to act much much much worse. He rules us. https://twitter.com/SkinnerPm/status/1224504735987912704?s=20/photo/1-3

NYT, Paul Krugman: How Zombies Ate the G.O.P.’s Soul http://nyti.ms/31kGTGi
// Everyone with principles has left the party.

🐣 RT @justinamash Although I had hoped a few more Republicans in Congress would stand on principle, I had always expected most would ignore impeachable conduct even if it stared them in the face. Most members of Congress are quick to abandon their stated principles when power is at stake.

🐣 RT @RCdeWinter
the chaos of everything
is erasing me
small details fall away daily
in a shower of monochrome particulate
soon i’ll be nothing but a vaguely rendered outline
a ghost
walking through the skeleton of what was once familiar
now seeded with landmines and salt
~ RC deWinter

🧵 RT @jennycohn1 The GOP criticizes Joe Biden for opposing corrupt former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who refused to prosecute allies of former president Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych was installed by Manafort & Deripaska & then convicted of treason for abetting Russia’s war on Ukraine 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1224501761362104320?s=20

🐣 RT @michaelschweitz One man. Begging for someone to care enough. To stand up against what is wrong. To wake up. To search their souls and find one shred of decency to do the right thing. Begging! And they will not hear. 💽 https://twitter.com/michaelschweitz/status/1224500401879293953?s=20/photo/1
// Adam Schiff

🐣 RT @tribelaw So it begins. What else did you expect? And an acquitted Trump will be an even more vindictive Trump. Here it comes!
🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Congratulations, Republicans. By refusing to hold Trump accountable for his crimes you’re enabling a lawless, out-of-control, petty, vindictive man who intends to use DOJ to conduct politically motivated prosecutions of his enemies. You’re doing nothing but feeding the monster.
⋙ 🐣 RT @gabrielsherman Trump is compiling a post-impeachment enemies list and Bolton is at the top of it. Trump had told people he wants Bolton criminally prosecuted. My latest:
⋙⋙ VanityFair, Gabriel Sherman: “It’s Payback Time”: With Acquittal Certain, Trump Plots Revenge on Bolton, Impeachment Enemies http://bit.ly/2vOVEWb
// Trump, says a source, wants Bolton to be criminally investigated for possibly mishandling classified information. Romney, Schiff, and Nadler are also in West Wing crosshairs.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance We all know how history works. GOP Senators who give this president a pass will have earned the disdain their grandchildren will treat them with. They will not be respected. History will teach they sacrificed the country’s interests for a party & POTUS that didn’t deserve them.

💙 Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes: The Incomprehensibly Weak Case for Acquittal Without Witnesses http://bit.ly/37Xc78H

💙 🐣 RT @K_JeanPierre Another brilliant moment from @RepAdamSchiff — WATCH. 💽 https://twitter.com/K_JeanPierre/status/1224432106605924352?s=20/photo/1
// 6 mins

WaPo, Brian Klaas: Senate Republicans just paved the road to American authoritarianism http://wapo.st/2Sg5Lec

🐣 RT @HouseIntel “What has changed? The short answer is: we have changed… For reasons as varied as the stars, the members of this body and ours are now far more accepting of the most serious misconduct of a president as long as it is a president of ones own party.” – @RepAdamSchiff 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1224426959565922312?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: In case you had any doubt, impeachment will plague Senate Republicans http://wapo.st/2RRtlyS

🧵 RT @SethAbramson So @RepAdamSchiff now knows he’s giving a closing argument in a fake trial. The jurors and defense attorneys are both fake (as many are defense witnesses) and the judge is an unstuffed scarecrow. I’d give a closing today that brings in *all* the evidence and allegations. Why not? 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1224356259366887425?s=20

CNN, Charlie Dent and Joe Lockhart: The penalty Donald Trump should get for Ukraine scandal if the Senate acquits http://cnn.it/3ba5cLk
// Censure

TheAtlantic, David Frum: The Next Trump Crisis Is Already Here http://bit.ly/36QaecF
// Ukraine is by no means the only dirty secret being covered up.

DailyBeast, Nico Hines: Leak: Man Who Bankrolled Brexit Boasted of WikiLeaks Backchannel http://bit.ly/3b3PlxX
// Hacked Twitter messages raise legal questions over Cambridge Analytica, undeclared foreign lobbying, and links between Julian Assange and the Brexit and Trump campaign teams.

🐣 RT @BillKristol A fine piece by @Peter_Wehner. Because he’s a nicer person than I, Pete finds the spectacle of Republican politicians “beaten down and broken by Trump” “a poignant thing.” I too once found it somewhat poignant. I now find it simply contemptible.
⋙ TheAtlantic, Peter Wehner: The Downfall of the Republican Party http://bit.ly/2RUjecH
// To see men and women who had a positive vision beaten down and broken by Trump is a poignant thing.

CNN: A week like no other looms in American politics http://cnn.it/37SWe3p

⭕ 2 Feb 2020

NYT, David Leonhardt: The Simple Reason Trump Does What He Does http://nyti.ms/2UiZkth
// Because he can.

WaPo, EJ Dionne: The Trump 51 and their challenge to Democrats — and democracy http://wapo.st/2OmGY6R

🐣 RT @kathrynw5
Sunday night: Super Bowl
Monday: Senate trial
Monday night: Iowa caucuses
Tuesday: Senate trial
Tuesday night: State of the Union
Wednesday afternoon: Senate conviction/acquittal vote
Friday night: Another Democratic debate
🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff We proved our case. Republican Senators now admit Trump is guilty as charged. ¤ Still, they blocked witnesses from testifying, and deprived the American people of a full accounting of Trump’s misconduct. ¤ Senators will now render judgement – and be held accountable for it. 💽 [FaceTheNation] https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1224071900000915459?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @ZevShalev I know it’s can be depressing but sometimes at moments like this, when the chips are down, you can hear yourself with the greatest clarity. @NarativLive 📌 https://twitter.com/ZevShalev/status/1224155265118998528?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ZevShalev 2. We are all tired. Maybe too tired to realize we have prevailed. It’s not the outcome we wanted but we all sat in a chamber and stared down our problem. We did it calmly and with a grudging understanding of the challenge before us. @NarativLive [ … ]

DailyBeast, Justin Baragona: Adam Schiff Blasts Republican Senators for Scolding Trump’s Ukraine Scheme While Letting Him Slide http://bit.ly/37O48ea
// “To call solicitation, coercion, blackmail of a foreign power…merely inappropriate, doesn’t begin to do justice to the gravity of this president’s misconduct,” Schiff said.

WaPo Editorial: Ukraine wouldn’t do Trump’s dirty work. So GOP senators are doing it instead. http://wapo.st/2UfuL81

WaPo: Senate Republicans defend decision to bar new evidence as Trump acquittal vote nears http://wapo.st/2GMpa0K

🐣 RT @CREWcrew After days of arguments and questioning in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, many Republican senators have come to the same conclusion: The president did it, and they don’t care.
⋙ BuzzfeedNews (1/31): Republicans Now Say Trump Did What He Was Accused Of — They Just Don’t Care http://bit.ly/38YxM0v
// “Just because actions meet a standard of impeachment does not mean it is in the best interest of the country to remove a President from office.”

🐣 RT @BillKristol “Laws are only as strong as the character of the people charged with enforcing them. They cannot be applied selectively, or you find yourself in the cynical world encapsulated in the words of Benavides, ‘For my friends everything, for my enemies the law.’”
🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews “Every time I hear someone say, “But Trump would never…” I recall all the times we were told by tut-tutting Western pundits that Putin would never jail his opposition, would never return to the presidency, would never invade Ukraine…He would & he did.“
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews “The party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, and Reagan is now slavishly loyal to a corrupt reality-TV host whose only demonstrable allegiances are to his own image and Vladimir Putin.” By @Kasparov63 ⇊
⋙⋙ 💙 NYRB (1/28), Gary Kasparov: A Popular Front to Stop Trump http://bit.ly/2GSwfNj

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Many have asked if the House managers can move for a mistrial. Here are my quick thoughts: I wish Schiff WOULD make a motion for a mistrial based on, among other things, the revelation of Cipollone’s grossly unethical conduct/conflicts of interest. I wouldn’t be deterred that…
⋙ 🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 disclosed by John Bolton). Cipollone perpetrated a unimaginable fraud on the Senate and the American people and the Dems should not go quietly into that dark acquittal. Move for a mistrial and see what the Chief Justice says.

🐣 RT @MSNBC If White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who acted on Pres. Trump’s impeachment defense team, was in fact involved in the Ukraine pressure scheme, “this is big-ticket unethical conduct, at a minimum,” says fmr. federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner. http://on.msnbc.com/31d97ma
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, LastWord: Fmr. federal prosecutor: W.H. counsel participated in ‘big ticket unethical conduct’ http://on.msnbc.com/31d97ma
// Revelations from the NYT show that White House counsel Pat Cipollone was a fact witness in the activity that is at the center of Trump’s impeachment trial. Since Cipollone is defending Trump in the trial, Glenn Kirschner says the state bar could open an investigation, decide if there was wrongdoing and if so, sanction or disbar Cipollone. Lawrence also discusses with Ron Klain, Maya Wiley, Rick Stengel, and Chuck Rosenberg.

WaPo, Philip Rucker: ‘A massive historical story’: Trump’s impending acquittal could have profound ramifications for future presidents http://wapo.st/2OmLdPV

DailyBeast, Clive Irving: The Man Who Enabled the Holocaust http://bit.ly/2OiZJIq “80 million people were not persuaded to follow Hitler because … he seemed evil, but because he seemed extraordinarily good.” – Albert Speer

⭕ 1 Feb 2020

NYDailyNews, Gersh Kuntzman: Basic ‘lizard brain’ psychology can explain the rise of Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2SwPzFy Trump knows how to appeal to the primitive fear center (the amygdala) in our brains

WaPo, Paul Kane: Senate to emerge from impeachment trial guilty of extreme partisanship http://wapo.st/2UhChzd

🐣 RT @csdickey This is the same epiphany slaveowners of the South had in the 1850s. Demography had turned against them. Their power and wealth were on the line. They started a war to preserve their “rights” and damn near destroyed the United States. The Trumpsters are their spiritual heirs.
⋙ 🐣 RT @davidrothkopf America is changing. The GOP’s desperation and willingness to use any tactics at all to survive are based on their recognition that demography and an urbanizing, better educated America absolutely dooms them as a party. It may take a while. But there is some comfort in that.

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: Senators Vote Away Their Power to Save Trump From Himself http://bit.ly/2SaqSOP
// Here’s what I saw from the press gallery, on a day that will live in infamy.

DailyBeast, Sophia Nelson: Here’s Why I Left the GOP http://bit.ly/37PJnir
// The Republican party that drew me in as a young black woman is gone. This new Republican Party is beholden to a lawless, immoral, godless man.

🧵 RT @SethAbramson Trump committed Bribery—the facts confirm it, and many of us told Democrats to write the articles of impeachment that way. They didn’t—which, ironically, means they still can. Democrats should continue their investigation for another two months and then impeach Trump for Bribery. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1223645926671167488?s=20

🐣 RT @waltshaub Law & Crime has a link to the motion DOJ filed last night AFTER Senate Republicans sealed the cover- up by voting not to subpoena witnesses and documents. In the filing, DOJ admits OMB has records directly bearing on Trump’s rationale for holding up aid.
⋙⋙ Law&Crime: OMB Withholding 24 Emails Directly Related to ‘Presidential Decision-Making’ on Ukraine Military Aid http://bit.ly/2Ommmvw
⋙ 🐣 RT @waltshaub “the documents in this category are emails that reflect communications by either the President, the Vice President, or the President’s immediate advisors regarding Presidential decision-making about the scope, duration, and purpose of the hold on military assistance to Ukraine”

WaPo, Max Boot: The GOP doesn’t deserve to survive this debacle http://wapo.st/37QW78o

🐣 RT @BillKristol “When history gets around to rendering the ultimate verdict on the Trump impeachment, Trump’s defense will be remembered as…a curiosity, entirely lacking in any precedential value. Or perhaps even as a negative precedent. Otherwise we’re in big trouble.”
⋙ TheBulwark, Philip Rotner: The GOP’s Sham “No Witnesses” Arguments—Explained http://bit.ly/3aZwOmF
// Or rather, debunked.

💙 DailyBeast, David Rothkopf: The Worst Day for Democracy Since the Civil War http://bit.ly/2UjHfeW
// The Republican party is escalating its war on democracy as it aims to rule America, or ruin it.

🧵 RT @carolecadwalla Brexit was a battle of stories. The story of who we are as a country & who we want to be. And if we want to live in a country where truth & justice matter, we have to not just say why truth & justice matter but make people feel it. We have to tell this story better 4/ 📌 https://twitter.com/carolecadwalla/status/1223757467177377792?s=20

🐣 RT @duty2warn When the Trump era comes to a close and people finish licking their wounds and reflect back at the impeachment trial specifically, they’ll talk of complicity, violation of oaths, and even treason. But the overriding disaster will have resulted from the normalization of a madman.

🧵 RT @arapaho145 1/ #Cult45 vs. #Corruption . (more…) May 19, 2019: 📌 https://twitter.com/arapaho415/status/1223740467235287040?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 2/ ~33:00 minute mark: @ProfGaryDarden:”There was an article once written saying that many Trump supporters have a different definition of corruption. Corruption to them is not classic wheeling & dealing, withholding money, promising money… ¤ Jan 28 2020: [ … ]

🐣 RT @IgnatusPost The senators who see Trump’s offenses but decide to take a pass—like Rubio and Alexander—must imagine Trump world will write the history books and spare them future shame. I wish they had read JFK’s “Profiles In Courage” about brave senators who took risks to do the right thing.

🐣 RT @RCdeWinter
dazed and crazed
as the social compact crumbles
i begin to think i’ve lived too long
all i thought incorruptible
tarnished
no
smashed
by villainy
leaves me standing
unafraid but alone
without a hand to hold
boxed in by unbridgeable walls
in an unrecognizable world
~RC deWinter

🐣 RT @MSNBC “He’s functionally a monarch. He’s functionally the most politically powerful president in American history.” ¤ — Historian Jon Meacham on President Trump following the Senate’s vote to not have witnesses in the impeachment trial.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC: Jon Meacham: Trump’s the most politically powerful president in history http://on.msnbc.com/3b1HLUt
// Presidential historian and biographer Jon Meacham explains why he thinks Trump is the most politically powerful president in American history.

CNN: Trump administration reveals it’s blocking dozens of emails about Ukraine aid freeze, including President’s role http://cnn.it/2uWfOgg

🐣 RT @tribelaw “Rarely, if ever, has a political blood oath—in this case, a pledge to acquit a crooked President regardless of the evidence against him, and without even bothering to call any witnesses—rebounded so horribly, publicly, and spectacularly.”
⋙ NewYorker, John Cassidy (1/29): John Bolton’s Book Is Making Fools of Trump’s Republican Enablers http://bit.ly/36OgWQg

🐣 RT @MSNBC If White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who acted on Pres. Trump’s impeachment defense team, was in fact involved in the Ukraine pressure scheme, “this is big-ticket unethical conduct, at a minimum,” says fmr. federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC: Fmr. federal prosecutor: W.H. counsel participated in ‘big ticket unethical conduct’ http://on.msnbc.com/31d97ma
// Revelations from the NYT show that White House counsel Pat Cipollone was a fact witness in the activity that is at the center of Trump’s impeachment trial. Since Cipollone is defending Trump in the trial, Glenn Kirschner says the state bar could open an investigation, decide if there was wrongdoing and if so, sanction or disbar Cipollone. Lawrence also discusses with Ron Klain, Maya Wiley, Rick Stengel, and Chuck Rosenberg.

⭕ 31 Jan 2020

🐣 My heart is moved by all I cannot save:
so much has been destroyed… ¤
…I have to cast my lot w those /
who, age after age, perversely /
w no extraordinary power /
reconstitute the world ¤
— Adrienne Rich

CommonDreams, Eoin Higgins: ‘A Crisis for Democracy’: Senate Votes Against Hearing From Witnesses http://bit.ly/37PFTMT
// “Trump’s defenders are saying that our Constitution does not apply to the powerful few.”

Slate, Jeremy Stahl: Which Republicans Had the Worst Excuses for Ending the Impeachment Trial With No Witnesses? http://bit.ly/3b64yhV

WaPo, Josh Dawsey: Republicans agree it was no ‘perfect call’ — but will vote to acquit Trump anyway http://wapo.st/2RSaQdL

TheGuardian, Richard Wolffe: Republicans march over the impeachment cliff – taking their self-respect with them http://bit.ly/2OkrsbF
// How can Republicans pretend to the world that their vision of America – where a president can happily use military aid to coerce a foreign government to smear his political rival in an election – is the model for democracy?

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi President Trump was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. By refusing to call witnesses and compel documents, Senate Republicans have chosen to become accomplices in his cover-up. #DefendOurDemocracy
⋙ Speaker.gov: Press Release: Pelosi Statement on Senate Vote to Block Witnesses and Documents http://bit.ly/2OhuEEU

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Lamar Alexander’s craven surrender to Trump leaves our country exposed http://wapo.st/2GFedye

RT @tburages This entire piece is terrifying. ¤ There is no more “establishment” Republican Party. It’s the party of Trumpism and members are expected to demonstrate true allegiance to its centerpiece. The more devout the devotion, the more donations in the coffers.
⋙ WaPo: ‘The center of the orbit’: Endangered Republicans go all-in on Trump http://wapo.st/37RhshW

🐣 RT @chrislhayes The Murkowski vote is largely, I think, about maintaining the myth of Roberts’ neutrality. Him casting a deciding vote would have been an optics disaster, and they want to keep him clean so he can continue to deliver for them.

🐣 RT @fordm In a 51-49 vote, the Senate decides that nothing matters.
⋙ NewRepublic, Matt Ford: The Senate Embraces Nihilism http://bit.ly/2UeVh1d
// Republican lawmakers, blanching at the prospect of removing Trump from power, remove themselves instead.

🐣 RT @pbump The Bolton revelation today was a reminder that the vote to reject new testimony in the impeachment trial will be viewed in the context of all of the information that is certain to emerge in the upcoming days, months and years.
⋙ WaPo: In voting against impeachment testimony, Senate Republicans light a political fuse http://wapo.st/38V17sE
// The question is: How big will the explosion be?

🐣 RT @RepTomColeman Agree with John, it’s extra difficult to watch this happen when you personally know the senators who just undermined our democracy and shredded the Constitutional powers of congress. Something doesn’t smell right about the Senate proceeding. House must continue its investigation.
⋙ 🐣 RT @gwgop We knew it would be a sham show trial, of course. But to see Senators you’ve known for decades, helped and guided, actually turn their backs on the Constitution, against the wishes of the vast majority of Americans, for an ignorant Queens crime boss, was shocking. 1/2
⋙ 🐣 RT @gwgop Now we know what the Bernie Madoff salesmen felt like when learning of the collapse. It was all a lie. Rule of law? Character? National security? Constitution? None of it matters to them. Only power driven by cowardice, careerism and the cult. Burn it down.

🧵 RT @ChrisMurphyCT 1/ For tonight’s impeachment behind-the-scenes, something different: ¤ I want to tell you my theory about why Democrats and Republicans are on different planets during this trial. I want to tell you why we could only get 2 R votes today against a rigged trial. This is important. 📌 https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1223427383388098560?s=20

🐣 RT @MysterySolvent Bill Maher made a political ad❣for the Democrats! Honestly it’s the best one I’ve seen so far. ¤ Democrats need to do more of this!! It will drive Trump bonkers! 💽 https://twitter.com/MysterySolvent/status/1223465552007651328?s=20/photo/1

💙 WaPo, James Comey: Trump won’t be removed. But we’ll be fine. http://wapo.st/3b5alVk “When I was a kid, the United States didn’t come apart. It won’t now.”

🐣 RT @SamanthaJPower 33 years of service to our country brought to an end by the Putin-enabling bully, @realDonaldTrump. Ambassador Yovanovitch will be missed, but by standing her ground, she helped bring Trump’s corruption to light. A final act of patriotism.
⋙ NYT: Diplomat at Center of Trump Impeachment Retires From State Department http://nyti.ms/37NGazQ
// On a July 25 telephone call with the president of Ukraine, President Trump described Ambassador Yovanovitch as “bad news” and said, ominously, “She’s going to go through some things.”

🧵 Teri_Kanefield (Thread) This isn’t the time to panic. It’s time to get busy. ¤ What happens in Nov. depends on what people do today. ¤ Nobody expected the GOP to convict and remove Trump. The goal was for the truth to come out. ¤ McConnell is a shrewd political operator, but Pelosi is shrewder. 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1223256857101258757?s=20

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw It was a mistrial
“McConnell, aided by White House liaisons, exercised a behind-the-scenes campaign in the chamber to keep his members from panicking and breaking en masse from Mr Trump. Mr McConnell’s office even advised the president’s legal team throughout the process” – WSJ

🧵 🐣 RT @DrGJackBrown 1/ THREAD: Body Language Analysis No. 4024-T: Chief Justice Roberts reacts to his reading of Senator Warren’s question (VIDEO, PHOTOS) • https://youtu.be/2uyY7i1WsWc #BodyLanguageExpert #BodyLanguage #ElizabethWarren #JohnRoberts #Nonverbal 📌 https://twitter.com/DrGJackBrown/status/1223439843084001280?s=20

WaPo, Ruth Marcus: When the impeachment trial ends, the Senate’s reputation will be hopelessly in tatters http://wapo.st/2thx67c

NYT, Carl Hulse: Once Skeptical, Senate Republicans Are All In on Trump http://nyti.ms/2S7PBn1
// In pressing toward their preordained vote of acquittal, Senate Republicans made it clear they see their fortunes and futures intertwined with the president’s.

DailyBeast, David Lurie: Republicans Bless Trump’s Crimes: He Did It, Get Over It http://bit.ly/37NPnYU
// The senator says there’s no need for witnesses since voters, not senators, should judge Trump—but the overwhelming majority of voters wanted senators to call witnesses.

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey and Erin Banco: U.S. Officials Warn of ‘Real Security Consequences’ if Trump’s Acquitted http://bit.ly/38RkO4y
// Crimes, conspiracies, and off-the-book ops—that’s just a taste of what an impeachment acquittal could usher in, U.S. officials and Senate Democrats fear.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin One can only deduce by Senate Republicans’ decision tonight to join Trump’s cover-up that they’re willing to enable his corruption if it helps them maintain power. They’ve abandoned the public interest, weakened our system of checks and balances, and should be held accountable.

🐣 RT @EJDionne Listened to that Senate roll call voting down witnesses & documents, and even though I knew how it would end, my heart sank for our country. Republicans enabled a lawless president, rejected their obligation to accountable government & told #Trump: You can get away with anything

WaPo Editorial: The cringing abdication of Senate Republicans http://wapo.st/2S56ZJ2

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson There is always more Trump filth.
There is always another shoe to drop.
And Mitch McConnell is going to rush the GOP into the coverup.
⋙ 🐣 RT @HoarseWhisperer Lev Parnas’ attorney sends letter to McConnell saying Parnas would name Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Rick Perry, Bill Barr, Lindsey Graham, Devin Nunes, Giuliani and others as co-conspirators in the plot to shakedown Ukraine.

🐣 RT @ColinHanks The GOP just took the Constitution, shot it in the middle of 5th avenue, grabbed it by the pussy, and threw it in the trash can.

🐣 Amazing how many GOP Senators Trump can have by the balls with his tiny hands.

🐣 RT @mkraju #BREAKING: A divided Senate rejected a motion for witnesses and documents in President Trump’s impeachment trial, voting 49-51 largely along party lines to kill the motion and taking a major step towards Trump’s acquittal on charges of high crimes and misdemeanors.

🐣 RT @jenmercieca It was a republic. We couldn’t keep it. ¤ I can’t wait to find out what it’s like to live under neo-liberal authoritarianism.

🐣 RT @LACaldwellDC 49-51 the motion for witnesses and documents is not agreed to.

🐣 RT @ashkenaz89 What does being informed look like in echo chambers where people have been persuaded to believe drinking bleach is an effective cure for the #coronavirus?
⋙ CNN: So the GOP believes that it’s up to the voters to decide. OK, well then it makes sense for the House to continue its investigation, so that voters can make an informed vote in November. I explained this morning to @CNNnewsroom 💽 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1223310081393078273?s=20/photo/1

🐣 “Civilization is hideously fragile…there’s not much between us & the Horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish” – CP Snow

🐣 “It’s a lot easier to fool someone than to convince them they’ve been fooled” ~ Mark Twain

🐣 RT @MeredithGould So, @senatemajldr is awaiting permission from impeached POTUS about when impeached POTUS wants to be acquitted? If so, then we’re well into dictatorship.

🐣 RT @BretBruen This is a significant loss for our diplomatic service. ¤ Her departure will also lead others to leave.
⋙ 🐣 RT @npratc JUST IN: Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, has retired from the State Department. ¤ She was abruptly removed from her post in May 2019 and was a key witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

MotherJones: With Trump’s Impeachment Trial, Republicans Have Convicted Themselves http://bit.ly/2SbqCz6
// The president’s defenders waged a war on reality.

NBCNews: Parnas names top Trump officials in letter to McConnell on potential testimony http://nbcnews.to/2RJ9jXh
// The letter represents a last-ditch attempt by Parnas to make known the value of the information he says he could provide as a witness.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “Giuliani represented Trump for no pay, and was compensated by one of his partners, Lev Parnas, who was in turn paid by a Russian oligarch who works closely with Vladimir Putin.”
⋙ NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Trump Is Terrified Giuliani’s Ukraine Work Will Be Exposed http://nym.ag/2GJRmkW

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Schiff: “Senators, there’s a storm blowing through this Capitol. It’s winds are strong and they move us in uncertain and dangerous directions … If we hold true, if we have faith that the ship of state can survive the truth, this storm shall pass.”

🐣 RT @MichaelArt123 Adam Schiff: I don’t remember any of you Senators attending our Intel House hearings. You were not there. Yes this is a reflection of the Senate, and yes if you rule against witnesses and evidence, you bring shame on this Senate. History will remember. Americans will not forget.

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Sekulow giving the weirdest argument against witnesses ever. He’s saying he didn’t get to cross examine Sondland&other witnesses in House, and if they are called in the Senate, he’d cross-x them ¤ That’s the whole point! If you had an innocent client, that’s what you’d want to do.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ But of course, he isn’t seeking that kind of exoneration, because he knows he wouldn’t ever get it. The moment the witnesses testify, it’s game over for Trump. #ChamberofSecrets

🐣 RT @McFaul From the former President of Estonia:
⋙ 🐣 RT @IlvesToomas “Great! No more tedious US lectures on rule of law, fair trials, evidence, equality before the law, transparency, corruption, free and fair elections” — some 130 governments around the world right now.

🐣 RT @McFaul A shockingly sad day for the American rule of law. We know there are key eyewitnesses who have not testified in this impeachment trial. Yet Republicans refuse to allow the American people to hear from them. I’m depressed about the status and future or our republic.

WaPo, Barbara McQuade: Book Review: How Trump may change the presidency forever http://wapo.st/2u9y7P1 //➔ Unmaking The Presidency by Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes

💙 🐣 RT @josephabondy Below is the letter Stephanie Schuman @LeafLegal and I sent to Senator McConnell earlier today, (202) 224-2541, summarizing the testimony Lev Parnas would be able to provide, were he called as a witness. #LetLevSpeak #AmericansDemandWitnesses #CallTheWitnesses #LetBoltonTestify https://twitter.com/josephabondy/status/1223331368618418176?s=20/photo/1-3

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @jamiedupree Lawyer for Lev Parnas sends 3 page letter to McConnell laying out what Parnas would testify to on Ukraine https://twitter.com/jamiedupree/status/1223336975874260992?s=20/photo/1
🐣 RT @jamiedupree More from letter to McConnell https://twitter.com/jamiedupree/status/1223337658597937152?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @EricColumbus JOHN KELLY: “If I was advising the United States Senate, I would say, ‘If you don’t respond to 75 percent of the American voters and have witnesses, it’s a job only half done.’ You open yourself up forever as a Senate that shirks its responsibilities.”

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff The decisions made today will reverberate throughout history.
No matter the vote on witnesses, the facts will come out in the end.
We will be asked: Why didn’t we consider the evidence when we had the chance?
What answer shall we give, if we decide not to pursue the truth?

WaPo: Senate investigators interview IRS whistleblower about alleged interference with Trump or Pence audit http://wapo.st/2tl48n4

🐣 RT @clairecmc 1) Bolton is telling the truth
2) Cipollone was in the meeting
3) Cipollone is a fact witness and has misled the tribunal
4) Cipollone has violated the ABA Rules of Professionall Conduct
5) Cipollone should be disciplined by the Bar and potentially lose his bar license.

DailyBeast, Matt Lewis: Impeachment Proves There’s No Republican Left to Believe In http://bit.ly/37MDoea
// Pathetic, the whole lot of them. South Carolina’s Tim Scott once gave me particular hope. Now, he’s a goner, too.

WaPo: A new Bolton revelation ties Trump to Giuliani’s early efforts in Ukraine — and loops in other Trump allies http://wapo.st/31e8Nn7
// The Senate’s vote on witnesses just got more complicated

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Trump Told Bolton to Help His Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Book Says http://nyti.ms/38UKJbv
// The president asked his national security adviser last spring in front of other senior advisers to pave the way for a meeting between Rudolph Giuliani and Ukraine’s new leader.

🐣 RT @NewYorker Lamar Alexander “will go down in history as the Republican senator whose choice at a pivotal moment confirmed the complete and final capitulation of the G.O.P.,” @sbg1 writes.
⋙ NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Trump Impeachment Trial: The Senate Can Stop Pretending Now http://bit.ly/3b0pKWM
// Lamar Alexander and the end of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

🐣 RT @MSNBC “For the majority of Americans … what we’re witnessing tonight is really a capstone in a total collapse of faith in American institutions,” NY Times editorial board member Mara Gay says. “It’s actually quite scary. I think we’re at a very scary moment.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, 11th Hour: Mara Gay: America is at ‘a very scary moment’ in its history http://on.msnbc.com/3aWcT7X
// New York Times Editorial Board member Mara Gay reacts to the latest developments in the Trump impeachment trial ahead of a critical vote on witnesses.

⭕ 30 Jan 2020

🐣 RT @disorderedworld We underestimate scale of damage Trump has done to the fabric of US society with connivance of the Republican Party. Together they’ve undermined civility, normalized hatred & fury, & made Americans enemies to one another & to foreigners. The idea of America is ready to collapse.

💙 NYRB, Fintan O’Toole: Whatever He Wants http://bit.ly/2Of05Qi “Trump is denying the existence of any constitutional limits on his pursuit of his private goals”

TheAmericanInterest, Gabriel Schoenfeld: The New, Rotten Normal http://bit.ly/38TfCNJ Book: Unmaking The Presidency by Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes
// A new book convincingly argues that Trump has altered the institution of the presidency in irreversible ways.

DailyBeast: Dems Fed Up With GOP’s Refusal to Budge on Impeachment: ‘It’s More Than Frustrating—It’s Pathetic’ http://bit.ly/2S9AedE “[W]hat we’re seeing is there is no amount of evidence that will move the … Republicans in this political environment” – Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA)
// To a person, they feel like the case they made was overwhelming. So what does it say if Republicans don’t move?

WaPo, Amber Philips: 4 takeaways from the final day of questions in Trump’s impeachment trial http://wapo.st/38Sex8O

1. Democrats almost certainly aren’t getting the four Republicans they need to call witnesses
2. All eyes are on John Roberts
3. Trump’s defense still hasn’t answered key questions about his intent
4. Rand Paul’s attempt to publicly out the whistleblower

🐣 RT @AdamParkmenhenko The United States Senate is officially compromised. It has joined a criminal president in opening up our democracy to attacks from every monster on the planet. They didn’t defend their country. They put a bullseye on it.

🐣 RT @grconway3d This thread describes what absolutely will come to pass after a sham acquittal with no witnesses.
⋙🧵 RT @TheRickWilson 1/ Every Republican senator needs to know some key, invariable facts: 📌 https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1223049812632686592?s=20
The moment they vote to deny witnesses, they seal their own political fate.
The blow won’t just come from the Democrats or from outside groups.
It will come from Trump himself.

‼️💙💙 WaPo: Dana Milbank: The impeachment trial hurtles toward its worst-case conclusion http://wapo.st/3aX3RHR ⋙ IMPORTANT
⋙ See under Entire Articles: WP Worst Case 1-30-2020

🧵 RT @mikefarb1 [Thread] We are in the fight of our lives now. We have chosen to be above it. Be the better people. Our politicians have done an amazing job. But we are not playing under normal rules. I believe it is time to take the gloves off and get a little angrier. 📌 https://twitter.com/mikefarb1/status/1223123055959896067?s=20

🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield (Thread) Why Trump Supporters Willingly Embrace his Lies ¤ Spoiler: They embrace the lies because the lies destroy, and they want to destroy. ¤ It explains why @SenateGOP are shamelessly lying to the public and know their supporters don’t care. ¤ Scholars have done work on this. 📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1222908932680638465?s=20

🐣 RT @harryliman Hadn’t realized that the day after the US attorney’s office’s reversal of position on Mike Flynn’s sentencing, Bill Barr named a new US attorney there. Also has possible implications for Andy McCabe. One more very tangled web.

🐣 RT @NumberMuncher Support for witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial:
Quinnipiac 75
Monmouth 80
Reuters 72
CNN 69
AP/NORC 68
WaPo 71
That’s an average of 73%!
Republicans are blocking witnesses while admitting Trump engaged in a quid pro quo. Will voters punish them in November for it?

🐣 RT @kasparov63 Trump’s pathetic defenders deserve to be grilled every day as further evidence of his abuses comes out. They are also complicit in his every act going forward. They know what he is and what he did, and that now he will do more. The 2020 election is under assault.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Maybe it’s just as well the Senate didn’t save us, and we will have to depend on ourselves to do so in November. ¤ “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly…it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” —Thomas Paine

🐣 RT @RepJeffries Lawlessness matters. ¤ Corruption matters. ¤ Abuse of Power matters. ¤ The President committed a high crime against the Constitution. ¤ He must be held accountable.

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Alexander says no more witnesses are needed because the House managers proved their factual case, that Trump withheld aid at least in part to pressure Ukraine to help him against Biden. But while he says that was “inappropriate,” it does not merit removal from office.
⋙ 🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Alexander As for the second article alleging obstruction of Congress, Alexander calls that “frivolous” because the president has the right to assert privileges.

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq This is going to be the standard now for presidential behavior: you can use your authority over government action to extort foreign governments to investigate your domestic political opponents, and Congress will let it slide. ¤ The president was just given the green light to cheat

🐣 RT @moscow_project Congratulations, Senator, on your cowardly abdication of your constitutional duty in favor of completing the president’s coverup.
‼️ ⋙ 🧵 RT @SenAlexander I worked with other senators to make sure that we have the right to ask for more documents and witnesses, but there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the U.S. Constitution’s high bar for an impeachable offense.1/15 📌 https://twitter.com/SenAlexander/status/1223093577145864194?s=20

‼️ 🐣 RT @npfandos Alexander is a No. That may be the ballgame, folks.

🐣 RT @SenatorCollins I will vote in support of the motion to allow witnesses and documents to be subpoenaed. My full statement: http://bit.ly/2GApYpw
https://twitter.com/SenatorCollins/status/1223091529872564225?s=20/photo/1

‼️ 🐣 RT @SethAbramson BREAKING: Sen. Susan Collins Will Vote for Witnesses and Documents

🐣 RT @qjurecic frankly, I resent having to care this much about the psychodrama of these people

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🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff After two and half centuries of our nation’s history, it’s come to this: ¤ The President’s lawyers argue on the Senate floor that he can withhold aid, coerce an ally, and try to cheat in an election, ¤ And there’s nothing we can do about it. ¤ Our Founders would be aghast. 💽 https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1223092655913041920?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @frankthorp NEW stmt from @lisamurkowski: “I am going to go reflect on what I have heard, re-read my notes and decide whether I need to hear more.”

🐣 RT @nycsouthpaw Alan Dershowitz was a hero to the White House and GOP Senators Tuesday night. By Thursday afternoon, he wasn’t allowed to answer questions that mentioned him by name.

🐣 RT @nycsouthpaw Alan Dershowitz was a hero to the White House and GOP Senators Tuesday night. By Thursday afternoon, he wasn’t allowed to answer questions that mentioned him by name.

🐣 RT @qjurecic Philbin has acted with bravery and principle in the past. This is pathetic.
⋙ 🐣 RT @moscow_project Philbin now says that the *established facts* of Trump’s quid pro quo aren’t impeachable, but the *debunked conspiracy theory* of the allegations against Biden would be. ¤ The actual principle they’re asserting: Trump is unimpeachable; Democrats are illegitimate.

🐣 RT @BillKristol At the Tiger 21 conference in Phoenix today, I’m told former Trump COS John Kelly said in response to a question, “It would be a black mark in history on the GOP senators if they fail to allow witnesses.”

🐣 RT @ArmandiOnAir Waiting on @SenAlexander who will announce imminently tonight, if he’ll vote to allow witnesses. ¤ As a Republican Senator who’s about to retire, he has nothing to lose & immortality to gain by putting the Constitution & his country over his morally bankrupt, treasonous party.

🐣 RT @sbg1 Lamar Alexander has had such a long career in Washington. Amazing that it will come down to whether he wants to be remembered as the guy who did Donald Trump a big favor on his way out the door….

🐣 RT @ShimonPro Update on what Sen. Alexander has been doing from @jeremyherb inside the room: ¤ As the questions went into the final hour, the senator everyone is watching, Lamar Alexander, put a cap on his pen, sat back in his chair and folded his arms.

🐣 RT @atrupar “An impeachable offense would require a crime” — here it is: the question from Republican senators that lays the groundwork for despotism. They are making explicit that extorting foreign governments to investigate your political rival is legal and cool in their book.

🐣 RT @ECMcLaughlin “The highest of high crimes against the Constitution.”@RepJeffries isn’t lying.

🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield We expected this question: Biden advocated against witnesses in the Clinton trial. ¤ The two cases are not similar. Starr collected literally all the evidence. ¤ Also, by the time the case came to the Senate, both parties wanted the matter to end quickly.
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🐣 RT @TrumpWarRoom BREAKING: In January 1999, then-Sen. Joe Biden argued strongly against the need to depose additional witnesses or seek new evidence in a memo sent to fellow Democrats ahead of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial. 
⋙ Politico: Biden argued against witnesses in 1999 impeachment trial memo http://politi.co/2uSqXi7
// The comments from the then-senator are at odds with current Democratic arguments.

🐣 RT @qjurecic Under Philbin’s argument, this is would be just fine. So it’s notable that he dodged the question.
⋙ 🐣 RT @fordm King, to Trump’s counsel: Could a president block military aid for Israel unless the Israeli PM publicly accuses his opponent of anti-Semitism? ¤ Philbin: That’s an “irrelevant” question.

🐣 RT @atrupar TRUMP: “They want to kill our cows. That means you’re next.” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1223068056575971329?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse A staunch Republican lawyer friend, very able and experienced, just emailed me that Dershowitz testimony was “the most shocking thing I have seen a ‘serious’ lawyer say in my entire legal career.”

🐣 RT @burgessev Alexander joins a question about whether if Bolton’s recollection is true it still wouldn’t be impeachable and then his testimony “wouldn’t add anything to this case” (!)

🐣 RT @atrupar TRUMP: “They want to kill our cows. That means you’re next.” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1223068056575971329?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse A staunch Republican lawyer friend, very able and experienced, just emailed me that Dershowitz testimony was “the most shocking thing I have seen a ‘serious’ lawyer say in my entire legal career.”

🐣 RT @sbg1 Alexander spends the countdown to his key impeachment decision on witnesses reading, “Impeachment: an American History,” by @jmeacham, @TimNaftali @jeffreyaengel and household favorite @peterbakernyt

🐣 RT @kairyssdal No matter how you feel about this on the merits, it’s stunning to realize that Bolton’s sitting there watching it all, knowing that he can resolve it in minutes by stepping in front of a microphone.

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 This Philbin character is shameless. He complains that the House didn’t present enough witnesses when the reason they didn’t was because Trump ordered the witnesses not to testify. These arguments are pure and utter nonsense!

WaPo, Aaron Blake (12/10): Christopher Wray, basically: Don’t listen to Trump’s Ukraine conspiracy theories http://wapo.st/37M9uGQ
// 12/10/2019

🐣 RT @sbg1 As we all wait for Alexander’s decision, I keep coming back to this: All 15 previous Senate impeachment trials have had witnesses. ¤ Is Trump really going to be the one guy in American history to get acquitted without even having to have witnesses testify in his Senate trial?

🧵 RT @HeidiNBC After 17 years in the Senate, a single vote may define retiring Sen.
@SenaAlexander’s legacy. ¤ W 1 more R needed to hear witnesses at Trump’s impeachment trial, his good friend, Keel Hunt (Alexander was best man at his 1981 wedding), spoke with @NBCNews ¤ Here’s what Hunt said: 📌 https://twitter.com/HeidiNBC/status/1223051633157967873?s=20

💙 🐣 RT @BillKristol “No one had more influence on my life over the last half century than Howard Baker…Throughout my entire public life and private life, no one has had more effect on me…as an example for how to do things.” — Lamar Alexander
⋙ 🐣 Howard Baker was key as an open-minded Republican in the Watergate Hearings
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🐣 RT @ChrisLu44 From @Maddow show: extraordinary clip of Howard Baker talking about Watergate 30 years later and the moment he decided to put party loyalty aside for the good of the nation. ¤ History remembers Baker as a statesman and patriot. How it will remember the current Senate? 💽 https://twitter.com/ChrisLu44/status/1223060923817979904?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Acosta Biden on Trump: “he tried to get a foreign country to come after me…. they’ve slandered me and my only surviving son and they’ve done it repeatedly.”

🐣 RT @BillKristol How will you vote, Lamar Alexander?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you,
Woo, woo, woo.
What’s that you say, Mitch McConnell?
Lamar! has left and gone away!
Hey, hey, hey,
Hey, hey, hey.

🧵 RT @JillWineBanks 1/ Yesterday’s and today’s behavior by the president’s defense team made me think of the Army-McCarthy hearings and the despicable behavior of Senator McCarthy and his chief counsel Roy Cohn (mentor to 45). 📌 https://twitter.com/JillWineBanks/status/1223057243496730624?s=20

🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Very interesting
‼️ 💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @Zachary_Cohen Potentially pivotal moment just now on the floor: Sen. Alexander asks managers about bipartisanship of previous impeachment proceedings. As Rep. Lofgren answers, he walks to the back and talks to Majority Secretary Laura Dove, who listens with her mouth agape before responding.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @dogdrool23 @CNN reporting that Alexander and Murkowski are meeting now.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @redboybroken Read the guys whole post. Whatever it was got McConnell upset.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ShimonPro Stay Tuned: Key swing vote Sen. Lamar Alexander says he’s going to announce his decision on witnesses tonight, a decision that will make clear whether the Senate trial will come to a swift conclusion or if it will lead to an unpredictable phase over witnesses and documents.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “And corruption, for all the Trump lawyers’ attempt to muddy the waters with tortured interpretations of the Constitution, is what this impeachment is all about. Trump acted with corrupt intent, to damage a political opponent.”
⋙ WaPo, George Conway: George Conway: Don’t let the defense fool you. This impeachment is all about corruption. http://wapo.st/38WL9yn

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Ask yourself 1 question: in a world where
1) 75% of Americans want to hear witnesses,
2) President’s own top guy John Bolton says he’s got impt info showing Trump lying, AND
3) Senate controlled by Rs AND
4) needs 2/3 vote to convict, why are Trump and Rs so afraid of witnesses?

WaPo, Harry Litman: Dershowitz may have argued himself out of relevance http://wapo.st/2Od2rPw

🐣 RT @tribelaw .@AlanDersh just called my colleague @nikobowie a “coward” and has denigrated my motives — and those of hundreds of other law professors — just because we all think his pro-Trump arguments are ludicrous and aren’t afraid to say so.

🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey If the Senate were to refuse to call Bolton, it would mean that impeachment is merely a measure of how many members of the president’s party sit in the Senate. One of the core structural checks on executive power would go up in smoke.

🐣 RT @moscow_project “The reason they’re not on the president’s witness list is because, if they were truthful under oath, they would incriminate the president. Otherwise, they would be begging to have Mick Mulvaney come testify”—and Pompeo, and Bolton, and many other administration officials. 💽 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1223028126931922957?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio We’ve got a running list of the most notable questions, the answers, and why they matter. ¤ Catch up during the Senate’s dinner break >> w/ @kyledcheney
Politico: Warren calls out John Roberts and the other key questions asked at today’s trial http://politi.co/2vtTdYK
// Senators are holding their second question-and-answer session in Trump’s impeachment trial.

🐣 RT @CraigRozniecki Dear #TrumpDefenseTeam:
Stop lying about the origins of the Steele Dossier.
“Conservative Free Beacon originally funded firm that created Trump-Russia dossier” –
http://politi.co/2iDXLp9
#ImpeachmentHearing #TrumpIsGuilty
⋙ 🐣 FusionGPS is a US company and the DNC didn’t know the footwork was farmed out to Christopher Steele. The campaign never used the findings. Steele, who had worked Russian counter-intel for MI6, became alarmed at what he found and went to the FBI, then to the press.

🐣 RT @petersagal In German: “ein Reich, ein Volk.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @MaggieNYT “Maybe if the House members stop opposing him and harassing him…maybe we could even get more done,” Herschmann says. “Join us. One nation. One people.”
⋙⋙ One of the Nazis’ most-repeated political slogans was Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer – “One People, One Empire, One Leader”.

🐣 Lear:
No, I will weep no more. In such a night
To shut me out? Pour on; I will endure.
In such a night as this? O Regan, Goneril!
Your old kind father, whose frank heart gave all—
O, THAT WAY MADNESS LIES; let me shun that;
No more of that.
(King Lear, Act-III, Scene-IV, 17-22)

🐣 RT @brhodes The absurdity of this whole trial is that everyone knows Trump is guilty but doesn’t know what to do about the fact that Republicans don’t care
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Over the past week, we’ve seen a descent into Constitutional madness. ¤ The President and his team argue that any conduct is okay, as long as a president thinks it will benefit him. ¤ That’s an argument of pure desperation — one you only make when you know your client is guilty.

🐣 RT @maddow “Schiff brought up Williams’s classified supplemental testimony on Wednesday, confirming that it contains information about Russia’s role in promoting the unsubstantiated theory that Ukraine rather than the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election…”
⋙ Politico: Pence aide who testified in impeachment inquiry to leave VP’s office http://politi.co/2GF9Hzz
// Foreign policy adviser Jennifer Williams will be taking a new job at Central Command.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Ultimately, a sham trial will do nothing to exonerate Trump in the eyes of Americans outside the cult, but a fake trial without witnesses could be quite enough to convince voters that Republicans are incapable of carrying out their oaths
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The reasons not to call John Bolton are ridiculous http://wapo.st/2OdUzgL

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin We’re witnessing the raw, partisan pursuit of power by Senate Republicans, most of whom appear willing to destroy the Constitution if it serves their personal interests. I never thought I’d see such an unpatriotic display in America, let alone the Senate. Never.

🐣 RT @emptywheel Hakeem Jeffries blew that question about the Impoundment Control Act. The answer should have been, “That was a tool we passed after Nixon’s abuses to implement a reporting mechanism to make sure Congress could exercise their power of the purse.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Hoping the Dems hammer Philbin for ignoring that FEC also has jurisdiction here.
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel And, for fuck sake, someone ask if the GOP thinks it amounts to Ukrainian interference to hold a clandestine meeting with Trump’s campaign manager to discuss how to win, how to carve up Ukraine, and how to get paid $2.4M.

WaPo, Keith Whittington: The Senate is likely to acquit Trump. It should still reject Dershowitz’s logic. http://wapo.st/2S2ZySF
// There has to be some conduct that truly is impeachable, even if Trump’s isn’t.

🐣 RT @mayawiley #Cippolone, who wrote a ltr asserting blanket privilege to all evidence, that raised the eyebrows of seasoned lawyers, now tries to compare this impeachment to a regular trial. The obstruction is why this isn’t like a regular trial. #ImpeachmentTrial

NBCNews, Maya Wiley: Trump impeachment defender Alan Dershowitz’s quid pro quo argument is absurd http://nbcnews.to/2tb6vbS
// But more than legally laughable, Dershowitz’s extreme position should scare us. It would certainly scare the founders.

🐣 RT @ianbremmer “Always remember that to argue, and win, is to break down the reality of the person you are arguing against. It is painful to lose your reality, so be kind, even if you are right.” – Haruki Murakami

🐣 RT @clairecmc They can’t. They don’t have a defense other than a phony legal argument that what he did was fine.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KevinMKruse Instead of ping-ponging back and forth between attacking Hunter Biden and demanding the whistleblower’s identity be revealed, maybe the president’s defense might want to spend a little time defending the president?
⋙ 🐣 How powerful are the precedents here? They can’t overturn laws on the books, can they?

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Let’s be clear, Dershowitz said the president can do anything he wants if he “believes it’s in the public interest.” Like . . . cancel elections? Summarily imprison political opponents? Shoot people on 5th Avenue and elsewhere? [ … ]

🐣 RT @MSNBC “We now have an all-powerful executive that can do whatever it wants to do – maybe not as much as Alan Dershowitz thinks it can do, but they can at least make sure that the president is not subject to any legitimate oversight.”- @JoyceWhiteVance
⋙ 💽 MSNBC: Vance: ‘There is no longer rule of law,’ Senate has handed over their oversight ability http://on.msnbc.com/2GIEv2l
// MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Vance discusses what Senate’s refusal to hear witnesses means for the rule of law.

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio Schiff tees off on several GOP sens who asked about one of his staffers who used to work at NSC. ¤ “I will not dignify those smears on my staff by giving them any credence whatsoever,” Schiff says. ¤ “Members of this body used to care” about whistleblower protections, Schiff adds.

🐣 RT @duty2warn Many have characterized these proceedings as a sham trial, a shredding of democratic norms, party over country, and although these are accurate, we feel they miss THE salient point. This is the normalization of a man with extreme power who is severely and dangerously mentally ill

🐣 📊 RT @JakeTapper [ … ] Gallup Jan 6-19 poll found that 51% of the public wanted the president removed from office https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1222992209827573767?s=20/photo/1
// Trump did something 63% Illegal (38% def, 25% prob); Unethical 70% (def 45%, prob 26%)
🐣 RT @neal_katyal If Trump is acquitted, he can call on foreign govts tomorrow to investigate every Democrat in our nation (and do so in secret). He can ask DOJ to target every Democrat as well, too. And his legal argument,voiced by his lawyer,is that there is nothing wrong with this. Buyer beware

🐣 The JFK Foundation should consider establishing “Profiles in Cowardice” Awards. I can think of a few nominees.

🐣 RT @MarkWarner The President and his lawyers are just wrong. Foreign election interference is a threat to national security like every single one of our intelligence agency heads have told us, and asking for it is against the law.

🐣 RT @BillKristol An apt quote for this moment, h/t @WindsorMann: “I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man.”
—Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis” (1776)

🐣 RT @MarkWarner I still can’t believe the President’s lawyer tried to convince the United States Senate that foreign election interference isn’t a crime.

🐣 RT @justinamash The president’s lawyers call our Constitution’s carefully prescribed impeachment process “massive election interference,” but they consider the president’s abuse of power to benefit his re-election just another day at the office.

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Alan Dershowitz for the Defense: L’État, C’est Trump http://bit.ly/2GOKweh

🐣 RT @HouseIntel “Election intervention from foreign governments has been considered unacceptable since the beginning of our nation. It is wrong, it is corrupt, it is lawless, it is an abuse of power, it is impeachable and it should lead to the removal of President Donald Trump.” – @RepJeffries 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222966623767814145?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield Val Demings quoted Sondland: “Everyone was in the loop.” ¤ This is precisely why the GOP doesn’t want witnesses. They don’t want to expose the depth of corruption in the Republican Party. ¤ They’d rather vote for a sham trial and face the political fallout from that.

CNN: In contrast with Trump legal team, Justice Department lawyer says House can impeach over defied subpoenas http://cnn.it/2S0oM44

🐣 RT @JustinAmash Under our Constitution, the Senate has “the sole Power to try all Impeachments.” Senate Republicans’ repeated assertion that the House itself should have conducted the essential functions of a trial is an effort to undo the results of the 1787 constitutional convention.

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman We are watching the complete destruction of our judiciary. The third branch.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman This will get overlooked but CANNOT. DC was the main jurisdiction where Mueller handed his ongoing cases. Now run by a Barr flunky. Liu was tough but fair.

🔆 This❗️⋙ AP Exclusive: Barr names new U.S. attorney in DC http://bit.ly/2uNr2nc Attorney General William Barr has named Timothy Shea, one of his closest advisers, to be the next top prosecutor in the nation’s capital.

🐣 RT @The_Unsilent_ Chris Hayes absolutely eviscerates the Hunter Biden defense in 1 minute and 46 seconds 💽 https://twitter.com/The_UnSilent_/status/1222926766370623488?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade As a friend points out, the Supreme Court takes another hit as a credible institution as Chief Justice Roberts presides over a trial in which Trump’s lawyers lie (see “secret bunker”) and make absurd arguments (see Dershowitz: anything goes if it helps the president’s reelection)

🐣 RT @NBCNews Speaker Pelosi on the Senate impeachment trial: “The fate of our nation is riding on how this is resolved.” 💽 https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1222920284077993986?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Greg Sargent: GOP senators know Trump’s defense is based on lies. Here’s proof. http://wapo.st/36AqNt2

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin No senator who votes against witnesses should keep their seat.

🐣 RT @NoahBookbinder The President has called the impeachment a scam. Majority Leader McConnell is doing everything he can to make it so – and it looks like a majority of senators may let him. The trial’s verdict will only be worthy of respect if the process is fair.
⋙ NYT, Noah Bookbinder (1/22): The American People Are Being Scammed by Mitch McConnell http://nyti.ms/2OcLC7A
// Senators have a duty to conduct a fair and full trial. The Republican leader is trying to make sure they can’t.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Not literally “anything,” @AlanDersh — just anything that’s not in the criminal code. Like promising Putin that, if Russia helps the president win re-election, he’ll veto any future sanctions against its oligarchs. The media understood you perfectly. Stop whining & get a grip.
🐣 RT @kyledcheney Dershowitz’s exact words: https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1222908951186022405?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @OverUnderClover Thank you. ¤ This trial has become, by virtue of the arguments laid, FAR more dangerous even before. ¤ If this becomes precedent, we really are inviting cancellation of elections, extending terms, deep fakes, complete lawless elections and therefore complete lawless leadership.
🐣 RT @AngrierWHStaff Hey @AlanDersh, you know they kinda recorded the trial, right? We all saw you say precisely that
🐣 RT @LincolnsBible We all heard what you said. You cannot erase or re-qualify it. ¤ The panic you’re feeling is knowing beyond all shadow of doubt that the world now sees you are a complete fraud. ¤ Your legacy is toast. ¤ And soon, all you’ll be remembered for is Jeffrey Epstein. ¤ #HarvardsShame
⋙ 🐣 RT @alandersh They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a president believes that his re-election was in the national interest, he can do anything. I said nothing like that, as anyone who actually heard what I said can attest.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 Yes, you did. Your “mixed” example says that precisely. In the case of Trump, it was exacerbated by extortion, inviting foreign meddling in our election, holding up congressionally allocated funds, and putting the national security at risk: all are crimes.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @alandersh What I said was that there are 3 broad categories of relevant motive:
1) pure national interest ( help the military)
2) pure corrupt motive ( get a kickback) And
3) mixed motive (help the national interest in a way that helps your reelection efforts ) ¤ (MTC)
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @alandersh I gave as an example mixed motive President Lindon’s decision to send troops home from the battlefield to Indiana so that they would vote for his party. He genuinely believed that his party’s victory in Indiana was essential to the war effort, but it also helped him politically.

🐣 RT @NoahBookbinder The President has called the impeachment a scam. Majority Leader McConnell is doing everything he can to make it so – and it looks like a majority of senators may let him. The trial’s verdict will only be worthy of respect if the process is fair.
⋙ NYT, Noah Bookbinder (1/22): The American People Are Being Scammed by Mitch McConnell http://nyti.ms/2OcLC7A
// Senators have a duty to conduct a fair and full trial. The Republican leader is trying to make sure they can’t.

🐣 RT @alandersh They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a president believes that his re-election was in the national interest, he can do anything. I said nothing like that, as anyone who actually heard what I said can attest.
⋙ 🐣 RT @alandersh What I said was that there are 3 broad categories of relevant motive:
1) pure national interest ( help the military)
2) pure corrupt motive ( get a kickback) And
3) mixed motive (help the national interest in a way that helps your reelection efforts ) ¤ (MTC)
⋙ 🐣 RT @alandersh I gave as an example mixed motive President Lindon’s decision to send troops home from the battlefield to Indiana so that they would vote for his party. He genuinely believed that his party’s victory in Indiana was essential to the war effort, but it also helped him politically.

🐣 RT @alandersh They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a president believes that his re-election was in the national interest, he can do anything. I said nothing like that, as anyone who actually heard what I said can attest.

🐣 RT @JoeNBC The US economy limped along with 2.3% GDP growth a year after Trump’s massive tax cuts for the world’s biggest corporations. As warned, CEOs used the transfer of billions to buy back stock instead of expanding businesses and hiring new workers. ¤ The Dow is high. The GDP is low.

🐣 RT @deanobeidallah Here I thought Alan Dershowitz would be remembered for representing Jeffrey Epstein. Instead it will be for helping Trump destroy our Republic #dershowitzlogic

🐣 RT @justinamash So that everyone is clear, Trump’s team is simultaneously arguing that the House should enforce its subpoenas in court *and* that it is unconstitutional for a court to enforce the House’s subpoenas.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger The impeachment trial underscores the degree to which the right is in no shape or form conservative but authoritarian.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Schiff: “We have witnessed over the course of the last few days and the long day today a remarkable lowering of the bar, to the point now where everything is OK as long as the president believes it’s in his re-election interest. You could conspire with another country.”

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Look on the bright side: By going this route the Senate R’s will discredit the entire process and themselves. A referendum on the Constitution and on toadies to a tyrant isn’t the worst thing

🐣 RT @pithywidow A vote to acquit is its defense
⋙⋙ 🐣 That’s what I’m trying to figure out. Do arguments made in an #ImpeachmentTrial have the weight of law? It seems that can’t be. The laws would need to be rescinded by Congress. Right?
⋙ 🐣 RT @FrankLuntz I have yet to see anyone sincerely defending this argument.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ABC Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.” https://abcn.ws/2S37weJ 💽 https://twitter.com/FrankLuntz/status/1222757053602529281?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @brianklaas I was left stunned by the argument that Dershowitz and Trump’s legal team made yesterday. It’s the kind of thing I have heard in authoritarian countries — that if the leader does it, and they think it’s good for the public, then it’s legitimate. We must all reject that argument.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Democrats need to make clear: It is their nominee or King Trump, who thinks he can do whatever he wants. That is what is at stake in 2020. You better pick the most electable, Dems, otherwise we are toast.

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Dershowitz says if Trump thinks whatever he does to get re-elected is in the “public interest” then it can’t be corrupt or impeachable. Dershowitz just confirmed that Trump can do whatever he wants. He can cancel future elections if he thinks it’s in the public interest to do so.

TheAtlantic, Peter Wehner: There Is No Christian Case for Trump http://bit.ly/2GzTXOz
// When faith is treated as an instrumentality, it’s bad for politics and worse for the Christian witness.

WaPo, Randall Eliason: The president’s bizarre ‘intent’ defense http://wapo.st/2GEZdA8

🐣 RT @UROKlive1 In a normal world this would be terrifying everyone.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheTweetOfJohn Trump’s lawyers argued that anything a president did to win re-election was “in the public interest.”

🐣 If the law is on your side, argue the law
If the facts are on your side, argue the facts
If neither is on your side, rip up the Constitution
– @AlanDersh

🐣 RT @McFaul “Hunter Biden” is the new “Hillary’s emails” of this election cycle. Don’t get fooled again.

🐣 RT @MSNBC “What we saw today for the first time was Republican senators being co-conspirators in that cover-up,” @K_JeanPierre says. “The shredding of the Constitution that we saw… it is absurd, it’s insane and it sets a precedent that is so incredibly dangerous.”
💽 MSNBC: Karine Jean-Pierre: Today we saw Republicans start a cover-up for Trump http://on.msnbc.com/2S0rmab
// Fmr. Obama campaign staffer Karine Jean-Pierre says during the questions from senators in the Trump impeachment trial, she believes was the makings of a cover-up from Republicans for Trump.

🐣 RT @Evan_Rosenfeld “We’re all now so deep down into the trees that we’re not seeing the forest,” @JoyceWhiteVance says. “But if we take a step back and use our common sense, arguments like Dershowitz’s really fall apart.”
💽 MSNBC: Why Alan Dershowitz’s defense of Trump reminded people of Nixon http://on.msnbc.com/36Ehwju
// Nixon once argument a crime wasn’t a crime if the president does it. An argument from Trump’s attorney Alan Dershowitz during the Senate impeachment trial sounded rather similar. Our panel reacts.

⭕ 29 Jan 2020

WaPo, Jonathan Capehart: Schumer on Republicans and impeachment witnesses: ‘They realize we’re right’ http://wapo.st/315Srgo

🐣 RT @Politicusarah Dershowitz is unhinged and ranting about Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and @tribelaw It is telling that no scholar from the last few centuries agrees with Alan Dershowitz’s position on impeachment. 💽 https://twitter.com/PoliticusSarah/status/1222664001596874762?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @McFaul We need more scrutiny of the relatives of all public officials, just not an impeachment trial. (PS Hunter never worked in WH & didnt make 100 million a year!) “Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Report Up to $135 Million in 2018 Income” https://nyti.ms/2XNwct0
⋙ 🐣 RT @davidmweissman Another question that’s ignored, what’s the difference between Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Hunter Biden? They basically are doing the same thing, so why is Trump’s family not being investigated?

WaPo: Bolton’s lawyer contends his book does not contain classified material and asks White House for expedited review so he can testify if called http://wapo.st/2GBT6wI

🐣 RT @sbg1 [Susan Glasser] John Bolton is not the only witness I’d like to hear from. How about VP Pence, Mike Pence, Mick Mulvaney, Mark Esper, Rudy Giuiliani, Alec Parma’s, Igor Fruman, Ulrich Brechbuhl, Russ Vought, and a bunch of others?

🐣 RT @AdamSerwer If the president drops nuclear bombs on New York and California to neutralize their electoral votes because he believes it is in the national interest, it is not impeachable, according to Alan Dershowitz.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ABC Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.” 💽 https://twitter.com/AdamSerwer/status/1222609809654108162?s=20/photo/1

Vox, Aaron Rupar: Alan Dershowitz’s latest defense of Trump would let presidents get away with almost anything http://bit.ly/38WPP7r
// Trump’s lawyer argued that anything the president does to stay in power is unimpeachable, short of actual crimes.

WaPo, Joe Scarborough: Trump’s confederacy of dunces http://wapo.st/2U7IGgf

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Bolton has direct, powerful, sharply incriminating evidence of Trump’s guilt of the first article of impeachment. If Republicans block Bolton from testifying it will not be a trial, it will be a coverup of Trump’s crimes. And it will signal the death of the Senate’s legitimacy.
🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Sooner or later, one way or another, justice will come. The rampant crime, abuse and corruption of Trump & his enablers makes for an unsustainable government. Justice MAY involve rising from the ashes after the Republicans burn our republic to the ground. But #JusticeIsComing

💙 Politico: Dershowitz’s power play and a Trump team stumble: The moments that mattered in the Senate Q&A http://politi.co/2u1AEec by Kyle Cheney, Andrew Desiderio, and Darren Samuelson
// A lengthy question-and-answer session yielded a few exchanges that might make a difference in the trial.

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT It’s all out in the open now. ¤ The President’s counsel just argued that there is nothing wrong with any candidate for office soliciting dirt on their opponents from foreign countries. ¤ They’re not even trying to fake it anymore.

🐣 RT @brianklaas Interesting piece by @davidlitt on how the Senate has become more and more dysfunctional over time and how its democratic deficit is only getting worse:
⋙ WaPo, David Litt: The Senate has become a threat to democracy itself http://wapo.st/3aVMPK4
// The impeachment trial proves one thing: It’s time to change the upper chamber

🐣 RT @mkraju The White House has issued a formal threat to former national security adviser John Bolton to keep him from publishing his book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” sources familiar with the matter tell @jaketapper
⋙ CNN, Jake Tapper: White House has issued formal threat to Bolton to keep him from publishing book http://cnn.it/2GwzI4h

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: John Bolton’s Calling the Shots Now, and Trump and McConnell Are Shitting Bricks http://bit.ly/2vyPgSO
// The trial may still end with the president’s acquittal, but that verdict would come back to haunt Republicans in November.

💙 DailyBeast, Betsy Swan and Erin Banco: Parnas Lawyer: Giuliani Delivered Graham Letter Calling for Sanctions on Ukrainian Officials http://bit.ly/37AfMcu
// The mysterious letter-writer listed several Ukrainian officials, including one reformer who’d gone up against an oligarch, and claimed they were part of a “crime syndicate.”

JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman: Lessons for Life: The Obituaries of Republicans Who Opposed Nixon’s Impeachment http://bit.ly/38UwOSL

DailyBeast: Stephen Colbert Hammers Alan Dershowitz’s ‘Logical Turd’ of a Trump Impeachment Defense http://bit.ly/38R9Bkq
// “Only the public gets to decide what’s in the public interest—not the politician,” the “Late Show” host declared Wednesday night.

USAToday, Tom Nichols: Trump is being impeached over a blackmail and extortion scheme, not a ‘policy dispute’ http://bit.ly/2S2UIEW
// Trump was shaking down Zelensky while trying to keep the rest of the government in the dark. That’s not a ‘policy,’ that’s a conspiracy.

💙 DailyBeast, David Lurie: Alan Dershowitz Wants to Save Donald Trump by Ending America http://bit.ly/38RAzIR
// If senate Republicans uses his logic to acquit Trump, it will mark the end of the American system of government and with it the American way of life as we have known them.

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade Absurd legal argument by @AlanDersh’s that a president cannot be impeached for conduct that helps him politically. Is this the cold water that might finally awaken GOP from its stupor?
⋙ WaPo: Trump legal team advances blanket defense against impeachment http://wapo.st/38RyVag

💙 WaPo Editorial: Republicans’ damaging new line of defense http://wapo.st/2OcofLc “Alan Dershowitz, a criminal-defense specialist … has been offering constitutional interpretations sharply at odds with those of constitutional scholars.”

🐣 RT @PattyArquette Ass backwards. Translation- Dershowitz argues anyone in power can do anything to win. Reminder he represented Epstein.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TimJHanrahan Dershowitz says all officials believe their election is in the public interest. ¤ So “if a president does something … he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.” https://wsj.com/livecoverage/trump-impeachment-trial/card/1580327345

🐣 RT @HouseIntel “Now apparently it’s ok for a president to get information from a foreign government in an election. That’s news to me… We are creating additional dangers to the nation by suggesting that things that have long been prohibited are now suddenly going to be ok.” – @RepZoeLofgren 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222723997785300992?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @StevenBeschloss I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t born in America to be ruled by a Mad King, no matter what the White House counsel thinks.

🐣 RT @TeamPelosi Trump abused his power for personal and political gain. And Republicans in Washington are covering up the truth. #GOPCoverup ¤ Pass it on.

🐣 RT @duty2warn THIS JUST IN: Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is planning to force a vote on Friday to require Chief Justice John Roberts to subpoena impeachment witnesses who he believes are relevant, and also rule on any claims of executive privilege. [Link to TheHill https://twitter.com/duty2warn/status/1222737287571628035?s=20%5D

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance If anything the president does to get re-elected is ok, could he take steps to suppress votes from the other party? Help hackers gain access to voter rolls? Stage traffic accidents at polling places to make them inaccessible? I could go on & on but you get the point.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mnnurse10 Those things are all going to happen this year. The Republicans have layed the predicate for fascism. The 2020 campaign will be the actualization of all of the seemingly ridiculous arguments layed out tofay.

🐣 RT @Rschooley I feel like good lawyers might have come up with a better case than, “Everything every other expert says about the constitution is wrong.”

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Dersh says any danger Trump poses can be eliminated in eight months…after explaining why it’s totally legal and totally cool for Trump to do anything he wants to get himself elected in said election

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger The GOP is now the pro-totalitarian party. It is a clear and present danger

🐣 RT @BillKristol The moment the Senate votes against witnesses Friday, if it does, John Bolton should release to the public (and the Senate) what would have been his opening statement under oath.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: How the White House could keep John Bolton’s book buried — for now http://wapo.st/3aMPLZs

🧵 RT @ChrisMurphyCT Welcome to my daily behind-the-scenes thread on the impeachment trial. ¤ 1/ I have a vague recollection that my day started w a meeting w the Amtrak CEO (my work on other stuff doesn’t stop) but my memory is hazy after 8 hours and 100 questions. 📌 https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1222747424650858496?s=20

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger BTW an acquittal in a sham trial really demands a prosecution after Trump leaves office. Public’s right to know and all that.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks This is a sad day in American history.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnWDean Alan Dershowitz unimpeached Richard Nixon today. All Nixon was doing was obstructing justice and abusing power because he thought he was the best person for the USA to be POTUS. When POTUS does it… etc. Seriously, that was his motive! Agree with Alan and impeachment is gone!

🐣 RT @EricBoehlert that’s the actually quote ¤ it’s an Orwellian nightmare
⋙ 🐣 RT @ABC Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.” https://abcn.ws/2S37weJ

🐣 RT @neal_katyal The fact a President would send his lawyer out to say such grossly unconstitutional things highlights the need for impeachment. If he believes he can do anything, so long as 1 of his motives is to win reelection, he won’t just do Ukraine leverage again, he’ll do far far worse.
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal This is inane. The president could threaten people (including with our army) unless they voted for him? Could order a breakin of DNC headquarters? I’m not sure even Kings had such powers.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff The pattern of his words and conduct is clear: President Trump thinks he is above the law. He thinks he is the state. ¤ Trump said it himself: Under Article II I can do whatever I want. ¤ Precisely what our Founders feared. Precisely why they drafted the remedy of impeachment. 💽 https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1222624768819638284?s=20

🐣 RT @GlessKesslerWP Hmm, John Bolton, one of the most skilled lawyers in Washington, would write a book filled with TOP SECRET classified information? He’s done this rodeo before, so that would be highly surprising if true.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jaketapper WH letter to Bolton warning him against publication of his book as it is right now https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1222588159063666689?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @SyncPol Glenn Kessler, you need to keep up with the time. There’s a new definition for Top Secret: Anything that irritates, embarrasses, contradicts, or in any way is lacking in the most lavish praise of the President is Top Secret. Take a look at the statute, and you can confirm that.

🐣 RT @duty2warn “This is a President who identifies the State as if it is himself.” – Adam Schiff, moments ago.

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 Wow, Dershowitz is actually making the King Louis XIV argument right now! Trump is good for the country, so anything he does to stay in power is the national interest, even if corrupt or illegal. That’s the language of every king & dictator: I am the end and the means justify me.

TheAtlantic, Yoni Applebaum (Dec): How America Ends http://bit.ly/2CGO3ZG
// Dec 2019; A tectonic demographic shift is under way. Can the country hold together?

WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump’s impeachment team offers the Trumpiest possible argument in his defense http://wapo.st/36Bo3vz

🐣 RT @mkraju Engel reveals a 2019 phone call in which he says Bolton suggested that the committee look into Yovanovitch ouster and “strongly implied that something improper had occurred” about her ouster https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1222574762637103105?s=20/photo/1
// memo dated today

🔄💙 CREW: #Nepotism and Conflicts of Interest – Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump http://bit.ly/2u2fEUu
// with extensive references

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman I’m told by two sources close to the situation that Lev Parnas has documents and messages showing Giuliani’s involvement in using Parnas to pressure Poroshenko to end Ukraine’s cooperation in any Mueller related probe, especially Manafort.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman The sources were not clear about whether Kilimnik’s planned escape to Russia was part of the efforts. Lutsenko and Poroshenko handled that end of things. Soon after, it appears, Javelin missiles were approved.

⭕ 28 Jan 2020

💙 WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump’s defense, lost in space http://wapo.st/36DfgZQ “Like his boss’s Twitter stream, Sekulow’s argument ricocheted from dubious complaint to extraneous grievance”

🐣 RT @pleasesaveour If they call Hunter, we want Ivanka
⋙ Fortune, Renae Reints (Jan 2019): Ivanka Trump’s Brand Received Five New Trademarks From China This Month http://bit.ly/37zgpmM ¤ #nepotism

🐣 RT @StefSimanowitz Jared Kushner was a realtor. ¤ He had NO expertise in foreign affairs, NO experience in govt or diplomacy, NO knowledge of the #MiddleEast & NO security clearance. ¤ Yet #Trump put him in charge of negotiating #MiddleEastPeace. ¤ What could possibly go wrong? ¤ #nepotism
// nepotism

GQ, Jay Willis (Oct): How Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump Have Profited Off Their Dad’s Presidency http://bit.ly/37F9lEY ¤ #nepotism
// 10/14/2019; nepotism

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman I’m told by two sources close to the situation that Lev Parnas has documents and messages showing Giuliani’s involvement in using Parnas to pressure Poroshenko to end Ukraine’s cooperation in any Mueller related probe, especially Manafort.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman The sources were not clear about whether Kilimnik’s planned escape to Russia was part of the efforts. Lutsenko and Poroshenko handled that end of things. Soon after, it appears, Javelin missiles were approved.

🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzu Witnesses don’t ensure a fair trial, but the lack of witnesses guarantees an unfair trial:
⋙ 🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “We all know justice doesn’t happen in the dark… Optics and public perception are critical. The credibility of the Congress is being tested right now… They’re trying to talk everybody out of light, and sunshine, and witnesses” – @FrankFigliuzzi1 w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1222283161473880065?s=20/photo/1

💽 CNN: Alan Dershowitz called Trump corrupt in 2016 and said he could be corrupt as President http://cnn.it/37Djpyn

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Dear media: ¤ When referring to Republican Senators who are grasping at utterly debunked Dershowitz “theory” of the Constitution. ¤ Recall over TWO THOUSAND historians: Trump’s actions “are precisely what the Framers had in mind as grounds for impeaching and removing a president.” https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1222309395620671488?s=20/photo/1

🔄 🔊 Lawfare and Goat Rodeo Podcast: The Report / Impeachment http://bit.ly/38LgF28 or http://apple.co/316M7FA with Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes

WSJ: McConnell Says GOP Doesn’t Have Votes to Block Impeachment Witnesses http://on.wsj.com/2RUHUQY
// Senate majority leader makes remarks in private Republican meeting

🐣 Ivanka Trump reminds me of the German Baroness (played by Brigitte Kahn) in the film of The Remains of the Day.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Trump’s defense boils down to this:
Sure, the President did it.
We all know he did it.
We just don’t want the American people to see even more evidence that he did it.
Besides, he is allowed to do whatever he wants.
Get over it.
Well, the American people know better.

🐣 RT @RichardHaass It is true that the Palestinians rarely miss an opportunity to miss an opportunty, but Israel’s moving to annex territory discredits the notion there is opportunity in the plan. Trump admin seems to be forgetting that 2 state outcome is as much a favor to Israel as Palestinians.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin When a president is working to undermine an election in which he is currently standing, it’s not only appropriate to impeach and remove him in that same year, it’s necessary.

🐣 RT @neal_katyal So now the President’s Chief of Staff AND his natl security advisor (one of the more conservative people I have ever met). This isn’t a Democrat witchhunt, it is a former Trump close circle truth crusade.

🐣 RT @nycsouthpaw Alan Dershowitz is a disgraced figure in the legal community, and has been since long before Donald Trump came down the escalator. He was never a constitutional scholar and for decades has occupied the role of an outrageous, trolly contrarian.

🐣 RT @HouseIntel .@RepAdamSchiff on the need for John Bolton to testify: “Are we really going to require the country to wait until his book comes out to find out information that Senators could’ve used to make the right decision on conviction or acquittal?” 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222261578634006533?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DavidJollyFL GOP Senators are beginning to act as though they are genuinely concerned this could spin out of control for them, and for Trump.

🐣 RT @JakeTapper New Q poll of registered voters
75% say witnesses should be allowed to testify in the impeachment trial
20% say they should not
⋙ 📊 Quinnipiac Poll: 75% Of Voters Say Allow Witnesses In Senate Impeachment Trial http://bit.ly/2RxG9du versus 20% who don’t
● A plurality of 49% of GOP want witnesses; 95% Dems, 75% Indies
● 53% say President Trump is not telling the truth about Ukraine

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Let me get this straight, if the Bolton book rumors are correct, Trump was so concerned about public corruption that he singled out the company in Ukraine with a connection to his political rival, while offering personal favors to leaders of corrupt regimes in Turkey and China?

🐣📊 RT @ryanstruyk New national Quinnipiac poll: 75% (!) of voters, including a 49% plurality of Republicans, say witnesses should be able to testify in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Here are my takeaways: ¤ Trump’s lawyers cannot, and did not, defend him on the facts. ¤ Their defense has evolved to this: he did it, so what? ¤ His lawyers strengthened our case that the Senate must hear from Bolton. ¤ A fair trial requires key witnesses. Will America have one?
🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff The President’s lawyers say this is about a “policy debate.” ¤ It is not. ¤ Unless that policy provides that a president can be as corrupt as he chooses and there is nothing Congress can do about it. ¤ That must never be the policy of the United States.

🐣 RT @mkraju Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker told me: “I don’t think the testimony of Ambassador Bolton would be helpful because I basically am in agreement with the very scholarly approach that Mr Dershowitz took that there’s no article there that’s grounds for impeachment and removal”

🐣 RT @DanRather You may try to build a dam to hold back truth. You can use sycophancy, shamelessness, and self-denial. But, I have found, reality has a way of cracking through.

🐣 John Kelly: http://bit.ly/37DycZOhttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1222207631407878144?s=20/photo/1
// HeraldTribune, former chief of staff

“If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton,” said retired Gen. John Kelly, who served as Trump’s chief of staff for 18 months…

“Every single time I was with him … he always gave the president the unvarnished truth,” Kelly said of Bolton, who has become a figure of intense interest in the impeachment inquiry…

“I mean half of Americans think this process is purely political and shouldn’t be happening but since it is happening the majority of Americans would like to hear the whole story,” Kelly said.

“So I think if there are people that could contribute to this, either innocence or guilt … I think they should be heard,” Kelly said, adding: “I think some of the conversations seem to me to be very inappropriate but I wasn’t there. But there are people that were there that ought to be heard from.”

TheNation, Elie Mystal: The Trump Team’s Legal Defense Was a Tour-de-Force of Hypocrisy http://bit.ly/38Q11Tf
// From Ken Starr to Alan Dershowitz, the president’s lawyers spewed illogical arguments that contradicted their own well-known positions.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 “Bolton was regularly appalled by what he saw from the president, the people close to him said. He wondered at times if Trump was acting in America’s best interest or if he was inspired by nefarious reasons, according to a person familiar with the book.”
⋙ WaPo: Bolton book roils Washington as onetime allies turn on Trump’s former national security adviser http://wapo.st/2uDAauQ

🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse Yesterday was disgusting: Starr, Dershowitz, the Biden oppo dump, and the Trump campaign ad. It makes me want a shower.
⋙ Esquire, Charles Pierce: If a More Sanctimonious Toad Than Kenneth Starr Ever Has Crawled Through American Politics… http://bit.ly/37Dwvf2
// I’m hard-pressed to know who it was.

🐣 RT @GlennKesslerWP As a reporter, I appreciated Bolton’s attention to detail, his prodigious memory and his willingness to say what he knew and didn’t know, in contrast to officials who tried to BS you. It was clear he kept careful track of who said what in meetings.

🐣 RT @EricWolfson
GOP 1.0: “Trump is innocent & no quid pro quo!”
GOP 2.0: “OK, there was, but Trump wants to root out corruption!”
GOP 3.0: “OK, but Biden sucks!”
GOP 4.0: “OK, but it failed!
GOP 5.0: “OK, but do we *really* care?”
GOP 6.0: “OK, but [insert newest inane talking point here]!”

🐣 RT @joelockhart All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Joni Ernst, Senator from Iowa. Her gleeful reaction to the Senate smear of Joe Biden laid bare what this is always been about. Using foreign policy to smear a respected former VP. It’s always been about this. Thank you Joni for honesty.

🐣 .@alandersh
Abuse of power = Betrayal of PUBLIC Trust
Public ≠ Private
Use of PUBLIC resource for PRIVATE benefit
= Abuse of Power

🐣 RT @tribelaw This is the best essay I’ve read on why Trump’s “defense” of defying all the subpoenas totally fails. It’s a must read:
💙 ⋙ TheAtlantic: Trump’s Defense Against Subpoenas Makes No Legal Sense http://bit.ly/37KYGZm
// Like so many contentions of the president’s legal team, this is malarkey thinly draped with plausible-sounding distortions of facts, rules, court opinions, and the Constitution itself.

🐣 RT @AlexandraChalup Trump’s legal team is strategically turning the impeachment hearing into a campaign commerical against his political opponent. It should be an FEC violation. These lawyers know the claims against the former VP are false; they aren’t defending Trump but campaigning for him.

🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Yeah, so @qjurecic turns to me during his presentation yesterday and asks this question. Glad people on @Morning_Joe enjoyed it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KatiePhang .@benjaminwittes just now on @Morning_Joe: “Does Ken Starr KNOW he’s Ken Starr?!” 🤣😂

🐣 RT @prchovanec They need to read the transcript.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarshallCohen Trump lawyer Jane Raskin argues that Rudy Giuliani was “just a minor player” in the Ukraine situation. (Context: His name was mentioned *five times* during the Trump-Zelensky call on July 25.)

🐣 huh?!
⋙ 🐣 RT @revrrlewis Brian Kilmeade: “I don’t see how you avoid bringing Bolton in now.” 💽 https://twitter.com/revrrlewis/status/1222117398230241280?s=20/photo/1
// Fox and Friends

WaPo: Bolton book roils Washington as onetime allies turn on Trump’s former national security adviser http://wapo.st/2O4tWuy

✅ WaPo, Aaron Blake: The Bidens, Burisma and impeachment, explained http://wapo.st/3aKxiwG

RawStory/Politico: GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘My guess’ is John Bolton is telling truth about Trump and Ukraine http://bit.ly/2tKqajn

CREW: Criminal Abuse of Power: Trump’s Five Crimes Connected to Ukraine http://bit.ly/2U3WDfk

TRUMP’S FIVE CRIMES CONNECTED TO UKRAINE:
I. Bribery (18 U.S.C. § 201)
II. Soliciting Foreign Campaign Contribution (52 U.S.C. §§ 30109, 30121)
III. Coercion of Political Activity (18 U.S.C. § 610)
IV. Misappropriation of Federal Funds (18 U.S.C. § 641)
V. Obstruction of Congress (18 U.S.C. §§ 1505, 1512)

🐣 RT @karenamyatt Remember how this all started. President Obama roasted him. Thin skinned MNPD can’t take a joke. He’ll make these guys pay. Just wait & see. ¤ I laughed & gulped at the same time as I watched this live. He’ll never forget a slight, not ’til the dementia takes his entire memory.

⭕ 27 Jan 2020

NewYorker, Jill Lepore (1/27): The Last Time Democracy Almost Died http://bit.ly/31c1TyX
// Learning from the upheaval of the nineteen-thirties.; It’s a paradox of democracy that the best way to defend it is to argue about it.

🧵 RT @Morning_Joe Joe’s epic thread on Trump’s confederacy of dunces 💽 https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1222152608443457536?s=20/photo/1
📌 https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1222152608443457536?s=20

WSJ Editorial: The John Bolton Report http://on.wsj.com/2RPnhpa “Mr. Bolton could do it in a public statement, a TV interview, or an op-ed in this publication. Our editors are standing by.”
// The former NSC adviser should tell the public what he knows.

With the news of what’s in the book already public, Mr. Bolton can help everyone, including himself, by erasing any doubt about what he knows. He can tell the American public what he wrote—now, before the Senate votes on witnesses. Lay it all out. Put to rest the “coverup” talking point.

This doesn’t require testifying to the Senate. Mr. Bolton could do it in a public statement, a TV interview, or an op-ed in this publication. Our editors are standing by.

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Biden Helped Reform Ukraine, and Giuliani Is Recorrupting It http://nym.ag/2U3SUyk

🐣 RT @MarshallCohen There is a strong consensus among legal scholars and impeachment experts that the arguments Dershowitz is making right now on the Senate floor… are bogus. He’s arguing that there must be a crime to impeach a president.
⋙ CNN, Marshall Cohen (1/20): Legal scholars pan Alan Dershowitz’s defense of Trump http://cnn.it/30Y0L1N

🐣 RT @jonward11 Bondi’s claim that Shokin was investigating Burisma is the key claim. She cited a Kyiv Post article. All other reporting has concluded that Shokin was not investigating Burisma and that his removal increased the chances that Burisma would be investigated.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ddale8 Trump lawyer Bondi played the vid of Joe Biden talking about trying to get Ukraine prosecutor Shokin fired. She said Shokin was “investigating Burisma.” ¤ She didn’t say: A) Shokin was widely accused of corruption; B) Former Shokin deputy has said Burisma probe was dormant; 1/2
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @ddale8 Bondi then read what Trump said on the Zelensky call – that “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution.” She accused House managers of omitting this important fact. ¤ Biden never bragged he stopped any prosecution. He bragged that he’d gotten a corrupt guy fired.

🐣 RT @kyledcheney NEW: Trump turned the Senate floor Monday into an alternate-reality impeachment of Biden and Obama. ¤ While Senate Rs discussed the real impeachment behind closed doors, Trump’s lawyers acted out a virtual prosecution of his rivals.
⋙ Politico, Kyle Cheney and Andrew Desiderio: Trump team turns Senate trial into extended Obama-Biden attack http://politi.co/2U27d6r
// The president’s lawyers mostly ignored the firestorm around former national security adviser John Bolton’s book.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Schiff’s mild remarks had senators apoplectic, yet they had nothing to say about Trump’s tirade against “lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff.” Trump gets to say anything he wants while his opponents must observe Victorian rules of decorum.
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Republicans’ lack of outrage — even after Bolton’s smoking-gun evidence — is outrageous http://wapo.st/2uEefDP

TheAtlantic, Maya Wiley: This Is a Trial of the Constitution Itself http://bit.ly/2Rwy49a
// To condone the president’s behavior is to shift power further into the executive and break the protections the Framers created.

WaPo: Bolton book roils Washington as onetime allies turn on Trump’s former national security adviser http://wapo.st/2O4tWuy

✅ WaPo, Aaron Blake: The Bidens, Burisma and impeachment, explained http://wapo.st/3aKxiwG

RawStory/Politico: GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘My guess’ is John Bolton is telling truth about Trump and Ukraine http://bit.ly/2tKqajn

CREW: Criminal Abuse of Power: Trump’s Five Crimes Connected to Ukraine http://bit.ly/2U3WDfk

TRUMP’S FIVE CRIMES CONNECTED TO UKRAINE:
I. Bribery (18 U.S.C. § 201)
II. Soliciting Foreign Campaign Contribution (52 U.S.C. §§ 30109, 30121)
III. Coercion of Political Activity (18 U.S.C. § 610)
IV. Misappropriation of Federal Funds (18 U.S.C. § 641)
V. Obstruction of Congress (18 U.S.C. §§ 1505, 1512)

Bloomberg, Jonathan Bernstein: Here We Have It. The Trump Impeachment Smoking Gun. http://bloom.bg/2O5jiEd
// A report about a book by John Bolton makes the president’s Republican defenders look like liars and fools. Maybe they’ll be fine with that.

🐣 RT @tribelaw I believe @ColinKahl, having known Biden well for decades. He’s scrupulously honest and profoundly patriotic.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ColinKahl I staffed Biden on every Ukraine call, mtg & trip from fall 2014-2017. I sat in the Oval & SitRoom & coordinated w/State. Everything he did was to advance US policy alongside our allies, internat’l institutions & Ukrainian reformers. No amount of Trump spin changes those facts.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ColinKahl See also AP fact check back when Trump made similar claims about Biden in his crazy letter to Pelosi http://bit.ly/2GzImPb https://twitter.com/ColinKahl/status/1221964328376471552?s=20/photo/1-2
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ColinKahl And another fact check http://wapo.st/2U1gImn

🐣 RT @LoopEmma .@ewarren says Alan Dershowitz’ arguments tonight were “contrary to both law and fact.” ¤ “His characterization of the law simply is unsupported. He is a criminal law professor who stood in the well of the Senate and talked about how law never inquires into intent…”
⋙ 🐣 RT @LoopEmma “…and that we should not be using the president’s intent as part of understanding impeachment. Criminal law is all about intent. Mens rea is the heart of criminal law. That’s the very basis of it. So it makes his whole presentation just nonsensical. I truly could not follow it”

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey, Jackie Kucinich and Asawin Suebsaeng: Team Trump Settles on Its Impeachment Defense: A Healthy Dose of Lib Triggering http://bit.ly/37xXaK1
// At one point, a GOP senator even seemed to concede that it was all about damaging Joe Biden.

WaPo: ‘Talk to Rudy’: Testimony from diplomats highlights Giuliani’s central role in driving Ukraine policy http://wapo.st/2Rx1jID

WaPo Editorial: If senators fail to call Bolton, their trial is a farce http://wapo.st/2RYtbVn

RawStory: CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin mocks Alan Dershowitz for admitting he has a ‘minority view’: It’s ‘because he’s wrong’ http://bit.ly/3aKnraa

🐣 RT @walterdellinger My former student Judge Starr emphasizes that prior impeachments have been bipartisan. He assumes that is a criticism of Democrats who have proceeded alone rather than of the GOP members who have refused to consider joining in a serious critique of the president’s actions.

🐣 RT @JonFlan Nick Akerman and I got a chance on NBC News Now after the Senate trial to react to the day’s activities esp. the almost perfect failure of the Trump “scheme team” to mention Bolton’s accusations against Trump –
⋙ 💽 NBCNews: Trump legal team argues high crimes and misdemeanors must be criminal violations http://nbcnews.to/2O4rc0t
// The president’s legal defense team argues today that the impeachable offense of high crimes and misdemeanors but be a criminal violation. Former assistant special Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman and former federal prosecutor John Flannery weigh in.

WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump’s team dismisses the case for impeachment as weak — and then sloppily attacks Joe Biden http://wapo.st/2UdaJLt
// Who needs Ukraine to disparage Biden when your legal team can do it on national television?

🐣 RT @RDEliason It’s not the titles of the Articles of Impeachment that matter, it’s the substance of the allegations. And these Articles do allege several criminal violations. #TheCrimesAreInThere
⋙ Sidebarsblog, RandallEliason (12/17): The Crimes in the Articles of Impeachment http://bit.ly/36wY887

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Very relieved that it wasn’t just me
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @seungminkim Warren on Dershowitz’s presentation: “I truly could not follow it.”
⋙ 🐣 Possibly the point. But not a good look for Harvard Law

🧵 RT @jedshug [Thread] BRIBERY THREAD:
100% CLEAR. ¤ The House alleged felony bribery in Article I. ¤ The Trump lawyers are dense and/or in bad faith, so let’s do this step by explicit step.
Here’s the bribery statute 18 USC 201:
A. Corrupt
B. Demand/Seek
C. Anything of value
D. For Official Act:
📌 https://twitter.com/jedshug/status/1221998767295160322?s=20

NYT, Nicholas Bowie: Don’t Be Confused by Trump’s Defense. What He Is Accused of Are Crimes. http://nyti.ms/2uzQigW
// Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress have long been considered criminal and merit impeachment.

🐣 RT @AngrierWHStaff I’ve been telling you guys for years that the leaks are coming from inside the building AND that the NSC was trying to sound the alarm. ¤ It looks like they finally hit the right button.
⋙ 🐣 RT @meredithmcgraw New: NSC spox John Ullyot statement says no one in WH outside NSC reviewed the draft: ¤ “Amb. Bolton’s manuscript was submitted to the NSC for pre-publication review and has been under initial review by the NSC. No White House personnel outside NSC have reviewed the manuscript.”

WaPo, George Conway III: Bolton’s testimony would be devastating. Not even Republicans could look away. http://wapo.st/2O5vXa6

🐣 RT @eliotcwilliams 4 basic food groups: Triscuits, rice cakes, bananas, sparkling water
⋙ 🐣 No! Cheddar goldfish crackers, peanuts, Key Lime greek yogurt and Diet Mountain Dew

━━━━━━━▼ House Intel Fact Checks

Mega-Thread Link: https://twitter.com/i/events/1221120833764188160?s=13

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Text.
Reality: Text 💽 https/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: They can’t point to evidence proving Trump’s legitimate interest in corruption because it’s not in House record..
Reality: The President’s legal team would have provided witnesses and documents if such exculpatory evidence exists. We subpoenaed it #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222644997809496065?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Ukraine did not know about the withheld aid until public reporting..
Reality: Ukraine’s former deputy foreign minister confirmed publicly that the Ukrainians knew. Witness testimony confirms it as well, including from State Dept official Catherine Croft: https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222640097809641472?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: It is inappropriate to impeach a president in an election year..
Reality: Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2016 election, admitted he would do it again in 2020, and continues to direct a scheme to do so. Impeachment is the only remedy. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222610783139454978?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The President’s motives were mixed..
Reality: President Trump answered a direct question on what he wanted from Ukraine: “…if they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens. It’s a very simple answer.” #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222600611025342464?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Presidents have the right to set foreign policy..
Reality: Presidents do not have the right to use official government levers to obtain personal, political gain. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222597072257474560?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Founders opposed this sort of impeachment.
Reality: Constitutional scholars testified: “If what we’re talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is.” Founders worried about a president who might “spare no efforts or means whatever to get himself reelected.” 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222226245733310464?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Impeachment is inappropriate in an election year..
Reality: Trump asked Russia to hack his 2016 rival’s emails. He stood on the White House lawn and said that China & Ukraine should investigate a 2020 opponent. This is a clear pattern. And he’ll do it again. 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222232305126772736?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: President Trump had legitimate corruption concerns with Ukraine..
Reality: Ukraine is plagued by corruption, but the president undermined official anti-corruption policy by asking for political investigations of a rival. ¤ And Ukrainians saw right through it: 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222242012067508224?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump has been impeached over a policy disagreement..
Reality: He created an irregular back channel for Ukraine policy through his personal political lawyer. ¤ “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son” is not a policy. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222238759690829825?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump has been impeached over a policy disagreement..
Reality: He created an irregular back channel for Ukraine policy through his personal political lawyer. ¤ “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son” is not a policy. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1222238759690829825?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Presidents frequently withhold aid..
Reality: There are legitimate ways to advance American interests with foreign aid. ¤ Trump, however, used his irregular Ukraine back channel for his personal political interest, not America’s interest. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221979497253232642?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump’s lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, argues that abuse of power is not impeachable.
Reality: In 1998, Mr. Dershowitz asserted: “If you have somebody who completely corrupts the office… and abuses trust… you don’t need a technical crime.” #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221967205853810689?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: There is no evidence of President Trump’s corrupt intent..
Reality: The fact that he only wanted investigations announced, and not completed, is evidence that he was interested in political benefit, not serious anti-corruption aims. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221973756714852352?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Presidents frequently withhold aid.
Reality: There are legitimate ways to advance American interests with foreign aid. ¤ Trump, however, used his irregular Ukraine back channel for his personal political interest, not America’s interest. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221979497253232642?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump’s obstruction of Congress is not impeachable.
Reality: Trump’s own lawyer Robert Ray said “Contempt of Congress is illegal.” ¤ No president in history has blocked an impeachment inquiry by ignoring every subpoena for documents & witnesses. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221871124721602566?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Abuse of power is not impeachable..
Reality: The Framers made clear that it is. ¤ Hamilton: impeachment is for “those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.” #TruthMatters

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: It is inappropriate to impeach a president in an election year.
Reality: Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2016 election, admitted he would do it again in 2020, and continues to direct a scheme to do so. Impeachment is the only remedy. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221873676913664000?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Rudy Giuliani is “a minor player.”.
Reality: Witnesses testified that Trump directed them to “talk to Rudy” about Ukraine. Trump himself mentioned Giuliani on the call with Zelensky. And Ukrainians viewed Rudy as “the key.” #TruthMatters https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221903718624514048?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The impeachment inquiry had no authority to begin without a full House vote. .
Reality: A House vote is not necessary. Nevertheless, the House took not one vote, but two. #TruthMatters 💽 https/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: There was no quid pro quo.
Reality: Gordon Sondland on quid pro quo for the White House meeting: “The answer is yes.”
Mulvaney on quid pro quo for the aid: “We do that all the time.”
Ambassador Bolton is prepared to testify & should be called. #TruthMatters
💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221882488139788288?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The President was really concerned about burden sharing.
Reality: The burden did not change between freezing and releasing the aid. There was no new effort to get others to contribute more, and Europe in fact contributes a great deal to Ukraine. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221880528913281024?s=20

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump had valid concerns about corruption with Burisma.
Reality: Trump only wanted to ensure that Ukraine 𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙚 investigations. Announcing investigations before they begin is not the best practice for effectively fighting corruption. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221914133278396416?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: We should out the whistleblower..
Reality:
• Details of the whistleblower’s report have been confirmed by other witnesses and documents
• Trump endangered the whistleblower by calling them a traitor and a spy, and suggesting harsh punishment #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221122151174025216?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump withheld the aid to Ukraine because of concerns about corruption..
Reality: White House claim: Trump withheld the aid to Ukraine because of concerns about corruption. ¤
Reality: The Trump Administration’s own Department of Defense had already certified that Ukraine met the necessary anti-corruption benchmarks to receive the aid. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221111832720683008?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: [Abuse of Power is not impeachable].
Reality: In fact, the Republican’s own witness, Professor Jonathan Turley, agreed that abuse of power is an impeachable offense: ¤ “[I]t is possible to establish a case for impeachment based on a non-criminal allegation of abuse of power.” https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221963419357712384?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: President Trump was deeply concerned about corruption in Ukraine..
Reality: White House Claim: President Trump was deeply concerned about corruption in Ukraine. ¤ Reality: In two calls with President Zelensky, Trump does not mention “corruption” at all, only the two specific investigations for his personal political benefit. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221110683875659776?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Ukraine did not know about the withheld aid until public reporting.
Reality: Two witnesses testified Ukraine knew of the hold before it was public. ¤ Ukraine’s former deputy foreign minister confirmed publicly that the Ukrainians knew: https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221878543778570241?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The House never subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, therefore he is not central to the Ukraine scheme..
Reality: Giuliani was subpoenaed for documents on September 30 and deposition notices were sent to three of his associates. Giuliani refused to comply. #TruthMatters https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221897330124886016?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: This president has been the strongest support of Ukraine..
Reality: Reality: President Trump knew that US support was vital to Ukraine, but withheld the aid anyway. Trump has also defended Russia’s invasion of Crimea. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221892472785244161?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: he House denied due process..
Reality: President Trump was offered the same or better procedural privileges than those given to Nixon and Clinton. He chose not to avail himself of these privileges. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221900148156047364?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: “It was no secret” why the aid was withheld..
Reality: The House interviewed 17 witnesses. None were given any explanation for the hold on military aid until after controversy erupted. All documents are STILL being obstructed. #TruthMatters https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221890825849901056?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: VP Biden acted inappropriately..
Reality: There is zero evidence to support this claim. Shokin was widely recognized by our allies to be a corrupt prosecutor, and removing him was in line with official U.S. policy to combat corruption in Ukraine. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221924848609439744?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The fact that Trump and Zelensky met at the UN exonerates the President..
Reality: Reality: Multiple witnesses testified to the unique significance of an Oval Office meeting. And Zelensky himself brought up the desire to meet at the White House, at the UN. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221885673474531328?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: There was no quid pro quo..
Reality: Gordon Sondland on quid pro quo for the White House meeting: “The answer is yes.” ¤ Chief of Staff Mulvaney on quid pro quo for the aid: “We do that all the time” #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221095396581289986?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump invited Zelensky to a White House meeting..
Reality: Text 💽 https/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Ukraine felt no pressure.
Reality: US assistance = 10% of Ukraine’s military budget.
Lt. Col. Vindman: “The power disparity between the POTUS & the President of Ukraine is vast.”
Holmes: “I think they’re being very careful. They still need us.” #TruthMatters
https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221860802136825856?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The fact that Trump and Zelensky met at the UN exonerates the President.
Reality: Multiple witnesses testified to the unique significance of an Oval Office meeting. And Zelensky himself brought up the desire to meet at the White House, at the UN. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221885673474531328?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Text.
Reality: Text 💽 https/photo/1

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🐣 RT @nytmike EXCLUSIVE: Bolton privately told Barr last year that he had concerns Trump was effectively granting personal favors to the autocrats of Turkey and China. Barr said he was concerned Trump created appearance he had undue influence on inquiries w/@maggieNYT
⋙ NYT: Bolton Was Concerned That Trump Did Favors for Autocratic Leaders, Book Says http://nyti.ms/2RvM0zW
// The former national security adviser shared his unease with the attorney general, who cited his own worries about the president’s conversations with the leaders of Turkey and China.

🐣 RT @HarryLitman 100% straw man: Dershowitz’s argument that alternative to Trump’s view is inane view that impeachable offense are whatever Congress says they are. See @tribe, @RepRaskin and #chemerinsky excellent discussion here: [Lawfare podcast] https://twitter.com/harrylitman/status/1221964324454879232?s=20

🐣 RT @McFaul Incredible. Admitting openly that Trump and team are using this impeachment trial to take down Biden in Iowa.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AlanHe ERNST: “IA caucuses are this next Monday evening. And I’m really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Demcaucus goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?” ¤ H/T @JaxAlemany

🐣 RT @mikercarpenter Derschowitz is claiming that abuse of office is outside the realm of impeachable offenses. But what Trump did fits the very definition of criminal bribery: soliciting an item of value as a means of influencing the actions of an individual holding a public duty.

🐣 RT @AriMelber Dershowitz is now literally contradicting the life’s work of his Trump *co-counsel* Ken Starr, who pushed abuse of power as an article of impeachment against Clinton. ¤ What does it say that Trump’s own lawyers!don’t agree with each other’s work on their defense?

🐣 RT @neal_katyal These arguments do nothing except highlight the need for witnesses. It’s nuts to think Senate can decide this w/out hearing from the key person in room who it is reported says Trump had the very motive he denies having. Every piece of evidence corroborates Bolton, nothing Trump.

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Dersh is giving this argument instead of Turley because Turley says it’s BS

🐣 RT @cbouzy Alan Dershowitz’s primetime ramblefuckery is truly a WTF moment.

🐣 RT @McFaul This is the key difference between Biden and Trump. Biden was never freelancing . He was always on the Obama team advancing Obama Administration polices. Trump undermined his own administration’s policy! Not one senior nat security official on his team supported his “drug deal”.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Dershowitz is having the time of his life arguing an inane theory in the capstone lecture of his entire creepy career. He doesn’t care about the constitution, or the country. This is Alan Dershowitz in his final act of self fulfillment on the floor of the United States Senate.

🐣 RT @tedlieu Robert Ray is correct that the call by @realDonaldTrump to the Ukrainian leader was less than perfect. In fact, when you put that call in the context of the overall pressure campaign by Trump and his associates, it was perfectly ILLEGAL.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MaxBoot Trump won’t be happy with Robert Ray for conceding the Zelensky call might have been “less than perfect.” That’s not the party line.

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Just a little something #PamBondi omits: ¤ US Ambassador 2015 speech, coordinated with VP Biden, excoriating Ukraine Prosecutor Office for having covered up Burisma corruption. ¤ That’s right: They went after Prosecutor Office for failing to confront Burisma. ¤ (Also Kent testimony) https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1221918377180123140?s=20/photo/1
// i.e. Zlochevskiy

🐣 RT @michaelbd A number of us at NR – myself, @ltthompso, and @AndrewCMcCarthy- have been saying the quid pro quo is right there in the rough transcript. Yet the WH and GOP Senate have stuck to this idiotic “no quid pro quo” defense, against common sense.
⋙ NationalReview, Andrew McCarthy: Bolton Blows Up Trump Team’s Foolhardy Quid Pro Quo Defense http://bit.ly/38JkBAj

Newsweek: #ILeftTheGOP Trends as Former Republicans Share Why They ‘Cut the Cord’ With the Party http://bit.ly/2uznJQK GOP party affiliation is now 27% compared to 39% in 2004.

🐣 RT @DavidJollyFL The odd part of the Trump team’s takedown of Hunter Biden just now is that it serves to confirm the House managers’ case that the President was indeed engaged in impeachable behavior by asking a foreign government to investigate his political opponent. A terrible legal argument.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RickPetree This is key: Trump wants to say “hell yes, I wanted Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, and I was *absolutely right* to do so.” His lawyers transmit a muted version of that ‘defence.’

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump’s defense is irrelevant. Only Bolton matters now. http://wapo.st/2TZI4Jy

🐣 RT @brianklaas Senate Republicans and Trump are pushing a fake scandal about Biden that isn’t just a lie, it’s the exact opposite of what actually happened. Voters should hold them accountable for their blatant lies. Truth matters. Learn the facts:
⋙ WaPo, Brian Klaas (Sep): Trump is pushing a fake scandal once again. Don’t buy it. http://wapo.st/2uBIPxS

🐣 RT @HotlineJosh National Review: “The president’s most ardent defenders are already out smearing him as a treacherous liar. But Bolton is an unvarnished truth-teller, to a fault.”
⋙ NationalReview, Rich Lowry: The Smear Campaign against John Bolton http://bit.ly/ “the chances of the trial extending have increased markedly over the last 24 hours”

DailyBeast, David Lurie: The GOP Isn’t Exonerating Trump—It’s Indicting Itself http://bit.ly/2O3Tt7n
// Part-and-parcel of any cultish political movement is a continuous demand for declarations of loyalty, and punishment of the disloyal.

WaPo: Trump says he was concerned about corruption in Ukraine. The evidence indicates he was focused on Biden. http://wapo.st/3aGsJ6u

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey and Jackie Kucinich: Bolton Leak Sends GOP Scrambling to Justify Quick Trial http://bit.ly/3aX7ayS
// The New York Times report about the former national security adviser’s new book renewed the debate over witness testimonies and left Republicans frantically circling the wagons

NYT Editorial: Surprise, Mr. President. John Bolton Has the Goods. http://nyti.ms/2RTlBeD
// Who’s telling the truth about Ukraine? There’s one way to find out.

WaPo: Key GOP senators say reports on Bolton book bolster case for witnesses in impeachment trial http://wapo.st/2uzgyYO

🐣 RT @atrupar Pam Bondi, who dropped an investigation into Trump University after Trump’s foundation gave her campaign $25,000, is here to lecture us about corruption 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1221911604201246720?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield Okay, we finally have #15: Joe Biden was corrupt. ¤ I can’t believe it took 3 hours to get here. https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1221911169587236865?s=20/photo/1
// Bogus arguments Bingo Card complete

🐣 RT @StevenJHarper1 The poor quality of the lawyering is matched only by the poor quality of their client and his case.
⋙🐣 RT @jgelzer Trump’s own lawyer admitted in just the past hour:
– Live testimony & cross-examination are great for finding the truth.
– The only courts to rule on Trump’s absolute immunity theory have rejected it.
– House Dems DID go to court, & indeed won.
None seems good for his client!

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum I know it’s meant to be a joke, but this is literally the logic.
⋙ 🐣 RT @petersuderman Trump didn’t do the thing he’s accused of doing, but if he did it was fine, and in fact that’s exactly what he did, get over it, because it’s not only fine, it’s precisely what we want from a president, and can you believe that Biden did the same thing, shame on him.

Mediaite: ‘ARE YOU KIDDING?!’: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Lights Fire to ‘Mind Boggling’ Arguments From Trump Legal Team http://bit.ly/2vrH3Qg

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance This argument only gets more dangerous, as Philbin now gives every future president a pass on answering any questions as part of oversight. Does that also apply to turning over documents? Silly Bill Clinton, deciding to answer questions under oath.

🐣 RT @moscow_project Philbin continues to argue for the inviolability of executive privilege, which Trump has never actually asserted over any of the documents or testimony in the case.
⋙ WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump’s defenders make it up as they go http://wapo.st/30Xy0lP

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Another unforced error. ¤ What’s remarkable about this tweet thread by President Trump responding to specific allegations in #BoltonBook: ¤ These statements by Trump may constitute a WAIVER of executive privilege! ¤ Can’t publicly discuss the info, and then say @AmbJohnBolton can’t. https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1221811681254367232?s=20/photo/1

JustSecurity: Executive Privilege Cannot Block Bolton’s Testimony http://bit.ly/2O19V8w

🐣 RT @clairecmc I’m scratching my head here.They get the lawyer who thought an extramarital affair was impeachable to argue that withholding urgent military assistance to an ally in war against our enemy for a political favor is not impeachable. If it wasn’t so infuriating it would be hysterical

🔆 This❗️⋙ Reuters/CNN: Trump ally Graham says he’d back subpoena for Bolton manuscript: CNN reporter http://reut.rs/37ANfU4

🐣 RT @bradheath Starr is arguing that Congress should hold presidents accountable through “oversight,” not impeachment. But the Trump administration has repeatedly argued that Congress can’t seek all types of information about the president unless it’s conducting an impeachment inquiry.

🐣 RT @jonflan Zelensky was ready to give a CNN interview but the Senate forced the WH to release the funds, and Taylor discouraged Zelensky from announcing any investigation on CNN. Do we think the Senators have done enough homework to know the facts that contradict Purpura’s show. Not the Rs

🐣 RT @AlFranken I have Republican friends in the Senate who are morally serious people. McConnell is not one of them. Let’s see if there are four who think it’s important to hear the truth. #ImpeachmentTrial

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff The President blocked our request for Bolton’s testimony. ¤ Now we see why: ¤ Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the President’s defense. ¤ If the trial is to be fair, Senators must insist that Mr. Bolton be called as a witness, and provide his notes and other documents.

TheBulwark, Bill Kristol: Speak for America, John! http://bit.ly/36wWDXq
// This is John Bolton’s moment.

🐣 RT @SethAbramson I’ve listened to most of the impeachment trial—and have my TV on right now—but I actually can’t listen to Ken Starr, as there is a degree of hypocrisy and lack of principle that is so spectacularly offensive to the human spirit I refuse to subject myself to it and Starr qualifies

🐣 RT @digby I guess it’s just me. Having been re-radicalized by the inane Clinton impeachment, I guess I’m still astonished that it ever happened. To have Ken Starr up here blathering about the horrors of impeachment is just more than I can take. ¤ This is nuclear level gaslighting.

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Ken Starr’s “Rodino Rule” that you only proceed with impeachment when it is bipartisan is baloney, and a distortion of history. The Nixon process became bipartisan only as Republicans discovered his guilt. The GOP of 1970s refused to coverup for him! Not so today, it appears.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Ken Starr would be more convincing if he were to say, “I apologize for my role in impeaching Bill Clinton. It was all a big mistake. I too fell prey to the passions of the Age of Impeachment.”

🐣 RT @bydinator Sen. Lisa Murkowski to reporters just now: “I said before I was curious about what Ambassador Bolton might have to say. I’m still curious.”

🐣 RT @santucci Senior level White House sources tell @ABC the president’s legal team is preparing for the possibility of witnesses in the impeachment trial. Sources tell @jonkarl @KFaulders & me legal team preparing aggressive, drawn out legal fight to block testimony of potential witnesses.

🐣 RT @RobGeorge Who on Trump’s team thought that THIS argument delivered by THIS person was a really good idea? #ImpeachmentTrial #KenStarr

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Mulvaney lawyer says he never had conversation indicating aid was tied to investigating Democrats. Why would we think he had? Because Mulvaney told us the aid freeze was linked to Trump’s demand for probe of 2016 Democrats. “That’s why we held up the aid.”
⋙ NYT (Oct): Mulvaney Says, Then Denies, That Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid as Quid Pro Quo http://nyti.ms/2RRMcJ2
// 10/18/2019; Conflicting comments by the acting White House chief of staff threw Washington into turmoil.

🐣 RT @julianzelizer 1998: Starr calls for impeaching a president who lied about an affair. ¤ 2020: While nobody cares about the president’s affairs, or violating campaign finance laws to hide them, Starr defends a president impeached for using foreign aid as leverage for his reelection needs

🐣 If impeachment is to be removed from the Constitution, it requires a Constitutional Amendment, not a lecture from Ken Starr.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa This is insane. If true, then Barr is not merely conflicted (he was directly referenced in the phone call to Zelensky), he is a coconspirator who actively tried to obstruct Congress and justice by burying the WB complaint and preventing a criminal investigation
⋙ 🐣 RT @SethAbramson NEW YORK TIMES: “Bolton said after Trump’s call with Zelensky, Bolton raised with Barr his concerns about Giuliani—who was pursuing a shadow Ukraine policy encouraged by Trump—and told Barr Trump mentioned him on the Zelensky call. Barr denies learning of the call from Bolton.”

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Four big takeaways from the explosive John Bolton revelations http://wapo.st/30WLvlE

🐣 RT @ryanstruyk SCHUMER: “It boils down to one thing: we have a witness with firsthand evidence of the president’s actions for which he is on trial. He is ready and willing to testify. How can Senate Republicans not vote to call that witness and request his documents?”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ryanstruyk SCHUMER: “If there was ever even a shred of logic left to not hear witnesses and review the documents, Mr. Bolton’s book just erased it.”

🐣 RT @justinbaragona Fox News’ Chris Wallace on the Bolton news: “If you want a sense of how big the news is that we’ve heard in the past 12-14 hours, listen to the Trump supporters…spinning like crazy that it isn’t big news and you get a sense that this is really an important development.” 💽 https://twitter.com/justinbaragona/status/1221853319993483265?s=20/photo/1

CREW: Newly Disclosed Docs Cast Further Doubt on DOJ’s Decision to Terminate McCabe http://bit.ly/2GoUsL4

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Either way, the incriminating evidence against Trump will come out. The only question is if they want to be seen as accomplices in a failed coverup scheme.
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Eight ways Bolton has changed the trial and boxed in Republicans http://wapo.st/37ytsol

🐣 RT @HouseIntel House impeachment managers statement on @nytimes reporting on John Bolton: ¤ “…no doubt now that Mr. Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the President’s defense and therefore must be called as a witness at the impeachment trial of President Trump.” http://bit.ly/37yaDBA https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221590523707826179?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MSNBC JUST IN: House manager Rep. Schiff reacts to this new NYTimes report: ¤ “If the trial is to be fair, Senators must insist that Mr. Bolton be called as a witness, and provide his notes and other documents.”

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Pompeo has become a Trump mini-me who emulates his master in boorishness, bombast, bullying—and dishonesty. Every day that Pompeo stays in office, he makes Rex Tillerson—once seen as the worst secretary of state ever–look better by comparison.
🐣 RT @MaxBoot It’s impossible to imagine Pompeo calling out Trump as Tillerson did. He is described as “among the most sycophantic and obsequious people around Trump.” That’s saying something, b/c Trump is surrounded by more servile courtiers than a medieval monarch.
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Every day that Pompeo stays in office, he makes Tillerson look better by comparison http://wapo.st/2RREs9V

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Schiff must make a motion to CJ Roberts for witnesses. As I’ve been saying all along, if Roberts grants the motion for witnesses (he will) & the Rs vote to overrule him (they might) that will (de facto) be obstruction of justice & accessory after the fact.
🐣 RT @tribelaw Here’s a scenario:
1. House Managers invoke Rules VII & XXIV to ask the CJ to subpoena Bolton & all relevant documents
2. CJ Roberts issues subpoena
3. Trump lawyers realize Senate can’t overrule this order
4. Trump sues Roberts in DC district court
⋙ NYT, Neal K. Katyal, Joshua A. Geltzer and Mickey Edwards: John Roberts Can Call Witnesses to Trump’s Trial. Will He? http://nyti.ms/36vzwwo
// Democratic House managers should ask the chief justice to issue subpoenas for John Bolton and others.

🐣 RT @profbriankalt [1/26] I’m reading Schlesinger’s 1973 book The Imperial Presidency. He notes presidential corruption peaks in 50-year cycles (Grant, Harding, Nixon) and says, “Around the year 2023 the American people would be well advised to go on the alert and start nailing down everything in sight.”
⋙ 🐣 Maybe things have sped up because social media

⭕ 26 Jan 2020

🐣 RT @DanRather In a story where a lot of shoes have been dropping, this Bolton revelation seems to be one heckuva big one. If true it confirms a lot, but also raises a whole new set of questions.

🐣 RT @JonahDispatch The only way to tell who’s lying is to obtain sworn testimony as well as the production of any notes, memoranda, phone logs. Etc either party might have.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Axios JUST IN: President Trump has strongly denied John Bolton’s allegations tying the hold-up of Ukraine aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden
⋙⋙ Axios: Trump denies Bolton book allegations that Ukraine aid was tied to Bidens http://bit.ly/36vtZWS

WaPo, Fred Hiatt: The White House offers senators a false, and poisonous, choice http://wapo.st/30VYjc0 “If they accept the White House defense, senators will accept as precedent for all time that a president may use the powers of his office for personal political gain … ”

🐣 RT @RepJeffries Note to those critics allegedly concerned with decorum. ¤ This is the President of the United States. ¤ The next time you think to criticize House Dems for using sharp language. ¤ Spare us the FAKE outrage.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @real Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!
⋙ 🐣 RT @DrGJackBrown This isn’t just ‘Sharp Language’ – it’s stochastic terrorism. Trump is deliberately trying to incite lone wolves.

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Bolton just decimated every Trump defense all at once and irreparably

NYT: 6 Revelatory Moments From the Video of Trump’s Private Donor Dinner http://nyti.ms/2uBKKlM
// The video of the 2018 event made headlines for capturing conversations now tied to the impeachment inquiry. But it also showed remarkable exchanges that weren’t about Ukraine.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote The Bolton leak came from the NSC. Maybe totally off base, but wasn’t Andrew Peek-the NSC guy who took over for Tim Morrison who took over for Fiona Hill-unceremoniously escorted off White House grounds last week for a “security” issue?
⋙ Bloomberg (1/18): Trump Loses Another Russia Adviser, Adding to NSC Turnover http://bloom.bg/2O3fpPV
● Andrew Peek was top Russia hand on National Security Council
● Peek’s two predecessors testified in impeachment inquiry

🐣 RT @bryantylercohen
12/30: Bolton provides copy of manuscript to WH, including claim that Trump tied aid to Biden probe
1/3: Trump launches disproportionate strike on Iran, which Bolton had encouraged for years
[ ⋙ ] If you think there’s no connection here, wake up. EVERYTHING Trump does is self-serving
⋙ 🐣 RT @bryantylercohen The timelines *always* match up. ¤ Mueller testified on 7/24. Trump felt exonerated. He called Zelensky the next day on 7/25. ¤ The House Intel Committee received the whistleblower complaint on 9/9. The WH suddenly released the aid to Ukraine on 9/11. ¤ It’s. Always. Obvious.

🐣 RT @jdawsey1 John Bolton plans to say in memoir titled “The Room Where It Happened” that Trump linked Ukraine investigations to foreign aid in August. Book is unflattering portrait of Trump he hopes to publish March 17. Matching NYT story with a couple new details:
💙 ⋙ WaPo: Democrats call for Bolton to testify in Trump impeachment trial after new report on aid to Ukraine http://wapo.st/30V3jO9

🐣📊 RT @kylegriffin1 New Fox News poll: ¤ On impeachment, by a 50-44% margin, voters think the Senate should vote to convict Trump and remove him from office. ¤ Among independents, more say Trump should be removed by a 19-point margin (53-34%).

💙 NYT, William B. Taylor: Yes, Secretary Pompeo, Americans Should Care About Ukraine http://nyti.ms/37yGgek Mr. Taylor is a former United States ambassador to Ukraine.
// A former ambassador tells the secretary of state just why.

🐣 RT @biannagolodryga I was waiting for this. Russian Senator says “@SecPompeo let it slip ‘do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ in a radio interview. The Sec of State admitted that for US national interests, Ukraine is of no concern. It is just a fictitious priority of the ruling caste.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @Alexey_Pushkov Помпео проговорился. «Вы что, считаете, что американцев действительно волнует Украина?»- обрушился он на радиоведущую. Так госсекретарь фактически признал: для национальных интересов США происходящее на Украине не имеет особого значения. Это выдуманный приоритет правящей касты.

🐣 RT @McFaul This should be a warning to anyone ever thinking of working for Trump. You leave/get fired and immediately become “enemy of the people” — Comey, McMaster, Tillerson, Kelly, Mattis, Hill, Taylor, Bolton, etc. Haley is the only one in my world who has come out unscathed.
⋙ 🐣 RT @seanmdav John Bolton is running the exact same revenge playbook against Trump that James Comey used. He’s even using the same agent and leaking to the same reporters. All because he’s mad Trump fired him for leaking and trying to start new wars. It’s so boring and predictable.

WaPo, Daniel Drezner: The secretary of slander http://wapo.st/2GstylG
// So much for the beacon of democracy

🐣 RT @andrewfeinberg He wants you to believe that @AmbJohnBolton, his national security adviser — who’d already directed several staffers to talk to counsel’s office about the “drug deal” — never brought said deal up with the person he was there to advise.

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Article says Bolton book submitted to WH for prepublication rev. If Trump and defense team have read it&delaying publication (as nyt suggests), may further obstruction case. This is where Trump decn to use WH lawyers may haunt him. No atty/client privilege
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal “Bolton’s submission of the book to the White House may have given the White House lawyers direct insight into what Mr. Bolton would say if he were called to testify… It also intensified concerns among some of his advisers that they needed to block Mr. Bolton from testifying”

💙 🧵 RT @jennycohn1 [Thread] Dear @SenatorCollins: threatening senators is entirely consistent with Trump’s character & conduct. Remember when he read Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number out loud (which wld enable it to be hacked)? 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1221622779834847237?s=20

🐣 ◕ RT @Teri_Kanefield Moreover, in 2 of Trump’s tweets, we can check off 3 Bogus Defenses from the Bingo Card. https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1221675426671558656?s=20/photo/1
#1: The call was perfect
#17: Zelensky said there was nothing wrong
#21: Trump did more for Ukraine than Obama
(I need to make a card with more squares)

🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield If John Bolton takes the stand and testifies under oath—and if you want to testify that he’s wrong—you’ll have to take the stand and swear an oath to tell the truth. ¤ Are you up to it, @realDonaldTrump? ¤ There is no such thing as testifying by tweet.

🧵 RT @TheRickWilson [Thread] 1/ Sitting down for a dinner with REDACTED and the Bolton news is lighting up my phone. ¤ Watch for Mitch and the WH team (but I repeat myself) to work overtime to end the entire proceedings as fast as possible. 📌 https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1221595929888858113?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 2/ This Bolton information is previously unheard, entirely relevant, directly makes the president’s direct command of the scheme of illegal extortion apparent. ¤ Unless you vote to demand it, you’re not Senators. ¤ You’re co-conspirators. [ … ]

🐣 #MAGA people really don’t care. Do You?

🐣 RT @IlvasToomas When all this is over, the history books will be written by smart people who will bring out all the mendacity, dissembling and sheer stupidity of what people said. Along with the facts documented and footnoted. Screaming dumb people will not publish history books anyone reads 1/2
⋙ 🐣 RT @IlvasToomas It will all be laid out, clearly, simply. This will be the legacy of of the people who acted, of who was honest, who was not. Some, history will hold up as heroes, others as villains. Children will read who was who. Some will be proud, some spit, some will change their names 2/2

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance No wonder Trump wants a quick end to impeachment. He told Bolton he would hold Ukrainian aid “until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.” What is left of our ideals if The Senate votes w/out hearing from Bolton?

🐣 RT @tribelaw .@Lawrence has nailed this. If executive privilege had otherwise been available — which it wasn’t— this #twaiver (my term for a “waiver by tweet”) rendered it unavailable.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Lawrence And with this late night tweet the Very Stable Genius has legally waived executive privilege on John Bolton’s testimony. ¤ Trump has now made their conversations public. ¤ History might show this was Trump’s most self-damaging tweet.
🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance No wonder Trump wants a quick end to impeachment. He told Bolton he would hold Ukrainian aid “until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.” What is left of our ideals if The Senate votes w/out hearing from Bolton?
🐣 RT @McFaul So, why don’t you both come testify to the Senate, under oath, and settle this matter? #FactsMatter.
🐣 RT @kyledcheney This is why Democrats’ demand for Bolton’s contemporaneous notes — even more than his live testimony — means everything here. ¤ For now, it’s Trump’s word vs. Bolton’s.
🐣 RT @ianbremmer Trump says Bolton is lying. ¤ Despite corroboration from Bolton advisor Fiona Hill and other Trump Admin officials.
🐣 RT @sfpelosi Say it under oath at the Senate
🐣 RT @PreetBharara Nervous
🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio Trump denies Bolton’s reported account that Trump told him military aid was tied to investigations: “If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.”
🐣 RT @RepSwalwell Save it for the judge
🐣 RT @ScottMStedman It’s almost as if there should be some sort of…. trial.
💙💙 ⋙ 🧵 RT @real [12:20amET] [Thread] I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book. With that being said, the… 📌 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1221663763138588672?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman with…. ¤ witnesses!

🐣 RT @normornstein Cipollone had to know. This manuscript was vetted by the counsel’s office. He has been lying through his teeth.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RyanLizza What exactly did Trump’s Senate trial lawyers know about what Bolton wrote in his manuscript and did they say anything to the Senate that contradicted what they knew?

🐣 RT @SSNBubblehead … If you haven’t read @SethAbramson’s timeline over the past 12 hours, you are’t getting the full scope of the video & #BoltonBombshell. Both are devastating to 🍊🤡, who should not be allowed to continue his mob boss rule of the USA for another single minute. #ImpeachmentTrial
🧵 RT @SethAbramson [Thread] I have to put my live-thread on hold. Bolton just confirmed the damn quid pro quo—and says it came directly from a conversation with Trump. This (if America were a real country, if this were a real investigation, if we were in the middle of a real trial) would be THE smoking gun. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1221581875292098564?s=20
// quotes from article

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Tomorrow we outline a simple way for Americans to hear from witnesses, even if the Republican Senate wants to block them. Given Bolton’s news tonight, it would profoundly betray our Constitution to try to prevent these witnesses from telling the truth. If Rs try,there is a remedy
⋙ 🐣 RT @jgeltzer If you’re reading what Bolton would say if he testifies & thinking it’ll take 4 Republican Senators to get a subpoena issued, stay tuned. ¤ Because that’s not actually what the Senate rules require. ¤ @neal_katyal, @mickeyedwardsok & I will explain why tomorrow in @nytopinion…

🐣 RT @klasfeldreports INBOX: House impeachment managers release a statement on the NYT report on Bolton. ¤ “There can be no doubt now that Mr. Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the President’s defense and therefore must be called as a witness at the impeachment trial of President Trump.” https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1221599522108907522?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @NicolleDWallace This is interesting-clearly it’s already written and wh has had ample time for classification review. Rest assured that if it exonerated Trump on Ukraine in any way, shape or form,Trump would print it himself, staple the pages together and stand on the street handing out copies
⋙ 🐣 RT @frankrichny For both commercial & patriotic reasons, Simon & Schuster should get Bolton’s book out now & dare Trump to kill it. S&S publishes Bob Woodward; they know this drill.

WaPo: Democrats call for Bolton to testify in Trump impeachment trial after new report on aid to Ukraine http://wapo.st/30V3jO9

🐣 RT @AmandiOnAir The man who writes here that his guess is that, “Trump is a Russian agent,” is not just some layman, but a former CIA Station Chief in Moscow, who also helped nab treasonous CIA officer/KGB double agent, Aldrich Ames. ¤ Take what Rolf Mowatt-Larssen says VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY
💙💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @AmericanMystic [Rolf Mowatt-Larssen] What is maddening about impeachment proceedings is there is no doubt about Trump’s guilt; the facts are undisputed. And there’s a pattern here: Trump engaged in an even deeper conspiracy with Russian intelligence in 2016 and covered it up. My guess is Trump is a Russian agent.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Amb. Bolton reportedly heard directly from Trump that aid for Ukraine was tied to political investigations. ¤ The refusal of the Senate to call for him, other relevant witnesses, and documents is now even more indefensible. ¤ The choice is clear: our Constitution, or a cover-up.
🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Bolton must testify. Executive privilege can’t be invoked to cover-up Trump’s crimes. How might Trump try to stop Bolton from testifying & further exposing his crimes? We probably need only ask the following question to find an answer: how would a dictator handle this situation?
🐣 RT @Isikoff Among many questions this raises – did president’s lawyers do basic due diligence – and make any effort to find out – what Bolton would say when they told senators on Saturday there was no direct testimony that Trump linked withheld aid to investigations
🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey This is the single most significant revelation since the release of the call memorandum itself. That isn’t to minimize the mountains of other incredibly important corroborating evidence that has been gathered, but this is game-changing to the political calculations.
🐣 RT @ShimonPro This is also significant: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged privately that there was no basis to claims by the Rudolph W. Giuliani that the ambassador to Ukraine was corrupt and believed Mr. Giuliani may have been acting on behalf of other clients, Mr. Bolton wrote.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ShimonPro NY Times: President Trump told Bolton in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript.
🐣 RT @maggieNYT SCOOP: Bolton book draft, circulated to associates and sent to WH for review process, describes a convo w POTUS where he says he doesn’t want to release withheld aid till Ukraine turned over material related to investigations @nytmike and me
💙💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says http://nyti.ms/3aKE4CF
// Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt; Drafts of the book outline the potential testimony of the former national security adviser if he were called as a witness in the president’s impeachment trial.

⭕ 25 Jan 2020

✅ CNN: Fact-checking opening statements from President Trump’s legal team http://cnn.it/2tRVvAC

━━━━━━━▼ House Intel Fact Checks
🐣 RT @HouseIntel #TruthMatters | Fact Checking President Trump’s Defense ¤ U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221159434707185665?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: We should out the whistleblower.
Reality:
● Details of the whistleblower’s report have been confirmed by other witnesses and documents
● Trump endangered the whistleblower by calling them a traitor and a spy, and suggesting harsh punishment
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221122151174025216?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Fighting corruption was a priority of US policy in Ukraine
Reality:
● Trump undermined that policy.
● Fiona Hill: “[Sondland] was being involved in domestic political errand. And we were being involved in national security… those two things had just diverged.”
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221112846349750274?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Trump withheld the aid to Ukraine because of concerns about corruption.
Reality:
● The Trump Administration’s own Department of Defense had already certified that Ukraine met the necessary anti-corruption benchmarks to receive the aid. #TruthMatters
● Ukraine does have a history of corruption. That’s why, when Congress provided them military aid, the Dept of Defense was required to certify Ukraine met anti-corruption benchmarks. ¤ DOD did so in May 2019. But in July, Trump put a hold on the aid anyway, to use it as leverage.
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221111832720683008?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: President Trump was deeply concerned about corruption in Ukraine.
Reality:
● In two calls with President Zelensky, Trump does not mention “corruption” at all, only the two specific investigations for his personal political benefit. #TruthMatters
● George Kent Testimony on Government Anti-Corruption Efforts
Q: “In your opinion, was this a comprehensive and whole of government effort to end corruption?”
Kent: “I would not say so, no sir.”
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221110683875659776?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Presidents withhold foreign aid all the time.
Reality: Trump withheld Ukraine’s aid for his own personal political interest.
● Amb. Taylor: “To withhold that assistance for no good reason other than help with a political campaign…was crazy.” #TruthMatters
● ⋙CNN: “To withhold that assistance for no good reason other than help with a political campaign made no sense,” Bill Taylor says on what he meant when he texted US officials that withholding Ukraine aid was “crazy” https://cnn.it/373vw8b
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221109026697728000?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Using the WH meeting as leverage doesn’t matter, because Trump met Zelensky at the UN.
Reality:
● Witnesses testified to the significance of an Oval Office meeting, especially for a new leader of a vulnerable nation.
● It still hasn’t happened. #TruthMatters
💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221105708516675585?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Europe did not support Ukraine
Reality: The European Union is a huge contributor of foreign assistance to Ukraine. #TruthMatters https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221103513788350471?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Ukraine did not know about the withheld aid until public reporting.
Fact Check: Two witnesses testified Ukraine knew of the hold before it was public. Ukraine’s former deputy foreign minister confirmed to the press that the Ukrainians knew. #TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221101165917691904?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: Tim Morrison exonerates the President.
Reality:
● Morrison repeatedly reported the pressure campaign to lawyers, and Sondland told Morrison of a conversation where Sondland told Ukraine directly there was a quid pro quo for the military aid. #TruthMatters
● ⋙ CNN: Morrison on conditioning aid to Ukraine:
Q: And what did Ambassador Sondland tell you that he told Mr. Yermak?
Morrison: That the Ukrainians would have to have the prosecutor general make a statement with respect to the investigations as a condition of having the aid lifted.
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221099539064664064?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: There was no quid pro quo.
Reality:
● Gordon Sondland on quid pro quo for the White House meeting: “The answer is yes.”
● Chief of Staff Mulvaney on quid pro quo for the aid: “We do that all the time”
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221095396581289986?s=20/photo/1

⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: The impeachment inquiry process has been unfair.
Reality: The process gave equal time to Republicans & Democrats, was consistent with prior House precedent, and afforded the same rights to President Trump that Nixon and Clinton were granted.
#TruthMatters 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1221093324901224450?s=20/photo/1
━━━━━━━▲

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump’s lawyers are absolutely entitled to their own facts http://wapo.st/2RtIPbW ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1221324423329914880?s=20/photo/1

As outlined in two hours on the Senate floor, theirs is a world in which Ukraine interfered in the U.S. election in 2016; where the FBI and intelligence community are disreputable; where the United States, not Europe, gives Ukraine the bulk of its foreign aid; where there was no quid pro quo with Ukraine and where a “transcript” of President Trump’s call conclusively proves it; where the halt of military aid to Ukraine was routine, and where Ukrainian officials didn’t even know about it; where the president was barred from impeachment proceedings; and where Robert Mueller totally vindicated Trump.

🐣 RT @mccaffrey3r Trump an increasingly lawless and dangerous man. This Trump tweet clearly suggests violence and physical intimidation against a Member of Congress.
🐣 RT @BillKristol This is the man to whom the Republican Party bends the knee and bows the head.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real Our case against lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam “Shifty” Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, their leader, dumb as a rock AOC, & the entire Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrat Party, starts today at 10:00 A.M. on @FoxNews, @OANN or Fake News @CNN or Fake News MSDNC!

NBCNews: Who is Dmytro Firtash? The man linked to $1 million loan to Giuliani ally has a shadowy past http://nbcnews.to/38GapJ2 by By Tom Winter, Ken Dilanian and Dan De Luce
// The billionaire oligarch is “at the dead center of the greatest corruption operation in Ukraine’s history,” said a former senior U.S. diplomat.

NYT: Emotional Schiff Speech Goes Viral, Delighting the Left and Enraging the Right http://nyti.ms/2NYI34M

DailyBeast, Erin Ryan: All The President’s Men Are Whiny Little Boys http://bit.ly/2GpK4CK
// So many men in the Trump camp are utterly losing their minds at any given time that it’s congealing into a collective conservative male freakout of Brobdingnagian proportions.

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 If Republicans refuse to allow evidence and witnesses, they will have done Stalin’s show trials one better! It was all pre-arranged, of course, but America deserves more than the mere appearance of justice.

NBCNews: Obama called Trump a ‘fascist’ during phone call, Sen. Kaine says in new Clinton film http://nbcnews.to/2RSQv6P
// The Va. lawmaker is heard discussing the conversation in 2016 in “Hillary,” an upcoming documentary.

🐣 RT @GlennKirshner2 If Republicans vote to acquit Trump it will signal the END of their oversight powers (Trump can ignore ALL congressional subpoenas) & the END of their power of the purse (Trump can put every congressional appropriation in his back pocket and use it as a personal bargaining chit).

DailyBeast, Matt Lewis: The GOP’s Terminal Infection of Advanced Trumpism Has No Known Cure http://bit.ly/2O0TQzo
// They wave away every revelation as Trump being Trump. Senators send out tweets impugning the patriotism of war heroes. The medical profession is at a loss.

🔊 DailyBeast, Betsy Swan: Rudy Pal Lev Parnas Releases Audio of Trump Calling for Ukraine Ambassador’s Firing http://bit.ly/2TWzNG5
// Listen to the recording, released by Parnas, of an April fundraising dinner with President Trump.

🐣 RT @RobertMaguire_ The full recording, more than an hour long, of Trump’s intimate dinner with super PAC donors in April 2018 has been released by Lev Parnas’ lawyer
⋙ [DailyBeast audio] 🔊 https://twitter.com/RobertMaguire_/status/1221163266854002689?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Nothing says “drain the swamp” like a 1.5hr-long recording of the president of the United States at an intimate dinner with wealthy super PAC donors hosted at the luxury hotel he still owns and profits from, during which the donors talk about their business and policy priorities.

🐣 RT @SenSchumer President Trump’s lawyers did something they didn’t intend: ¤ They made a really compelling case for why the Senate should call witnesses and documents.

CNN: Schiff: Trump’s team is trying to ‘deflect’ and ‘distort’ truth in opening arguments http://cnn.it/3aLgNjR

USAToday (Nov): Factcheck: Trump wrong on European aid to Ukraine http://bit.ly/33Gj5fi
// 11/13/2019

🐣 RT @CBSEveningNews In opening statements, House managers examined the debunked conspiracy theories invoked by Pres. Trump. ¤ A @POTUS confidant tells CBS News that GOP senators were warned: “vote against the president & your head will be on a pike.” ¤ Here’s @nancycordes https://cbsn.ws/2GhfYkX 💽 https://twitter.com/CBSEveningNews/status/1220491412854185984?s=20/photo/1
// 1/21/2020

🐣 RT @SamBergerDC Looking for a list of witnesses who made statements to the effect that they understood the delay in funding to be tied to Trump’s demand for investigations? Here you go.
⋙ JustSecurity, Sam Berger (Nov): Trump’s Hold on Ukrainian Military Aid was Illegal http://bit.ly/34AgZ1O
// 11/26/2019

🐣 RT @HouseIntel White House claim: There was no quid pro quo. ¤ Reality: ¤ Gordon Sondland on quid pro quo for the White House meeting: “The answer is yes.” ¤ Chief of Staff Mulvaney on quid pro quo for the aid: “We do that all the time” #TruthMatters

🐣 RT @GlastnostGone To boldly plagiarize, where no plagiarism has been before. #SpaceForce https://twitter.com/GlasnostGone/status/1221097284370423809?s=20/photo/1

💽✅ MSNBC, MorningJoe (Sep): Numbers contradict President Trump’s reason for withholding aid from Ukraine http://on.msnbc.com/2sqBjEI European institutions have funded $425.2M in gross overseas development assistance for Ukraine, while the U.S. has contributed $204.4M
// 9/25/3019; Willie Geist breaks down how President Trump has shifted his explanation on withholding Ukraine aid. European institutions have funded $425.2 million in gross overseas development assistance for Ukraine, while the U.S. has contributed $204.4 million, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

✅ CNN, Daniel Dale (Sep): Fact check: Breaking down Adam Schiff’s account of Trump’s Ukraine call http://cnn.it/2RoZKww
// 9/27/2019

✅ PolitiFact (Sep): Donald Trump said European nations have not put money into Ukraine. They have put in a lot http://bit.ly/36t1jxy MOSTLY FALSE
// 9/25/2019

✅ FactCheck.org (Sep): Trump Wrong on European Aid to Ukraine http://bit.ly/2rrtNsR
// 9/26/2029

🐣 RT @mmpadellan Preview of GOP defense of trump:
Joe Biden
Hunter Biden
President Obama
It was a perfect call
DEMs just hate trump
Ukraine got their money
They have no evidence
There was no pressure
They want to overturn 2016 election
We don’t need no stinkin’ witnesses
What’d I miss?

⭕ 24 Jan 2020

🐣 RT @JohnRMoffitt #AdamSchiff … one of the greatest attorneys of this era. His arguments this week have been among the most inspirational & admirable orations seen in decades. He shows acres of ethics & integrity and will look great in the history books. https://twitter.com/JohnRMoffitt/status/1220877084001783811?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @CharlesPPierce What Adam Schiff presented was the closing argument in a vast and virtual RICO prosecution—a moral RICO case, a political RICO case, a constitutional RICO case, and a historical RICO case.
⋙ Esquire, Charles Pierce (1/24): Republican Senators Are Co-Defendants in a Moral RICO Case http://bit.ly/30WSlHL
// Adam Schiff made sure the president*’s enablers in Congress felt the heat of history in his closing remarks.

WaPo Editorial: The impeachment evidence will catch up to Republicans and Trump — whether they ignore it or not http://wapo.st/36uAF7A

🐣 RT @DrGJackBrown A strong sign that #Pompeo is at his emotional edge. He has almost no emotional reserve. He’s ready to crack. He’s stressed because he’s perpetrated his own malfeasances — and he’s covering for Trump’s. And, just like Trump, Pompeo has profound difficulty with impulse control.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 .@NPRKelly: “[Pompeo] was not happy to have been questioned about Ukraine. He asked, ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’. He used the F word … He asked if I could find Ukraine on a map. I said yes. He called out for his aids to bring him a map …I pointed to Ukraine.”

🐣 RT @matthewamiller My dad was a Baptist preacher, and he always said that after every service you could tell who was most embarrassed by the sermon by how mad they were on their way out.
⋙ 🐣 RT @lindsaywise “He did a lot of damage to his credibility in insulting the senators,” said Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. “We’re complicit unless we vote for impeachment.”

🐣 Republicans are such delicate souls. A harsh word from Jerry Nadler or a lurid metaphor from Adam Schiff and they’ll simply have no choice but to rip up our Constitution. God knows what will happen if Nancy Pelosi starts wielding ~ gasp! ~ pens!

NYT: Pompeo Lashes Out at Reporter and Challenges Her to Find Ukraine on a Map http://nyti.ms/36orxRS
// “He shouted at me for about the same amount of time as the interview itself had lasted,” said Mary Louise Kelly of NPR.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Joseph Bondy, an attorney for Lev Parnas, tells @maddow that the recording is one hour and 24 minutes long. It is of a dinner in the Trump Hotel. Trump is there. Parnas is there. Fruman is there. And about 40 minutes into the recording, the subject of the Yovanovitch comes up.

🧵 RT @ChrisMurphyCT [Thread] House managers’ case is closed. My nightly behind-the-scenes account follows: ¤ 1/ A half an hour into testimony, I start feeling regret for working out this morning. For some reason, morning workouts make me more tired during the day. Today isn’t a good day to be tired. 📌 https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1220902471133990922?s=20

WaPo: House impeachment managers declare ‘facts have been proved’ as they wrap up their opening arguments against Trump http://wapo.st/37lyLYd

🐣 RT @chicagotribune Thomas Railsback, an Illinois Republican congressman who helped draw up articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in 1974, has died. He was 87.
⋙ ChicagoTribune: Thomas Railsback, Illinois GOP congressman who backed Nixon impeachment, dies at 87 http://bit.ly/2ROxSRl
// 1/21/2020

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: King Trump Wants Heads on Pikes. The GOP Can’t Wait to Oblige. http://bit.ly/30W5r8b
// The creation of a new form of American government, where the executive branch is permanently and utterly above the law, oversight, and accountability is upon us.

🐣 RT @McFaul Ukrainians worry a lot that team Trump doesn’t care about Ukraine. This wont help. Not a very diplomatic statement from our chief diplomat.
⋙ 🐣 RT @davidgura After the interview, @NPRKelly tells @arishapiro, @SecPompeo “shouted at [her] for about the same amount of time as the interview itself had lasted.” ¤ “He asked, ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ He used the F-word in that sentence, and many others.” [ … ]

MMFA, Eric Kleefeld: Smear merchant John Solomon accidentally reveals role of his lawyers diGenova and Toensing http://bit.ly/2tFsHvf
// Perhaps his attorneys should have advised him to not say this

💙 🧵 RT @moscow_project .@RepAdamSchiff begins with a summary of article one: Trump’s abuse of power by pressuring Ukraine to help him cheat the 2020 election. ¤ “That has been proved.” 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220872469097205764?s=20

🐣 RT @EricColumbus When the facts are on your side, pound the facts.
When the law is on your side, pound the law.
When neither is on your side, pound the Bidens.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Acosta Source on Trump’s legal team, on conference call with reporters, said they will be going after the Bidens during the Trump defense presentation.

🐣 RT @EliStokols Starting Saturday, Trump’s lawyers will get their say — and they appear ready to deliver the public tarring of Biden that Trump had sought from Ukraine.
⋙ LATimes, Eli Stokols: Trump’s lawyers prepare a blistering defense http://lat.ms/2vgfzNf

🐣 RT @davidgura After the interview, @NPRKelly tells @arishapiro, @SecPompeo “shouted at [her] for about the same amount of time as the interview itself had lasted.” ¤ “He asked, ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ He used the F-word in that sentence, and many others.” https://twitter.com/davidgura/status/1220838347767238657?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @davidgura At the end of this remarkable exchange, during which @NPRKelly asks @SecPompeo why he hasn’t defended Amb. Marie Yovanovitch, the Secretary of State ends the interview: 🔊 https://twitter.com/davidgura/status/1220756761289904128?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, George Conway III: There’s a critical witness impeachment is missing http://wapo.st/2NYGJPh Trump himself

🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] .@RepJeffries: “President Trump can’s address the substance of our case. He therefore complains about process. But these procedural complaints are baseless excuses.” ¤ They have no basis in law, no basis in history, and no basis in truth. 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220851452282839041?s=20

🐣 RT @lourdesgnavarro Wow. @NPR’s @NPRKelly just now on @npratc says @SecPompeo was furious about being questioned about Ukraine in her interview. Took her into his office, cursed at her, dropping f-bombs, made her point to Ukraine on an unmarked map (she did). It’s just…shocking.
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🐣 RT @lourdesgnavarro The full interview will be up soon. But here is the part that got him angry. She did her job for the American people. We ask questions because of the PUBLIC RIGHT TO KNOW. We represent you when we speak to officials who make decisions in our name.
⋙ 🔊 NPR: Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo: ‘I Have Defended Every State Department Official’ http://n.pr/3aFwWYb
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🐣 RT @mrbromwich Pompeo is a bully and a coward. He was irritated because @NPRKelly called him out for his failure to defend Amb. Yovanovitch. Good for her.
⋙ 🐣 RT @arishapiro The coda to @NPRKelly’s interview with @SecPompeo is shocking. As described on @npratc: He screamed, swore at her, and said she couldn’t find Ukraine on a map. He ordered staffers to bring a blank map. She pointed to Ukraine and thanked him for his time.
💙 ≣ NPR: Transcript: NPR’s Full Interview With Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo http://n.pr/2RKNllz Asked several times if he owes Marie Yovanovitch an apology, he refuses ● Text Block [] : https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1220841297386397705?s=20/photo/1

Change of subject. Ukraine. Do you owe Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch an apology?
You know, I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran. That’s what I intend to do. I know what our Ukraine policy has been now for the three years of this administration. I’m proud of the work we’ve done. This administration delivered the capability for the Ukrainians to defend themselves. President Obama showed up with MREs (meals ready to eat.) We showed up with Javelin missiles. The previous administration did nothing to take down corruption in Ukraine. We’re working hard on that. We’re going to continue to do it.

I confirmed with your staff [crosstalk] last night that I would talk about Iran and Ukraine.
I just don’t have anything else to say about that this morning.

I just want to give you another opportunity to answer this, because as you know, people who work for you in your department, people who have resigned from this department under your leadership, saying you should stand up for the diplomats who work here. [crosstalk]
I don’t know who these unnamed sources are you’re referring to. I can tell you this, when I talked to my team here —

These are not unnamed sources. [crosstalk] This is your senior adviser Michael McKinley, a career foreign service officer with four decades experience, who testified under oath that he resigned in part due to the failure of the State Department to offer support to Foreign Service employees caught up in the impeachment inquiry on Ukraine.
[I’m not going to comment on things that Mr. McKinley may have said. I’ll say only this. I have defended every State Department official. We’ve built a great team. The team that works here is doing amazing work around the world.

Sir, respectfully [crosstalk] where have you defended Marie Yovanovitch?
I’ve defended every single person on this team. I’ve done what’s right for every single person on this team. [crosstalk]

Can you point me toward your remarks where you have defended Marie Yovanovitch?
I’ve said all I’m going to say today. Thank you. Thanks for the repeated opportunity to do so. I appreciate that.

One further question on this.
I’m not going to — I appreciate that. I appreciate that you want to continue to talk about this. I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran. ]

And you appreciate [crosstalk] that the American public wants to know as a shadow foreign policy, as a back channel policy on Ukraine was being developed, did you try to block it?
The Ukraine policy has been run from the Department of State for the entire time that I have been here, and our policy was very clear.

Marie Yovanovitch [crosstalk] testified under oath that Ukraine policy was hijacked.
I’ve been clear about that. I know exactly what we were doing. I know precisely what the direction that the State Department gave to our officials around the world about how to manage our Ukraine policy.

🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] .@RepJerryNadler lays out how Trump’s obstruction harms the Senate and the American people by trying to place the president above the law: 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220834583387787265?s=20

🐣 RT @emmaloop Sekulow gave a bit of a preview of Trump’s defense, which will start tomorrow and continue next week. Here’s my quick transcription from the scrum earlier: Text Block: https://twitter.com/LoopEmma/status/1220850324786831360?s=20/photo/1

✅ WaPo FactChecker, Glenn Kessler (2018): Did Hillary Clinton collude with the Russians to get ‘dirt’ on Trump to feed it to the FBI? http://wapo.st/36prANx No. FOUR PINOCCHIOS 🍄🍄🍄🍄 @JaySekulow ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1220837790037966851?s=20/photo/1
// 2/8/2018

“The truth is that they [Democrats] are covering up that Hillary Clinton colluded with the Russians to get dirt on Trump to feed it to the FBI to open up an investigation into the other campaign.” —Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show, Feb. 7, 2018 …

[T]here is no evidence that Clinton was involved in Steele’s reports or worked with Russian entities to feed information to Steele. That’s where Nunes’s claim goes off the rails — and why he earns Four Pinocchios.

🐣 RT @MollyMcKew Sekulow’s little outburst during the break should terrify all republicans. ¤ Their only presentation plan is conspiracies. They will skripal the hell out of everything with wackobird conspiracies. ¤ And POTUS expects Repubs to just suck it up and raise their little hands. Pathetic.

🐣 RT @McFaul Trump also agreed to help Putin investigate Americans regarding completely invented claims, not unlike what Trump asked Zelensky to do regarding another American. Not the way it’s supposed to work!
⋙ 🐣 You’re too modest. You were on Putin’s list
⋙ 🐣 RT @mitchellreports On Trump/Putin Helsinki summit, @RepAdamSchiff: “There he is, the President of Russia, standing next to President of the U.S., & hearing his own Kremlin propaganda talking points coming from the President of the U.S. Now, if that’s not a propaganda coup, I don’t know what is.”

🧵 💽 RT @moscow_project [Thread] .@RepAdamSchiff: “If someone sacrifices the national interests in favor of his own and is not removed from office, our democracy is in jeopardy. It’s just that simple.” 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220789448285327362?s=20

🧵 RT @emptywheel [Thread] Schiff plays Trump parroting the “where is the server” line he used in the July 25 phone call standing next to Putin. 📌 https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1220800640215126017?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Schiff: The President of the US standing next to the President of Russia saying he doesn’t believe his own intelligence agencies. He’s promoting this kooky crazy server story cooked up by the Kremlin, standing next to the guy who cooked it up.
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Schiff: What profile they have of our president, boy do they have him spot on. Flattery and propaganda. This is the most incredible propaganda coup!
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Schiff: He won’t read his own NatSec talking points. But he will read the Kremlin ones.
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Schiff: how do you make this argument, when you say the IC cannot be believed. You undermine your own intel agencies, you weaken the country for when you need to persuade allies, you can trust us. How do you make that arg when you trust Russia more than own people?
⋙ 🐣 RT @emptywheel Schiff: That’s one hell of a Russian intelligence coup. They got the President of the Untied States to cover for their own interference in our election.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot How do we know Trump had corrupt motive? 1. Ukraine inquiry was by his personal lawyer. 2. He held up military aid after DOD certified that Ukraine was fighting corruption. 3. He wanted Biden investigation announced—he didn’t care whether it was completed.
🐣 RT @MaxBoot Trump defenders claim he was promoting U.S. interests by demanding an investigation of corruption. But we know this is false. The word “corruption” was not mentioned in either of Trump’s 2 calls with Zelensky. But Biden was mentioned 3x on July 25 call.
🐣 RT @MaxBoot Strip away the name-calling, lies, procedural complaints, & conspiracy theories, and you are left with the core of Trump’s defense: “Everyone does it.” This is alluring but false. There is no evidence any president has done what Trump is accused of doing.
⋙ WaPo: Trump wants you to think ‘everyone does it.’ No, they don’t. http://wapo.st/2TTad51

🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS The latest GOP excuse for carrying out Trump’s coverup is that if he invokes executive privilege to block witnesses, it would mean a long court fight. This is nonsense on every level. I talked to experts and found a good CRS report. Here are the facts:
⋙ WaPo, Greg Sargent: The latest GOP excuse for helping Trump’s coverup is a scam http://wapo.st/2Rou6z9

💙 🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] Trump only lifted his hold on aid because he got caught. ¤ There is no other explanation. 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220772032197033984?s=20

🐣 It’s not that Trump ordered a hit. “He speaks in a code,” as Michael Cohen said. He wanted her out; it was up to others to decode his words. “Plausible deniability.”

🐣 RT @Scout_Finch Founders: It’s complete BS that we are founded by a ruler who can do whatever he wants. Let’s have a war and create a government where all men are created equal and nobody is above law.
Everyone: Hear hear!
Republicans 2020: It’s not illegal if the president does it.

💙💙 🧵 RT @jentaub [Thread] 🍑We have commenced the final day of the House Managers’ presenting their case for the impeachment of Donald John Trump ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1220770187563225089?s=20

🐣 RT @eliehonig Schiff just said they’d bring executive privilege arguments direct to Chief Justice. They absolutely should, if necessary, and he should rule. ¤ The Constitution says the Chief Justice “shall preside.” That doesn’t mean “sit there silently and hope to get it over with.”

DailyBeast, Betsy Swan: Rudy Pal Igor Fruman Taped Trump Trying to Fire Ukraine Ambassador: Lawyer http://bit.ly/30QCv1g
// The tape may contradict Trump’s claim that he does not know the two Giuliani associates who worked to have the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine be removed.

🐣 RT @brianklaas Republican Senators: these damning breaking stories aren’t going to stop. You’re debasing yourself for a crook who would happily shred the Constitution if it provided him a slight bump in TV ratings or polls. If you don’t care about your country, at least think about your legacy.

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Trump has claimed he doesn’t know Parnas, but here he is apparently giving him a direct order to “get rid of” a U.S. ambassador.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT “Get rid of her!” is what the voice that appears to be President Trump’s is heard saying. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.”
🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Don’t get distracted by Trump’s mob-speak about Yovanovich. He’s not trying to murder her. Don’t miss the actual point: that Parnas has tapes and Trump is caught in the headlights of a *massive* lie on which the pretense of his defense rests. Hammer the GOP Senators with it.
🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 A recording reviewed by ABC News appears to capture Trump telling associates he wanted Marie Yovanovitch fired while speaking at a small gathering that included Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. The recording appears to contradict statements by Trump.
🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance The story says this recording of Trump & Lev Parnas (who he’s repeatedly said he doesn’t know) talking about taking out Yovanovitch was made by Igor Fruman. Unless it was somehow in Parnas’ cache of materials, this could imply Fruman is also cooperating.
🐣 RT @kyledcheney HUGE: ABC gets a recording that backs up Parnas’ claim that Trump ordered Yovanovitch at a small gathering in April.
⋙ ABCNews: ‘Take her out’: recording appears to capture Trump at private dinner saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired http://abcn.ws/2U4GsOT
// Trump apparently heard discussing firing Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: ‘If the truth doesn’t matter, we’re lost’ — and we are http://wapo.st/36ozKFV

CNN: Hundreds of thousands protest US troop presence in Iraq http://cnn.it/2TQ1PmN

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: The Darkness Where the Future Should Be http://nyti.ms/2GggAr5
// What happens to a society that loses its capacity for awe and wonder at things to come?

⭕ 23 Jan 2020

💙 NBCNews: Trump’s Senate impeachment trial: What happened on Day Three http://nbcnews.to/2NWbuUS
// Schiff, the lead House manager, closed Democrats’ second day of arguments with a passionate appeal to senators to remove the president from office.

NYT, Peter Baker: Now Testifying for the Prosecution: President Trump http://nyti.ms/3aEOlQL
// Barred so far from presenting witnesses, the House managers prosecuting the president have focused on turning his own words against him

DailyBeast: Dems Aim to Put ‘Knife in the Heart’ of Trump’s Defense http://bit.ly/2RplEQ0
// by Sam Brodey, Erin Banco and Jackie Kucinich; Mixing video, some levity, and senators’ words from the Clinton impeachment era, Democrats’ overstuffed pre-buttal sought to discredit the Trump defenders’ case before it starts.

WaPo, Catherine Rampell: Trump’s Treasury secretary just admitted the tariff rationale is hogwash http://wapo.st/2GheFT2 //➔ Using tariffs as a cudgel, Trump takes his bullying to international commerce

WaPo, Dana Milbank: John Roberts comes face to face with the mess he made http://wapo.st/2RMEGPp

🧵 RT @atrupar [Thread] SCHIFF: “Whether we can say it publicly, we all know what we’re dealing with here with this president. Donald Trump chose Rudy Giuliani over his own intelligence agencies… that makes him dangerous… why would anyone in their right mind believe Giuliani over Christopher Wray?” 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1220550812742684673?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar SCHIFF: “Let’s say [Russia] starts blatantly interfering in our election again to help Trump. Can you have the least bit of confidence he’ll stand up & protect our national interest over his own? You know you can’t, which makes him dangerous to this country. You know you can’t.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar SCHIFF: “If right doesn’t matter, we’re lost …here, right is supposed to matter. It’s what’s made us the greatest nation on earth. No constitution can protect us if right doesn’t matter anymore …this is why if you find him guilty, you must remove him. Because right matters.”
// plus 💽s

HuffPo: Lindsey Graham Bizarrely Defends Trump: ‘He Did Nothing Wrong In His Mind’ http://bit.ly/37q4pnp //➔ Trump really believes Ukraine hacked the DNC. Will he now demand GOP Senators and lawyers go along with him on this, too?
// Twitter users were quick to rip apart the South Carolina senator.

🐣 RT @PatrickNova6 A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within….for the traitor appears not to be a traitor…he rots the soul of a nation…he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. — Cicero

🐣 RT @secupp Elected Republicans, whatever instant gratification you’re getting for defending Trump’s corruption and abuse of power, History’s attention span and memory are a lot longer than Trump’s. Rest assured, it will remember you correctly.

💙 🧵 RT @ChrisMurphyCT 1/ [THREAD]: My wife picked a hell of a week to travel for work. It’s 11pm and we just finished today’s trial. Our babysitter needs to get some sleep, so tonight’s behind-the-scenes account of the trial will be quick! 📌 https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1220557542738341889?s=20

🐣 RT @MSNBC “The volume is going to much higher — there will be yelling, there will be passionate gesticulation on the floor … but the substance will be next to zero,” @Lawrence says of Pres. Trump’s upcoming legal defense. “They simply do not have facts to argue.” https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1220580265879318530?s=20

🐣 RT @duty2warn Malignant narcissists rule by fear. Pure gangster.
🐣 RT @kasparov63 A perfect recording.
⋙ 🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzi1 ‘Take her out’: Recording appears to capture Trump at private dinner saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired –
🐣 RT @StevenBeschloss It’s not acceptable. It’s a felony. Are we living in a country with the rule of law or aren’t we? Are Republican senators prepared to prop up a president & his henchman who believe it’s acceptable to intimidate jurors?
🐣 RT @AviWolf Aside from being disgusting and unacceptable, this strikes me as dumb and self-destructive. They’re all aware of primary day, anyway. Something like this might force some to say “F–k it.”
🐣 RT @LizMair I mean, if you are a self-important dude who has a 6 year term and you don’t enjoy the executive branch trampling on your constitutional duties in the first place, statements like this are going to piss you off. And some people like that aren’t big wusses.
🐣 RT @tedlieu I don’t know if @realDonaldTrump is a thug. But his team sure act like thugs. ¤ Also, threatening senators is a very condescending move. As if #GOP Senators will simply kneel before Trump. Oh wait, they repeatedly have. ¤ That’s why they are being threatened. ¤ #ImpeachmentTrials
🐣 RT @SpiroAgnewGhost How is THIS not extortion and abuse of power?
🐣 RT @AuthorKimberley It’s beginning to look a lot like fascism.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mattmfm CBS News reports that GOP Senators have been warned by Trump team: “Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike.” How is this acceptable? https://twitter.com/mattmfm/status/1220555307916677120?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Thank you @RepAdamSchiff for reminding the Senate and public that the Attorney General tried to COVER UP the whistleblower complaint under legal mumbo jumbo and if the ICIG (Trump’s own appointee) hadn’t notified Congress of its existence directly, they would’ve never known

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ “You know you can’t count on him.” ¤ It was dead silent because at that moment every single member of that chamber knew that this is the absolute, crystal clear, truth.
⋙ 🐣 RT @igorbobic Schiff’s closing, where he asked if senators had confidence that Trump would pick national interest over himself, was probably the most interesting moment so far of Dem arguments. ¤ Chamber was dead silent and focused on him – didn’t see a single conversation on GOP side.

🐣 2017 GDP $1.58Tr; Pop 144.5M Russia
2017 GDP $1.50Tr; Pop 19.59M NY State
2017 GDP $19.39Tr; Pop 325.7M United States
So, why is Trump so impressed w Putin?
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🐣 .@clairecmc thinks Trump got his Ukraine conspiracy theories directly from Putin

🐣 RT @Zigmanfreud Wow. As good as Adam Schiff was yesterday, what he just did about why Trump must be removed to protect the nation and the Constitution may have even been better. ¤ “If right doesn’t matter, the Constitution can’t protect us.”
🐣 RT @DavidShuster The final 8 and a half minutes of @RepAdamSchiff close from tonight. Gripping. Dramatic. Historic. #rightmatters
🐣 RT @Lawrence Best lawyer I’ve ever seen in Congress.
💙💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Donald Trump must be convicted and removed from office.
Because he will always choose his own personal interest over our national interest.
Because in America, right matters. Truth matters.
If not, no Constitution can protect us.
If not, we are lost.
💽 https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1220559375938609152?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @justinamash The president has abused power for personal gain, precisely as the Framers of the Constitution feared. To not remove him for such misconduct will embolden future executives to act in their own interests to the detriment of our republic. The impeachment power will be dead law.

NYT: Schiff ends the day with a fiery push for Trump’s removal. http://nyti.ms/2TND0YJ

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Masterful close from Schiff, summing up not just this case but the entirety of the Trump presidency. “You can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. He’ll do what’s right for Donald Trump.”

🐣 RT @emptywheel Jury tampering.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mattmfm CBS News reports that GOP Senators have been warned by Trump team: “Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike.” How is this acceptable?

NBCNews, Jonathan Allen: Trump schools the Senate on the exercise of power http://nbcnews.to/37od61C
// Analysis: If the Senate calls no witnesses, the lesson of Trump’s stonewalling strategy will be that the president can easily seize power from Congress.

🐣 RT @PeterAlexander Schiff emotionally punctuates tonight’s argument: “You know you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. You can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump. He’ll do it now. He’s done it before… He’ll do it in the election if he’s allowed to.” 1/2
⋙ 🐣 RT @PeterAlexander “This is why, if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed,” Schiff concludes. “Because right matters. Because right matters. And the truth matters. Otherwise we are lost.” 2/2
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🐣 RT @DrDenaGrayson 🔥 “If right doesn’t matter, we’re lost…here, right is supposed to matter. It’s what’s made us the greatest nation on earth. No constitution can protect us if right doesn’t matter anymore…this is why if you find him GUILTY…Because right matters.” 💽 https://twitter.com/DrDenaGrayson/status/1220555578541596672?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @jmonkatthestate Trump is “dangerous to this country,” Rep Schiff tells senators Thursday night. “The American people deserve a president they can count on to put their interests first…If truth doesn’t matter, we’re lost” 💽 https://twitter.com/jmonkatthestate/status/1220549710957686784?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @neal_katyal New @Reuters poll. Wow. “About 72% agreed that the trial ‘should allow witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the impeachment charges to testify,’ including 84% of Democrats & 69% of Republicans” ¤ Good luck President Trump w/ your attempted coverup.
⋙ Reuters: Let them speak: Most Americans want witnesses in Trump impeachment trial – Reuters/Ipsos poll http://reut.rs/2uqpX4I
// 1/22/2020

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Masterful close from Schiff, summing up not just this case but the entirety of the Trump presidency. “You can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. He’ll do what’s right for Donald Trump.”

🌎 Transparency[.]org: Corruption Perceprions Index http://bit.ly/2TOVW9r https://twitter.com/anticorruption/status/1220214448440344580?s=20/photo/1
// US 7.1/10; “Flawed Democracy”; Rank 23, 69 points, down from 75 in 2017

🐣 RT @waltshaub One can see Marie Antoinette on a summer evening in 1784 at Hameau de la Reine—the pretend farmhouse beside Château de Versailles where she would don costumes and play milkmaid. She turns sweetly to look upon Cow, leans in and whispers “I gave up a life in Paris for you, cherie.” https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/1220544765239922689?s=20/photo/1
// about Ivanka

🐣 RT @Yamiche Lt Col Vindman’s lawyers say Sen Blackburn’s tweets are a “a testament to cowardice” & show she has “failed to follow her oath of impartiality”¤ Rep Liz Cheney’s office confirmed wks ago that Cheney talked to Vindman’s wife & told her attacks on his patriotism weren’t acceptable
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarshaBlackburn Adam Schiff is hailing Alexander Vindman as an American patriot. ¤ How patriotic is it to badmouth and ridicule our great nation in front of Russia, America’s greatest enemy?

🐣 RT @KaivanShroff I don’t wanna hear another word about Yale-educated lawyer Hunter Biden taking a job he wasn’t overqualified for when out-of-business-Made-In-China-flammable-scarf-retailer Princess Ivanka is literally at Davos in meetings with world leaders who definitely don’t want her there.
⋙ 🐣 Barbara Bush was on the Board of Mayo Clinic. As far as I know she did not have any background in healthcare.

🐣 I will miss the House Managers. Living in their reality where facts and laws matter has been so uplifting. I wish we could stay in it. But soon … ‘The darkness will drop again.’

🐣 Here’s the thing: Even as we prepare to vote in the Dem primaries, we don’t know if Trump has damaged (or, in fact, enhanced) Biden’s chances.

🐣 Here’s the thing: Even as we prepare to vote in the Dem primaries, we don’t know if Trump has damaged (or, in fact, enhanced) Biden’s chances.

🐣 RT @HouseIntel “‘Read the Transcript!’ President Trump says. ¤ We have read the transcript, and it is damning evidence of a corrupt quid pro quo… this for that.” – @RepJeffries 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1220511862783139841?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TomJChicago While she doesn’t say the word, Trump’s dementia is what Claire McCaskill is describing. She emphasizes how the entire Senate knows he’s impaired. Enabling him to stay in the WH while deteriorating from dementia will become one of the biggest scandals in US history.
⋙ 🐣 RT @politicusarah Claire McCaskill says on MSNBC that Republican Senators have told her that Trump doesn’t know what he is talking about. 💽 https://twitter.com/PoliticusSarah/status/1220520803084750848?s=20/photo/1

😅🐣 RT @TheTweetOfGod Whether or not Trump is found guilty, he’s guilty.

TheWeek, Ryan Cooper: Trump is a clear and present danger to constitutional government http://bit.ly/37nY3oE ‘Would Republican senators complain if a Trump militia took control of polling stations…? Or would they lie & dissemble & call it ‘fake news?’ We may live to find out’

🐣 RT @HouseIntel President Trump requested the two sham investigations into the 2016 election and the Bidens for his own personal, political gain. ¤ This was never about corruption. ¤ Here’s how we know: https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1220454563062472716?s=20/photo/1
// List of 10 proofs investigation were for personal gain

🐣 RT @CAPAction “It’s about a stunning abuse of power. It’s about obstruction of Congress. It’s about the need for us…to have a fair trial with witnesses and evidence… ¤ What keeps us free from tyranny is the sacred principle that in this great country, no one is above the law.” —@RepJeffries 💽 https://twitter.com/CAPAction/status/1220510587198869504?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DrDenaGrayson 🚨BREAKING: virologist who helped identify SARS says a bigger #CoronavirusOutbreak is “certain,” “conservatively” estimating it could be 10x bigger than SARS because SARS was transmitted by only a few “super spreaders” in a more defined part of #China.😳
⋙ WaPo: Chinese cities cancel New Year celebrations, travel ban widens in effort to stop coronavirus outbreak http://wapo.st/2NU0wiJ

🐣 RT @HelenArmstrong5 Dear @senrobportman you left Senate chambers in violation of p@senatemajldr 1st rule of conduct – ALL Senators will be in attendance at all times during the impeachment proceedings. We’re watching and don’t approve. If you can’t obey the rules, don’t vote. ¤ PHONE: 202-224-3353

🐣 RT @SenJeffMerkley Once both sides present their case, Senators will be submitting questions through the Chief Justice to be answered by the two teams. Based on what you’ve heard so far, what would you ask if you had the chance? I’ll be taking your questions into account as I formulate my own.
⋙ 🐣 RT Please ask someone (Roberts himself?) what can be done about outright lies or (if it happens) GOP spouting conspiracy theories? I’m concerned this trial will allow the perpetuation of our two “alternative realities”

WaPo: Democrats use Trump’s allies in their case against the president http://wapo.st/37lIbTr

🐣 RT @SenBlumenthal Persuasive & personable, the younger Senator Graham, then a House manager in the Clinton case, was right: even if it’s not a statutory violation, “when you start using your office & you’re acting in a way that hurts people, you’ve committed a high crime.”
⋙ 💽 TheHill: Nadler plays 1999 clip of Graham defining high crimes: ‘It doesn’t even have to be a crime’ http://bit.ly/2uoHB98

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger “The Constitution is not a suicide pact. It does not leave us stuck with presidents who abuse their power in unforeseen ways that threaten our security and democracy” – quote of the day [Jerrold Nadler]

🐣 RT @K_JeanPierre Thank you to the 7 House impeachment trial managers:
— @RepAdamSchiff (D-CA)
— @RepJerryNadler (D-NY)
— @RepJeffries (D-NY)
— @RepValDemings (D-FL)
— @RepZoeLofgren (D-CA)
— @RepSylviaGarcia (D-TX)
— @RepJasonCrow (D-CO)
#TrumpImpeachmentTrial

🐣 RT @lrozen He did not badmouth the nation, he was wounded fighting for it. He spoke with tremendous praise and pride for the nation in the hearings, telling his father not to be afraid for him because this is America.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarshaBlackburn Adam Schiff is hailing Alexander Vindman as an American patriot. ¤ How patriotic is it to badmouth and ridicule our great nation in front of Russia, America’s greatest enemy?

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Rep. Jerry Nadler is CRUSHING the President’s position that his abuse of power is not an impeachable offense by using the very words of the president’s own supporters and enablers: Barr, Dershowitz and Turley.

🐣 RT @mayawiley Law need pt: #Trump defense brief tries to pull back from #Dershowitz extreme that #impeachment requires a crime. Maybe cuz he said it didn’t when Clinton impeached& House GOP expert said #abuseofpower was impeachable. Brief softens to “law violation.” GAO found that.
⋙ 🐣 RT @thehill Rep. Jerry Nadler: “The president’s lawyers argue that impeachment and removal are subject to statutory crimes or to offenses against established law, that the president cannot be impeached because he has not committed a crime. This view is completely wrong.” 💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1220463718284218368?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] Trump and his hand-picked deputies, led by Rudy Giuliani, began their efforts to solicit foreign interference from Ukraine all the way back in 2018. It wasn’t until Zelensky came into office promising reform that the corrupt extortion scheme truly began. 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220468829081546755?s=20

💙 🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Abuse of power. ¤ Fox News’ top legal analyst Judge Napolitano: “What is required for removal of the president? A demonstration of presidential commission of high crimes and misdemeanors, of which in Trump’s case the evidence is ample and uncontradicted.”
⋙ FoxNews, Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump’s Senate impeachment trial — What does it take to remove a president? http://bit.ly/2RlTlCb

🐣 RT @CNNBusiness Fox News executives shielded the channel’s audience from the impeachment trial proceedings playing out in the Senate, instead choosing to air its regular bloc of opinion programming which is strongly supportive of President Trump | Analysis by @oliverdarcy
⋙ CNN: Instead of airing the impeachment trial, Fox News fed viewers pro-Trump opinion in prime time http://cnn.it/2RMaAvo

🐣 RT @TheRickyDavila The moment Jerry Nadler played old clips of @LindseyGrahamSC’s hypocrisy, he got up and walked out. A true coward and traitor. ¤ What do they have on you Lindsey? What’s in your closet?

🐣 RT @SimonWDC Underappeciated moment in the Ukraine timeline – Sept 26th. ¤ Just days after the scandal became public, Trump launches $10m ad❣campaign hitting Biden w/the false Ukraine conspiracy. ¤ It’s a smoking gun confirmation Ukraine project’s intent was electoral. [+link to article in TheHill] https://twitter.com/SimonWDC/status/1220355044530380800?s=20
// plus two other under appreciated moments

TPM (9/25;2019): Barr Denies Involvement In Trump’s Ukraine Smear Campaign Against Biden http://bit.ly/2uo3MMH
// 9/25/2019

🐣 RT @DruckerPhilip If you can’t at least be dis-barred for lying to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in front of the entire Senate I don’t know what acts would qualify. There has to be some penalty for repeating Fox “News” talking points as if they were facts in a supposed tribunal of truth.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw The House Managers are doing a great job blowing up Trump’s phony defenses in advance. I’d feel sorry for Team Trump — if I didn’t remind myself that nobody is forcing them to represent a dictator wannabe, a demagogue who threatens all we stand for as a representative democracy.

🐣 RT @tribelaw .@RepAdamSchiff is rescuing a lackluster account by restating in his inimitably powerful way what an earlier manager didn’t fully explain. This is a teaching moment for students learning the difference between an earnest performance that misses the mark and a delivery that kills.

ThreadReader: 🐣 RT @JoeLockhart 1. On day two of the Senate trial to remove President Donald J Trump, welcome to the Daily White House Shadow Briefing. For newcomers, since the White House stopped doing briefings some 330 days ago, we’ve been doing our shadow briefing to make sure the important questions http://bit.ly/2NQJaDl 📌 https://twitter.com/joelockhart/status/1220436475545821187?s=20

🐣 RT @grantstern If the Republican Senators cannot stay awake during a trial over which they’re presiding as judges, then you must do your duty and #VoteThemAllOut2020 if this turns into an unfair trial without documents and witnesses.
⋙ TheAtlantic, Paul Savoy: An Impeachment Trial Without Witnesses Would Be Unconstitutional http://bit.ly/38D8HYX Paul Savoy is a former prosecutor in the office of the Manhattan District Attorney.
// And a resulting acquittal verdict would present Americans with something far worse than a constitutional crisis.

🐣 RT @SenBlumenthal Just reviewed the Williams classified document—which should be made public immediately. There is absolutely no reason to keep it classified regardless of which side it helps. Americans should judge for themselves.

🧵 RT @moscow_project [Thread] NEW: Under #MoscowMitch’s watchful eye, Republicans have become the party of Putin. It’s not just Trump—the whole party has gone all-in on the debunked Russian conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election. 📌 https://twitter.com/moscow_project/status/1220437964154601473?s=20
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MoscowProject: Moscow Mitch and the Party of Putin http://bit.ly/36oW4z0 Now the whole GOP is mouthing Russian talking points

💙 🧵 RT @jentaub [Thread] Here we go again. Adam Schiff is thanking Senators for working so late and sitting silently for hours 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1220407789006225408?s=20

Bloomberg, Noah Feldman: Maybe the Senate Isn’t Up to the Job of Trump’s Impeachment Trial http://bloom.bg/2viTcXJ Noah Feldman is a professor of law at Harvard University
// James Madison wanted the Supreme Court to try impeachments. Maybe he was right.

ForeignAffairs, Joe Biden: Why America Must Lead Again http://fam.ag/2sPGheQ “The triumph of democracy and liberalism over fascism and autocracy created the free world. But this contest does not just define our past. It will define our future, as well.” ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1220389148382638081?s=20/photo/1
// Rescuing U.S. Foreign Policy After Trump

The Biden foreign policy agenda will place the United States back at the head of the table, in a position to work with its allies and partners to mobilize collective action on global threats. The world does not organize itself. For 70 years, the United States, under Democratic and Republican presidents, played a leading role in writing the rules, forging the agreements, and animating the institutions that guide relations among nations and advance collective security and prosperity—until Trump. If we continue his abdication of that responsibility, then one of two things will happen: either someone else will take the United States’ place, but not in a way that advances our interests and values, or no one will, and chaos will ensue. Either way, that’s not good for America.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Republicans, think carefully about the choice you have to make http://wapo.st/2uqRyTv “This trial could end up as long ad❣for throwing the GOP out of power”

WaPo, Amber Philips: What happened in Wednesday’s Senate trial, in 5 minutes http://wapo.st/37nvkA7

DailyBeast, Eleanor Clift: GOP’s ‘Drug Deal’ for Trump Keeps Bolton From Testifying About Him http://bit.ly/30Li4CW
// Adam Schiff is in his element—and may be baiting Donald Trump into an executive-privilege trap.

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Adam Schiff’s Moment http://bit.ly/38vaUpd
// On Day 2 of the Senate impeachment trial, the House presents its case—and a senator has a cold glass of milk.

DailyBeast, Margaret Carlson: Trump’s ‘Ridiculous’ Impeachment Defense Could Crumble http://bit.ly/38vurWs
// Republicans are insisting that there’s no case without witnesses and that it’s too late to call them.

⭕ 22 Jan 2020

💙 NationalReview Editorial: Impeachment Doesn’t Require a Crime http://bit.ly/2RpwFkG

Politico Mag, James Robenalt: Why Is John Roberts Even in the Impeachment Trial? http://politi.co/38zkPtN
// Last night, the chief justice showed he wasn’t just a potted plant. But the founders would have wanted him to play an even stronger role in impeachment.

NYT: McConnell Prefers to Hold ’Em, but Also Knows When to Fold ’Em http://nyti.ms/37miW3p
// The majority leader, facing defections in his own ranks, made a strategic retreat this week in an effort to retain his grip on the trial

WaPo, Amber Philips: What happens next in the impeachment of President Trump? http://wapo.st/2tAYX2z

WaPo, Joe Scarborough: Mitch McConnell has failed the Republican Party http://wapo.st/30OnSf4

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: “Ass-Backwards” and (So Far) Witness-Free, Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial Begins http://bit.ly/30NiYyK
// A report from Day 1 of the case against the President.

💙≣ Politico: Read Adam Schiff’s opening argument at Senate impeachment trial http://politi.co/36lbg06
// Schiff Opening Statement

WaPo: Biden says he refuses to be part of impeachment witness deal http://wapo.st/2TN0ZXX “Think about everything that President Trump does, from the time he got into real estate,” Biden said. “Whenever he has a problem, he blames somebody else.”

WaPo: Biden says he refuses to be part of impeachment witness deal http://wapo.st/2TN0ZXX

NYT: In Impeachment Case, Schiff Accuses Trump of Trying ‘to Cheat’ in Election http://nyti.ms/2GddeoK
// The House impeachment managers began presenting their oral arguments against President Trump in the Senate trial, arguing that his conduct warranted his removal.

DailyBeast, Matt Wilstein: George Conway Unloads on Senate Republicans: ‘They Know He’s Guilty’ http://bit.ly/2GfMYtN
// “Are they going to stand for lies instead of truth?” Kellyanne Conway’s husband asked. “Are they going to stand for gaslighting instead of reality?”

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey: McConnell’s Brushback Is a Preview of the Impeachment Battle to Come http://bit.ly/2TVyNCp
// The most unexpected thing to come out of the first day of Senate impeachment proceedings was the appearance of boundaries for the majority leader—which could shape the coming days.

DailyBeast, Jay Michaelson: Trump’s Lawyers are Lying About the Meaning of Impeachment http://bit.ly/2RjgNA5
// Impeachment is an indictment, not a trial.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks A profound question. Could Chief Justice be moved to action by the reality that the fundamental balance of powers created in our Constitution are being obliterated by Trump and his theories that he can do anything he wants and not be investigated or held accountable.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger We hope that Roberts viscerally understands Trump will obliterate the separation of powers, wield his powers for personal gain, seek to destroy the legislative and executive branches and lie to courts, Congress and the American people
⋙⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The education of Chief Justice John Roberts http://wapo.st/2Ggs4e1

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq
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⋙ 🐣 RT @ryanjreilly “Good job,” @LindseyGrahamSC tells @RepAdamSchiff as the impeachment trial wraps for the day. “Very well spoken.” https://twitter.com/BradMossEsq/status/1220196660208381953?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣🌎 RT @AndreaCalupa “More than a third of the world’s population still live under authoritarian rule.” https://twitter.com/AndreaChalupa/status/1220191157054996480?s=20/photo/1
// US flawed democracy rated 7 of 10

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Americans know about Trump’s Ukraine schem