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Pew Research, Oct. 1-13, 3487 adults.  Comparison to same group surveyed Sep. 3-15.

Approve of the impeachment inquiry:

Yes 54 (+4)
No 44 (-6)

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Trump has awarded next year’s G-7 summit of world leaders to his Miami-area resort, the White House said

https://www.washingt...t.co/ERA3TWSdWq
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Trump adviser said Mulvaney did "far more damage" than Sondland's testimony.

Officials close to Trump were infuriated by Mick Mulvaney's quid pro quo comments.

One Trump adviser said Mulvaney did "far more damage" than Sondland's testimony. "He literally said the thing the president and everyone else said did not happen.

 

 

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Reporter says GOP source fears Trump is ‘not in control of himself’ — and getting even worse

 

https://www.alternet...ing-even-worse/

 

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(Alternet) CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel reported Thursday that Republicans at the contentious White House meeting the previous day featuring President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were deeply alarmed by the GOP leader’s behavior and demeanor.

 

Citing a Republican source, who reportedly conferred with others who attended the meeting, said they were “completely shaken” and “shell shocked” by the president.

 

… “He is not in control of himself,” Gangel said, citing her source. “It is all yelling and screaming.”

 

She continued: “And I asked the source, you know, who’s been in many meetings with them — has it changed? Is it worse? Because every week we talk about, is it getting worse? The source said, ‘100 percent.’ I asked, are you worried about his stability? And the source said, ‘yes.’ The source went on to talk to other senior Republicans who were in the meeting. They were also shaken up. One used the word ‘sickened.'”


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Fox News legal analyst says Trump’s new G7 plan is a ‘direct and profound’ violation of the Constitution

 

https://www.alternet...e-constitution/

 

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(Alternet) Fox News personalities Neil Cavuto and Andrew Napolitano blasted the White House’s announcement on Thursday that the United States will host the upcoming G7 meeting of world leaders at President Donald Trump’s own Doral resort in Miami, Florida.

 

“Just the appearance level alone, the president of the United States rewarding his family-run business and perhaps one of its premier money-makers, the Doral Club Resort, to host this big event. The spillover effect from that, even at cost, is very good for whatever locale you choose,” Cavuto said. (In fact, Trump’s club appears to be in dire financial straits.)

 

Napolitano, a legal analyst for the network, expanded on the point.

 

“The Constitution does not address ‘profits,’ it addresses any ‘present’ — as in ‘gift,”  any ’emolument’ — as in cash, of ‘any kind whatever’ — I’m quoting here emolument’s clause — from any ‘king, prince, or foreign state,'” he explained. “The purpose of the emoluments clause is to keep the president of the United States of America from profiting off foreign money — here we go again! Not in the campaign, but in some event or entity that he controls or is running. He has bought himself an enormous headache with the choice of this. This is about as direct and profound a violation of the emoluments clause as one could create.”


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I honestly, genuinely feel sorry for some of MAGA people, who thought Trump would help them -- not all of them, of course; not the white nationalists, for example.

 

There are a lot of rural Americans who see their prospects evaporate year-by-year as wealthier and better-educated parts of the country continue to grow stronger.  Some of these bought into a TV myth about the shrewd businessman who will "drain the swamp", kick the "liberals" (which, in rural red state-speak means "sneering, rich, over-educated assholes") out, and bring dignity to their lives.  

 

Unfortunately, Trump is an empty vessel.  He's like the western movie sets of old, that were just facades:

 

http://www.retroweb....at_facade_t.jpg


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John Kasich Backs Trump's Impeachment "With Great Sadness"

 

https://theweek.com/...t-great-sadness

 

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(The Week) Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich has officially backed President Trump's impeachment.

 

Kasich, who ran against Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, announced his support for the president's impeachment Friday in a CNN interview after White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted Trump withheld aid to Ukraine partly to secure an investigation into the 2016 Democratic National Committee email hack.

 

Mulvaney backtracked on this hours later.

 

"When I heard what Mulvaney said ... it pushed me really across the Rubicon," Kasich told CNN, going on to say that Trump withholding aid so that "a political operation cant take place" is "totally inappropriate" and an "abuse of power." This does "rise to the level of impeachment," Kasich concluded.

 

"I say it with great sadness," Kasich said. "This is not something I really wanted to do ... But this behavior, in my opinion, cannot be tolerated, and action is gonna have to be taken."


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BREAKING: To win Rudy Giuliani's help with a legal fight, associates of a Ukrainian oligarch pursued
 
BREAKING: To win Rudy Giuliani's help with a legal fight, associates of a Ukrainian oligarch pursued dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden last summer https://bloom.bg/2oKseW7

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Associates of a Ukrainian oligarch fighting extradition to the U.S. were working to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden last summer in an effort to get Rudy Giuliani’s help in the oligarch’s legal case, according to three people familiar with the exchanges, Bloomberg News reports.

Dmitry Firtash, charged with conspiracy by the U.S. and living in Vienna, shuffled lawyers in July to add Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, vocal supporters of President Donald Trump who had worked with Giuliani. Around that time, some of Firtash’s associates began to use his broad network of Ukraine contacts to get damaging information on Biden, the people said.

 

 


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Trump Is Forcing Us to “Defend the Indefensible”

 

https://www.motherjo...ashington-post/

 

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(Mother Jones) Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), who represents a district that Trump won by 22 points, has been particularly candid about his potential willingness to impeach the president—or about as candid as it gets amongst his colleagues. “I’m still thinking about it, you know?” Rooney said. “I’ve been real mindful of the fact that during Watergate, all the people I knew said, ‘Oh, they’re just abusing Nixon, and it’s a witch hunt.’ Turns out it wasn’t a witch hunt. It was really bad.”

 

Trump has been forcing GOP legislators to “defend the indefensible,” a senior House Republican aide told the Post. “You have to go out and try to defend him,” Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) said. “Well, I don’t know if I can do that!”

 

“I have no doubt that Doral is a really good place. I’ve been there, I know,” Simpson added about Trump’s decision to host next year’s Group of Seven summit at the Florida resort. “But it is politically insensitive. They should have known what the kickback is going to be on this, that politically he’s doing it for his own benefit.”

 

…Despite the unusually forthcoming criticism, Trump still has a firm hold over most of the party he has held hostage since 2016. As a senior Senate Republican aide told New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi, “The White House is just like, ‘Oh, Trump will handle everything.’ Which is crazy — but it seems like that’s their strategy. It’s a depressing time.”

 

Nuzzi asked if anything would change for conservatives who’ve been unwilling to publicly voice voice their frustrations. “It’s all bullshit until it’s not,” the aide said. “At this point, it is bullshit. Obviously it could change, but it hasn’t. So who cares?”

 
 


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Trump’s Evangelical Base Is Cracking Over Syria. Now He’s Scrambling to Keep His “Mandate of Heaven.”

 

https://www.motherjo...date-of-heaven/

 

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(Mother Jones) Rev. Andrew Brunson was pastor with the Izmir Resurrection Church in Turkey and has been a cause célèbre for the religious right ever since he was arrested in October 2016 and told that his missionary work was a violation of Turkish national security. He was accused of being a spy for the ethnic Kurds, tried, and initially sentenced to 35 years in prison.

 

The evangelical community was outraged. One of its own had been persecuted for his religion by Muslims and turned into a geopolitical pawn. After he became president, Trump, with an able assist from his evangelical vice president Mike Pence pushed for Brunson’s release and, eventually, after White House pressure, Brunson was moved out of prison to house arrest. In 2018, Brunson was resentenced to three years in prison, which amounted to time served.

 

The pastor’s first stop upon his return to the United States was a visit with President Trump, with whom he prayed in the White House. Southern Baptist minister Robert Jeffress —praised the president’s accomplishment: “I join all Americans in sincere thanks to President Donald J. Trump and his administration …to secure Pastor Brunson’s release today. Yet another example of ‘promise made, promise kept’ by the Trump administration. Praise God!”

 

But now the promise that was made became the promise that was broken. Certainly, Brunson’s ordeal illustrated that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was no friend of evangelical Christians. At the same time, there are many Christians among the vulnerable Kurdish communities in Syria.

 

… when it comes to the Kurds, “they are known to have helped us win the war in Iraq and succeed in vanquishing ISIS in Syria,” he (an evangelical minister) continued, “so people like Robertson would hold that they deserve our undying loyalty.” An unusual interplay was catalyzed in which Trump sided with Erdoğan, a persecutor of Christians, against the Kurds. He had convinced some of the evangelical leaders that the unsavory world leaders whom Trump has embraced—Putin and Kim most obviously—weren’t really so bad. But Erdoğan was different.


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In ruling on Trump finances, court finds broad authority for impeachment inquiry

Source: NBC News



A federal appeals court ruled last week that President Donald Trump's accounting firm must turn over financial records requested by a House committee.

In April, the House Oversight and Reform Committee subpoenaed the firm, Mazars USA, for documents related to Trump's accounts going back to January 2009. His lawyers fought back with a lawsuit in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that argued Congress had no legitimate legislative purpose for getting the materials.

In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel of the court disagreed but put a temporary hold on the legal effect of its decision to allow Trump's lawyers to appeal. A large part of the court’s opinion, which runs more than 100 pages, can be distilled into three questions: Is the Oversight Committee pursuing a legislative, as opposed to a law-enforcement, objective? Is the committee investigating a subject on which constitutional legislation could be enacted? And does the subpoena seek information relevant to the legislative inquiry?

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The judges concluded that the Oversight Committee is, in fact, pursuing a legislative, non-law enforcement purpose, and that at least one kind of constitutional legislation could flow from the committee’s investigation. The court then determined that the documents requested by the panel are relevant to its investigation.

 


Read more: https://www.nbcnews....amp/ncna1068226



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Indicted Giuliani Goon Buddy Parnas IG Shows Close Ties To Trump

Source: crooksandliars


10/21/19 8:44am

Lev Parnas' Instagram has photos documenting close ties to Giuliani and Trump as far back as 2016.
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It seems indicted Trump donor Lev Parnas has been documenting his close ties with Rudy Colludy and, by proxy, Donald, on his personal Instagram account since way back in 2015. The Wall Street Journal reports that his second-ever post on the site shows him next to Ivana Trump, and many photos of him living the high life with Giuliani in private jets, at Yankee Stadium, traveling the world, and yes — at Trump campaign events, with VIP access. He even posts photos of Trump Tower with the caption "Home away from home."

Remember how Donald said he didn't know Parnas? Who he is or what he does? Well, thanks to this WSJ reporting (and basically, our knowledge of his lying lies whenever he ever opens his lying liar mouth), we know this is not true.

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In an Instagram post from August 2018, Parnas displayed a note that was signed by both the president and first lady Melania Trump that thanked him for his political work.

“Thank you for your friendship and dedication to our cause,” the president and first lady wrote. “Leaders like you in Florida are the key to fulfilling our bold agenda to Make America Great Again!”.........................................

 


Read more: https://crooksandlia...m_content=22387


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Can someone explain to me how or why Trump hosting the G7 summit at Doral is any different from him getting money from foreign governments through his D.C. hotel? I don't recall a major outcry about the latter.


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Pelosi releases 'fact sheet' saying Trump has 'betrayed his oath of office'

Source: The Hill



Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office on Monday released a "fact sheet" laying out what Democrats believe is their most compelling evidence to date against President Trump in their investigation of the president's efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate a domestic political rival.

"President Trump has betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security and betrayed the integrity of our elections for his own personal political gain," the document states in laying out how Democrats are likely to try to make their case in the impeachment inquiry.


The four-page document divides the narrative into three categories: the "shakedown," "the pressure campaign" and "the cover up."

The document first cites the rough transcript released by the White House last month of the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In that call, Trump told Zelensky that he would have his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and Attorney General William Barr reach out to "get to the bottom" of "a lot of talk" about the business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden.

 


Read more: https://thehill.com/...-oath-of-office



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Can someone explain to me how or why Trump hosting the G7 summit at Doral is any different from him getting money from foreign governments through his D.C. hotel? I don't recall a major outcry about the latter.

 

Well, I think the difference is trivial, but for what it is worth the G7 summit is an event.  Staying at a D.C.. hotel is more a matter of travel accommodations that may or may not involve a specific event such as a conference.  It is the difference between sleeping overnight at a hotel and attending a conference at a hotel.  Putting on a conference involves a lot more than just allowing for a place to sleep.  Also, major or not, there were objections made to foreign governmental officials staying at Trump's hotels in D.C. and elsewhere. 

 

This is part of Trump's method of operating - committing so many outrages on so many fronts that it is difficult to focus on any one particular outrage.


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Speaking of the emoluments clause...

 


The emoluments clause, explained for Donald Trump

 

https://www.vox.com/...ment-businesses

 

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(Vox) President Donald Trump is still defending the White House’s decision to host next year’s G7 summit, a gathering of seven world leaders, at a Miami resort owned by Trump’s business — even though he abandoned the plan after it was widely criticized.

 

At a Cabinet meeting on Monday, he blamed the backlash against his attempt to profit from the G7 on “you people with this phony emoluments clause,” referring to a provision of the Constitution which prevents federal officials from being compensated by foreign governments.

 

The crux of Trump’s argument is that other presidents have conducted business while they were in the White House, so why can’t he?

 

…Trump appears to believe that he’s being attacked for conducting personal business while he’s also serving as president. But the Constitution forbids something much more specific— and Trump’s attempt to host foreign leaders at his personal resort is a pretty clear-cut violation.

 

…There is a reason the Constitution singles out transactions with foreign governments as forbidden. As Alexander Hamilton explained in the Federalist Papers, “one of the weak sides of republics, among their numerous advantages, is that they afford too easy an inlet to foreign corruption.”


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Can someone explain to me how or why Trump hosting the G7 summit at Doral is any different from him getting money from foreign governments through his D.C. hotel? I don't recall a major outcry about the latter.

 

Well, I think the difference is trivial, but for what it is worth the G7 summit is an event.  Staying at a D.C.. hotel is more a matter of travel accommodations that may or may not involve a specific event such as a conference.  It is the difference between sleeping overnight at a hotel and attending a conference at a hotel.  Putting on a conference involves a lot more than just allowing for a place to sleep.  Also, major or not, there were objections made to foreign governmental officials staying at Trump's hotels in D.C. and elsewhere. 

 

This is part of Trump's method of operating - committing so many outrages on so many fronts that it is difficult to focus on any one particular outrage.

 

Well, the corruption re:the D.C. hotel was also very purposeful. For example, Saudi lobbyists, backed by the Saudi Arabian government, spent around $270,000 at the Trump hotel, housing dozens of U.S. military veterans brought to the district to lobby Congress against a law passed in 2016 allowing victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue foreign governments (Until December 2016, the lobbyists were booking at hotels in Northern Virginia). You can't get much more blatant than that.

 

Imagine that Jimmy Carter had to put his peanut farm in a blind trust!



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Taylor's Opening Statement Shocked Lawmakers
The opening statement from Bill Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, to the House impeachment inquiry solicited “sighs and gasps,” Politico reports.

https://politicalwir.../#disqus_thread

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"Dems emerging from William Taylor's testimony are describing it as a sea change and a bombshell"

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Greg Sargent ✔ @ThePlumLineGS

Multiple reporters are saying that Dems emerging from William Taylor's testimony are describing it as a sea change and a bombshell and a real blow to Trump.

Just a reminder...
 

Greg Sargent ✔ @ThePlumLineGS

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As Bill Taylor testifies today, let's remember:

Taylor *twice* objected in those texts to a quid pro quo which froze military aid to leverage Ukraine into helping Trump corrupt our democracy.

Taylor had a *reason* for thinking this quid pro quo existed:https://www.washingt...democracy-home/

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Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI): Today's testimony "my most disturbing day in Congress so far."
The US diplomat who protested against President Trump’s pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival in exchange for military aid is testifying on Capitol Hill today in a closed-door session. According to reports, Taylor, who was the top American diplomat in Ukraine after Trump’s ouster of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, is expected to be questioned by House investigators on what he thinks Trump’s motives were in trying to orchestrate a quid pro quo with Ukraine’s government.

While details on Taylor’s exact testimony are still unknown, Fox News reporter Chad Pergram suggested in a tweet this Tuesday that Taylor is already confirming Democrats worst fears. One of those Democrats, Rep. Andy Levin (MI), was overheard saying, “It’s only noon and this is my most disturbing day in Congress so far.”

Taylor became a central figure in President Trump’s Ukraine fiasco after leaked text messages showed him condemning Trump’s push for a quid pro quo.

“As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” Taylor wrote in a September 9 text message to former U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

 



https://www.rawstory...aine-testimony/






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