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Lev Parnas cleared to comply with impeachment subpoena.

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GOP-led committee probed possible Ukraine interference in 2016 election and found nothing worth pursuing, sources say

https://www.cnn.com/...tion/index.html

(CNN)The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee looked into allegations that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election and found no evidence to support the claims, according to sources familiar with the matter.

This squares with the overall conclusion of officials who have looked into the matter. Sources tell CNN that no US intelligence agency has ever produced a product accusing the Ukrainian government of interfering in the 2016 US election.
Some Republican lawmakers continue to misleadingly say that the government of Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election on the same level as Russia, despite the GOP-led committee looking into the matter and finding little to support the allegation. The committee went so far as to interview former Democratic National Committee operative Alexandra Chalupa -- a central figure in theories that say Ukraine interfered in the election -- before closing that aspect of their probe, according to the sources. Politico on Monday was first to report the committee's exploration of Ukraine's actions in 2016.

 



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I. The President Conditioned a White House Meeting and Military Aid to Ukraine on a Public Announcement of Investigations Beneficial to his Reelection Campaign

The President’s Request for a Political Favor

The President Removed Anti-Corruption Champion Ambassador Yovanovitch

The President’s Hand-picked Agents Begin the Scheme

President Trump Froze Vital Military Assistance

The President Conditioned a White House Meeting on Investigations

The President’s Agents Pursued a “Drug Deal”

The President Pressed Zelensky to Do a Political Favor

The President’s Representatives Ratcheted up Pressure on the Ukrainian President

Ukrainians Inquired about the President’s Hold on Security Assistance

The President’s Security Assistance Hold Became Public

The President’s Scheme Unraveled

The President’s Chief of Staff Confirmed Aid was Conditioned on Investigations


II. The President Obstructed the Impeachment Inquiry by Instructing Witnesses and Agencies to Ignore Subpoenas for Documents and Testimony

An Unprecedented Effort to Obstruct an Impeachment Inquiry

Constitutional Authority for Congressional Oversight and Impeachment

The President’s Categorical Refusal to Comply

The President’s Refusal to Produce Any and All Subpoenaed Documents

The President’s Refusal to Allow Top Aides to Testify

The President’s Unsuccessful Attempts to Block Other Key Witnesses

The President’s Intimidation of Witnesses

The entire 300 page report:
https://intelligence.house.gov/report/



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Impeachment Report Says Trump Solicited Foreign Election Interference
 
WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Tuesday asserted that President Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to help him in the 2020 presidential election, releasing a 300-page impeachment report that found that Mr. Trump “placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States.”

The report by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee was a sweeping indictment of the president’s behavior, concluding that his actions sought to undermine American democracy and endangered national security. They left it to another committee to decide whether to formally recommend Mr. Trump’s impeachment and removal, but the report laid out in searing fashion what are all but certain to be the grounds on which the House moves to impeach the president.

“The founding fathers prescribed a remedy for a chief executive who places his personal interests above those of the country: impeachment,” it said.

The report’s release set in motion the next phase in the impeachment of Mr. Trump, accelerating a constitutional clash that has happened only three times in the nation’s history. Both parties are poised for a fierce, partisan debate in the House Judiciary Committee over whether to charge the president with high crimes and misdemeanors, the Constitution’s threshold for removal, and a likely partisan vote by the House to do so before Christmas.

 



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HUGELY INCRIMINATING PHONE RECORDS SUGGEST RUDY GIULIANI IS F---ED

The president’s lawyer should probably get a lawyer.

BY BESS LEVIN at Vanity Fair

DECEMBER 3, 2019

https://www.vanityfa...e-phone-records

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Much of the damning information comes in the form of phone records. According to logs obtained by the committee from AT&T, Giuliani was in extremely frequent communication with the White House, specifically the Office of Management and Budget, where acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, of Ukraine “drug deal” fame, is still director. For instance, Giuliani spoke with unidentified individuals at OMB and the White House on April 12, 23, and 24. An OMB call on the latter date lasted over 13 minutes and occurred just one day before Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was told to return from Kiev. Following many of these communications, the Week notes, Giuliani placed calls to or received calls from his indicted associate Lev Parnas, whom Giuliani allegedly dispatched to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden and his son. Another call of particular interest was the 13-minute one between Giuliani and OMB on August 8, which occurred just one day after Ambassador Kurt Volker messaged Giuliani about a meeting with Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermakand a “visit” the two had discussed.

Last month the Washington Post reported that a confidential White House review of Trump’s decision to put a hold on aid to Ukraine “has turned up hundreds of documents that reveal extensive efforts to generate an after-the-fact justification for the decision and a debate over whether the delay was legal,” on which OMB led the charge. In early August, for instance, Mulvaney asked acting OMB director Russell Vought to provide an update on the legal rationale for holding up the aid and how much longer it could be delayed. According to the justification from the OMB lawyers—which the State Department and National Security Council disputed—withholding the aid was legal so long as they referred to it as a “temporary” hold. Was Giuliani strategizing with someone at OMB re: the delayed aid? Who’s to say!

 


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There is no good reason for Rudy Giuliani to be talking to OMB and plenty of bad ones.

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House sets up Monday hearing to hear evidence on Trump impeachment

Source: The Hill



The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Monday morning to receive presentations of evidence from investigators as it moves forward with crafting articles of impeachment against President Trump. he Thursday announcement came hours after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) formally announced that the House is drafting articles of impeachment. It also comes the day after the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing with constitutional experts to discuss whether Trump's efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate his political opponents amounted to impeachable offenses.

Monday's hearing, which will start at 9 a.m., will feature presentations from staff counsels for both parties on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees. "The facts are uncontested: the president abused his power for his own personal, political benefit at the expense of our national security, by withholding military aid and a crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival," Pelosi said in her statement earlier Thursday.

With Democrats eyeing a vote on articles of impeachment before Christmas, the House Judiciary Committee could move as soon as later next week to send articles to the floor for consideration. Under the rules established for the impeachment inquiry, the president and his counsel will be invited to attend and observe the presentations. The president's counsel may also ask questions.

The White House declined to participate in this week's hearing, but did not rule out taking part in future ones. At Wednesday's hearing with the constitutional experts, Democrats gave the clearest sign yet that they are eyeing three possible articles of impeachment: abuse of power and bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice.

 


Read more: https://thehill.com/...ump-impeachment



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522 law professors say that Trump committed bribery

An open letter signed by 522 law professors states that Trump committed bribery, and Congress would be within its constitutional rights to impeach and remove him.

 

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Impassioned Law Experts Testify: If Ukraine Scandal Isn't Impeachable, "Nothing Is"

 

https://www.motherjo...achment/#796647

 

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(Mother Jones) Constitutional law expert Michael Gerhardt warned Congress Wednesday that failure to impeach President Donald Trump could set a dangerous precedent for future commanders in chief.

 

“If what we’re talking about is not impeachable, nothing is impeachable,” the professor at University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill said during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing. “This is precisely the misconduct that the framers created a Constitution including impeachment to protect against.”

 

“If Congress concludes they’re gonna give a pass to the president,” he continued, “every other president will say, ‘OK, then I can do the same thing,’ and the boundaries will just evaporate.”

 

An erosion of those boundaries, he concluded, would be “a danger to all of us.”

 

Gerhardt’s remarks came during the first day of a new phase of the Democrats’ impeachment proceedings, in which Gerhardt—along with Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan, and George Washington Law professor Jonathan Turley—provided the legal and historical basis by which the president may be found guilty of impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

 

 

The problem with this approach is that I suspect Trump supporters no longer give a hoot about the Constitution.  For many in the South, the Constitution is just a document that continues to interfere with their dreams of white supremacy and a return to the good old days of Jim Crow justice. Getting a bunch of northern elitist sounding attorneys to plead the Democrat's case will only be a matter of preaching to the converted.

 

You would think that the argument concerning Russian interference would carry more weight.  Here the question  is bribery, or an exchange of "a thing of value."  Railing against bribery is just another way of complicating things for the good ole boys favored by Trumpians.  Now that Russian has gone full bore kleptocratic, the Communist threat has receded into the background. A white man of German descent allying with a white skinned Russian.  

 

Why, what is the problem there?  

 

Putin's a gangster?

 

Well, since when has that ever been a reason for president's to not do business with a foreign leader?


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Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat'
By Rebecca Klar - 12/08/19 10:18 AM EST
 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that he is confident in the case against President Trump ahead of a vote on impeachment.

“We have a very rock-solid case,” Nadler said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I think the case we have, if presented to a jury, would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat,” he added.


The top Judiciary Democrat also dismissed Republicans' "nonsense about hearsay evidence," saying there is "considerable direct evidence."
 

“And it ill behooves a president or his partisans to say you don’t have enough direct evidence when the reason we don’t have even more direct evidence is the president has ordered everybody in the executive branch not to cooperate with Congress in the impeachment inquiry, something that is unprecedented in American history and is a contempt of Congress by itself,” Nadler said.

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“The only testimony we have are from public spirited, patriotic people in the CIA, the Pentagon, the White House itself who came forward and defied the president's orders and testified,” he added.


Nadler said that if the president or Republicans had “any exculpatory evidence, they would have brought it forward.”

more...

 


https://thehill.com/...ee-minutes-flat



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, Rep. Eliot Engel told us that there will be an announcement TOMORROW - likely 9a - to lay out the articles of impeachment. He wouldn’t say how many articles there are, what’s in there and whether Mueller evidence will be in there.


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BREAKING: House Dems expected to unveil two articles of impeachment against Trump -- abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, per multiple leadership sources and members close with the investigation. Presser tomorrow. Markup likely Thursday.


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NPR news: McConnell will slow walk impeachment trial

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"Breaking: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will not begin impeachment trial or vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal until next year, and instead will focus on passing a defense authorization bill and avoiding a government shutdown."
 

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Trump pays $2 million in damages ordered by judge over misuse of charity funds

 

https://www.msn.com/...6roXQ5xA8OGkkmI

 

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(The Washington Post Via MSN) President Trump has paid $2 million in court-ordered damages for misusing funds in a tax-exempt charity he controlled, the New York attorney general said Tuesday.

 

The payment was ordered last month by a New York state judge in an extraordinary rebuke to a sitting president. Trump had been sued in 2018 by the New York attorney general, who alleged the president had illegally used funds from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to buy portraits of himself, pay off his businesses’ legal obligations and help his 2016 campaign.

 

The money was split among eight charities, according to a statement from New York Attorney General Letitia James (D). The charities were the Army Emergency Relief, the Children’s Aid Society, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha’s Table, the United Negro College Fund, the United Way of National Capital Area, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, according to the statement. 

 

In addition, Trump agreed to distribute the remaining $1.8 million left in the Donald J. Trump Foundation to the same eight charities. In all, each charity received $476,140.41.


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Articles Of Impeachment Against President Trump:

 

 

https://www.npr.org/...president-trump


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EXCLUSIVE: Senate Repubs say there's consensus building w/in their ranks for a short impeachment trial that could see the GOP-led chamber vote on a likely acquittal of President Trump w/o hearing from any witnesses. | w
 
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