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    Everyone was wondering why the clown administration remained silent on the protests in Hong Kong.


    Trump raised Biden with the Chinese President in a June phone call housed in highly-secure server


    https://mobile.twitter.com/joshscamp...88983662194688

    Trump raised Biden's political prospects as well as those of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who by then had started rising in the polls, according to two people familiar... In that call, Trump also told Xi he would remain quiet on Hong Kong protests as trade talks progressed.Ē

    https://twitter.com/kim/status/1179889857956417536?s=20
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    So why isn't that statement signed before a notary or contain a penalty of perjury clause before the signature line. Such crap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnygirl View Post
    Elizabeth Cougar Warren, the Queen of Sub-tweets!!!




    It's always a good day to be reminded that I got where I am because a great education was available for $50 a semester at the University of Houston (go Cougars!). We need to cancel student debt and make college free for everyone who wants it.









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    And groupies of Trump think it is bad to pay someone to have sex with?

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    ^^^ as long as you have someone else pay them for you. Speaking of that, I hear that one of the guys from the Enquirer is threatening to sue Ronan Farrow if he releases his book covering the Enquirer's "catch and kill" history with DJT.
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    Nancy Pelosi sent a letter yesterday:

    Pelosi Sends Letter to Leader McCarthy Reiterating the Critical Importance of the Ongoing Impeachment Inquiry

    October 3, 2019

    Press Release

    Washington D.C. Ė Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the below letter to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy in response to his correspondence earlier today. The Speakerís letter emphasizes the importance of the ongoing impeachment inquiry and calls on House Republicans to join Democrats in upholding Congressís responsibility to support and defend the Constitution.
    Below is the full text of the letter to the Republican Leader:

    ***
    October 3, 2019
    The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
    Republican Leader
    H-204, The Capitol
    Washington, D.C. 20515

    Dear Leader McCarthy,
    As Members of Congress, we take a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
    The existing rules of the House provide House Committees with full authority to conduct investigations for all matters under their jurisdiction, including impeachment investigations. There is no requirement under the Constitution, under House Rules, or House precedent that the whole House vote before proceeding with an impeachment inquiry.
    As you know, our Founders were specifically intent on ensuring that foreign entities did not undermine the integrity of our elections. I received your letter this morning shortly after the world witnessed President Trump on national television asking yet another foreign power to interfere in the upcoming 2020 elections. We hope you and other Republicans share our commitment to following the facts, upholding the Constitution, protecting our national security, and defending the integrity of our elections at such a serious moment in our nationís history.

    best regards,
    NANCY PELOSI
    Speaker of the House


















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    Source: The Hill

    McConnell vows to block Trump impeachment in fundraising pitch

    By Jordain Carney - 10/04/19 10:57 AM EDT

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) reelection campaign is seizing on the fight over impeachment, pledging in Facebook ads that he will lead Republican efforts to stop President Trump from being removed from office.





    "Nancy Pelosi's in the clutches of a left wing mob. They finally convinced her to impeach the president. All of you know your Constitution, the way that impeachment stops is a Senate majority with me as majority leader," McConnell says in an ad that began running on Thursday.

    "But I need your help. Please contribute before the deadline," McConnell continues in the ad.

    McConnell's campaign, according to Facebook's ad library, began running the digital ads with the video on Sept. 27, three days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) formally announced that House Democrats would launch an impeachment inquiry.


    The decision, which followed months of pressure from progressives, came following reports of a whistleblower complaint alleging Trump urged the Ukranian government to investigate former Vice President Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

    McConnell, who has tied himself closely to Trump as he runs for reelection in the deeply red state, doesn't address the allegations surrounding the president's communication with Ukraine in the roughly 17-second video.

    The GOP leader, along with most of his caucus, have remained silent despite the growing scrutiny on the president this week.

    In one caption for an ad that has run since Sept. 30, McConnell's team argues that a "conservative Senate Majority is the ONLY thing stopping Nancy Pelosi from impeaching President Trump. Donate & help us keep it."

    Each of the digital ads includes the same video message from McConnell. But the campaign shifted their messaging as part of a digital ad that went up on Thursday to also knock House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

    "BREAKING: Adam Schiff LIED. His office secretly coordinated with the source of this laughable impeachment inquiry. Help me stop it," the caption to go along with the video reads.

    The caption is an apparent reference to a report from The New York Times that the whistleblower consulted the House Intelligence Committee before filing the complaint.

    "Few issues energize conservative voters like liberal overreach and the Democrats latest outrageous attempt to impeach President Trump has activated our base to new heights," Kevin Golden, McConnell's campaign manager, said in a statement.

    According to Facebook data, McConnell's campaign has spent $61,677 on ads between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2. McConnell's Facebook ads were first reported by CNN.
    McConnell said during a CNBC interview earlier this week that he would have "no choice" but to bring up impeachment if the House sends over articles.

    "Well, under the Senate rules we're required to take it up if the House does go down that path, and we'll follow the Senate rules," McConnell said during an interview with CNBC.


    But McConnell and Republicans are hinting that a trial could be short lived. A GOP Senate leadership aide noted in a memo to reporters that trying to dismiss the articles of impeachment would be allowed under the Senate's impeachment rules.

    "I would have no choice but to take it up," McConnell added during the CNBC interview. "How long you're on it is a whole different matter."

    McConnell is facing a handful of Democrats looking to challenge him in 2020, including Marine veteran Amy McGrath.

    His seat is rated as "likely Republican" by The Cook Political Report.
















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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnygirl View Post
    Exactly, which makes this stupidity all the more funnier. Iím catching video clips from the presser and it doesn't disappoint. Marine took his shirt off to show his ďscarsĒ on his back from the cat-o-nine tails. Itís pure comedy gold SNL skit. Burkman and Wohl are in suits to look official. Dunkin Donuts are on a table off to the right. His pretend security guard wearing AirPods is menacing.
    I never heard of that. Is it like a flogger? Asking for a friend.
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    Texts show how US officials worked to prod the Ukrainian president into opening a public inquiry into President Trump's leading opponent, Joe Biden.
    The messages, released by congressional Democrats, emerge as Mr Trump faces an impeachment inquiry over the matter.
    The exchanges show a senior diplomat saying it would be "crazy" to withhold military aid to Ukraine for Mr Trump's political gain in the 2020 election.
    US law bans soliciting foreign help for electoral purposes.
    But Mr Trump denies any wrongdoing and, on Friday, said there was "no quid pro quo" in the communications.
    His remarks came a day after he publicly called on Ukraine and China to investigate Mr Biden, a top Democratic White House candidate, and his son, Hunter.
    The Republican president accuses his political opponents of a "witch hunt".


    Impeachment in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives would trigger a trial in the Senate.
    Senators would have to vote to convict Mr Trump by a two-thirds majority to remove him from office.
    But that outcome is seen as unlikely given that the president's fellow Republicans control the upper chamber.
    What do the texts say?

    The impeachment inquiry stems from a 25 July call in which Mr Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his rival.
    The wide-ranging text message discussionsare connected to allegations by the Democrats that Mr Trump dangled military aid as a way to press Ukraine to dig dirt on Mr Biden.
    Sent between July and September, they involve high-ranking officials:

    • Kurt Volker, Mr Trump's Ukraine envoy who resigned a week ago
    • Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, and a significant donor to Mr Trump
    • Bill Taylor, a top US diplomat at the American embassy in Ukraine

    On 19 July, the three diplomats discussed arranging a phone call between Mr Zelensky and Mr Trump.
    Mr Volker told the other two he had had breakfast with Mr Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani that morning - and identified the main purpose of the upcoming phone call.


    Most impt [important] is for Zelensky to say that he will help the investigation," he told the others.
    But Bill Taylor, the senior US diplomat in Ukraine, warned that President Zelensky "is sensitive" about Ukraine being seen "as an instrument in Washington domestic, re-election politics".
    Ahead of the call, Mr Volker texted that he had heard from the White House that Mr Zelensky would be offered a formal visit to Washington "assuming President Z convinces Trump he will investigate / 'get to the bottom of what happened in 2016'".
    This is a reference to unfounded allegations that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US presidential election and worked to help the Democrats.


    In the call, Mr Trump asked Mr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden.
    But text messages show US officials discussed what the Ukrainian president should say in a statement afterwards.
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    Image captionMr Zelensky was reportedly "sensitive" about being seen as a US "instrument"By 13 August, Kurt Volker advised that Mr Zelensky's statement should address interference in US politics, "especially with the alleged involvement of some Ukrainian politicians" - and Burisma, the company Joe Biden's son was involved in.
    There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by Hunter Biden.
    Then, on 29 August, the tone of discussions changed. Mr Zelenksy's aide Andriy Yermak sent a curt message to Mr Volker, including a link to a Politico story headlined " Trump holds up Ukraine military aid meant to confront Russia".
    Mr Taylor, the senior diplomat in Ukraine, seemed to voice his concerns about the motives for the delay.
    Video captionWhat we know about Biden-Ukraine corruption claims"I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign," he said.
    That suggestion, however, was firmly pushed back by Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who said Mr Taylor was misunderstanding the president's intentions.

    What are Democrats and Republicans saying?

    In a letter alongside the release of the texts, the Democratic chairmen of three committees investigating Mr Trump criticised his "now open defiance of our core values as American citizens".
    "The President and his aides are engaging in a campaign of misinformation and misdirection in an attempt to normalise the act of soliciting foreign powers to interfere in our elections," wrote congressmen Eliot Engel, Adam Schiff and Elijah Cummings.
    "This is not normal or acceptable. It is unethical, unpatriotic, and wrong."
    Video captionTrump calls for China and Ukraine to investigate the BidensBut Republican Jim Jordan said Mr Volker's testimony on Thursday had "undercut the salacious narrative that Representative Adam Schiff is using to sell his impeachment ambitions".
    The House Oversight Committee - of which Mr Jordan is the ranking Republican member - tweeted that "this information [contained in the text messages] cannot possibly be understood without Volker's explanations from yesterday's testimony".
    He has called for the entire transcript of the testimony to be released.


    Mr Trump and his defenders have insisted there was no quid-pro-quo in his dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Text messages between members of the US team involved in Ukrainian diplomacy, however, suggest a different story.
    It was very clear to them what Mr Trump wanted: a publicly announced Ukrainian investigation of political rival Joe Biden and the 2016 election hacking.
    It also was very clear what they had to offer the Ukrainians: not only US military aid, which had been put on hold by the White House, but also a meeting between the two presidents in Washington that would have be extremely valuable in bolstering the legitimacy of the newly elected Ukrainian leader.
    Drawing a straight line between the offer and the ask doesn't take much imagination.
    It may not be long before the White House falls back to its final line of defence - that threatening and cajoling Ukraine to investigate Mr Biden was justified by the egregiousness of Mr Biden's alleged corruption.
    With Mr Trump backed into a corner, it's a recipe for all-out political warfare.

    Four quick questions on Trump-Ukraine

    Why is Mr Trump being investigated?
    A whistleblower alleges he used "the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the US 2020 election", by asking Ukraine to investigate his main rival, Joe Biden.
    Is this illegal?
    If this is what he's proven to have done, then yes: it's illegal to ask foreign entities for help winning a US election. Mr Trump says it's a witch-hunt and he did nothing wrong.
    What could happen next?
    If the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted to impeach Mr Trump, there'd be a trial in the Senate.
    Could he be removed?
    A Senate vote needs a two-thirds majority to convict, but Mr Trump's Republican party controls the Senate so that's unlikely. And the Mueller inquiry made clear you can't charge a sitting president with a crime.













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    The US president is trying to normalise his self-serving breaches of his oath of office. America must hold him to account and restore the rule of law and ethics


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    Until very recently indeed, the idea that the president of the United States might stand outside the White House and call on Communist China to investigate one of his presidential challengers would not merely have seemed far-fetched. It would also have seemed unpatriotic (presidents don’t involve foreign powers in domestic politics), unprincipled (this is the same China with which he is fighting a trade war and which may soon crack down on Hong Kong democracy protests), illegal (US law bans attempts to solicit foreign assistance to fight American elections), and a breach of his oath of office (in which he promises to protect and defend the constitution). It short, such a thing was unthinkable.


    It is a mark of Donald Trump’s ability to trash the rules of domestic and international politics, and make up an entire new set of his own, that the unthinkable happened this week without causing much more than a weary collective shake of the American head. Speaking on live television outside the White House on Thursday, Mr Trump openly solicited America’s greatest international rival to help him get re-elected. Next year, Mr Trump may face a presidential contest against Joe Biden, the former vice-president, whose son Hunter – like Donald Trump Jr, as it happens – is a businessman and lobbyist with overseas interests. This week Mr Trump said: “China should start an investigation into the Bidens.”
    By all formerly prevailing standards this was an extraordinary act. But it did not come out of the blue. The call to China was simply a much more public, more brazen and more reckless iteration of the very same thing that Mr Trump stands accused of doing in Ukraine, on the basis of which he is now being investigated for possible impeachment by the House of Representatives. In July, Mr Trump used a telephone call to the newly elected Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to press for investigations to be launched into the Bidens. If this did not happen, Mr Trump warned, the US would withhold military aid, a threat that was withdrawn after it became public. This week, however, evidence was produced on Capitol Hill that Mr Trump said he would only permit a White House meeting with Mr Zelenskiy if he publicly began a probe into the Bidens. Soberingly, Ukraine has now done just that.




    The shredding of norms does not get more brazen than this. But the Ukraine and China cases are not freak exceptions from an otherwise ethical record. Only this week it was claimed that Mr Trump had used his first phone call to Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, on 26 July to ask the UK to provide evidence that might help undermine Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in Mr Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Similar White House demands have also been made to members of the Australian and the Italian governments.
    All these efforts are egregious. For a US president to press foreign governments to investigate his rivals is not just unusual, unfair or illegal. It is also lethally dangerous to national standing and international law. If there is evidence of unethical or corrupt activity in a foreign country, it should be properly investigated by the legitimate authorities and resolved within established and accountable bilateral processes. It should not be pursued as Mr Trump did with Ukraine, demanding “a favour” in return for aid or access. It should not be multiplied, as Mr Trump has now done with China, by smearing an opponent without evidence. Such acts send a wholly lawless signal to the world, that White House favours can be won by providing dirt on its enemies and that the president is in the market for dodgy dealings with despots.



    Mr Trump’s actions in Ukraine were a self-serving abuse of power. His Chinese claims are a reckless attempt to normalise his deviancy. Britain, for one, must have no part in it. Mr Trump’s actions are fuelled by refusal to accept responsibility and by fear of defeat. But he must be accountable. He must answer for his misuse of office. The political problem is that he may get away with it. The more he is criticised and implicated, the more his supporters back him. This cannot be ignored. But nor can the evidence. Mr Trump is in the dock. So are America’s political system and its standing in the world.
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    Nickleback made Trump remove a picture from Twitter

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    But then it went back up on youtube on the OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHANNEL. This is insanity. I resent this administration for making me Team Nickelback.
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    That was my first thought, too. "Are we suppose to like Nickelback again?"

    **hangs head in shame, I did like Nickelback for a while there**
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    This saga is going to make for many unusual heroes.

    Stay tuned for a "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"-style performance from Carrot Top.
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    Breaking via NBC: Weeks before the whistleblower's complaint became public, the CIA's top lawyer made what she considered a criminal referral to the Justice Dept. about the whistleblower's allegations that Trump abused his office in pressuring Ukraine.

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1180219937329225728?s=20
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