Nomination Now Heads to Full SenateÂ
Republicans of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday pushed through the nomination of John K. Bush, an attorney and a former pseudonymousÂ right wing blogger who once delivered a speech in which he joked about not wanting to appear like a “faggot.” Bush, who has been nominated by President Donald Trump to theÂ the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals,Â has made his very anti-gay views known. He also supported Trump’s fanatical birtherism. Thursday’s vote was 11-9.
Bush is married to a woman has helped raise a reported $14 million for the re-electionÂ campaign of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Both men are from Kentucky.Â
“ForÂ nearly a decade,” Quartz reported last month, BushÂ “contributed regularlyÂ toÂ Elephants in the Bluegrass, a political blog run by his wife, under the pen name G. Morris. In posts, he drew a tenuous parallelÂ between Barack Obama and Monica LewinskyÂ and equated slavery to abortion asÂ two of Americaâ€™s greatest tragedies.”
“While blogging,” Quartz’s Lola Fadulu reported,Â “he consistently cited WorldNetDaily, a group the Southern Poverty Law Center has deemed an extremist group for peddling conspiracy theories and white nationalism, including the lie that Obama was not born in the United States.”
Quoting a passage fromÂ Hunter S. Thompsonâ€™s The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, the Alliance for Justice notes,Â Bush thought it appropriate to say in a speech, â€œI come here every year, and let me tell you one thing Iâ€™ve learnedâ€”this is no town to be giving people the impression youâ€™re some kind of faggot.â€Â
The AFJ also notes that “in a 2011 blog post, Bush criticized the State Department for modifying passport application forms to account for the possibility of same-sex parents in A Parent 2â€™s Outrage:
Henceforth, the application will ask for â€˜Mother or Parent 1â€™ and â€˜Father or Parent 2.â€™ I suppose thatâ€™s better than â€˜Thing Oneâ€™ or â€˜Thing Twoâ€™, but Hillaryâ€™s hybrid hardly eliminatesÂ my confusion. . . . . Itâ€™s just like the government to decide it needs to decide something like which parent is number one or number two. When that happens, both parents are subservient to the nanny stateâ€” more precisely, a nanny Secretary of State.
The Human Rights Campaign notes Bush “has criticized rulings striking down sodomy laws targeting LGBTQ people,” and “doesnâ€™t fully commit [to] Obergefell as settled law.”
During his confirmation hearing in June, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) grilled Bush, saying he questioned his “judgment,” in the video below.Â “This man should not be a federal judge. He should not have a lifetime appointment. I’m done,” Franken concluded.
Franken asked Bush “about blog posts that cited alt-right reports containing conspiracy theories and false information, such as the claim that President Obama was not born in the U.S.,” NPR reported at the time.
“In a testy exchange, Franken pressed Bush on how he decided which sources to rely on for information, pointing to one source which Franken called a ‘white nationalism’ propaganda organ filled with ‘hate speech.'” That website is World Net Daily, or WND.
Bush dodged the question several times, until Franken asked bluntly if Bush “felt free to put posts out that cited sources that you knew were not credible.”
“No,” Bush replied. “I’m not saying that. I’m saying that as a blogger, I was making political statements.”
Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana seemed unpersuaded.
“Mr. Bush, I’ve read your blogs,” Kennedy said as he stared at the nominee. “I’m not impressed.”
Bush’s nomination now heads to the full Senate, which will likely vote to confirm him.Â
Law professor at IIT Chicago-Kent:
Still wrapping my head around the fact the Senate Judiciary voted to make a man who referred to gays as “faggot[s]” in a speech a fed judge.
â€” Anthony M. Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) July 13, 2017
Law professor & vice dean atÂ American University Washington College of Law:
“Faggot[s].” In a speech. By someone who now will serve as a federal judge. And not in the British “cigarette” sense. https://t.co/6484lqP7tu
â€” Tony Varona (@TonyVarona) July 13, 2017
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‘None Whatsoever’: US Diplomat Burns to the Ground Trump Lie That Joe Biden’s Actions Are ‘Corrupt’
President Donald Trump’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, in bombshell testimony Wednesday destroyed the president’s lie that Joe Biden’s actions, especially toward Ukraine, are “corrupt.”
Asked if there any factual basis to support Trump’s allegations, Kent replied: “None whatsoever.”
Kent debunks Trumpworld’s argument that Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine were somehow corrupt pic.twitter.com/B3NDloJWIO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 13, 2019
Taylor Staffer Overheard Trump Impatiently Asking Sondland About ‘The Investigations’ Day After Infamous July 25 Call
The acting ambassador to Ukraine said he has learned since his closed-door testimony that President Donald Trump appeared keenly interested in the status of an investigation into Joe Biden by Ukraine.
Bill Taylor, the president’s top diplomat in Ukraine, testified Wednesday that he learned last week from a staffer, after he was deposed in a closed-door hearing, about an incident that took place a day after Trump’s call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26,” Taylor testified.
Taylor was visiting the front of Ukraine’s war with Russia at the time with Kurt Volker, then a special envoy to the country, and a member of the ambassador’s staff accompanied EU ambassador Gordon Sondland to a meeting with Andrey Yermak, an aide to Zelensky.
“Following that meeting, in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv,” Taylor testified. “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations.’”
“Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward,” Taylor added.
Taylor’s staff member asked Sondland what the president thought about Ukraine, and the acting ambassador was troubled by his State Department colleague’s response.
“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor testified. “At the time I gave my deposition on October 22, I was not aware of this information. I am including it here for completeness.”
Taylor said he first reported that new information through the State Department’s legal adviser, and then through attorneys for both House Republicans and Democrats.
Nunes Promotes Debunked Conspiracy Theories: Democrats Colluded With Russia and Are ‘Culpable’ of ‘Malfeasance’ in Ukraine
Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) in his opening remarks on the first day of public witness testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, charged House Democrats with wholly debunked conspiracy theories. Among them, that Democrats – not Donald Trump – colluded with Russia, and Ukraine, not Russia, attacked the 2016 U.S. elections. Also, that Democrats, not President Trump, committed wrongdoing against Ukraine.
So, Nunes is claiming (falsely) that Democrats both colluded with Ukraine and attacked Ukraine (video below.)
“Democrats have a long habit of accusing Republicans of offenses they, themselves, are committing,” Nunes claimed. “For years they accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia when they themselves were colluding with Russia by funding and spreading the Steele Dossier that relied on Russian sources. And now they accuse President Trump of malfeasance in Ukraine, when they, themselves, are culpable. The Democrats cooperated in Ukrainian election meddling,” Nunes charged.
Literally every word is a lie.
Remember that the U.S. Intelligence Community unanimously decreed that Russia attacked the 2016 U.S elections. That fact was once again proven during the Mueller investigation, and in the Mueller Report. There is literally zero proof of Nunes’ claims.
Nunes, who may be best remembered for his dramatic dark of night visit to the White House in 2017, where he was given information by the Trump administration only to claim it was from a secret source. That information was falsely framed to suggest (wrongly) the Obama administration had illegally investigated the Trump campaign.
Nunes: Democrats colluded with Russia, not Trump. pic.twitter.com/SFy53dL2MC
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 13, 2019
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