Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Jordan and chatted with reporters Tuesday about President Trump’s impending address to the nation on the border wall, before continuing his meeting foreign leaders. The Trump administration in recent days has repeatedly without evidence described the situation at the border as a “humanitarian and national security crisis.”
Pompeo said he has seen a draft of the speech that the president will deliver Tuesday night, which will preempt network programming.
“It’s gonna be about the border, mostly about our southern border. I saw an early version of it. He’ll make a lot of news,” Pompeo “said with a laugh,” as CBS News reports.
The State Dept. actually released video:
Calling it “unclear what that news might be,” CBS adds, “Vice President Mike Pence wouldn’t say whether Mr. Trump would declare a national emergency in an attempt to free up funding for his wall, something the president said he was considering.”
It’s also unclear what kind of news about what the administration is describing as a “humanitarian and national security crisis” would be deserving of laughter.
Image: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo camera spray with King Abdullah II of Jordan, in Amman, Jordan, on January 8, 2019.
Screenshot via YouTube/U.S. Department of State
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‘Ethical Hemorrhagic Fever’: Experts Stunned as McConnell Brags He’s Handing Control of Impeachment Trial to Trump
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is bragging that he’s handing over control of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump to President Donald Trump.
“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House Counsel,” the Kentucky Republican Leader told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night. “There will be no difference between the President’s position and our position as to how to handle this.”
“We’ll be working through this process, hopefully in a fairly short period of time, in total coordination with the White House Counsel’s Office and the people representing the President in the well of the Senate,” he said, presumably referring to Republican Senators.
Mitch McConnell: Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House Counsel. There will be no difference between the President’s position and our position as to how to handle this pic.twitter.com/baFaTKWvUl
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) December 13, 2019
To be clear, this is effectively the jury foreman taking orders from the defendant’s attorneys to determine how the trial will play out, how long it will go on for, who – if any – the witnesses will be, and how it will end.
In short, McConnell just admitted there will not be a real trial.
NCRM was the first outlet to report earlier Thursday that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland had walked in to McConnell’s office this afternoon.
Later, NBC News reported they in fact did meet with McConnell for an hour to plan how the impeachment trial will go forward.
Legal, political, and ethics experts seeing McConnell admit to relinquishing control of a co-equal branch of government to the person who will be on trial in the Senate are expressing shock.
My god. https://t.co/im3PiFNntL
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) December 13, 2019
Mitch McConnell rejects the founding fathers’ creation of a system of checks & balances to keep any one branch of gov’t from becoming too powerful & engaging in corruption/abuse of power. https://t.co/hqOuNznaX0
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) December 13, 2019
This is so inappropriate.
Impeachment isn’t about team sports, it’s about correcting malfeasance.
This is turning malfeasance into an airborne virus.
It’s an ethical hemorrhagic fever. https://t.co/eha8cmj7Bb
— Tiffany Bond (I) 🎱🦞🇺🇸 (@TiffanyBond) December 13, 2019
Sayeth the supplicant to King Don, “Everything I do, I do it for you.” https://t.co/iVC0YzhAg2
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) December 13, 2019
How is that not a violation of the basic premise of separation of powers under the Constitution?? Such a stance is tantamount to surrender of authority of the legislative branch, leaving us open to the imposition of tyranny. McConnell & those who vote with him violate their oaths https://t.co/KJlhGIi394
— Melissa Allen Heath (@melisheath) December 13, 2019
Someone should remind McConnell that the Constitution requires that the Senate act as a jury on impeachment. Imagine the foreman of a jury announcing before a trial that there will be no difference between the jury’s position and a defendant’s. https://t.co/IRRPbrjTPY
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 13, 2019
Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party have been acting in bad faith and violating democratic norms for a long time now. What’s terrifying is how they’re not even trying to hide it anymore. https://t.co/OUCAtbcrJq
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) December 13, 2019
Chief judge notes on national television that he is carefully coordinating planning for the trial with the defendant. https://t.co/QpgxyTHZeY
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) December 13, 2019
We all assumed this, but McConnell feeling the need to go on Hannity and make it this explicit that the Senate majority plans to prostrate itself before Trump is a testament to how weak Mitch, who is up next year, is with his own party’s base.https://t.co/658xKRZHAD
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) December 13, 2019
So much for an impartial fair trial in the Senate. This is not how it went down in 1999. https://t.co/lLh9hWZCDY
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) December 13, 2019
Shorter Mitch McConnell: I’m totally in the bag for full authoritarianism now. Forget checks and balances, I’m at the service of Dear Leader™. https://t.co/asdcEl1Lp2
— Jason Karsh (@jkarsh) December 13, 2019
Mike Pence Now All In: Defends Trump’s ‘Appropriate’ Phone Call to Ukraine
Vice President Mike Pence insisted on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s controversial call to Ukraine’s president was “appropriate.”
During an event in Arizona, Pence was asked if it was “appropriate” for Trump to ask Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Earlier on Thursday, Trump had also asked China to investigate Biden and his son.
“Is it appropriate, as the president did this morning and with a phone call to Ukraine, to ask foreign governments to investigate his political rivals? China, for example,” a reporter said to Pence.
“I am vice president of the United States, and I was elected to this job along with President Trump,” the vice president droned. “One of the major reasons we were elected was to drain the swamp. I think the American people have right to know if the vice president of the United States or his family profited from his position as vice president during the last administration. That is about looking backwards and understanding what really happened.”
According to Pence, Joe Biden and his son are “worth looking into.”
“And the president made it very clear that he believes our other nations around the world should look into it, as well,” he continued. “The simple fact is, when you hold the second highest office in the land, it comes with unique responsibilities. Not just to be above impropriety but to be above the appearance of impropriety. There are legitimate questions that ought to be an asked. We will continue to ask them because the American people have a right to know whether or not the vice president of United States or his family profited from his position.”
Pence also insisted that there “was no quid pro quo” offered when Trump called the president of Ukraine.
“I think that’s of the American people would expect and anticipate but this is going to continue, to advance what we were elected to advance,” he said. “That includes draining the swamp and demanding that our allies operate in an upright way, as well.”
“The president was raising issues that were appropriate that were of genuine interest to the American people,” Pence said of the Ukraine call.
Trump Insanely Claims if Joe Biden Were a Republican He Would Have Been Executed ‘By Right Now’
President Donald Trump just unleashed one of – if not his most – violent and vile attacks on any political opponent to date. Suggesting Joe Biden has committed a capital offense, for which there is absolutely no evidence, the president said had the former Vice President and his son Hunter Biden been Republicans they would have already been executed.
“If a Republican ever did what Joe Biden did, if a Republican ever said what Joe Biden said, they’d be getting the electric chair by right now,” Trump claimed, after telling reporters “Joe Biden and his son are corrupt,” without any evidence.
“But the fake news doesn’t want to report it, because they’re Democrats,” Trump added.
The president, who made his remarks from the United Nations, went on to call the media “crooked as hell.”
Trump ends his bilateral media availability with the Polish president by claiming that “if a Republican ever did what Joe Biden did … they’d be getting the electric chair right now,” before calling the assembled journalists “crooked as hell.” 😳 pic.twitter.com/38q03H2SGy
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 23, 2019
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