‘A Double-Barreled Gut Punch’
Nearly two out of three American voters (65%) say President Trump is dishonest. Nearly two out of three American voters (64%) also say he has committed crimes – less than one in four (24%) say he has not. The country is divided (45% to 43%) on whether Trump committed crimes in office, despite recent events including Michael Cohen‘s testimony which appear to prove he did.
Democrats will need to do a better job educating the public as to what constitutes a crime, and honesty. The Washington Post has detailed over 9000 lies from Donald Trump since taking office.
“A presidential candidate paying money to hide a negative story during a campaign, and not disclosing that payment, is unethical and a crime, 40 percent of voters say. Another 21 percent say it is unethical, but not a crime, and 20 percent say it is not unethical,” Quinnipiac reports.
The 40 percent are correct. There is no gray area.
Half (50%) of voters believe the President’s former lawyer Michael Cohen over the President, and voters approve of the Democrats’ handling of Cohen’s testimony (41%-36%) and disapprove (51%-25%) of the Republicans’.
Trump’s job approval improved slightly from 38% approve, 57% disapprove in January to 38% approve, 55% disapprove in February.
“Cloudy and 38. The future of Donald Trump’s presidency and the percentage of people who support him mirror the March weather in D.C.,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in summing up the poll’s results. “The answers to two survey questions deliver a double-barreled gut punch to the honesty question.”
“When two-thirds of voters think you have committed a crime in your past life, and almost half of voters say it’s a tossup over whether you committed a crime while in the Oval Office, confidence in your overall integrity is very shaky,” Malloy also said. “Add to that, Michael Cohen, a known liar headed to the big house, has more credibility than the leader of the free world.”
Despite these results, the majority of Americans remain unconvinced President Trump should be impeached.
“Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, American voters say 59 – 35 percent,” Quinnipiac reports. “But Congress should do more to investigate ‘Michael Cohen’s claims about President Trump’s unethical and illegal behavior,’ voters say 58 – 35 percent.”
This article has been updated. An earlier version incorrectly said Trump’s approval rating had fallen from January to February. It has not.
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‘Devastating’: Morning Joe Panel Stunned by Depth of Trump Criminality Exposed in GOP Russia Report
During a long “Morning Joe” panel discussion on the Russia report compiled by a GOP-led Senate committee released on Monday, the panel seemed stunned by how many members of Donald Trump’s administration who were implicated in not only working with Russia, but also who lied to investigators about it.
With MSNBC legal analyst Ben Wittes calling the nearly thousand-page report “devastating” to Trump, co-host Joe Scarborough ticked off the crimes alleged in Senate investigators.
“They presented mountains of evidence that Donald Trump and his campaign worked with the Russians and were aided and abetted by the Russians, that it was an ongoing, aggressive attempt,” Scarborough began before citing GOP lawmakers who are still defending the president.
“They did what idiots, useful idiots for Vladimir Putin have been doing now for several years, and that is clinging to the most lurid tales in the Steele dossier and said you didn’t prove that, so the whole thing is a hoax,” he stated. “Acting as if that one part of this investigation would somehow distract from the mountains and the mountains of damning evidence. And I just have to say it again, from the mountains and mountains of devastating evidence that Donald Trump lied to Robert Mueller, committed perjury under oath.”
“I mean, he had time to think through it and still committed that,” he said of the president’s written responses to the special counsel’s questions. “And then again, that you go through all of these people — Trump’s foreign policy adviser lied about contacts with Russia. His national security adviser lied about contacts with Russia. His campaign chairman lied about contacts with Russia. His deputy campaign chairman lied under oath, all of them under oath, about contacts with Russia. His personal lawyer lied about contacts with Russia under oath. His political consultant lied about contacts with Russia under oath. and his attorney general lied before Congress under oath.”
“And of course — and yesterday, Republicans concluded that the president of the United States lied under oath to federal investigators about his campaign’s contacts with Russia,” he concluded, “Boy, that’s some [Russia] hoax.”
DOJ Asks Federal Judge to Lock Up Roger Stone for 7 to 9 Years
The Dept. of Justice is asking a federal judge to sentence former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone for 7 to 9 years. The DOJ says Stone, a political operative known for his extremist tactics, engaged in witness tampering and lying to Congress.
“Roger Stone obstructed Congress’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, lied under oath, and tampered with a witness,” a court filing reads, according to The Hill. “And when his crimes were revealed by the indictment in this case, he displayed contempt for this Court and the rule of law.”
BREAKING: Justice Department just requested up to 9 years in prison for Roger Stone, convicted on all seven criminal counts in Nov and set to be sentenced Feb 20. @CourthouseNews pic.twitter.com/WjJeue0YVY
— Megan Mineiro (@MMineiro_CNS) February 10, 2020
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Giuliani Doubles Down on Refusing to Obey House Democrats’ Subpoena – Declares ‘I Do Not Need a Lawyer’
Rudy Giuliani is doubling down on his stunning refusal to obey a legally drafted subpoena by House Democrats engaged in a valid impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
Earlier Tuesday afternoon Giuliani parted ways with his newly-hired attorney, who he now describes as “a lifelong friend.” He also announced he would not obey the subpoena, but added, “if they enforce it then we will see what happens.”
That apparently has been thrown out the window.
“I will not participate in an illegitimate, unconstitutional, and baseless ‘impeachment inquiry,'” Giuliani tweeted minutes ago.
Amid reports those close to Giuliani have been advising him to retain a criminal attorney, Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney and a former federal prosecutor, declared, “At this time, I do not need a lawyer.”
He made those remarks via Twitter, posting a copy of the letter from his short-term lawyer, Jon Sale.
Of note: Giuliani’s now-former attorney says in his letter to House Democrats Giuliani is invoking all the claims made by President Trump in his widely-mocked as “garbage” letter drafted by the White House Counsel.
I will not participate in an illegitimate, unconstitutional, and baseless “impeachment inquiry.”
Jon Sale, who is a lifelong friend, has represented me for the sole purpose of analyzing the request and responding. At this time, I do not need a lawyer. pic.twitter.com/l0IR0ikEHD
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 15, 2019
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