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Bolton Blasted Trump’s Ukraine Extortion: ‘I Am Not Part of Whatever Drug Deal Rudy and Mulvaney Are Cooking Up’



Three months ago then-National Security Advisor John Bolton warned administration insiders he would have no part of President Donald Trump’s off-the-books shadow government Ukraine extortion scandal. Bolton also apparently implicated both the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvany.

“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton told senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs Fiona Hill to tell White House lawyers, The New York Times reports in a bombshell article late Monday night.

Bolton, who resigned from the Trump administration hours before President Trump tweeted he had fired him, instructed Hill “to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that Mr. Giuliani was working with Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on a rogue operation with legal implications,” Hill told House of Representatives investigators on Monday.

Not one to shy away from confrontation himself, Bolton also called Giuliani, who is now reportedly under criminal investigation,  “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”

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‘The House Is on Fire’: MSNBC’s Joy Reid Drops a Truth Bomb on Democrats for Not Going After Trump



On Saturday’s edition of “AM Joy,” MSNBC host Joy Reid took Democrats to task for failing to see the big picture at the latest round of Democratic debates, getting bogged down in policy details that voters don’t care about — and not going after the failures of President Donald Trump.

“So let’s get back to Barack Obama for a moment,” said Reid. “Yes, We Can … was not a policy speech. It was a leadership speech. You remember the money line but I doubt you remember many of the details of Obama’s health care plan, other than it would be universal, ensure universal coverage, fulfill a hundred years of Democratic dreams and goals. Barack Obama did not get elected because of the detail of his health care plan. I worked on that campaign. Trust me, nobody in Florida who I talked to — and talking about Obama was literally my job — asked about the details.”

“Obviously speeches is where you define yourself, and at debates you’re stuck with what you get, just a few minutes to talk about much as you can are very, very different things,” said Reid. “The formula for how presidents get elected is the same. Tell us what the other party has done wrong and how you’ll fix it. That’s especially true when you’re running against an incumbent president. Americans elect people that they want to be led by.”

“Now, Democrats, and I mean this as tough love, fighting with each other about the details of your health care plans is not going to help you beat Donald Trump,” said Reid. “Mayor Pete [Buttigieg] is right that Trump and his party are going to call all of your health care bills socialism, they’re going to call all of you ‘open-borders communists.’ Keep your eyes on the job.”

“The house is on fire,” she added. “Tell us what this president has done to set this house on fire, and how you are going to put it out. When the house is on fire, you don’t discuss what kind of begonias you’re going to plant in the window sill because the house is on fire.”

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House Foreign Affairs Chair, a Top Democrat, Announces Support for Impeachment as Numbers Surge



‘Only Way to Achieve Justice’

Since Robert Mueller’s testimony before two House committees last week, at least 17 additional House Democrats have announced they support the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The numbers have been growing quickly, with several more Democrats announcing Tuesday they support an impeachment inquiry.

CNN Tuesday evening published a list of “111 House Democrats calling for an impeachment inquiry into Trump.”

Literally two minutes later news broke a top Democrat, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel was about to release a statement in support of impeachment.

He just did:

“The American people want, and deserve, the truth. Mr. Mueller’s testimony provided ample evidence that the President committed obstruction of justice, and I believe the House must pursue a formal impeachment inquiry,” Chairman Engel says, calling it the “only way to achieve justice.”

ActBlue has a list of 113 House Democrats (plus Republican Justin Amash) supporting impeachment.

114 Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen supporting impeachment is just four away from a majority of the Democratic caucus.

There are 235 House Democrats out of 435 Members of Congress.

Expect the number to grow in the next day or two, and escalate once a majority is met.

Politico congressional reporter weighs in:


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Watch: Mueller Blows Up Trump’s Lies With One Word



Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning was asked a critical question by Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

His answer, just one word, destroys months and months of President Donald Trump’s lies.

“Did you actually totally exonerate the president?” Chairman Nadler asked.

“No,” Robert Mueller replied.

This was President Trump’s response barely hours after his hand-picked Attorney General, Bill Barr, released his fabricated four-page letter claiming to summarize the Mueller Report:

Trump lied. Repeatedly.

Mueller went on later to say, “The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed.”

Exculpated definition: “show or declare that (someone) is not guilty of wrongdoing.”

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