“This Witch Hunt should not be allowed to proceed!”
President Donald Trump is in full meltdown mode. Thursday morning the man purported to be the leader of the free world, the most powerful person to hold elected office in this country, tweeted witness testimony in the House open impeachment inquiry hearings slated to begin next week are a “trial.”
They are not.
The trial takes place in the Senate, assuming the House passes articles of impeachment and Majority Leader Mitch MCConnell allows the Senate trial to proceed.
The President also claimed his due process rights and right to an attorney are being denied.
They are not.
This is not a criminal trial and as president Trump has no special rights.
The President also claimed the witnesses who will appear before Congress are “Never Trumpers.”
They are not.
It was just explained to me that for next weeks Fake Hearing (trial) in the House, as they interview Never Trumpers and others, I get NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS. It is a Pelosi, Schiff, Scam against the Republican Party and me. This Witch Hunt should not be allowed to proceed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
There are three witnesses scheduled next week. All three are career foreign service officers.
The first is the U.S. chargé d’affaires for Ukraine, Ambassador Bill Taylor, who previously served in State Dept. roles for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He was hand-picked by none other than Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his current role. He is a decorated Vietnam War veteran who began working for the federal government in 1980.
The second is United States Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, who began working for the U.S. State Dept. in 1992.
The third is former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who began working for the U.S. Foreign Service in 1986.
There is zero evidence any of the three are “Never Trumpers.”
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‘The Problem Is We Need Some Money’: Giuliani Has Been ‘Butt-Dialing’ an NBC News Reporter
“The problem is we need some money,” Giuliani says in the three-minute recording about overseas dealings. “We need a few hundred thousand.”
NBC News’ Rich Schapiro was the recipient of the accidental call. He writes he had been speaking to the former NYC mayor earlier in the evening of October 16 and the call went into his voicemail, as he was sleeping. Schapiro also reports, “it wasn’t the first time it had happened.”
It is not known to who Giuliani was speaking, nor specifically what deals he was working on. More importantly, perhaps, it is not known in what capacity Giuliani was working.
A former federal prosecutor, Giuliani opened a security consulting firm after leaving office as New York City’s mayor. He’s also President Trump’s attorney, he admits he has acted as a spokesperson for an Iranian group that once was on the U.S. terror watchlist, and he has been conducting shadow government foreign policy on Trump’s behalf.
And those are just the roles we know about.
Giuliani also “told the Daily Beast his firm had signed a deal with Bahrain to advise its police force on counter-terrorism measures. But the Bahrain News Agency account of the meeting suggested Giuliani was viewed more like an ambassador than a security consultant. ‘HM the King praised the longstanding Bahraini-U.S. relations, noting keenness of the two countries to constantly develop them,’ it said.”
Right before Giuliani says, “The problem is we need some money,” he asks for a man he calls “Robert.” It is not known who that is.
The other time Giuliani butt-dialed Schapiro was last month, on September 28.
Giuliani spends the entire three minutes railing against the Bidens. He can be heard recycling many of the unfounded allegations he has been making on cable news and in interviews with print reporters.
Among the claims: that then-Vice President Biden intervened to stop an investigation of a Ukrainian gas company because Hunter sat on the board, and that Hunter traded on his father’s position as vice president to earn $1.5 billion from Chinese investors.
“There’s plenty more to come out,” Giuliani says. “He did the same thing in China. And he tried to do it in Kazakhstan and in Russia.”
“It’s a sad situation,” he adds. “You know how they get? Biden has been been trading in on his public office since he was a senator.”
You can listen to the recording and read the full report here.
Trump to Order Entire Federal Government to Drop NY Times and Washington Post Subscriptions
The White House is canceling its subscriptions to The New York Times and the Washington Post, and the administration will order the entire federal government to not renew subscriptions to two of the nation’s top newspapers. President Donald Trump appareled on Fox News’ “Hannity” this week and called both national papers “fake.”
“Not renewing subscriptions across all federal agencies will be a significant cost saving—hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars will be saved,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in an email to Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal Thursday, Axios reports. Murdoch also owns Fox News.
The decision was not made in an effort to cut costs. Just one weekend of President trump golfing likely could pay for a year’s worth of the entire federal government’s subscriptions to both papers.
Grisham, who as White House press secretary has never held a press conference, did not address the fact that government employees and members of the U.S. military reportedly can subscribe for free to the Post by using their .gov or .mil email addresses.
“Fed employees are eligible for free digital subscriptions to the Wash Post using their govt email.”
So the USG will save 1000s of $ by forcing agencies to give up their *free* subscriptions?
These folks are so transparent. If you work at the WH how do you respect yourself?
— Aki Peritz (@AkiPeritz) October 24, 2019
‘Make It a Twofer’: Trump Brutally Mocked After Claiming ‘Rumor Has It’ CNN’s President Will Be ‘Resigining’
President Donald Trump unleashed his second attack on the media over the course of less than 24 hours, this time attacking his top news target, CNN, as “a virtual fraud.” The president also claimed “rumor has it” CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, “will be resigining momentarily?” (The typo is Mr. Trump’s.)
Now that we have found out that @CNN is a virtual fraud, rumor has it that Jeff Zucker will be resigining momentarily?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2019
Trump did not specify exactly why this time he is calling CNN “a virtual fraud,” but late Monday he posted tweets promoting far right wing activist and conspiracy theorist group Project Veritas, headed by James O’Keefe, who has been targeting CNN. O’Keefe is best-known for his fraudulent and deceptively-edited videos that were used to destroy ACORN, while other videos tried to take down Planned Parenthood.
“Project Veritas-Obtained Undercover Videos Highlight Jeff Zucker’s (@CNN) Campaign To Destroy Trump. Videos Reveal @CNN’s BIAS!” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews Does this sound like a good, or even great, lawsuit?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2019
UPDATE: CNN spokesperson responds:
— Matt Dornic (@mdornic) October 15, 2019
Social media users were quick to blast the president’s serial dishonesty and astonishing lack of self-awareness.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 15, 2019
Fun facts about Project Veritas:
– O’Keefe paid $100K to settle a defamation case.
– Project Veritas was caught trying to trick The Washington Post into posting a false story.
– O’Keefe has a federal criminal record.
But sure, let’s believe him.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) October 15, 2019
oh my god, do your job
— Erin democracy banshee Ryan (@morninggloria) October 15, 2019
Rumor has it that you can’t spell “resigning,” and that you paid $25M for fraud with a fake university, and $6M for fraud with one of your failed condo projects. Also, your fraudulent charity was shut down because you were stealing from it. Will you be resigining momentarily?
— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) October 15, 2019
Do the world a favor, and make it a twofer. https://t.co/gxka9QcnSD
— Keith Fitzgerald (@keithmfitz) October 15, 2019
Stop using your position as President of the United States to attack the media. It’s disgraceful. A free and independent press is indispensable to a healthy democracy (which of course I recognize you’re trying hard to undermine).
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) October 15, 2019
News isn’t fake just because it’s critical of you. Alternative facts are not real unless supported by evidence. Trump’s war isn’t with the MSM, it’s with the facts. Donald Trump and Fox News are the fake news you seek. Entertainment programming for ratings and advertisers
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) October 15, 2019
the president of the united states seems to think he’s a media gossip blogger https://t.co/wrGnHPHh6f
— Travis Gettys (@wirecan) October 15, 2019
The Kurds are being slaughtered. ISIS will soon be on the rise again, thanks to you; people are going bankrupt over healthcare costs; people can’t afford their prescriptions; minimum wage is stagnate; the 1% got all the tax breaks, and you’re tweeting about @CNN. Sick.
— Anne Leonard 🌹🔥 (@Anne_TX) October 15, 2019
What does #resigining mean?
If there is a fraud in our midst it is not @CNN . It’s odd that every Trump critic, regardless of evidence to the contrary is a fraud. Every Trump apologist – regardless of the absence of evidence is the greatest thing since Walter Cronkite.
— Slowly Boiled Frog (@davidcaryhart) October 15, 2019
Says the guy who had to refund money for running a fake university…
— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) October 15, 2019
Just wondering..will Trump actually resign on Twitter?…that’s the rumor…Awesome!
— Mac (@Mac73713968) October 15, 2019
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