After three days of House impeachment managers’ brilliant prosecution of President Donald Trump – and “prebuttal” of the arguments the president’s team was expected to make – White House attorneys Saturday morning began their defense of President Trump.
It’s not going well.
Deputy White House Counsel Mike Purpura (photo) has been making the majority of today’s arguments – they have decided that not enough people will be watching on TV so Saturday’s defense will last not eight but just two hours.
Purpura is not doing a good job – unless his job is to lie to U.S. Senators and the American people.
Republican Senators are likely glad to hear yet again the lies spread on Fox News by the White House and its allies, but the American people know better. They know they are lies, and they were only too happy to discredit and debunk them in real time moments after Purpura uttered them on the Senate floor.
It doesn’t take an expert (or a blue check mark from Twitter) to understand facts in this case. In fact, the House’s delay in transmitting the Articles of Impeachment gave the American people more time to digest what they had learned during the impeachment inquiry.
And the American people are very well versed in what facts are – and what the facts in this case are. The president’s attorneys think they can gaslight the America people. Clearly they are wrong.
Take a look.
Dear Mike Purpura. It was not an actual transcript. That’s what Trump called it. You sir, are already lying.
— Mama Tried Honey (@MamaTriedHoney) January 25, 2020
FACT CHECK: Trump’s Impeachment Lawyer CAUGHT Lying to The US Senate Today. Mike Purpura said: Trump Released The TRANSCRIPT of His July 25th Phone Call with President Zelinsky… FALSE… Trump Has NOT… It’s Hidden in a Secret Server in the White House. https://t.co/n1C4AsGkBu
— Gregory Laan (@GregoryLaan) January 25, 2020
Purpura is once again lying about the public record.
The public record clearly shows that Ukraine did know aid was being withheld as early as late July: https://t.co/PNdq50W3Ue
— The Moscow Project (@moscow_project) January 25, 2020
Just to help out my Senator, Purpura is lying about Ukraine not knowing about the hold on the aid until late August, they knew it weeks before that. @senrobportman
— リチャード！ (@RichardGJP) January 25, 2020
— Conrad Sieber (@conrad1058) January 25, 2020
They did discuss European burden- sharing and the lack of proof it was a part of the cause. @patcipollone was lying. And Mike Purpura, is lying now it was testified UA checked on the same day of the Ukrainian call.
Here’s what European embassies had to say ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/cLx2wAz2tj
— 𝔗𝔯𝔞𝔳𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔢𝔯 𝔅𝔲𝔯𝔰𝔢⚖️ (@TravanderBurse) January 25, 2020
Mike Purpura claims Trump was concerned with corruption in Ukraine. Lie!https://t.co/M5A3RoSPqq
— Love Humanity (@LoveHumanity68) January 25, 2020
Lying, twisting truth, not showing real evidence andbhsing selected video clips of the House Hearings Mike Purpura cynically states that “Ukraine was not even aware of the (illegal) retention of the security aid” until was published an article in Politico, in August. pic.twitter.com/miNNDbrvME
— Gregorio Meraz (@GregorioMeraz1) January 25, 2020
They are lying again. Mike Purpura is saying they should get a gold star for declassifying a call transcript and releasing it when it shouldn’t have been classified in the first place. We live in a republic and the people have a right to know what their government is doing
— angelavigil (@angelavigil) January 25, 2020
Purpura is lying. He selectively played testimony of witnesses who did not have knowledge of Ukraine’s early queries on the aid hold. He will not play the testimony of DoD’s Laura Cooper, who testified that Ukrainians were asking about the delay ON THE DAY OF THE 7/25 CALL.
— Pádraig Ó Séaġḋa (@poshea) January 25, 2020
Hey Michael Purpura! So funny starting with the parody! Schiff called it didn’t he! Then attacking the republicans own house process that they used during Clinton impeachment. By the way, Sondland linked security assistance and meeting directly to Trump! So you’re lying!!!!
— Laurie Evans (@leraborg) January 25, 2020
Now Purpura is lying about Germany’s contribution of aid to Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/lRGfmYyDTt
— John Swinford (@AG2Pearl) January 25, 2020
Ukraine KNEW of the aid freeze in JULY, says ex-top official in Kyiv. So, Purpura is LYING AGAIN. https://t.co/fa15jsdmKV
— Wiseronenow~~#AYFKM Kinda Day (@Wiseronenow) January 25, 2020
It’s not a transcript purpura, it’s merely a call summary. Stop lying.
— 🟩 ◄ CD ► 🟩 (@Cynthia__Duke) January 25, 2020
— Crime Watch (@CrimeWa40534906) January 25, 2020
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“Happy ‘Russia if You’re Listening’ Day!”: Internet Marks 4 Years Since Trump Invited Foreign Interference Into Election
Four years ago today a visibly younger and sharper candidate Donald Trump held a press conference and uttered these now-infamous words: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
That would be his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Looking back, having spent countless hours since, watching and listening to President Donald Trump, it certainly seems like his calling out to Russia was pre-planned and pre-scripted.
Just hours later, Russia would hack into Clinton’s servers.
Many continue to believe Trump colluded with President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation to take the White House.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller made clear Trump’s “no collusion” claim was false.
“We did not address ‘collusion,’ which is not a legal term. Rather, we focused on whether the evidence was sufficient to charge any member of the campaign with taking part in a criminal conspiracy. It was not.”
Emphasis on the word “charge.”
Here’s that now-historic and jaw-dropping moment when a candidate for president asked a foreign nation for assistance in getting elected:
And here’s how some on social media are responding to the 4-year anniversary:
“Russia, if you’re listening…”
I imagine all decent Americans did.
— Ellen Spivak (@EllenSpivak) July 27, 2020
— Janet Werner (@chickwerner) July 27, 2020
Just four short years ago (ha!), July 27, 2016, Trump made his “Russia, if you’re listening…” plea. They were listening.
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) July 27, 2020
this is the 4 year anniversary of Russia If You’re Listening.
If you stand at a podium and ask Putin to perform cyber espionage against your opponent who is a fellow American, you deserve to be labeled a Russian asset.
— RobTheDadBod (@RobTheDadBod) July 27, 2020
Happy “Russia, if you’re listening…” Day, everybody!
— Kevin Roberts (@ripkevinroberts) July 27, 2020
On this day four years ago, Trump asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails. They were listening then, and they’re still listening now. https://t.co/O4hT8XUfTz
— The Moscow Project (@moscow_project) July 27, 2020
"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30000 emails that are missing." JULY 27, 2016 DONALD J TRUMP
So appropriate that you choose a 4-year anniversary date for displaying your corrupt election tactics AGAIN. https://t.co/webT9kHZ56
— Bryan Johnsen (@bryan_johnsen) July 27, 2020
Terrified Trump Tries to Attack Biden With Massive Rapid-Fire Twitter Tantrum
President Donald Trump’s supposed “new tone,” despite what some reporters claimed after his newly-resuscitated coronavirus press briefing, does not exist. On Thursday the embattled president launched a massive rapid-fire retweeting campaign, posting tweet after tweet after tweet of other people’s attacks on the left and on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
In 59 minutes Trump tweeted or retweeted 40 times, many of all the tweets baseless attacks on Biden and progressive policies.
What stands out is the President, supported by the entire machinery of the United States of America’s federal government, and buoyed by hundreds of millions in campaign cash, had no original thoughts of his own to share with the American voters.
The real Trump, if there is one, lives on Twitter.
He’s not reinforcing this supposed presidential “new tone,” because it does not exist.
He’s not advocating for masks, because he does not believe in them.
He’s barely even talking about the coronavirus pandemic, because he does not care.
Here’s a small sampling of Trump’s tweets from today, exposing what he really cares about, and thinks will hurt Biden.
The gun-brandishing St. Louis lawyers:
“Cancel culture,” aka not wanting to be held accountable:
Attacking Portland mothers who are standing up to protect people protesting about police violence:
Attacking an entire religion:
But no matter what, not this one:
Defending his secret paramilitary police force occupying Portland, and claiming this is not “paramilitary.”
Trump is literally campaigning on the backs of his base – but has no plan, no thoughts of his own.
Harvard Law Professor: ‘Unconstitutional and Unlawful’ for Trump’s Secret Police Force to Police the Streets
A noted Harvard Law professor says what President Donald Trump’s secret police force is doing in Portland may be “unconstitutional and unlawful.”
Trump’s paramilitary, camouflaged, masked, non-insigniaed, non-name-tagged, highly-weaponized SWAT teams operate at the direction of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf.
Professor Noah Feldman, who is also a Bloomberg Opinion columnist, asks, “Can Trump Send Federal Agents into Oregon? Not to Police Streets.”
He writes that “it is unconstitutional and unlawful for DHS officers to enforce non-federal law unless they are deputized by state or local officials — not the president — to do so. And Portland officials, far from making the DHS officers into deputies, have instead publicly expressed their outrage at the officers’ presence and demanded their removal.”
What is clear is the federal government has the legal authority and responsibility to enforce federal law and protect federal property.
But that does not extend to non-federal lands and assets.
If a protestor spray paints graffiti on a federal courthouse (apparently a crime so grievous DHS chief Wolf has to send in the feds, literally, to occupy Portland,) federal law enforcement agents can arrest the alleged perpetrator.
If a protestor spray paints graffiti on a state courthouse, federal law enforcement agents cannot arrest the alleged perpetrator unless they have also committed federal crimes.
Read Feldman’s entire piece here.
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