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US Congress impeaches self

by Cat Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 05:47:12 PM EST


Pelosi threatens to delay Senate impeachment trial
"Some legal scholars have suggested she could consider refusing to transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate". Those are Article I, Abuse of power, and Article II, Obstruction of Congress. The business of the US Congress is after all above the law. Members choose the rules of personal and legislative conduct predicated by the political expedience of the majority faction ruling each chamber. (archived: #FactsMatter?)

The US constitution does not require the senate to proceed from referral of articles by the house. Also, impeachment is not a trial. It's a morality play for public consumption.
Unfortunately, 319 days remain until US voters may attempt to execute the verdict, derived from findings of fact, findings of law, or, gosh darn it, Gödel's incompleteness theorems.


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## Rule of law is not well understood.
## Democracy is not well understood.
## Ancestor worship is not well understood.
## Anomie is not well understood.
by Cat on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 06:47:16 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Dec 29th, 2019 at 11:54:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 07:16:14 AM EST
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Those are the rules from the Clinton impeachment. But the Senate has to adopt or write whatever rules it will use in the upcoming trial. The Democrats are advocating that these same rules be adopted for Trump's impeachment. McConnell has not agreed. McConnell can just support a motion to dismiss or adopt rules that allow no additional witnesses to be called - provided he can get 51 votes to do so. Had Pelosi simply sent the Bill of Impeachment to the Senate it is likely that McConnell would have been able to get the 51 votes. Withholding the Bill of Impeachment provides time for pressure to be brought on individual senators to support adoption of fair rules of procedure for the trial.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 04:37:35 PM EST
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from the just-like-Watergate NORMS and CONVENTIONS corner of the twitterverse:
hmmm
President Ford Pardons Richard Nixon
"A month after taking office, President Gerald Ford, addressed the nation on television [A/V, transcript] to announce that he had decided to pardon Richard Nixon."
BONUS!: Full Text of the Pardon Proclamation"

reference
Ex parte Garland, 71 U.S. 4 Wall. 333 333 (1866)
enemies of the state, excluding impeached officers of the state
CRS, "An Overview of the Presidential Pardoning Power"
Miscellany: Always read the footnotes.

by Cat on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 07:31:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 07:04:08 PM EST
by Cat on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 07:20:01 PM EST
McConnell: 'As of today, we remain at an impasse' - latest updates
"It's hard to appoint managers if you don't know what the plan is going to be."
by Cat on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 02:14:17 AM EST
by Cat on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 02:47:01 AM EST
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David Davis School of Government
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 02:19:45 AM EST
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Nothing ascribed to the US Constitution joins literally prescribes a procedure to remove a president. Articles specifically divide authority to execute the monarch du jour between House and Senate: Those bastid bibble editors!

< wipes tears >

[[ INSERT INTERPRETATION OF norms ][Federalist Paper No. 89 (n - REFERENDUM)]] = democracy
N = 3

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 08:33:58 AM EST
Given McConnell's statement that he would coordinate closely with the White House regarding the rules and conduct of Senate Impeachment proceedings it might be better to hold the impeachment findings as a threat than to use them now.

 I am concerned that Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler may be better lawyers than politicians. They have crafted a very compelling, if minimalist, case for the impeachment of Trump - IF THE CASE WERE TO BE TRIED IN A COURT OF LAW.

Instead, we have a partisan Senate in which the case will be tried and there is only one way to change the minds of Republican Senators - overwhelming public opinion favoring impeachment. Thus we have the electorate as the real jury. Sadly, the Democrats have not adequately addressed this issue to date.

The Republicans in the House have not addressed the merits of the charges or the evidence against Trump. Instead, they have ridiculed the process and poised transparently fallacious exculpatory 'theories' such as 'Zelensky said he felt no pressure', 'there is no evidence of a crime in the transcript of the phone call', 'there was no investigation' and 'Ukraine got the money'. These 'defenses' need to be forcefully rebutted each and every time they are deployed. The Democratic House members have largely left these assertion unchallenged. Clinton knew that even ridiculous assertions about his candidacy and presidency had to be immediately rebutted. Have the Democrats forgotten that example?

The Republican defense of Trump 'is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing'. It needs to be treated as such at every opportunity. Ridicule and scorn and indignation are the strongest weapons against such nonsense. It is insufficient just to keep asserting Trump's wrongful acts. This will not change the mind of the Republicans, though they will, ironically, complain about the nasty tone of the Democrats should such rhetoric be used. But the target is the electorate.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 04:58:20 PM EST
What is needed right about now is a leak of significant new information.
by asdf on Fri Dec 20th, 2019 at 10:30:11 PM EST
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Trump Isn't Impeached Until the House Tells the Senate
"So far, the House has voted to impeach (future tense) [sic] Trump. He isn't impeached (past tense) until the articles go to the Senate and the House members deliver the message."

< wipes tears >

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infinitive form of a verb not conjugated

by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 12:42:50 AM EST
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Grammar aside, lawyers and politicians consider that the House voting impeachment does impeach the president. The Senate convicts or exonerates. Pelosi doesn't want a kangaroo court exoneration for Trump. His idiot followers will not know or care about the difference.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 07:01:11 AM EST
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Lawyers of any political persuation never set aside grammar. ubn warned before.

"Journalists" do, frequently, despite AP Stylebook guidance. < wipes tears > ditto.

by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 07:19:31 AM EST
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APsplainin | Plans for impeachment trial get FOGGY before holiday break
Schumer's leverage is limited, though his party can force votes on witnesses once a trial begins. He appears to be counting on public opinion, and political pressure on VULNERABLE Republican incumbents like Susan Collins of Maine, to give Democrats the 51 votes they need.
[...]
Trump, meanwhile, has been hoping the trial will serve as an opportunity for vindication. He continues to talk about PARADING his own witnesses to the chamber, including former Vice President and 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who led the fact-finding phase of the impeachment investigation.
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 04:09:55 PM EST
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And that is his right. It's supposed to atrial, not a lynching.
by StillInTheWilderness on Sun Dec 22nd, 2019 at 05:02:47 PM EST
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Of course it's not a lynching. You only lynch blacks or Sicilians.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Dec 22nd, 2019 at 05:07:54 PM EST
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Impeachment is not really one of Feldman's research areas.  Those who ARE published in that area, such as Larry Tribe, Jonathan Turley, and Frank Bowman, think he's wrong.
by rifek on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 04:50:50 PM EST
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Grammar aside, lawyers and politicians consider that the House voting impeachment does impeach the president. The Senate convicts or exonerates. Pelosi doesn't want a kangaroo court exoneration for Trump. His idiot followers will not know or care about the difference.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 07:01:22 AM EST
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  1. Pelosi delays referring the house bill (impeachment "resolution") to the senate; the pretext is poor form of hearing proposed by senate majority rules. Despite some combined 1,000 pp testimony, exhibits, and argument ("evidence") compiled by two house committees, the house speaker requires four (4) additional witnesses and an indeterminate number of "house managers" to certify impartiality ("fairness") of 100 jurors plus the chief justice of the Supreme Ct of the United States.
  2. The senate majority ("GOP") anticipates receipt of the house impeachment resolution; the pretext is "speedy trial" of the indictment assembled by the house majority and ratified by vote.

Now you tell me: what articles of the US Constitution prescribe The Process of impeachment and conviction? And I have told you, it ain't Bloomberg journalism.
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 07:37:04 AM EST
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The preferred locution, last time around, was "triers of law and fact."

FWIW When a Chief Justice Reminded Senators in an Impeachment Trial That They Were not Jurors

by Cat on Sun Dec 22nd, 2019 at 01:39:57 AM EST
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Sen. John Kennedy: Senators Are Both Judge And Jury In Impeachment Trial; "There Are No Rules"
"'It's not a criminal trial,' Kennedy said. 'The Senate is not really a jury. It's both jury and judge. The chief justice is not the judge. He's the presiding officer. There are no standards of proof. There are no rules of evidence.'" < wipes tears >
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 06:27:11 PM EST
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Looks like press corpse in most ignorant, litigious nation on planet will run with ahh "proxy" title de jure:

As impeachment trial looms, senator-jurors look to get creative on the 2020 campaign trail

But this time around, there's an additional complicating factor: Four of Trump's jurors are also running for president.

Sens. Michael "WHODAT?" Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will have to take PRECIOUS time away from the 2020 campaign trail to participate in a Senate impeachment trial that by all accounts could last weeks.

... while sublimating [FREUD ALERT] the legitimacy of the SCOTUS chief justice's function during senators' proceedings forthwith.

"senator-candidates"
I suppose, readers are to understand that typical juries simultaneously legislate, litigate facts, and judge truth at trials--whether or not sequestered by themselves.

by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 01:44:05 PM EST
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When asked whether she's worried it will hurt her campaign, Warren responded, "This is not about politics."
by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 01:48:13 PM EST
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"Impeachment is something I take very seriously. I take no joy in this. But this is about a constitutional oath that every single member of the Senate took to -- uphold the Constitution of the United States."
hmm, if not politic, then what, Warrenzi/War Tzu/War ren shi?
To keep her message out on the campaign trail when she can't be, Klobuchar in early December said that she will deploy surrogates to help her campaign while she is in D.C. for her "constitutional duty."
hmm, disciples, proxies, or gestational carriers?
by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 02:00:57 PM EST
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Shannon Beckham, national press secretary for Bennet, said the Colorado senator's "duties, and his responsibility to uphold the Constitution and rule of law, come before any campaign."
ahh, politics and US Constitution not mutually exclusive code of conduct. m'k.
Sanders: impeachment 'is what the House has to do, because you have to have standards for the president of the United States. If a president can obstruct justice, if a president, in my view, can violate the emoluments clause and make himself rich because he is president, add additional revenue for his family, if a president can use military ["]aid["] to gain dirt on his opponent, uh, if you allow that to go on, the what kind of standard are you setting for future presidents?"  [KESQ-TV, running time 00:00:47]
Same as the standard set by past presidents?
by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 02:13:50 PM EST
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6 reporters explain the latest in impeachment
"Democrats delivered the articles. Trump named his lawyers. Next up is the Senate trial. We break it down" -- an unfortunate turn of phrase.
Politico employees:
  • @ Kyle Cheney, Congress reporter
  • Facebook Nahal Toosi, foreign affairs correspondent
  • @ Anita Kumar, White House reporter
  • @ Darren Samuelsohn, White House reporter
  • Instagram Natasha Bertrand, national security correspondent
  • @ Andrew Desiderio, Congress reporter
by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 02:32:01 PM EST
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Incidentally, you are no doubt aware that the twitterverse of Lindsey Graham Cracker acolytes would be delighted for the DNC's extra-speshul witnesses to appear for cross-examination by either Trump or WH counsel in the senate?

by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 07:44:18 AM EST
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"Dean Obeidallah, a former lawyer turned political comedian and writer, is the host of The Dean Obeidallah show on SiriusXM radio. He co-directed the comedy documentary The Muslims Are Coming! His blog is The Dean's Report."
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 07:54:06 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 12:04:06 AM EST
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Pelosi says she will 'soon' transmit impeachment to Senate
″I'm not holding them indefinitely," Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol. "I'll send them over when I'm ready. That will probably be soon."

Pelosi said she's waiting for what she wanted from the start -- "to see the arena" and "terms of the engagement" that McConnell will use -- before sending her House managers to present the articles of impeachment in the Senate.
[...]
As Pelosi headed toward a morning meeting Thursday, Pelosi told reporters, "I know exactly when" she plans to send the impeachment articles over, but, "I won't be telling you right now.″

Asked if she had any concerns about losing support from Democrats for her strategy, she said: "No."
[...]
Returning to Washington from the campaign trail, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., told reporters she was confident in Pelosi's plan.

"I have no doubt that she will get this right," Warren said. "Some things are more important than politics, and the impeachment of a president is certainly one of those. No one is above the law, not even the president."

Democrats' contempt for Trump fuels an online cash SURGE
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 07:45:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 04:51:25 AM EST
incidentally, split infinitives and dangling modifiers are two crimes against humanity in the boomer Angloverse.
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 04:54:39 AM EST
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## Misplaced precision

it's a rule of family board [HOMOphone ALERT] games

archived
negotiated settlement

by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 05:05:13 AM EST
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Trump accepts Pelosi invitation to deliver State of the Union address Feb. 4

The invite came in a letter Pelosi sent to Trump citing "the spirit of our Constitution," which calls for the president to give Congress information on the state of the union "from time to time."
[...]
After a partial government shutdown last December lingered into early 2019, Pelosi rescinded her invitation for Trump to give his State of the Union address on Jan. 29. She said she would not allow Trump to speak in the House chamber until the government was open, which prompted a spat between the two.
[...]
This time around, with the government funded through the end of September February 2020, that drama should be avoided for the 2020 State of the Union.
a compelling case. uh huh.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 06:55:09 AM EST

  1. Flake, in a new op-ed for The Washington Post published Friday, told senators not to be "complicit" and warned that if they are, they "cede our constitutional responsibilities [and] set the most dangerous of precedents."
  2. Conscience of a Conservative, book review by David "bobo" Brooks
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 04:02:10 PM EST
By the end of next year, "impeached" will have been normalized as a routine adjective for the presidency. The next time the Rs get a majority in the house when there is a D president, impeachment is guaranteed.

However, much of the current discussion assumes that the current political system will continue to operate more or less like it did before 2016. That is not at all a given.

by asdf on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 05:44:46 PM EST
Is that what Wm. Jeff. Clinton predicted? I do not recall
by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 08:30:22 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 28th, 2019 at 07:50:42 PM EST
Biden ["]walks back["] comment on possible impeachment subpoena
totally electable. hunnerd percent Anyone Buttrump 2020.
by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 05:45:35 AM EST
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hmm, WWLGCD (What Would Linsey Graham Cracker Do>)
by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 08:22:47 PM EST
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Hunter Biden financial details sought in Arkansas paternity suit
"In an affidavit dated Nov. 27, Biden told the court that he is unemployed and has had 'no monthly income since May 2019,' the month the lawsuit was filed."

Private-eye firm claims Hunter Biden is linked to multiple criminal probes
"Biden and the others -- including Devon Archer, John Galanis and Bevan Cooney -- allegedly 'utilized a counterfeiting scheme to conceal the Morgan Stanley et al Average Account Value,' D&A claims in the papers filed at the Circuit Court of Independence County, Arkansas."

by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 06:24:05 PM EST
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Les Crises | Plan du dossier "UkraineGate" - Des faits qui dérangent (EN, RU)
Episode 1 - Un procureur pas si solide
Episode 2 - Des enquêtes pas si dormantes

Consortium News mirror site
Part One: "A Not So 'Solid' Prosecutor"
Part Two: "Not So 'Dormant' Investigations"

A documentary in re: corruption of Ukraine Prosecutors General, 2014 to present, and US, EU, IMF efforts to select appointments and OBSTRUCT ("cover-up") sundry PGs' investigations of Burisma (oil and gas; featuring interviews with PGs and cameo appearances by J. Biden and G. Kent

by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 04:07:22 PM EST
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C-SPAN broadcast Subpoena for Don McGahn Testimony, 3 Jan 2020, AUDIO, transcript
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals (judges: Henderson, Rogers, Griffith) heard an oral argument on whether former White House Counsel Don McGahn must comply with a House subpoena to testify on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. (attys: Hashim Mooppan, deputy assistant attorney general, Megan Barbero, U.S. House of Representatives associate counsel)
by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 07:56:53 AM EST
Schumer calls McConnell proposal on witnesses A 'TRAP'
(Tory trrst Soleimani ROLE developing ...)
by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 10:46:36 PM EST
US assassination of Qassem Soleimani figuratively shreds House speaker's "hold" on articles of impeachment.

House to debate Iran war powers as impeachment articles hold continues
"The House war powers resolution, which would likely be voted on after the congressional briefings, will mandate that the administration cease military hostilities with regard to Iran within 30 days if no further congressional action is taken during that time, Pelosi said in a "Dear Colleague" letter Sunday announcing the vote." This bill is not intended to repeal the AUMFs against trrrsts in the Greater Middle East or, heck, anywhere in the world.

Coincidentally, McConnell: Senate has votes to proceed without Democrats in impeachment trial
"We have the votes, once the impeachment trial has begun, to pass a resolution essentially the same, very similar to the 100-0 vote in the Clinton trial." The Trial of this decade will proceed as long as the majority party wants it to, through the 2020 GE primaries and perhaps into spring or summer.

This is good timing for the opposition party candidates up and down the ticket who have exhausted 2019 domestic talking-points to defeat and replace incumbent POTUS. Impeachment or ballot, Mike Pence or Anyone Buttrump, respectively?

You be the judge. War on the planet is a no brainer. But fear for the lives of American spies, trainers, and grunts in "harm's way" (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, etc) could consume the public interface with ambivalent middle-class eligible voters, suggesting that Anyone Buttrump can command a just, lest costly, humanitarian "process" to peace by century's end.

by Cat on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 08:59:38 PM EST


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 09:57:04 PM EST
Democratic senators growing impatient with Pelosi on impeachment
"A growing number of Senate Democrats think it doesn't make much sense for Pelosi to keep holding on to the articles of impeachment because McConnell has already announced he has enough votes to pass an organizing resolution that would set up phase one [?] of the trial without witnesses."
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 01:05:00 AM EST
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Prosecutors request 23-year sentence for Lee Myung-bak for bribery, embezzlement
"The defendant compromised the values of the Constitution by abusing the authority entrusted to him by the people as a means of pursuing personal gain," the prosecutors said while explaining the reason for their sentencing request. "His borrowed-name possession of DAS was an act of utter deception of a public that wanted to know who DAS' real owner was."

"He abused the important status of the presidency to receive large sums as bribes and `tribute' in the form of taxpayer money that should have been used for national security," they added.

Lee Myung-bak - wikiwtf "hardliner"
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 10:52:00 PM EST
Pelosi names 7 'managers' to prosecute Trump in Senate
deep freud

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 03:44:32 PM EST
New impeachment evidence: Lev Parnas, associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, pressed for Ukraine investigation into Joe Biden, 14 Jan
The materials, provided to Congress by Parnas' lawyer on Monday, were released Tuesday by four House committees.

They include Parnas' handwritten notes on stationery from the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Vienna, the committees said. One page refers to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky: "get Zalensky to annouce that the Biden case will be Investigated."
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The committees that led the Ukraine investigation subpoenaed Parnas on Oct. 10 for the evidence, a day after he was arrested. Parnas won approval from a federal judge in New York to share documents and evidence from devices seized by investigators, including two phones and an iPad.

The committee chairmen - Reps. Adam Schiff of California at the Intelligence Committee, Jerry Nadler of New York at Judiciary, Carolyn Maloney of New York at Oversight, and Eliot Engel of New York at Foreign Affairs - had said they would continue to investigate Trump after the Dec. 18 vote to impeach the president.
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Messages translated by the committees showed communication between Parnas and top Ukrainian officials during the campaign to pressure that country to open investigations.

In May, Parnas communicated by instant message with Ivan Bakanov, the head of Ukraine's Security Service, and Serhiy Shefir, a top aide to Zelensky. Parnas tried to arrange meetings between the aides and Giuliani. He [Parnas?] sent them articles about Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as well as a New York Times story about Giuliani's investigative goals in Ukraine.
[...]
WhatsApp messages obtained by the Intelligence Committee show Parnas was in contact with Robert F. Hyde, a pro-Trump congressional candidate in Connecticut who claimed to have Yovanovitch under surveillance.

< pick teeth, suck vigorously >
auspicious family name

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 05:17:40 PM EST
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CHINA
Queen Mother Lu Ji [pre Qin and Han, lost Zhao]
Wu Zhao, Ruler of Tang Dynasty China
During Wu's life, overland trade routes brought massive entrepreneurial opportunities with the West and other parts of Eurasia, making the capital of the Tang Empire the most cosmopolitan of the world's cities.
Empress Wu Zetian 武则天 [624-705]
The only female Chinese Imperial ruler was Empress Wu Zetian of the early Tang dynasty. Only two other women nearly reached such a high[, ]Imperial position - Empress Lu of the Han dynasty and Dowager Empress Cixi of the last Qing dynasty.

anglophone translation: wu, fou, lin, shei, shei; Wu, Wuhou, Wu-hou, Wu Zhao; han, lou, lou, shou, shou, yao, yao; Wenshui now Shanxi
romanization (1912)
The [romanization] of Empress Wu (Zeitan)
--
cue christ Churchill

by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 04:55:49 PM EST
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A delicious narrative of an era in 7th cen. CE imperial politics and indoctrination, translating diverse classical biographies and annals from classical "Chinese" characters (2nd - 9th cen. CE) to English diction; detailed footnotes (178), overweening attention to commentaries, given to compensate for "unknown" contemporaneous documentary artifacts:
Denis Twitchett, Chen gui and Other Works Attributed to Empress Wu Z[i]e[]tian, 77 pp
Readers surely will find many concepts of bureaucratic hygiene familiar to their modern relation to AUTHORITARIAN governance.
by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 02:59:46 PM EST
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APsplainin | MSNBC's Maddow reaches record audience with Parnas interview, 4.5M recievers
"Parnas, who Maddow had frequently talked about on her show, spoke about his belief of Trump's knowledge about what Giuliani was doing in the Ukraine."

But did he cry?

by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 07:48:59 PM EST
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Newly released TEXTS tie Nunes aide closer to Ukraine plot
Nunes initially denied knowing Parnas but has since been forced to admit the two had spoken. The messages released Friday show about 100 text messages traded over MONTHS between Parnas and the California Republican's staffer, Derek Harvey, a retired U.S. Army colonel. Harvey previously served at the White House on Trump's National Security Council.
[...]
Friday's document dump included dozens of texts exchanged between Parnas and Harvey last Spring over the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp. They show Parnas providing documents and helping set up meetings for Harvey with Ukrainians who have made unsubstantiated claims that as vice president Biden orchestrated the firing of a prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations involving Burisma, a energy company where Hunter Biden served as a board member from 2014 to 2019.
BONUS!
The messages included screenshots of exchanges between Hyde and a Dutch man [!] named Anthony De Caluwe. Hyde denied he [WHO?] was actually tailing the ambassador. ...FBI agents were observed visiting Hyde's home and business on Thursday [16 Jan], while police in Ukraine have opened an investigation into whether the U.S. ambassador was illegally surveilled.

In a statement issued to The New York Times [!] on Saturday, De Caluwe denied having any contacts in Ukraine and dismissed his exchange with Hyde was just "ridiculous banter."

< wipes tears > If Trump were Wu, all them would be MIA yesterday.
by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 03:28:11 PM EST
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Anthony De Caluwé alias Hemelrijk, HeavenRich in German Himmelreich

Private banker

See e-mail address arheavenr@gmail.xxx

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 05:18:39 PM EST
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A high flyer and fully qualified for running a MAGA campaign ...good luck sucker.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 06:17:01 PM EST
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Rule of Atty #2, yo



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 05:21:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 15th, 2020 at 09:10:25 PM EST
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DICTION CORNER:
memento
or
fetish
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 12:24:41 AM EST
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deep, Deep, DEEP freud.

reference
"The disposition to obsessional neurosis, a contribution to the problem of choice neurosis" (19113) in Freud-Complete Works, pp 2623-2631

The problem of why and how a person may fall ill of a neurosis is certainly among those to which psycho-analysis should offer a solution. But it will probably be necessary to find a solution first to another and narrower problem - namely, why it is that this or that person must fall ill of a particular neurosis and of none other. This is the problem of 'choice nerurosis'. ...
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 12:55:48 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 12:57:49 AM EST
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last-minute exhibits piling up

[GOA]: White House budget office [OMB] violated federal law by withholding Ukraine security funds

The Government Accountability Office said in a report released Thursday that the White House Office of Management and Budget did not have the authority to withhold the money under the federal Impoundment Control Act, which governs Congress' role in the budget process.

"Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law,"  the report says. "OMB withheld funds for a policy [?] reason, which is not permitted" under the law.

archived
OMB: Ukraine aid delay was consistent with law, past practice, Dec 2019
Ukraine's leader: Trump didn't use US military aid as lever, Oct 2019
in
Impeachment: Key Witness Envoy Kurt Volker Resigns

by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 08:50:16 PM EST
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Whatevs: They got ["]OMB["] by short and curly procedures
... In its response to us, OMB described the withholding as necessary to ensure that the funds were not spent "in a manner that could conflict with the President's foreign policy." OMB Response, at 9. The ICA does not permit deferrals for policy reasons. See B-237297.3, Mar. 6, 1990; B-224882, Apr. 1, 1987. OMB's justification for the withholding falls squarely within the scope of an impermissible policy deferral. Thus, the deferral of USAI funds was improper under the ICA....

Mulvaney's got some splainin to do. Better bring a few dictionaries, diagrams, possibly weed.

by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 09:15:59 PM EST
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OMB's assertions have no basis in law.  We recognize that, even where the President does not transmit a special message pursuant to the procedures established by the ICA, it is possible that a delay in obligation may not constitute a reportable [BWAH!] impoundment. See B-329092, Dec. 12, 2017; B-222215, Mar. 28, 1986.However, programmatic delays occur when an agency is taking necessary steps to implement a program, but because of factors external to the program, funds temporarily go unobligated. B-329739, Dec. 19, 2018; B-291241, Oct. 8, 2002; B-241514.5, May 7, 1991. This presumes, of course, that the agency is making reasonable efforts to obligate. B-241514.5, May 7, 1991.  Here, there was no external factor causing an unavoidable delay. Rather, OMB on its own volition explicitly barred DOD from obligating amounts.
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 09:24:17 PM EST
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Always read the footnotes.
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 09:29:23 PM EST
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Surveillance, 16 Jan 2020
Judicial Watch [!] brought a federal complaint to obtain State Department records
- Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent
  • The Global Engagement Center
  • The U.S. Embassy Kyiv
  • The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
  • The Bureau of Public Affairs
  • The Bureau of International Information Programs
  • The Office of the Legal Advisor
The time frame of the request was identified as "January 1, 2019 to the present."
on its use of the CrowdTangle [!] social media monitoring program to surveil journalists and former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Plaintiff, Judicial Watch is a well-know politically conservative NGO. Plaintiff motion to compel production of docs requested October 23, 2019 is an auspicious contribution to fog of war, rumors, and just plain bullshit surrounding DJT's administration harassment of Yovanovitch. Yovanovitch submitted her diplomatic brief to "closed door" committees' hearings and maudlin press scrutiny since October. What expectation of privacy in either her personal, public, or professional capacities, Yovanovitch claims, remains to be seen, I could not imagine. I suppose, Judicial Watch is telegraphing a frivolous, or not, interrogatory strategy to sympathetic senate interlocutors.
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 11:08:05 PM EST
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Pompeo breaks silence on alleged THREATS to [former U.S. ambassador] in Ukraine
Marie Yovanovitch was being watched
[...]
House Democrats on Friday evening released a new batch of messages from Parnas that added to the questions about the ambassador's security. In them, an unidentified individual with a Belgian [!] country code appears to describe Yovanovitch's movements.

"Nothing has changed she is still not moving checked today again," the individual wrote in one message, later adding, "it's confirmed we have a person inside." In another message the person wrote, "She had visitors."

Wu tan fu, chile
by Cat on Sat Jan 18th, 2020 at 08:19:01 PM EST
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Politico | Trump's impeachment defense team to include Kenneth Starr, Alan Dershowitz
Pam Bondi (former Florida AG), Jane Raskin (DJT atty n), Kenneth Starr (former USSC), Alan Dershowitz (wtf), Robert Ray (JD), Pat Cipollone (WH counsel + N), and Jay Sekulow (DJT atty n)
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Hell if I'm watching this. I will read transcripts after I complete my course, Modern Abnormal Cognitive Philosophy 101.
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 06:26:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 18th, 2020 at 04:36:35 AM EST
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Trailer from a friend, Richard "Tricky" Nixon, Republican, who would have been the first and only U.S. President successfully impeached by Congress.

President Nixon's Farewell to the White House Staff

Even for crooks applause rings from the diehards.

What would a Nixon impeachment trial have looked like?

On July 28, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee passed the first of three impeachment articles against President Richard Nixon. Although a final House vote never took place along with a Senate trial, plans were being made for these events.

However,  President Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974 after a Supreme Court decision compelled Nixon to released unedited Watergate tape transcripts that included incriminating evidence.

The House committee had debated the impeachment articles for about seven months, and the group approved the first article by a 27-11 vote, on July 28, 1974. On the same day, the Washington Post reported some details about what would happen down the road if Nixon fought the charges.

The Judiciary Committee still needed to write a report for the full House about the charges and get the House Rules Committee to set debate rules. Two weeks of debate were expected under the rules, with the final impeachment vote expected near August 24, 1974. (The Post said that House member Tip O'Neill believed the Nixon impeachment articles would pass a full House vote by at least 50 votes.)

If the House approved any of the three articles, President Nixon would have been provided time to form a defense, with the Senate trial lasting about two months.

The Post also said the Senate leaders Mike Mansfield and Hugh Scott were set to meet the next day to start planning for a possible trial.

But on August 2, the House Rules committee said that the start of the floor debate would be later, on August 19, with the full report due to all House members on August 8, 1974 - the day that Nixon would later announce his resignation to a national audience.

Sam Ervin

Sam Ervin took down Nixon. We're still waiting for his heir | Roll Call |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 12:15:49 AM EST
US American Rhetoric
Barbara Jordan, Sam Ervin (A/V)
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 12:29:21 AM EST
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Senate swearing-in of Chief Justice and Senators for Impeachment Trial, 16 Jan 2020

by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 07:54:59 PM EST
One pen for all. That's just gross. ewwww.
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 08:23:01 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 08:51:34 PM EST
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U.S. House of Representatives Files Brief in Impeachment
This afternoon, the House Managers, on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives, filed with the Secretary of the Senate a Trial Memorandum and Statement of Material Facts in the impeachment trial of the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump [111 pp]. The Managers' brief sets forth the compelling case against the President that the Managers will present to the U.S. Senate during the impeachment trial.

reference
House Judiciary Committee Report on the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump (658 pp), 13 Dec 2019
H.Res.755--Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
articles | Roll Call No. 696
H.Res.798--Appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, President of the United States.
S.Res.471--A resolution authorizing the taking of a photograph in the Chamber of the United States Senate.

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H. Res__, Impeaching Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, 10 Dec 2019

by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 12:57:16 AM EST
Trump's lawyers urge dismissal of 'flimsy' impeachment case
The brief from Trump's lawyers, filed as senators prepare to return to Washington for opening arguments, offers the most detailed look at the lines of defense they intend to use against Democratic efforts to convict the president and oust him from office over his dealings with Ukraine. It is meant as a counter to a filing two days ago from House Democrats that summarized weeks of testimony from more than a dozen witnesses in laying out the impeachment case.
by Cat on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 10:47:42 PM EST
White House appoints GOP House members to Trump's impeachment team, front row, peanut gallery
In a statement Monday evening it was announced that Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Mike Johnson (R-La.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Jim Jordan (R-N.C.), Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.), John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) would join Trump's impeachment team.
[...]
Trump's move to appoint the lawmakers comes as some key Republican allies in the Senate had warned against such appointments, warning that the addition of Republican House members would cast the Senate trial in a partisan light.
Impeachment resolution shortens trial's opening arguments to two days per side -- Generous: SCOTUS allows 1 hr., in one day.
The timeline laid out in the Kentucky Republican's Senate organizing resolution for Trump's impeachment trial , which was obtained by CNN, is a break from the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, when the 24 hours were split over a four-day period.
Democrats oppose McConnell's schedule, which House Democratic aides said Monday was an effort to "conceal the President's misconduct in the dark of night."
"It's clear Sen. McConnell is hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses and documents and intent on rushing the trial through," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said in a statement. "On something as important as impeachment, Senator McConnell's resolution is nothing short of a national disgrace."

incidentally
S.Res.474 - A resolution to authorize representation by the Senate Legal Counsel in the case of Martin F. McMahon v. Senator Ted Cruz, et al. ...introduced by Chuckie Son of D'Amato, 16 Jan 2020.
(no jury trial)

by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 02:42:54 AM EST
Democrats decry McConnell's impeachment rules as 'cover-up'
  • Trump in Davos
  • Pelosi touring Poland and Israel
"The McConnell rules seem to be designed by President Trump for President Trump," said the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer.
[...]
Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Judiciary Committee Chairman also leading the House team, said: "There's no trial in this country where you wouldn't admit relative [sic] witnesses."
[...]
The first several days of the trial are expected to be tangled in procedural motions playing out on the Senate floor and behind closed doors. Senators must refrain from speaking during the trial proceedings.
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 07:44:28 PM EST
McConnell drops two-day limit on opening arguments
McConnell amended his organizing resolution for President Trump's impeachment trial at the last minute to give each side three days to make their opening arguments, which can last for up to 24 hours, the same amount of time given to the prosecution and defense during the 1999 impeachment trial of President Clinton.

The GOP leader made another significant amendment to his resolution by allowing the House impeachment inquiry to be entered into the Senate's official trial record - subject to hearsay objections - something McConnell declined to greenlight in his initial proposal. The resolution also allows each side to choose how many people may make those arguments.

reference
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report (pdf 298 pp), Dec 2019; HTML; no witness transcripts enclosed
House Committee on Oversight and Reform, (unclassified) Transcripts as Part of Impeachment Inquiry, witnesses, subpoenas, statements listing, Oct 2019-present

by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 08:23:03 PM EST
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Impeachment comes with its own rules - or lack thereof - on standard of proof
"My INTUITION is that this is likely to be even more true with regard to politicians," said Louis Michael Seidman, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University Law Center. "Either you think that Trump should be impeached or you don't. In the real world, people just don't focus on abstract questions like the standard of proof," Seidman said.

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"There are no standards of proof. There are no rules of evidence."

by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 08:40:01 PM EST
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Round Up
Democrats blocked three times from subpoenaing documents in Trump trial
Members of the public packed the balcony overlooking the chamber, including actress and activist Alyssa Milano, who sat in the front row, listening intently.
evidence: Excluding press clippings, EU database records, and POTUS prepared remarks for public events from my footnote count, "Material Facts" attached to the House "Trial Memorandum" are 70 unique items, of which complete H. Rep. (reports), witnesses' transcripts, or depositions, video recordings, and correspondence, Apr-Dec 2019. I might have missed some. These are cited by House server URL for review. If the Trial Memorandum, summarizing indisputable evidence for impeachment, does not obviate display of each exhibit, again, I shudder to think what more could.
by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 02:48:35 AM EST
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How many senators want to be remembered as having convicted beloved POTUS #44 or 45 for "impermissible policy" impoundment?
by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 04:18:43 AM EST
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So I skimmed footnotes in House Trial Memorandum. This is where Schiff et al. itemize "evidence." The evidence seems to stored in digital facsimile in a House server (ea URL address) for sentators' review. My first pass found 70 unique exhibits on which the managers' argument for conviction rely (excluding sundry NYT press reports and DJT's prepared remark at public events). A gargantuan number of pages. Note that collection this material appears to ascertain motive and establish alleged Art. I, abuse of office ("bribery" conduct) by the POTUS, of which OMB/GAO/HPSCI correspondence.
Lt. Col. A. Vindman, HPSCI deposition
Amb Wm. Taylor & G. Kent, HPSCI deposition (Nov 2019)
  • Taylor, HPSCI deposition (Oct 2019)
  • Taylor-Kent, HPSCI deposition
Amb. K. Volker, HPSCI deposition (Oct 2019)
- Volker-T. Morrison, deposition (Nov 2019)
Amb. F. Hill, HPSCI deposition (Oct 2019)
- Hill-Holmes
Amb. G. Sondland, HPSCI deposition (Oct 2019)
- Sondland, Opening Statement, HPSCI (Nov 2019)
D. Holmes, HPSCI deposition (Nov 2019)
J. Williams, HPSCI deposition (Nov 2019)
  • Williams & Vindman, HPSCI deposition (Nov 2019)
  • William, classified supp'l. Pence-Zelensky call (Sep 2019)
Amb. M. Yovanovitch, HPSCI deposition (Nov 2019)
- Yovanovitch, HPSCI deposition (Oct 2019)
D. Holmes & M. Yovanovitch, HPSCI deposition (Nov 2019)
L. K. Cooper, HPSCI deposition (Oct 2019)
- Cooper-D. Hale, HPSCI deposition (Nov 2019)
M. Sandy, HPSCI deposition
Hale, HPSCI deposition
Croft, HPSCI deposition
Morrison, HPSCI deposition
J. Maguire, HPSCI deposition (Sep 2019)
WH, Memorandum of Telephone Conversation (Apr 2019)
WH, Memorandum of Telephone Conversation (July 2019)
Mulvaney, press briefing transcript (Oct 2019)
Associate Press, DJT interview transcript (Apr 2017)
ABC, DJT interview transcript (June 2019)
DNI, ICA "Assessing Russian Activities..." (Jan 2017)
SSCI, "Russian Active Measures ..." (May 2018)
CRS, "Ukraine: Background ..." (Sepp 2019)
Comptroller Gen. (GAO), "Matter of Office of Mgmt..." (Jan 2020)
OLC, agency counsel exclusion determination (Nov 2019)
Pub. L. 115-245
Pub. L. 226-6
Pub. L. 116-59
H. Rep. No. 116-9
H. Rep. No. 116-335 witnesses: R. Blair, M. Ellis,P. Griffith, R. Vought, B. McCormack
H. Rep. No. 116-346
H. Rep. No. 116-105 in re: Wm. Barr
H. Rep. No. 116-266
R. Mueller, "Report on the Investigation..." (Jan 2019)
L. Pernas, R. Giuliani-V. Zelensky letter (May 2019)
J. Shaheen et al, letter to Mulvaney (Sep 2019)
C. Murphy letter to A. Schiff, HPSCI (Nov 2019)
E. Engle, letter to P. Cipollone (Sep 2019)
  • Engle et al, letter to P. Cipollone (Sep 2019)
  • Engle et al, letter to M. Pence (Oct 20119)
  • Engle, letter to M. Pompeo (Sep 2019)
E. Cummings, letter to J. Mulvaney (Oct 2019)
P. Cipollone, letter to N. Pelosi et al. (Oct 2019)
  • Cipollone, letter to W. Pittard (Nov 2019)
  • Cipollone, letter to W. Burck (Nov 2019)
M. Duffey, email to D. Norquist etl (July 2019)
D. Noble, email to M. Mulvaney (Nov 2019)
M. Atkinson (IGIC) to A. Schiff, D. Nunes (Sep 2019)
A. Schiff, letter to J. Maguire (Sep 2019)
  • Schiff et al, letter to OMB R. Vought (Oct 2019)
  • A. Schiff, letter to M. Duffey (Oct 2019)
M. Morgan, letter to E. Cummings et al (Oct 2019)
J. Yaworske, letter to A. Schiff (Oct 2019)
- Yaworske, letter to A. Schiff (Nov 2019)
R. Hood, letter to A. Schiff et al (Oct 2019)
B. Bulatao, letter to L. Robbins (Oct 2019)
D. Norquist, letter to D. Levin (Oct 2019)
DJT, letter to N. Pelosi (Dec 2019)
K. Volker, SMS (Oct 2019)
R. Giuliani, Twitter post (Dec 2019)
DJT, Twitter post (Oct 2019)
by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 04:34:21 PM EST
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O. SNAP


Schiff may have ["]mischaracterized["] Parnas evidence, documents show
In one section of the letter, Schiff claims that Parnas "continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky," citing a specific text message exchange where Parnas tells Giuliani: "trying to get us mr Z." The remainder of the exchange -- which was attached to Schiff's letter -- was redacted.
[...]
But an unredacted version of the exchange shows that several days later, Parnas sent Giuliani a word document that appears to show notes from an interview with Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma, followed by a text message to Giuliani that states: "mr Z answers my brother." That suggests Parnas was referring to Zlochevsky not Zelensky.

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Les Crises | Plan du dossier "UkraineGate" - Des faits qui dérangent (EN, RU)
Zlochevsky - Shokin (bump), Lushenko (bump)- all the way down

by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 06:53:35 PM EST
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The apparent ["]mischaracterization{"], however, does not undercut Democrats' argument that Trump withheld critical military aid to Ukraine as a way to pressure Zelenksy into opening up investigations into the Bidens, including Joe Biden's son Hunter, who was once a board member on Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company.
Schiff's misrepresenation of fact, however, sure af demonstrates corrupt detailing, a "cover-up" of, suspect business between US federal officials and that specific, internationally reknowned, criminal firm in Ukraine, ergo The Call.

What else have this latter-day HUAC "mischaracterized" in their collection of evidence? We shall learn perhaps from x-examination of the "evidence".

archived
Worldwide Organized Crime

by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 07:28:54 PM EST
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archived
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 03:24:58 PM EST
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01:00 AM
wut: Roberts drops 'pettifogging' bomb while reprimanding both sides in impeachment trial
wut: "to deny certain witnesses in the trial, as many GOP senators had, was a 'treacherous vote'"

## Misplaced precision

by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 06:22:00 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 06:27:17 PM EST
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Roll Call | Impeachment news roundup: Jan. 22
The Senate voted along party lines to approve the rules for the trial, after a long night of debate that stretched to nearly 2 a.m. Wednesday [22 Jan].
Senators adopted the updated resolution, 53-47, shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.
[...]
The change means the trial days, which start at 1 p.m., will likely now conclude around 9 p.m. and could extend the trial by two days.
[...]
Schumer offered a series of amendments -- all rejected on roll call votes, mostly along party lines -- that would have instructed Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to subpoena acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former National Security Adviser John Bolton and other administration officials, as well as certain White House, State Department, Defense Department and Office of Management and Budget* documents pertaining to the impeachment charges.
2 p.m. | Flooded phone lines: Thousands of constituents called into the offices of GOP senators in swing states Tuesday imploring them to vote to allow witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial, according to analytics provided to Roll Call by Stand Up America, a political advocacy group that opposes Trump.
Roberets' "subpoena" (power) is basically meaningless in this context. First, Roberts does not preside at senate proceedings in his capacity as a court officer. Second, judges don't hand out subpoenas like tic-tacs or ... commemorative pens; orders are predicated by, yes, separate trial of fact and law.
--
* doc exhibits already provided with House Trial Memorandum

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the twitterverse of Lindsey Graham Cracker acolytes would be delighted ...

by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 08:06:18 PM EST
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twitterverse simple survey result @TIME-STAMP: the UID who understands that House "managers" have submitted evidence for senators' consideration is ... unavailable.
by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 09:16:49 PM EST
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twitterverse simple survey result @TIME-STAMP: the UID who understands that House "managers" submitted unredacted agency docs for senators' consideration is ... unavailable.
by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 09:19:57 PM EST
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Senators allow classified evidence from Pence aide for impeachment trial
The one-page document relates to a phone call that took place between Pence and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a week before Zelensky met with President Trump at the United Nations.

This latest development is a win for House Democrats who have unsuccessfully pressed the White House to declassify the document, which Pence aide Jennifer Williams submitted to the House in late November to supplement her public testimony earlier that month.

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William, classified supp'l. Pence-Zelensky call (Sep 2019)

by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 05:21:06 PM EST
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Now, here's the bad news.

No one has updated the Congressional Record (transcripts of floor proceedings, daily, in both chambers) in the senate since 17 Jan 2020. Consequently, there's no means to verify that report accurately records HUAC Rev. Chairman Mr. Schiff's remarks either today or yesterday.

The Senate is broadcasting floor proceedings of the impeachment trial in real-time. Evidently, technical support for floor "managers" does not include fixed chron identification by name (eg. Rep. Jason "Mr Smith Filibuster" Crow, reciting text of 'Material Facts'). BUT it does include editing facilities, such as simulcast of stock/file VoD, to illustrate a "talking point" to the chamber (not shown in frame is one or more monitors in situ displaying said illustration).

The senate's Floor Activity digest, however, is updated daily. Find here precisely how many procedures, amendments for exampled, introduced and disposed.

At this rate, it was please me to learn that the senators will not adjourn for the weekend, forthcoming.

by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 10:16:40 PM EST
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s/b At this rate, it would please me to learn that the senators will not adjourn for the weekend, forthcoming.
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 04:16:42 PM EST
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CNN: "President Trump's legal team will also have 24 hours over three days for its opening arguments (likely Saturday, Monday and Tuesday). Senators will then get to ask questions."
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 08:02:41 PM EST
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Will the senators pass a mic around the chamber to House managers? Or will elves construct a ginormous round table with dais or lectern for House managers to approach for Q&A?
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 07:59:16 PM EST
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o. look. a Congressional Record entry for ... 22 Jan
ORDER OF PROCEDURE, Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 13, Opening Statement
Mr. Manager [!] SCHIFF. Mr. Chief Justice, Senators, counsel for the
President, and my fellow House managers: I want to begin by thanking
you, Chief Justice, for a very long day, for the way you have presided
over these proceedings. I want to thank the Senators also. We went well
into the morning, as you know, until I believe around 2 in the morning.
You paid attention to every word and argument you heard from both sides
in this impeachment trial, and I know we are both deeply grateful for
that.
  It was an exhausting day for us, certainly, but we have adrenaline
going through our veins. ....
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 05:12:00 PM EST
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Mr Manager Jeffries, pp 8
He told President Zelensky:

I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that's really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved.
Think about this contrast. The President bashed a career American diplomat [YOVANOVITCH] and an anti-corruption champion whom he unceremoniously removed because she was viewed as an obstacle to his efforts to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election and then at the same time praised someone who he thought could be an asset--a former Ukrainian prosecutor whom the free world views as an obstacle to the rule of law. The idea that President Trump cares about corruption is laughable. It is laughable.
< wipes tears >
Top Ukrainian justice official says US ambassador gave him a do not prosecute list, 20 Mar 2019
The State Department called Lutsenko's claim of receiving a do not prosecute list, "an outright fabrication."
[...]
Lutsenko also said that he has not received funds amounting to nearly $4 million that the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine was supposed to allocate to his office, saying that "the situation was actually rather strange" and pointing to the fact that the funds were designated, but "never received."
Prosecutor General admits U.S. Ambassador didn't give him a do not prosecute list 18 Apr 2019
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 06:45:51 PM EST
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The Ukrainian Prosecutor Behind Trump's Impeachment, Dec 2019
On October 3rd, Kurt Volker, Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine, said in a closed-door deposition, "My opinion of Prosecutor General Lutsenko was that he was acting in a self-serving manner, frankly making things up, in order to appear important to the United States, because he wanted to save his job." In a closed-door deposition on October 11th, Yovanovitch described Lutsenko as an "opportunist" who "will ally himself, sometimes simultaneously . . . with whatever political or economic forces he believes will suit his interests best at the time." On the first day of public testimony, Kent accused Lutsenko of "peddling false information in order to exact revenge" against Yovanovitch and his domestic rivals. Lutsenko told me they were all liars. In our conversations, which took place in the course of several weeks, he veered between self-pity and defiance. "I gave my country so many years," he told me one night, after his third or fourth Scotch. "I had a good story and good results, but I became a bad person. I can't understand it."
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 06:58:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
birth of a twitter "meme", p 8
Mrs. Manager DEMINGS. After the meeting, Dr. Hill followed up with Ambassador Bolton and relayed what transpired. Bolton was alarmed. In other words, Ambassador Bolton didn't want any part of it. He directed Dr. Hill to brief the NSC's top attorney, John Eisenberg, as she explained during her hearing.
  (Text of Videotape presentation:)
GOLDMAN. What was that specific instruction?
Dr. HILL. The specific instruction was that I have to go to the lawyers, to John Eisenberg, our senior counsel for the National Security Council, to basically say, you tell Eisenberg, Ambassador Bolton told me, that I am not part of this whatever drug deal that Mulvaney and Sondland are cooking up.
GOLDMAN. What did you understand him to mean by the drug deal that Mulvaney and Sondland were cooking up? Dr. HILL. I took it to mean investigations for a meeting.
GOLDMAN. Did you go speak to the lawyers?
Dr. HILL. I certainly did.
Mrs. Manager DEMINGS. As a former chief of police, I think it is quite interesting that Ambassador Bolton categorized the corrupt scheme--the pressure campaign--as a "drug deal."
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 07:50:44 PM EST
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In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., holds redacted documents as he speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. [Senate Television via AP]

The team led by Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of House Intelligence Committee, constructed a gripping account of Trump's political pressure on Ukraine and attempt to cover up the "corrupt scheme" central to the charges. But the limits are apparent. Prosecutors must rely on the same loops of videotaped testimony -- ambassadors, national security officials and even the president himself -- after Trump's GOP Senate allies blocked new witnesses.
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OMB released 192 pages of Ukraine-related records to American Oversight ...
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 02:02:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]

wut: "The North Carolina Republican is providing an assortment of fidget spinners and other gizmos to his GOP colleagues at this week's Thursday lunch."

by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 05:36:23 PM EST
Unexpected lede observed in REUTERS twitter live feed --believe or not--*ppt bullet point slide fly-in (RTL) in middle of HUAC Rev. Chairman Mr Manager Schiff's opening argument.

I surmise, F. Hill assert (at some time) that Trump's foreign policy diverged (boldface, underscore) from US national security policy.

But I did not linger for the rest. I suspect though, House managers intend to elaborate that bullet in order to elaborate "impermissible policy" reasons for withholding obligated "aid" ($) for Ukraine, which is fighting Russia. Despite Zelensky's peace project.

by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 09:20:20 PM EST
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*.ppt presentation appears (not illustrated) in USAToday digest. Select bullet point text gets editorial massage. Other newspapers also noting novelty of (D) management of multi-media aids.
Democrats take impeachment back to 1999 and other moments from the Senate trial
Democrats also used the testimony of Fiona Hill, a Russia expert and former National Security Council official, to debunk the notion that Ukraine, rather than Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
I idly wonder when (R) "managers" will revive Crowdstrike investigation of DNC-Clinton servers "hack" in 2016. Then, scribblers rebut with senate schedule, preventing "fresh" witnesses such as Comey.
Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, and Schiff went through the reasons Democrats allege Trump was seeking personal gain, citing the following claims, which they displayed for senators in the chamber:

  • President Cared Only About Announcement Of Investigations
  • President Cared Only About "Big Stuff": Investigating Biden
  • President Used Personal Attorney: This Isn't "Foreign Policy"
  • Investigations Never Part Of U.S. Official Policy
  • Investigations Outside Official Channels
  • Multiple Administration Officials Reported Concerns
  • Ukraine Expressed Concerns: Investigations Political
  • The White House Attempted To Bury The Call
  • President Told Us In His Own Statements
  • President Did Not Care About Anti-Corruption Efforts In Ukraine
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 05:48:22 PM EST
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HUAC Rev. Chairman Mr Manager is going to regret this that this isn't a tweet.

"The president's misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box. We cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won."

by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 10:21:57 PM EST
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Buzzfeed Re-Cap, 23 Jan (because the situation is here is pretty psychotic, eg. 22 Jan, Politico ventured, "Trump's trial may hinge on Lamar Alexander," while McClatchy speculated, "Democrats fighting Trump for impeachment witnesses may have to ask the Supreme Court)

"You Can't Trust This President": Democrats Accuse Trump Of Betraying The Country In Impeachment Trial

"You know you can't trust this president to do what's right for this country. You can trust he will do what's right for Donald Trump. He'll do it now. He's done it before. He'll do it for the next several months. He'll do it in the election if he is allowed to," HUAC Rev. Chairman Mr. Manager Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, told senators. "This is why if you find him guilty, you must find he should be removed. Because right matters. And the truth matters. Otherwise, we are lost."
That's some savvy jawboning, while Team Trump executes NDAA "policies" enacted by the US Congress, of which $738B Defence Spending for 2019-2020 alone. $400M tendered to Ukraine for incidental mayhem might be a knick to some, but it is surely a principled affront to Article I of the US Constitution. Convict or acquit? What say ye, embalmed representatives of the people?


Many in US support Trump decision to kill Iran general: 41% fer, 30% agin, 30% undecided?


Headline betrayal reminds Trump doves (if such a person exists) that their candidate has not withdrawn US boots from the "over there."

US general says troop surge in Middle East may not end soon: its case for troops in the Middle East


"Right matters" reminds homeland hearth-minders that their nemesis perverts US foreign policy in aid of democracy "over here".

Was US America cheated by Trump or not?

by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 07:31:10 PM EST
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[intone with Viola Davis inflection]: trifling as HELL.

by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 10:44:26 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 08:31:10 PM EST
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uh oh. In his zeal to reconstruct a WH "cover-up" (Art. II, obstruction of congress) of phone conversations ("telcons") with Pres. Zelensky, Mr Manager Jeffries (millioniare NY trial atty) evoked the dread whistleblower-who-must-be-guarded-from-WH-retaliation.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries asks: 'Who ordered the cover-up?' - Trump impeachment trial latest

[access to transcripts] strongly suggests, Jeffries continued, that senior officials attempted to conceal, rather than address, Trump's misconduct. The cover-up continued, he said, after a whistleblower filed a complaint about the call. That prompted a two-part strategy to block Congress and the public from learning about the call while trying to convince Trump to lift his hold on military assistance to Ukraine before anyone could find out what was happening, Jeffries argued.
22 Jan - REALCLEAR franchise material
"Whistleblower Was Overheard in '17 Discussing With Ally How to Remove Trump
"Eric Ciaramella, right. He and a colleague, Sean Misko, below -- both now central to impeachment -- were Obama administration holdovers (whitehouse.gov)."
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 08:19:31 PM EST
EXPLOSIVE "Trump tape" FINALE.

'Take her out': Tape seems to have Trump calling for ambassador's ouster - ABC News

The recording features a voice that sounds like Trump's speaking at a small dinner in April 2018 with guests including Lev Parnas, a former associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, ABC reported, citing sources familiar with the recording.
[...]
Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report of the recording.
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Parnas had recounted the conversation in media appearances last week.

"Get rid of her!" the voice says, according to ABC. "Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it."
[...]
Parnas attorney Joe Bondy said his client had not released the recording but that he was glad it came to light.

The Trump Tape? 'Take Her Out,' President Reportedly Said of Ambassador
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 09:21:28 PM EST
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ABC News | House Intelligence Committee in possession of video, audio recordings from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas
Sources tell ABC News the tapes were provided as part of that congressional subpoena issued to Parnas, and the former Giuliani ally also provided a number of documents both in English and Ukrainian to the committee in two separate productions, sources told ABC News.

However, some of the material sought by congressional investigators is already in possession of federal investigators within the Southern District of New York and thus held up from being turned over, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Parnas' associate, Fruman, has not cooperated with the committee.

hold on ...
Giuliani's relationship with Parnas and Fruman is the subject of a criminal investigation in the Southern District of New York, according to sources. That case will have its next court date early next month.
< wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 09:30:32 PM EST
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WaPo archive | Obama Gives Political Ambassadors Their Pink Slips, 3 Dec 2008
"The incoming Obama administration has notified all politically-appointed ambassadors that they must vacate their posts as of Jan. 20, the day President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office, a State Department official said."

reference
US case law, The Removal Power (1926), "with the exception of federal judges"
USOGE, Political Appointees, "any employee who is appointed by the President, the Vice President, or agency head"
National Archives, The Nomination Papers of the United States Senate, 1789-1946

by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 10:15:17 PM EST
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