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#1841 LFC

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 02:40 PM

F***ing Bolton continues to play games. His desire to testify was, as many predicted, nothing more than a stunt to screw Trump and sell books. Now that threatening to testify won't bring him any personal gain his supposed patriotism has disappeared in an instant.

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House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) revealed on Wednesday night that former National Security Adviser John Bolton shot down House investigators’ request for a sworn affidavit detailing President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scheme.

Schiff told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that while he and his colleagues haven’t yet decided whether to subpoena Bolton, they did ask the former official’s legal counsel if he would submit an affidavit under oath after Republican senators voted to block witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial.

“And he refused,” Schiff said.

The Democrat jabbed at Bolton for dangling his potential testimony in the now-concluded Senate impeachment trial but now “seems intent on saving it for his book.”

“He’ll have to answer for that,” Schiff said.

I hope they hold him in contempt and press charges. He's going to make money off the book. It would just be nice if he had to spend a chunk on legal fees and wait a year or two in prison to get to it.
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Posted 06 February 2020 - 03:31 PM

The Republican controlled Senate Intelligence Committee give Trump a pathetic little "tsk, tsk" as a fig leaf for their capitulation. Notice the whining about "election threats" from the party that has denied them, blocked money to fight them, and has generally done nothing in nearly 4 years about. BTW the money they were finally shamed into allocating has barely been spent. I suspect Trump is hoping to divert it to building his wall.

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On Thursday, the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee released a report outlining steps that should be taken to prevent “foreign influence campaigns” from interfering in the 2020 presidential election.

One of the key recommendations was that President Donald Trump stop asking for political help from such schemes — despite the fact that less than 24 hours before, a majority of the committee’s members voted to acquit Trump of abuse of power for trying to do precisely that.

“The President of the United States should take steps to separate himself … from political considerations when handling issues related to foreign intelligence operations,” stated the report. “These steps should explicitly include putting aside politics when addressing the American people on election threats and marshalling all the resources of the U.S. Government to effectively confront the threat.”


Meanwhile Trump, Giuliani, and the rest of the crew are already at it again. Looks like they probably never stopped. Heck, they probably never slowed down. They are teaming with Trump's new favorite lie factory and propaganda outlet, One America News.

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Rudy Giuliani and some of President Donald Trump’s other lieutenants are already cooking up new schemes, now that his impeachment trial ended with a Republican acquittal.

Some GOP senators — including Maine’s Susan Collins — have justified their vote by insisting the president had learned his lesson, but Trump explicitly contradicted them by claiming he’d done nothing wrong, and his attorney is moving forward with new plots against Joe Biden, reported The Daily Beast.

“Yes,” Giuliani told The Daily Beast, “it’s a matter of the fair administration of justice for real.”

Giuliani collaborated on an investigation, in the midst of the impeachment inquiry, with the pro-Trump One America News Network intended to expose alleged Ukraine corruption involving the former vice president and his son Hunter Biden.

That scheme didn’t save Trump from impeachment, and deeply alarmed senior administration officials, but Giuliani and OAN are moving ahead with new investigations into the Bidens.

“[OANN is producing an] hour-long special, part four of our series, featuring [the] personal attorney to the president, Rudy Giuliani,” OAN president Charles Herring told the website, “[and] finishing up post-production today [Wednesday], and it will be airing this weekend … There are several [Ukrainian] individuals, Viktor Shokin, who will be featured. Andriy Derkach will be featured … And a member of the Ukrainian parliament, Oleksandr Dubinsky, is also featured.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 04:41 PM

OAN seems like a POS group.

Of course these A-holes have always been in our midst. But in the Donald Caesar era, they emerge from the shadows and dance in the sunlight. That sickening feeling that so much of our nation is full of "deplorables" just adds to the nausea that is this epoch of history. SMOD looks better all the time.

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 05:33 PM

MSNBC did a hypocrite list after the impeachment vote.

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Twenty one years separate the only modern presidential impeachment trials, which means plenty of the lawmakers who participated in Bill Clinton’s ordeal are still on Capitol Hill. It also means some of the Republicans who tried to bring the Democrat’s presidency to an immediate and premature end are the same GOP lawmakers who just participated in the proceedings against Donald Trump.

Broadly speaking, there are four categories of Republicans who considered the allegations against both presidents.

Republican senators who voted to convict Clinton, but acquit Trump: Wyoming’s Mike Enzi, Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, Oklahoma’s James Inhofe, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, Kansas’ Pat Roberts, Mississippi’s Roger Wicker

Republican senators who split their votes on Clinton, but who voted to acquit Trump: Alabama’s Richard Shelby

Republican senators who voted to acquit both Clinton and Trump: Maine’s Susan Collins

Republican senators who supported Clinton’s impeachment while in the House, and who voted to acquit Trump: Missouri’s Roy Blunt, North Carolina’s Richard Burr, Idaho’s Mike Crapo, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, Kansas’ Jerry Moran, Ohio’s Rob Portman, and South Dakota’s John Thune

Naturally, it’s that first group that’s of the most interest. Indeed, imagine trying to argue that Bill Clinton’s sex scandal was serious enough to warrant his removal from office, while also believing Donald Trump’s illegal extortion scheme to cheat in an election is acceptable behavior.

CBS News had a good report a couple of weeks ago with some striking quotes from 1999. Grassley, for example, who voted to acquit Trump yesterday, said during Clinton’s trial that the Democrat’s actions were “having a profound impact on our society.” He added at the time that Clinton’s “breach of trust has eroded the public’s faith in the office of the presidency.”

McConnell, meanwhile, said Clinton’s “cold, calculated actions betrayed the trust vested in him by the American people and the high office of the presidency.”

In the face of overwhelming evidence, the Kentucky Republican had no comparable concerns this year.


GrAssley is such a miserable puke. Moscow Mitch and Leningrad Lindsey are obvious foes of democracy but GrAssley tries to pretend that he's a thoughtful public servant. He's as big a partisan hack as the other two. He's just quieter about his attacks on democracy.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 07:47 PM

 pnwguy, on 06 February 2020 - 04:41 PM, said:

OAN seems like a POS group.

SMOD looks better all the time.

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 08:04 PM

 Bact PhD, on 06 February 2020 - 07:47 PM, said:

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" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 02:16 PM

 pnwguy, on 06 February 2020 - 04:41 PM, said:

OAN seems like a POS group.

Of course these A-holes have always been in our midst. But in the Donald Caesar era, they emerge from the shadows and dance in the sunlight. That sickening feeling that so much of our nation is full of "deplorables" just adds to the nausea that is this epoch of history. SMOD looks better all the time.

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 05:42 PM

A former federal prosecutor suggests House Dems "make it rain subpoenas" due to Bill Barr's massive interference to protect Trump.

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On Thursday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner tweeted that the House of Representatives should “make it rain subpoenas” — and attach the threat of jail time to officials who refuse to honor them — in order to find out whether Attorney General William Barr has quashed any Justice Department investigations into President Donald Trump.

His tweet came in response to author Don Winslow, who asserts that sources in the DOJ tell him Barr has shut down six investigations into “Trump and Trump related companies and surrogates,” and prevented two other investigations from beginning.

Whether or not Winslow’s claims about Barr shutting down investigations are accurate, it is clear that the attorney general has put in place a policy to chill any attempt by federal prosecutors to look into the president. This week, Barr issued a new memo putting in place dramatic new restrictions on “politically sensitive investigations,” including a requirement that he personally approve any investigation of a presidential candidate.

This decision comes as Barr’s DOJ continues to look into the FBI probe of Trump’s ties to Russia, which Trump and his inner circle have baselessly claimed was a “witch hunt” to prevent him from being elected.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 02:31 PM

Now that he has an impenetrable protective dome of Republicans Trump freely admits he sent Giuliani to Ukraine.

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Now that he’s been acquitted, President Donald Trump is now free to finally admit that he did, in fact, send his lawyer to Ukraine after all.

Trump made the astonishing confession on Thursday during a podcast interview with Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera.

“Was it strange to send Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine, your personal lawyer?” Rivera asked. “Are you sorry you did that?”

“Not at all,” Trump replied. “Rudy was a great crime fighter, you know that maybe better than anybody.”

The President said he had chosen to send Giuliani instead of an investigator from the intelligence community because he didn’t trust intelligence agencies, which he claimed (once again) had “spied” on his 2016 campaign.

And besides, Trump argued, other presidents “all had lawyers” who “do things for them.”

“And it’s really circumventing…but very legally, and maybe getting things done faster,” he said. “But Rudy is a high-quality guy who by the way has a treasure trove of information.”

Trump’s comments were a complete reversal of his previous claim that he hadn’t ordered Giuliani to go to Ukraine, despite Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to speak to his lawyer in July. Trump has also denied knowing about what his lawyer was up to in the Eastern European country.

“Well, you have to ask that to Rudy,” Trump told Bill O’Reilly in November when the conservative radio host asked what Giuliani was doing in Ukraine on his behalf. “But Rudy…I don’t even know…I know he was going to go to Ukraine and I think he cancelled the trip.”

Trump then suggested that Giuliani was working in Ukraine for a different client, saying that “Rudy has other clients other than me.”

“So you didn’t direct him to go there on your behalf?” O’Reilly asked.

“No,” Trump replied.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 05 March 2020 - 07:42 PM

House To Seek Full Circuit Review Of McGahn Ruling As DOJ Cites It In Other Subpoena Cases

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The House plans to file a request Friday with the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit asking for it to review last week’s decision by a thee-judge panel of that court in the Don McGahn case. The decision severely hamstrung the House’s ability to force the Trump administration to comply with its subpoenas.

Specifically, the appellate panel refused to enforce the House’s subpoena of President Trump’s former White House counsel and said that courts have no authority to settle subpoena disputes between the legislative and executive branches.

Since the decision, the Justice Department has already started citing the ruling to seek the dismissal of separate cases dealing with House subpoenas.

The announcement that the House will appeal the McGahn decision on Friday — ahead a Monday deadline to do so — came in one such case, where the House is seeking a court order that the IRS comply with its subpoena of Trump’s tax returns.

The House lawyer’s remarks were reported by Courthouse News.

The tax returns case is not the only case where the Justice Department has looked to quickly exploit the appellate panel’s decision in Trump’s favor in the McGahn case.

The administration made a similar argument in a court filing submitted Monday to the judge overseeing a House lawsuit that he order administration compliance with subpoenas issued in the House’s probe of the census citizenship question.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 03:27 PM

The Democrats are gearing up to look into how we responded to the pandemic. Republicans will commence their synchronized screeching in 3, 2, ... Of course it would be irresponsible and unpatriotic to not study where all of the failures came from, two adjectives that describe the GOP pretty well.

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House Committee on Homeland Security Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) announced that the committee’s Democrats will introduce legislation to establish a bipartisan commission aimed at “identifying and examining lessons learned” from the nation’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a press release, the committee said that the legislation will be introduced soon and that the bipartisan commission will be modeled after the 9/11 Commission, given the magnitude that the COVID-19 outbreak has had on “all aspects of national life.

The bipartisan commission will be in charge of producing a “full and complete accounting” of the nation’s preparedness and response to COVID-19 — which includes a public report with recommendations to improve preparedness, response and recovery from future pandemics.

In a statement, Thompson highlighted how more Americans have been killed by the virus compared to deaths from the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Thompson added that the 9/11 Commission was created with the goal of providing” a full accounting of the circumstances” surrounding the attacks and that the commission’s recommendations led to reforms regarding intelligence and helped the government counter terror threats.

“It is clear that we, as a nation, are at another inflection point,” Thompson said in the statement. “Americans today will again demand a full accounting of how prepared we were and how we responded to this global public health emergency.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 12:15 PM

Pelosi has set up a House select committee in an attempt to preempt Trumpian / Republican corruption in the use of aid money.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Thursday the formation of a new bipartisan House select committee that will oversee the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pelosi told reporters during a conference call Thursday that the committee will be chaired by House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC). She added that the bipartisan committee will “ensure” that the $2 trillion coronavirus disaster relief package will be “spent carefully and effectively.”

After acknowledging that the pandemic has “battered” the economy with millions of Americans finding themselves unemployed, Pelosi said that the committee’s purpose is to “root out waste, fraud and abuse” and “protect against price-gouging, profiteering and political favoritism.”

Pelosi also confirmed that the committee would have subpoena power and that she hopes for cooperation.

“This is not an investigation of the administration,” Pelosi said. “There’s things that are so new and we want to make sure that there’s not exploiters out there.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 04:58 PM

View PostLFC, on 02 April 2020 - 12:15 PM, said:

Pelosi has set up a House select committee in an attempt to preempt Trumpian / Republican corruption in the use of aid money.

From today's press conference. Like this administration has ever been transparent and has ever earned a mote of trust. What a joke.

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Mnuchin said he did not believe a committee formed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to oversee the federal government’s spending of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package was necessary.

“We have full transparency,” he said.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 05:23 PM

View PostLFC, on 02 April 2020 - 04:58 PM, said:

“We have full transparency,” he said.
As in The Emperor Has No Clothes transparency. Dumpster's corruption is in plain sight.

It's just that there is more behind the curtain, as well.
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