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The End Of The Rule Of Law
« Reply #225 on: November 30, 2019, 07:12:51 pm »
Mr. Fish / Truthdig

The End Of The Rule Of Law

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig.

Bruce Fein, a former senior official in the Department of Justice and a constitutional scholar, has identified 12 impeachable offenses committed by Donald Trump. But, as he notes, many of these constitutional violations are not unique to the Trump administration. They have been normalized by Democratic and Republican administrations. These long-standing violations are, for this reason, ignored by Democratic Party leaders seeking to impeach the president. -more-
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Agelbert NOTE: This excelllent, totally objective ruling would be a slam dunk in a country with the Rule of Law. Considering the fact that, with Barr's DOJ and the Trump White House, we don't have that, I expect Barr's DOJ and 🦀 Trump's White House, along with the 😈 Republicans in Congress, will claim the ruling is "unfair" (i.e. ).
Also, SCOTUS Chief (Fascist) Justice 🐍 Roberts ("No Republican Judges here." ) may even be called on to put his fascist finger on the legal scales through a "reinterpretation" of this "unfair" ruling...

Like I have said before, 🐘 Republicans don't DO rules, unless they benefit from them. 
 

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Gothmog (75,868 posts)   Mon Dec 2, 2019, 05:11 PM

Judge 👍 Refuses To Delay Her Order For McGahn To Comply With Congressional Subpoena
Source: Talking Points Memoerandum

The federal judge in Washington who ordered former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a congressional subpoena will not put that ruling on hold while it’s appealed.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/don-mcghan-stay-denial-district-court

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Gothmog (75,868 posts)  Mon Dec 2, 2019, 05:23 PM

2. From the opinion

https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.210013/gov.uscourts.dcd.21

This Court has no doubt that further delay of the Judiciary Committee’s enforcement of its valid subpoena causes grave harm to both the Committee’s investigation and the interests of the public more broadly. This is because, as the Court explained in its Memorandum Opinion, “when a committee of Congress seeks testimony and records by issuing a valid subpoena in the context of a duly authorized investigation, it has the Constitution’s blessing, and ultimately, it is acting not in its own interest, but for the benefit of the People of the United States.” (Mem. Op. at 74.)

Interference with a House committee’s ability to perform its constitutionally assigned function of gathering relevant and important information concerning potential abuses of power in a timely fashion injures both the House and the People whose interests the Congress’s power of inquiry is being deployed to protect. Thus, far from DOJ’s “no additional harm, no foul” attitude, it is clear that the Judiciary Committee’s ongoing investigation will be further hampered if the Committee loses its ability to question McGahn altogether (effectively or not) during the current impeachment inquiry.

DOJ’s insistence that the Judiciary Committee is really most interested in the
Ukraine affair, and thus will not be harmed by any delay with respect to key testimony concerning certain circumstances revealed in the Mueller Report, fares no better. For one thing, it is the Judiciary Committee, and not DOJ, that gets to establish the scope of its own Article I investigation, and the Committee has repeatedly represented that it is, in fact, reviewing the Mueller Report as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry. (See
Mem. Op. at 10; see also Hr’g Tr., ECF No. 44, at 9:10–11:17.)

DOJ’s related suggestion that the Committee already has what it needs from McGahn for the purpose of its investigation (see Def.’s Mot. at 8 (asserting that “[t]o the extent that the Committee remains interested in the events described in the Mueller Report, that report has been made available to the public with minimal redactions” and “the Committee’s Chairman and Ranking Member were given access to the unredacted report, other than grand jury information”)) likewise evidences DOJ’s manifest refusal to accept that the Judiciary Committee is constitutionally authorized to subpoena witnesses almost without exception, and that, as a result, the Committee is not limited to calling only those persons whose testimony is unknown. (See Mem. Op. at 35–39.)

  DOJ also does not, and cannot, deny that whatever additional information that the Committee (and the public) might glean from McGahn’s live testimony will be lost if the Judiciary Committee does not have an opportunity to question him prior to any House vote on impeachment. (See Pl.’s Opp’n at 7.)

Finally, although the public does have an interest in appellate review of this matter, it is not at all clear that the D.C. Circuit would actually lose the ability to decide “the weighty issues presented in this lawsuit” if the stay is denied, as noted above. (Def.’s Mot. at 9); see also Miers Stay Opinion, 575 F. Supp. 2d at 205. By contrast, the Judiciary Committee would almost certainly lose the chance to question McGahn as part of the present impeachment inquiry if a stay order issues, which would unquestionably harm the ongoing investigation that the Judiciary Committee is conducting, and by extension, would also injure the public’s interest in thorough and well-informed impeachment proceedings.

DOJ does not dispute that McGahn is a key witness to events that the Judiciary Committee seeks to review, or that “Congress could be seriously handicapped in its efforts to exercise its constitutional function wisely and effectively” if the Committee is not able to compel timely testimony related to the current impeachment inquiry. Quinn v. United States, 349 U.S. 155, 160–61 (1955) (citations omitted).


Therefore, any additional delay in McGahn’s compliance with the Committee’s valid subpoena causes real and certain harm to the Judiciary Committee and to the broader interests of the public.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142402639 

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🦀 Donald Trump’s pal Alan Dershowitz goes completely off the rails

Daniel Cotter | 9:00 pm EST December 1, 2019
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Alan Dershowtiz was a professor of law at the Harvard Law School from 1964 until 2013, for the last twenty years the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law. He has been involved in several high-profile criminal defense matters, including O.J. Simpson.

Dershowitz is and has been respected as a scholar of constitutional law. However, that attribute might need to be reconsidered in light of Dershowitz’s apparent dearth of wits when it comes to impeachment.

For a constitutional scholar to be so blinded by his loyalty to the current president that he can’t find how impeachment works in that concise document, the United States Constitution, says much about his perhaps being wrongly distinguished all these years.

Accusing the House Democrats of acting about impeachment in a partisan manner, Dershowitz told Maria Bartiromo over the weekend: “Congress is not above the law. They just can’t make it up as they go along. The constitution provides specific criteria for impeachment. And I think these hearings demonstrate beyond any doubt that these criteria haven’t been met.”


Umm, that’s not how it works, Dershowitz. The Constitution only provides Congress power to impeach upon evidence that the president or other officer engaged in treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Those terms, except for treason and bribery, are left to interpretation. Dershowitz might study President Andrew Johnson, whose “crimes and misdemeanors” consisted of ignoring an act of Congress.

The means and procedures and process are up to Congress. Only the House has the power to impeach, and the Senate holds the trial, but the Supreme Court has definitively informed the nation that how Congress goes about impeachment is left solely to Congress.

Dershowitz went on to again without basis assert: “It’s very, very unfair. I mean, the impeachment process is quasi-criminal in nature. And the person being accused is supposed to have rights comparable to the rights of somebody being accused of a crime.”

Again, Dershowitz, you are destroying any reputation you might have enjoyed, as you very well know that impeachment is a political process and the person being accused has no rights comparable to a criminal defendant during the impeachment process.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/alan-dershowitz-goes-completely-off-the-rails/23336/

Agelbert NOTE: It would be difficult for me to downgrade Dershowits' reputation below the deep chasm level it presently is located, in my view, at this time. I recognized him as a mendacious, craven apologist for the 1% decades ago. That friend of all things Epstein has absolutely no moral compass whatsoever. He has a rubber spine. The Law Firm he has worked for off and on is known for defending skullduggery of the vilest kind. He should have become a contortionist rather than a lying lawyer for hire.

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Trump’s Actions Toward Ukraine Were Nothing Like Iran-Contra — They’re Worse

By Asha Rangappa

SNIPPET:

This defense is not only wrong as a matter of law and practice, it has the potential to backfire spectacularly against Trump.

It’s true that among the branches, the executive has the most latitude and discretion in the realm of foreign affairs. This is spelled out in powerful language in the 1936 Supreme Court case United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp., which notes the president’s “plenary” foreign affairs authority and his role as the nation’s “sole organ” in international relations. Not surprisingly, this case is a favorite for supporters of expansive presidential power — the sweeping language appears to suggest unfettered presidential discretion in foreign policy.

What people often forget to mention is that Curtiss-Wright is actually a case where Congress delegated foreign affairs authority to the president. In fact, the legal question raised was whether Congress had unconstitutionally delegated too much discretion to the executive branch.

The case is an illustration of how the president’s power over foreign affairs can be shaped, expanded, or constrained by Congress’ constitutional powers in this area. Consider, for example, the Senate’s authority to ratify treaties negotiated by the president — it can tank an agreement reached by the president with a foreign head of state. Congress also holds the power to regulate international commerce, under which it can impose sanctions on countries as a way of incentivizing or discouraging particular kinds of behavior. Trump’s signature travel ban was upheld by the Supreme Court under authority delegated to him by Congress’ immigration powers, not his own Article II authority. ...

... Calling his actions “foreign policy” won’t change the fact that Trump attempted to secretly subvert Congress’ constitutional authority by coercing a foreign government to investigate a U.S. citizen for his own personal gain.

Full article:

https://gen.medium.com/trumps-actions-toward-ukraine-were-nothing-like-iran-contra-they-re-worse-b5ce28066558
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Throughout the hearing, the Democratic witnesses stressed the consequences of not impeaching Trump. Gerhardt warned, “If what we’re talking about isn’t impeachable, then nothing is impeachable,” and Feldman argued that if a president cannot be impeached for abusing the power of the presidency for personal gain, then “we no longer live in a democracy. We live in a monarchy or we live under a dictatorship.


Impeachment of 🦀 Trump Appears Inevitable in the House

December 5, 2019

ALEXIS GOLDSTEIN, TRUTHOUT

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that she's asking the House Judiciary Committee to "proceed with preparing articles of impeachment." While impeachment in the House appears inevitable, what happens in the Senate will likely be determined by how the public continues to feel about impeachment.

It doesn't look good for Trump in the court of public opinion, and as of December 4, an aggregate of polls showed a majority of the people favor impeachment.


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Page and so many innocents like her (think Heather Hyer) is the personification of the ongoing and continual ABUSE OF POWER by that 🦀  festering pustule in the White House and his cadre of 🐘 😈 GOP COLLUDING CO-CONSPIRATORS!

They are the most clear and present danger to the nation. Andrew Yang has received death threats and as I recall many of the other Dem candidates received as well.

And remember that lovely 'joke' package the GOP sent to Dem committee chairs. They continue to defile our government. Our constitution. Our sense of decency. And the eroding moral fabric of our very frail democracy. The wolves are at the door and continue to defend this monster. #betterdeadthanRed #voteblue now and forever!

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An expert witness gave an incredibly helpful explanation of why 🦀 Trump’s behavior is impeachable.

Dec 4, 2019, 12:10pm EST

By Zack Beauchamp@zackbeauchampzack@vox.com 

SNIPPET:

Now there’s an important difference in this analogy: 🦀 Trump isn’t in charge of Ukraine the way he is Texas or Louisiana. But the US political and military relationship with Ukraine gives him an important source of leverage that makes the analogy work.

Full article with link to gripping video testimony:


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🦀 Donald Trump’s allies hit the panic button
Shirley Kennedy | 12:01 pm EST December 4, 2019
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Republicans are taking a quote from W.C. Fields far too seriously: “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” Unfortunately, it’s not working too well for them. In their futile efforts to defend “president” Donald Trump, the Republicans have been relying on the false narrative that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election. Further, they claim that interference was on behalf of the Democrats.

According to the Washington Post, this bright idea originated with Rudy Giuliani, who admitted that it was his idea. Giuliani claimed to have received a tip from a former colleague to that effect. He bought into it so heavily that he told conservative host Glenn Beck, “Hallelujah. I’ve got what a defense lawyers always wants: I can go prove someone else committed this crime.” Rudy’s reasoning for this bogus belief? He was attempting to head off Robert Mueller’s report. Poor Rudy.

Paul Rosenzweig, a former attorney on Ken Starr’s team, said it best: “All roads lead to Russia” and that this conspiracy theory is nothing more than “Russian propaganda.” The Republicans’ attempts to push and hold onto this insane narrative shows just how low they have gone. They even went so far as to have the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee look into Ukraine interference, which Politico describes as “coming up short.” Yet, the push continues. John Kennedy (R-LA) completely embarrassed himself on Meet the Press by saying that both Russia and Ukraine meddled. Richard Burr (R-NC) told NBC news that “every elected official in the Ukraine was for Hillary Clinton. Is that very different than the Russians being for Donald Trump?” Really, Burr? Let’s say for the sake of argument that Ukrainian officials did want Clinton to win. “Wanting” and “trying to make it happen” are two completely different things.

Ignoring the evidence that was right under their noses, the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee decided to waste our tax dollars on an investigation into a theory that they knew wasn’t true. That investigation, as expected, turned up nothing that wasn’t already known: Ukraine did not interfere in our elections. They even went so far as to interview Alexandra Chalupa, whom they baselessly accused of colluding with Ukraine, according to Politico. Whatever information they retrieved from Ms. Chalupa led to no follow-up or requests for additional witnesses. So much for that.

Even after all of the wasted time and money, some Republicans refuse to let go of this debunked theory, though Mark Warner’s spokesperson told PBS that “it is very clear to me, and this has been testified to by every leader of law enforcement, [and the] intelligence community, that there’s been absolutely no validity to this crazy conspiracy theory that Ukraine was behind the 2016 intervention.” At the same time, Angus King of Maine, who is independent, said “I have never heard one word about any culpability on the part of Ukraine.” Why, then, do Republicans refuse to let this go? As has been said time and again, it’s all they’ve got. At some point, one would think they would let this go and move on, but don’t count on it. We should all send the Republicans some grits to have with the egg on their faces.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/allies-panic-button-donald-hit-trump/23386/
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More bad news for 🦀 Donald Trump in Ukraine scandal
« Reply #233 on: December 07, 2019, 05:09:45 pm »

More bad news for 🦀 Donald Trump in Ukraine scandal
James Sullivan | 4:30 pm EST December 4, 2019
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It turns out that Donald Trump’s impeachment has been neither the snoozefest nor the divider that Republicans were hoping it would be, instead uniting Democrats and independents who strongly support his impeachment and removal. It’s also shown to be fairly ratings friendly, with more than 70 million Americans tuning in or streaming the hearings when they happen. The other problem for Trump is that he’s running out of excuses for why he shouldn’t be impeached, and his fellow Republicans aren’t exactly doing much better with running to his rescue.


The Republican conspiracy theories were largely a waste of time from the beginning, as was their claim that the president was being impeached on hearsay – and they wisely decided to stop using the defense that Donald Trump shouldn’t be impeached because he was too mentally incompetent to realize he was involved in extortion with another country that just happens to be at odds with Russia. Now their last line of defense – that Ukraine was unaware of Trump deliberately withholding $400 million in military aid – has all but evaporated.

Even worse for Republicans is that there’s not a whole lot they can do about it. Rather than another whistleblower in the administration leaking this information, it’s Ukraine’s former deputy foreign minister, who spoke recently with The New York Times.

“It was definitely mentioned there were some issues,” said Olena Zerkal, referencing the quid pro quo that evidently took place between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Earlier on, anonymous Ukrainian government officials spoke of a meeting that took place after Trump’s phone call and this was discussed. Even worse for Trump is that he tweeted back in November that Ukrainian officials didn’t even know the money wasn’t paid,” something that his lackey Jim Jordan backed him on. Zerkal even goes on to say that the Ukrainians knew of the aid freeze since the end of July, much earlier than has been reported.

This lines up with testimony already given to Congress by administration defense officials – and it’s only a matter of time before other Ukrainian officials begin to speak up. Pressure may be coming down harder than ever on Republicans to turn against Trump, and very soon.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/more-bad-news-for-donald-trump-in-ukraine-scandal/23394/
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House 🐘 Republicans are spiraling out of control
TR Kenneth | 6:00 pm EST December 4, 2019
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When Trump’s defenders are disconnecting their brains in order to stand with him, it’s a sign that Trumpism is failing. The mental gymnastics being asked of these low-brow champions of The Donald is breathtaking. Their scare-mongering tactics, such as Fox News attorney Victoria Toensing implying that no one’s privacy is assured if her very relevant phone calls are brought up in the House Report, are their only defense. They say it’s okay for us to be a laughingstock of NATO, to embrace Russia over our allies, but the truth is all Americans are giving up their security for Trump & Co. to stab America and our allies in the back for their personal gain.

What we’re seeing in ads on Facebook is the fact that they’re outraged their king is being chastened and – hopefully – removed. They flail the printed Constitution at all who pass by while outrageously flouting the meaning of the words in their hands.


They get away with this because of the fact that Trump’s base has clearly never read the Constitution. It’s all smoke and mirrors. If you deny strongly enough, if you spin and deceive, pound the table and spew tears of outrage, you can fool some of the people all of the time.

But. As the saying goes, you cannot fool all of them all of the time. Which is the tsunami the Republican Party is facing at the moment. Their greed and corruption is finally being brought into the light and it frightens them. They can “whatabout” the Dems all they want to, but they’ve spun lie after lie, spurious investigation after spurious investigation, and they’ve gotten nothing out of these but a fistful of worthless Trump dollars.

You need evidence of a crime to convict. We’re seeing it in real time now, and the evidence is damning. We don’t even have all of it yet. Think of the crimes Trump has committed that we don’t know about. Think of the things he’s hiding.


The Republican Party made a mess of things because greed was their only guiding principle. The conservatives who still have some morals are going to have to remake the Republican Party in order to survive this onslaught of Russian corruption. If the Confederates were able to transform themselves into true Americans, the Republican Party can do the same. But the first step is to adopt a policy of facts and truth. The next is going to have to be a new name, because very soon, if not already happening, few are going to be willing to vote for anyone with an 🐘 R next to a name on the ballot.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/house-republicans-spiraling-of-control/23397/
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How 🦅 Professor Pamela S. Karlan carved up 🦀 Donald Trump on live national television
Robert Harrington | 10:30 am EST December 5, 2019
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Clearly, Republican reactions were scripted. At Wednesday’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Republican committee members evidently conspired in advance to disrupt the proceedings and pollute the process by way of introducing time-wasting parliamentary nonsense early in the proceedings. Chief among these was the introduction of resolutions they knew would be tabled by voice vote so they could call a time-delaying roll call. The reason for this was twofold. First, Republican members wanted the live audience to become bored and change the channel. They were clearly afraid of what was coming. Second, they wanted it on the record that the roll call would reflect a purely partisan split on the matters proposed, which included the tedious resolution to once again have the whistleblower testify. Republican positions were predictably full of sound and fury and told by the familiar Shakespearean idiots.

Fortunate indeed was the audience that stayed with the proceedings nonetheless. Of the four Constitutional scholars who were called to testify, and each in their own way was compelling, for my money Professor Pamela S. Karlan was the most impressive. Ranking member 🐘 😈 Doug Collins said in his opening statement, among other things, that Karlan and her colleagues, “couldn’t have possibly actually digested the Adam Schiff report from yesterday or the Republican response in any real way.Karlan responded with appropriate indignance, “… here Mr. Collins I would like to say to you, sir, that I read every one of the live transcripts of the witnesses who appeared in the live hearing because I would not speak about these things without reviewing the facts. So I am insulted by the suggestion that as a law professor I don’t care about those facts. But everything I read on those occasions tells me that when president Trump invited – indeed demanded – foreign involvement in our upcoming election, he struck at the very heart of what makes this a republic to which we pledge allegiance.”

Karlan underlined the integrity of elections as an essential article of faith of America’s Constitution, and made an essential point at the core of that integrity when she said, “But the framers of our Constitution realized that elections alone could not guarantee that the United States would remain a republic, one of the key reasons for including the impeachment power was a risk that unscrupulous officials might try to rig the election process.”

Professor Karlan also understood the concerns of the founding fathers about foreign intervention in the democratic process, and she quoted John Adams, writing to Thomas Jefferson when he said, “for as often as elections happen, the danger of foreign influence recurs.” She then quoted President Washington when he said that “history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.” To this Professor Karlan adds of the Founding Fathers, “the very idea that a president might seek the aid of a foreign government in his reelection campaign would have horrified them. But based on the evidentiary record, that is what president Trump has done.” Central to Professor Karlan’s thesis was that Trump put his own private interest ahead of and without regard to the nation’s best interest, an interest enshrined in the very Constitution that Trump swore to “preserve, protect and defend.”

The most compelling part of Professor Karlan’s opening statement came at the moment that jurists and law professors and legal scholars are best at: analogy. “Imagine living in a part of Louisiana or Texas, that’s prone to devastating hurricanes and flooding, what would you think if you lived there and your governor asked for a meeting with the president that discussed getting disaster aid, that Congress has provided for. What would you think if that president said, ’I would like you to do us a favor. I’ll meet with you and I’ll send you the disaster relief once you brand my opponent a criminal’? Wouldn’t you know in your gut that such a president has abused his office, that he betrayed the national interest, and that he was trying to corrupt the electoral process?”

With this analogy Professor Karlan raised the discussion above the usual theoretical talk about bank robbers and traffic tickets and made it personal. She rendered the heartfelt reality of just how despicable Trump’s actions were in the vivid color of analogy that we can all clearly see, understand and be moved by.

Quoting Trump before the election, Professor Karlan, her voice dripping with irony, said, “Saying ‘Russia if you’re listening’? You know, a president who cared about the Constitution would say, ‘Russia, if you’re listening, butt out of our elections!’” (Of course, a presidential candidate did, in effect, say that very thing. Her name was Hillary Clinton.)

Professor Karlan was that rare thing: a scholar on fire. She concluded, “Put simply, a president should resist foreign influence in our elections. Not demand it and not welcome it. 🔊 If we are to keep faith with our Constitution and our Republic, president 🦀 Trump must be held to account.”

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/how-professor-pamela-s-karlan-carved-up-donald-trump-on-live-national-television/23412/
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Foreign nations have recordings of 🦀Donald Trump’s secret phone calls
Robert Harrington | 4:00 pm EST December 6, 2019
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The neologism known as “virtue signaling” is treacherous in its use and slippery in its definition. It is a pejorative meaning the conspicuous expression of moral values for which there is little true feeling and little or no personal cost, and it is a pejorative that can backfire. It is a first cousin to the “humble brag.” The humble brag really is a thing. “My new Maserati only gets forty miles to the gallon, alas,” might be an example of a humble brag.

People who accuse others of virtue signaling can themselves be plausibly accused of virtue signaling by so doing. I’m disinclined to use it in any case. It’s hard to tell when a person is sincere about how they feel about a topic. I would prefer to limit it to something I call “outrage signaling,” which is pretending to be outraged about something in order to create a distraction, and is a more narrow subset of virtue signaling – because it comes with a built in hypocrisy.


Take the Republican    “outrage” over Hillary’s emails. I’m inclined to believe that was outrage signaling as I define it above. The hypocrisy comes from their apparent unconcern about Donald Trump’s careless disregard for national security when he blabs openly and send tweets about military secrets and uses unsecured phones to communicate with subordinates. To hear Republicans tell it, Hillary’s use of a private email server was the most egregious and negligent national security violation since the Rosenbergs, and we’re all lucky it didn’t end in World War III, and she should have been imprisoned for it, or even executed. Considering their complete lack of outrage over Donald Trump’s carefree disregard for national security by the routine and far more flagrant use of unsecured devices, I’m inclined to believe that their “outrage” over Hillary’s emails was pure partisan hypocrisy of the most putrid kind. In other words, Republican business as usual. I don’t know about you but I’m getting pretty weary of stuff like that myself.

And now for the latest. In his multifarious excursions to Ukraine, it turns out that Rudy Giuliani did quite a lot of talking on the phone. It further turns out that his phone was entirely unsecured, so much so that Congress (and by extension the national press) has records of those calls, when they were made and to whom. The list of unsavoury characters Rudy spoke to while gallivanting in Ukraine included Lev Parnas and – surprise surprise! – 🐘 😈 Devin Nunes. There was also someone known only as “dash one” (-1). That was probably none other than Donald Trump himself.


It’s not a question of whether or not these phone calls were recorded by a hostile foreign power, it’s a question of how many recordings there are. The Russians record absolutely every unsecured call coming out of Ukraine and everywhere else, as do the Chinese. So, Lordy yes, there are plenty of recordings. How exactly they are being used against a severely compromised US intelligence remains to be seen. But the extent to which the pure sloppiness and stupidity of Trump and his cronies extends is mind-numbing when you stop to think how brutal they were about Hillary sending unclassified email messages from home. Personally I am outraged by the whole thing and, in so doing, I am signaling nothing more and nothing less than pure, unadulterated outrage itself.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/foreign-nations-have-recordings-of-donald-trumps-secret-phone-calls/23422/
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More money has gone missing in 🦀 Donald Trump’s Ukraine extortion scandal
Tim Faulkner | 7:00 pm EST December 6, 2019
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As we enter the Judiciary Committee phase of Donald Trump’s impeachment, it is important to remember all the facts, especially when many Republican members of Congress continue to spew debunked conspiracy theories. While Trump claims that his call with Ukrainian President Zelensky was “perfect,” the summary provided by the White House proves otherwise. We know that Trump withheld Congressionally appropriated funds, necessary for Ukraine to protect itself from further incursions by Russia – but it turns out that even after they were finally released, Ukraine never actually received all of the money.

MSNBC host Ali Melber made this point on Thursday, saying “It’s not a valid legal defense to bribery. In fact, other politicians are in prison today for unsuccessful bribery plots. So Trump’s alleged extortion of Ukraine was going on while the money was frozen.” Republican Congressmen such as Steve Scalise, Jim Jordan, and Tom Cole have made recent public statements excusing Trump for his clearly impeachable acts. While their partisan efforts fly in the face of truth and the Constitution, this appears to be the only defense that Republicans can muster up.

As it turns out, even after Trump released the Congressionally appropriated funds for Ukraine, just two days after he became aware of the whistleblower’s claims, not all of the money made its way to Ukraine, an ally who is still desperately counting on American assistance in an effort to protect itself from Russia, an adversary who is currently in a hot war with Ukraine. Despite all of Trump’s claims, or those of his Congressional lickspittles regurgitating Russian propaganda, his efforts to withhold military assistance to Ukraine is still ongoing.

“Trump’s actions have denied, not a dollar, or a hundred thousand dollars, or a million dollars, but thirty-five million dollars,” Melber reported. “So Trump did not actually get all the money back to Ukraine even as he tried to lift the hold to cover up the plot.” While the facts remain the same – Trump sold out American national security for personal political gain – we must be vigilant in recognizing the gaslighting and lies from Republicans in Congress.'
https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/follow-the-money-2/23427/
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Re: 🌟 IMPEACHMENT SCORE 🌠
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🐍 Mike Pence just tipped off that he has something big to hide in 🦀 Trump’s Ukraine scandal

Bill Palmer | 12:01 pm EST December 7, 2019
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Earlier this week Palmer Report pointed out that, even as the impeachment of Donald Trump was being officially handed off to the House Judiciary Committee, it appeared that the House Intelligence Committee and its Chairman Adam Schiff were shifting their focus to Mike Pence. Sure enough, now we know why.

It turns out that after Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams publicly testified to the House impeachment inquiry about Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, she then remembered things about Pence’s own phone call with Zelensky. She wanted to come back and testify about it, but Pence stepped in and abruptly classified it – so she testified about it privately. Whatever she said, Adam Schiff has deemed it important enough that he’s now publicly demanding that Pence declassify his entire phone call with Zelensky. So what’s going on here?

In short, Mike Pence just tipped off that he has something big to hide, and he’s told Schiff precisely where it can be found. If the police come to search your house, and you tell them that they’re not allowed to look in the front closet, then you’ve just told them that you’re hiding the good stuff in the front closet. This will set off a legal battle which Schiff should win, as Pence can’t just arbitrarily classify things for the sole purpose of trying to prevent them from being entered into evidence; that’s obstruction of justice.

Notably, back when Donald Trump’s Ukraine extortion scandal was first exploding, he tried to take the heat off himself by calling a press conference and repeatedly urging everyone to try to get their hands on the transcript of Mike Pence’s phone call with Zelensky. Sure enough, that phone call must deeply incriminate Pence, because he’s now bending over backward to try to delay it from inevitably becoming public. No wonder Schiff is turning his focus to 🐍 Pence.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/mike-pence-just-tipped-off-that-he-has-something-big-to-hide-in-trumps-ukraine-scandal/23447/
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Pressure Mounts for Deeper Investigation of 🐘😈 Devin Nunes in Ukraine Scandal

December 8, 2019

By ALEXIS GOLDSTEIN, TRUTHOUT

A recent House Intelligence Committee report raises questions about whether Rep. Devin Nunes was an active participant in the very scandal he was tasked with investigating. The report reveals that Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Giuliani's indicted associate Lev Parnas made calls to Nunes, who continues to deny knowing Parnas. As time goes by, more and more Republicans appear to be implicated in the Ukraine scandal.

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