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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 06:10 AM

House Democrats tap impeachment gusher

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Source: Axios

The White House is tense — and some aides are frantic — as Democrats on Capitol Hill tap a gusher of revelations that paint an increasingly vivid portrait of President Trump's unrestrained conduct of foreign policy.

Why it matters: Democrats are moving fast. Letters to potential witnesses reveal the breadth and speed at which the inquiry is unfolding, a stark contrast to the Mueller report which stretched over nearly two years.
* The probe now reaches into the Pentagon, with Democrats sending a letter demanding the appearance of Acting Assistant Defense Secretary for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger.

Fiona Hill, Trump's former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia, testified yesterday that then-national security adviser John Bolton told her to notify the NSC's chief lawyer about a rogue effort by EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, Rudy Giuliani and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, the N.Y. Times reports.
* "I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up," Bolton instructed Hill to tell White House lawyers, according to the Times.
* "Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up," Hill, during 9+ hours behind closed doors at the House Intelligence Committee, quoted Bolton as saying.

Some White House officials are demoralized, amid unusual chaos and uncertainty, even for this West Wing, according to a former top Trump official.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/ukraine-investigation-trump-impeachment-house-democrats-9cd05e69-c5ec-457c-b7dc-44423da3fab7.html

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Reply House Democrats tap impeachment gusher (Original post)
brooklynite Oct 15 OP
Lonestarblue Oct 15 #1
packman Oct 15 #19
ananda Oct 15 #2
Amimnoch Oct 15 #3
aggiesal Oct 15 #5
efhmc Oct 15 #13
aggiesal Oct 15 #20
DeminPennswoods Oct 15 #7
riversedge Oct 15 #8
dalton99a Oct 15 #10
PatSeg Oct 15 #11
paleotn Oct 15 #12
calimary Oct 15 #4
gab13by13 Oct 15 #6
orangecrush Oct 15 #9
patphil Oct 15 #18
IronLionZion Oct 15 #14
NewJeffCT Oct 15 #15
H2O Man Oct 15 #16
Mc Mike Oct 15 #17
Bayard Oct 15 #21
bucolic_frolic Oct 15 #22
Omaha Steve Oct 15 #23

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 06:34 AM

1. Can't wait for the day the House votes to impeach!

There is some hope that the Senate could convict unless McConnell is unable to prevent a trial. If a trial happens, it is Chief Justice Roberts who presides. The first thing he should do (though I have no assurance that he will) is obtain the transcripts of Trump’s calls with foreign leaders that have been put on a secret server. I suspect that Trump has committed treason and even open trading of US foreign policies for future investments in his business. Senators would have a hard time not voting to remove if the transcripts show criminal acts. May not happen, but I can dream.

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 09:26 AM

19. Can't wait for the day Rudy is sent off to prison

He's giving Trump a real run for the money as "People I would like to see jailed".

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 07:17 AM

2. So even John Bolton had a scruple.

Wow

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 07:23 AM

3. Really.. when something repulses HIM,

you KNOW you've hit rock bottom.

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 07:29 AM

5. I'll say he has a scruple if ...

he’s the whistle blower, otherwise I think he’s just protecting his a$$!

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 08:29 AM

13. Protection and I think he HATES RG.

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Response to efhmc (Reply #13)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 09:47 AM

20. Who doesn't? ...

He's taken that America's Mayor BS, beyond its expiration date.
Very annoying.

Tried to leverage that during his presidential campaign, but didn't go too far.

I'm no prince charming, but it looks like Rudy hit every branch down, when he fell out of the ugly tree.

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 07:32 AM

7. Bolton's a warmonger, but he's not stupid

nt

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 07:54 AM

8. ONE scruple

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 08:07 AM

10. Bolton really believes Putin is an enemy and up to no good.

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 08:13 AM

11. Yeah

For a nano second I actually admired him. I suppose everyone has a shiny moment now and then, except Donald Trump that is.

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 08:26 AM

12. Yep. This is that bad.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 07:25 AM

4. Blow, baby, blow!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 07:31 AM

6. Public opinion is growing for impeachment,

when Trump becomes a liability to Republican Senators they will convict.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 08:04 AM

9. Bolton?!?


Sounds like he knew there would be legal jeopardy, and he wanted no part of it.

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Response to orangecrush (Reply #9)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 09:17 AM

18. I'd say that's a pretty accurate characterization of Bolton.

He's an asshole, but he's still an American, and still a patriot in his own way.
Not clean enough to blow the whistle on this whole mess himself, but not corrupt enough to be a part of it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 08:34 AM

14. "Democrats are moving fast."




"Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up,"

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 08:37 AM

15. Hey White House officials

if you're demoralized, you can get back some self-respect and salvage your reputation by flipping on Trump and testifying to Congress. Be a patriot and not a co-conspirator.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 08:49 AM

16. Recommended.

This is a good thing.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 08:58 AM

17. Then one day he was shootin at some food...

Cue the banjos.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 09:47 AM

21. So when does Bolton get his subpoena?

I'm sure supposed presidential privilege will be all over that, but what are they going to do to him now?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:04 PM

22. The mood in the country is greatly improving

since impeachment inquiry began. You can feel a sigh of relief that says 'sometime, perhaps soon, this nightmare is going to end.' I think it's because while they can still wreak havoc, they do not have the power of popular support and force comparable to the German Nazi party in the 1930s.

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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:17 PM

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