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We're in uncharted territory...when the POTUS *is* the National Security Threat

I foresee a lot of changes to legislation and regulations over the next several years and it will likely go thru a couple of different presidents of either party and various control of Congress to tighten down and modify law to allow for reporting on a rogue, compromised president without have to go thru that president!

Rep Swalwell NAILED Maguire on how he should have followed the law (mandatory)

https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1177240044110864385


Seth Abramson

@SethAbramson
Eric Swalwell just made an amazing point: if the credible, urgent allegation by the whistleblower was that the White House was *systematically*, *secretly*, and *improperly* moving documents to a classified archive, that *absolutely* triggers the mandatory language in the statute

Remember how petty, hypocritical and maddening Gowdy and Issa were??

Nunes tops them by levels of magnitude.

Uh, folks. Hell froze over. For once, I agree with tRump. No. Seriously. I do.

https://twitter.com/Scr0dman/status/1177188936147513345

The Godfather IV (with subtitles)

https://twitter.com/LarryNoble_DC/status/1176980507667652608

With soundtrack:
https://twitter.com/Adolf__Trump/status/1177102509715755008

Whistleblower complaint alleges communications stored on a SEPARATE network from normal records!!

Trump offered Ukrainian president Justice Dept. help in an investigation of Biden, memo shows
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/transcript-of-trumps-call-with-ukrainian-president-shows-him-offering-us-assistance-for-biden-investigation/2019/09/25/16aa36ca-df0f-11e9-8dc8-498eabc129a0_story.html

The complaint also alleges a pattern of obfuscation at the White House, in which officials moved the records of some of Trump’s communications with foreign officials onto a separate computer network from where they are normally stored, this person said. The whistleblower alleges that is what officials did with Trump’s July 25 call with Zelensky, an action that alarmed the intelligence community inspector general and prompted him to request that the White House retain records of the Zelensky call, the person who read the complaint said.

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Senior Justice Department officials said the director of national intelligence referred concerns about the call to the Justice Department in late August, after the intelligence community inspector general found that it was a possible violation of campaign finance laws. Days later, the inspector general referred the matter to the FBI.

Career prosecutors and officials in the Justice Department’s criminal division reviewed the rough transcript, which they obtained voluntarily from the White House, and determined the facts “could not make” the appropriate basis for an investigation, a senior Justice Department official said Wednesday. The final decision was made by Brian Benczkowski, who leads the Justice Department’s criminal division. As part of their reasoning, Justice Department lawyers determined that help with a government investigation could not be quantified as “a thing of value” under the law, officials said.


Their primary source for reaching that conclusion was the memo, according to the officials. While prosecutors did gather information about how the White House memorializes presidential calls with foreign heads of state, they did not interview other White House officials because they had not formally opened an investigation. Justice Department officials still do not know who the whistleblower is, officials said Wednesday.

AH ha ha ha ha...Mark Levin has a mad

https://twitter.com/marklevinshow/status/1177054498142990336

House Republicans must demand a roll call vote on the floor of the House on whether or not to go forward with an impeachment inquiry. They must not allow Pelosi to get away with this. It’s the people’s house not Pelosi’s house...


suck it, asshat!

Quin Hillyer (Repub from AL) wrote in right wing Washington Examiner. Impeach him!

Not linking to the WE but here’s his wording. If this guy, who ran for Congress in AL in 2013 and was backed by Rick Santorum has thrown in the towel...

A quid and a quo, and Trump should go

by Quin Hillyer
| September 25, 2019 05:07 PM
Judging by the evidence we have before us, the House of Representatives should impeach President Trump, and the Senate should remove him from office.

The newly released transcript of Trump’s call with incoming Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump abusing his office in multiple ways. This is especially evident when considering the context of other actions already acknowledged by either Trump or his private attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

I’ve argued in prior columns that the very involvement of the president in urging a foreign government to criminally investigate a U.S. citizen never charged under U.S. law is extremely problematic. When the targeted citizen is his chief political rival, or the rival’s son, it's worse. Even worse is when the president’s own lawyer says a major goal of the pressure on the foreign government is so that the rival “didn’t become president without having to answer” for his Ukrainian dealings.

The president is using his office to pressure a foreign government to harass an American citizen for political reasons.

Pentagon Letter Undercuts Trump Assertion On Delaying Aid To Ukraine Over Corruption

Pentagon Letter Undercuts Trump Assertion On Delaying Aid To Ukraine Over Corruption
https://www.npr.org/2019/09/25/764453663/pentagon-letter-undercuts-trump-assertion-on-delaying-aid-to-ukraine-over-corrup
Earlier this week, President Trump cited concerns about corruption as his rationale for blocking security assistance to Ukraine. But in a letter sent to four congressional committees in May of this year and obtained by NPR, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood informs lawmakers that he has "certified that the Government of Ukraine has taken substantial actions to make defense institutional reforms for the purposes of decreasing corruption [and] increasing accountability."

The certification was required by law for the release of $250 million in security assistance for Ukraine. That aid was blocked by the White House until Sept. 11 and has since been released. It must be spent before Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

At a news conference wrapping up a three-day visit to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Trump repeated his professed concerns about corruption as the reason for holding up $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine.

"We want to make sure that country is honest," Trump said of Ukraine. "It's very important to talk about corruption. If you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?"


Full letter
https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=6430088-Pentagon-Letter-On-Ukraine-Aid

Republican Senator Ben Sasse came out of SCIF saying there's not no there there

https://twitter.com/joshscampbell/status/1176988232644321283


Josh Campbell

@joshscampbell
After reading the whistleblower complaint, Sen. Ben Sasse cautions all parties to pump the brakes. To those in his party, he says: “Republicans ought not to be rushing to circle the wagons and say there’s no there there when there’s obviously a lot that’s very troubling there.”
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