22 thoughts on “Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall…

  1. You talking to me?! says:

    “George Conway — husband to White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway — is a frequent and vocal critic of her boss President Donald Trump. On Thursday, however, he took his critique to a new level when The Atlantic published what can fairly be called a massive essay pronouncing Trump “unfit for office” and backing the impeachment effort against the president.
    In his piece — clocking in at more than 11,000 words — Conway argues that Trump’s “narcissism,” “sociopathy” and has other mental deficiencies, all render him incapable of fulfilling his presidential duties. He argues that Trump’s behavior goes beyond rejecting the usual rules of politics, but instead, establishes the president as an “erratic,” “pathological” figure who directly contradicts what the country’s founders had in mind when the Constitution was drafted.” Ken Meyer, MEDIAITE Oct 3rd, 2019 https://www.mediaite.com/print/george-conways-epic-impeachment-op-ed-congress-must-consider-trumps-behavioral-and-psychological-characteristics/
    “You don’t need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, and you don’t need to be a mental-health professional to see that something’s very seriously off with Trump—particularly after nearly three years of watching his erratic and abnormal behavior in the White House. Questions about Trump’s psychological stability have mounted throughout his presidency. But those questions have been coming even more frequently amid a recent escalation in Trump’s bizarre behavior, as the pressures of his upcoming reelection campaign, a possibly deteriorating economy, and now a full-blown impeachment inquiry have mounted. And the questioners have included those who have worked most closely with him.”
    George Conway, “Unfit for Office”, The Atlantic, October 2019 issue. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/george-conway-trump-unfit-office/599128/

  2. Let us all enthuastically applaud The Leader's great and unmatched wisdom says:

    President Trump blasted former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday at a campaign rally in Minneapolis over his legacy as vice president and affection for former President Obama.
    During his rally, Trump accused Biden of only being viewed favorably because Biden “understood how to kiss Barack Obama’s ass,” a charge that was met with loud cheers and scattered boos for the Democratic presidential contender.

  3. Above the law says:

    “Trump calls House impeachment inquiry ‘bullshit’ as rallygoers cheer” https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-calls-house-impeachment-inquiry-bulls-t-and-rallygoers-go-crazy …Earlier this week, the White House revealed it will not be cooperating with what it labeled an ‘illegitimate’ impeachment inquiry, calling it “highly partisan and unconstitutional.” https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house-letter-accuses-pelosi-of-illegitimate-impeachment-process
    “Trump’s impeachment defense boils down to this: Treat me like a king.
    If he can’t be indicted, and if he can dictate his own terms to Congress — as the White House counsel suggests — then the president is saying that he’s something other than a president.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/10/12/trumps-impeachment-defense-boils-down-this-treat-me-like-an-english-king/

  4. Corroborating Witness says:

    Wednesday October 23, 2019:
    ● Trump’s efforts to keep taxes secret heads to appeals court on Wednesday https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/23/politics/trump-tax-return-appeal/index.html
    ● Laura Cooper, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia is expected to testify in front of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees this morning after her scheduled appearance was moved up from Friday https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/22/politics/who-is-laura-cooper/index.html
    ● Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, testified yesterday that he was told that the release of military aid to Kiev would depend on a pledge to probe the 2016 election and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden – which appears to directly refute the President’s claim that there was no quid pro quo in his dealings with the former Soviet state. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-10-23/bill-taylor-s-testimony-deals-trump-a-crushing-impeachment-blow [Ninety minutes before Taylor was slated to arrive, Trump created a diversion. He tweeted to his 66 million followers: “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching.” https://www.reuters.com/video/2019/10/22/this-is-a-lynching-in-every-sense-graham?videoId=616106340 ]
    ● Philip Reeker, Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department is scheduled to be deposed on Saturday. He was among the career state officials who worked to shield Marie Yovanovitch, former Ukraine ambassador, from conspiracies peddled by conservative media outlets beginning in March.
    ● In addition to Reeker, three other officials’ depositions were put on hold: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the director for European affairs at the National Security Council; Suriya Jayanti, a foreign service officer at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv; and Tim Morrison, the Russia chief on the National Security Council.
    ● The House Committees also want to hear from Michael Duffey, a politically appointed Office of Management and Budget official, who was given authority by the White House to keep aid to Ukraine on hold after career budget staff members questioned the legality of delaying the funds. Duffey previously served as executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-shifted-authority-over-ukraine-aid-amid-legal-concerns-11570717571
    ● President Donald Trump announced Wednesday morning that he will make a statement from the White House at 11 a.m. about Turkey and Syria after Kurdish fighters completed their pullout from an area along the Syrian border as part of the U.S. brokered cease-fire agreement.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-make-announcement-wednesday-syria-n1070476 “Big success on the Turkey/Syria Border,” Trump tweeted. “Safe Zone created! Ceasefire has held and combat missions have ended. Kurds are safe and have worked very nicely with us. Captured ISIS prisoners secured.”

  5. Knock, knock... says:

    “House investigators pressed forward with their impeachment inquiry on Friday, issuing subpoenas to two Office of Management and Budget officials, one of whom has vowed they won’t cooperate with the Democrat-led probe.
    The move came as President Trump repeatedly insisted to reporters that he had done nothing wrong in pressing Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. He also praised his embattled personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani as a “great crime fighter.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry-live-updates/2019/10/25/8498483a-f6a6-11e9-ad8b-85e2aa00b5ce_story.html
    “John Bolton, fired White House hawk, is negotiating impeachment testimony in new hammer blow to Trump” https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-john-bolton-trump-impeachment-20191025-p2ptlbtskjfq7jeimms7chpm4e-story.html

  6. Omar's Coming Yo! says:

    A federal judge on Friday gave a legal endorsement to the House Democrats’ impeachment probe into President Donald Trump and ordered the Justice Department to release grand jury information redacted from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
    The ruling is a blow to the Trump administration’s claims that the House is not conducting a valid impeachment inquiry since there’s been no formal vote to authorize the probe.
    In a lengthy opinion, Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the US District Court in Washington, DC, said the House clearly is conducting an impeachment inquiry.
    “(A)n impeachment trial is an exercise of judicial power,” Howell wrote. “Contrary to (the Justice Department’s) position — and as historical practice, the Federalist Papers, the text of the Constitution, and Supreme Court precedent all make clear — impeachment trials are judicial in nature and constitute judicial proceedings.” https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/25/politics/grand-jury-impeachment-mueller/index.html

    …over to you, SCOTUS

    • Stalking horse says:

      “Charles Kupperman, who served until last month as deputy national security adviser at the White House, filed a lawsuit Friday asking a federal judge to rule on whether he is obliged to testify before House investigators. The case presents a new challenge to House Democrats seeking cooperation from close aides of Trump.
      Kupperman, who worked closely with former national security adviser John Bolton, is scheduled to sit Monday for questioning by the three House committees handling impeachment.” https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/25/politics/impeachment-witness-house-investigators-lawsuit/index.html
      Kupperman took this to the courts just hours after a federal judge emphatically ruled that the impeachment inquiry is legally valid. Given that decision it seems likely Kupperman will get an immediate court ruling saying that he’s legally allowed to testify. The White House will probably probably try to file an appeal it’s hard to imagine that will happen since they’re not the one taking this to court to begin with.
      Meanwhile there are cynics who suggest this legal maneuver by Bolton’s sidekick Kupperman is likely being made in concert with Bolton, since the anticipated court ruling will also give Bolton legal clearance to testify.

  7. Carny says:

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  8. Downfall says:

    “DOJ releases hundreds of pages of memos from Mueller probe” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/468679-justice-dept-releases-hundreds-of-pages-of-memos-from-mueller-probe
    “The Mueller Report’s Secret Memos : BuzzFeed News sued the US government to see all the work that Mueller’s team kept secret. We have published the first installment, with revelations about the Ukraine conspiracy theory, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and more.” https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonleopold/mueller-report-secret-memos-1
    “Mueller interview notes obtained by CNN show Trump’s push for stolen emails”
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/02/politics/mueller-investigation-notes-trump-stolen-emails/index.html
    “Internal Mueller documents show Trump campaign chief pushed unproven theory Ukraine hacked Democrats” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/internal-mueller-documents-show-trump-campaign-chief-suggested-ukraine-hacked-democrats-during-2016-campaign/2019/11/02/cc8e461c-fd90-11e9-ac8c-8eced29ca6ef_story.html
    “Washington Post bombshell documents how Trump fell for the conspiracy theory that caused impeachment” https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/washington-post-bombshell-documents-how-trump-fell-for-the-conspiracy-theory-that-caused-impeachment/
    ‘The President Loves You’: Newly Released FBI Memos on Cohen Appear Damning for Trump https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/the-president-loves-you-newly-released-fbi-memos-on-cohen-appear-damning-for-trump/
    “Michael Flynn offered to use his intelligence contacts to get Hillary Clinton’s emails: Mueller memos” https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/michael-flynn-offered-to-use-his-intelligence-contacts-to-get-hillary-clintons-emails-mueller-memos/
    “Jared Kushner was recalled from vacation with Russian oligarch to save Trump campaign: Mueller memo” https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/jared-kushner-was-recalled-from-vacation-with-russian-oligarch-to-save-trump-campaign-mueller-memo/

  9. Re: the justice we dream of says:

    “Appeals court hands Trump another loss, saying Congress can seek his tax returns” https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/13/politics/trump-financial-records-appeals-court-house/index.html
    Trump’s outside legal counsel, Jay Sekulow, told NPR that he and his client “will be seeking review at the Supreme Court.”
    In a separate case, Trump faces a Thursday deadline to ask the Supreme Court to block a Manhattan grand jury subpoena for copies of his financial records and tax returns. His attorneys have previously said they intend to ask the Supreme Court to take up the New York case. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/05/politics/supreme-court-trump-tax-returns/index.html
    And in yet another new filing in a third case Wednesday night, Trump’s legal team asked a judge for a two-week buffer period if the US House asks for his tax returns through New York state. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/11/politics/donald-trump-tax-returns/index.html
    Congressional Democrats countered in that court filing that they’d like to write an argument this week responding to this request and have an in-person hearing before the judge makes a decision.
    Courts have previously refused to curtail Congress’ subpoena power.
    Trump has claimed that ongoing IRS audits have stopped him from making his tax returns public, even though audits don’t prevent individuals from releasing tax returns. https://money.cnn.com/2016/05/11/pf/taxes/nixon-trump-tax-returns/?iid=EL

  10. Tick tock says:

    “Roger Stone, an ally of President Donald Trump, was found guilty Friday of lying to Congress and obstructing an investigation into Russia to protect Trump and his presidential campaign.
    The jury’s verdict came after about eight hours of deliberation. Stone, a fixture in GOP politics, has worked on campaigns stretching back to Richard Nixon’s.
    Stone is the latest Trump ally to be found guilty in cases sprouting from a special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/11/15/roger-stone-jurors-deliver-verdict-trump-ally-trial-over-wikileaks/4187429002/
    “Roger Stone joins the remarkable universe of criminality surrounding President Trump” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/11/15/roger-stone-joins-remarkable-universe-criminality-surrounding-president-trump/

  11. Meshugas says:

    Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards reelected in blow to Trump https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/11/17/louisiana-gov-john-bel-edwards-reelected-in-blow-to-trump/23862649/
    Transcripts released Saturday from closed-door testimony in the House impeachment inquiry tie President Trump more closely to the central charge from Democrats: that he held up military aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations he hoped would discredit the Mueller investigation and Vice President Joe Biden.
    The revelations come from hundreds of pages of deposition transcripts from Tim Morrison, a former top official at the National Security Council and a longtime Republican defense hawk.
    Morrison testified that Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, and Trump had spoken some five times between July 15 and Sept. 11, the weeks that $391 million in US assistance was withheld from Ukraine. https://nypost.com/2019/11/17/top-nsc-official-testified-trump-and-sondland-spoke-some-5-times-about-ukraine/
    President Trump’s medical exam was unscheduled, source said : “Anticipating a very busy 2020, the President is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington, D.C., to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam at Walter Reed,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement earlier Saturday. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/16/politics/trump-annual-physical-walter-reed/index.html
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she told President Donald Trump that he’s in her wheelhouse when he attacks the whistleblower, whose complaint initially prompted the House impeachment inquiry of the President. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/16/politics/pelosi-trump-whistleblower-wheelhouse/index.html [Trump has repeatedly attacked and tried to discredit the whistleblower, and has made false claims about the individual on Twitter and at his rallies. A lawyer for the whistleblower sent a letter to the White House warning the President to “cease and desist” attacking his client.]
    Mysterious Professor at Heart of Russian Investigation Returns for Impeachment Proceedings https://www.thedailybeast.com/joseph-mifsud-professor-at-heart-of-russian-investigation-sends-cryptic-audio-message-to-italian-paper
    (April 19, 2019): Mueller’s Take on Trump Tape Is Disputed by Georgian Businessman https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-20/mueller-s-take-on-trump-tape-is-disputed-by-georgian-businessman

  12. Omar's Coming says:

    The phone call between President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart at the center of Congress’ impeachment investigation was “inappropriate,” an aide to Vice President Mike Pence told lawmakers, according to a transcript released on Saturday. https://nypost.com/2019/11/17/pence-aide-calls-trumps-call-with-ukraine-unusual-and-inappropriate/
    Jennifer Williams, a foreign policy aide to Pence who was listening to the call on July 25, testified that Trump’s insistence that Ukraine carry out politically sensitive investigations “struck me as unusual and inappropriate.”
    She said the discussion was “more political in nature” than phone calls with other foreign leaders, and included what she viewed as specific references to the president’s “personal political agenda.”
    Trump’s call — which he has repeatedly termed “perfect” — is at the heart of the Democratic-led inquiry into whether the Republican president misused US foreign policy to undermine former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his potential opponents in the 2020 election.
    Transcript of House testimony from Pence aide Jennifer Williams https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/16/politics/read-impeachment-testimony-jennifer-williams/index.html
    The House committees running the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Saturday also released the deposition transcript of Tim Morrison, a former National Security Council official who served as the top Russia and Europe adviser.
    Transcript of House testimony from former NSC official Tim Morrison https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/16/politics/read-impeachment-testimony-tim-morrison/index.html

    • Pitter-patter says:

      President Donald Trump on Sunday lashed out at a State Department employee who is set to testify publicly this week before lawmakers, the latest in a series of social media attacks made by the President against those cooperating in the House impeachment inquiry.
      Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence and a career foreign service officer, is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. In his Sunday tweet, Trump resurfaced an unfounded accusation he has raised against other officials who have testified in the probe, characterizing Williams as a Never Trumper and associating her with other “Never Trumpers.”
      Tweeting a day after Williams’ earlier, closed-door testimony was released, Trump urged Williams to “read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls.” https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/17/politics/donald-trump-attacks-jennifer-williams-never-trumper/index.html
      CNN has reached out to Williams and her attorney for comment, but has not received a response.
      She is currently serving as a special adviser to the vice president for Europe and Russia. Current and former colleagues have praised Williams, with one White House official saying: “She is the most professional person in this building.”

  13. Joshua 6:5 says:

    “A Republican member of one of the House committees involved in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump said Sunday that information provided about Trump during a closed-door deposition of a former National Security Council official “is alarming” and “not OK.” https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/17/politics/mike-turner-donald-trump-impeachment-inquiry-cnntv/index.html
    “Professor Who Predicted Last 9 Elections Says Donald Trump Impeachment is ‘Inevitable’ https://www.newsweek.com/professor-predicted-last-9-elections-trump-impeachment-inevitable-1472310
    “On Saturday, Democrat John Bel Edwards claimed a narrow victory over his Republican rival Eddy Rispone in the race for Louisiana governor.
    Key to the Democratic victory was strong support in traditionally conservative suburban areas, such as Jefferson Parish outside New Orleans.
    The result underlines a growing trend of suburban areas swinging to vote for the Democrats, which was key to recent victories for the party in the southern states of Kentucky and Virginia.
    The Democratic victory came despite Trump having personally campaigned for Republican candidate Eddy Rispone.
    Tim Miller, a Republican strategist, told the New York Times that the result is proof President Donald Trump is “human repellent spray for suburban voters who have a conservative disposition.” https://www.businessinsider.com/louisiana-defeat-shows-suburban-voters-abandoning-trump-2019-11
    “President Trump Bet Big This Election Year. Here’s Why He Lost : In Louisiana and Kentucky, Mr. Trump’s political pleas appeared to energize Democrats and political moderates as much as his own base, sending turnout in cities and suburbs soaring. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/17/us/politics/louisiana-governor-trump.html

  14. Puzzling Evidence™️ says:

    “Gordon Sondland made a LOT of news in his opening statement to the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. There was a quid pro quo between the Americans and the Ukrainains. Everybody in the White House knew about it. And the Ukrainians knew too.
    But there was one piece of Sondland’s testimony that didn’t get as much attention as it should have. Under questioning from Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-California) about the specific nature of the quid pro quo between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Sondland said this:
    “He had to announce the investigations. He didn’t actually have to do them, as I understood it.”
    Which, to be clear, means that in order for Zelensky to get the White House meeting he so coveted, he needed to simply announce that Ukraine was looking into Joe and Hunter Biden — despite there being no evidence of wrongdoing by either of them — as well as the whereabouts of the hacked Democratic National Committee server.
    Not conduct the investigation. Not prosecute anyone. Just announce it.”
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/21/politics/gordon-sondland-testimony/index.html

  15. Tweety pie says:

    Fox News: “Bolton returns to Twitter after resignation, accuses White House of blocking access to account” https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bolton-twitter-after-white-house-resignation-in-ominous-tweet
    “Bolton’s tweet appeared Friday amid a wide-ranging interview Trump gave on “Fox & Friends.” The president was asked whether he was involved in blocking Bolton’s Twitter account.
    “No, of course not,” Trump said. “I had a good relationship with John.”
    Later, Bolton tweeted again, adding: “We have now liberated the Twitter account, previously suppressed unfairly in the aftermath of my resignation as National Security Advisor. More to come…”

    John Bolton Verified account @AmbJohnBolton https://twitter.com/AmbJohnBolton
    Latest at 12:55 PM – 22 Nov 2019: “In full disclosure, the @WhiteHouse never returned access to my Twitter account. Thank you to @twitter for standing by their community standards and rightfully returning control of my account.”

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