3 thoughts on “Dig your own grave…

  1. 4theRecord says:

    President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser has upended the Senate impeachment trial, and new revelations from John Bolton’s draft book manuscript could turn the tide on whether senators call for witnesses. https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/27/politics/senate-impeachment-trial-trump-defense-day-2/index.html
    The President’s legal team resumes its second day of arguments at 1 p.m. ET Monday, but all of the attention will be focused on the Republican senators sitting in the chamber and how they react to Sunday night’s New York Times bombshell that Bolton’s draft manuscript says Trump told him US security assistance to Ukraine was conditioned on investigations into Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden. See https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/26/us/politics/trump-bolton-book-ukraine.html

  2. Shook says:

    “Trump lawyer Dershowitz argues president can’t be impeached for an act he thinks will help his re-election” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/01/30/alan-dershowitz-controversial-trump-impeachment-argument/4618461002/
    “President Trump’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz leaves Republicans no escape hatch. If they say there is not enough evidence of Trump’s impeachable acts, they must allow former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. If they say no facts matter, then they are saying as a matter of law that, “If a president does something, which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.” He can rig elections, have opponents jailed, anything to cling to power.
    This is a formula for authoritarian rule, one so contrary to the Framers’ intent and the presence of an impeachment clause one is tempted to laugh. However, this is no laughing matter for Republicans. They can be handmaidens to investing Trump with tyrannical powers, or they can find some other grounds on which to acquit him once they have heard the evidence. They cannot both reject Bolton and escape the import of Dershowitz’s frightening theory.”
    Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Op-Ed, Jan. 30, 2020 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/01/30/without-facts-republicans-must-buy-into-dershowitzs-authoritarian-vision/
    See also “John Bolton, it’s now or never” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/01/30/john-bolton-its-now-or-never/

  3. 4theRecord says:

    “GOP senators know Trump’s defense is based on lies. Here’s proof.” (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/01/30/gop-senators-know-trumps-defense-is-based-lies-heres-proof/
    “At a Senate hearing in 2016, a number of GOP senators who are still in office today sat in attendance during discussions of the Obama administration’s approach to Ukraine. At those hearings, officials and outside experts repeatedly discussed the need to remove the prosecutor in question — Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor general — describing this imperative as central to official U.S. policy.
    What’s more, Joe Biden’s own role in prompting this ouster came up repeatedly, and it was openly and explicitly discussed that the loan guarantees were being used as leverage to bring it about — as U.S. policy.
    None of this was treated as remotely controversial at the time.”
    “…As James Risen has detailed, in 2015, U.S. officials criticized the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office for failing to assist with a British investigation into Burisma’s owner, which cuts directly against the nonsense that this was a corrupt effort to help Burisma (or Hunter Biden).”
    See “I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down.” https://theintercept.com/2019/09/25/i-wrote-about-the-bidens-and-ukraine-years-ago-then-the-right-wing-spin-machine-turned-the-story-upside-down/

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