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TOCB
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If you didn’t actually see this, you probably won’t believe it, but White House counsel is arguing that although the House has sole power to impeach and issue subpoenas related to impeachment, members of the House DO NOT have the authority to issue a subpoena, and that is why they advised trump that he didn’t have to honor a subpoena. No! Really! They said they take the position that the House has to have a vote from the full House in order to issue a subpoena, and that the Speaker of the House and the chairpersons of House committees don’t have the authority to issue a subpoena. No! Really!!!

TOCB
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I don’t know if there any republicans on this site, but if there are, I point them to the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. If you recall in that story, God told Abraham that He would not destroy Sodom if Abraham could find 50 righteous people. God continued to give Abraham the opportunity to find 45, then 40 and so on, down to 10 righteous people to save Sodom from destruction. God destroyed Sodom.

Fast forward to the 2018 midterm elections in the United States. Democrats THOUGHT they won the majority in the House in 2018 because of healthcare. I submit that they won because of trump. People voted against republicans in 2018 because they wanted to put people in office who would hold trump accountable, as they saw that republicans in the House were not only not holding him accountable, but they were indeed defending his actions.

Now we find ourselves in an environment where House Democrats have held trump accountable, but it is left to Senate republicans to do their part to AT LEAST have a real trial to convict or acquit trump. However, Senate republicans don’t want to allow any witnesses or evidence, not even the evidence submitted to them by the House. Senate Democrats are appealing to republicans for just four of them to vote in favor of a real trial. They are not asking for 53 Senate republicans, or even 50 or 40 or 30 or 20 or even 10. They only ask for four.

If the Senate stages a sham trial, the rule of law will no longer exist in the USA, and with the death of the rule of law, soon to follow that death will be the death of democracy in the United States of America, and Benjamin Franklin’s admonishment that the Constitutional Convention gave the people a republic, IF they could keep it, will have come full circle. THE END!!!

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+18%3A16-33&version=NIV

He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.

Kalima
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The coverup will be televised.

Kalima
Admin

That’s more times than I’ve yawned or thrown a slipper at my tv in as many years.

President Trump made 16,241 false or misleading claims in his first three years

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/01/20/president-trump-made-16241-false-or-misleading-claims-his-first-three-years/

Kalima
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Opinions
Trump’s lawyers shouldn’t be allowed to use bogus legal arguments on impeachment

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/01/19/trumps-lawyers-shouldnt-be-allowed-use-bogus-legal-arguments-impeachment/

TOCB
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It depends on how Chief Justice Roberts “presides” over the trial. In order for him to “preside” over a trial, there first has to be a trial. If McConnell stages a scam trial, the only thing Justice Roberts will get to “preside” over is a scam. I think it is up to Justice Roberts to allow McConnell to stage a scam trial, or not.

Kalima
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Can Roberts be trusted is the problem. If the vote to have witnesses is 50-50, he could be the tie breaker but would he do it, I don’t know.

Now Moscowmitch wants Bolton to testify in private if enough Senators vote to hear him. Everything about this trial is a coverup and corrupt. How can a sham trial benefit trump? His poll numbers are plummeting even with his own base and I think his aids are not telling this snowflake the truth. There is no truth on planet trump.

Their only defence is that trump was investigating Biden on the basis of national security when there is no proof and Biden was acting on the orders of Obama, the West, the IMF. Hunter didn’t join Burisma until 2 years after the removal of Shokin. Burisma was not being investigated at that time either.

It’s totally debunked hogwash. The Senate is on trial too after taking their oath.

TOCB
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I think the larger legal and constitutional question is does Roberts even have to allow a vote on witnesses. It might be a Senate rule to vote on witnesses, but nothing in the Constitution says that has to take place. In fact, the Constitution CLEARLY says that the chief justice will preside over the trial. From my perspective Roberts needs to exercise his understanding of what the Constitution means related to presiding over the trial, so the American people can understand the process.

Kalima
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Traitors and cowards united.

GOP senators considering ‘kill switch’ option should impeachment trial spiral out of control

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-trial-republican-senators-kill-switch-mcconnell

Dead wrong. The scathing Dem rebuttal to trump’s legal brief.

https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/in_re_president_trump_house_impeachment_replication_1.20.20.pdf

Kalima
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How Trump fused his business empire to the presidency

As Trump kicks off his fourth year as president with an impeachment trial tied to his actions involving Ukraine, critics say the president has yet to face accountability for blatant conflicts of interest tied to his private businesses.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/20/trump-businesses-empire-tied-presidency-100496

Khirad
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Some thoughts after watching a recent Doctor Who referencing climate change:

I don’t understand the whole hullabaloo about climate change.

 Do I deny the science? No. Do I understand island nations like The Maldives are in peril? Yes.

 Do I live in the Sonoran Desert and have I seen it? Perhaps anecdotally. 

What I have to say is so heterodox though. I’ve seen the ozone heal a little, I’ve seen the oceans adapt to spills. 

But for nothing. I’ve seen mines in Montana to Arizona fill the water table with toxic sludge. 

We all know about Flint, Michigan. We still endure. 

Should we do something? Yes.

 I guess I’m just more worried about us killing ourselves before we kill the planet, or any Mad Max scenario.

 Not as if those things are mutually exclusive.

 The hysteria and branding is more what irks me. Like, this isn’t going to happen right away. 

Don’t get me wrong, it has started, and will continue, but I just don’t get worked up about it.

 And I grew up watching Captain Planet! There are so many levels of irony I’m arguing with myself.

Kalima
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Interesting read.

The Fog of Rudy
Did he change — or did America?

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/15/magazine/rudy-giuliani.html

Kalima
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His crime? He won’t work for the Kremlin. Can’t upset Vlad when he’s working so hard to get him elected for the second time to divide the nation.

NSC official on leave pending investigation

https://www.axios.com/nsc-official-on-leave-investigation-2a5bd356-0927-46e1-b175-8a0a45877461.html

Jennifer Jacobs

@JenniferJJacobs
NEW: The top Russia expert on Trump’s National Security Council, Andrew Peek, has left his post, just a couple months in, sources tell me, @nwadhams and @justinsink.

That’s the Fiona Hill, Tim Morrison, Russia/Ukraine job.

Peek was escorted from WH on Friday. Story out soon.

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10:50 AM – Jan 19, 2020

TOCB
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Congressional republicans and trump continue to jeopardize the national security of the U.S. and our allies every day they are in control of our government.

Kalima
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Like every other agency, including the depleted State Dept, this is trump and bannon’s plan to tear down institutions not to rebuild them but to have absolute power over all of them. He can’t be allowed to continue. He has to be defeated in November. Everyone who can vote, must vote to remove him permanently. It’s their duty not only for America but for the whole world and the rest of us holding our breath out here.

Kalima
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Wishful thinking with these corrupted repubs. History and voters will condemn them.

House Democrats say Senate ‘must eliminate the threat’ that the president poses to national security

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-democrats-say-senate-must-eliminate-the-threat-that-the-president-poses-to-americas-national-security/2020/01/18/c845ec04-3a03-11ea-bb7b-265f4554af6d_story.html

Kalima
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TOCB
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Parnas is expressing the same sentiment Michael Cohen expressed about trump AFTER Cohen was indicted. I guess better late than never, but of course republicans will promote that Cohen and Parnas are only doing these things to reduce their prison time, which is no doubt their primary motivation. However, that does not make their confessions untrue, especially when they have the “receipts”.

Kalima
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One former gop congressman stated that Parnas is credible and telling the truth. Trump is scared as he should be and they will never let him testify in the trial. Still, he can testify in the House and they will make it public. We will know a lot more soon. None of it will be good for the criminals in the WH.

Kalima
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Proud to be this ignorant. It’s not his money.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

A massive 200 Billion Dollar Sea Wall, built around New York to protect it from rare storms, is a costly, foolish & environmentally unfriendly idea that, when needed, probably won’t work anyway. It will also look terrible. Sorry, you’ll just have to get your mops & buckets ready!

Kalima
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Weak effort from a bunch of disreputable lawyers carrying loads of unsavoury baggage themselves. Guilty as charged.

Legal Team Denies Impeachment Charges in First Official Response

In a six-page letter formally responding to the impeachment charges, President Trump’s lawyers rejected the case against him as illegitimate and called the effort to remove him dangerous.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/18/us/politics/house-trump-impeachment.html

TOCB
Member

Their claim that abuse of power is not a crime is almost comical. Not only is it a crime, but it is a HIGH CRIME that only those in power can commit. I can’t abuse the power of the presidency, simply because I am not the president. Only the president can abuse the power of the presidency. That is WHY it is a HIGH CRIME that was included in the Constitution BEFORE any statutes became statutes.

As I said, ALMOST COMICAL!!!

Kalima
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Douche-o-Witz is a nut job looking for a few minutes of fame and trump likely has something on him that includes Epstein’s crimes. Starr is a bloody hypocrite, a has been, and the rest of them are inept and couldn’t punch themselves out of a paper bag. It will be a spectacle when the real lawyers on the other side state their case. They won’t let trump speak because he’s a coward, too ignorant, and would convict himself in the first 15 minutes. There is no defence for his crimes, and trying to rewrite the Constitution won’t work.

About Clinton in 98’.

Laurence Tribe

@tribelaw
[email protected] comments on impeachment on Larry King Live, 8/24/98
01:41:04 DERSHOWITZ: “It certainly doesn’t have to be a crime if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president and who abuses trust and who poses great danger to our liberty.”

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7:48 AM – Jan 20, 2020

Khirad
Member

I’ve been wanting to ask my lawyer friend about Douche-o-Witz [great minds – who didn’t think of it?]. On an ancillary note, WTF with Turley?

Kalima
Admin

Watching Turley over the years I think he just enjoys his tv bites so he can play the contrarian on the panel. The fact that other constitutional scholars always disagree with him doesn’t faze him a bit. I would rather take the word of Laurence Tribe over all of them.

Trump now has the legal team who worked on the sweetheart deal for Epstein. Fitting for another sexual predator.

SueInCa
Member

Sorry Adlib, I got to Vox too late. I will try again next week.

Khirad
Member

Yeah, second that. I have my moods.

SueInCa
Member

LOL, I need to write things down. I think I need a memo board above my design table.

AdLib
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No worries, Sue! Look forward to seeing you there next Friday night!

SueInCa
Member

I do plan to be there.