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    After Gordon Sondland donated $1,000,000 to Trump's inauguration, Trump appointed him Ambassador to the European Union. Just last month, Trump praised Sondland as "a really good man and great American." Today, Trump told reporters, "I don't know him very well." He's distancing himself after Sondland testified there was indeed a clear "quid pro quo" made at the "express direction" of Trump. Pompeo, Pence, Mulvaney and other officials were aware of it. The noose is tightening.

    Impeachment hearing live updates: Sondland says 'We followed the President's orders' on Ukraine

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...ine/ar-BBX2Rms

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    Sondland's self-preservation instinct has taken over. He now realizes it was wrong to lie to protect Donald Trump. As CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza notes, Sondland's testimony has destroyed the "no quid pro quo" argument of Trump and Republicans:

    Analysis: Gordon Sondland just saved himself – and jeopardized Donald Trump's Presidency

    https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/11/20/pol...quo/index.html

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    It's becoming increasingly difficult for the hosts at Fox News, a.k.a. The Trump Cheerleading Channel, to continue to support and defend the President.

    Fox News anchor Bret Baier says the latest impeachment witness testimony is 'very damaging' to the GOP

    https://www.businessinsider.com/fox-...ng-gop-2019-11

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    When you can't dispute the facts, attack the credibility of those who present the facts. I've watched enough episodes of Matlock and Perry Mason to know that tactic is not always effective.

    Republicans try to undercut ambassador who testified Ukraine quid pro quo came at Trump's 'express direction'

    https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-ne...-19/index.html

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    "Oh, the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round....."

    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace: Sondland just ran the bus over Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Giuliani and Mulvaney

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-ne...i-and-mulvaney

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    Emperor Trump lies. Emperor Trump lies constantly. When Emperor Trump says he wants "nothing," he is lying. He wants something.

    Trump keeps saying 'I want nothing.' Here's what's behind his new slogan.
    Marshall Cohen, CNN, Nov 20 2019 2:39 PM

    "I want nothing" seems to be Trump’s new mantra. He said it repeatedly in a gaggle with reporters today. He tweeted the phrase as well and re-tweeted Republican lawmakers who used the quote. And Republicans on the House Intel Committee are displaying a large sign with the quote ahead of the evening hearing with State Department official David Hale and Pentagon official Laura Cooper. Here's what it means: The phrase comes from Trump’s September 9 phone call with Gordon Sondland, when Sondland asked him what he wanted from Ukraine in exchange for lifting the freeze on US military assistance.

    "It was a very short, abrupt conversation," Sondland said. "He was not in a good mood. And he just said I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing." Despite the rhetoric, Trump's "I want nothing" mantra doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Sondland himself testified that there were conditions on official actions, like a White House invitation for Ukraine's new leader Volodymyr Zelensky. The conditions were that Zelensky publicly announce investigations into the Bidens and into conspiracies about the 2016 election.

    Other witnesses — like former White House aide Alexander Vindman and US diplomat Bill Taylor — testified that they understood that those public announcements needed to happen before the White House would release the military aid. Also, the "I want nothing" defense falls flat when compared with comments last month from White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaeny, who brazenly admitted that the military aid was withheld until Ukraine helped with the investigation into 2016. It could be a strong talking point – it's a simple phrase that Trump can inject into the conversation. But it’s not accurate.

    https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-ne...8555af5d2f24ed

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    Elie Honig was a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, 2004-12, and a prosecutor for the state of New Jersey, 2012-18. He now serves as general counsel to a law firm and writes legal anaylsis for CNN. Today he speculates that Trump now has only one way out of the Ukraine mess: blame Giuliani.

    Trump's defenses are almost entirely gone

    https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/11/20/opi...nig/index.html

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    We now know when Trump told Sondland to declare that Trump wanted no quid pro quo: it was after Trump learned of the whistleblower's complaint and after Trump had already demanded a quid pro quo. His "I want nothing" declaration was an attempt at damage control. It was also a lie.

    In an echo of Watergate and John Dean, an adviser points to Trump

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...ump/ar-BBX4hyB

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    Pompeo is a graduate of West Point and Harvard Law School. Pompeo heard the July 25 Trump-Zelensky phone call. Pompeo knew the quid pro quo offer was wrong: A United States President should not withhold Congressionally-approved military aid and demand a foreign country investigate American citizens. Pompeo knew it was wrong – but said nothing. Pompeo has also refused to submit documents subpoenaed by House impeachment investigators. Now there are calls for him to resign. He was reportedly planning to leave the State Department next year in order to run for the Senate in Kansas. Owing to his involvement in the Ukraine scandal, he may wind up leaving much sooner than he'd planned – and he shouldn't get his hopes up about winning a Senate seat.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is searching for a safe exit ahead of Senate run, GOP sources say

    https://time.com/5732232/mike-pompeo...un-state-exit/

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