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    How sad that our country is now so divided that the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Presidential oath of office, the rule of law, the balance of powers and the integrity of our elections have become partisan issues. Democrats support all those things because they care about our nation. Republicans oppose all those things because all they care about is Emperor Trump and their party.

    House Intelligence Committee announces 8 additional witnesses for public impeachment hearings

    https://www.politico.com/news/2019/1...earings-000327

    'A big waste of time': Senate Republicans plan to ignore impeachment hearings

    https://www.politico.com/news/2019/1...earings-070347

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    Parnas and Fruman met with Trump at least ten times – and of course Trump lies and says he doesn't know who they are. Yeah, just like he didn't know who Stormy Daniels was and just like Michael Cohen was not his attorney but merely someone who did "a little work" for him. Parnas, Fruman, Trump and Giuliani were "thick as thieves," as the expression goes, and all four wanted Marie Yovanovitch removed from her post as ambassador to Ukraine because she stood in the way of Trump's attempts to pressure a foreign government into investigating the Bidens. Trump has betrayed his oath of office and he has betrayed the United States of America. Он предатель. Запереть его!

    Indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas says he and business partner Igor Fruman discussed Ukraine with Trump at donor dinner in April 2018, according to people familiar with his story

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...39d_story.html

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    Emperor Trump held up Congressionally-approved military aid and pressured Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and the completely debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in our 2016 election. In public testimony today, Ambassador Taylor said he was told by Gordon Sondland that "everything" depended upon Ukraine President Zelensky publicly announcing the launch of investigations. "My clear understanding is that Ukraine wouldn't get the money until they agreed to the investigations," Taylor testified.

    Adam Schiff noted, "These investigations were not in the national interest of the United States. However, they were in the interest of Donald Trump and they were in the interest of his 2020 re-election campaign." Republicans know they can't defend Trump's actions so instead they're attacking Taylor's credibility. They believe an ambassador would lie while under oath during an impeachment hearing. Of course they do. They would never dare consider Emperor Trump guilty of any wrongdoing.

    Ambassador Bill Taylor testifies Trump cared more about investigation of Bidens than Ukraine

    https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/11/13/pol...y-1/index.html

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    Alexander Hamilton said "the abuse or violation of some public trust" is an impeachable offense. Withholding military aid and pressuring a foreign government to investigate a political opponent constitutes a severe abuse of power and a violation of the Presidential oath of office.

    Republicans at today's impeachment hearing are attacking the inquiry as biased, attacking the witnesses as not credible and arguing over the definition of "quid pro quo" and the date when Ukraine knew aid was being withheld. What Republicans are not doing is acknowledging Trump's abuse of power. They're relying on the familiar Trump playbook: Divert, distract, distort, dispute and disparage. Emperor Trump's actions and motives must never be questioned.

    Editorial: The GOP is trying to distract you from key questions about Trump's behavior. Don't let them.

    https://www.latimes.com/opinion/stor...earings-public

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    Unlike the blindly loyal Republicans whose policy is "See no evil in Trump, hear no evil about Trump, speak no evil about Trump," former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart sees plenty wrong with Trump pressuring another country to interfere in our 2020 election.

    Analysis: Devastating statements against Trump
    Joe Lockhart, CNN, Nov 13 2019

    The opening statements from Bill Taylor and George Kent this morning were devastating to the President because of the two career diplomats' stature and the powerful way in which they delivered their remarks. It's almost impossible to dispute that there was a deal on the table that would trade the release of aid to Ukraine for Ukrainian investigations that would help Trump win the next election. It's indefensible behavior on the part of the President and I doubt Republicans will spend a lot of time trying to defend it.

    Perhaps the most significant testimony, though, was about US foreign policy. Both Kent and Taylor warned against abandoning our commitment to Ukraine as an important strategic ally. To do so would be the latest example of the President tilting US foreign policy in the direction of helping Russia at the expense of our traditional allies. Whether it was Trump's servile turn at the Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin last year, or his abandonment of our Kurdish allies in Syria or his trying to bully our allies into readmitting Russia to the G-8, the message has been clear. Both Kent and Taylor make the important point that it's not just abuse of power, it's the reorientation of US foreign policy toward Russia and against America's national interests.

    https://www.cnn.com/opinions/live-ne...8463d9c987d285

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    The day after Trump asked Ukraine's President for a "favor" – to dig up dirt on his likely 2020 opponent – Ambassador Sondland phoned Trump and told him the Ukrainians were "ready to move forward." US embassy staff member David Holmes overheard the call and will testify Friday before the House impeachment committees. Russian intelligence agents probably heard the call, too, since it was made on an ordinary unencrypted cellphone. But what does Donald Trump care about protocol and national security? His loyalty is to himself, Vladimir Putin and Russia (in that order).

    Ambassador Sondland's cellphone call to Trump from a Kyiv restaurant was a stunning breach of security, former officials say

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...say/ar-BBWIh4E

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    The day after Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, Gordon Sondland spoke with Trump via cellphone and informed him Ukraine is "ready to move forward" with investigations. When questioned by reporters yesterday, Trump said he doesn't remember the call, "not at all, not even a little bit." Yesterday we learned David Holmes overheard the call. Today we learn Suriya Jayanti also overheard the call. Holmes and Jayanti remember the call quite well. They won't lie about it like Trump does.

    AP source: 2nd US embassy official heard Trump call with Sondland

    https://apnews.com/6d318542e50b45dc9e1d4d829ad36c96

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    Sandy signed at least one of the letters authorizing a hold on Congressionally-approved military aid to Ukraine. Under whose orders was he acting? Did he know the reason for the withholding of aid? Sandy will be the first Office Of Management & Budget official to testify before House impeachment investigators. Mike Duffey, Sandy's superior, refused to comply with a subpoena to testify.

    Longtime career White House budget official Mark Sandy expected to break ranks, testify in impeachment inquiry

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-po...hment-inquiry/

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    Former FBI cyberintelligence expert Todd Carroll said "Ukraine is one of the most open areas for intelligence agencies to work in. Both sides. I was told when I was there in 2010, expect all your calls to be monitored." Russian agents regularly intercept phone calls and leak the details whenever the information learned will benefit Russia. It is likely they intercepted the Sondland-Trump call. Vladimir Putin must have been thrilled to learn his BFF Donald was interfering in Ukraine's politics and asking Ukraine to interfere in our politics.

    Russian spies likely intercepted Ambassador Sondland's cell phone call with Trump

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/14/polit...rns/index.html

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    Ambassador Sondland conveniently forgot to tell House impeachment investigators about his phone call to Trump. Donald Trump conveniently told reporters he doesn't even remember the call. Sondland and Trump could both be in a lot of trouble for violating security protocol for the sake of boosting Trump's re-election chances – and then for trying to cover up the call. Trump also tried to cover up his phone call to Volodymyr Zelensky. Lies and cover-ups are what doomed Richard Nixon's Presidency. By the way, Donald, Nixon says to tell you hello.

    Analysis: Cellphone call from Ukraine could compound Trump's troubles

    https://www.latimes.com/politics/sto...rumps-troubles

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