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Trump Is the Third President to Lie About Afghan War Success 17.1.2020 Truthout.com
A majority of veterans and civilians don't think the 18-year-long war was worth fighting. It's time to end the ...
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‘The fix is already in’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe accuses Trump and Bolton of Senate testimony conspiracy 16.1.2020 Raw Story
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough doesn’t trust John Bolton’s intentions when it comes to testifying before President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The “Morning Joe” host said he believes the former national security adviser has cut a behind-the-scenes deal with the White House on his offer to testify. “Forgive me for being cynical, but I think John Bolton […]
Nicolle Wallace thinks there may be 14 GOP senators who will vote for Bolton to testify 16.1.2020 Raw Story
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace suggested that as many as 14 Republican senators would vote to allow former National Security Advisor John Bolton to testify in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Wallace has known Bolton for almost 20 years and the two served together in the George W. Bush administration. “And I think too, to bring […]
Here’s what Trump doesn’t understand about the ‘deep state’ 15.1.2020 Raw Story
This seems like a strange moment to be writing about “the deep state” with the country entering a new phase of open and obvious aboveground chaos and instability. Just as we had gotten used to the fact that the president is, in effect, under congressional indictment, just as we had settled into a more or less […]
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Rand Paul vows to force vote on Biden’s testimony after GOP defectors clear way for impeachment witnesses 15.1.2020 Raw Story
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., threatened to force a vote to call Hunter Biden to testify at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as news broke that there are now enough Republican votes to support Democratic demands for witnesses. This article was originally published at Salon The White House expects at least four Republicans to defect and vote […]
Donald Trump Keeps Saying “Deep State.” It Doesn’t Mean What He Thinks It Means. 14.1.2020 Truthout.com
Donald Trump Keeps Saying “Deep State.” It Doesn’t Mean What He Thinks It Means.
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White House spokesman insists Bolton testimony would exonerate Trump — who will try to block it anyway 14.1.2020 Raw Story
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley insisted President Donald Trump wanted witness testimony in his impeachment trial, even as his attorneys prepare to claim executive privilege over that evidence. Gidley appeared Tuesday morning on “Fox & Friends,” where he claimed the president would be exonerated by those witnesses whose testimony he intended to block, […]
‘There is a real danger’ Bill Barr could get the courts to make Trump totally immune from oversight: Ex-DOJ official 13.1.2020 Raw Story
On Monday, The New Yorker profiled Attorney General William Barr, and identified him as the key figure behind the Trump administration’s ideological drive to concentrate power within the executive branch — a battle that has intensified as impeachment proceedings have heated up and is gearing up to play out in federal courts. “Barr maintains that […]
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Desperate Trump Calls Pelosi ‘Crazed Lunatic,’ Pretends He’d Love Witnesses He’s Blocking To Testify 12.1.2020 Crooks Liars
Just like Donald Trump claimed he “ would love” to release his tax returns if only he weren’t being audited (and is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to bar their release), he told a 100% credulous Laura Ingraham that he “would love” impeachment testimony from all the witnesses he’s blocking from testifying if only he didn’t care so much about executive privilege. During his softball interview with Laura Ingraham Friday night, Trump said this, without a peep of challenge from Ingraham: TRUMP: I would love everybody to testify. I like Mick [Mulvaney] to testify, I like Mike Pompeo to testify, I like Rick Perry to testify, I want everybody -- but there are things that you can’t do from the standpoint of executive privilege. You have to maintain that. So, we'll see where it all goes. But especially, a national security advisor [John Bolton] -- you can’t have him explaining all of your statements about national security concerning Russia, China, and North Korea -- everything -- we just can’t do ...
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Trump’s plan to bar Bolton from testifying by using executive privilege dismantled by ex-federal prosecutor 11.1.2020 Raw Story
Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne brushed aside Donald Trump’s assertion that he could bar former national security adviser John Bolton from testifying before Congress by claiming executive privilege. Speaking with host Geoff Bennett, Alksne pointed out that invoking executive privilege is not all-encompassing when it comes to criminal testimony. […]
Joe and Hunter Biden should call Trump’s bluff — and offer to testify 11.1.2020 Raw Story
Donald Trump just delivered a gift to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, if they’re savvy enough to take it. “I’m going to leave it to the Senate, but I’d like to hear from the whistleblower, I’d like to hear from shifty Schiff, I’d like to hear from Hunter Biden and Joe Biden,” Trump announced at […]
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Trump Tapes Bolton's Mouth Shut With Executive Privilege 11.1.2020 Crooks Liars
Former national security adviser John Bolton has offered to testify for Donald Trump’s impeachment trial if subpoenaed. The possibility that four Republican senators would break with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and call for Bolton to appear seems somewhat remote, though there is always the possibility that the House could renew its subpoena for Bolton and see if he would honor his commitment by speaking on the other end of Capitol Hill. But no matter what Bolton decides, Donald Trump made it clear on Friday that he intends to clamp a tiny hand over Bolton’s mustachioed mouth. In an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Trump explained again how anxious he is for the facts to really come out in his Senate trial, then pulled out his well-worn executive privilege card and declared he would stop Bolton from appearing . Trump announced that he wasn’t blocking Bolton’s potentially game-changing testimony because it might lead to defeat in 2020 or even an early moving van pulling up to 1600 ...
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Trump hammered for inventing new excuses to keep John Bolton from testifying before Congress 11.1.2020 Raw Story
On CNN Saturday, Axios reporter Margaret Talev tore apart President Donald Trump’s claim that he was invoking executive privilege against former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s testimony for the sake of “future presidents.” “When President Trump talks about the continuity in office and how things should be done and always should be done, how the […]
Voting Machine Makers Face Tough Questions from Congress 10.1.2020 Mother Jones
The heads of the country’s three largest election equipment vendors appeared before a congressional committee on Thursday for an unprecedented day of testimony. While they took pains to paint an overall positive picture of the state of U.S. election security, a group of election security experts who also appeared weren’t as optimistic, identifying significant security […]
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Congressional Republicans abandon constitutional heritage and Watergate precedents in defense of Trump 9.1.2020 The Moderate Voice

Republican lawmakers are seen as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) oversees a vote on the second article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives, Dec. 18, 2019. Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images Ken Hughes, University of Virginia Once, not so long ago, congressional Republicans were impeachment’s constitutional […]

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IMMINENT ATTACK (Cartoon, Column and Video) 9.1.2020 The Moderate Voice

John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security Adviser, now says he’ll testify during Trump’s impeachment trial if the Senate subpoenas him. Keep in mind, the Senate is controlled by Republicans who don’t want anything that even slightly resembles a fair trial. And what would happen if the Senate did send Bolton a subpoena? Bolton was in […]

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Congressional Republicans abandon constitutional heritage and Watergate precedents in defense of Trump 8.1.2020 Raw Story
Once, not so long ago, congressional Republicans were impeachment’s constitutional stalwarts. They stood up for the House of Representatives’ “sole power of impeachment,” a power granted in the Constitution, including the right to subpoena witnesses and evidence. Even when the president under investigation was a Republican. Even when the Republican political base threatened to turn […]
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Trump thought Suleimani’s death would personally benefit him — but it’s backfiring instead 7.1.2020 Raw Story
IT’S BECOMING CLEARER by the hour. There was no legitimate reason for Donald Trump to order the military assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani. This article was originally published at The Editorial Board The allegation that Soleimani was planning an offensive against Americans is turning out to be malarkey. That he deserved death isn’t reason […]
John Dean explains why Trump can’t use ‘executive privilege’ to shut down Bolton’s testimony 7.1.2020 Raw Story
On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” former Nixon White House counsel John Dean explained that if the Senate subpoenas former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump cannot use executive privilege to block the testimony — and drew on his own experience in Watergate. “In fact, it occurred to me it might […]
Pelosi won in battle to get John Bolton to answer questions before Congress: Conservative columnist 7.1.2020 Raw Story
Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin responded to the news that former National Security Advisor John Bolton would testify by announcing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) the winner of the ongoing battle between Congress and the executive branch. In a Monday column, Rubin speculated Bolton gave up “his ludicrous excuse to avoid testifying” after a […]
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