(Washington, DC-AP) – The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing President Trump of “witness intimidation, in real time.”
During a break in testimony in the latest public House impeachment hearing, California Democrat Adam Schiff suggested that a tweet from Trump, during the hearing, was designed to have a chilling effect on witness testimony. Trump attacked testimony from former U.S.-Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
Trump tweeted, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.” Asked to respond to the tweet, Yovanovitch defended her long service as a U.S. diplomat. She said — “I actually think that where I’ve served over the years, I and others have demonstrably made things better, for the U.S. as well as for the countries that I’ve served in.”
Yovanovitch also said it is important for Ukraine to “move out of Russia’s orbit.” The veteran diplomat said Russian influences have fueled considerable corruption in Ukraine. She alleged that “foreign and corrupt interests” have “hijacked” U.S.-Ukraine policy. She also argued that the State Department has been “hollowed out from within.”
Yovanovitch was recalled earlier this year after running afoul of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was conducting unofficial diplomacy in Ukraine. Giuliani was pressuring Ukraine to launch an investigation of Democrats.
(Washington, DC) – Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is appearing to confirm that the Trump Administration withheld military aid to Ukraine partly over a request to open an investigation into a debunked conspiracy theory of the DNC server.
He said it was one of three conditions for the release of the money.
Mulvaney said politics always influences policy. House Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry over President Trump asking Ukraine’s president for favors, including that nation’s involvement in the 2016 election and looking into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
President Trump has said there was no quid pro quo. Mulvaney, however, said this is business as usual in foreign policy.
(Washington, DC-AP) — A second whistleblower is coming forward in the Ukraine scandal. Attorneys representing the first whistleblower whose complaint about President Trump’s dealings with the Ukraine confirmed to NBC News today they represent “multiple” clients.
Attorney Andrew Bakaj said his firm is working with the whistleblowers in connection with the August 12th disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General.
The original complaint triggered an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats into claims the President pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his Democratic political rival Joe Biden and his son.
Trump calls the impeachment inquiry a hoax.
(Washington, DC-AP) – A Washington attorney says his law firm is representing a second whistleblower with first-hand knowledge of President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
The lawyer said today the second whistleblower has spoken with the intelligence community’s inspector general.
A complaint filed by the first whistleblower is the basis for an impeachment inquiry into claims Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his Democratic rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
(AP) – House Democrats pursing an impeachment inquiry against President Trump are issuing a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
As part of the probe, the Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees are demanding documents concerning the administration’s contacts with the Ukrainian government.
The inquiry follows a whistleblower complaint that Trump asked for a political favor from Ukraine’s new president. Lawmakers are investigating whether Trump’s actions jeopardized national security and the U.S. elections process.
(Des Moines, IA-AP) – Former Vice President Joe Biden is calling the latest news about President Trump “outrageous.”
Multiple media are reporting that Trump repeatedly asked leaders in the Ukraine to launch an investigation in Biden’s son, who worked there as a lobbyist.
Biden says Trump displays constant abuses of power never seen before in any American president and he should be investigated. Biden is also calling on Trump to release the transcript of his call with the Ukrainian president.
(Washington, DC-AP) — Articles of impeachment against President Trump are being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Al Green filed the articles Tuesday despite objections by Democratic leaders.
Still, a number of Democrats have called for beginning impeachment proceedings. One reason is it will give more teeth as they battle the Trump administration in courts over the White House refusals to comply with subpoenas.
Under the Constitution the House starts impeachment proceedings. If a majority vote that the president has committed “treason, bribery, or other high crimes” they can start hearings. Then a majority would have to vote to impeach the president.
In that case, the U.S. Senate would hold a trial. It would take two-thirds vote of the Republican-controlled Senate to remove the President from office. Only two presidents have been impeached in U.S. history. Andrew Johnson was the first in 1868, followed by Bill Clinton in 1998 and ’99. Neither was removed from office. Proceedings against Richard Nixon were underway when he resigned before a vote to impeach.
(Washington, DC-AP) -Special Counsel Robert Mueller says charging President Trump with obstruction of justice was not an option due to a longstanding Justice Department policy; but that doesn’t mean he’s innocent.
The policy states that a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while in office. Speaking at the department today, Mueller said if he had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, he would have said so. Mueller also announced that he is formally stepping down as special counsel. He did not take questions.
Meantime, Mueller is negotiating with the House Judiciary Committee. He wants to testify behind closed doors while Democrats who run the committee want a full, public hearing.
In a tweet, Dem hopeful Corey Booker said Mueller’s statement makes it clear — Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler also released a statement saying it falls to lawmakers to “respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump.” He argued that no one is above the law, including the President
(Washington, DC) – Michael Cohen told the American people what most already knew and believed prior to Donald Trump’s personal attorney speaking before the country.
Donald Trump has not been truthful and as Michael Cohen ripped his former boss in explosive testimony before the House Oversight Committee today, Cohen called Donald Trump a conman, a cheat and a racist.
Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer said he is ashamed of taking part in Trump’s “illicit acts.” He also called himself ashamed of his own “weakness and misplaced loyalty.” Cohen said Trump was aware that longtime ally Roger Stone was talking to WikiLeaks about hacked Democratic emails, inflating financial records to insurance companies and most importantly paying a series of checks worth 35k to reimburse Cohen for the money he had used to pay Stormy Daniels and then put the money under the guise of campaign finances.
Cohen also said Trump inflated his net worth by four-billion dollars to try and purchase the Buffalo Bills. Speaking today before the House Oversight Committee, Michael Cohen filed financial documents that Trump submitted during his 2014 attempt to buy the NFL team. The documents submitted to a bank show Trump’s net worth for 2011 through 2013, but the third report included an additional four-billion dollars in so-called “brand value” that the others did not have. Cohen said Trump inflated and deflated his total assets when it “served his purposes.”
Cohen is headed to prison for lying to Congress, tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Donald Trump could be sharing the cell next door depending on the next steps that could be taken. Suddenly, the sound of ‘Impeachment’ is roaring
(Washington, DC-AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not ruling out the possibility of impeaching President Trump. The California Democrat told NBC’s “Today” show the decision will depend on the outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Pelosi said impeachment would be very divisive for the nation. But she added, Democrats should not endorse it or avoid it simply for political reasons. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway responded to the remarks by calling them “unfortunate,” adding that President Trump is not worried about possible impeachment.