Archiv: CIA White House whistleblower affair / congressional impeachment inquiry / impeachment / 2019-2020


26.10.2020 - 09:12 [ Axios.com ]

Scoop: Trump’s post-election execution list

If President Trump wins re-election, he’ll move to immediately fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and also expects to replace CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, two people who’ve discussed these officials‘ fates with the president tell Axios.

The big picture: The list of planned replacements is much longer, but these are Trump’s priorities, starting with Wray.

26.10.2020 - 09:03 [ theHill.com ]

Trump has list of top intelligence officials he’ll fire if he wins reelection: report

President Trump plans to fire several top officials in the national security sphere should he win reelection in November, Axios reported Sunday.

The president plans to fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper, CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray, two people familiar with his decisionmaking told the news outlet. White House officials declined to comment on personnel matters.

06.02.2020 - 08:05 [ theHill.com ]

Senate acquits Trump, ending impeachment saga

The Senate on Wednesday acquitted President Trump on two impeachment charges surrounding his dealings with Ukraine, ending the historic, months-long battle over the president’s fitness to remain in office and leaving his fate to the voters who will head to the polls just nine months from now.

06.02.2020 - 08:03 [ Tagesschau ]

Impeachment: Freispruch für Trump in allen Punkten

Das Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen US-Präsident Trump ist gescheitert: Der republikanisch dominierte Senat lehnte alle Anklagepunkte gegen ihn ab. Trump sprach von einem „Sieg über den Impeachment-Schwindel“.

01.02.2020 - 07:23 [ Washington Post ]

Senate set to acquit Trump next week after bid for witnesses in impeachment trial is defeated

In declining to add to the case presented by House Democrats, the Senate delivered a victory for the White House that all but guaranteed that Trump will remain in office. With a final vote on the articles of impeachment set for Wednesday at 4 p.m., Democrats argued that Trump’s expected acquittal will be illegitimate, an acknowledgment of their looming defeat.

01.02.2020 - 02:50 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Is Impeachment Officially OVER?; Bernie Leads; DNC Bends the Knee To Bloomberg

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31.01.2020 - 23:57 [ theHill.com ]

Senate rejects impeachment witnesses, setting up Trump acquittal

Senate Republicans rejected a mid-trial effort to call witnesses and documents on Friday, paving the way for President Trump’s acquittal on two articles of impeachment passed by the House.

31.01.2020 - 14:27 [ LA Times ]

Impeachment trial likely to end quickly after key Republican says he’ll vote against witnesses

Democrats’ hopes for witnesses dwindled when one of the few Republicans still weighing the issue, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, announced he would not join Democrats on Friday when the vote on witnesses is expected to take place.

31.01.2020 - 14:16 [ Washington Post ]

Senate appears ready to reject witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, acquittal vote possible Friday

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was considered a possible supporter of allowing testimony, but he announced Friday that he’s ready to end the trial even though he found Trump’s behavior “inappropriate” and leave the president’s fate in the hands of voters during the upcoming election.

“Let the people decide,” he said in a statement.

31.01.2020 - 05:53 [ Tagesschau ]

Abstimmung im Senat: Impeachment-Ende vor dem Super Bowl?

(30.01.2020)

Die Republikaner drücken nun auf’s Tempo: Vermutlich werden sie morgen bereits abstimmen lassen, Trump mit ihrer Mehrheit entlasten und das Impeachment pünktlich zum Super-Bowl-Wochenende beerdigen. Damit dürfte auch John Bolton, Trumps gefeuerter Sicherheitsberater und der letzte Hoffnungsträger der Demokraten, nicht mehr gehört werden.

31.01.2020 - 05:25 [ Fox News ]

‚GAME OVER,‘ Trump declares, as old Bolton, Schiff videos surface amid Senate impeachment trial

(30.01.2020)

Obama separately had said that Bolton „bullies, marginalizes and undermines those who do not agree with him.“ Other prominent Democrats agreed with him at the time.

Bolton himself had admitted in the past that he would be more than willing to lie if he felt it was in the nation’s best interest.

“If I had to say something I knew was false to protect American national security, I would do it,“ Bolton said in an interview with Fox Business in 2010.

31.01.2020 - 05:12 [ Washington Post ]

Trump lawyer Pat Cipollone was a camera-shy Washington Everyman — until impeachment made him a star

His recent client list has included the construction giant Bechtel, Sony Entertainment Group and the Recording Industry of America. He also once served on a legal team for Johnny Depp in a lawsuit against one of the actor’s previous attorneys.

Over the years, Cipollone naturally fell in with the city’s circle of well-connected Catholics, like-minded influencers with firm positions on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

“Pat puts biblical perspectives on everything,” said former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).

31.01.2020 - 04:56 [ ORF.at ]

Entscheidender Tag im Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen Trump

Das Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen US-Präsident Donald Trump im US-Senat steuert auf eine wichtige Entscheidung zu: Die Senatoren werden heute darüber entscheiden, ob sie im Impeachment-Prozess neue Zeugenaussagen zulassen. Scheitern die oppositionellen Demokraten mit ihrer Forderung nach Zeugenvorladungen, könnte der Prozess gegen Trump noch in dieser Woche enden.

31.01.2020 - 04:54 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Senators Mount Final Bid to Sway Vote on Witnesses

The fate of Democrats’ push to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump remained uncertain on the eve of the pivotal Senate vote, which could either pave the way to his prompt acquittal or introduce potentially dramatic testimony.

30.01.2020 - 16:55 [ ABC News / Twitter ]

Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz: „If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.“

30.01.2020 - 16:53 [ MSNBC ]

Trump lawyers make shocking claim of monarchical executive powers

Rachel Maddow and an MSNBC panel react to the argument by Donald Trump’s lawyers that as long as Trump believes his reelection is good for the country, anything he does in furtherance of that goal is not impeachable.

28.01.2020 - 12:13 [ Washington Post ]

If senators fail to call Bolton, their trial is a farce

LAST WEEK, senators trying the impeachment charges against President Trump did not know for sure whether former national security adviser John Bolton could answer outstanding questions about the case. Now they know.

28.01.2020 - 12:09 [ LA Times ]

Column: Trump says Bolton is a disgruntled liar. Let him testify under oath so we can find out

“I’m with the Bush-Cheney team, and I’m here to stop the count.”

Those words were bellowed by John Bolton in a Tallahassee library in December of 2000, when he was part of a team of Republican lawyers trying to stop the Florida recount of votes cast in the Bush-Gore race. Until now, it was the most famous utterance President Trump’s former national security advisor had ever made.

28.01.2020 - 12:06 [ Washington Post ]

Bolton book roils Washington as onetime allies turn on Trump’s former national security adviser

People close to Bolton said he wanted to testify, and a spokeswoman denied that he was behind the leak of the book, adding that the National Security Council has had a copy of it since Dec. 30.

28.01.2020 - 12:02 [ NPR.org ]

Trump Lawyers Ready For Final Day Of President’s Impeachment Defense

Shortly before winding down Monday night’s arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz addressed the elephant in the room: whether potential testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton would alter the course of the proceeding.

27.01.2020 - 09:22 [ ForeignAffairs.com ]

The Imperial Presidency Is Alive and Well

Don’t Mistake Impeachment for a Congressional Effort to Claw Back Power

26.01.2020 - 04:15 [ David Swanson / Twitter ]

How is the Senate getting away with not voting on a privileged Iran war powers resolution introduced on January 3rd by @TimKaine and is @TimKaine planning to say anything about it?

26.01.2020 - 04:14 [ theHill.com ]

Why neither side is really trying to win this Trump impeachment trial

Both sides seem to be striving for the constitutional equivalent of a hung jury, not enough votes for either a bipartisan acquittal or conviction, simply the status quo. What is different is that you usually do not actually hang the jury in a hung jury strategy.

25.01.2020 - 12:38 [ CBS News ]

Sanders on health care, Biden and impeachment…

In an interview with „CBS Evening News“ anchor Norah O’Donnell, Senator Bernie Sanders addressed questions about his health care plan, his criticism of Joe Biden and the impeachment trial.

25.01.2020 - 07:38 [ theHill.com ]

Sanders says it’s ‚disappointing‘ he’s not on campaign trail in Iowa

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday called it „disappointing“ that he is not on the campaign trail in Iowa in the final weeks before the caucuses due to the ongoing impeachment trial.

“Obviously, when we were planning out our schedule, trust me, we were not expecting to be in Washington this week,“ Sanders said in an interview airing Friday on „CBS Evening News.“

24.01.2020 - 22:34 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

Senators forced to leave campaign trail for impeachment trial l ABC News

(21.01.2020)

Four Democratic senators, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are on Capitol Hill for Trump’s trial as the remaining candidates in Iowa campaign ahead of the caucuses.

24.01.2020 - 22:30 [ theHill.com ]

Impeachment throws curveball in Iowa to sidelined senators

With their candidates stuck in Washington for the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, campaign staffers, organizers and surrogates for Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are under pressure to help make closing arguments before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

The trial kicked off this week and will keep senators in session for six days a week, although it’s set to end early afternoon on Saturday, allowing the 2020 Senate candidates to travel to Iowa for the weekend.

24.01.2020 - 06:12 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country

“President Trump abused his authority as commander-in-chief and chief diplomat to benefit himself,” Schiff said. “And he betrayed the interests of the American people when he did so.“

Exhibit A in their recounting was a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, ….

22.01.2020 - 19:41 [ ORF.at ]

Senat einigt sich auf Impeachment-Regeln

Fast 13 Stunden hat die erste inhaltliche Sitzung des Senats zum Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen US-Präsident Donald Trump gedauert. Erst in der letzten Stunde der bis in die Nacht auf Mittwoch (Ortszeit) dauernden Sitzung gab es die Einigung auf das weitere Prozedere. Die Republikaner zeigten deutlich, wer im Senat das Sagen hat.

22.01.2020 - 19:32 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

The Senate Adopted GOP Rules In The Impeachment Trial After Heated Debate. | MSNBC

The Senate adopted GOP rules in the impeachment trial after heated debate. Chuck Todd summarizes the night by saying, “At times it did seem like we were watching two different trials: the Democrats focusing on the substance of their case, the White House team focusing on attacking the process.” Aired on 01/22/20.

22.01.2020 - 05:04 [ theHill.com ]

Watch live: Trump’s impeachment trial begins in Senate

President Trump’s impeachment trial will officially begin in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. The Senate will vote on a resolution that sets up the rules, including how long the proceedings will last and how long everyone will have to speak.

21.01.2020 - 18:30 [ Washington Post ]

Trump’s lawyers, Senate GOP allies work privately to ensure Bolton does not testify publicly

President Trump’s legal defense team and Senate GOP allies are quietly gaming out contingency plans should Democrats win enough votes to force witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial, including an effort to keep former national security adviser John Bolton from the spotlight, according to multiple officials familiar with the discussions.

18.01.2020 - 10:21 [ theHill.com ]

Pompeo to investigate charges of surveillance against Yovanovitch

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said he will investigate allegations that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was under surveillance by private American citizens intent on her removal from Kyiv and possibly threatening harm.

18.01.2020 - 10:03 [ CNN ]

New documents from Lev Parnas show more texts about possible surveillance of former US ambassador to Ukraine

The Belgian country-code number sends Hyde a screenshot of an official photo of Yovanovitch. The Belgium number, whose identity is not known, writes „My contacts are checking,“ adding, „I will give you the address next week.“
Hyde replied, „Awesome.“
In another series of texts, the Belgian number tells Hyde at 2:05 p.m., „Nothing has changed she is still not moving they check today again,“ shortly adding, „It’s confirmed we have a person inside.“

16.01.2020 - 23:11 [ LA Times ]

Chief justice, senators sworn in as Senate begins historic impeachment trial of Trump

The Senate on Thursday formally convened to begin considering articles of impeachment against President Trump in the third impeachment trial in American history.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the entire Senate were sworn in, promising to apply “impartial justice” as they consider over at least the next two weeks whether the two articles approved by the House in December warrant removing the president from office.

16.01.2020 - 00:45 [ MSNBC ‏/ Twitter ]

„To say this is rare is an understatement.“ ⁠— Fmr. federal prosecutor Berit Berger reacts to the announcement that Giuliani associate Lev Parnas will speak out on @maddow tonight.

16.01.2020 - 00:44 [ MSNBC ]

Parnas, ‚on the hook criminally,‘ makes surprising choice to give TV interview: MSNBC legal analyst

Berit Berger and Maya Wiley, both formerly of the Southern District of New York, react to the news that Giuliani associate Lev Parnas is being interviewed by Rachel Maddow.

16.01.2020 - 00:35 [ MSNBC ]

New York Times looks at Rudy Giuliani then and now

How did Rudy Giuliani go from America’s mayor the man he is today? Jonathan Mahler digs for answers in his latest piece for the New York Times magazine, and he joins Morning Joe to discuss.

16.01.2020 - 00:31 [ Washington Post ]

All roads lead to Giuliani

Text messages and documents provided to Congress by Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas show Giuliani’s efforts to get material in Ukraine he could use to attack President Trump’s Democratic opponents.

16.01.2020 - 00:19 [ CBS News ]

Giuliani says he has „no idea“ about efforts to track ex-Ukraine ambassador

In a lengthy conversation with CBS News on Wednesday, Giuliani denied having knowledge of any efforts to keep tabs on Yovanovitch, who was abruptly recalled from her post amid fears for her safety, according to her earlier congressional testimony.

16.01.2020 - 00:11 [ theHill.com ]

Sanders calls for investigation into possible surveillance of Yovanovitch

“It is outrageous that the President’s personal lawyers appear to have directed the surveillance of a U.S. ambassador. This must be fully investigated as the Senate conducts the impeachment trial,” Sanders tweeted Wednesday. “We have a responsibility to hold this lawless administration to account.”

16.01.2020 - 00:05 [ CNN ]

READ: Documents from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas released by House impeachment investigators

Read the documents here:

15.01.2020 - 23:59 [ NPR.org ]

New Lev Parnas Documents Suggest U.S. Ambassador Was Under Surveillance In Ukraine

A lawyer for former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is calling for an investigation after materials released Tuesday night as part of the impeachment inquiry suggested she was under surveillance by individuals linked to President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

That detail was among a trove of documents provided by Giuliani associate Lev Parnas that were made public by the House Intelligence Committee late Tuesday.

15.01.2020 - 23:55 [ MSNBC ]

Shocking new evidence released in Trump impeachment case

House impeachment investigators turned over shocking evidence from Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate who is awaiting trial on campaign finance charges. The emails, text messages and documents appear to show the president’s connection to Parnas and the general Ukraine plot.

15.01.2020 - 02:40 [ theHill.com ]

War powers fight in Senate runs squarely into impeachment

Senate Democrats hoping to rein in President Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran secured majority support Tuesday for Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) war powers resolution, but the timing of the measure is now in flux.

In a procedural snafu, Democrats won’t be able to force a vote on the measure until Tuesday at the earliest — the same day the Senate is expected to start Trump’s impeachment trial.

14.01.2020 - 17:51 [ theHill.com ]

House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate

Pelosi did not announce at Tuesday morning’s House Democratic Caucus meeting which lawmakers will serve as prosecutors — also known as impeachment managers — in the Senate trial.

But the resolution slated to hit the House floor on Wednesday is expected to name the impeachment managers.

13.01.2020 - 06:08 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats scramble to rein in Trump’s Iran war powers

Lawmakers looking to limit Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran face a tight time frame with little room for error after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced she will send the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week. Once the trial begins, all legislation is expected to be delayed for weeks.

But a resolution from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) can come to the Senate floor as soon as Tuesday morning, and he has been trying to win over the four GOP votes needed, in addition to every Democratic senator, to get to 51 votes.

12.01.2020 - 00:46 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal & Saagar: Pelosi’s impotence on full display with War Power, Impeachment failure

Krystal & Saagar: Pelosi’s impotence on full display with War Power, Impeachment failure

04.01.2020 - 13:34 [ Daily Beast ]

Trump’s Biggest Fox News Boosters Suddenly Stop Railing Against ‘Deep State’ Intelligence

Incessant Fox griping over the “deep state” has been replaced by sober pleas that the U.S. intelligence community’s findings should be taken seriously.

01.01.2020 - 10:44 [ msnbc.com ]

Report: Rudy Giuliani’s shadow policy efforts extended to Venezuela

New reporting by The Washington Post reveals that Rudy Giuliani was conducting shadow foreign policy in locations other than Ukraine. The president’s personal lawyer was conducting business in Venezuela to try and ease President Nicolás Maduro from power.

28.12.2019 - 11:53 [ Teresa Whitaker ‏/ Twitter ]

Dems appear to give up on John Bolton testimony, say they won’t subpoena after he blows off impeachment deposition – New York Daily News. Democrats didn’t even Subpoena John Bolton but now Demand ⁦⁦@senatemajldr⁩ and Republican Senate do it

28.12.2019 - 11:50 [ CNN ]

Biden reiterates that he won’t testify in a Senate impeachment trial

When asked if defying a congressional subpoena could create the appearance that he is above the law, Biden held that his testimony would enable the President to „get away“ from the trial’s focus.

27.12.2019 - 16:14 [ Radio Utopie ]

Wag the Russki

(11.April 2017)

am 30. März gibt die U.S.-Regierung von Donald Trump, wegen interner Machtkämpfe in Washinton im Zuge einer Spionage-Affäre und Ermittlungen des F.B.I. gegen den amtierenden Präsidenten wegen vermeintlicher Beeinflussung der Präsidenschaftswahl durch Russland schwer unter Druck, nach sechs Jahren Krieg und Hunderttausenden von Toten den Umsturzversuch in Syrien auf. Entsprechende Erklärungen erfolgen durch U.S.-Außenminister Rex Tillerson und die U.S.-Botschafterin bei den Vereinten Nationen, Nikki Haley.

Dann, am 4. April, nur einen Tag nach einem Attentat in St. Petersburg (nach welchem der russische Geheimdienst F.S.B. den zuvor beobachteten Kopf eines zentralasiatischen Einzelgängers aus der Tasche des „Selbstmordattentats“ zieht) und zeitgleich zum Beginn einer von „Europäischer Union“ und „Vereinte Nationen“ in Brüssel organisierten Syrien-Konferenz der Invasionsmächte mit rechtschaffenden Vertretern von insg. 70 Staaten, auf der die Bundesregierung nach 2,3 Milliarden Euro weitere 1,169 Milliarden Euro zur Verfügung stellt – „für die Opfer des syrischen Bürgerkriegs“ – tut jemand, wieder einmal, den Invasoren den denkbar größten Gefallen zu derem denkbar günstigsten Zeitpunkt.

Aus der syrischen Stadt Khan Sheikhoun (Ḫān Šayḫūn, Chan Schaichun) vermelden Propaganda-Stellen der Invasoren einen Angriff mit Giftgas bzw Chemiewaffen. 24 Stunden lang schweigen Regierung und Militär der Russischen Föderation und sondern dann unglaubwürdige, ausweichende Erklärungen und für die Propaganda der Invasoren leicht zu wiederlegende Lügen ab.

Belege für den tatsächlichen Ablauf der Geschehnisse müssen die Invasoren nicht vorlegen, da die russische Seite keine Gegenbeweise zu den entsprechenden Vorwürfen vorlegt, trotz aller vorhandenen Kapazitäten der Militäraufklärung. Stattdessen spielen Militär und Regierung der Föderation „dummer Russki, böser Russki!“, stellen sich als Sandsack zur Verfügung und spielen so den Kriegstreibern und einer weiteren Eskalation der Geschehnisse direkt in die Hände.

Einen Tag nach dem vermeintlichen oder tatsächlichen Massaker in Khan Sheikhoun stellt sich am 5. April der aus Russland mit so viel Hoffnung erwartete neue Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten, ex-Showmaster und Milliardär Donald Trump, zusammen mit dem König von Jordanien vor die Presse und dreht sich um 180 Grad wieder auf Kriegskurs – nicht nur gegen Syrien, sondern auch gegen den Iran, den er gleich mehrfach erwähnt. Gleichzeitig wird der Nationale Sicherheitsrat entsprechend umgebaut, der Machtkampf zwischen widerstrebenden Kräften in der U.S.-Administration zugunsten des geheimdienstlich-militärischen Komplexes entschieden und die Spionage-Affäre faktisch niedergeschlagen.

Es ergibt sich der Eindruck: Trump ist schlicht erpresst worden und hat einen Deal mit den ihm gegenüberstehenden Interessengruppen gemacht: namentlich die C.I.A., das F.B.I und das Pentagon.

Am Abend des 6. April streut die U.S.-Regierung höchstselbst Gerüchte über mögliche Luftangriffe gegen die syrische Regierung und ihr Militär.

Offensichtlich für diese ein Grund von den nun kommenden Ereignissen total überrascht zu werden, genauso wie die Russische Föderation.

Noch in der Nacht zum 7. April starten U.S.-Luftangriffe von Kriegsschiffen im Mittelmeer aus gegen den syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunkt Al-Shayrat. (Luftangriff: U.S.-Imperium nimmt Einladung Russlands und Syriens dankend an)

Von den vom Pentagon vermeldeten 59 Marschflugkörpern treffen bemerkenswerterweise angeblich nur 23 das Ziel und haben bei ihrem Einschlag nach Angaben vom russischen Verteidigungsministerium eine „extrem niedrige“ Effektivität, was Landebahnen, Zubringer und Stellplätze des syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunktes in Takt lassen.

Vor dem Angriff informierte das Pentagon den russischen Generalstab. Nach Angaben des syrischen Generalstabes, der nichts darüber sagt ob auch er vom Angriff vorab informiert wurde, sterben bei dem U.S.-Angriff sechs syrische Soldaten.

Anschließend sondern die Propagandaschleudern „Sputnik“ und „RT“ allerlei Erklärungen für ihre offensichtlich irritierte Kundschaft ab, was es denn mit der Vorabinformation vom „massiven“ Angriff der vermeintlichen Gegner im U.S.-Militär so auf sich hatte, warum keine russischen Soldaten getötet wurden, warum auf dem syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunkt nichts von Bedeutung zerstört wurde, warum von 59 Marschflukörpern nur 23 ihr Ziel getroffen haben sollen, etc, etc.

Nach viel Gewimmer und Gebrumm rückt die russische Staatspresse endlich damit heraus:

Es gibt schlicht keine Vereinbarungen über eine Verteidigung syrischer „Militärobjekte“ durch die russischen Streitkräfte – also weder so etwas wie einen Verteidigungs-, noch einen Bündnispakt zwischen Syrien und Russland.

Und noch viel „besser“:

Russland weigert sich auch zukünftig einen syrischen Stützpunkt oder gar Syrien insgesamt zu verteidigen, ausdrücklich auch im Falle von neuen U.S.-Luftangriffen. Das bestätigte gestern der Vize vom Auswärtigen Ausschuss des Föderationsrates.

Nur die eigenen Stützpunkte in Syrien, die werde man natürlich verteidigen.

25.12.2019 - 15:31 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Is impeachment a 2020 disaster in the making?

Team Rising takes a look at how impeachment will play out in 2020.

25.12.2019 - 14:33 [ New York Magazine ]

Tulsi Gabbard and the Return of the Anti-Anti-Trump Left

What they share, in addition to enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders, is a deep skepticism of the Democratic Party’s mobilization against the president. The left’s struggle against the center-left is the axis around which their politics revolves. From that perspective, the Russia scandal and impeachment are unnecessary and even reactionary.

While incomprehensible to liberals, centrists, and even many leftists who work within two-party politics, left-wing anti-anti-Trumpism has a coherent logic. It takes as its starting point a familiar critique that Trump won because liberalism failed. Trump, while bad, is merely a meta-phenomenon of the larger failure of the Democratic Party and the political and economic Establishment.

24.12.2019 - 16:19 [ MSNBC.com ]

Trump could resign sparked by Senate trial Scaramucci says

The Donald Trump impeachment trial in the Senate could include testimony under oath by Mick Mulvaney, John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, and Mike Pompeo. How would the president respond? Joy Reid and her panel discuss.

24.12.2019 - 16:05 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: Trump approval rating nears 50 percent heading into 2020

Forty-nine percent of Americans surveyed said they approve of the president’s job performance, up from 46 percent from the previous Dec. 8-9 poll. Fifty-one percent said they disapprove, a drop from 54 percent earlier this month.

23.12.2019 - 11:51 [ ORF.at ]

Trump: US-Demokraten wollen Sozialismus in Amerika

„Amerika wird niemals ein sozialistisches Land sein“, sagte Trump bei einer Veranstaltung der rechten Studentenorganisation Turning Point USA. „Wir sind in einem Überlebenskampf dieser Nation“, sagte er weiters. „Zusammen werden wir uns gegen Sozialisten erheben, wir werden unsere Nation verteidigen, die großartigste und wunderbarste Republik in der Geschichte der Welt.“

22.12.2019 - 11:25 [ Washington Post ]

Trump’s hell suggestion outraged some faith leaders, but his evangelical advisers are still defending him

(19.12.2019)

President Trump appeared to mock Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and her late husband, former congressman John Dingell (D-Mich.), during a speech Wednesday in their home state, suggesting that the World War II veteran and former congressman was “looking up” from hell.

22.12.2019 - 11:21 [ Christianity Today ]

Trump Should Be Removed from Office

(19.12.2019)

And, no, Mr. Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story in the House hearings on impeachment.

But the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.

22.12.2019 - 11:17 [ theAtlantic.com ]

Are Trump’s Critics Demonically Possessed?

(25.11.2019)

During his November 21 interview with Graham, Metaxas, a Salem Radio Network talk-show host, asked the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, “What do you think of what is happening now? I mean, it’s a very bizarre situation to be living in a country where some people seem to exist to undermine the president of the United States. It’s just a bizarre time for most Americans.”

Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, responded, “Well, I believe it’s almost a demonic power that is trying—”

20.12.2019 - 06:26 [ ORF.at ]

Impeachment: Anklage als möglicher Hattrick für Trump

Die Demokraten haben Aussicht darauf, dass das mühsam erkämpfte Impeachment für sie ein Debakel auf ganzer Linie wird, gerade in Hinblick auf die Wahl nächstes Jahr.

20.12.2019 - 06:24 [ theHill.com ]

Gabbard rips Pelosi for delay of impeachment articles

“I was surprised to hear that,” Gabbard told Hill.TV on Thursday, breaking with fellow Democrats who have rallied behind Pelosi over the move.

“You can’t kind of just shift and change and make up the rules as you go along,“ she said. „If you’re going to pursue this process, you’ve got to let it play out the whole way through.”

Gabbard said the delaying their delivery perpetuates a sense of hyperpartisanship, adding that both parties are to blame.

20.12.2019 - 06:18 [ New York Times ]

Trump Impeachment Trial in Doubt as Democrats Weigh Withholding Articles

With some leading Democrats pushing to delay transmittal of the articles and others advocating that they be withheld altogether, the limbo is likely to persist until the new year. The House left town on Thursday for a two-week holiday recess without taking the votes to appoint impeachment managers, which is required to start the process in the Senate.

20.12.2019 - 06:12 [ Vox.com ]

Pelosi says she won’t send impeachment articles to the Senate just yet

(18.12.2019)

She said instead she wanted to hear more about how the Senate planned to conduct the trial first.

“We cannot name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side,” Pelosi said. (Impeachment managers are members of the House who will serve, essentially, as prosecutors against Trump in the Senate trial. And to be clear, Pelosi technically can name them now; she is making a strategic decision not to do it yet.)

20.12.2019 - 06:09 [ ABC News ]

Pelosi on Trump impeachment articles: ‚They’re very strong‘

(12.12.2019)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump „very strong“ even as he and Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee argued that they allege no specific crime, such as bribery, was committed.

„The articles are what they are. They’re very powerful. They’re very strong,“ Pelosi said as the Judiciary Committee was debating the wording of the articles alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

19.12.2019 - 16:24 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats fear Trump could win despite impeachment

Some worry that former Vice President Joe Biden is a weak front-runner. At the same time, they are nervous that Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are too progressive to appeal to more moderate voters in swing states.

19.12.2019 - 16:13 [ Washington Post ]

However historic, impeachment is but a way station in the struggle over Trump’s presidency

Given the near-certain outcome in the Senate, where Trump is expected to be acquitted by a party-line vote, the issues that resulted in the impeachment vote on Wednesday will fold into the ongoing political conflict as the nation heads toward the 2020 presidential election.

19.12.2019 - 04:03 [ Reuters ]

Pompeo: will cooperate with impeachment trial if required by law

“I’m happy to do document productions, I’m happy to testify if that’s appropriate, required by the law,” Pompeo said at a news conference with Indian foreign and defense ministers and U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

“State Department has done the same thing all the way through, we will continue to do so,” he said.

19.12.2019 - 03:40 [ Tim Mak / Twitter ]

Gabbard, in a statement: „I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country“

19.12.2019 - 02:58 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

US President Donald Trump impeached by the House over Ukraine dealings

On Wednesday (Thursday Australian time) the House voted 230-197 of the first Article of Impeachment, which accused Trump of abuse of power…

It voted by 229 votes to 198 on the second article accusing him of obstruction of Congress.

The impeachment process now moves to a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Trump faces no realistic prospect of having his presidency cut short.

19.12.2019 - 01:57 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

House of Representatives vote on Trump impeachment – watch live

The Democratic-led US House of Representatives votes on whether to impeach President Donald Trump, setting up trial in the Republican-controlled Senate

18.12.2019 - 21:59 [ Gallup.com ]

Trump Approval Inches Up, While Support for Impeachment Dips

Currently, 46% support impeachment and removal, down six percentage points from the first reading after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry. Meanwhile, 51% oppose impeachment and removal — up five percentage points over the same period.

18.12.2019 - 21:53 [ CNN ]

Warning lights are flashing for Democrats as they prepare to impeach Trump

Those results largely affirm other data out over the past week or so that suggest support for impeachment has dipped. In a CNN national poll released earlier this week, 45% said they supported the impeachment and removal of the President — down from 50% who said the same in a mid-November CNN survey. That same poll showed opposition to impeachment/removal at 46%, up 4 points from mid-November. And a CNN „poll of polls“ — an average of all six most recent quality/credible national polling conducted between December 4 and December 15 — showed 46% favored impeachment and removal as compared to 49% who did not.

18.12.2019 - 17:28 [ CBS News ]

House debates Trump impeachment ahead of historic vote — live updates

The House is poised to debate articles of impeachment against President Trump alleging he abused his power and obstructed Congress, setting the stage for an extraordinary constitutional rebuke from the lower chamber.

18.12.2019 - 16:11 [ theHill.com ]

The Memo: Trump era flips script on views of intelligence agencies

Republicans — historically the strongest defenders of the national security apparatus — complain about abuse of power and the malignant influence of a so-called ‘Deep State.’

Democrats — traditionally more skeptical of the intelligence community — insist that the agencies are virtually beyond reproach.

On Monday, President Trump retweeted someone who called the FBI and the media “a criminal organization” and “tyrants.”

18.12.2019 - 15:55 [ Wikipedia ]

Church Committee

Vor dem Hintergrund des zunehmend unpopulärer werdenden Vietnamkrieges erregten mehrere einzelne Veröffentlichungen über geheime Aktivitäten der US-Regierung ab Anfang der 1970er Jahre ein wachsendes Interesse von Öffentlichkeit und US-Kongress.

– Januar 1970: Der Ex-Soldat Christopher Pyle enthüllt, dass die US-Army im eigenen Land Anti-Kriegsproteste und -aktivisten überwacht. Mitte des Jahres beginnt der Senat mit ersten Ermittlungen unter Sam Ervin.

– Ende März 1971: Die Washington Post und die New York Times berichten über illegale Programme des FBI, Überwachung und Zersetzung gegenüber Bürgerrechtsgruppen. Später wird bekannt, dass die Programme unter dem Namen COINTELPRO bereits seit 1956 liefen. Die Berichterstattung erfolgte auf Basis von Dokumenten, die durch die Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI entwendet und an die Presse weitergeleitet wurden.

– Juni 1971: Die New York Times veröffentlicht trotz massiven Drucks der Regierung die sogenannten „Pentagon Papers“ über das langjährige und geheime politische und militärische Engagement der USA in Vietnam schon vor und während des Beginns des Vietnamkriegs.

– 1972: Eine Serie zunächst kleiner Artikel der Journalisten Bob Woodward und Carl Bernstein in der Washington Post enthüllt die Hintergründe eines Einbruchs in das Hauptquartier der Demokratischen Partei im „Watergate-Hotel“. Erst der Prozess gegen die Einbrecher im Januar 1973 legt die Hintergründe der Watergate-Affäre offen und löst massive Senatsermittlungen aus, geleitet wieder von Sam Ervin. Im August 1974 tritt US-Präsident Richard Nixon unter der Last der Vorwürfe zurück, nachdem ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen ihn eingeleitet wurde.

– Dezember 1974: Der Journalist Seymour Hersh enthüllt in einer Serie der NYT die „Familienjuwelen“ der CIA, geheime Operationen zur Ermordung ausländischer Staatschefs und Putsche. Er erwähnt zudem massive Überwachungsoperationen der CIA gegen politische Gegner des Vietnamkrieges in den USA unter dem Codenamen Operation CHAOS.

Die USA hatten zu dieser Zeit keine ausreichende Erfahrung mit der Kontrolle ihrer erst im Zweiten Weltkrieg aufgebauten und seitdem nur ad hoc strukturierten Nachrichtendienste.

(…)

Die Ermittlungen ergaben auch, dass verschiedene Abgeordnete der beiden Kammern über einzelne Operationen informiert worden waren. Es fehlte aber an einer Koordination und klaren Verantwortlichkeiten, so dass die einzelnen Abgeordneten es vorzogen, in eine andere Richtung zu schauen.

Unter dem Druck der Veröffentlichungen erließ Präsident Gerald Ford die Executive Order 11905, ein verbindliches Verbot an alle US-Regierungsstellen und deren ausführenden Organe, ausländische Staatschefs gezielt zu töten oder derartige Operationen zu planen.

Aus dem Church Committee gingen die ständigen Ausschüsse zur Kontrolle der Nachrichtendienste im US-Senat (Select Committee on Intelligence) und im Repräsentantenhaus (United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) hervor. Außerdem legte der Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act von 1978 fest, nach welchen Regeln die CIA im Ausland operieren darf und dass die Dienste für die Überwachung von amerikanischen Staatsbürgern die Genehmigung des neu eingerichteten FISC-Gerichtes bedürfen.

18.12.2019 - 13:37 [ ConservativeDailyNews.com ]

Letter from President Trump to Speaker Pelosi on Impeachment [Full Text]

The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever. You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!

By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy.

18.12.2019 - 13:30 [ theHill.com ]

Pelosi calls Trump impeachment letter ‚ridiculous‘ and ‚really sick‘

Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill that she had not gotten the opportunity to read the full letter, which accused Democrats of waging an “unconstitutional abuse of power” by moving forward with an impeachment vote over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

“I’ve seen the essence of it, though, and it’s really sick,” Pelosi said as she walked through the halls of Congress.

18.12.2019 - 06:29 [ Washington Post ]

FBI seeks interview with whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiry

(20.11.2019)

The FBI is seeking an interview with a CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment inquiry into whether President Trump abused his office in his dealings with the Ukrainian president, according to three people familiar with the matter.

18.12.2019 - 06:27 [ newsy.com ]

Reports: FBI Asked To Interview The CIA Whistleblower

(20.11.2019)

The FBI reportedly reached out to lawyers representing the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment investigation.

18.12.2019 - 06:12 [ theHill.com ]

Pelosi on eve of impeachment vote: ‚In America, no one is above the law‘

„No Member came to Congress to impeach a President. But every one of us, as our first act as a Member of Congress, stood on the House Floor, raised our hand and took a sacred oath: ‚I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.‘ That oath makes us Custodians of the Constitution. If we do not act, we will be derelict in our duty,“ she wrote.

18.12.2019 - 06:08 [ Cash.ch ]

Trump wirft Demokraten „offenen Krieg gegen Demokratie“ vor

Zugleich klagte Trump, ihm würden weniger Rechte eingeräumt als den Angeklagten bei Hexenprozessen in den USA im 17. Jahrhundert.

Die Vorwürfe in der Ukraine-Affäre wies der Republikaner in dem sechsseitigen Brief ein Mal mehr als politisch motiviert zurück. Der erste Anklagepunkt des Amtsmissbrauchs sei eine „komplett verlogene, wertlose und unbegründete Erfindung Ihrer Fantasie“, schrieb Trump an Pelosi.

18.12.2019 - 06:04 [ Zeit.de ]

Impeachment: Donald Trump wirft Demokraten Machtmissbrauch vor

Es handle sich um einen „beispiellosen und verfassungswidrigen Machtmissbrauch“, der in fast 250 Jahren US-Parlamentsgeschichte seinesgleichen suche.

Mit ihrem Festhalten am Impeachment-Verfahren erkläre die Vorsitzende „der amerikanischen Demokratie den offenen Krieg“.

18.12.2019 - 06:00 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: Support for impeaching and removing Trump dips

In November, 90 percent of Democratic respondents said they endorsed impeaching and removing Trump from office. The latest poll showed that 77 percent of Democrats held the same opinion. Five percent of GOP respondents said they endorsed impeachment and removal, down from 10 percent in November.

16.12.2019 - 15:15 [ theHill.com ]

Schumer asks McConnell for Mulvaney, Bolton to testify in impeachment trial

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) outlining his preferences for the structure of an impeachment trial in the upper chamber and calling for testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

16.12.2019 - 15:12 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Impeachment-Pläne der Demokraten: Trump-Vertraute sollen aussagen

Die US-Demokraten wollen Vertraute des US-Präsidenten im Senat vorladen: Im Zuge des geplanten Amtsenthebungsverfahrens sollen unter anderem Trumps Ex-Sicherheitsberater Bolton und der Stabschef des Weißen Hauses, Mulvaney, aussagen.

14.12.2019 - 11:47 [ CNN ]

White House further limits officials on Trump’s foreign leader calls in wake of Ukraine scandal

Earlier in the administration, and during past presidencies, a larger number of officials would be allowed to listen to phone calls with foreign leaders. That includes aides with specific expertise in the countries being phoned or officials focused on an issue set being discussed on the call.

Now, when the President speaks on the phone with world leaders, he’s joined on the call by just a handful of others appointed by Trump to the highest level of the administration, multiple White House officials say. T

14.12.2019 - 10:52 [ NPR.org ]

Lawyer: Bolton Aide Charles Kupperman Fears House Will Reissue Subpoena For Testimony

Kupperman and his previous boss, former national security adviser John Bolton, were close to Trump and counseled the president on Ukraine matters. Kupperman was also listening in on the July 25 call between Trump and the president of Ukraine that triggered a whistleblower complaint. Cooper also represents Bolton, who refused to testify after the White House claimed he and Kupperman were among a small cadre of close advisers to the president who have absolute immunity from congressional subpoenas.

08.12.2019 - 11:34 [ theHill.com ]

‚Fast and Furious‘ impeachment looks like a rush to a failed case

Indeed, another Jackson ruling went a step even further in denouncing “the proposition that the executive may assert an unreviewable right to withhold materials from the legislature” as an offense to the very foundations of our constitutional system. However, those were the words of a different Jackson, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, about a different president, Barack Obama. He withheld evidence in the “Fast and Furious” investigation of the murder of an agent with a gun supplied to criminal gangs by the federal government. Obama not only withheld witness testimony and evidence but also claimed that a court could not even review his order.

08.12.2019 - 11:31 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

Pelosi: ‘This is about the Constitution’ | Impeachment This Week

When lawmakers returned from Thanksgiving, the House Judiciary Committee took over the impeachment inquiry into President Trump as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Democrats will move forward. Come inside the impeachment inquiry with The Washington Post.

06.12.2019 - 14:14 [ CNN ]

Donald Trump was elected to break the elite. Of course they want to impeach him

You have to remember: Donald Trump wasn’t elected to fit in with these people — the political, intellectual class — to make them happy, or to become one of them. He was elected to break them. And that’s apparently what he’s done.

06.12.2019 - 13:57 [ theHill.com ]

The Hill’s Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached

The California Democrat’s announcement and her description of Congress’s duty to act were not surprises. A little more than two work weeks remain before lawmakers break for Christmas, with votes on the articles of impeachment expected to be among the House’s final actions prior to recess. Congress has yet to decide how to keep the government operating beyond Dec. 20, when current funding instructions expire.

02.12.2019 - 06:21 [ theHill.com ]

John Bolton should testify so Americans can find the truth

However, given that Bolton is generally respected within conservative Republican circles, having served under President Bush, any testimony from him that directly implicates Trump in a bribery scheme would make it more difficult for Republican lawmakers to dismiss the inquiry as partisan. Similarly, any testimony from Bolton could all but vindicate the president. This explains why House Democrats have been reluctant to pursue him.

29.11.2019 - 12:16 [ CNN ]

This is House Democrats‘ big chance to bring in John Bolton

(26.11.2019)

While the committee has requested Bolton’s testimony, it is not currently pursuing a subpoena in court.

28.11.2019 - 21:00 [ CNN ]

John Bolton’s attorney says he won’t appear without subpoena after impeachment investigators invite him to testify

(31.11.2019)

Asked whether he would issue a subpoena to Bolton, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff would not say.

28.11.2019 - 20:58 [ Washington Post ]

The complicated web of Ukraine-focused relationships that has Giuliani at its center

Parnas connected Giuliani to Shokin as part of Giuliani’s effort to call into question the investigation of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, his formal mandate as a lawyer for Trump. Shokin, however, pointed Giuliani in a different direction, alleging that Biden targeted him because the former vice president wanted to protect his son Hunter Biden, then serving on the board of a gas company in Ukraine that was under investigation.

28.11.2019 - 20:55 [ ABC News ]

President Trump says he didn’t direct Rudy Giuliani to go to Ukraine on his behalf

In another sign that he was distancing himself from his personal lawyer’s work in the Ukraine — despite frequently praising Giuliani and endorsing his activities in Ukraine — Trump said that Giuliani provides legal representation to not just him but for other clients, too.

28.11.2019 - 20:32 [ Washington Post ]

Democrats’ impeachment obsession is backfiring

This Thanksgiving, Trump supporters should give thanks that Democrats’ impeachment obsession is backfiring. Indeed, it could prove to be the biggest political blunder in modern times.

After two weeks of hearings, Democrats have utterly failed to make their case to the American people.

27.11.2019 - 09:55 [ theHill.com ]

Ex-Clinton strategist met with Trump to talk impeachment

“I am not working for Donald Trump in any way and I would never do so — either paid or unpaid. I’ve been dozens of times on TV about events of the day and that was the extent of my comments,” Penn continued. “I think the country needs all our leaders to focus on governing.”

Penn reportedly encouraged Trump to focus on the substance of the allegations against him related to his interactions with Ukraine, which are the focus of the House impeachment inquiry.

27.11.2019 - 09:52 [ Scott Ritter / Consortium News ]

SCOTT RITTER: The ‘Whistleblower’ and the Politicization of Intelligence

There is no legitimate reason for the whistleblower’s identity to remain a secret. The Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam Schiff, (D-CA) has cited statutory protections that simply do not exist while using his authority as chairman to prohibit any probe by his Republican colleagues designed to illicit information about the whistleblower’s identity. “The whistleblower has a right, a statutory right, to anonymity,” Schiff recently opined during recent impeachment-related testimony. And yet The Washington Post, no friend of Trump, was compelled to assign Schiff’s statement three “Pinocchios”, out of a scale of four, in rejecting the claim as baseless.

26.11.2019 - 17:48 [ LA Times ]

Letters to the Editor: John Bolton should stop trying to sell more books and start testifying

It appears to me that Bolton is fiercely partisan, fiercely selfish and fiercely greedy. I just wish that he would be fiercely American and simply tell Congress what he knows about impeachment-related issues.

26.11.2019 - 17:46 [ New York Times ]

Ruling Will Not Lead John Bolton to Testify Soon, Lawyer Says

Charles J. Cooper, a lawyer who represents Mr. Bolton, said that a court decision on Monday ordering another former White House official to appear before Congress under subpoena did not apply to Mr. Bolton because of the nature of his job. Mr. Cooper said Mr. Bolton would therefore wait for another judge to rule in a separate case that could take weeks more to litigate.

26.11.2019 - 17:18 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: Half say Trump should be impeached and removed; unchanged since before public hearings

A CNN poll released Tuesday found that 50 percent of Americans surveyed said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 43 percent said they do not feel that way. The numbers were unchanged from a CNN poll in October, which was conducted ahead of last week’s public phase of the inquiry.

Trump’s approval rating has also barely changed since October, with his approval ticking up 1 point to 42 percent from 41 percent, and his disapproval falling 3 points from 57 percent to 54 percent, based on the poll

26.11.2019 - 12:12 [ ABC News ]

House Intelligence Committee in possession of video, audio recordings from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas

The House Intelligence Committee is in possession of audio and video recordings and photographs provided to the committee by Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who reportedly played a key role in assisting him in his efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

The material submitted to the committee includes audio, video and photos that include Giuliani and Trump.

24.11.2019 - 10:29 [ New York Times ]

A Split Decision From Congress Will Leave Voters With Final Say on Trump

Every one is playing their assigned role in a drama where the ending seems known in advance as the House of Representatives heads toward a likely party-line vote to impeach the president, followed by a Senate trial that will not convict him.

But if the outcome of the showdown on Capitol Hill at the moment appears foreordained, the ultimate verdict still is not.

23.11.2019 - 13:00 [ New York Times ]

Netanyahu’s Cry of Attempted Coup Sounds Familiar

Charged with corruption, Israel’s prime minister attacks his country’s institutions, just like his friend in Washington.

23.11.2019 - 12:45 [ Information Clearing House ]

Hunter Biden’s Company Got $130 Million in Bailout Funds

The firm called Rosemont Capital then set up a fund that was incorporated in the Cayman Islands, presumably for the purpose of avoiding U.S. taxes. From the article:

23.11.2019 - 09:47 [ Time.com ]

If John Bolton Keeps Refusing to Testify, Congress Should Arrest Him

The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that each chamber of Congress can hold a person in contempt for flouting a legislative subpoena, and – as Justice Brandeis explained in Jurney v. MacCracken – each chamber may also coerce obedience “by means of arrest.” In other words, the House Sergeant at Arms may take people into physical custody until they provide information withheld from Congress.

23.11.2019 - 09:39 [ theHill.com ]

Poll finds sharp swing in opposition to impeachment among independents

The latest national poll from Emerson College finds 45 percent oppose impeaching President Trump, against 43 percent who support it. That’s a 6-point swing in support from October, when 48 percent of voters supported impeachment and only 44 percent opposed.

More importantly, the poll shows more independents now oppose impeachment than support it, a significant change from Emerson’s polling in October.

23.11.2019 - 09:34 [ NPR.org ]

Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Say Impeachment Hearings Won’t Change Their Minds

(19.11.2019)

Respondents are also split on whether they think Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

But 65% of Americans say they can’t imagine any information or circumstances during the impeachment inquiry where they might change their minds about their position on impeachment. And 30% say yes, it’s possible.

23.11.2019 - 09:31 [ Tagesschau ]

Impeachment-Anhörungen: Unbehagen gegen Trump reicht nicht

Das Land bleibt entlang des politischen Frontverlaufs gespalten. Anhänger der Demokraten befürworten mehrheitlich ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren. Anhänger der Republikaner lehnen es fast einhellig ab.

22.11.2019 - 18:31 [ theHill.com ]

Trump on impeachment: ‚I want a trial‘

President Trump said Friday that he wants an impeachment trial in the Senate if the House votes to impeach him.

“I want a trial,” Trump said during an interview on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning. “There’s nothing there.”

20.11.2019 - 19:05 [ Tagesschau ]

„Sondlands Aussage dürfte Trump sehr schaden“

Eine Million Dollar hatte Sondland für Trumps Amtseinführung gespendet und wurde dafür mit dem Posten des US-Botschafters bei der EU belohnt. Nun belastete er den Präsidenten schwer – und nicht nur ihn, meint Stefan Niemann.

20.11.2019 - 19:04 [ New York Times ]

Impeachment Hearing Live Updates: Sondland Says ‘We Followed the President’s Orders’ on Ukraine

After Mr. Sondland testified that everyone from Mr. Trump on down was aware of the pressure campaign on Ukraine, House Democrats quickly declared that he had bolstered their case for impeachment.

Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, called Mr. Sondland’s testimony “among the most significant evidence to date,” saying he described “a basic quid pro quo” that conditioned American security aid on Ukraine agreeing to investigate Mr. Trump’s political rivals.

18.11.2019 - 19:59 [ theHill.com ]

Trump tweets he will ’strongly consider‘ testifying in impeachment inquiry

Trump responded to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) suggestion on „Face the Nation“ a day earlier in which she said the president could „come right before the committee and talk … or he could do it in writing.“

„Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!“ Trump tweeted.

16.11.2019 - 21:50 [ Manu Gómez ‏/ Twitter ]

Interesting since the start of the #Trump – #Ukraine scandal and the the Impeachment all USAF intelligence flights over the #BlackSea and Ukraine have disappeared. Not a single flight in the last days

16.11.2019 - 12:01 [ USA Today ]

Why is Holmes testimony private after public impeachment hearings started? It’s standard, legal experts say

David Holmes, the State Department official who overheard a key conversation between President Donald Trump and a U.S. ambassador, was expected to give private testimony Friday, continuing closed-door interviews even as members of Congress hosted a public hearing in the U.S. Capitol.

Republicans and Democrats have sparred over the closed format of the depositions, with the GOP slamming them as „secret“ and part of a „Soviet-style“ inquiry.

16.11.2019 - 11:59 [ Washington Post ]

Impeachment witness provides firsthand account of hearing Trump demand ‘investigation’ of Bidens by Ukraine

Holmes testified that he overheard parts of Trump’s phone call with Sondland during a lunch in Kyiv, because the president was speaking so loudly that his voice was audible through the phone to others sitting at the table nearby, according to the people familiar with the testimony.

16.11.2019 - 11:51 [ CNN ]

Aide confirms Trump-Sondland call about Ukraine investigations

David Holmes, the aide to Bill Taylor who overheard President Trump’s conversation with EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that President Zelensky would do „anything you ask him to,“ and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to „do the investigation.“ CNN’s Manu Raju has the details.

16.11.2019 - 11:32 [ theHill.com ]

Five takeaways from ex-ambassador’s dramatic testimony

Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, told House impeachment investigators Friday that President Trump’s side-channel foreign policy in Kyiv “knee-capped” U.S. anti-corruption efforts, deflated morale at the State Department and struck a blow to career diplomats fighting to advance U.S. policy around the globe.

15.11.2019 - 05:40 [ Bloomberg ]

Giuliani Faces U.S. Probe on Campaign Finance, Lobbying Breaches

The probe of Giuliani, which one official said could also include possible charges on violating laws against bribing foreign officials or conspiracy, presents a serious threat to Trump’s presidency from a man that former national security adviser John Bolton has called a “hand grenade.”

14.11.2019 - 06:11 [ PBS NewsHour / Youtube ]

WATCH: Rep. Jordan’s full questioning of Bill Taylor | Trump impeachment hearings

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questioned Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, in the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Jordan pressed Taylor on how he came to have a „clear understanding“ that the U.S. aid to Ukraine was dependent on opening an investigation into Trump’s political rivals. Jordan said there was no „linkage“ but Taylor said he came to his conclusion based on people he spoke to.

14.11.2019 - 06:09 [ Washington Post ]

For dignity’s sake, Jim Jordan, put on a jacket

All the other members of the House Intelligence Committee turned up in suits and ties or other business attire. But not Jordan. Everyone else was willing to offer at least a symbolic nod to decorous formality, to that old-fashioned notion of civility.

14.11.2019 - 05:59 [ theHill.com ]

House Republicans call impeachment hearing ‚boring,‘ dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay

They brushed off a key piece of testimony from William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, that Democrats said was cause for alarm as mere hearsay. Taylor testified Wednesday that a staffer told him U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland said Trump was more interested in investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, than in Ukraine.

14.11.2019 - 05:55 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats seize on new evidence in first public impeachment hearing

Democrats said putting the two career State Department officials on the record lays the groundwork for building their case that Trump abused his office for his own political gain.

And they secured new evidence at the start of the hearing as William Taylor, the chargé d’affaires for Ukraine, testified that his staffer had overheard Trump asking U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland about the “investigations” in a July phone call.

13.11.2019 - 07:59 [ theHill.com ]

GOP senators warn against Trump firing intelligence community official

The New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon that Trump has discussed firing Atkinson because the intelligence official found a whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky credible and took action to advance it.

13.11.2019 - 07:17 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats face make-or-break moment on impeachment

In many respects, the hearings are a simple public relations campaign. Democrats have already heard this week’s witnesses testify for hours privately; now they’re taking those stories to the televised world in hopes of captivating viewers and bringing voter sentiment behind the notion that Trump abused his power and should become just the third president in the country’s history to be impeached.

12.11.2019 - 18:19 [ CBS News ]

Poll finds negative views of Democrats‘ and Trump’s handling of impeachment inquiry

More Americans feel the Democrats have done a bad job handling the inquiry (52%) than a good job (48%.) And more feel President Trump has done a bad job handling it (56%) than feel he has handled it well (43%.)

12.11.2019 - 18:04 [ Fox News / Youtube ]

Why are House Democrats giving up on John Bolton so easily?

(08.11.2019)

House Democrats say they will not take former Trump national security adviser John Bolton to court, adding that his reluctance to appear only adds to their impeachment case.

12.11.2019 - 17:57 [ New York Times ]

Bolton Said to Know of ‘Many Relevant Meetings’ on Ukraine, but Will Not Testify

(Updated Nov. 11, 2019)

WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, knows about “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to a pressure campaign on Ukraine that House impeachment investigators have not yet been informed of, his lawyer told lawmakers on Friday.

12.11.2019 - 17:48 [ Vox.com ]

Poll: 65% of Republicans say Trump’s Ukraine scheme was normal presidential behavior

As part of our podcast, Impeachment, Explained, Vox partnered with PerryUndem and Ipsos on a poll exploring Americans’ beliefs about when presidential behavior is impeachable, when it’s simply wrong, and how partisanship is shaping those perceptions. The results were fascinating and unnerving.

04.11.2019 - 16:42 [ Washington Post ]

Americans sharply divided over whether to impeach and remove Trump from office, Post-ABC poll finds

(01.11.2019)

Among Democrats, support for removing the president from office is overwhelming, with 82 percent in favor and 13 percent opposed. Among Republicans, it is almost the reverse, with 82 percent opposed and 18 percent in favor, even as the president’s approval rating reached a new low among members of his party. Independents are closely divided, with 47 percent favoring removal and 49 percent opposed.

04.11.2019 - 16:37 [ MSNBC ]

2020 candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks on Hillary Clinton spat, what worries her about impeachment process

2020 candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that she is a Russian asset is a „smear“ aimed at discrediting her because of her opposition to Clinton’s foreign policy doctrine. She also spoke about the impeachment process: „I’m worried about if the impeachment process moves forward in a hyper-partisan way it will be further divisive to a country that’s already being torn apart.“

04.11.2019 - 06:29 [ ABC News ]

Ukraine whistleblower offers to answer Republican questions in writing; GOP calls it not sufficient

Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement Sunday evening that written answers would not be „sufficient.“

„Written answers will not provide a sufficient opportunity to probe all the relevant facts and cross examine the so-called Whistleblower,“ Jordan, from Ohio, said. „You don’t get to ignite an impeachment effort and never account for your actions and role in orchestrating it.“

04.11.2019 - 06:26 [ CNN ]

Lawyer says whistleblower willing to answer written questions from Republicans

Mark Zaid, an attorney for the anonymous whistleblower whose allegations about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine ignited the House impeachment inquiry into the President, said Sunday he offered to have Republican lawmakers submit questions to his client directly without having to go through the committee’s Democratic majority.

03.11.2019 - 14:24 [ Senator Rand Paul ‏/ Twitter ]

It is being reported that the whistleblower was Joe Biden’s point man on Ukraine. It is imperative the whistleblower is subpoenaed and asked under oath about Hunter Biden and corruption.

(31.10.2019)

03.11.2019 - 14:19 [ Heavy.com ]

Eric Ciaramella: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Ciaramella worked at the World Bank after college, according to a 2011 publication by the international financial institution. In the World Bank report, “Russia: Reshaping Economic Geography,” published in June 2011, Ciaramella is listed in the acknowledgments for making “important contributions” to the research. On a now-deleted Linkedin profile, he described himself as being a “Consultant, Poverty Reduction/Economic Management” at World Bank. Ciaramella also deleted his Facebook profile page and does not appear to have any other social media.

03.11.2019 - 13:37 [ RealClearInvestigations.com ]

The Beltway’s ‚Whistleblower‘ Furor Obsesses Over One Name

(30.10.2019)

Federal documents reveal that the 33-year-old Ciaramella, a registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

03.11.2019 - 13:32 [ DailyWire.com ]

Alleged Identity Of Whistleblower Leaked; Whistleblower’s Lawyers Release Statement Threatening Journalists

Citing federal documents, Sperry reported that the whistleblower is allegedly a 33-year-old “registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia ‘collusion’ investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.” The whistleblower reportedly “left his National Security Council posting in the White House’s West Wing in mid-2017 amid concerns about negative leaks to the media” and “has since returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.”

03.11.2019 - 13:31 [ The Hill / Twitter ]

Speaker Nancy Pelosi: „Outing the whistleblower is an unpatriotic action. They shouldn’t even go near that.“

(30.10.2019)

03.11.2019 - 13:23 [ Joe Klein / Washington Post ]

When anonymity outlives its usefulness

(30.10.2019)

There are two other factors at play: The whistleblower may be a covert officer in the intelligence community; revealing his or her identity might compromise national security. And finally, and sadly, the lives of the whistleblower and family might be in danger, given the level of crazy abroad in the land. In the end, outing the identity of this public servant only serves the interests of “deep state” conspiracy theorists, who will try to “prove” that the whistleblower is a Never Trumper.

03.11.2019 - 13:20 [ Andrew P. Bakaj and Mark S. Zaid / Washington Post ]

We represent the whistleblower. Their identity is no longer relevant.

(25.10.2019)

What it would do, however, is put that individual and their family at risk of harm. Perhaps more important, it would deter future whistleblowers from coming forward in subsequent administrations, Democratic or Republican. And if the lawful whistleblower system fails, that would encourage other individuals to illegally leak classified information to journalists to hide their identities and guard themselves from political attacks.

03.11.2019 - 10:42 [ The Hill ‏/ Twitter ]

.@RepJayapal: „At the end of the day, we are going to need Republicans to decide if they’re going to stand up for their constituents and our democracy and the Constitution or if they’re going to stick with the President.“

03.11.2019 - 10:36 [ Mark Meadows, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

One reason why the ‚quid pro quo‘ narrative is a fairy tale: Not only were Ukraine officials unaware aid was even being delayed until a month AFTER the 7/25 phone call… the aid was released WITHOUT any new investigations. This impeachment case has no basis in reality.

03.11.2019 - 10:20 [ Daily Beast ]

Latest Impeachment Witness: I Wasn’t Worried That Trump Broke the Law With Call

Tim Morrison, a senior White House official who listened to President Donald Trump’s controversial call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, said he did not worry Trump broke the law on the call. He also said he was not aware of any meaningful material being left out of the White House’s memo on the call.

“I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed,” he said in a prepared statement to Congress obtained by The Daily Beast.

03.11.2019 - 10:18 [ Arden Farhi, White House producer @CBSNews / Twitter ]

NEWS: CBS News has learned NSC’s Senior Director for European Affairs Tim Morrison was on the Trump-Zelensky call and told the investigating committees, „I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed.“ cc @MajorCBS

03.11.2019 - 10:03 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

I’ve attended several hours of the secret depositions as a member of @GOPoversight cmte. Unfortunately, most of my colleagues and all of the media must rely on leaks to form their opinions. I’m urging @SpeakerPelosi to release the transcripts of the depositions immediately.

03.11.2019 - 09:55 [ Nancy Pelosi - Speaker.gov ]

Dear Colleague on Legislating For The People in the New Phase of the Impeachment Inquiry

I believe that the truth will set us free, and the facts are clear. President Trump withheld Congressionally-approved military assistance to Ukraine for his political advantage and now is covering it up. Ukraine desperately needed this assistance. At least 11,000 Ukrainians have already died in the fight against Russia’s incursions into their country. The President’s actions undermined national security, jeopardized the integrity of our elections and violated his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.

President Nixon resigned office because of the break-in of the DNC Headquarters for his political gain and the cover-up. Some observers of that sad time of our history say that President Nixon’s offenses pale in comparison to what President Trump has done.

03.11.2019 - 09:35 [ New York Times ]

In Trump’s Twitter Feed: Conspiracy-Mongers, Racists and Spies

Fake accounts tied to intelligence services in China, Iran and Russia had directed thousands of tweets at Mr. Trump, according to a Times analysis of propaganda accounts suspended by Twitter. Iranian operatives tweeted anti-Semitic tropes, saying that Mr. Trump was “being controlled” by global Zionists, and that pulling out of the Iran nuclear treaty would benefit North Korea.

26.10.2019 - 13:27 [ MSNBC ]

What a Rudy Giuliani indictment could look like

Rudy Giuliani’s attempt to dig up dirt on the Bidens could land him in legal jeopardy. University of Michigan Law Professor and Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade argues that we already have enough information to indict the former Mayor.

24.10.2019 - 06:26 [ Sarah Mimms, DC Editor @buzzfeednews / Twitter ]

TWELVE of the Republicans who protested are actually on the committees doing the impeachment investigation so they could already get in the SCIF and have been in the depositions already h/t @emptywheel

24.10.2019 - 06:14 [ Alex Mooney, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

BREAKING–> My report from inside the SCIF hearing room where we are exposing Adam Schiff’s secret so-called impeachment inquiry.

24.10.2019 - 06:05 [ Alex Mooney, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Here is the video of me before entering the SCIF hearing room to expose Adam Schiff and the Democrats secret impeachment hearing to demand transparency for West Virginians and the American people.

24.10.2019 - 05:58 [ Jennifer Franco ‏/ Twitter ]

#NEW: .@RepMarkWalker speaks out against the impeachment inquiry into Pres. Trump: „The American people are being shut out. House Democrats are bypassing Constitutional norms and basic standards of due process with their impeachment obsession.“

24.10.2019 - 05:42 [ CBS News ]

Republicans storm impeachment hearing room, delaying testimony — live updates

Taylor testified for more than nine hours behind closed doors, and Democrats emerging from the hearing room expressed shock at his deposition. CBS News obtained a copy of his opening statement later in the day.

24.10.2019 - 05:33 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Impeachment-Verfahren Republikaner sorgen für Eklat

Abgeordnete beschrieben chaotische Szenen. Die Demokratin Debbie Wasserman Schultz sagte, sie sei gerade in den Raum gegangen, als die republikanischen Abgeordneten an den Sicherheitsmitarbeitern vorbeizogen. Diese seien von den Republikanern quasi „überwältigt“ worden, sagte sie. Einige hätten geschrien, was die Demokraten dem Präsidenten antäten und dass sie nichts in der Hand hätten.

20.10.2019 - 13:50 [ New York Times ]

Trump Just Created a Moral and Strategic Disaster

(14.10.2019)

History is littered with instances of one-time allies abandoned by Washington to their fate — the Bay of Pigs invasion; the fall of South Vietnam; numerous internal uprisings, like Hungary in 1956, that were fanned by the United States only to be smothered when aid, implicit or explicit, was withheld. The United States has abandoned the Kurds — a stateless people who live in parts of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Armenia and Iran — on numerous occasions in just the past half century. The most infamous of these betrayals came when Saddam Hussein attacked them with poison gas in 1988, and the Reagan administration protected the Iraqi government from congressional sanctions.

20.10.2019 - 13:37 [ Bill Van Auken / WSWS.org ]

The Democrats support the “Forever War”

The violence that is being inflicted upon the Kurdish people of Syria is tragic. The role played by the Kurdish bourgeois nationalist leadership, however, has been shortsighted and criminal. Once again, they hitched their wagon to imperialism, hoping to gain its support for the carving out of an ethnic Kurdish state. The results were entirely predictable. As Henry Kissinger infamously stated after betraying the Kurds following a 1975 deal brokered between the Shah of Iran and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, “Covert action should not be confused with missionary work.”

In its most despicable passage, the New York Times editorial places Trump’s action within the context of a US history that is “littered with instances of one-time allies abandoned to their fate—the Bay of Pigs invasion; the fall of South Vietnam …”

For the Times to cast the Bay of Pigs or the fall of Saigon as an example of Washington’s “betrayals” testifies to the drastic rightward shift in the ex-liberal media.

16.10.2019 - 17:01 [ theHill.com ]

Pelosi: No House vote on impeachment inquiry

The decision came after Democratic leaders, returning to Washington following a two-week recess, had reached out to members of their diverse caucus to gauge the party’s support for such a vote.

After back-to-back meetings with party leaders and then the full caucus, Pelosi announced that no such vote would take place.

15.10.2019 - 11:53 [ New York Times ]

Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’

Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators.

11.10.2019 - 06:29 [ Haaretz ]

These Arrested Giuliani Associates, Linked to Trump’s Ukraine Scandal, Have Ties to Israel’s Right

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who have been arrested while trying to leave the U.S., were pictured next to Netanyahu’s son and envoy Friedman at a Jerusalem party

11.10.2019 - 06:13 [ theHill.com ]

Trump distances himself from indicted Giuliani associates

Frumas and Parnas, who donated to a political action committee that supported Trump, were arrested at Dulles International Airport Wednesday before attempting to board an international flight with one-way tickets. They made an initial appearance in court Thursday afternoon in Virginia.

11.10.2019 - 06:10 [ New York Times ]

2 Giuliani Associates Tied to Ukraine Scandal Arrested on Campaign Finance Charges

Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman were arrested on Wednesday evening at Dulles International Airport as they held one-way tickets on a Lufthansa Airlines flight to Frankfurt.

08.10.2019 - 22:52 [ theHill.com ]

Schumer: Giuliani must testify under oath

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said that he supports a decision to invite Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, to testify before a key Senate panel, but said he must do so under oath.

„We welcome Mr. Giuliani testifying. Given the apparent depth of his involvement in the president’s effort to convince foreign governments to investigate a political rival, he must testify under oath,“ Schumer tweeted.

05.10.2019 - 20:39 [ Chemi Shalev / Haaretz ]

Trump’s Impeachment Meltdown Accelerates Collapse of Netanyahu’s Iran Strategy

The fatal flaw in Netanyahu’s game plan was obvious to anyone who took Trump’s measure from the outset. It wrongly assumed that the U.S. president could be a stable and dependable partner in advancing Netanyahu’s game plan. It posited that Trump recognized the threat Iran poses to both Israel and the U.S. and that his utmost priority would be to quell it. It did not take into account Trump’s isolationist tendencies or that his only real priority is promoting himself.

05.10.2019 - 13:09 [ New York Times ]

THE PARDONS; BUSH PARDONS 6 IN IRAN AFFAIR, ABORTING A WEINBERGER TRIAL; PROSECUTOR ASSAILS ‚COVER-UP‘

(25. Dezember 1992)

Mr. Weinberger was scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 5 on charges that he lied to Congress about his knowledge of the arms sales to Iran and efforts by other countries to help underwrite the Nicaraguan rebels, a case that was expected to focus on Mr. Weinberger’s private notes that contain references to Mr. Bush’s endorsement of the secret shipments to Iran.

05.10.2019 - 13:01 [ NPR.org ]

William Barr Supported Pardons In An Earlier D.C. ‚Witch Hunt‘: Iran-Contra

(14.01.2019)

Barr, who is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for his confirmation hearings, ran the Justice Department once before, under President George H.W. Bush.

Back then, the all-consuming, years-long scandal was called Iran-Contra. On Dec. 24, 1992, it ended when Bush pardoned six people who had been caught up in it.

„The Constitution is quite clear on the powers of the president and sometimes the president has to make a very difficult call,“ Bush said then. „That’s what I’ve done.“

05.10.2019 - 09:33 [ US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence ]

White House Subpoenaed in House Impeachment Inquiry

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 4, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent a letter conveying a subpoena to White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney for key documents as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

05.10.2019 - 09:14 [ derStandard.at ]

US-Demokraten wollen Weißes Haus zu Herausgabe von Dokumenten zwingen

„Wir bedauern zutiefst, dass Präsident (Donald) Trump uns – und die Nation – in diese Lage gebracht hat“, hieß es in der am Freitagabend (Ortszeit) verbreiteten Erklärung der Ausschussvorsitzenden Elijah Cummings, Adam Schiff und Eliot Engel. „Aber seine Handlungen haben uns keine andere Wahl gelassen, als diese Vorladung zu erlassen.“ Trump habe den „Weg der Missachtung, Behinderung und Vertuschung“ beschritten, warfen sie ihm vor.

05.10.2019 - 09:09 [ LA Times ]

Democrats subpoena White House as impeachment battle escalates sharply

In an extraordinary escalation of the impeachment battle, House Democrats on Friday subpoenaed the White House for a sweeping array of documents on President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and demanded numerous additional records from Vice President Mike Pence.

The subpoena was the Democrats’ most aggressive step yet in the 10-day-old impeachment inquiry, and it came as Trump angrily insisted — at least 27 times in a 23-minute news conference — that he was only seeking to root out corruption when he pressed Ukraine to investigate his Democratic political opponents.

04.10.2019 - 08:42 [ theGuardian.com ]

William Barr discussed FBI Russia inquiry with UK intelligence

(01.10.2019)

The US attorney general met UK intelligence agencies in the summer to discuss Britain potentially cooperating with Donald Trump’s administration on an inquiry examining the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russia, according to sources.

William Barr met British intelligence officials in London on 29 July at a meeting attended by intelligence agencies from the Five Eyes group.

04.10.2019 - 08:08 [ CNN ]

READ: Text messages between US diplomats and Ukrainians released by House Democrats

Three House committees released documents and text messages provided by former American Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker on Thursday.
Read the full document and text exchanges here:

04.10.2019 - 07:34 [ New York Times ]

Trump Publicly Urges China to Investigate the Bidens

The president’s call for Chinese intervention means that Mr. Trump and his attorney general have now solicited assistance in discrediting the president’s political opponents from Ukraine, Australia, Italy and, according to one report, Britain. In speaking so publicly on Thursday, a defiant Mr. Trump pushed back against critics who have called such requests an abuse of power, essentially arguing that there was nothing wrong with seeking foreign help to fight corruption.

03.10.2019 - 12:30 [ Fox News ]

Tucker: Left wanted to impeach Trump before he was even elected

Oct. 02, 2019 – 3:49 – Nancy Pelosi claims she never considered impeachment until whistleblower complaint.

03.10.2019 - 12:12 [ New York Times ]

Schiff Got Early Account of Accusations as Whistle-Blower’s Concerns Grew

Mr. Trump, who has focused his ire on Mr. Schiff amid the burgeoning Ukraine scandal, wasted no time in trying to use the revelation about the whistle-blower’s attempt to alert Congress to try to denigrate his complaint. In a news conference in the East Room of the White House after this article was published, Mr. Trump called it a scandal that Mr. Schiff knew the outlines of the whistle-blower’s accusations before he filed his complaint.

03.10.2019 - 12:05 [ PBS.org ]

Whistleblower spoke to Schiff aides before filing complaint

The revelation that Democrats had spoken to the whistleblower, whose identity is not publicly known, added a new detail to the sequence of events surrounding the complaint. It could explain why Schiff quickly sounded alarm when the acting director of national intelligence withheld the complaint from Congress last month.

03.10.2019 - 11:55 [ LA Times ]

The ‘deep state,’ Trump’s go-to enemy, fights back

President Trump has spent nearly three years trying to bend the vast federal bureaucracy to his whims and demands, pushing out dissenters at the top levels while molding a Cabinet that caters to his obsessions as well as his political agenda.

The whistleblower complaint that helped launch the impeachment storm engulfing Washington is the starkest example yet that Trump has not prevailed.

At least some of the civil servants who make government work — law enforcement officials, intelligence operatives and others he derisively calls the “deep state” — are fighting back.

02.10.2019 - 06:18 [ theHill.com ]

Pompeo, House chairmen clash in impeachment fight

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday warned that officials at his agency would not show up for scheduled depositions with House investigators, ramping up a heated battle with Democrats in their impeachment inquiry.

Democrats responded by arguing that Pompeo’s actions may constitute witness intimidation and obstruction of Congress’s investigation, which could be used as an argument for filing articles of impeachment.

02.10.2019 - 06:13 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Impeachment-Tauziehen: Trump spricht von Putsch, Pompeo mauert

Die Voruntersuchungen zu einem Amtsenthebungsverfahren wegen der Ukraine-Affaire entwickeln sich immer mehr zu einem Tauziehen zwischen der Trump-Regierung und den demokratischen Abgeordneten im Kongress.

02.10.2019 - 06:10 [ CNN ]

Here’s what happened in another wild day of the Trump-Ukraine scandal

Washington (CNN) – Here’s the latest from a burst of news involving President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Rudy Giuliani and the House Democratic impeachment inquiry as it enters its second week:

02.10.2019 - 01:35 [ John Kiriakou / Consortium News ]

JOHN KIRIAKOU: What was this CIA Officer Thinking?

The second thing that interests me is the officer’s hiring of Mark Zaid to represent him, rather than one of more than a dozen A-list national security attorneys at three or four major law firms in Washington. Zaid is literally the worst possible choice for any whistleblower in national security.

01.10.2019 - 06:20 [ ORF.at ]

US-Repräsentantenhaus lädt Trumps Anwalt Giuliani vor

Rudy Giuliani sei vorgeladen worden, teilten die drei Ausschüsse für Geheimdienste, Auswärtige Angelegenheiten und Aufsicht gestern mit. Zudem wurde eine rechtlich verbindliche Aufforderung, Dokumente zu übermitteln, ausgestellt.

01.10.2019 - 06:11 [ theHill.com ]

READ: House Democrats subpoena Giuliani

Read the letter to Giuliani from the House Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs committees below:

30.09.2019 - 22:20 [ New York Times ]

House Subpoenas Giuliani, Trump’s Lawyer, for Ukraine Records

Democrats said they had also sent letters requesting documentary evidence and to schedule depositions in the coming two weeks with three associates of Mr. Giuliani: Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman and Semyon Kislin. They were signed by the chairmen of the House Intelligence Committee, in consultation with the House Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform Committees.