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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 - 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 - 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 - 06:05 [ 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.