Open Thread | The President Must Be Held Accountable…No one is Above the Law…


The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) Tweeted:
It is hard to listen to Nancy Pelosi’s statement and be left with anything other than an appreciation of the sheer gravity of this historic moment.

Apolitical. Grounded in the most enduring foundations of our republic. Weighted with the import of duty.


Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) Tweeted:
Worth noting:

Asking Ukraine to investigate Biden is a crime.

Lying to Congress about Ukraine aid to cover up a crime is a crime.

Conspiring to withhold the Whistleblower complaint is a crime.

Utilizing State Department resources to help Giuliani attack Biden is a crime.

Black Professor (@BlackProphet55) Tweeted:
I never doubted Nancy Pelosi. I’m use to women leadership who moves in silence and not displaying their every move like a slick talker.

Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) Tweeted:
Biden: “I can take the political attacks. They’ll come and they’ll go, and in time they’ll soon be forgotten. But if we allow the president to get away with shredding the United States Constitution, that will last forever.”

The Whistleblower has a website:

Intelligence Community Whistleblower Matter

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116 Responses to Open Thread | The President Must Be Held Accountable…No one is Above the Law…

  1. rikyrah says:

    Trump is sputtering MAD about the hearing this morning. Calls for possible legal filing to stop it from going on (can’t be done, its Congress). Says nothing gets done in America “unless I do it.” He’s very mad.

    — Oliver Willis (@owillis) September 26, 2019

  2. rikyrah says:

    Aaron Blake
    Maguire on Barr’s potential conflict in not pursuing a complaint he’s named in:
    “I believe that the attorney general was mentioned in the complaint, not that he was a subject.”
    The whistleblower complaint says: “Attorney General Barr appears to be involved as well.”

  3. Hey Chicas! remember when I told y’all Twitter locked my account? Look what I found in my email. I just checked it. My account was locked 12 hours for NOTHING. I wasn’t in violation of any rules.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Phone call notes expose Barr’s deep involvement in Ukraine scheme

    Rachel Maddow notes today’s shocking revelation that two separate officials referred Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine to the Department of Justice for possible investigation. The DOJ decided against any action after a cursory investigation, only to have it revealed that Attorney General William Barr was mentioned by name several times in the Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president.

  5. rikyrah says:

    The best summary I’ve seen of the issues related to The Phone Call.

  6. rikyrah says:

    whenever a Republican politician is accused of a crime they all act like the law is this rigid and highly technical thing, but our prisons are full of people who are behind bars because some half-wit cop was like “uh yeah i’m pretty sure that’s the guy”— Law Boy, Esq. (@The_Law_Boy) September 25, 2019

  7. rikyrah says:

    Those pictures of Zelensky were hard not to laugh at them, cause this is real life, but they were funny in the horror on his face. He couldn’t even hide it

  8. rikyrah says:

    It was posted about this all the Ukraine stuff being a point to help Manafort. You have to think further than that. By talking about the ‘server’ being in Ukraine, and thus trying to shift things to Ukraine…
    The fundamental sanctions leveled against Russia because this country – in its official position- says that they attacked the 2016 elections….
    Cannot be lifted until they get another scapegoat.
    This is all about Vlad and his money. He wants those sanctions GONE. And, Dolt45 is STILL carrying water for him.

  9. rikyrah says:

    .@murraywaas on Giuliani: “The Ukrainian initiative appears to have begun in service of formulating a rationale by which the president could pardon Manafort, as part of an effort to undermine the special counsel’s investigation.” Wow. @nybooks— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 26, 2019

    Looking for more on why Trump would be interested in digging up new evidence about CrowdStrike? @emptywheel has valuable insight: It all ties in with Roger Stone’s plan to question the 2016 DNC hack findings, an effort that so far has failed in court.— Jeff Stone (@jeffstone500) September 25, 2019

  10. rikyrah says:

    This article quotes zero people who didn’t vote for Trump but oppose his impeachment. It quotes one Trump voter who supports impeachment. It provides zero reason to think impeachment will hurt Dems at the polls.

    — Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) September 26, 2019

  11. rikyrah says:

    Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) Tweeted:
    Bill Barr:
    1. Wrote a memo attacking Mueller
    2. Got a job overseeing Mueller
    3. Lied about Mueller’s Report
    4. Lied to Congress about his lies
    5. Helped Trump pressure Ukraine
    6. Buried a whistleblower complaint
    7. Hid the complaint from Congress
    8. Exonerated himself and Trump

    • Liza says:

      And what does Bill Barr get out of this? History will be a hard judge. Why in the name of the Lord would anyone do what he has done?

  12. rikyrah says:

    Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) Tweeted:
    President Trump says he expects Democrats to ask for his first conversation with the president of Ukraine as well as VP Mike Pence’s conversations which happened a couple of times.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) Tweeted:
    Tulsi Gabbard: Transcript doesn’t show ‘compelling’ case for impeachment OK this is nuts. She’s not as subtle as Jill Stein

  14. rikyrah says:

    Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) Tweeted:
    BARR needs to be impeached as well

    • Liza says:

      The DOJ has been rotting from the top down ever since Trump started his occupation of the Oval Office. The DOJ will have to be rebuilt along with every other government agency that Trump destroyed.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Corn Pop’s Play Cousin 🌈 (@skepticalbrotha) Tweeted:
    Trump’s release of his Ukrainian call notes proves what #BandyLee and her group of psychiatrists has said: Trump is incapable of discerning reality and that he is a danger to national security.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) Tweeted:
    If Warren wins the nom she’s not competing in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia. So she’s incentivized to get a VP who she thinks will help in the midwest since its her only path. Pundits will push the WWC narrative hard. I could absolutely see her picking mayor Pete in response

  17. rikyrah says:


    Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) Tweeted:
    why is Trump throwing Pence under the bus? Trying to keep him quiet?

    • Liza says:

      None of the candidates compare to Obama including Biden.

      With Warren, I’m more concerned about misogyny than black voter turnout. Perhaps I’ve got this wrong, but I believe black voters will show up.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Love the pictures :)

    ‘Being a working mum and travelling with a baby… it’s a lot but it’s all so exciting!’ Meghan Markle reveals the hardships of taking Archie on royal tour of South Africa

    The Duchess of Sussex met with 12 inspiring female entrepreneurs at a workshop in South Africa today
    Earlier the Meghan and Harry took Archie on his first public engagement to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu
    Meghan then paid a visit to the charity mothers2mothers, which trains and employs women with HIV

    PUBLISHED: 08:19 EDT, 25 September 2019 | UPDATED: 11:25 EDT, 25 September 2019

  19. rikyrah says:

    Hmmm… The White House just sent its talking points on Ukraine to House Democrats.Here are some screenshots, per source.— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) September 25, 2019

  20. rikyrah says:

    Why this Trump scandal sparked an impeachment push (and Mueller didn’t)
    09/25/19 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    After Robert Mueller released his report on the Russia scandal, about a fourth of the U.S. House decided it was time to pursue impeachment against Donald Trump. There was ample evidence that the president had obstructed a federal investigation into his own alleged misconduct, and it wasn’t hard to argue that the Republican had met the “high crimes and misdemeanors” standard.
    Those impeachment proponents, however, struggled to persuade everyone else. Polls showed relatively broad skepticism toward the idea; there was little guarantee that impeachment articles would secure a House majority; the odds of success in the Republican-led Senate were zero; and House Democratic leaders saw no upside – political, legal, electoral, or otherwise – to pursuing such a campaign.


    So why is the process moving forward now, after failing to advance in the wake of the Mueller report? The New York Times’ David Leonhardt, an impeachment skeptic who’s changed his mind, summarized the dynamic nicely in a tidy paragraph:

    In his dealings with Ukraine, the president committed a new and clearly understandable constitutional high crime: He put his own interests above the national interest by pressuring a foreign country to damage a political rival. He evidently misused taxpayer money in the process. He has shown he’s willing to do almost anything to win re-election.

  21. rikyrah says:

    What about the EXTRA $140 MILLION given to Ukraine?

    Where did it come from?
    WHY was it given?

  22. rikyrah says:

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  23. rikyrah says:

    Harris: Has the president or anyone at the WH ever asked or suggested you open an investigation of anyone? Yes or no, please sir…

    Barr: Um…the President or anybody else…

    Harris: Seems you’d remember something like that and be able to tell us…

    — Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 1, 2019

  24. rikyrah says:


    watching Republicans right now and I’ve been to SoulCycle classes with less spin— shauna (@goldengateblond) September 25, 2019

  25. rikyrah says:

    Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) Tweeted:
    The president of the United States has betrayed our country.

    That’s not a political statement—it’s a harsh reality, and we must act.

    He is a clear and present danger to the things that keep us strong and free.

    I support impeachment.

  26. rikyrah says:

    The Intelligence Community Inspector General in late August referred a criminal complaint to the Justice Department to investigate whether the president’s pushing for Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, a potential 2020 rival, was a violation of campaign finance law.

    — Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) September 25, 2019

  27. rikyrah says:

    Trump impeachment inquiry will ‘move very quickly’: Rep. Waters

    Rep. Maxine Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about how she anticipates the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry process will proceed and the speed with which she expects it to develop.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Trump admin racing to get ahead of Ukraine whistleblower story

    Michael Schmidt, Washington correspondent for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting that the Trump administration intends to disclose some version of the intelligence community whistleblower’s complaint as Congress begins to communicate with the whistleblower and the House begins an impeachment inquiry.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Trump Ukraine solicitation forces Pelosi’s hand on impeachment

    Rachel Maddow reports on the rapid developments in the reporting on Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal that led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to officially establish an impeachment inquiry.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Oliver Willis (@owillis) Tweeted:
    Giuliani is like G Gordon Liddy going on TV saying “Yeah the president asked me to break into the Watergate, so what? It’s ok to break into the DNC headquarters if the president asks, so what?”

  31. rikyrah says:

    Bianca Delarosa: Why Did Biden Kill OG Corn Pop? (@BravelyWriting) Tweeted:
    It’s hilarious.

    Nancy Pelosi is now doing exactly what y’all said you wanted.

    Y’all must have been up all fucking night carrying those goalposts out of the stadium.

    I woke up to people even madder at her for not doing various things she doesn’t have the power to do.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Once again

    Get the ENTIRE Phuck Outta Here 😠 😠

  33. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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