So, in case you missed it, the House is going to begin live Impeachment Inquiry Hearings on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
Chairman Adam Schiff has been releasing transcripts of the witnesses. And, all I can say is, thank goodness for the professional staff. They have been filling in all the blanks, and just putting it out there—the crimes of this President with regards to Ukraine.
The following transcripts have been released:
Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanivich
Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador P. Michael McKinley
Former Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker
Ukraine Embassy Chief of Mission Ambassador Bill Taylor
EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland (who suddenly remembered all this new stuff once the other transcripts were released)
Some want to say that ‘ quid pro quo’ has been proven.
It has, but, I agree with others – don’t call it ‘quid pro quo’. Call it was it was – BRIBERY AND EXTORTION.
And, it goes back far earlier than we suspected. The professionals alerted folks months before it became obvious – their fear that Dolt45’s lawyer – Rudy Giuliani – was carrying out a shadow foreign policy, outside of the bounds of the United States State Department.
Some really good video segments:
Top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine ties Trump to quid pro quo
The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, told House impeachment investigators last month that President Donald Trump directed officials to tie military aid to Ukraine to demands that the country open politically advantageous probes, according to his deposition.
Foreign Affairs member: ‘Republicans were scared’ of Bill Taylor’s deposition
Rep. Gregory Meeks tells Lawrence O’Donnell that Republican committee members feared that everything they asked William Taylor would just further confirm the whistleblower’s damning account. Meeks says that every transcript that has come out so far speaks for itself. Lawrence also discusses with Mieke Eoyang and Ned Price.
Indicted Giuliani associate willing to cooperate with impeachment investigation
One of Giuliani’s indicted associates, Lev Parnas, who helped dig up dirt on Trump’s political rival in Ukraine has indicated he’s willing to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry by testifying and supplying documents subpoenaed by Congress. Chuck Rosenberg tells Lawrence O’Donnell that “most defendants become convicted felons and most convicted felons look for ways to cooperate in order to reduce their sentence.”
Diplomats’ texts lay out Trump Ukraine scheme in stark detail
Rachel Maddow reports on newly published transcripts of text messages between Kurt Volker, Gordon Sondland and others, in which Donald Trump’s demand for investigations into Joe Biden’s son and a debunked conspiracy theory in exchange for foreign aid and a White House meeting for Ukraine are discussed in plain terms, even as Sondland made late changes to his testimony to the Donald Trump impeachment committees.
I believe Barr put this out..trying to stave off his own impeachment.
WaPo: Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference saying Trump broke no laws in Ukraine call
The Washington Post reports that Trump wanted Barr to hold a news conference saying President Trump broke no laws in call with the Ukrainian leader.
Someone else put out this correction:
Again, that WaPo story is incorrect.
Barr didn’t DECLINE to do what Trump asked.
He DELEGATED the exoneration of something the AG knew tied to an ongoing conspiracy investigation to his spox. Trump got his exoneration. Just w/o Barr provably involved.https://t.co/3KJgpRFf1v
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) November 7, 2019
Chris Hayes: Yes, there was a quid pro quo
Gordon Sondland’s testimony reveals Trump was, without question, demanding a quid pro quo from Ukraine.
And now, the GOP wants to out the Whistleblower, which is illegal. Their obsession on this is ridiculous. Because, everything the Whistleblower put in their memo, HAS BEEN VALIDATED BY NUMEROUS OTHER TESTIMONIES.
And, things that even the Whistleblower didn’t know.
Remember, we only have had a ‘ read out/outline’ of the key July phone call.
Dolt45 is right. Release the transcripts.
THE ACTUAL TRANSCRIPTS.
WHAT’S HIDDEN ON THE SECRET SERVER.
Yes, let’s get folks in front of the cameras to tell about Dolt45’s extortion and bribery.
Can’t wait for this to start on November 13, 2019.
Ian D. Carroll
Paula White has done both.
You can’t make this stuff up..
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Yes, he did this, but Nancy Smash has to approve it!
Manu Raju (@mkraju) Tweeted:
After weeks of Republicans demanding that Schiff open up the doors and allow the public to see the impeachment proceedings, Trump says this morning: “They shouldn’t be having public hearings.” https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1192828052348252160?s=20
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Three words about Bloomberg, and how I can’t see him eroding Biden’s support from the base of the Democratic Party:
Stop and Frisk
Sheri Flanders (@SheriFlanders) Tweeted:
People angry at Kamala’s education plan are angry that the government might give poor kids an optional luxury that rich kids already have at well-funded schools. #Kamala2020 https://twitter.com/SheriFlanders/status/1192453643880083456?s=17
👑 Black Professor 👑 (@Wonderbitch82) Tweeted:
white privilege is..
From that Angela Rye interview with Elizabeth Warren, she couldn’t name 3 black folks to have in her cabinet, maybe she can get “100 Black Women” to bring her a binder of Black women so she can find some amazing talened, qualified, experienced Black women. https://twitter.com/Wonderbitch82/status/1192592237244358657?s=17
Race Bannon has been up to his eyeballs in this from the beginning…starting with Flynn😠😠😠
This really, really makes me MAD as f****** hell.
A 12 year old kid, black or otherwise, does not understand the depth and breadth of the racism in this country. A kid that young just simply hasn’t lived long enough.
So these kids think they are just like anyone else, the people they interact with, the people they see on TV etc…
Then comes the baptism of fire.
This is wrong. And it is evil.
Wakandan War Dog (@Kennymack1971) Tweeted:
Right up there with the black blue checks “not an endorsement” is earnest white liberals “ Kamala would be an awesome AG” good enough for a cabinet position but not for POTUS. I see you.
Good lord just shut up. https://twitter.com/Kennymack1971/status/1192433338872745985?s=17
Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) Tweeted:
Trump wanting Barr to hold a press conference and say no laws were broken is completely consistent with his efforts to obstruct the Mueller probe. For Trump, DOJ exists solely to serve his political aims. He has no qualms making demands that might be improper or illegal. https://twitter.com/ChrisLu44/status/1192291634433519619?s=17
Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) Tweeted:
!!! DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer in Iowa has privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing his White House bid, https://t.co/UCW2pCldsw https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/status/1192494858369425408?s=17
Yes 👏👏 👏
How would he cut into Biden’s support with the base?😒
Talking about Bloomberg 😒
Scott Dworkin (@funder) Tweeted:
BREAKING: One of Mike Pence’s aides, who was on the Trump Ukraine call, testified today that the call was political—not diplomatic. This is getting terrible for Trump and worse for the GOP. All of their cover stories are getting obliterated. Public hearings start next week. Good. https://twitter.com/funder/status/1192588490866937858?s=17
Good Morning, Everyone 😀😀😀