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January 27, 2020

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Dave (in MA)
cryptogrammical tweets
What I find annoying is Twitter threads that consist of cryptic reactions to since-deleted tweets that never get explained to the people who came in late.

There was apparently something outrageous tweeted today by dailycaller that was removed, and damned if I can figure out what it was.

Captain Hate

“Bitchy sniping from the usual suspects” per Captain Hate.
Name them please sir.

I'll do it after sbw explains his +1. I want everyone here to abide by the same rules and no favorites.

Jack is Back!

Clarice,

Nice summary. Count me in on your analysis. Much ado about nothing.

BTW, where is our Shakespeare for the Trump presidency? Look at all those English Kings who make his HOF except for Henry V and even then, it took 500+ year for Kenneth Branaugh to make him relevant:)

D

In your 4:23, who are you addressing?

MJW

Last night, Mark Levin had Peter Schweizer for the second half of the show, and a long impeachment editorial for the first half. I wish he'd had Schweizer on for the entire program. I just can't listen to Levin in rant mode. He'd be much more effective if he adopted the much calmer demeanor he uses when interviewing.

D

Captain:
No guts no glory.
Stand behind what you post.

Texas Liberty Gal

I really have been impressed with Josh Hawley!!!!!

anonamom

Porch, because the pre-sales of his book on Amazon have him at Number 52 this afternoon.

Philbin is my attending from training's son! I remember hearing stories about him teaching him to drive. He's doing a great job.

Poor Judge Starr had a very dry topic.

MissMarple2

Porchlight,

The problem we have is we don't know if he DID make a statement. The darn press is quite capable of taping him and then not playing it, and refusing to take his phone calls.

The big lefty papers wouldn't print it, even in their on-line editions. For all we know his Twitter account has been hit.

That's what is so worrisome about how the media has been behaving. We don't know what to believe, and with that coronavirus in China, it's even worse.

Melinda

< eyeroll >

Porchlight

What are you talking about, maryrose? Iowa is extremely important. Buttigieg obviously thinks he can hang on a little longer if he polls in 3rd or 4th.

Give it a rest please.

Captain Hate

I don't answer to you, maryrose, which is apparently a misapprehension you share with OL.

MissMarple2

Well, I see people are grumpy, so I am going to go figure out what to make for supper.

Back after while.

JM Hanes

I don't know what's going on with Bolton. Does anyone have a link to what the NYTimes actually said? I try not to give them clicks. Do they actually quote from the manuscript or do they characterize what Bolton putatively said.

In any case, I presume the cross examination will start with: "The President fired you, didn't he?" "in fact, you were humiliated, weren't you?"

I think that the obstruction of Congress article is going nowhere. On the first article, Team Trump has put paid to the charge that the President wasn't interested in burden sharing or corruption, and that the brief hold on funds for Ukraine was not unusual or otherwise inexplicable. The one thing the defense has not addressed yet is the mention of Biden by name in the President's call. Perhaps that's something they're putting off, but I do think it's a key point.

I do think a case could be made that since the Ukrainians had been given a "do not investigate" list (from the Ambassador?) in the past, it was important that they know that no one was off limits, (especially if Hunter Biden was on that list). I can believe there was such a list, but has its existence been established, either in testimony before the House or elsewhere? It's my understanding, however, that the President was asking about Biden in the context of the 2016 election, but I'm not sure where I picked that impression up.

Next up: Pam Bondi

Captain Hate

I think "water off a duck's back" is the appropriate phrase.

Porchlight

Porch, because the pre-sales of his book on Amazon have him at Number 52 this afternoon.

Okay, but if it's all designed to pump Bolton's book sales, why should I believe anything remotely positive about the guy, such as clarice's #6?

MM, Bolton could get something out there if he wanted to. He seems to be going along with it for now.

John S

Fla atty gen Bondi now to discuss Busisma in Senate trial

Dave (in MA)

+1

jimmyk

As I mentioned the other day, Iowa does seem to be important for the Dems. It's predicted every nominee going back to 2000, though mr is right that in 2016 Bernie and Hillary were essentially tied.

sbwaters

CH, you expect me to remember that far back? I step in the river and the river moves on.

Words of limited wisdom.

Porchlight

It's predicted every nominee going back to 2000, though mr is right that in 2016 Bernie and Hillary were essentially tied.

Which suggests that Bernie's support was stronger than Hillary wanted everyone to believe, hence the need to crush him and grab the superdelegates.

Old Lurker

Quack.

These feathers work on pee just as well as water.

Nice.

Captain Hate

I'll uncrash the party but everyone in the Horde except for JackStraw and precious few others were hair on fire. Here's a hint: look at Trump's reaction and be guided.

D

Porch:
Let us let it play out.
I will watch the polls.
I feel confident in stating that Pete Buttigieg will not be President of the United States or Vice President.

D

Cruz won Iowa in 2016.
It helped him last a little longer until Trump captured the evangelical vote.

D

SBW:
Let me refresh your memory.
KK as is his way made a derogatory comment about me in a nasty tone and you plus one’d him.
Then refused to acknowledge it.
My opinion of both of you has been altered.

hrtshpdbox

Bolton could get something out there if he wanted to. He seems to be going along with it for now.

I'd hate to think Bolton is crying while sitting by the phone, the prettiest girl in school who every boy is too intimidated to call and ask out. Geez, he was on Red Eye every night, you'd think Gutfeld could get him on, even to say "I'm not able to talk about that".

Porchlight

I feel confident in stating that Pete Buttigieg will not be President of the United States or Vice President.

Me too, but that wasn't my point.

D

How many who won in Iowa won the Presidency:
Gore-no
Kerry-no
Hillary-no
Obama-yes even though after crying Hillary won N.H. in 2008.

Marlene

Good afternoon! Pam Bondi's presentation is impressive. I hope she concludes with,"by the way,how about that crack pipe in the rental car?" *mic drop*

jimmyk

maryrose, I don't think anyone here thinks that any of these D clowns is going to win the presidency, so by "importance" we obviously mean in terms of the D nomination.

clarice

No idea, porchlight--perhaps if he says ONE WORD about any conversation with DJT he opens it up to a claim that the president cannot claim executive privilege because Bolton already opened that door.

D

Realclearpolitics has a downward arrow for Butti in Iowa and New Hampshire
with Bernie surging one week before the Iowa Caucus.

anonamom

Typepad won't post maggie's article as written. Sorry. Maybe I can in pieces. I'll try.

anonamom

WASHINGTON — President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton.

The president’s statement as described by Mr. Bolton could undercut a key element of his impeachment defense: that the holdup in aid was separate from Mr. Trump’s requests that Ukraine announce investigations into his perceived enemies, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, who had worked for a Ukrainian energy firm while his father was in office.

Mr. Bolton’s explosive account of the matter at the center of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial, the third in American history, was included in drafts of a manuscript he has circulated in recent weeks to close associates. He also sent a draft to the White House for a standard review process for some current and former administration officials who write books.

Multiple people described Mr. Bolton’s account of the Ukraine affair.

The book presents an outline of what Mr. Bolton might testify to if he is called as a witness in the Senate impeachment trial, the people said. The White House could use the pre-publication review process, which has no set time frame, to delay or even kill the book’s publication or omit key passages.

Just after midnight on Monday, Mr. Trump denied telling Mr. Bolton that the aid was tied to investigations. “If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book,” he wrote on Twitter, reprising his argument that the Ukrainians themselves felt “no pressure” and falsely asserting that the aid was released ahead of schedule.

Over dozens of pages, Mr. Bolton described how the Ukraine affair unfolded over several months until he departed the White House in September. He described not only the president’s private disparagement of Ukraine but also new details about senior cabinet officials who have publicly tried to sidestep involvement.

For example, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged privately that there was no basis to claims by the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani that the ambassador to Ukraine was corrupt and believed Mr. Giuliani may have been acting on behalf of other clients, Mr. Bolton wrote.

Mr. Bolton also said that after the president’s July phone call with the president of Ukraine, he raised with Attorney General William P. Barr his concerns about Mr. Giuliani, who was pursuing a shadow Ukraine policy encouraged by the president, and told Mr. Barr that the president had mentioned him on the call. A spokeswoman for Mr. Barr denied that he learned of the call from Mr. Bolton; the Justice Department has said he learned about it only in mid-August.

And the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, was present for at least one phone call where the president and Mr. Giuliani discussed the ambassador, Mr. Bolton wrote. Mr. Mulvaney has told associates he would always step away when the president spoke with his lawyer to protect their attorney-client privilege.

anonamom

maggie part Two:

During a previously reported May 23 meeting where top advisers and Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, briefed him about their trip to Kyiv for the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mr. Trump railed about Ukraine trying to damage him and mentioned a conspiracy theory about a hacked Democratic server, according to Mr. Bolton.

The White House did not provide responses to questions about Mr. Bolton’s assertions, and representatives for Mr. Johnson, Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Mulvaney did not respond to emails and calls seeking comment on Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Bolton’s lawyer blamed the White House for the disclosure of the book’s contents. “It is clear, regrettably, from the New York Times article published today that the pre-publication review process has been corrupted and that information has been disclosed by persons other than those properly involved in reviewing the manuscript,” the lawyer, Charles J. Cooper, said Sunday night.

He said he provided a copy of the book to the White House on Dec. 30 — 12 days after Mr. Trump was impeached — to be reviewed for classified information, though, he said, Mr. Bolton believed it contained none.

The submission to the White House may have given Mr. Trump’s aides and lawyers direct insight into what Mr. Bolton would say if he were called to testify at Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial. It also intensified concerns among some of his advisers that they needed to block Mr. Bolton from testifying, according to two people familiar with their concerns.

The White House has ordered Mr. Bolton and other key officials with firsthand knowledge of Mr. Trump’s dealings not to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry. Mr. Bolton said in a statement this month that he would testify if subpoenaed.

D

Jimmyk:
Iowa is as important as anyone chooses to make it.
For me the primary in New Hampshire and Super Tuesday will tell the tale.

Dave (in MA)

Bolton used to be on that overnight show with the stupid newspaper puppet? I hope he wasn't in the Leg Chair.

anonamom

Maggie Part Three:
In recent days, some White House officials have described Mr. Bolton as a disgruntled former employee, and have said he took notes that he should have left behind when he departed the administration.

Mr. Trump told reporters last week that he did not want Mr. Bolton to testify and said that even if he simply spoke out publicly, he could damage national security.

“The problem with John is it’s a national security problem,” Mr. Trump said at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland. “He knows some of my thoughts. He knows what I think about leaders. What happens if he reveals what I think about a certain leader and it’s not very positive?”

“It’s going to make the job very hard,” he added.

The Senate impeachment trial could end as early as Friday without witness testimony. Democrats in both the House and Senate have pressed for weeks to include any new witnesses and documents that did not surface during the House impeachment hearings to be fair, focusing on persuading the handful of Republican senators they would need to join them to succeed.

But a week into the trial, most lawmakers say the chances of 51 senators agreeing to call witnesses are dwindling, not growing.

Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said the Bolton manuscript underscored the need for him to testify, and the House impeachment managers demanded after this article was published that the Senate vote to call him. “There can be no doubt now that Mr. Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the president’s defense,” they said in a statement.

Republicans, though, were mostly silent; a spokesman for the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, declined to comment.

Mr. Bolton would like to testify for several reasons, according to associates. He believes he has relevant information, and he has also expressed concern that if his account of the Ukraine affair emerges only after the trial, he will be accused of holding back to increase his book sales.

Mr. Bolton, 71, a fixture in conservative national security circles since his days in the Reagan administration, joined the White House in 2018 after several people recommended him to the president, including the Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson.

But Mr. Bolton and Mr. Trump soured on each other over several global crises, including Iranian aggression, Mr. Trump’s posture toward Russia and, ultimately, the Ukraine matter. Mr. Bolton was also often at odds with Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Mulvaney throughout his time in the administration.

Key to Mr. Bolton’s account about Ukraine is an exchange during a meeting in August with the president after Mr. Trump returned from vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Mr. Bolton raised the $391 million in congressionally appropriated assistance to Ukraine for its war in the country’s east against Russian-backed separatists. Officials had frozen the aid, and a deadline was looming to begin sending it to Kyiv, Mr. Bolton noted.

He, Mr. Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper had collectively pressed the president about releasing the aid nearly a dozen times in the preceding weeks after lower-level officials who worked on Ukraine issues began complaining about the holdup, Mr. Bolton wrote. Mr. Trump had effectively rebuffed them, airing his longstanding grievances about Ukraine, which mixed legitimate efforts by some Ukrainians to back his Democratic 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, with unsupported accusations and outright conspiracy theories about the country, a key American ally.

Mr. Giuliani had also spent months stoking the president’s paranoia about the American ambassador to Ukraine at the time, Marie L. Yovanovitch, claiming that she was openly anti-Trump and needed to be dismissed. Mr. Trump had ordered her removed as early as April 2018 during a private dinner with two Giuliani associates and others, a recording of the conversation made public on Saturday showed.

In his August 2019 discussion with Mr. Bolton, the president appeared focused on the theories Mr. Giuliani had shared with him, replying to Mr. Bolton’s question that he preferred sending no assistance to Ukraine until officials had turned over all materials they had about the Russia investigation that related to Mr. Biden and supporters of Mrs. Clinton in Ukraine.

The president often hits at multiple opponents in his harangues, and he frequently lumps together the law enforcement officials who conducted the Russia inquiry with Democrats and other perceived enemies, as he appeared to do in speaking to Mr. Bolton.

Mr. Bolton also described other key moments in the pressure campaign, including Mr. Pompeo’s private acknowledgment to him last spring that Mr. Giuliani’s claims about Ms. Yovanovitch had no basis and that Mr. Giuliani may have wanted her removed because she might have been targeting his clients who had dealings in Ukraine as she sought to fight corruption.

Ms. Yovanovitch, a Canadian immigrant whose parents fled the Soviet Union and Nazis, was a well-regarded career diplomat who was known as a vigorous fighter against corruption in Ukraine. She was abruptly removed last year and told the president had lost trust in her, even though a boss assured her she had “done nothing wrong.”

anonamom

Maggie, the End

Mr. Bolton also said he warned White House lawyers that Mr. Giuliani might have been leveraging his work with the president to help his private clients.

At the impeachment trial, Mr. Trump himself had hoped to have his defense call a range of people to testify who had nothing to do with his efforts related to Ukraine, including Hunter Biden, to frame the case around Democrats. But Mr. McConnell repeatedly told the president that witnesses could backfire, and the White House has followed his lead.

Mr. McConnell and other Republicans in the Senate, working in tandem with Mr. Trump’s lawyers, have spent weeks waging their own rhetorical battle to keep their colleagues within the party tent on the question of witnesses, with apparent success. Two of the four Republican senators publicly open to witness votes have sounded notes of skepticism in recent days about the wisdom of having the Senate compel testimony that the House did not get.

Since Mr. Bolton’s statement, White House advisers have floated the possibility that they could go to court to try to obtain a restraining order to stop him from speaking. Such an order would be unprecedented, but any attempt to secure it could succeed in tying up his testimony in legal limbo and scaring off Republican moderates wary of letting the trial drag on when its outcome appears clear.

D

Anonamom:
Of course they would blame the WH.
I will let it all unravel before passing final judgment.

Dave (in MA)

jimmyk | January 27, 2020 at 04:58 PM
I'd like to think not, but we've had D clowns before and I don't think we've ever had such a unified MSM(with its slimy tentacles deep into the popular culture) or such an uninformed electorate as we do now.

Narciso

Whole lot of nuffin so far, now the rosemont records those are real.

Melinda

Timeline error, Maggie. Nice try.

jimmyk

Dave, I'm not going to give a Namath-style guarantee, but I'm pretty confident, barring some kind of economic collapse.

clarice

Bolton spokesperson denied Bolton ever circulated the draft to :close associates" BTW,

Narciso

Theres no subatantive quote anywhere in the haberman logorrhea, thats why she ordered double helpings of tizzotto.

clarice

The claim that Bolton raised it because Ukrainian officials raised concerns about the hold up is weird, because they were never told it was being held up and , in fact, they got it 3 weeks before the appropriation expired.

Captain Hate

I hope Ol' Yeller learns from this

http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=385491

Narciso

Yes that doesnt make sense, the thing that was on the record was advice to zelensky not to sell a certain piece of tech to china.

Extraneus

I am beginning to think the entire Bolton thingy is a manufactured piece of nonsense.

Me, too, especially after learning this.

You can’t make this up:

Who was in charge of reviewing all NSC publications—including John Bolton’s new “bombshell” book that just leaked to the New York Times?

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s twin brother

Why do either of the Vindman brothers still work at the White House?

🤔

— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 27, 2020
Narciso

That was august 28th.

Dave (in MA)

CH, does Levin usually give Wallace undue respect? I don't get to hear him a whole lot.

Dave (in MA)
NESN@NESN · 
ESPN reportedly is "working toward removing" Jess
Mendoza from the "Sunday Night Baseball" broadcast
booth.
http://nesn.com/?p=1041101
sbwaters

D, move on. No refreshment necessary.

Narciso

These are some of maggies horseappples

https://www.newsbusters.org/journalists/maggie-haberman?page=0%2C1

Dave (in MA)

Via Clarice on Zucker-Borg Re: Maggie:

https://thefederalist.com/2019/04/19/maggie-haberman-thinks-weird-white-house-play-edelweiss

D

Herschman doing a good job.
Bondi also excellent.

Dave (in MA)

Maggie's Horseapples would make an excellent name for a country-rock band.

MissMarple2

Haberman must be in advanced stages of TDS, if she is thinking "Edelweiss" has some sinister connection.

When the movie "The SOund of Music" came out, I saw it 3 times in the Circle Theater downtown. (Indianapolis didn't have a big assortment of amusements for high school kids, and downtown movies were one of our choices.)

That scene with Captain von Trapp singing is a real tear-jerker, and it was one of my favorite portions of the movie.

The Left ruins everything.

Narciso

Seth abramson snorfle, he cant read a fara film in olain english.

Theo

The immediate issue is not whether the NYT report is an accurate summary of Bolton’s manuscript or whether whatever Bolton’s manuscript— whatever it says — is truthful and accurate. Instead the immediate issue is whether this story whatever its merits causes four Republican Senators to vote to call Bolton as a witness.

If it does, it complicates matters for Trump. It looked like impeachment was going to be over this week and forgotten next week. That seems less likely now.

I totally agree with OL’s comment that we should not strain ourselves looking for how this could be good news. It isn’t. It’s not a devastating blow either. Trump will still be acquitted but it would have been much better if this Bolton leak had not occurred.

Jack is Back!

The last chapter of Boys in the Boat, along with the epilogue, are true tear jerker's at least for me. Frederick being a rower has my true support and admiration.

John S

Theo, this is the battle of the bulge. The last attempt by a losing force to turn things around. All we have to say is "nuts!"

anonamom

Write those week-kneed R Senators and tell them they'll look strong by ending htis farce based on what the House brought them

good comment by Owen at Althouse re: current defense attorney:

Eric Herschmann of WH defense team is doing a similarly methodical job on the House Managers for their standard of what constitutes “abuse of power.” He uses their own words to parse the Obama “hot mic” exchange in March 2012 with Medvedev where he trades Russian quietude today for post-election favors: which in fact were granted when Russia in 2014 invaded Ukraine and Obama does...nothing.


Closing with: Do not interfere with the upcoming election by supporting these article of impeachment.

Jack is Back!

JohnS,

Yeah but the Bulge was the deadliest battle of all except for D-Day. Plus it took forever. They didn't turn things around but they delayed the inevitable.

Watching the Impeachment, especially Pam Bondi and Hershmann. I think they brought Bondi on to appeal to the 21-35 male voter set (who in my opinion hardly vote since they are usually hungover). But Hershmann, even reading from a prepared text made very valid points as he spoke directly to Schiff and Nadler.

You know, I come from my 6 years in DC and I have to tell you I learned there that perception is reality. If so, don't be surprised that the Dems with the controlling news of the MFM, may have convinced a lot of LIV' s that this is really true about Trump and he is just another dirty pol just like them but less clean as we are.

rich

>>>Xi wants Trump to lose the next election or get booted out.

Nothing would help that effort like a severe economic downturn that Trump can do nothing about.

Release the weaponized "novel coronavirus".

Posted by: Buckeye | January 27, 2020 at 01:05 PM<<<

that is top shelf conspiracy 4d thinking right there!

Narciso

This is the way they covered for ballhaus last scoop


https://mobile.twitter.com/305local/status/1221925298641555457

rich

Posted by: anonamom | January 27, 2020 at 05:04 PM

never forget that Maggie was in one of the email dumps where a clinton toady wrote something like 'give it to maggie she'll print anything from us'

Narciso

Thats where the rizzotto tray press came from.

Jack is Back!

How much has the SB changed since 1967 (I was still in the AF at BombNav training) where I watched it the BOQ with my training partners.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28537636/super-bowl-vs-super-bowl-liv-how-nfl-biggest-game-changed

When I played at Cincy, I was 229 as a tight end, linebacker. Limited platooning back then.

No way the teams of the 60's or 70's could compete today.

Melinda

They're all jumping in. Here's Chait:

Intelligencer
@intelligencer
John Bolton’s forthcoming book includes the exact piece of evidence that Trump’s legal team insisted did not exist: that Trump specifically told Bolton that he was holding up the military aid in return for investigating the Bidens.

@jonathanchait writes nym.ag/36zDkge

https://twitter.com/intelligencer/status/1221936142083395586

Nicely timed rollout.

Narciso

Its just chaitred, hes just lipsynching the same notes

Melinda

Tater transmits panty twisting by Press Gaggle:

Brian Stelter
@brianstelter
Just in from the State Department Correspondents' Association: The group "protests the decision to remove NPR correspondent Michele Kelemen from Secretary Pompeo's plane on his upcoming trip to Europe and Central Asia." Kelemen "was in rotation as the radio pool reporter."

5:04pm · 27 Jan 2020 · Twitter for iPhone

The association notes Pompeo's recent criticism of @NPRKelly and says "we can only conclude that the State Department is retaliating against NPR as a result of this exchange… We find it unacceptable to punish an individual member of our association."

https://twitter.com/brianstelter/status/1221932583002497024

Narciso

Remember he brought a big pillow to burisma early on

Theo

JohnS —

The Battle of the Bulge analogy has some merit. Just like the BotB this is not going to end in the bad guys winning the war. But it certainly has put some crimps and probable delays in the good guys winning. When the Germans launched their attack, Ike’s reaction was not “they have fallen into my trap” or “we have got them now.” It was much more like “we have got a tougher than expected fight on our hands, but we will still prevail.”

The Infamous Ignatz

TomR 1) 2) 3) or how about 4), everything the Haberman bitch and the NYT says is a lie?

jimmyk

“don't be surprised that the Dems with the controlling news of the MFM, may have convinced a lot of LIV' s that this is really true about Trump and he is just another dirty pol just like them but less clean as we are.”

I wonder how many persuadables (there’s a term I haven’t seen here in a while) really give much weight to the MSM any more. I suspect not that many. They’ve cried ‘wolf’ a few too many times.

Narciso

Usa today brought slade gorton out of his cigar store indian case. To argue for impeachment because reasons

The Infamous Ignatz

clarice 1-6 or how about 7, everything the Haberman bitch and the NYT says is a lie?

Melinda

The slap backs are picking up steam.

thebradfordfile™
@thebradfordfile
All your witnesses end up dead.

Sit this one out, cupcake.

Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton
A trial that doesn't allow testimony from material witnesses isn't a trial at all. It's a cover-up.

Your Republican senators need to hear from you today. (202) 224-3121

nytimes.com/2020/01/26/us/…

https://twitter.com/thebradfordfile/status/1221856232954302465

henry

Same guy wrote that vignette for Maggie that wrote Schiff’s imaginary Trump phone call.

Narciso

Funny how that works out always.

Melinda

Next Bolton leg was telegraphed earlier:

Arthur Schwartz
@ArthurSchwartz
Hey @AmbJohnBolton. How did certain lobbyists with close ties to you & Kupperman get a copy of your private schedule when you were National Security Advisor? Did you & Kupperman get a cut of the action?

Are you guys still sitting on this story, @nytimes?

https://twitter.com/ArthurSchwartz/status/1221917379225169926

Theo

Ignatz —

Whether Maggie and the NYT are lying or not is not really immediately relevant. Unless and until they are exposed as liars the seemingly reasonable argument will be that the Senate should hear from Bolton himself. If four Republicans buy into that argument, then things will get more complicated. Either he testifies or there is this huge fight over privilege. Neither option is as good for Trump as no witnesses being called in the first place.

Tom R

Note TomR’s number 3 scenario.
It is an anti Trump statement accusing our President of deliberately lying.

Maryrose,

Do you even spend at least 5 seconds trying to understand my posts you respond to? You should probably start.

The Infamous Ignatz

I heard you the first several times, Theo. :)

Melinda

< beep-beep-beep-beep-beep >

Are the safety cones out, or just tape? OSHA rules are there for a reason when moving heavy equipment.

MissMarple2

Jack,

Ratings show that the networks and CNN are losing viewers by the bazillion. My daughter watches nothing but old shows on Netflix. My son is busy with work and catches news on Twitter.

What I would really like to see are some arrests on live TV, with commentary on WHY they are being arrested.

Brennan taken into custody by MP's because treason would be good. He's not a sympathetic figure and the Left is half convinced the CIA is evil, anyway.

Melinda

Quadrilenially Concerned, even.

Narciso

I linked the non confrontatiomal intervire girl reporter kelley had witk al quds brennan

matt - deplore me if you must

Any talk of Chinese factories closing is BS at this point. It’s Lunar New Year and they are all closed for the next few days as workers return to the factories (or not).

Melinda

MM-

Like this?

FCCED - Financial Crime News
@FinCrimeEdu
The former crown prosecutor Roger Griffith faces allegations of been involved in a major crime syndicate while acting as a defence barrister for known crime figures and gave syndicate members information on how to avoid detection by police. fcced.com/fmr-prosecutor…

https://twitter.com/FinCrimeEdu/status/1221484899049385984

The Infamous Ignatz

Neil Gorsuch Issues Savage Rebuke to Activist Judges and Nationwide Injunctions.


Could any attorney here [or anyone else] explain to me how a district court judge enjoins;
a) anyone not a party to the suit and;
b) anyone outside his district?

MissMarple2

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/01/holy-moses-more-than-175000-tickets-requested-to-see-president-trump-in-wildwood-new-jersey-on-tuesday/

175,000 and Trump is going to schedule another rally there. Taking New Jersey would be epic!

jimmyk

Iggy @6:44
Because no one said they couldn’t?

MissMarple2

Melinda,

That's a pretty good one (charges filed story at 6:43). I wonder how much money he siphoned off.

D

TomR:
No I don’t think so.
Would like your spin on the 2 illegal FISA warrants, one which I believe Rosenstein signed.

MissMarple2

I am pleased to report that one of the Indiana senators, Mike Braun, thinks Bolton won't add anything and we don't need to call more witnesses. He's a business owner, not a career politician.

Haven't heard from the other one, Todd Young, yet. He's a younger, more GOPe type.

Melinda

"Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"

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