Day 22 of the Impeachment Inquiry.
Today’s witness – Michael McKinley in his opening statement will focus on the reasons for his resignation, which was primarily his concern that the Department’s leadership was not supporting the career foreign service. @kylieatwood— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) October 16, 2019
CNN teams spotted Kurt Volker arriving at Capitol Hill. He was not expected today.— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) October 16, 2019
GOP sources say Volker is here not to testify again but to review his interview transcript with his attorney— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) October 16, 2019
Speculation purely speculation, if the GOP sources are correct, it’s possible this means his testimony will be publicly released soon.
The President has so far tweeted 5 times.
You would think there is NO WAY that any of the Democrat Candidates that we witnessed last night could possibly become President of the United States. Now you see why they have no choice but to push a totally illegal & absurd Impeachment of one of the most successful Presidents!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
“What is happening to President Trump with Impeachment is a Constitutional Travesty.” @GrahamLedger The likes of which we have never seen before. It is Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi who should be impeached for fraud!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
95% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. Thank you! Just won two Congressional Seats in North Carolina, & a Governors runoff in Louisiana, which Republicans should now win! Because of Impeachment Fraud, we will easily take back the House, add in the Senate, & again win Pres!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
Our record Economy would CRASH, just like in 1929, if any of those clowns became President!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
Republicans are totally deprived of their rights in this Impeachment Witch Hunt. No lawyers, no questions, no transparency! The good news is that the Radical Left Dems have No Case. It is all based on their Fraud and Fabrication!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
In light of the President’s insistence that the Impeachment Inquiry is based on “Fraud” and a “Fabrication,” I took a trip down memory lane on how we have reached day 22 of the Impeachment Inquiry.
To defend the President against the Impeachment talks, the Republicans on Capital Hill have decided to attack the process of impeachment itself [see above tweets], demand that the federally protected whistleblower be outed, and have claimed that their “Constitutional” right to due process has been violated.
On my trip down memory lane I have this morning re-read the Whistleblower complaint. Interestingly enough, this complaint has been largely verified by players named inside the WB.
President Trump, asked Ukraine President Zelensky to investigate the Biden’s in exchange for a meeting with the President at the White House and U.S. defense aid.
President Trump asked Zelensky to investigate whether or not Ukraine had the DNC servers that were hacked by the Russians.
President Trump asked Zelensky to team up with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
The White House released the memo of the call on September 24th, 2019.
CNN reported on September 27th, 2019 that in a statement to CNN a White House Official said, “NSC [National Security Council] lawyers directed that the classified document be handled appropriately.”
On October 4th, as the News Blender reported following the deposition of U.S. Special Envoy to the Ukraine Kurt Volker. The three House Committees handling the Impeachment Inquiry released some of the text messages he provided the Committees.
In the exchanges we learned that Volker, along with others named in the above WB complaint pg. 4., were working with Ukraine in order to achieve an in-person meeting with President Trump for President Zelensky, announce publicly that the Ukraine was going to investigate Burisma holdings, the company Hunter Biden worked for, and that at least one person wondered if Ukraine U.S. aid was conditional on the investigation into the Biden’s.
But but but this is all a fraud, and fabrication.
I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. In fairness, this is not all we now know, based on verified sources. This is just what led to the inquiry. It was not based on “fake news.”
No lawyers, no questions, no transparency!
The above can be found in tweet 5.
Today is Wednesday. That means @realDonaldTrump is lying, again.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 16, 2019
Republicans have lawyers, they get to ask questions, and they have full transparency during the depositions. Each side gets one hour and then we alternate back and forth.#WednesdayWisdom https://t.co/kJzj2XPPVw
As to transparency….
White House Says It Will Not Cooperate With Impeachment Inquiry https://t.co/x1WRhFolOd— Snip🦈Bytes (@SnipBytes) October 8, 2019
This post will be updated within reason.
This is an Open Thread.
President Trump holds a presser with Italian Republic President.