Day 9 of the impeachment inquiry finds former Special Envoy Kurt Volker being deposed on Capital Hill.
Reminder: Today, members of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees will depose former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker. Volker will be the first person deposed in the House’s impeachment inquiry.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 3, 2019
Volker resigned on Friday first reported by ASU college newspaper The State Press.
NEW: Amb. Kurt Volker has met with the Secretary of State. He has resigned from his position as Special Representative for Ukraine to the U.S. Secretary of State, according to a University spokesperson.— The State Press (@statepress) September 27, 2019
Story soon by @statepress
NPR reports the testimony from Volker is behind closed doors.
His testimony comes on the heels of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accusing the committees, House Intelligence, House on foreign Affairs, and House Oversight, of attempting to “bully” former and current State Officials.
Pompeo tells House Committees State Dept. Officials Will Not be “Bullied” https://t.co/uBdTmkDdpx— Snip🦈Bytes (@SnipBytes) October 1, 2019
For day 9, the President has tweeted 12 times and retweeted 12 times. Giving him a total of 24 tweets.
The I didn’t have anything to do with it, but I’m gonna take credit for it anyway tweet.
The U.S. won a $7.5 Billion award from the World Trade Organization against the European Union, who has for many years treated the USA very badly on Trade due to Tariffs, Trade Barriers, and more. This case going on for years, a nice victory!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
Market Watch reports that on Wednesday the World Trade Organization ruled that the U.S. can impose tariffs on the European Union.
According to the article the fight against the EU culminates a 15-year fight over EU illegal subsidies for Airbus.
They go on to say that starting on the 18th of October, given the win from WTO, the Trump administration plans to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of EU goods, including but not limited too, Gouda cheese and single-malt whiskey.
During Trump’s meltdown presser with the Finnish President, a reporter asked the Finland President, Sauli Niinistö, about the WTO ruling that favored the U.S. and if he was concerned about tariffs hurting the economy. President Trump answered:
That was a big win for the United States, right? You never had wins with other Presidents, did you? But we’re having a lot of wins at the WTO since I became President.The White House transcript.
The reporter, Jeff Mason with Reuters says in response “This was a case started, I think, 10 or 15 years ago.”
The President mumbles yeah, okay, Mason goes on to add, “but it” only to be cut off by President Trump:
Excuse me. Your wins are now, because they think I don’t like the WTO, and they want to make sure I’m happy. Because all of those countries were ripping off the United States for many years. They know that I’m wise to it. We’ve had a lot of wins.The White House transcript.
This was a $7 billion win. Not bad. Go ahead.
Trump seems to be losing it. Here he is highjacking a question intended for the Finnish president and ranting about how there weren’t “wins” before he took office. pic.twitter.com/1sU0rQpSlq— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 2, 2019
For a look at the #TrumpMeltdown.
President Trump’s Meltdown Continues… #TrumpMeltdown https://t.co/IQOTx9JGUm— Snip🦈Bytes (@SnipBytes) October 2, 2019
More Fake News Tweets!!!!!
“The Ukraine controversy continues this morning as new documents obtained by @FoxNews show that a former Ukrainian prosecutor said that he was forced to back off looking into a firm tied to Hunter Biden.” @MariaBartiromo Does anyone other than Fake News protectors have a doubt?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
Fake News, just like the snakes and gators in the moat. The Media is deranged, they have lost their minds! https://t.co/rk26SXj4il— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
As the News Blender reported on Wednesday, the New York Times on Tuesday reported, that during a meeting March regarding Southern Border Security the President floated privately the idea of building a trench and filling it with snakes and alligators, this according to the article, prompted aides to seek cost estimates.
Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.The New York Times 10/1/19.
It should be noted that the above New York Times article is based on a book excerpt that was released by the New York Times.
On Wednesday ABC News said they confirmed that President Trump had asked about the ability for the U.S. to shoot migrants below the waist in order to slow the immigrants down.
According to the article their information was given by a senior administration official present at the meeting, along with several sources who were briefed later on the conversation.
The heaping praise tweets.
Keep up the great work Kellie! https://t.co/PcAnK009EW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
The President is telling Kellie to keep up the good work being a victim. But no worries Kellie won’t be “held hostage,” by a climate activist who isn’t even American and can make no policy decisions in the U.S.. #Winning.
Great job Richard! https://t.co/Uv8xgZPshu— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
Now do Congress…
A great book by a brilliant author. Buy it now! https://t.co/L8XC5Nnj4N— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
As if he reads….books….
Thank you Hugh! https://t.co/So77AMeK5u— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
Yeah, thanks Hugh, for feeding our President’s delusion that #Spygate is real.
Book is doing really well. A study in unfairness to a potentially great Justice! https://t.co/i6GwghuEsU— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
The above is directed at the Federalist as a whole, I have not read the book.
The Impeachment Inquiry Tweets.
The Republican Party has never had such support! https://t.co/P6GHgBv3v9— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
Ballotpedia reports that total retirements from the House stands at 22 as of Sept. 30th, 2019.
5 are Democrats, while 17 are Republicans.
Since the 30th of September, the number has grown to 20 which includes Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, and Rep. Chris Collins, who resigned prior to entering a guilty plea for insider trading on Tuesday.
Two More Republicans Leaving Congress https://t.co/NqcC72caBd— TheNewsBlender (@TheNewsBlender) October 1, 2019
GOP Rep. William Hurd Announces Plans Not to Seek Re-election https://t.co/0f3DSOxMQe— Snip🦈Bytes (@SnipBytes) August 2, 2019
Another GOP House member announces retirement https://t.co/dNtkVoFspn— TheNewsBlender (@TheNewsBlender) August 5, 2019
Schiff is a lying disaster for our Country. He should resign! https://t.co/ytwEy5NasJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
The New York Times on Wednesday reported that according to a spokesman and current and former America Officials, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the Intelligence committee now leading the Impeachment Inquiry investigation, had knowledge of the whistleblower complaint days before it was filed.
Sounds ominous right?
However, when one takes two minutes to actually read the article, it states:
The C.I.A. officer approached a House Intelligence Committee aide with his concerns about Mr. Trump only after he had had a colleague first convey them to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer. Concerned about how that initial avenue for airing his allegations through the C.I.A. was unfolding, the officer then approached the House aide. In both cases, the original accusation was vague.
The House staff member, following the committee’s procedures, suggested the officer find a lawyer to advise him and meet with an inspector general, with whom he could file a whistle-blower complaint. The aide shared some of what the officer conveyed to Mr. Schiff. The aide did not share the whistle-blower’s identity with Mr. Schiff, an official said.The New York Times.
Patrick Boland a spokesman for Schiff said, “Like other whistle-blowers have done before and since under Republican and Democratic-controlled committees, the whistle-blower contacted the committee for guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community.”
For those suggesting collusion between the WBer and Schiff pic.twitter.com/XaBoYF124B— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) October 3, 2019
For everyone reviewing that NYT piece and screaming “oh my lord, the WBer went to the HPSCI initially before the IG!?!”, here is the relevant DNI guidance on “protected disclosures”.— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) October 2, 2019
See something familiar in terms of which entities can be approached? pic.twitter.com/Tvc1EOBgr3
Schiff is a lowlife who should resign (at least!). https://t.co/nGp9aFP3rX— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
No that’s not even close to what happened.
In the January/February 2018 edition of The Atlantic they explain that on April 10, 2017, Schiff received a call.
“I would just caution that our Russian friends may be listening to the conversation, so I wouldn’t share anything over the phone that you don’t want them to hear,” Schiff warned.
But Parubiy persisted. “In November 2013, Mr. Trump visited Moscow, he visited competition Miss Universe, and there he met with Russian journalist and celebrity Ksenia Sobchak,” he said in his heavily accented, awkward English. He explained that in addition to having ties to Putin, Sobchak is “also known as a person who provides girls for escort for oligarchs. And she met with Trump and she brought him one Russian girl, celebrity Olga Buzova.” Schiff soberly asked for clarification, and Parubiy answered directly: Sobchak, he said, is a “special agent of Russian secret service.”
Buzova “got compromising materials on Trump after their short relations,” Parubiy said. “There were pictures of naked Trump.”
Schiff betrayed no emotion. “And so Putin was made aware of the availability of the compromising material?” he asked.
“Yes, of course,” Parubiy said. Putin wanted it communicated to Trump that “all those compromising materials will never be released if Trump will cancel all Russian sanctions.” The biggest bombshell: He had obtained a recording of Buzova and Sobchak talking about the kompromat while the two were visiting Ukraine. He told Schiff, “We are ready to provide [those materials] to FBI.”
Parubiy had more to say. He told Schiff about meetings that Trump’s former national-security adviser, Michael Flynn, had had with a Russian pop singer who served as an intermediary for the Kremlin. They’d met at a café in Brighton Beach, a Russian-immigrant enclave in Brooklyn, where, Parubiy said, “they used a special password before their meetings.” One would say, “Weather is good on Deribasovskaya.” The right response was “It rains again on Brighton Beach.”
“All righty. Good, this is very helpful. I appreciate it,” Schiff said. He told Parubiy that the U.S. would welcome the chance to review the evidence he had described. “We will try to work with the FBI to figure out, along with your staff, how we can obtain copies.”
Schiff was right to be concerned about “our Russian friends” listening in, though not in the way he imagined. It wasn’t Parubiy who’d called. It was Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, two Russian pranksters known as Vovan and Lexus. There was no kompromat, no meetings between Flynn and a Russian pop star in Brighton Beach.
The call made the Americans look gullible, which suited the callers. Kuznetsov and Stolyarov immediately sent the recording to Kremlin-friendly media, which gleefully made hay of it: another dumb American, ready to believe the most-ludicrous stories about a Russia run by sneaky, evil spies. Any Russian listening to the tape would have instantly recognized how silly the conversation was. There were the B-list Russian celebrities, plus other cultural signals, like the code phrase Flynn allegedly used, which is actually the title of a classic Russian comedy.The Atlantic 2018.
October 3, 2019
Yeah, it’s Schiff who needs to resign, not President Trump who just on air asked for more Foreign help in order to win in 2020.
The latest impeachable offense will be covered in a separate thread.
Since telling reporters that China should investigate the Biden’s the President has now tweeted 4 more times. Bringing his total to Thursday so far, to 28. [total he has issued 16 tweets and re-tweeted 12 times =’s 28]
The Don’t speak for me Tweet.
Leader McCarthy, we look forward to you soon becoming Speaker of the House. The Do Nothing Dems don’t have a chance! https://t.co/uWPdGJg99F— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
In his letter, the Minority House Leader requests that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to suspend the inquiry until “transparent and equitable rules and procedures are established to govern the inquiry, as is customary.”
Pelosi has responded to McCarthy’s letter.
The Love Me, Love Me, Tweets.
95% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, and record setting fundraising that has taken place over the past two weeks. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
Gallup reported that according to polling conducted between September 3rd-15th, 29 percent consider themselves Republican, while 31 percent consider themselves Democrats, and 38 percent of those polled view themselves as Independents.
Great time at The Villages in Florida today. Sorry we couldn’t get everybody in. I will be back soon! pic.twitter.com/ia87A0sEue— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
The Possibly Admitting More Crimes aka the Projection Tweet.
ELECTION INTERFERENCE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
Yes that’s why you are being impeached… Good. You finally understand.— Your Party Sucks! (@LennyGhoul) October 3, 2019
45 minutes ago I updated the post. Since then the President has tweeted 6 more times. That’s *checks notes* 22 tweets, and 12 retweets for a total of 34 tweets, so far. It’s only a little after 5 back east.
All 5 tweets relate to the Impeachment Inquiry.
There wasn’t ANYTHING said wrong in my conversation with the Ukrainian President. This is a Democrat Scam!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
To paraphrase the call which was posted in rough form by the White House.
President Zelensky: We are about ready to buy more U.S. weapons.
President Trump: I would like you to do us a favor though…
I only paraphrased Zelensky’s words.
“Trump Fundraising Haul Shows Impeachment Backfiring on Dems” https://t.co/LM1hTQX0lY— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
There’s a sucker born every minute.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
“This is yet again an example of Democrats projecting THEIR criminal acts on President Trump. President Trump is an innocent man. It is a lawless coup attempt against a duly elected President.” @replouiegohmert @BreitbartNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
This morning while speaking to reporters the President said that China should investigate the Biden’s.
China and the U.S. are engaged in a trade war. Both parties are set to meet next week in hopes of renewing trade talks. The meeting is being held in D.C..
DRAIN THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/N3FaZ5Dkjq— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
Drain the swamp doesn’t mean what he thinks it means.
Thank you @JennaEllisRives, really well done! https://t.co/N2VsQ8y0rb— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
A coup: for meaning 1 is below. Meaning 2: a brilliant, sudden, and usually high successful stroke or act.
Coup d’état: a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics.
especially: the violent overthrow of alteration of an existing government by a small group.
📈Searches for 'coup' are up 3200% today. https://t.co/iWlL9jB7kF— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) October 2, 2019
Impeachment: : to charge with a crime or misdemeanor specifically : to charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office.
Impeachment: It’s in the Constitution Article II section 4.
The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and MisdemeanorsHistory House.gov.
Impeachment does not = coup.
“It was just a congenial phone call, but its become so big. I’ve never seen the Media work so hard with so little.” @greggutfeld @FoxNews Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
It’s the media yeah, that’s the ticket.
This post will be updated within reason.
This is an Open Thread.
Of note he has now pinned the ad “drain the swamp” to the top of his Twitter feed.