Day 42 of the Impeachment Inquiry is here as is #ElectionDay 2019.
Good morning. We are expecting transcripts of testimony from EU ambassador Gordon Sondland and former envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, to be published today. #ImpeachmentInquiry— Brandi Buchman (@BBuchman_CNS) November 5, 2019
Don't hold your breath: Closed door testimony from Michael Duffey, the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget plus Wells Griffith, dir. of energy policy for the National Security Council, also scheduled today but neither are expected to appear.— Brandi Buchman (@BBuchman_CNS) November 5, 2019
Also happening in DC this Tuesday morning.
Good morning from the federal courthouse in DC, where it’s Day One of the Roger Stone trial. Here’s the defendant entering the building accompanied by his legal team and family to chants of “Roger Stone did nothing wrong!” pic.twitter.com/gf36ciw1Gt— Darren Samuelsohn (@dsamuelsohn) November 5, 2019
Good morning, I’m in DC federal court for Day 1 of the Roger Stone trial. Lots of cameras outside.— Megan Mineiro (@MMineiro_CNS) November 5, 2019
The already tight security is upped today with DHS sniffing dogs and secret service on site. We get rolling at 9:30 with jury selection. @CourthouseNews
The President has tweeted 10 times and retweeted 18 times so far for Tuesday.
The Impeachment Inquiry tweets.
The Do Nothing Dems have gone Radical Left Crazy. The can’t get anything done! https://t.co/wasvWli9jr— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
“The Impeachment Hoax has fired up voters in Kentucky, Mississippi and Louisiana.” @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
According to Govtrack.us the House has passed 307 bills that are awaiting Senate action.
The Election Day Tweets.
Virginia, with all of the massive amount of defense and other work I brought to you, and with everything planned, go out and vote Republican today. I know the Dems are saying that they have your vote locked up, but that would mean a long slide down. VOTE REPUBLICAN TODAY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
President Trump retweeted one of his weekend tweets regarding Virginia’s upcoming election.
Virginia has the best Unemployment and Economic numbers in the history of the State. If the Democrats get in, those numbers will go rapidly in the other direction. On Tuesday, Vote Republican!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2019
He was reminded:
Fantastic being in the Great State of Kentucky last night. Vote for Matt Bevin NOW! @MattBevin One of Best Governors in U.S. He will never let you down!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
As the News Blender featured last night, President Trump held a campaign rally from Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday.
The New York Times has a guide to what elections are being held this Election Day. In one section regarding Kentucky they report that if current Governor Matt Bevin, a unpopular Republican Governor, wins a second term, it will be the first time in that state’s history a Republican has won a second term.
The question they say in Kentucky is, who is less popular, the person Matt Bevin, or is it the Democrat party platform?
FIND YOUR POLLING LOCATION HERE! https://t.co/0rnhb4z3HU— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
As the New York Times guide points out Tuesday’s election results are the first test of both President Trump and the Democrats.
Tuesday’s election results will offer insights on two crucial political dynamics heading into the 2020 campaign: the depth of President Trump’s appeal with Republicans and how fully suburban voters have swung to the Democrats.The New York Times. (11/5/19).
The Other Tweets.
A wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other, with the result being many great American people killed, including young children, and some missing. If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
….monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively. The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
NBC News reported on Tuesday that at least 9 U.S. citizens, six of them were children were killed in an “apparent ambush on a highway in the Mexican border state of Sonora, according to relatives of the victims and local media reports.”
Family member Kendra Lee Miller said that 8 children survived, some seriously wounded, “including a 9-month-old who was shot in the chest and a 4-year-old shot in the back.”
NBC News spoke by phone to Willie Jessop, a relative of one of the victims that the “attack occurred on a motorcade consisting of several families, and that survivors at the scene told him that three cars were shot at and one was set on fire.”
Jessop said he is in contact with Mexican federal officials and the FBI.
The Washington Post reported that the one of the vehicles driven by Maria Ronita LeBaron, had a flat tire, the others in the motorcade turned back to get help. LeBaron’s car was ambushed, as were the other two cars upon their return.
The LeBaron’s describe themselves as Mormons, but are part of a polygamous offshoot of the Church. The LeBaron family moved to Mexico in 1924, where they lived for decades, but their wealth made them a target as the Post explains:
But their relative wealth made them targets of extortion and kidnapping when organized-crime groups began to assert themselves in northern Mexico. In 2009, a prominent member of the clan, Benjamin LeBaron, 31, was shot dead near his community in northern Mexico. He had publicly denounced the drug traffickers, who had earlier abducted his younger brother, demanding a $1 million ransom. (The family refused to pay). The killers left a message saying they were retaliating for LeBaron’s activism.The Washington Post.
According to many sources, it’s unclear at this time, if the family was the target or if the Mexican gang, mistook the cars for a rival gang.
According to the Post article the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, thanked President Trump for his offer of help, but said “Mexico would act with “independence and sovereignty” in pursuing the criminals behind the attack.”
So sad to see what is happening in New York where Governor Cuomo & Mayor DeBlasio are letting out 900 Criminals, some hardened & bad, onto the sidewalks of our rapidly declining, because of them, city. The Radical Left Dems are killing our cities. NYPD Commissioner is resigning!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
CNN reported that New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill was resigning from his post and will head to the private sector.
O’Neill had been Commissioner since September 2016, NYPD Chief of Detectives Demort Shea a 28-year veteran of the force will replace O’Neill.
His resignation follows just months after the Commissioner fired Daniel Pantaleo, the officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner.
The New York Post reported that some 900 inmates could be released following the passage of a law that eliminates bail for defendants charged with an “array of misdemeanors and felony crimes.”
From the article:
Nearly 900 city jailbirds could be celebrating Christmas early courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a plan to quietly free them before the state’s bail-reform law goes into effect next year, The Post has learned.The New York Post.
And if that weren’t enough of a gift, Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising to follow up with even more presents for the lucky accused criminals — by giving them free baseball tickets, movie passes and gift cards to encourage them to return to court, sources familiar with the program said.
Following up the Sunday story the New York Post explains that Governor Cuomo’s spokesman Jason Conwall said, “We have no knowledge of either OCA or the city’s plan regarding early releases in their local jail system. The legislature passed, and the governor signed, landmark criminal-justice reforms last year, and we expect them to be implemented appropriately and effectively.”
A very good start! Please all work hard to get a final deal. https://t.co/IYGeBqQIQ9— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
This is the first tweet sent by AFP News Agency prior to their updated tweet.
This post will be updated within reason.