Day 44 of the Impeachment Inquiry has arrived.
Jennifer Williams, national security aide to VP Mike Pence, arrives for her closed door deposition with impeachment investigators pic.twitter.com/TYQOxvJSRd— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) November 7, 2019
In other news Roger Stone is back in court today.
Good morning and welcome to Day Three of the Roger Stone trial. Former FBI case agent Michelle Taylor will continue her testimony for the prosecution and then will be cross-examined by the defense.— Charlie Gile (@CharlieGileNBC) November 7, 2019
Roger Stone’s criminal trial in DC began in earnest yesterday. Prosecutors say Stone lied to Congress about efforts to contact WikiLeaks in 2016 and communicate with the Trump campaign — and they came with some notable ~ receipts ~— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) November 7, 2019
Dispatch from Day 1: https://t.co/ocbh1imJCT
Reading day 1 transcript of the Stone trial testimony can’t stop laughing at the messages exchanged between Randy Credico and Roger Stone where he is trying to bully Credico into getting info from Wikileaks. The upcoming days will be serious but there will be lots of laughs too.— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) November 7, 2019
Here’s some direct examination between an FBI agent and prosecutor yesterday talking about messages exchanged between Credico and Stone: pic.twitter.com/HqeiqEPiBF— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) November 7, 2019
The President has melteddown on Twitter today 10 times.
The Washington Post tweets.
Bill Barr did not decline my request to talk about Ukraine. The story was a Fake Washington Post con job with an “anonymous” source that doesn’t exist. Just read the Transcript. The Justice Department already ruled that the call was good. We don’t have freedom of the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
The degenerate Washington Post MADE UP the story about me asking Bill Barr to hold a news conference. Never happened, and there were no sources!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
The Amazon Washington Post and three lowlife reporters, Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey, and Carol Leonnig, wrote another Fake News story, without any sources (pure fiction), about Bill Barr & myself. We both deny this story, which they knew before they wrote it. A garbage newspaper!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
Washington Post Reporter Matt Zapotosky.
Trump is talking about this story: https://t.co/pB6PkhhUuh— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) November 7, 2019
Despite earlier calling it “totally untrue,” he now seems to concede he made a request for Barr to “talk about Ukraine,” but disputes it was rejected. Barr never talked about it; his spox issued a written statement https://t.co/vVCzkMJlLs
Washington Post and CNN analyst Jose Dawsey.
Washington Post reporter and MSNBC contributor Carol Leonnig.
Before we get to the story that triggered our President. As a reminder.
New York Times reporter and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman.
A) they’re all great reporters B) the story was true C) Last time POTUS had this extensive a tirade was around Comey dismissal. Comey – who wouldn’t publicly clear Trump’s name at his request – was fired and that promoted Rosenstein to name Mueller. https://t.co/HQZT9umaXB— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 7, 2019
Wednesday the Washington Post reported that President Trump wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference “declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival, though Barr ultimately declined to do so, people familiar with the matter said.”
From the article:
People close to the administration say Barr and Trump remain on good terms. A senior administration official said Trump praised the attorney general publicly and privately Wednesday, and deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement: “The President has nothing but respect for AG Barr and greatly appreciates the work he’s done on behalf of the country — and no amount of shady sources with clear intent to divide, smear, and slander will change that.”The Washington Post.
The New York Times reported that according to a person that was told, who spoke to them, “In the days after the reconstructed transcript was released to the public, the White House told the Justice Department of Mr. Trump’s desire for Mr. Barr to appear publicly.”
From the article:
The president wanted Mr. Barr to personally deliver the message to the news media that Mr. Trump had done nothing wrong, much as he did in a news conference he held shortly before the release of the report by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel who investigated Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, according to a person with knowledge of the eventsThe New York Times.
The Wall Street Journal reported that according to an Administration Official, the request of Barr to publicly announce that President Trump hadn’t broken any laws during the phone call came shortly after the White House made public the memo of the call between President Trump and Ukraine President Zelensky, but as noted by both the Post and the Times, Barr declined.
From the article:
Mr. Trump’s request that his attorney general publicly exonerate him, earlier reported by the Washington Post, represented an extension of a willingness throughout his presidency to pressure the Justice Department to defend and support him.
It couldn’t immediately be determined how hard Mr. Trump pressed for a news conference or why Mr. Barr declined to hold one. A department spokeswoman declined to comment.The Wall Street Journal.
ABC News reported “The story was first reported by the Washington Post and multiple sources familiar with the matter confirmed it to ABC News.”
They also report that Barr declined to hold the presser according to sources who spoke to ABC News.
From the article:
It was not immediately clear why Barr declined to hold a news conference, but ABC News has previously reported that the attorney general was irritated Trump brought him up on the call in tandem with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
While Barr did not hold a press conference, the Justice Department did issue a statement soon after the release of the initial whistleblower complaint about the president’s call with Zelenskiy. In the statement, a Justice Department spokeswoman said the criminal division had reviewed the official record of the conversation and determined that “there was no campaign finance violation and that no further action was warranted.”ABC News.
This is hardly the first time the President has requested, wanted, or demanded an official speak out on his behalf, as the News Blender reported in April of last year, the President pressed then-FBI Director James Comey to publicly announce that President Trump was not under investigation. Comey also declined instead Comey passed on the request to the Attorney General.
The Impeachment Inquiry Tweets.
Read the Transcript!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
Read the Memorandum!
“What did Hunter Biden do for the money?” @SenJohnKennedy A very good question. He and Sleepy Joe must testify!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
Reminder Hunter Biden is a private citizen, what he did to get paid, is not our business. If President Trump and R’s as a whole suspect the money was criminally obtained or in fact used in crimes, they have official channels to use in order to discover if a crime in fact was committed. President Trump did not use official channels to pressure Ukraine to investigate.
It was just explained to me that for next weeks Fake Hearing (trial) in the House, as they interview Never Trumpers and others, I get NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS. It is a Pelosi, Schiff, Scam against the Republican Party and me. This Witch Hunt should not be allowed to proceed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
Apparently the explainer forget to explain that the public hearings that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced on Wednesday.
Next week, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first open hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 6, 2019
On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, we will hear from William Taylor and George Kent.
On Friday, November 15, 2019, we will hear from Marie Yovanovitch.
More to come.
Is not part of a “trial” as the trial happens in the Senate. The public hearings are to inform the public of the impeachable, if any, offenses our President may have committed.
The hearings are also designed to give the whole of Congress the evidence that will be used to determine the Articles of Impeachment, if passed, those charges will move to the Senate for the actual trial.
Based on the information released last night about the Fake Whistleblowers attorney, the Impeachment Hoax should be ended IMMEDIATELY! There is no case, except against the other side!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
“The Other Side”
It’s an old favorite of President Trump for example May 2019.
So now the Radical Left Dems don’t talk about Collusion anymore, because the Mueller Report said there was No Collusion, they only want to talk about Obstruction, even though there was No Obstruction or No Crime – except for the crimes committed by the other side!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2019
On Wednesday FOX NEWS reported that attorney for the whistleblower Mark Zaid tweeted “conspicuously in January 2017 that a “coup has started” and that “impeachment will follow ultimately.””
Law & Crime reached out to Zaid for comment on his past tweets.
In the time since that tweet was posted, which was referring to lawyers serving as the force of good to prevent this president from doing harm to our democracy, I’ve probably represented more Republicans, including White House officials, than Democrats.
This is nothing more than the continuing partisan deflection to desperately avoid discussing the substance of my client’s whistleblower complaint.Zaid statement via Law & Crime.
The Radical Left Dems and LameStream Media are just trying to make it hard for Republicans and me to win in 2020. The new Impeachment Hoax is already turning against them!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
New Post/ABC poll:— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) November 1, 2019
49% support impeachment *and removal,* versus 47% opposed
Trump approval 20 points underwater, at 38/58
Trump disapproval among independents: 57 (!!!)https://t.co/QyBwVxu6h1
The Other Tweets.
Post/ABC poll on Trump’s approval among Republicans:— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) November 1, 2019
18% of Republicans say Congrese should impeach Trump and remove him from the presidency
Stock Market up big today. A New Record. Enjoy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Party City, Roku, Expedia, TripAdvisor & more https://t.co/vWMqGGIWcW— CNBC (@CNBC) November 7, 2019
China says it has agreed with the U.S. to lift existing trade tariffs between the two nations in phases. https://t.co/QJKhpPewmW— CNBC (@CNBC) November 7, 2019
China and the U.S. have agreed to roll back tariffs on each other’s goods in phases as they work toward a deal between the two sides, a Ministry of Commerce spokesman said https://t.co/tGCr3KWccH— Bloomberg Markets (@markets) November 7, 2019
This post will be updated within reason.