We have entered day 43 of the Impeachment Inquiry.
CNN is reporting that high-ranking member at the State Department, David Hale is testifying before the three House Committees handling the Impeachment Inquiry. He is the first person to appear for their scheduled deposition this week.
AP News is reporting that the number three ranking official at the State Department, Hale, intends to testify that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and “other senior officials determined that defending Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch would hurt the effort to free up U.S. military assistance to Ukraine,” according to people familiar with the matter.
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.
Pack a lunch ladies and gentleman.
In Other News.
A jury has been seated in the Roger Stone trial. The jury, which includes two alternates, consists of 11 women and 3 men.— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) November 6, 2019
Opening statements are expected soon.
For day 43 of the Impeachment Inquiry the President has tweeted 4 times.
The Post Election Tweet.
Based on the Kentucky results, Mitch McConnell @senatemajldr will win BIG in Kentucky next year!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
On Tuesday the state of Kentucky headed to the polls to vote for their state Governor. On Monday President Trump held a campaign rally for incumbent Republican Matt Bevin. On Tuesday evening Kentucky appears to have selected a new Governor, Democrat Andy Beshear.
According to the New York Times election results, the current vote counts stands:
Andy Beshear 709,673 49.2 percent.
Matt Bevin 704,523 48.8 percent.
Thank you, Kentucky! pic.twitter.com/mmMb7ekyK5— Andy Beshear (@AndyBeshearKY) November 6, 2019
Bevin has not tweeted, but Fox News is reporting that Bevin citing unspecified “irregularities” refused late Tuesday to concede the race. Beshear has already declared victory.
During his rally on Monday, President Trump told his supporters that they had to vote for Bevin or else it would send a really “bad message.”
Here’s Trump saying at his rally in Kentucky last night that Matt Bevin losing “sends a really bad message” and pleading with his fans, “you can’t let that happen to me!”— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 6, 2019
Welp, it happened. pic.twitter.com/LUHSUAgSnB
On Tuesday evening the President tweeted that Bevin, with his support and rally from Monday, picked up 15 points in the last days.
#ElectionNight Won 5 out of 6 elections in Kentucky, including 5 great candidates that I spoke for and introduced last night. @MattBevin picked up at least 15 points in last days, but perhaps not enough (Fake News will blame Trump!). Winning in Mississippi Governor race!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
FiveThirtyEight reported that according to a poll conducted between Oct. 29th, and Nov. 1st, Bevin was at plus 6, based on the polling of 1,117 likely voters.
As the News Blender reported on Tuesday, according to a MasonDixon poll, Bevin and Beshear were tied with 46 percent each.
Real Clear Politics shows one poll with Beshear in the lead at plus 8. That Mason-Dixon poll was between December 12th and December 15th. The sample size was 625 registered voters.
President Trump retweeted GOP Chairman Ronna McDaniel on Tuesday evening.
No one energizes our base like @realDonaldTrump.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 6, 2019
In Kentucky, the governor was down 17 points.
President Trump helped lift the entire ticket, winning 5 of 6 statewide races so far!
I have found no data that supports Bevin ever polling 17 points down, but Daniel Dale, CNN’s President Trump fact-checker seems to believe he has found the one poll that showed Bevin down.
I think I found the poll on which Trump and the RNC are basing their claim that Bevin had been down 15/17/20! A little-known firm, Targoz Market Research, found Bevin down by 19 with likely voters and 18 with registered voters Oct. 13-Oct. 20. https://t.co/UojBZR7vrX— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 6, 2019
The RNC tells me that chair Ronna McDaniel was referring to “our internal data” in her tweeted claims about Matt Bevin having been down 17 and Tate Reeves having been down double digits before Trump came in to help.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 6, 2019
From What It’s Worth.
Fayette County, which is where Trump held his rally last night, voted for Andy Beshear over Matt Bevin in a 2 to 1 landslide pic.twitter.com/LF4mIZ8BxL— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) November 6, 2019
As to Senate Majority Leader Republican from Kentucky Mitch McConnell, according to Real Clear Politics his average job approval is at 24.2 percent favorable while he stands at 47.5 percent unfavorable.
His highest favorable was 28 percent from a poll taken between 10/27-10/29.
His lowest unfavorable was 54 percent taken from that same poll.
For more thoughts on the winners and losers from last night elections @ the News Blender.
The Impeachment Inquiry Tweets.
“Based on the things I’ve seen, the Democrats have no case, or a weak case, at best. I don’t think there are, or will be, well founded articles of Impeachment here.” Robert Wray, respected former prosecutor. It is a phony scam by the Do Nothing Dems! @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
Thank you to Kurt Volker, U.S. Envoy to Ukraine, who said in his Congressional Testimony, just released, “You asked what conversations did I have about that quid pro quo, et cetra. NONE, because I didn’t know there was a quid pro quo.” Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
On Tuesday the Committees handling the Impeachment Inquiry released two more depositions that occurred behind closed-doors.
One of those released was the testimony of former Special U.S. Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, who resigned just prior to appearing before the Committees.
The President is quoting from pg. 129 of the testimony PDF.
Well, you asked what conversations did I have about that quid pro quo, et cetera. None, because I didn’t know that there was a quid pro quo.Volker pg. 129.
Flash forward to pg. 144.
Question cont’d to page 145.
I stress that everyone should read the source material even if you just start with the quoted page. Context matters. Volker’s testimony is 360 pages. I would also like to note that Volker is referring to himself, he himself was not aware of a quid pro quo. In his mind based on reading pages prior to and after the quoted passage, Volker believed that his team would get the aid released without the promise of an investigation. He was not speaking about the President’s mind, simply his own.
The He Is Just Kidding Tweet.
Stock Markets (all three) hit another ALL TIME & HISTORIC HIGH yesterday! You are sooo lucky to have me as your President (just kidding!). Spend your money well!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
BREAKING: Stocks fall to session low as Reuters reports that the Trump/Xi meeting to sign a trade deal could be delayed until Dec. as talks continue over terms and venue. https://t.co/TVfW9eTyk4 pic.twitter.com/YHS1c4AkqW— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) November 6, 2019
But we are soo lucky!
As the headline implies there is a campaign rally tonight, from Monroe, Louisiana. USA TODAY explains that the candidate that will get five minutes to discuss how wonderful President Trump is, is businessman Eddie Rispone, who is looking to unseat Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards as Louisiana Governor.
This post will be updated within reason.