It’s Day 77 of the Impeachment Inquiry.
As the News Blender featured Tuesday, the House Democrats unveiled their intent to file two Articles of Impeachment against President Trump.
Count one: Abuse of power relating to the months long pressure campaign against Ukraine regarding that countries public announcement of an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.
Count two: Obstructing Congressional oversight regarding the House’s attempt to investigate President Trump seeking an investigation by Ukraine in exchange for military aid and a White House meeting with newly elected Ukrainian President Zelensky.
The President tweeted 5 times prior to the announcement and 6 times following the announcement.
“You have to look at the 17 instances of misconduct cited in the Report, they are very bad. The FISA Court was clearly taken for a ride on this, a failure of the FBI up and fown the chain of command. It’s about as strong a medicine as I’ve seen in a report of this kind…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
*fown =’s down*
….in a very long time. The FBI has had some dark day in its past, but nothing like this. This was VERY SERIOUS MISCONDUCT ON THE PART OF THE FBI.” @brithume @BretBaier Are you listening Comey, McCabe, lovers Lisa & Peter, the beautiful Ohr family, Brennan, Clapper & many more?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
On Monday the Department of Justice Inspector General publicly released the highly anticipated report regarding the “Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation.”
From the reports conclusion.
PDF pg. 450 (report page 410).
PDF pg. 453 (report page 413).
*Regarding the names in his tweet, I have a planned article, that will post sometime today or early tomorrow.*
I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me. With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
FBI Director Christopher Wray was interviewed by ABC News on Monday.
Regarding the IG report.
"We're determined to learn the lessons from this report."— ABC News (@ABC) December 10, 2019
FBI Director Chris Wray tells @PierreTABC one of the biggest takeaways of the inspector general's report is a "number of instances where employees…failed to follow our policies." https://t.co/MeTdCHzl6P pic.twitter.com/j0bhnMqRJJ
"I think it's important for the American people to know that when the FBI opens an investigation, it does so with proper predication, with proper authorization," FBI Director Chris Wray tells @PierreTABC following inspector general report. https://t.co/MeTdCHhKfh pic.twitter.com/Iq8Kg2xQy5— ABC News (@ABC) December 9, 2019
Reacting to past criticism by President Trump.
Asked yesterday by @PierreTABC how he responds to criticism by Pres. Trump, FBI Dir. Chris Wray says, "My responsibility is…to call balls and strikes. I think that's what people expect of the FBI director." https://t.co/4Q5pYtfV4Y pic.twitter.com/xEKshLs2dX— ABC News (@ABC) December 10, 2019
In the FBI’s response to the IG’s finding Wray explains that he has ordered forty corrective steps to address the reports findings. (PDF pg. 465. Report Appendix 2.)
Some of my thoughts regarding the President’s bashing of the current FBI Director, as expressed by Washington Post Columnist Brain Klaas.
This is how disinformation works. The president invents conspiracy theories which are amplified by Fox News & Republicans trying to get on Fox News. Then, a neutral report debunks the conspiracy theories, but they all just lie and pretend it vindicates them instead. Rinse, repeat https://t.co/qKqM5jil3B— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) December 10, 2019
To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness! #2020Election— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
See opening of the article for more regarding this tweet.
After the Articles of Impeachment Announcement.
America’s great USMCA Trade Bill is looking good. It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA. Good for everybody – Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions – tremendous support. Importantly, we will finally end our Country’s worst Trade Deal, NAFTA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
Looking like very good Democrat support for USMCA. That would be great for our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
CNBC News reports that the White House, and House Democrats have reached a deal regarding the USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
According to the article it has taken more than a year for the two-sides to resolve Democratic concerns “about enforcement tools for labor and environmental standards under the new deal, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. House Democrats, President Donald Trump, top Senate Republicans and labor leaders all cited progress toward a deal this week.”
They go on to say that the deal signed last year by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, “made a few key changes from NAFTA, which took effect in 1994. U.S. farmers got better access to the Canadian dairy market, rules of origin for auto parts became more strict, nearly half of automobile parts had to be produced by workers who make at least $16 an hour and digital trade and intellectual property rules were updated, among other provisions. Still, Democrats fought for measures they said would better prevent outsourcing of U.S. jobs to Mexico.”
Nadler just said that I “pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.” Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there “WAS NO PRESSURE.” Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
Based on the publicly available information the President did in fact pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into political rival former Vice President Joe Biden, and his private American Citizen son, Hunter.
To review all the publicly available documentation surrounding the Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry @ Just Security.
WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
Shifty Schiff, a totally corrupt politician, made up a horrible and fraudulent statement, read it to Congress, and said those words came from me. He got caught, was very embarrassed, yet nothing happened to him for committing this fraud. He’ll eventually have to answer for this!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
As the News Blender reported in September, the House Intelligence Committee heard testimony from Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) offered in his opening statement this:
Shorn of its rambling character and in not so many words this is the essence of what the President communicates.
We’ve been very good to your country, very good, no other country has done as much as we have, but you know what I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want I have a favor, I want from you though and I’m gonna say this only seven times so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent understand lots of it on this and on that. I’m gonna put you in touch with people and not just any people, I’m gonna put you in touch with Attorney General of the United States. My Attorney General, Bill Barr, he’s got the whole weight of the America law enforcement behind and I’m put you in touch with Rudy you’re gonna love him trust me. You know what I’m asking and so I’m only gonna say this a few more times in a few more ways. And by the way don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I asked.
This is in sum and character what the President was trying to communicate with the President of Ukraine.
When the Republicans on the Committee objected to his characterization of the memorandum of the call between President Trump and President Zelensky, Schiff explained that it was in part a parody.
At no time does Schiff say he was quoting the President’s actual words.
Read the Transcripts! “us” is a reference to USA, not me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
Still not transcripts.
April 21st phone call memorandum (it was publicly released after the July 25th call).
July 25th phone call memorandum.
Both memorandums warn readers to remember:
Also happening today is a meeting between President Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
CNN reported that the State Department had previously announced “that Lavrov would travel to Washington this week for meetings with Pompeo to “discuss a broad range of regional and bilateral issues.””
Lavrov last visited the White House in May of 2017, it was reported at the time that President Trump shared highly classified information with Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
This post will be updated within reason.