Trump Tweets: Tuesday’s Open Thread

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It’s Tuesday.

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.

*fown =’s down*

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).

IG Report 12/9/19.

PDF pg. 453 (report page 413).

IG Report 12/9/19.

*Regarding the names in his tweet, I have a planned article, that will post sometime today or early tomorrow.*

FBI Director Christopher Wray was interviewed by ABC News on Monday.

Regarding the IG report.

Reacting to past criticism by President Trump.

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.

See opening of the article for more regarding this tweet.

After the Articles of Impeachment Announcement.

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.”

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.

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.

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:

July 25th Caution.

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.

This is an Open Thread.

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