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  • Obamas pay $11.75M for Martha’s Vineyard home on nearly 30 acres: report

    12/04/2019 11:51:21 PM PST · by conservative98 · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published 2 hours ago 12/5/19 | Dom Calicchio
    Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have purchased a nearly 7,000-square-foot home on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts for $11.75 million, according to a report. The purchase price was recorded Wednesday with the local Registry of Deeds, the Vineyard Gazette reported. The Obamas paid about half the original asking price for the property
  • Ukraine President Zelensky Says (Again) There Was No Quid Pro Quo: Why are we beating a dead horse?

    12/03/2019 7:31:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/03/2019 | Matt Margolis
    Once again, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has denied again that President Trump withheld military aid in order to pressure him to investigate the Bidens or Ukrainian election interference. In an interview with TIME magazine, Zelensky made this absolutely clear. "Look, I never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing," he said. "I don’t want us to look like beggars. But you have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a...
  • Volodomyr Zelensky: I Never Talked to Trump About ‘Position of a Quid Pro Quo

    12/02/2019 12:06:46 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/02/2019 | Joshua Caplan
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a newly-released interview that he never discussed “quid pro quo” with President Donald Trump, once again denying any link between the release of U.S. military aid in exchange for investigations. “I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing,” Zelensky said in a wide-ranging interview with TIME magazine released Monda
  • Desperate Politico Columnist Wants Democrats to Ditch Bribery for 'Abuse of Power'

    11/28/2019 11:14:46 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 28, 2019 | P.J. Gladnick
    No one at Politico has been a bigger cheerleader for impeachment than legal affairs columnist Renato Mariotti and the recent decline in public interest in this seems to be sending poor Renato over the edge.  This can be seen in his Monday column, "There’s a Simple Term for What Trump Did and Democrats Should Stick With It." See, quid pro quo proved to not resonate well with the public according to focus group analysis which is why Nancy Pelosi began hyping "bribery" instead. Unfortunately the "bribery" shtick also did not work well either so what to do? Mariotti's suggestion is that...
  • The Impeachment narrative is standard DARVO tactics:Deny, Attack, Reversing the Victim and Offender.

    11/26/2019 6:06:25 PM PST · by davikkm · 2 replies
    IWB ^ | IWB
    Obviously, the “quid pro quo” narrative is a farce because it was Biden who plainly states he was the one doing quid pro quo. “Joe Biden brags about how he threatened to pull $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin” In fact, Bill Clinton entered into a treaty in Ukraine to cooperate in criminal investigations which, of course, are conducted, in the US, by the Executive Branch. If Trump had a quid pro quo deal regarding aid, it was perfectly within the spirit of this agreement and there are...
  • FBI scrambled to respond to Hillary Clinton lawyer amid Weiner laptop review, emails show

    02/11/2019 9:53:41 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02 11 2019 | Greg Re
    Newly released internal FBI emails showed the agency's highest-ranking officials scrambling to answer to Hillary Clinton's lawyer in the days prior the 2016 presidential election, on the same day then-FBI Director James Comey sent a bombshell letter to Congress announcing a new review of hundreds of thousands of potentially classified emails found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's laptop. The trove of documents turned over by the FBI, in response to a lawsuit by the transparency group Judicial Watch, also included discussions by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page concerning a potential quid-pro-quo between the State Department and the FBI -- in...
  • Turley Tells Disappointed CBS Hosts: Impeachment ‘Designed to Fail’

    11/22/2019 12:34:12 PM PST · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | By Kyle Drennen | November 22, 2019 11:55 AM EST
    Appearing on Friday’s CBS This Morning, legal analyst and constitutional law scholar Jonathan Turley completely shattered the hopes of Democrats and the liberal media that President Trump would be successfully impeached and removed from office. He trashed the proceedings for presenting “the thinnest evidentiary record” and declared the effort was “designed to fail.” After fellow CBS News legal analyst and anti-Trump Bulwark writer Kim Wehle assured the morning show anchors that Democrats “absolutely” made the case for impeachment, co-host Gayle King turned to Turley and wondered: “Jonathan, do you feel the same?” Turley threw a wet blanket on the discussion:...
  • On the Question, Was There a Quid Pro Quo? Sondland Answers, ‘Yes’

    11/20/2019 7:27:46 AM PST · by pilgrim · 143 replies ^ | November 20, 2019 | Susan Jones
    “At all times, I was acting in good faith,” Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland told Congress in his opening statement at Wednesday’s hearing of the House intelligence committee: “As a presidential appointee, I followed the directions of the president. We worked with Mr. Giuliani because the President directed us to do so. We had no desire to set any conditions on the Ukrainians.” But Giuliani did set conditions, Sondland said in his statement. On the question, was there a quid pro quo? Sondland answered, “yes.” “As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White...
  • Clinton Foundation bleeding money with no Clintons in high office

    11/19/2019 6:47:00 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 64 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 19,2019 | By Thomas Lifson
    The Clinton Foundation reported a loss of more than $16 million in 2018, according to newly released tax records, marking the second consecutive year of losses since Hillary Clinton's humiliating defeat to President Donald J. Trump in 2016. The foundation reported total revenue of just $30.7 million, including $24.2 million worth of grants and contributions, a record low for the alleged "charity." That figure was well short of the foundation's total expenses for the year—$47.5 million— resulting in a net loss of $16.8 million. The previous year, the Clinton Foundation reported a net loss of $16.1 million. In total, the...
  • Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations

    11/10/2019 8:46:46 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 10 2019 | Rebecca Klar
    Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the focus of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump needs to shift away from the use of "quid pro quo" to describe Trump's alleged behavior. "They’ve got to get off the quid pro quo thing, because it's complicated, they've already attested to the fact that it occurred, and what we're dealing with here is corruption, abuse of power in a way that damaged American national security," Himes said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." Himes told host Chuck Todd he has two problems with the term. "... It...
  • White House Visitor Logs Detail Meetings of the CIA’s Eric Ciaramella

    11/08/2019 5:48:29 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 43 replies
    judicial watch ^ | Nov 8 2019 | Tom Fitton
    We have conducted an in-depth analysis of Obama-era White House visitor logs, and we have learned a good deal about the people who controversial CIA employee Eric Ciaramella met with while assigned to the White House. Ciaramella reportedly was detailed to the Obama White House in 2015 and returned to the CIA during the Trump administration in 2017. Real Clear Investigations named Ciaramella as possibly being the whistleblower whose complaint sparked impeachment proceedings against President Trump. As reported by the Examiner, Fox News’ legal analyst Gregg Jarrett indicated that a key takeaway was the “reported direct relationship” Ciaramella had with...
  • Sondland, Trump's appointee, changes testimony to say there was clear quid pro quo

    11/05/2019 12:16:29 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 05 2019 | Mike Lillis
    A top diplomat appointed by President Trump revised his testimony to lawmakers in the House's impeachment inquiry, saying in the latest version that the president’s dealings with Ukraine amounted to a clear quid pro quo. U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland said Trump withheld U.S. military aid to Ukraine in an effort to secure investigations into the 2016 election and the president’s political adversaries, according to a transcript released Tuesday by Democrats conducting the impeachment investigation. His testimony and that of former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker was released Tuesday. Sondland, a Republican mega-donor who gave...
  • You’re Gonna Need a Better Whistleblower

    11/05/2019 4:58:35 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 19 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 11-8-19 | MOTUS
    I'm beginning to think Adam Schiff was duped by Brennan loyalist Eric Ciaramella. He was promised a quid pro quo--then Trump released the transcript. They got nothing. Now Schiff is left holding the bag on the dumbest hoax since Jussie Smollett mugged himself w a Subway Sandwich. Poor, poor Adam; you can’t trust anybody. He, of all people, should know that.If you truly seek Quid Pro Quo, you’re gonna need a different Joe Blow. And  a better whistle blower.Try Quid Pro Joe, he seems quite capable of blowing a mean whistle.Posted from: MOTUS A.D
  • Quid pro faux: Trump impeachment legally fails (no quid-pro-quo)

    11/01/2019 1:33:08 AM PDT · by Moseley · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 1, 2019 | Jonathon Moseley
    Impeaching President Donald Trump is legally flawed. The chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America requested that Ukraine assist our attorney general in investigating possible criminal activity in 2014 through 2016. Ukraine entered into the "Treaty Between the United States of America and Ukraine on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters," negotiated by President William Clinton and ratified by the U.S. Senate in 2000 while Clinton was still president. So what Trump asked newly elected Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to do, Ukraine was already compelled to do by its reciprocal treaty with the United States. (Zelensky was...
  • Rand Paul: Is Quid Pro Quo the Status Quo?

    10/26/2019 12:39:00 PM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 13 replies ^ | 10/24/19 | Rand Paul
    Isn’t all foreign aid supposed to be quid pro quo? We give you this aid — on the expectation that you will not steal any of it for personal use, that you will spend it as we instruct, and on the understanding that if you don’t spend the money as we command, you won’t get any more next year. Democrats want people to be alarmed by a Latin phrase, but, really, making foreign aid contingent on behavior is actually the defining reason that countries supposedly give aid — to influence the behavior of the receiving country.
  • NYT Confirms Ukraine Didn’t Know U.S. Froze Aid at Time of July 25 Call: ‘Can’t Have Quid Pro quo

    10/25/2019 6:20:21 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/24/2019 | Edwin Mora
    The New York Times unwittingly confirmed the veracity of the GOP argument that there could be no quid pro quo because Ukraine did not know the United States had delayed the release of aid for the Eastern European country at the time of the July 25 call. In an article on Wednesday, the newspaper actually tried to discredit the argument but ended up confirming it instead. House Democrats pursuing the impeachment inquiry are trying to determine if President Donald Trump abused his power by allegedly coercing Ukraine during the July 25 call to investigate corruption allegations against Joe Biden and...
  • Warren Threatens Israel: ‘Everything Is On the Table’

    10/21/2019 10:42:46 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 45 replies
    freebeacon ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2019 | Adam Kredo
    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) took a hard line on Israel Saturday saying "everything is on the table" in imposing a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. "It is the official policy of the United States of America to support a two-state solution, and if Israel is moving in the opposite direction, then everything is on the table," Warren said during a press availability with reporters Saturday. In a formulation more commonly deployed by previous presidents in threatening the use of force against America’s enemies, Warren repeated the phrase but did not clarify precisely what pressure—military or otherwise—might be brought...
  • Elizabeth Warren threatens to withhold US aid from Israel if it doesn't give up land

    10/21/2019 11:21:53 AM PDT · by Monrose72 · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-21-19 | Naomi Limb
    INDIANOLA, Iowa — Elizabeth Warren issued a warning to Israel if it continues building settlements in the West Bank. The Massachusetts senator was asked after a town hall in Iowa whether she was open to making U.S. aid conditional on an agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to halt construction in a territory Israel won in a defensive war in 1967, which is home to about 3 million Palestinians and roughly 400,000 Jews. "Right now, Netanyahu says that he is going to take Israel in a direction of increasing settlements. That does not move us toward a two-state solution....
  • Mulvaney insists no quid pro quo with Ukraine after WH comments: ‘I didn’t say that’

    10/20/2019 8:03:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/20/2019 | Ronn Blitzer
    Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney insists he did not admit to wrongdoing by President Trump after comments he made during a marathon press briefing Thursday were interpreted as evidence of a quid pro quo linking military aid to Ukraine with an investigation of potential Ukrainian involvement with Democrats during the 2016 election. Democrats have accused Trump of temporarily delaying $391 million in aid in order to leverage Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into helping the probe. Mulvaney seemed to indicate that the two were connected, but now he claims it was a misunderstanding. “That’s what people are saying...
  • GOP leader defends Mulvaney amid backlash over quid pro quo comments

    10/18/2019 10:22:17 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/18/19 | Juliegrace Brufke
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday defended acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney amid backlash over his remarks suggesting that Ukraine aid was connected to the president’s call for the country to launch a probe into Democrats. McCarthy noted during a press conference that Mulvaney sought to walk back his remarks later in the day on Thursday, arguing the White House official "clarified his statement" and that he "takes Mick Mulvaney at his word for his clarification." “I think Mick was very clear in cleaning up the statement, that there was no quid pro quo. Everybody...