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  • GAO says Trump administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid

    01/16/2020 9:47:26 AM PST · by RideForever · 107 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 1/16/2020 | Tyler Olson
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a legal opinion on Thursday saying that President Trump's administration broke the law by withholding defense aid to Ukraine — the issue at the heart of the president's impeachment trial. That money, $214 million which had been allocated to the Department of Defense for security assistance, was appropriated by Congress and therefore the administration did not have the right to hold it back just because it disagreed with its allocation, the opinion from the nonpartisan government watchdog said. "Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities...
  • GAO finds Trump administration broke law by withholding aid from Ukraine

    01/16/2020 7:57:13 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 170 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/16/20 10:06 AM EST | BY REBECCA KLAR
    The Trump administration violated the law by withholding appropriated security assistance to Ukraine, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday in a report. The independent watchdog said the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) withheld the appropriated funds last summer. The report said U.S. law “does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law.” “Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the [Impound Control Act],” GAO said. The withholding of the aid is central to the ongoing impeachment proceedings against President Trump. --This breaking news report will be updated.
  • GAO finds Trump administration broke law by withholding aid from Ukraine

    01/16/2020 7:56:49 AM PST · by lowbridge · 76 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2020 | OLIVIA BEAVERS AND REBECCA KLAR
    The Trump administration’s decision to freeze the release of security assistance to Ukraine last year violated federal law, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report Thursday. The independent watchdog said the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) withheld the appropriated funds last summer, not as a programmatic delay but in order to advance the president’s own agenda. Doing so, the watchdog concluded, violates the Impoundment Control Act, a law that governs Congress's role in the federal budget process. “Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted...
  • Schumer: Newly revealed emails a 'devastating blow' to McConnell's impeachment trial plans

    01/02/2020 10:18:04 PM PST · by bitt · 100 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/2/2020 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) seized on newly released emails surrounding President Trump's decision to delay aid to Ukraine, arguing they underscored the need for witnesses and documents as part of an impeachment trial. “The newly-revealed unredacted emails are a devastating blow to Senator McConnell’s push to have a trial without the documents and witnesses we’ve requested," Schumer said in a statement. "These emails further expose the serious concerns raised by Trump administration officials about the propriety and legality of the president’s decision to cut off aid to Ukraine to benefit himself," he added. Schumer's comments come after Just...
  • Why Trump Supporters are Not Protesting in the Streets Over Impeachment.......

    12/22/2019 2:32:52 PM PST · by caww · 93 replies
    .theepochtimes ^ | 12/22/2019 | Brian Cates
    When the denizens of the left are upset about something, there are mass protests, often accompanied by rioting, vandalism, violence, and arrests...But the American right is not like the American left. So although Trump supporters were certainly not happy at having to watch this impeachment theater, their frustrations did not boil over. That’s because everyone knew, with the possible exception of the more rabid corners of the left’s base, that none of this was real. The Democrat strategy is to spend the next eleven months claiming to the American people that they should not even seriously consider reelecting an impeached...
  • Silence of the Year: What did Hunter Biden do for Burisma? What was Hunter Biden doing on the board of a Ukrainian energy company?

    12/19/2019 12:05:13 PM PST · by powermill · 22 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 1 day ago | By Angie Drobnic Holan
    There is this basic question: What was Hunter Biden doing on the board of a Ukrainian energy company? Biden had no particular expertise in energy or Ukraine. He did, however, join the board of Burisma when his father Vice President Joe Biden was publicly representing U.S. policy on the country, which had become the center of a tug-of-war between Russia and the West. Did the older Biden do anything wrong? Nothing has been proven. But what the adult son was up to remains mysterious, as are the details of what he was paid. Hunter Biden’s work attracted attention at the...
  • Trump Campaign’s Internal Polling Shows Democrats In Pro-Trump Districts Struggling Due To Impeachment

    12/18/2019 7:42:13 AM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | By Steve Watson
    New internal polling by the Trump campaign suggests Democrats in pro-Trump districts should avoid supporting impeachment or risk losing re-election. The new poll, released Tuesday, surveyed 900 likely voters in the 30 congressional districts that President Donald Trump won in 2016 but are currently occupied by Democrats. According to the survey, voters in those districts oppose impeachment by 10 percentage points, 53-43, and would support a new candidate over the Democratic incumbent by 11 points, 47-36. A plurality of voters, 38%, said that if their congressperson supported impeachment, it would make them less likely to re-elect that individual. Just 29%...
  • Fox News Live: Impeachment debate begins ahead of House vote

    12/18/2019 6:07:25 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 263 replies
    Fox News on Youtube ^ | December 18 | Staff
    Happening now: The House of Representatives convenes and debates the impeachment of President Trump. The House is set to vote later this evening.
  • Trump Should Mount a Vigorous Defense in Senate Trial

    12/17/2019 8:35:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | December 17, 2019 | Bob Barr
    Now that the House is set to impeach President Trump for what its Nadler-led Judiciary Committee decided were “impeachable offenses,” it is time to consider what will or, more important, should happen in a Senate trial. In my view, no matter the utter lack of substance in the articles of impeachment certain to be approved by the House this week, the president should prepare to mount a vigorous defense and Senate Republican leaders should assist, not impede him. As an Impeachment Manager in the 1999 trial of former President Clinton, I learned very early that an impeachment trial in...
  • Nadler misses procedural step in impeachment process for family emergency

    12/17/2019 9:17:31 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 84 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2019 | Tal Axelrod
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will miss the final procedural step in the impeachment process before the House casts a final vote as he tends to a family emergency. Two Democratic sources told The Hill that Nadler is away from Congress on Tuesday because his wife is ill. Nadler’s absence comes the same day as the House Rules Committee is scheduled to set the terms of the chamber’s floor debate on voting on two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The whole chamber is expected to cast a final vote on the articles Wednesday....
  • An Unprecedented Way to Approach Impeachment

    12/17/2019 7:42:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | December 17, 2019 | Thomas Yipping
    Much of the attention for House Resolution 660, passed by House Democrats on Halloween, has failed to note the significant differences with resolutions authorizing previous presidential impeachments. Two writers on the Lawfare blog, for example, claimed that H.R. 660 incorporates “a structure similar to what was in place for the Clinton and Nixon impeachment proceedings.” Simply placing the resolutions side-by-side shows this is false.First, the previous resolutions authorized those impeachment inquiries at the outset; this one simply says “carry on” to committees that began investigating weeks ago.Second, the previous resolutions authorized only the Judiciary Committee to investigate whether impeachment grounds...
  • Democrats' Impeachment of Trump Is Way Too Thin

    12/17/2019 5:43:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | December 17, 2019 | John Kass
    Where did the Trump impeachment go? When House Democrats began selling tickets to their President Donald Trump Impeachment Theater -- shouting their outrage, preening on those late-night talk shows -- it was much meatier business. It would be full of collusion with Russia, blackmail of Ukraine. It would contain extortion and go heavy on bribery. The way the Democrats sold it, Americans were to expect some giant roast, bone in, with a rich, thick gravy, to feed a nation longing for justice from Orange Man Bad. At least that's what Democrats promised. But that's not what they delivered for consideration...
  • Giuliani says he has new proof of massive corruption in Ukraine involving Bidens

    12/16/2019 11:00:07 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 94 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2019 | By Dave Boyer
    Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani says he’s uncovered proof of “extensive” corruption in Ukraine, including “clear” proof of money laundering by Burisma energy company and Hunter and Joseph R. Biden. In a series of tweets, Mr. Giuliani said his trip earlier this month to Ukraine “garnered witnesses & documents which reveal the truth behind this impeachment,” which he said includes no wrongdoing by President Trump. “Evidence revealed that corruption in 2016 was so extensive it was POTUS’s DUTY to ask for US-Ukraine investigation,” Mr. Giuliani tweeted, days before the House prepares to vote on impeaching the president. He said impeachment...
  • Dear Chuckie, What evidence? What crime?

    12/16/2019 11:38:13 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies
    Dear Chuckie, What evidence? What crime? The dems have not even charged the president of committing a specific crime and they have submitted no evidence of any crime. The accused does not have to present any exculpatory evidence nor does he have to prove his innocence. No crime, no case. The senate should just dismiss it.
  • Impeachment Could End Badly (Moonbats panicking)

    12/16/2019 11:48:47 AM PST · by MountainWalker · 68 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/16/2019 | Shadi Hamid
    Most of the people whom I like or trust believe—and believe rather strongly—that what Trump has done rises to a crime. For them, the analysis of whether Trump should be impeached can’t help but be informed by their view that Trump represents an existential threat to the country. If he might damage American democracy at some fundamental level, without any obvious recourse, then pursuing his removal from office would seem to go without saying. That he is in a position to win again in 2020 and serve another four years makes impeachment all the more urgent. --- On a purely...
  • Democrats Get Trump Phone Call Transcript Wrong Again!...(word play lies)

    12/13/2019 9:17:10 AM PST · by caww · 15 replies
    theepochtimes ^ | 12/13/2019 | BY ZACHARY STIEBER
    Democrats removed or changed President Donald Trump’s words multiple times on Thursday, including changing the word “us” to “me.” The 'change to the transcript' of Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was made as the House Judiciary Committee debated two articles of impeachment against Trump. During the debate, Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) changed “us” to “me” while making an analogy to try to assert that Trump committed a crime. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) removed a word from the transcript, quoting Trump as saying, “I would like you to do a favor though,” removing the word “us.”
  • LIVE: Final Vote to send Impeachment Articles to House Floor

    12/13/2019 6:53:46 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 122 replies
    Fox 10 Phoenix ^ | December 13 | Staff
    Starts at 10AM ET, cameras rolling now.
  • Dem Sen. Blumenthal: Up to Ten Republicans Might Vote to Convict Trump, Don’t Rule Out ‘Unpredicted Evidence’

    12/12/2019 2:21:47 PM PST · by Freedom56v2 · 106 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11.09.12 | Ian Hanchett
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stated that he thinks up to ten Senate Republicans will vote to convict President Trump, but that there could be “unpredicted evidence” and the number of GOP defections could increase. Blumenthal said, “I would give the high end probably five to ten. I think that’s a realistic number. But, and I want to emphasize the but, we need to keep in mind what’s unpredictable here. Remember the Watergate case, where the Nixon tapes emerged, seemingly by chance…and that was the end of his presidency. So, never underestimate the possibility of...
  • It's not a coup. It's a civil war.

    12/13/2019 6:33:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    American ^ | December 13, 2019 | Phil D'Agostino
    Lately, it's been convenient — and self-serving to some — to call what is going on with the Trump administration a coup. It's a "soft coup" or a "silent coup" or a wish-it-were-a-coup. Let's take a look at what that means. According to all definitions I can find, a coup is a sudden, often violent overthrow of a government. Every time I look up the definition of a coup, I get something like this from Merriam-Webster: "a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics." But there is nothing sudden about this. Have you ever thought, "What would a modern civil...
  • 'End this': Republicans poised to call no witnesses during Trump impeachment trial in Senate.....

    12/10/2019 11:16:54 AM PST · by caww · 113 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 12/10/2019 | David M. Drucker
    Top Republicans are leaning toward calling for a vote to acquit Trump 'immediately' after House Democrats and the White House have delivered their arguments to head off partisan disagreements that might lengthen the trial....The president is not in danger of being removed from office by the Senate, a move that requires 67 votes. Republicans might forgo calling witnesses altogether, saying 'minds are made up on Trump’s guilt or innocence' and that testimony at trial on the Senate floor would draw out the proceedings unnecessarily.