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  • #16
    Natasha Bertrand
    @NatashaBertrand


    NEW: The whistleblower is being represented by Andrew P. Bakaj, a former CIA officer.
    Others familiar with the whistleblower’s complaint have confirmed to @politico that it involves the president’s communications. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/19/trump-denies-comment-foreign-leader-whistleblower-1502945 …

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    • #17
      Senator Feinstein released the following statement today:
      “If media reports are correct that President Trump delayed military aid appropriated by Congress in order to get Ukraine to investigate a political opponent, it’s difficult not to see that as an abuse of presidential authority, plain and simple.

      “Withholding the whistleblower report that led to these allegations is also unacceptable. The president is essentially saying that Congress has no right to investigate the executive branch, which is a direct attack on the separation of powers. Oversight is a constitutional function of Congress.

      “I sent a letter on Friday to Attorney General bar demanding that the whistleblower report be transmitted to Congress, which is required by law. I also requested any advice or guidance provided by the Justice Department to the Director of National Intelligence that led him to take this action.

      “Covering this up will only make matters worse for this administration. I encourage them to clear this up as soon as possible.”



      And yesterday:



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      • #18
        Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post
        If media reports are correct...
        They aren't.
        Where is the evidence for a global flood?
        E≈mc2
        "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

        "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
        -Bob B.

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        • #19
          Pelosi to announce formal impeachment inquiry of Trump

          The announcement later today from Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) comes amid reports that President Trump may have pressured a foreign leader to investigate former vice president and potential 2020 campaign rival Joe Biden and his family.

          Analysis: A dozen House Democrats just pivoted toward impeachment. Here’s why each is a big deal.

          Biden says he’ll call for impeachment if Trump doesn’t cooperate



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          • #20
            Adam SchiffVerified account
            @RepAdamSchiff

            We have been informed by the whistleblower’s counsel that their client would like to speak to our committee and has requested guidance from the Acting DNI as to how to do so.We‘re in touch with counsel and look forward to the whistleblower’s testimony as soon as this week.

            11:29 AM - 24 Sep 2019



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            • #22
              Interesting how McConnell hotlined the whistleblower report. Have to wonder what's in it for him.

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              • #23
                Nancy Pelosi’s full statement on launching Trump impeachment inquiry

                Last Tuesday, we had the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution on September 17.
                Sadly on that day, the intelligence community inspector general formally notified the Congress that the administration was forbidding him from turning over a whistleblower complaint on Constitution Day. This is a violation of law. Shortly thereafter, press reports began to break of a phone call by the president of the United States calling upon a foreign power to intervene in his election.
                This is a breach of his constitutional responsibilities. The facts are these: The intelligence community inspector general, who is appointed by President Trump, determined that the complaint is both of urgent concern and credible. And its disclosure relates to one of the most significant and importance of director of national intelligence responsibility to the American people.
                On Thursday, the inspector general testified before the House Intelligence Committee stating that the acting director of national intelligence blocked him from disclosing the whistleblower complaint. This is a violation of law. The law is: The DNI, director of national intelligence, shall provide Congress the full whistleblower complaint.
                For more than 25 years, I served on the Intelligence Committee as a member, as the ranking member, as part of the Gang of Four even before I was in the leadership. I was there when we created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. That did not exist before 2004. I was there even earlier when we wrote the whistleblower laws and continued to write them to improve them to ensure the security of our intelligence and the safety of our whistleblowers.
                I know what their purpose was, and we proceeded to balance and caution as we wrote the laws.
                I can say with authority that the Trump administration’s actions undermine both the national security and our intelligence and our protections of whistleblowers. The acting DNI will appear before the House Intelligence Committee and must turn over the full complaint to the committee. He will have to choose whether to break the law or honor his responsibility to the constitution.
                On the final day of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, when our Constitution was adopted, Americans gathered on the steps of Independence Hall to break the news the government our founders had crafted, “What do we have, a republic or monarchy?” [Benjamin] Franklin replied, “A Republic if you keep it.”
                Our responsibility is to keep it. The wisdom of our Constitution enshrined in three co-equal branches of government serving as checks and balances on each other. The actions taken by the president have seriously violated the Constitution, when the president says “Article 2 says I can do whatever I want.”
                For the past several months we have been investigating in our committees and litigating in the courts so the House can gather all the relevant facts and whether to exercise its Article 1 powers, including a constitutional power of the utmost gravity of articles of impeachment.
                And this week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of betrayal of his oath of office and betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.
                Therefore, today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry and directing our six committees to proceed with their investigation under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry.
                No one is above the law.
                Getting back to our founders, in the darkest days of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine wrote, “The times have found us.” The times found them to fight and establish our democracy. The times have found us today. Not to place ourselves in the same greatness as our founders but in protecting and defending our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. In the words of Ben Franklin, “to keep our republic.”
                I thank our chairmen, Chairman Nadler, Chairman Schiff, Chairman Engel, Chairman Cummings of Oversight. Chairman Cummings and I have been in touch with [each other] constantly. He is a master of so much, including inspectors general and whistleblowers. Chairman Richard Neal, Congresswoman Maxine Waters of the Financial Services Committee. And I commend all of our members, our colleagues for their thoughtful, thoughtful approach to all of this for their careful statements.
                God bless them, and God bless America.

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                • #24
                  The White House has tried to get ahead of the exploding scandal about President Donald Trump pressuring the president of Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden by releasing a batch of notes taken from the call.

                  But the notes in fact confirm Trump demanded an investigation of Biden, implicate Attorney General William Barr in the scheme, and even show the Ukrainian President tried to flatter him by bringing up his stays in Trump Tower.

                  The transcript was, in fact, so legally and politically damaging for the president that — according to Washington Post reporter Robert Costa — pro-Trump Senate Republicans were completely blindsided, and have no idea where to go from here

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                  • #25
                    Apparently the White House accidentally emailed their talking points to Democrats.

                    And then they asked for them back.

                    By that time there were screenshots:







                    And not before someone noticed a small discrepancy:

                    "Fact: there was no quid pro quo; in fact there is no mention of the aid package to Ukraine at all."

                    "Assistance to Ukraine was mentioned by President Trump only to stress how much the United States is doing..."

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                    • #26
                      Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post
                      The White House has tried to get ahead of the exploding scandal about President Donald Trump pressuring the president of Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden by releasing a batch of notes taken from the call.

                      But the notes in fact confirm Trump demanded an investigation of Biden, implicate Attorney General William Barr in the scheme, and even show the Ukrainian President tried to flatter him by bringing up his stays in Trump Tower.

                      The transcript was, in fact, so legally and politically damaging for the president that — according to Washington Post reporter Robert Costa — pro-Trump Senate Republicans were completely blindsided, and have no idea where to go from here
                      got the transcript?


                      eta: here it is

                      https://www.foxnews.com/politics/tru...d-the-document


                      so, go ahead - pull out excerpts and tell us what you think of them, anna, not what other people are claiming anonymous reports are saying

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                      • #27
                        Originally posted by ok doser View Post
                        got the transcript?

                        https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-u...-live-updates/

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                        • #28
                          go ahead - pull out excerpts and tell us what you think of them, anna, not what other people are claiming anonymous reports are saying

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                          • #29
                            Originally posted by ok doser View Post
                            go ahead - pull out excerpts and tell us what you think of them, anna, not what other people are claiming anonymous reports are saying
                            It's there for you to review, I gave you a link. I'm not going to do your work for you.

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                            • #30
                              Originally posted by ok doser View Post

                              so, go ahead - pull out excerpts and tell us what you think of them, anna, not what other people are claiming anonymous reports are saying

                              You don't care what I think. I'm just going to keep putting info up there because most of you won't go looking for yourself.

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