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GAO Decision –It is a Violation of Law to Withhold Funds Appropriated By Congress

Subtitle: The Jury in Trump’s Impeachment Trial is Rigged By Republican Senators Who Hold The Majority.

Donald Trump made it publicly known that he disregards all reports by U.S. Intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 Presidential Election.  It is more disturbing that currently, U. S. Congressional Republican Senators are disregarding the findings and conclusion of the GAO.  Sticking to Trump’s talking points, and in spite of the GAO’s report, Republican Senators declare that Trump did no wrong when withholding funds from the Ukraine.  Those funds were to assist the Ukraine in defending themselves against Russia’s aggression.

The United States Government Accountability Office, (formerly, General Accounting Office), is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. GAO is the federal government’s audit institution.  It is part of the Legislative Branch of government under the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921.   Its history is at this link.

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, GAO released its report on the withholding of funds of vital military aid to the Ukraine.  It found that President Trump broke the law when he withheld those funds.

Representative Adam Schiff, (D-CA) made the following statement regarding GAO’s findings. Read the rest of this entry

U.S. President Donald J. Trump Impeached

December 18, 2019 is a day that goes down in history.  U.S. President Donald J. Trump was impeached by a majority vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

House Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, has not yet given the passed Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, which is led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Senators are to be impartial jurors at impeachment trials. McConnell has made public statements that he is not impartial and is working with White House personnel on how to conduct Trump’s trial.

During the debate in the House,  Republicans representatives presented their defense of Trump by accusing Democrats of wanting Trump impeached before he was sworn into office.  They made redundant and spurious arguments that Trump did not abuse his power when he made an Ukrainian investigation into Crowdsource and Joe and Hunter Biden conditional on releasing defense aid to Ukraine that Congress had already approved. Read the rest of this entry

Public Hearings On Impeachment of Donald Trump

December 17, 2019 UPDATE

On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee passed two Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump.  The matter has been moved to the full House of Representatives for a vote.  A vote is expected for this coming Wednesday.  If passed, Trump is impeached, and the matter then moves to the Senate to decide whether or not to remove Trump from office.

According to the Daily Beast,  the Senate is suppose to act as a “fair and impartial jury,” but both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham,  “have said explicitly their only goal is to end the trial as quickly as possible, call zero witnesses, and take their marching orders directly from the president himself.  They’re supposed to be the jury and they’re literally going on TV admitting they’re not going to be impartial and they’re going to take their orders from the president.”

Of a personal opinion, I question if Republican Representatives and Senators do not want to impeach Trump and remove him from office because they do not want V.P. Pence taking over the role of President.  I wonder why?

 

 

December 10, 2019 UPDATE

The House Judiciary Committee’s two proposed articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday.  The first article charges him with abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to assist him in his re-election campaign by damaging Democratic rivals. The second article charges him with obstruction of Congress for blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents in response to House subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.

You can read the full Articles of Impeachment here.

DECEMBER 3, 2019 UPDATE

CNN says of the 300 page House Intelligence Committee report, that it contains witness testimonies, timelines and phone records that accuse “Trump of perpetrating one of the most serious political crimes in the history of the United States. ”

Rather than add it to comment section, I am embedding a link to the full report here.   The Finding of Facts portion begins on page 39 as;

Based on witness testimony and evidence collected during the impeachment inquiry, the Intelligence Committee has found that:

I.  Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States—acting personally and through his agents within and outside of the U.S. government—solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The President engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and to influence our nation’s upcoming presidential election to his advantage. In so doing, the President placed his personal political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangeredU.S. national security.

The impeachment inquiry starts on Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

 

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, public hearings begin on the impeachment of Donald Trump.  My intent is to keep this post as a discussion and update thread until those hearings are completed.  Updates, including any available videos of the hearings, will be posted in the comment section below.  Feel free to add to them.

The public hearings will be live streamed on most major media networks and on USA Today online.

For a breakdown of Committee Members and schedule, see NBC News.

According to MSNBC:

“On the eve of the historic impeachment hearing, the top impeachment investigator, Rep. Adam Schiff tells NPR there is enough evidence to impeach Trump for bribery, for abusing “official” powers of the presidency and because Trump was “offering official acts for some personal or political reason.”

Below is a list with links to transcripts of depositions that have been released to the public. Click on the words that appear in blue to open the links, which will open in another window.  Transcripts of testimonies are in pdf. Read the rest of this entry

Day-3 of Impeachment Inquiry: Whistleblower complaint released ahead of congressional testimony

I’ve been tied to the news about this.  Here is the Whistleblower’s Complaint at this link.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

This is day-3 of Donald Trump’s impeachment process.  Events are moving at light-speed, and it appears that the president – who had escaped accountability in the Mueller investigation and countless other transgressions – has finally gone too far even for Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.  Yesterday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the release of the whistleblower complaint detailing Trump’s corrupt interactions with the Ukrainian government.  That the demand was quickly complied with is very telling.  It indicates that Trump has lost control over this situation, and that Congress’ tolerance for continued obstruction by his administration has come to an end.

A redacted copy of the formal whistleblower complaint filed by Inspector General Michael Atkinson has been submitted to Congress ahead of today’s testimony by acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire.  The still unnamed whistleblower has also agreed to testify…

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Confirmed : Jews told to register with pro-Russian forces in the East Ukraine or face deportation. America reacts first

The Jews need to get out of the Ukraine as soon as possible. Israel and the U.S. should arrange for that. It will be hard leaving their country and starting over, but we cannot have another Holocaust.

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