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Trump’s Impeachment ‘Protection’ In The U.S. Senate Is Already Disappearing

Earlier this year, when confronted with the hypothetical of what the U.S. Senate would do if the House of Representatives voted to issue articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other top Senate GOP leaders made it sound like they would immediately kick such a motion off the floor of the Senate, The Hill noted at the time:

“’I think it would be disposed of very quickly,’ said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC).’

“Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), an adviser to McConnell’s leadership team, said ‘nothing’ would come of impeachment articles passed by the House.”

That was then, when the Russia investigation was the main topic of debate.

Now, however, the calculus has changed, as Trump is accused of trying to rig the 2020 election by dangling military aid to Ukraine if prosecutors in that country would agree to investigate business deals made by Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and dig up dirt on the Biden family.

Even McConnell made clear that a trial will indeed be held in the Senate if Trump is impeached by the House, commenting during an appearance on CNBC:

“We’ll follow the Senate rules. I would have no choice but to take it up.”

As HuffPost reports, some had suggested McConnell would never even allow the matter to come to the floor:

“Some news outlets and pundits have speculated that McConnell could simply refuse to hold a trial, likening the move to his refusal to give President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a confirmation hearing in 2016.”

Now, however, McConnell seems to be indicating that he’s not going to just refuse to hold a trial at all, though he did add:

“’How long you’re on it is a whole different matter,’ McConnell said, noting he could call a vote on a motion to dismiss, which would effectively amount to a vote to acquit Trump of wrongdoing.”

But with public support for impeachment growing by the day, McConnell may also be unable to so easily dismiss a trial with one vote and then go back to regular business. Doing so could cost him control of the Senate in the 2020 election in addition to losing the White House and being unable to retake control of the House. That would be a nightmare for McConnell and other Republicans, all of whom might suddenly be under both ethical and criminal investigations with Democrats in total control of government.

If Trump was counting on the Senate to provide “protection” for his potentially illegal and unethical acts, it’s beginning to look like he’s all on his own and all bets are off.

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House Impeachment Committee Will Also Investigate Trump’s Phone Calls With Vladimir Putin

Now that a formal impeachment inquiry is underway and being conducted by three House committees (Intelligence, Judiciary, and Oversight), congressional investigators have the right to virtually any evidence or testimony they say it pertinent to the case they’re building against President Donald Trump.

And since we know that Trump tried to extract concessions from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid, it appears that part of the impeachment inquiry will include a closer look at Trump’s calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said recently on “Meet this Press” that his committee would indeed be seeking to find out what Trump discussed with Putin:

“The paramount need here is to protect the national security of the United States and see whether, in the conversations with other world leaders and, in particular, with Putin, that the president was also undermining our security in a way that he thought would personally benefit his campaign.

“If those conversations with Putin or with other world leaders are sequestered in that same electronic file that is meant for covert action, not meant for this, if there’s an effort to hide those and cover those up, yes, we’re determined to find out.”

That could be very bad news for Trump, who has a bizarre fascination with and man crush on Putin. The two have often exchanged pleasantries and compliments with each other, with Trump even going so far as to say that since Putin assured him Russia didn’t interfere in the 2016 election, he believes him instead of U.S. intelligence agencies.

A full examination of all Trump’s calls with Putin might just be the evidence which proves a larger conspiracy between the two leaders. It has long been speculated that involves damaging information (“kompromat”) Putin has on Trump. That was one of the things investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who didn’t have the advantage of seeing Trump’s communications with the Russian leader.

The circle is starting to tighten around Donald Trump. With each day, it becomes clearer that he has something to hide. Once those secrets are exposed, it should be clear to everyone that the current president is a danger to the national security of the United States.

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The Impeachment Inquiry Now Has A Star Witness Who Can Bring Down Trump

Late Friday evening, news broke that Kurt Volker, who had served as special envoy for Ukraine, had suddenly resigned from the Trump administration. The Washington Post noted:

“Volker tendered his resignation to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, within hours of an announcement from three House committees that the veteran diplomat was among State Department officials who would be compelled to testify.

“That committee has set a hearing for Thursday for Volker, one of several officials whose interactions with Trump or Ukrainian officials are outlined in a whistleblower complaint.”

As the special envoy to Ukraine, Volker tried for months to set up a meeting between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. That means that Volker likely knows details about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and is also familiar with Trump’s attempt to trade $400 million in military aid for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who have been cleared of any wrongdoing regarding business dealings the younger Biden had in Ukraine.

And since Volker has insider information, he can potentially implicate his boss, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and others in the administration, including Trump. Pompeo was subpoenaed by three congressional committees on Friday for documents related to the impeachment inquiry which was formally initiated earlier this week.

Former CIA Russian operations chief Steve Hall remarked Saturday on CNN that Volker could wind up being a star witness for the impeachment inquiry:

“With Giuliani’s involvement and president saying what he did to the newly elected, very inexperienced president of Ukraine, it seems to me — and hopefully we will hear from him to discuss further what his thinking process was — it seems to me he just said ‘Look, this is kind of a mess and I don’t know that I want to be a part of it.’”

Hall also added:

“We’ll find out whether there’s any more of that or what (Volker’s) willing to say about the work he was doing either with Giuliani, or perhaps around or despite Giuliani. We need to hear more from him about that. It will be very interesting to see what he says.”

It certainly will. And if Volker can shed more light on exactly what Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Pompeo, and others in the administration did to further the Ukraine conspiracy and cover-up, he may wind up being the key to unwinding the facts that will all but guarantee articles of impeachment are drawn up against Donald Trump.

Mr. Volker, you now have the floor.

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Is John Bolton About To Spill The Beans On Trump, Pence, And Ukraine?

During his 17-month tenure as national security adviser to Donald Trump, John Bolton probably saw things he couldn’t believe, including Trump’s insistence that military aid to Ukraine be withheld until he could personally speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and ask for help digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

According to the Washington Post, Bolton urged Trump to immediately send the aid to Ukraine:

“Former national security adviser John Bolton wanted to release the money to Ukraine because he thought it would help the country while curtailing Russian aggression. But Trump has said he was primarily concerned with corruption.”

Earlier this month, Trump unceremoniously fired Bolton as national security adviser, announcing the dismissal via Twitter:

But it looks like Bolton may get to have the last laugh yet when it comes to Donald Trump and Ukraine. As Vox recently noted, the House impeachment inquiry is likely to invite Bolton in for testimony very soon:

“It’s unclear whether the committee will subpoena current or former Trump administration officials to testify, but several officials who resigned this summer shortly before the Ukraine scandal broke — including former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton — could be people for them to start with.”

That’s not just bad news for Trump, it could also be the beginning of the end for Vice President Mike Pence, according to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who said Friday morning that Pence met with the Ukrainian president earlier this month while in Poland:

“But the question is, what did Mike Pence know? What did Mike Pence do? What did Mike Pence say in that closed-door meeting in early September?

“Guess who knows the answer to that? John Bolton. Interesting times ahead.”

Very interesting times ahead.

Bolton has every reason to want revenge on Pence and Trump, and he has nothing to lose by spilling the beans on his former bosses. As a matter of fact, it would allow him to tell the full story about why Trump is so fascinated with Russia and kowtows to Vladimir Putin.

Don’t be surprised if John Bolton winds up playing a key role in destroying both Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Payback, as the old saying goes, is a real son of a bitch.

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Brand New Impeachment Poll Has Terrifying News For Donald Trump

As Donald Trump continues to whinie on Twitter that he’s being harassed and treated badly by Congress, a new poll suggests that not only are Americans sick and tired of the president, they’re ready to make a change.

A YouGov poll that was taken before the damaging summary of Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and prior to the full whistleblower report being released earlier today shows that 55 percent of Americans support impeaching Trump, with 26 percent opposed, and 19 percent uncertain.

Here’s they key question asked in the YouGov poll:

“If President Donald Trump suspended military aid to Ukraine in order to incentivize the country’s officials to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden, and his son, would you support or oppose impeachment?”

If you look at a closer breakdown of the numbers, you find:

  • The majority of Democrats (76 percent) support impeachment
  • The majority of independents (51 percent) support impeachment
  • One third (32 percent) of Republicans support impeachment

That 32 percent number from Republicans is especially troubling for Trump, as it means his base is starting to erode as a result of his actions regarding Ukraine.

We’re also seeing some concern from Republicans in Congress.

At today’s House Intelligence Committee hearing with the acting Director of National Intelligence, Rep Mike Turner (R-OH) remarked:

“I’ve read the complaint and I’ve read the transcript of the conversation with the president and the president of the Ukraine. Concerning that conversation, I want to say that the president, this is not okay. That conversation is not okay. I think it’s disappointing to the American public when they read the transcript.”

And GOP Senator Ron Johnson (WI) was asked about an allegation in the whistleblower report that shows White House attorneys ordered administration officials to “lock down” a word-for-word transcript of Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president in a codeword-protected electronic system. He replied:

“I would not be happy. We’ll find out exactly what transpired here.”

A week from now, we’ll have more polls, and don’t be surprised if the number of those who support impeachment is all the way up to 70 percent or higher.

Trump is in big trouble. His tweets are proof that he knows it, too.