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Senator Says Trump Also Pressured China For Dirt On The Biden Family

Earlier this month, shortly before he left for a rally in Florida, President Donald Trump encouraged China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, commenting:

“China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.”


That remark came just moments after Trump had discussed ongoing trade talks with China and said:

“If they don’t do what we want, we have tremendous power.”

It now appears that Trump did indeed made dirt on the Bidens as part of the trade deal with China, according to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), who sent out this tweet today:

A couple of weeks ago, Trump’s trade representative Peter Navarro, was asked point blank if Trump was pressuring China to investigate the Bidens. On six separate occasions, Navarro refused to say whether or not the president had conditioned a trade deal on China agreeing to initiate some sort of Biden investigation.


However, Navarro did have this to say when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked about the trade deal being tied to dirt on the Bidens:

“They’ll force administration officials like me to have to reveal things that are happening behind closed doors in negotiations. I’m not going to talk about that stuff. If I answer that question, then you’ll ask me another question.”

 

But as Wyden noted recently, the American people have a right to know the answer to that and other questions:

“The American people have every right to know if negotiators are using United States’ trade policy to advance President Trump’s personal and political interests.”


Wyden has sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Navarro in which he makes it clear they are going to answer questions or face obstruction of Congress charges, which could also wind up with each of them also being impeached.

It’s beginning to look like the House will need to add yet another charge to the articles of impeachment being drawn up against Trump.

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Lindsey Graham’s Anti-Impeachment Resolution Backfires On Him

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is always eager to be Donald Trump’s loyal lapdog, no matter what the president says or does. And as we’ve found out lately, that even applies when Trump commits high crimes and misdemeanors that lead to impeachment.


So it was no surprise when Graham drew up an anti-impeachment resolution that condemned the House impeachment inquiry, as CNN reported:

“The resolution is critical of the way House Democrats are conducting the impeachment inquiry.

“It argues that the House is ‘denying President Trump basic fairness and due process accorded every American.'”

Graham’s resolution may never even come to the floor for a full vote, according to Politico:

“McConnell has not promised to hold a vote of his own.

“The Kentucky Republican notably referred the resolution to the Senate Rules Committee rather than bringing it directly to the floor.”


As it turns out, the fact that Graham got the resolution going and lined up co-sponsors actually hurts Senate Republicans, and not only from a public relations standpoint. Once again, quoting Politico:

“While that follows the Senate’s regular order process, it also could be shelved there for weeks before it sees a committee vote. After that, the resolution could be tied up on the Senate floor if Democrats force procedural votes, which seems likely. Democrats could also filibuster the resolution — which would require 60 votes to overcome.”

So instead of being able to confirm more unqualified people to serve as federal judges, which McConnell and the GOP have been doing at a record pace in recent weeks, time will have to be spent on the Graham resolution. That could use up the remainder of the 20 legislative days left on the Senate calendar.

Now that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has held a formal vote on the impeachment inquiry, Graham’s resolution has become moot. His only recourse is to pull the resolution and look like an even bigger fool than he already does. And even that may not be possible if Senator Graham wants to remain in Donald Trump’s good graces.

With each day, the impeachment of Donald Trump not only brings Trump closer to watching as public hearings expose his many crimes, it also weakens the Republican Party and all but guarantees they’ll suffer a humiliating loss in the 2020 election.

Looks like Lindsey’s endless butt kissing has come back to haunt him.

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William Barr Gets His A*s Handed To Him After Attempting To Indict A Top FBI Official

When Donald Trump nominated William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General, he tasked him with protecting the president from any possible federal legal jeopardy as a result of the Russia investigation and the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

But as we’ve learned since the Mueller report was released, Trump also gave Barr another duty: To try and destroy anyone who may have been a part of the Russia investigation.


As you’d expect, Barr was happy to be a loyal lapdog, so he kicked off an inspector general investigation that has already cleared former FBI Director James Comey of any criminal wrongdoing.

And now it’s becoming clear that Barr’s efforts to bring charges against former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe have blown up in his face, based on reporting from multiple sources, including the Washington Post:

“In emails Thursday to U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu and other prosecutors in her office, McCabe lawyer Michael Bromwich said his team had received media inquiries about grand jurors declining to bring the case, and pointed to published reports describing how even after the Justice Department approved prosecutors to seek charges, no indictment was returned.”


That was confirmed by Natasha Bertrand of Politico:

Here’s the thing: If indeed a federal grand jury declined to indict McCabe, that would not only be unprecedented, it would also be a slap in the face of AG Barr, who is trying desperately to make it appear that the people who began the Russia investigation are the criminals instead of the real culprit, Donald Trump.


Former federal prosecutor Harry Litman commented on just how uncommon it is for a grand jury to refuse to indict someone:

Renato Mariotti, who also served as a federal prosecutor, echoed Litman, adding that he had never seen such a thing in the nine years he was at the Justice Department:

In other words, a federal grand jury appears to have given Barr and the DOJ a severe rebuke. Granted, the evidence can be presented to another grand jury, but if the first one didn’t indict, it’s hard to see how another one would.

Nice try, Mr. Barr, but it’s becoming obvious you’re just as much of a fool as the man you work for. And that’s really saying something.

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Republican Senator Now Ensnared In Trump’s Growing Ukraine Conspiracy

As House Democrats prepare to vote open public hearings on the Ukraine scandal this week, one of the senators who may have decide whether or not to remove Donald Trump from office now finds himself caught in the center of the larger conspiracy and could wind up being destroyed by his connection to the matter.


According to the Washington Post, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) met with a former Ukrainian diplomat as recently as July, around the same time as the infamous phone call Trump made to Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine:

“Sen. Ron Johnson met in July with a former Ukrainian diplomat who has circulated unproven claims that Ukrainian officials assisted Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, a previously unreported contact that underscores the GOP senator’s involvement in the unfolding narrative that triggered the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

“In an interview this past week, Andrii Telizhenko said he met with Johnson (Wis.) for at least 30 minutes on Capitol Hill and with Senate staff for five additional hours. He said discussions focused in part on ‘the DNC issue’ — a reference to his unsubstantiated claim that the Democratic National Committee worked with the Ukrainian government in 2016 to gather incriminating information about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Telizhenko said he could not recall the date of the meeting, but a review of his Facebook page revealed a photo of him and Johnson posted on July 11.”


Johnson has been a strong Trump ally and defender, even going to far as to co-sponsor a Senate resolution with Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stating opposition to the impeachment inquiry. Which raises a larger issue: Why is Johnson so eager to excuse Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors when he’s supposed to be impartial when the president’s impeachment is before the upper chamber? And why did the senator choose to get involved with a conspiracy theorist from Ukraine?


If Johnson has any shame, he will announce that he plans to recuse himself from taking part in Trump’s impeachment. Otherwise, he cannot be considered a impartial juror in the process. He also needs to be brought before the Senate Ethics Committee to answer for his actions.

It’s beginning to look like the Ukraine scandal may wind up destroying Trump and the political party that has been his chief enabler.

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Former Defense Department Official Alleges Trump Has Committed Yet Another Impeachable Offense

While the investigation being conducted by the House impeachment inquiry is focused on the abuse of power committed by President Donald Trump in regard to withholding military aid to Ukraine unless they agreed to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, a new book lays out another case of Trump using his office in what is clearly an improper manner.


Task & Purpose has obtained some excerpts from the forthcoming book entitled Holding The Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattis by Guy Snodgrass, who worked as a speechwriter for former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and one of the incidents Snodgrass reveals is that Trump wanted to try and settle his long-running feud with Amazon by ordering Mattis to “screw” the online retailer out of a chance to bid on a $10 billion cloud networking contract:

“Relaying the story to us during Small Group, Mattis said, ‘We’re not going to do that. This will be done by the book, both legally and ethically.'”


Trump has a deep hatred for Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post and is the richest man in the world. The president has accused Amazon of ripping off the U.S. Post Office, even though the online retailer is the biggest corporate contract the postal service has. And Trump frequently rails against the Post as a “lobbyist” for Amazon simply because it dares to report the truth about the administration.


The order to “screw Amazon” is a clear abuse of presidential power. Trump wanted to try and settle his score with Bezos by telling the Defense Secretary to break the law. Mattis refused, but the fact that Trump gave the order is an impeachable offense.

The House impeachment inquiry is reportedly looking at charging Trump with abuse of power, and this latest example of his wrongdoing should be added to the articles of impeachment that are being draw up. This incident, in addition to the Ukraine fiasco, are proof positive that Donald Trump is unfit to be president.