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Donald Trump: the Case for Impeachment

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    Schmidt:

    Mueller was originally supposed to testify tomorrow. Since he was forced to delay by a week, he was granted an extra hour to testify.

    Bill Barr tried to prevent 2 of Mueller's aides from testifying. Since they are now private citizens, they are no longer bound by Barr's wished, and it is possible that they may testify next week as well.

    https://www.inquisitr.com/5528084/robert-mueller-testimony-next-week-off/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+google%2FyDYq+%28The+Inquisitr+-+News%29&utm_content=Yahoo+Search+Results

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    With three hours of testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, it should be enough to get to the meat of the issues. Half the time will be taken up by Republicans on distractive issues as well as stalling tactics up front, so substantive discussion and questioning will occupy only 90 minutes or less.

    I hope Chairman Nadler can coordinate the line of questioning by committee members to hit the key points early...and most importantly to get Mueller to read the charges of obstruction charges directly for maximum impact on the viewing audience. I expect Fox News to perhaps cut away when facts are presented.

    And yes testimony by aides can be crucial to solidly hammer the nail into Trump's future coffin.

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    The first question should be: Why did you not research Deutsche Bank who gave Trump loans via Russian "laundered money". It was your task to follow the Russian connections.

    If they only do "word plays" as well only questions about the "report" then nothing will come out of it.

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    Mueller has already said he will not go beyond what is written in his report. That would be okay. Very few people have actually read the report and many, particularly the Fox News viewers, have been indoctrinated on the Barr false interpretation. Yet there are some 10 paragraphs that are clear obstructions of justice by Trump, and if nothing else being asked to read those lines from the report should be a game changer for some Americans.

    Yet the indoctrination is deep, and viewers will struggle with what "Mueller says" versus what "Barr said Mueller says". People believe what they want to believe, and they listen with filters on the ears. Still for many of the undecideds, the Mueller testimony could be compelling in swaying them over to "obstruction of justice" charges.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Mueller has already said he will not go beyond what is written in his report. That would be okay. Very few people have actually read the report and many, particularly the Fox News viewers, have been indoctrinated on the Barr false interpretation. Yet there are some 10 paragraphs that are clear obstructions of justice by Trump, and if nothing else being asked to read those lines from the report should be a game changer for some Americans.

    Yet the indoctrination is deep, and viewers will struggle with what "Mueller says" versus what "Barr said Mueller says". People believe what they want to believe, and they listen with filters on the ears. Still for many of the undecideds, the Mueller testimony could be compelling in swaying them over to "obstruction of justice" charges.

    Schmidt, I honestly do not believe that there are many undecideds that will be influenced by Mueller’s testimony. It will devolve into “he said/he said” between Barr and Mueller no matter how much clarification Mueller provides. The Democratic Party and those of us who vote Democratic placed far too much hope in Mueller. While I do believe there is far more than enough to impeach Trump that simply isn’t going to happen unless the begin an impeachment inquiry. Pelosi will not do that so we are stuck with Trump until 2020. Sadly, imo, we will be stuck with him until 2024 because the Democratic Party has no strategy to combat not just Trump and his base but the Republican Party’s backers. Where is the Democratic Party version of ALEC? Nowhere. While some, even many, may understand that the Republican Party does not give a damn about the damage they do the Democratic Party appears unwilling to go that extra step. It will cost them. I would be unsurprised, dismayed, but unsurprised if the Democratic Party lost the House in 2020.
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    It's not surprising that Al Green's impeachment article failed to pass by a margin of 332-95. Th realists in the House know that they would need to have at least 60 votes in the Senate, and it's likely that McConnell would not even bring it up for a vote, despite the uproar that his lack of action would cause.

    Nancy Pelosi said that she had no quarrel with Mr. Green, but that the House was already taking sufficient steps to hold Mr. Trump accountable for his conduct.

    “We have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in,” she said. “That is the serious path that we are on.”

    Representative Green previously submitted two previous articles of impeachment, but the Republican Party (which then controlled the House) overwhelmingly defeated both proposals.

    The president brushed off the vote as a victory, and hours later, at a rally in Greenville, N.C., he showed no signs of easing his attacks or toning down the vicious language that led to the impeachment attempt. He charged that the “dangerous, militant hard left” among the Democrats were “hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down.”

    In an eerie replay of 2016, Trump's supporters at the rally shown above started chanting "send her back" during Trump's speech. In 2016, the chant was "lock her up", which proves that you just can't fix stupid.

    https://www.iheart.com/content/2019-07-18-crowd-chants-send-her-back-at-trump-rally-in-north-carolina/

    Pelosi is wise to downplay impeachment talk for now, since pursuing it much further at this point would get Trump depicted as a "victim" - and bolster hie chances at getting re-elected.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/us/politics/house-impeachment-trump.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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    I just looked into my crystal ball; it only shows an huge swamp with even bigger alligators and one "turtle"; around the swamp there is an huge mess and chaos with other "creatures" which don't look human at all and are fighting "everything" coming their way. It looks very ugly; better get quickly to higher ground far away from the swamp.
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    Dems need to turn their attention to trump's financial records and dealings, and need to obtain his tax documents, which would probably reveal he's laundered money, like Manafort did. Otherwise, trump has SCOTUS on his side.
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    Dockadams Wrote: Dems need to turn their attention to trump's financial records and dealings, and need to obtain his tax documents, which would probably reveal he's laundered money, like Manafort did. Otherwise, trump has SCOTUS on his side.

    Yes Dock, It was said a long time ago: Follow the "money", But yeah some people here rather waste their time with all kind of sidelines. I even bet that he did not pay any taxes for years; just kept saying as excuse: It is under "audit".

    No wonder he does not want this to see the daylight; the head of the IRS was "bought" at the moment he became President, as well Mnuchin. But no one got the "picture" Stupid country for sure.

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    As if we need another reason to impeach Trump. Mother Jones just provided one:

    https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/09/trump-to-ukraine-no-aid-unless-you-smear-joe-biden/

    In a Just World this would be true.

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    There are four things Trump has done, is doing or is trying to do that would suggest he is a Russian Agent (i.e., Putin’s Puppet), as learned from Thursday night’s Rachel Maddow Show. One of them was Trump’s delaying of Congressionally approved military funding to Ukraine to help them in their fight against Russian backed rebels. Funding that if not provided to Ukraine by September 30 (end of the Federal Fiscal Year), will expire and Ukraine will get nothing. While, this appears to help Russia, it also appears that Trump has a second even more criminal motive for withholding this military aid.

    On a segment of Thursday night’s Maddow Show, which you can view below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH_IG-W6toE

    Although she covers the diversion of money for the border wall and the Turnberry scandal, she discusses the EXTORTION of a foreign country starting at about 26 minutes in.

    “Trump to Ukraine: No Aid Unless You Smear Joe Biden”

    Can you say EXTORTION boys and girls? Here are the basic details from this Mother Jones Article:

    “Mr. Zelensky [Ukraines newly elected President] has so far failed to win the backing of President Trump. Not only has Mr. Trump refused to grant the Ukrainian leader a White House visit, but also he has suspended the delivery of $250 million in U.S. military aid to a country still fighting Russian aggression in its eastern provinces.

    Some suspect Mr. Trump is once again catering to Mr. Putin, who is dedicated to undermining Ukrainian democracy and independence. But we’re reliably told that the president has a second and more venal agenda: He is attempting to force Mr. Zelensky to intervene in the 2020 U.S. presidential election by launching an investigation of the leading Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. Mr. Trump is not just soliciting Ukraine’s help with his presidential campaign; he is using U.S. military aid the country desperately needs in an attempt to extort it.”

    For any other President, this story seems far fetched, but we are talking about Trump here, so anything is believable. It turns out House Committees have been quietly investigating this since June.

    While I am at a loss for words to describe such criminal behavior, let me leave you with one observation.

    The longer the House takes to complete the many Trump investigations into impeachable crimes, the more outrageous impeachable crimes he continues to commit, increasing the number and seriousness of High Crimes and Misdemeanors outlined in Articles of Impeachment eventually handed over to the Senate by the House, making it more and more difficult for Republican Senators to ignore and vote for acquittal.

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    That's one cover of Time that I will frame and put in office once they publish it...or something similar. I too watched the Rachel Maddow show segment on Trump's "crimes" and it just seems to get worse and worse. Congress must formally impeach the SOB, and if the Senate won't convict, we'll prosecute each Senator in the court of public opinion for failure to do their job and obey the constitution. Trump is a criminal.
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    Schmidt Wrote: That's one cover of Time that I will frame and put in office once they publish it...or something similar. I too watched the Rachel Maddow show segment on Trump's "crimes" and it just seems to get worse and worse. Congress must formally impeach the SOB, and if the Senate won't convict, we'll prosecute each Senator in the court of public opinion for failure to do their job and obey the constitution. Trump is a criminal.
    Schmidt, wishful thinking; as I've said the biggest "enemy" is the stupid system here which allows all of this. As long as no one seems to realize that our non-laws or our loophole laws are the noose around our own necks. Let's start with elections where only votes counts as well where no interference is via lots of money and billionaires as well lobbyists, then maybe we get at least better results. Trump is not the guilty one, but the stupid system is which allows people like him to become president; thus it is all the people who allow this system to continue as is, who are the criminals. Amen
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    As it turns out , impeachment may not be necessary.

    Anthony Scaramucci ( "the mooch ") has seen a severe mental decline in Trump. In an interview with CTV News on Friday, he said: “He’s in full-blown meltdown; it’s like the episodes of Chernobyl where the reactor’s melting down and people are trying to figure out whether they’re going to cover it up or clean it up.”

    He added: “I predict he won’t make it to that election; there’s such severe mental decline going on that the most likely outcome here, and I think the proudest outcome, would be to say ‘OK I did a great job, and I’m going to retire at the end of the term’.”

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-mental-health-storm-dorian-alabama-anthony-scaramucci-a9095481.html

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    Scaramucci is quite an character; he's good for Saterday Night Live. I more or less believe that Trump will go on until the bitter end. Especially if he can keep enriching himself. As long as the GOP sticks with him and he has control over them he'll stay. If he "looses" in 2020, you can expect lots of turmoil.
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    The House Judiciary Committee plans to vote this week to formalize procedures for a growing impeachment inquiry, clarifying its investigative authorities and granting President Trump new due process, a draft resolution shows.

    The Judiciary Committee took similar steps in the 1970's and 1990's when it conducted impeachment inquiries into Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton. Now, as then, Democrats believe the resolution, a copy of which was reviewed by The New York Times, will allow the panel to speed up its work and potentially elicit more information than it otherwise could about instances of possible obstruction of justice and abuses of power by Mr. Trump.

    There may be other benefits to taking a procedural vote, too. Though the resolution does not mention matters of decorum, Democrats believe the vote to adopt it will allow lawmakers to get around normal House rules that limit their ability to accuse the president of crime.

    CNN reported this morning that Nadler's panel will probably submit article of impeachment by the end of the year, but no exact date has been sent at this point.

    Once that happens, it's likely that the House will vote on, and pass, the resolution. At that point, it will go to the Senate. where McConnell will likely take no action.

    Senators cannot be impeached, but they can be expelled or censured, and those things have happened a lot in this countries history.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_senators_expelled_or_censured

    If McConnell does not get either expelled or censured, the very fact that they were recommended will destroy his chance of getting re-elected.

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/08/us/politics/democrats-judiciary-procedures-impeachment-trump.html