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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.