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Information Security Is Essential!

Balloon Juice - 1 hour 5 min ago

The Guardian has now reported that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hacked Jeff Bezos’s cell phone, which is what many of us who work in the information warfare area of national security had assessed shortly after The National Enquirer ran their hit piece on him. What we got in today’s reporting, however, were important and disturbing details! (emphasis mine)

The Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone “hacked” in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, sources have told the Guardian.

The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world’s richest man, according to the results of a digital forensic analysis.

This analysis found it “highly probable” that the intrusion into the phone was triggered by an infected video file sent from the account of the Saudi heir to Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post.

The two men had been having a seemingly friendly WhatsApp exchange when, on 1 May of that year, the unsolicited file was sent, according to sources who spoke to the Guardian on the condition of anonymity.

Large amounts of data were exfiltrated from Bezos’s phone within hours, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Guardian has no knowledge of what was taken from the phone or how it was used.

WhatsApp is notoriously insecure and should not be used! It is now owned by Facebook and there are serious concerns about what Facebook may be doing with the data from the app, including the personally identifying information (PII), of its users. Another security flaw is that the app itself isn’t encrypted, just the information while it is in transit from device (user) to device (user). So any spyware, on either the device on the sending or receiving end of the transmission, can pick up what is being sent and/or received.

The larger issue here is that WhatsApp is very popular. We know from reporting that Jared Kushner uses it to communicate with Muhammed bin Salman, as well as others. From the late Congressman Cummings’ March 2019 letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone:

During this period the Committee obtained additional information raising even more concerns about the use of private email and messaging apps by Jared Kushner and other White House officials.

For example, during a meeting with Mr. Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, Mr. Lowell confirmed that Mr. Kushner has been using the messaging app WhatsApp as part of his official White House duties to communicate with foreign leaders.

Jared isn’t the only US official using WhatsApp.

Multiple Trump administration officials are known to have used WhatsApp to carry out sensitive conversations, raising the prospect that their communications have been intercepted.

Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union and a key figure in in the administration’s campaign to pressure Ukraine to launch investigations that would benefit the president, communicated with other US diplomats about the effort over WhatsApp. During Trump’s run for the presidency campaign chairman Paul Manafort regularly sent polling data to a Russian associate via the app.

The problem isn’t isolated just to Jared and other US officials.

Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company’s investigation.

Sources familiar with WhatsApp’s internal investigation into the breach said a “significant” portion of the known victims are high-profile government and military officials spread across at least 20 countries on five continents. Many of the nations are U.S. allies, they said

Rudy Giuliani and Lev Parnas were also using WhatsApp!

WhatsApp messages from Parnas to Giuliani and Republican congressional candidate Robert F. Hyde are included in the evidence.

Let’s see what the President’s Cybersecurity Advisor and the First Name in Cybersecurity has to say:

Ruh Roh!

Anyone and everyone who has messaged Muhammed bin Salman using WhatsApp have likely had their phones or tablets compromised. And there is no telling what he collected, who he collected it from, and what he intends to do with it. Though we can be pretty sure it isn’t anything good. WhatsApp is not a secure form of communication. You should not be using it. More importantly, US government officials – from political appointees to civil servants to uniformed personnel to contractors – should not be using it either. Not for personal communications and certainly not for official and work related communication. That the President’s advisors, both those in the White House like his son in law Jared Kushner and those outside of it like Rudy Giuliani, and his other political appointees like Gordon Sondland are using WhatsApp means that over three years worth of official US communications have been compromised. And Muhammad bin Salman is not the only one whose intelligence and security services have compromised WhatsApp. Both the Israelis and the Russians have compromised WhatsApp, So have the Chinese.

Whatever information that Muhammed bin Salman or the Israelis or Putin or Xi have managed to pull off of the phones of US officials, as well as those of other governments, that use WhatsApp is a ticking political warfare information bomb. We don’t know when this information will be used. We don’t know how it will be used. But we do know that it will be used. It may be used subtly to try to force US officials to do something they ordinarily wouldn’t. Or it might be used, as was the case with Bezos’s data, in an almost brutish assault. But it will eventually be used.

Does anyone really want to contemplate what Mark Zuckerberg might do with the information transmitted via WhatsApp, which he owns? Zuckerberg has the ability to blackmail and extort everyone who uses his social media products because those products are designed to suck up everyone’s information and data so that Zuckerberg can monetize it. That is not a good thing.

Every one of these government officials that are using WhatsApp, from Jared Kushner to Ambassador Sondland to those we don’t even know about should have their security clearances suspended pending a full counterintelligence investigation. They have made themselves into insider threats by refusing to follow best information and operational security practices. Rudy Giuliani doesn’t have a security clearance to suspend, but he and his associates who have been using WhatsApp all need to be subjected to a full counterintelligence investigation as well given Giuliani’s pro-bono work as the President’ private attorney and all the activity he has been up to in Ukraine and other parts of Europe.

Open thread!

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Impeachment trial opens with debate of McConnell's cover-up plan: Live coverage #7

Daily Kos - 1 hour 20 min ago

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump started on Tuesday with debate on trial procedures—namely, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's carefully planned cover-up. The debate has been conducted by the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team. On Tuesday McConnell released a slightly relaxed version of the dark-of-night procedure he initially proposed, but make no mistake that he and Trump’s team continue to press for a cover-up.

Republicans have voted down one Democratic amendment after another. The House impeachment managers have been eating the Trump defense team’s lunch on both substance and style, but Republican senators do. not. care.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 · 2:14:32 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Cipollone sets up jeffries with a “do nothing Dems” comment, which allows Jeffries to bomb the Senate chamber with the number of bills that have been sent to rot on McConnell’s desk.

Then Jeffries picks up on a “why are we here” comment from Sekulow and uses it to rip him a new one. By God that was satisfying.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 · 2:19:42 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Schiff up again. As the day goes on, the lopsidedness of the recitation of facts on the Democratic side, and the sluggish repetition of the same debunked talking points on the Republican side only seems to become more apparent.

And while Schiff seems fresh, Sekulow seems ready to topple off the stage.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 · 2:21:33 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

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Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 · 2:24:08 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

McConnell searches for what he’s supposed to say … remembers that he’s asking to table the motion on Mulvaney. And here we go again with a vote.

BTW, we may not be down to just witness subpoenas. Schumer may ask for documents from still more departments. They’ll have this whole case laid out before the night is over.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 · 2:31:30 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

McConnell tries to get Schumer to stack his requests, asking them all at once. Schumer makes it clear that he’s willing to move some votes to tomorrow, but won’t submit them in a heap. Schumer suggests they could continue tomorrow (Yes, please).

McConnell forces a quorum vote.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 · 2:33:47 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Schumer is standing by with a request for documents from the Defense Department along with requests for more individual subpoenas. Justice Roberts has a case to hear in the morning. It will be interesting to see if McConnell agrees to continue tomorrow afternoon.

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Not over: Gun rally in Richmond was just the first salvo in the battle over what's 'constitutional'

Daily Kos - 1 hour 55 min ago

The organizers of Monday’s massive gun rally in Richmond, Virginia, were very proud that no violence erupted over the course of the day, despite the fears of government that the use of the weaponry being put on display there was being planned. But Monday’s rally wasn’t the end of these concerns—in many ways, it was just the beginning.

An estimated 22,000 people showed. Most of them were openly armed, a majority of those with long rifles strapped to their chests. One man from New York showed off a .50-caliber rifle with a 2,000-yard range, apparently equipped with a scope with a 500-yard range.

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Before he was Moscow Mitch, McConnell wanted to hear all the impeachment witnesses

Daily Kos - 1 hour 55 min ago

Oh, Moscow Mitch. I mean, it’s clear he thrives on being a blatant hypocrite. Normal people’s anger at his total commitment to his complete lack of principle and wanton destruction of our republic seems to be his fuel. So, here we go again. Here’s what McConnell, who is now blocking every effort by Democrat Chuck Schumer to expand the impeachment with documents and witnesses, said in 1999.

"I would have been prepared to vote for whatever the House managers wanted in terms of putting on their trial. That was not the majority view, but I still think we had a mountain of evidence upon which to make a decision," McConnell said. That was after the trial, in response to Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, who broke ranks and eventually became a Democrat, when Specter complained about a lack of evidence. He added,  "My view was that we were entitled to witnesses. [...] I voted for live witnesses myself. I voted for the one live witness the House asked for and I voted to allow the videotaping of the witnesses they asked for."

What a difference having a Republican president makes, if you’re Moscow Mitch.

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Annals Of Lawlessness

Balloon Juice - 2 hours 5 min ago

This is the new normal in Trump’s America:

An Iranian student planning to attend Northeastern University was removed from the country overnight Monday in defiance of a court order, his lawyer said, and a federal judge said Tuesday there was nothing that he could immediately do.

And in case you are wondering exactly what threat the fearsome Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi, 24 years old, posed to the United States…consider this:

According to the legal filing, Hossein Abadi was admitted to Northeastern for the 2018-2019 academic year and submitted his visa application in 2018. After a background check that took nearly a year, the State Department issued Hossein Abadi a student visa last week, the petition says.

HE HAD A VISA.

The US State Department, not exactly a hotbed of radical Islamic activism, granted him one after an exhaustive inquiry.  And still, CBP agents stopped him at Logan, and then defied a federal judge’s order not to deport him until a hearing could be held. They lied to the judge about the deportation, asserting that he was being kept in the country when he was already on an Air France flight to Paris.

Carol Rose, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, said Hossein Abadi had been put on an Air France flight out of Logan late Monday night. It was not immediately clear why he Hossein Abadi was removed in spite of the judge’s emergency order that he be detained here and brought to court Tuesday morning.

It’s pretty fucking clear, I’d say: CBP agents, operating under the accepted lawlessness that flows to and through their organization from the Oval Office on down, don’t see themselves as bound by anything so 2016ish as the rule of law.

What adds to my fury is this:

“There seems to be some history of CBP ignoring district court orders, which should concern the court,” Doyle said during the hearing. She asked that Hossein Abadi be returned to the US, but the judge said there was little he could do now that the student was gone.

“I don’t think they’re going to listen to me,” Stearns said.

How about starting by holding every agent involved, and their supervisors, in contempt. Throw them in jail. Fine the shit out of them. I’m sure that Barr’s “Justice” Department will pry them loose fast enough, but put at least a little bit of consequences into the equation.

Annals Of Lawlessness

This is why Trump — and every Republican in elected office everywhere in this country — needs to go. The spectacular corruption and egregious crimes grab the headlines, but it’s the daily acts of cruelty, and the brick-by-brick destruction of US governance in every domain that will leave us bereft.

Salt their fields.

Image: Unknown artist, Shoki (The Extermination of Evil), 12th century.

 

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Impeachment trial opens with debate of McConnell's cover-up plan: Live coverage #6

Daily Kos - 3 hours 12 min ago

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump starts Tuesday with debate on trial procedures—namely, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's carefully planned cover-up. The debate will be conducted by the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team. On Tuesday McConnell released a slightly relaxed version of the dark-of-night procedure he initially proposed, but make no mistake that he and Trump’s team continue to press for a cover-up.

Republicans have voted down one Democratic amendment calling for new evidence. The House impeachment managers have been eating the Trump defense team’s lunch on both substance and style, but Republican senators do. not. care.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 · 12:28:37 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Of all the baffling statements from Trump’s attorneys during these opening statements, the idea that Barack Obama withholding military assistance from Egypt shows that there was no problem with Trump’s actions is maybe the most out there.

That suspension wasn’t made in secret. It was public. And it was made with the knowledge and urging of members of the House and Senate. Between the time the aid was allocated and the time it was to be sent, Egypt underwent a military takeover. Aid was suspended until 2015 when Obama worked with Egyptian President al-Sisi to restore assistance.

That anyone in the Senate would think these were equivalent is just … strange. This reads like something that Sekulow picked up from a Hannity broadcast and didn’t spent two minutes checking before taking it before the U.S. Senate.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 · 12:30:01 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

As expected, McConnell has moved to table the request for documents from the OMB and Republicans are now undergoing the ritual display bowing to Trump. Someone wake up Risch.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 · 12:32:11 AM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

And again, not a single Republican wants to see any evidence.

Schumer responds by directly subpoenaing Mick Mulvaney.

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Senate Republicans are robbing America of a fair trial. We should all be outraged

Daily Kos - 3 hours 39 min ago

Donald Trump is on trial for trying to cheat Americans out of a fair election, and now Senate Republicans are cheating Americans out of a fair trial. Although tiny rumblings in the GOP caucus resulted in small rule changes, Senate Republicans now appear poised to vote down every amendment Democrats offer to include witnesses and documents in the trial, just like they did they first and second one.

Americans, the vast majority of whom want a fair Senate trial with witnesses, should be outraged. And vulnerable Senate Republicans toeing the party line, should be getting more uncomfortable with each vote. Yet as NBC News pointed out Tuesday morning, Senate Democrats are putting little-to-no pressure on their Republican counterparts. "Indeed, according to our ad trackers at Advertising Analytics, there are 11 impeachment-themed TV ads airing across the country right now, and all 11 are by Republicans and GOP groups," NBC writes.

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Watch Live: Trump's Impeachment Trial

Little Green Footballs - 4 hours 7 min ago

A second thread, as Adam Schiff takes the stand and points out again that everything Trump's lawyers just said was either 1) an outright lie, or 2) a distortion of reality.

We've now gotten a glimpse of the Trump team's strategy. They're not making legal arguments, they're parroting Trump's lies and evasions. It's Trump by proxy. A performance for an audience of one.

The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continues on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Senators will consider the rules for the trial and other legislative work is possible. https://cs.pn/2Ro4t0b

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Election Year Open Thread: Joe Biden’s Gift

Balloon Juice - 4 hours 26 min ago

He likes people, actual individual humans… and they like him, in response. This is rarer than seems reasonable, even among long-term successful politicians.

The campaign staff of Trump’s preferred opponent reacted as expected:

One thing, at least: Sanders has a representative who can Gish-Gallop as fluently as even Kellyanne Conway!

Meanwhile, from the Biden campaign:

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Impeachment managers are ready to present our case, says Schiff. But 'Will the Senate let us?'

Daily Kos - 4 hours 28 min ago

Aside from the brazen lying and their own co-conspirator status, one of the reasons the Trump defense team's rhetoric has seemed to fall flat, during today's Senate impeachment opening moves, is that they seem to have been prewritten with little care for what House impeachment managers would actually be arguing. House managers are treating the debate on these opening amendments, which would force the Trump administration to produce documents and testimony to the Senate that they have refused to provide to the House, as their true "opening statements." Trump's legal team, however, is treating them as perfunctory.

One of the clearly pre-written claims from Trump's allies is that the request for documents and testimony from Bolton, Mulvaney, and other key White House officials shows the House "isn't ready" to present their case. Lead manager Rep. Adam Schiff spent a bit of rebuttal time blasting that claim into low orbit.

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Schiff has been subtly and not-so-subtly hammering his Senate listeners on this very point: Impeachment managers have a case to make, and if the Senate chooses to block that case on behalf of Trump and their own party then that is on their heads, and on their records. The public will know. We know what documents and witnesses are being requested, but are being withheld by Trump's allies: The Schumer amendments described them in detail. Two thirds of American voters believe the Senate should call those witnesses and obtain those documents.

If Senate Republicans block those efforts nonetheless, that will not make the evidence disappear. It merely delays the day when each bit of evidence does come out. And it makes it crystal clear that Senate Republicans were not just dismissive of that evidence, but acted as co-conspirators in Trump's attempts to hide it.

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Impeachment trial opens with debate of McConnell's cover-up plan: Live coverage #5

Daily Kos - 4 hours 35 min ago

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump starts Tuesday with debate on trial procedures—namely, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's carefully planned cover-up. The debate will be conducted by the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team. On Tuesday McConnell released a slightly relaxed version of the dark-of-night procedure he initially proposed, but make no mistake that he and Trump’s team continue to press for a cover-up.

The early arguments show that 1) the House managers are better lawyers than Trump’s defense team and 2) the House managers have more facts, and more interest in talking about those facts. This should not be reversing the trend in which polls say a majority of Americans think Trump should be removed from office and a large majority support calling witnesses in the trial. But 3) Senate Republicans are unlikely to care about any of it.

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Schiff Throws Down: 'The House Calls John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney...'

Crooks and Liars - 4 hours 56 min ago

Here's tonight's sound bite, courtesy of Rep. Adam Schiff, House Lead Manager. It came after White House lawyers told the Senate a pack of lies in front of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during the impeachment trial today, while claiming that the House was unprepared for trial.

Schiff stepped up after that presentation and said, "The House calls John Bolton to testify. The House calls Mick Mulvaney."

"We’re ready to present our case, ready to call witnesses, ready to see the documents," he emphasized. "The question is: Will the Senate let us?"

Oh, of course not. Schiff tossed the gauntlet and Republicans refused to play, instead voting down Democratic amendments asking for subpoenas for documents. As I write, they're getting ready to vote down the request for subpoenas for witnesses too.

Nevertheless, this will be the video of the day.

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Frogs In Hot Water

Crooks and Liars - 5 hours 13 min ago
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Chris Wallace: Mitch McConnell Is Losing Control Of The Senate

Crooks and Liars - 5 hours 13 min ago

Fox News host Chris Wallace observed on Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had been forced to “back down” on impeachment trial rules that critics said were designed to cover up offenses committed by President Donald Trump.

In a surprise move Tuesday afternoon, McConnell made changes to two of the most controversial aspects of his trial rules.

Evidence will now be automatically entered into the record (unless a senator objects). The new rules also gives House impeachment managers an extra day to make their opening remarks.

“Why did they make this change at the very last minute?” Wallace asked during an appearance on Fox News. “Because, clearly, there were four Republican senators — at least four — who were concerned about it, who said, ‘Why do we have to rush? Why do we have to do this until 1 in the morning. It makes us look bad.'”

“I think it’s fair to assume that the only reason Mitch McConnell backed down — and he did back down, which is very rare for him,” Wallace continued, “is because… there were at least four Republican senators who said, ‘Let’s soften this a little bit.'”

The veteran Fox News host said that it could be a sign that senators are open to having witnesses in the trial.

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Fox Host: 'Maybe It's A Good Thing' If Impeachment Goes Quickly

Crooks and Liars - 5 hours 28 min ago

During an interview on his new show Monday, Fox anchor Bill Hemmer apparently thought he’d pass off a bit of pro-Republican impeachment spin as non-partisan. Unfortunately for him, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) was having none of it.

During the discussion with Van Hollen, Hemmer brought up the possibility of 12 hour sessions for the Trump impeachment trial in the Senate. “How does that sit with you?” Hemmer asked.

Van Hollen emphasized the need for a fair trial and said “obviously McConnell is trying to rush this through, including in the middle of the night.” Van Hollen called that “worrisome” but said, “we will all do our duty under the Constitution.”

That's when Hemmer put forth his phony bothsides-ism.

HEMMER [interrupting]: I guess there’s another – there’s another way of looking at it. I don’t mean to interrupt your answer there. But if you’re Amy Klobuchar and you want to get back to Iowa, maybe it’s a good thing that the process goes quickly. Could you see or understand that perspective, sir?

VAN HOLLDEN: Yeah, with respect, I don’t think that’s Mitch McConnell’s motivation right now. But look, I think, again, the important thing is that we get all the relevant witnesses and documents and testimony and whatever the timeline is, we have to do our job. But it should be a fair trial. And fair trials, I think every American recognizes, requires getting to the truth and you can’t have a real fair trial without witnesses.

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Cracks emerge in Senate GOP on impeachment trial rules, but 'real test' yet to come

Daily Kos - 5 hours 44 min ago

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, supposed master tactician with an iron grip on his caucus, was reduced to making last-minute handwritten changes in the margins of his carefully crafted impeachment resolution following a caucus lunch Tuesday that preceded the opening of the Senate trial. That resolution musta been a little too shammy for at least some in his caucus. As Minority Leader Chuck Schumer noted, public opinion appears to be making some Senate Republicans squeamish about McConnell trying to rig the trial in Donald Trump’s favor. 

“The public is understanding how unfair Senator McConnell’s trial rules are and Republican Senators are beginning to tell him to change them,” Schumer said in a statement Tuesday. “The real test will be if they pressure Senator McConnell to allow witnesses and documents." The public likely understands that at least in part because House Republicans spent the entire House inquiry fabricating the notion that they couldn’t call witnesses and Trump’s lawyers couldn’t defend him and this would all be different in the Senate where Trump could supposedly get a fair trial.

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McConnell and Republicans kill first attempt by Democrats to get records in Trump impeachment trial

Daily Kos - 5 hours 48 min ago

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's first cover-up vote in Donald Trump's impeachment trial occurred Tuesday afternoon, when he moved to kill Sen. Chuck Schumer's amendment to the organizing resolution to subpoena certain documents and White House records by tabling it. The vote was 53-47, entirely party-line.

Every Republican—including Sen. Susan Collins, who says she really, really wants to have more documents and witnesses, maybe, but later—voted with McConnell.

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Impeachment trial opens with debate of McConnell's cover-up plan: Live coverage #4

Daily Kos - 5 hours 49 min ago

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump starts Tuesday with debate on trial procedures—namely, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's carefully planned cover-up. The debate will be conducted by the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team. On Tuesday McConnell released a slightly relaxed version of the dark-of-night procedure he initially proposed, but make no mistake that he and Trump’s team continue to press for a cover-up.

The early arguments show that 1) the House managers are better lawyers than Trump’s defense team and 2) the House managers have more facts, and more interest in talking about those facts. This should not be reversing the trend in which polls say a majority of Americans think Trump should be removed from office and a large majority support calling witnesses in the trial.

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 · 9:43:04 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

McConnell moves immediately to table Schumer’s amendment to subpoena documents from the White House. As the speediness with which McConnell acted suggested, he had the votes lined up. Republicans voted down the request for subpoenas along absolute party lines.

Trump will be thrilled.

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 · 9:44:29 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Schumer immediately responded by offering a second amendment seeking to subpoena documents from the State Department. The description of the documents seems to overlap the documents sought from Trump, but with the addition of documents that circulated between Kurt Volker, Gordon Sondland, and Mike Pompeo.

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 · 9:49:35 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

After Schumer reads his next proposed amendment, McConnell asks for another ten minute recess to make sure that arms remain twisted.

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 · 9:52:29 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

There will be another two hours of debate on these subpoenas when they get back. Expect Republicans to repeat themselves another thirty times.

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A Little More Bite and a Little Less Bark

Balloon Juice - 6 hours 16 min ago

Has anyone ever gotten more press for less?

In an email to constituents, Sen Mitt Romney said Monday he will oppose efforts to decide on witnesses and evidence before opening arguments in the Senate trial of President Donald Trump.The Utah Republican said he is sticking to the plan outlined in a resolution the Senate will debate Tuesday. Opening arguments in the impeachment trial are anticipated Wednesday.

The plan modeled after the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton compresses the proceeding into several days and leaves open the unlikely possibility of a motion to dismiss. It also requires a Senate vote to admit material from House impeachment proceedings.

Romney is among a small group of senators who want the ability to call witnesses following opening arguments and questions by senators to the prosecution and defense teams.

“The organizing resolution released tonight includes this step, and overall, it aligns closely with the rules package approved 100-0 during the Clinton trial,” Romney wrote. “If attempts are made to vote on witnesses prior to opening arguments, I would oppose those efforts.”

I have nothing clever to say about this–he really is the most disgusting toadying coward in our current politics.

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Lindsey Graham's 2020 opponent releases impeachment statement using Lindsey Graham's own exact quote

Daily Kos - 6 hours 34 min ago

Jaime Harrison is running for Senate as a Democratic candidate hoping to unseat incumbent Lindsey Graham. Sen. Graham, like Sen. Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican Party stoolie squad, have fallen into line under the single-most transparently corrupt president in any of our lifetimes. As one of the big proponents of impeaching then President Bill Clinton, back in 1998, Sen. Graham has come under fire over the past year for how starkly contradictory his public statements today when compared to those from 1998. Harrison justifiably has decided to use Graham’s words against him, tweeting out from his personal account, Harrison posted a video, with “Official Impeachment Statement:” as the header. 

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