LIVE: House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Inquiry Hearing

Little Green Footballs - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:43

House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Inquiry Hearing - LIVE at 10am ET on C-SPAN3, C-SPAN Radio & online here: https://cs.pn/2ru4pCO

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Stupid Burns As Fox Makes Worst Excuse Ever For Devin Nunes

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:27

You can't make this up.

On Wednesday's Fox and Friends, Fox's "legal analyst" Gregg Jarrett told Mensa poster boy Brian Kilmeade that it's entirely possible that Devin Nunes was not on the phone with either Rudy Giuliani or Donald Trump because...

...he might have lent his phone to some other guy.


It could've been somebody else using Nunes' phone, said Gregg Jarrett, "we just don't know."

The Fox legal analyst is brought on to find an excuse for Devin Nunes and the best he can come up with is that the ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence LENT HIS PHONE OUT to some rando.

h/t Bobby Lewis, who notes that Brian Kilmeade mentioned Nunes's calls to Trump and Giuliani but left out indicted foreign national Lev Parnas. Fraud Guarantee, ya think?

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Judiciary Impeachment Hearings

Balloon Juice - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:15

Here’s a thread.

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House impeachment hearing: Opening statements from legal experts are powerful and clear

Daily Kos - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:11

Just because Wednesday’s first impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee is going to consist of testimony from four legal experts rather than from witnesses to Trump’s extortion efforts in Ukraine, that does not mean the day is going to be without drama or impact. The opening statements of all four legal scholars testifying on Wednesday have now been released, and, if anything, they are far more forceful than anything that has previously been seen.

For example, Michael Gerhardt, the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at UNC, has released his opening statement, and that statement says exactly what the nation needs to hear at this moment.

If Congress fails to impeach here, then the impeachment process has lost all meaning, and, along with that, our Constitution’s carefully crafted safeguards against the establishment of a king on American soil.

Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan is no less decisive in her statement.

Put simply, a candidate for president should resist foreign interference in our elections, not demand it. If we are to keep faith with the Constitution and our Republic, President Trump must be held to account.

Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School, an expert on James Madison, spells it out explicitly.

These acts constitute high crimes and misdemeanors impeachable under the Constitution. By freezing aid to Ukraine and by dangling the promise of a White House visit, the president was corruptly using the powers of the presidency for personal political gain. 

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Trump Pouts At Leaders Laughing At Him, Calls Trudeau 'Two-Faced'

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:04

Video surfaced last night of other NATO leaders (Trudeau, Macron, and Boris Johnson) having a good laugh at Trump's expense. This morning Trump blasted Trudeau as "two-faced", and abruptly cancelling a press conference to leave the NATO summit early, taking his ball and going home, as it were.

Source: The Hill

President Trump on Wednesday called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "two-faced" after a viral clip circulated showing Trudeau gossiping about the president's conduct at bilateral NATO meetings a day earlier.

"Well, he’s two-faced," Trump said when asked if he'd seen the video.

“And honestly with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy," Trump added after a long pause. "I find him to be a very nice guy."

The president went on to suggest Trudeau was upset that he'd been critical of Canada failing to meet a 2 percent commitment to defense spending during their one-on-one meeting on Tuesday in London.

"They should be paying 2 percent," Trump said. "So I called him out on that, and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about it, but that’s the way it is."

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Live from House impeachment hearing: Experts testify on constitutional role of impeachment

Daily Kos - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:00

For the opening day of House impeachment proceedings before the Judiciary Committee, four legal scholars have been called in to testify on the history, intent, and importance of impeachment.

Noah Feldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, a constitutional expert who has participated in multiple landmark cases related to the First Amendment, and the author of a biography of James Madison.

Pamela Karlan of Stanford Law School is regarded as one of the top scholars on voting rights. She is a former U.S. deputy assistant attorney general and the creator of a Supreme Court litigation clinic where students practice litigating cases.

Michael Gerhardt is is the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at UNC. He previously testified before a House select committee considering the impeachment of Judge Thomas Porteous. 

Jonathan Turley is a professor at George Washington Law School. He is a well-known commentator who is a regular on the Sunday morning talk circuit, and is the only one of the four who was invited to the hearing by Republicans on the committee.

As with the public hearings before the House Intelligence Committee, there will be opening statements, one or more rounds of questioning by staff, and then five minutes offered to each member of the committee. 

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WATCH LIVE: House Judiciary Committee Hears Testimony On Impeachment

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:00

Today's witnesses are Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor, called by the Republicans, and Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law professor, Pamela Karlan, a law professor at Stanford, and Michael Gerhardt, a law professor at the University of North Carolina, called by the Democrats.

This hearing will not be like those held by the Intelligence Committee. These witnesses will testify about the standards for impeachment and the report referred Tuesday for the Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment.

Dems' focus will be on laying out the constitutional grounds for impeachment. They will make the case that Trump violated his oath of office by withholding military aid and dangling a potential White House visit to pressure Ukraine's president to commit to investigations intended to dig up dirt on Hunter Biden.

Republicans will stonewall, given that they have no facts to rely upon.

Watch with us and leave your thoughts and impressions in the comments!

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Another One Down

Balloon Juice - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 09:05

Richard Malone, Bishop of Buffalo and enabler of child molestation, has finally “resigned”, by which I mean, “was fired”, since he was defiantly denying that he was going to resign two weeks ago. Let’s look at his hometown paper:

When Malone, 73, returned from the “ad limina” visit in Rome, he issued a statement Nov. 18 restating his position that he had no intention of resigning.

In the statement, Malone said “… it was clear that the pope understands the difficulties and distress we here in Buffalo and I, personally, have been experiencing.”

The Buffalo Diocese has been in crisis since February 2018, when the Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits, a retired priest, told The News that he had molested probably dozens of boys, an admission that led to revelations of cover-ups of clergy sex abuse complaints against other priests. The diocese paid $17.5 million to 106 childhood victims through a compensation fund. It is now facing more than 220 lawsuits filed by others who allege they were molested as minors by area priests. More Child Victims Act lawsuits have been filed against the Buffalo Diocese than against any other defendant in the state.

The diocese also is the subject of an FBI probe that includes the subpoena of diocese records and interviews of several dozen potential witnesses and a civil investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office.

Is it possible that someone in the church hierarchy will finally face some criminal charges? We can only pray for that.

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World leaders mock Trump at NATO, Trump responds by calling Justin Trudeau 'two-faced'

Daily Kos - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 09:05

That Donald Trump—and by extension, the United States—is a laughingstock around the world isn’t exactly breaking news, but having proof on video is new. Here’s Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson gathered at the NATO summit for a round of Trump-bashing, where they mock his “jaw-dropping” press conferences.


Trump, being the renowned statesman that he is, responded on Wednesday morning by whining that Trudeau is "two-faced," and—hilariously—cancelling an upcoming press conference before announcing he was heading back to Washington early. Stay tuned for some mid-Atlantic rage-tweeting about bombing Canada. 

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Moscow Mitch continues pretense that he'll run a fair impeachment trial

Daily Kos - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 09:04

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wants to work out an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for the conduct of Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate. The thing is, he has yet to schedule a meeting to discuss it, and his fellow Republicans are meeting regularly with Trump's people at the White House to strategize.

So when McConnell says, as he did with reporters on Tuesday, that the "first thing Sen. Schumer and I will do is see if there's a possibility of agreement on a procedure," take that with a dollop or two of salt. This is the part to take to the bank: "That failing, I would probably come back to my own members and say: 'OK, can 51 of us agree how we're going to handle this?'" See, he's pretending like that's his "backup" plan—staging the whole thing with a Republican majority that cuts Democrats out of the loop. As usual.

There is no template for Senate impeachment hearings, beyond what it’s conducted before. But there are no constitutional restrictions on them either, and the majority has maximum flexibility in determining how it would proceed, needing just 51 votes to do so. There's an exceedingly slim possibility that McConnell loses a few votes—maybe Mitt Romney, maybe Susan Collins, maybe even Lisa Murkowski, who is, as always, staying pretty mum on the whole thing.

Meanwhile, however, two of those Republican supposed "jurors" in the trial—Romney and Collins—joined a handful of colleagues being courted by Trump, while another group has been strategizing with White House staff. The Republicans will be lunching with White House counsel Pat Cipollone in their weekly conference lunch Wednesday "as part of an ongoing effort to keep Senate Republicans informed about White House thinking," says Sen. Mike Lee's spokesperson.

The fix is most definitely in and has been for months. McConnell has baldly said that he "can't imagine a scenario" in which he abandons Trump. He is certainly not going to allow a Senate impeachment trial to be anything but a sham. That's why Democrats need to make a very, very strong case to the voters, to maximize pressure on McConnell's minions.

We have to shut this down. Please give $1 to our nominee fund to help Democrats and end McConnell's career as Senate majority leader.

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Rep. Jim Himes: How House Investigation Exposed Trump's 'Sinister' Ukraine Plot

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 09:02

CNN's New Day invited Rep. Jim Himes on to explain the House impeachment report that was released last night.

"In this 300-page report, I want to read you a sentence that struck me," John Berman said.

"It's the first line of the preface which reads, 'This report reflects the evidence gathered thus far by the House Permanent Select Committee. Those words, thus far, jumped out at us. Are you indicating you are conducting more work? What else are you looking for or expect to find?"

"Well, we have all kinds of outstanding subpoenas that are being ignored," Himes said.

"Subpoenas for documents out of the State Department. About who exactly knew about the firing of Marie Yovanovitch. Just because Sondland decided he was going to show he was not operating as a lone actor, we got a few emails that indicated that the Secretary of State knew what was going on. Imagine if we had a comprehensive set of emails, of documents, of phone records. one of the things that was interesting about the open hearings, John, those open hearings, oftentimes they don't produce a lot of information. But it's hard for me to remember one hearing in which one person didn't appear with new information, whether it was the tale of the phone call overheard in Ukraine between Sondland and the president. The famous comment of 'He loves your ass' about the president of Ukraine. Or the memory that -- the facts dredged up around the fact that the Ukrainians knew there was a hold on their military aid.

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World Leaders Caught On Video Laughing At Trump

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 08:52

The private exchange now viewed over 8 million times on Twitter alone.

Source: CBC News

It was intended as a show of unity after seven decades as allies, but the NATO summit in London has, if anything, brought the divisions among nations into sharper focus.

After parading those divisions in public in London on Tuesday, the leaders of the 29 member states take their arguments behind closed doors at a luxury golf course and resort near Watford, on the outskirts of the British capital.

At a Buckingham Palace reception, a misery-loves-company moment involving Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and the U.K.'s Boris Johnson, among others, was caught on video.

The scene, captured by the host's pool camera, showed Trudeau seemingly venting about U.S. President Donald Trump's marathon media availabilities.

"He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference at the top," Trudeau is recorded as saying.

Trump is not mentioned by name, but the video could provide fodder for more behind-the-scenes, or maybe in-front-of-the-camera, drama.

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Impeachment hearings begin before the House Judiciary Committee

Daily Kos - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 08:37

The next phase of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump begins today at 10 AM Eastern Time, with testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. First to appear will not be any of the witnesses to Trump’s actions, or any of the State Department or National Security Council staff who made the hearings before the Intelligence Committee memorable. Instead, the hearings will start with four legal scholars talking about the basis and intention of impeachment.

Though the public has already had the opportunity to see many of the witnesses and hear much of the evidence, the hearings that took place before the House Intelligence Committee actually served the role that—in a system where one party wasn’t doggedly protecting the presidentjmm regardless of his actions—would have been filled by a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department. Since the odds that William Barr was going to lift a finger to push back against Trump’s abuse of power were literally zero, the House Intelligence Committee was forced to step in.

Comparing the impeachment process to an ordinary trial is an imperfect metaphor, but what’s happened so far with the Intelligence Committee was simply the investigation into the crime. It’s what’s happens next in the House Judiciary Committee that more closely aligns with the grand jury stage of a criminal trial. Coming out of this process will be the actual articles of impeachment based on which Trump will eventually stand trial in the Senate. 

In terms of format, the hearings before the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Jerry Nadler, will look much like those before the Intelligence Committee, with one or more opening rounds of questioning conducted by committee staff, followed by five minutes of questioning by members. One big difference: There are 21 members of the Intelligence Committee. Judiciary is loaded up with a staggering 44 members. So expect some long days if you’re determined to watch everything from beginning to end.

And yes, we will be here for it all.

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Morning Digest: Battle lines set in Illinois, with marquee primary targeting conservative Democrat

Daily Kos - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 08:00

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

Illinois: Candidate filing for Illinois' March 17 primaries closed on Monday, and you can find a complete list of candidates here. At least one Democrat and one Republican filed in every district except IL-08, where Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi is running unopposed. However, challenges to nominating petitions are frequent in Illinois, and candidates are often knocked off the ballot, so expect some changes.

IL-03: Running down the key races by district has us starting with Illinois' 3rd District, a solidly blue seat in southwestern Chicago where conservative Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski once again faces a challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman. Newman held Lipinski to a narrow 51-49 win in last year's primary, but complicating matters for her this time is the presence of two other candidates: activist Rush Darwish and mechanic Charles Hughes. Hughes has been thrown off the ballot twice in prior bids for local office and hasn't even filed with the FEC, but Darwish has raised $345,000. It only takes a simple plurality to win, so Lipinski could benefit if there's a split in the anti-incumbent vote.

"You can find our roundup of candidate filings in all of Illinois' other key races in our House section below."

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Cartoon: The legal way to do crime

Daily Kos - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 07:50

Pick up the new comics anthology I’m putting out, Be Gay, Do Comics: Queer History, Memoir, and Satire from The Nib. 250 pages of comics available through Kickstarter.

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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

Daily Kos - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 07:49


Coming Attractions

Before Star Wars Episode IX: The Walrus Is Paul blasts its way into theaters on the 20th, there are some flicks based on true-life people and events that are getting positive reviews and awards buzz.

Just Mercy (Dec. 25) is based on the book by Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson, and focuses on the rampant racism in the criminal justice system. Stevenson is played by Michael B. Jordan, who defends Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx), a man falsely accused of murder. Also stars Brie Larson.

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Another guy who got screwed over by society was Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser, in a career-defining performance), the security guard whose quick thinking prevented greater carnage when that bomb went off during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and for which he was rewarded by getting railroaded by law enforcement and pillioried in the media. Sam Rockwell stars as Jewell’s lawyer and Kathy Bates as his mom. 

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Also: Dark Waters opens this weekend, with Mark Ruffalo as attorney Robert Bilott taking on environmental wrecking ball DuPont. Joining it in the “uncovering skullduggery” category is The Report (Dec. 20), with Adam Driver as FBI agent Daniel Jones trying to get to the bottom of the Bush II administration’s secret torture program (backed up by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, played by Annette Bening). Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce chew the scenery as Benedict and Francis in The Two Popes (Dec. 20), and the sex cult that is Fox News gets pilloried in Adam McKay’s Bombshell (Dec. 13), starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow (as talking human fungus Roger Ailes), and Margot Robbie.

Between these and the impeachment hearings, I predict a major popcorn shortage.

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Remember When Trump Said The World Was Laughing At Obama? Ha, Ha!

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 07:44

CNN's New Day dug into last night's leaked video of NATO leaders dishing over Trump.

"Breaking overnight, a video that might drive the president crazy," John Berman said.

"World leaders appear to be laughing at him. It appears to show Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Emmanuel Macron appear to be laughing. Watch this. Justin Trudeau saying he watched the president's staff's jaws drop over the impromptu press conference."

He asked Kaitlan Collins if there was any reaction from the White House this morning.

"No. We asked the white house what the president's response is and if he's seen this video, and they haven't gotten back to us yet," Collins said.

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Devin Nunes Shamelessly Lies When Hannity Asks About Lev Parnas

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 07:40

Yesterday Devin Nunes' world blew up. Any person with even a shred of decency would have immediately resigned after being exposed for openly participating in the extortion scheme his own committee was investigating, but this is Devin Nunes in all his craven, greedy, cynical glory.

Tuesday night, this happened on Sean Hannity's show:

HANNITY: Do you know this guy Les Parnas or whatever his name is?

NUNES: You know, it's possible, but I haven't gone through all my phone records. I don't really recall the name, you know. I remember the name now because he's been indicted. Why would CNN rely on somebody like this? I'll go back and check all my records but it seems very unlikely that I would be taking calls from random people. You know, like I said, we have a process, standard operating procedure.

So to refresh Devin's memory, CNN did not have to rely upon anything Parnas said because LO! There are actual phone records!

The guy Devin Nunes isn't sure about? That guy? The phone records show multiple contacts with Nunes on April 12. Here's a picture:

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 07:40

Darwinfish 2: Wingnuts hate taxes, but they'd hate a world without them even more.

Kiko's House: Don't forget about the Steele dossier.

Civil Commotion: Should this teacher be fired?

Strangely Blogged: Even the defense of Trump is becoming indefensible.

Blog round-up by Infidel753. To recommend a post, send link to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com -- I do check it!

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: A detailed impeachment report with pizzazz.

Daily Kos - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 07:30

Kinda interesting to see a report not mishandled by AG Barr hit the airwaves. 

NBC News:

The Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee released a report Tuesday containing a summary of the evidence it has collected in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

The report cited two instances of improper conduct: obstruction of the House inquiry and withholding the aid from Ukraine on the condition of investigating a Trump political rival.

Read the full 300-page report here:

EK4wduXWsAUQcjY.png That’s it, right there. Trump did it to benefit his reelection. And for that, he will impeach.
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