WASHINGTON (AP) — In chilling detail, ousted U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch described to Trump impeachment investigators Friday how she felt threatened upon learning that President Donald Trump had promised Ukraine’s leader she was “going to go through some things.”
Trump was unwilling to stay silent during Yovanovitch’s testimony, focusing even greater national attention on the House hearing by becoming a participant. He tweeted fresh criticism of her, saying that things “turned bad” everywhere she served before he fired her — a comment that quickly was displayed on a video screen in the hearing room.
Rather than distract from the career diplomat’s testimony, Trump’s interference could provide more evidence against him in the probe. Democrat Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump’s attacks were intimidation, “part of a pattern to obstruct justice.” Others said they could be part of an article of impeachment.
The former ambassador was testifying on the second day of public impeachment hearings, just the fourth time in American history that the House of Representatives has launched such proceedings. The investigation centers on whether Trump’s push for Ukrainian officials to investigate his political rivals amounted to an abuse of power, a charge he and Republicans vigorously deny.
I live in Fairfax County, the 10th largest public-school district in the nation.
But I never focused on our public schools. My kids go to Catholic schools, and that was the center of our universe. I never focused, that is, until I heard that the Fairfax County School Board voted to let boys into the girls’ bathrooms.
The vote was 10-1. Was there only one sane person on the Fairfax County School Board?
I had to find out.
So, I began attending school board meetings.
And there I saw moms and dads begging the school board to stop threatening their child’s privacy and safety in intimate spaces and on sports field. They pleaded with them to stop the pornographic reading assignments. They tearfully asked them to respect their family’s religious beliefs.
These were my neighbors, fighting to stop their school board from playing sex politics with their children.
This shouldn’t happen anywhere in America. I resolved that it wasn’t going to happen in my county, on my watch, without a fight.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnick in his ruling issued Tuesday said the government violated federal law when the State Department in July 2018 agreed to allow blueprints for 3D-printed guns to be made available on the internet, The Detroit News reported. The agency under former President Obama had previously contended that export laws banning the foreign distribution of firearms should prevent the publication of the blueprints.
The State Department last summer though, reached a settlement with Cody Wilson, who is the owner of Defense Distributed. In 2013, Wilson claimed to have created the first working 3D-printed pistol – called the “Liberator” – and has been fighting for the right to share it online ever since.
Defense Distributed in a lawsuit argued that banning the blueprints was a violation of free speech.
Despite the 2018 legal victory, Wilson faced more push back than ever. Washington D.C., Washington state and 18 other states sued in wake of the settlement, prompting Lasnick to issue a an injunction against the Trump administration and the digital blue prints.
The judge in his 25-page ruling on Tuesday rejected the settlement as “arbitrary and capricious” as well as a violation of the federal Administrative Procedure Act and the Constitution. He additionally noted the U.S. State Department ignored several procedural steps, including giving Congress advanced notice, in overturning the ban.
What’s more, he said the Trump Administration did not “offer a reasoned explanation” for its reversal.
“My message would be, look, you got hired to do a job,” Mr. Clinton said. “You don’t get the days back you blow off. Every day is an opportunity to make something good happen.”
Mr. Clinton, whose wife Hillary lost the 2016 presidential election to the political neophyte tycoon, said the current president should leave the impeachment fight in others’ hands.
“I would say, ‘I’ve got lawyers and staff people handling this impeachment inquiry, and they should just have at it,’” Mr. Clinton said. “Meanwhile, I’m going to work for the American people. That’s what I would do.”
Those last sentences almost exactly mirror Mr. Clinton’s closing line during the notorious press conference where he lied about having “sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
After saying emphatically that the allegations against him were false, he walked off to the words “and I need to go back to work for the American people.”
On Wednesday, the first day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, he had a public White House meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“I haven’t watched for one minute,” he said when asked about the hearings at the two leaders’ joint press conference.
“I’ve been with the president [of Turkey], which is much more important … I’d much rather focus on peace in the Middle East,” Mr. Trump said dismissively.
Mr. Clinton was on CNN for a phone interview to discuss Thursday’s California school shooting and gave his answer in response to the CNN anchor changing the subject.
If only 11 million people have Obamacare, how will 24 million people die if it is repealed?
Will an additional 13 million people be randomly shot?
I was thinking:
If Donald Trump deleted all his emails, wiped his server with Bleachbit and destroyed all of his phones with a hammer, would the Mainstream Media suddenly lose all interest in the story and declare him innocent.
I was thinking:
If women do the same job for less money, why do companies hire men to do the same job for more money?
I was thinking:
If you rob a bank in a Sanctuary City, is it illegal or is it just an Undocumented Withdrawal?
I was thinking:
Each ISIS attack now is a reaction to Trump policies, but all ISIS attacks during Obama’s term were due to Climate Change and a plea for jobs.
I was thinking:
We should stop calling them all ‘Entitlements’. Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, ad nausea as they are not entitlements. They are taxpayer-funded handouts and shouldn’t be called entitlements at all.
Social Security and Veterans Benefits are Entitlements because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.
I was thinking:
If Muslims want to run away from a Muslim country, does that mean they’re Islamophobic?
I was thinking;
If Liberals don’t believe in biological gender, then why did they march for women’s rights?
I was thinking;
How did the Russians get Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC to steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders?
I was thinking;
Why is it that Democrats think Super delegates are fine, but they have a problem with the Electoral College?
I was thinking;
If you don’t want the FBI involved in elections, don’t nominate someone who’s being investigated by the FBI.
I was thinking;
If Hillary’s speeches cost $250,000 an hour, how come no one shows up to her free ones?
I was thinking;
The DNC is mad at Russia because they ‘think’ they are trying to manipulate our election by exposing that the DNC is manipulating our election.
I was thinking (this was the best):
If Democrats don’t want foreigners involved in our elections, why do they think it’s all right for illegals to vote?
My head hurts, I’m going to quit thinking for awhile.
The video, shared on multiple social media platforms, purports to show markings on the fish that make it look like it’s got a human visage.
The unusual sighting quickly went viral, generating much online chatter.
The five men share an easy rapport with each other, playfully ribbing one another while also communicating a deep sense of mutual respect. It’s clear they all share the bond of having once served in the armed forces. Yet for Gary Voorhis, Jason Turner, P.J. Hughes, Ryan Weigelt, and Kevin Day—assembled together in a private group chat by Popular Mechanics—something much bigger ties them together beyond simply serving in the U.S. Navy.
These men also share a connection of being witnesses to one of the most compelling UFO cases in modern history: the Nimitz UFO Encounters, an event that the Navy recently confirmed indeed involved “unidentified aerial phenomena.”
Largely overshadowed by a grainy black-and-white video, and a former Topgun fighter pilot eyewitness, these veterans offer new and intriguing details on what occurred with the Navy’s Strike Carrier Group-11 as it sailed roughly 100 miles off the Southern California coast in 2004—details that a former career intelligence agent who investigated the Nimitz Encounter while at the Pentagon can neither confirm, deny, or even discuss with Popular Mechanics.
Ultimately, these five men—the “other” Nimitz witnesses—could be key to understanding an event that a leading aviation defense expert says “likely wasn’t ours.”
So whose was it?
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the Senate cannot dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, meaning there will be a trial.
“I don’t think there’s any question that we have to take up the matter. The rules of impeachment are very clear, we’ll have to have a trial. My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on,” McConnell toldreporters after being asked about dismissing the articles of impeachment.
Most Republican senators refused to rule out voting to remove Trump from office in an impeachment trial over the Ukraine scandal when contacted by the Daily Caller at the end of October. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: We Asked Every GOP Senator About Impeachment. Seven Ruled It Out.)
The Caller contacted all 53 Republican Senate offices to ask if senators would rule out voting to remove Trump from office, and received a variety of responses–seven senators explicitly rejected impeachment in their statement.
Senate Republicans do not appear to be concerned about House Democrats’ ongoing efforts to impeach Trump, with many saying even if the House were to move forward with impeachment, that there is no way the Senate would vote to impeach the president. (RELATED: Senate Republicans Are Not At All Worried About Impeachment)
The Daily Caller spoke with over ten GOP senators in mid-October, who all shared their views about House Democrats’ efforts to impeach the President. Not one senator was concerned about the impeachment process, saying they are most concerned about the Democrats’ ongoing attempts to impeach Trump based on no hard evidence. (RELATED: Lindsay Graham: Impeachment ‘Is Dead On Arrival’ If Senate Doesn’t Talk To Whistleblower)
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Former national security adviser John Bolton derided President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law during a private speech last week and suggested his former boss’ approach to U.S. policy on Turkey is motivated by personal or financial interests, several people who were present for the remarks told NBC News.
According to six people who were there, Bolton also questioned the merits of Trump applying his business acumen to foreign policy, saying such issues can’t be approached like the win-or-lose edict that drives real estate deals: When one deal doesn’t work, you move on to the next.
The description was part of a broader portrait Bolton outlined of a president who lacks an understanding of the interconnected nature of relationships in foreign policy and the need for consistency, these people said.
Bolton has kept a low public profile since he left the administration on Sept. 10, and efforts by Democrats to have him testify in the House impeachment inquiry into the president have stalled. But his pointed comments, at a private gathering last Wednesday at Morgan Stanley’s global investment event in Miami, painted a dark image of a president and his family whose potential personal gain is at the heart of decision-making, according to people who were present for his remarks.
Bolton served as Trump’s national security adviser for 17 months. The Ukraine scandal began to unfold about a week after his contentious departure. Trump said he’d fired him, though Bolton said he had resigned.
Google is engaged with one of the U.S.’s largest health-care systems on a project to collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of millions of people across 21 states.
The initiative, code-named “Project Nightingale,” appears to be the biggest effort yet by a Silicon Valley giant to gain a toehold in the health-care industry through the handling of patients’ medical data. Amazon.com Inc., AMZN -0.80% Apple Inc. AAPL 0.79% and Microsoft Corp. are also aggressively pushing into health care, though they haven’t yet struck deals of this scope.
Google began Project Nightingale in secret last year with St. Louis-based Ascension, a Catholic chain of 2,600 hospitals, doctors’ offices and other facilities, with the data sharing accelerating since summer, according to internal documents.
The data involved in the initiative encompasses lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, including patient names and dates of birth.
ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS on Wednesday will preempt their regularly scheduled programming for live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s open impeachment hearings of President Trump.
As expected, all of the major cable news networks, including Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and CSPAN will also offer live coverage.
William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, on Wednesday is slated to be the first to publicly testify regarding possible efforts by Trump administration officials to link U.S. military aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigating former Vice President Joe Biden, a top Democratic presidential candidate, and his son Hunter Biden for business dealings in the country.
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George Conway, is a conservative critic of President Donald Trump, dared POTUS on Sunday to testify in the impeachment inquiry.
.@realDonaldTrump, why don’t *you* testify? Are you afraid, as you were with Mueller, that your stable genius couldn’t withstand cross-examination under oath? If the call with Zelensky was so “perfect,” what’s there to be afraid of? Why are you so weak and scared? https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1193379012745322496 …
He is, incidentally, husband to Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway. (Yeah, the optics on this relationship are…interesting.) Anyway, Trump faces an impeachment inquiry after asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden. POTUS allegedly did this as a quid pro quo for military aid. In other words, the president allegedly misused his office for personal ends.
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Why do taxpayers have to pay for him to ride in Air-force 1 to a football game?
Trump tweeted or retweeted 82 times on Saturday while flying to and from a collegiate football game in Alabama.
Why it matters: Many of the president’s tweets were fighting back against the House’s impeachment inquiry into allegations that he withheld congressionally approved military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political opponents. The House will hold its first public impeachment hearings this week.