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Forget the whistleblower, officials were screaming ‘within minutes’ of Trump’s call to Ukraine

Why did the White House staff try to bury the transcript of Donald Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rather than circulate it through the Cabinet as usual? The answer appears to be...
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Trump faces 43 new ‘inappropriate’ behavior allegations, including sexual assault, in new book

Donald Trump is facing a fresh batch of misconduct allegations. On Wednesday, Esquire published an exclusive excerpt from the forthcoming book All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator. Journalists Barry...
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#Trumpeachment – Fiona Hill is neither Kathy Griffin nor George Soros

Fiona Hill will appear before Congress today as the impeachment inquiry continues. The RWNJ troll-bots have been busily calling her a “George Soros mole”, even as one assumes that when she was appointed to...
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Trump spends morning defending genocide, attacking critics, and plugging Dancing With The Stars

With the genocide of the United States’ longtime Kurdish allies well underway, and as the impeachment inquiry into his alleged quid pro quo offer to Ukraine chugging along, Donald Trump had a busy Monday morning, tweeting...
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White House confirms its lawyers ordered moving Trump’s Ukraine call to extra super secret...

The White House confirmed to CNN Friday that its lawyers directed the notes of the phone call between Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president to be moved to a highly classified system that’s usually reserved...
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AP: Former Ukraine Ambassador Fired for Insisting Giuliani Work Through Official Channels

We have long suspected that Former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was dismissed for interfering with drumpf and Rudy’s illegal effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden to boost drumpf’s 2020 campaign. The AP has...

The DOJ Watchdog Speaks Scathingly of James Comey Re: Leaked Trump Memos — But...

The Inspector General of the Department of Justice issued a finding Thursday that former FBI Director James Comey was in violation of both FBI policies and his employment agreement, after leaking memos of his conversations with Donald Trump to a friend who leaked them to the New York Times, one of which contained classified information. The Hill: He [DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz] also refuted Comey’s claims that his memos were not FBI records but personal recollections, stating that the director was operating in an official capacity and that he acknowledged in his FBI Employment Agreement that “[a]ll information acquired by [Comey] in connection with [his] official duties with the FBI…remain[s] the property of the United States of America.” “Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility,” the 83-page report says. “By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees—and the many thousands more former FBI employees—who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.” The report states that Comey provided one unclassified memo that contained sensitive information to a friend with instructions to share its contents with a reporter. The report notes that the inspector general found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys shared classified information from the memos with members of the media. What has to be borne in mind here, to understand Comey’s actions in the proper context, is that in a normal administration, one could reasonably judge Comey’s behavior as the Inspector General here did. However, the Trump administration is anything but normal. Donald Trump asked the director of the FBI to break the law. That is not standard operating procedure. Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. 2/ Comey faced an extraordinary situation. The President of the United States asked him for his “loyalty” and then asked him to drop a criminal investigation of his friend. In the face of Presidential corruption, Comey took extraordinary steps. — Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) August 29, 2019 4/ I appreciate that the IG was tasked with investigating Comey, not Trump. If Comey’s critics, who take Comey to task but suggest we don’t address the problem that caused Comey to ask this way—corrupt acts by Trump—should not be taken seriously. /end — Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) August 29, 2019 Now, don’t get me wrong. I am no defender of James Comey, because I firmly believe that his epistle to the House of Representatives a week before election day 2016 about Hillary Clinton’s emails was a decisive factor in her losing the election. However, I believe that he acted prudently, conservatively even, in dealing with Trump’s blatantly illegal and unethical overtures to him about Michael Flynn. Again, the watchword here has to be “normalization.” Donald Trump is not a normal president and his administration has so far been a travesty. It stands to reason that government employees and other political professionals are going to behave outside the norms in reacting to it all.  
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Senator Murphy puts the Ukraine call in context

Along with everything else that happened yesterday, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) posted an opinion piece on Buzzfeed that seems to have missed most people’s attention (understandably). Murphy has some history with Ukraine and is...
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White House chief of staff: Sorry, ‘too soon’ to talk about gun violence. Again.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's primary Sunday show job was to patch up the damage done by revelations that Trump's team requested the navy move the warship USS John McCain so...
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Our Best Ally in the Fight Against Trump is… Trump? Tuesday’s Good News

Our Best Ally in the Fight Against Trump is... Trump? Donald Trump is playing zero-dimensional chess (again) When Trump won the White House -- against all odds -- the working assumption was that he had executed a plan so brilliant and so...

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