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Friday, October 18, 2019

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's walk-back of comments indicating the Trump administration held up aid to Ukraine to ensure it investigated issues related to the 2016 election was not "the least bit credible," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Friday.

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Yes, get over it...LOL!

#1 | Posted by Angrydad at 2019-10-18 07:15 PM | Reply

Trump says he has a lot of confidence in acting chief of staff Mulvaney
www.reuters.com

...U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he has a lot of confidence in his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, after Mulvaney told reporters that Ukraine's investigation into the 2016 election was one of the reasons Washington had delayed aid to Kiev, before denying the White House had done that. ...

Pres Trump has confidence in him.

Uh-oh.

I wonder how long Mr Mulvaney will remain the acting Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Management and Budget?

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-18 07:16 PM | Reply

New Impeachment Poll: Quid Pro Quo Trouble Ahead
www.lawfareblog.com

...White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney made a stunning admission of a quid pro quo by confirming that President Donald Trump froze nearly $400 million in U.S. security aid to Ukraine in part to pressure that country into investigating Democrats.

The latest University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll fielded by Nielsen Scarborough finds this could spell major trouble for the president's public standing ahead, including among Republicans:

We asked: "In general, do you believe it is an impeachable offense if the president of the United States invites foreign leaders/entities to interfere in U.S. elections?"

Two thirds of respondents, including 46 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of Independents said yes....



#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-18 09:18 PM | Reply

This just gets more and more involved...

To Win Giuliani's Help, Oligarch's Allies Pursued Biden Dirt
www.bloomberg.com

...Associates of a Ukrainian oligarch fighting extradition to the U.S. were working to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden last summer in an effort to get Rudy Giuliani's help in the oligarch's legal case, according to three people familiar with the exchanges.

Dmitry Firtash, charged with conspiracy by the U.S. and living in Vienna, shuffled lawyers in July to add Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, vocal supporters of President Donald Trump who had worked with Giuliani. Around that time, some of Firtash's associates began to use his broad network of Ukraine contacts to get damaging information on Biden, the people said.

DiGenova and Toensing have billed Firtash about $1 million for their work, one of the people said. That includes costs for Lev Parnas, a Giuliani associate, as a translator and important contact, the person said. Parnas was arrested last week along with several associates and accused of conspiring to violate campaign-finance laws.

People working on Firtash's behalf collected a witness statement from Viktor Shokin, a former Ukrainian prosecutor-general. The statement, dated early September, helped Giuliani renew an assertion that he'd been advancing for months -- that Biden had tried in 2016 to sway Ukrainian politics to help his son. U.S. and Ukrainian officials have disputed Shokin's account.

Shokin, though, had been promised his statement wouldn't be made public, according to the people. Giuliani went on to cite it repeatedly, waving it around on cable news as evidence of Biden's alleged corruption. The Hill and other media outlets provided links to it, with Giuliani later suggesting he had a role in making it public. "This is the affidavit I put out," he said during a Fox News interview this month....



#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-18 09:41 PM | Reply

"Trump says he has a lot of confidence in acting chief of staff Mulvaney"

Ut Oh . . . in Trump-speak those words are the kiss of death.

I think we can expect Mulvaney to suddenly discover he needs to "spend more time with his family." ~ LOL

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-10-18 11:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The Trump administration is doubling down on their bet that Americans are dumber than rocks.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2019-10-19 10:03 AM | Reply

The Trump administration is doubling down on their bet that Americans are dumber than rocks.

#6 | POSTED BY DANNI

Sadly, if the last 3 years are any indication, that might be a good bet.

#7 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-10-19 11:07 AM | Reply

The Trump administration is doubling down on their bet that Americans are dumber than rocks.

#6 | POSTED BY DANNI

Trump is doubling down on being able to con desperate voters, especially in the Midwest -- this is obvious.

And yet the Democrat Party is doing everything they can on doubling down on NOT offering real concrete solutions that would actually convince these same desperate voters to vote for Democrats -- which doing so would actually help Dems beat Trump in 2020.

This is why rich corporate Democratic Party donors are funding and pushing candidates NOT named Bernie, Yang, Tulsi -- and this is why it's troubling to see Elizabeth Warren rub elbows with these same rich donors at Martha's Vineyard.

#8 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-10-19 11:37 AM | Reply

And yet the Democrat Party is doing everything they can on doubling down on NOT offering real concrete solutions that would actually convince these same desperate voters to vote for Democrats -- which doing so would actually help Dems beat Trump in 2020.

This is why rich corporate Democratic Party donors are funding and pushing candidates NOT named Bernie, Yang, Tulsi -- and this is why it's troubling to see Elizabeth Warren rub elbows with these same rich donors at Martha's Vineyard.

#8 | Posted by PinchALoaf

Dude listen to her speeches. It's nothing BUT solutions for middle class voters. What are you smoking?

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-10-19 07:35 PM | Reply

Nothing personifies the trump administration more than this episode.

"I didn't say the thing I just said."

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-10-19 07:35 PM | Reply

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Trust the world's most famous liar, not your eyes and ears.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-10-19 08:08 PM | Reply

DANNI @ #6

"The Trump administration is doubling down on their bet that Americans are dumber than rocks."

Think back.

That was Karl Rove's winning strategy, too. Now Trump's methodology is just history repeating itself. Apparently it works, too, because that's how we ended up with that other mental midget, i.e. George W. Bush.

So it must be true. Not all Americans, obviously, but at least the ones who keep voting for a Republican. Then there are the single issue voters like the evangelicals who pray that the NEXT (and next and next) Republican will finally abolish abortion.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-10-20 05:02 AM | Reply

"That was Karl Rove's winning strategy, too. Now Trump's methodology is just history repeating itself. Apparently it works, too, because that's how we ended up with that other mental midget, i.e. George W. Bush."

Oh yes, even former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day Oconnor admits that the Bush v Gore decision was very questionable yet we sat by and let the Republicans steal the Presidency for a man who told us while still Gov. of Texas that he intended to start a war in Iraq because, "war time Presidents have more power and that he would use that power to privatize Social Security." We should have executed that cynical piece of crap for sacrificing thousands of American lives and, literally one million Iraqi lives, because he wanted to privatize Social Security, which was an evil diabolical goan anyway. George W. Bush was and is an evil person who should be behind bars for the rest of his life. I guess you could say, "I'm not a fan." After causing the deaths of thousands he paints little pictures in Dallas. The man has no conacience. WE, as a nation, need to be more careful when we pick leaders, they need to have, at least, some conscience. Republicans, it seems, think having a conscience is a weakness. Donald Trump certainly doesn't have one. George Bush wasn't intelligent enough to have one.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2019-10-20 09:05 AM | Reply

"This is why rich corporate Democratic Party donors are funding and pushing candidates NOT named Bernie, Yang, Tulsi -- and this is why it's troubling to see Elizabeth Warren rub elbows with these same rich donors at Martha's Vineyard."

Elizabeth Warren is a candidate that could actually win and who doesn't handicap her chances with crazy talk. She understands healthcare and economics just as well as any of those you mention but then she doesn't call herself a "socialist" which just causes most Americans to fear her. I'm not fearful of a socialist but most Americans are. That's reality, Warren lives in reality. Bernie is great but most Americans aren't going to vote for a socialist. We have to live in the reality of politics today, not in the make believe world that we wish existed.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2019-10-20 09:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

DANNI

I like Warren, too, but I'm deeply concerned about her Medicare-for-All ambitions. It's going to cost Trillions and Trump has already driven the deficit into the stratosphere. There would be no choice but to raise taxes on those who can least afford the cut in their income. It would be nice if she could claw back Trump's tax cuts for the rich to help cover the costs but I'm keeping in mind that those 1% are also campaign donners for the Dems, too. And money buys a lot of influence on both sides of the isle, especially from Big Pharma.

Warren says she'll have a "plan" coming out in the next couple weeks. If it's based on reality and not a lot of smoke, mirrors, ifs, buts, maybes and shoulda,coulda, wouldas I'll give her candidacy more consideration.

Right now I'm still leaning toward Joe Biden's no-nonsense approach without any pie-in-the-sky promises.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-10-21 06:13 AM | Reply

DANNI

Another reason I'm leaning toward Biden is because of his foreign policy experience. Trump is going to leave one hell of a mess in his wake and 2020 is no time for on-the-job training.

Warren would be great on cleaning up Trump's domestic mess but foreign policy is another whole animal. I'd rather see Warren use her talents cleaning up Trump's domestic quagmire.

#16 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-10-21 06:23 AM | Reply

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