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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a key witness in the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, is ready to testify to Congress this week that a text message he sent to fellow diplomats defending President Trump against wrongdoing in his Ukraine dealings was actually relayed to him by Trump himself, according to The Washington Post. read more


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Political journalists and commentators called out President Donald Trump for sending 2,000 troops to Saudi Arabia Friday, just days after he pulled the U.S. military from Syria ahead of a military operation from Turkey, abandoning Kurdish allies. "Just so I'm clear, we are going to end the endless wars by letting Turks kill Kurds and sending 2000 US soldiers to Saudi Arabia. Ok," declared conservative commentator Erick Erickson. read more


Friday, October 11, 2019

A contingent of U.S. Special Forces was caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria, days after President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart he would withdraw U.S. troops from certain positions in the area. A senior Pentagon official said shelling by the Turkish forces was so heavy that the U.S. personnel considered firing back in self-defense. read more


Friday, October 04, 2019

A new report says that the CIA's top attorney made a criminal referral to the DOJ about the whistleblower's complaint that President Donald Trump abused the office. read more


In newly disclosed text messages shared with Congress, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine writes to a group of other American diplomats that "I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign." read more


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From what I've read, Pres Trump has yet to set up a war room, relying instead upon his tactical prowess to fight the impeachment proceedings.
#5 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

A little insight into Trump's perceived strategy:

[Roy Cohn] amassed clout in New York by befriending and representing powerful figures, from cardinals to mobsters. In 1973, he bonded with Trump, then 27, at a nightclub. Trump and his father, Fred, were being sued by the Department of Justice for violating the Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit alleged the Trumps had made it a practice to avoid renting to African Americans at their 39 apartments. Asked by Trump for legal advice, Cohn reportedly replied, "Tell them to go to hell and fight the thing in court and let them prove you discriminated."

The Trumps went one further. "It just stunned me," lawyer and journalist Steven Brill said. "They actually got reporters to appear for a news conference where they announced that they were suing for defamation for $100 million. You couldn't get through your second day of law school without knowing it was a totally bogus lawsuit. And, of course, it was thrown out."

After two years in court, the Department of Justice and the Trump Organization signed a "far reaching" consent decree. Donald Trump and his lawyer Cohn declared victory because the Trumps were not compelled to admit any guilt.

This pas de deux continued in lockstep. Separately and together, Cohn and Trump sold self-edifying fibs to the press, abused legal loopholes, dodged taxes, stiffed contractors and countersued or smeared anyone who took them to court. In 1980, Cohn would introduce Trump to another master manipulator Roger Stone. When Stone and Paul Manafort established a lobbying business the next year, Trump was one of their first clients.

In 1986, just before his death from AIDS, Cohn was kicked out of the New York bar for "dishonesty, fraud, deceit, and misrepresentation." For Trump, his lawyer's life story was not a cautionary tale however. "They only got him because he was so sick," he said. "They wouldn't have gotten him otherwise."

In 2017, after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Trump he was recusing himself from the Mueller probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump reportedly asked, "Where's my Roy Cohn?" Trump ended up firing Sessions for his perceived disloyalty, and today, he has a cadre of Cohns, people ranging from his White House counsel to adviser Kellyanne Conway to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who seem to encourage his stonewalling and alternative facts. Given that and Trump's instincts and experience, expect his impeachment defense to be a series of tactics that Roy Cohn knew well.


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