Some stochastic terroirism(sic) this morning as we approach another important week of some historic events that still boil down to some rather simple impeachable actions.
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) November 10, 2019
I’ll be on @ReliableSources around 11:20 am discussing my @PostOpinions column on how Republicans are trying to distract attention from the irrefutable evidence that Trump solicited a bribe from Ukraine by trying to out and smear the whistleblower: https://t.co/M9C31lJMH3
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) November 10, 2019
From the perspective of 70 years on, it can seem mystifying how America came to be gripped by McCarthyite hysteria. How could Joe McCarthy and his fellow “red hunters” (including Trump mentor Roy Cohn) blacklist so many individuals based on little more than rumor and hearsay, half-truths and outright lies?
If you want to see a real-time example of how McCarthyism operates, look no further than the attempts by President Trump and his henchmen to malign the heroic whistleblower who, at real risk to himself, revealed the president’s attempts to employ U.S. military aid to blackmail Ukraine into incriminating former vice president Joe Biden and exonerating Russia on charges of hacking the 2016 election.
By now the identity of the whistleblower shouldn’t matter, given that everything this individual said has been verified by administration officials testifying under oath. Even Trump’s handpicked ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, just admitted that Trump sought a quid pro quo from Ukraine to help his campaign. Given that Sondland donated $1 million to the Trump inaugural committee, he can hardly be accused of being a Never Trumper, even if lickspittle Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) is gamely trying to suggest otherwise. But precisely because the evidence against Trump is so irrefutable, the president and his partisans feel compelled to smear his accusers. It’s the only play they have left.
I can’t believe anyone thought for a second that @AmbJohnBolton might turn out to be a patriot and testify truthfully before Congress. History will remember him as yet another money-grubbing hypocrite who didn’t give a damn about our country or our national security.
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) November 10, 2019
Sen. Johnson dismisses Mulvaney’s role in aid holdup to @jaketapper as him being “a fiscal conservative.” Mulvaney in Oct: “Did he also mention to me in passing the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely. No question about that…That’s why we held up the money.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 10, 2019
In which we go from “Everybody does it” to “Crooked President always does it” for a defense.
These people are amazing. https://t.co/uALJwFUxZN
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 10, 2019
Jim Himes coldcocks Chuck Todd seconds after he let’s Rand Paul lie: ‘My head is only now decombusting’https://t.co/TH65doI0bS
— Raw Story (@RawStory) November 10, 2019
If you love the truth, it’s painful to suffer the malignant Trump. If you love the truth, it’s painful to witness Republicans who know he’s lying & lying & don’t care. If you love the truth, it’s uplifting to see Americans refusing to remain silent about the crimes they’ve seen.
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) November 9, 2019
In testimony, Fiona Hill described what a loose cannon Sondland was: "He was often meeting with…with officials that we had derogatory information on…giving out his phone number and texting…All of those communications could have been exfiltrated by the Russians very easily."
— Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff) November 10, 2019
THIS FRIDAY: Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies on Impeach Inquiry before House Intelligence Cmte – LIVE on C-SPAN2, @cspanRadio & online here: https://t.co/hfUPMqirsz pic.twitter.com/3h1OZuzgSY
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 10, 2019
(Thread) Fiona Hill Issues a Warning
She also implicates Mick Mulvaney, makes Sondland look like a fool, and shows how Giuliani tried to game Ukraine.
Here are my Notes from her deposition (now called Over the Cliff Notes, as per followers’ suggestion)
First, her credentials⤵️ pic.twitter.com/GHRcsyUP6i
— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) November 10, 2019
Russia's plan to infiltrate & influence right wing parties in Western democracies has turned out to be one of the greatest intelligence successes in modern history-a sweeping, shocking, enduring success. We need to view everything from the 2016 election to the Ukraine scandal…
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) November 10, 2019