Trump to Xi: “Make Sure I Win”

Vanity Fair got hold of an unredacted copy of Bolton’s book, or parts of it at least. And what they found goes a long way to explaining Bunker Boy’s exploding head. The redacted version is bad enough: Trump was pushing Xi Jinping to help him win reelection by buying from the farmers who are a major…

soon to be gone: Mick Mulvaney? Get over it.

Subpoenaed witnesses have gotten “fired” / reassigned as Trump continues retaliation. One witness was Mick Mulvaney, who never testified but confessed live on television to his part in what John Bolton called a “drug deal”.  Washington (CNN) With a five-month impeachment saga behind them, White House aides are bracing for the prospect of another staff shake-up in…

I Can't Believe I'm Defending John Bolton

I rise (reluctantly) to Bolton’s defense here, against the many comments accusing him of being self-serving and wanting to know why he hasn’t spoken up way earlier. Bolton was the national security advisor, and as such remains under lifelong restrictions as to what he can say publicly. Without a subpoena, he could find himself in…

How Many Bidens Does it Take to Get a Bolton?

New story up from the Washington Post: Senate Democrats privately mull witness trade in impeachment trial: A Biden for Bolton Several Senate Democrats are privately discussing the possibility of calling Republicans’ bluff on witnesses, weighing an unusual trade in President Trump’s impeachment trial: the testimony of Hunter Biden for the testimony of a key administration…

Breaking: McConnell Reveals Rules to Keep the Trial a Sham

McConnell lays out ground rules for Trump’s impeachment trial and compressed schedule to consider the charges In a four-page resolution, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the opening arguments would begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, with each side given 24 hours to present their case over a two-day period. The Senate will vote…

Pelosi is Using Chinese Water Torture on Trump

The big story right now is about the unredacted memos that Kate Brannan at Just Security just got hold of.  Included in them is the previously redacted message from OMB associate director Mike Duffey to Elaine McCusker at DOD, sent the day after Bolton, Pompeo, and Esper all met with Trump to try to get…

the Three Amigos plus Rudy, are now in more trouble after the Vindman testimony

Rudy and the “three amigos” (Volker, Sondland, Perry) seem now more exposed after the building depositions that destroyed GOP process objections. And then there’s Pence who will be revealed to know more, as well as Mulvaney. NEW: Vindman’s testimony appears to contradict Rick Perry's ardent denials that he ever heard the Bidens discussed as part of…

Breaking: More Alarm Bells on that Ukraine Call – Update w Reporter Interview

WaPo is just out with a new story about how fast WH officials raised alarms: At least four national security officials raised alarms about Ukraine policy before and after Trump call with Ukrainian president At least four national security officials were so alarmed by the Trump administration’s attempts to pressure Ukraine for political purposes that…

We May Go to War For Spite [Update with BBC Report]

This story was posted in the Daily Mail today: Trump axed Iran deal to spite Obama: How the British ambassador called the President's actions 'diplomatic vandalism' fueled by 'personality reasons' – as revealed in more explosive cables that have sparked a free speech row while Iran tensions mount Now, we always knew Trump hates Obama’s…