Bribery

“Today's sentencing of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger should be front-page news ringing alarm bells anywhere people are concerned about democracy, abuses of corporate power, and the rule of law. The real crime here is the death and disease resulting from Chevron's poisoning of the drinking water of thousands of Indigenous...

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  • October 6, 2021

Remember when Trump said: “I know people that like the Confederate flag and they're not thinking about slavery”. Maybe we can finally get to that obstruction of justice because the former United States President tried to blackmail Ukraine into helping him cheat in our 2020 election. We’ll have more chances...

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  • April 29, 2021

Because “something bad happened”, the Wall Street Journal has the criminal solicitation tapes: The anti-Slenderman wants you to overturn an election because who would believe that he’d suborn racketeering, or election fraud, or bribery. Cocaine Bear is getting worried the wolf is at the door with that indictment, because Merrick Garland is...

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  • March 10, 2021
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Texas really is full of dumb GOP fuckers: x NEW: Texas AG Ken Paxton left the state during the deadly power outages last week to meet with his counterpart in Utah. Paxton's spox did not answer Qs about when he left or returned and why the trip was not postponed....

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  • February 22, 2021

Disloyal opposition gets its 44 votes today.11 votes from the 67 votes needed to convict Trump. In this impeachment trial, Trump still needs to shoot someone on Fifth Avenue. ”They’re behaving like mob lawyers who know that they have the jury in their pocket.” Trump will almost certainly be acquitted...

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  • February 10, 2021

Even in exile* Donald Trump can’t stop fucking up and embarrassing the shit out of us. Whoever’s on deck this week to defend Trump in his impeachment trial (it’s either Barry Zuckerkorn or Lionel Hutz; I forget which) is so sharp, they can’t quite spell the name of the country Trump was...

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  • February 2, 2021

Texas is making the case to the Supreme Court that its citizens were damaged by how other states conducted their elections. They are seeking to throw out 20 million legally cast votes in four states, and asking SCOTUS push back the date on which electors vote, even though only Congress can...

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  • December 9, 2020

Still waiting for those GOP senators who voted against impeachment to say something, something. David Cay Johnston calls them “jellyfish”. x Does anyone notice how quiet GOP senators are about Michael Flynn — Trump’s recently pardoned former national security advisor — calling for a military coup and martial law to...

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  • December 2, 2020

There was a partial unsealing in the DC district court involving a bribery for pardon scheme several months ago. Lots of redaction in the document, and it’s unclear who was involved other than an attorney acting as an intermediary in a ‘pay-to-play’ scheme. One element was a lobbying scheme, and then there was...

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  • December 2, 2020

Here’s the latest news out of Georgia: x GEORGIABiden 49% (+4)Trump 45%.#GAsen:Ossoff (D) 44%Perdue (R-inc) 44% Opinion Insight/@AAF (R), LV, 10/12-15https://t.co/aYPXpogmS8— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 23, 2020 x #GAsenWarnock (D) 31%Loeffler (R-inc) 19%Collins (R) 18%Lieberman (D) 3%Johnson (R) 2%Johnson-Shealey (D) 2%Bartell (I) 2%Winfield (D) 1%Tarver (D) 1% Opinion Insight/@AAF (R),...

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  • October 23, 2020

Seven high level employees  of Texas’ Attorney General’s office have sent a letter to federal law enforcement agencies asking for an investigation of their boss, Republican Ken Paxton. This is according to the Statesman News Network in Austin, Texas. http://www.statesman.com/… “We have a good faith belief that the attorney general is...

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  • October 4, 2020

An even more desperate Trump is on the golf course today, and the polling results are even more baked in.  x After accusing Biden of being on drugs and Bloomberg of bribery, calling for the impeachment of a senator, repeating his usual vague insinuations about ballots and his usual vague...

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  • September 27, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D. CA), in support of Jon Ossoff’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign: Our nation is in crisis. As I'm writing to you, amidst a public health emergency, President Trump is deploying unidentified federal troops to patrol our cities...

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  • July 23, 2020

Some more big news today out of Georgia: x Honored to be endorsed by @NARAL. I look forward to fighting with you for reproductive justice for all. https://t.co/x1iruEHb4B— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) July 9, 2020 Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won the endorsement Thursday of NARAL Pro-Choice,...

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  • July 10, 2020

Today’s COVID presser approached a high point in propaganda content: x “That's one million eight hundred and seventy thousand million tests.” pic.twitter.com/AKxe9h3vVI— Matt Rogers (@Politidope) April 7, 2020 Example of the anecdotal rather than the scientific evidence and the “Trump = miracle worker” meme x Michigan Democrat politician says Hydroxychloriquine...

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  • April 8, 2020

Super Bowl calendars seem to rule the US Senate, much like bad faith. Susan Collins and Mitt Romney seem to be ready to ask for witnesses, but at this writing there’s no further information. Lisa Murkowski said that she will make an announcement tomorrow. Even if there’s a tie on...

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  • January 31, 2020

Trump communicated to the House — “If you are going to impeach me, impeach me fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate,” with the goal of getting acquitted by the time of the Super Bowl and/or the SOTU, because audience and ratings. This is all that...

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  • January 30, 2020

Nov 20, 2019 'Everyone Was in the Loop' Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified that President Trump ordered a pressure campaign on Ukraine and that senior-most administration officials knew about it. “It doesn't matter whether you like him. It doesn't matter if you dislike him,” Adam Schiff said. “What matters is whether...

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  • January 27, 2020

OK, it’s not Kabuki as much as it is Shadow Puppetry. What makes anyone think Trump won’t run to court to get an injunction against Bolton, claiming executive privilege and national security, if Bolton receives a subpoena? Any competent court would rule against Trump, but Trump would appeal. That litigation...

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  • January 7, 2020

The holiday season is a special time of year for Americans of all faith traditions. The arrival of Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s brings good cheer and joy to family, friends, and even perfect strangers. Above all, it is for many a time of reflection on the miracles that define the...

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  • December 30, 2019

Trump continues to service Russia and support the “dirt on Biden” quest, whining that it doesn’t feel like he’s been impeached. Because shaking down the Ukrainian president isn’t violating bribery and extortion statutes even if Congressional aid was worth $391 million in announcing investigations. If only Zelensky had been found having sexy...

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  • December 19, 2019

Trump continues to service Russia and support the “dirt on Biden” quest, whining that it doesn’t feel like he’s been impeached. Because shaking down the Ukrainian president isn’t violating bribery and extortion statutes even if Congressional aid was worth $391 million in announcing investigations. If only Zelensky had been found having sexy...

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  • December 19, 2019

When the history obscene bathroom-stall doodles of this presidency are finally written, they will note that Donald Trump was an impeached president. And you’ll be able to find GOP Congress members’ souls for sale at deep discounts in St. Vinnie’s bargain bins across the country — because having sold them...

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  • December 19, 2019

“Shall the man who has practised corruption, and by that means procured his appointment in the first instance, be suffered to escape punishment by repeating his guilt?”– George Mason According to the current United States Senate Majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY.), the most ‘deliberative body’ in the world is...

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  • December 18, 2019

Four days ago, Rep. Mark Meadows posted this video of Nancy Pelosi while absurdly claiming that Donald Trump never attempted to bribe anyone. Because it wasn’t true https://t.co/YKb51C6CIN — Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) December 13, 2019 Okay, fine. Clearly, Trump did try to bribe Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by dangling foreign aid...

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  • December 16, 2019

Manufactured facts, fresh from Eastern Europe, as Rudy Giuliani and One America News (OAN) tries to invent alternate truth in the Arms for Dirt scandal. My favorite part is when they assassinate the archduke Ferdinand 🐮 https://t.co/jK1ZUcGU0Z — Devin Nunes’ cow 🐮 (@DevinCow) December 16, 2019 Budapest | Kiev |...

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  • December 16, 2019

The unhingery continues, which for some could be more proof of unfitness. Apparently GOP House members are reduced to insulting the Speaker’s choppers. GOP Rep. Mike Johnson appeared on CNN Sunday, where he was immediately asked about President Donald Trump’s tweet claiming Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “teeth were falling out.” […]...

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  • December 16, 2019

Doug Collins: “That was the most lack of integrity thing I’ve seen in my whole life.” Trump was panicked today as a marathon House judiciary committee continued late into the night, with a resumption at 10am ET Friday. Trump's tweeted more today than Barack Obama did in February through December 2016....

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  • December 13, 2019

If you believe, as I do, that Donald Trump is an ineluctably expanding blob of id that would swallow up the solar system if we let him, this won’t come as a surprise. Nor should it. The alleged pee tape incident, it seems, wasn’t the only salacious story Christopher Steele...

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  • December 10, 2019

One guesses that omitting Obstruction of Justice leaves it to be pursued later, in the criminal indictments elsewhere and after the 2020 election. The facts are overwhelming, regardless. This is a streamlined impeachment with a narrow focus to ensure impeachment (regardless of the GOP Senate majority). What remained from the House...

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  • December 10, 2019

The GOP is playing slow and tight with the truth as Monday in the Judiciary committee begins at 9am ET with more televised testimony. Corrupt intent is in the solicitation regardless of the outcome of the bribery. There’s obstruction of Congress, definitely and obstruction of justice no different than that...

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  • December 9, 2019

Digby asks some reasonable post-impeachment questions that are not so much about electability and fear-driven GOTV as it will be minimizing whatever negative messaging will be thrown at the Democratic nominee. The implication especially with the withdrawal of Kamala Harris is that ticket balancing could be looming, with a Biden-Harris among...

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  • December 7, 2019

Forget about Kool-Aid. These idiots would swallow battery acid if Dear Leader told them to. And, you know, in a way they kind of are. You may have seen the recent Economist/YouGov poll in which 53 percent of Republicans claimed that Donald Trump is a better president than Abraham Lincoln.  Yes,...

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  • December 5, 2019

So many stunts, and so little GOP improvement in discourse aside from bullying, and disinformation regarding process. But yet it was informative about how little some representatives prepare for such hearings. And there were distortions and lies. Four legal scholars were witnesses, and the argument for impeachment because much clearer atop the...

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  • December 4, 2019

The Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee are tantamount to charwomen.  Throughout the history of the United States, we have mopped the muddied floors of injustice with waters we have tried to cleanse with lackluster moral purity. The floors of America have had plenty...

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  • December 4, 2019

They’re now trial ballooning damage control measures, perhaps there will be a wrist slap by the Senate where the vulnerable 2020 GOP senators will call for a censure. The GOP media frame would then be “compromise and comity” because “no harm, no foul” (which unfortunately also assumes “no Constitution”). So, they...

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  • December 4, 2019

x @KremlinAnnex pic.twitter.com/8x2t8CfwXH — goodlittletiger (@goodlittletiger) December 4, 2019 x BREAKING: In a closed door vote, the Intelligence Committee has formally passed the impeachment report. This means the report is passed out of Committee as the formal majority view of the Democrats in Congress, and will move forward with the...

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  • December 4, 2019

If the cops walk in, while I am in the middle of a bank robbery and I pull off my mask, drop my gun and shout, I was not robbing the bank!; the cops should let me go. If anyone questions my logic my excuse-makers would tell you, the bank...

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  • November 27, 2019

Revisionist policy in new docs tell us about the OMB paper trail in Arms for Dirt. Trump still held up military aid authorized by Congress to solicit investigations By Ukraine into Bidens. It’s still Bribery. NEW: The House Intel Cmte. has just released the depositions of Deputy Associate Director for National...

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  • November 26, 2019

Entanglements continue as Austria reopened the extradition case for Firtash in July 2019 as well as the hiring of lawyers associated with Trump/Giuliani. Ukrainian oligarch Dimtry Firtash tells NYT one of Giuliani's associates (Parnas and Fruman) described offering Firtash help with his DOJ problems — if he hired two lawyers close...

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  • November 25, 2019

Murkiness and Mulvaney-ness remains as the details of the Ukrainian shakedown gains more factual reality after the release of documents via American Oversight’s FOIA. The Washington Post reports on the White House scramble to continue explaining the timeline for how Congressional funds were withheld to enforce the bribery solicitation for an...

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  • November 25, 2019

Throughout the House Intelligence Committees’ hearings centering on the Impeachment of the 45th President of the United States, Devin Nunes’ opening statements, preceding the testimony of witnesses bemoaned the Democrats for wasting time and not doing the business of America. Yesterday, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, introduced an article from the...

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  • November 22, 2019

x Tonight we have so much to chant, sing and talk about! Join us at 7:30 pm and also help us sing this cheerful song at the #KremlinAnnex!✌️🇺🇸 #Resisthttps://t.co/bhGzo0kqZS — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) November 21, 2019 x SCHIFF: “One question posed by your testimony, Mr. Holmes, is what do we...

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  • November 22, 2019

Fortunately, the key points got into the record and the GOP members of the Intel committee recycled the same points including multiple attempts to out the whistleblower. x Devin Nunes has two eyewitnesses to the Ukraine call testifying publicly right in front of him, but all he apparently cares about...

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  • November 19, 2019

Pudding, proof, eating. x My favorite part about the Republicans' whole “you can't trust anyone who doesn't have first-hand knowledge” excuse is that the *very next witnesses* (Vindman and Williams) both have first-hand knowledge and have testified privately that Trump conditioned aid on political help. — Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen)...

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  • November 18, 2019

When asked if she felt threatened, former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch answered with a simple, “yes.” Anyone, to this point, who does not believe the President of the United States has not warranted his own Impeachment is either pouring the water, stirring in the sugar or opening the packages of...

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  • November 15, 2019

On 12 October 2019, Gordon Sondland's decision to testify was a complete turnaround. He said he'd been directed by the State Department to not speak to the committees. The difficulty of a perjury conviction might not be enough to compel him to not show up Wednesday, considering there are now two witnesses to Trump’s direct...

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  • November 14, 2019

Four months after the Beltway press badly failed in its coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional testimony on the Russia scandal, the D.C. press corps has a chance at redemption this week with the first public impeachment hearings of Donald Trump. Hopefully, newsrooms will be up to the important task at...

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  • November 12, 2019

A desperate Trump imagines himself in numerous ironies in advance of must-see TV. x But you didn't. You didn't sign the Whistleblower Protection Act. The law in its present form was signed by President Clinton in 1998. You are a liar and an idiot @realDonaldTrump, which is why you are...

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  • November 11, 2019

Recall that this was the day the GOP stormed the SCIF. This DoD fact-witness nails down the issues holding up military aid and the elements of the narrative that is not simply about one conversation but a parallel, insurgent process to abet bribery and extortion.  The testimony of Deputy Assistant Secretary...

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  • November 11, 2019