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 he is a danger to the country because he will do it again. And none of us have can have confidence, based on his record, that he will not do it again. Because he is telling us every day that he will.”
When GOP senators acquit Trump they will be in the loop — they will join the Cover-Up, and vulnerable senators will have to run on that in November. Bolton could also be another reason for ordering the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, aside from its opportunity and potential for distraction. It’s a sign of that transactional desperation that among means for survival that Trump would pick the most lethal option given how his tormentors were closing in.
Just a few days after the WH received Bolton's book, on 1/3/20, Trump ordered an attack on Iran and the killing of Soleimeini, a dream come true for Bolton. Is it a stretch to think Trump may have been partly motivated by a hope this move would appease Bolton & keep him quiet?Ã°ÂÂ¤Â
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) January 27, 2020
-Fox News poll shows majority favors impeachment.
-Slips in election polls.
-Needs a distraction.
-Airstrike kills Soleimani.
-Claim imminent threat.
-Claim threats to 4 embassies.
-Create a global crisis.
-Brag about fucking up. https://t.co/TxZYcK0abF
— LA Resists Ã°ÂÂÂ (@LALewman) January 18, 2020
Nevertheless, IMPOTUS* is freaking out:
…(Democrats said I never met) and released the military aid to Ukraine without any conditions or investigations – and far ahead of schedule. I also allowed Ukraine to purchase Javelin anti-tank missiles. My Administration has done far more than the previous Administration.
Ã¢ÂÂ Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020
For both commercial & patriotic reasons, Simon & Schuster should get BoltonÃ¢ÂÂs book out now & dare Trump to kill it. S&S publishes Bob Woodward; they know this drill.
Ã¢ÂÂ Frank Rich (@frankrichny) January 26, 2020
I honestly donÃ¢ÂÂt get it. Did the GOP think the Bolton stuff wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt come out until March & they would get to acquit 45 before then? Did they think nothing would leak? Did they think no one would care?
What the hell was the plan?
What is WRONG with them?
— Pam Keith (@PamKeithFL) January 27, 2020
Excellent point that WH counsel Cipollone knew about the contents of the Bolton manuscript explicitly linking the aid hold to investigations. What else does he know? https://t.co/DMexLNBER6
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) January 27, 2020
Before this started, Dems made sure to get on the record, “Hey, Pat, you're part of the cover-up.”
If WHCO got the book and shared it with Trump for trial strategy, that raises the stakes of Cipollone's role.
Ã¢ÂÂ emptywheel (@emptywheel) January 27, 2020
Doubt if CJ Roberts will call Cipollone out under any circumstances, but he won't do it unprompted. (We call that “sua sponte” in the law because we like to use random Latin terms.) The only slim hope of Roberts taking action is if Dems put him on notice with a formal motion. https://t.co/I2Smfg8WM2
Ã¢ÂÂ Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) January 27, 2020
Tomorrow we outline a simple way for Americans to hear from witnesses, even if the Republican Senate wants to block them. Given BoltonÃ¢ÂÂs news tonight, it would profoundly betray our Constitution to try to prevent these witnesses from telling the truth. If Rs try,there is a remedy https://t.co/A6OsoJGgBb
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) January 27, 2020
And here is the letter Cooper sent to NSC: pic.twitter.com/sqZwdbcoTp
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) January 27, 2020
The fact that book publishers know more about Trump's bribery scheme and cover up than U.S. senators who are right now weighing whether to remove him from office is the height of absurdity.
— Matt Rogers Ã°ÂÂÂ (@Politidope) January 26, 2020
With this GoFundMe, sheet cakes will be delivered to every GOP Senator's office. The frosting will write out the key passage from John Bolton's book that makes the truth 100% clear: Trump violated the Constitution and abused the power of his office. Ã°ÂÂÂ° https://t.co/pEQHnV9qxQ
— Jon Cooper Ã°ÂÂÂºÃ°ÂÂÂ¸ (@joncoopertweets) January 27, 2020
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