Slowly we turn…. more Trump revelations ahead as his recorded talks with Putin are now available to Biden and Ukraine releases tapes of Giuliani hectoring them to investigate Biden. Then again there’s the distant hope that a vain Trump will be frustrated enough to testify before the Senate. Maybe a cat lawyer would be better.
At least the ones there are records of. The secret meeting in Helsinki where he confiscated the interpreter’s notes isn’t accounted for, I’m sure. He should find out who the interpreter was & invite that person in for a chat.
— SideEye Slant 👀 ✍️🏽 🌊Convict ALL 1-06 traitors! (@SideeyeSlant) February 10, 2021
56 Senators representing 60% of the American people voted to put Trump on trial in the Senate today.@TheLastWord 10pm
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) February 10, 2021
John Dean just said Trump's lawyers made a good case that he should be criminally prosecuted. They did bring it up repeatedly …
— digby (@digby56) February 10, 2021
“I have no idea what he is doing,” Alan Dershowitz said about Castor’s “rambling, almost somnambulant defense of the former president”
Least surprising news of the day: Trump enraged by his defense team's performance. On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the angriest, Trump “was an eight,” one person familiar with his reaction tells @maggieNYT https://t.co/XvZxhRe410
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) February 10, 2021
Trump impeachment attorney David Schoen says that Democrats have used "rhetoric that is just as inflammatory or more so" than Trump but "the problem is, they don’t have followers, dedicated followers when they give speeches." pic.twitter.com/w5O2rg4qRS
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 10, 2021
Bruce Castor conducted a brilliant experiment to determine how many Republican senators would turn against Donald Trump based on an almost completely empty defense presentation. The answer is one.
— Will Saletan (@saletan) February 9, 2021
BREAKING: Bruce Castor's office releases official statement pic.twitter.com/jPRXDSY95S
— blaire erskine (@blaireerskine) February 9, 2021
The Senate moves ahead with an historic second impeachment trial for Donald Trump after a day that echoed with the fear and pain of Jan. 6. Via @seungminkim @mikedebonis @karoun @thamburger https://t.co/hUi9p3EuPm
— Cathleen Decker (@cathleendecker) February 10, 2021
Without accountability, there is no democracy. Republicans who vote to acquit are preparing to vote against living in a democracy.
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) February 10, 2021
On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the angriest, Trump “was an eight,”
Donald, only you can fix this. Testify. pic.twitter.com/Hk711KHaZm
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) February 9, 2021
🇺🇸 Donald #Trump eventually gave a statement via a recorded video, repeating his false claim that the election was stolen but asking supporters to "stay peaceful".
Several hours later he called for the crowd to "go home" before adding: "We love you. You’re very special," ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/u7qgrnJYKh
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) January 7, 2021
A group this large defies generalization. The defendants are predominantly white and male, though there were exceptions. Federal prosecutors say a former member of the Latin Kings gang joined the mob, as did two Virginia police officers. A man in a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt took part, as did a Messianic Rabbi. Far-right militia members decked out in tactical gear rioted next to a county commissioner, a New York City sanitation worker, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. www.npr.org/…
There were those with connections to extremist groups or fringe ideas. At least 13 defendants appear to have expressed support for QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory.
At least 10 of the defendants appear to have links to the Proud Boys, a far-right gang. The group was recently declared a terrorist group in Canada. Their values have been widely described as racist, misogynist, anti-immigrant and hateful against other minority groups.
At least four of the defendants have alleged ties to the Oath Keepers, which the Anti-Defamation League calls an “anti-government right-wing fringe organization.”
The group is known to target and recruit current and former law enforcement officers and military veterans. At least three of the defendants are allegedly affiliated with the Three Percenters, another anti-government extremist organization.
We created a searchable database with information on the individuals charged in connection to the Capitol insurrection — more than 200 criminal cases in total.
Here are a few trends we identified along the way.https://t.co/eUi3eOT7qL
— NPR (@NPR) February 10, 2021
"Get someone to investigate": Ukraine releases tape of Rudy Giuliani pressuring officials to probe Bidens. https://t.co/cVDz8HOWcz
— JohnJ – Murdoch Free Zone #PATH (@johnthebrexile) February 10, 2021
“Let these investigations go forward,” said Giuliani on the tape. “Get someone to investigate this.”
“The 40-minute call, a transcript of which was obtained by TIME, provides the clearest picture yet of Giuliani’s attempts to pressure the Ukrainians on Trump’s behalf,” said the report. “The President’s personal lawyer toggled between veiled threats — ‘Be careful,’ he warned repeatedly — and promises to help improve Ukraine’s relations with Trump. ‘My only motive — it isn’t to get anybody in trouble who doesn’t deserve to be in trouble,’ Giuliani said. ‘For our country’s sake and your country’s sake, we [need to] get all these facts straight,’ he added. ‘We fix them and we put it behind us.'”
Extremely important breaking news story. Americans need to see these transcripts. https://t.co/9bBYBNzWw6
— DЯ ΞMMΛ Γ BRIΛИT 🦇📚🎃 (@EmmaLBriant) February 10, 2021
— "LL Cole J" Coleman (@DemopJ) February 10, 2021
Can the managers of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial force him to appear and testify?
Last week, House impeachment managers requested that he give testimony either before or during the trial, which begins Wednesday. But Trump senior adviser Jason Miller said the former president will not testify at what he considers to be an “unconstitutional proceeding.”
Both houses of Congress have constitutional power to issue subpoenas and compel testimony to pursue a valid legislative purpose. The impeachment function is committed solely to Congress, so subpoenaing witnesses for a trial in the Senate is likely a “valid legislative purpose.”
Legal analysis: Can the managers of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial force him to appear and testify? https://t.co/cYzB0bzi9e
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 10, 2021
“Donald Trump may not know much about the Framers. But the Framers knew all about Donald Trump.”
The founders "wrote the language of the impeachment powers with a demagogue like Mr. Trump in mind," Eli Merritt writes. https://t.co/9HC97YkNlF
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) February 10, 2021