#Trumpeachment closing in: WH panics as compliance refusals include Pence and #RudyColludy
If they’re innocent why are they not cooperating.
Let's be clear:
The President of the U.S. Senate – still a Congressional body – is rejecting a Congressional request for information.
Pence is irredeemably conflicted.
He either should resign as Senate President or follow the rules.https://t.co/wdywUvbTlA
— Joel Rubin (@JoelMartinRubin) October 15, 2019
The counsel for Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to the chairmen of the House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine on Tuesday informing them that he will not cooperate with a request for documents in their “self-proclaimed” impeachment inquiry.
Why it matters: This is in line with the White House’s current stance of blanket noncooperation, which has prompted the House chairmen conducting the investigation to warn that defiance could be used as evidence of obstruction in a future article of impeachment. Some have speculated that Speaker Nancy Pelosi could call the White House’s bluff and announce a full House vote authorizing the impeachment inquiry, daring the administration to continue to defy subpoenas and document requests.
And this: An official working on the impeachment inquiry says Giuliani’s non-response will be considered evidence of obstruction.
“Witnesses do not get to choose whether to comply with a duly-authorized subpoena, or to pick their investigators.” pic.twitter.com/i8Q1pVlkl2
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) October 15, 2019
You know the old saying, Mr. Giuliani. "A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client." https://t.co/hXjfHtP9JR
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) October 15, 2019
Some of the White House’s most senior foreign policy officials were trying to raise the alarm about the administration’s potentially illegal activity in Ukraine well before President Donald Trump’s now notorious call with his counterpart in Kiev, according to stunning new testimony in the impeachment inquiry.The detail suggests that senior figures inside Trump’s White House were deeply concerned that the activities by the President and those close to him could reach the level of illegal behavior — a potentially significant turn in the three-week-old impeachment inquiry by House Democrats.While it remains unclear whether Trump or his lawyer Rudy Giuliani did actually break the law in going around official channels to deal with Ukraine, much of the conduct now emerging at least appears unethical, off-the-books of regular diplomatic activity and more expansive than it initially appeared[…]
Hill also testified that the public discord over issues like Ukraine sowed confusion about American policy and was the kind of corruption that the Russians could exploit, according to another source with knowledge of the testimony.
Has Trump played into Moscow's hands in Syria? Russian papers today: “Trump's mistake is an unexpected lottery win for Russia"
"Trump's reckless actions strengthened Moscow’s position in Middle East"
“The oversized giant, America, lost its way in broad daylight" #ReadingRussia pic.twitter.com/tDjJJSEwrL
— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) October 16, 2019
“U.S. troops abandoned their Syrian base. Video appears to show Russians have moved in.” https://t.co/WclAWJP5Lh
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) October 15, 2019