House Releases Some Impeachment Transcripts

The House released two transcripts of testimony in the impeachment probe. The witnesses were former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Michael McKinley. They testified in closed hearings before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees

You can read Yovanovitch's testimony here and Mike McKinley's testimony here.

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    Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch ... (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Nov 04, 2019 at 03:42:48 PM EST
    ... expressed her dismay when she learned that her position in Kyiv was being undermined by Rudy Giuliani. She was summarily ordered home by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May.

    Meanwhile, Dep. Sec. of State P. Michael McKinley conveyed his own disgust that Pompeo had apparently ordered other State Dept. personnel to stand down and not defend Yovanovitch. He resigned abruptly from the department two weeks ago and defied Pompeo's order to not cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry.

    Meanwhile, lawyers at the Office of Treason Weasels-- er, excuse me, I mean, the Office of Legal Counsel at Attorney General Bill Barr's Dept. of Justice argued that NSC Chief Counsel John Eisenberg is "absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony in his capacity as senior adviser to the president" -- which, of course, would probably be news to former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean.

    The lawlessness of the Trump administration is breathtaking in its sheer scope.

    Our $million Ambassador to the EU, (none / 0) (#2)
    by KeysDan on Mon Nov 04, 2019 at 04:38:10 PM EST
    Gordan Sondland, told Ambassador Marie Yovanovich to tweet praise of Trump if she wanted to save her job.

    Go big... (none / 0) (#3)
    by desertswine on Mon Nov 04, 2019 at 11:03:29 PM EST
    "He said, you know, you need to go big or go home... Tweet out there that you support the President, and that all these are lies and everything else."

    Soundland (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by FlJoe on Tue Nov 05, 2019 at 01:22:06 PM EST
    has his memory "refreshed"
    In three new pages of sworn testimony released Tuesday, along with his entire deposition earlier in October, EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland wrote that the depositions of top Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor and outgoing National Security Council official Tim Morrison "have refreshed my recollection" of the conversations at the center of the pressure campaign. The dramatic new testimony confirms that Sondland told an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that congressionally approved military aid would be contingent upon the government of Ukraine publicly announcing it would investigate the origins of the Russia probe and a gas company on which former Vice President Joe Biden's son sat.
    quid meet quo.

    And here comes pro. (none / 0) (#5)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Nov 05, 2019 at 04:48:05 PM EST
    In recognition of the hissy fit that Sen. Liberace (R-SC) just threw a little while ago in response to the release of the Sondland deposition transcript, my comment about him from Oct. 17 shall be reposted:

    "In his next life, Lindsey Graham will be reincarnated as a yappy, pampered and attention-needy silky terrier lapdog named Boytoy that's owned by a wealthy middle-aged gay male couple who split their time between Manhattan and Palm Springs."



    This seems big (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 07, 2019 at 10:25:26 AM EST
    Former national security adviser John Bolton is reportedly "willing to defy" the Trump White House and serve as a witness in the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry.

    The Washington Post, citing "people familiar with [Bolton's] views," reports that the former Trump national security adviser is willing to testify in the impeachment probe as long as he is legally cleared to do so.

    Maybe not so big (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 07, 2019 at 01:21:13 PM EST
    Dems seem to be saying thanks but never mind

    We ain't got time to mess with you.


    Shorter John Bolton: (none / 0) (#8)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Nov 07, 2019 at 01:56:38 PM EST
    Here's what TPM's Josh Marshall has to say. (none / 0) (#9)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Nov 07, 2019 at 02:05:53 PM EST
    And he's done a pretty good job at distilling the issue down to its bare essence:

    "The President used extortion to cheat in the 2020 presidential election. He used military aid dollars meant to aid an ally against his Russian patrons in order to force Ukraine to intervene in the 2020 elections, in order to remain in office by corrupt means. There are various crimes that get committed along the way. But that is the core of it."

    "The President is delegated vast powers to act in the national interest and he has vast discretion to determine what he or she believes the national interest is. But when he uses those powers for his own personal or financial gain they are illegitimate on their face, abuses of power and merit impeachment. The fact that he was doing so to sabotage a national election makes it vastly worse. And the fact that he was getting a foreign power to sabotage a US election makes it worse still.

    "Any talk of 'quid pro quos' and this and that minutiae is a distortion of what happened. Quid pro quos are simply exchanges of one thing for another. Presidents will ask for help on one bill in exchange for another. They'll condition one kind of aid to a country on assistance on another foreign policy goal. In itself it means nothing.

    "The crimes are bribery and extortion, the abuses of power are using presidential power for personal gain and the central offense against the state is the attempt to sabotage a national election, the event on which the legitimacy of the entire system rests."


    Today on .... (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 08, 2019 at 09:20:35 AM EST

    the guy knows.  He sees the end.  I doubt he even realizes that himself but, IMO, he sees the end.

    Deep denial.  Not that convincing.

    While they grudgingly realize Trump's culpability, they're now desperately casting about for scapegoats.

    So, who's it going to be? Rudy? Mulvaney? Sondland? Or perhaps the affably dense Mike Pence can be talked into taking one for the team, and he can agree to appear before the House Intelligence Committee and blame it all on Mother.



    Can you imagine (none / 0) (#12)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Nov 08, 2019 at 08:05:06 PM EST
    the creepy Pence as president? That's something I don't wanna think about but I'm not sure what's going to happen because Pence is every bit as guilty as Trump when it comes to the Ukraine. You know Moscow Mitch is not going to let Pelosi become president.

    Say what you want about Pence (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 08, 2019 at 09:03:42 PM EST
    He is not visibly demonstrably dangerously mentally ill.  Pence would absolutely be an improvement over Trump.



    I have read stories (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Nov 08, 2019 at 09:06:14 PM EST
    About supposed conversations between Mitch and Nancy where she discusses leaving Pence be in spite of his transgressions if Mitch will get rid of Trump.

    I don't think Nancy particularly wants to be president.

    What sane person would.


    Well (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Nov 09, 2019 at 06:06:13 AM EST
    it's not really about Nancy being president IMO so much as getting rid of the treason weasels. I have to say though Pence is as much a treason weasel and Putin fan boy as Trump is but not mentally ill. He may qualify as religiously insane though.