“I don’t know why Republicans are afraid of the truth.”
“Every member should support the American people hearing the facts for themselves. That is what this vote is about. It’s about the truth. And what is at stake in all of this is nothing less than our democracy.”
Nancy Pelosi, 10/31/2019
America will enter the next phase of the impeachment process, public hearings. Affording all Americans the opportunity to hear the facts and the truth for themselves. As the Washington Post accurately points out, democracy dies in darkness.
Why the GOP is afraid of letting the American people hear and know the truth is indeed puzzling. Authoritarian and dictatorial regimes around the world have always engaged in propaganda and disinformation in support of the regime leader’s agenda and interests. But we are a democratic republic, not a monarchy or a dictatorship.
We question the motives and patriotism of the secretive GOP
State news media (Fox News) has begun the smear campaign against Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman. Because this man of honor, a real and true patriot, had the audacity to speak the truth about Trump’s phone conversation with the Ukrainian President (the Biden/Hunter ruse) Fox in usual form has began their assault on truth.
For some Fox News personalities, apparently, there is no greater expression of disloyalty to country than a display of disloyalty to President Trump.
On Tuesday, Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a Ukraine expert in the White House, is set to testify to House impeachment investigators that he recoiled at Trump’s repeated demand that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky manufacture smears of Trump’s potential campaign opponent Joe Biden.
Vindman will testify that he viewed this as an act of patriotism, because he saw Trump’s corrupt conduct as damaging to U.S. national security. So, naturally, Fox News figures are already questioning Vindman’s loyalty to our country — or, more precisely, to Trump himself.
Evidently, placing country before Trump is the ultimate act of supreme betrayal.
In his opening statement, Vindman says he “did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen.” Vindman is a decorated lieutenant colonel, so when he delivers this message once the inquiry moves into its public phase, it could be very compelling.
What’s more, Vindman will blow a big hole in one of Trump’s most important defenses.
Vindman discusses a key meeting on July 10 with Ukrainian officials, who expressed their desire for a Trump-Zelensky meeting. Vindman then says Gordon Sondland — the ambassador to the European Union — “started to speak about Ukraine delivering specific investigations in order to secure the meeting with the President.”
That further nails down part of the quid pro quo. But there’s more. Sondland’s demand prompted then-national security adviser John Bolton to “cut the meeting short.” Then Vindman testifies that this happened:
Following this meeting, there was a scheduled debriefing during which Amb. Sondland emphasized the importance that Ukraine deliver the investigations into the 2016 election, the Bidens, and Burisma. I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push.
Which brings us to Fox News’s smear of Vindman The Fox smear
Fox’s Laura Ingraham unleashed a diatribe against Vindman on Monday night that focused on the fact that Ukrainians privately solicited Vindman’s help in navigating difficulties created by Giuliani running this shadow policy toward Ukraine. Watch:
Andrew Lawrence@ndrew_lawrence. Oh my God, look at the spin they are using right now, actually saying that Vindman is a Ukrainian double agent….this is so freaking bananas
“Here we have a U.S. national security official who is advising Ukraine while working inside the White House, apparently against the president’s interests,” Ingraham railed. Former George W. Bush administration lawyer John Yoo called this potential “espionage.”
Note here Ingraham’s frank admission that Vindman was working against the president’s interests.
You see, Giuliani’s shadow policy toward Ukraine was not in the interests of the United States. It was in Trump’s interests. Giuliani himself declared in May that this scheme would be “very helpful to my client.”
Ingraham is unwittingly admitting the obvious here: In trying to keep our foreign policy aligned with our own national interests, Vindman was operating against those of the president. And this is the real betrayal for which Vindman must be destroyed.
We say that Senator and ex Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney is a man of character. He is speaking truth to power so is it surprising that the Trump GOP is trashing Romney?
Very few lawmakers in the GOP have had the, excuse me, balls to stand up for truth, honor, integrity, and decency when it comes to their standard bearer Donald J. Trump. While the GOP sycophant’s are scurrying about like the pathetic rodents that they are Senator Mitt Romney is using his voice to speak out against the worst and most corrupt presdent this nation as ever had to suffer.
Thank you Senator Romney. History will remember you as a man of truth and honor. While DJT is working tirelessly to bring on the dystopian socoety depicted in Goerge Orwell’s novel 1984, Senator Romney is standing tall for our American ideals and our democratic republic.
Last evening, following the news of acting Chief of Staff Mulvaney’s on air admission that the DJT administration had indeed engaged in quid pro quo and then retracting his admission, I found myself recalling Orwell’s 1984 – I realized how prophetic Orwell actually had been.
It is told that following conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia a lady approached Ben Franklin and asked wat kind of government thy were giving the people. To which he is said to have responded, a republic is you can keep it.
We ARE, at the crossroads. True patriots are cheering folks like Senator Mitt Romney. If America as we’ve always know it is to survive we need many more people of Senator Romney’s political affiliation to start seeking out against the man bent on DESTROYING everything America was built on and has stood for until 2016.
This is the best argument so far for impeaching Trump. Made by members of the Watergate special prosecutor force it lays out a compelling justification for the current Congress to impeach.
We, former members of the Watergate special prosecutor force, believe there exists compelling prima facie evidence that President Trump has committed impeachable offenses. This evidence can be accepted as sufficient for impeachment, unless disproved by any contrary evidence that the president may choose to offer.
The ultimate judgment on whether to impeach the president is for members of the House of Representatives to make. The Constitution establishes impeachment as the proper mechanism for addressing these abuses; therefore, the House should proceed with the impeachment process, fairly, openly and promptly. The president’s refusal to cooperate in confirming (or disputing) the facts already on the public record should not delay or frustrate the House’s performance of its constitutional duty.
In the 1970s, we investigated serious abuses of presidential power by President Richard M. Nixon, including obstruction of justice, concealment of government records and misuse of government agencies to punish his political enemies. We prosecuted many of Nixon’s aides for their complicity in Nixon’s offenses. Rather than indicting the president, the grand jury named him an unindicted co-conspirator, delivered to the House a “road map” of the evidence implicating him in wrongdoing and deferred to the House’s constitutional responsibility to address such presidential wrongdoing through the impeachment process.
The House, through its Judiciary Committee, fulfilled that responsibility by reviewing the evidence, interviewing witnesses and concluding that the facts warranted adopting three articles of impeachment: one for obstruction, one for abuse of power and one for contempt of Congress. Shortly thereafter, the president resigned rather than face a Senate trial.
Nixon at least had the decency to resign. We won’t be so fortunate today. Trump has neither common decency or integrity.
In our considered view, the same three articles of impeachment could be specified against Trump, as he has demonstrated serious and persistent abuses of power that in our view satisfy the constitutional standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” For example:
● Trump conditioned protection of the military security of the United States and of an ally (Ukraine) on actions for his personal political benefit.
● Trump subordinated the integrity of our national electoral process to his own personal political interest by soliciting and encouraging foreign government interference in our electoral process, including by Russia and China. He also appears to have demanded that Ukraine investigate a potential 2020 political opponent and pursue the conspiracy theory that Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 presidential election, despite the unanimous conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that it was Russia that had interfered.
● According to the evidence laid out in the Mueller report, Trump engaged in multiple acts of obstruction of justice in violation of federal criminal statutes and of his oath of office to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Because Mueller viewed Justice Department policy as precluding him from filing criminal charges against the president, the special counsel appropriately stated that these abuses are for Congress to address.
● Trump obstructed lawful congressional investigations by systematically withholding evidence and by directing government agencies and employees to refuse to cooperate with legitimate oversight by Congress. Most significantly, the president’s blanket refusal to honor requests for relevant information sought by House members conducting an impeachment inquiry constitutes impeachable contempt and obstruction. The public is entitled to know the facts, and Congress is the body our democracy has entrusted with uncovering them.
The Constitution provides for the elected representatives of the people to resort to impeachment in extraordinary circumstances showing that this drastic remedy is necessary to restrain, and possibly remove, a president who has engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors…
Those of us who lived through Nixon’s Watergate Scandal and knew how bad it was also know that Trump’s crimes outweigh those of Nixon’s. The truth is we may have survived Nixon continuing in office as he was competent and he dis put American interests first. Trump is not competent and fit to be president nor does he actually put American interests first. Trump puts HIS personal interests AHEAD of EVERYTHING else. At a great cost to our nation’s credibility and integrity. He MUST be removed. Either through the impeachment and removal process or by a landslide defeat in November 2020.
Given what we are seeing under the corrupt leadership of DJT it is becoming questionable whether we can survive in tact as the democratic republic founded by our Founding Fathers.
But to blame our national disgrace and corruption just on Trump would be grossly unfair. The GOP, under the stewardship of Moscow Mitch McConnell is as corrupt and unethical as Trump has ever been. Perhaps they are worse. They have knowingly enabled and encouraged the Dotard because of their own lust for power.
It’s worth stepping back and stating in plain language just how profoundly President Trump is corrupting our political system right now. Several new media analyses take a stab at this — see this CNN piece or this New York Times take — by correctly suggesting that Trump’s total defiance of oversight poses a massive challenge to our constitutional order.
But they aren’t quite grappling with the magnitude of what we’re seeing. That’s only half the story.
So let’s try it this way. Trump is not merely staking out an absolute refusal to cooperate with any and all lawful subpoenas, on the deeply absurd grounds that the House’s impeachment inquiry is illegitimate, as the White House counsel has argued.
Rather, Trump is adopting that stance while simultaneously claiming the absolute right to bend large swaths of the government toward his goal of rigging the next election on his own behalf. Thus, Trump is declaring absolute authority to use extraordinarily corrupt means to avoid facing a fair election next year, while also declaring total immunity to any and all congressional efforts to prevent him from rigging that election, or even to hold him accountable for it.
he upshot of this, then, must be that Trump’s explicitly declared position is that he is constrained by no existing legitimate mechanism of accountability.
The texts released by Democrats show that Taylor twice objected to a direct quid pro quo in which Trump held up hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to extort Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into helping him corrupt the 2020 election on his behalf.
Taylor could speak directly to his reasons for believing, or even knowing, that the administration was using that hundreds of millions to leverage Zelensky. Yet as the Times reports, Taylor might not end up testifying unless he quits the State Department to elude efforts to block him.
Right here is a good point to interrupt the article.
If it wasn’t perfectly clear before September 2019 (even though it should have been) it sure as hell ought to be crystal clear now that Trump is by any definition a criminal that cannot be trusted to be honest and forthright on any issue. Trump is very much a narcissist and is interested ONLY in Trump. Truth is of no importance to Trump. If something, anything, serves Trump’s purposes and make him look good it IS, by virtue of being pro Trump, the “TRUTH”. Even when it is NOT. Which as you know is the majority of the time.