Petition: Investigate US Rep. Devin Nunes for complicity in the Ukraine affair.

Nunes.jpgThe House Intelligence Committee has submitted its report of the Trump impeachment inquiry—and it is definitive, detailed & utterly damning.

But what’s also noteworthy is how Rep. Devin Nunes—the ranking Republican on that committee—was directly involved in all aspects of the scheme he was pretending to investigate. He was more than just a Trump apologist. He is a Trump accomplice.

We already knew that in November 2018, Devin Nunes traveled to the Ukraine with three aides—where he allegedly met with corrupt former prosecutor Viktor Shokin for the express purpose of supporting Trump’s conspiracy theory against Joe Biden.

Now, the committee’s 300-page report shows that in April 2019, Nunes spoke with indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas—who was tasked by Trump to investigate the Biden’s activities in Ukraine. And we also now know that Nunes had talks with Rudy Giuliani, right when he was orchestrating the move to oust the U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine.

The fox was guarding the henhouse. Devin Nunes was more than just a partisan Republican, eager to defend Trump for political expediency. He was actively involved in enabling Donald Trump’s abuse of power, which should get the president impeached.

Sign the petition: Impeaching Donald Trump is not enough. We need to investigate Rep. Devin Nunes, for his outrageous complicity.

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Our message to the House Ethics Committee:
I am deeply disturbed at reports that Rep. Devin Nunes traveled to the Ukraine to help Trump dig up dirt on Joe Biden. It seems likely that he is doing more than just defending the President, but has instead abused his role on the House Intelligence Committee to jeopardize our national security and the integrity of our elections.

Keep fighting,
Paul Hogarth, Daily Kos

Moveon.org: You showed Congress that Nobody Is Above the Law!

Our democracy and national security are under attack by Donald Trump—and Republicans are trying to enable and defend him at every move—which is why I, for one, am motivated to work alongside millions of MoveOn members to defend our Constitution and our elections by impeaching and removing Trump.

Recent testimony in the U.S. House of Representatives makes it crystal clear that Trump attempted to bribe and bully a foreign official into interfering in our elections for his own political benefit. This is worse than Watergate—and yet even as Democrats are working to expose the truth, Republicans are doing nothing about it.

That is why MoveOn members are taking action.

In 14 cities around the country, mobile billboards are traveling around key congressional districts in the busy days leading up to Thanksgiving, showing our demand that key Republicans stand up to Trump and support impeachment. These are members of Congress who we believe could, if faced with enough constituent pressure, break from Trump’s lawless and reckless stranglehold on his party. And the billboards are already being featured in national publications including The Hill and The Washington Post.1,2

In New York’s 21st Congressional District, voters are seeing an ad across TV stations hammering Representative Elise Stefanik for being such a “star” defender of Trump—and demonstrating to Republicans everywhere the kind of pressure they’ll face. The ads were featured in the Albany Times Union and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and seen more than 200,000 times online in addition to on TV.3,4

Events organized by local constituents are taking place every week in states with key senators—in Colorado, Maine, Arizona, and Kentucky. And in some cases, events are happening all across the state on the same day—fueled by MoveOn members, allies, and paid professional organizers that MoveOn members have funded. These events are being reported on in local papers of record in each state, such as Louisville’s Courier-Journa l.5

We’ve been bird-dogging members of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.—pursuing Republicans with the simple question of whether it’s okay to seek foreign government interference in our elections. Dozens of Republicans have fled from the question. One pretended to be on the phone to avoid answering, and another one even head-butted the camera! You can see the video of these efforts below.

MoveOn and partners are planning actions all across the country the day before the House eventually votes on the articles of impeachment—and already more than 300 events have been registered, with almost 50,000 attendees planning to turn out.

And MoveOn members have made more than 80,000 calls to Congress—in Washington and in home districts—demanding that Congress assert that nobody is above the law.

It can be maddening to see how Republicans have responded to the impeachment hearings—dismissing, interrupting, and threatening witnesses who simply sought to tell the truth, some of them lifelong public servants in our armed forces and diplomatic corps.

If you’re mad, keep taking action. The majority of Americans want Trump’s impeachment and removal—and MoveOn members are powering these tactics, and more, all across the nation to make our voices heard.

As Robert Reich recently said in an email to MoveOn members, “Congressional Republicans know that Trump is guilty, and they know that they look like damn fools for protecting him. Every day, they are making a calculation of how far they can take this without losing their careers, which is why it is so important for MoveOn to ramp up its campaign to break the Republican dam by making an association with Trump’s crimes politically toxic, leaving no choice but to get rid of Trump once and for all.”

The question now is whether Republicans will continue to be complicit in Trump’s crimes and corruption—or whether they’ll choose higher ground. Now is the moment to push them to make the right choice—over this congressional recess week and when they’re back in Washington, through the weeks ahead. And to keep thanking Democrats who are standing strong for the principle that nobody is above the law.

Thank you for all you’ve been doing to defend our elections, national security, and Constitution. Together, we’ll keep up the fight.

Thanks for all you do.

—Rahna, David, Elsie, Erik, and the rest of the team

Giuliani assures Trump Ukraine ‘insurance’ comment was a joke

Giuliani said he had ‘insurance’ if Trump turned on him in the impeachment inquiry into their Ukraine dealings.

Rudy Giuliani assured the president he was only joking about 'insurance' if 'thrown under the bus' [Julio Cortez/AP]
Rudy Giuliani assured the president he was only joking about ‘insurance’ if ‘thrown under the bus’ [Julio Cortez/AP]

US President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, called the president this week to reassure him he was joking when he told media outlets he had “insurance” if Trump turned on him in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of an impeachment inquiry into the president, Giuliani’s lawyer said on Wednesday.

The lawyer, Robert Costello, said Giuliani, “at my insistence”, called Trump “within the last day” to emphasise he had not been serious when he said he had an “insurance policy, if thrown under the bus”.

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“He shouldn’t joke, he is not a funny guy. I told him, ‘Ten thousand comedians are out of work, and you make a joke. It doesn’t work that way,'” Costello told Reuters News Agency.

Giuliani has already said he was being sarcastic when he made the comments. Trump, too, has brushed them off, telling reporters in the Oval Office this week that “Rudy is a great guy.” The White House declined to comment on Costello’s remarks.

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Has the Trump impeachment inquiry divided Americans even further?

Giuliani has emerged as a central figure in the Democrat-led House of Representatives impeachment inquiry against Trump. It is probing whether the president, for his personal political gain, pressed Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and his son, Hunter.

Several witnesses have testified that Giuliani, working in an unofficial capacity, led a shadow foreign policy on behalf of the president. His work, which blurred what was considered government objectives, rankled some Trump administration officials, according to testimony.

Giuliani and his associates also led a successful campaign to remove the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who also testified at the inquiry.

Trump, in an interview with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday, sought to distance himself from Giuliani’s activities on Ukraine, saying he had not directed him to work on Ukraine matters.

“No, I didn’t direct him but he is a warrior,” Trump told O’Reilly, adding Giuliani “possibly saw something” and “he’s done work in Ukraine for years.”

Costello declined to comment on what directions Trump had given Giuliani on Ukraine, citing attorney-client privilege.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday the former New York City mayor privately pursued hundreds of thousands of dollars in business from Ukrainian government officials during the same period he was working on behalf of the president, although he did not finalise any deals.

Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Disclosure of Trump’s Financial Records

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The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a lower-court ruling that would have required President Trump’s accounting firm to release his financial records to the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The Supreme Court will now decide whether it will hear the case — which could set a major precedent about the balance of power between Congress and the executive branch.

Moveon.org: HAPPENING NOW: WE’RE AT ALL SIX OF SUSAN COLLINS’ OFFICES ACROSS MAINE

download (2)I’m Caleb, an organizer working with MoveOn on impeachment here in Maine (you may have heard from me or my colleague Bonnie last week!).

As I send you this email, right now, Mainers from Caribou to Portland are at all six of Senator Susan Collins’ Maine offices demanding that she uphold her oath of office “to support and defend the Constitution” and that she hold Trump accountable by supporting his impeachment and removal.

Sen. Collins is home this week—so she has no excuses for not meeting with us.

If you weren’t able to join us in person today, can you help by flooding her district offices with calls?

Give her a call at your closest district office: 

  • Senator Susan M. Collins
    • Augusta, ME: 207-622-8414
    • Bangor, ME: 207-945-0417
    • Biddeford, ME: 207-283-1101
    • Caribou, ME: 207-493-7873
    • Lewiston, ME: 207-784-6969
    • Portland, ME: 207-780-3575

You can say something like this: No one is above the law. Please support the impeachment inquiry in the House and vote to convict and remove Trump in the Senate. There is already overwhelming evidence of Trump’s crimes and corruption, and you need to uphold your oath to support and defend the Constitution!

Then, let us know how the call went.

Here’s why it’s so important that we keep up the pressure on Collins today:

Last week, Sen. Collins, along with Mitt Romney and other Republican senators, met with Trump at the White House—in the middle of ongoing impeachment hearings.1

Collins has used the excuse that she’s acting as a “juror” in Trump’s trial in the Senate to justify her silence on Trump’s crimes. But have you ever heard of a juror holding private meetings with a defendant?2

It’s clear that, right now, Collins isn’t planning to be an impartial juror. She’s meeting with Trump behind closed doors but, so far, has refused to meet with her constituents who support impeachment and removal. Let’s change that.

As we show up at Collins’ offices all across the state today, it’d be really helpful if you could pile on by calling in. Click here to get a number and script; then, let us know how the call went.

Thanks for all you do.

–Caleb, Bonnie, Brian, Anne, and the rest of the team and the rest of the team

P.S. Check out MoveOn’s Facebook page to watch and share a livestream of our office visit in Portland!

Bolton accuses White House of ‘suppressing’ his personal Twitter

The ex-national security adviser says the White House ‘refused to return’ access to his account after he was forced out.

Former National security adviser John Bolton said accused the White House of suppressing his Twitter account. [File: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/The Associated Press]
Former National security adviser John Bolton said accused the White House of suppressing his Twitter account. [File: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/The Associated Press]

Former United States National Security Adviser John Bolton has returned to Twitter, claiming the Trump administration had suppressed his account after he was forced out in September.

Bolton, in a series of posts on Frida, wrote “we have now liberated the Twitter account, previously suppressed unfairly in the aftermath of my resignation as National Security Advisor”.

“Since resigning as National Security Advisor, the @WhiteHouse refused to return access to my personal Twitter account,” Bolton continued in another post. “Out of fear of I may say?”

John Bolton

@AmbJohnBolton

We have now liberated the Twitter account, previously suppressed unfairly in the aftermath of my resignation as National Security Advisor. More to come…..

“To those who speculated I went into hiding, I’m sorry to disappoint!” he added.

Bolton’s most recent post before Friday’s salvo was on September 10, the day President Donald Trump announced Bolton had been fired. Trump cited that he and Bolton, who was appointed to the post in April 2018, had “strongly disagreed on major issues”.

John Bolton

@AmbJohnBolton

Re: speaking up — since resigning as National Security Advisor, the @WhiteHouse refused to return access to my personal Twitter account. Out of fear of what I may say? To those who speculated I went into hiding, I’m sorry to disappoint!

In his final September tweet, Bolton disputed that he had been fired, saying he had offered to resign the day before, and Trump responded, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow”.

Bolton, who formerly served as US ambassador to the UN and undersecretary of state, had initially been considered an unexpected pick for Trump. His reputation as a hawk conflicted with Trump’s campaign platform of isolationist “America First” policies.

Bolton clashed at some point with several major foreign policy areas of the Trump administration, including on policy towards Iran, Russia, China, North Korea and Syria.

The former national security adviser said on Friday that the White House had not returned the access to his account. “Thank you @twitter for standing by their community standards and returning control of my account,” Bolton said.

The White House did not immediately respond to Bolton’s charges.

Impeachment investigation

Bolton’s reemergence on Twitter comes as the House of Representatives continues its impeachment investigation of Trump.

Democrats leading a House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine have asked Bolton to testify. Bolton, who was the national security adviser during the period being investigated, has said that he would not testify unless forced to.

The White House and State Department have prohibited employees from testifying. Witnesses who have appeared before the House have done so under subpoena.

Bolton did not show for a scheduled hearing on November 7, and is reportedly awaiting a ruling by a judge about whether White House officials must testify if subpoenaed by Congress.

To date, legislators have not subpoenaed Bolton.

In public testimony on Thursday, Fiona Hill, the former senior director for European and Russian Affairs, said Bolton had described the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, as a “hand grenade” whose work pushing the president’s political agenda in foreign policy would undermine the entire administration.

Hill also testified that a July 10 meeting of US and Ukrainian officials, which included Ambassador the EU Gordon Sondland, was so alarming that Bolton told her to tell the White House lawyer.

Sondland testified on Wednesday that under Trump’s orders he worked with the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who implemented a pressure campaign to get Ukraine to publicly announce an investigation into Burisma, a gas company linked to political rival Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and the 2016 US elections in exchange for a White House meeting. Legislators are also trying to determine if $400m in withheld military aid was also part of that pressure campaign.

Sondland “blurted” out details of his effort during the meeting, Hill testified, causing Bolton to noticeably “stiffen”, she said.

Bolton later told Hill to make clear to the lawyer that he was “not part of whatever drug deal” Sondland and Trump’s acting chief of staff were cooking up, Hill said.

 

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS

Senator Susan Collins, Romney join Trump for lunch amid impeachment inquiry

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who has not commented on the House impeachment inquiry, said it did come up at a meeting between Trump and GOP senators Thursday, but the discussion was brief.

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and other Republican senators joined President Trump for lunch Thursday to talk about a “wide range of issues” including an ongoing impeachment inquiry.

The meeting is the latest in a series of Thursday lunches the president has called with Republican senators who could decide his fate if the current House inquiry leads to a Senate impeachment trial.

Collins, a Maine Republican who is up for re-election in 2020, has yet to comment publicly on impeachment and has cited her role as a potential “juror” in a Senate trial as grounds for not commenting on the House proceedings.

In an email Thursday afternoon, a spokeswoman for Collins said she made the following comment when asked about impeachment after the lunch: “I’m not going to get into the details of what the President said, but he made a few brief comments at the beginning. He did not ask anything of anyone. There was no procedure discussed.”

Politico reported Thursday that impeachment has been a frequent topic of discussion during recent lunch meetings between Trump and small groups of Republican senators.

Also attending Thursday’s lunch was Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who along with Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only Senate Republicans to not sign a GOP resolution denouncing House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

“Today’s lunch was one in a long series of Thursday lunches with Republican senators that have been going on for many weeks in Washington,” Collins said in a statement.

She said discussion at the meeting included a “wide range of issues,” such as legislation to address the high cost of prescription drugs, potential FDA regulations on vaping and e-cigarettes and government funding of bills.

“During the meeting, both (Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa) and I urged the president to support a number of bills we’ve written that would help lower the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs,” Collins said. “I also brought up the unjustified increases in the cost of insulin, which was first isolated nearly a century ago.”

News of Collins’ lunch with the president Thursday drew criticism from Maine Democrats and others who pressed for more details on her thoughts on impeachment.

The Maine Democratic Party in a written statement said Collins should answer questions, including, “Is it appropriate for a juror to dine with a potential defendant prior to a proceeding?”

Mainers for Accountable Leadership, a liberal group pushing for transparent and accountable congressional leadership, also criticized Collins for not talking about the impeachment inquiry.

“Senator Collins says she can’t ‘comment’ to the public about the impeachment inquiry or face constituents like me in a town hall to discuss the president’s quid pro quo, but she will have lunch with the defendant,” said Marie Follayttar, co-director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, in a statement.

“She serves the people, but continues to fall in line with Trump and the party leaders,” Follayttar said.

The impeachment inquiry is in its fifth day of public hearings. It centers on whether Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate the role of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while his father was vice president, withheld foreign aid over the matter and then covered it up.

If the inquiry leads to a House decision to impeach the president, the next step would be a trial in the Senate, where the vote of two-thirds of senators would be needed to remove the president from office.

After Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called for a vote on an impeachment inquiry in September, Collins cited her role as a potential juror as grounds for not commenting on the inquiry.

“The constitutional role of a senator during an impeachment trial includes serving as a juror,” she said at the time. “As such, at this point, it is not appropriate for a senator to comment on the merits of the House inquiry or to prejudge its outcome. Therefore, I will not be commenting on the House proceedings.”

At a memorial service for firefighters last month, however, Collins said it was “completely inappropriate” for a president to encourage a foreign state to investigate a political rival. Those comments came in response to a question about Trump saying China should also investigate Biden and his son.

According to the report in Politico, other senators at Thursday’s lunch, in addition to Collins, Grassley and Romney, were James Lankford of Oklahoma; Rand Paul of Kentucky; John Hoeven of North Dakota; and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.

Romney, who recently clashed with Trump publicly, resulting in the president calling him a “pompous ass” on Twitter, told The Hill after the lunch that the meeting was “delightful.”

“It was a very delightful meeting with the president and vice president and senior members of his staff and several Republican senators,” Romney said. “We were able to talk about vaping and considered various options, and each of us spoke about our thoughts in that regard.”