White House Impeachment Response Strategy

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CNN
Mulvaney will not pursue court fight over subpoena

(CNN)Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney no longer plans to sue in federal court over his House subpoena in the impeachment probe.

Instead, his attorneys told a federal judge Tuesday morning he's planning to obey the White House and Justice Department's direction for him not to testify.

Mulvaney's move on Tuesday ends a maneuver in the courts that Mulvaney began Friday to reposition himself legally after he didn't show up for his subpoenaed testimony in the House. ...

The decision also highlights how Mulvaney's standing among Trump administration officials had been floundering, and how he could become one of the most significant targets of Democrats in the coming weeks after two witnesses told Congress they believe he was a key broker in Trump's political request from Ukraine.



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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:31 pm

Associated Press
The Latest: Trump video attacks impeachment hearings

12:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump is calling the public impeachment hearings that kicked off Wednesday the “single greatest scam in the history of American politics.”

Trump is responding to the hearings with a new video directed at his supporters and released by the White House.

Trump says in the video filmed in the White House Rose Garden that Democrats want to take away his viewers’ guns, health care, freedom and votes.

He adds that, “They’re trying to stop me because I’m fighting for you. And I’ll never let that happen.”

Trump has spent the morning responding to the hearing on Twitter. He will be holding a press conference alongside his Turkish counterpart later in the day.
Adding:
Vox: Trump prepared for impeachment hearings with an epic Fox News binge

Trump is getting his spin directly from Dobbs, Hannity, and company — and he isn’t even trying to hide it.



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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:19 pm

The Hill: Conservative group unveils $2 million ad campaign against Trump impeachment

The conservative American Action Network (AAN) on Wednesday announced it is launching a $2 million digital ad campaign urging House Democrats in swing districts to vote no on impeaching President Trump.

The campaign from AAN, which is aligned with House GOP leadership, will target 37 members of Congress, including 30 Democrats who represent districts Republicans will target in the 2020 cycle. The ads constitute the first phase of an ongoing initiative and will also appear in seven GOP-held districts, including a handful that are expected to be competitive.

“Congress should be working on the issues the American people care about – passing the [United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement], creating good jobs, and securing our border – not getting bogged down in what is clearly a partisan impeachment charade,” AAN President Dan Conston said in a statement.



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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:27 pm

Law & Crime: Supreme Court Lawyer Scorches Devin Nunes’s Opening Statement: ‘He’s Like a Bad High School Football Coach’

After the public hearings of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump began Wednesday, Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) unleashed a fiery opening statement, blaming the proceedings on “Democrats’ scorched-earth war against President Trump” and a “carefully orchestrated media smear campaign.” While Nunes’s diatribe may have pleased the president and his supporters, at least one prominent Supreme Court litigator found the performance extremely underwhelming.

Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal Katyal had some harsh words of criticism following Nunes’s remarks, specifically noting that the former dairy farmer was just repurposing the same arguments previously used to defend Trump against accusations of Russian collusion — despite vastly different circumstances.

“I think the President was not served well by Nunes’ opening. He’s like a bad high school football coach, running the same playbook because it worked last time,” Katyal said. “But Ukraine is [different] than Mueller. The accusers are Trump’s own Executive Branch employees, and it goes to Trump’s use of his awesome powers as President, not as a campaign person in 2016. That’s why Republicans have struggled so much to come up with a defense of Trump’s conduct.”
Adding:
New York Mag: House Republicans Lash Out Because They Can’t Defend Trump’s Conduct
Reuters: Touting membership cards, Trump steps up anti-impeachment Facebook ads
The Hill: Why Republicans are afraid to call a key witness in the impeachment inquiry
Law & Crime: ‘Trainwreck’ for Republicans: Lawyers Criticize House GOP Attorney’s Performance at Impeachment Hearings



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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:11 pm

Washington Monthly - Nancy LeTourneau
The Trump Defense That Comes Directly From Moscow

When Republicans released the names of the witnesses they wanted to call to testify at the impeachment hearings, one name stood out to me: Alexandra Chalupa. She is a Ukrainian-American who describes herself as a “human rights hobbyist and political strategist.” Here is a quick summary of her work history.
Chalupa’s LinkedIn page says she is founder and has been president of Chalupa & Associates, LLC., since 2013. It’s located in Washington D.C. She has worked as “co-convenor” of the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council, a position she held since 2013. She wrote that she was “responsible for reaching out to diaspora groups and organizations around the country to increase voter turnout and message around issues like immigration reform.”

In 2012, she was campaign manager for Adam Cook for Congress. From 2006 to 2011, she was director of Office of Party Leaders for the DNC. She was executive director of Democrats Abroad, and, in 2003, for one year, she was online constituency outreach director for John Kerry’s presidential campaign.
But none of that tells you why she wound up on the list of people congressional Republicans want to hear from. It is the reporting of two journalists who have demonstrated complicity with Rudy Giuliani’s extortion racket in Ukraine who accomplished that: Ken Vogel and John Solomon. Their conspiracy theories have been focused on an attempt to suggest that it was Ukraine that interfered in the 2016 election in support of Hillary Clinton, something Trump promoted in his infamous call with Ukrainian President Zelensky.



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Post by Chilidog » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:14 pm

I read that as "Chalaria," not Chalupa.


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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:41 pm

WaPo - Philip Bump
The impossibility of separating Giuliani from Trump

There’s a concept in pop culture called “retconning,” short for retroactive continuity. The idea is that people working on continuations of existing stories — such as the people making a new “Star Wars” film, for example — might want to go in a new direction that breaks from the established narrative. To solve the dilemma, they might, say, include a scene showing an established character from a past film suddenly revealing a new family member. Change what’s known and head in a new direction.

On Tuesday evening, with public impeachment hearings looming, President Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani attempted to retcon the Ukraine story. In an essay published by the Wall Street Journal, Giuliani attempted to fit an exculpatory narrative into what’s known about how Trump tried to pressure Ukraine into announcing new investigations that would benefit him politically.

Giuliani offered a unique description of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“In particular, Messrs. Zelensky and Trump discussed Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” Giuliani writes. “A Ukrainian court ruled in December last year that the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko illegally interfered in the 2016 election by releasing documents related to Paul Manafort.” Giuliani goes on to riff on a 2017 Politico article that has become to the Ukraine scandal what Carter Page was to the Russia probe.

Contrast Giuliani’s presentation with what Trump said.
Adding:
Axios: Scoop: The GOP's ditch-Rudy strategy on impeachment



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:56 pm

Chilidog wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:14 pm
I read that as "Chalaria," not Chalupa.


:rotflmao:
:fingerwag: That's Chaleria. Here's a chalupa:

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Post by Chilidog » Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:18 pm

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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:24 pm

Politico: Frustrated Trump allies urge him to stop talking about himself

The president’s backers are encouraging him to focus on impeachment as a partisan attack — and nothing else — as public hearings launch.
Adding:
The Guardian: Democrats handled the impeachment hearing like pros. Republicans, less so

It was clear that Trump used his power to advance personal interests - and that Republicans have no idea how to defend him
Slate: The GOP’s Impeachment Strategy Is Self-Refuting

To prove Trump wasn’t targeting his opponents for investigation, Republicans are targeting his opponents for investigation.
The Hill: Senate GOP waves Trump off early motion to dismiss impeachment charges
BuzzFeed News: The Witnesses At Today’s Impeachment Hearing Weren’t Trying To Evade Republicans’ Questions. They Couldn’t Understand Them.
Slate: The GOP Impeachment Defense Depends on Ignoring the Evidence Trump Released Himself



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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:40 pm

*third-hand hearsay* --- the trumpian "transcript" is not much different - it's a memo, not a word-by-word recording.



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Post by NMgirl » Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:47 pm

Hey there, Brad.

I’m sure that the Democrats would love to hear from anybody who was on the call. In fact, I believe they have all been invited to take part in the process.

In addition, Brad, it would benefit you if you returned to fourth grade and learned proper punctuation. Otherwise, you’re in danger of further enhancing your reputation as a cretinous and perfidious pot of lukewarm piss.



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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:46 am

Bloomberg - Eli Lake: Trump’s Best Defense on Impeachment Undermines His Case for Re-Election

Insubordinate bureaucrats may save him from being removed from office, but they also show him to be a weak president.



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Post by MsDaisy » Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:10 am

RTH10260 wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:40 pm
*third-hand hearsay* --- the trumpian "transcript" is not much different - it's a memo, not a word-by-word recording.
Trumpian hearsay and double talk bullshit. I just saw Kellyanne on CNN double talking over Wolf Blitzer and I just wished he'd stand up cup his hands and repeatedly bang his ears yelling YADAYADAYDA -STFU AND ANSWER THE FUCKING QUESTION! :swoon:


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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:26 am

Missed this

Miami Herald - Nov 12 2019
Trump’s impeachment messenger meets with Hill Republicans on eve of public hearing

On the eve of a public hearing in the House impeachment inquiry, at least one member of President Donald Trump’s new two-person messaging team has met with senior House Republican communicators on Capitol Hill.

The team of Pam Bondi and Tony Sayegh, political allies of the president hired last week to coordinate Republican counter-messaging on impeachment, has not yet started in their official capacity. Nevertheless, Sayegh was already attending meetings in Congress ahead of public hearings set to begin on Wednesday morning.

Bondi, the former attorney general of Florida, told McClatchy that the new team has not formally started, but confirmed that Sayegh began taking meetings on Tuesday in an unofficial capacity.

A House Republican leadership aide said that Sayegh, a former Treasury Department official, attended one meeting on Tuesday morning with White House legislative affairs staff and House GOP communications aides.

That meeting of Republican congressional aides has become a daily routine since Democrats first launched the impeachment inquiry in September. Congressional Republicans have been calling on the White House to appoint communications experts to streamline coordination and the party’s response.



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Post by Chilidog » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:12 am

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/u ... 9.2019.pdf

Meh.

So he was spanking his conspiracy theories back in April.

Big deal



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Post by SLQ » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:49 pm

Chilidog wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:12 am
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/u ... 9.2019.pdf

Meh.

So he was spanking his conspiracy theories back in April.

Big deal
I'm confused. That link is to the memo of the July 25 call . . . :?: :?: :?:


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Post by Kendra » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:58 pm

SLQ wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:49 pm
Chilidog wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:12 am
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/u ... 9.2019.pdf

Meh.

So he was spanking his conspiracy theories back in April.

Big deal
I'm confused. That link is to the memo of the July 25 call . . . :?: :?: :?:
Me too. Did they post the wrong call, or did they open up more from the 7/25 call for us?



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Post by Chilidog » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:16 pm

Never mind.

I hadn’t had my covfefe yet when I posted that.



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:24 pm

Chilidog wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:16 pm
Never mind.

I hadn’t had my covfefe yet when I posted that.
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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:29 pm

WaPo
Republicans discuss a longer Senate impeachment trial to scramble Democratic primaries

Some Republican senators and their advisers are privately discussing whether to pressure GOP leaders to stage a lengthy impeachment trial beginning in January to scramble the Democratic presidential race — potentially keeping six contenders in Washington until the eve of the Iowa caucuses or longer.

Those conversations about the timing and framework for a trial remain fluid and closely held, according to more than a dozen participants in the discussions. But the deliberations come as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) faces pressure from conservative activists to swat back at Democrats as public impeachment hearings began this week in the House.

The discussions raise a potential hazard for the six Democratic senators running for president, who had previously planned on a final sprint out of Washington before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses and the Feb. 11 New Hampshire primary. ...

There is an emerging divide among Republicans, however, over timing. While some Republicans favor a lengthy trial as a means of defending President Trump and creating problems for Democrats, others are calling for swift dismissal or final vote.
Adding:
New York Daily News Editorial: Impeachable defenses: The GOP’s ever-changing narrative to excuse Donald Trump’s behavior demonstrates there is no defense
WaPo: Republicans’ conspiracy theories slam into sworn testimony in collision of divergent worlds
Independent: Smart Republicans are changing their minds about Trump's impeachment — and they're saying it in public

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, has now suggested he'll oppose efforts to dismiss impeachment charges without a full trial. And he's not the only one



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