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Wotta Week!
Author: BobR    Date: 2019-10-02 12:00:00

It's been one week since Nancy Pelosi announced that the U.S. House of Representatives was starting an impeachment investigation. Over the past 7 days, things have gone completely nuts.

  • Almost immediately, the Senate voted UNANOMOUSLY that the full whistle-blower complaint should be turned over to Congress.
  • Next came the news that Ghoulianni had pressured Ukraine numerous times to help with tRump's campaign.
  • tRump, Ghouliani, and a handful of Republican diehards (Graham, McCarthy) kept trying to red herring the story by deflecting towards Biden.
  • The transcript of the call was released. It confirmed that tRump committed a crime. They thought this would help their case?
  • More analysis showed that besides tRump, Pence, Barr, and Mulvaney were also implicated.
  • tRump, Ghouliani, and a handful of Republican die-hards (Graham, McCarthy) now switched to gaslighting, saying that tRump never pressured Ukraine
  • The White House accidentally sent it's talking points to the Dems, then tried to recall the email. Oops.
  • Acting DNI chief Joe McQuire threatened to resign if he couldn't speak freely before Congress.
  • The whistleblower complaint was declassified.
THAT ALL HAPPENED ON WEDNESDAY!
  • The whistle-blower complaint was released. It aligned with the official White House transcript, and provided even more details
  • Acting DNI chief Joe McQuire testified before Congress. He wasn't exactly as forthcoming as he claimed he would be the day before.
  • During that hearing, Republicans tried to hammer on the "2nd hand information" aspect of the whistle-blower complaint, ignoring the fact that it matched up with the call transcript.
  • Rudy Ghouliani seems to be melting down. He was screaming on CNN claiming he would be the hero. He's the pResident's lawyer?
  • tRump pushes Pence further under the bus
  • FOX News starts to balkanize, with some news hosts ready to cut tRump loose, and others still drinking his toilet water
  • It became more clear that the tRump administration knew they did wrong, because they hid the transcript on a high-security server, adding (more) obstruction to their list of crimes.
  • As we move into Friday, the House committee subpoenaed SoS Pompeo, demanding he produce a set of documents.
  • In a grand display of tone-deafness, it's revealed that Ghouliani would be making a paid appearance at a Kremlin-backed conference (he quickly cancelled).
  • Over the weekend, tRump had a bad case of Twitter diahrrea. He makes not-so-veiled threats to the whistleblower.
  • Rudy Ghouliani was subpoenaed by the House committee,
  • tRump announced he was trying to "hunt down" the whistle-blower.
  • It was discovered that tRump also pressured Australia to help Barr investigate the Mueller investigation's origins.
  • It was also revealed that Pompeo was on the call with tRump and Ukraine.
  • While under subpoena, SoS Pompeo flew off to Italy (with Gorka in tow), and - coincidentally - Barr was there too. This does NOT look good for any of them.


As a final punctuation to all of this (for the past 7 days), the State Department Inspector General (which operates independently of the rest of the department), requested an "urgent" briefing on Capitol Hill. Considering Pompeo being under investigation (and out of the country), it seems to me that he's trying to convey information to the committee before it disappears down a black hole.

Anything I missed? Let me know in the comments.
 

35 comments (Latest Comment: 10/02/2019 23:42:43 by Raine)
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Comment by wickedpam on 10/02/2019 13:08:22
Morning

Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 13:12:25

Just reading the blog exhausted me.

Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 13:16:58
bare naked out in the open!






Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 13:21:49
Breaking: (to add to the blog)


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Wednesday that he was on the July call in which President Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son.

Pompeo’s acknowledgment, at a news conference in Rome, came at the start of what is shaping up as another busy day in the drive for impeachment by House Democrats.

The two key figures in the drama — Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — are scheduled to hold separate news conferences on Wednesday. Pelosi is appearing in the morning with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), while Trump is scheduled to hold a joint news conference with the president of Finland.



Comment by trojanrabbit on 10/02/2019 13:29:27
Good morning

Little known impeachment fact.
In June 1973, Jesuit priest Robert Drinan (D-MA4) became the first to petition for impeachment of Richard Nixon, as he felt the secret bombing of Cambodia was a ‘high crime and misdemeanor’. While that petition was voted down, he served on the Judiciary Committee and was instrumental in the investigation process into Nixon.

While he personally felt abortion was “literal infanticide” his constituents felt otherwise, so he was very pro-choice in Congress, causing so much ire amongst the Catholic hierarchy that in 1980 Pope John Paul II forbade any priests from participating in electoral politics.

Now we have charlatans like Pastor* Jeffress and Reverend* Graham actively promoting Civil War 2, defending a traitor.

And people wonder why religion is dying.

Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 13:33:46
Quote by trojanrabbit:
Good morning

Little known impeachment fact.
In June 1973, Jesuit priest Robert Drinan (D-MA4) became the first to petition for impeachment of Richard Nixon, as he felt the secret bombing of Cambodia was a ‘high crime and misdemeanor’. While that petition was voted down, he served on the Judiciary Committee and was instrumental in the investigation process into Nixon.

While he personally felt abortion was “literal infanticide” his constituents felt otherwise, so he was very pro-choice in Congress, causing so much ire amongst the Catholic hierarchy that in 1980 Pope John Paul II forbade any priests from participating in electoral politics.

Now we have charlatans like Pastor* Jeffress and Reverend* Graham actively promoting Civil War 2, defending a traitor.

And people wonder why religion is dying.
That is a really cool story.


Comment by Scoopster on 10/02/2019 13:38:13
G'mornin all!

Comment by trojanrabbit on 10/02/2019 13:49:09
Quote by Raine:
Quote by trojanrabbit:
Good morning

Little known impeachment fact.
In June 1973, Jesuit priest Robert Drinan (D-MA4) became the first to petition for impeachment of Richard Nixon, as he felt the secret bombing of Cambodia was a ‘high crime and misdemeanor’. While that petition was voted down, he served on the Judiciary Committee and was instrumental in the investigation process into Nixon.

While he personally felt abortion was “literal infanticide” his constituents felt otherwise, so he was very pro-choice in Congress, causing so much ire amongst the Catholic hierarchy that in 1980 Pope John Paul II forbade any priests from participating in electoral politics.

Now we have charlatans like Pastor* Jeffress and Reverend* Graham actively promoting Civil War 2, defending a traitor.

And people wonder why religion is dying.
That is a really cool story.


I vaguely remember Drinian being forced to give up his House seat by the Church as he would have been my Congressman at the time, I needed a quick Wikipedia refresher.

His Wiki bio about his teaching career at Georgetown Law is a good read.

Comment by Scoopster on 10/02/2019 13:54:39
And there goes the Dow again... down 300+ yesterday, down another 300 already today.

Comment by wickedpam on 10/02/2019 14:02:29
Quote by Raine:
Breaking: (to add to the blog)


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Wednesday that he was on the July call in which President Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son.

Pompeo’s acknowledgment, at a news conference in Rome, came at the start of what is shaping up as another busy day in the drive for impeachment by House Democrats.

The two key figures in the drama — Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — are scheduled to hold separate news conferences on Wednesday. Pelosi is appearing in the morning with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), while Trump is scheduled to hold a joint news conference with the president of Finland.




Oh lord, I feel really bad for the the Pres of Finland.

Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 14:16:05




Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 14:21:28
Comment by BobR on 10/02/2019 14:44:40
Comment by trojanrabbit on 10/02/2019 14:53:23
Looks like Bernie had some emergency cardiac surgery last night. Artery blockage was found and two stents installed.

Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 14:53:38
Comment by Scoopster on 10/02/2019 14:55:13

I was thinking the exact same thing. If I were in his position I'd think seriously about passing his torch to someone else.

Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 14:56:19
Quote by Scoopster:

I was thinking the exact same thing. If I were in his position I'd think seriously about passing his torch to someone else.





Comment by Scoopster on 10/02/2019 15:19:42

I have the strange urge to call her Grand Nagus Pelosi now..

Comment by Mondobubba on 10/02/2019 15:26:29
Quote by Scoopster:

I have the strange urge to call her Grand Nagus Pelosi now..


Scoop, she's female, she can't be Grand Nagus.

Comment by Mondobubba on 10/02/2019 15:30:40
Yup, this is the Ukraine Clown Posse.

Comment by Scoopster on 10/02/2019 16:21:08
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Scoopster:

I have the strange urge to call her Grand Nagus Pelosi now..

Scoop, she's female, she can't be Grand Nagus.

A backwards mindset to be sure!

Comment by Scoopster on 10/02/2019 16:21:32
Quote by Scoopster:
And there goes the Dow again... down 300+ yesterday, down another 300 already today.

... and now it's down over 500.

Comment by TriSec on 10/02/2019 16:25:26
Nine-O-Nine has augured in at Bradley International (Hartford).

Casualties reported - airframe appears to be a total loss.

Collings Foundation. "My" B-17.



Comment by Scoopster on 10/02/2019 17:12:52



Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 18:23:58
Quote by Scoopster:


Woah...

Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 18:27:50
Uhm...





Comment by BobR on 10/02/2019 18:45:02
Quote by TriSec:
Nine-O-Nine has augured in at Bradley International (Hartford).

Casualties reported - airframe appears to be a total loss.

Collings Foundation. "My" B-17.


This is sad on several levels

Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 20:12:21
So today was fun.






Comment by TriSec on 10/02/2019 20:39:00
Quote by BobR:

This is sad on several levels



News now that there are five fatalities. It is a complete hull-loss accident; only the tail and part of a wing survived the fire.

Dammit.




Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 22:12:55
BOOM

Trump involved Pence in efforts to pressure Ukraine’s leader, though aides say vice president was unaware of pursuit of dirt on Bidens

Follow along here. at this thread.






Comment by Mondobubba on 10/02/2019 22:46:11
Quote by Raine:
BOOM

Trump involved Pence in efforts to pressure Ukraine’s leader, though aides say vice president was unaware of pursuit of dirt on Bidens

Follow along here. at this thread.






This ride is way too long and way too scary.


Comment by Raine on 10/02/2019 23:42:43
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
BOOM

Trump involved Pence in efforts to pressure Ukraine’s leader, though aides say vice president was unaware of pursuit of dirt on Bidens

Follow along here. at this thread.






This ride is way too long and way too scary.


I think that Pence will resign.

(and I agree)