• Impeachment Witness Questions

    November 15, 2019

    Posted in: Democracy, Impeachment

    In addition to the whistleblower himself, when Republicans get their chance to fully question the people whose testimony is now being stage managed by the Democrats, here are the points they must make to illustrate all this.

    There is no crime. Exactly what is the president being impeached over? The July 25 phone call text? Scream all the mob movie references you wish, but point to what law the smoking gun phrase Trump used, “Do us a favor,” violates. DOJ ruled the whistleblower revealed no criminal act. Unlike with Nixon and Clinton, the House is not building on an existing law enforcement investigation. Instead, the “investigation” is jerry-rigged in real-time consisting of hostile witnesses interpreting what Trump meant.

    If one prefers the simplistic quid for quo, “something in return for something,” that falls empty too. Ukraine conducted no investigations. Whatever Biden did remains only in his version of events. No aid was withheld. As for extortion, at the time of the “ask,” the July 25 call, Ukraine did not know any aid was even being considered to be withheld and witnesses can’t place Ukraine’s knowledge of the delay within a month of each other. Maybe Republicans could try ex nihilo nihil fit, Latin badly translated into “nothing in return for nothing.” Anybody gonna ask the many witnesses why the aid was not actually withheld and why Ukraine did no investigations? How’d that come to be?

    The idea America would want to know if a Vice President misused his office for his son’s benefit is clear. The information would have been of value to Trump, but it would have been of greater value to America. C’mon, if it was Pence and Ivanka Dems would see it differently, and characterizing any of this as help with domestic politics or tying it into efforts to bring a foreign government into our election process are deeply disingenuous. And Trump asking for information, however far-fetched Dems think it is and that’s a stretch given they considered Trump a literal KGB asset for most of his term, on possible foreign interference in the 2016 election was not wrong, and using aid to pry it loose (if that was indeed what didn’t happen) is not wrong.

    But here is the killer question Republicans should ask of each witness: when did you speak to the president? To the Secretary of State? To Guliani, who you claim was in charge?

    Because none of them did. Each is basing his testimony on hearsay and second hand information, just like the initial whistleblower. Ask each “If you never spoke to the president, how can you call yourself a witness with knowledge of his motives?” Is the only rebuttal to those who do claim to understand first hand his motive — Trump himself, Pompeo, Sonderland, Zelensky — a detailess claim that they are liars?

    A careful look at existing witness testimony shows they are passing on what others told them (one of Taylor’s main gripes is he was cut out of the loop, and his testimony was a repetition of stories he heard from Morrison and Sondland, and an overheard phone call) or what they surmised.

    Republicans should dismiss any witness without first-hand knowledge, and that would empty the room.

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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      How about them Astros.

      11/15/19 9:04 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The Senate should settle this like the Browns and Steelers. The ratings would be killer.

      11/15/19 9:05 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Why does Trumpie hate Ukraine? It’s a white country with skills. These are the people he wants to fast track immigrants.

      11/15/19 9:07 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Who is the Hannibal Lechter character sitting behind Devin Nonews?

      11/15/19 9:17 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Little Jimmy Jordan really doesnt want to hear from first hand witnesses.

      In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, a referee alleges that Ohio State wrestling coaches, including now Republican congressman Jim Jordan, were aware of the sexual misconduct of disgraced former Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss. The suit, the latest of more than a dozen suits filed against the university, says that Strauss masturbated in front of the referee, identified as John Doe 42* in court papers, in a shower following a wrestling match in 1994. The ref said he then alerted the team’s coaches, then–head coach Russ Hellickson and assistant Jim Jordan, about Strauss’ behavior, but they shrugged it off, saying: “Yeah, yeah, we know.”

      “It was common knowledge what Strauss was doing so the attitude was it is what it is,” the referree told NBC News. “I wish Jim, and Russ, too, would stand up and do the right thing and admit they knew what Strauss was doing, because everybody knew what he was doing to the wrestlers. What was a shock to me is that Strauss tried to do that to me. He was breaking new ground by going after a ref.”

      11/15/19 9:36 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      No crimes? Trumpie wants the whistleblowers lawyer sued for treason. Whatabout that?

      11/15/19 10:10 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      After today, it is clear what Trumpie really means:

      PLEASE IMPEACH ME, I want my whores without all these Secret Service guys around.

      11/15/19 1:13 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The Repugnicans have to end this soon cause little Jimmy Jordan has to get back to the North Pole.

      11/15/19 2:55 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      If Trumpie followed his boss, the Saudi Salmon, and beheaded impeachment witness Madame Ambassador in the White House, would Repugnican senators voice dissent?.

      11/15/19 4:46 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Holmes Sure Locks Trump Away

      A source attending the closed hearing told CBS News that the deposition of Holmes was “very damning” for Sondland. The source said that Sondland will “either go to jail or have to turn on the president.”

      At the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry, Taylor testified that a member of his staff, whom he did not name, was with Sondland at a restaurant on July 26 when the ambassador placed a call to Mr. Trump.

      “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations,'” Taylor, the chargé d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Kiev, said in his opening statement. “Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.”

      Taylor said that the staff member, now known to be Holmes, asked Sondland after the call what the president “thought about Ukraine.”

      “Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor said. He told the Intelligence Committee that he was not aware of the conversation at the time of his deposition in October.”

      Who needs wiretaps?

      11/15/19 6:40 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- You are a…………………. blog leech. Get your own site so you can spout and pontificate on your dime. This admonishment will not change you since you seem to be a shameless piggy backer. Did you lose a bundle at a Trump’s casino? If so Tthat might explain your obsession with a Trump downfall. Perhaps your only reason for getting up in the morning is in hoping Trump will have a devastating reckoning. Surely you have a life outside of ranting against a garden variety narcissist.

      11/15/19 10:02 PM | Comment Link

    • Greg B said...

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      Bauer, are you a DNC op or just a pest?

      Get a blog of your own.

      11/16/19 9:58 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      What are you complaining about? You get paid at your Russian troll farm, dont you? I am doing this pro bono as a public service. I am surprised you havent used Putins talking point about the real Wizard behind the Iron Curtain.

      “There is no doubt that George Soros controls a large part of the foreign service part of the State Department and the activities of FBI agents overseas who work with NGOs.”

      11/16/19 11:22 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      President Warren should have the DOJ investigated for other nut cases. Rudy G and Joe DiG may just be the tip of the nutberg.

      11/16/19 11:40 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      OMG, more trolls!

      11/17/19 6:46 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Greg,

      since you are late to the party I will give you the falling off the cliff notes: if there is justice, Hillary and Trumpie should be sentenced to 10 Years in a jail cell together. Trumpie may decide to pull an Epstein, or Hillary may decide to pull an Epstein on Trumpie. He has to sleep sometime.

      11/18/19 9:40 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Trumpie’s only hope is he will be judged by a White Senate OJ jury.

      Pompeo presided over the CIA, where the Truth will set you free(haha). Now the pompous pig is presiding over State, where the Truth will get you fired.

      11/18/19 6:34 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Greg,

      Also, we are in agreement that Trumpie should not be impeached. He is death to all Repugnicans at this point. The Repugnican Senators are the ones who are on trial. They are his enablers. Let him be the one who leads them to their selfdestruction.

      11/19/19 8:22 AM | Comment Link

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