Monday, November 11, 2019

TRUMP - Impeachment Week 11/4 to 11/10

COMMENT:  What you need to remember is our Constitution gives the Congress (in this context, the House) the right to decide if any President has committed a "High Crime and Misdemeanor" which means, unlike statuary law they define the crime.  A President does NOT have to violate a statuary law to be impeached.  In the case of Trump the House is deciding that he has committed a 'high crime or misdemeanor:'
  • He attempted to coerce an investigation of a political rival for personal gain.
  • That Trump did this by using a foreign nation to interfere in our politics.

"Key insights from transcripts of depositions with Amb. Yovanovitch, Michael McKinley" PBS NewsHour 11/4/2019


SUMMARY:  Monday marked a milestone in the House impeachment inquiry, as almost 500 pages’ worth of transcripts from two of the investigation’s closed-door witness depositions were publicly released.  Lisa Desjardins, Nick Schifrin and Yamiche Alcindor join Amna Nawaz to discuss new details revealed by the testimonies of former Amb. Marie Yovanovitch and former State Department official Michael McKinley.

"What Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker said about U.S. aid to Ukraine" PBS NewsHour 11/5/2019


SUMMARY:  Transcripts were released Tuesday of testimonies from two central figures in the impeachment inquiry: Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and former Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker.  Both men were on the July call between President Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymr Zelenskiy.  Meanwhile, more White House officials declined to appear for interviews.  Lisa Desjardins reports.

"Why William Taylor’s testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry" PBS NewsHour 11/6/2019


SUMMARY:  House committees involved in the impeachment inquiry said Wednesday that the investigation will go public next week, with senior State Department officials scheduled for open hearings beginning November 13th.  Meanwhile, Amb. William Taylor's deposition transcript illuminates why U.S. military aid to Ukraine was withheld.  Nick Schifrin reports and talks to Yamiche Alcindor and Lisa Desjardins.

"What diplomat George Kent said about Rudy Giuliani — and Hunter Biden" PBS NewsHour 11/7/2019


SUMMARY:  In his impeachment inquiry testimony, career State Department official George Kent alleged that Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, sought to manipulate U.S. policy on Ukraine and oust former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.  Kent also said he had expressed concern over Hunter Biden's position on the board of a Ukrainian energy company in 2015.  Nick Schifrin talks to Judy Woodruff.

"How Mick Mulvaney plays into the Ukraine impeachment inquiry saga" PBS NewsHour 11/8/2019


SUMMARY:  House committees involved in the impeachment inquiry have released nearly 2700 pages of closed-door deposition transcripts.  Many of the officials interviewed echoed the whistleblower’s concerns about President Trump's policy toward Ukraine.  Trump, meanwhile, renewed claims that the whistleblower was guilty of wrongdoing.  Lisa Desjardins reports and joins Nick Schifrin and Judy Woodruff to discuss.

"What to look for in this week’s impeachment inquiry" PBS NewsHour 11/10/2019


SUMMARY:  Three officials will testify this week as the impeachment inquiry enters a new phase with public hearings.  House Republicans on Saturday submitted their wishlist of witnesses which included Hunter Biden and the whistleblower — both names ruled out by the Democrats.  NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardin joins Megan Thompson to discuss the latest.

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