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#1538062 --- 01/04/20 11:23 AM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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Is the Republican senate really going to back Trump on this? How in the hell can they do that and look themselves in the mirror?

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/03/opinions/trump-ukraine-legal-bombshell-opinion-ghitis/index.html

This is the bombshell Trump's team didn't want revealed


The praise or condemnation President Donald Trump is drawing for the latest US actions in the Middle East in no way diminishes the power of the legal bombshell that just exploded in the United States with new evidence of his behavior regarding Ukraine.

Newly revealed documents paint an incriminating picture, showing administration officials anxiously struggling to follow orders from Trump himself despite concerns that the order could go against the national security interests of the United States and warnings from the Pentagon that it could be illegal.

The emails are the portrait of a corrupt policy and an effort to conceal it -- a tug of war between two sets of government officials, one side trying to protect American security and follow the law, another working to enforce direct orders of the President of the United States.

The documents, obtained through the work of the Center for Public Integrity and later, in their unredacted versions, revealed by the online legal forum Just Security, show that administration officials knew Trump was ordering them to do something possibly illegal.


What could be worse than a President sacrificing national security for personal political gain, and violating the law in the process?

What makes it worse is that the administration, working hand in glove with the US Department of Justice, did everything in its power to conceal the latest batch of information even after a court ordered it released. The Trump administration is engaged in what looks very much like a coverup. In Nixon's Watergate case, it became cliché to note that the coverup was worse than the crime. In this case, the crime and the coverup are both extremely serious, even if most members of the Trump-era Republican party refuse to acknowledge it.
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#1538077 --- 01/04/20 01:05 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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Now that Pompeo is saying it was US Intel that found out about Qasem Soleimani starting to plan an imminent threat to the region

.. sounds kinda vague, right?

Trump says that the US Intel is the greatest in the World!

... what happened to "I believe Putin" over US Intel?
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#1538084 --- 01/04/20 04:03 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/selecti...ht-in-iran-war/

Selective Service website crashed by people worrying about being drafted to fight in Iran war
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#1538085 --- 01/04/20 04:15 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/dem-hou...heres-no-doubt/

Dem House counsel alerts judges more Trump articles of impeachment could come: ‘There’s no doubt’
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#1538087 --- 01/04/20 04:52 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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'They're digging their own grave':
@glennkirschner2 says a batch of emails Trump is currently withholding will ultimately come out and show "a whole rack of crime." #ctl #p2 #amjoy
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#1538088 --- 01/04/20 04:57 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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Originally Posted By: Ben444
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/selecti...ht-in-iran-war/

Selective Service website crashed by people worrying about being drafted to fight in Iran war


Iran Has Hezbollah Sleeper Cells in the U.S. Ready to Strike





https://summit.news/2020/01/03/iran-has-hezbollah-sleeper-cells-in-the-u-s-ready-to-strike/


The threat posed by Iran-backed Hezbollah sleeper cells embedded in major American cities has once again come to the fore following the killing of Iran’s Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani.

Following last night’s assassination of the Iranian military leader, authorities in both New York and Los Angeles announced that they were ramping up security in readiness for possible revenge attacks on U.S. soil.


I'm thinking some people may want to get trained up for Dooms Day!

Iran unveils red flag at Mosque, Holy Dome of Jamkaran Mosque symbolizing a severe battle to come.

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#1538089 --- 01/04/20 05:09 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: ThomasDecker]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/boris-j...ks-fear-of-war/

Boris Johnson deploys the Royal Navy to the Persian Gulf after Trump’s assassination attack sparks fear of war
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#1538090 --- 01/04/20 05:11 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/trumps-...im-re-election/

Trump’s Iran attack could blow up in his face and cost him re-election
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#1538091 --- 01/04/20 05:14 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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Really feels like we are hurtling towards Worst Case Scenario for a Trump Presidency right now.
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#1538092 --- 01/04/20 05:15 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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NEWSFLASH

57% support to #RemoveTrump is an all-time high, so far.
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#1538128 --- 01/05/20 12:28 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/trump-d...uration-report/

Trump drives ‘millions’ out on street to mourn Soleimani, dwarfing the size of his inauguration: report
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#1538130 --- 01/05/20 01:12 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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Targeting cultural sites is a war crime under the 1954 Hague Convention. Doing so to protect a president’s ego and deflect attention from impeachment would be an impeachable “high Crime” under the U.S. Constitution.
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#1538131 --- 01/05/20 01:45 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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Fox News was denied a broadcasting licence in Canada because they are not a news organisation but an opinion propaganda organisation.
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#1538132 --- 01/05/20 02:37 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/daughte...to-keep-sealed/

Daughter of deceased GOP strategist posts files North Carolina Republicans tried to keep sealed
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#1538173 --- 01/06/20 10:11 AM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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MARC A. THIESSEN (Washington Post Writers Group) has a half page article in today’s Finger Lakes Times on page 6A on the Opinion page. He has always been a strong supporter of Trump and I have never heard a negative word from him about Trump before.

His long article starts out: In my last column, I offered my list of the 10 best things President Trump did in 2019. Here are the 10 worst……..

The article ends like this: In past years, many entries on my “worst” list were mistakes of style, not substance. But this year, the number and seriousness of the president’s substantive mistakes grew. On balance, the good still outweighs the bad in the Trump presidency. But the bad are getting worse.
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#1538184 --- 01/06/20 12:18 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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BREAKING: New York times just reported that people close to john Bolton have "indicated that his testimony would likely be damning to Mr. Trump and put additional pressure on moderate Republicans to consider convicting him."

this could be the john dean moment
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#1538185 --- 01/06/20 12:21 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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Former Prosecutors Predict Ivanka Will Be Indicted For Bank, Wire, And Mail Fraud In New York
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#1538187 --- 01/06/20 12:27 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Pravda1984]
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War Crimes?
The Bulkward,Charlie Sykes
https://mailchi.mp/thebulwark/war-crimes?e=3df78f1533


It is seldom that I find myself nostalgic for the days when Sean Spicer would hold forth on crowd sizes and the relative size of biggish public events like inaugurations and funerals.

But I found myself slightly curious about his take on the scenes out of Iraq and Iran over the weekend. Mike Pompeo had assured us that we would see dancing in the streets after the death of master terrorist Qassem Soleimani, but the size of the crowds at his funeral procession -- assuming the pictures are real -- suggests a rather different reaction.

So let's quickly recap: Iran has pulled out of the nuclear deal, the hardliners there have consolidated their support, we've suspended our anti-ISIS efforts in Iraq, the Iraqi parliament seems inclined to kick us out of the country, Trump is threatening to sanction Iraq if they do .... and the president seems to be talking about committing war crimes. Sort of, because as usual, it's unclear what he's actually saying.

Sunday morning, Pompeo assured us that Trump "didn't say he'd go after a cultural site," but later on Air Force One, Trump stood by his threat, which he made explicit: “They’re allowed to kill our people? They’re allowed to torture and maim our people, they’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people? And we’re not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn’t work that way”



Let's be clear here. Targeting cultural sites would violate international law, while also being a thuggish thing for America to do. Attacking cultural sites is the sort of thing we associate with the Taliban, or ISIS, not the US military.

Perhaps it's all a bluff and twitter bluster. But it is also worth recalling that Trump explicitly ran on a platform of making War Crimes Great Again.He has made so secret that he is something of a war crimes enthusiast. As Adam Serwer noted:

On the campaign trail, Trump frequently invoked a false story about General John Pershing crushing a Muslim insurgency in the Philippines with bullets dipped in pig’s blood, declaring, “There was no more radical Islamic terror for 35 years!” He vowed to impose torture techniques “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” Trump declared that he would “take out the families” of terrorist suspects, assuring skeptics that the military would not refuse his commands, even though service members have a duty to refuse orders that are manifestly illegal. “If I say do it, they’re going to do it.”

Just last month, he intervened in two war crimes cases, including the case of navy seal Eddie Gallagher, who had been convicted at a court martial for with the corpse of a 17-year-old captive Islamic State fighter.

All of this raises the familiar question: we know that MAGA world would have few qualms about embracing war crimes, but what about other Republicans? So far the GOP seems comfortable with Trump's Iran policy, but how far would they be willing to follow?

Unfortunately, I suspect we know the answer.
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#1538188 --- 01/06/20 12:30 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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I’m at Istanbul Airport. Every gate has two giant television screens flashing between information, advertisements, and news headlines.

Right now, every single screen is showing Trump’s illegal and unhinged threat to attack Iranian cultural sites.

Is this who we want to be?
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#1538190 --- 01/06/20 12:35 PM Re: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated [Re: Ben444]
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https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/john-bolton-reason-testify-donald-trump-suddenly/24201/

The real reason John Bolton suddenly wants to testify in Donald Trump’s impeachment after all
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