It’s A Stunt: Omar Posts Letter To Judge Asking Him To Go Easy On Man Who Threatened Her Life

Rep. Ilhan Omar decided that her actions needed to be seen publicly, so she released a private letter she wrote to a judge seeking compassion for a man who allegedly threatened to kill her.

Many see this as Omar taking care of her self interest. She faces pending criminal charges herself for marrying her own brother to get him into the US. She is attempting to mitigate her own punishment after she is convicted. The court should not take her request into consideration at all.

Omar wrote, “We must teach the defendant love. For this reason, I do not believe the defendant would be served by a severe prison sentence or substantial financial fine and ask you to show compassion in your sentencing.”

It’s too late to put your mask back on, dear. We’ve already seen you.

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It should have just been between the judge and her. But once she made it public, it looks like a totally politically motivated action aimed solely at scoring points for herself.

This is entirely inappropriate. An elected official of the United States Congress attempting to manipulate a legal process. This needs to be investigated, we may even need a special prosecutor to check it out.

Rep. Ilhan Omar asked that a federal judge show “compassion” when sentencing the man who threatened to kill her.

Patrick W. Carlineo Jr., 55, pleaded guilty Monday for threatening to assault and murder a United States official, and for being in possession of firearms, a Department of Justice statement says.

Omar wrote to Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci that she acknowledges the crimes Carlineo pleaded guilty to are “grave” and were a “threat against an entire religion, at a time of rising hate crimes against religious minorities in our country.”

But she questions, “who are we as a nation if we respond to the threats of political retribution with retribution ourselves?” and argues that a severe sentence would not “rehabilitate him.”

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“A punitive approach to criminal justice will not stop criminals like Mr. Carlineo from committing a crime again or prevent others from committing similar acts,” Omar penned. “Only restorative justice can do that. He should understand the consequences of his actions, be given the opportunity to make amends and seek redemption.” [USA Today]

It is obvious she is doing this to not show a double standard when it comes to her past for requesting leniency for the people from her district who tried to join ISIS.

If our justice system wore that famous blindfold that represents the lack of prejudice and corruption, this publicity stunt wouldn’t occur and the man would not have been charged any more than Kathy Griffin and others. Justice is increasingly becoming selective in this nation.

Omar is a radical Muslim, representing the congressional district with the highest number of residents who attempted to join ISIS. However, threatening to kill someone is the same behavior that radical Muslims engage in; it is unacceptable.

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All Americans have the right to free speech. The suspect had every right to criticize her, but not the right to threaten her. Unfortunately, freedom of speech is being threatened by liberal progressives and their radical Muslim allies, with incendiary and false accusations of “hate speech,” “racism,” “white supremacy,” “white nationalism,” “xenophobia,” and “Islamophobia.” When people see their constitutional rights being threatened, it is understandable, although not acceptable, that they could become radicalized and threaten violence, as this suspect did.

The answer is to reaffirm and defend the Bill of Rights that protects all Americans regardless of demographics. Freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of public assembly must be guaranteed and not demonized as “hateful” or “extremist” simply because others disagree with a particular political viewpoint. If people know that their fundamental civil liberties are being upheld, they will be less likely to consider resorting to violence.

Ironically, Rep. Omar does not recognize the right of other Americans to criticize her, radical Islam, and the anti-Semitic sentiment that is mainstream in the American Islamic community. She views any such criticisms as “racist, hateful, white supremacist, white nationalist, xenophobic, bigoted, and intolerant.” She contributes to the political tension in America that can breed extremism by threatening the civil rights of Americans who disagree with her.

How come only people who threaten Democrats get arrested and charged?

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After a day of courting Senate Republican ‘jurors,’ Trump says he’s fine with impeachment trial

Donald Trump, in his endless Fox & Friends rant Friday morning, told his "Friends" he welcomes a full Senate impeachment trial. "I want a trial," he told them, and said that he wants House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Joe Biden’s son Hunter to testify. Because of course he does.

After spending a good part of his day Thursday meeting with the Senate Republicans who would act as "jurors" in that trial, it's not surprising that he welcomes it. He had lunch with a group of Republican senators that included Susan Collins and Mitt Romney, the two who for some reason conventional wisdom says would be most likely to resist him. Conventional wisdom tends not to be well-informed.

While he was doing that, his closest advisers and family members were meeting with another group of Republican jurors to work out how the trial would proceed. They decided that two weeks would be the best time frame for it, because "they believe it would be long enough to have credence without dragging on too long." It would look like they were taking it seriously if it went for two weeks, would look like they're doing their constitutional duty, on their way to what they've already determined they're going to do: acquit.

So of course Trump welcomes a Senate trial. Has nothing to fear from it. Moscow Mitch McConnell has made sure of that.

Senate Republican ‘jurors’ plot with defendant Trump to limit trial

The House should definitely not be in any hurry to wrap its impeachment inquiry. Not without delving into every dark, stinky corner of Donald Trump's plots to both obtain and keep political office. Not without racking up every possible instance of obstruction by his administration. Because they'll need to go to the Senate with such an overwhelming mountain of evidence that Republicans will have to expose themselves to the American people as the total unprincipled partisans they are. The kind of people who would plot with the White House to limit Trump's impeachment trial.

A group of Republican senators—Mike Lee (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wisconsin), John Neely Kennedy (Louisiana), Lindsey O. Graham (South Carolina), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Tom Cotton (Arkansas)—met with White House counsel Pat Cipollone, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, senior adviser Jared Kushner, and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway. Just to be clear, these are the potential jurors in the forthcoming trial. They met on Thursday to "map out a strategy" or the impeachment, "including proceedings in the Senate that could be limited to about two weeks, according to multiple officials familiar with the talks." This is while Trump himself was wining and dining Mitt Romney and Susan Collins and other Republican soon-to-be jurors.

The Republicans have settled on a two-week trial because "they believe it would be long enough to have credence without dragging on too long." They'll pretend like they're doing their duty, but make absolutely no mistake: The fix is in. They've fixed it with Trump—right there in broad daylight. On the same day that testimony from former National Security Council Russia expert Dr. Fiona Hill and foreign service officer David Holmes in the House Intelligence Committee damns Trump's efforts to undermine U.S. foreign policy and national security.

This is something, by the way, that should be handled between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. They should be negotiating and determining the conduct and scope of the impeachment trial. Once again, McConnell has outsourced his job to Trump and team.

That's why the House has to send the strongest case possible to them. Not because it will convince them of Trump's guilt and bring enlightenment to them that they must remove him, but because it will expose them for what they are.

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The latest in the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump: Hill and Holmes testify #5

After a grueling day of testimony Wednesday, Thursday brings us testimony from former National Security Council Russia expert Dr. Fiona Hill and foreign service officer David Holmes. Hill’s opening statement makes clear that this will be another day when Republicans take a beating from the facts, even though we’ve seen there’s no day of testimony so bad that they won’t try to declare victory.

Daily Kos will be following the proceedings all day.

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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 8:04:53 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Rep. Swalwell points out multiple connections between Devin Nunes and “investigations” in Ukraine. Including a story that broke on Wednesday connection Nunes to now-indicted Lev Parnas, who also worked with Giuliani. Nunes former aid was also working in the White House, presenting himself to Trump as a Ukraine expert, and bypassing the NSC chain of command to access information.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 8:06:39 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Holmes take the opportunity to swing back at earlier claims by Mike Turner—who ran away without allowing any questions—and defend Zelensky.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 8:08:51 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Republican Rep. Will Hurd, on the very last day, determines that the phone call wasn’t perfect … but then turns right around and defends the exact same conspiracy theories that Trump was going after, and demands the appearance of the whistleblower. Will Hurd, ladies and gentlemen, throwing away his last chance to demonstrate integrity.

Senate passes funding for another month of government operations, bill goes to Trump

The government won’t shut down Thursday night at midnight, as the Senate approved a stop-gap bill Thursday, 74-20. This continuing resolution will keep government operating until December 20 at midnight, provided a raging Donald Trump signs it. There’s no indication from the White House that he is considering vetoing it, and he’ll undoubtedly hear from Republican senators lunching with him Thursday that he needs to sign it.

The work could have been done Wednesday, since the House passed the bill on Tuesday, but procedural headaches had the Senate considering amending the bill and forcing the House to take it up again. Senate Republicans reportedly “worried that the vehicle, a fiscal 2020 package used by the House for the short-term spending measure, would complicate the path to a conference committee on the larger funding bills later this year.” But the imminent deadline of midnight Thursday for funding drying up, and the possibility that hours of floor time would be involved in changing it made them decide just to take the House bill as is. 

That sets up the next funding battle. Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say that they intend to have regular appropriations completed before this current continuing resolution expires before Christmas. The House has passed 10 of the 12 bills and the Senate has passed 4, but the chambers have not reached agreement on any of them. The largest sticking point in an overall agreement is the usual one: Trump’s border wall. The House has no funding for it. The Senate includes $5 billion in Homeland Security funding and allows Trump to reallocate an additional $3.6 billion from military funds.

The latest in the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump: Hill and Holmes testify #4

After a grueling day of testimony Wednesday, Thursday brings us testimony from former National Security Council Russia expert Dr. Fiona Hill and foreign service officer David Holmes. Hill’s opening statement makes clear that this will be another day when Republicans take a beating from the facts, even though we’ve seen there’s no day of testimony so bad that they won’t try to declare victory.

Daily Kos will be following the proceedings all day.

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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 7:07:22 PM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 7:19:59 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner Holmes was clearly thrown by Ratcliffe's questioning ... as in Ratcliffe insisting that "Good, what about Sweden?" was the most important part of the call between Trump and Sondland was so ridiculous, that it was hard to think of anything reasonable to say in response.

The latest in the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump: Hill and Holmes testify #3

After a grueling day of testimony Wednesday, Thursday brings us testimony from former National Security Council Russia expert Dr. Fiona Hill and foreign service officer David Holmes. Hill’s opening statement makes clear that this will be another day when Republicans take a beating from the facts, even though we’ve seen there’s no day of testimony so bad that they won’t try to declare victory.

Daily Kos will be following the proceedings all day.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 7:17:12 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Ratcliffe asks Holmes about what Trump said after he talked about investigations in Ukraine … then claims that the most important part of the conversation was that Trump said “Good, what about Sweden.” Ratcliffe, like Jordan, trying to paint Holmes as a liar.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 7:19:43 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner Holmes was clearly thrown by Ratcliffe's questioning ... as in Ratcliffe insisting that "Good, what about Sweden?" was the most important part of the call between Trump and Sondland was so ridiculous, that it was hard to think of anything reasonable to say in response.

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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:02:59 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

And we’re back with Nunes beginning his questioning of Hill and Holmes.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:07:14 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Not surprisingly, Nunes starts by asking Holmes about … Chalupa! And Nellie Ohr. And a whole string of names related to the 2016 conspiracy theory that Hill exploded this morning.

Now he’s asking about Hill meeting Christopher Steele, who used to have the same role as the Russia expert in British intelligence. Then asks a series of questions about the “Steele dossier,” because there is no bottom to Nunes’ attempts to make everything fit his skewed views.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:09:42 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Hill says she was surprised to learn about the July 25 call because she did not believe that a full agenda for a discussion was in place. Says she learned about the hold on assistance on July 18, a day before she left.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:11:11 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Hill, like others, praises Volker — which doesn’t mean Volker wasn’t completely lying about his failure to connect the dots between Burisma and Biden.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:14:01 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Hill recounts her meeting with Sondland from her perspective, recounting again Sondland’s claim that he had been put in charge of Ukraine by Trump.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:16:46 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

GOP council Castor asks Hill if she was comfortable with how things were going in Ukraine when she left her position in July, and seems surprised that she says she was not. Hill again talks about the divergence between the traditional group pursuing U.S. interest and the irregular group chasing down political favors — a point that Sondland tried to deny on Wednesday.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:21:25 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Hill talks about how she had previously opposed providing javelin anti-tank weapons out of a belief that Ukraine wasn’t in a position to use them well. Holmes testifies that the javelin missiles aren’t deployed at the front lines currently, but are used to as a deterrent. 

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:23:02 PM +00:00 · Laura Clawson

David Holmes is making clear in the most polite way that Nunes is asking him completely irrelevant questions. It’s fun, as much as anything can be fun when Devin Nunes is speaking.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:24:14 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Nunes presses Holmes on the “black ledger,” which was a document that included information on the under the table payments that were made to Paul Manafort. Nunes is clearly put off when Holmes states that these documents are not only valid, but have been used in criminal proceedings. This ledger has been dismissed as a political document created to harm Trump in right-wing conspiracy theories.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:30:39 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Nunes coming back to the 2015 request for an investigation into Burisma — the investigation which was blocked by Shokin, the guy who Joe Biden asked to be removed.

Nunes continues to ask the witnesses things that he knows they do not know about from anything other than newspaper accounts.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:33:17 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Ukrainian officials expressing criticism of Trump is not "election meddling" and not at all connected to the conspiracy theory that Trump (and Nunes, and Barr) have been pushing which is based around the idea that Ukraine conspired with the DNC to fake the hacking.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:38:07 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Hill says she was upset with Sondland for not coordinating with people — and makes it absolutely clear that Sondland was coordinating on “domestic political policy” while she was carrying out diplomacy. This is some key testimony that will get revisited.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:41:15 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

What Nunes is saying here is little short of a confession, that Trump was concerned about “2016 election interference and Burisma” — in other words, in investigations into Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Nunes is now defending Trump’s use of the government to extract political advantage.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:46:45 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Hill makes it clear that her “concerns” about Vindman that Republicans had been playing up, were concerns that he wasn’t political enough for what was becoming a “highly charged political environment”, but was more focused on facts and policy. Says that Vindman was “justifiably alarmed” by the political aspects of the demands on Zelensky. 

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:50:18 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Schiff follows up by asking Hill about charges against Vindman that he might have “divided loyalties.” She does an admirable job of defending not just Vindman but other immigrants involved in U.S. government service.

Hill, Vindman, Yovanovitch — Immigrants, they get the job done.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:51:20 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:55:00 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Hill: “By this point it was clear that Burisma was code for the Bidens, because Mr. Giuliani was laying it out there.”

This was Hill talking about the statement by Sondland, who claimed he did not know what Burisman meant.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:58:29 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Jordan yells at Holmes to ask why Ambassador Taylor didn’t talk about the lunch where Sondland talked with Trump.

Except Taylor wasn’t at the lunch. 

Jordan is clearly accusing Holmes and Taylor of lying. Or at least making enough of a flurry that he can later make that claim to Fox.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 6:59:21 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Answer turns out to be that the day it happened, William Taylor was on the front lines between Ukraine and Russia — how unhandy of him.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 7:02:31 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Jordan shouting at Holmes is peak Jim Jordan. Note that Jordan was seriously interested in yelling at Holmes for his evening appearance on Fox, but not interested in allowing Holmes to give an answer.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 7:06:09 PM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 7:11:40 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Asked about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, Hill has with her two articles that Nunes pointed out—but also says that she, as part of her job, collected documents showing that 50+ countries said bad things about Trump.

David Holmes: Giuliani’s ‘political agenda’ overshadowed support for Ukraine against Russia

Foreign service officer David Holmes testified in his opening statement in Thursday's impeachment hearing that Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani's efforts undermined the U.S. State Department's efforts to support Ukraine. "Beginning in March 2019, the situation at the Embassy and in Ukraine changed dramatically," he testified in his opening statement.

"Specifically, the three priorities of security, economy and justice and our support for Ukrainian democratic resistance to Russian aggression became overshadowed by a political agenda promoted by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a cadre of officials working with the White House." That change began, he said, "with the emergence of press reports critical of Ambassador Yovanovitch and others to discredit her" and a concerted effort on the part of Giuliani and team to suggest that "Yovanovitch improperly used the embassy to advance the political interests of the Democratic Party." He said that the "allegations directed at Ambassador Yovanovitch, a career Ambassador, is unlike anything I have seen in my professional career."

He said it became clear that the "Three Amigos," consisting of Ambassador Gordon Sondland, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Ambassador Kurt Volker, would "take the lead on coordinating our policy and engagement" with the new administration of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. He said that Sondland "made clear that he had direct and frequent access to President Trump and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and portrayed himself as the conduit to the President and Mr. Mulvaney for the group."

He goes on to relate how it became clear that the Trump political team, which included ambassadors, was pushing the Burisma/Biden investigation as a "precondition for an Oval Office meeting" and security assistance. He testified that he learned from an Office of Management and Budget official that the order to withhold military aid "had come from the President and had been conveyed to OMB by Mr. Mulvaney."

In this opening statement, which included the infamous overheard phone conversation between Sondland and Trump on July 26, Holmes lays out the entire impeachment case against Trump. Watch the video below.

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Nunes assisted by Giuliani pal Lev Parnas in European ‘investigation’ to undermine Mueller report

Ed MacMahon, the attorney for Lev Parnas—the indicted pal of Rudy Giuliani—says Parnas helped Rep. Devin Nunes in his "investigations" in 2018 intended to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election-meddling. Parnas helped Nunes, the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee now conducting impeachment hearings, arrange meetings and calls in Europe.

That includes a four-day trip Nunes and three of his aides—Derek Harvey, Scott Glabe, and George Pappas—took at the end of November 2018. A four-day trip that cost the American taxpayers just over $63,000. This trip, and Nunes’ work, has been focused on trying to kick up enough dirt to suggest that the Mueller investigation wasn't spurred by Russia's interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign, but by some nefarious global Deep State effort to make nude photos of Donald Trump public. Or something. MacMahon did not tell the Daily Beast, which broke the story, what precisely Nunes was after and what the "investigation" entailed.

Parnas has been a busy guy on behalf of Trump. You'll remember he's the one, along with colleague and other friend of Rudy Igor Fruman, who was given a secret "James Bond mission" from Trump at last year's White House Hanukkah party, designed to pressure Ukraine into an investigation of Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

If Nunes or his Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had a single shred of integrity, Nunes would be recused from the impeachment proceedings. Instead, he is there on behalf of Trump to try to derail the process.

The latest in the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump: Hill and Holmes testify #2

After a grueling day of testimony Wednesday, Thursday brings us testimony from former National Security Council Russia expert Dr. Fiona Hill and foreign service officer David Holmes. Hill’s opening statement makes clear that this will be another day when Republicans take a beating from the facts, even though we’ve seen there’s no day of testimony so bad that they won’t try to declare victory.

Daily Kos will be following the proceedings all day.

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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:14:58 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Fiona Hill begins reading from her relatively brief introductory document — which undermines 90% of what Devin Nunes has been pushing all week. Hill may describe her British accent as “working class,” but a lot of Americans probably hear it as “really damn charming.”

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:18:20 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Devin Nunes pushing a copy of his half-assed report on Russian interference on Fiona Hill is the subject of today's Great Moments in Man-splaining.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:22:32 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Schiff opens his questioning by giving Hill a chance to elaborate on her concerns about the Russian efforts—successful efforts—to generate doubt in the United States. Differentiates the “individuals in many countries who had harsh words” for candidates from a state-run dedicated effort to generate “chaos.”

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:23:56 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:26:33 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Reports coming out of the closed-door testimony of Holmes indicated that Republicans were downcast. But at the time it seemed like he was only there to testify to the lunch he had with Sondland. Nope, Holmes’ testimony is a red-hot poker through the GOP defense of Trump.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:27:12 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:31:42 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner Republicans had better seriously hope that America has tuned out this morning, because Hill and Holmes are a devastating tag-team. Check those TV ratings, Devin. Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:32:42 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Holmes provides some feedback on how the Trump-Zelensky phone call was taken from the Ukrainian end; a perspective we haven’t heard before.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:36:16 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Holmes confirms his testimony that Trump asked Sondland about the investigations, and that Sondland assured Trump that Zelensky would do the investigations.

Holmes then follows up by testifying, as he did in his opening statement, that Sondland explicitly mentioned an investigation into the Bidens. Which should be the ball game, right there.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:43:36 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Holmes reveals that the embassy knew that Lutsenko knew was meeting with “an American journalist” (John Soloman? Ken Vogle?) to get out his claims weeks before the wave of articles promoted by Giuliani. Which suggests that journalist might have also had contact with the embassy … and ignored their cautions.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:45:28 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Hill makes it explicit that the “Crowdstrike” conspiracy theory in Trump’s phone call to Zelensky was exactly the hatched-in-Russia theory that she warned against being generated directly by the Russia security service.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:48:11 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Side note: the conspiracy theory which Hill has pointed out as being generated by the Russian security service explicitly for the purpose of driving a wedge between the U.S. and Ukraine, as well as creating internal political strife, is exactly the theory that William Barr has been supporting in his overseas travels and “investigation.”

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:55:54 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Questioning of Hill includes a brief visit to Kashyap Patel, the Trumpster within the NSC who presented himself as a Ukraine expert despite no background, and who apparently served as a conduit to ferry information to Trump without following the NSC chain of command.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 3:59:12 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

This has been an important day for destroying the Republican attempts to support the conspiracy theories Trump was pushing all along—interesting that on this same day the Republicans have employed a parliamentary maneuver in an effort to generate a hearing explicitly designed to bolster those same dis-proven conspiracy theories.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 4:03:03 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Hill describes the meeting in Bolton’s office, describing how Sondland’s attempt to extract an investigation from Ukraine exacerbated an already somewhat tense situation and brought on the end of the meeting. Hill says that in the later meeting Sondland explicitly made it clear that the investigation he wanted was into Burisma.

Hill then recounts that Bolton directly instructed her to go to NSC counsel John Eisenberg, and that he “didn’t want to be involved in this drug deal that Sondland and [Mick] Mulvaney were cooking up.”

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 4:04:03 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 4:04:31 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

On an early break to allow a House vote.

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 · 4:08:29 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner

Something new in Hill’s testimony about Sondland’s statement to Ukrainian officials was that Sondland directly mentioned Mulvaney in saying that there would be a White House meeting when the investigations were launched. Which explains why Bolton later says that the “drug deal” is something being cooked up by Sondland and Mulvaney.

And just another reason why Mulvaney should be the owner of a subpoena.