Politics: House GOP looks to protect Trump by raising doubts about motives of his deputies - - PressFrom - US
  •   
  •   
  •   

Politics House GOP looks to protect Trump by raising doubts about motives of his deputies

09:10  08 november  2019
09:10  08 november  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Guns, axes used to destroy illegal moonshine operation in South Carolina, deputies say

  Guns, axes used to destroy illegal moonshine operation in South Carolina, deputies say Deputies in Orangeburg County discovered an active liquor still in a remote part of the woods and used guns and axes to destroy it. On Monday afternoonm investigators with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Sheriff Leroy Ravenell went to the still to destroy it. The illegal operation was hidden a few miles east of Holly Hill, deputies said. When they got there, deputies said they found more than a dozen 55-gallon barrels with liquor fermenting inside them. They said they also found barrels of mash, which is used to start making moonshine.

House Republicans’ latest plan to shield President Trump from impeachment is to focus on at least three deputies — U.S. Ambassador to the European By raising questions about the motivation of Trump ’s top lieutenants on Ukraine policy, the GOP hopes to undermine the reliability of otherwise

Presumably because this talk of a primary challenge to Trump won’t die, some of his loyal subalterns are discussing ways to make that impossible. “Pigs will fly before the South Carolina GOP allows Trump to have opposition,” said Matt Moore, McKissick’s predecessor as chairman of the state party.

House Republicans’ latest plan to shield President Trump from impeachment is to focus on at least three deputies — U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, and possibly acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — who they say could have acted on their own to influence Ukraine policy.

All three occupy a special place in the Ukraine narrative as the people in most direct contact with Trump. As Republicans argue that most of the testimony against Trump is based on faulty secondhand information, they are sowing doubts about whether Sondland, Giuliani and Mulvaney were actually representing the president or freelancing to pursue their own agendas. The GOP is effectively offering up the three to be fall guys.

Flagler County woman shows up for court with meth in her pocket, deputies say

  Flagler County woman shows up for court with meth in her pocket, deputies say A Flagler County woman was arrested after deputies said she showed up to court with methamphetamine in her pocket. Officials with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said that when Tessa Lilly was passing through security at the courthouse Wednesday the metal detector went off and a deputy asked her to empty her pockets. Sign up for our Newsletters After initially telling deputies, “I have nothing in my pockets,” Lilly removed a plastic baggie from her pocket and said it was her makeup, an arrest report said. Deputies said the contents in the baggie tested positive for methamphetamine and Lilly was placed under arrest. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Some conservatives have been peddling smears against missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in an effort to cushion President Donald Trump from blowback over his handling of the situation with Saudi Arabia, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

President Trump departs the White House on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., headed to a rally in Florida. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption. Most Republicans say they take Trump 's threat seriously but are working to persuade him to change his mind.

Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post

Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) initiated the impeachment inquiry Sept. 24, congressional Republicans have struggled to come up with a consistent and coherent explanation for why Trump tried to coerce a foreign leader to investigate the president’s domestic political rivals.

Their evolving strategy comes as House Democrats settle on their argument that Trump tried to force Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to undertake two politically advantageous investigations as a precondition for U.S. military aid and a White House meeting between the two heads of state.

By raising questions about the motivation of Trump’s top lieutenants on Ukraine policy, the GOP hopes to undermine the reliability of otherwise incriminating testimony from several current Trump administration officials.

Deputies shoot armed suspect wearing bullet proof vest they say shot his way into Ashtabula Township home

  Deputies shoot armed suspect wearing bullet proof vest they say shot his way into Ashtabula Township home ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Sheriff Bill Johnson says he believes lives were saved when his deputies opened fire Thursday morning. According to the sheriff, deputies responded to a home on East 39th St. in Ashtabula Township around 7 a.m. when a neighbor called 911 and reported they heard gunshots. Deputies say a woman inside the home broke out a window and was yelling for help. The sheriff According to the sheriff, deputies responded to a home on East 39th St. in Ashtabula Township around 7 a.m. when a neighbor called 911 and reported they heard gunshots.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes' dispute with Depuity Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared to de-escalate Wednesday after Nunes was given access to the document that kicked off the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.

-- they understand trump is in deep trouble. “Without a doubt ,” one House Republican told His nomination by President George W. Bush capped off a career as a Republican operative in the “ Trump ’s impeachment proceedings would be the first trial over which Roberts has ever presided.

William B. Taylor, currently the top diplomat in Ukraine, and National Security Council expert Tim Morrison told lawmakers they learned through Sondland that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was being leveraged to secure the probes.

Sondland “made a presumption,” House Oversight Committee member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told reporters, stressing that “what Sondland was told by the president ... [is] there was no quid pro quo.”

Republicans, however, face several potential problems if they try to pin a quid pro quo on Sondland alone.

Sondland testified that he was “assuming” Giuliani was speaking for Trump when he said the president wanted Zelensky to investigate the Ukrainian energy company Burisma — which gave Joe Biden’s son Hunter a job on its board when the elder Biden was U.S. vice president — and also to pursue a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine’s interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.

Republicans are throwing Giuliani under the bus. But there’s a problem.

  Republicans are throwing Giuliani under the bus. But there’s a problem. Giuliani, Mulvaney and Sondland as the fall guys? Good luck with that argument.Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Because his father was vice president at the time, these allies think it could be a way to explain why Yet many Senate Republicans have reservations about such a strategy, fearing that it would look Under GOP questioning during a recent closed-door deposition, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Trump briefly emerged from Trump Tower Saturday afternoon to greet his supporters, who Three GOP sources familiar with conversations at the highest level of the party leadership said House John Thune of South Dakota, a McConnell leadership deputy , did say Trump should step aside, and the

“All the communication flowed through Rudy Giuliani, and I can only speculate that the president was instructing his personal lawyer accordingly,” Sondland said, according to a transcript of his deposition.

Rudy Giuliani wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Rudloph W. Giuliani, a personal lawyer for President Trump,  stands as Trump participates in a bill signing ceremony last month at the White Hosue.© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post Rudloph W. Giuliani, a personal lawyer for President Trump, stands as Trump participates in a bill signing ceremony last month at the White Hosue.

But while Giuliani is Trump’s personal lawyer, GOP lawmakers appear to think they can argue he was not coordinating his actions with the president.

“There is no direct linkage to the president of the United States,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told reporters this week, contending that while lawyers normally coordinate with their clients, Giuliani is a special case. “There are a whole lot of things that he does that he doesn’t apprise anybody of.”

The White House and a lawyer for Sondland declined to comment.

The suggestion that Sondland, Giuliani and possibly Mulvaney made demands of Ukrainians without Trump’s explicit blessing has emerged among several theories that Republicans have offered in Trump’s defense, as witnesses testify that they believed Ukraine was being squeezed.

New GOP Ukraine Defense: Trump Was Just a Patsy for Sondland

  New GOP Ukraine Defense: Trump Was Just a Patsy for Sondland “There is no direct linkage to the president of the United States.”The Washington Postreports House Republicans are formulating a new impeachment defense of President Trump. Rather than deny that the extortion scheme took place, or defend the extortion as a legitimate exercise in foreign policy, they plan to make the case that his deputies “could have acted on their own to influence Ukraine policy.

Democrats immediately denounced his remarks as a reckless invitation to his supporters to commit violence. Instead, she is making her case to them by emphasizing kitchen-table issues like job creation and by raising doubts about Mr. Trump ’s temperament.

Devin Nunes of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appears to have moved from criticizing the investigation into Russian interference Sessions said last year that he would keep his distance from inquiries related to the 2016 election, owing to his role in Trump ’s campaign — a

In a sign of how the GOP is scrambling, however, many of those theories run counter to each other.

In the past few days, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has said it doesn’t matter whether Trump made a quid pro quo demand because he didn’t have “criminal intent.” Sens. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) have argued, as Mulvaney did from a White House lectern last month, that such exchanges happen “all the time” in foreign policy and are not a serious offense, let alone impeachable.

And Trump ally Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) has floated yet another defense, suggesting Trump’s Ukraine policy was too “incoherent” for officials to successfully execute anything as calculated as a quid pro quo arrangement.

“What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward Ukraine: It was incoherent, it depends on who you talk to, they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo,” he said.

Much of the GOP’s frustration in recent days has focused on Sondland, who amended his original testimony after Taylor and Morrison spoke to House impeachment investigators. Sondland said he did in fact recall telling Ukrainian officials that the release of military aid would be contingent on Kyiv’s opening investigations Trump wanted.

Both Taylor and Morrison testified that Sondland told them that Trump had asked Sondland to leverage a head-of-state meeting that Zelensky greatly desired, using it to get the two investigations activated, and that the military aid also would be contingent on the investigations taking place. But Sondland, who told investigators that he was in touch with Trump far more than he was in touch with Giuliani, testified that he never heard directly from Trump on those issues, a contradiction that witnesses have yet to clear up.

Republicans Know Trump Is Innocent—They’re Trying to Figure Out Why

  Republicans Know Trump Is Innocent—They’re Trying to Figure Out Why The three leading GOP defenses of the president contradict one another.Give Mac Thornberry this much: Unlike some of his Republican colleagues, he was at least trying.

President Trump suffered his first major legislative setback Friday when he failed to persuade conservatives House Republicans to go along His inability to corral of the House GOP is raising doubts about his ability to enact sweeping tax reform – or even keep the government running after

This week, President Trump abandoned gun control proposals that the Republican-led Congress had never even inched toward supporting. But, for one day at least, the students commanded the country’s airwaves, Twitter feeds and Snapchat stories.

“During that phone call, Ambassador Sondland told me that President Trump had told him that he wants President Zelensky to state publicly that Ukraine will investigate Burisma and alleged Ukraine interference in the 2016 U.S. election,” Taylor testified. “He said that President Trump wanted President Zelensky in a box by making a public statement about ordering such investigation.”

Taylor said that during another conversation a few days later, Sondland said “he had talked to President Trump,” who was “adamant that President Zelensky himself had to clear things up and do it in public.”

Morrison, who defended Trump’s actions to investigators, said that he wondered at the time whether Sondland was freelancing when he informed him about the apparent quid pro quo on Sept. 1, 2019.

“Even then I hoped that Ambassador Sondland’s strategy was exclusively his own and would not be considered by leaders in the administration and Congress, who understood the strategic importance of Ukraine to our national security,” he said.

Sondland told lawmakers that his understanding was based on conversations with Giuliani, whom Trump had already told him he should listen to on Ukraine matters.

“It must have been Giuliani, because I wasn’t talking to the president about it,” Sondland said, according to a transcript of his testimony, later adding: “I heard that from Rudy Giuliani. I never heard it from the president. I am assuming Rudy Giuliani heard it from the president, but I don’t know that.”

That puts Giuliani back in the spotlight — and potentially in the crosshairs of Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Deputies believe Georgia teen who ran away with man is in the Greenville area

  Deputies believe Georgia teen who ran away with man is in the Greenville area Georgia deputies are asking people in the Greenville area to be on the lookout for a 14-year-old girl they believe ran away from home with a 23-year-old man. © Provided/Hall County Sheriff's Office Brooklynn McKenzie Rivera Officials believe Brooklynn McKenzie Rivera and the man are traveling in a gray 1998 Honda Accord with the license plate number 4607MW, according to statement from the Hall County Sheriff's Office in Georgia.Rivera is 5-foot-1, 126 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Donald Trump , GOP look to settle score with Democrats, media over Mueller investigation. John Fritze and Ledyard King and David Jackson. On Thursday, he will have a chance to tout the outcome and press his criticisms when he heads to Michigan for one of the first rallies of his reelection campaign.

WASHINGTON ― House Republicans spent the end of the workweek telling everyone who would listen that the American people must be allowed to see a Democrats say the Republican-drafted classified memo is full of omissions and distortions intended to fuel efforts to run cover for President Trump .

Giuliani’s freewheeling approach to representing Trump has frequently perplexed Republicans, who are frustrated by the former New York mayor’s loose-lipped media appearances, in which he has pushed conspiracy theories about Ukraine and even admitted that he directly asked Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens. Republicans also point to Giuliani’s business interests in Ukraine as reasons to think he may have been motivated by personal gain, and not his oft-claimed loyalty to Trump, as he ran what amounted to a shadow policy on Kyiv.

Giuliani and Sondland are not the only people that Republicans argue can take the heat off Trump. Some congressional Republicans have suggested that Mulvaney was simply exercising his own well-documented penchant for cutting foreign aid when he effectively admitted in an Oct. 17 news conference that the administration had withheld U.S. aid to Ukraine to secure investigations that could help the president politically.

House Democrats consider Mulvaney’s comments during that news conference — remarks that Mulvaney later tried to walk back — to be a central piece of evidence in their impeachment case against Trump.

Several witnesses have cited Mulvaney’s quiet but central role convening meetings in which pivotal decisions about Ukraine policy were made. Multiple U.S. officials have observed that Sondland appeared to have a close relationship with Mulvaney, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent testified that Sondland exploited his ties to Mulvaney to secure audiences with Trump about Ukraine policy.

But Sondland denied to investigators that he and the acting White House chief of staff ever substantively discussed the alleged quid pro quo.

“I don’t recall ever having a conversation with Mr. Mulvaney” about withholding a meeting with Zelensky until Ukraine committed to the investigations, Sondland testified. “I’ve had very, very few conversations with Mr. Mulvaney. I wanted to have more, but he was never available.”

[email protected]

[email protected]

Aaron Davis contributed to this report.

Suspect Shot By Deputies Near East LA School .
The shooting occurred less than a block from Esteban Torres High School. The sheriff’s department told CBS2 it followed a foot pursuit with the suspect. The suspect did at one point jump a fence and run onto the campus, according to a L.A. Unified School District spokesperson.The suspect’s condition and the circumstances leading up the shooting were not confirmed. It’s unclear if any deputies were hurt or if the suspect was armed.There was no word regarding whether the school was on lockdown.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 4
This is interesting!