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US Trump pokes fun at impeachment inquiry in annual turkey pardoning

22:35  26 november  2019
22:35  26 november  2019 Source:   politico.com

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday dubbed Butter the National Thanksgiving Turkey, sparing both Butter and its alternate Bread from the holiday table while managing to crack a joke about the impeachment inquiry threatening his presidency.

Donald Trump, Melania Trump standing in front of a building: First lady Melania Trump watches as President Donald Trump pardons Butter, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday.© Evan Vucci/AP Photo First lady Melania Trump watches as President Donald Trump pardons Butter, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday.

After praising the North Carolina poultry farmer who raised the birds, the president quipped in the Rose Garden ceremony that the feathered pair was likely prepared for the intense congressional scrutiny that’s befallen countless others in Trump’s inner circle.

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“Thankfully, Bread and Butter have been specially raised by the Jacksons to remain calm under any condition, which will be very important because they have already received subpoenas to appear in Adam Schiff's basement on Thursday,” he chided, referencing the House Intelligence chairman leading the probe. “It’s true. Hundreds of people have. It seems the Democrats are accusing me of being too soft on Turkey.”

He then poked fun at a familiar defense he's deployed throughout the inquiry — that he's not all that familiar with the slew of officials who have testified about their alarm at Trump's attempts to pressure Ukraine to open investigations into his domestic rivals. “Bread and Butter, I should note that unlike previous witnesses, you and I have actually met," Trump joked.

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After wishing Butter “a lot of luck,” he completed the pardon and sent both birds off to “Gobblers Rest,” an agricultural facility at Virginia Tech University. There, he predicted they “will be cared for and enjoy a terrific life,” though it's highly unlikely either bird will live to see another Thanksgiving thanks to the breeding practices of turkey farmers.

The annual tradition began after Abraham Lincoln granted a one-time, unofficial pardon because his son had grown fond of a bird delivered to the White House. The lighthearted poultry rite continued throughout various administrations until George H.W. Bush made the turkey pardon official when he took office in 1989.

Trump has kept up the tradition, granting an official pardon last year to Peas and Carrots and the year before sparing Drumstick and Wishbone.

Trump’s pair of pardons come amid speculation about whether he will grant clemency to his longtime associate, Roger Stone, who was found guilty earlier this month on all charges for thwarting a House investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference.

Trump also stepped into controversy by granting full pardons last Friday to a pair of Army officers convicted of or charged with war crimes, while also promoting Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was tried and acquitted for similar violations of the laws of armed conflict. Internal tension about the move set off a series of events resulting Defense Secretary Mark Esper forcing out Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.

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Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry, said he plans to vote against all the articles of impeachment "unless there's something that I haven't seen, haven't heard before."Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry, said he plans to vote against all the articles of impeachment "unless there's something that I haven't seen, haven't heard before.

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