THE INQUISITION  IMPEACHMENT


Due to the fast moving impeachment investigation it is almost impossible to keep up with all the testimony, news and truth surfacing about our fake, corrupt, and disgusting president,  and the liar and con man he is…  

Whats worse is having to listen to the lying jerkoffs like Nunes and Jordan, who support him to save their own asses…  It’s just like magnetism, the scumbags are attracted to each other… the GOP on this committee (  Goose-Stepping Oligarch Pr*cks) is nothing but a clan of greedy bastards… playing a fool’s party line…



CNN HIGHLIGHTS


IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION 

Public hearings in the impeachment investigation may be over for now, but a few revelations in the case have shed new light on who knew what about the Ukraine scandal and when. The House released a testimony transcript from Mark Sandy, a senior career official at the Office of Management and Budget. Sandy said that after the White House froze aid to Ukraine, officials there waited months before telling him the move was because of concerns over other countries’ contributions to Ukraine. 

That's been the official White House reason for withholding the aid, but Sandy's timeline -- and concerns he says he and others had about the legality of withholding the aid -- throws that story into doubt. Meanwhile, The New York Times reported President Trump actually knew about the whistleblower report when he released the aid money to Ukraine. The question is: Did one event beget the other?


T-RUMP SINKS THE NAVY TO A NEW LOW

Captain Blowhard ( T-RUMP for you Evangelicals) stuck his nose where it does not belong)   The Pentagon made a very unusual move yesterday and forced Navy Secretary Richard Spencer to resign for his part in ongoing tensions between the White House and the Pentagon over the discipline of a Navy SEAL. Spencer allegedly went outside his chain of command to propose a "secret agreement with the White House" to end the standoff, according to a senior defense official. President Trump has vocally supported the SEAL, Eddie Gallagher, who is one of three service members facing war crimes allegations. Gallagher posed with the dead body of an ISIS fighter, which is against regulations, and could be kicked out of the force as a result. Trump has openly criticized the Navy's handling of Gallagher's case and said he would not let the Navy discipline him. Against advice from the Pentagon, he officially restored Gallagher's rank last week and pardoned the two other service members. However, yesterday military officials announced the White House will not intervene in the review. 


IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION 

Scheduled public hearings are over and Democratic House aides will likely spend Thanksgiving week drafting a report that will spell out the case for impeachment. There are still some big witnesses House Democrats have pressured to testify, like former national security adviser John Bolton, but they’re not going to force the issue. 

Meanwhile, one of Trump's top defenders may need to do some defending of his own. Late last Friday, news broke that an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani would be willing to tell Congress that Devin Nunes met with an ex-Ukrainian official last year to discuss digging up dirt on Joe Biden. He's the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee -- the group leading the impeachment investigation centered around Trump asking Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Biden family. Nunes has disputed the report.


WHISTLEBLOWER

T-RUMP does not have to look very far for a whistle blower.  Just go over to the other bedroom in the White House where she sleeps and seek the whistle blower you married, she’ll blow your whistle…she has to, she scared to death of you… and afraid what you would do to her and her child…


GORDON SONDLAND

(CNN) by Scott Jennings
Ambassador Gordon Sondland caught the Republicans flat-footed at Wednesday’s hearing of the House Intelligence committee with his lengthy opening statement, which some have interpreted as confirming the Democratic case that President Donald T-RUMP himself ordered a quid pro quo scheme: a visit to the White House for Ukraine’s new president — and release of held-up aid to Ukraine, Democrats say -- in exchange for his country publicly launching investigations into both Burisma and a conspiracy theory alleging Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. ( More Bullsh*t Distractions) 

But then, later in questioning, Sondland muddied those waters by flatly stating that "No one told me the aid was tied to anything. I was presuming it was." Sondland's "best guess" and "presumption" gave the Republicans an important opening from which to operate during the afternoon, as did the fact that some of what Sondland said was contradictory. 

This will help the White House keep the GOP in line, even as the media portrays Sondland as a modern-day John Dean. He wasn’t.   Sondland also gave credence to an idea that many Republicans hold — it was a terrible plan to have Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in the middle of this situation. 

Sondland's testimony is more damning to Giuliani than Trump, as Sondland claimed to have received clear instructions about the conditions for a prospective Trump-Zelensky meeting from Giuliani, but unclear and perhaps even exculpatory instructions from Trump ("I want nothing, no quid pro quo," Sondland recalled the President saying in a conversation after the White House learned about the whistleblower complaint). 


THE GALLUP POLE PROVES STUPID LOVES STUPID

A Gallup poll, also released Wednesday, showed that 90% of Republicans continue to support the President, and that his marks on the economy are at a record high for his presidency, with 57% of people saying they approve of his handling of that matter.  

ED:  Schmucks ( Yiddish for Stupid People) only care about their money and their own greed.  Money, everything else T-RUMP  has destroyed doesn’t count. Few accomplishments, tariffs, constant distractive tactics, his people choices for the cabinet screw things up, people, races and allies like the KURDS, immigration, world standings, and the joke of it is the Evangelicals… God lovers and Jesus followers who probably never read Mathew…For some religion is a nice substitute for intelligence and awareness…  They talk the talk but don’t really walk the walk…we call that ignorance…

                                  Matthew 7:15-20      A Tree and Its Fruit

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.  You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?  So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. Over 100 cabinet and WH staff have left the White House, some from scams, some with total incompetence, many fear of their careers to be associated with such a bad President and smartly got out.


Good luck moving Republican senators off the President when their entire party loves him, and nearly 60% of Americans believe him to be doing a good job on the most important issue in the upcoming election.

I have believed from the beginning that the final Republican position here will be some form of blaming this Ukrainian business on Giuliani, expressing varying degrees of disapproval of the bad judgment displayed by various people, but concluding that it falls short of impeachment. 

The Democrats’ position has not changed -- they will impeach the President, as most members of their party have desired to do since the earliest days of his presidency.  Folks are still in their corners, and that's not likely to change over Sondland or anyone else.


DR FIONA HILL
The public impeachment inquiry hearings have wrapped up for now, but not before delivering a few final blows to the GOP’s impeachment defenses. Fiona Hill, the former senior director for Russia and Europe at the National Security Council, did not mince words in her testimony. She called President Trump’s pressuring of Ukraine a "domestic political errand" and called out several GOP conspiracy theories, including the idea that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election to harm Trump's campaign. 

She also recalled telling Ambassador Gordon Sondland (who delivered his own explosive testimony this week) that the whole issue was "going to blow up." And Hill warned that the Kremlin is prepared to strike US elections again in 2020, a serious threat to American democracy. Now, Democrats have an important choice to make: They can either start drafting articles of impeachment or pursue more testimony and key documents to reinforce their case.


THE PAST THREE DAYS HAVE GONE BAD FOR REPUBLICANS   (CNN’s Chris Cillizza)
The public impeachment hearings were never going to be a good thing for Trump -- given that the proceedings were controlled by the House Democratic majority and we knew, from a series of closed-door depositions over the past month, that the witnesses who would be called had a) expressed deep misgivings about President Donald Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 and b) suggested that there was a not-so-secret quid pro quo in place that unless the Ukrainians announced an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden they would not get the White House meeting with the President they so desired.

But even by those standards, what happened over the past 72 hours was a disaster the likes of which not even the most pessimistic Republican could have predicted. The Wednesday testimony of US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland was obviously the pivot point of the week. Going into Sondland's testimony, no one was quite sure what he would do. Spill the beans? Plead the Fifth? Something in between? Sondland, who was one of the witnesses that Republicans had pushed for, wound up opting to save himself -- at the expense of everyone from presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the President himself.

Sondland's opening statement is one for the history books, as he made clear that not only was there an understood quid pro quo (a White House meeting in exchange for Zelensky announcing an investigation into the Biden's  but that everyone in the Trump inner circle was entirely up to speed on it.

While Sondland's testimony was the bombshell, the testimony of the likes of former US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, National Security Council Ukraine expert Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, former top T-RUMP Russia expert Fiona Hill and Defense Department aide Laura Cooper-- among others -- served to tell a consistent and compelling story about what happened in and around that July 25 call, and why they believed it to be inappropriate. 

With each passing hour, it seemed as though another Republican talking point was exploded by a witness. Volker, who testified behind closed doors on October 3, acknowledged that much new information had come to light that had forced him to reassess a series of assertions he had initially made. Perhaps the most important: Volker initially said that investigations into Trump's conspiracy theories and the release of almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine were not mentioned in a July 10 meeting at the White House. But on Tuesday, Volker said he now knows that the investigations were mentioned.

  • Cooper, who followed Sondland in testifying on Wednesday, provided a trio of emails that made clear the Ukrainians had begun asking about the $400 million in held-up military aid as soon as July 25 — the same day that Zelensky and Trump talked.

  • Hill, the star witness on Thursday, went out of her way to debunk the conspiracy theory being pushed by Rep. Devin Nunes (California), the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee that Ukraine was, in fact, meddling in the 2016 election to help Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and hurt T-RUMP  
    "Based on questions and statements I have heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country—and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did," Hill said in her opening statement. “ his is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves."

  • Taken together, the three days of public testimony amounted to a series of body blows delivered to both the Trump White House and congressional Republicans. While Trump took to Twitter to insist he had been fully exonerated by Sondland and that the other witnesses were simply operating from hearsay and the likes of Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) tried to poke holes in the witnesses’ testimony, it was abundantly clear to any quasi-neutral observer that these hearings were an absolute rout for Democrats.

  • How much will what happened over the past three days in Washington change how the public perceives whether Trump deserves to be impeached? Or how Republicans in the House or Senate choose to answer that same question? Who knows -- although there's little debate that many minds were already made up.

The Point: Whether or not the public impeachment hearings move poll numbers -- or GOP members votes -- there is no question that what we saw on display over the past three days was a nightmare scenario for Republicans that further complicates their already difficult task of continuing to defend this President and his actions.


REVENGE OF THE BLOB?
Impeachment hearings are vindicating “the Blob,” a nickname the US foreign-policy establishment acquired under the Obama administration, Stephen M. Walt writes for Foreign Policy. Having criticized the foreign-policy elite in a book, Walt writes that the testimony of diplomats has caused him to rethink things, in particular his opinion of career officials. He writes: “One need not regard the Blob as infallible to recognize that some of its members are genuine patriots acting not from self-interest but from love of country. And that’s who Congress is hearing from this week.”

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was the latest figure to testify in the House of Representatives’ impeachment investigation on Tuesday. He recounted to congressional investigators that he had been troubled by President Trump’s conduct in connection to Ukraine policy. Here’s what you need to know about him:  He’s a Ukrainian Jewish refugee:

Alexander and his twin brother Yevgeny came to America from Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union) when they were three years old, in 1979, along with their older brother, father and grandmother after the death of their mother. Vindman said in his prepared testimony that his father worked multiple jobs while learning English at night.

“I think their father felt they would do better in the United States as Jews,” Carol Kitman, a photographer who befriended the family when they arrived in America, told The New York Times..   This isn’t his first time in front of the cameras:

The Vindman twins were even featured as children in a 1985 Ken Burns documentary about immigrants and the Statue of Liberty.

“We came from Kyiv,” Alexander told the camera. “And then our mother died, so we went to Italy. Then we came here.”

And Kitman has photographed the Vindman family for decades, featuring her work on their website. As children, they were used as models for her children’s book “One Mezuzah: A Jewish Counting Book.” Kitman also took photos of Alexander Vindman’s wedding, during which he and his wife Rachel were wrapped in a tallit, the Jewish prayer shawl.

He’s a decorated military veteran:   Both Vindman’s are active-duty lieutenant colonels in the United States Army. Alexander Vidman served as an infantry officer in Germany and South Korea, before being deployed to Iraq, where he was wounded by a roadside bomb and received the Purple Heart. CNN reported that he still carries shrapnel in his body from the attack.


WORK IS A FAMILY AFFAIR:

Vindman continued to rise up the ranks, joining the National Security Council in 2018 as the director of European affairs. Yevgeny also works for the NSC, as a lawyer handling ethics issues. Their offices are right next to each other in the West Wing of the White House. Alexander Vindman brought his brother along to meet with top NSC lawyer John Eisenberg and share his concerns about Trump’s conduct.

He was concerned about President Trump’s approach to Ukraine:  Alexander Vindman was one of the people who listened to Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate the Biden family.

“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a US citizen,” he wrote in his prepared testimony, “and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine.” He added that he believed it was a quid pro quo tied to Trump’s holdup of congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine and informed others on the National Security Council of his concerns.

Some Republicans have tried to use his past against him:  Conservatives on Fox News and CNN have cast aspersions on Vindman, claiming that his Ukrainian heritage meant that he could have been more interested in helping Ukraine than the United States.  ( TYPICAL LOW CLASS SCUMBAG GOP COMMENT) 

“We all have an affinity to our homeland where we came from,” former Republican Rep. Sean Duffy told CNN, adding, “He has an affinity, I think, for the Ukraine. He speaks Ukrainian. He came from the country and he wants to make sure they’re safe and free.” When asked by CNN host John Berman if he thought Vindman was looking out for America first, Duffy refused to say yes.

HIS STATEMENT
“I sit here, as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, an immigrant,” he wrote. “I have a deep appreciation for American values and ideals and the power of freedom. I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend our country, irrespective of party or politics.”


THE FIRST DAY OF PUBLIC IMPEACHMENT

As expected, the first day of public impeachment hearings brought some interesting developments. Remember the phone call between Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that's at the center of the whole investigation? Yesterday, Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, told lawmakers about another conversation when T-RUMP again voiced his desire to push the Ukrainians to publicly announce investigations -- which would give his 2020 campaign a boost.  

MULVANEY IMPLICATED
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney’s name also came up a lot yesterday. He was identified by the witnesses as a central player in the decision to withhold US assistance to Ukraine. Mulvaney has denied any involvement and has repeatedly avoided calls to testify. However, it's clear Democrats aren't done putting the pressure on him to speak up. It was a full day, but there's still a long way to go -- and as the impeachment investigation gets thornier and more complicated, Democrats may find it harder to sell to a voting public. 

Facts are unlikely to change strongly held views, as “selective perception” kicks in and facts are cherry-picked—and regardless of what facts show, they can further entrench existing viewpoints. That said, research suggests “self-defining attitudes do not seem to change incrementally, a little at a time, but they can change dramatically, from one extreme to another.” (As an example, Coleman cites “former skinheads turned tolerance trainers, peace activists turned violent militants, and religious zealots turned atheists.”) And then there are those in the middle: Exhausted moderates “who are politically disengaged and thus are much less identified with either tribe, can be swayed.”

BILL TAYLOR
Bill Taylor, America’s top diplomat in Ukraine, writes in a new op-ed for Ukrainian weekly Novoye Vremya that work remains in Kiev “to strengthen rule of law and to hold accountable those who try to subvert Ukraine’s structures to serve their personal aims, rather than the nation’s interests.” Which raises an obvious question: Who is he talking about?

Taylor took over as chargé d’affaires in Ukraine after Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was forced out—and it was Taylor, a longtime diplomat, whose closed-door testimony (since released in full) roiled Capitol Hill in late October, as Taylor alleged the Trump administration had indeed sought investigations in exchange for military aid and a presidential meeting—and that an “irregular” policy channel existed. Taylor was the official who texted US Ambassador to the EU (and ally of President Trump) Gordon Sondland that he thought this was “crazy.”

Taylor’s op-ed appears aimed at reassuring Ukraine; he drops in the aforementioned corruption line at the end, by way of acknowledging challenges ahead. He lauds President Volodymyr Zelensky’s reform efforts, writes that he is “optimistic about Ukraine’s strength, dynamism, and progress,” and pledges that Kiev “can count on the United States’ committed partnership and support.” And yet, given Taylor’s own testimony, one wonders if the “irregular” channel would agree.


THREATS AND DISMISSEL - WITNESS TAMPERING
President Donald Trump’s aides have explored moving some impeachment witnesses on loan to the White House from other agencies, such as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, back to their home departments ahead of schedule, according to people familiar with the conversations.

As public hearings bring the officials' allegations to his television screen, Trump is asking anew how witnesses such as Vindman and Ambassador Bill Taylor came to work for him, people familiar with the matter said. He has suggested again they be dismissed, even as advisers warn him firing them could be viewed as retaliation.

The possible move of officials out of the White House could still be viewed by some as evidence of retribution for their testimony. Trump's frustration at his own officials comes as he attacks witnesses on Twitter, including during Friday's public hearing with the ousted ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Trump appears to have adopted a strategy of maligning the officials, despite some allies encouraging him not to.

The uncertain fate and public thrashing of these officials has created a thorny situation for a White House wading through the impeachment process. Trump's impulse to dismiss them hasn't been realized, but he's made clear nevertheless he views them as unwelcome.

It's one of the persistent anomalies of the impeachment inquiry: most of the witnesses airing concerns at Trump's approach to Ukraine remain employed by him, despite his claims they are "Never Trumpers" and his overt suggestions they've already been fired.

None, for now, have been explicitly fired by Trump, even as he and his allies suggest otherwise. It's created an odd and uncomfortable situation for staffers, who say they are unclear on their colleagues' futures in the administration.

Over the weekend, a GOP talking point emerged that Trump was well within his rights to choose his own team, a response to Yovanovitch public recounting of the smear campaign orchestrated by Trump's allies to push her from her post in Kiev.

DONALD  “ F*CK-NUTS JR”  OPENS HIS MOUTH
“ America hired @realDonaldTrump  to fire people like the first three witnesses we’ve seen,” the President’s son,  Donald “ F*CK-NUTS” T-RUMP Jr., tweeted as Yovanovitch began her testimony. "Career government bureaucrats and nothing more."

A day later, Trump himself suggested on Twitter he'd already fired the three State Department employees who have appeared in public impeachment hearings, quoting the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

"You elected Donald Trump to drain the Swamp, well, dismissing people like Yovanovitch is what that looks like.  Dismissing people like Kent and Taylor, dismissing everybody involved from the Obama holdover days trying to undermine Trump, getting rid of those people, dismissing them, this is what it looks like," Trump tweeted, citing Limbaugh. 

He was referring to George Kent, the current deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, and Bill Taylor, the current top US diplomat in Ukraine.

The message left the impression that Trump was fulfilling a campaign promise by removing those who'd testified about their concerns. But as of Monday, all three of the people named in his tweet remain employed by his administration. Kent and Taylor are still in their posts, and while Yovanovitch took a position at Georgetown University after being recalled, she remains a State Department employee.

Trump has not taken formal steps to order those officials' removal from government, according to administration officials, who say instead he has vented at how they were allowed to work for him in the first place. In the case of Taylor, Trump has lashed out at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who personally encouraged Taylor to come out of retirement when Yovanovitch was recalled. 

Asked at a news conference Monday whether the President had confidence in Taylor, Pompeo demurred. 

"The State Department is doing a fantastic job. I think we've delivered in a way that the Obama Administration has not delivered on Ukraine," Pompeo said, declining otherwise to state whether the top envoy in Ukraine was still in the President's good graces.

He did offer blanket support for his staff as they withstand attacks from the President and his allies.

"I always defend State Department employees. This is the greatest diplomatic corps in the history of the world. Very proud of the team,” he said, without rebutting any of Trump's claims.


WARNED AGAINST ACTION
Most important takeaways from the Marie Yovanovitch impeachment hearing Early in the impeachment proceedings, as witnesses came to deliver closed depositions on Capitol Hill, Trump's advisers warned him against taking steps to fire those speaking out. His actions could be perceived as retaliation, they cautioned, and could be used by Democrats as they compiled articles of impeachment.

But now, the strength of that advice is being tested by televised hearings and the public release of the private interviews. Trump has watched the hearings intermittently and consumed hours of news coverage afterward.

On Sunday, Trump lashed out at another witness, Jennifer Williams, a State Department employee on loan to the vice president's office as a foreign policy adviser. On Twitter, the President wrote, “ ell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, and  see the just released statement (sic) from Ukraine. Then she should meet with the other Never Trumper’s,  (smarter people) who I don’t know and mostly never even heard of, and work out a better presidential attack!”

Asked about the tweet, Vice President Mike Pence's spokeswoman said only: "Jennifer is a State Department employee." The State Department didn't comment.

Despite Pence's office distancing themselves from Williams in public, White House sources said Williams still has the support of his team, including chief of staff Marc Short and Williams' boss, Gen. Keith Kellogg, who serves as Pence's national security adviser.

"She is just as key a part of the team," a White House official said.

For now, the expectation is that Williams, who was detailed to Pence's office from the State Department earlier this year, will remain in her post. However, there's "no chance" Pence will step forward to defend Williams, the official added.  “In the press it has been pretty clear that he is distancing himself from 'the deep state,' " the official said.


VINDMAN’S FATE
Less clear is the fate of Vindman, who will appear in a public hearing on Tuesday morning alongside Williams. The top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, Vindman raised concerns about Trump's July phone call with Ukraine's President to National Security Council lawyers.

Additional testimony from Tim Morrison, the council's former senior director for European and Russian, suggested internal concerns about Vindman's suitability for the job. Morrison said he was warned about Vindman's judgment from his predecessor, Fiona Hill.

Like many National Security Council staffers, Vindman is detailed to the agency from the Defense Department, where he served as a foreign area officer. His twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman is also assigned to the council as a lawyer, and accompanied Alexander Vindman when he brought his concerns to White House lawyers.

In the wake of his testimony, some officials at the White House have explored moving both men back to the Pentagon, according to people familiar with the matter. But it's not clear when that might occur. And Alexander Vindman's lawyer said recently his detail to the National Security Council does not expire until next summer.

Speaking on CBS earlier this month, national security adviser Robert O'Brien said Vindman would likely return to the Pentagon but framed the move as part of his larger efforts to reduce the size of the National Security Council.

"We're streamlining the National Security Council. There are people that are detailed from different departments and agencies. My understanding is that Colonel Vindman is detailed from the Department of Defense," he said. "So everyone who's detailed at the NSC, people are going to start going back to their own departments."

He didn't specify whether the move would occur earlier than planned, and insisted it did not amount to retaliation for Vindman's testimony.

"I never retaliated against anyone," O'Brien said.


TRUMP AND THE TURK MURDERER

T-RUMP and Erdoğan Keep It in the Family - With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visiting the White House today, the invitation may seem odd, given the bipartisan backlash over Turkey’s incursion into Syria and congressional ire over Turkey's purchase of a Russian missile system. 

But The New York Times' David D. Kirkpatrick and Eric Lipton offer one explanation as to how President T-RUMP and Erdoğan have maintained their relationship: A backchannel involving three sons-in-law.

Ties have been maintained by Trump' son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, Erdoğan's son-in-law and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, and Mehmet Ali Yalcindag (who helped conclude a deal between Trump and his tycoon father-in-law, in which Trump licensed his name to two Istanbul towers), Kirkpatrick and Lipton report; their discussions have included issues like the Russian-missile-system purchase. It's a common denominator for Trump and Erdoğan, Kirkpatrick and Lipton write: empowering family over bureaucracies they don't trust.





stone

Prosecutors closed their criminal trial of Republican political strategist Roger Stone on Wednesday. Stone is on trial for charges that include lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a congressional proceeding. Yesterday, prosecutors ended their argument by saying, in no uncertain terms, that they believe Stone lied about his involvement with WikiLeaks in 2016, and that he did so with the singular motivation of protecting Donald Trump. Stone's attorney claims his client didn't know that Russians were behind the 2016 hack into Democratic Party servers, and that he had no motivation to lie.    Stone pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. The jury will begin deliberations Thursday morning.

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