On Tuesday, the Office of the White House Counsel delivered an eight-page letter to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejecting the very legitimacy of the impeachment inquiry threatening this presidency.
The letter was notable not for the conclusion it reached—few suspected that the administration was going to cooperate with House Democrats—but for the broadsides and rhetorical flourishes it featured. That’s because this letter wasn’t fully written by lawyers.
It was crafted, in large part, by President Donald Trump himself.
According to two people familiar with the process, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone had multiple meetings with President Trump in the days leading up to the issuance of the letter. During those meetings with Cipollone, the president would get especially animated when names such as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee leading the probe into the whistleblower complaint, came up. The sources said that Trump enthusiastically suggested adding various jabs at Democratic lawmakers and would request that their “unfair” treatment of him be incorporated into the letter.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50036901Turkey-Syria offensive: Kurds reach deal with Syrian army
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/13/world/middleeast/syria-turkey-invasion-isis.htmlAmerica’s Former Allies in Syria Team Up With Damascus Government
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/13/world/middleeast/kurds-syria-turkey-trump.htmlPullback Leaves Green Berets Feeling ‘Ashamed,’ and Kurdish Allies Describing ‘Betrayal’
I've been traveling and haven't paid much attention to the news, so help me understand what's going on. The article says that US troops have been planning a withdrawal for months now but it seems like no troops have actually been withdrawn yet. Sounds like the situation hasn't changed at this point, as far as US troops are concerned, and that the decision to eventually withdraw them isn't new or sudden. No?https://www.npr.org/2019/10/13/769886916/endangered-by-turkish-offensive-u-s-troops-prepare-to-evacuate-from-syria
Endangered By Turkish Offensive, U.S. Troops Prepare To Evacuate From Syria
Planning may have been taking place, but I doubt it was anywhere near complete, or the situation stable enough to take place.I've been traveling and haven't paid much attention to the news, so help me understand what's going on. The article says that US troops have been planning a withdrawal for months now but it seems like no troops have actually been withdrawn yet. Sounds like the situation hasn't changed at this point, as far as US troops are concerned, and that the decision to eventually withdraw them isn't new or sudden. No?
Somehow I can’t imagine that actual footage from a war zone is “nicer” than any video from a gun range; if that is what ABC News has shown.
https://gizmodo.com/abc-news-broadcasts-fake-syria-bombing-video-thats-actu-1839028685ABC News Apologizes
President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday.
The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination.
Giuliani said Parnas' company, Boca Raton-based Fraud Guarantee, whose website says it aims to help clients "reduce and mitigate fraud", engaged Giuliani Partners, a management and security consulting firm, around August 2018. Giuliani said he was hired to consult on Fraud Guarantee's technologies and provide legal advice on regulatory issues.