Donald Trump’s impeachment hearings began today live on TV, and Trump said he was too busy “working” to watch it, yet he spent the day retweeting right wingers and hosting Turkish President Erdogan at the White House.
I've yet to hear a compelling argument from the Trump fans on why he won't release his returns.https://www.npr.org/2019/11/14/779168635/federal-appeals-court-lets-stand-ruling-that-congress-can-subpoena-trump-tax-ret
Federal Appeals Court Allows Congress To Subpoena Trump Tax Returns
Now we get to find out what the Supreme Court will say.
WhataboutHillary'sEmails?!I've yet to hear a compelling argument from the Trump fans on why he won't release his returns.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-14/trump-lawyer-kasowitz-takes-on-ukrainian-billionaire-as-clientTrump Lawyer Bolsters Defense of Ukrainian Billionaire
President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer has several new clients in a money-laundering lawsuit, all co-defendants of the Ukrainian billionaire who launched the career of that country’s recently elected president, Vlodymyr Zelinskiy.
"Nothing says I love you like a shakedown," said Vipin Narang, an associate professor at MIT who follows the Korean peninsula, summarizing South Korean uncertainty about the US.
More meat for LeVeL's "Nothingburger"Roger Stone, a veteran Republican political operative and longtime confidant of Donald Trump, was found guilty by a federal jury in Washington, D.C. on Friday in his false statements and obstruction trial.
The verdict, announced after two days of deliberations by the jury, adds another chapter to Stone's long and colorful history as a self-described dirty trickster.
It also means Stone, who is 67, likely faces prison time, even as a first-time offender. Stone stood as the verdict was read on all seven counts in this case but did not speak.
Stone was arrested in January at his home in Florida on charges brought by former special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation.
Stone pleaded not guilty to making false statements, obstruction and witness tampering. He did not take the stand during the trial.
In the indictment, Stone was accused of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to discover what WikiLeaks planned to do with thousands of hacked Democratic emails it had in its possession. The House committee was conducting its own investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
WikiLeaks ultimately did release the emails during the campaign, which became a major talking point of the election that Donald Trump went on to win.
During the six-day trial, the government presented emails and text messages to try to prove its case that Stone lied to Congress to hide his efforts to contact WikiLeaks — including by telling lawmakers that he had no records concerning hacked emails or the anti-secrecy group.
Stone's defense lawyers argued that Stone didn't intend to lie to the committee. They also claimed that the investigation against him was misguided and that Stone was being targeted for political reasons.
Stone was the second close political adviser of Trump's brought to trial on charges by Mueller's team.
The other was Stone's former business partner, Paul Manafort, who was convicted in 2018 in a tax and bank fraud trial in Virginia. Manafort later pleaded guilty to other charges in a related case brought by Mueller in Washington, D.C. He is now in prison.
Six others — including Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to charges that arose from the special counsel's probe.
Mueller's office also brought charges against more than two dozen Russian nationals and three Russian entities.
Trump aid Roger Stone convicted on all counts.
More meat for LeVeL's "Nothingburger"
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/15/politics/parnas-trump-special-mission-ukraine/index.html?sr=twCNN111519parnas-trump-special-mission-ukraine0918PMStoryAfter private White House meeting, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was on a 'secret mission' for Trump, sources say
Among the many guests who had their pictures taken with President Donald Trump at the White House's annual Hanukkah party last year were two Soviet-born businessmen from Florida, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
At one point during the party that night, Parnas and Fruman slipped out of a large reception room packed with hundreds of Trump donors to have a private meeting with the President and Giuliani, according to two acquaintances in whom Parnas confided right after the meeting.
Attorney General William Barr vociferously attacked Democratic lawmakers and federal judges on Friday and accused them of trying to limit Trump's presidential power.
He stated during a sweeping speech at The Federalist Society, a conservative legal organization, that Democrats "essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government."
Barr's speech drew swift criticism from legal experts, some of whom decried its ideas as "authoritarian" and "dangerous." It come as Trump's use of presidential power faces intense scrutiny. Lawmakers involved in the impeachment inquiry are trying to determine whether the president abused the power of the presidency by seeking to trade military aide to Ukraine for a political favor.