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Congress & Impeachment

Opinion | The Trump father-son psychodrama – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/07/trump-father-son-psychodrama/

And, behind on news, so here’s some links to recent news:

James Comey: Geoffrey Berman upheld the finest tradition of the SDNY office – The Washington Post

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/20/james-comey-something-stinks/

Trump’s false claim that Obama ‘never even tried to fix’ police brutality – The Washington Post

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/17/trumps-false-claim-that-obama-never-even-tried-fix-police-brutality/

Trump’s 2020 polls are getting worse. Here’s proof. – The Washington Post

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/16/trumps-2020-polls-are-getting-worse-heres-proof/

Mike Pence’s deceptions unmask Trump’s dangerous reelection strategy – The Washington Post

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/16/mike-pences-deceptions-unmask-trumps-dangerous-reelection-strategy/

President Trump has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims – The Washington Post

“It took President Trump 827 days to top 10,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker’s database, an average of 12 claims a day.”

“But on July 9, just 440 days later, the president crossed the 20,000 mark — an average of 23 claims a day over a 14-month period, which included the events leading up to Trump’s impeachment trial, the worldwide pandemic that crashed the economy and the eruption of protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody.”

“The coronavirus pandemic has spawned a whole new genre of Trump’s falsehoods. The category in just a few months has reached nearly 1,000 claims, more than his tax claims combined. Trump’s false or misleading claims about the impeachment investigation — and the events surrounding it — contributed almost 1,200 entries to the database.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/07/13/president-trump-has-made-more-than-20000-false-or-misleading-claims/

False claims and disinformation are the central feature of Trump’s presidency – The Washington Post

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“The president’s technique — refined over half a century in public life — is relentless and unforgiving: Never admit any error, constantly repeat falsehoods, and have no shame about your tactics.”

“From the start of Trump’s presidency, The Fact Checker team has catalogued every false or misleading statement he has made. As of May 29, the count stood at 19,127. That works out to about 15 claims per day. But the pace of deception has quickened exponentially. He averaged about six claims a day in 2017, nearly 16 a day in 2018, and more than 22 a day in 2019 and 2020 so far. Indeed, the president made more false or misleading claims in 2019 than he did in 2017 and 2018 combined.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-fact-checker-book/2020/06/01/c6323b88-a435-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

Donald Trump, the Most Unmanly President – The Atlantic

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Editor’s Note: May be behind paywall, but a great article on this unmanly fool as POTUS.

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/donald-trump-the-most-unmanly-president/612031/

Trump administration to withdraw from Open Skies treaty in a further erosion of arms control pacts with Russia – The Washington Post

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, shown earlier this month with President Trump, has said Russia has violated the treaty for many years. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)



Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2020/05/21/882d460a-9b68-11ea-b60c-3be060a4f8e1_story.html

“The Trump administration began privately informing allied nations this week that the United States will withdraw from a nearly 30-year-old treaty designed to reduce the chances of an accidental war between Russia and the United States by allowing reconnaissance flights over the two countries, according to diplomats familiar with the discussions.”

“A withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies risks driving another wedge between the United States and its European allies, some of which urged the United States to remain in the pact in recent weeks despite U.S. concerns about Russian compliance.”

From the Las Vegas SUN, 5/17/2020: ACCOMMODATING GOP, TRUMP ARE TRANSFORMING AMERICA INTO A DICTATORSHIP

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“The time has arrived to confront a grim realization in calm but forthright terms.”

“Since 2016, observers in the U.S. and around the world have remarked on President Donald Trump and the Republican Party exhibiting authoritarian “tendencies.”

“With a sense of numb shock, we now must acknowledge the facts before us. By any objective standard, the Trump administration and GOP leadership have moved well past authoritarian reflexes.”

“Simply put, our nation has entered the early stages of a dictatorship.

It’s an immature dictatorship and still gathering power. But it’s not theoretical and it has happened faster than any rational person might believe.”

Source: https://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/ReviewJournal/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=LVRJ/2020/05/17&entity=Ar03301&sk=8E3AA686&mode=text

Republicans grow nervous about losing the Senate amid worries over Trump’s handling of the pandemic – The Washington Post

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) faces a difficult reelection contest this year. (Amanda Voisard/for The Washington Post)

“Republicans are increasingly nervous they could lose control of the Senate this fall as a potent combination of a cratering economy, President Trump’s handling of the pandemic and rising enthusiasm among Democratic voters dims their electoral prospects.”

“In recent weeks, GOP senators have been forced into a difficult political dance as polling shifts in favor of Democrats: touting their own response to the coronavirus outbreak without overtly distancing themselves from a president whose management of the crisis is under intense scrutiny but who still holds significant sway with Republican voters.”

Source: Republicans grow nervous about losing the Senate amid worries over Trump’s handling of the pandemic – The Washington Post

Will the Supreme Court permit Trump to be above the law? – The Washington Post

President Trump with reporters outside the White House on May 5. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

“By Ruth Marcus Deputy editorial page editor
May 10, 2020 at 12:38 p.m. PDT

“I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.” So said President Trump last year, and he has been doing his best ever since to embody that grotesquely inflated constitutional self-conception.

Thus, Trump blocked Anthony S. Fauci from testifying this week before the House. “The House is a setup,” Trump proclaimed. Yes, set up by the Constitution, as part of a coequal branch.”

Editor’s Note: No one in the United States is above the law, especially this President.

Source: Will the Supreme Court permit Trump to be above the law? – The Washington Post

READ: Newly released Russia probe transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee | PBS NewsHour

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The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released 57 transcripts of closed-door interviews conducted in the course of its probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in a letter to acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, blamed the “excessive delay” in the ODNI’s classification review of the transcripts — which House Intelligence unanimously voted to release in November 2018 — on “improper political inference by the White House.” According to the letter, the ODNI completed the requested review earlier this week.

Source: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/read-newly-released-russia-probe-transcripts-from-the-house-intelligence-committee

See also: https://intelligence.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1004

See also: https://intelligence.house.gov/russiainvestigation/