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Congress & Impeachment

Obama in leaked call slams move to drop charges against Michael Flynn, coronavirus response – The Washington Post

Former president Barack Obama speaks in Munich in 2019. (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

“By Hannah Knowles and Meryl Kornfield May 9, 2020 at 4:27 p.m. PDT”

“Former president Barack Obama shared deep worries Friday about the Justice Department’s decision to drop its prosecution of ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, telling old aides on a call that “our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk,” according to a recording obtained by Yahoo News and confirmed by an Obama spokesperson.”

“Obama also appeared to slam the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as an “absolute chaotic disaster,” offering the sort of blistering criticisms he has rarely aired in public. Obama said shortly before President Trump took office that he would only weigh in on his successor’s actions when he believes “our core values may be at stake.” “

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/09/obama-michael-flynn-call/

An Attack on a Fundamental Principle of Justice – The Atlantic

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“The Department of Justice has moved to dismiss the criminal case against Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump. At Attorney General Bill Barr’s direction, the Department took the action to, in his words, “restore confidence in the system [and show] there is only one standard of justice.” This Orwellian description conceals the reality that under Barr, there are two separate systems of justice, one for the president’s friends, and one for everyone else.”

“This is not the first time that Attorney General Barr has interfered in criminal investigations involving close confidants of President Trump. Earlier he intervened to soften a sentencing memorandum for Roger Stone—an act that led to the withdrawal of four career prosecutors from the case and a call from thousands of DOJ alumni for Barr’s resignation. Additionally, he earlier sought to soften the sentence to be imposed on General Flynn. This time, Barr has gone a step further and moved to dismiss the Flynn case outright. Once again, the lead prosecutor has quit the case, and the government’s filing was so unpersuasive that no career prosecutor was willing to sign it. It is signed only by a political appointee—Timothy Shea, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, who was appointed by Barr—acting at the Attorney General’s direction.”

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/attack-fundamental-principle-justice/611395/

President Trump Mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Story of Sexual Assault in Vicious, Disgraceful Moment

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Donald Trump, American president*, disgraces his office once more.

By Charles P. Pierce Oct 3, 2018

“This video should be the only news from now until Election Day, and probably beyond that, all the way to the next Election Day in 2020 as well.”

“This video captures perfectly where we are as a nation at this moment in history. It shows with startling clarity the end result of civic disengagement and democratic apathy. It shows without question that we have allowed our republic to fall into the hands of a sociopath whose feeling for his fellow human beings can be measured against a poker chip. It shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that the better angels of our nation have been sold out to anger, and greed, and stone hatred. It shows precisely the depths to which our fellow citizens will follow this bag of old and rancid sins. Some of those citizens know better. Some of them don’t. All of them are dangerous blockheads.”

Source: President Trump Mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Story of Sexual Assault in Vicious, Disgraceful Moment

Inside Donald Trump and Jared Kushner’s Two Months of Magical Thinking | Vanity Fair


Caption: Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a close Trump ally in a crucial swing state, wanted to keep beaches open—and Trump bowed to pressure.By Steve Nesius/Reuters.

“Obsessed with impeachment and their enemies and worried about the stock market, the president and his son-in-law scapegoated HHS Secretary Alex Azar, and treated the coronavirus as mostly a political problem as it moved through the country.”

Source: Inside Donald Trump and Jared Kushner’s Two Months of Magical Thinking | Vanity Fair

Senate committee unanimously endorses spy agencies’ finding that Russia interfered in 2016 presidential race in bid to help Trump – The Washington Post

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The heavily redacted report is the fourth of five to be released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on the 2016 election.

Source: Senate committee unanimously endorses spy agencies’ finding that Russia interfered in 2016 presidential race in bid to help Trump – The Washington Post

LEAD DEMOCRATIC IMPEACHMENT MANAGER ADAM SCHIFF

LEAD DEMOCRATIC IMPEACHMENT MANAGER ADAM SCHIFF

“The witnesses the president is concealing will tell their stories. And we will be asked why we didn’t want to hear that information when we had the chance. What answer shall we give if we do not pursue the truth now?”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-impeachment-quotes/no-fair-trial-quotes-from-trumps-senate-impeachment-trial-idUSKBN1ZU34C