Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey)

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Lawfare Executive Editor, Brookings Senior Fellow, CNN National Security and Legal Analyst, Former IC attorney.

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2007-07-31 18:21:38

Pressed by Rep. Zeldin (R-NY), Holmes said the US embassy in Kiev didn't see any legitimate reason for Ukraine to open a new investigation into Biden/Burisma. It was not in "the universe" of potential anti-corruption investigations. (This may undercut a key Trump defense.)

Pressed by Rep. Zeldin (R-NY), Holmes said the US embassy in Kiev didn't see any legitimate reason for Ukraine to open a new investigation into Biden/Burisma. It was not in "the universe" of potential anti-corruption investigations. (This may undercut a key Trump defense.)

The Morning Edition part... 😂

The sweet moves you've been imagining during your commute all these years. All titles list program name and theme composer.
Conceived by Kathryn Lounsbery.
Choreographed by Kathryn Lounsbery, Luis "L.T." Martinez, and Emily Lavengood. #NPR #NPRThemes

The sweet moves you've been imagining during your commute all these years. All titles list program name and theme composer. Conceived by Kathryn Lounsbery. Choreographed by Kathryn Lounsbery, Luis "L.T." Martinez, and Emily Lavengood.  #NPR  #NPRThemes

“The confidence to fight doesn’t come from laxity but rather from discipline. When unit discipline breaks down... the confidence to fight evaporates. In fact, you aren’t fighting anymore. You’re doing something altogether different: you’re killing.” https://time.com/5731655/trumps-pardons-soldiers-war/

NEW: Volker plans to tell lawmakers Tuesday that he was out of the loop at key moments of Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine He will seek to reconcile his closed-door description w/conflicting versions offered by other witnesses  @Peter Baker https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/18/us/politics/trump-impeachment.html?rref=collection%2Fbyline%2Fpet...

New: David Hale says State Dept records show Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Rudy Giuliani twice in late March, likely to talk about the smear campaign against Amb Yovanovitch.

Hale says Pompeo also called Sean Hannity, which Hannity has denied. 2

New: David Hale says State Dept records show Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Rudy Giuliani twice in late March, likely to talk about the smear campaign against Amb Yovanovitch. Hale says Pompeo also called Sean Hannity, which Hannity has denied.

Looks like the $40 million in held up Ukrainian aid that  @Molly O'Toole and I flagged in October as not being spent yet... still hasn't been spent. Senate Democrats just sent a letter demanding an explanation. Here's our original story: https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-10-14/trump-ukraine-aid-congress-impeachment

“The president’s approach to federal investigations can be boiled down to two simple words: Stop snitching.” https://newrepublic.com/article/155768/trump-enforces-omerta-latest-round-pardons

David Holmes testified that when the aid was ultimately released, he and the Embassy worried that meant Zelenskiy had indeed given a commitment to do the interview

In politics, walls often seem impenetrable until they crack. Only then do you see that it was always a facade. We may see more cracks this week, as the GOP House is starting to telegraph to reporters their own growing panic. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/18/politics/david-holmes-to-testify-thursday/index.html

Holmes overheard a July 26 call between Trump and Sondland, in which Trump asked if Zelensky committed to 'do the investigation.' Sondland then told Holmes Trump didn’t care about Ukraine, only his personal interests. Read his and David Hale's testimony: https://intelligence.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=855

NEW: The House Intelligence Committee has just released the depositions of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and State Dept. official David Holmes. David Hale: https://bit.ly/2NXzuHK David Holmes: https://bit.ly/2NYvmXZ

Stephen Miller’s emails reinforce what we’ve known all along: that white nationalism permeates  @Donald J. Trump’s administration. He should resign.

“Trump’s own cellphone use has led American intelligence officials to conclude that the Chinese — with whom he is negotiating a huge trade deal, among other sensitive topics — are doubtless privy to the president’s conversations.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/18/us/politics/giuliani-cellphone-hacking-russia-ukraine.html

Laura Loomer who is here with Stefanik got tossed from ride-sharing apps because she refused to ride with Muslim drivers. her campaign funds are funneled through ‘United West’, an anti-Islam hate group, she’s said that multiple shootings, including Parkland, were staged.

Decline is a choice.

Decline is a choice.

I came to Washington to fight for working families. If Wall Street or other special interests stand in the way, I only have one thing to say to them: bring it on. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa74wk/katie-porter-came-to-washington-to-go-to-war-with-wall-str...

Transcript from Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale posted: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/IG/IG00/CPRT-116-IG00-D018-U1.pdf

“There’s just no two ways about it,” Rex Tillerson tells Judy Woodruff. “So if you’re seeking some kind of personal gain and you’re using whether it’s American foreign aid or American weapons or American influence, that’s wrong. And I think everyone understands that.”

"We’ve discovered a new way to defile the uniform. Today, we allow murderers to wear it while being lauded as heroes." Superb, brutally honest piece from  @Elliot Ackerman https://time.com/5731655/trumps-pardons-soldiers-war/?xid=tcoshare

When pure politics mixes with pure foreign affairs, the “duty” owed by a military officer to a civilian authority is neither straightforward nor easy to scope, Dan Maurer writes: https://www.lawfareblog.com/what-lt-col-vindmans-testimony-says-about-civil-military-relations-and-m...

A friendly reminder that the chances are not zero that the President suffered some sort of non-minor medical event over the weekend and that the White House is lying about it—and it’s not even one of the biggest stories by the end of Monday.....

Who is funding these lawsuits?

@nycsouthpaw @NatashaBertrand @bradheath Patel is also using the same lawyer Nunes used in his cow lawsuit.

 @southpaw  @Natasha Bertrand  @Brad Heath Patel is also using the same lawyer Nunes used in his cow lawsuit.

Dozens of civil rights groups call for Trump to fire Stephen Miller. 

"Supporters of white supremacists and neo-Nazis should not be allowed to serve at any level of government, let alone in the White House.” 2

Dozens of civil rights groups call for Trump to fire Stephen Miller. "Supporters of white supremacists and neo-Nazis should not be allowed to serve at any level of government, let alone in the White House.” https://civilrights.org/resource/letter-to-the-white-house-civil-rights-groups-call-for-stephen-mill...

 @Donald J. Trump This one-page doc from the Illinois Sec. of State is the only annual public proof that this LLC even exists. It shows -- as always -- that this huge creditor of  @Donald J. Trump's is owned by Trump's own company.  @The Trump Organization Org has not explained why or how.

Trump’s unscheduled weekend visit to Walter Reed renewed questions about the status of his health and the White House’s handling of his medical information w/  @Amy Gardner https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-health-under-scrutiny-again-after-unplanned-visit-to-...

I've been wondering how (and why) Cipollone has stayed out of this for so long https://www.wsj.com/articles/top-national-security-council-lawyer-fielded-officials-ukraine-complain...

Prediction: No matter what the IG report says, Republicans will go all in on trying to manufacture an alternative reality out of it for Fox News viewers to inhabit while the president hurtles towards impeachment.

 @Lindsey Graham Graham: “Mr. Horowitz will be appearing before the [Committee] on Dec. 11, where he will deliver a detailed report of what he found regarding his investigation, along with recommendations as to how to make our judicial and investigative systems better." https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/press/rep/releases/chairman-graham-announces-hearing-on-doj-inspect...

BREAKING: Senior Trump admin. official Mina Chang resigns 6 days after an  @NBC News report about her resume inflation, and hours after NBC News asked her about newly discovered false claims. https://nbcnews.to/2NZZEcW

Chang fabricated her resume. This is a cynical effort to cast herself as a part of the group of civil servants under attack for serving with integrity.

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