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Bailey Jones

I listened in to the morning session on CSPAN at work. Over lunch and after work I tuned into Fox to get their take - I prefer to see these things through the eyes of media I don't normally agree with, lest I be fooled by my own bias. I thought their news peeps did a good job at presenting the facts. When Tucker Carlson came on things went south quickly and I turned it off. I enjoyed the morning session because both sides used professional attorneys to try to craft an understandable narrative. After that, when they went to the alternating 5 minute segments, it was no longer listenable. I enjoyed hearing from the two witnesses - knowledgeable professionals who have devoted their careers to public service behind the scenes - a refreshing contrast to the politicians and pundits that usually litter the airwaves. If nothing else, the hearings helped restore my faith in the workaday machinery of our foreign service.

Carlos Ponce

And William Taylor repeated what he said earlier in closed doortestimony. The President wanted "no quid pro quo" but everything he related was second or third hand and what he read in the New York Times. This was just a rerun of that testimony.

"my faith in the workaday machinery of our foreign service." I have little faith in those career foreign service workers after their testimony. It is apparent they had a disagreement with President Trump's policies. This conflict is liable to confuse those in the country they are assigned. "I disagree with the elected President's position but I (an un-elected, career bureaucrat) KNOW BETTER. So disregard what the president says." Suppose career foreign service workers loyal to Trump remained in that country when the next president is elected. If they openly disagreed with, say Democrat "President Forsythe Jones III" you would want them fired or reassigned if they cannot carry out that president's policy.

Bailey Jones

I would hope that if our career foreign service professionals (or any civil servant in any capacity) saw President Buttigieg acting against the stated interests of America for his own petty personal political benefit that they would come forward and report it. Of course, they'll have to think twice about doing that now that you and Donnie Jr. have taken it upon yourselves to out the whistle-blower at every opportunity.

I know it's a subtle difference and conservatives don't really get subtlety, but the ambassadors weren't upset because they thought that Trump had changed long standing American policy, they were upset because they believed that Trump's trained ape and PERSONAL lawyer, Rudolph the Red Faced Guilliani - who is NOT a member of the US government in any capacity - was subverting American foreign policy through unofficial back channels by insisting on withholding crucial military aid, already allocated by congress to help the Ukrainians repulse a Russian invasion, until the president of Ukraine stood in front of TV cameras and publicly announced that he was initiating an investigation into Trump's likely 2020 opponent, Joe Biden.

For anyone interested in Amb. Talyor's actual closed door testimony, it is here -https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6541260/William-Taylor-Testimony.pdf

George Kent's is here - https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6542219/George-Kent-Transcript.pdf

You might want to pay particular attention to remarks in the transcripts by all the Republicans who were present and cross examining both witnesses during this "secret closed door basement Soviet style kangaroo court" that so many Republicans claimed to be left out of.

Carlos Ponce

Since Donald Trump did not act "against the stated interests of America for his own petty personal political benefit" your analysis is not applicable. The matter was investigated by Attorney General Barr and the Justice Department - holdovers from Obama who are not favorable to the current administration. They found no wrongdoing on Trump's part.

Bailey Jones

"Attorney General Barr and the Justice Department - holdovers from Obama who are not favorable to the current administration." !!! That's the the funniest thing I've read all day. FYI - this is what the DOJ looks like today:

Attorney General - appointed by Trump

Deputy Attorney General - appointed by Trump

Solicitor General - appointed by Trump

Assistant Attorney General (Antitrust Division) - appointed by Trump

Assistant Attorney General (Civil Division) - appointed by Trump

Assistant Attorney General (Civil Rights) - appointed by Trump

Assistant Attorney General (Criminal Division) - appointed by Trump

Assistant Attorney General (Environment and Natural Resources Division) - appointed by Trump

Assistant Attorney General (National Security Division) - appointed by Trump

Assistant Attorney General (Office of Legal Policy) - appointed by Trump

Assistant Attorney General (Office of Legislative Affairs) - appointed by Trump

Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - appointed by Trump

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - appointed by Trump

Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance - appointed by Trump

Director of the National Institute of Justice - appointed by Trump

Director of the Office for Victims of Crime - appointed by Trump

And ................ 84 of the 93 U.S. Attorneys in the Department of Justice were.... wait for it .... appointed by Trump!

"Obama holdovers"....he he heh heh heh bwahahahahaha

Carlos Ponce

There are career bureaucrats - holdovers from the Obama era that came with the Department. I'm certain Bailey did not mention them because of their sheer multitude. By the way, most live in the northern counties of Virginia turning that state Blue.

Ray Taft

Holy Schiff! Is that all the Democrats and their cronies in the fake news media have after hyping up what the first day of their impeachment hoax would show. Democrats have nothing and never had anything.

Here is what America needs to know about the Democrats’ partisan impeachment stunt.

Immediately after Trump was sworn in as President, the Democrats and fake news media began their coordinated campaign to impeach President Trump.

Democrats in Congress have been selling their far-left base on impeachment since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential race. After nearly 3 years of coming up empty—including $32 million of taxpayer money spent on the Russia collusion hoax—Democrats knew they needed to do something to appease their party’s left wing.

That’s why Speaker Pelosi announced Schiff for brains’ secret impeachment “inquiry” in his committee before the full House voted, so evidence favorable for President Trump would not come to light. Democrats knew they couldn’t risk letting the facts derail their impeachment hoax, as had happened with the Mueller Report flop.

House Democrats are shutting down Congress over their impeachment sham. Nothing substantive gets done while Democrats fixate on undoing the 2016 election. They have repeatedly ignored opportunities to work with President Trump and take action on issues that will help the American people.

The President continues to push forward on keeping his promises to America. Those promises include trade deals, healthcare, our booming economy, immigration, and other areas where Americans want real solutions. Democrats, unable to control themselves, can only stage a hoax.

Meanwhile, Pelosi still refuses to hold a vote on USMCA to replace NAFTA—despite growing pressure from manufacturers, labor unions, farmers, and workers.

Democrats have failed to come up with any areas where they’ll work with President Trump to lower medicine prices for our families and seniors.

House Democrats have failed to do anything to help rebuild our country’s crumbling infrastructure.

Democrats continue to ignore loopholes in our immigration laws that drive the border crisis, exasperate the drug epidemic, fuel human smuggling, and hurt both US citizens and legal immigrants.

Under President Trump, the U.S. economy has hit its lowest unemployment rate in 50 years. Illegal immigration is starting to come under control after decades of neglect.

If House Democrats were as committed to helping America under President Trump as they are to tearing him down, imagine where America could be now.

Americans have a right to be angry with Democrats. America finally got front-row seats to how Democrats in Congress waste time and spend millions of taxpayer dollars on partisan stunts. Democrats continue to accuse President Trump of the crimes they have committed.

Democrats are unfit for office because they are all full of Schiff, and America knows it.

Dalton Logan

I think the democrats are up Schiff's Creek without a paddle and slowly sinking.[beam]

Miceal O'Laochdha

The mantras of trumpeters, as well as those who find him to be a disaster, both drone on like bad radio reception and are unlikely to change each other’s views. But what I find very distressing in this story is college students who are not only disinterested in the future of the Republic but think they could not understand it if they read about. Another interviewee, perhaps young but old enough to hold down a responsible management job, thinks that these events are above normal people's "pay grade". How very far we have fallen. This is a society getting ever more ready to be taken over by a demagogue and, may not even notice when it happens. You did not meet anyone on an American college campus during the Watergate hearings that thought that they could not understand what they read; nor did not understand what was at stake. I particularly am struck by the cliché of pay grade. The "normal people" (voters) are the very people who employ the President, the Congressmen, and, by extension, the bureaucrats and political appointees who are on center stage in this tragic play; and therefore it is precisely at our "pay grade".

Bailey Jones

I remember watching the Watergate hearings during that summer while I was home from high school. Of course, we didn't have a lot of network options back then. I'd watch each day and then wait for the next day's Doonesbury to come out in the Dallas Times Herald. I was very sad at work the other day to learn that a younger engineer - one who is reasonably culturally literate - had never heard of Doonesbury.

Carlos Ponce

Now tell us about watching the McCarthy hearings.

Bailey Jones

I wish I'd been alive then, Carlos, to see a real witch hunt in action - fueled by the pure evil spewing from your president's most influential mentor and mouth piece, Roy Cohn.

"Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Fred Fisher is a young man who went to the Harvard Law School and came into my firm and is starting what looks to be a brilliant career with us....Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to that lad. It is true he is still with Hale and Dorr. It is true that he will continue to be with Hale and Dorr. It is, I regret to say, equally true that I fear he shall always bear a scar needlessly inflicted by you. If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty I would do so. I like to think I am a gentleman, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me."

"Senator, may we not drop this? We know he belonged to the Lawyers Guild ... Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

"Mr. McCarthy, I will not discuss this further with you. You have sat within six feet of me and could have asked me about Fred Fisher. You have seen fit to bring it out. And if there is a God in Heaven it will do neither you nor your cause any good. I will not discuss it further. I will not ask Mr. Cohn any more witnesses. You, Mr. Chairman, may, if you will, call the next witness."

And the room breaks into applause.

Carlos Ponce

Well, looks like we've gone from Tail Gunner Joe to Quid Pro Joe.

Miceal O'Laochdha

McCarthy, Cohn, Nixon, Mitchell, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Trump… one black iron chain descending into the pit toilet in which we now find ourselves. The Republic has survived all these attacks on a civilized society of laws, adherence to the Constitution, and accountability to the governed. We must now hope it will survive the present one.

Bailey Jones

Miceal [thumbup]

Carlos Ponce

Schiff, Pelosi, Reed, Schummer, etc.… one black iron chain descending into the pit toilet in which we now find ourselves. The Republic has survived all these attacks on a civilized society of laws, adherence to the Constitution, and accountability to the governed. We must now hope it will survive the present one.

Looking at a few moments of the Adam Schiff Show, It is apparent Chief Inquisitor Schiff knows little of American jurisprudence despite his record as a prosecutor in LA and studying in Harvard Law.

If this were before a real court rather than a kangaroo court -

OBJECTION YOUR HONOR - Asking the witness to draw a conclusion.

OBJECTION YOUR HONOR - Leading the witness.

OBJECTION YOUR HONOR - Hearsay.

OBJECTION YOUR HONOR - Improper Characterization.

OBJECTION YOUR HONOR - Asked and answered.

OBJECTION YOUR HONOR - Facts not in evidence.

OBJECTION YOUR HONOR - Relevance.

But I guess when you are a Democrat Party operative you can get get away with anything.

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