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    The Senate Impeachment Trial of DJT

    George W. English Judge, U.S. district court, Eastern district of Illinois Impeached April 1, 1926, on charges of abuse of power Robert W. Archbald Associate judge, U.S. Commerce Court Impeached July 11, 1912, on charges of improper business relationship with litigants Charles Swayne Judge, U.S. district court, Northern district of Florida Impeached December 13, 1904, on charges of abuse of contempt power and other misuses of office William W. Belknap U.S. Secretary of War Impeached March 2, 1876, on charges of criminal disregard for his office and accepting payments in exchange for making official appointments Andrew Johnson President of the United States Impeached February 24, 1868, on charges of violating the Tenure of Office Act by removing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton from office James H. Peck Judge, U.S. district court, Western district of Tennessee Impeached April 24, 1830, on charges of abuse of the contempt power Samuel Chase Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court Impeached March 12, 1804, on charges of arbitrary and oppressive conduct of trials John Pickering Judge, U.S. district court, District of New Hampshire Impeached March 2, 1803, on charges of intoxication on the bench and unlawful handling of property claims Its been said by several Trumpapologists that there has to be a law broken to impeach officials in the US. That would speak against the precedents set over centuries, but why would original intent force our Republicans of today to violate their sacred oaths of hypocrisy? If we let his actions become precedent, then if Trump started negotiations to return Alaska to Russia that would not only be an exercise in his personal authority to conduct foreign policy as the one true spokesman for our nation, but he could do it in order to receive assistance in winning the next election. Great national security policy there, guys. Gonna be fun running on that platform for the next 20 years.
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    The Senate Impeachment Trial of DJT

    Opportunity. There is always the possibility a rogue Republican Senator could use this dramatic moment to climb atop a soapbox and deliver a passionate message of moral urgency. Even though they just turn left, crashes happen in NASCAR. That’s why a goodly portion of Americans are tuning in: ya don’t want to miss the mayhem. There are many, many egotistical folks in that chamber, looking to gain advantage and screw the Orange control freak. This aint over yet.
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    Time to impeach?

    Yes, to steer clear of he appearance of impropriety, Trump should have steered clear from discussing the investigation of a political rival with a foreign head of state. And nothing can expunge the stench of linking military aid with the announcement of such an investigation. That’s forever going to be one of Trumps biggest missteps. And ousting Yovanovitch in such a fashion that her security appeared to be threatened by his “personal lawyer”, henchmen and unknown Ukranian operatives is something I hope never to be seen again in American politics. She was evidently recalled due to unspecified threats emanating from people working directly from the president and the president said “she’s going to go through some things” while speaking disparagingly about her stellar career. And now we find that Trumps henchmen were plotting against her with a Putin-connected thug who has been linked to corruption which has financed American influence operations? And Yovanovitch was helping the current Ukranian government block a deal orchestrated by Firtash and supported by Trumps henchmen? @Dog, your idol is a corrupt menace to our country.
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    Time to impeach?

    He asked president Zelenski to look into apparent corruption involving Hunter Biden. Whether or not his intent was actually rooting out corruption, this ask fails the test applied to public servants that they “avoid the appearance of impropriety.” Although you may feel it quaint, this rule is in place for a good reason. That this is the only instance which you can cite where the president is interested in corruption, the fact that the mere announcement of an investigation would be tied to Trump releasing military funding means that this implicates Trump. It fails the “avoidance of impropriety “ test completely. Your bias prevents your being unemotional on the subject. In all probability, Trump was misled by Giuliani on this subject. He no doubt convinced Trump that the public would respond well to Zelensky looking into false allegations which would help Giuliani & Parnas make the NaftoGaz deal opposed by Yovanovitch and greatly desired by Firtash. The question Americans should be asking is how much did Trump know about that natural gas deal, when did he know it, and was his support for the overall scheme dependent on kickbacks to him or his companies?
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    Time to impeach?

    When the president starts to obstruct the budgetary decisions of the US Congress in order to advance his own personal goals instead of the nations foreign policy as crafted by duly appointed state department officials then, no, we have a problem. Emoluments, bribery, high crimes, abuse of office... these terms all mean that the president is attempting to illegally profit off his position of authority. Apply the one you feel most appropriate, but don’t split hairs and say no crime has been committed if the evidence is substantial that many have. Investigate, support investigations, charge, and hold a trial. Waffling and covering up the administration’s corrupt actions and intentions is as bad as committing them.
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    Time to impeach?

    I’d call suspending military aid to an ally in their fight against Russia in order to convince the president of that country to publicly investigate the claims of a disgraced prosecutor a “high crime” if the target of that fraudulent investigation was the president’s chief political rival. And if he was convinced to oust a respected US ambassador by a profiteering lawyer and some old family hanger-on looking to profit off a Putin ally’s corporate takeover bid, then that’s an abuse of office worthy of close scrutiny. If it turns out Trump sought to personally profit from the natural gas exports of our country and was willing to horse trade Russian sanctions against Firtash and others as well as modify our nations support for Ukraine for these profits? Thats bribery, pure and simple. Impeach, try & hopefully convict the motherfucking bribing, treasonous sonovabitch.
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    Time to impeach?

    Who had had the motive, the financial wherewithal and the ability to dupe Giuliani into believing the Biden story could help make everyone rich? Dmytro Firtash Lev Parnas has clearly illustrated some of the important ways Firtash created and stood to benefit from s’mores dung the false narrative. Firtash is a Putin-made man whose riches cane from selling natural gas (which he got from Gazprom at 1/4 prices) to Ukraine. Some money went to him, some to Putin & cronies (involving Cyprus banks aka Wilbur Ross’ old job), and some went towards Russian influence operations. He also has very strong Russian mafia ties. Firtash was a big supporter of Yanukovych, which meant he was also paying Manafort’s bills. Firtash was arrested in Austria a couple years ago, and has been fighting extradition to the states ever since... he’s hired numerous lawyers, including Jack Abramoff, Bill & Hillary friend Lanny Davis, & Giuliani associates Toensing and deGenova & a Trump lawyer from the Mueller days. So Bob Barr has been in meetings with Firtash’s lawyers, even though Barr was mentioned by Trump in the shakedown phone call with Zelensky. Giuliani & Lev Parnas have been peddling Biden fiction generated by an old client (I mean disgraced Yanukovych minion/prosecutor) in order to sweeten a natural gas deal between US and Ukraine. That deal just happens to push out the current leadership of Naftogaz and replace it with Firtash cronies. And who worked to prevent this corrupt deal? Ambassador Yovanovitch
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    Stiglitz - The Truth About The Trump "Booming Economy"

    It’s the farmers’ own fault. They should’ve been lobbying at Mar a Lago and not working so damn much. Can’t make money off Trump if your not willing to represent. Just ask Lev P!
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    Time to impeach?

    I think he would disagree. If there is no high crime or misdemeanor and all you have is some subjective argument about corruption or posing a danger the remedy is an election Well, the funny thing is, this is a quote of what Dershowitz himself said to Larry King in 1998. https://mobile.twitter.com/tribelaw/status/1219028907749511168 Good to see Republicans are sticking to their tenet of hypocrisy. Some traditions are worth fighting for!
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    Time to impeach?

    So he’d disagree that if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president and who abuses trust and who poses great danger to our liberty, you don’t need a technical crime to impeach?
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    Time to impeach?

    So @Dog, what do you think Dershowitz would say about this argument?
  12. The major flaw in applying a diagnosis of Anosognosia to Trump supporters is that the diagnosis requires the lack of insight to be of oneself, and not another person, perhaps ( but not necessarily) a celebrity. In that case, the correct diagnosis is “Analgnosia”, referring how well the disturbed individual comes to know the rectum and sigmoid colon of the object of their affection and distorted judgement. @The Joker & @Dog May well suffer from (or perversely enjoy) this mental disease.
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    Time to impeach?

    Dershowitz is such a gun for hire. I wonder what he would make of the argument made by a respected constitutional lawyer that impeachment “certainly doesn’t have to be a crime if you have somebody who completely corrupts the office of president and who abuses trust and who poses great danger to our liberty, you don’t need a technical crime.”
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    Time to impeach?

    Obama said “no deal right now”, and so Russia had to wait Several months. What the GOP hears is “Obama is corrupt!!” YCMTSU
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    Time to impeach?

    If Trump said, off mic, “I’ll have more freedom to maneuver after the impeachment” I’d wonder why he tells the truth to Russians and not to Americans.