United States House Democrats are bringing the impeachment focus back to Russia as they draft formal charges against President Donald Trump. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is connecting the dots — “all roads lead to Putin,” she says — and making the argument that Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine was not an isolated incident but part of a troubling bond with the Russian president reaching back to special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on the 2016 election. “This has been going on for 2 1/2 years,” Pelosi said Friday. “This isn’t about Ukraine,” she explained a day earlier. ”’It’s about Russia. Who benefited by our withholding of that military assistance? Russia.” The framing is taking on greater urgency and importance, both as a practical matter and a political one, as Democrats move seriously into writing the articles of impeachment. It’s an attempt to explain why Americans should care … [Read more...] about Trump Impeachment: All roads lead to Putin ― Pelosi
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WASHINGTON (AP) — When certain associates and acquaintances of President Donald Trump get into hot water, he forgets he ever knew them. Various figures from the Russia investigation and the Ukraine matter as well as a British prince have fallen out of familiarity with the president in this way. For a few days, the stock market suffered a similar fate when it dipped too low for Trump to boast about it. Buthe rediscovered the market by the end of the week when it rose back up. A look at some remarks by Trump from the NATO summit in London and from back home as the Democratic effort to impeach him moves ahead: PRINCE ANDREW TRUMP: “I don’t know Prince Andrew. ... I don’t know him.” — remarks Tuesday with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. THE FACTS: Trump knows the British prince. Andrew hosted a breakfast for him in June, they toured Westminster Abbey together and photos spread over two decades capture some occasions when they’ve met. … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the people he forgets he knew
President Trump and Democratic state Sen. Kevin de León agree on one thing: They’re both convinced California Sen. Dianne Feinstein made a mistake when she delayed for weeks the release of a letter accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape. Trump joined a chorus of Republicans on Tuesday in criticizing Feinstein for the timing of the release of a letter from Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University psychology professor who said she was assaulted by a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh during a party when they were in high school during the early 1980s. It’s a charge the federal appeals court judge has vehemently denied. “It is frankly a terrible thing that this information wasn’t given to us a long time ago, months ago when (Feinstein) got it,” Trump said at the White House. Democrats “could’ve done that instead of waiting until everything was finished and then all of a sudden spring it.” Although his … [Read more...] about Trump and Kevin de León agree Feinstein blew it. Did she have another way?
close Video Greenblatt: Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, not Israel, are the problem here Jason Greenblatt the U.S. envoy for international negotiations, comments on what the future may hold for potential peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. With predictions swirling as to what’s in the Trump administration’s so-called “Deal of the Century,” for potential peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. envoy for international negotiations, gave some clues this week of what to expect. “One thing we won’t do, the Trump administration won’t compromise on Israel’s security,” he told Fox News. Greenblatt was in New York Thursday as a surprise speaker at yet another U.N. meeting organized to condemn Israel. The informal Security Council meeting heard from the Palestinian foreign minister and anti-Israeli academics as well as council members. “I’m not a believer in boycotts but … [Read more...] about Trump Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt: Peace plan is weeks away
Look, we’ve written this before. So have a bunch of other outlets, for weeks on end, including today. Even Fox and Friends raised an eyebrow at the idea. But since Donald Trump persists, along with, now, his secretary of state, who should and one suspects does know better, we will write it once again: Ukraine does not have a DNC server. Give no quarter to any suggestion otherwise. Where does this malignant conspiracy theory come from in the first place? Maybe Paul Manafort. Probably 4chan. Regardless, it has since stuck in the president’s brain like a Ceti eel placed by a wrathful Khan, burrowing deeper until it consumes whatever remains of rational thought. The story, as Trump recently posited on a marathon call-in to Fox and Friends, goes something like this: “A lot of it had to do, they say, with Ukraine,” Trump said. “It’s very interesting. They have the server, right? From the DNC, Democratic National Committee. The FBI went in, and they told … [Read more...] about Trump’s Ukraine Server Delusion Is Spreading
close Video US will no longer exempt any countries from sanctions for importing Iranian oil Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces the Trump administration's new Iran crackdown targeting oil revenue. The Trump administration on Monday targeted Iran’s energy sector by announcing the U.S. would no longer exempt any countries from sanctions for importing Iranian oil. “This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,” the White House said in a statement. TRUMP DESIGNATES IRGC A TERROR ORGANIZATION The decision means sanctions waivers for five nations, including China and India and U.S. treaty allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, won't be renewed when they expire on May 2. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in formally announcing the move, described it as part of the “pressure campaign” to choke off funding to the regime and incentivize Iran to act like a “normal … [Read more...] about Trump administration announces new Iran crackdown targeting oil revenue