Your Daily Dose of Trump and His Administration News
- At his rally in Kentucky Monday night, Trump said that Matt Bevin losing “sends a really bad message” and pleaded with his fans, “you can’t let that happen to me!”
NOTE: Blevin lost to Democratic challenger, Andy Beshear.
- Fox News is now spreading Trump’s lie that Bevin was losing by 20 points in Kentucky before Trump went there are rallied for him.
NOTE: Bevin was ahead 5 points in a poll released November 1st.
- David Hale, the under secretary of State for political affairs, arrived in the Capitol to testify in the impeachment investigation, bucking a White House that has vowed to offer no cooperation in the fast-moving inquiry. Hale is expected to provide insights into the campaign by Trump and some of his allies to remove Marie Yovanovitch from her post as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
- French President Emmanuel Macron took a dig at Trump over climate pact exit, “When China, the European Union and Russia commit to [the Paris Agreement], the isolated choice of this or that [country] isn’t enough to change the course of things.”
- House Intel Chair Adam Schiff confirms first impeachment open hearings are set for next week: “Those open hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves … but also to learn first-hand about the facts of the President’s misconduct.”
- Melania Trump’s visit to Boston Medical Center was met by medical professionals out in protest.
- A federal judge in New York struck down a Trump administration rule that would allow doctors to refuse services that conflict with their religious beliefs
- Lindsey Graham, “What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward the Ukraine, it was incoherent, it depends on who you talk to. They seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo.”
NOTE: Republican defense of Trump has shifted from:
- The president did nothing wrong.
- The process the Dems are using is unfair..
- The president may have done something wrong, but it’s not impeachable.
- The president might have done impeachable stuff, but we just don’t care.
- The president’s bumbling Ukraine policy was so incoherent, they couldn’t properly execute a crime.
Your Daily Dose of Trump and His Administration News
- Lev Parnas, one of two Ukrainian-American associates of Rudy Giuliani who were indicted last month, is now prepared to comply with the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, his lawyer says.
- Former State official Michael McKinley in sworn testimony says he spoke with Secretary of State Pompeo three times about a public statement for Yovanovitch, including on Sept. 26 when Pompeo offered no response. Pompeo, to ABC in Oct., says he “never heard” McKinley say a “single thing about his concerns.”
- Former National Security Advisor John Bolton will testify as part of the impeachment probe this Thursday, per an official working on the inquiry.
- Trump says there is “nothing wrong” with a quid pro quo, because “it is not an impeachable event.”
NOTE: Bribery is impeachable. It’s actually one of the only two specified offenses listed as impeachable.
- Echoing Trump’s rhetoric, Sen. Rand Paul demanded the news media print the whistleblower’s name as he delivered a speech at Trump’s rally in Kentucky.
NOTE: Under Federal Law, an intelligence whistleblower is protected from retaliation so long as he or she follows the protocol when filing a complaint.
- Trump Tweeted, “The Whistleblower gave false information & dealt with corrupt politician Schiff. He must be brought forward to testify. Written answers not acceptable!”
NOTE: Trump provided written answers to the Mueller investigation that were incomplete and misleading.
- Trump said the US is ready to “wage war” on the drug cartels and “wipe them off the face of the earth” after at least 10 members of a prominent Mormon family, including three women and seven children, were killed in an ambush attack near the US-Mexico border.
- Trump offered Putin aid to fight forest fires in Siberia while threatening to withhold aid from California.
- House impeachment investigators asked Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to appear for a deposition later this week
- Jennifer Williams, a senior adviser to Vice President Pence, is likely to comply with a request to testify on Thursday in front of the committees leading the impeachment inquiry.
- Trump has set the lowest refugee cap in history despite record numbers of refugees globally.
NOTE: America was conceived as a haven of refugees, people fleeing repression and persecution.
- The Justice Department opened a new front in the legal battle between congressional impeachment investigators and the White House by announcing that Congress must allow government attorneys to accompany executive branch witnesses who testify about Trump’s relations with Ukraine.
- Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland says he told Ukraine that aid was conditioned on announcing an investigation that would help Trump politically
- Ambassador Kurt Volker texted to a top Ukrainian official the script they wanted Zelensky to read to announce the Burisma (i.e. Biden)/2016 election investigations.
- Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he won’t read any of the transcripts, and dismissed Sondland’s testimony. “I’ve written the whole process off … I think this is a bunch of B.S.”