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Ken Starr: Democrats Are Nowhere Close to Obtaining Impeachable Offenses

Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr said Thursday that witnesses who appeared in the House Intelligence Committee hearings this month havent come close to laying out impeachable offenses. Starr, who served as lead investigator in the impeachment inquiry into former President Bill Clinton, said the testimony has come “nowhere close” to the bar set in the U.S. Constitution. The testimony doesnt “reach the level of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors,” Starr remarked on Fox News on Thursday. “My assessment of the evidence [thus] far? Nowhere close. The evidence is conflicting and ambiguous,” he noted. Starr said that European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondlands testimony was conflicting. “Clearly in his opening statement, a quid pro quo. And then, he says later, Well, the president said, I dont want anything. Right? President Zelensky should just do the right thing. [Those are] the words from the president himself,” he continued. “So, the record at the end of the ..

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Watch Live: Fiona Hill, David Holmes Testify in Impeachment Inquiry

Fiona Hill, President Donald Trumps former top Russia adviser on the National Security Council, and David Holmes, the counselor for political affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, testified on Thursday before Congress. Hill read a lengthy statement before the House Intelligence Committee, claiming that “U.S. support for Ukraine—which continues to face armed Russian aggression—has been politicized.” — “I say this not as an alarmist, but as a realist. I do not think long-term conflict with Russia is either desirable or inevitable. I continue to believe that we need to seek ways of stabilizing our relationship with Moscow even as we counter their efforts to harm us. Right now, Russias security services and their proxies have geared up to repeat their interference in the 2020 election,” she said. David Holmes said that he believed that the United States withheld aid to Ukraine as a precondition for investigations into Ukrainian energy giant Burisma Holdings. He appeared to cite the U..

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FBI Reached out to Whistleblowers Legal Team for Interview: Reports

The FBI reached out to request an interview with the whistleblower at the center of the House-led impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. An agent with the FBIs Washington field office reached out to the whistleblowers lawyers in October about the complaint, reported The Associated Press, Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal. A source told Fox that no substantive discussions have taken place yet. Its not clear what information the FBI is seeking. The WSJ also reported that the FBI has twice reached out to the person, while AP said the whistleblower is not the target of an investigation but is being regarded as a potential witness. The person filed a complaint on Aug. 12 about Trumps phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky on July 25. The phone call was later released by the White House, where Trump asked Zelensky about investigations related to former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and their business dealings in the country. Hunter Biden sat on a Ukranian e..

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Government Report Shows Democratic National Committee Is $7 Million in Debt

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) had about $8.6 million cash on hand and operated with a debt of $7 million in October, according to a report from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Nov. 20. The report was released as the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate was held in Atlanta, Georgia. The DNC saw a small increase in on-hand cash for the month of October, but the total “debts and obligations owed by the committee” for October was about $7,048,710.14, the FEC report noted. There were $0.00 in “debts and obligations owed to the committee,” it said. DNC drops its October FEC report in middle of the debate: $8.7m on hand, $7m in debt. https://t.co/VUUBeNl9cP — Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) November 21, 2019 The DNCs fundraising numbers come less than one year away from the 2020 presidential election. According to reports, the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised about three times as much money as the DNC in October while President Donald Trumps reelection ca..

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Trump to Release Financial Records Before Election: Much Richer Than People Even Thought

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that he plans to release his financial information before the 2020 general elections, and that those documents will reveal that he is more wealthy than people had imagined. “Bob Mueller, after spending two years and 45 million dollars, went over all of my financials, & my taxes, and found nothing. Now the Witch Hunt continues with local New York Democrat prosecutors going over every financial deal I have ever done,” Trump wrote on Thursday morning. “This has never happened to a president before,” he added. …..President before. What they are doing is not legal. But Im clean, and when I release my financial statement (my decision) sometime prior to Election, it will only show one thing – that I am much richer than people even thought – And that is a good thing. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2019 “When I release my financial statement (my decision) sometime prior to Election, it will only show one thing—tha..

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Volker: I Was Never Involved in Anything That I Considered Bribery at All—or Extortion

Former Ukraine Envoy Kurt Volker told lawmakers on Nov. 19 before the House Intelligence Committee that he believes there was no bribery, extortion, or quid pro quo in the Trump administrations dealings with Ukraine. Volker, one of the four witnesses to testify in the impeachment inquiry hearings on Tuesday, offered testimony that served to underscore issues in the Democrats case to investigate the president for impeachment. The impeachment inquiry, launched by the House Democrats, is looking into whether the president had leveraged his office and withheld U.S. aid to Ukraine to obtain investigations into a political opponent, 2020 candidate Joe Biden. Democrat lawmakers initially alleged that President Donald Trumps conduct amounted to a quid pro quo. Still, in the last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) began accusing Trump of “bribery” for withholding aid from Ukraine. The Ukrainian president and prime minister have both said they didnt perceive a link between the hold o..

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Graham Reveals Release Date of Inspector General Horowitzs Report on Alleged FISA Abuse

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has revealed the release date of the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitzs report on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by the department (DOJ) and the FBI during the 2016 presidential election. Graham, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News Sean Hannity on Wednesday night that the inspector generals long-awaited report will be released on Monday, Dec. 9. “Itll be December 9th—youll get the report,” Graham told the program. “Thats locked.” Earlier this week, Graham announced that Horowitz will appear publicly on Dec. 11 before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss his findings from the investigation. “Mr. Horowitz will be appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 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,” he said. Horowitz..

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FBI Mismanaged Its Use of Informants: IG Horowitz Report

The FBIs use of informants has multiple problems, according to a report by the Justice Departments inspector general (IG) released on Nov. 19. Some of the major issues highlighted by Inspector General Michael Horowitz are delays in properly vetting the informants and a lack of record-keeping when there are problems with them. “The FBIs vetting processes for confidential sources, known as validation, did not comply with the attorney general guidelines, particularly with regard to long-term sources,” Horowitz said in a video accompanying the release of the report. He went on to say that “ineffective management and oversight of confidential sources can result in jeopardizing FBI operations and placing FBI agents, sources, subjects of investigation, and the public in harms way.” The FBI spent an average of $42 million annually on payments to its informants between fiscal 2012 through 2018, the report stated (pdf). The number of informants, officially called Confidential Human Sources (..

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Pence Advisor Pushes Back on Williamss Testimony: I Heard Nothing Wrong or Improper on Ukraine Call

Vice President Mike Pences national security adviser issued a statement on Nov. 19 disputing his subordinate Jennifer Williamss claims that the presidents call with Ukraine was “unusual.” Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg noted that he had listened in on the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and felt that “nothing wrong or improper” was mentioned during that call. “As an exceedingly proud member of President Trumps administration and as a 34-year highly experienced combat veteran who retired with the rank of Lieutenant General in the Army, I heard nothing wrong or improper on the call. I had and have no concerns,” he said. He confirmed that Williams did not report any of her concerns to him or to any other members of the vice presidents staff despite testifying about them on Tuesday. “Ms. Williams was also on the call, and as she testified, she never reported any personal or professional concerns to me, her direct supervisor, regarding the ..

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McConnell Says He Cant Imagine a Scenario Where Senate Removes Trump

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he couldnt imagine any a situation where the Republican-controlled Senate convicts and removes President Trump from office. “I cant imagine a scenario under which President Trump would be removed from office with 67 votes in the Senate,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky, USA Today reported on Monday. While the House needs a simple majority to pass articles of impeachment, the Senate sets the bar much higher, with more than two-thirds of the 100 senators voting to convict. While McConnell said that the Senate would take up impeachment, he pilloried it as a waste of time. “Nothing is happening because House Democrats seized with Trump derangement syndrome are consumed with this argument with the president,” McConnell said. He again said that due to the Senate rules, the impeachment inquiry should go forward. “I dont think theres any question that we have to take up the matter. The rules of impeachment are very clear, well..

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