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Former Pompeo Aide Testifies in Democrat-Run Impeachment Probe

A former adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Oct. 16 to House lawmakers conducting the impeachment inquiry, which is centered on allegations that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. The former adviser, Michael McKinley, is the latest witness to testify behind closed doors as Republicans continue to criticize the secrecy of the process and the White House refuses to cooperate unless Democrats vote to formally launch the inquiry. Lawmakers are working to determine whether Trumps request to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden amounted to an abuse of power for political gain against an election opponent. An anonymous whistleblower triggered the inquiry by disclosing details of the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky to Congress. McKinley served as ambassador to Brazil and Afghanistan. While little is known publicly about the testimonies occurring behind closed doors, a congressional Republic..

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Trump Rips Deceptive ABC Over Showing Syrian War Zone Footage That Was From Kentucky Gun Range

President Donald Trump called ABC “very deceptive” in response to a reporters question on Wednesday, noting the network took down a video it claimed was from the Syrian border but was actually from a Kentucky gun range. ABC reporter Jon Karl asked Trump at a press conference at the White House: “You dont have any regret for giving [Turkish President] Erdogan the green light to invade?” “I didnt give him a green light. … When you make a statement like that, its so deceptive. Just the opposite of a green light.” Trump defended withdrawing American troops from Syria before slamming ABC for its major error. “When you ask a question like that, thats very deceptive, Jon. Its almost as deceptive as you showing all of the bombings taking place in Syria and it turned out that the bombing that you showed on television took place in Kentucky. Im not even sure that ABC apologized for that, but certainly it was a terrible thing.” “It was in Kentucky, it wasnt in Syria. But I think ABC owes an ..

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Pelosis Determined Defense of Closed-Door Impeachment Inquiry Sparks Star Chamber Fears

WASHINGTON—Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosis latest refusal to allow a formal vote on impeaching President Donald Trump has some legal experts worrying that a modern version of Englands infamous Star Chamber court is emerging here in America. The Star Chamber court met secretly, afforded defendants no due process, delivered verdicts that couldnt be appealed, and meted out often barbaric punishments. The chamber was especially feared in the 16th and 17th centuries, and its unrestrained cruelty was among the reasons the Puritans migrated to America. Late on Oct. 15, Pelosi rejected increasingly angry Republican demands for an up-or-down vote in the House of Representatives on opening a formal impeachment process. “We will not be having a vote,” Pelosi said. A formal vote would require all 435 members of the House to go on record one way or the other on the impeachment issue. Approval of a formal impeachment inquiry would afford Trump due process protections that are currently denied..

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Beto ORourke Says Guns Would Be Taken From People Who Dont Give Them Up Under Proposed Buyback

Former Rep. Beto ORourke (D-Texas) said that guns “will be taken” from people who dont follow his proposed plan to outlaw AR-15s and AK-47s. ORourke is the Democratic presidential candidate who was asked at the September debate whether hed force Americans to give up their guns and answered, “Hell yes.” At the Oct. 15 debate, ORourke was asked how hed enforce the so-called mandatory buybacks. Some gun rights experts say it is confiscation because the government never owned the guns in the first place. “If someone does not turn in an AR-15 or an AK-47, one of these weapons of war, or brings it out in public and brandishes it in an attempt to intimidate, as we saw when we were at Kent State recently, then that weapon will be taken from them,” he said. “If they persist, they will be other consequences from law enforcement.” ORourke said that his law would involve law enforcement going “door to door,” alleging: “We dont go door to door to do anything in this country to enforce the law.”..

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Impeachment Inquiry Might Not Fly With Judges After Pelosi Refuses to Hold Authorization Vote

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may find it difficult to convince judges that a formal impeachment inquiry is underway if she doesnt hold a vote, according to a legal expert and attorneys working for the Trump administration. Pelosi announced on Tuesday that she wouldnt hold a vote in the House of Representatives. Pelosis refusal to hold an authorization vote for the inquiry is unprecedented. The investigations of former Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton didnt start until the House voted to approve them. Pelosis strategy undermines the position of the House, George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley said in a blog post. “Recently, in the case concerning Trump tax records, one of the three judges dissented on the basis that there has been no vote to establish the start of an impeachment investigation. Pelosi seems to believe that she can hold a press conference and expect courts to accept that a formal impeachment process has begun. So..

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Commercial Airs During Debate Showing Reagans Son Saying Hes Not Afraid of Burning in Hell

A commercial approved by CNN showing a man saying hes “not afraid of burning in hell” ran during a presidential debate break on Oct. 15. Ron Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, is part of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The ad featured Reagan speaking to the camera in a 30-second spot. It was set to air twice during the debate, before and after the debate, and again on Wednesday during breaks in three different programs. The foundation championed it as “the first freethinking ad believed to have ever run during a presidential primary debate.” It said ABC declined to run the ad during the September debate. The spot featured Reagan saying: “Hi, Im Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and Im alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. Thats why Im asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nations largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church se..

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DOJ Obtained Cell Phones of Central Figure at Origin of Russia Probe

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has obtained two phones of Joseph Mifsud, one of the central figures of the 2016 Russia investigation, and the lawyer of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has requested them, saying they likely contain exculpatory evidence. The phones, two BlackBerry models, “only recently” came into the governments possession, said Flynns lawyer, Sidney Powell, a former prosecutor, in an Oct. 15 court filing (pdf). Data and metadata on the phones “is material, exculpatory, and relevant to the defense of Mr. Flynn,” she said. Mifsud allegedly told a Trump campaign aide in April 2016 that Russians had “dirt” on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the form of “thousands of emails.” This information was ultimately used by the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation that involved extensive spying on Trump campaign staff. Mifsuds lawyer, Stephan Roh, confirmed to The Epoch Times that the DOJ obtained the BlackBerries and said he was informed that Mifsud used them t..

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Mark Meadows Demands Adam Schiff Call Whistleblower to Testify to Congress

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) should call the person who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump to testify. The so-called whistleblower passed on secondhand information and details from media reports in the complaint, which largely focused on Trumps July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The call transcript was released by the White House shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced an impeachment inquiry into Trump. Trump asked Zelensky to look into former Vice President Joe Bidens actions in the country, as well as Bidens son Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma for five years until earlier this year. The transcript doesnt show Trump pressuring Zelensky or offering anything in exchange. Schiff initially said the whistleblower would testify to Congress but backed away from that assertion over the weekend. “Given that we already have the call record, we dont need the whi..

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Trump on Fighting Between Turkey and Syria: Its Not Our Problem

President Donald Trump said that whatever happens between Turkey and Syria is between those countries and doesnt involve the United States. Trump, speaking in the Oval Office on Oct. 16, said there were no American soldiers left in northern Syria about one week after he announced the withdrawal of American forces as part of an attempt to end what he calls “endless wars.” Responding to criticism that America is leaving behind the Kurds, who helped the United States demolish ISIS, Trump said he thinks the Kurds will be fine. “Syria and Turkey may fight. Syria is friendly with the Kurds. The Kurds are very well protected, plus they know how to fight, And by the way, theyre no angels, but they were with us,” he said. Syrian government forces raise a national flag and an image of President Bashar al-Assad at Tabqa air base in norther Syrias Raqa region on Oct.16, 2019. (AFP via Getty Images) “Syria is either negotiating with or talking to Turkey. Were also talking to Turkey. We put mas..

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Historically Accurate Model Predicts Trump Could Win in a Landslide

Moodys Analytics, which has accurately predicted who will win the presidency in past years, said that President Donald Trump will handily beat his opponents and will secure another four years in the White House in 2020. Since 1980, Moodys has been able to accurately predict who was going to win the presidency except once: the firm didnt see that Trump would win in 2016. “In our post-mortem of the 2016 presidential election model,” the report said (pdf). “We determined that unexpected turnout patterns were one of the factors that contributed to the models first incorrect election prediction.” After averaging three of its models, “Trump would hold on to key industrial Midwest states and pick up New Hampshire, Virginia and Minnesota, assuming historical average nonincumbent turnout.” But if the turnout is higher than predicted, it becomes more unclear, said Moodys. The forecaster made note that the economy is typically a major issue, if not the No. 1 issue, among voters. President ..

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