The practice emerged after the Trump administration backed a policy of sharing more secret information with Russia, in hope of strengthening relations.
"It's a mix of fishing, intimidation, and setting an atmosphere to make it easier to pressure someone else to turn them over later. It also allows an alibi for them to shrug when they end up murdered."
Along the way, they drag their supporters down to their level, obliging them to twist the truth and contort their morals to defend the indefensible.
Doubt everything, the Republicans are saying, except for the word of Trump. What he says is always true, even if he contradicts himself tomorrow, as he so often does. This isn’t the position of a political party, but that of a cult of fanatics bowing down to a false idol.
In case you’re interested, Schiff was right about the rules — members can defer their 5 minute questioning block to another lawmaker, but the 45-minute blocks are only for the 2 parties’ ranking members and their staff. Stefanik had her chance to ask Yovanovitch questions later.)
Q: how many does it take? ➡️ It raises new questions about the president’s handling of sensitive information and may further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies. One former official said the communication was a phone call.
Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was credible and troubling enough to be considered a matter of “urgent concern,” a legal threshold that ordinarily requires notification of congressional oversight committees.
But even as Trump Jr. dismissed the potential for a conflict of interest, his father’s business partner, Indonesian billionaire and political impresario Hary Tanoesoedibjo, explicitly promoted the event as a visit from the US president’s son.
“Today, I received the arrival of the eldest son of United States President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. at the MNC Center, Jakarta,” Tanoesoedibjo wrote on Instagram under a video of the two men and their families socializing.
Giving game away ➡️ Some influential voices on Wall Street are saying Trump blinked in the latest exchange with China and showed just how much pain the U.S. could tolerate. China may use that to its advantage. google.com/amp/s/www.cnbc…