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30 Jul
Obama: Want to honor John? honor him by revitalizing the law he was willing to die for. ...once we pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act...
keep going...restore voting rights for former incarcerated, make election day natl holiday, representation for citizens of DC & Puerto Rico,
end gerrymandering...also have to elevate voting...
if you don’t do it, then they will remain the same.
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24 Jul
Schumer/Pelosi/Warner/Schiff: the Russians are once again trying to influence the election..efforts must be deterred, disrupted and exposed.
The statement just released by National Counterintel & Security Center (NCSC) Director William Evanina does not go nearly far enough 1/
in arming the American people with the knowledge they need about how foreign powers are seeking to influence our political process. The statement gives a false sense of equivalence to the actions of foreign adversaries by listing three countries of unequal intent, motivation & 2/
capability together. The statement, moreover, fails to fully delineate the goal, nature, scope & capacity to influence our election, information the American people must have as we go into November. To say...that Russia seeks to ‘denigrate what it sees as an anti-Russia 3/
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16 Jul
“The documents make clear that Barr's office was involved in planning the Giuliani meeting and that the attorney general's presence was not just an incidental drop-by as Justice officials have tried to portray the encounter.”
“The [Giuliani] meeting [with Barr] came at the same time that federal authorities in NY were investigating Giuliani & 2 of his associates helping to dig up dirt in Ukraine...& while Giuliani was working..to push Ukraine to announce an investigation into former VP Joe Biden.”
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10 Jul
Disapproval of Trump’s handling of coronavirus jumped almost ten points in the past month to 67%, approval down to 33%, all time high/low, according to new ABC News poll.
“Trump's approval among independents lands at 26% in the survey, a sharp drop from 40% in mid-June...Trump's disapproval among independents has risen to 73%, up from 59% in the June poll.” abcnews.go.com/Politics/broad…
“Within his own party, Republicans are less inclined to back him in the newest poll, with only 78% approving of the president's handling of the coronavirus, compared to 90% in mid-June.” 22% GOP disapproval of Trump on coronavirus abcnews.go.com/Politics/broad…
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9 Jul
Barr was desperate to get Berman out.
lots of other recent DOJ resignations that seem worth probing
Barr asks Berman to resign, take job heading DOJ civil division, which Jody Hunt had just resigned (pushed out?).
Berman: I asked the AG if he was in any way dissatisfied with my performance...He said that he was not at all dissatisfied.
Berman: Barr “said the move was solely prompted by Jay Clayton’s desire to move back to New York and the Administration’s desire to keep him on the team.”
Berman told Barr he liked Clayton but he was not qualified.
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30 Jun
The Marines killed in April 2019 attack near Bagram were from a reserve unit headquartered out of Garden City, NY. The Defense Dept identified Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, 43, from Newark, Delaware; Sgt. Benjamin Hines, 31, from York, Penn.; & Cpl. Robert Hendriks, 25,
from Locust Valley, NY, as the Marines killed in April 2019. The 3 were all infantrymen assigned to 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines, a reserve infantry unit out of Garden City, NY.
Hendriks’ father told AP that even a rumor of Russian bounties should have bn immediately addressed.
“If this was kind of swept under the carpet as to not make it a bigger issue with Russia, and one ounce of blood was spilled when they knew this, I lost all respect for this administration and everything,” Erik Hendriks said.

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28 Jun
There was a Trump Putin phone call on March 30. anews.com.tr/world/2020/03/…
On March 30, Putin and Trump “spoke by telephone, the first of 5 calls between the two over a period of three weeks, a flurry of communication unprecedented during Trump's 3 1/2 years in office.” rferl.org/a/russsia-us-t…
There were Trump Putin phone calls on:

March 30
April 9
April 10
April 12
June 1

Trump and Putin also issued a joint statement on April 25
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23 Jun
👉🏼So, Stone was closely coordinating with Trump, Trump campaign chairman, dep. chairman, & CEO on cordinating with Wikileaks/Assange on material stolen by Russian govt it had & would release to damage Trump rival, & Trump lied to Mueller about it & Stone lied to Congress about it
And then Barr got rid of the US Attorney for DC and replaced him with a former staffer and put heavy pressure on his former staffer then acting US attorney for DC to go easy on Stone sentencing because of Stone’s relationship with the president, Zelinsky is saying.
(correction above, should have used “her” when referring to the former US attorney for DC who Barr got rid of to make way for corruptly and blatantly interfering in several cases to protect associates of Trump, including those of Roger Stone and Michael Flynn.)
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23 Jun
What I heard repeatedly was that Roger Stone was being treated differently from any other defendant because of his relationship to the President. I was told that the Acting US Atty for DC Timothy Shea was receiving heavy pressure from the highest levels of @TheJusticeDept
to cut Stone a break,& that the US Attorney’s sentencing instructions to us were based on political considerations. I was also told that the acting US Atty was giving Stone such unprecedentedly favorable treatment because he was “afraid of the President.”judiciary.house.gov/uploadedfiles/…
“That explanation was deeply unsettling. Together with my fellow line Asst. US Attorneys, I immediately & repeatedly raised concerns, in writing & orally, that such political favoritism was wrong and contrary to legal ethics & Department policy.
Our objections were not heeded.
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22 Jun
Remember Benghazi? This Al Qaeda linked Saudi soldier killed almost as many US personnel, on US soil, 7 months ago, while Trump and Pompeo are illegally bypassing Congress to sell more weapons to the Saudis, then firing the IG looking into it.
“One problem was that he was applying for a diplomatic visa as part of the elite training programs that are often important components of multibillion-dollar arms sales. In the last five years alone, Saudi Arabia has bought more than $45 billion in American weapons and training.”
“All the vetting in the world isn’t going to work if the Saudi ministry responsible for internal security is asleep at the switch,” Bruce Riedel said. “Al Qaeda has infiltrated the Saudi military and the Ministry of Interior was unaware of that.”
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20 Jun
Am coming to agree. House should impeach Barr. Could do it fairly quickly. He has not bothered to show up for a hearing for a year. This Senate won’t remove him but maybe next one can do something to validate it and it will be in the title of all of Barr’s obituaries.
and the House appropriations and judiciary committees should cut off the $$ to this guy. DefundBarr
Am fairly certain that the first word of the title of Barr’s obituaries will be “Disgraced”
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20 Jun
Reports on the Bolton book reveal that Trump told Turkey’s President Erdogan that he was ready to fire SDNY leadership to kill investigations that Erdogan asked him to
Reports also indicate Bolton met with Bill Barr in 2019 about his concerns that Trump was offering dictators favors in killing @TheJusticeDept investigations and Barr said he shared concern about “the appearance” that could create
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17 Jun
WaPo got Bolton book too. “Pres. Trump asked Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping to help him win the 2020 U.S. election...” washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
During a 1 on 1 meeting with Xi in June 2019, Trump “stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,” Bolton writes.
In a May 2019 phone call, “Russian President Vladimir Putin compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton...Putin’s claims, Bolton writes, ‘largely persuaded Trump.’”
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16 Jun
Doesn’t everyone at some level get that the reason for Trump’s announced decision to pull US forces from Germany is because Merkel doesn’t kiss his ass. The stated reason, that Germany should spend more on defense, is analogous to Trump saying quid pro quo with Ukraine 1/
was about investigating corruption. It is using a real US policy goal as cover for Trump’s real reason: payback.
Proximate reason was perhaps that Merkel was first to decline his invitation for in person maskless G7 summit, spoiling Trump’s hopes to play insta-statesman for the cameras for his reelection campaign
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11 Jun
“DC Guard members, typically deployed to help after...natural disasters, say they feel demoralized and exhausted. More than 60% are people of color, ...some fellow troops were so ashamed in taking part against the protests that they have kept it from family members.”
“Senior Army leaders...leaned heavily on the Guard to carry out aggressive tactics to prove it could do the job without active-duty forces. Guard leaders issued a flurry of ad hoc orders that put thousands of Guard troops in face-to-face conflict with fellow Americans.
“Some of the Guard troops were just out of basic training, and others had no experience in controlling disturbances in the streets. Troops were allowed to drive heavy vehicles on the streets without the usual licensing.”
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7 Jun
Former Reagan/HW Bush speechwriter. In Murdoch owned, Trump friendly oped page
“Some cops failed to do that this week—unnecessary roughness, targeting journalists. Some really came through. Among them were the police who were face to face with demonstrators & took a knee. This has been criticized as obsequious..No, it is how we are saved, by showing love...
“& sympathy....In Flint, Mich., Sheriff Chris Swanson told protesters, ‘I took off the helmet and laid the batons down. Where do you want to walk? We’ll walk all night.’ Protesters cheered. In Fayetteville, NC, ...the officers..took a knee before marchers...Witnesses said..
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6 Jun
Does Pompeo seem kind of quiet lately?
Wonder if having tied himself so closely to Trump does not like such a good bet this week.
*seem like such a good bet
and does he live on a military base in Virginia? maybe hearing how alarmed military brass is about what Trump is doing.
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5 Jun
so many lies, reversed lies unreversed, in a few hours from exec branch-paraphrasing Gessen on Putin, not so u believe the lies, but give up
the autocrat shows that they can get away with the lies. you don’t have to believe them.
we know they are lying, and they know we know they are lying. and you can fact check til the cows come home, they don’t care
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5 Jun
The Trump campaign put a returned hostage from Iran in a campaign tweet while he was still standing on the tarmac last night.
and the State Dept’s Brian Hook was in the Fox video with the returned hostage that the Trump campaign tweeted. Seemed propagandistic and like a US official should probably not be in a such a political campaign effort.
It also did not seem right to treat the returned hostage, navy vet Michael White, who has been suffering from covid19, like that.
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5 Jun
“The catastrophe Monday was that Trump...was preparing to mobilize the armed forces to suppress protests by US citizens against racial injustice & police brutality. For military officers who have sworn an oath to defend the Constitution, this was overload. The structure cracked.”
“Milley had been telling the president since late last wk that it would be a mistake to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 & call out active-duty troops. Yet Trump told governors Monday that he was putting Milley ‘in charge’ of a military response....Milley was vocal
“in reiterating his advice to the president against mobilizing troops, according to 3 knowledgeable sources...Mullen & Mattis knew that Milley had taken this precarious position when they spoke out publicly, in part to support his effort to resist calling up the military.”
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4 Jun
Cotton is not the defense secretary, but he has promoted himself to shadow Defense Secretary, bypassing a nomination process, (where he would not be confirmed), and with Trump’s seeming blessing. and a disgraceful platform from the @nytimes
Former US ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor testified in the impeachment inquiry: “There appeared to be two channels of US policy-making and implementation, one regular & one highly irregular." Cotton is serving as the Rudy Giuliani of Trump’s military campaign against America.
Most visibly, as a propagandist.
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