GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn

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    Pelosi says no regrets about holding onto impeachment articles, suggests Trump could face more
    Trump will "be impeached forever," Pelosi told ABC's "This Week."
    Jan. 12, 2020

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/tr...-impeachment-articles-suggests-trump-n1114211

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday she had no regrets about holding onto the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for weeks and suggested he could face additional articles of impeachment going forward.

    "Well, let's just see what the Senate does," Pelosi told ABC's "This Week" when asked if the House could file additional articles against Trump. "The ball will be in their court soon."

    "I think that the American people have been very fair about saying, yes, we do want to see witnesses," she added. "That wasn't part of the discussion three weeks ago. It is now."

    Soon after Pelosi's interview, Trump complained about having been impeached.

    "Why should I have the stigma of Impeachment attached to my name when I did NOTHING wrong?," he tweeted. "Read the Transcripts! A totally partisan Hoax, never happened before. House Republicans voted 195-0, with three Dems voting with the Republicans. Very unfair to tens of millions of voters!"

    In a letter to Democratic lawmakers on Friday, Pelosi said she will consult with them Tuesday to determine the next steps in Trump's impeachment. Asked Friday if she would submit the articles to the Senate this week, Pelosi told reporters, "We'll see."

    Her letter suggested the House could name impeachment managers, who will act as prosecutors in the Senate trial, and transmit the articles as soon as this week. The letter came as Trump said he would block former national security adviser John Bolton from testifying in the trial. Bolton, a key witness to the president's actions toward Ukraine that led to his impeachment, said he would testify before the Senate if subpoenaed.

    "What we did want, though, and we think we accomplished in the past few weeks, is that we wanted the public to see the need for witnesses, witnesses with firsthand knowledge of what happened, documentation which the president has prevented from coming to the Congress as we review this," Pelosi said before criticizing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for supporting a resolution offered by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., that would allow for the dismissal of the articles if Pelosi decided not to send them over within 25 days after passage.

    "One of the things that I think is really important, what I think people should be very aware of, very unusually, the leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has signed on to a resolution to dismiss the case, to dismiss the case," she said, adding, "Dismissing is a cover-up. If they want to go that route, again, the senators who are thinking now about voting for witnesses or not, they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial."

    Pelosi has held onto the articles for weeks, saying she would not submit them to the Senate until McConnell outlines specifics about the trial process. McConnell, who in December said he was working in "total coordination" with the White House on impeachment, has called for a two-step impeachment trial process matching the procedure from then-President Bill Clinton's trial in 1999. That process included an initial resolution to hear the case followed by a vote on whether to call witnesses.

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for a one-resolution process to address both items. Schumer wants the Senate to call four witnesses, including Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, to testify about the president's conduct towards Ukraine.

    In December, the House passed two articles of impeachment against Trump. The first charged him with abusing his power by pushing Ukraine to announce investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden and Democrats as Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to the country and an official White House visit for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The second article charged Trump with obstructing Congress' investigation into the matter.

    Pelosi said that subpoenaing Bolton in the House is "not excluded" from happening and will depend on what happens in the Senate.

    "But we do think that there's enough evidence to remove the president from office," she said.

    On CBS's "Face the Nation," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., echoed Pelosi on a potential Bolton subpoena.

    "He has offered to come forward and testify," Schiff said. "There is no reason to not have him testify unless you just want to cover up the president's wrongdoing."

    If the Senate does not call witnesses, Schiff said it would be "a sham" trial and "a coverup."

    Ahead of Pelosi's "This Week" interview, Trump asked host George Stephanopoulos on Twitter to ask "Crazy Nancy" about "why she allowed Adam "Shifty" Schiff to totally make up my conversation with the Ukrainian President & read his false words to Congress and the world, as though I said it? He got caught! Ask why hearing was most unfair & biased in history?"

    Trump was referring to September comments Schiff, D-Calif., made during a hearing in which the chairman parodied Trump’s rhetoric from his July 25 phone call, though parts of Schiff's phrasing matched that of the White House summary of what Trump said.

    "Let me just say, it's Sunday morning, I'd like to talk about some more pleasant subjects than the erratic nature of this president of the United States, but he has to know that every knock from him is a boost," Pelosi said in response. "He's the president who said I should have impeached George Bush, because of the war in Iraq, and now he's saying I'm obsessed."

    She added that Trump "crossed" the line with regards to his conduct involving Ukraine, saying "he violated the constitution in such a way that could not be ignored."

    "So again, I don't like to spend too much time on his crazy tweets, because everything he says is a projection," she added. "When he calls someone crazy he knows that he is. Everything he says you can just translate it back to who he is."

    Trump will "be impeached forever," she said.

    Speaking with "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said the trial will be as fair "as four Republican senators demand." Votes on the specifics of the impeachment process require a simple majority, of which Democrats are four votes shy, to pass.

    "President Trump might have had his reasons for being skeptical of the House process," Coons said. "In a Republican-controlled Senate, I can't think of any reason he wouldn't want folks like Secretary of State Pompeo or national security adviser John Bolton, who were in the room, who were on the email chains, who know what happened, to come to the Senate and clear his name."

    "If he is exonerated in the Senate by a purely partisan vote," Coons added, "I don't think he would've been exonerated at all."
     
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    Canadian CEO blasts Trump over downed plane in Iran: 'I am livid'
    01/12/20

    https://thehill.com/policy/internat...ts-trump-over-downed-plane-in-iran-i-am-livid

    The CEO of packaged meats company Maple Leaf Foods took aim at President Trump over the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet by Iran on Sunday, blaming the U.S. for destabilizing the region and inflaming tensions with Tehran.

    In a series of scathing tweets, CEO Michael McCain wrote that he was "very angry" at Trump and blamed him for the deaths of dozens of Canadian citizens, including the family of an employee of his company, in the jet crash that Iran's government says was intentionally caused by its defensive weaponry.

    "I’m Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, and these are personal reflections. I am very angry, and time isn’t making me less angry," he tweeted.

    "A narcissist in Washington tears world accomplishments apart; destabilizes region. US now unwelcomed everywhere in the area including Iraq; tensions escalated to feverish pitch. Taking out despicable military leader terrorist? There are a hundred like him, standing next in line," he continued.

    "The collateral damage of this irresponsible, dangerous, ill-conceived behavior? 63 Canadians needlessly lost their lives in the crossfire, including the family of one of my MLF colleagues (his wife + 11 year old son)!" McCain tweeted.

    "We are mourning and I am livid," he concluded.





    McCain's tweets echoed criticism of Trump's actions towards Iran, in particular the killing of Iranian Quds force leader Qasem Soleimani, by Democrats on Capitol Hill who have blamed the president for what they say was an unnecessary provocation of Iran without the authorization of Congress.

    White House and other Trump administration officials have countered that Soleimani represented an "imminent" threat to U.S. forces or assets.
     
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    U.S. senators back bill to provide $3.3 billion for Israel
    JANUARY 9, 2020

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-israel-congress-idUSKBN1Z82H5

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to provide $3.3 billion in annual aid to Israel, seeking to put into law an aid agreement between the two countries reached in 2016 amid concern over rising Middle East tensions.

    Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Chris Coons co-sponsored the bill, a standalone provision of a broader measure that stalled a year ago, according to a text of the bill seen by Reuters.

    The measure that stalled last year included some provisions broadly supported by members of both parties, including the aid, but it also included a plank that would have let state and local governments punish Americans for boycotting Israel. Opponents, including many Democrats, saw that provision as an impingement of free speech.

    Rubio and Coons introduced the bill amid increased tensions in the Middle East after President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and Tehran retaliated with a missile attack on an Iraqi base housing U.S. soldiers.

    On Thursday, the region remained on edge as Iran spurned Trump’s call for a new nuclear pact and its commanders threatened more attacks. [L8N29E5D7]

    The bill would put into law a “Memorandum of Understanding” reached between Israel and the Obama administration from four years ago that was the biggest pledge of U.S. military assistance made to any country.

    In statements emailed to Reuters, Rubio said Israel faces “unprecedented threats” and Coons said: “The events of the past few days are a stark reminder of the importance of U.S. assistance to Israel’s security.”
     
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    Pompeo says Soleimani killing part of new strategy to deter U.S. foes

    JANUARY 13, 2020

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...strategy-to-deter-u-s-foes-idUSKBN1ZC2I3?il=0

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said Qassem Soleimani was killed as part of a broader strategy of deterring challenges by U.S. foes that also applies to China and Russia, further diluting the assertion that the top Iranian general was struck because he was plotting imminent attacks on U.S. targets.

    In his speech at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute, Pompeo made no mention of the threat of imminent attacks planned by Soleimani. It only was in response to a question that he repeated his earlier assertion that pre-empting such plots was the reason for the Jan. 3 American drone strike on Iran’s second most powerful official.

    His speech, “The Restoration of Deterrence: The Iranian Example,” focused on what he called an administration strategy to establish “real deterrence” against Iran following earlier Republican and Democratic policies that encouraged Tehran’s “malign activity.”


    Democratic and some Republican lawmakers have challenged the administration over the self-defense rationale supported by undisclosed intelligence over imminent attacks. U.S. President Donald Trump has said the potential targets included four U.S. embassies.

    On Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he had seen no intelligence forewarning of imminent attacks on embassies.

    Trump on Monday added new fuel to the controversy by saying “it really doesn’t matter” whether Soleimani posed an imminent threat.


    Pompeo said there was “a bigger strategy” behind the killing of Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, Iran’s elite foreign espionage and paramilitary force.

    “President Trump and those of us in his national security team are re-establishing deterrence – real deterrence ‒ against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said.

    “Your adversary must understand not only that you have the capacity to impose cost but that you’re in fact willing to do so,” Pompeo said, adding that the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal from which Trump withdrew in 2018 had emboldened Tehran.

    “America now enjoys the greatest position of strength regarding Iran we’ve ever been in,” he said, pointing to the damage done to the Iranian economy by U.S. sanctions that Trump re-imposed following his withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

    “The importance of deterrence isn’t confined to Iran,” Pompeo said. “In all cases, we must deter foes to defend freedom. That’s the whole point of President Trump’s work to make our military the strongest it’s ever been.”

    He cited the resumption of lethal military aid to Ukraine for defense against Russia-backed separatists, Trump’s withdrawal from an arms control accord with Moscow and tests of a new U.S. intermediate-range cruise missile.

    Pompeo also pointed to increased U.S. naval exercises in the South China Sea in response to China’s militarization of disputed islands and Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese imports as aspects of the administration’s deterrence strategy.

    “We’re restoring credibility to deterrence,” he said.
     
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    Harvey Weinstein SPY says he's not sorry for secretly trailing 91 Hollywood figures when he worked for Mossad-linked agency as he reveals audio from interview with Rose McGowan where she told of rape but he denies silencing victims
    13 January 2020

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...Hollywood-figures-including-Rose-McGowan.html

    • Seth Freedman worked for the private intelligence agency hired by Weinstein
    • Former Guardian journalist said he was working on an article to speak with Rose
    • Freedman no longer works for Mossad-linked Israeli intelligence company Black Cube but says he will not say he is sorry or guilty over his previous work
    • He said he 'obviously' gave a recording of his chat with McGowan to Weinstein
    • She was one of the first women to make public allegations about the producer
    • 'I don't feel guilty about anything I did for Black Cube', Freedman told the BBC
    • McGowan filed a lawsuit in October last year against Weinstein, his ex-attorneys and Black Cube, alleging they conspired to discredit her
    • Jury selection in the shamed producer's trial entered its second week Monday
    One of Harvey Weinstein's spies, hired to investigate those readying to make allegations of sexual assault against the producer, has defended secretly trailing 91 Hollywood figures, including accuser Rose McGowan.

    Seth Freedman worked for private intelligence agency Black Cube but has denied silencing alleged victims in an interview with the BBC - despite reporting back to the producer on his 75 minute chat with the actress.

    The former Guardian journalist used the cover story of being a reporter working on an article about Hollywood to convince McGowan's literary agent to encourage the star to speak to him.

    McGowan was one of the first women to make public allegations about Weinstein's abuse, triggering his downfall in 2017 and the emergence of the #MeToo movement that brought down many other public figures.

    Freedman, who was unmasked by journalist Ronan Farrow, said: 'I don't feel guilty about anything I did for Black Cube. I mean, as far as I'm concerned if you're an actress who works in Hollywood and a reporter calls you and you decide to talk to them, that's pretty run of the mill.

    'I think the problem with how toxic this debate is over the Weinstein case is that if you say anything that sounds like you're dissenting from the #MeToo narrative, therefore you're on his side and you support him. I don't know the guy, I couldn't really care less one way or the other what happens to him.'

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    Seth Freedman, pictured, has defended secretly trailing 91 Hollywood figures, including accuser Rose McGowan, after being hired to investigate those readying to make allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein

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    McGowan was one of the first women to make public allegations about Weinstein's abuse, triggering his downfall in 2017 and the emergence of the #MeToo movement that brought down many other public figures. She is pictured with Weinstein in 2007

    He spoke out as jury selection in Weinstein's rape and sexual assault trial entered its second week Monday with potential jurors being pre-screened for possible bias.

    Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women, and faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault.

    He had tasked Black Cube with two primary objectives in July 2017; to 'provide intelligence which will help the Client's efforts to completely stop the publication of a new, negative article in a leading NY newspaper', and to 'obtain additional content of a book which is currently being written and which includes harmful negative information on and about the Client'.

    To achieve this, Black Cube promised a dedicated team, including Freedman, after ex-Israeli premier Ehud Barak put Weinstein's lawyers in touch with the firm.

    The former head of Miramax went on to spend more than £1million ($1.3million) with Black Cube to protect his reputation.

    Freedman no longer works for Mossad-linked Israeli intelligence company Black Cube but says he will not say he is sorry or guilty over his previous work 'because he is not'.

    He added: 'My job is to get a piece of information that isn't freely available and as long as I stay within the letter of the law I'm not worried about your ethics when you judge me.'

    In a recording of the call, actress McGowan can be heard telling Freedman how her book will address an assault from someone in the industry.

    She tells him about 'a document' she signed 'for a very small settlement'. When asked what would make her 'call it quits' McGowan replies: 'Nothing.'

    Freedman says: 'The list of people that Harvey wanted us to go after grew bigger. It culminated in 91 names. You know, actors and actresses who'd worked for him in the past and who didn't seem like they would be involved in a current plot against him but again you're just doing your job.

    'I'm not asking "are they relevant?" I'm just told that's who you are going after today. The list was updated by Harvey and it had Rose McGowan's name on, the actress.

    'Literally we were talking about her entire career. At no point do I mention Weinstein because that's not what I'm there to do. I don't even know what the allegations are necessarily at this point. And she brought it up.'

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    Harvey Weinstein arrives at court for his ongoing sexual assault trial in Manhattan Monday

    Weinstein arrives back at court as jury selection enters week two

    Freedman says he spoke with McGowan about Weinstein for a total of two minutes 'max' in a 75-minute call.

    'Obviously I give that recording to Black Cube, it's shared with Harvey Weinstein and his legal team and they can see, ok that might be what's she planning to do with her book', he adds.

    Freedman says he is 'totally neutral about the whole thing', telling the BBC: 'Now again, I don't care if people want to sit here and sermonize and say 'o that's so awful, she was a survivor', so on and so forth. None of this is attested in court as far as I am concerned.

    'This is not a case of Harvey Weinstein calls Black Cube and says "such and such number of people are accusing me of sexual assault, can you help me". That just didn't happen.'

    McGowan filed a lawsuit in October last year against Weinstein, his ex-attorneys and Black Cube, alleging they conspired to discredit her when she accused the disgraced movie mogul of rape.

    She alleges that when Weinstein learned in 2016 that she planned to write about the alleged rape said to have taken place in 1997, he unleashed a team of fixers to ensure her story 'never saw the light of day, and, if it did, that no one would believe her.'

    Freedman denies any 'intimidation, silencing and harassing', adding: 'All those things would be illegal and none of those things happened.'
     
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    McConnell Doesn’t Have the Votes to Dismiss Impeachment Articles or Block Witnesses: Reports
    January 13th, 2020

    https://lawandcrime.com/impeachment...peachment-charges-or-block-witnesses-reports/

    Has Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) promise of “total coordination” with the White House on President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial backfired? According to several Monday reports, not only is McConnell short of the 51 votes required to promptly dismiss the articles of impeachment, per Trump’s tweeted desire, he may also be forced to hear testimony from former Trump administration officials.

    Despite the White House actively urging Senate Republicans to pass a resolution allowing for the swift dismissal of the charges against Trump, several sources confirmed to CNN’s senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju that McConnell lacks the votes necessary to pass such a measure.



    “McConnell has made clear to his colleagues that he wants Trump to emerge victorious in the trial and is not willing to hold a vote that could fail,” that report said. “He’s also keenly aware of what a vote to dismiss would look like politically, according to Republican senators, and has shepherded his conference away from the idea for several weeks.”

    Similar details were contained within a CBS News report:

    One senior official said the White House’s impeachment team and counsel’s office do not expect a quick dismissal of the impeachment articles in the Senate, despite the president’s weekend tweet in which he said Republicans should vote to throw the articles out.

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    White House officials said the optics of a vote to dismiss would be tough for Republicans, but White House lawyers do expect the question of acquittal to come up immediately following opening arguments and periods for written questions submitted by senators.

    Similarly frustrating to McConnell’s strategy, at least four Republican senators are poised to vote in favor of calling witnesses after the trial begins.

    Senior White House officials told CBS News that Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and Cory Gardner of Colorado, are all expected to join Democrats in demanding witness testimony. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee are reportedly viewed as “wild cards” that could vote either way.

    Collins, we heard last Friday, has been working with a small group of Republican senators to ensure new testimony is permitted during the proceedings, saying her colleagues should be “completely open to calling witnesses.” Romney supports hearing from former Trump national security advisor John Bolton.

    CNN legal analyst, attorney and impeachment expert Ross Garber warned, however, that Democrats may end up somewhat frustrated as well.

    “Be careful what you wish for. If [Democrats] get their witnesses (Bolton/Mulvaney), [Republicans] will want reciprocity (Hunter Biden, the whistleblower, Schiff?, Joe Biden?),” Garber wrote. “If subpoenas issued to all, only one side can claim immunity and exec priv, and may have little to lose in stonewall.”



    Others suggest agreeing to witnesses the GOP wants — Hunter Biden and Joe Biden included — would be a win-win for the Democrats if it means Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton will also testify.



    An official date for the start of the Senate trial has not been announced, but Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters Monday evening that he expected the proceedings to commence on Tuesday, Jan. 21.



    This week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is expected to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate after a weeks-long delay, which she says occurred due to fears that the fix was in.
     
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    Big Donnie getting clowned by Chad Vlad
     
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    I need to know what those sumbitches are saying I bet it's funny as shit
     
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    3 republican senators back sanders war power resolution, 50 senators, 1 more and it's a lock
     
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    Now it's 51
     
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    BIG DICK BERNIE
     
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    They just revealed robert hyde talked to parnas about placing a hit on the former ambassador to Ukraine
     
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    Lev Parnas Shown in Photo With Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
    Jan. 14, 2020

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/lev-p...-in-photo-with-ivanka-trump-and-jared-kushner

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    Lev Parnas met Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, according to a previously unreleased photo shared with The Daily Beast by Parnas’ attorney Joseph Bondy. The picture, published here for the first time, indicates that Parnas—a Ukraine-born ex-associate of Rudy Giuliani’s who has been charged with a series of Federal Election Campaign Act violations in the Southern District of New York—had at least one encounter with the president’s daughter and her husband, who double as White House advisers. The photo’s release comes as Parnas is seeking to testify to Congress about his involvement in Giuliani’s efforts to secure political favors from the government of Ukraine in exchange for White House access. The House Intelligence Committee, which has handled the lower chamber’s impeachment probe, has yet to call in Parnas for testimony. His lawyer has pushed for him to appear, frequently tweeting the hashtag #LetLevSpeak and releasing a video of Parnas with Trump World denizens with the background music “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer. A White House official told The Daily Beast the photo is not evidence of a relationship between them: “Jared and Ivanka don’t know Mr. Parnas. This was taken at an event in a photo line and is one of tens of thousands of pictures they take every year. “
     
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    Senate resolution to limit Trump’s military authority on Iran has enough GOP votes to pass, key Democrats say
    Jan. 14, 2020

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nati...684f50-3706-11ea-bb7b-265f4554af6d_story.html

    The Senate is poised to formally counter President Trump’s ability to initiate further military action against Iran, as four Republicans now say they will vote with Democrats to pass a resolution invoking Congress’s war powers.

    “Congress cannot be sidelined on these important decisions,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who on Tuesday declared her support for the measure. She joins Sens. Todd C. Young (R-Ind.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and all 47 Democrats. A vote could come as soon as next week.

    The Republicans’ decision to back the resolution, put forward by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), follows a contentious decision by the president to kill a top Iranian military commander in Baghdad earlier this month. The administration has defended the operation as vital, even in the face of bipartisan frustration on Capitol Hill, where some lawmakers have chastised Trump and his senior advisers for taking such provocative action without consulting them first — and for refusing to say when they might seek Congress’s authorization before conducting similar strikes in the future.

    While rare for congressional Republicans to support Democrats who seek to impose checks on this president, it has become more common among a small band of GOP senators on matters where national security and the constitutional division of powers intersect.

    This past summer, for instance, four Senate Republicans — Collins, Lee, Paul and Jerry Moran (Kan.) — joined Democrats in a vote to demand that the administration seek congressional approval before launching any strikes on Iran. Earlier, seven Republicans joined Democrats to vote on a war powers resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, though the president later vetoed that measure.

    Kaine filed a draft of his resolution the day after the Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, and he has been working with Republicans to amend the measure so they would support it. As a result, the updated, bipartisan version removes all references to Trump and his administration’s statements and policies regarding Iran.

    Kaine said Tuesday that he is continuing to work with other Republican senators, with hopes of attaining additional backing. Scheduling a vote, though, could prove challenging since next week will be dominated by the start of Trump’s impeachment trial.

    “We will work out the timing. We have to figure out how it intersects with impeachment, but we believe this resolution is the right way to go,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Tuesday, indicating he was working with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the matter.

    The resolution is “privileged,” meaning Republicans opposed to the measure cannot block it from coming to a vote once it is “ripe.” It also means that supporters must secure only a simple majority of the Senate, 51 votes, for it to pass.

    But it is almost certain that Trump will veto the measure and that Congress will not have the votes to override a veto.

    The president’s supporters have strongly opposed the Senate’s effort and a similar measure that passed the House last week, on a vote of 224 to 194 with three Republicans backing it. The House resolution is not binding, however — meaning that the chamber may take up the Senate’s measure to send it to the president’s desk.

    Trump’s deputies and supporters said that such resolutions send a negative message to the troops and seemingly project support for the Iranian regime despite its sponsorship of terrorist activities that have led to the deaths of U.S. service members. They have also said Trump was completely within his rights to order the strike, citing the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq and the president’s constitutional right to protect military personnel in harm’s way.

    Supporters of the war powers measures have taken pains to say they believe Soleimani was reprehensible as they argue that Trump cannot trample on Congress’s right to declare war. In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has also promised to take up a measure to repeal the 2002 authorization.

    Kaine’s amended, bipartisan resolution states plainly that “Congress has not yet declared war upon, nor enacted a specific statutory authorization for use of military force against the Islamic Republic of Iran” and asserts that “the United States Armed Forces have been introduced into hostilities, as defined by the War Powers Resolution, against Iran.”

    But it recognizes an exception in cases where the United States is “defending itself from imminent attack.”

    Supporters of the war powers resolution say the administration has not presented evidence showing Soleimani posed an imminent threat to U.S. troops. Senior officials have said the strike was both to prevent an imminent threat and to respond to a previous attack by an Iranian-backed group that killed an American contractor in Iraq.
     
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    Yovanovitch calls for investigation following evidence released by lawmakers
    01/14/20

    https://thehill.com/homenews/admini...-investigation-following-evidence-released-by

    Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch called for an investigation Tuesday into “what happened” after newly released evidence suggested that her movements were being monitored.

    Yovanovitch requested the investigation through her lawyer Lawrence Robbins, who issued a statement on her behalf.

    “Needless to say, the notion that American citizens and others were monitoring Ambassador Yovanovitch’s movements for unknown purposes is disturbing,” he said in the statement obtained by The Hill. “We trust that the appropriate authorities will conduct an investigation to determine what happened."

    The former ambassador’s calls come after the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform committees released additional evidence to be submitted to the Senate for the impeachment trial.

    The evidence included communications between Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and Connecticut congressional candidate Robert Hyde that hinted that the ambassador was being watched.

    “Wow. Can’t believe Trumo hasn’t fired this bitch. I’ll get right in that,” Hyde texted to Parnas, according to the released documents.

    Hyde dismissed the documents released by the Democratic chairs.

    The released documents include phone records, documents and other evidence from Parnas involving his efforts to get the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and to remove Yovanovitch from her position.

    The evidence also included a text exchange from Giuliani to Parnas the day before Yovanovitch was called back to the U.S. saying the president “fired her again,” with Parnas answering “I pray it happens this time I’ll call you tomorrow my brother.”
     
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