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Trump EU ambassador’s testimony was loaded with ‘extra-damning’ omissions: NYU Law professor

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Ryan Goodman, a professor at New York University School of Law, believes that Trump-appointed European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland’s prepared testimony before Congress featured several omissions of events that he believes will lead investigators to damaging evidence against President Donald Trump.

“What Sondland omits from [his] opening statement shows how extra-damning this is likely to get,” Goodman writes on Twitter, who then goes on to document all of the major holes in Sondland’s version of events.

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First, writes Goodman, the New York Times back in May published a blockbuster story detailing Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to get Ukraine to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. Given how much exposure this story got, Sondland writes, Sondland “can’t credibly claim not knowing” about it.

Goodman also finds that Sondland’s prepared remarks omit that “Giuliani specifically tried to insert reference to Ukraine committing to investigate Burisma-Biden and 2016 probes in the draft statement by Ukraine authorities that Sondland, Volker, and Taylor were helping edit.”

Additionally, Sondland’s statement makes no mention of telling Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) that aid to Ukraine was being held up to ensure the Ukrainian government would comply with the president’s desire that it launch certain “investigations” that we now know included the investigation of Hunter Biden.

Read Goodman’s entire thread below.

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GOP’s ‘chaotic’ first day fighting impeachment revealed they’re overwhelmed by evidence against Trump: Ex-prosecutor

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The House Republican strategy for the first day of public impeachment hearings showed they knew Democrats were playing a strong hand, and they didn't.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, writing for Politico, explained how GOP lawmakers tried to confuse jurors -- in this case, the public and their counterparts in the Senate -- by talking about Hunter Biden or Javelin missiles because they wanted to distract from the strong evidence tying President Donald Trump to an extortion scheme.

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Trump’s latest and most ludicrous con job

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Donald Trump is con artist in chief of the United States. His many apparent and impeachable crimes, such as the Ukraine scandal, collusion with Russia and violations of the Emoluments Clause, flow from that fact. Of course, Trump’s long con involves millions and perhaps even billions of dollars. But Trump’s big score, his ultimate goal, is permanent control of the presidency of the United States and the power for him and his family and allies to engage in legal theft indefinitely.

This article first appeared on Salon.

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I was an impeachment skeptic. Here’s why I’m now convinced Trump must be removed

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Despite all the uncertainty surrounding impeachment, we can capture the current moment succinctly: President Trump’s fate hinges on whether Republican senators are more fearful of losing in a primary or in the general election. Now that the live impeachment hearings are about to fuel nationwide prime-time programming, those senators’ fears are likely to intensify.

While that dynamic will determine whether Trump will be removed from office, it doesn’t tell us whether he should be.  I am generally an impeachment skeptic. My recent book—Impeaching the President: Past, Present, Future—argues that impeachment should be regarded as a last resort that, as a general proposition, is inappropriate in a president’s first term.  The American people are capable of rendering judgment and should be given the first crack.

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