Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) defended President Donald Trump from new revelations from his acting ambassador about a July 26 phone call by questioning the notion of objective truth.
Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, told a House impeachment inquiry that he learned Friday that one of his staff members overheard Trump ask EU ambassador Gordon Sondland about “the investigations,” one day after the president asked his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Joe Biden.
Meadows, a North Carolina Republican and one of the president’s chief defenders, gave a frantic news conference shortly afterward.
“He didn’t testify to it originally,” Meadows told reporters. “You know, it’s amazing — he was prepping to come up here. He prepped for hours to come up here, then all of a sudden he gets this miraculous intervention from one of his staffers that reminds him of something.”
“Does it concern me? No,” he said. “I think what happens is when we start to look at the facts, everybody has their impression of what truth is. Just like you as reporters have your impression of what the truth is. The ultimate judge will be the American people, and I think most of them will see what I’m seeing in the room, reporters and people in the audience yawning because this is all about a policy difference between the president of the United States and a few people in the State Department.”
‘You don’t get to dictate terms’: Trump soundly mocked for demanding speedy resolution to impeachment
President Donald Trump broke with his Republican defenders, who say impeachment is moving too fast, and demanded a quick resolution to the constitutional process.
House Democrats moved the impeachment process from the Intelligence Committee to the Judiciary Committee after nearly two weeks of testimony, and Trump called for a speedy end to the matter.
"The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House," Trump tweeted. "They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy."
"Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business," he added. "We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to 'Clean the Swamp,' and that’s what I am doing!"
‘Our democracy is what’s at stake’: Pelosi shreds Trump in blistering endorsement of impeachment
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday endorsed drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and made the case that the president's actions made him a threat to American democracy.
During her address, Pelosi explained that the stakes in impeaching Trump were the very foundations of American government.
"Our democracy is at stake," she said. "The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit. The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security, and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections."
InfoWars made up lies about Islamic community to help Alex Jones generate more traffic: former writer
On Thursday, The New York Times reported that Josh Owens, a former staffer at the fringe conspiracy theory site InfoWars, admitted that his team knowingly promoted fake stories about Islamberg, a rural religious community founded by mostly Black Muslims from New York City on the border between New York and Pennsylvania.
According to Owens, InfoWars initially conducted interviews with people near the community, hoping that they would tell horror stories about a group of militants hellbent on enslaving America under Sharia law. Instead, locals described the people of Islamberg as "kind, generous neighbors." This wasn't a story Alex Jones would have been able to sell to his far-right conspiracy theorist audience — so, Owens said, his team decided to just lie.