During a back-and-forth with GOP counsel Stephen Castor, US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, was asked his thoughts on previous closed-door testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton, who characterized Sondland’s dealings with Ukraine by using the metaphor of a “drug deal.”
The metaphor caught on with other GOP questioners, such as GOP House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Devin Nunes, causing some to wonder if he even knows that Bolton was being metaphorical. Nunes’ comments prompted some pushback from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who told him that “no one thinks they’re talking about a literal drug deal here. Or a drug cocktail. The import, I think, of [Bolton’s] comments is quite clear, that he believed that this bargain, this quid pro quo … was not something he wanted to be a part of.”
Others on Twitter were incredulous over the idea that Republicans were interpreting Bolton’s words literally.
I see that the GOP’s best line of defense here is repeatedly asking versions of “have you ever been part of a drug deal?”
— Alex Shephard (@alex_shephard) November 20, 2019
I find it funny that republicans keep trying to establish that trump and co. weren’t *literally* doing a massive illegal drug deal because of course he wasn’t, trump is not nearly as cool or as capable as George hw bush
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) November 20, 2019
It's not a literal drug deal. Jesus.
— Ryan Kelly (@NotThatRKelly) November 20, 2019
Am I correct that Castor and Sondland both just pretended that Hill and Bolton accused Sondland of participating in a literal drug deal?
— Dan Friedman (@dfriedman33) November 20, 2019
Guys, Bolton didn't mean it was an actual drug deal. It's an expression. Like dumpster fire or train wreck.
— John Moe (@johnmoe) November 20, 2019
Does Castor think that Bolton's "drug deal" comment was about an Actual drug deal?
— Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler) November 20, 2019
Bolton didn’t mean a literal drug deal, you morons. #ImpeachmentHearings
— JackiSchechner (@JackiSchechner) November 20, 2019
guys, I think he means "drug deal" metaphorically
— Richard Kim (@RichardKimNYC) November 20, 2019
Are we…are we pretending "drug deal" was a literal drug deal?
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) November 20, 2019
You gotta be a moron to not know what Bolton meant by “drug deal.” Nunes again engaging in futile questioning just to confuse.
— Sara Azari, Esq. (@azarilaw) November 20, 2019
Nunes is actually asking Sondland if he is aware of "any drug deal."
The GOP is completely out of ideas and I almost wish Schiff would let them phone a friend or buy a clue.
— Eric Klinenberg (@EricKlinenberg) November 20, 2019
‘NPR will not be intimidated’: Mike Pompeo blasted for attacks on reporter Mary Louise Kelly
National Public Radio (NPR) is standing by "All Things Considered" host Mary Louise Kelly after she was attacked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
"One day after a contentious interview followed by an expletive-filled verbal lashing of NPR host Mary Louise Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is publicly accusing her of lying to him — 'twice,'" NPR reported. "He does not explain how and offers no evidence, but in their recorded interview the nation's top diplomat declined to respond when Kelly asked if he owed an apology to Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted from that post last year after allies of President Trump accused her of disloyalty."
Trump lawyers argue ‘the president did absolutely nothing wrong’ as GOP presents impeachment trial defense
White House lawyers began their defense of Donald Trump at his historic Senate impeachment trial on Saturday, saying the president did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine and American voters -- not Congress -- should decide his fate.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone said it would be a "completely irresponsible abuse of power" if the Senate follows the lead of the House of Representatives and votes to remove the 45th US president from office.
"They're asking you to do something that no Senate has ever done," Cipollone told the 100 senators gathered on a rainy Saturday morning for a rare weekend session at just the third impeachment trial in US history.
Louise Linton defended Greta Thunberg against her husband’s attack — but deleted her comments in less than an hour
The wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stood up against her husband online on Saturday, but quickly deleted her comments.
At the World Economic Forum, Mnuchin told climate action activist Greta Thunberg to "go study economics."
"I stand with Greta on this issue. (I don’t have a degree in economics either)," Linton posted on Instagram.
"We need to drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels," she explained.
"Keep up the fight @gretathunberg," she urged.