A recording was revealed Friday of President Donald Trump demanding that his staff “take out” former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Former House committee lawyer Jeremy Bash, told MSNBC that it would constitute another “abuse of power” charge.
“I think it would be another important branch and sequel to the abuse of power allegation if the president used the office, used his own authority to direct that a U.S. ambassador be either removed from that position because she was standing in the way of his political agenda — but it seems like, from the recording, possibly even that physical harm or threats to her should ensue,” said Bash.
He told MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace that Yovanovitch recalled during her testimony that a State Department official told her that there were “threats to her security,” and she had to “get on the next plane to Washington.” Yovanovitch then asked where the threats were coming from and the woman said “up the street,” meaning the White House.
“So, I think it is critical, as you mentioned that there be evidence on this,” Bash continued.
He noted that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made the argument in his closing statements Thursday that if senators allow Trump to continue to do this, he will do it over and over again until he is stopped.
Wallace noted that 70 percent of the American public wants to hear witnesses testify, but Republicans are still refusing to allow it. And after so much stonewalling on witnesses and documents, she said that the obstruction case proves itself.
Yovanovitch, who was famous for diligently fighting corruption in Ukraine, was the target of corrupt Ukraine prosecutor Viktor Shokin. He was the one that the global community wanted to be ousted. Shokin then told Giuliani if he got rid of Yovanovitch then he would deliver the “dirt” on the Biden family.
“I believed that I needed Yovanovitch out of the way,” Giuliani told The New Yorker. “She was going to make the investigations difficult for everybody.”
Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.
His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.
Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice, and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.
Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst
Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.
"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."
Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate
Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.
As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.
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