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.”
Right-wing extremists using Facebook to recruit for ‘boogaloo’ attacks on liberals and cops: report
A right-wing extremist movement is recruiting on social media to target liberals and law enforcement in a violent uprising called the "boogaloo."
The loosely organized movement is trolling for members on mainstream platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter, in addition to 4chan and other fringe sites, to promote a second Civil War, reported NBC News.
“When you have people talking about and planning sedition and violence against minorities, police, and public officials, we need to take their words seriously,” said Paul Goldenberg, of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Bernie Sanders was so close to a primary against Obama in 2011 that Dems were ‘absolutely panicked’: report
In an article for The Atlantic this Wednesday, Edward-Isaac Dovere recounts the time that Bernie Sanders tried to primary Barack Obama -- a move that Sanders was close to achieving that former Democratic Senator Harry Reid had to intervene to stop him.
The event, which hasn't been previously reported, took place in the summer of 2011 and reportedly had the Obama campaign "absolutely panicked"
While Sanders' Obama plan never went through, the relationship between the two has been strained ever since. "Now Obama, the beloved former leader of the Democratic Party, and Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, are facing a new and especially fraught period in their relationship," Dovere writes. "To Obama, Sanders is a lot of what’s wrong with Democrats: unrelenting, unrealistic, so deep in his own fight that he doesn’t see how many people disagree with him or that he’s turning off people who should be his allies. To Sanders, it’s Obama who represents a lot of what’s wrong with Democrats: overly compromising, and so obsessed with what isn’t possible that he’s lost all sense of what is."
Bloomberg paying private citizens $2500 a month to text and tweet his praises from their personal social media accounts
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg is paying hundreds of private citizens $2500 a month to tell their friends, family members, and co-workers they support his presidential candidacy. In exchange for the money supporters are expected to text and use their personal social media accounts to boost the former NYC mayor’s prospects. The program is costing him millions of dollars a month, the Wall Street Journal reports.