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George Conway: GOP senators are right to fear John Bolton’s ‘devastating’ testimony

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President Donald Trump’s lawyers made no mention of John Bolton in their opening statement — but his testimony could blow up their impeachment defense.

Bolton submitted the manuscript for his new book to the White House last month for review, which likely means that at least some of the president’s legal team were aware of the former national security adviser’s claims, wrote attorney George Conway for the Washington Post.

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Conway, whose wife Kellaynne Conway serves as a senior White House adviser, said Bolton’s claims prove quid pro quo regarding Ukraine aid and an investigation of Joe Biden, and he said the evidence was strong enough to convince even Republican senators.

“No wonder Trump’s lawyers so vehemently opposed Bolton’s being subpoenaed last week,” Conway wrote. “No wonder they’ve been plotting with Senate Republicans to make sure that, if Bolton does testify, he does so in secret. No wonder Trump himself expressed concern last week about the possibility of Bolton testifying. No wonder why, on Saturday, none of the president’s lawyers dared even utter the word ‘Bolton.'”

Trump and his attorneys understand Bolton’s testimony would destroy their defense, which rests on the argument that no witnesses have testified the president explicitly tied the investigations and security assistance.

But Bolton does.

“If Bolton testifies to what’s in his manuscript, these arguments, weak as they are, will collapse,” Conway wrote. “The words will come from Trump’s mouth, because Bolton will have put them there. The direct witness whose absence Trump’s lawyers trumpeted will have appeared.”

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“It would now be preposterous, if it ever wasn’t,” he added, “for the Senate not to call Bolton as a witness. To refuse to do so would ensure that the trial would be recorded forever in history as a GOP-orchestrated farce. And if the president’s defense is that Bolton is now peddling this tale of quid pro quo ‘only to sell a book,’ fine. Let’s also have a look at the documents that could demonstrate who is telling the truth.”


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The Trump-bubble is bursting: Coronavirus is only part of the problem with the stock market

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As the coronavirus outbreak approaches global pandemic status, the financial markets started the week in the hole. In the case of the U.S. Stock Exchange, all of the gains for the year were erased in one day. But the cause isn't isolated to the deaths caused by the virus.

Axios reported Tuesday that the market tumble that President Donald Trump's precious economic bubble might be bursting.

Asset fund managers said coming into 2020 that the stock market would be less predictable, but would likely rise about 5 percent from the 2019 close.

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Democrat ‘appalled’ by classified Senate briefing on coronavirus: ‘Should have been fully open to American people’

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) blasted the Trump administration for withholding information about coronavirus preparations from the public.

The administration gave senators a classified briefing Tuesday morning on the virus, which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) warned Monday could turn into a potential pandemic unless President Donald Trump and his team took swift action.

"The Trump administration has been asleep at the wheel," Schumer said. "President Trump, good morning, there is a pandemic of coronavirus. Where are you?"

After the briefing, Blumenthal sounded like he hadn't been reassured by the administration -- and called for more transparency.

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Inside Trump’s purge of his enemies

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It’s one thing—especially if you’re a bruising president like Donald Trump, or Richard Nixon—that you’re bound to develop enemies easily with your sharp insults and political elbowing.

In fact, we had been expecting the boomerang of post-impeachment political vengeance. That’s why it was totally predictable that Trump, like Nixon, would create an enemies list.

But now, Trump seems to be raising the ante: He’s embarked on a specific campaign to denude the federal government of anyone who is disloyal or who might be disloyal.

According to The Washington Post, Johnny McEntee, Trump’s former personal aide and director of presidential personnel (another appointment with no experience), has begun combing through various federal agencies to oust or sideline political appointees who have not proved their loyalty. To Trump.

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