In a series of tweets this Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gave his opinion that additional testimony in the impeachment effort against President Trump is “unnecessary,” regardless of the leaked revelations from an unpublished manuscript of John Bolton’s upcoming book. According to Graham, “one could assume everything attributable to John Bolton is accurate and still the House case would fall well below the standards to remove a president from office.”
Graham then turned the focus of his thread to Joe Biden, writing that “there is ample evidence for the President to be concerned about conflicts of interest on behalf of Hunter Biden and that Vice President Joe Biden’s failure to take appropriate action was unacceptable.”
Graham later added that there is a “mountain of evidence to suggest the Bidens’ behavior was harmful to the United States.”
This combination, in my view, undercut America’s message on reforming corruption in Ukraine. There is a mountain of evidence to suggest the Bidens’ behavior was harmful to the United States.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 29, 2020
Graham’s contention, of course, was met with a wave of pushback from Trump’s critics on Twitter:
This is not about Biden, I repeat this is not about Biden. It’s about getting to the truth about the clear shadow policy channels established by Giuliani
— tired citizen (@tiredcitizenn) January 29, 2020
Shame on you. You were there! You know Biden acted under the OFFICIAL position of the United States foreign policy and that it had nothing to with his son. Otherwise there would have a been a Justice Dept investigation before now. You know the truth. This is a #GOPCoverup. Period
— Thiscantbehappening (@ShereeOrigi) January 29, 2020
This attempt at gaslighting has failed,
Better luck next time!
Thank you for playing!
Next contestant, please!#CorruptComplicitGOP
— Amontaful asks Senator Toomey to #DoTheRightThing (@acmonta) January 29, 2020
— jen (@Jenhatcher14Jen) January 29, 2020
Absolutely not true.
you're lying again.
Biden acted on the policy dictated by our government not on his personal agenda. Trump tried to use his power to extort an investigation from Ukraine on his political opponent. Trump is corrupt!
— Phydeauz (@Phydeauz) January 29, 2020
Of greater concern to most Americans is the corruption taking place right here, right now with this lawless administration and the senators that enable it.
— Hank (@hammerinhankhar) January 29, 2020
Where is this mountain of evidence. Rudy said he gave it to Fox Entertainment and they say they have not seen the evidence. So Lindsey, let's see that mountain of evidence.
— ChiefCoyote (@MaryolineS) January 29, 2020
John McCain is spinning in his grave over your complicity and corruption in service to Trump. Shame on you
— Mamakuzzy (@mamakuzzy) January 29, 2020
Scared of the truth?
— Mary Ehret (@NativePalate) January 29, 2020
You know, Trump will come for you one day, Lindsey. It will be a time when it's good for him, you'll be expendable, and nobody will be willing to defend you. And you'll deserve their scorn.
— gilley (@gilleyish) January 29, 2020
Jared Kushner wrestles control of Trump pardon process away from Bill Barr’s DOJ: report
President Donald Trump has taken the pardon process away from the Justice Department and given more direct control to son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi.
The president granted clemency Tuesday to a group of 11 political allies, Fox News regulars and others, and he has put together an informal task force overseen by Kushner to recommend and vet new candidates, reported the Washington Post.
Trump tapping social media ‘clown’ Grenell to lead intelligence agencies even has Trump allies concerned: MSNBC’s Morning Joe
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough walloped President Donald Trump's pick for acting director of national intelligence.
The president tapped controversial German ambassador Richard Grenell to oversee the all 17 intelligence agencies, despite having no experience in intelligence or running a large bureaucracy -- among other disqualifying characteristics.
"People that know Grenell do say that he lacks intelligence, he lacks discretion, he lacks knowledge of the subject," Scarborough said. "He especially lacks judgment."
"His role as ambassador in Germany was disastrous by all accounts," Scarborough added, "and the largest German newspaper said this of him: 'Grenell is vain, narcissistic, he dishes out aggressively but can barely handle criticism. His brash demeanor hides a deep insecurity. Grenell knows little about Germany and Europe, and that his knowledge of the subject matter is superficial.'"
Congress fixes – just a bit – the unpopular, ‘unfair’ rule that stopped injured service members from suing for damages
Members of the military who have long been barred by law from collecting damages from the federal government for injuries off the battlefield will finally be able to do so after Congress stepped in to amend the law.
The legislation represents progress for injured service members – but still limits who among them may press for damages.
Up until the end of World War II, the U.S. government enjoyed “sovereign immunity,” a vestige of British rule when “the king could do no wrong” and the government could not be sued.
But in 1946, faced with the prospect of World War II veterans returning from the front only to be hit and killed in an accident on base, Congress enacted the Federal Tort Claims Act. Congress felt that it was only fair to allow people to recover damages for personal injury from the government when the government was negligent or irresponsible about caring for people’s safety.