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LIEU described Taylor's testimony as "incredibly damaging to the president"

New: Per source in the room, Bill Taylor’s opening statement was 15 pages long and prompted “a lot of sighs and gasps.”

LIEU just emerged and described Taylor’s testimony as “incredibly damaging to the president.” Wouldn’t provide specifics. He said questioning of the witness has begun.

“In my 10 short months in Congress—it’s not even noon—and this is my most disturbing day in Congress so far. Very troubling.” -Rep Andy Levin, as he left Bill Taylor’s "alarming" deposition this morning.





******And he has notes!******https://games-cdn.washingtonpost.com/notes/prod/default/documents/542ee36f-eafc-4f2b-a075-b3b492d981a5/note/75965f57-6561-42f8-af40-a9e984a85660.pdf

UPDATE: Malinowski hints that Taylor took contemporaneous notes of what went down re: Ukraine, indicates that career officials (like Taylor) know better than political appointees (like Sondland) to keep records.


Full statement :



As Bill Taylor testifies today-remember he had a *reason* for thinking this quid pro quo existed

Dem OH Rep Kaptur on acting Amb to Ukraine Taylor:
He walked into a rat's nest. And I think that the rats there are very big. I would expect, his help, and trying to delve into exactly what happened.

As Bill Taylor testifies today, let's remember:

Taylor *twice* objected in those texts to a quid pro quo which froze military aid to leverage Ukraine into helping Trump corrupt our democracy.

Taylor had a *reason* for thinking this quid pro quo existed:https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/10/22/trump-embraces-fellow-autocrats-abroad-he-corrupts-democracy-home/


Trump's "no quid pro quo" claim to Sondland came after Sondland asked him a broad question-

This appears to be a new detail, per Swalwell:

Apparently Trump's "no quid pro quo" claim to Sondland came after Sondland asked him a broad question: "What do you want from Ukraine?"

Reality check: The Ambassador called you and asked broadly, “what do you want from Ukraine?” With a guilty conscience, you repeated, “no quid pro quo.” Problem: He didn’t ask you if there was a quid pro quo. You just happened to know there was one. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1186600971130015744


Wow. 15 whole minutes for his intelligence briefing. How does he do it?


A "lynching?" That's what the group your father belonged to used to do.


"You people with this phony emoluments clause." You people? I guess Trump means "Americans?"


There Is No Ukraine


Menendez: A few troops isn't going to change fact that we've outsourced our foreign policy to Russia

Menendez on Syria: A few troops isn't going to change the fact that we've outsourced our foreign policy to Russia. So, it may be an attempt by the president to cover his backside


The CIA confirmed that Trey Gowdy altered documents to frame Hillary Clinton.

Trey Gowdy was caught in a flat-out lie that he was forced to cop to about Hillary's emails after the CIA directly contradicted him. Watch Elijah Cummings explain why Gowdy is still lying about what the purpose of the Benghazi committee is and what Gowdy's role in it is in the video above.

CIA Debunks Gowdy’s Allegation That Clinton Email Contained Classified CIA Source
Oct 18, 2015 Press Release
Cummings Calls on Gowdy to Apologize to Clinton

WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, sent a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy to correct the public record after the CIA debunked Chairman Gowdy’s accusation that Secretary Clinton sent an email containing "some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but human lives.”

The full letter is online here and as follows:


Oct 18, 2015 Press Release


In your letter on October 7, 2015, you stated that Secretary Clinton received an email from Sidney Blumenthal on March 18, 2011, that included the name of someone who purportedly provided information to the CIA. You asserted that this information was classified, arguing that Secretary Clinton “received classified information from Blumenthal—information she should have known was classified at the time she received it.” You then alleged:

Armed with that information, Secretary Clinton forwarded that email to a colleague—debunking her claim that she never sent any classified information from her private email address.

In your letter, you went to great lengths to highlight the gravity of your accusation, stating:

This information, the name of a human source, is some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but human lives.

To further inflate your claim, you placed your own redactions over the name of the individual with the words, “redacted due to sources and methods.” To be clear, these redactions were not made, and these words were not added, by any agency of the federal government responsible for enforcing classification guidelines.

Predictably, commentators began repeating your accusations in even more extreme terms, suggesting in headlines for example that “Clinton Burns CIA Libya Contact.”

Contrary to your claims, the CIA yesterday informed both the Republican and Democratic staffs of the Select Committee that they do not consider the information you highlighted in your letter to be classified. Specifically, the CIA confirmed that “the State Department consulted with the CIA on this production, the CIA reviewed these documents, and the CIA made no redactions to protect classified information.”

Unfortunately, you sent your letter on October 7 without checking first with the CIA. Now that we have done so, we have learned that your accusations were incorrect.

As a result of your actions, the State Department yesterday asked the Select Committee not to reveal the individual’s name publicly, not for classification reasons, but to protect the individual’s privacy and avoid bringing additional undue attention to this person.

Unfortunately, the standard operating procedure of this Select Committee has become to put out information publicly that is inaccurate and out of context in order to attack Secretary Clinton for political reasons. These repeated actions bring discredit on this investigation and undermine the integrity of the Select Committee and the House of Representatives.


Elijah E. Cummings
Ranking Member

Letter Here:

Nothing that was in the email was classified.
Gowdy lied.

[A]ccording to committee correspondence reviewed by Newsweek, the CIA did tell the [Benghazi] panel on Saturday that it had reviewed 127 emails between Clinton and her close friend and outside adviser, Sidney Blumenthal, and none of it was deemed classified. “The CIA reviewed the material in question and informed State that it required no redactions,” the agency informed Susan Sachsman Grooms, staff director and general counsel for the panel’s Democrats, on October 17. [My emphasis]



Startling Giant Times Square Ad Shows Marine Vet With Hogtied 'Trump'


The 30-foot-high ad features a Trump look-alike being trussed up with red, white and blue rope as the vet steps on his face. The ad was unveiled in Manhattan last week by Portland-based clothing company Dhvani.

Dhvani called the ad “metaphorical,” adding on Twitter that it “does NOT and will NEVER condone violence of ANY KIND.” It’s intended to “artistically express the frustrations we believe many women share,” the statement added.

Specifically, it’s an attack on the Trump administration’s blocking federal funds to Planned Parenthood health providers who refer patients for abortions, Dhvani CEO and founder Avi Brown told The Associated Press.

“We are on the right side of history,” Brown declared. “The billboard is an expression of our First Amendment right. Its art is a symbol ... This is about taking our country back.”

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