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LOL: Zelensky loves it!

State department aide confirms Trump-Sondland call about Ukraine investigations

Source: CNN

(CNN)David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump's conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do "anything you ask him to," and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to "do the investigation."

"Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky 'loves your ass,'" Holmes said, according to a copy of his opening statement obtained by CNN. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to.'"

Holmes explained that Sondland placed the call to Trump, and he could hear Trump because the call was so loud in the restaurant where they were with two others.

"While Ambassador Sondland's phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the President's voice through the earpiece of the phone. The President's voice was very loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume," Holmes testified.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/15/politics/holmes-testimony-sondland-call/index.html?utm_content=2019-11-15T23%3A20%3A27&utm_source=twCNNp&utm_medium=social&utm_term=image

New: David Holmes confirmed he overheard a July 26 phone call b/t Trump & Sondland in which Trump...

New: David Holmes confirmed he overheard a July 26 phone call b/t Trump & Sondland in which Trump asked if Ukraine would investigate Biden. Sondland said yes.

—>> Holmes was able to hear because Sondland held the phone away from his ear due to how loud Trump was talking. - CNN


A strange thing happened when Microsoft Japan experimented with giving its employees a 4-day work...


Trump Blasts Ex-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch on Twitter as She Testifies to Congress

Source: The Daily Beast

As former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified to Congress during the second public hearing in the impeachment inquiry on Friday, President Trump blasted the career diplomat on Twitter. Yovanovitch was recalled from her position earlier this year after the president’s lawyer—and the former New York City mayor—Rudy Giuliani reportedly led a campaign to discredit her. She has said her ouster was organized by “foreign corrupt interests.” “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” he wrote. “It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.” Trump added: “They call it ‘serving at the pleasure of the President.’ The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First! With all of that, however, I have done FAR more for Ukraine than O.”

Minutes later, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff referenced the moment live on Capitol Hill, saying: “Now the president in real time is attacking you. What effect do you think that has on other witnesses?” Yovanovitch called it “very intimidating.” Schiff responded: “Some of us here take witness intimidation very seriously.”

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-blasts-marie-yovanovitch-on-twitter-while-she-testifies-to-congress?via=twitter_page


Nancy Pelosi: Today, I was honored to sign @RepTedDeutch 's #PACTAct to make animal cruelty a...

Today, I was honored to sign @RepTedDeutch’s #PACTAct to make animal cruelty a federal offense. Our furry friends, Milo and Prudence, were on hand to help me enroll this bipartisan legislation that will now go to the President’s desk!


Mitch McConnell plans to get the Senate working on Fridays again. That's a surprisingly big promise.

White House and Pentagon prepare for Trump to issue pardons in war-crimes cases, officials say

Source: WaPo

President Trump is expected to intervene in three military justice cases involving service members charged with war crimes any day, issuing pardons or otherwise clearing them of wrongdoing and preventing the U.S. military from bringing the same charges again, three U.S. officials said Thursday.

White House and Pentagon officials have been working out the details for days, said the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. The details were not all clear but are expected to involve executive clemency, in which Trump can pardon someone or shorten a prison sentence through commutation.

The actions have been anticipated by U.S. officials and advocates for the service members for weeks, and decried by some military justice experts for what they see as a subversion of the legal process. But those experts also acknowledge that, as commander in chief, Trump has broad authority in the cases to act as he sees fit.

Some observers thought that Trump might announce his decision during a “Keep America Great” rally in Louisiana on Thursday night, but that did not occur. U.S. officials said they will be watching his Twitter account for an announcement on Friday, but added that he could publicize them later, or one at a time.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/11/14/white-house-pentagon-prepare-trump-issue-pardons-war-crimes-cases-officials-say/


Nandi Bushell is living her best life!


WOW: @facebook has just decided that this ad that we bought to run on their platform aimed at...

WOW: @facebook has just decided that this ad that we bought to run on their platform aimed at Facebook employees somehow does not meet their ad standards.

Wonder why?

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