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600 ex-EPA officials want Congress to investigate 'inappropriate threat of use' of authority


Washington (CNN)Nearly 600 former Environmental Protection Agency officials are calling on Congress to investigate the Trump administration's "inappropriate threat of use of EPA authority" against the state of California over recent environmental policies.

Five hundred ninety-three former officials who worked under Republican and Democratic administrations signed a letter sent to the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday requesting an investigation into EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's threat to withhold federal highway funds from the state. They also want an investigation into Wheeler's demand that the state take action regarding its homelessness crisis. The officials write in the letter that both actions "were intended as retaliation for the state's failure to support President Trump's political agenda."

CNN has reached out to the EPA for comment.

EPA officials who signed the letter include:
Eric Schaeffer, who was director of the EPA's Office of Regulatory Enforcement during the George W. Bush administration and is now director of the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project.

Elizabeth Southerland, who resigned from her role as director of science and technology in the EPA's Office of Water in 2017.
Gina McCarthy, who was EPA administrator during the Obama administration.

Cynthia Giles, who was EPA assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assurance during the Obama administration.

"Mr. Wheeler's actions cannot be treated as legitimate uses of EPA's authority taken for the purpose of advancing environmental protection, especially considering the current Administration's record," officials write in the letter, sent out by the Environmental Integrity Project.

The request is the latest in the fight between the Trump administration and the Golden State over environmental policies. In early September, President Donald Trump threatened to have the agency take action against the city of San Francisco over its homelessness crisis. Wheeler sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, blaming the state for the crisis and said in a statement that the EPA would be "forced to take action" if the state didn't meet its "environmental obligations." The EPA also threatened later that month to withhold federal highway funds from California if it didn't rescind 130 air quality plans.


Of course Trump's EPA would behave this way.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 05:16 PM (4 replies)

We investigated the Watergate scandal. We believe Trump should be impeached.


By 17 former Watergate special prosecutors

Oct. 10, 2019 at 4:31 p.m. EDT

We, former members of the Watergate special prosecutor force, believe there exists compelling prima facie evidence that President Trump has committed impeachable offenses. This evidence can be accepted as sufficient for impeachment, unless disproved by any contrary evidence that the president may choose to offer.

The ultimate judgment on whether to impeach the president is for members of the House of Representatives to make. The Constitution establishes impeachment as the proper mechanism for addressing these abuses; therefore, the House should proceed with the impeachment process, fairly, openly and promptly. The president’s refusal to cooperate in confirming (or disputing) the facts already on the public record should not delay or frustrate the House’s performance of its constitutional duty.

In reaching these conclusions, we take note of 1) the public statements by Trump himself; 2) the findings of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation; 3) the readout that the president released of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky; 4) the president’s continuing refusal to produce documents or allow testimony by current and former government employees for pending investigations, as well as for oversight matters; and 5) other information now publicly available, including State Department text messages indicating that the release of essential military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on Ukraine’s willingness to commence a criminal investigation designed to further the president’s political interests.

In the 1970s, we investigated serious abuses of presidential power by President Richard M. Nixon, including obstruction of justice, concealment of government records and misuse of government agencies to punish his political enemies. We prosecuted many of Nixon’s aides for their complicity in Nixon’s offenses. Rather than indicting the president, the grand jury named him an unindicted co-conspirator, delivered to the House a “road map” of the evidence implicating him in wrongdoing and deferred to the House’s constitutional responsibility to address such presidential wrongdoing through the impeachment process.

The House, through its Judiciary Committee, fulfilled that responsibility by reviewing the evidence, interviewing witnesses and concluding that the facts warranted adopting three articles of impeachment: one for obstruction, one for abuse of power and one for contempt of Congress. Shortly thereafter, the president resigned rather than face a Senate trial.

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 05:08 PM (2 replies)

Top Commerce Department aides orchestrated NOAA's Hurricane Dorian statement


By Jason Samenow and Andrew Freedman
October 10 at 4:13 PM

A letter sent Thursday from the chair of the House Science Committee to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross reveals that it was the Commerce Department, not the leadership of its National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that drafted a controversial NOAA statement on Sept. 6 that backed President Trump’s false statement about the path of Hurricane Dorian. That statement contradicted NOAA’s own meteorologists at a weather forecast office in Birmingham, Ala.

The unsigned statement has generated at least three investigations, including one by the Science Committee, another by NOAA’s chief scientist, as well as the Commerce Department’s inspector general. The new letter, from Committee Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.), contains previously unknown information about how that statement — which may have violated NOAA’s scientific integrity policy — was written.

The background
Trump wrongly tweeted that Alabama would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated" on Sept. 1 even when the state was not within the National Hurricane Center’s “cone of uncertainty” — the zone most likely to be affected. The National Weather Service forecast office in Birmingham, responding to an influx of calls from worried residents in the wake of the president’s tweet, issued a tweet of its own saying Dorian would not affect Alabama.

At the time, the NWS’s forecast guidance showed only a very small risk (about 5 percent) of tropical-storm-force winds for a small portion of Alabama.

Trump’s tweet that Alabama would be affected by the storm gained national attention when, during an Oval Office press availability, he presented the version of the forecast cone from Aug. 29, extended into Alabama — modified using a Sharpie. The crudely altered map appeared to represent an effort to retroactively justify the original Alabama tweet.


File this under: "Reporting about things that seemingly happened a lifetime ago"
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 04:45 PM (2 replies)

Giuliani dealings with associates scrutinized as part of investigation


Washington (CNN)Rudy Giuliani's financial dealings with two associates indicted on campaign finance-related charges are under scrutiny by investigators overseeing the case, law enforcement officials briefed on the matter said.

The FBI and prosecutors in Manhattan are examining Giuliani's involvement in the broader flow of money that have become the focus of alleged violations that are at the center of the allegations against Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the sources said. The sources did not say that Giuliani was a target of the investigation.

Giuliani told CNN he is not aware of any law enforcement scrutiny on his financial dealings with the men and he said he has not been interviewed by the FBI in the investigation.


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 04:40 PM (2 replies)

"Your next gig: America's Mayor pissing into a stainless steel toilet."

Rudy Giuliani ✔ @RudyGiuliani

BREAKING NEWS: This email exchange between Ali Chalupa (Consultant for the DNC) and Luis Miranda (Comms Director for the DNC) dated 5/3/16, is one of many instances proving collusion between Ukrainian officials and DNC/Clinton campaign.

Dennis Donovan @ ackandloganinc

Your next gig: America's Mayor pissing into a stainless steel toilet... #GiulianiBehindBars

4:30 PM - Oct 10, 2019

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 04:35 PM (0 replies)

Ellen Weintaub: The independence of the US Federal Election Commission will not be compromised.

Ellen L Weintraub ✔ @EllenLWeintraub

I will not be silenced.

The independence of the United States Federal Election Commission will not be compromised.

3:55 PM - Oct 10, 2019

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 04:00 PM (0 replies)

Lindsey Graham dishes on Trump in hoax calls with Russians



10/10/2019 03:18 PM EDT

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has in the last year become something of a congressional point man for President Donald Trump’s negotiations with Turkey, leading discussions on everything from Ankara’s purchase of a Russian missile system over the summer to their more recent incursion into northern Syria.

So when he received a call from a man he thought was Turkey’s minister of defense earlier in August, it didn’t strike him as unusual. “Thank you so much for calling me, Mr. Minister,” Graham said. “I want to make this a win-win, if we can.”

But it wasn’t the Turkish defense minister at all. Instead, it was Alexey Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, Russian pranksters with suspected ties to the country’s intelligence services who go by “Lexus and Vovan.” The duo have become notorious in recent years for their cold calls to unwitting, high-profile Western politicians, including Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, leading some to suspect that they’ve had help from the Kremlin, according to The Guardian. (A Schiff spokesman said at the time that the House Intelligence Committee “informed appropriate law enforcement and security personnel of the conversation.”)

Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for Graham, confirmed the call’s authenticity to POLITICO. “We have been successful in stopping many efforts to prank Senator Graham and the office, but this one slipped through the cracks,” he said. “They got him.”


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 03:25 PM (5 replies)

$325,000 donation Parnas and Fruman made to committee-1... committee ID'd as America First

Kaitlan Collins ✔ @kaitlancollins

The U.S. attorney said the $325,000 donation Parnas and Fruman made to committee-1 was "one of the largest" donations it had received. CNN has identified that committee as America First Action. It's chaired by Linda McMahon, the former head of the Small Business Administration.

2:42 PM - Oct 10, 2019

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 02:55 PM (1 replies)

Betty Bowers:"boycotting next year's Academy Awards to bring attention to my failure to get the nom"

Mrs. Betty Bowers @ BettyBowers

I am seriously considering boycotting next year's Academy Awards to bring attention to my failure to get the nomination I wanted. The fault must be with the Academy, and not my failure to appear in a qualifying film. Isn't it time Oscars were given to any people who want them?

Tulsi Gabbard ✔ @TulsiGabbard

I am seriously considering boycotting October 15 debate to bring attention to DNC/corporate media’s effort to rig 2020 primary. Not against Bernie this time, but against voters in early states Iowa, New Hampshire, South… --> http://tulsi.to/considers-boycotting-debate

2:39 PM - Oct 10, 2019

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 02:45 PM (4 replies)

SDF, w/ our SpecOps, happen to be sitting on 65-70% of Syria's oil reserves

Jeff Seldin ✔ @jseldin

Replying to @jseldin
#Turkey-#Kurd fight in NE #Syria "has profound political as well as humanitarian consequences in the region" per McMaster

Jeff Seldin ✔ @jseldin

In NE #Syria "that Syrian Defense Force, w/our special operations forces.. happen to be sitting on top of 65-70% of Syria's oil reserves" per McMaster "Guess who really wants that badly? Vladimir Putin & the Assad regime"

"Once you cede control there, you cede influence..."

1:01 PM - Oct 10, 2019

It's always about oil...
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 01:19 PM (1 replies)
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