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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine will enter a new phase shortly after Congress returns to Washington next week when lawmakers issue a report that could lead to impeachment charges against the president, the head of the committee leading the probe said on Monday.

U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the panels involved in the impeachment probe would send a report to the House Judiciary Committee after lawmakers come back on Dec. 3 from the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

In a letter to members of Congress, Schiff also said the report would include a catalog of White House refusals to cooperate with the inquiry, and that the Trump administration’s failure to cooperate could form the basis of a separate article of impeachment - or formal charge of obstruction of Congress - against the Republican president.

“A dozen witnesses followed President Trump’s order to defy lawful subpoenas, and the White House, State Department, Department of Defense, Office of Management and Budget and Department of Energy have provided no documents in response to subpoenas,” Schiff wrote.
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“In fact, the Committees did not receive a single document from any executive branch agencies pursuant to our subpoenas,” the Democratic lawmaker said.

Producing the report is a prerequisite for a possible vote in the Democratic-led House on articles of impeachment against Trump.

“The testimony and documents we have succeeded in acquiring reveal a fact pattern that is overwhelming, unchallenged, and damning,” Schiff said in the letter.
 

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U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of Washington, found no basis for a White House claim that the former counsel is “absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony,” likely setting the stage for a historic separation-of-powers confrontation between the government’s executive and legislative branches.

The House Judiciary Committee went to court in August to enforce its subpoena for McGahn, whom lawmakers consider the “most important” witness in whether Trump obstructed justice in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

President Trump blocked McGahn’s appearance, saying McGahn had cooperated with Mueller’s probe, was a key presidential adviser and could not be forced to answer questions or turn over documents. Jackson disagreed, ruling that if McGahn wants to refuse to testify, such as by invoking executive privilege, he must do so in person and question by question.


The Justice Department’s claim to “unreviewable absolute testimonial immunity,” Jackson wrote, “is baseless, and as such, cannot be sustained.”
Jackson ordered McGahn to appear before the House committee said the conclusion she reached was “inescapable” because a subpoena demand is part of the legal system — not the political process — and “per the Constitution, no one is above the law.”



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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine will enter a new phase shortly after Congress returns to Washington next week when lawmakers issue a report that could lead to impeachment charges against the president, the head of the committee leading the probe said on Monday.

U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the panels involved in the impeachment probe would send a report to the House Judiciary Committee after lawmakers come back on Dec. 3 from the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

In a letter to members of Congress, Schiff also said the report would include a catalog of White House refusals to cooperate with the inquiry, and that the Trump administration’s failure to cooperate could form the basis of a separate article of impeachment - or formal charge of obstruction of Congress - against the Republican president.

“A dozen witnesses followed President Trump’s order to defy lawful subpoenas, and the White House, State Department, Department of Defense, Office of Management and Budget and Department of Energy have provided no documents in response to subpoenas,” Schiff wrote.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-impeachment-defenses-factbo/no-quid-pro-quo-trumps-defenses-in-the-impeachment-investigation-idUSKBN1XZ2J6
“In fact, the Committees did not receive a single document from any executive branch agencies pursuant to our subpoenas,” the Democratic lawmaker said.

Producing the report is a prerequisite for a possible vote in the Democratic-led House on articles of impeachment against Trump.

“The testimony and documents we have succeeded in acquiring reveal a fact pattern that is overwhelming, unchallenged, and damning,” Schiff said in the letter.
Since this Forum is about "problems and solutions" how about thinking of an alternative to removing a working piece?
 

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What happened to Rudy ?
Is he still on the Bus ?
 

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The split decision from the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals is another setback for the White House. Federal appeals courts have ruled House Democrats and a Manhattan grand jury can review Trump's tax returns from Mazars USA, his longtime accounting firm.

In this case, Trump sued to block a subpoena to Deutsche Bank and Capital One seeking financial records for Trump, his family and his business. A lower court judge denied Trump's request for a preliminary injunction and Trump appealed the ruling.

Trump's personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, suggested the next step will be an appeal to the Supreme Court.

"We believe the subpoena is invalid as issued. In light of the Second Circuit decision, we are evaluating our next options including seeking review at the Supreme Court of the United States," Sekulow said in a statement.

The ruling is the latest in a series of court losses for Trump as he fights House subpoenas, and the 2nd Circuit panel offered a full-throated defense of Congress as it investigates the President.

"We do not doubt that some members of the Committees, even as they pursued investigations for valid legislative purposes, hoped that the results of their inquiries would embarrass the President," the opinion states. "But as long as the valid legislative purposes that the Committees have identified are being pursued and are not artificial pretexts for ill-motivated maneuvers, the Committees have not exceeded their constitutional authority."

The appeals court said Tuesday that the banks must begin turning over most of the documents in daily batches beginning in one week. It made an exception, however, for "sensitive documents," citing as an example a check that may have been used to pay for medical services or any other documentation containing "sensitive personal information."
 

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Trump's personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, suggested the next step will be an appeal to the Supreme Court.

"We believe the subpoena is invalid as issued. In light of the Second Circuit decision, we are evaluating our next options including seeking review at the Supreme Court of the United States," Sekulow said in a statement.


"We do not doubt that some members of the Committees, even as they pursued investigations for valid legislative purposes, hoped that the results of their inquiries would embarrass the President," the opinion states.
More copy and paste nonsense.

Congress or the country will never see trumps financial records.

Wish I was wrong but outside the fantasy world of irrelevant blogs, retweets and Gifs, smart money is on never releasing the financial records.
 

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More copy and paste nonsense.

Congress or the country will never see trumps financial records.

............ smart money ...........

In this case "smart money = dirty money"..........

..and I feel that the #'s will come out..in spite of his endless blocking attempts..
 

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In this case "smart money = dirty money"..........

..and I feel that the #'s will come out..in spite of his endless blocking attempts..
Do you think the the Supreme Court will allow it?
You do know that's where it's heading.
 

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Y'all do realize Trump is extremely highly unlikely to get impeached don't you? I thought only right wing extremists could yell Benghazi, but it seems left wing extremists can only scream impeachment. So... how about that Senate eh? I assume the complete lack of public outrage is gonna force them to go against the party? Jeez...
 
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