Jonathan Turley is a professor at George Washington Univerity Law School, and he delivered his opening statement at the House Judiciary Committee`s public impeachment hearing today. He is an American lawyer, legal scholar, writer, commentator, and legal analyst in brodcast and print journalism.
Turley is frequently called on by congressional committees to testify regarding constitutional and statutory issus. Most notably he has testified to the House Judiciary Committee regarding the impeachment of U.S president Bill Clinton, and now Donald Trump.
Turley testified in favor of the Clinton impeachment. He is not a Trump supporter. Nor did he vote for Trump. Despite that, he is the only Republican witness testifying in the impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Turley seems to be a wise man. He said everybody is mad. Democrats are mad. Reputblicans are mad. He is mad. His wife is mad. His children is also mad. Even his dog is mad. And his dog is a goldendoodle and they don`t get mad, he testified.
Everybody is mad, he said. And where is that taken us? Will a sliphod impeachment make us less mad or will it only give an invitation for the madness to follow in every future administration? That is why this is wrong, Turley testified.
I assume Turley know what he is talking about. I have been watching this impeachment process for a long time and it`s not something new. Democrats and the Hate Trump Media have talked about impeachment for years. It started with the Russia Hoax, but it was all a big lie. Hoax. Now, they have this Ukraine process. Will they destroy him now? According to professor Turley; no.
He said he doesn`t hink Democrats have enough evidence that Trump committed bribery in his dealings with Ukraine, and the «record does not establish obstruction in this case.» Turley urged Democrats to do more thorough investigations. «Fast is not good for impeachment,» he said.
«I am concerned about lowering impeachment standards to fit a scarcity of evidence, and what we leave in the wake of this scandal will shape our democracy for generations» he said.
I wrote about the phone call with the president in Ukraine and I copied the conversation. A 300-page report is released and that report is full of words like «presume» and «assume.» As Turley said: «This would be the first impeachment that would lack compelling evidence of commission of a crime.»
«This impeachment would contrast from the other proceedings in U.S history because it would be based on a case «without a clear criminal act,» Turley states.
Professor Jonathan Turley ended his opening statement by saying this: «President Trump`s call was anything but perfect. This impeachment is wrong because this is not how you impeach an American President.»
President Trump can be impeached based on presumptions. Can you believe that? Not on facts, but presumptions. And what «The Hate Trump Media Mob» love now is the EU-ambassador Sondland and his «Explosive» testimony. Wow!
The FAKE NEWS MEDIA are telling you that Trump were holding back the aid to Ukraine because he wanteed to push Ukraine to investigate Biden. But Sondland didn`t say that. He said that no one told him directly that the aid was tied to anything. «I was presuming it was», Mr Sondland said.
You cannot impeach a president based on
what people presume, think, believe or feel. When became people`s
opinion better than cold hard facts? People can have opinions, but
what they need is evidence.
«My personal belief is based on 2+2
equals 4» Mr Sondland said in the testimony. Wow! What a genius.
But Dr. Wenstrup said something even
better; 2 presumptions + 2 presumptions does not equal even 1 fact.
So, here we are. An imeachment by people`s opinion, presumption or hearsay with no criminal activity. Not even close to impeachable offense. What`s even more serious is that the Fake News Media isn`t telling us the truth.
President Trump said in September that he withheld the aid because the U.S was the only country to pay their share of the aid to Ukraine. And worst of all; Europe didn`t contribute. No aid from Europe to Ukraine. And that`s the question; Why aren`t Europe paying to Ukraine?
Impeachment in the United States at the
federal level is limited to those who may have committed «Treason,
bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors».
Bill Clinton became the second American
president to be impeached in 1998. (Andrew Johnson was impeached in
1868). Clinton had a sexual relationship with White House intern
Monica Lewinsky and he was impeached for «high crimes and
The specific charges against Clinton
were lying under oath and obstruction of justice. The Deep State made
it embarrassing for Clinton. Telling the world about the relationship
could destroy his career. That`s why he tried to hide the truth.
John F Kennedy had the same problem. He had a lot of women and his father said he had to stop because it could destroy his career. But nobody did something about it. The Mee-too movement wasn`t born either. As we all know, he was assassinated. A man who worked so hard for Human Rights.
President Trump is trying to Keep America Great but some haters wants to impeach him for «bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors» based on presumptions. Not evidence.
It is the same players. The same people. Intelligent agency`s leaking to The Hate Trump Media Mob. Same reporters and same politicians in Washington saying that this is crazy. Impeach him. The president is unstable. He is unfit to do this job, and so on.
The players know that their Russia Hoax is dead and that`s why they started with this Ukraine story. They all know that Trump will be elected in 2020, so if they want to stop him, they need to do something now. It`s all a never ending witch hunt impeach him cycle.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) was reading from the transcript live on TV, but what he was telling was fabricated. Can you believe that? He said: “I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent.” But Trump never said that. That words was not in the phone call.
California Congressman Devin Nunes
(R-CA) said the Democrats are accusing Trump for crimes. They blame
on him for something he have never done. This is a serious issue.
They fabricate nonsens to impeach him.
Once the Democrats gets busted on it,
they laugh about it and say it`s just a parody. But nobody laugh
about it at all. This is serious. A poll made by Reuters said only
37% of the American people support this impeachment.
The biggest loser are the Democrates. Once a great political party with John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton. Now, just a shadow of itself. A party ruled by the Deep State and the Media Mob.
“The Hate Trump Media Mob” told you that the president of the United States, Donald Trump will be impeached. Not because of the Russia collusion Hoax. No, this time it is because they say Trump talked like a Mafia Boss. He pushed Zelensky.
The Media Mob said president Trump
repeatedly pushed for Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to
investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter,
during a July 25 phone call, according to a transcript of the
conversation released by the White House.
But if you listen to president Zelensky himself, it is a different story. He said in a meeting with Trump that nobody pushed him. So, who are we gonna listen to? Can we trust the Media Mob this time?
The Media Mob have repeatedly said that Trump is unfit to be a president. The same is said about PM Boris Johnson. But what about Zelensky? He is the 6th president of Ukraine, and he is a Ukrainian comedian. Can you believe that? A comedian.
People voted for Zelensky because they didn`t want traditional politicians. Do you see the pattern here? The same happened in France when president Macron won the election. Traditional politicians are out.
People voted for Trump because he is a business man and not a politician. They all have the same goal: Drain the swamp! That`s what this positive populism is about.
Read the transcript below and see what
president Zalensky said to Mr Trump. One of the things he said is
«We are trying to work hard because we wanted to drain the swamp here in our country. We brought in many many new people. Not the old politicians, not the typical politicians, because we want to have a new format and a new type of government. You are a great teacher for us and in that.“
The Democrats and the Media Mob wants to get rid of president Trump, and they want to impeach him because they believe that Trump pushed Zalensky to investigate Biden. Read the transcript below and make up your own mind.
UNCLASSIFIED Declassified by order of the President September 24, 2019 MEMORANDUM OF TELEPHONE CONVERSATION SUBJECT: Telephone Conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine Participants: President Zelensky of Ukraine Notetakers: The White House Situation Room Date, Time July 25, 2019, 9:03-9:33 am EDT and Place: Residence
on a great victory. We all watched from the United States and you did
a terrific job. The way you came from behind, somebody who wasn’t
given much of a chance, and you ended up winning easily. It’s a
fantastic achievement. Congratulations.
President Zelenskyy: You are absolutely right Mr. President. We did win big and we worked hard for this. We worked a lot but I would like to confess to you that I had an opportunity to learn from you. We used quite a few of your skills and knowledge and were able to use it as an example for our elections and yes it is true that these were unique elections. We were in a unique situation that we were able to achieve a unique success. I’m able to tell you the following; the first time you called me to congratulate me when I won my presidential election, and the second time you are now calling me when my party won the parliamentary election. I think I should run more often so you can call me more often and we can talk over the phone more often.
(laughter) That’s a very good idea. I think your country is very
happy about that.
President Zelenskyy: Well yes, to tell you the truth, we are trying to work hard because we wanted to drain the swamp here in our country. We brought in many many new people. Not the old politicians, not the typical politicians, because we want to have a new format and a new type of government. You are a great teacher for us and in that.
The President: Well it is very nice of you to say that. I will say that we do a lot for Ukraine. We spend a lot of effort and a lot of time. Much more than the European countries are doing and they should be helping you more than they are. Germany does almost nothing for you. All they do is talk and I think it’s something that you should really ask them about. When I was speaking to Angela Merkel she talks Ukraine, but she ·doesn’t do anything. A lot of the European countries are the same way so I think it’s something you want to look at but the United States has been very very good to Ukraine. I wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal necessarily because things are happening that are not good but the United States has been very very good to Ukraine.
President Zelenskyy: Yes you are absolutely right. Not only 100%, but actually 1000% and I can tell you the following; I did talk to Angela Merkel and I did meet with her I also met and talked with Macron and I told them that they are not doing quite as much as they need to be doing on the issues with the sanctions. They are not enforcing the sanctions. They are not working as much as they should work for Ukraine. It turns out that even though logically, the European Union should be our biggest partner but technically the United States is a much bigger partner than the European Union and I’m very grateful to you for that because the United States is doing quite a lot for Ukraine. Much more than the European Union especially when we are talking about sanctions against the Russian Federation. I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps specifically we are almost. ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.
The President:I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.
President Zelenskyy: Yes it is very important for me and everything that you just mentioned earlier. For me as a President, it is very important and we are open for any future cooperation. We are ready to open a new page on cooperation in relations between the United States and Ukraine. For that purpose, I just recalled our ambassador from United States and he will be replaced by a very competent and very experienced ambassador who will work hard on making sure that our two nations are getting closer. I would also like and hope to see him having your trust and your confidence and have personal relations with you so we can cooperate even more so. I will personally tell you that one of my assistants spoke with Mr. Giuliani just recently and we are hoping very much that Mr. Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet once he comes to Ukraine. I just wanted to assure you once again that you have nobody but friends around us. I will make sure that I surround myself with the best and most experienced people. I also wanted to tell you that we are friends. We are great friends and you Mr. President have friends in our country so we can continue our strategic partnership. I also plan to surround myself with great people and in addition to that investigation, I guarantee as the President of Ukraine that all the investigations will be done openly and candidly.. That I can assure you.
The President: Good because I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great. The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news so I just want to let you know that. The other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.
President Zelenskyy: I wanted to tell you about the prosecutor. First of all, I understand and I’m knowledgeable about the situation. Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament, the next prosecutor general will be 100% my person, my candidate, who will be approved, by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and will work on the investigation of the case. On top of that, I would kindly ask you if you have any additional information that you can provide to us, it would be very helpful for the investigation to make sure that we administer justice in our country with regard to the Ambassador to the United States from Ukraine as far as I recall her name was Ivanovich. It was great that you were the first one who told me that she was a bad ambassador because I agree with you 100%. Her attitude towards me was far from the best as she admired the previous President and she was on his side. She would not accept me as a new President well enough.
The President: Well, she’s going to go through some things. I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it. I’m sure you will figure it out. I heard the prosecutor was treated very badly and he was a very fair prosecutor so good luck with everything. Your economy is going to get better and better I predict. You have a lot of assets. It’s a great country. I have many Ukrainian friends, their incredible people.
President Zelenskyy: I would like to tell you that I also have quite a few Ukrainian friends that live in the United States. Actually last time I traveled to the United States, I stayed in New York near Central Park and I stayed at the Trump Tower. I will talk to them and I hope to see them again in the future. I also wanted to thank you for your invitation to visit the United States, specifically Washington DC. On the other hand, I also want to ensure you that we will be very serious about the case and will work on the investigation. As to the economy, there is much potential for our two countries and one of the issues that is very important for Ukraine is energy independence. I believe we can be very successful and cooperating on energy independence with United States. We are already working on cooperation. We are buying American oil but I am very hopeful for a future meeting. We will have more time and more opportunities to discuss these opportunities and get to know each other better. I would like to thank you very much for your support.
Good. Well, thank you very much and I appreciate that. I will tell
Rudy and Attorney General Barr to call. Thank you. Whenever you would
like to come to the White House, feel free to call. Give us a date
and we’ll work that out. I look forward to seeing you.
you very much. I would be very happy to come and would be happy to
meet with you personally and get to know you better. I am looking
forward to our meeting and I also would like to invite you to visit
Ukraine and come to the city of Kyiv which is a beautiful city. We
have a beautiful country which would welcome you. On the other hand,
I believe that on September 1 we will be in Poland and we can meet in
Poland hopefully. After that, it might be a very good idea for you to
travel to Ukraine. We can either take my plane and go to Ukraine or
we can take your plane, which is probably much better than mine.
we can work that out. I look forward to seeing you in Washington and
maybe in Poland because I think we are going to be there at that
you very much Mr. President.
Congratulations on a fantastic job you’ve done. The whole world was
watching. I’m not sure it was so much of an upset but
you Mr. President bye-bye.
It`s all up and green in Europe today. We see a cautious rally after Crimea vote. The opening in U.S today will be mixed, but it can change later on today. Obama spoke to Putin after the vote, and Putin pointed that the vote is legal.
(picture: Mosow city)
The U.S and EU warn Russia against moving to annex Crimea, and today mull sanctions. Gold is declining to $1378,60. I think this is some profit-taking pressure from recent gains that saw prices hit a six-month high overnight.
The vote in Crimea should not be a big surprise. The Russian parliament said it would move fast to annex the Crimean region. Any escalation of tensions in Ukraine would quickly put risk-aversion back into the markets.
Now, we should look for the possible sanctions against Russia. If the U.S and EU slap Russia`s hands with diplomatic and economic sanctions, we will see the Russian stock market in a big drop. We saw the stock market in Russia plummeted earlier with a drop of -20% in on single day.
That was more expensive than the Olympic Games in Sotsji. Not good for a company that went bankrupt in 1998. The economy is the eight largest economy in the world. They have an abundance of natural resources, including timber, precious metals, and particularly fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal) that can be developed without the constraint of OPEC production quotas and other rules.
Russia in not a OPEC member. Russia`s oil and gas production have been not only a primary source of Russia`s economic growth but also a geostrategic lever in the country`s relationship with Europe and Asia.
Russia has undergone significant changes since their collapse in 1998. They have moved from a centrally planned economy to a more market-based and globally integrated economy. The economy is more privatized in many sectors now.
Russia`s capital, Moscow, had the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world, and the Russian government predicts growth rates for future years at 2,5% of GDP. Putin and his friends are often criticized for their «loan-for-shares» scheme that turned over major state-owned firms to politically connected «oligarchs» has left equity ownership highly concentrated.
It`s a big country and it all collapsed and went bankrupt in 1998. As we all know, U.S is also a big country, with a lot of problems. Do people around the world really know how serious the problems in the U.S is? I hope so, because everyone should be prepared and protect themselves.
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