Senate Needs to Hold Impeachment Trial With Witnesses, Some House GOP Members Say

Over the past week, Senate Republicans have signaled that there may be no witnesses during the Senate impeachment trial, contrary to suggestions of the Trump administration, in a move that drew blowback from some House Republicans.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told reporters on Friday that “I sure hope” the Republican-controlled Senate will “clean this mess up” during a trial to exonerate President Donald Trump. The “country needs to hear what a farce this was,” he said of the House Democrat-led process, adding that the “Senate promised for months now they would have witnesses.” read more

Trump: ‘We Have Agreed to a Very Large Phase One Deal With China’

President Donald Trump said that his administration has reached a “phase one deal” with China.

“We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China. They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of Agricultural Product, Energy, and Manufactured Goods, plus much more.,” Trump said on Friday.

He said the 25 percent tariffs will remain in place, with 7.5 percent “put on much of the remainder.”

“The Penalty Tariffs set for December 15th will not be charged because of the fact that we made the deal. We will begin negotiations on the Phase Two Deal immediately, rather than waiting until after the 2020 Election. This is an amazing deal for all. Thank you!” he added. read more

Patriotic Soldier Unfazed by Torrential Downpour Places Flag at Tomb of The Unknown Soldier

A poignant set of photos shared by the United States Army on social media is reminding netizens of the importance of honoring the country’s fallen soldiers, come rain or shine.

In the days preceding Memorial Day, 2019, the Washington, D.C., area was hit by ferocious storms. On May 3, the U.S. Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as The Old Guard, was performing the annual ritual of placing American flags on the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia when they were overcome by inclement weather. read more

Confused What’s In The “Phase One” Deal? The USTR Explains

Confused What’s In The “Phase One” Deal? The USTR Explains

For those confused about what the US and China actually agreed on after months of negotiations and all that confusion in the past few hours, here is the bottom line,from the USTR: “The United States will be maintaining 25 percent tariffs on approximately $250 billion of Chinese imports, along with 7.5 percent tariffs on approximately $120 billion of Chinese imports.”

Furthermore, while not expressly stated in the USTR recap of the “deal”, Trump tweeted earlier that no new tariffs will be imposed on Dec 15, while negotiations over the next, Phase Two, deal begin immediately. As a reminder, since this “deal” includes enforcement over actually complicated issues such as intellectual property theft, it will never be concluded. read more

Trump: No New Tariffs, Sept Tariffs Cut In Half, All Other Tariffs Remain; Phase II Negotiations “Begin Immediately”

Trump: No New Tariffs, Sept Tariffs Cut In Half, All Other Tariffs Remain; Phase II Negotiations “Begin Immediately”

Confirming what we said earlier, namely that the December 15 tariffs will not be imposed, but existing tariffs will not be rolled back (although the September 15% tariffs will be cut in half) even though China says the US has “promised” to do so in phases, moments ago president Trump tweeted his own take of what the trade deal says, which is the following:

“We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China.

They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of Agricultural Product, Energy, and Manufactured Goods, plus much more. read more

NY Post Editorial Board Names Eric Ciaramella As Whistleblower

NY Post Editorial Board Names Eric Ciaramella As Whistleblower

The New York Post Editorial Board has named CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella as the whistleblower at the heart of the Trump impeachment saga, confirming an October 30 report by RealClearInvestigation‘s Paul Sperry which has been widely cited in subsequent reports.

Eric Ciaramella poses for a photo with former President Barack Obama at the White House. (Via the Washington Examiner)

Whistleblower lawyers refuse to confirm or deny Ciaramella is their man. His identity is apparently the worst-kept secret of the Washington press corps. In a sign of how farcical this has become, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said his name as part of a series of names during a live hearing Wednesday night aired on television. He never called him the whistleblower, just said he was someone Republicans thought should testify, yet Democrats angrily denounced the “outing.” If you don’t know the man’s name, how do you know the man’s name? –New York Post read more

Watch Live: China Says US, China Won’t Impose Dec 15 Tariffs, But Existing Tariffs Remain

Watch Live: China Says US, China Won’t Impose Dec 15 Tariffs, But Existing Tariffs Remain

Update: after much confusion, China is now confirming some of the details revealed overnight, whiled denying others despite the country’s stern silence overnight. Here are the highlights from the press conference

  • CHINA: U.S. TO REMOVE TARIFFS ON CHINESE GOODS IN PHASES
  • CHINA: FIRST PHASE TRADE TALKS HAVE ACHIEVED MAJOR ADVANCEMENT
  • CHINA: THE DEAL WILL HELP BOOST GLOBAL MARKET CONFIDENCE
  • CHINA: WILL COMPLETE ASAP TRANSLATION, LEGAL REVIEW OF DEAL
  • CHINA: TO INCREASE IMPORTS FROM U.S. AND OTHERS
  • CHINA: SIDES AGREE TO COMPLETE LAST STAGES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
  • CHINA: WILL WORK TO SET A DATE FOR SIGNING DEAL
  • CHINA: HAS DECIDED TO CANCEL TARIFFS SCHEDULED TO TAKE EFFECT ON SUNDAY
  • CHINA: U.S. HAS PROMISED TO CANCEL ADDITIONAL TARIFFS ON CHINESE PRODUCTS

Some details on agri products:

  • CHINA PLANS TO IMPORT U.S. WHEAT, RICE, CORN WITHIN QUOTAS

Yet the confusion grows because contrary to the US spin on the deal, China refuses any mention of boosting agri imports:

  • CHINA DIDN’T ANSWER QUESTION ON SIZE OF AG BUYS FROM U.S.
  • SOY, HOGS PARE GAINS; CHINA SAYS NO DETAILS YET ON AG IMPORTS

This confirms that China opposes any contractual agreement to boost US imports as that would put Chinese farmers at a disadvantage, and forcing Beijing to provide stimulus. read more

China Says Trade Deal Is “Major Achievement”, Claims Trump Will Rollback Tariffs

China Says Trade Deal Is “Major Achievement”, Claims Trump Will Rollback Tariffs

The machines are busy…

Stocks and Yuan are soaring back to the highs of the day after Chinese officials confirmed that the US-China trade deal that has been reached is a “major achievement.”

Officials say the two sides will “agree to complete the last stages of the deal as soon as possible,” and that China “welcomes high quality goods and services into its market.”

Additionally they say “the deal will help boost global confidence.”

Stocks are back at  the highs… read more

McConnell: “There’s No Chance The President’s Going To Be Removed”

McConnell: “There’s No Chance The President’s Going To Be Removed”

Via SaraACarter.com,

In a rare interview on Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressed certainty that President Donald Trump would stay in office despite the fact that there has yet to be a vote on impeachment.

“There’s no chance the President’s going to be removed from office,” McConnell told Hannity.

Further, McConnell said he expects all Republicans and even some Democrats to vote against impeachment. read more

House Judiciary Committee Approves Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

The House Judiciary Committee two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Dec. 13 in a party-line vote.

The articles accuse Trump of abusing the office of the presidency and obstructing Congress.

Article One and Article Two were approved 23-17 in separate votes. As expected, Democrats voted for each article and all Republicans voted against both articles.

The committee consists of 24 Democrats and 17 Republicans but Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) wasn’t present due to health issues. read more