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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump should apologize for minimizing troops' injuries, VFW says — A major veterans group has called for President Trump to apologize for “misguided” remarks minimizing the severity of traumatic brain injuries suffered by U.S. forces in an Iranian air attack earlier this month.
Amy Klobuchar can win — If you are a New Hampshire voter who thinks Donald Trump is doing a good job, you can probably sleep in on primary day, Feb. 11. Try as they might, his Republican challengers have not made a dent in the President's popularity within the party here.
GOP Senator Hawley Drafts Motions to Subpoena Adam Schiff, the Whistleblower and the Bidens to Testify
Senator Josh Hawley
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) drafted motions to subpoena impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, ICIG Michael Atkinson, Eric Ciaramella, Hunter Biden and Joe Biden to testify.
“If the Senate calls witnesses, I will ask for votes on all these next week,” Hawley said.
I have drafted motions to subpoena Adam Schiff, the “whistleblower,” Hunter Biden, and Joe Biden to testify. If the Senate calls witnesses, I will ask for votes on all these next week https://t.co/NW1fuyYVF4
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 25, 2020
Politico reported that Hawley will also seek communications between the whistleblower (Eric Ciaramella) and Schiff’s staffers as well as ICIG Michael Atkinson’s testimony which is still under seal.
The Missouri Republican is preparing to file subpoena requests for witnesses and documents that Democrats and Republicans alike won’t want to vote on. Hawley’s strategy harmonizes with plans from GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky to force votes to hear from Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son who was on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
Hawley would also seek communications among the whistleblower, Schiff and his staff, transcripts of Atkinson’s congressional testimony, communications between the House impeachment managers and Democratic presidential candidates as well as documents related to Biden’s drive to oust former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin. Shokin was deeply unpopular with Western officials, who viewed him as corrupt.
President Trump’s lead impeachment lawyer Pat Cipollone on Saturday hinted that Schiff may be subpoenaed because he never appeared before the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing.
Lead investigator Adam Schiff still has not testified or answered any questions.
In contrast, Ken Starr was cross-examined by the Clinton White House during Slick Willie’s impeachment in 1998.
Schiff is still keeping Michael Atkinson’s testimony under seal because it will reveal Schiff’s staffers colluded with the whistleblower Eric Ciaramella before he filled out a whistleblower form.
Atkinson’s testimony will also reveal that Eric Ciaramella lied about his contact with Schiff’s office.
Former NatSec CoS and CIA analyst Fred Fleitz said the whistleblower did not fill out the form on his own, rather it looks like Schiff’s staffers and lawyers helped draft the complaint.
“From my experience, such an extremely polished whistleblowing complaint is unheard of,” Fleitz said. “He appears to have collaborated in drafting his complaint with partisan House Intelligence Committee members and staff.”
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Full audio: Lev Parnas audio of alleged 2018 Trump conversation — A lengthy audio recording released by Joseph Bondy, attorney for Lev Parnas, appears to show a 2018 dinner at which Donald Trump interacts with donors and supporters, including Parnas.
Michael Gors / Sioux City Journal:
OUR OPINION: Biden represents best choice in Iowa caucuses — In choosing a nominee for president this year, Democrats should pick the individual they believe stands the best chance of producing the support - not only within their party, but among independents and disgruntled Republicans …
Mike Pompeo Sent Investigators To Ukraine Ahead Of His Visit To Look Into The Possible Surveillance Of Marie Yovanovitch (Christopher Miller/BuzzFeed News)
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Mike Pompeo Sent Investigators To Ukraine Ahead Of His Visit To Look Into The Possible Surveillance Of Marie Yovanovitch — KYIV — State Department investigators this week interviewed hundreds of diplomats and employees at the US embassy in Ukraine as part of an investigation …
Since Democrats' sham started, @realDonaldTrump’s approval rating is up. He’s getting very strong numbers on the economy. Even liberal focus groups in Chicago don’t care about impeachment. The charade has backfired!pic.twitter.com/div7MTAFnO
Since Democrats' sham started, @realDonaldTrump’s approval rating is up. He’s getting very strong numbers on the economy. Even liberal focus groups in Chicago don’t care about impeachment. The charade has backfired! pic.twitter.com/div7MTAFnO
All Democrats should watch this! pic.twitter.com/WFK33pR0Lv
Rudy Pal Lev Parnas Releases Audio of Trump Calling for Ukraine Ambassador's Firing (Betsy Swan/The Daily Beast)
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Pal Lev Parnas Releases Audio of Trump Calling for Ukraine Ambassador's Firing — Listen to the recording, released by Parnas, of an April fundraising dinner with President Trump. — Lev Parnas's lawyer has released audio that he says captures a April 2018 fundraising dinner …