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You can run from the climate crisis, but you can’t hide. On the front lines of this global environmental calamity, entire communities are being consumed by fire, submerged by typhoons and hurricanes, or baked under the sun amid historic droughts.
President Donald Trump, the climate change denier in chief, has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. Originally signed by President Barack Obama in 2015, the accord established a cooperative, global path to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees F) above preindustrial levels.
The United States is now the only nation on the planet that has pulled out of the agreement. A new statement signed by over 11,000 scientists from over 150 countries warns of “untold suffering” unless global society undergoes a “major transformation.”
Trump’s denial of the climate crisis is unconscionable and should be added to the articles of impeachment against him.
House Republicans are now preparing to sacrifice poor Rudolph Giuliani to save President Trump. Their new argument is that Giuliani — along with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Ambassador Gordon Sondland — were freelancing the organized campaign to extort Ukraine into carrying out Trump’s political bidding, and Trump had no input into it.
But this argument requires one to pretend that numerous widely documented facts simply don’t exist — including repeated public statements by the president himself.
Which points to a morbidly amusing perversity about this new turn in the Ukraine saga: Republicans are now blaming Donald Trump’s underlings for taking their cues on how to respond to this scandal from none other than Donald Trump.
The Post reports that House Republicans are planning to defend Trump by arguing that Giuliani, Mulvaney and Sondland “could have acted on their own to influence Ukraine policy”:
House impeachment investigators on Friday released the deposition transcript of Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council official whose testimony has been among the most damaging so far to President Donald Trump.
Hill on Oct. 14 testified before lawmakers on how the Trump aide grew alarmed about the role Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, and others were playing in Ukraine policy — especially their efforts to pressure the government in Kyiv to investigate Trump’s political rivals. She said then-national security adviser John Bolton at one point instructed her to report the concerns to the NSC’s lawyers.
Hill’s testimony was considered explosive in part because she was working in the White House and thus in close proximity to Trump. But she also left the administration over the summer, before the now-infamous July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president that is now at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, and subsequent critical events.
POLITICO scoured Hill’s deposition for the following new or illuminating nuggets. Check back for updates throughout the day.
ATLANTA — John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, has knowledge of “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to the Ukraine pressure campaign that House impeachment investigators do not yet know about, his lawyer told lawmakers on Friday.
The lawyer, Charles J. Cooper, made that tantalizing point in a letter to the chief House lawyer in response to House committee chairmen who have sought Mr. Bolton’s testimony in their impeachment proceedings but expressed unwillingness to go to court to get an order compelling it.
Mr. Cooper did not elaborate on what meetings and conversations he was referring to, leaving it to House Democrats to guess at what he might know.
Locals hereabout will recall White’s time in Tampa where she served as co-pastor, along with her now former husband Randy White, of the Without Walls International Church.
It was not just a church without walls. It was also without much of a bookkeeper. The ministry eventually declared bankruptcy, despite hauling in as much as $150 million between 2004 to 2006. Salvation doesn’t come cheap.
How do you blow through $150 million in alms? God only knows. And maybe the IRS.
Since departing from Without Walls a few years ago, White has been the senior pastor of City of Destiny near Orlando, offering the noted theologian an opportunity to sermonize her prosperity gospel to a whole flock of worshipers.
Along with other gospel grifters such as Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland and T.D. Jakes, White is a loyal acolyte of prosperity theology, which holds God wants his faithful to achieve wealth and health.
So much for: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Little wonder that the High Priest of Palm Beach tapped White to assist him in convincing his evangelical lambs he really is a very prayerful chap.
White will have her work cut out for her in establishing Trump’s biblical bona fides. After all, this is a thrice-married president who has bragged about his affairs, engaged in a sexual dalliance with a porn star, told an estimated 13,435 lies and misleading statements counted so far as of October by the Washington Post, played footsie with all manner of despots, stabbed Kurdish allies in the back, coddled white supremacists, separated families at the border and caged toddlers. What some people won’t do for a Nobel Peace Prize.
WASHINGTON — Ahead of the first public testimony of the impeachment inquiry next week, the White House and key Hill Republicans are discussing a defense of President Donald Trump that is heavy on offense, with a focus on dismissing and discrediting witnesses whose testimony may be damaging to the president.
“If folks question the motivations and credibility of the president as we go through this, it’s possible that the same standard could apply to them,” said an administration official involved in the process granted anonymity to speak candidly about strategy, who said the approach had been used during past impeachment defenses.
The president's congressional backers are likely to question the standing of witnesses expected to provide the toughest assessments of his conduct in requesting the government of Ukraine investigate Hunter Biden, son of 2020 rival Joe Biden, the former vice president.
Some key Hill GOP allies of the president are looking to the combative Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings as a model for what they view as a successful effort to chip away at the credibility of a potentially damaging witness, according to a person familiar with the White House’s thinking.
The strategy for limiting the damage to the president from the upcoming hearings, developed by White House aides in concert with Republican allies in Congress, also includes an effort to emphasize distance between the witnesses — who include three career diplomats — and the president, according to people familiar with the discussions.