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New Light on Ukraine Timeline \ Iraq Back on Radar \ Anti-Semitic Attacks on the Rise \ Ivanka File SearcherThe Daily Recount
Ah, nothing like some damning new emails to close out 2019. Turns out the US was withholding aid from Ukraine for longer than we all thought. US airstrikes targeted militias in Iraq this weekend, bringing the country (and a certain Dem candidate) back in the spotlight. Plus, a string of anti-Semitic attacks around Hanukkah points to larger global trends.
Forget about This Week in Bullshit. Capitol Hill’s given us enough material this year to serve you up something special. That’s why we at The Recount are breaking format to survey a bleak year in this foul habitat, filled with henchmen and stooges talkin' outta their hat, all to get a pat on the back from a would-be autocrat. Without further ado, here is This YEAR in Bullshit.
Impeachment Witness Battle \ Dems' Fundraising Fight \ Saudi Scapegoats \ Saudi Arabia's New FriendsThe Daily Recount
The impeachment of Donald Trump started with a phone call. Now, as Senate gears up for a trial, Dems are hoping it ends with an email (and the man who sent it). President Obama lends a hand to Elizabeth Warren as the Dem candidates continue to pile on Pete Buttigieg. And a Saudi court has sentenced five people (read: scapegoats) to death in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Members of Congress have left DC for holiday recess, and Speaker Pelosi is taking those impeachment articles with her. New emails from within the Trump administration are shedding light on the Ukraine debacle. And AOC is chiming in on the "wine caves" debate.
Turns out Trump may not have been truthful about the timeline of this whole Ukraine scandal. Can you imagine that? Plus, we're breaking down those new Dem polls and what you should expect when the House Judiciary Committee takes over the impeachment probe next week.
Sondland's Explosive Testimony \ Trump's Sondland Problem \ Dem Debate Preview \ Everybody Loves GordonThe Daily Recount
Doesn't get much clearer than the "answer is yes." Sondland veered onto an alternate course today as he confirms a quid pro quo. Plus, that $1 million donation to Trump's inaugural committee didn't stop Sondland from throwing the president under the bus, along with Pompeo… and Bolton… and Mulvaney… and Pence… and Giuliani. Holy shit. Oh, and if that weren't enough, there's a Dem debate tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland implicates President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others in damning opening statement
Vindman. Williams. Volker. Morrison. Four witnesses. Two hearings. One loooong day. It was a day of firsts: This morning, we heard from the first witnesses on that July 25th phone call with Ukraine. This afternoon, we heard from the first witnesses summoned by the GOP. And most importantly, we heard from our first witness over 7 feet tall! The stakes have never been higher for the impeachment investigation. So if there's a day to watch the Daily Recount, it's this one.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testifies that Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky was "inappropriate"
Former NSC top Russia expert Tim Morrison testifies that he "feared at the time of the call" how it would affect politics in Washington
Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) clashes with House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) during the testimony of Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch
Former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch discusses the forces behind her dismissal from Ukraine at today's impeachment hearing
President Trump criticizes the media (again) over its Ukraine coverage during remarks on health care transparency
Bolton No-Shows Deposition \ Trump Livid Over New Barr Report \ Bill Gates vs. Elizabeth Warren \ Bullshit Corner: Kennedy EditionThe Daily Recount
VP Mike Pence defends Trump's "perfect call" with Ukrainian President Zelensky while filing in New Hampshire's Republican presidential primary