TLDRUpFront: Strong testimony today from Ambassador William Taylor before the House Intelligence Committee marks another break in the wall around President Trump.
TLDRUpFront: If the Emperor has no clothes why would one think his White House has walls? There's a good argument that the White House blanket-refusal to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry is an obstruction of justice. That practical impact is limited by the reality that the White House has no moat. No wall of
TLDRUpFront: A cease fire abroad, and friendly fire at home, both illustrates the risks of being within the orbit of President Trump. Friendships are transactional, subject to "You're Fired" at any moment as the Kurds in Northern Syria are realizing. And sustained close relations can lead to self-inflicted harm as Chief of Staff Mulvaney
TLDRUpFront: As Ambassador Sondland prepares to testify reports indicate he may provide insights that the President's personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani was not operating independently, but in parallel with and coordination among US Ambassadors. Also and increasing number of career civil servants are defying the White House ban to come forward and provide testimony
TLDRUpFront: The White House responded to the House’s request to participate in the inquiry with a blanket rejection. The House had offered the opportunity for the President’s lawyers to be present as well as requesting witnesses and documents. In rejecting the request, the White House is making a rhetorical, rather than Constitutionally valid, appeal. Analysis
TLDRUpFront: When President Trump, in both public and private, threatened anyone with first-hand knowledge of the Ukrainian events from cooperating with Congress, he set in motion a chain of events which has now come to fruition.
TLDRUpFront: A simple and compelling case for a first charge in the Impeachment inquiries has emerged. That in pursuing a personal agenda through the use of government officials and powers, President Trump violated his oath of office and the 'great veil' which establishes that government power can only be used to further legitimate governmental functions.
TLDRUpFront: Analysis in the age of Trump.
TLDRUpFront: Given the importance of the impeachment inquiry, I'm launching a live tracker of the accumulating evidence and evaluation of, for or against a charge, using a specific analytical method called "Boundary and Factor Analysis." This post is a description of the method. I hope people find this approach informative and educational as one way
TLDRUpFront: The NY Times has released the identity of the whistleblower.