National Newswatch

Explosive new revelations just weakened Trump’s impeachment defenses

Dec 30 2019 — — If Mitch McConnell is going to pull off his scheme to turn President Trump’s impeachment trial into a quick and painless sham with no witnesses, the Senate majority leader needs the story to be covered as a conventional Washington standoff — one that portrays both sides as maneuvering for advantage in an equivalently political manner.

White House review turns up emails showing extensive effort to justify Trump’s decision to block Ukraine military aid

Nov 24 2019 — — A confidential White House review of President Trump’s decision to place a hold on military aid to Ukraine has turned up hundreds of documents that reveal extensive efforts to generate an after-the-fact justification for the decision and a debate over whether the delay was legal, according to three people familiar with the records. The research […]

Sen. Mitt Romney raises a troubling theory about Trump and Turkey

Oct 18 2019 — — Sen. Mitt Romney delivered perhaps the most thorough Republican rebuke of President Trump’s Syria withdrawal Thursday, calling Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds there “a bloodstain on the annals of American history.” But while that line has gotten a lot of play, there’s something else Romney said that shouldn’t escape notice. He suggested Trump got bullied […]

Trump defenders’ misleading claims about the House impeachment inquiry

Oct 10 2019 — — “As you know, you have designed and implemented your [impeachment] inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process. For example, you have denied the President the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel present, and many other […]

Welcome to Canada’s underwhelming election

Oct 8 2019 — Rick Mercer — On Monday night, Canadians watched the first and only official English-language debate ahead of the general election on Oct. 21. Americans — who are no doubt paying close attention — can be forgiven for thinking our campaign has lacked a certain amount of drama. Nobody running for prime minister has asked another country to investigate […]

Trump loves to tout his base. But a new poll shows increasing GOP support for impeachment — and even removing him.

Oct 8 2019 — — President Trump loves to talk about how much Republicans love him. Given his long-standing unpopularity with the broader public, Trump often homes in on his overwhelming popularity in the GOP. And then he takes that overwhelming popularity and Trump-ifies it, jacking up the numbers and falsely claiming that it’s a “record” amount of support within […]

Mike Pompeo compared Trump to ‘authoritarian’ Obama in 2016

Aug 19 2019 — — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned in 2016 that Donald Trump was an “authoritarian” in the mold of then-President Barack Obama, according to a video newly resurfaced by the New Yorker magazine. The remark by Pompeo, who at the time represented Kansas’ 4th Congressional District, sharply contrasts with his lavish praise for Trump after joining […]

The IRS turned over Nixon’s tax returns the same day a congressional panel asked for them

Jul 26 2019 — — The Internal Revenue Service turned President Richard Nixon’s tax returns over to a congressional committee the same day in 1973 that the panel requested them for a review, according to letters released by House Democrats on Thursday. The newly released documents appear to contradict the Trump administration’s claims that House Democrats’ demands for the president’s […]

Canadian senator’s NATO report accidentally reveals location of U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe

Jul 17 2019 — — A recently released – and subsequently deleted – document published by a NATO-affiliated body has sparked headlines in Europe with an apparent confirmation of a long-held open secret: U.S. nuclear weapons are being stored in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. A version of the document, titled “A new era for nuclear deterrence? Modernisation, […]