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Sunday on ID: A documentary with questions about four Nxivm women who died

 
A documentary film featuring blogger Frank Parlato, The Lost Women of NXIVM, will premiere on the Investigation Discovery channel tomorrow (Dec 8) at 9 pm.

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This 2014 op-ed by Jonathan Turley shows just how full of it he is now

 
Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

In 2014 Jonathan Turley wrote this 2014 Washington Post op-ed piece that’s a pretty accurate take in response to impeachment myths that Republicans had been floating regarding Obama’s implementation of the ACA.

Continue reading This 2014 op-ed by Jonathan Turley shows just how full of it he is now

Trump loses appeal to block bank records that could be more damaging than his tax returns

 
Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

[Regarding this article: Trump loses appeal to block Deutsche Bank, Capital One from handing over his financial records to Congress]

Yet another court (Second Circuit Court of Appeals) rules against Trump’s attempt to prevent disclosure of his financial records, here Capitol One and Deutsche Bank, the latter which was the only bank willing to lend Trump money.

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Trump whines about being left out of inquiry, but then turns down chance to participate

[Trump and Nadler]

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

So Trump has declined Jerry Nadler’s invitation to participate in the next phase of the impeachment inquiry, scheduled to commence this week, which isn’t all that surprising since actually participating would undermine their argument that the inquiry was a sham for not allowing Trump to participate.

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Would Republicans stick to the ‘Garland Rule’ if Trump were on his way out?

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

[Regarding this NY Times story: Why Republicans will sidestep their Garland Rule for the Court in 2020]

If a SCOTUS vacancy opened on the morning a Democrat president-elect was to be sworn in, the outgoing Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate wouldn’t hesitate to seat whichever sober-appearing warm body the Federalist Society could manage to scare up.

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Trump begins process of under-bussing Rudy Giuliani, and other impeachment news

 
Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

Impeachment Roundup for Tuesday

1. The New York Times is reporting that Trump was briefed about the whistleblower complaint at the time he released the aid to Ukraine. This was inferable from the timeline, but now people in White House are confirming it. This kind of blows up the White House fabrication that the aid was held back while the President sussed out whether Zelensky was corrupt (which was a post-hoc pretext). Trump released the aid because he got caught.

2. Trump gave an interview and when asked about Rudy Giuliani pretended to not know what Giuliani was up to in Ukraine, signaling that the White House is indeed considering under-bussing Giuliani, and this may be step one. The problem for the White House is the July 25 phone call where Trump explicitly and repeatedly instructs Zelensky to contact Giuliani to follow up on the requested “favors” now at issue in the impeachment inquiry.

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3. The House released documents and depositions provided to it by the Office of Management and Budget, which was the agency charged with literally sending the foreign aid to Ukraine. Two OMB officials resigned over this episode, after expressing alarm that the President had withheld aid without providing any basis to withhold that aid.

Also, regarding item #2,

“Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you.”

“Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy.””I will tell Rudy and Attorney General Barr to call.”

“I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it.”

“I will personally tell you that one of my assistants spoke with Mr. Giuliani just recently and we are hoping very much that Mr. Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet once he comes to Ukraine.”

Looking ahead to an impeachment trial and the conflict it sets up between Roberts & McConnell

 
Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

A motion ‘in limine’ is a trial motion to limit or exclude certain testimony or evidence, and the judge, in deciding what the jury can hear, considers how relevant that evidence is to the proceeding versus the potential likelihood that the evidence will prejudice the jury.

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Beck tells Australian newspaper: ‘I’m not a Scientologist’

 
When we learned that musician Beck Hansen was splitting up with his wife, actress Marissa Ribisi of the legendary Scientologist Ribisi clan, we wondered if it meant he was also moving away from Scientology.

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Fiona Hill aims her opening statement right at the square head of Devin Nunes

 
Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

Fiona Hill’s opening statement is aimed straight at Devin Nunes’ square head.

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Watching Ambassador Sondland provide testimony that is devastating to Trump

 
Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

Gordon Sondland is smiling and confident looking right now but today is going to be brutal for him, I think.

Continue reading Watching Ambassador Sondland provide testimony that is devastating to Trump