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More witnesses make the case for impeachment, even when they’re trying not to

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

Catching up on impeachment stuff. I missed Vindman and Williams entirely this morning but have been watching Volker and Morrison, who are the first witnesses to appear that were requested by Republican Committee members. Each of them made the Democrats’ case, despite that they’re both trying to please everyone, splitting disingenuous hairs and playing dumb about what was obvious and wasn’t obvious at the time of key events in the timeline.

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Country may be tired of Mueller report, but the House is right to look into Trump’s lies

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

[Regarding this story: House investigating whether Trump lied to Mueller]

One of the disappointments about Mueller’s report was how willing he was to accept Trump’s failure to cooperate. The conversation would likely be very different now had they subpoenaed him, which they had every right to do. Instead, Mueller let him answer a series of written questions, 27 of which (the difficult ones) Trump replied to with some version of “I do not recall.”

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VIDEO: Jehovah’s Witnesses are told that ‘murmuring’ is of the devil

The new video from ex-JW advocate Lloyd Evans sounds like a fun one. Here’s his description:

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Day 2 of the Impeachment Inquiry: Marie Yovanovitch’s testimony

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

Marie Yovanovitch testimony today: will follow here while I can.

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Why does the media go along with the GOP’s ridiculous moving of goalposts?

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

Smart rethinking of the ‘goalposts’ metaphor in this set of tweets.

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Setting the table for the impeachment hearings: The relevant facts

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

I’m unfortunately unable to comment on impeachment hearings in real-time today but nearly all the relevant facts are already known:

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GOP strategy is to ask for Hunter Biden and the whistleblower to testify

[Hunter Biden and his dad]

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

[Regarding this story: Republicans Ask For Whistleblower, Hunter Biden To Testify In Impeachment Inquiry]

Let’s say you’re on trial for robbery and your defense is that the guy you robbed was also a thief. You call the guy you robbed as a witness at your trial, thinking that once everyone learns that he’s also a thief, the court will surely view your robbery as perfectly justified. But the court won’t let you call him as a witness, mentioning something about relevancy and how it’s “not the way that works.” Unfair! you squeal.

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Trump to pay $2 million in charity scam that is a lot like what he’s facing impeachment for

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

[Regarding this story: Trump ordered to pay $2 million to charities over misuse of foundation, court documents say]

Trump agreed to a $2 million settlement, essentially conceding that his charity was a scam, and then, hours later, delivered an all-caps “STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP” on Twitter attacking the settlement he’d just agreed to. The statement is mostly lies.

Continue reading Trump to pay $2 million in charity scam that is a lot like what he’s facing impeachment for

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The impeachment will be imperiled if Dems actually pay attention to GOP clowning

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

[Regarding this story: This Impeachment Won’t Be a Legal or Political Battle. It Will Be an Information War]

Everything Dahlia Lithwick writes here is spot-on, but I’m reminded of the words of many coaches I’ve had through life, and that’s to clear your head about what you think and fear the other team is doing and play your game. If you let your opponent take residency in your brain you’re halfway to defeat.

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Rudy’s latest spin on his Ukraine adventure doesn’t wash

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

Giuliani’s statement here…

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