Category Archives: Verbatim

If They Had Evidence Trump Was Innocent, They’d Be Demanding to Testify

“If Mr. Mulvaney had information that contradicts the consistent and incriminating testimony of numerous public servants, Mr. Mulvaney would be eager to testify, instead of hiding behind the President’s ongoing efforts to conceal the truth.”

CNN, quoting a statement from an official involved in the impeachment inquiry.

Harris ‘Saddened’ by Level of GOP Desperation to Defend Trump

“It is sad to see the level of desperation that some people are willing to go through to protect someone who has been probably the most corrupt, unethical, most unpatriotic president we’ve ever had.”

— Sen. Kamala Harris, talking about Republican lawmakers on Morning Joe.

Well, If He Had a Good Reason …

“You’d have to know why he shot him.”

— A member of a panel of Pennsylvania voters from swing districts told CNN that they would still vote for President Trump in 2020 if he shot someone.

Scaramucci Predicts Trump Will Be Out by March

“When you talk to elected Republicans privately, they can’t stand the president. They know the president is a lawless person and basically a criminal.”

— Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told Yahoo News that he believes that GOP lawmakers will pressure President Trump to leave office by March.

Walsh Says Fox, Conservative Media Lying to Americans

“This is an absolute shame and I think you’ve got to call it out for what it is. The Americans who listen to Fox News and conservative talk radio are being lied to and manipulated every day when it comes to impeachment.”

— Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who is also running for president, slammed Fox News and conservative talk radio for their coverage of the impeachment probe of President Trump, CNN reports.

Schumer Worries Trump Make Shut Down Government Over Impeachment

“I’m increasingly worried that President Trump may want to shut down the government again because of impeachment, an impeachment inquiry. He always likes to create diversions.”

— Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said he was growing more worried that President Trump could force a government shutdown as soon as next month over the impeachment fight, The Hill reports.

Sanders Offers a Platitude

“You can judge a person by the friends they have. You can judge a candidate for president by the enemies they have.”

— Sen. Bernie Sanders, in a CNBC interview.

Trump Sees Syrian Oil as Spoils of War

“We’re keeping the oil. I’ve always said that — keep the oil. We want to keep the oil, $45 million a month. Keep the oil. We’ve secured the oil.”

— President Trump has a long history of calling for the United States to “take the oil” in the Middle East, in Iraq and Syria in particular, ABC News reports. “But any oil in both countries belongs to their governments, and according to U.S. law and treaties it has ratified, seizing it would be pillaging, a technical term for theft during wartime that is illegal under U.S. and international law.”

Man Who Snubbed McConnell at Cummings’ Funeral Explains

“I could not put my hands in the man’s hand who refused to help somebody who served his country… I couldn’t do it, because I was thinking about my brother.”

— Bobby Rankin, the man seen in a viral video refusing to shake Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) hand at the late Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D-MD) funeral told the Washington Post the snub wasn’t based on his loyalty to Cummings.

Republican Attacks the Credibility of Vindman

“It seems very clear that he is incredibly concerned about Ukrainian defense. I don’t know that he’s concerned about American policy… We all have an affinity to our homeland where we came from… He has an affinity for the Ukraine.”

— Former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), in a CNN interview, trying to challenge the credibility of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a who will testify in the House impeachment inquiry today.