World Watching Geo- Politics #29

 

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Senator Cotton: China Refusing To Hand Over Evidence About Wuhan BioLab

For weeks, the media has demonized anyone who suggested the lab could have been responsible for the coronavirus outbreak as a dangerous conspiracy theorist peddling fake news



LIVE FROM HONG KONG: Latest Information Coming Out of China Indicates Coronavirus Death Totals Are Much Larger than Reported

Live from Hong Kong

As of this morning, John Hopkins CSSE is reporting that 1,526 individuals have died from the Wuhan coronavirus.  However, many believe that these numbers may be way understated.

One report claims that based on the number of individuals cremated every day in Wuhan, there is around 8,000 deaths from the coronavirus:

Another report coming from the Epoch Times indicates the numbers of deaths in Wuhan from the coronavirus are way low.  President Xi’s actions were too late and as a result the political and economic repercussions are devastating:

 

 

 




 

 

 

US Charges Huawei With Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets, Racketeering

 Updated: February 13, 2020
 

This is a breaking story. Please check back for more updates. 

Federal prosecutors have charged Chinese tech giant Huawei and several subsidiaries with conspiracy to steal trade secrets and violate anti-racketeering laws, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Feb. 13.

These charges are in addition to previous charges on Huawei relating to violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran in an existing indictment.

The latest charge of trade secrets theft relates to alleged “decades-long efforts” by the company and its U.S.- and China-based affiliates to misappropriate intellectual property (IP) from other companies—including six U.S. technology companies—and use it to grow Huawei’s own business, the department said. Such practices also amounted to a conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), it added.

The superseding 16-count indictment also alleges that the company has been involved in business and technology projects in sanctioned countries, such as North Korea and Iran.

It alleges that one of the company’s unofficial subsidiaries, Skycom, aided the Iranian government in conducting domestic surveillance.

The fresh charges add to mounting U.S. scrutiny over the Chinese telecom giant’s trade practices and risks to national security. The company was blacklisted last year from doing business with American firms on national security grounds.

Meanwhile, the U.S. administration is currently working to convince its allies to bar the company from 5G rollouts, arguing that their products could be exploited by the regime for espionage or to disrupt communication networks.

An indictment previously unveiled in January 2019 charged the company and its affiliates with committing bank fraud related to violations of Iran sanctions.

A second separate indictment, also unveiled last January, charged the company with theft of trade secrets over an alleged scheme to steal technology relating to a mobile testing robot from U.S. telecoms firm T-Mobile.

A federal grand jury returned the superseding indictment yesterday at a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.



 

Barr’s DOJ Signals Willingness to Act on Politically Charged Cases

AG reportedly assigns US attorney to review Ukraine information on Biden; DOJ disputes Stone sentencing recommendation

Updated: February 11, 2020



Robert O’Brien: More Cuts Coming at National Security Council

 Updated: February 12, 2020
 

 

 

 



Gray Rhino Meets Black Swan as Virus Hits Chinese Banking Sector

Chinese banks, smaller businesses struggle amid economic inactivity

BY FAN YU

Updated: February 9, 2020



Coronavirus Live Updates: Hong Kong Lifts Quarantine on Cruise Ship After Crew Tests Negative for Virus

 Updated: February 9, 2020

Roughly two dozen countries around the world have taken precautionary measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus as the death toll continues to rise. Accounts emerging from China suggest that many more people in the country are dying of the disease than officially reported. Scientists continue to probe the origin of the virus.

Refresh for updates.

9 Family Members in Hong Kong Infected

Nine members of a Hong Kong family have been infected with the novel coronavirus after sharing a hotpot meal at a restaurant last month, officials confirmed.

Hong Kong health officials said Sunday that they ate the meal in late January. A 24-year-old man and his 91-year-old grandmother were confirmed to have the virus first, followed by the man’s parents, cousins, and aunts, according to the New York Times and the South China Morning Post.

The family was part of a gathering of 19 people who had the hot pot, which is a Chinese cooking method in which people add meat, vegetables, and other ingredients to a simmering pot of broth. They had gathered at the Lento Party Room in Kwun Tong on Jan. 19, said Chuang Shuk-Kwan, a Hong Kong health official, in a press conference.

Most of the people who ate the meal showed no symptoms or minor ones, Chuang said.

“We’re facing major difficulties in isolating the suspected cases and tracing those who had close contact with the confirmed patients,” Chuang said in the Morning Post’s report. Two relatives from mainland China attended the dinner before leaving Hong Kong last month. They are both seeking medical attention…..Read More



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LIVE FROM HONG KONG: China in Horrible Situation as Coronavirus Spreads, Major Financial Issues Loom and Hong Kong Protests Kick Off Again

LIVE FROM HONG KONG: China in Horrible Situation as Coronavirus Spreads, Major Financial Issues Loom and Hong Kong Protests Kick Off Again



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Conflicting statements from Chinese government regarding scope and spread of coronavirus prove Beijing’s Communist leaders are lying

(Natural News) China’s Communist government tightly — and by that we mean completely — controls the flow of information into and out of the country. That means there is no such thing as a “free press” in China, only the semblance of an ‘independent’ media that is regularly spoon-fed whatever information the government wants to … [Read More…]



 

SOMETHING BIG ! IMF DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN, PAVING WAY FOR TRUMP APPOINTEE!

Posted By: jensingr
Date: Friday, 7-Feb-2020 17:29:24
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IMF director steps down, paving way for Trump appointee

Phil Thornton

4 hours ago

David Lipton’s resignation could allow US president to increase influence over financial watchdog

One of the most senior figures at the International Monetary Fund is stepping down in a move that will allow the Trump administration to influence who will take over as second-in-command at the financial watchdog.

David Lipton, 66, will step down as first deputy managing director after a nine-year tenure that made him the longest-serving official to hold what is effectively the number two position.

When he leaves at the end of this month he will be joined by Carla Grasso, chief administrative officer and one of three deputy managing directors appointed in 2015.

The moves will allow the IMF’s managing director Kristalina Georgieva to stamp her mark on the organisation four months after she took on the top job. It is understood she wants to raise the profile of the departmental directors who are the key people who will implement her policy on the ground.

However, according to precedent, the first deputy managing director of the IMF has traditionally been an American national, offsetting the fact that Europeans have always held the top job of the Washington-based multilateral lender.

Traditionally the White House submits a shortlist of candidates from which the managing director will pick her nomination, who is then approved by the fund’s executive board based on consensus.



Facebook and IRS Prepare for $9 Billion U.S. Tax Court Fight

Government challenges social-media giant’s transactions with its Irish subsidiary

Facebook, under CEO Mark Zuckerberg, contends that it deserves a tax refund.

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Facebook Inc. and the Internal Revenue Service will square off in a U.S. Tax Court case that could cost the social-media giant more than $9 billion and shape the government’s ability to crack down on companies’ efforts to shift profits to low-tax countries.

The trial slated to start in the week ahead caps a nine-year dispute over how Facebook structured its international operations. The IRS argues that more of the company’s profits should have been taxed at higher rates in the U.S., rather than in the company’s Irish subsidiary. Facebook contends that it deserves a refund.

Facebook’s practice of routing overseas profits to low-tax countries is common among U.S. multinationals, which have faced criticism in the U.S. and in Europe for not paying enough in taxes. The case could set the rules of the road for others with similar disputes in the pipeline.

“Both sides have salient arguments, and that makes it an exciting case,” said William Byrnes, a law professor at Texas A&M University, who expects the court to impose additional taxes on Facebook but less than the IRS wants. “What happens with Facebook sets the tone for what happens” to others.


Arrests of Chinese nat’l who tried to transport biological materials thru Logan Airport & Harvard Dept Chair linked to Wuhan & NIH/DoD

Posted By: NaturalWisdom
Date: Friday, 7-Feb-2020 13:16:13
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In Response To: JIM STONE: MAJOR WUHAN VIRUS UPDATE AND IT IS NOT LOOKING GOOD (NaturalWisdom)

Chinese National, Harvard Researcher, Indicted For Illegal Ties To China
Jim Satney | PrepForThat
February 7, 2020

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Three Boston area researchers/educators have been indicted on charges that they lied regarding ties to a Wuhan, China technology institute. One of them was in possession of 21 vials of brown liquid that he was seemingly illegally transporting to China (more on him at the conclusion).

Prosecutors say that Dr. Charles Lieber, the chair of Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, had a contract with Wuhan Institute of Technology. Additionally, he led a group that held contracts with the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health.

He’s being accused of lying about his ties with Wuhan Institute of Technology when questioned regarding his Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health contract.

“It appears China paid Lieber hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for his involvement with the Chinese entities and for his work on research for Chinese gain,” said U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling.

Harvard placed Lieber on administrative leave following his arrest at his academic offices…

…The second indictment is for Yanqing Ye, a Chinese national and lieutenant of the Chinese military, who also failed to disclose ties with the institute. He remains free in China.

…The third indictment is for Chinese national and Harvard sponsored Zaosong Zheng. Zheng’s case might be the most worrisome, given the fears regarding international biological warfare. A researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Zheng was arrested at Boston’s Logan Airport attempting to smuggle biological material overseas.

The nature of Zheng’s biological material has yet to be disclosed. But this is what we do know: He possessed 21 vials of brown liquid with typed and handwritten notes wrapped in a plastic bag inside a sock, all stored in his checked luggage. After originally denying any wrong-doing, Zheng admitted to stealing some of the material from a research lab at Beth Israel Hospital and the rest were lifted from someone else’s research lab. He admitted that he planned to take it all back to China.

But what for? That’s not entirely clear.

“I believe, based on my training and experience, that Zheng… was knowingly gathering and collecting intellectual property from BIDMC, possibly on behalf of the Chinese government,” FBI Special Agent Kara Spice wrote.

The fact is, Wuhan being the epicenter of a potential pandemic means that any international spy games linked to the region will come under intense public scrutiny.



China Update: Hong Kong Closes Nearly All Border Crossings with China – Chinese Using HIV Drug to Combat Coronavirus

China Update: Hong Kong Closes Nearly All Border Crossings with China – Chinese Using HIV Drug to Combat Coronavirus



 

 



Peter Schweizer Unveils the Layers of Corruption Behind the Biden Family

New Book Details How Five Members of Joe Biden’s Family Cashed in on His Political Connections – American Greatness

Joe Biden damn liar

Despite former Vice President Joe Biden’s image of being a fighter for the working class, he has actually engaged in behavior that benefitted himself and his family members to the tune of millions of dollars in shady business deals, according to an interview with Government Accountability Institute (GAI) president and Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer, author of the new book Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite.

Schweizer, in an interview on Wednesday with SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow, said that dichotomy is represented by Biden being known for riding Amtrak home every day but also by his habit of holding up the train whenever he was running late.

“Yeah, Joe does ride the train all the time, but if Joe’s running late, Joe calls Amtrak, and they hold the entire train until Joe shows up, which is great for Joe [but] the other commuters are probably going, ‘What the heck’s going on? Why is the train not moving?’” Schweizer said. “So that to me represents the dichotomy between the image we have of Joe, which is Amtrak Joe, and the reality of how he abuses that power.”

Schweizer discussed several examples of Biden’s abuses of power he laid out in his book.

He said after Biden became vice president and the point person on China, his son Hunter Biden began to benefit from deals with the Chinese government. He said:

You have this situation where Joe Biden becomes vice president of the United States. He is the point person on China, he’s somewhat of an old hand on China because he’s on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee all those years, traveled to China. He becomes vice president and then suddenly, sort of out of the blue, his son Hunter gets these deals courtesy of the Chinese government.

Despite former Vice President Joe Biden’s image of being a fighter for the working class, he has actually engaged in behavior that benefitted himself and his family members to the tune of millions of dollars in shady business deals, according to an interview with Government Accountability Institute (GAI) president and Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer, author of the new book Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite.

Schweizer, in an interview on Wednesday with SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow, said that dichotomy is represented by Biden being known for riding Amtrak home every day but also by his habit of holding up the train whenever he was running late.

“Yeah, Joe does ride the train all the time, but if Joe’s running late, Joe calls Amtrak, and they hold the entire train until Joe shows up, which is great for Joe [but] the other commuters are probably going, ‘What the heck’s going on? Why is the train not moving?’” Schweizer said. “So that to me represents the dichotomy between the image we have of Joe, which is Amtrak Joe, and the reality of how he abuses that power.”

Schweizer discussed several examples of Biden’s abuses of power he laid out in his book.

He said after Biden became vice president and the point person on China, his son Hunter Biden began to benefit from deals with the Chinese government. He said:

You have this situation where Joe Biden becomes vice president of the United States. He is the point person on China, he’s somewhat of an old hand on China because he’s on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee all those years, traveled to China. He becomes vice president and then suddenly, sort of out of the blue, his son Hunter gets these deals courtesy of the Chinese government.



 

 



Bill Gates funded the PIRBRIGHT institute, which owns the patent on coronavirus

Believe it or not, the coronavirus strain that’s currently spreading throughout China and abroad is a patented virus that’s owned by an entity called The Pirbright Institute, which is partially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The patent page for coronavirus explains that it “may be used as a vaccine for treating and/or preventing a disease, such as infectious bronchitis, in a subject,” suggesting that this is just another weaponized viral strain designed to sell more useless, deadly vaccines, while at the same time killing off a few thousand, or perhaps a few million, people.

A close look at the patent page also shows that the Pirbright Institute owns all sorts of other virus patents, including one for African swine fever virus, which is listed as a “vaccine.” It is thus no surprise that Bill Gates is a Pirbright Institute financial backer, seeing as how he’s one of the most aggressive, vaccine-pushing “philanthropists” on the planet.

The way this whole coronavirus situation is taking shape would seem to be exactly what Gates once proposed as a “solution” to the alleged problem of “overpopulation.” At an infamous TED Talk, Gates explained that vaccines are one of the keys to reducing global population levels, and what better way to do that than to unleash patented coronavirus on the masses in order to later introduce a patented vaccine for it?

For more related news about coronavirus and other weaponized viruses being unleashed by eugenicists like Bill Gates, be sure to check out Outbreak.news……..Read  more  here



 

CHINA UPDATE: Local Towns in Hubei Province Are Barricaded In – People Throughout China Respond to Crisis

CHINA UPDATE: Local Towns in Hubei Province Are Barricaded In – People Throughout China Respond to Crisis



Computer simulation suggests 65 million people could die from Chinese coronavirus

A few months ago, a scientist at the Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security just so happened to create a computer model mapping the potential global impact of a hypothetical disease outbreak almost exactly like the one that’s right now happening with Chinese coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

What it determined, shockingly, is that as many as 65 million people could end up dying from this type of disease in a relatively short period of time.



Coronavirus Live Updates: 1,000 More Cases Expected in Wuhan, Mayor Says

 Updated: January 26, 2020



US, Other Countries Scramble to Evacuate Citizens From Epidemic-Hit Wuhan

BY EVA FU
 Updated: January 26, 2020



Six Italian Courts Have Ruled that Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors

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On January 13, 2020, Turin’s Court of Appeals confirmed a 2017 decision determining that a former Telecom Italia worker’s acoustic neuroma (a benign tumor in the ear) was caused by his mobile phone use. This is the sixth time that an Italian court has affirmed a causal link between cell phone use and brain tumors, including decisions by the High Court of Italy.

The Appellate court reached its decision after a review of the evidence and after receiving the opinion of two court-appointed experts. The experts referred the court to studies indicating that individuals who speak on their phones for an average of 30 minutes a day for at least 10 years increase their risk of developing head tumors. After considering this evidence, the Appellate court in Turin stated, “There are solid elements to affirm a causal role between the exposure of the person to radiofrequencies from mobile phones and the disease that arose.”

… studies provided by the defense—which denied a causal link—were mostly industry-funded and, therefore, should be given less weight because of conflicts of interest.

Crucially, the Turin court stated that the studies provided by the defense—which denied a causal link—were mostly industry-funded and, therefore, should be given less weight because of conflicts of interest. Studies by members of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCHENIHR) also suffer from conflicts of interest, according to the Turin court, because these organizations likewise receive funding from industry. The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) International EMF Project and many countries around the world have adopted the industry-funded ICNIRP’s recommendations as their safety guidelines. Thus, these statements by the court—calling out the influence of industry funding and conflicts of interest—are extremely significant.

The Turin court’s ruling affirmed the decision of the court of Ivera from 2017. Roberto Romeo, age 57, used his cell phone for three to four hours of each working day for 15 years. He was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma in 2010, and his acoustic nerve had to be removed. As reported in The Guardian, “A medical expert estimated the damage to Romeo at 23% of his bodily function, prompting the judge to make a compensation award of €500 per month to be paid by INAIL, a national insurance program covering workplace accidents.”

Earlier court decisions

Acoustic neuromas are tumors that develop on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain. This nerve influences balance and hearing. Pressure from an acoustic neuroma can cause hearing loss, ringing in the ear and unsteadiness, occasionally also interfering with brain functioning. Acoustic neuroma is also known as “vestibular schwannoma” because it develops on the Schwann cells covering the nerve. Of note, the U.S. government’s $25 million National Toxicology Program cell phone study found that exposure to cell phone radiation caused schwannoma-type tumors.

Newsweek mistakenly reported the Ivrea case as the first Italian ruling linking cell phones and acoustic neuromas, but it was in fact the second. The first ruling, made by a court in Brescia on December 10, 2009 and affirmed by the High Court of Italy in 2012, granted worker’s compensation to an industrial plant’s financial manager, Mr. Marcolini, who developed a tumor after using cell and cordless phones for five to six hours a day for 12 years. Marcolini was diagnosed as having a benign tumor on the trigeminal nerve, which controls facial muscles and sensations. As in Turin, the Brescia court ignored industry-funded studies—declaring them to be biased—and instead relied on the expert opinion of Swedish professor Lennart Hardell, an oncology specialist and cancer epidemiologist with “a focused interest in environmental risk factors for cancer.”

The next (third) ruling to link cell phone use and acute nerve disease was made by a Florence court in April 2017. The Florence court ordered INAIL to compensate a salesperson who developed an acoustic neuroma after using the phone for two to three hours a day on the job for 10 years.
An occupational hazard

On January 30, 2019, an Italian court in the city of Monza ruled that exposure to cell phone radiation caused an airport employee’s acoustic neuroma brain tumor. The employee had used a cell phone for well over 10 years for his work. After being diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma in 2010, the employee was declared (in 2011) 68% disabled and permanently unfit for work. In 2014, he applied to INAIL, claiming a causal link between his workplace exposure to radiation and the acoustic neuroma and asking that his tumor be recognized as an occupational disease. The Monza court concurred that the tumor had permanently incapacitated him and ruled it to be an occupational disease. When the defense appealed the decision, Italy’s Supreme Court upheld it.

Basing their determination on the duration of exposure, the types of devices used, the type of pathology and their review of the literature, they determined the evidence to be sufficient for a causal link, even in the absence of absolutely conclusive scientific evidence.

Over a period from 1994 to 2010, the airport employee’s job had exposed him to high levels of radiofrequency and microwave radiation from a variety of antennas and high-frequency equipment, including altitude signal repeaters, weather radars, satellite antennas and airplane equipment. In addition, the performance of his job required the use of numerous radiation-emitting devices, including mobile phones, two always-on PCs and signal repeaters (GSM and DECT). Holding the phone on the left side of his head, the employee used a Siemens DECT (cordless) phone, a Nokia and later a Samsung cell phone for more than four hours a day, with phone sessions lasting up to 45 consecutive minutes. Several times, the employee and his colleagues reported the high levels of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and radiation to their employer, asking for the EMFs and radiation to be measured, but higher-ups ignored these requests.

In the Italian legal system, judges can appoint technical experts called court technical experts (CTUs). In the Monza case, the experts and technical advisers assigned to evaluate the case conducted research into acoustic neuroma and its risk factors. Basing their determination on the duration of exposure (exposure to high-frequency EMR for a considerable number of hours per day for over 10 years), the types of devices used, the type of pathology and their review of the literature, they determined the evidence to be sufficient for a causal link, even in the absence of absolutely conclusive scientific evidence. They also referenced the Brescia court’s decision and the studies cited in that decision. Their conclusion was that the development of the left auditory nerve neuroma was related to the employee’s workplace exposures and that the tumor had caused a reduction in the employee’s mental and physical health.

Thus, in case after case, Italian courts have determined that the radiofrequency and microwave radiation emitted by cell phones can cause acoustic-neuroma-type brain tumors. The importance of these decisions should not be underestimated, particularly given the courts’ recognition that when exposure to electromagnetic radiation becomes a necessary part of the job, acoustic neuromas are an occupational risk.

 



With Worst Economy in Decades, Will Wuhan’s Deadly Coronavirus Be the Catalyst for China’s Economic Collapse?

Live report from Hong Kong, China

One month ago we reported that you can feel it in Hong Kong. The economy is sluggish. The question is – is the slowing Hong Kong Economy related to the protests which clearly have negatively impacted the local Hong Kong businesses or is the Hong Kong downturn related to a slowing China economy.

Now China faces the prospects of a major coronavirus that could kill individuals and the country’s economy.



China Locks Down 3 Cities at Epicenter of Virus Outbreak…

readmore here

 Updated: January 23, 2020



Chief Justice Roberts Roped Into Battle Over Impeachment Witnesses

As the Senate prepares to begin the President Trump’s impeachment trial on Tuesday, Chief Justice John Roberts faces pressure from both sides over the issue of witnesses.

Roberts, who was officially sworn in for his role on Thursday, has offered no clues as to how he will approach the situation – which is particularly relevant in the event of a tie-breaking vote. Of note, some Republicans have argued that Roberts should not be able to break a tie on this issue.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told The Hill she has received briefing materials from former senators who participated in the 1999 Clinton trial arguing Roberts should not be able to break a tie.

So far, she is still thinking about what his role should be.

“It’s my understanding that if it’s a tie, it fails,” she said, summarizing the briefing paper.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said it would be odd for the chief justice to decide procedural questions that have become very politicized in recent weeks.

“This is a Senate procedure,” he said. “In a committee, if you have a tie vote you don’t prevail. And that’s what would happen here, I would think.” –The Hill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) argued that Roberts should be able to break a 50-50 tie on a major procedural question, such as key witnesses.

“It seems to me it should,” she said. “Tie vote is essentially a no on whatever the issue is. I’m not sure in this kind of situation that the body wants to sustain immobility, that you can’t move out of it. So something ought to break a tie.”

Democrats have argued that a trial wouldn’t be fair without witnesses – just not Hunter or Joe Biden, or Rudy Giuliani, or former Ukrainian prosecutors, or anyone else at the heart of Ukrainegate.

Republicans have suggested that if Roberts rules on witnesses, he will be required to recuse himself from any Supreme Court decisions related to Trump invoking executive privilege over potential witnesses John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney – who oversaw a pause in US aid to Ukraine as the head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

“I don’t know how you have a serious trial unless you hear from witnesses who know in fact what the facts are, what happened,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), adding “I think it would be appropriate for the chief justice to do what I think should be done, and that is to allow witnesses to testify.”

While Roberts is expected to refer major disputes over trial procedures to the entire Senate for a vote, some Democrats hope he will make his own rulings on what they say are basic questions of fair jurisprudence.

Democrats argue that holding a trial but blocking the consideration of relevant witness testimony and document review would fall well short of what’s considered a fair trial in any court of law.

“We’ve been working to get an agreement with Republicans about the relevant witnesses for the trial and relevant documents and we’re continuing that effort,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). “Those types of questions will have to be considered as the trial proceeds.” –The Hill

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has demanded four witnesses; Bolton, Mulvaney, senior WH adviser Robert Blair, and senior OMB official Michael Duffey.

“Every Senate impeachment trial in our history, all 15 that were brought to completion, featured witnesses. Every single one,” said Schumer on Thursday. “The precedent in impeachment trials in the Senate is to have witnesses. To have no witnesses would be a dramatic break with precedent.”

Schumer is also seeking to subpoena three sets of documents. He wants memos and emails related to efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce certain political investigations; documents related to the decision at the White House to withhold a meeting with the newly elected Ukrainian president; and communication touching the decision to withhold $391 million in military assistance to Ukraine. –The Hill

Republicans expect Trump to invoke executive privilege to block the four witnesses – which is where it may get sticky for Roberts.

“The chief justice is supposed to preside, not make decisions for the Senate,” said a senior Senate GOP aide, via The Hill.

“It would be a conundrum for the chief justice,” the aide added. “Let’s say [Roberts] says, ‘I’m going to break the tie,’ and John Bolton has to testify. Wouldn’t he have to recuse himself when the Supreme Court gets the question as to whether executive privilege applies?”

According to the aide, it “would be an unprecedented interference [of] the third branch into the first branch.”

Meanwhiletwo Republican Senators have indicated that they will likely vote in favor of calling witnesses; Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine.

Murkowski said she’s “curious” to hear what Bolton has to say but has offered no clue on how she’ll vote.



NY Post: ‘Profiles in Corruption’ Reveals How the ‘Biden Five’ Made Millions Off Joe Biden Connections

(INSET: cover of the book Profiles in Corruption) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 07: Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Trump administration's recent actions in Iraq on January 07, 2020 in New York City. Biden criticized Trump for not having a clear policy …
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Five family members of former Vice President Joe Biden have scored “sweetheart deals” and “favorable access” thanks to their connection to the 2020 Democrat White House candidate, reveals the forthcoming investigative book Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite by five-time New York Times bestselling author and Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer…….read story

The New York Post



The Genius of Trump: China Economy is Growing at It’s Slowest Rate in 30 Years – Prognosis For Future Doesn’t Look Good

One month ago we reported that you can feel it in Hong Kong. The economy is sluggish. The question is – is the slowing Hong Kong Economy related to the protests which clearly have negatively impacted the local Hong Kong businesses or is the Hong Kong downturn related to a slowing China economy. We now know the answer…..HERE

 

Bannon is right. We reported in May that just like the US in 2008, a perfect storm is building in China. The excessive and extravagant construction projects, cash-flow challenges and lack of demand in China all could combine for a major financial disaster. Trump is right – now is the time to make a deal with China.