Trump slams ex-adviser Kelly who defended key impeachment witness

Saturday, 15 Feb, 2020

"No one - including President Trump - wants a war with Iran".

Trump said Thursday that as many as 25 people within the administration have listened in on his calls. Records experts said that was a bad idea, for multiple reasons.

Trump responded to Kelly's remarks by tweeting Kelly "just can't keep his mouth shut".

Trump earlier this week asked the Senate not to approve the measure, tweeting "this is not the time to show weakness". "It was dark and went on for a long time, and I watched it".

With no additional information allowed by Republicans and no path to a bipartisan censure, I worked hard to evaluate the facts and arguments made before the Senate throughout the trial.

Trump was impeached over his decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine.

Vindman was a key witness in Democrats' impeachment inquiry of Trump.

Stone was convicted in November of a seven-count indictment that accused him of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the 2016 election.

During the interview, Manchin recalled how in 2018 Trump attempted to use his bully pulpit to scuttle Manchin's re-election bid in West Virginia, a move that ultimately failed.

Vindman was escorted from the White House last week in what his lawyer called "revenge", by Trump. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien is preparing to cull about one third of the National Security Council's approximately 175 staff, a step that would remove dozens of career experts, like Vindman, on assignment at the White House from other agencies, according to a senior administration official.

Manchin's vote was especially irritating for Trump since some had thought he might vote with Republicans, making the president's acquittal bipartisan.

The Republican National Committee and the president's campaign have raised more than US$525 million (A$782 million) since the start of 2019 together with two joint-fundraising committees.

"I know there are some divisions in our conference, but I think the overwhelming majority [of Republicans] will vote against it for unnecessarily tying the hands of the president", Sen.

The White House has threatened a veto if the resolution is sent to Trump's desk, while the Senate will not have enough votes to override the veto.

Larry Pfeiffer, a 30-year USA intelligence veteran who managed the Situation Room during the Obama years, said his predecessor told him that the White House had stopped taping presidential calls in the 1970s after President Richard Nixon recorded 3,700 hours of conversations.

It may take longer than a week for the president to come around, however. Almost 48 percent of those polled said the preemptive strike on Soleimani ratcheted up the risks of terrorist attacks on Americans and 46 percent believe the attack increased the likelihood of war with Iran.

"By stopping the practice, the president only shoots himself in the foot", he said.

The authors described the scene as an "obviously enthralled president would stare at Priebus as the aide struggled for sufficiently placating answers, all the while trying to gently veer the conversation back to whether we were going to do a troop surge in Afghanistan or strip millions of Americans of healthcare coverage". "They were both flawless, appropriate calls", he said. "Secrecy here becomes self-defeating".