Daily Bread for 6.20.20

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with an occasional thundershower and a high of eighty-one. Sunrise is 5:16 AM and sunset 8:36 PM, for 15h 20m 23s of daytime.  The moon is new with 0.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred twentieth day.

On this day in 1944, the United States is victorious at the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

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 Ryan Goodman writes Bolton Book Confirms Most Serious Allegations in Trump Impeachment on Ukraine Quid Pro Quo:

Bolton’s account, across several pages of his book, squarely addresses these parts of the record. A few examples.

1. Only “circumstantial evidence” of what Trump said or did? Bolton provides direct evidence.

“I took Trump’s temperature on the Ukraine security assistance, and he said he wasn’t in favor of sending them anything until all the Russia-investigation materials related to Clinton and Biden had been turned over.”

John Bolton, The Room Where It Happened

2. Trump’s actions were to pursue anti-corruption, not to help his campaign? Bolton confirms it was the latter, unequivocally.

“When, in 1992, Bush 41 supporters suggested he ask foreign governments to help out in his failing campaign against Bill Clinton, Bush and Jim Baker completely rejected the idea. Trump did the precise opposite.”

John Bolton, The Room Where It Happened

3. No evidence of a quid pro quo for military assistance? That’s what Bolton’s direct evidence establishes (see #1).

4. The White House suspended aid to Ukraine as part of a general review of foreign economic assistance? Bolton writes that this was a false cover.

“Mulvaney and others later argued that the dispute over Ukraine’s security assistance was related to rescinding the economic assistance, but this was entirely an ex post facto rationalization.”

John Bolton, The Room Where It Happened

As for the infamous phone call with Ukraine’s president, Bolton thought it simply fit into the ongoing scheme. “Nor, at the time, did I think Trump’s comments in the call reflected any major change in direction; the linkage of the military assistance with the Giuliani fantasies was already baked in. The call was not the keystone for me, but simply another brick in the wall,” the former national security advisor writes.

Devlin Barrett reports U.S. attorney investigating Trump associates resists attempt to push him out:

The Trump administration announced late Friday that Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who has overseen a number of investigations involving the president and his political campaign, will be leaving that job, though Berman fired back that he had not resigned and intends to stay in the job to ensure the cases continue unimpeded.

The surreal Friday night standoff marks the latest battle over the Trump administration’s management of the Justice Department. Democrats have decried what they charge has been the politicization of the department under President Trump and his attorney general, William P. Barr.
Barr announced the personnel change in a statement, saying the president plans to nominate the current chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton, for the job.

Berman’s office has been conducting a criminal investigation of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, in a campaign finance case that has already led to charges against two of Giuliani’s associates.

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