Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee advise GOP senators to save themselves, subpoena Trump’s secrets

“It’s Day 2 of Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial,” Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday’s Late Show, and “once again, the lead manager of the case today was Adam Schiff. It was gratifying to see someone taking the constitutional responsibility of their office seriously. He laid out the case against the president clearly, passionately, cogently, and, I believe, courageously. Because whether or not President Trump is removed from office, history will not forgive those who look the other way at his abuses or forget those who stepped into the breach at this moment of crisis.” He looked at Wednesday’s top trending topics on Twitter, sighing: “We’re doomed.”

“Schiff stood there today in front of his audience, discussing the president’s corruption and incompetence using graphics, audio and video of witnesses, even clips of Trump incriminating himself,” Colbert said. “Hey Schiff, you’re treading on my turf! If I find out you’ve got a house band, I’m suing.”

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, blocked every Democratic request to subpoena new witnesses and documents, Colbert noted, and he had some advice: “Aren’t you the least bit curious about all the crazy s–t Trump did? You don’t even have to do anything about it, just vote to find out what it was! Everybody wants to find out their boss’ secrets. Take it from me, you don’t want to learn it from a Ronan Farrow article.”

“One non-witness’ non-testimony will be especially fascinating to not hear,” Samantha Bee said on Full Frontal: Lev Parnas. She ran through some of his recent evidentiary dump, and one document in particular: “If it were any more of a smoking gun, Don Jr. would be holding it over a dead elephant.”

But Bee also explained why “Republicans are setting themselves up for trouble by not hearing the evidence” …read more

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Woman reunites with long-lost father after he’s a suggested Facebook friend

When Karen Harris turned 18, she learned her biological father’s name, profession, and hometown, but it took a few decades — and the help of social media — to finally track him down.

Harris, 56, was adopted as an infant. Her parents were teenagers when she was born, and unmarried. While she is “grateful” to her adoptive family, Harris told The Scotsman she never felt a total “sense of belonging.” Now that she’s discovered her father, she’s “found completion. I’ve found connection and completion and I’m cherishing it.”

Harris lives in Cornwall, England, and as soon as she was an adult, she asked an adoption social worker for information on her biological parents. With the limited information, she was able to find her mother about 10 years later, but her dad’s whereabouts remained a mystery. She kept searching, and recently, a man with her father’s name, Trevor Sinden, appeared on her Facebook page as a person she might know.

She clicked on his profile, and the details pointed to this being her dad. She contacted him, and Sinden confirmed she was his daughter. They spoke daily for nearly two months, and last week, finally met. “I have looked on the internet but could never find her,” Sinden said. “It’s early days but I feel we already know each other quite well.” Harris said she sees herself in Sinden, and feels “incredibly blessed to find him now.”

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries explains Trump’s impeachment to Trump’s lawyers, drops in Biggie Smalls reference

Senate Republicans rejected a series of amendments proposed on behalf of House impeachment managers Tuesday, killing motions to subpoena Mick Mulvaney, John Bolton, and other potential witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial plus Ukraine-related records from the White House, State Department, Office of Management and Budget, and Pentagon.

The Democratic House impeachment managers took turns explaining why senators should want to see the new evidence, and it fell to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) to argue in favor of subpoenaing Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff. “Even President Nixon, whose articles of impeachment included obstruction of Congress, did not block key White House aides from testifying in front of Congress,” he said. “President Trump’s complete and total obstruction makes Richard Nixon look like a choir boy.”

But Jeffries also responded to a more fundamental challenged from Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow. “We don’t hate this president, but we love the Constitution, we love America, we love our democracy,” Jeffries said. “That’s why we’re here today. The question was asked by Mr. Sekulow as he opened before this distinguished body: ‘Why are we here?'”

“We are here, sir, because President Trump pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political and personal gain. We are here, sir, because President Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election and corrupted our democracy,” putting his personal interests over national security, then tried to cover it up, he added. “That is why we are here, Mr. Sekulow. If you don’t know, now you know.”

That last line was borrowed from rapper Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G. Not everyone in the room got the reference. “Apparently not a lot of Biggie fans in the U.S. Senate,” TalkingPointsMemo reporter Tierney Sneed tweeted. “I saw only Sens. [Brian] Schatz [D-Hawaii] and [Kirsten] …read more

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Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel dissect Trump’s impeachment defense, ‘all-star defense team’

Over the weekend, House impeachment managers laid out their case that President Trump was “the Framers’ worst nightmare” and should be removed from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Stephen Colbert said on Monday’s Late Show. “In response, the president’s lawyers say that abuse of power is not impeachable. Yes it is! It’s the most powerful job in the world! That’s why abuse of power is the thing a president is not supposed to do.”

“With his presidency on the line, Trump is turning to his favorite legal scholar: television,” Colbert said. Among the TV lawyers Trump hired is Alan Dershowitz, whose list of past clients is … notable. Colbert turned on his Trump voice: “Get me Dershowitz! I’m exactly as innocent as Jeffrey Epstein and O.J. Simpson — but Jared, just in case, gas up the Bronco.” Dershowitz is going on TV arguing Trump’s technically-it-wasn’t-a-crime impeachment defense, and Colbert played his exact opposite argument in Bill Clinton’s impeachment, plus a doozy of a Dershowtiz quote from Richard Nixon’s impeachment.

Trump’s “all-star defense team” does include Dershowitz, who’s past clients also include Claus von Bülow and Harvey Weinstein, “so he definitely has a type,” Jimmy Kimmel deadpanned at Kimmel Live. But “Trump summoned all the ghosts of impeachments past, including Kenneth Starr, who led the case against Clinton and was attacked for it by a number of high-profile people,” including Trump.

“Rudy Giuliani will not be on the Trump legal team, but he claims he wants to testify,” though “Senate Republicans don’t want any witnesses, and they’re limiting press access,” Kimmel said. “These guys really are something: They don’t want witnesses, they don’t want new evidence, they don’t want reporting, and they don’t want people …read more

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