President Dumbass just committed another impeachable offense in the middle of his impeachment hearings

Impeachment Corner!

Another day, another devastating piece of testimony for President Ding-Dong.

Sound on:

Today, former Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, is testifying in a public hearing about the circumstances behind her removal from office. And while I’m going to hold off discussing her hearing in any sort of detail until it’s over and done with, let me just say, so far she has been impressive and believable. You can read her opening statement here (and you should).

But if TL;DR, in her opening statement and in the early questioning: She discussed her own personal service in the State Department, the Russian attacks on Ukraine, how corruption in other countries, namely Ukraine, are a national security threat to the United States, and how her removal from office is a “playbook” for how to undermine U.S. policy. She also discussed the sacrifices State Department employees make for their jobs, how non-partisan they are expected to be, and how because she, on behalf of the national security interests of the United States was working to root out corruption in the Ukrainian government, she was maligned by right-wing voices including the son of the President of the United States, not defended by Mike Pompeo’s State Department, removed from her position, and threatened by the most powerful man on earth.

And so of course, President Panic Mode, in the middle of Yovanovitch’s testimony about how she felt intimidated by him, tweeted the following expressly to intimidate her:

Yeah … so that could be considered witness tampering, a point that Representative Adam Schiff made in the middle of the hearings:

In the hearing room, Schiff informed Yovanovitch the president had been tweeting about her, even as she spoke, and said he wished to give her an opportunity to respond.

She at first appeared taken aback. Schiff began to read aloud. A small smile crept onto Yovanovitch’s face, as she heard the president had blamed her for troubles in war-torn Somalia.

“I don’t think I have such powers,” she replied. “Not in Mogadishu, Somalia. Not in other places.”

She went on to say she believes she and other U.S. diplomats have made things “demonstrably better” in the nations where they have served, particularly in Ukraine, which she said has made strides in strengthening democratic institutions in recent years.

But, she testified, the president’s attacks carried weight.

“It’s very intimidating,” she said. “I can’t speak to what the president is trying to do. But I think the effect is to be intimidating.”

Even Fox News was appalled:

From the horse’s mouth:

I mean, holy shit, you guys. Fire up the Impeachment Articles machine, Schiff, we got ourselves another one.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to waggle a shiny object to distract everyone from Yovanovitch’s testimony, President Twitter Thumbs tweeted out the transcript of the first conversation he had with newly elected Ukrainian President Zelensky. They talked about the Miss Universe Pageant and Ukrainian food:

By the way, the transcript conflicts with the White House’s readout of the call which was released at the time:

In the readout of the call, the White House wrote that Trump “expressed his commitment to work together with President-elect Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people to implement reforms that strengthen democracy, increase prosperity, and root out corruption.”

But nowhere in the rough transcript of the call released by the White House Friday morning did Trump mention corruption in their 16-minute conversation.

Fareed Zakaria’s show on CNN was apparently where President Zelensky was going to announce the investigation into the Bidens. That got scrapped when Congress got wind of the whistleblower’s report and the aid was immediately released, which belies the Republican’s argument that the aid was released without any investigations being announced or launched so NO HARM NO FOUL. OK.

But as for that other big story breaking today, which in theory doesn’t have anything to do with the impeachment hearings (but come on, y’all), is that steampunk comic book villain and President Future Felon’s longtime political advisor, Roger Stone, was just found guilty of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Mr. Stone, 67, was charged with lying to the House Intelligence Committee, trying to block the testimony of another potential witness and concealing reams of evidence from investigators. Prosecutors claimed he tried to thwart the committee’s work because the truth would have “looked terrible” for both the president and his campaign. He was found guilty of all seven counts he was charged with.

Oh, and did I mention that some of the testimony in this trial directly pointed to Candidate Election Thief knowing about the Russians hacking the DNC and dumping the emails on Wikileaks? You know, COLLUSION? Because that happened (and made at least one blogger you know who has felt like she has been gaslit for the past three+ years feel a little less crazy).

And so obviously, OBVIOUSLY! President IMPEACH ME ALREADY tweeted out a demand for his political enemies be rounded up and prosecuted:

Bless President Orange Shit Goblin’s diseased heart, he’s having a rough day.

In Other TV News

TV Guide has collected everything we know so far about American Horror Story, season 10.

Scream Queens’ second season was terrible and no one wants it back. GO MAKE FEUD 2, OR THE NEXT SEASON OF AMERICAN CRIME STORY, (either of which or both could be about this current administration, just spitballing here) (oh shit, something on this just broke, check out CASTING NEWS below) RYAN MURPHY, AND QUIT TRYING TO GIVE US CRAP NO ONE WANTS.

The Michael Jackson episode of The Simpsons is not available on Disney+. GEE, WHY NOT?

Netflix is going to update the documentary The Devil Next Door following the complaints from the prime minister of Poland. Netflix has said they will update the maps to make it more clear that the concentration camps were run by the Germans, not the Poles.

As y’all know, I’m not much of a sportsball fan, and I’m REALLY not a football fan. And what happened in last night’s game between the Steelers and the Browns is exhibit A in why. For those of you who are also not football fans, at the end of last night’s game, Browns defensive end (and former Texas Aggie) Myles Garrett tore the helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and then CLOCKED HIM IN THE HEAD WITH IT. All hell broke loose, then, with Steelers Maurkice Pouncey kicking and punching Garrett. Pouncey, Garrett and Cleveland’s Larry Ogunjobi were all ejected from the game. Look, I know people will be punished, Garrett most of all, but it’s this kind of senseless violence that makes me recoil from the game. Also, and this is pure speculation, obviously I do not know that Garrett has CTE, but the kind of brain damage this game inflicts on the players leads exactly to this kind of behavior.

I DISAPPROVE.

Cancellations

  • Goliath will end after the upcoming fourth season on Amazon.

In Development

Casting News

  • Clive Owen is going to be Bill Clinton in American Crime Story: Impeachment, which I had COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN ABOUT.
  • Tye Sheridan is going to star in the Quibi thriller Wireless.
  • Gary Oldman will join Slow Horses on Netflix.
  • Austin Stowell is joining The Old Man on Hulu.
  • Jay Ali is joining Carnival Row on Amazon.

Mark Your Calendar

  • 6 Underground will debut on Netflix on December 13, and I hate Michael Bay but I’d be lying if I said this didn’t look like fun:
  • Sugar Rush Christmas will debut on Netflix on November 29.

R.I.P.

Branko Lustig, Producer of a number of films, including Schindler’s List, Gladiator, and Hannibal

Lawrence G. Paull, Oscar-nominated production designer on Blade Runner, among many other films

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

IMPEACHMENT TESTIMONY: Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted Ukrainian ambassador, is next up. CPSAN, CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, CBS (others, certainly — but not yet announced as of this writing)

Dollface: Kat Dennings is a young woman who, after being dumped by her boyfriend, has to re-enter the world fo female friendships. Series premiere. Hulu

The Man in the High Castle: Final season premiere. Amazon

I’m With the Band: Nasty Cherry: A documentary following Charli XCX’s all-girl rock band. Netflix

Earthquake Bird: A love triangle leads to a young ex-pat being suspected of killing her best friend in this new film. Netflix

SATURDAY

Saturday Night Live: Harry Styles is the host and musical guest. 10:30 p.m., NBC

Little: black-ish‘s Marsai Martin is officially the youngest film producer ever, thanks to this “Freaky Friday”-esque movie. 7 p.m., HBO

SUNDAY

The Crown: Here comes the amazing Olivia Coleman to play middle-aged Queen Elizabeth. Season premiere. Netflix

Ray Donovan: Ray and his family are implicated in the murder of a cop in the seventh season premiere. 7 p.m., Showtime

Watchmen: Looking Glass origin story alert. 8 p.m., HBO

Last Week Tonight: John Oliver is leaving us for a few months. HE BETTER HURRY BACK. Season finale. 10 p.m., HBO

The Walking Dead: “Open Your Eyes.” 8 p.m., AMC

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Celine Dion, Tig Notaro, Colin O’Brady, Shin Lim
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): David Harbour, Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit
  • Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): BravoCon Special

 

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