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Biden: Trump’s actions against me ‘impeachable,’ but my job is to ‘beat him’

Westlake Legal Group joe-biden-blood-eye-CNN Biden: Trump's actions against me 'impeachable,' but my job is to 'beat him' Joseph Wulfsohn fox-news/world/conflicts/ukraine fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/person/joe-biden fox-news/person/jimmy-kimmel fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/entertainment/politics-on-late-night fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 1a581254-5009-5ce6-b7c8-4fb14cbd661f

Former Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday night that it’s “awful hard” to not view President Trump‘s actions with Ukraine as “impeachable” and that he will continue to focus on “beating him” in 2020.

Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Biden began by rating the “outlandish news cycle” with an “18 out of 10” and calling the controversy surrounding Trump’s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “bizarre.”

“Rudy Giuliani is a great character witness the president has,” Biden joked.

Biden told ABC host Jimmy Kimmel that there’s “not one single, solitary, legitimate journalist in the world” that has given credibility to Trump’s accusations and expressed that he’s “worried about all the families that can’t take care of themselves.”

“Look, we want to get his attention. I have 70 polls in a row showing me beating him, and that all of sudden gets his attention,” Biden said. “And so I think that’s why I’m the object of his attention.”

CNN’S CHRIS CUOMO ADMITS BIDEN ‘ABSOLUTELY’ ENGAGED IN QUID PRO QUO WITH UKRAINE, BUT NOT FOR ‘PERSONAL ADVANTAGE’

The 2020 frontrunner offered a reaction to the newly-released transcript of Trump’s conversation with Zelensky, calling the president wanting the Department of Justice involved a “blatant abuse of power.”

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“Do you think it is an impeachable- this particular instance, is an impeachable offense?” Kimmel asked.

“Based on the material that they acknowledged today, it seems to me that it’s awful hard to avoid the conclusion that it is an impeachable offense and a violation of constitutional responsibility,” Biden responded. “But look, I am confident in the ability of the House and Senate to deal with this. My job is to go out and flat-beat him.”

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Ingraham: Democrats ‘possessed with anti Trump rage’

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Laura Ingraham defended President Trump Wednesday against allegations by Democrats that he was shaking down Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

“There is not a single person in Washington with any experience in government, not one, who really believes the president was trying to use the Ukrainian government to rig the 2020 election,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle.” “I don’t see how anyone in his or her right mind could legitimately say there’s an impeachable offense in this transcript, in the conversation.”

UKRAINE TRANSCRIPT SHOWS TRUMP SOUGHT BIDEN PROBE, ASKED ABOUT DNC SERVER — BUT MADE NO MENTION OF US AID

The Trump Administration released a transcript of the president’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showing he sought a review of Biden family dealings in the country — but the document does not show Trump explicitly leveraging military aid as part of a quid pro quo.

Ingraham argued that Democrats “overplayed” the situation.

“I think it’s pretty obvious that the Democrats overplayed their hand big time,” Ingraham said. “They base their impeachment move on a whistleblower who didn’t even hear the conversation and who grossly exaggerated what happened in it.”

The host compared all Democrats to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., saying there were no “moderates left in the Democrat Party.”

Ingraham also said Democrats were “possessed” with “anti-Trump rage.”

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“They are infuriated that Mueller let them down, that Trump has beaten them pretty much at every turn. They’re obsessed with punishing him and anyone who works for him,” Ingraham said.

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AOC dismisses polls showing disapproval of impeachment, suggests Dems should be willing to lose reelection

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., argued on Wednesday night that Congress should pursue the impeachment of President Trump despite its unpopularity among voters and “put our country first” before their jobs.

“I personally do not believe in fulfilling my obligations to my job based on polling data,” Ocasio-Cortez said on CNN. “I think we need to do our job and we’ve been elected and sent here by the people of the United States of America to fulfill all of our obligations under the Constitution of the United States.”

The freshman congresswoman stressed that the polling on impeachment took place before what she described as a “really shattering allegation” that Trump attempted to leverage foreign aid to Ukraine in order to renew an investigation into former Vice President and 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. She also noted that the new revelations about Trump’s contacts with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has “united almost the entire Democratic caucus.”

“I think the ground has shifted. I don’t believe in making decisions based on polling,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I believe in our ability to organize the public, to educate the public, to talk to the public about why not just we as members of Congress much impeach the president but why all people in the United States of America must recognize and understand that need to put our country first before our consideration of reelection. And that goes for members of Congress all the way up to the president of the United States.”

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On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced a formal impeachment inquiry, saying “the president must be held accountable” for his “betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and the betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”

Invoking the “darkest days of the American Revolution,” Pelosi called on lawmakers to honor their constitutional oath to protect the country “from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

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“This week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically,” Pelosi said. “Therefore, today, I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. I’m directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella.”

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FBI investigates possible $300G heist at New York City’s JFK airport

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Authorities in New York on Wednesday investigated the possible heist of $300,000 that was supposed to be shipped on a flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Florida, according to a report.

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Two law enforcement officials told WNBC that the missing $300,000 was supposed to arrive at the airport as part of a larger delivery from an armored car company. Officials said it is too early to determine if $300,000 in cash was removed from the shipment before it arrived at the airport or if that amount was taken out at the airport after the delivery was made.   

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department and the FBI are investigating the possible heist, a police spokeswoman told the station.

In 1978, masked men infamously raided a Lufthansa Airlines cargo building at JFK and made out with $5 million in cash and almost $1 million worth of jewelry in one of the greatest heists in American history, according to History.com.

The crime was later linked to the Lucchese crime family, who had help from someone on the inside—a cargo worker familiar with large cash shipments coming into the airport on domestic and international flights left vulnerable to robbery while they sat waiting to be delivered to banks. Police often help monitor and escort large cash shipments coming in and out of JFK, according to the station.

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In 2003, masked gunman hijacked an armored vehicle at the airport with more than $2 million inside, WNBC reported.

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Hannity: ‘I worry about the future of this country and this republic’

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Sean Hannity blasted Democrats Wednesday for continuing to target President Trump over allegations involving a phone call with the president of Ukraine, calling their push for impeachment “B.S.”

“This is even a thousand and one times weaker than the Russia witch hunt,” Hannity said on his television show. “The Ukrainian witch hunt after days and days and days non-stop psychotic hysteria out [of] a phone call between President Trump the president of Ukraine.”

WATCH: PELOSI ADMITS SHE HASN’T READ THE UKRAINE TRANSCRIPT

The White House on Wednesday released a transcript of Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showing he sought a review of Biden family dealings in the country — but the document does not show Trump explicitly leveraging military aid as part of a quid pro quo, as Democrats have suggested in pressing forward with an impeachment probe.

Hannity said that Trump continues to have people within the system working against him.

“The president of the United States can’t make a phone call to a foreign leader without getting spied on and stabbed in the back by unelected bureaucrats,” Hannity said. “People weaponizing the powerful tools of intelligence and turning it on the American people and their president.”

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The host also confessed he’s worried about the country’s future.

“I worry about the future of this country and this republic. ‘It’s a republic if you can keep it,’ Ben Franklin said,” Hannity said. “I’m beginning to wonder if we can keep it under these conditions.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo admits Biden ‘absolutely’ engaged in quid pro quo with Ukraine, but not for ‘personal advantage’

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo made a rare admission on Wednesday night that former Vice President Joe Biden “absolutely” engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine, but insisted it wasn’t for “personal advantage.”

During a fiery debate with President Trump‘s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, Cuomo argued that a quid pro quo wasn’t “necessary for an abuse of power.”

“This isn’t about the law, this is about finding something worthy of impeachment or not,” Cuomo told Sekulow. “Something can be wrong, but not a felony… An abuse of power can be wrong but not a felony.”

The “Cuomo Prime Time” anchor then asked Trump’s attorney if he thought it was “okay” for the president to ask Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “help him with a political opponent.”

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“That’s not what the president said in the transcript and you’ve read it and you know that it’s not what the president said,” Sekulow responded. “And Joe Biden bragged on television that he gave a prosecutor in Ukraine to be fired in six hours or a billion dollars was going to be withheld. Do you think that’s a quid pro quo?”

“And think it’s absolutely a quid pro quo,” Cuomo conceded, “but it wasn’t done for personal advantage.”

“Oh, really?” Sekulow sarcastically reacted. “Chris, you know that’s not the case.”

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Earlier in the day, Cuomo’s daytime colleague Brooke Baldwin defended Biden, insisting Trump’s claims are “100 percent wrong” and “baseless.”

“There is no evidence of wrongdoing, including by Ukrainian prosecutors,” Baldwin said. “Joe Biden is indeed on tape talking about withholding aid because the U.S. and Western nations wanted a corrupt prosecutor out. In fact, the goal of Western nations at the time was to get prosecutors who would investigate corruption. So, first and foremost, those are the facts.”

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Democrats’ demand for Ukraine call transcript sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ former acting attorney general says

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Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker criticized what he called a “dangerous precedent” set by Democrats who demanded the release of a transcript of President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s new leader.

Whitaker, who served in the interim between former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and current officeholder William Barr, told Sean Hannity Wednesday on “Hannity” the release was precipitated by “false accusations by political opponents.”

“It makes it very difficult for the president of the United States to have a conversation about all the things that he needs to talk about under Article II with other world leaders to run the business of the United States of America,” he said.

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“This president will continue to advance American interests and have those conversations, but it does set a really dangerous precedent that these transcripts are going to have to ultimately be released because of false accusations by political opponents.”

To that effect, Hannity asked Whitaker whether he believed the transcripts revealed illicit activity on the part of Trump.

“Not only did I not see anything that was illegal, but the Department of Justice looked at this issue about this phone call and determined there was nothing that was illegal about this conversation and its not even close,” he said.

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Scrutiny of Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was sparked by an unidentified whistleblower, who reportedly accused the president of making a “promise” to a foreign leader.

“The phone call is kind of a world away from what we were told it was going to be,” Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce said earlier Wednesday on Fox Nation. “We were told it was a quid-pro-quo…but, in reality, it seems very different than that…We’re all kind of smiling here with some of these developments.”

Fox News’ Yael Halon contributed to this report.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: In Ukraine call, Trump apparently personally and directly committed a crime

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Last week, media outlets reported the existence of a whistleblower complaint filed with the inspector general of the intelligence community against President Trump. The IC encompasses all civilian and military employees and contractors who work for the federal government gathering domestic and foreign intelligence.

The inspector general — a position appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate — exists in all parts of the executive branch of the government, except for the White House, to examine and determine if officials are following the law.

A whistleblower refers to a person who works for the government and who believes that her or his colleagues and bosses are engaged in unconstitutional or unlawful or dangerous behavior. A federal statute expressly provides procedures for federal employees to follow in order to make known to an inspector general the potentially unlawful or dangerous behavior.

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In the case of the IC, since the subject of a whistleblower complaint can be so serious — often involving classified materials that affect national security — the rules provide for an immediate review of the complaint.

The complaint against Trump alleged that he offered a “promise” to a foreign head of state that was unlawful or threatening to national security. The IC inspector general — a Trump appointee — evaluated the complaint, interviewed the whistleblower, examined documents that the whistleblower provided and concluded that the complaint was “urgent and credible.”

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The complaint related that Trump held up military aid until the government of Ukraine opened a criminal investigation against the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading Democratic contender to oppose Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Can the president of the United States legally ask a foreign government to provide assistance to his reelection? In a word: No.

Here is the backstory.

After Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report of the relationship between the Trump campaign and Russian agents to the Department of Justice, and then testified about what he discovered, Trump claimed exoneration. Mueller’s report found some evidence of a conspiracy — numerous telephone calls meetings — between Trump’s campaign and Russian agents, but not enough to charge the crime of conspiracy to solicit foreign assistance in a domestic political campaign.

Mueller also found 10 instances in which Trump arguably committed the criminal offense of obstruction of justice by his personal efforts to derail the investigation into his conduct. Mueller did not seek an indictment of Trump for behavior that would have gotten any other person in America indicted because Mueller knew that his boss, Attorney General William Barr, who needed to sign off on such an indictment, would not do so.

Trump felt exonerated and emboldened. At the same time that the country was debating publicly what the Mueller report revealed about his behavior, the president instructed the Treasury Department to hold off on the licenses it had provisionally granted to American arms manufacturers to sell a quarter of a billion dollars in arms to Ukraine. He also instructed the State Department to hold off on the delivery of direct aid to Ukraine that Congress told him to deliver.

Also at the same time, he began his conversations with his Ukrainian counterpart, during which he urged a criminal investigation of the younger Biden, even though Biden’s commercial activities in Ukraine while his father was vice president have produced no credible evidence of criminal behavior.

Yet, as if to flaunt the Mueller findings, Trump apparently personally and directly committed the crime for which he claimed Mueller exonerated him.

What was that crime? It was the attempt to solicit foreign assistance for his campaign. It was the manipulation of American foreign and military policy for a corrupt purpose. A corrupt purpose puts the president personally above the needs of the nation.

In short, the whistleblower alleges that Trump offered a bribe to his Ukrainian counterpart: Go after my likely opponent’s son and you will get the $390 million in military aid that we are holding up.

If demonstrable, this behavior is far worse than anything alleged or uncovered by Mueller. The acts of obstruction that Mueller found arguably constitute impeachable offenses. That’s because the constitutional language of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as one of the three bases for impeachment has been found by the House of Representatives, in three different generations, to include obstruction. Yet there is still wiggle room as to how much personal presidential obstruction and underlying criminality is needed to constitute an impeachable offense.

There is no such wiggle room for bribery. The Constitution is quite clear that “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” shall constitute a basis for impeachment.

Was Trump offering to bribe the Ukrainian president? The circumstantial evidence is “Yes.” We need to see the transcripts of the telephone conversations — the same transcripts that the IC whistleblower saw that induced a complaint, the same transcripts that the IC inspector general saw that caused his “urgent and credible” characterization, the same transcripts that the DOJ is sitting on.

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Did Trump — who knows his telephone conversations with foreign leaders are monitored — directly offer a bribe, or did he use the code words and phrases that one of his former lawyers has testified he often did?

Where does this leave us? We are at the precipice of a constitutional crisis. We have a president whose apparent corruption is palpable. We have a Constitution that prescribes a remedy. We have an attorney general who acts as if he were the president’s personal lawyer. We have Republicans in Congress who see and hear no evil from this president. And we have congressional Democrats hesitant to do their constitutional duty.

We have a mess.

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Whistleblower complaint on Ukraine call has been declassified, GOP lawmaker says

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Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart announced on Fox News’ “Ingraham Angle” and on social media late Wednesday that the explosive whistleblower complaint concerning President Trump’s July call with Ukraine’s leader has been declassified — and Stewart said that it doesn’t contain any damning information.

“I encourage you all to read it,” Stewart tweeted. The complaint was not immediately available to the public.

“It’s been declassified and it’s been released,” Stewart told anchor Laura Ingraham. “So it should be available for everyone to go and look at, and I encourage everyone to go and look at it.”  Stewart added that he has viewed the complaint, and was initially “anxious” before viewing the complaint, but now is “much more confident than I was this morning that this is going to go nowhere. … there are just no surprises there.”

The fact a document has been declassified does not mean it has been made public, but it does increase the likelihood of the document being released.

He continued, “The entirety of it is focused on this one thing, and that’s the transcript of one phone call, the transcript that was released this morning.”

Lawyers for the whistleblower – a member of the intelligence community – confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that the whistleblower wanted to testify before Congress and was waiting on possible guidance from acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, the lawyers said. Maguire is set to testify himself on Thursday.

Fox News is told there was serious conversation among lawmakers as to how far Maguire could go in an open session at the hearing tomorrow. One source tells Fox News they may have declassified the document so it could be discussed publicly during the hearing.

A bipartisan select group of intelligence committee lawmakers in the House and Senate, who have been demanding details of the whistleblower’s complaint, gained access to the document in a classified setting earlier Wednesday ahead of Maguire’s testimony.

The news came as President Trump has continued his push for transparency in the matter. Earlier in the day, the White House released a transcript of Trump’s July call with Zelensky, showing Trump sought a review of Biden family dealings in the country.

But the transcript also did not demonstrate that Trump leveraged military aid to Ukraine to obtain a “promise” on a Biden investigation, as a widely cited report in The Washington Post had claimed.

At the press conference, Trump specifically called attention to a little-discussed CNN report from May, which described how Democratic Sens. Robert Menendez, Dick Durbin, and Patrick Leahy pushed Ukraine’s top prosecutor not to close four investigations perceived as critical to then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — and, by Democrats’ current logic, seemingly implied that their support for U.S. aid to Ukraine was at stake.

“The Democrats have done what they’re accusing me of doing,” Trump said.

The Democratic senators wrote in a letter to Ukraine’s leader at the time: “In four short years, Ukraine has made significant progress in building [democratic] institutions despite ongoing military, economic, and political pressure from Moscow. We have supported [the] capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these [democratic] principles to avoid the ire of President Trump.”

The senators called for the top prosecutor to “reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.”

The Post’s Marc Thiessen initially flagged the letter on Tuesday, calling it evidence of a “double standard” among Democrats.

“Senator Chris Murphy literally threatened the president of Ukraine that if he doesn’t do things right, they won’t have Democrat support in Congress,” Trump added.

That was a reference to the Connecticut Democrat’s comments at a bipartisan meeting in Kiev earlier this month when Murphy called U.S. aid the “most important asset” of Ukraine — then issued a warning.

“I told Zelensky that he should not insert himself or his government into American politics,” Murphy said, according to The Hill. “I cautioned him that complying with the demands of the President’s campaign representatives to investigate a political rival of the President would gravely damage the U.S.-Ukraine relationship. There are few things that Republicans and Democrats agree on in Washington these days, and support for Ukraine is one of them.”

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Responding to Trump’s statements, Murphy said that “in the meeting Republican Senator Ron Johnson and I had with President Zelensky three weeks ago, I made it clear to him that Ukraine should not become involved in the 2020 election and that his government should communicate with the State Department, not the president’s campaign. I still believe this to be true.”

But in colorful language, Trump told reporters that the evidence clearly showed Democrats were disingenuously attacking him for political gain.

“We have the greatest economy we’ve ever had,” The president said. “When you see little [House Intelligence Committee Chair] Adam Schiff go out and lie and lie and stand at the mic, smart guy by the way. … Then he goes into a room with [House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry] Nadler, and they must laugh their asses off.”

Not all Democrats in the House have been on board with impeachment. 2020 presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said Wednesday that the Ukraine transcript did not present a “compelling” reason to impeach the president.

Taking the fight to the Democrats over the scores of Democrats who do support an impeachment inquiry could pay dividends for Republicans ahead of next year’s elections. The National Republican Congressional Committee indicated Wednesday that its fundraising was up 608 percent after Democrats’ impeachment push.

And the Trump reelection campaign and GOP announced they had raised a combined $5 million in just 24 hours.

Meanwhile, political scientist Ian Bremmer said the real scandal wasn’t Biden’s pressure to get rid of Shokin, but Hunter Biden’s lucrative business work in Ukraine.

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Hunter Biden took a key position at Burisma shortly after Joe Biden visited Ukraine in 2014 and pushed officials there to greatly increase natural gas production. Hunter made tens of thousands of dollars a month but had no relevant credentials.

“Impossible to justify $50k/month for Hunter Biden serving on a Ukrainian energy board w zero expertise unless he promised to sell access,” Bremmer wrote.

“That’s a problem for the Vice President, but completely unrelated to Biden urging Ukraine President to fire his Special Prosecutor,” Bremmer continued. “[The prosecutor] was corrupt, refused to investigate anyone, and who Dems and GOP agreed needed to go.”

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Texas investigator says Dallas off-duty officer didn’t commit crime in shooting that killed neighbor; jury not present

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The judge in the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor in his apartment blocked the lead investigator from telling jurors Wednesday that he didn’t think the shooting was a crime.

David Armstrong of the Texas Department of Public Safety testified for a second day in Amber Guyger’s murder trial, but jurors weren’t present when he shared his opinion that her actions were reasonable. Guyger has said she mistook Botham Jean’s apartment for her own.

“I believe that she did perceive him as a deadly threat,” Armstrong said while being questioned by the defense on the trial’s third day.

District Judge Tammy Kemp ruled that the jury couldn’t hear the Texas Ranger’s opinion of the reasonableness of Guyger’s actions. Last September, Armstrong signed an affidavit supporting Guyger’s arrest for manslaughter.

Guyger, 31, was off duty but in uniform when she shot Jean, 26, a native of the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia who worked as an accountant in Dallas. A grand jury later charged her with murder.

Prosecutors have said Guyger should have noticed she was on the wrong floor while Guyger’s attorneys have argued that she fired in self-defense based on the mistaken belief that Jean was a burglar.

She has said she parked on the fourth floor of the complex’s garage rather than the third floor, where she lived. She then went to Jean’s apartment — located directly above hers.

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His door wasn’t locked, defense attorneys say. Prosecutors say that when Guyger entered the apartment, the unarmed Jean was in his living room eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

In a frantic 911 call played in court Tuesday, Guyger, who was later fired from the force, says “I thought it was my apartment” nearly 20 times.

In the jury’s presence, Armstrong testified Wednesday that going to the wrong apartment was common at the complex, especially on Guyger’s and Jean’s floors. Armstrong, who also testified Tuesday, says that even he had trouble determining which floor he was on while investigating the shooting.

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“There were no clear obvious signs showing what level you were on,” he testified.

Testimony was initially delayed Wednesday after Kemp told attorneys a female juror had a “professional relationship” with Armstrong. The juror was questioned in private about the matter, and testimony soon continued.

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