web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > News Media (Page 48)

Trey Gowdy: Schiff had three months to build case against Trump but wants Senate to do it instead

Westlake Legal Group ENC3_132242116361110000 Trey Gowdy: Schiff had three months to build case against Trump but wants Senate to do it instead fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/south-carolina fox-news/shows/tucker-carlson-tonight fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate fox-news/politics/elections/house-of-representatives fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc Charles Creitz article 54d9794d-acf4-55f5-9eb4-1257eb80f2b3

Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Wednesday that House Oversight Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is trying to force the U.S. Senate to make the impeachment case he failed to build in the House.

Gowdy said on “The Story” that Schiff had the opportunity to go through the legal process and subpoena administration figures he considers “key” to the impeachment case — including former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

“It is tough and it is time-consuming to run real investigations,” Gowdy told host Martha MacCallum. “I got a lot of criticism for the two years I took trying to get documents and information from the Obama Administration, but unfortunately, that is the way the system works.”

Gowdy added that Schiff appears to hope the U.S. Senate is “dumb enough” to let him off the hook in that regard.

“What Schiff decided was: ‘I’m not going to call Bolton, I’m not going to call Mulvaney or Pompeo. I’m not even going to send a subpoena to them. I’m going to wait until it gets to the Senate and then if the Republican senators are dumb enough — and they’re not — but if they’re dumb enough to do what I would not do, we can all hear for the first time whatever this evidence is,” he said.

Gowdy also said that instead of building a comprehensive case with the witnesses and documents Democrats wanted, Schiff rushed his case along an “artificial timeline” that ended before Christmas.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

During his remarks on the Senate floor, Schiff claimed President Trump has acted in a way that the Founding Fathers had “feared,” and pressed for the Senate to consider all witnesses and documents he deems relevant. However, Schiff also has rejected calls by Republicans to subpoena Hunter Biden — who did business in Ukraine.

Gowdy added that Schiff’s actions — or inaction — may have intentionally left Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Martha McSally of Arizona facing “difficult votes” on calling the aforementioned witnesses, as their seats are in danger of flipping blue in November.

Westlake Legal Group ENC3_132242116361110000 Trey Gowdy: Schiff had three months to build case against Trump but wants Senate to do it instead fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/south-carolina fox-news/shows/tucker-carlson-tonight fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate fox-news/politics/elections/house-of-representatives fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc Charles Creitz article 54d9794d-acf4-55f5-9eb4-1257eb80f2b3   Westlake Legal Group ENC3_132242116361110000 Trey Gowdy: Schiff had three months to build case against Trump but wants Senate to do it instead fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/south-carolina fox-news/shows/tucker-carlson-tonight fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate fox-news/politics/elections/house-of-representatives fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc Charles Creitz article 54d9794d-acf4-55f5-9eb4-1257eb80f2b3

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

New Jersey Mandates Severance Pay For Workers Facing Mass Layoffs

Westlake Legal Group ap_18179467070993-776ea415a57db95e8a648f1bf4bf741850d6f86b-s1100-c15 New Jersey Mandates Severance Pay For Workers Facing Mass Layoffs

Prompted by layoffs of thousands of Toys R Us employees, New Jersey’s governor this week signed into law measures providing extra protections for workers. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

toggle caption

Julio Cortez/AP

Westlake Legal Group  New Jersey Mandates Severance Pay For Workers Facing Mass Layoffs

Prompted by layoffs of thousands of Toys R Us employees, New Jersey’s governor this week signed into law measures providing extra protections for workers.

Julio Cortez/AP

New Jersey became the first state in the country to enact a law that guarantees severance pay for mass layoffs, according to the bill’s sponsors this week.

The legislation, signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday, ensures that businesses with 100 or more full-time employees pay their workers one week of severance pay for every year of service whenever widespread downsizing or plant closures affecting 50 or more employees is on the horizon. The law also requires employers to give workers at least 90 days notice when such changes are imminent. That’s up from 60 days.

If companies fail to comply they will be required to add an extra four-week payout to an employee’s severance package.

“When these corporate takeover artists plunge the companies into bankruptcy they walk away with windfall profits and pay top executives huge bonuses, but the little guys get screwed,” Sen. Joe Cryan, a co-sponsor of the bill, wrote in a Facebook post.

The landmark legislation — S3170 — was prompted by the recent closure of several big name retail companies throughout the state over the last two years, including Toys R Us.

The company declared bankruptcy in 2017 after a private equity buyout left the company billions of dollars in debt. More than 30,000 workers were laid off nationwide — 2,000 of them in New Jersey, NJ.com reported. Initially, workers were told they would not be receiving any form of severance, but the toy store’s former employees organized with the help of United for Respect to demand some compensation.

Meanwhile, as NPR’s Amy Held reported, a bankruptcy judge granted the struggling retailer “permission to pay millions of dollars in bonuses to executives after the company argued it was necessary to motivate its top brass during the critical holiday shopping season.”

Eventually, the private equity firms, KKR and Bain Capital, capitulated to public pressure. The companies established a $20 million financial assistance fund for workers.

While it was a victory for some New Jersey workers in financial straits, United for Respect noted its effects were limited to a small subset of unemployed residents.

But with the new law, Cryan remarked all employees working for some of the state’s largest companies will have added protections.

“The law better protects the rights of the employees,” Cryan said. “Workers’ performance and workers’ dedication to the company were secondary. Now, they’ll be moved more to the forefront.”

Critics argue the new measures will deter companies from expanding or moving to New Jersey.

The law goes into effect in July.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

New Jersey Mandates Severance Pay For Workers Facing Mass Layoffs

Westlake Legal Group ap_18179467070993-776ea415a57db95e8a648f1bf4bf741850d6f86b-s1100-c15 New Jersey Mandates Severance Pay For Workers Facing Mass Layoffs

Prompted by layoffs of thousands of Toys R Us employees, New Jersey’s governor this week signed into law measures providing extra protections for workers. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

toggle caption

Julio Cortez/AP

Westlake Legal Group  New Jersey Mandates Severance Pay For Workers Facing Mass Layoffs

Prompted by layoffs of thousands of Toys R Us employees, New Jersey’s governor this week signed into law measures providing extra protections for workers.

Julio Cortez/AP

New Jersey became the first state in the country to enact a law that guarantees severance pay for mass layoffs, according to the bill’s sponsors this week.

The legislation, signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday, ensures that businesses with 100 or more full-time employees pay their workers one week of severance pay for every year of service whenever widespread downsizing or plant closures affecting 50 or more employees is on the horizon. The law also requires employers to give workers at least 90 days notice when such changes are imminent. That’s up from 60 days.

If companies fail to comply they will be required to add an extra four-week payout to an employee’s severance package.

“When these corporate takeover artists plunge the companies into bankruptcy they walk away with windfall profits and pay top executives huge bonuses, but the little guys get screwed,” Sen. Joe Cryan, a co-sponsor of the bill, wrote in a Facebook post.

The landmark legislation — S3170 — was prompted by the recent closure of several big name retail companies throughout the state over the last two years, including Toys R Us.

The company declared bankruptcy in 2017 after a private equity buyout left the company billions of dollars in debt. More than 30,000 workers were laid off nationwide — 2,000 of them in New Jersey, NJ.com reported. Initially, workers were told they would not be receiving any form of severance, but the toy store’s former employees organized with the help of United for Respect to demand some compensation.

Meanwhile, as NPR’s Amy Held reported, a bankruptcy judge granted the struggling retailer “permission to pay millions of dollars in bonuses to executives after the company argued it was necessary to motivate its top brass during the critical holiday shopping season.”

Eventually, the private equity firms, KKR and Bain Capital, capitulated to public pressure. The companies established a $20 million financial assistance fund for workers.

While it was a victory for some New Jersey workers in financial straits, United for Respect noted its effects were limited to a small subset of unemployed residents.

But with the new law, Cryan remarked all employees working for some of the state’s largest companies will have added protections.

“The law better protects the rights of the employees,” Cryan said. “Workers’ performance and workers’ dedication to the company were secondary. Now, they’ll be moved more to the forefront.”

Critics argue the new measures will deter companies from expanding or moving to New Jersey.

The law goes into effect in July.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Got Impeachment Trial Milk? These Senators Do

Westlake Legal Group ap_060614025843_custom-4c608bff281c69756db43b50fb418778a9f8047a-s1100-c15 Got Impeachment Trial Milk? These Senators Do

Then-Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt.; then-Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., drink glasses of milk in 1999. Senate rules during the impeachment trial of President Trump permit the consumption of milk on the chamber floor, a strange rule that has sparked a conversation on social media. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

toggle caption

Toby Talbot/AP

Westlake Legal Group  Got Impeachment Trial Milk? These Senators Do

Then-Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt.; then-Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., drink glasses of milk in 1999. Senate rules during the impeachment trial of President Trump permit the consumption of milk on the chamber floor, a strange rule that has sparked a conversation on social media.

Toby Talbot/AP

On Jan. 24, 1966, Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois was thirsty on the Senate floor.

So he put aside for a moment debate on labor law and asked the presiding officer of the chamber a question, his signature brawny bass voice amplifying its importance: Could he have a Senate page fetch him a generous helping of milk?

“Is it in violation of the Senate rules if the senator for Illinois asks one of the page boys to go to the restaurant and bring him a glass of milk?” Dirksen asked.

“There is nothing in the rules to prohibit the Senator from requesting a glass of milk,” replied the presiding officer.

A relieved Dirksen was appreciative, as “water becomes pretty thin after a period of time. My lunch today will be a tall glass of milk,” Dirksen said.

Thus enshrined the Senate rule: “Milk while speaking,” permitting the imbibing of the white stuff on the Senate floor.

As Democrats and Republicans bitterly fought over the rules that would govern the impeachment trial of President Trump, word escaped that just two beverages would allowed during the marathon chamber sessions: water and milk.

The nourishing revelation hearkened back to Dirksen’s historical milk moment, but also sent reporters’ social media accounts abuzz with witness accounts of U.S. senators taking gulps of milks while weighing the merit of high crimes and misdemeanors against the president of the United States.

The first sighting came when Tom Cotton of Arkansas was spied drinking a glass of milk. Then he was drank a second glass a milk. As speculation about his beverage mounted, Cotton himself confirmed the reports, using the opportunity to take a jab at lead impeachment manager, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

“It’s true, I had some milk with my chocolate,” Cotton tweeted. “I guess I could’ve added vodka & had a White Russian (minus the Kahlua). But @RepAdamSchiff probably would’ve accused me of collusion.”

Sen. Richard Burr reportedly followed suit. As did Sen. Ted Cruz.

Senatorial milk is not a freebie. Apparently, if a senator wants to indulge, they must provide it themselves. The Senate cloakroom provides only one beverage allowed on the Senate floor: water.

Another idiosyncratic Senate custom that the impeachment trial has brought back into the public’s consciousness is the designated candy drawer.

“I’m York Peppermint Patty guy. That’s always been my favorite,” former Sen. Rick Santorum told NPR. He ran the candy drawer during then-President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the 1999.

“It’s actually a very important part of keeping senators awake during these long hours of testimony. Having a little energy boost as you’re sitting there at the desk is sometimes a good thing,” Santorum said.

While a spokeswoman for Cotton confirmed to NPR that the senator’s milk chugs were a nice way to wash down the candy drawer’s plentiful chocolate, any milk drinking spectacles during Trump’s impeachment trial may never reach dramatic heights achieved by Wisconsin Sen. Robert La Follette in 1908.

Around 1 a.m., La Follette knocked back a glass of eggnog, which tasted off to him, so he pushed it aside.

Iron-willed, La Follette pushed through an 18 hour and 23 minute filibuster, a single-speech duration record that took half a century to topple.

When La Follette’s eggnog was examined, it was revealed that the mixture contained enough toxic bacteria to be lethal.

“Who had a motive to poison the senator? Perhaps the kitchen staff — or, at least half the Senate,” jokes the U.S. Senate’s Historical Office, noting that the chamber’s interior could reach temperatures around 90 degrees back then.

“Most likely, however, the culprit was the searing heat that, until the 1950s, usually guaranteed senators the summer away from Washington.”

The deadly souring of milk should be averted by the cloakroom refrigerator, which Cruz’s chief of staff confirms, keeps impeachment milk nice and cool.

NPR’s Sam Gringlas contributed to this report.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Stuck in the Senate as Their 2020 Rivals Have Iowa to Themselves

Westlake Legal Group 22candidates-impeachment1-facebookJumbo Stuck in the Senate as Their 2020 Rivals Have Iowa to Themselves Warren, Elizabeth Sanders, Bernard Presidential Election of 2020 Klobuchar, Amy impeachment Buttigieg, Pete (1982- ) Biden, Joseph R Jr

WASHINGTON — Hours into the first long night of President Trump’s impeachment trial on Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont kept checking his watch. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts sipped hot water — one of two drinks allowed in the chamber — to warm up. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota jotted down notes. And Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado stood and listened.

Around the same time, more than 1,000 miles west at a community college in Fort Dodge, Iowa, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was warning an audience about the divided nation that the next president would inherit.

And at a veterans hall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., was coming out swinging against Mr. Trump, prompting 1,200 voters to chant “Pete! Pete!”

“Wouldn’t it be nice to put the tweets behind us?” Mr. Buttigieg said.

Something extraordinary is happening to the Democratic presidential primary: An intensely competitive race has been thrown into a state of semi-suspended animation less than two weeks before caucusing begins. Three candidates who have a shot at breakout performances in Iowa on Feb. 3, Ms. Warren, Mr. Sanders and Ms. Klobuchar, are suddenly stuck at the Senate impeachment trial in Washington, while their rivals have the campaign trail largely to themselves.

Normally the final two weeks before the caucuses are a frenetic blitz of four to six events a day for each candidate, barreling from the Mississippi River in the east to the Missouri River in the west. Instead, Ms. Warren, Mr. Sanders and Ms. Klobuchar — as well as Mr. Bennet, who is averaging less than 1 percent in Iowa polls — are in their Senate seats for many hours on end, operating under a vow of near-silence, unable to see and be seen by the hundreds of voters they would normally be courting from morning to night.

They are putting their campaign needs in the hands of their young field organizers, who are knocking doors in subfreezing temperatures in Iowa, and political surrogates who are standing in for them at events. Among those on deck are Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York for Mr. Sanders; former Secretary Julián Castro, his twin brother, Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas, and the actress and activist Ashley Judd for Ms. Warren; and Phill Drobnick, a Minnesotan who coached the Olympic gold medal-winning men’s curling team in 2018, for Ms. Klobuchar.

Winning Iowa usually depends on candidates making strong closing arguments and sealing the deal in person with undecided caucusgoers. But the senators are counting on their political organizations and their weekend fly-ins when the trial is adjourned to carry the day.

Mr. Biden and Mr. Buttigieg have wasted no time angling for an advantage, traveling across Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday as the trial was getting underway, and making plans to devote precious time to campaigning later this week in New Hampshire and South Carolina, respectively. Candidates normally would never leave Iowa at this late stage, but Mr. Biden and Mr. Buttigieg don’t have to worry about Ms. Warren or Mr. Sanders, their chief rivals, fighting for caucus votes on the ground.

“Tomorrow I will be in an impeachment trial,” Mr. Sanders told supporters Monday night in Des Moines. “How long it lasts? Honestly don’t know. I am not going to be able to be here as much as I would like. So you guys are going to have to carry the ball.”

In Iowa, several voters said it wasn’t fair to judge the candidates based on whether or not they were present in the state.

As she waited to hear from Mr. Biden on Tuesday evening, Pam Rose, 65, of Fort Dodge, said that it was “unfortunate” that the senators had to be off the trail, but stressed that she did not hold it against them.

“Their job is important,” she said. “It’s not fair to ask if Joe has an advantage if he’s not in Washington.”

On Wednesday, as the senators arrived at the Capitol for party lunch meetings before the trial started up again, Mr. Buttigieg was in Dubuque, comforting a woman seeking laws to speed the development of experimental drugs to treat her A.L.S.

Speaking before an audience of hundreds, he seemed to go out of his way to describe the time he has spent in Iowa, citing voter after voter he has encountered in the state in the past year — perhaps a pointed reminder that several of his rivals were absent.

When asked about climate change, he recalled a visit to a tiny town in the western part of the state. “I’m thinking about a kid in Shenandoah who raised his hand and asked me how farm families could be part of the solution,” he said.

A little later, as senators were preparing for another marathon session, Mr. Biden reminded voters in Mason City of the great responsibility they had as residents of the leadoff caucus state, before hitting back at a reporter who had pressed him on his tensions with Mr. Sanders.

Mr. Biden, a former six–term senator and decades-long evangelist for the chamber, did not seem upset to be missing the historic trial. In fact, he barely tuned in.

“I didn’t get to see it all because I was out here campaigning in Iowa, doing town meetings,” he said in a television interview Wednesday morning. “But what I saw the reruns of, it was — I have a great respect and reverence for the Senate, for real. And I was embarrassed for the institution.”

No one knows how long the trial will last. Could it conclude before the caucuses? Perhaps. Or, as some campaign staff members argue, their voices tinged with a touch of wistfulness, Republicans could vote to end proceedings at any moment.

The uncertainty has led to some flexible scheduling. Ms. Warren plans to travel along the eastern border of Iowa for a series of town halls on Saturday. Or not, if the Senate has other plans. Schedules for Ms. Klobuchar and Mr. Sanders remain even more uncertain, their aides say.

But the candidates are pursuing creative solutions to make up for their absence. Ms. Klobuchar spent her morning in a television studio in Washington, beaming into local stations in Iowa and New Hampshire for interviews that would air while she was in the chamber, and rushed out for a cable interview in the afternoon, during a break in the proceedings. Her daughter took over her Twitter account to detail her own travels across Iowa.

Mark Oehlert, a retired Lutheran pastor who came to hear Mr. Buttigieg speak on Wednesday afternoon, said he was glad Democratic senators were fulfilling their constitutional duty.

“They’re doing what they’re supposed to do,” he said, adding, “I hope that people look more broadly” than who would gain a political edge in Iowa during the Senate trial.

“We want them in the trenches,” Nancy Oehlert, his wife, said, hoping for — though not expecting — a conviction of Mr. Trump in the Senate.

Strict Senate rules, dating back decades, complicate the workings of modern campaigns responding to rapidly changing news cycles. Official decorum guidelines circulated last week banned cellphones and urged senators to “refrain from speaking” with their colleagues during the trial. No food is permitted and only two beverages, water and milk, are allowed. Communication with the outside world happens through notes ferried out of the chamber by Senate pages. When Hillary Clinton assailed Mr. Sanders in an interview published on Tuesday, his team struggled to confirm details about their relationship, saying the senator was difficult to reach.

Walking back into the Capitol on Wednesday morning, Ms. Warren dismissed concerns that her time in Washington could cost her ground in the primary contest. “Some things are more important than politics,” she said.

Aides to Ms. Warren said she had left the Capitol at 2 a.m., after spending the previous twelve hours in near silence, with short breaks to check her phone and grab some salad in the Senate cloakroom with her colleagues. (She passed on the pizza, they reported.)

In Iowa, Mr. Buttigieg’s day ended around 10 p.m., when he met a friend for dinner Tuesday evening before retiring to his hotel. Over the course of nearly 12 hours, his campaign said, he’d addressed nearly 1,800 voters.

Trip Gabriel contributed reporting from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Katie Glueck from Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Emily Cochrane from Washington.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin fawns over Schiff’s ‘dazzling’ performance during Senate impeachment trial

Westlake Legal Group Jeffrey-Toobin-CNN CNN's Jeffrey Toobin fawns over Schiff's 'dazzling' performance during Senate impeachment trial Joseph Wulfsohn fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox news fnc/media fnc article 120d4424-92ca-5834-9238-b0ef53b16e9a

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin continued to gush over House Intelligence Committee chairman and leading House impeachment manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for his “dazzling” performance during the opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.

Toobin was asked on Wednesday to weigh in on Schiff’s “presentation” during the second official day of the impeachment trial, something he suggested was one of the greatest he had seen.

“I thought it was dazzling,” Toobin began. “I thought the way he wove through both the facts of the case and the historical context was really remarkable. It was the second-best courtroom address — since it’s like a courtroom, that I ever heard.”

CNN’S JEFFREY TOOBIN PRAISES SCHIFF, DEMS: ‘I DON’T WANT TO SOUND LIKE A PARTISAN,’ BUT THEY’VE BEEN ‘SO MUCH BETTER’

He continued: “When you consider the volume of information he covered using the video… the witness testimony, the documents, it’s very persuasive stuff. And, you know, if people are listening, it’s very hard to imagine that they will think that the Democrats and the House managers are just making this up.”

“I mean, the argument that the president extorted or bribed or whatever criminal term you want to use [to get] the president of Ukraine to get his political dirt on Joe Biden in return for the $390 million of taxpayer money, I mean, it’s there if you want to see it, and the question is if you want to see it,” Toobin said.

The CNN analyst had also showered Shiff and Democrats with praise on Tuesday.

“You know, I don’t want to sound like a partisan, but the Democrats have been so much better, it’s not even a close comparison as far as I can tell,” Toobin had said. “Adam Schiff knows the facts. That is something that you can’t fake. A lot of what he’s doing is off the cuff. It’s responding to the arguments. Most of the lawyers have just been reading, reading presentations.”

He added: “I think Adam Schiff is just in charge — he’s acting like a lead prosecutor.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

While Schiff may have dazzled CNN personalities, he struggled to keep lawmakers’ attention toward the end of his opening argument. There were roughly 15 open chairs from GOP senators who had left their desks during the final stretch of Schiff’s speech. There were additional — albeit fewer — absences on the other side of the aisle, as several Democrats resorted to stretching their legs and leaving their seats, as well.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report. 

Westlake Legal Group Jeffrey-Toobin-CNN CNN's Jeffrey Toobin fawns over Schiff's 'dazzling' performance during Senate impeachment trial Joseph Wulfsohn fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox news fnc/media fnc article 120d4424-92ca-5834-9238-b0ef53b16e9a   Westlake Legal Group Jeffrey-Toobin-CNN CNN's Jeffrey Toobin fawns over Schiff's 'dazzling' performance during Senate impeachment trial Joseph Wulfsohn fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox news fnc/media fnc article 120d4424-92ca-5834-9238-b0ef53b16e9a

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin fawns over Schiff’s ‘dazzling’ performance during Senate impeachment trial

Westlake Legal Group Jeffrey-Toobin-CNN CNN's Jeffrey Toobin fawns over Schiff's 'dazzling' performance during Senate impeachment trial Joseph Wulfsohn fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox news fnc/media fnc article 120d4424-92ca-5834-9238-b0ef53b16e9a

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin continued to gush over House Intelligence Committee chairman and leading House impeachment manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for his “dazzling” performance during the opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.

Toobin was asked on Wednesday to weigh in on Schiff’s “presentation” during the second official day of the impeachment trial, something he suggested was one of the greatest he had seen.

“I thought it was dazzling,” Toobin began. “I thought the way he wove through both the facts of the case and the historical context was really remarkable. It was the second-best courtroom address — since it’s like a courtroom, that I ever heard.”

CNN’S JEFFREY TOOBIN PRAISES SCHIFF, DEMS: ‘I DON’T WANT TO SOUND LIKE A PARTISAN,’ BUT THEY’VE BEEN ‘SO MUCH BETTER’

He continued: “When you consider the volume of information he covered using the video… the witness testimony, the documents, it’s very persuasive stuff. And, you know, if people are listening, it’s very hard to imagine that they will think that the Democrats and the House managers are just making this up.”

“I mean, the argument that the president extorted or bribed or whatever criminal term you want to use [to get] the president of Ukraine to get his political dirt on Joe Biden in return for the $390 million of taxpayer money, I mean, it’s there if you want to see it, and the question is if you want to see it,” Toobin said.

The CNN analyst had also showered Shiff and Democrats with praise on Tuesday.

“You know, I don’t want to sound like a partisan, but the Democrats have been so much better, it’s not even a close comparison as far as I can tell,” Toobin had said. “Adam Schiff knows the facts. That is something that you can’t fake. A lot of what he’s doing is off the cuff. It’s responding to the arguments. Most of the lawyers have just been reading, reading presentations.”

He added: “I think Adam Schiff is just in charge — he’s acting like a lead prosecutor.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

While Schiff may have dazzled CNN personalities, he struggled to keep lawmakers’ attention toward the end of his opening argument. There were roughly 15 open chairs from GOP senators who had left their desks during the final stretch of Schiff’s speech. There were additional — albeit fewer — absences on the other side of the aisle, as several Democrats resorted to stretching their legs and leaving their seats, as well.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report. 

Westlake Legal Group Jeffrey-Toobin-CNN CNN's Jeffrey Toobin fawns over Schiff's 'dazzling' performance during Senate impeachment trial Joseph Wulfsohn fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox news fnc/media fnc article 120d4424-92ca-5834-9238-b0ef53b16e9a   Westlake Legal Group Jeffrey-Toobin-CNN CNN's Jeffrey Toobin fawns over Schiff's 'dazzling' performance during Senate impeachment trial Joseph Wulfsohn fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox news fnc/media fnc article 120d4424-92ca-5834-9238-b0ef53b16e9a

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked

SAN FRANCISCO — On the afternoon of May 1, 2018, Jeff Bezos received a message on WhatsApp from an account belonging to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The two men had previously communicated using the messaging platform, but Mr. Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, had not expected a message that day — let alone one with a video of Saudi and Swedish flags with Arabic text.

The video, a file of more than 4.4 megabytes, was more than it appeared, according to a forensic analysis that Mr. Bezos commissioned and paid for to discover who had hacked his iPhone X. Hidden in that file was a separate bit of code that most likely implanted malware that gave attackers access to Mr. Bezos’ entire phone, including his photos and private communications.

Mr. Bezos has been on a singular quest to find out who penetrated the device since early 2019, when he said The National Enquirer’s parent company had threatened to release private photographs and texts, and the forensic study was part of that effort. Those pictures and messages showed Mr. Bezos, who was married at the time, with another woman, Lauren Sanchez. The analysis did not connect the hack to The Enquirer.

The forensic report on Mr. Bezos’ phone was at the heart of a United Nations statement on Wednesday raising concerns about Prince Mohammed. The analysis essentially accused the Saudi prince of using malware created by a private cybersecurity company to spy on and to intimidate Mr. Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. At the time of the hack, Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi writer, was employed at The Post, which has published coverage critical of the Saudi government. Mr. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in late 2018.

Many technical mysteries remain about the infiltration of Mr. Bezos’ phone, including what type of malware was used. The forensic report did not detail whether Mr. Bezos had opened the file that was sent to him via Crown Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account. Cybersecurity experts said some malware did not require anyone to click on the file for it to install on a phone.

The details of the hack could not be independently verified by The New York Times. Mr. Bezos has been pushing a theory of Saudi involvement with the threats from The Enquirer, without providing proof, since early 2019. The Enquirer’s parent company has said Ms. Sanchez’s brother, Michael, was the sole source of the texts and intimate photos it acquired.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington has said that accusations that the kingdom was involved in hacking Mr. Bezos’ phone were “absurd.

The report’s conclusions renew questions about the shadowy world of private hackers for hire. For the right client, or the right sum, such hackers apparently infiltrated the phone of one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men. The report did not say which private cybersecurity company was used, but suggested that the Tel Aviv-based NSO Group and Milan-based Hacking Team had the capabilities for such an attack.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589126_eff65b38-30ad-4782-9ce7-6665e1a336e8-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

Some of the texts that Mr. Bezos exchanged with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on WhatsApp.Credit…via FTI

The hack also exposed how popular messaging platforms like WhatsApp have vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit. In October, WhatsApp sued the NSO Group in federal court, claiming that NSO’s spy technology was used on its service to target journalists and human rights activists. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has patched the flaw that the malware used.

“This case really highlights the threats that are posed by a lawless and unaccountable private surveillance industry,” said David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur who was a co-author of Wednesday’s statement. “The companies who are creating these tools are extremely crafty and aggressive, and it’s a cat-and-mouse game at this point.”

NSO said it was not involved in any hack of Mr. Bezos’ phone. Hacking Team did not respond to a request for comment. WhatsApp declined to comment, as did FTI Consulting, the company that Mr. Bezos’ security team hired to examine his phone and that wrote the forensic analysis. Amazon declined to comment on behalf of Mr. Bezos.

Malware that was created for the explicit purpose of prying into private online communications, also known as spyware, has become a $1 billion industry. While companies like the NSO Group and Hacking Team have been accused of deploying their spyware with governments to monitor dissidents and others, smaller companies also sell simpler versions of the software for as little as $10, allowing people to snoop on their spouses or children.

Ron Deibert, the director of Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, which was not involved in the Bezos investigation, said the Amazon chief’s situation was “a reminder that the proliferation of commercial spyware is a global security problem for all sectors, from government and businesses to civil society.”

Over the years that he has run Amazon, Mr. Bezos has largely kept private. That changed when The National Enquirer published photos and messages last year between him and Ms. Sanchez, a TV anchor. Mr. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, later got a divorce.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589129_4ca70071-cec4-47aa-8c76-ca5cabb20b63-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

The WhatsApp message that contained a video file sent to Mr. Bezos from the account of Prince Mohammed. The file contained malware, investigators said in a forensic analysis.Credit…via FTI

On Feb. 7, 2019, Mr. Bezos went public with his claims. In a post on Medium, he accused The Enquirer of trying to blackmail him with his own text messages and photos and said he had asked Gavin de Becker, a private investigator, to determine how his phone had been hacked.

Ten days later, Mr. de Becker was advised by a “leading intelligence expert” to conduct a forensic analysis of Mr. Bezos’ iPhone and to look for Saudi fingerprints in the hack, according to notes in the report. The report did not identify the intelligence expert who reached out to Mr. de Becker.

Mr. de Becker, who declined to comment, hired FTI Consulting on Feb. 24, 2019, to examine Mr. Bezos’ phone. FTI was initially asked to look into several text messages that Mr. Bezos had received from the WhatsApp account of the Saudi prince. In mid-May 2019, Mr. Bezos handed over his iPhone X and asked FTI to run a full analysis on it, according to the report.

FTI zeroed in on an April 2018 dinner in which Prince Mohammed and Mr. Bezos had exchanged phone numbers in Los Angeles. After that, FTI found, the WhatsApp account of the prince initiated contact with Mr. Bezos repeatedly and without prompting.

The May 2018 message that contained the innocuous-seeming video file, with a tiny 14-byte chunk of malicious code, came out of the blue, according to the report and additional notes obtained by The New York Times. In the 24 hours after it was sent, Mr. Bezos’ iPhone began sending large amounts of data, which increased approximately 29,000 percent over his normal data usage.

In the additional notes to the report, investigators said several phone apps were being used during the time that data was leaving the phone. Those included the Safari web browser and the Apple Mail program, both of which Mr. Bezos did not appear to be using heavily himself. Mr. Bezos did not have iCloud backup enabled on the phone, the notes added, which would have also explained large amounts of data leaving the phone.

Messages sent by Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account starting in late 2018 soon began to suggest that the sender had intimate knowledge of Mr. Bezos’ private life. On Nov. 8, 2018, the report said, Mr. Bezos received a message from the account that included a photo of a woman resembling Ms. Sanchez.

The photo was captioned, “Arguing with a woman is like reading the software license agreement. In the end you have to ignore everything and click I agree.”

At the time, Mr. Bezos and his wife were discussing divorce, which would have been apparent to anyone reading his text messages.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589132_cf7a619f-695f-4949-9429-fe5a0df925c6-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

A text sent to Mr. Bezos from Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account included a photo of a woman who resembled Lauren Sanchez, who Mr. Bezos was seeing.Credit…via FTI Cybersecurity

In mid-February 2019, Mr. Bezos held a series of phone calls with his security team about the Saudis’ alleged online campaign against him, the report said. Two days later, Mr. Bezos received a message from Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account that read, in part, “there is nothing against you or Amazon from me or Saudi Arabia.”

The report listed spyware known as Pegasus, developed by the NSO Group, and spyware called Galileo, developed by Hacking Team, as the two most likely tools used to carry out the attack. The report added that Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser of Prince Mohammed, owned a 20 percent stake in Hacking Team.

The FTI report was not definitive about the hack, but said it had “medium to high confidence” that the message from the prince’s WhatsApp account was the culprit. In notes to the report, FTI said it was still attempting a more thorough analysis of the iPhone, including by jailbreaking it, or bypassing Apple’s control system on the phone.

Some cybersecurity experts said more information about the hack was needed to verify the report’s conclusions. Bill Marczak, a cyber expert at Citizen Lab, said in a blog post on Wednesday that technology existed for decrypting the WhatsApp messages to see more detail about the video file that was sent.

Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur who also co-wrote Wednesday’s statement, said the episode was “a wake-up call to the international community as a whole that we are facing a technology that is very difficult to track, extremely powerful and effective, and that is completely unregulated.”

She said Mr. Bezos’ experience should sound alarms because even with his wealth and resources, it took months of investigation by specialists to figure out what had happened — a luxury few others have.

“It basically means that we are all extremely vulnerable,” she said.

Ben Hubbard contributed reporting from Beirut, and Karen Weise from Seattle.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked

SAN FRANCISCO — On the afternoon of May 1, 2018, Jeff Bezos received a message on WhatsApp from an account belonging to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The two men had previously communicated using the messaging platform, but Mr. Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, had not expected a message that day — let alone one with a video of Saudi and Swedish flags with Arabic text.

The video, a file of more than 4.4 megabytes, was more than it appeared, according to a forensic analysis that Mr. Bezos commissioned and paid for to discover who had hacked his iPhone X. Hidden in that file was a separate bit of code that most likely implanted malware that gave attackers access to Mr. Bezos’ entire phone, including his photos and private communications.

Mr. Bezos has been on a singular quest to find out who penetrated the device since early 2019, when he said The National Enquirer’s parent company had threatened to release private photographs and texts, and the forensic study was part of that effort. Those pictures and messages showed Mr. Bezos, who was married at the time, with another woman, Lauren Sanchez. The analysis did not connect the hack to The Enquirer.

The forensic report on Mr. Bezos’ phone was at the heart of a United Nations statement on Wednesday raising concerns about Prince Mohammed. The analysis essentially accused the Saudi prince of using malware created by a private cybersecurity company to spy on and to intimidate Mr. Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. At the time of the hack, Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi writer, was employed at The Post, which has published coverage critical of the Saudi government. Mr. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in late 2018.

Many technical mysteries remain about the infiltration of Mr. Bezos’ phone, including what type of malware was used. The forensic report did not detail whether Mr. Bezos had opened the file that was sent to him via Crown Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account. Cybersecurity experts said some malware did not require anyone to click on the file for it to install on a phone.

The details of the hack could not be independently verified by The New York Times. Mr. Bezos has been pushing a theory of Saudi involvement with the threats from The Enquirer, without providing proof, since early 2019. The Enquirer’s parent company has said Ms. Sanchez’s brother, Michael, was the sole source of the texts and intimate photos it acquired.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington has said that accusations that the kingdom was involved in hacking Mr. Bezos’ phone were “absurd.

The report’s conclusions renew questions about the shadowy world of private hackers for hire. For the right client, or the right sum, such hackers apparently infiltrated the phone of one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men. The report did not say which private cybersecurity company was used, but suggested that the Tel Aviv-based NSO Group and Milan-based Hacking Team had the capabilities for such an attack.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589126_eff65b38-30ad-4782-9ce7-6665e1a336e8-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

Some of the texts that Mr. Bezos exchanged with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on WhatsApp.Credit…via FTI

The hack also exposed how popular messaging platforms like WhatsApp have vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit. In October, WhatsApp sued the NSO Group in federal court, claiming that NSO’s spy technology was used on its service to target journalists and human rights activists. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has patched the flaw that the malware used.

“This case really highlights the threats that are posed by a lawless and unaccountable private surveillance industry,” said David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur who was a co-author of Wednesday’s statement. “The companies who are creating these tools are extremely crafty and aggressive, and it’s a cat-and-mouse game at this point.”

NSO said it was not involved in any hack of Mr. Bezos’ phone. Hacking Team did not respond to a request for comment. WhatsApp declined to comment, as did FTI Consulting, the company that Mr. Bezos’ security team hired to examine his phone and that wrote the forensic analysis. Amazon declined to comment on behalf of Mr. Bezos.

Malware that was created for the explicit purpose of prying into private online communications, also known as spyware, has become a $1 billion industry. While companies like the NSO Group and Hacking Team have been accused of deploying their spyware with governments to monitor dissidents and others, smaller companies also sell simpler versions of the software for as little as $10, allowing people to snoop on their spouses or children.

Ron Deibert, the director of Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, which was not involved in the Bezos investigation, said the Amazon chief’s situation was “a reminder that the proliferation of commercial spyware is a global security problem for all sectors, from government and businesses to civil society.”

Over the years that he has run Amazon, Mr. Bezos has largely kept private. That changed when The National Enquirer published photos and messages last year between him and Ms. Sanchez, a TV anchor. Mr. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, later got a divorce.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589129_4ca70071-cec4-47aa-8c76-ca5cabb20b63-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

The WhatsApp message that contained a video file sent to Mr. Bezos from the account of Prince Mohammed. The file contained malware, investigators said in a forensic analysis.Credit…via FTI

On Feb. 7, 2019, Mr. Bezos went public with his claims. In a post on Medium, he accused The Enquirer of trying to blackmail him with his own text messages and photos and said he had asked Gavin de Becker, a private investigator, to determine how his phone had been hacked.

Ten days later, Mr. de Becker was advised by a “leading intelligence expert” to conduct a forensic analysis of Mr. Bezos’ iPhone and to look for Saudi fingerprints in the hack, according to notes in the report. The report did not identify the intelligence expert who reached out to Mr. de Becker.

Mr. de Becker, who declined to comment, hired FTI Consulting on Feb. 24, 2019, to examine Mr. Bezos’ phone. FTI was initially asked to look into several text messages that Mr. Bezos had received from the WhatsApp account of the Saudi prince. In mid-May 2019, Mr. Bezos handed over his iPhone X and asked FTI to run a full analysis on it, according to the report.

FTI zeroed in on an April 2018 dinner in which Prince Mohammed and Mr. Bezos had exchanged phone numbers in Los Angeles. After that, FTI found, the WhatsApp account of the prince initiated contact with Mr. Bezos repeatedly and without prompting.

The May 2018 message that contained the innocuous-seeming video file, with a tiny 14-byte chunk of malicious code, came out of the blue, according to the report and additional notes obtained by The New York Times. In the 24 hours after it was sent, Mr. Bezos’ iPhone began sending large amounts of data, which increased approximately 29,000 percent over his normal data usage.

In the additional notes to the report, investigators said several phone apps were being used during the time that data was leaving the phone. Those included the Safari web browser and the Apple Mail program, both of which Mr. Bezos did not appear to be using heavily himself. Mr. Bezos did not have iCloud backup enabled on the phone, the notes added, which would have also explained large amounts of data leaving the phone.

Messages sent by Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account starting in late 2018 soon began to suggest that the sender had intimate knowledge of Mr. Bezos’ private life. On Nov. 8, 2018, the report said, Mr. Bezos received a message from the account that included a photo of a woman resembling Ms. Sanchez.

The photo was captioned, “Arguing with a woman is like reading the software license agreement. In the end you have to ignore everything and click I agree.”

At the time, Mr. Bezos and his wife were discussing divorce, which would have been apparent to anyone reading his text messages.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589132_cf7a619f-695f-4949-9429-fe5a0df925c6-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

A text sent to Mr. Bezos from Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account included a photo of a woman who resembled Lauren Sanchez, who Mr. Bezos was seeing.Credit…via FTI Cybersecurity

In mid-February 2019, Mr. Bezos held a series of phone calls with his security team about the Saudis’ alleged online campaign against him, the report said. Two days later, Mr. Bezos received a message from Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account that read, in part, “there is nothing against you or Amazon from me or Saudi Arabia.”

The report listed spyware known as Pegasus, developed by the NSO Group, and spyware called Galileo, developed by Hacking Team, as the two most likely tools used to carry out the attack. The report added that Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser of Prince Mohammed, owned a 20 percent stake in Hacking Team.

The FTI report was not definitive about the hack, but said it had “medium to high confidence” that the message from the prince’s WhatsApp account was the culprit. In notes to the report, FTI said it was still attempting a more thorough analysis of the iPhone, including by jailbreaking it, or bypassing Apple’s control system on the phone.

Some cybersecurity experts said more information about the hack was needed to verify the report’s conclusions. Bill Marczak, a cyber expert at Citizen Lab, said in a blog post on Wednesday that technology existed for decrypting the WhatsApp messages to see more detail about the video file that was sent.

Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur who also co-wrote Wednesday’s statement, said the episode was “a wake-up call to the international community as a whole that we are facing a technology that is very difficult to track, extremely powerful and effective, and that is completely unregulated.”

She said Mr. Bezos’ experience should sound alarms because even with his wealth and resources, it took months of investigation by specialists to figure out what had happened — a luxury few others have.

“It basically means that we are all extremely vulnerable,” she said.

Ben Hubbard contributed reporting from Beirut, and Karen Weise from Seattle.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Discussion Thread: Senate Impeachment Trial – Day 3: Opening Arguments | 01/22/2020 – Part II

Today, after a long and contentious round of debate and votes, which lasted into the early morning hours, the Senate Impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will begin opening arguments. The Senate session is scheduled to begin at 1pm EST

Prosecuting the House’s case will be a team of seven Democratic House Managers, named last week by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of California. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, are expected to take the lead in arguing the President’s case.

Yesterday a slightly modified version of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Rules Resolution was voted on, and passed. It will be the guideline for how the trial is handled. All proposed amendments from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were voted down.

The adopted Resolution will:

  • Give the House Impeachment Managers 24 hours, over a 3 day period, to present opening arguments.

  • Give President Trump’s legal team 24 hours, over a 3 day period, to present opening arguments.

  • Allow a period of 16 hours for Senator questions, to be addressed through Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.

  • Allow for a vote on a motion to consider the subpoena of witnesses or documents once opening arguments and questions are complete.


The Articles of Impeachment brought against President Donald Trump are:


You can watch or listen to the proceedings live, via the links below:

You can also listen online via:


Discussion Thread – Day 2 Part I

Discussion Thread – Day 2 Part II


Discussion Thread – Day 3 Part I

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com