Musing about law, books, and politics

Notes from Vindman’s deposition

Appropriate for Veteran’s Day: Notes from Vindman’s deposition. Vindman was a witness to both the July 10 White House meeting and July 25 Trump-Zelensky phone call. The purpose of the July 10 meeting at the White House with Ukrainian officials Read more…


Fiona Hill Issues a Stern Warning

She also implicates Mick Mulvaney, makes Sondland look like a fool, and shows how Giuliani tried to game Ukraine. I read Fiona Hill’s deposition. Here are what my followers on Twitter renamed my Over the Cliff Notes. First, Fiona Hill’s Read more…


Lies and Corrupt Prosecutions (Kent’s Deposition)

I read George Kent’s Deposition (He’s the Deputy Assistant Secretary European and Eurasian Affairs) The deposition is here. Here are my Over the Cliff Notes (the name for my impeachment cliff notes, per suggestion) Kent testified that Giuliani and pals Read more…


Taylor’s Deposition

I finished reading Taylor’s testimony. To say the least, it wasn’t good for Trump. Here are my notes. Per suggestion, my impeachment Cliff Notes are now called Over the Cliff Notes. June, 2019: Taylor arrived in Kiev to find “two channels Read more…


Rudy Giuliani: Villain or Fall Guy?

I read the Volker, Sondland, and McKinley transcripts. Either Guiliani is a master plotter, manipulating the gullible Trump for his own purposes—or Trump is setting him up to be the fall guy. Here are my color-coded notes, if you want Read more…


Neither President Donald Trump nor his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani deny the underlying facts of the allegations at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. This seems like a relatively crazy thing to do, given that Democrats are out for blood — but they really have Read more…


Ambassador Yovanovitch Deposition

I finally read the deposition. Here are my notes, interspersed with commentary. In Nov-Dec: 2018: Yovanovitch became aware Giuliani was trying to make contact and communicate with people in Ukraine. She knew he had clients in Ukraine, but she didn’t Read more…


How Trump’s Lies Keep him in Power

When Trump lies, it energizes his base. This, for example, is a fairly obvious lie: Many of Trump’s supporters and surrogates know he’s lying and they love it. Trump’s base sees his lies as “fighting back.” This is how many Read more…


A Mafia State

An open letter to Senators Cruz, Kennedy, and other GOP Senators: So you’re considering adopting this strategy: “Trump did it, but there was nothing wrong with it.” You DO realize this strategy helps create an American Mafia state, right? No? Read more…


Authoritarians have Baked in Advantages

Psychologists tell us that 33% of the population is inclined toward Authoritarianism. Stats back this up: Hitler came to power with 33% approval. Huey Long & Joe McCarthy had 30-35% approval. Jane said: Authoritarians have always exerted power beyond their Read more…