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The New York TimesVerified account @nytimes

 
 
 
 

Breaking News: Ukraine officials knew about the U.S. aid freeze before it became public, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times, contradicting a key argument in President Trump's impeachment defense



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Per FOIA request, State Dept ordered to begin producing Trump-Ukraine documents within 30 days

Geoff Bennett ✔ @GeoffRBennett (NBC), 1:57 PM - Oct 23, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A judge has directed the State Department to begin producing within 30 days documents related to the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine. The records are sought under a FOIA request by American Oversight, an ethics watchdog.
 

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Indicted Giuliani goon fingers Trump by invoking executive privilege
 
One of the two indicted associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Wednesday tied the case to the president himself, saying that some of the evidence gathered in the investigation could be subject to executive privilege,” the New York Times reports.

 


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CNN reveals Igor & Lev were arrested on the way to Hannity interview with Rudy in Vienna

Buried in this story on the Ukrainian grifters CNN reveals that the flight to Vienna was to meet with Shokin--for an INTERVIEW WITH HANNITY
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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney, sources say

Source: CNN

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(CNN)Rudy Giuliani has been approaching defense attorneys for possible representation, according to three sources familiar with the matter. The move by Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump's personal attorney, is notable because last week he said he would not be seeking a new lawyer unless he felt one was needed. His previous lawyer, John Sale, was helping him deal with congressional inquiries.

"If they take me to court I would then have to get another lawyer," Giuliani told CNN's Mike Warren on October 15.
Earlier on Wednesday, Giuliani said he had not heard from the FBI, US attorneys for the Southern District of New York or any other lawyer pertaining to the Ukraine matter.

He would not directly comment this morning to CNN about whether he has hired or is in the process of hiring a criminal attorney. Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine in addition to a counterintelligence probe, CNN has previously reported. Two associates of the former New York mayor were charged on campaign finance-related offenses and pleaded not guilty in a court appearance today.

As CNN previously reported, people close to Giuliani have been advising him to hire a criminal lawyer as questions linger about his connections to two of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Furman. Giuliani had been resisting that advice, according to those people.

 


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Impeachment inquiry might be public by mid-November: report

Source: The Hill


The committees conducting the inquiry have largely held the hearings in private thus far to prevent witnesses from coordinating testimony...
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Several Democrats have also expressed a desire to hear from former national security adviser John Bolton, who was reportedly a vocal opponent of the campaign to pressure Zelensky. Bolton, who resigned last month, told the Post that he would “have my say in due course.”

“It’s going to be the difference between reading a dry transcript and actually hearing the story from the people who were in the room,” Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told the Post. “I think the story needs to be told, you know, the story of the abuse of power. ... People like the various ambassadors who have come to testify need to come tell it.”

 


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‘They see the cracks’: Reporter reveals Trump allies are struggling to keep Republicans united against impeachment

 

https://www.alternet...st-impeachment/

 

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(Alternet) Impeaching President Donald Trump has long been seen as an effort destined for certain failure in the Senate, even if Democrats are likely to secure majority support for articles of impeachment in House. But as the extent of Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine in his effort to induce the country to launch investigations that would benefit him politically becomes widely known, there are signs that Republicans may actually begin to turn on Trump — though acquittal by the Senate remains the most likely outcome.

 

Speaking on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” on Wednesday, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa explained that — despite prior indications that impeachment would split Democrats and unite Republicans, GOP lawmakers’ support for Trump is no longer guaranteed.

 

“For now, the White House is focused on House Republicans,” Costa said. “They see the cracks in the House GOP. Just a few days ago, moderate House Republicans told President Trump they were unhappy with his decision on the G7 and locating it at a Trump property. So the White House knows they’re speaking out, not only on Syria, but on the G7 issue.”

 

He continued: “And on impeachment, there’s an emphasis on the process, and making the process and the inquiry by House Democrats the focus. But for now, it’s Leader McCarthy, Mark Meadows, and other Trump allies, trying to just keep the House together. Sometimes with these stunts, sometimes with private meetings, because they know if they can come out of the House with only a few Republican defections, it will help the president in the Senate. But the number of those defections is very fluid right now, based on my reporting. And House Republicans are deciding not only whether to support President Trump but about their own future.”


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Trump Lawyer Argues President Could Shoot Someone on 5th Avenue and Avoid Consequences While In Office

 

https://www.commondr...eone-5th-avenue

 

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(Common Dreams) Lawyers for President Donald Trump Wednesday argued in a Manhattan courtroom that were the president to shoot someone on 5th Avenue in New York City, he could not be prosecuted while in office because of presidential immunity. 

 

"Trump's lawyers openly declared that Trump is above all laws, including murder," tweeted Rep. Bill Pascrale (D-N.J.) in response to the news.

 

The exchange came during a hearing on the president's tax returns, which Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. is attempting to obtain to see if Trump illegally paid to silence people with damaging information to his presidential campaign in 2016. Judge Denny Chin used Trump shooting someone in broad daylight on 5th Avenue—an invocation of a Trump brag on the campaign trail in 2016—as an example of the limits of presidential immunity from prosecution.

 

But Trump lawyer William S. Consovoy told the court that, in fact, the president would escape prosecution as long as he were in office.


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The ignorance of comparing impeachment to “a lynching,” explained

 

https://www.vox.com/...ing-trump-tweet

 

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(Vox) The impeachment inquiry Trump faces for requesting foreign governments investigate a political rival is not a lynching — not even close.

 

Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham disagreed with this fact, however, telling reporters Tuesday, “This is a lynching in every sense.”

 

He added, “What does lynching mean? That a mob grabs you, they don’t give you a chance to defend yourself, they don’t tell you what happened to you, they just destroy you. That’s exactly what’s happening in the United States House of Representatives right now.”

 

Lynchings were lawless killings committed by groups of white Americans usually targeting fellow Americans of different races: black AmericansAsian AmericansLatinx Americans. They were used to reinforce a system of control, and to prevent these minorities from even thinking about enjoying their rights as US citizens.

 

The impeachment inquiry is not this.


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White House delayed Ukraine trade decision in August, a signal that U.S. suspension of cooperation extended beyond security funds https://www.washingt...d127_story.html

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Laura Cooper 10-23-19 testimony confirms quid pro quo:

Kate Brannen ✔ @K8brannen (Editorial director at @just_security)


Defying a Pentagon directive not to testify and outlasting the SCIF stunt, Laura Cooper — the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia — testified for more than three hours yesterday

From what I've heard, her testimony confirmed a lot of what other witnesses have told House investigators:

1. There was unanimous support from Trump's Cabinet and the interagency to supply Ukraine with security assistance. But the White House withheld it anyway.

2. Providing security assistance to Ukraine is in the interests of the United States. Withholding it is not.

3. She was made aware of a quid pro quo between the security assistance and a commitment from Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.


According to a source familiar with her testimony, Cooper also said that DOD had made it clear to the White House that by withholding funds without congressional authorization, it was at risk of violating the law.

 

 

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CNN: Viktor Shokin, the guy Joe Biden pushed to have removed, was to interview in Vienna w/ Hannity
How two businessmen hustled to profit from access to Rudy Giuliani and the Trump administration
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An aborted trip to Vienna

Two weeks ago when they were arrested, Parnas and Fruman were preparing to fly to Vienna, Austria, to meet Giuliani and another key figure in the impeachment investigation, Ukraine's former prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, according to four sources familiar with their trip. Shokin is the same Ukrainian official who former Vice President Joe Biden -- along with other Western leaders -- had pushed to have removed over concerns he wasn't prosecuting corruption.

While questions in Washington swirl around Shokin's role in this controversy, Giuliani, Parnas, Fruman had specific plans for the former Ukrainian official up until the day of their arrest. According to those four sources, they told others they were headed to Vienna to help with a planned interview the next day: Shokin, they said, was scheduled to do an interview from the Austrian capital with Sean Hannity.

 

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Lindsey Graham introduces a resolution condemning the House impeachment inquiry

 

https://www.vox.com/...achment-inquiry

 

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(Vox) Not to be outdone by their House counterparts, Senate Republicans are piling onto attacks about the process behind Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, the latest GOP attempt to derail the focus on the substance of the probe itself.

 

Trump ally and Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham, who’s at the forefront of this push in the upper chamber, introduced a resolution on Thursday that condemns the House inquiry and its interviews with impeachment witnesses behind closed doors. The resolution, which has 41 Republican cosponsors, also urges the House to hold a formal vote to initiate an impeachment inquiry, a move that could give lawmakers in the minority more power to subpoena witnesses.

 

…More than 40 House Republicans who sit on all three of the committees overseeing the inquiry — the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight panels — have been able to ask questions and review the testimony of all the witnesses who’ve been deposed.

 

Moreover, as House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff has explained, the current depositions have been private to prevent coordination between witnesses. Additionally, he’s said that hearings on these subjects will eventually be public and transcripts of the current depositions will be released.

 

“They know as well as I do that there will be public hearings in the future once evidence is gathered,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech on Thursday. “So this is not about process. That is a diversion.”


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A newly surfaced $100,000 tab charged to Irish police raises questions about Trump’s visit to his Irish golf resort
 
October 24, 2019
 
President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Ireland slapped extra security hired during his June visit with a bill of over $100,000 for items ranging from $975 for extra coffee and over $15,000 for snack packs.
 
The Irish Times first reported last month that the Doonbeg resort in County Clare in western Ireland was paid over 100,000 Euros ($111,000) for the extra 3,820 police officers hired to protect the president over his two-day state visit. The large contingent of security officers working overtime cost the country over 7.4 million Euros ($8.2 million).
 
On Wednesday, Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold tweeted out a copy of the two-page bill dated June 6 given to police by the Doonbeg resort.
 
 
 
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Isn't that illegal?
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The anonymous "senior Trump administration official" who will release a tell-all book, "A Warning," next month was a frequent participant in meetings with President Trump and plans to recount specific conversations, sources tell me. 

The state of play: The author, who has been silent since last year's mysterious New York Times op-ed, has access to extensive, internal notes that will be revealed in the book, out Nov. 19.




"You will hear a great deal from Donald Trump directly, for there is no better witness to his character than his own words," the author writes on the book's back cover, seen for the first time in the graphic above.


I'm wondering how Republicans will spin this. They'll probably smear the person, saying they were jealous and angry at Trump for firing them (assuming they were fired). Trump voters won't read the book, and ignore it. Won't make a bit of difference to his electibility.
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House issues subpoenas to two OMB officials in impeachment inquiry; Trump praises Giuliani

Source: Washington Post



House investigators pressed forward with their impeachment inquiry on Friday, issuing subpoenas to two Office of Management and Budget officials, one of whom has vowed they won’t cooperate with the Democrat-led probe.

The move came as President Trump repeatedly insisted to reporters that he had done nothing wrong in pressing Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. He also praised his embattled personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani as a “great crime fighter.”

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said Democrats are “trying to make us look as bad as possible” with the ongoing inquiry.

Closed-door depositions are scheduled to resume Saturday after a two-day pause with an appearance by a Foreign Service officer stationed in Kyiv, who is expected to testify on efforts of Giuliani and others to oust the previous U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

 


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In her ruling on the Mueller grand jury materials, Howell also implodes the GOP's argument that the House needs to pass a formal resolution for an impeachment inquiry.

 

 



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I've said it before I'll say it again. There is no point in talking about, being upset about, or pursueing corruption charges against the Trump administration if we as a people do not demand the same for all politicians. Lobbying is just as bad as paying off Irish cops as strongarming foreign officials for personal profit. We can not afford to be conditioned and domesticated by the state and this culture to equate ethics and legality. Any conversation that attacks Trump but not Obama, Bush, Clinton and so on is nothing more than a distraction. The liberal establishment only want you to go so far. They want you to be upset with Trump but not others. They want you to focus your attention on him instead of other needed topics like inequality, mass political corruption and climate crisis.

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Please don't tell me there is a moral equivalence between Donald Trump and Eric Holder:

 

Donald Trump Compared Impeachment to a Lynching. Eric Holder Explains Why It’s “Reprehensible.


 

https://www.motherjo...-reprehensible/

 

Entire Article (less links to videos):

 

(Mother Jones) The day after President Donald Trump ignited backlash by comparing his impeachment inquiry to a lynching, former Attorney General Eric Holder called the comment “reprehensible.”

 

“You think about thousands of people who were lynched in this nation. To compare that to a constitutionally mandated, or constitutionally authorized, process that’s underway in our Congress was reprehensible,” said Holder, who became the first African American attorney general when he was appointed by Barack Obama. “That’s reflective of who this man is and why he’s got to get his ass beaten in 2020.”

 

During an exclusive interview with Mother Jones voting rights reporter Ari Berman, Holder expressed his disappointment with the conduct of the current administration. When asked whether impeaching Trump is warranted, Holder quipped, “You gonna ask me a hard question?” before adding that any novice prosecutor would have indicted Trump for obstruction of justice based on the Mueller report alone.

 

And, while acknowledging the tricky optics of criticizing one’s successor, Holder concluded that acting Attorney General William Barr—who is now managing a criminal inquiry into the Justice Department’s own Russia investigation—was “unfit for the job.” Holder said that Barr thinks of himself as Trump’s lawyer rather than the lawyer for the people of the United States, and that he holds him in even lower esteem than Trump’s previous attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

 

“This is an administration unlike any other,” he said. “I have been in this town since 1976, served under Republican as well as Democratic presidents in various jobs that I’ve had in the Justice Department, and I’ve never, ever seen anything like we are in the process of experiencing.”


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