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🥂EveEve🥂

Why would Mulvaney, clearly all in on the op, be asked to leave?

When asked about quid pro quo in Trump’s dealings w/ UKR, Mulvaney sneered, "We do that all the time with foreign policy."

"Get over it."

The Genovese mob family used extortion all the time, too...
🥂EveEve🥂

In late Aug, Pompeo, Esper, & Bolton met with Trump in the OO to produce a “united front” in convincing him to release the aid.

“This is in America’s interest.”

“This defense relationship, we have gotten some really good benefits from it.”

Trump didn’t budge.
🥂EveEve4🥂

The Times even notes that a “veteran budget official who raised questions about the legal justification was pushed aside.”

It’s hard to argue this was done for any reason other than a below-board drive to advance Trump’s (& Firtash’s/Putin’s) personal interests.
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🌟GazDeals🌟

Parnas & Fruman tried to score a lucrative gas deal leveraging contacts w/ TeamTrump & are now part of a broad federal criminal inv’n into the two men & their close associate, Giuliani.

The campaign culminated in May, at a meeting at the Trump Int’l Hotel in DC
🌟GazDeals🌟

That included Jeff Miller, a lobbyist w/ deep ties to Rick Perry & Tommy Hicks Jr, co-chair of the RNC & friend of DonJr.

Some of the players are under federal inv’n.

The maneuvering over Naftogaz came at the same time that TeamGiuliani, tried to oust Yovanovitch
🌟GazDeals🌟

And persuade Ukraine’s leaders to announce an investigation into former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s work with Burisma, a rival Ukrainian gas company.

But TeamFruityG would need a more compliant CEO at the top of Naftogaz to get the deal done.
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🍑ImpeachmentEve🍑

Firtash was the source of $1 million that was deposited in Sept into Parnas’ wife’s (Svetlana) acct.

Trump👉🏼Giuliani👉🏼Parnas👉🏼Firtash👉🏼 Mogilevich👉🏼Putin

10/3/19 John Dowd confirms Parnas & Fruman work w/ Giuliani on behalf of Trump

Gates delivered Trump
🍑Eve2🍑

Game.Set.Match:

A direct financial link between Firtash & Giuliani’s Parnas is at the ♥️ of the Imp’t inquiry of Trump.

Trump indicated that "more info would be coming" about WikiLeaks after a phone call during the 2016 campaign w/ Roger Stone, Rick Gates testified.
🍑Eve3🍑

Vocal Trump supporters diGenova & Toensing, billed Firtash about $1 million for their work.

That included costs for Parnas as a translator and important contact, the person said.

Toensing has said her firm hired Parnas as a translator.

Parnas paid Rudy $500k
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💣FramersWorstNightmare💣

House Judiciary Committee publishes full impeachment report

In making its case that President Donald Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, the committee concludes, "President Trump has realized the Framers' worst nightmare.
💣FWN💣

Trump Undermined our National Security: “President Trump’s abuse of power harmed the United States. It undermined our national security and weakened our democracy. There is no indication that the President attended to these concerns in pursuing his own political errand.
💣FWN3💣

The President’s Pattern of Obstruction: “The pattern is as unmistakable as it is unnerving. [In 2016], Trump welcomed and invited a foreign nation to interfere in a US Presidential election to his advantage; here, Trump solicited & pressured a foreign nation to do so.
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🚨SanctionRelief🚨

Why did Lavrov suddenly visit the WH?

Post his meeting with Trump & Pompeo the Treasury Dept scrubbed 3 RU COs tied to Yakubets the alleged leader of the Evil Corp. hacking crew, from the 12/5 sanctions list

Yakubets is the hacker behind the Dridex malware.
🚨SanctionRelief2🚨

Yakubets also has provided direct assistance to the Russian government’s “malicious cyber efforts, highlighting the Russian government’s enlistment of cybercriminals for its own malicious purposes,” the Treasury Department said in a statement on 12/5
🚨SanctionRelief2🚨

12/5 The DOJ charged Maksim Yakubets & Igor Turashev with involvement in the dev’t & distribution of the malicious software known as Bugat.

Bugat is a predecessor to Dridex, a banking malware strain that has haunted int’l victims for more than eight years,
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🇺🇸DemocracyIsMessy🇺🇸

There is no higher crime than for the president to use the power of his office to corrupt our elections. Period.

Trump was never interested in (fighting) corruption in UKR. He was only interested in weaponizing corruption for his own personal benefit.
🇺🇸Messy🇺🇸

Bipartisan Spending Deal Reached

Eric Holder: Wm Barr is unfit to be AG

Barr has made a series of public statements and taken actions that are so plainly ideological, so nakedly partisan and so deeply inappropriate for America’s chief law enforcement official
🇺🇸Messy🇺🇸

Pence rejects calls to declassify new Imp’t testimony

Merkley:”Trump leased public lands in the Arctic Nat’l Wildlife Refuge to oil & gas COs for just $11 an acre!

This is an outlandish & unacceptable giveaway that threatens one of US’ greatest natural treasures.”
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💣MustTestify💣

Trump Ordered Review of U.S. Sanctions on Turkey’s Halkbank

“Treasury didn't deny Trump asked Mnuchin to intervene in Halkbank case.” #TurkeyGate

Giuliani asked 2 Ukrainian Oligarchs to Help Dig Up Dirt: Dmitry Firtash & Ihor Kolomoisky.

McGahn must testify.
💣MustTestify2💣

Firtash & Kolomoisky have close ties to the Kremlin & face legal troubles.

Giuliani: “Where do you think you get info about crime?”

Rudy Giuliani Sought Role in Ukraine Bank Case While He Dug for Dirt

Subpoenas sent Parnas’s biz that paid Rudy Giuliani.
💣MustTestify3💣

EG:”Trump and Mnuchin are trying to keep RU and Iranian Mob money laundering going while pretending to seek war against Iran.

Ukraine’s last adm nationalized Privatbank bank in 2016 & accused Kolomoisky & his co-founder of making away with billions of dollars.
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🎥LordyLordy🎥

HIC in possession of video, audio recordings from Lev Parnas‼️

WH review turns up emails showing extensive effort to justify Trump’s decision to block UKR military aid

Trump made the decision to w/hold aid the w/o discussion re reasoning or legal justification
🎥LordyLordy🎥

Mulvaney asked acting OMB director Vought for an update on the legal rationale for w/holding the aid & how much longer it could be delayed.

Mulvaney said he asked OMB Dir to block the release of aid to UKR — at the Trump’s request — in early to mid-July of 2019.
🎥LordyLordy3🎥

In December 2018, months before the Ukraine issue surfaced as a top priority for Trump, the GAO had warned OMB (Mulvaney) it was not following the law in how it chose to disburse and withhold congressionally-approved funds.
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💣Conspiracy💣

Gates confirmed Trump, Manafort, Bannon had advance knowledge of wikileaks (GRU) releases in 2016

Trump mentioned WL (GRU) over 160 times in Oct 2016.

Stone sought to ‘debrief’ Kushner on DNC email hack (GRU)

Superseding indictment expected
US co-conspirators?
💣Conspiracy2💣

Gates said the campaign was “in a state of happiness” after WL released its 1st trove of stolen emails in summer 2016. Afterward, he overhead a phone convo btwn Manafort & Stone & listened as Stone said that “additional info would be coming out down the road.”
💣Conspiracy3💣

“Manafort thought that was great,” & said he would brief others, “including the candidate.”

Gates also testified to a phone conversation he witnessed between Trump and Stone while Gates was in a car with the candidate driving to La Guardia.
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‼️Targets of U.S. Sanctions (& Tariffs) Hire Lobbyists With Trump Ties to Seek Relief

As Trump’s adm has increasingly turned to sanctions, travel restrictions & tariffs to punish foreign gov’ts as well as people & companies from abroad.

nytimes.com/2018/12/10/us/…
This is an older article, which perhaps didn’t raise an eyebrow when it was first published, but it does now in light of what we know about the unusual way in which TeamTrump has conducted our foreign policy allowing those with close Trump ties to reap massive financial benefits.
Targets of sanctions/tariffs have turned to DC’s K Street law, lobbying & PR firms, especially those people/firms with close ties to TeamTrump.

nytimes.com/2018/12/10/us/…
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✳️Oh My!✳️

Rumor:

Kushner gave the green light to MBS to arrest Khashoggi, who was later murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish intel has an intercept of the call between Kushner & MbS & Erdogan used it to get Trump to roll over & pull US troops out of N Syria.
✳️ Oh My2✳️

The HIC know this whole tale and the identities of some of the people telling it.

Adam Schiff certainly seems to be smiling a lot these days.

Trump may have violated criminal provisions of the Hatch Act

Mueller Docs: Manafort Pushed Ukraine Hack Tale in 2016.
✳️ Oh My3✳️

Trump pushed UKR to open a probe into whether their country interfered in the 2016 election — an assertion made in an effort to discredit USIC & OSC’s findings.

Gates told the FBI that Flynn had been “adamant” the Russians were not responsible for the hacking. 🙄
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🛎QuidProQuo🛎

The 5 public confirmations of a quid pro quo btwn Trump & UKR.

Alexander Vindman
Bill Taylor
Ron Johnson
Gordon Sondland
Mick Mulvaney

Trump’s aides left out parts of the transcript in places where ellipses indicate omitted key details that AV tried to restore.
🛎QuidProQuo2🛎

Bannon’s $1M deal linked to a Chinese billionaire & Mar-A-Lago member Guo Wengui also known as Miles Kwok — is embroiled in the U.S.-China conflict #1MDB

Internal White House debate stifles release of Pence-Zelenskiy call
🛎QuidProQuo3🛎

Pence said he had "no objection" to releasing a transcript, but adm is divided on whether it could help or hurt Trump's cause.

Vindman will say that he views his testimony as an act of patriotism, because he saw Trump’s corrupt conduct as damaging to US NatSec.
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💣QuidProQuo💣

Amb Bill Taylor testifies:

The body language of the people hearing the testimony was, ‘holy s---’ — seriously,”

The testimony as a “sea change” that “could accelerate” the impeachment inquiry.

It was “the most thorough accounting we’ve had of the timeline.”
💣QuidProQuo2💣

Taylor described the hold on aid as a “nightmare” and said it had already shaken UKR’s faith in the US.

Taylor Confirms There Was Quid Pro Quo Demand In Trump’s UKR Call:

Taylor testified Trump held up military aid to UKR until it agreed to investigate Biden.
💣QuidProQuo3💣

📌Threat of withholding military aid, & an Oval Office mtg.

📌Explicit quid pro quo: which was relayed to directly to Zelensky:

📌Both a meeting & military aid were dependent on the inv’ns (2016elex /server/Biden) & a public announcement (public box) of same.
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‼️Update: #UkraineGate

AKA

The Notorious Cast of Shady Characters — Engineers of the Ukraine Scandal

📌Spoiler alert: Rebekah Mercer added. 😳
Dmitry Firtash, charged with conspiracy by the U.S. and living in Vienna, shuffled lawyers in July to add Barr pals* Joe diGenova & Victoria Toensing, all vocal supporters of Trump who had worked with Giuliani.

*See #PassPortGate below.

bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
🔑The effort by Dmytro Firtash, a UKR gas mogul described in DOJ court filings as an “upper-echelon [associate] of Russian organized crime,” underlines the wide-ranging consequences of Giuliani’s effort to use Ukraine as a wedge issue in U.S. politics. 

foreignpolicy.com/2019/10/03/giu…
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What’s Next?- Despite Ceasefire In #Turkey #Syria Op & #USA Agreement with Turkey, #MSM & #RabidPartisans (Sore Losers) Will Not Stop. They’ve been searching for another “New Gate” Possibility, and they think they’ve found one: #Trump #TurkeyGate via the old #Halkbank Case.
#MSM and #Influencers been testing the water for this case. Since #Turkey #Syria Op did NOT Pan Out as they hoped & tried, now they’ll hold on to this: ”#Trump-#Erdogan Call Led to Lengthy Quest to Avoid #Halkbank Trial” bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Here’s #NYT massaging the case towards a “#NewGate”- - - ”Settlement Talks for Bank Followed Pressure on #Trump by #Turkey’s Leader” nytimes.com/2019/10/16/us/…
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💣QuidProQuo💣

Rep. Elijah Cummings, great statesman & civil rights leader, dies. RIP.🕊

Mulvaney admits Ukraine quid pro quo

Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President

Romney: ‘A bloodstain on the annals of American history' re Trump’s decision on Syria troop withdrawal
💣QuidProQuo2💣

Adm McRaven; If Trump doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that US needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office.

Pelosi: Impeachment is about protecting the Constitution of the US.

The elections are about Trump's depravity in the face of millions
💣QuidProQuo2💣

Amid Trump’s meltdown at Pelosi, Gordon Sondland’s testimony will unmask his corruption

The big lie at the core of all of this — that Trump is operating out of any devotion to the national interest—his interest is singular —himself.
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Trump Officials Press for a Cease-Fire After Turkish Incursion in Syria

Or is horrific debacle nothing more than a ruse to avid levying sanctions on Turkey?

#Halkbank #Zarrab #Gulen #Giuliani #Flynn #TurkeyGate

nytimes.com/2019/10/17/wor… via @NYTimes
#TurkeyGate

TeamTrump & Erdogan’s interests are so intertwined from Fethullah Gülen kidnapping op (Flynn & Giulani) to the Zarrab/Halkbank scandals.
Also Ballard Partners lobbying efforts for Halkbank Trump’s direction to Mnuchin & Barr re Halkbank case

2018 Ballard Partners, which has close ties to the Trump administration, has signed on as DC representative for Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS (HalkBank) the Turkish state-owned bank, on financial services matters. 

odwyerpr.com/story/public/1…
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🍑Meltdown🍑

Pelosi owns Trump & signals Article 5 re Trump/Putin.

Dbl Jeopardy loophole closed

Trump ignored Syria exit

Syria = BD gift to Putin

Trump’s Syria Fiasco Is Part of Putin’s To-Do List

Giuliani under counterintel inv’n, like Ivanka & likely most of TeamTrump.
🍑Meltdown2🍑

Syria stategy: avoid a violent rush to fill a power vacuum opened by a sudden U.S. exit.

Trump Abandoned almost 5 years of training & dev’t of an allied force, & gift-wrapping it for the RUs & Assad has been devastating to our morale," said the NSC official.
🍑Meltdown3🍑

Trump assigned Barr & Mnuchin to appease Erdogan’s repeated pleas to avoid charges against Halkbank

Halkbank charged w/fraud, money laundering, & sanctions offenses related to the bank’s participation in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade US sanctions on Iran
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‼️Giuliani Under Counterintelligence Probe

The counterintelligence probe indicates that FBI and criminal prosecutors in Manhattan are looking at a broader set of issues related to Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, than has been previously reported.

cnn.com/2019/10/16/pol…
The counterintel probe hinges in part on whether a foreign influence op was trying to take advantage of Giuliani's business ties in Ukraine & with wealthy foreigners to make inroads with the WH (Firtash?), according to one person briefed on the matter.

cnn.com/2019/10/16/pol…
🔑Giuliani’s henchmen Parnas & Fruman are also on the radar with regard to possible counterintelligence issues.

cnn.com/2019/10/16/pol…
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Flynn Could Fry 4 Treasonous US Presidents
@GenFlynn exposed the world’s biggest terrorist sleeper cell headquartered in US-Radical Islamist Fetullah #Gulen’s network net worth $200B
The real reason Flynn was targeted #ClearFlynnNow
imowired.com/general-flynn-…
@Potus #QAnon #WWGIWGA
▪️Whistleblower @GenFlynn Exposes the $50B Gulen Network: More
▪️Powerful Than George Soros/Gulen Throughout America/CIA Backed ▪️Mullah Behind Failed Turkey Coup
▪️How Clintons Gave Birth to Mullah #Gulen’s Terrorist Network
@Potus #QAnon
👉@GenFlynn exposes Gulen Terrorist Network inside the US
👉@sibeledmonds explains how #Gulen was brought into the US during the Clinton Admin. & given immunity/protection
👉Gulen donates to Clinton Foundation
👉Operation Gladio=False Flag Attacks
@Potus #QAnon #OperationGladio
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