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NEW: Giuliani urged Trump to eject the US, Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric who Mike Flynn plotted to kidnap, a top priority of Erdogan. Trump wanted to do it, but appalled advisers blocked him. Aides worried Giuliani was doing Turkey’s bidding.
Giuliani brought up Gulen frequently with Trump during White House visits and was "so focused" on the issue, it worried senior officials. “We’re not going to arrest [Gulen] to do a solid for Erdogan.”

However, Trump was receptive to the idea
Trump asked frequently about why Gulen couldn’t be turned over to Turkey, referring to Erdogan as “my friend.”

Recall, in 2016, Trump campaign official Mike Flynn plotted to kidnap Gulen and return him to Turkey for a cool $15M.
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Firtash was financing Parnas and Fruman's activities.

Parnas paid Trump's free lawyer Giuliani $500K. Ergo, Firtash was financing Giuliani's dirty work for Trump in Ukraine.

Reminds me of another Firtash bagman: Trump's free campaign manager, Manafort.
Firtash was “financing” the activities of Fruman and Parnas, who paid $500,000 to Rudy Giuliani, who was working for Trump for "free."
Giuliani has met with Manafort, whose pro-Putin dirty work in Ukraine was financed by Russia mobster, Firtash, who also financed:
-Kyiv mayor Klitschko's campaign, which Giuliani advised and is now being investigated for
-Parnas and Fruman's activities
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WOW: Fiona Hill, Trump’s former top Russia adviser, told impeachment investigators on Tuesday that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani ran a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvented US officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit Trump.🔥…
Fiona Hill told lawmakers that she was infuriated by Yovanovitch’s ouster and that she confronted Sondland about Giuliani’s activities which, she testified, were not coordinated with the officials responsible for carrying out US foreign policy.
Fiona Hill told lawmakers that she confronted Sondland about Giuliani’s activities in Ukraine. Sondland had to know that was coming which may explain why he too is throwing Giuliani under the bus.
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NEW: Prosecutors examine Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s bank records & question witnesses about his work in Ukraine for Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko, for whom Manafort associate Sam Patten also worked.
by @rebeccaballhaus @aviswanatha @rebeccadobrien #Maddow
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Trump, a draft-dodging coward, followed his gut on Syria. Calamity ensued.

50 tactical nuclear weapons stored at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey under US control, 250 miles from the Syrian border, are now essentially Erdogan’s hostages.
by @SangerNYT #Maddow
@SangerNYT “This is a first — a country with US nuclear weapons stationed in it literally firing at US forces.”

Trump's disastrous decision [Putin's orders] to pull back from Syria has given a victory to four US adversaries: Russia, Iran, the Syrian govt, and ISIS.
@SangerNYT Trump greenlighting Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria in only one week’s time has turned into a bloody carnage.

Rarely has a presidential decision resulted so immediately in such disastrous consequences for US allies and interests.
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Marie Yovanovitch told lawmakers she was forced to leave Kiev on “the next plane” this spring and removed from her post, with State’s No. 2 official telling her she had done nothing wrong but State was under significant pressure [by Trump] to remove…
Yovanovitch said she was “incredulous” her superiors removed her based on “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives” and that Giuliani's associates were financially threatened by her anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine.
MORE: At the risk of losing her job, Yovanovitch delivered a scathing indictment of the Trump admin’s conduct of foreign policy and warned that private influence and personal gain have usurped diplomats’ judgment, threatening to undermine US interests.
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Deutsche Bank does not have Trump’s tax returns. At some point in *recent* years, they got rid of them.

A former senior bank executive, who saw the returns, said normal practice was for Deutsche to keep such materials on file.
by @davidenrich #Maddow
@davidenrich Recall, Deutsche Bank managing director Rosemary Vrablic, who attended Trump's inaugural as a VIP guest, steered $300M+ in loans to Trump in the years before the 2016 election.

"After Trump took office, Deutsche shifted into damage-control mode."
@davidenrich After the 2016 election, Deutsche shifted into damage-control mode. In the weeks before the inaugural, they commissioned reports to figure out how the bank had gotten in so deep with Trump [as their shredders ran nonstop].
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‘Scams’ is how Trump once described super PACs yet here we have America First Action Inc and 100 such groups.

Mike Pence is the celebrity face of #AmericaFirst along with Don Jr and the group’s vice chairwoman his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle. (thread)
Giuliani Partners LLC handled #AmericaFirst’s finances, a portion of which was allegedly funneled in from #Russia.

The group spent about $415,000 at the Trump International Hotel & restaurants.

#AmericaFirst paid Kellyanne Conway’s former firm, the Polling Company ($476,000)
#AmericaFirst (continued)

Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s firm, Green Monster Consulting ($75,000)

Former Milwaukee sheriff David A. Clarke’s firm, DAC Enterprises ($92,000)

Trump campaign manager, Brad Parscale’s firm Parscale Strategy LLC ($184,000)
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SCOOP: Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Soviet-born Trump donors who helped Giuliani’s efforts to investigate Joe Biden, were arrested late Wednesday on criminal charges of violating campaign finance rules.
by @rebeccaballhaus @aviswanatha @sgurman #Maddow…
@rebeccaballhaus @aviswanatha @sgurman Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are embroiled in Giuliani's scheme to shakedown Ukraine's state-owned gas company and smear the Bidens, have been under investigation by the SDNY, and are expected to appear in federal court in VA later on Thursday.
@rebeccaballhaus @aviswanatha @sgurman Giuliani associates, PARNAS and FRUMAN, via their foreign donations, sought to advance political interests of a Ukrainian govt official with whom they were working.

Like Sam Patten, who funneled $50K from a Ukrainian oligarch into Trump's inaugural fund.
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NEW: Trump pressed Tillerson to pressure DOJ to drop a case against Reza Zarrab, a client of Giuliani's who Mike Flynn agreed to spring from prison as part of his $15M 'kidnap Gulen for Turkey' deal, and who ran his business out of Trump Towers Istanbul.…
Other participants in the Oval meeting were shocked by Trump's request. Tillerson refused, arguing it would constitute interference in an ongoing investigation and repeated his objections to John Kelly, emphasizing that such a request was illegal.
In 2016, Erdogan asked VP Biden to drop Reza Zarrab's case and fire US Atty @PreetBharara. Biden refused

"Zarrab's case is toxic to Erdogan. He began cultivating Trump's team before the election. After Flynn resigned, they began working with Giuliani."
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BREAKING: As Trump bullied Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden, Trump donors Parnas, Fruman, and Sargeant – associates of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani – were hatching a plan to profit from Ukraine’s state-run natural gas company.…
Sargeant, who donated $100K in Jun to the Trump Victory Fund, told a senior exec at Ukraine’s state-run gas company that he regularly meets with Trump at Mar-a-Lago and that the gas-sales plan had Trump’s full support [because he's getting a cut?].
A former business partner of Favorov [senior exec at Ukraine’s state-run gas company, Naftogaz] said that Favorov described his meeting with Sargeant, Fruman, and Parnas to him soon after it happened and that Favorov perceived it to be a shakedown.
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Barr has prompted backlash in Australia, Italy, and the UK [our allies!] by meeting directly with foreign leaders and personally asking for help with his 'review' of Russia-probe origins—rather than relying on investigator-to-investigator channels.
Barr’s personal requests have irked counterintelligence officials and foreign intelligence officials expressed annoyance that the US Justice Dept was going around them to talk to political leaders.

“This could put the Five Eyes relationship in jeopardy.”
Barr is a "one-man wrecking ball to our allies."
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BREAKING: 2nd intelligence official – with more direct information about the events than the first whistleblower – was also alarmed by Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and is weighing whether to file his own formal complaint and testify to Congress.
The second official is among those interviewed by the intelligence community IG to corroborate the allegations of the 1st whistleblower and is closer to the events which ultimately touched off an impeachment inquiry.
by @nytmike @adamgoldmanNYT #Maddow
@nytmike @adamgoldmanNYT BREAKING: @MarkSZaidEsq, who represents the whistleblower who sounded the alarm on Trump's dealings with Ukraine and triggered an impeachment inquiry, is now representing a second whistleblower who has *first-hand* knowledge of events and has spoken the
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NEW: Weeks before the complaint became public, CIA's top lawyer made criminal referral to DOJ on the whistleblower's allegations about Trump's abuse of power, raising questions about why DOJ didn't open an inquiry.
by @KenDilanianNBC @JuliaEAinsley #Maddow
@KenDilanianNBC @JuliaEAinsley The move by CIA's general counsel, a Trump appointee, meant she and other senior officials concluded a potential crime had been committed by Trump, raising questions about why DOJ closed the case without conducting an investigation.

Because, Barr.
@KenDilanianNBC @JuliaEAinsley NSC lawyers [whose chief legal adviser is John Eisenberg] directed WH officials to move Trump's Ukraine call transcript to the high security server.

It was also Eisenberg who alerted the DOJ about the whistleblower complaint [in which he was implicated].
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NEW!! GOP Sen Ron Johnson said Trump ambassador Gordon Sondland told him in Aug that the status of the aid to Ukraine was tied to Trump's desire to have Kyiv investigate matters related to the 2016 US elections.
by @rebeccaballhaus @siobhanehughes #Maddow…
@rebeccaballhaus @siobhanehughes 9 days later, Sondland denies any quid pro quo.

Taylor: “It’s crazy to withhold security aid for help with a political campaign.”

Sondland: “[Trump] has been crystal clear no quid pro quo’s of any kind. … I suggest we stop the back and forth by text."
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NEW: Texts from Volker, Taylor, Sondland, and others re Trump and Ukraine:

"Heard from WH–assuming Pres Z convinces Trump he will investigate..."what happened" in 2016, we will nail down a date for DC visit."

"Potus really wants the deliverable."
TAYLOR: Are we now saying that security aid and WH meetings are conditioned on investigations?

TAYLOR: The nightmare is they give the [public statement drafted Giuliani/others] and don't get US security aid. The Russians love it.
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NEW: Two of Trump’s top envoys to Ukraine [Volker and Sondland] drafted a statement in Aug for President Zelensky to release that would have committed Ukraine to pursuing investigations sought by Trump into his political rivals [Biden].
by @nytmike #Maddow
@nytmike The statement they wanted Zelensky to release would have committed Ukraine to investigating Burisma, which had employed Hunter Biden, as well as the debunked conspiracy that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Hillary Clinton. JFC.
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NEW: Trump had the ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, dismissed after Giuliani and other Trump allies claimed she was blocking Biden probe.

State officials were told this spring that her removal was a priority for Trump.
by @rebeccaballhaus #Maddow…
@rebeccaballhaus Recall this May 7, 2019 report by @joshrogin: US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was abruptly recalled ahead of her scheduled departure after she became a target of political attacks by Trump allies, right-wing media, and Don Jr.
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NEW: Encrypted text messages show Volker and US Officials Gordon Sondland and Bill Taylor arguing last month over whether Trump was engaged in a quid pro quo as he pressed Ukraine to investigate the Bidens while withholding US aid.
HT @riotwomennn #FoxNews
@riotwomennn "As I said on the phone, I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign," Bill Taylor [US Embassy in Ukraine] said in a text to US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland [who donated $1M to Trump's inaugural].
@riotwomennn .@ChrisMurphyCT: "Bill Taylor is a West Point grad, Vietnam vet, career public servant, and our chief diplomat in Ukraine and an expert on the country.

If Taylor believes the aid [to Ukraine] was withheld to get the interference, that’s big news."
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BREAKING: One of Pence’s top advisers, his NSA, retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, was on Trump's July 25 extortion call with Zelensky. Pence would have had access to the transcript within hours of the call.
by @gregpmiller @GregJaffe @AshleyRParker
@gregpmiller @GregJaffe @AshleyRParker Kellogg, Pence’s top national security adviser, listened in on the July 25 call from the Situation Room –– a call that so alarmed White House lawyers, they quickly moved the call notes a server reserved for “codeword-level” records.

Pence knew.
@gregpmiller @GregJaffe @AshleyRParker White House officials said Pence likely would have received the detailed notes of Trump’s call in his briefing book on Jul 26. The 5-page document also would have been part of the briefing materials Pence took with him to Warsaw for his Zelensky meeting.
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🔥Raskin holds up “Packet of Propaganda, Disinformation & Conspiracy Theories” IG says State Dept/Pompeo received in May from WH‼️ IG now sees its relevance to Trump/Giuliani’s disinformation campaign shifting blame for #Russia’s attack onto #Ukraine.
#UkraineGate #Whistleblower
🔥>> The “Packet of Prioaganda” is from #GIULIANI! CNN reporter @MichaelRWarren just confirmed Rudy said he sent the files to Pompeo. And Pompeo told him he’d refer the documents for investigation. Files of smears and #disinformation about Bidens and Amb Yovanovitch. #UkraineGate
BTW #UkraineGate isn’t the 1st time #Pompeo elevated conspiracy theories peddled by propagandists like Giuliani.

Nov 2017: Pompeo met w/ #Russia truther Bill Binney pushing a conspiracy theory that DNC hack was NOT Russia… on Russian RT then Fox #Maddow
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We're going to need to see that “word for word, comma for comma … exact transcript.”
TRUMP re Ukraine call during presser with President of Finland: “word for word, comma for comma…we had an exact transcript.”

NOW: Justice Dept tells White House to preserve all presidential records, including notes of Trump-foreign leader calls.
"The memo of Trump’s call with Zelensky appears remarkably different in speed and content from the full transcripts of calls between Trump and foreign leaders."

We need to see the “word for word, comma for comma…exact transcript” that Trump touted today.
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NEW: Trump's directive to freeze Ukrainian aid came in June, earlier than has previously been reported –– a move that continues to baffle US officials. via @ShimonPro

Recall, Jared Kushner met with Zelensky in Brussels on Jun 4.
cc @lrozen #Maddow…
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NEW: Just 2 days after Boris Johnson became prime minister, Trump personally solicited the UK leader for help with discrediting the Mueller probe.

That call was just 1 day after Trump made his now-infamous extortion call with Ukraine President Zelenskiy.…
Jul 24: Mueller testifies

Jul 25: Trump calls Ukraine President Zelensky and solicits dirt on Biden and help with discrediting Mueller probe

Jul 26: Trump calls UK Prime Minister Johnson and solicits help discrediting Mueller probe
HT @AhmedBaba_ #Maddow
@AhmedBaba_ ICYMI: In Oct 2017, Boris Johnson [who Trump asked to help discredit the Mueller probe] was pictured in London with Russian operative Joseph Mifsud, who offered Papadopoulos dirt on Hillary Clinton and recently sent a recorded message to Barr.
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