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As @RitaKonaev notes, "Mattis had no problem disagreeing w/Obama about transgender people in the military or women in combat but won’t criticize Trump for asking foreign powers for dirt about political opponents.

This isn’t about him being above politics. This is his politics."
Excellent point here, and makes you wonder why Mattis' deference to the commander-in-chief is selectively applied in this manner 🤔
7 freshman House Ds, all with natsec experience: "If true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense ...

We call on our colleagues in Congress to consider the use of all congressional authorities available, including inherent contempt."
"We have devoted our lives to the service and security of our country, and throughout our careers, we have sworn oaths to defend the Constitution of the United States many times over.

Now, we join as a unified group to uphold that oath." #ImpeachTrump

Trump ordered a hold on military aid days before calling Ukrainian president to pressure him 8x to investigate Biden's son, officials say washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
"Trump’s order to withhold aid to Ukraine a week before his call with Zelenskyy is likely to raise questions about the motivation for his decision and fuel suspicions that Trump sought to leverage congressionally approved aid to damage a political rival."
"Zelenskyy “directly” expressed concerns at their meeting [with Sen. @ChrisMurphyCT] that “the aid that was being cut off to #Ukraine by the president was a consequence” of his unwillingness to launch an investigation into the Bidens." #extortion
NYT confirms: Trump ordered acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to freeze more than $391 million in aid to Ukraine in the days before Trump was scheduled to speak with the Ukrainian president nytimes.com/2019/09/23/us/…
#RudyGiuliani on #Hannity: “I wasn't acting on my own, I was following instructions of the @StateDept.”

Should have taken that Senate opportunity when you had the chance, @SecPompeo.
Ambassador @McFaul is precisely right, not only because release of the #WhistleblowerComplaint is mandated by law, but the complaint also documents misconduct by Trump beyond his phone call with Zelenskyy.
The confession: Trump admits he attempted to extort a foreign government to fabricate dirt on his opponent.

Trump admits he blocked aid to Ukraine a week before his call with Zelenskyy
Trump admits he blocked aid to Ukraine a week before his 7/25 call with Zelenskyy, and that "there was pressure put on with respect to Joe Biden." #Extortion #WhistleblowerComplaint
Ignore Trump's latest pretext for extortion – it's 100% false.

"EU has given $3.63 billion in financial assistance to Ukraine since 2014 - the largest amount to any non-EU country. A further $550 million is conditional on Ukraine implementing reforms." reuters.com/article/us-ukr…
.@repjohnlewis: "I truly believe the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come.

To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy."
Trump #Ukraine whistleblower could testify before Congress 'as soon as this week' #ImpeachTrump #WhistleblowerGate independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…
“The president is making lawlessness a virtue in our country.”

"A betrayal of national security": Speaker Pelosi announces formal #impeachment inquiry of Trump #ImpeachTrump
.@SpeakerPelosi: "Today, I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.

The president must be held accountable; no one is above the law." #ImpeachTrump
.@SenJohnKennedy seems to be unaware that numerous entities and media outlets have investigated the allegations against Biden and found them baseless.

So let's help him out.

1) Timeline in Ukraine Probe Casts Doubt on Trump and Giuliani’s Biden Claim
cc @SenJohnKennedy

2) Ukraine Prosecutor Says No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Bidens bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
cc @SenJohnKennedy

3) Ukraine Ousts Viktor Shokin, Top Prosecutor, and Political Stability Hangs in the Balance nyti.ms/22YYDky
Of course, @SenJohnKennedy isn't genuinely interested in the facts and evidence – he is simply engaged in a bad faith effort to muddy the waters and avoid responding directly to the matter of Trump's misconduct.

A profound disservice to his constituents and the country.
"The claims [against Biden] are not backed up by any evidence."

Trump whistleblower scandal, explained from Ukraine
cc @SenJohnKennedy

"The claims are not backed up by any evidence ...

Did Joe Biden get the prosecutor who was investigating his son fired?


There was no investigation of Biden’s son in Ukraine."

Trump whistleblower scandal, explained from Ukraine
"The meeting could give Democrats a stream of evidence as they consider whether to impeach the president."

White House working out a deal to allow the whistleblower to share at least some of the details with congressional investigators #ImpeachTrump nytimes.com/2019/09/24/us/…
"Ukraine is now facing the prospect of becoming a double victim: on the one hand, a victim of Putin’s aggression; on the other, a victim of Trump’s desire to be re-elected at any price."

@getmalyona: Ukraine is not your political football nytimes.com/2019/09/24/opi…
"Ukraine would like to remain what it has been now, for the past five years: a reliable partner for the United States, not a source of “kompromat” for domestic political infighting."
"The #WhistleblowerComplaint also includes references to other developments tied to Trump, including efforts by Giuliani to insert himself into US-Ukrainian relations."

Giuliani pursued shadow Ukraine agenda as key foreign policy officials were sidelined washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
"Some senior officials worked behind the scenes to hold off a Trump meeting or call with Zelenskiy out of concern that Trump would use the conversation to press Kyiv for damaging information on Joe Biden and his son."
.@StateDept was directly involved in Giuliani's smear campaign against Biden: Rudy briefed special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker & Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland on multiple conference calls about his progress in pursuing a Ukraine investigation thedailybeast.com/impeachment-in…
"According to 2 sources inside @StateDept, US diplomats were aware of the details of Giuliani’s work in Ukraine on Biden as early as this spring.

Senior officials at State were read in on Giuliani’s calls with Volker and Sondland."
Giuliani, holds up phone: “You know who I did at the request of? The State Dept. I never talked to a Ukrainian official until @StateDept called me & asked me to do it. And then I reported every conversation back to them.

It’s all right here, right here."
The director of national intelligence & the inspector general for the intelligence community each referred the #WhistleblowerComplaint to DOJ for a criminal investigation into Trump's actions.

Naturally, Bill Barr refused. nytimes.com/2019/09/25/us/…
"Trump urged the president of Ukraine to contact Attorney General William Barr about opening a potential corruption investigation connected to Joe Biden." #WhistleblowerComplaint
"Trump’s suggestion that American law enforcement be directly involved & in contact with Ukraine’s government marks the first evidence that Trump personally sought to harness the power of the US government to further a politically motivated investigation."
Quid pro quo.

“Do us a favor”: transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian president shows him offering U.S. assistance for Biden investigation #WhistleblowerComplaint #impeachment washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
Zelenskyy: “I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. .. We are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the US."

Trump: “I would like you to do us a favor though ...” #QuidProQuo #Impeach45
The same AG Bill Barr who Trump instructed Zelenskyy to help investigate Biden.

And the same AG Bill Barr who rejected referrals of the #WhistleblowerComplaint by the DNI and the IC inspector general for a criminal investigation into Trump. #Impeach45
What a diplomatic disaster for Ukraine.

Trump: "Germany does almost nothing for you. All they do is talk"

Zelenskiy: "Yes you are absolutely right. Not only 100%, but 1000%. I did talk to Merkel & Macron and I told them they are not doing quite as much."
Zelenskiy: "It turns out that even though logically, the European Union should be our biggest partner but technically the United States is a much bigger partner than the EU."

EU: $16.5 billion in grants and loans to Ukraine since 2014
US: $1.9 billion
The exchange about the EU not enforcing sanctions on Russia strictly enough is remarkable, given that Trump tried to lift them as soon as he entered office, actively impeded CAATSA, and constantly calls for closer ties with Russia with no preconditions.
Trump: “I think you should ask for @VP Pence’s conversation [with Ukraine], because he had a couple of conversations also.”

Called it: Trump blew off Poland and his scheduled meeting with Zelenskyy to let Pence do his dirty work.
Advisor to Zelenskiy @Leshchenkos: after weeks of discussions with American officials, "it was clear that Trump will only have communications [with #Ukraine's president] if they will discuss the Biden case." #QuidProQuo #Impeach45 abcn.ws/2lMlUvD
The same stunt the Trump regime pulled with Comey's memos.

Nothing to hide. / #QuidProQuo #Impeach45
“Zelenskiy does not come out looking good from this: giving the ex-US ambassador a kicking, Merkel & the Europeans a kicking, & agreeing to do Trump’s dirty work on Biden": @tashecon

For Ukraine's leader, Trump memo on their call is a diplomatic car crash reut.rs/2mMp7eY
The whistleblower raised alarms not only about Trump's Zelenskiy call, but also how the White House handled records of the conversation.

S/he named multiple WH officials as witnesses to Trump's misconduct who could corroborate the complaint to the IC IG nytimes.com/2019/09/25/us/…
More revelations are coming, and they will be devastating.

"The transcript contained a footnote that said it was not “verbatim,” and it contained ellipses.

And Engel’s memo, dated Sep. 24, said in a footnote it was a revision of an original from Sep. 3."
"By mentioning Crowdstrike in the phone call, the U.S. president was trying to get Russia off the hook for the 2016 email hacks."

Favor #2: Trump also asked Ukraine to revive a QAnon-concocted Hillary conspiracy theory #QuidProQuo #Impeach45 defenseone.com/technology/201…
This was always Trump's more serious crime, as documented in the Mueller report: his obstruction of the counterintelligence investigation by dismissing the evidence of Russian election interference and endorsing Putin's denials #QuidProQuo #Impeach45
"Previously undisclosed records indicate that attorneys representing Trump and Manafort respectively had at least 9 conversations relating to this effort, beginning in the early days of the Trump administration, and lasting until as recently as May 2019."
🚨White House officials tried to move records of #Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine for dirt on Joe Biden to a different computer server – evidence of a shocking cover up effort: #WhistleblowerComplaint #QuidProQuo #Impeach45 nydailynews.com/news/politics/…
@docrocktex26 Looking forward to the righteous outrage from the "Clinton's private server" folks. @RepMarkMeadows
@Jim_Jordan @RepMattGaetz

Maybe they can find the official emails Jared and Ivanka re-routed after they were caught using personal accounts.
"White House officials moved the records of some of Trump’s communications with foreign officials onto a separate computer network from where they are normally stored.

That is what officials did with Trump’s July 25 call with Zelenskiy." #QuidProQuo washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
"Senior White
House officials had intervened to "lock down” all records of the phone call, especially the
official word-for-word transcript of the call.

WH officials were "directed” by WH lawyers to
remove the transcript from the computer system."
#WhistleblowerComplaint: "The transcript was loaded into a separate electronic system that is otherwise used
to store and handle classified information of an especially sensitive nature ..

The call did
not contain anything remotely sensitive." #QuidProQuo
"It was "made clear” that the President
did not want to meet with Zelenskyy until he saw how Zelenskyy "chose to act" in
office ..

A meeting or phone call between [Trump] and
Zelenskyy would depend on whether Zelenskyy showed willingness to "play ball." #WhistleblowerComplaint
So many witnesses. #WhistleblowerComplaint

"There were a dozen White House officials who listened to the call, in addition to a @StateDept official, Ulrich Brechbuhl.

Multiple State Department and Intelligence Community officials were also briefed on the contents of the call."
"I want to ask you a favor, though"

"[Zelenskiy's] willingness to play ball"

“senior White House officials had intervened to lock down all records of the phone call"

"they had witnessed the President abuse his office for personal gain”
I agree with @RepRatcliffe: the rough transcript is second-hand information. I look forward to the many corroborating witnesses to the call – who were interviewed by the IC IG – testifying before HPSCI, along with the retrieval of the verbatim transcript from the secret server.
"This was 'not the first time' under this Administration that a Presidential transcript was placed into this codeword-level system solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive — rather than national security sensitive — information." #WhistleblowerComplaint
Now we know where Marina Gross' notes went: right next to the rest of Trump's conversations with Putin. #WhistleblowerComplaint
'He did not violate anything’: former top Ukrainian prosecutor Yuri Lutsenko, whose allegations were at the heart of @RudyGiuliani's smear campaign, says Hunter Biden did not break any laws in Ukraine #WhistleblowerComplaint #QuidProQuo
Audio of Trump at the US Mission to the UN, maligning the whistleblower as "almost a spy," and suggesting that the White House officials who informed him/her about Trump's call extorting Ukraine's president should be executed for treason. (h/t @scottbix)
"Giuliani also said he had a "nice little trail" of text message conversations with the top US diplomat to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, to prove his story.

"I spoke to the @StateDept during the course of this situation at least 10 times, and I met with them." cnn.com/2019/09/26/pol…
"He also said he had more text messages, 5 or 6, that indicate the @StateDept was encouraging his work in Ukraine.

"I'm going to use them to protect myself if and when I need them," Giuliani said." #WhistleblowerComplaint
"An unpaid volunteer, Volker spends most of his time engaged in outside projects, including his work at a Washington lobbying firm that continued to represent the Government of Ukraine for almost 2 years after Volker started as special envoy [to Ukraine]." nbcnews.com/politics/trump…
Trump's call for the killing of the whistleblower's sources comes on the same day that a US soldier tied to yet another MAGABomber plot against Trump's perceived enemies. rferl.org/amp/former-u-s…

His incitement has a receptive audience.
“You know what we used to do in the old days, with spies and treason": video of Trump's threat of violence against the whistleblower and his sources #WhistleblowerComplaint #Impeach45
"Zelenskiy’s comments mark the first known example of an interaction government ethics experts warned about when Trump took office: that foreign leaders would try to influence Trump by spending money at his properties and telling him about it." #corruption washingtonpost.com/business/2019/…
"Other foreign leaders — including from Kuwait, Bahrain and Malaysia — haven’t been bashful about holding events at the Trump hotel in DC, & when the Saudi crown prince made his visit to NY last year, members of his entourage also stayed at Trump’s hotel."
Rudy Giuliani abruptly canceled his scheduled paid appearance at a Kremlin-backed conference in Armenia next week after @washingtonpost reported on his participation in the meeting, which Putin and other top Russian officials are expected to attend
"White House officials were particularly distressed by Trump’s remarks because .. he was forgiving Russia for an attack that had been designed to help elect him."

Trump told Lavrov & Kislyak he wasn’t concerned about Moscow's interference in US election washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
"A memorandum summarizing the meeting was limited to all but a few officials with the highest security clearances in an attempt to keep Trump’s comments from being disclosed publicly."

NB: the American press was barred from that meeting, but not Russia’s. nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/…
This, following the July 2018 debacle in Helsinki, is particularly intriguing in light of recent revelations.

What "offer" did Trump make to Putin involving #Ukraine? #WhistleblowerComplaint
Trump said during private remarks this week that he raised Hunter Biden with his China intermediary on trade talks, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman #WhistleblowerComplaint washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
"Schwarzman spokeswoman: “Steve never spoke to the President about Joe Biden or his family, nor has he had any conversations w/ the Chinese about Biden or his family.”

It is unusual for Schwartman to dispute Trump’s description of the supposed exchange."
Sounds like Steve Schwarzman isn't willing to take the legal fall for Trump's attempted solicitation of Hunter Biden dirt from the Chinese.
Now this headline from 3 days ago makes a lot more sense: I'll end the trade war if you "play ball" on my opponent's son.

Trump says trade deal with China could happen sooner than people think #WhistleblowerComplaint reuters.com/article/us-usa…
"According to the #WhistleblowerComplaint, Volker helped organize meetings with Rudy Giuliani and Ukrainian officials. 

The complaint also alleges that Volker went to Kyiv to help guide #Ukraine officials on how to handle #Trump’s demands." @statepress
Former US special envoy to #Ukraine Kurt Volker plans to appear before the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees next week for his deposition #WhistleblowerComplaint cnn.com/2019/09/28/pol…
All this talk of extorting foreign governments reminds me of the time Trump's son-in-law – in cahoots w/the Saudi crown prince via WhatsApp and secret 3 am meetings – leveraged an economic blockade of Qatar into a bailout for his heavily indebted building.
Pelley: Trump replies, "I would like you to do us a favor though."

@GOPLeader: You just added another word.

Pelley: No, it's in the transcript.

McCarthy: He said "I'd like you to do a favor though"?

Pelley: Yes, it's in the White House transcript.
"Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing worked alongside Giuliani to get dirt on Biden from Ukrainian officials ..

The 3 attorneys were working "off the books" – not within the Trump administration – and only the president knows the details of their work." foxnews.com/politics/giuli…
"#FoxNews has learned that the Pentagon, State Department and National Security Council were “unanimous” in supporting the aid to #Ukraine, and that Trump acted alone in withholding the aid." #WhistleblowerComplaint
As Trump threatens his "accuser," a reminder that there are in fact two separate whistleblowers who have reported Trump's corruption and abuse of power. #WhistleblowerComplaint
"The White House restricted access to the transcript to a small group of Trump aides, similar to the call with Zelensky.

And like that call, the discussion with Morrison shows Trump using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests."
.@SecPompeo was among administration officials who listened in on the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky, a disclosure that ties the @StateDept more closely to the House impeachment inquiry #WhistleblowerComplaint
Pompeo's move to intensify the State Department investigation into Clinton's emails to distract from Trump's troubles looks even worse with the revelation of his personal complicity in the Zelenskiy extortion and cover-up.
Attorney General Bill Barr has held private meetings overseas with foreign intelligence officials seeking their help in a @TheJusticeDept inquiry intended to discredit the US IC finding of Russian interference in the 2016 election
"Barr’s personal involvement is likely to stoke further criticism that he is helping the Trump administration use executive branch powers to augment investigations aimed primarily at the president’s adversaries." #WhistleblowerComplaint #ImpeachBarr
"In a Sept 22 interview, @SecPompeo had argued against releasing the transcript, never acknowledging he knew exactly what was in the call."

Pompeo was on Trump-Ukraine call at center of impeachment inquiry #WhistleblowerComplaint nbcnews.com/politics/donal…
9/22, Raddatz: "Trump pressed Ukraine's president 8x to work with Giuliani to investigate Biden's son. What do you know about those conversations?"

@SecPompeo: "So, you just gave me a report about an I.C. #WhistleblowerComplaint, none of which I've seen."
"AG Barr traveled to Italy, where he and [U.S. Attorney] Durham met senior Italian government officials and Barr asked the Italians to assist Durham ...

It was not Barr’s first trip to Italy to meet intelligence officials."
A peculiar gathering of Trump co-conspirators and allies occurring in Italy:

+ Gorka
Intimidating future would-be witnesses to his crimes.

"Trump’s fixation on discovering and discussing the identity of the whistleblower, whose anonymity is protected by law, was seen as a brazen move for a president under scrutiny for abuse of power."
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