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NEW: Trump pressuring Zelensky on July call followed a months-long fight inside the admin that sidelined key national security officials & empowered political loyalists like Giuliani to exploit the US relationship with Ukraine washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
🥶“Rudy—he did all of this.… This s---show that we’re in — it’s him injecting himself into the process.” NEW report on #Giuliani's shadow #Ukraine agenda as key foreign policy officials were sidelined in order to exploit US foreign policy to benefit Trump washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
🤯#Giuliani got US Ambassador to #Ukraine Yovanovitch fired! Though widely respected for her efforts to prod Ukraine to take on corruption, Giuliani targeted her with wild accusations of being part of a secret liberal conspiracy to expose Manafort orchestrated by George Soros.👀
Rogue clown Giuliani went on FoxNews tonight to spill his guts to Laura Ingraham. Rudy's still trying to vindicate Manafort & Trump in the Russia investigation! By pushing an alternative universe of "Ukraine collusion" disinformation, leveraging US foreign policy in the process.
Giuliani said "the entire State Department was a problem." THAT straight-up echoes Russian propaganda. Putin has long bashed the State Dept for promoting democracy and human rights, even in places like Russia & Ukraine (how dare they!). That's how Putin's Hillary grudge began.
This makes clear that Trump wanted dirt on Biden himself: Trump used his July 25 call w/ Zelensky not only to get #Ukraine to revive a dormant & baseless inquiry on Biden's son. He wanted to WIDEN the investigation TO INCLUDE BIDEN himself for possible wrongdoing. #Whistleblower
Trump's own natsec people thought he was extorting #Ukraine: "Although the question of a linkage or leverage never came up in the formal NSC discussions, participants began to believe that Trump was 'withholding the aid until [Ukraine] gave him something on Biden or Manafort.'"
This report on Giuliani chasing RW conspiracies in Ukraine is insane. Confusion, distrust, worry in Pentagon, NSC & State b/c Trump's co-opted national security apparatus for his own political pursuits. It got so bad they delayed Zelensky call, dreading Trump wld do what he did.
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