1/16 It has begun. The GOP is spinning that the sole transcript Trump says he will release is more important than the #WhistleblowerComplaint as a tactic to insist everything should ride on this one supposed piece of evidence.

#ImpeachTrump #ImpeachmentParty #UkraineTranscript
2/16 All reports indicate this was a months-long conspiracy Trump and Giuliani were engaged in, subverting & bypassing officials who tried to stop them.

A single call does not BEGIN to give an accurate depiction of the events that lead up to this. washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
3/16 And Trump already has a shady history with releasing information.

Forget the obvious like his tax returns, school grades, and secret meetings with Putin.

Actually, a reminder of those secret meetings:
4/16 Recall the #BarrCoverUp memo which sought to spin the Mueller report, and subsequent continued attempts by Barr to suppress and hide the full nature and contents of the report.

washingtonpost.com/world/national…
5/16 Then there's this FEMA scandal, where FEMA was pressured to only release good news, and so covered up issues with disaster response under Trump.

How a watchdog whitewashed its oversight of FEMA’s disaster response with "feel good" reports wapo.st/2IsaCDY?tid=ss…
6/16 Then there are scientists, fired or pushed to resign by burying their work or forcing them to move hundreds of miles so the Trump regime can ignore climate change and rubber stamp dangerous chemicals and practices.

My whole thread on that field:
7/16 Remember the USS John McCain, hidden so Trump didn't have to see it, its sailors turned away from his speech, the Navy denying it all. nyti.ms/2Ibpl6p
8/16 Remember NOAA being forced to side with Trump over their own scientists because Wilbur Ross threatened to fire them if they didn't help Trump try to avoid admitting to even a minor mistake.
9/16 Remember Mike Pompeo being dispatched to Saudi Arabia to personally help MBS wiggle his way out of culpability in the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
10/16 Remember how Trump has crowed about his job numbers and unemployment rates, when it turns out the job numbers were a lie, and well below what was claimed, and unemployment rate is a smoke screen for labor force participation.
11/16 Remember how the GOP had a plan to blame white nationalist shootings on THE LEFT.

The GOP memo falsely pinned the El Paso massacre and other notable mass shootings on the left.
tampabay.com/florida-politi…
12/16 Remember how the Trump regime planned from the start to use its racist Zero Tolerance program to hurt immigrants...

Leaked memo shows Trump administration carefully plotted how to hurt migrant children and families dailykos.com/stories/2019/1…
13/16 ...and child separation was always intended to be permanent.

slate.com/news-and-polit…
14/16 Remember that Trump's whole career as a "businessman" is a lie, a giant gilded ball of hot air, and he has been losing money, stiffing contractors, and crashing companies for decades.
15/16 Remember Trump tried to force a racist question onto the #Census2020 to weaponize it so they could gerrymander distracts, protect the GOP, and disenfranchise hispanic voters. nyti.ms/2EFYWg4
16/16 From Stormy Daniels' payoffs to paying North Korea for Otto Warmbrier's torture & death, from Kavanaugh's debts to immigrant deaths, Trump's regime lies about everything.

Nothing Trump voluntarily releases can be trusted.

It's all #Gaslighting to save his hide.

#DemCast
And look at that. The "transcript" is out... only it's NOT a transcript, because it's explicitly NOT verbatim.

It's a memo about the conversation.

And it indicts Barr as being involved also. washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
The actual trans- er, MEMO that Donnie deliriously thinks is going to exonerate him and not at all implicate Barr WITH him: s.wsj.net/public/resourc…
And here comes Bill Barr, riding to the rescue... of Trump.

Wow, the DoJ already exonerated him? I think that's a new lie-speed record! npr.org/2019/09/25/764…
The lockstep GOP-parroted talking point is "no quid pro quo."

Only many are pointing out that even this, with Trump going straight from Javelin missiles to this "favor", is a lie.
Quid Pro Quo as laid out by @jedshug :
This.

Is the dumbest conspiracy.

EVER.

White House mistakenly sends Trump-Ukraine talking points to Democrats

EVER!

washingtonpost.com/politics/white…
Acting director of national intelligence threatened to resign if he couldn’t speak freely before Congress on whistleblower complaint washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
I am done for today. I have reached my stupid quote. Trump is trying to distract with the "butter e-mails" argument.

Again.

They're in Ukraine, apparently.
And here are the actual, easily de-bunked GOP talking points accidentally sent to Dems.

#UkraineWhistleblower #UkraineExtortion #Ukrainegate #UkraineTranscripts #UktraineMemo #UktraineTranscript #ImpeachTheMF #NoOneIsAboveTheLaw
Trump keeps naming more accomplices. This is how an episode of a murder mystery drama starts.

Mike Pence's turn to be added to the Trump-Giuliani-Barr Collusion Stew.
Whistle-Blower’s Complaint Says White House Tried to ‘Lock Down’ Ukraine Call Records nyti.ms/2loDsOi
Bill Barr's in-Justice Dept. rejected investigation of Trump's phone call after mere weeks even though both the director of national intelligence and inspector general for the intelligence community referred the complaint for criminal investigation washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
This admission from Maguire to Adam Schiff is astounding.

I don't think it's normal procedure to take a #WhistleblowerComplaint TO the subject of the complaint to ask how to proceed next!

Another Trump deflection tactic is the claim that the #WhistleblowerComplaint containing second-hand information is significant.

It is not.

The whole point is to investigate worrisome info.

If every complaint required an eye-witness, most would never be made to begin with.
As part of this conspiracy, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was recalled (with no replacement) to make way for Rudy Giuliani's unlawful fact-finding mission.

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/…
A good article about the point I've been making, that this is NOT about just one phone call:

The Ukraine Scandal Is Not One Phone Call. It’s a Massive Plot.
msn.com/en-us/news/opi…
Hey @LastWeekTonight

Trump's Ukraine Call 'Transcript' Proves This Is 'Stupid Watergate'

The Trumpists release a non-transcript that is nonetheless incriminating—for the president, for his attorney general, and for Rudy Giuliani. esquire.com/news-politics/…
Trump claims these are "perfect calls", totally ordinary.

Perfectly ordinary calls don't have their electronic copy moved to a computer reserved for highest level security calls.

Which is what happened.
Here is Trump attacking the whistleblower again for secondhand info.

There is nothing that says a whistleblower must have firsthand info.

But he also claims they have a "known bias."

Did somebody illegally tell him who the anonymous whistleblower is?

Or is this another lie?
Trump once again gets to the heart of the matter, as he sees it: "who told on me?"

Trump says whistleblower’s source is ‘close to a spy’, reports say

‘You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies?’ theguardian.com/us-news/live/2…
Former Federal Prosecutors Call for Giuliani to Be Disbarred, Possibly Indicted lawandcrime.com/high-profile/f… via @lawcrimenews
An important fact that is getting glossed over; there are indications that this series of events is the reason Ukraine suddenly ceased aiding Robert Mueller's investigation. We could well know more if the first call is released, though nothing is certain here.
There is audio of Trump calling reporters scum and the person who leaked to the whistleblower a spy, indicating in no uncertain terms they should be executed.

It was said at a private function where he felt he didn't need to hold back.

It is brutal. latimes.com/politics/story…
This was "not the first time" a transcript was put on the computer system reserved for code-word-level intelligence information due to concerns about politics, rather than national security.

What other promises has Trump made that he feels the need to hide?
We now know that #BarrTheFixer knew about the complaint almost from the beginning. How long was he working to hide it?

The whistle-blower, a CIA agent, first expressed his concerns anonymously to the CIA’s top lawyer.
nyti.ms/2ltzVye
And now we have a followup from the Washington Post about the Trump regime's regular use of that top secret server to hide calls!

Effort to shield Trump’s call with Ukrainian leader was part of broader secrecy effort washingtonpost.com/politics/effor…
Interesting...

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy held a conversation with Jared Kushner, on June 4th. The dinner was also attended by U.S. Secretary of State for Energy Rick Perry, and a number of other dignitaries. kyivpost.com/ukraine-politi…
Anybody else feel like this is the moment Putin throws Trump under the bus for maximum chaos?

A Kremlin spokesperson said Russia hopes the US doesn’t release transcripts of Trump’s conversations with Putin like it did with the Ukrainian president's calls. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
A perfect and very accurate pre-enactment of Trump's next call to Putin...
It takes true stupidity to meet with the NRA and discuss a quid pro quo exchange where Trump refuses to back gun control if they finance his efforts to stop his impeachment on the day the Senate told us the NRA is a long-term Russian asset. nytimes.com/2019/09/27/us/…
OH COME ON! I think their new strategy is "the cat's out of the bag, let's go all out"!

Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to speak at a Kremlin-backed conference in Armenia net Tuesday!
I can't keep up any longer, but apparently the backstabbing has begun.
The Trumpists Have Begun to Turn on Each Other Now. The Cannibal Feast Has Begun.

Mike Pompeo is the latest to get dragged into the Ukraine fiasco. esquire.com/news-politics/…
When it rains, it pours.

It's a damn flood right now.

Yet another tied to this whole Ukraine debacle goes down.

The rats are leaving the sinking ship.

statepress.com/article/2019/0…
Cannot make this up.

The Kremlin is openly mocking Trump about his calls with Putin.

Rather than answer directly, he dragged up a post from 2017, from a man who resigned in 2018, to claim his calls, most of which have happened SINCE that time, are above board.

Seriously.
H. R. McMaster resigned in March of 2018.

The post Trump posted was from may of 2017.

A quote from H. R. Puffenstuff has more credibility than this.

And he still didn't DIRECTLY answer the Kremlin's taunting!

You know, THIS one: nbcnews.com/news/world/kre…
This should surprise nobody:

Among the calls that were hidden on the highest level security computer system were Trump's conversations with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin. cnn.com/2019/09/27/pol…
John Eisenberg, the White House deputy counsel for national security affairs & a national security legal adviser, directed the Ukraine transcript call be moved to the separate highly classified system, as detailed in the #WhistleblowerComplaint.

thehill.com/homenews/admin…
"The subpoenaed documents shall be part of the impeachment inquiry & shared among the Committees. Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry."

Democrats subpoena Pompeo politi.co/2lGuAna
NBC tracked down the Ukrainian ex-prosecutor at the heart of Trump's accusations against Biden. He outright stated the Bidens broke no Ukrainian laws, but he had spoken with Giuliani more than 10 times. msnbc.com/andrea-mitchel… via @msnbc
Trump told Russian officials in 2017 he wasn’t concerned about Russian interference in US elections because the US did the same in other countries, alarming WH officials so that they limited access to the remarks to an unusually small number of people washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
I've said for a long time that if the intelligence community ever got fed up with Trump, it could decimate him. Trump's long-standing feud with, and disdain of, both them and law enforcement has been a foolish move. thehill.com/opinion/white-…
A relatively older article, this would explain why Mike Pompeo and the White House are angry with Giuliani pointing fingers at the State Department:

Giuliani says State Department asked him to take call from Ukrainian official thehill.com/homenews/admin…
Rudy Giuiliani can't keep a lie straight for 30 seconds on TV.

This will be hilarious.

House intel Dem wants Giuliani and Barr to testify in impeachment inquiry

amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/09/27…
Schiff confirms tentative agreement for whistleblower to testify before House Intelligence Committee

cnn.com/2019/09/29/pol…
Just a reminder, the first thing Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker did when his name came into this was resign. Could somebody be flipping already?

Volker plans to appear before congressional committees next week cnn.com/2019/09/28/pol…
1/8 Many are rightly characterizing Trump's actions as those of a mob boss.

With his allusion to a Civil War if he is removed & his threat to have Adam Schiff arrested for treason, he continues to compound this situation with mafioso threats.

A reminder of past such behavior:
2/8 Also, clarifying Trump's latest twitter tantrum:

This is a lie, & stochastic terrorism in calling for a Civil War.

It also states that Trump "beating" Hillary Clinton was an impeachable offense, an inadvertent admission of guilt in stealing the election, so extra dumb.
3/8 This is a lie.

No "long-standing whistleblower rules" were changed just before this was submitted.

For one, that would have had to happen under Trump. We know THAT wasn't the case.
4/8 This is a lie.

As noted many times before in this thread, there is NO law that states a whistleblower complaint must be based on 1st-hand knowledge. The point is to investigate and seek corroboration.

Also, 100% of the #WhistleblowerComplaint has proven true.
5/8 This is a lie, a threat, and attempted #ObstructionOfJustice.

Threatening to have Adam Schiff arrested for treason ITSELF could prove to be another crime.
6/8 This is a lie.

The Bidens have been cleared. Burisma was being investigated for activity from before Hunter Biden joined it.

His joining it was dumb and poorly-timed, but not criminal.

What exhibit do we even label this, after so many admissions of guilt by Trump?
7/8 This is a lie, and further obstruction, and a threat, and yet another attack on the #FreePress.
8/8 And THIS is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky playing a piano duet with his genitals.

A comedian who was elected because he PLAYED the president on TV, THIS is the man that Trump is trotting out to back up his account of things.

via @YouTube
Lawyers Joe diGenova & Victoria Toensing (who Trump once hired & fired in the span of a week) Teamed Up With Giuliani to Dig Up Ukraine Dirt on Biden

Giuliani has denied working with any other attorneys in his quest, a claim that is now proven a lie.

thedailybeast.com/joe-digenova-a…
A former Ukrainian parliament member & adviser to Ukraine's president says it was a "well-known fact" that Trump wanted "compromising" information on Biden. Serhiy Leshchenko added that Ukraine's president knew that US aid to his country was at stake. cbsnews.com/news/donald-tr…
Column: Civil War, treason and #FakeWhistleblower: Trump is handling impeachment calmly perfectly chicagotribune.com/columns/rex-hu…
Oh holy hell, how far down does this spiral?

Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry’s Origins

The discussion was another instance of the president using American diplomacy for potential personal gain.
nytimes.com/2019/09/30/us/…
Pompeo Took Part in Trump-Zelensky Phone Call, Official Says

McConnell says he envisions Senate trial if House passes articles of impeachment wsj.com/articles/mccon…
Oh look, more obstruction and witness intimidation

Trump demands to meet whistleblower, warns of "Big Consequences"
thehill.com/homenews/admin…
FFS. Italy, not you too!
abcnews.go.com/Politics/barr-…
Barr personally asked foreign officials to aid inquiry into CIA, FBI activities in 2016 washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
I know many are pointing this out. I am just adding it here to remind folks that there are all sorts of doors opening up.

There’s another whistleblower complaint. It’s about Trump’s tax returns. washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-w…
Lawyers for the House of Representatives say they have reason to believe that the grand-jury redactions in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report show that Trump lied about his knowledge of his campaign’s contacts with #WikiLeaks. politi.co/2oL1LHw via @politico
Australian Ambassador Joe Hockey’s May 2019 letter to US Attorney General offering to assist with investigation:
Fact check: Were whistleblower rules changed before Ukraine complaint?

“The law was not changed. What happened was a form was changed. A form cannot change the law,” one attorney told NBC News. nbcnews.com/politics/polit…
Both William Barr & Mike Pompeo personally participated in contacts between Trump & at least 4 foreign leaders seeking stories to damage Joe Biden or undermine the US intelligence community's 2017 assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. reut.rs/2o6Fsvl
'Pure insanity': Intelligence veterans are floored by Barr's 'off the books' overtures to foreign officials about the Russia probe businessinsider.com/intel-veterans…
A reminder: House Dems have made it clear that to say "no" to this IS obstruction.

Pompeo accuses Democrats of bullying and refuses to honor deposition request cnn.com/2019/10/01/pol…
Kurt Volker and Marie Yovanovitch, Figures in Trump-Ukraine Whistleblower Complaint, to Appear Before Congress Despite Mike Pompeo's Attempts at Obstruction thedailybeast.com/kurt-volker-an… via @thedailybeast
The Rarely Used Congressional Power That Could Force William Barr’s Hand

It hasn’t been done in nearly a century, but House Democrats could arrest the attorney general after they find him in contempt. theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
Interesting. From all indications State Department employees are fed up and defying Pompeo. First with the two above testifying and now with the State Dept. IG stepping in.
State Dept inspector general expected to give 'urgent' Ukraine briefing on Hill - ABC News - abcn.ws/2p88o6T via @ABC
Mike Pompeo says 5 State Department employees called to give depositions to the House won't show up, but they seem to be telling a different story:
washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
This is not how that works!

The Kremlin says Russia would have to give consent before transcripts of calls between Trump and Putin could be published bloomberg.com/news/articles/… via @bpolitics
Trump Was Repeatedly Warned By His Own Staff That Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Was ‘Completely Debunked’ nytimes.com/2019/09/29/us/…
A judge wants assurances the Trump regime isn't destroying evidence after a lawsuit filed in May accused the WH of failing to create & preserve records of Trump regime calls with foreign leaders

This suddenly seems a lot more urgent. buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil… via @zoetillman
I missed this when it came out. It's hilarious given the current context:

Trump's Own Lawyers Suggested Democrats Would Have A Stronger Case To Get His Records If They Were Pursuing Impeachment
buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
State Dept inspector general requests 'urgent' Ukraine briefing on Capitol Hill abcnews.go.com/Politics/state…
So much corruption, so little time...

A Trump hotel mystery: Giant reservations followed by empty rooms

The House is investigating whether groups tried to curry favor with Trump by booking rooms at his hotels but never using them. politi.co/2pi1VGJ via @politico
Trump’s most recent tactic is claiming that Democrats not only knew about the #WhistleblowerComplaint from the start, but that they WROTE it.

Apparently this is based on the fact that Adam Schiff got an early copy of the complaint (which was legal): nytimes.com/2019/10/02/us/…
Trump rolled out the claim above during his press conference with the President of Finland, where he also suggested getting rid of Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff:
cbsnews.com/news/donald-tr…
1/3 Enter clown number two.

SURE, WHY NOT: TRUMP ASKED BORIS JOHNSON TO HELP DISCREDIT MUELLER

The president has reportedly asked numerous foreign leaders to smear his enemies. vanityfair.com/news/2019/10/d… via @VanityFair
2/3 Trump Called Boris Johnson for Help Discrediting Mueller Inquiry: Report thedailybeast.com/trump-called-b… via @thedailybeast
3/3 Trump personally asked U.K.'s Boris Johnson for help discrediting Mueller report: Times of London on.mktw.net/2oyRmOP
Normally I wouldn't add this to this thread, but it feels relevant.

NYC subway riders greeted by ad hyping ‘crazy’ Rudy Giuliani’s law offices: ‘Will work when drunk!’ nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-c…
OMG, the site is real! HAHAHAHAHAHA. crazyrudylaw.com
Adam Schiff's official twitter statement on the whstleblower seeking aid with how to handle their #WhistleblowerComplaint --
1/2 ‘We’re Not Fooling Around’: House Democrats Vow to Subpoena White House

Trump angrily lashed out at Democrats in sometimes profane terms, calling them “dishonest” and “corrupt" as they pursue impeachment.
nytimes.com/2019/10/02/us/…
2/2 .@RepCummings, Oversight & Reform Committee Chairman: “Over the past several weeks, the committees tried several times to obtain voluntary compliance with our requests for documents, but the White House has refused to engage with — or even respond to — the committees.”
1/2 Pence's entire career as Vice President has been him ducking in and out of brief controversies while desperately trying to stay under the radar.

No more. Pence is in this up to his ears, and he delivered the quid pro quo threat.

2/2 Trump involved Pence in efforts to pressure Ukraine’s leader, though officials say vice president was unaware of allegations in whistleblower complaint washingtonpost.com/world/national…
GASP. You mean it's NOT complete? I am SO surprised!

#Sarcasm #LotsOfSarcasm

Odd markings, ellipses fuel doubts about the ‘rough transcript’ of Trump’s Ukraine call washingtonpost.com/technology/201…
Ukraine’s Ex-President Petro Poroshenko Says Biden Never Asked to Close Specific Cases

bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Former Ukraine president: Biden never asked to close cases thehill.com/policy/interna…
Trump is now OPENLY calling on China and Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, despite all evidence pointing to his accusations being nothing more than debunked conspiracy theories.
Can't.... stop.... laughing.... too... much... irony... going to... explode...

Don Jr. Warns That Joe Biden Might Abuse Presidential Powers to Enrich His Lowlife Relatives nymag.com/intelligencer/…
Giuliani was warned that Ukrainian claims of Bidens’ misconduct were not credible, Trump’s ex-envoy tells lawmakers

You know, Kurt Volker, the one who instantly quit and agreed to talk? washingtonpost.com/world/national…
That OTHER #Whistleblower pops up again...

IRS whistleblower said to report Treasury political appointee might have tried to interfere in audit of Trump or Pence washingtonpost.com/business/econo…
REPS LIEU AND RICE CALL FOR BRIBERY INVESTIGATION INTO NRA CHIEF EXECUTIVE WAYNE LAPIERRE

This would be for earlier last week when he offered to pay for Trump's impeachment defense in exchange for no more gun control efforts.
lieu.house.gov/media-center/p…
Just months after Trump’s inauguration, conspiracy theorists pushed a fanciful & unsubstantiated narrative in which the DNC framed Russia for election interference.

Trump bought the "insurance policy" conspiracy, & now it may get him impeached. nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1…
Schiff slams Trump's call for China to investigate Bidens as "repugnant" axios.com/adam-schiff-tr…
Trump Ordered Ukraine Ambassador Removed After Complaints From Giuliani, Others

Marie Yovanovitch dismissed after Trump allies said she was blocking Biden probe and bad-mouthing president, people familiar with the matter say wsj.com/articles/trump…
Two of Trump’s top envoys to Ukraine drafted a statement for the country’s new president in August that would have committed Ukraine to pursuing investigations sought by Trump into his political rivals.
nyti.ms/2V9ih07
Trump suggested (without prompting) China investigate the Bidens, thrusting another political grudge into what is already the world's most complicated & consequential relationship.

Trump raised Biden with Xi in June call housed in highly secure server
cnn.com/2019/10/03/pol…
After the Committee meetings with Kurt Volker today, Rep Swalwell says they have ample evidence Trump extorted Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate the Bidens.
Volker texts outline how Ukrainian investigation was linked to potential Trump-Zelensky meeting cnn.com/2019/10/03/pol…
'Crazy to withhold security assistance' to Ukraine for political campaign: Top US diplomat to Ukraine - ABC News - abcn.ws/2Vc2u0v via @ABC
Three deeply problematic aspects of newly released text messages centered on the Ukraine scandal washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/…
Trump suggests without evidence that pharmaceutical industry could be pushing impeachment probe cnbc.com/2019/10/03/tru…
This feels like maybe Trump is on too much Adderall again, since he sees it coming to get him...

Trump suggests Big Pharma behind impeachment

news.yahoo.com/trump-suggests…
FEC chair tweets reminder that accepting foreign help in an election is illegal after Trump urges China to investigate Joe Biden
cnbc.com/2019/10/03/fec…
Trump Said Ukraine Was A Corrupt Country Full Of “Terrible People" Who Were Out To Get Him

Former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker also told Congress "at no time" did he take part in an effort to investigate Joe Biden. buzzfeednews.com/amphtml/christ…
Trump Envoys Pushed Ukraine to Commit to Investigating Biden nyti.ms/2V9ih07
White House plans to spurn Democrats' request for documents in impeachment inquiry

Democrats have said WH failure to produce the material, requested this week with a Friday deadline, would be used as evidence of obstruction in impeachment proceedings. nbcnews.com/politics/trump…
John Solomon, the Journo Who Kicked Off Trump’s Ukraine Conspiracy, Leaves The Hill In Disgrace

His Biden-Ukraine conspiracies were cited multiple times in the whistleblower memo.

Many of his co-workers are ashamed to be associated with him. thedailybeast.com/leaked-memo-co…
Oh. Wow. This might be why Kurt Volker resigned and flipped.

According to the WSJ, who obtained a transcript of his testimony (linked in this tweet below), even HE did not know about Biden's name being brought up in the Zelensky call!
Trump, in August Call With GOP Senator, Denied Official’s Claim on Ukraine Aid

Sen. Ron Johnson asked the president after hearing of potential pressure campaign wsj.com/articles/trump…
Mike Pence just received a document request from Engel, Schiff and Cummings dated 10/04/19 oversight.house.gov/sites/democrat…
The Republicans’ “hearsay” defense of Trump has evaporated.

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson just provided the House Intelligence Committee documents on how he corroborated whistleblower complaint. cnn.com/2019/10/04/pol…
BREAKING: House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings subpoenas White House for Ukraine documents

House Democrats warned Wednesday that they would issue the subpoena by the end of the week if Trump officials refused to comply with the request for materials.
nbcnews.com/politics/congr…
The next stage is beginning.

We know Trump will defy it.

Democrats must hold him accountable.

ALL AMERICANS must hold the whole corrupt Trump regime accountable.

#DemCast #GeeksResist #ImpeachmentTaskForce #ImpeachTheMFTraitor #ImpeachDonaldTrumpNOW
The CIA's top lawyer, Courtney Simmons Elwood, made a criminal referral based on the whistleblower complaint weeks before it became public... and the Justice Department took no action.

Gee, I wonder why?

::cough #BarrtheFixer cough:: nbcnews.com/politics/trump… via @nbcnews
1/3 Acting Treasury Department Inspector General Rich Delmar is investigating how the department handled requests for Trump's tax returns, which Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has refused to turn over. nyti.ms/2AKM05X
2/3 He will investigate who was consulted & why the department rejected Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal's demands for the records. politi.co/30N9vWw
3/3 Neil's committee received information from a federal employee at the end of July alleging that there was "possible misconduct" and "inappropriate efforts to influence" the presidential audit program. cnn.com/2019/10/04/pol…
The Pentagon's chief legal officer ordered DoD agencies to identify, preserve, & collect all documents related to the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which included the $250M in military aid to Ukraine that the Trump Administration froze in June. cnn.com/2019/10/04/pol…
1/5 Text messages reveal 2 U.S. ambassadors, Kurt Volker & US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, coordinated with Rudy Giuliani & a top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to leverage a potential
nyti.ms/2InDNJg
2/5 White House meeting between Trump & Zelensky into persuading Kiev to publicly commit to investigating Joe Biden.

The House Intelligence Committee released the documents and text messages provided by Kurt Volker, a former special envoy to Ukraine,
washingtonpost.com/world/national…
3/5 which show Volker & Sondland repeatedly stressing that a White House meeting depended on getting the Ukrainians to agree to the exact language that Zelensky would use in announcing an investigation. wsj.com/articles/trump…
4/5 In August, Volker proposed to Sondland that they have Zelensky cite "alleged involvement of some Ukrainian politicians" in interference in U.S. elections when announcing an investigation. nbcnews.com/politics/trump…
5/5 Democrats say the texts are clear evidence that Trump conditioned normal bilateral relations with Ukraine on that country first agreeing "to launch politically motivated investigations." reut.rs/31Mxgzo
2nd Official Is Weighing Whether to Blow the Whistle on Trump’s Ukraine Dealings

The official, a member of the intelligence community, was interviewed by the inspector general to corroborate the original whistle-blower’s account. nyti.ms/2Ioax5e
Trump’s calls with foreign leaders have long worried aides, leaving some ‘genuinely horrified’ washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
Could Mike Pompeo's State Department be about to go rogue on him? Some have already!

Okay, folks. I'm stumped.

Who in the world is Richard Ketay?
Donnie just re-tweeted Paul Sperry six times. Most of them seem to claim he knows who the whistleblower is.... without actually naming him at all.

And, of course, they're now attacking the integrity of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community for backing him.
This is probably the best summary of what happened in Ukraine you can read right now.

Holding Ukraine hostage: How the president and his allies, chasing 2020 ammunition, fanned a political storm washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
So THIS is why Rick Perry is fleeing that sinking ship!

Perry pressed Ukraine on "corruption" & energy company changes

The energy secretary's role in pushing the president's message in Kiev was more extensive than publicly known.

politi.co/2oVVtVm via @politico
Read the interactive, annotated, highlighted version of the #UkraineTranscript here at CNN: cnn.com/interactive/20…
Ron Johnson says Sondland told him of possible Ukraine quid pro quo axios.com/ron-johnson-go…
1/2 Trump insists he just wants foreign countries to tackle “corruption.”

He repeated this lie six times in less than 40 seconds Friday.

It took just one question from a reporter to destroy Trump’s new talking point.

vox.com/2019/10/4/2089…
2/2 “Have you asked foreign leaders for any corruption investigations that don’t involve your political opponents?” CNBC’s Eamon Javers asked.

I'm sure you can guess the answer, but you don't have to. Watch:

And now the part where Trump throws Rick Perry under the bus.

Trump pins Ukraine call on Energy Secretary Rick Perry
axios.com/trump-blamed-r…
Mounting evidence buttresses claims in whistleblower complaint washingtonpost.com/politics/mount…
oh wow, oh no, susan collins has weighed in, what will the gop do now other than what they've always down while she mildly protests...

Susan Collins calls Trump’s invitation to China ‘completely inappropriate’

bangordailynews.com/2019/10/05/pol…
1/2 Sec of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference while on an international tour and whined about the Dems being “political” & using “bully tactics” by sending over subpoenas & going after them.

And then sent a letter saying he'd comply.

wsj.com/articles/pompe…
2/2 Mike Pompeo once accused the Obama administration of obstructing a House inquiry into Benghazi & letting politics override national interests.

He now faces similar charges on his handling of Ukraine.

How the tables turn. nyti.ms/2ptVEaV
This feels like the action of a paranoid man.

Trump Orders Cut to National Security Staff After Whistle-Blower -- Plan emerges after whistle-blower’s report on Ukraine call
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
A lawyer for the whistle-blower whose complaint set off an impeachment inquiry of Trump says that the same legal team is now representing a second whistle-blower, an intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of Trump's interactions with Ukraine. nyti.ms/2AP6KK1
New whistle-blowers may step forward about Trump’s Ukraine dealings bostonglobe.com/news/politics/… via @BostonGlobe
GOP Sen. Ron Johnson Loses It on Meet the Press: I Do Not Trust the FBI or CIA

Johnson claimed Chuck Todd was biased, Trump was being sabotaged, & the FBI & CIA conspired to set him up after his election, claiming this has “everything to do with Ukraine.” thedailybeast.com/gop-sen-ron-jo…
Interesting thought, though pure speculation; many have said so before.

Barbara Res, a former Trump Organization vice president, tells CNN's Brian Stelter she thinks Trump may resign rather than face possible removal from office by impeachment. cnn.com/videos/busines…
Is anybody surprised at all that the biggest beneficiary of the Ukraine scandal is Putin?

What Putin Got From the Trump-Zelensky Phone Call

The biggest beneficiary of the Ukraine scandal is, sure enough, the Kremlin. politi.co/2IsWVWj
QUID.
PRO.
RUDY?

As Trump urged Ukraine’s leaders to investigate his political rival Joe Biden, associates of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were looking to profit from the country’s state-run natural gas company. apnews.com/d7440cffba4940…
Barr’s Requests for Foreign Help Prompt Backlash in Australia, Italy, U.K.

Opposition lawmakers, intelligence officials question why the attorney general is working outside usual channels in review of Russia-probe origins wsj.com/articles/barrs…
Trump uses vulgarity, calls for Romney’s impeachment after senator criticizes president’s China, Ukraine appeals washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
1/2 In an open letter sent to the Wall Street Journal, about 90 former national security officials from both Republican & Democratic administrations said the whistleblower did the right thing & called on the government & media to protect their identity. on.mktw.net/31RXAIF
2/2 This act of support for the #UkraineScandal whistleblower comes even as even as Trump and his allies continued to try to discredit them and a second whistleblower prepares to step forward.

The actual letter: compassrosepllc.com/wp-content/upl…
Something shifty is happening in the Energy Dept. One suspects Rick Perry's sudden decision to stay has to do with Trump convincing him to toe the line.

Rick Perry says he 'absolutely' asked Trump to call Zelensky -- just not about the Bidens cnn.com/2019/10/07/pol…
Pentagon and OMB Subpoenaed in House Impeachment Inquiry

Subpoenas Demand Documents on President’s Decision to Withhold Critical Military Assistance Provided By Congress To Help Ukraine Counter Russian Aggression
intelligence.house.gov/news/documents…
A link to my thread on Trump's work to turn the US into the world's largest protection racket. With him extorting Ukraine, strong-arming other nations, possibly including Turkey, I think you'll see where this thread fits into the larger picture.

Bookmark this impeachment calendar!

What’s next in the Trump impeachment inquiry, and will Trump cooperate with it? wapo.st/whats-next-imp…
Democrats subpoena Pentagon and OMB, expanding impeachment probe cnn.com/2019/10/07/pol…
Pentagon, White House budget office get subpoenas in Democrats' impeachment probe

reut.rs/30T0ETm
Florida businessmen with Giuliani, Ukraine ties won’t comply with impeachment inquiry miamiherald.com/news/politics-…
Such a clown show. And that is all I will post on that.

In the five stages of grief, this is bargaining:

Trump aide calls drug price deal possible if impeachment fades

The aide said Democrats were making it harder to achieve the goal while being “distracted” by impeachment

#ImpeachTrump #GeeksResist rollcall.com/news/congress/…
Trump’s Sunday Nightmare: A New ABC News/Ipsos Poll Found That 64% of Americans Believe He Shook Down Ukraine For Biden Dirt

politicususa.com/2019/09/29/tru… via @politicususa
The number of Americans who support impeachment has shot up since the process kicked into high gear; it currently sits at 58% in favor of the proceedings, and 49% in favor of removing Trump. washingtonpost.com/politics/poll-…
American ambassador to the European Union, Gordon D. Sondland, Witness in Trump-Ukraine Matter, Ordered Not to Speak in Impeachment Inquiry
nyti.ms/2APiHzr
Ambassador Sondland is as much of an ambassador as one of my parakeets.

He bought his appointment & used it to help further Trump's agendas of extortion and obstruction in Ukraine and the rest of Europe.

And this is why Trump doesn't want him testifying.
There is a movement beginning to urge Ambassador Sondland to resign, thus freeing him up to testify. The Trump regime is expected to continue to push to prevent ALL active members of its regime not to testify.
This is a bizarre twist:

Lindsey Graham has invited Rudy Giuliani to testify before his Senate Judiciary Committee. Nobody knows what to make of this, but it seems likely it will be a chance for Giuliani to spread more propaganda.
nationalpost.com/pmn/elections-…
Lindsey Graham invites Giuliani to testify before Senate Judiciary panel politi.co/35gpiAT via @politico
Democrats to subpoena key witness blocked from testifying in impeachment probe - ABC News - abcn.ws/2ATrRLm via @ABC
Subpoenas to be issued in impeachment inquiry following blocking of ambassador deposition cnn.com/2019/10/08/pol…
Russia attacked our elections in 2016.

Trump is still trying to debunk this.

Do NOT forget this:

REPORT OF SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE UNITED STATES SENATE ON RUSSIAN ACTIVE MEASURE;S CAMPAIGNS AND INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/…
The White House finally has an impeachment strategy: sending Mike Pence on an anti-impeachment town hall tour to the districts of Democrats in red or purple areas.

Is anybody else curious to see how spectacularly this backfires? politi.co/2MkWcrh via @politico
The White House reached out to outside counsel seeking advice on handling impeachment.

Among the lawyers contacted? Trey Gowdy, who made his name pushing the spurious Benghazi hearings.

He declined. Let that sink in.
The White House just sent an 8-page letter to @SpeakerPelosi and the House Democrats confirming they are going to cross their arms, pout, hold their breath, and never ever ever ever ever cooperate with the impeachment process.

By refusing to cooperate on any level with the impeachment inquiry, Trump thinks he can frame it as illegitimate.

Instead, he's just racking up more charges, and information on his crimes will continue to emerge.

#Checkmate
“We uncorked a tiny bottle of champagne... took one gulp each and looked into each other’s eyes... We uttered almost in unison: ‘We made America great,’” one [Kremlin] operative at the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency said of Trump's 2016 win. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
A White House aide who listened in on Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the call to the Whistleblower as "crazy," "frightening," and "completely lacking in substance related to national security." nyti.ms/35hfl6e
Trump just posted this. It alleges the whistleblower has connections to one of the Democratic candidates, but ignores that Michael Atkinson still determined the whistleblower complaint to be wholly credible.

He's cherry-picking, basically. washingtonexaminer.com/news/whistlebl…
It seems I must print a retraction; everybody said Trey Gowdy had turned Trump down. Now it's coming out that he's accepted and will represent Trump. This world just got a LOT more bizarre.
It seems I must print a retraction; everybody said Trey Gowdy had turned Trump down. Now it's coming out that he's accepted and will represent Trump. This world just got a LOT more bizarre.
The new White House talking point is that we haven't OFFICIALLY taken a vote on impeachment. So we should make that official and then they'll cooperate, right?

Of course they won't. You know they'll find another excuse.

politi.co/35ed23H via @politico
1/9 The confusion over the status of Trey Gowdy is being seen as yet another example of the chaos and infighting in the West Wing right now. In fact, this entire series of 9 posts displays the sheer flippancy, incompetence, and outlaw behavior.
5/9 White House refuses to cooperate with impeachment investigation nbcnews.com/politics/trump… via @nbcnews
First on CNN: Trump told Perry and State Department officials as early as May to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine cnn.com/2019/10/08/pol…
Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Refusal to Comply with House Subpoenas speaker.gov/newsroom/10819…
The perfect example of how Trump creates #FakeNews:

Here he touts a statement given to #FauxNews by his OWN people, who were directed to smear Mueller with an uncorroborated lie.

They even note Mueller has denied it, to make it seem like he is hiding something.

#Disinformation
Is Trey is or is Trey ain't Trump's baby?

Looks like it's both. He is going to unofficially consult from the outside, comes the latest report. bloomberg.com/news/articles/… via @bpolitics
Bill Barr's Injustice Department just argued that, were the Watergate Scandal to happen today, courts would side with Nixon.

Seriously.

The current top judge in Washington's federal court could only exclaim, "Wow," in sheer amazement. amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/10/08…
What goes around, comes around. In 2015 the GOP changed subpoena rules to grant congress wider latitude in using them.

Fast-forward today and now the Democratic House is putting that to use, and the GOP is fuming. politico.com/story/2015/02/…
The White House letter to House Democrats urges them to "abandon" the impeachment inquiry.

Here's some information about the legal arguments the Trump administration is making against the inquiry.

msnbc.com/mtp-daily/watc…
Five facts that blow up the latest White House defense of Trump washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/…
Fascism, here we come...

Lindsey Graham demands GOPers sign Trump loyalty oath because impeachment ‘is about to destroy this nation’
rawstory.com/2019/10/lindse…
Another brick in the wall of Trump's jail cell.

Trump Urged Top Aide to Help Giuliani Client Facing DOJ Charges
* Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refused to interfere in case
* 2017 episode bears hallmarks of Trump approach to Ukraine call
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Trump told Perry and State Department officials as early as May to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine cnn.com/2019/10/08/pol…
American diplomats who pushed for the restoration of U.S. security aid to Ukraine were told by the White House to downplay the release of the money once it was finally approved. nyti.ms/2VwlDum
Already the Trump regime is claiming the #whistleblower has Democratic ties and biases.

Now they are claiming that the person isn't a whistleblower at all. Trump's #FakeWhistleblower lie MUST be called out, as well as their lies about what makes one a legitimate whistleblower!
House Democrats want testimony from Trump's former Russia advisor axios.com/house-democrat…
Trey Gowdy, Who Led Republicans in Investigating Benghazi, Joins Trump Legal Team nyti.ms/2q0jds8
A #DemCast summary of critical information Americans need to know about the Trump - Zelensky Scandal to this date demcastusa.com/2019/10/09/wha…
It's Not a Boxing Match - On the Trump White House letter to Congress announcing their intention to obstruct and why nothing in it is the way Trump wants it to be.

#DemCast demcastusa.com/2019/10/09/its… via @DemCastUSA
1/8 Oh gee, who foresaw that associates of Rudy Giuliani might have committed other crimes? They were caught fleeing, too. And have ties to Ron DeSantis...

Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine Henchmen Arrested on Campaign-Finance Charge thedailybeast.com/giulianis-ukra… via @thedailybeast
2/8 Two business associates of Trump’s personal attorney Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance charges washingtonpost.com/politics/two-b…
3/8 2 Giuliani Associates Tied to Ukraine Scandal Arrested on Campaign Finance Charges nyti.ms/2Ms2GEQ
4/8 Prosecutors say two associates of Rudy Giuliani were part of a conspiracy to funnel a Russian donor’s money into U.S. elections wsj.com/articles/two-f… via @WSJ
5/8 Lev Parnas, one of two South Florida businessmen called to testify before Congress as part of an impeachment investigation, hosted two fundraisers for DeSantis in the summer and fall of 2018, the Miami Herald has learned. tampabay.com/florida-politi…
8/8 And here's John Dowd representing them, of course...
Read the whistleblower's memo about Trump's Ukraine call, as described to CBS News cbsnews.com/news/the-whist… via @CBSPolitics
Ousted Ukraine envoy expected to testify in impeachment probe despite White House vow not to cooperate, congressional aides say washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
Mugshots of Rudy Giuliani's cronies are out.
1/3 A number of prominent conservative lawyers have signed a letter pushing for an expedited impeachment process.
2/3 New Statement from Checks and Balances on President Trump’s Abuse of Office checks-and-balances.org/new-statement-…
3/3 George Conway and other prominent conservatives call for ‘expeditious’ impeachment probe washingtonpost.com/politics/georg…
Trump’s Sweeping Case Against Impeachment Is a Political Strategy nyti.ms/35oiVLF
Undeterred by White House Threat, Democrats Push Impeachment Inquiry Ahead nyti.ms/33lOG6C
Live footage of Rudolph W. Giuliani the moment he heard that Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman had been apprehended fleeing the country.
Read the charges against Giuliani associates Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas nbcnews.com/politics/trump… via @nbcnews
1/2 Trump is paying Facebook to spread political disinformation to millions of people.

Unbound by truth on one of the world’s most powerful advertising platforms, Trump’s anti-impeachment ads are drawing in donors with clickbait disinformation. huffpost.com/entry/trump-im…
Interesting. Federal prosecutors were NOT intending to arrest Rudy Giuliani's two cronies yet, but for unknown reasons (Barr?) they attempted to flee the country.

1/3 Indictment of Soviet-born businessmen raises questions about Pete Sessions’ role in Ukraine saga

The two suspects donated to “Congressman 1,” who then pushed for ouster of the U.S. ambassador in Kyiv

dallasnews.com/news/politics/…
1/2 This tweet and connected article just crossed over the the #TrumpGenocide in Syria with the Impeachment case.

2/2 Lindsey Graham dishes on Trump in hoax calls with Russians

Topics discussed by Graham with who he THOUGHT was a Turkish official include Turkey's eagerness to attack the Kurds and Trump's efforts to have Rex Tillerson quash the Reza Zarrab case! politi.co/33hNKjq
House impeachment investigators have subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry for documents related to Perry's knowledge of Trump’s 7/25 call with Zelensky & US officials’ efforts to make changes to the board of Ukrainian state-owned gas company, Naftogaz.
Huh.

“I got a quite a bit of background on Hunter Biden from the Chinese,” Trump adviser Michael Pillsbury told the FT in an email exchange on Wednesday that he later denied occurred. He claims Beijing supplied background on an alleged $1.5B payment.
amp.ft.com/content/d4b9b0…
"China, are you listening?"

In the above article, Michael Pillsbury alleges China gave him this info about Hunter Biden literally right after Trump made his public pitch that China investigate Joe Biden and his son.
1/2 “I don’t know those gentlemen,” Mr. Trump said Thursday when asked about the new charges, adding he hadn’t discussed them with Mr. Giuliani.

wsj.com/articles/two-f… via @WSJ
2/2 When do you think we hear from Donnie he doesn't know Don Jr, either?

For the record, I don't know who the guy next to Don Jr. over on the left is, but the two to the right are Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
Donnie will definitely have to disavow all three of these shady characters standing around with Rudy...
At least four national security officials raised alarms about Ukraine policy before and after Trump call with Ukrainian president washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
The Mystery of Rudy Giuliani’s Vienna Trip

Trump’s personal lawyer was planning to fly to Vienna roughly 24 hours after his business associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested as they prepared to do the same with one-way tickets. theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
1/2 Truth in advertising: the name of Rudy Giuliani's firm, which Lev Parnas said he was working for?

Fraud Guarantee.

2/2 Giuliani’s Ukraine Team: In Search of Influence, Dirt and Money nyti.ms/2B1R9H5
What Happened Today in Trump Impeachment Inquiry News

A significant plot twist: Two businessmen who had been called to testify in the House impeachment inquiry are indicted. nytimes.com/2019/10/10/us/…
Michael McKinley, career diplomat & senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, resigned amid rising dissatisfaction & plummeting morale in the State Department over Pompeo’s failure to support personnel ensnared in the Ukraine controversy. washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
Trump-Ukraine scandal: The key players, dates and documents axios.com/timeline-trump…
1/2 Despite orders from the Trump regime to not do so, Marie Yovanovitch, the ex-Ukraine ambassador Rudy forced out, just walked into the capital ready to testify.

Some doors are about to get blown off their hinges. cnn.com/2019/10/11/pol…
2/2 This is what courage looks like. GOP, take notes.

Marie Yovanovitch will NOT be silenced!

BREAKING: Trump loses appeal to stop House subpoena of his tax documents cnn.com/2019/10/11/pol…
Trump is reportedly calling Mitch McConnell up to three times per day in order to make sure he can maintain the loyalty of the GOP as he faces an impeachment inquiry from House Democrats. cnn.com/videos/politic…
Has the dam broken, or will Ambassador Gordon Sondland try to be a poison pill sent to further obstruct?

Mafia Rave?

Yup, that's entirely appropriate. I'm not sure if it's better than Fraud Guarantee, though.

In more evidence that Trump was trying to use his position to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, senior diplomats in the regime had pushed Ukraine to commit – on paper – to investigations into the president’s political rivals. politicususa.com/2019/10/03/tru… via @politicususa
1/3 Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch was recalled from Ukraine after a long campaign against her by Rudolph Giuliani and his allies. Her boss told her she had “done nothing wrong.” nyti.ms/2VvO4bM
2/3 Ousted ambassador Marie Yovanovitch tells Congress Trump pressured State Dept. to remove her washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
3/3 Former envoy defies Trump, testifies he pushed to oust her apnews.com/470b8da7d0da43…
Trump's former Russia aide set to give revealing testimony on Giuliani, Sondland

Fiona Hill’s appearance next week before Congress has stoked fear among people close to the president. nbcnews.com/politics/donal… via @nbcnews
1/3 Rudy Giuliani's relationship with arrested men is subject of criminal investigation: Sources - ABC News - abcn.ws/2Mw5Qrf via @ABC
2/3 Indicted Giuliani associate worked on behalf of Ukrainian oligarch... reut.rs/35nlQVf
3/3 Giuliani’s Ukraine Goons Arrested Trying to Flee the U.S. vanityfair.com/news/2019/10/r… via @VanityFair
More Potential Whistleblowers Are Contacting Congress thedailybeast.com/more-potential… via @thedailybeast
1/3 Deutsche Bank apparently destroyed copies of Trump's tax returns, including cleansing servers of them; this would be destroying potential evidence, and whether done before or after investigations began, it shows they knew something was wrong.
3/3 Deutsche Bank may have destroyed copies of Trump's tax returns, cleansed servers: Report newsweek.com/trump-tax-retu…
1/4 Rudy Giuliani seems to be going under the Trump bus. It is confirmed now that he himself is directly under investigation.

Giuliani Is Said to Be Under Investigation for Ukraine Work nyti.ms/2MzIxwD
2/4 While Rudy insists he still works for Trump...

3/4 .... Trump's response when questioned might be less than comforting for Rudy.

4/4 Also, early speculation that Rudy and his two Russian cronies, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, were fleeing to Vienna due to ties to Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash, who is evading bribery charges in the US, seem to be true.

reut.rs/35nlQVf
Just how many incredibly incriminating videos and pictures did Trump and his kids take with Rudy Giuliani's two henchmen?
Criminality taints Giuliani role in Trump Ukraine scheme msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/… via @msnbc
1/2 Trump reportedly worked with 2 'off the books' lawyers to pressure Ukraine for damaging information about Joe Biden, in addition to Giuliani businessinsider.com/trump-lawyers-… via @businessinsider
2/2 Ukraine scandal ropes in Clinton-era GOP operatives (and spouses) Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing politi.co/2n9LPhz via @politico
This is the stupidest collection of incompetents and petty criminals ever collected.

White House accidentally sends Ukraine talking points to Democrats...

...AGAIN. thehill.com/homenews/house…
1/3 Interesting. Gordon Sondland seems intent on NOT going to jail for Trump...
1/3 Trump flops on his treatment of whether Giuliani is still his lawyer or not; he'd earlier given a far more cagey answer.

2/3 Though Trump is standing by Giuliani for now, many in his regime wish he would distance himself, and them, from #RudyColludy.

3/3 "Aides have come to view Giuliani’s behavior much as they have their boss’ — with resignation that they will rarely be consulted beforehand to develop a strategic plan, and that any plan will be ignored."

apnews.com/2dd925dfb6114e…
And a followup on the Gordon Sondland story three posts up:

Trump’s envoy to testify that ‘no quid pro quo’ came from Trump washingtonpost.com/world/national…
And a followup on this:

Trump’s envoy to testify that ‘no quid pro quo’ came from Trump washingtonpost.com/world/national…
This is an opinion piece... but it's a pretty solid one, and it seeks to show that John Dowd's attempts to quash the Ukraine scandal hinge on him basically saying that his clients are in a Joint Defense Agreement with the Russian mob.
emptywheel.net/2019/10/12/the…
1/2 Lindsey Graham should be striving to protect the truth and safeguard the identity of the whistleblower, both his duty as a sworn member of Congress.

2/2 Instead, he has vowed to force the whistleblower to answer all questions publically if Trump is impeached. thehill.com/homenews/admin…
1/2 So, turns out Trey Gowdy is NOT going to be on Trump's team after all.

Inside Trump’s Botched Attempt to Hire Trey Gowdy

nytimes.com/2019/10/13/us/…
2/2 For 24 hours last week, former SC congressman Trey Gowdy was the new face of Trump’s outside legal defense.

A day later, the arrangement fell apart: lobbying rules prohibited Mr. Gowdy from starting until January, possibly after the inquiry is over.

Trump downplays texts, denies quid pro quo with Ukraine cnn.com/videos/politic…
Mark Esper: Pentagon ‘will do everything we can’ to respond to impeachment subpoena politi.co/35pv57j via @politico
We investigated the Watergate scandal. We believe Trump should be impeached. washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-in…
Nancy Pelosi Responds to Trump on Impeachment at The New Yorker Festival
newyorker.com/news/current/n…
Just a small reminder...
Turns out Giuliani was always a fraud. Just ask the FDNY why so many of their own, and the police, died unnecessarily during 9/11 due to his malfeasance.

salon.com/2019/10/13/giu…
Could this be Shep Smith's replacement?

John Solomon was just fired in disgrace by The Hill for his part in creating the Ukraine conspiracy theory that has Trump in trouble... now he's #FauxNews's latest hire!

thedailybeast.com/water-finds-it… via @thedailybeast
Ex-National Security Council official testifying to Congress apnews.com/2a3d4894a69d4f…
Ex-Trump Aide Fiona Hill to Testify on Pressure to Oust Ambassador to Ukraine nyti.ms/2ISjLqG
1/4 Oh my. And the band played on....

Lawyer: Giuliani associate 'being cooperative' with House impeachment probe
cnn.com/2019/10/14/pol…
2/4 Giuliani associate linked to Yanukovich's stolen cash

Semyon Kislin, friend of Trump's personal lawyer, tried to obtain millions of dollars stolen from the Ukrainian state. aje.io/yq5ul
3/4 Trump and Giuliani Connections to Ukraine Corruption Go Back Years

The House wants a trove of documents and communications from Sam Kislin, who helped Trump stave off bankruptcy and helped fund Giuliani’s political campaigns. thedailybeast.com/trump-and-rudy… via @thedailybeast
4/4 So, the long and short of the three articles above is that Trump & Giuliani's obsession with smearing Joe Biden and helping Russia through Ukraine may have just revealed some of their OWN crimes.

It really is #StupidWatergate.
Trump’s ex-Russia adviser told impeachment investigators of Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
1/3 Now we know why John Bolton had to go; he objected to the whole scheme, confronted Gordon Sondland, & tried to cut it off to discover it went all the way up to Trump.

Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’

nytimes.com/2019/10/14/us/…
2/3 Bolton instructed Fiona Hill, senior director for Russian & Eurasian affairs, to notify the National Security Council's chief lawyer about a rogue effort by Giuliani, Gordon Sondland, & Mick Mulvaney (acting WH chief-of-staff) with legal implications. thedailybeast.com/john-bolton-ca…
3/3 “I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Mr. Bolton, a Yale-trained lawyer, told Ms. Hill to tell White House lawyers. nbcnews.com/politics/trump… via @nbcnews
John Bolton is a swaggering, sexually-harassing, saber-rattling, war-mongering bully, one of the most vindictive men you'll ever meet.

Which is why Trump made a big mistake angering him. We all knew sooner or later Trump would hire and fire somebody as vengeful as himself.
Follow the money. It's always about the money with mobsters.

Trump lawyer Giuliani was paid $500,000 to consult on indicted associate Lev Parnas’ company, Boca Raton-based Fraud Guarantee.
reut.rs/32gaxfz
Congressman Denny Heck on Fiona Hill's 9-hour deposition & near perfect memory: "I can say in all candor, that after 1000s of hours of hearings, I have never had a witness that came across as substantive per minute as she did."

nbcnews.com/politics/trump…
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