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World: Meet the person Trump plans to scapegoat for his Ukraine crimes. Dpty WH Counsel John A. Eisenberg.
Also read here the beginnings of Trump's defense, which they wouldn't prepare unless they were very convinced that #ImpeachmentIsComing
2-So, this pc describes an investigation that the WH have opened into why Trump's Zelensky call transcript was put in a 'super secret' server.. Mulvaney (who is deeply implicated in the scandal) is 'participating' in the probe. BUT it doesn't explain why WH has put DT's other
3-calls on same server. It's weak. Of course.
NYT: "Even as the impeachment inquiry intensifies in Congress, White House lawyers are leading their own review, the people said. They are seeking to understand White House officials’ actions around Mr. Trump’s July 25 call with
4-"President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, which is central to the whistle-blower’s allegation that Mr. Trump abused his power. The lawyers’ inquiry centers on why one of their colleagues, the deputy White House counsel John A. Eisenberg, placed a rough transcript of the call
5-"in a computer system typically reserved for the country’s most closely guarded secrets. Mr. Trump later directed that a reconstructed transcript be released amid intensifying scrutiny from House Democrats. The review shows how quickly the impeachment inquiry escalated tensions
6-" in a West Wing already divided over the publication of the transcript, and it appears to be the latest example of administration officials rushing to protect themselves in the Ukraine scandal. Some officials have expressed fears that the review is intended to assign blame
7-"and highlight decisions that helped fuel the impeachment inquiry, the people said. Mr. Eisenberg reacted angrily to suggestions that he is under scrutiny, according to two people told of his response.
8-"Mr. Eisenberg has said he limited access to the transcript over concerns about leaks, according to a person familiar with his actions. He declined through a National Security Council spokesman to comment. It was not clear who sought the review.
9-"The acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, has encouraged it, and his aides are helping the White House Counsel’s Office, led by Pat Cipollone, the people said. Aides in the two offices have otherwise been at odds since the transcript was released, according to
10-" administration officials. The existence of the review also threatens Mr. Trump’s narrative that his call with Mr. Zelensky was “perfect.” Instead, the review underscores the evidence that he bent foreign policy to his personal advantage by pressing Mr. Zelensky to open
11-"investigations that could damage his political opponents. The review is among multiple efforts inside the White House to learn more about the president’s July 25 call and the events surrounding it, the people said.
12-"Other lawyers in the White House Counsel’s Office have interviewed staff members about how Mr. Trump’s calls with foreign leaders are handled...Mr. Eisenberg is in a precarious position. The White House has forcefully defended the substance of Mr. Trump’s call with
13-"Mr. Zelensky. Without the president acknowledging any possible wrongdoing, advisers looking to assign blame have turned to another key part of the whistle-blower complaint, the people said: how the transcript of the call was handled."
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