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"What led to Trump’s first meeting on 6/20/17, with Ukraine’s then-President Petro Poroshenko? Ukraine had hired the lobbying firm BGR Group in 1/17 to foster contact with Trump, but nothing had happened . . . and then the door opened."

"On 6/7/17, less than two wks before Poroshenko’s WH meeting...Giuliani, had visited Kyiv to give a speech for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, headed by a prominent Ukrainian oligarch. While Giuliani was there, he also met w/Poroshenko and his prosecutor general, Lutsenko.."

"Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk gave $150,000 to Trump Foundation for addressing his annual conference by video" in 2015:

"Just after Giuliani’s visit, Ukraine’s investigation of the so-called black ledger that listed alleged illicit payments to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was transferred from an anti-corruption bureau, known as NABU..."
"...to Poroshenko’s prosecutor general, according to a 6/15/17, report in the Kyiv Post. The paper quoted Viktor Trepak, former deputy head of the country’s security service, saying: “It is clear for me that somebody gave an order to bury the black ledger.”
"The New York Times reported in 5/18 that Ukraine had “halted cooperation” with Mueller’s investigation. The paper quoted Volodymyr Ariev, a parliament ally of Poroshenko, explaining: “In every possible way, we will avoid irritating the top American officials.”
What if that spooked Greenberg Traurig so bad - that they fired Rudy?

"Was there any implicit understanding that Poroshenko’s government would curb its cooperation with the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation of Manafort, who would later be indicted by Mueller?"
"Why was...Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Kyiv, fired in May? Trump, Giuliani and their allies had been attacking her since early 2018, but for what reason? Lutsenko, the Ukrainian prosecutor, told the Hill in March that she had given him a “do not prosecute” order..."
Lutsenko blaming it on Yovanovitch, weird.

Lutsenko later recanted, and the State Department said the story was a fabrication.

"Top Ukrainian justice official says US ambassador gave him a do not prosecute list"

"...Here’s what Yovanovitch said during her 10/11/19 testimony: “Individuals who have been named in the press as contacts of Mr. Giuliani may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine.”
"The former ambassador may have been referring to Fruman and Parnas...Their biggest project, according to an AP Oct. 7 story, was a plan to sell U.S. natural gas to Ukraine, aided by Giuliani and Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s lobbying of Naftogaz, the Ukrainian gas company."
"Trump’s effort to play politics in Ukraine is described in an ever-widening stream of documents and testimony. The House must now assess whether Trump’s behavior makes him unfit to continue in office."

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What if Trump and Giulani *were well-aware* that Parnas and Fruman were spreading around foreign money to GOP - and were happy to have them do so to further embrace the GOP into their own criminal acts?

It's what the #MOB would do.
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