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VP #Pence’s role in extorting Ukraine is now firmly in the #ImpeachmentInquiry >> Pence aide testified that Trump’s July 25th call with Ukraine was political, NOT a normal diplomatic call. #Impeachment #UkraineGate
NO way #Pence was outside the extortion loop. Recall Trump bailed on Warsaw Poland trip. Hurricane Dorian was a pretext. He played golf! And sent Pence as more pressure, reminding Zelensky that NO Trump meeting or aid unless Ukraine acquiesced on investigations. #UkraineGate
#Pence has been all in on Trump's disinformation campaign against Biden. He couches it as "corruption," but explicitly names Biden & 2016 election as the only corruption Ukraine should investigate. If he's saying this on Sept 25, he likely said it to Zelensky on Sept 1 in Warsaw.
And if #Pence didn't name Biden & 2016 election NOT-Russia-but-Ukraine conspiracy theory as the corruption he told Zelensky to address, Sondland spelled it out right after that Pence-Zelensky meeting in Warsaw. And Sondland linked AID for publicly announcing those investigations.
Trump's extortion scheme was so explicit in naming his political demands of Ukraine, Ukrainians were given the specific language to use in a public statement. AND it would be on the respected @FareedZakaria show on @CNN. They even set a date!… #UkraineGate
@FareedZakaria @CNN And you can bet your bottom ruble Trump's extortion scheme was encouraged by Putin, undermining Ukraine daily for its 2014 anti-corruption pro-democracy Euromaidan revolution >> Just today diplomat Kent testified that PUTIN poisoned Trump on Ukraine…
@FareedZakaria @CNN The #impeachment inquiry has enough facts w/o bringing in Putin. But to fully understand WHY Ukraine is at the center of Trump's impeachment—why Trump extorted Ukraine (and not Norway!)—it's critical to see that #UkraineGate is very much about Russia. I lay it out in this THREAD
@FareedZakaria @CNN For a more detailed explanation of how #Ukraine, in an existential fight to fend of #Russia, became the center of Trump's extortion scheme leading to an #impeachment inquiry, take 5 minutes to watch this excellent video from @CAPAction & Senator @ChrisMurphyCT #UkraineGate
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