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#Sondland says it all: We were playing the hand we were dealt. We didn't want to work w Giuliani. But WE FOLLOWED THE PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. At the time we didn't think we were engaging in improper behavior. Giuliani's requests were a quid pro quo for WH visit. #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel #Sondland: I opposed withholding security aid to Ukraine. I shared my concerns of the potential quid pro quo w/ @SenRonJohnson. NSC BOLTON, Hill, Morrison all knew what we were doing. State Dept POMPEO knew & approved of all our activities, as late as Sept. #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @SenRonJohnson #Sondland names many WH & State officials including #Mulvaney, #Pompeo… "A lot senior officials" knew. July 19 email informed everyone. "Everyone was in the loop." He slams White House & the State Dept for refusing to provide notes, call records & documents. #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @SenRonJohnson #Sondland: I opposed withholding security aid but I believed the public statement to commit to investigations would "end the logjam." I regret Ukraine was put in that predicament. All our efforts were recorded and approved. Not once did I hear any objections. #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @SenRonJohnson #Sondland confirms #Holmes testimony about call at Kyiv, Ukraine restaurant where Trump asked about the investigations. He doesn't recall Bidens named. At the time, he says, he didn't know Burisma investigation was connected to Biden🤔
#ImpeachmentHearings #ImpeachmentHearing
@HouseIntel @SenRonJohnson #Sondland: I agreed w/ Taylor withholding aid was crazy, so I called Trump. He was abrupt. He said no quid pro quo but that Zelensky had to do "the right thing." Zelensky had to make a public announcement about the investigations, not necessarily do them. #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @SenRonJohnson I wish the cameras would show the faces of Republicans during #Sondland's testimony. He has confirmed all the facts laying out the elements of the impeachable offense—using public acts to benefit Trump's re-election campaign. (just confirmed "loves your ass") #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @SenRonJohnson 💯By emphasizing the PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT of investigations, #Sondland confirms #corruption was a pretext. Trump wanted election dirt—black propaganda—for a disinformation campaign against Biden. Which would also conveniently hurt Ukraine & help Russia's Putin. #ImpeachmentHearing
@HouseIntel FYI Laura #Cooper's testimony also establishes Trump used #corruption as a pretext for disinformation investigations, to cast doubt on rival Biden & Russia's attack. She testified Pentagon had cleared issue of corruption in Ukraine in June. (See THREAD⬇️) #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel Trump's Ukraine scandal actually exposed the first #disinformation campaign of the 2020 election, evident since we learned of the whistleblower. Trump mainstreamed Russian propaganda to benefit himself and Putin, extorting & harming Ukraine in the process. 🧵#ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel Nice of @DevinNunes to remind everyone that people in Ukraine "mocked and disparaged" Trump in 2016. Not just smart Ukrainians, kids. Most Republicans skewered him as an incompetent conman, a cancer. GOP like @LindseyGrahamSC & Mulvaney, now his sycophants. #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC Conspiracy theories about Biden & Ukraine now at the center of Trump #impeachment are rooted in Russian propaganda. Giuliani's push in May looked like the first major Kremlin-based #disinformation campaign to help Trump in the 2020 election. GOP owns it now.
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC #ImpeachmentHearings are uncovering Trump's push for laundered #disinformation to get re-elected, as he used Russia's propaganda in 2016. But now he's POTUS. And he insanely pressured Ukraine to harm itself & the US, & help him & Russia. Quite the recidivist impeachable scheme.
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC ICYMI 🧨@AshaRangappa_ beautifully unravels the black #propaganda at core of #impeachment: Trump tried to pass off bunk #disinformation as Ukraine’s, using State Dept & Giuliani for an illegal covert psyop on unsuspecting Americans—just like #Russia in 2016. #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ #Sondland's testimony is so fatal to Trump, GOP is left trying to detach Biden from Burisma. Which is such a loser argument. Because all the witnesses have acknowledged they see NOW they ARE connected. So the essential facts of Trump's scheme remains. #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ Oops Jim Jordan screws up in his propaganda zeal. He first said "When did it happen?!"—the public announcement—which never happened b/c the scandal broke. Then Jordan accidentally yelled, "When did the MEETING happen?!" The WH meeting STILL HAS NOT happened! #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ @Jim_Jordan Freaked out about the bad headlines, Turner pushes a warped hearsay defense, trying to discredit Sondland's rational INFERENCE presuming Trump tied aid to investigations. As if ONLY explicit statements prove bribery. Even asks, You want to impeach your friend?#ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ @Jim_Jordan @RepMikeTurner People couldn't communicate if they didn't make presumptions! Republicans play w language & lay notions of legal concepts. (They did this w Mueller bigly.) There are literally dozens of exceptions to the hearsay rule to account for normal human communication. #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ @Jim_Jordan @RepMikeTurner .@RepChrisStewart continues GOP gaslighting, now says Zelensky never said he was pressured. As if Z could say "no" to Trump, holding Ukraine's sovereignty & lives in his little hands. An abused spouse doesn't out her abuser when she's still dependent on him. #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ @Jim_Jordan @RepMikeTurner @RepChrisStewart It's almost as if we don't already have a transcript where Trump explicitly asks Zelensky to investigate Biden—explicitly using the word "reciprocity"—immediately after Zelensky brings up security aid to Ukraine. #ImpeachmentHearing #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ @Jim_Jordan @RepMikeTurner @RepChrisStewart Now GOP says Trump loves Ukraine.

Ratcliffe: "It's all part of the 'narrative' that Trump doesn't like Ukraine. Nothing says you love Ukraine like sending them javelins."

Zelensky STILL has not been to the WH. Ukraine's enemy Russia was invited in 2017.
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ @Jim_Jordan @RepMikeTurner @RepChrisStewart Yelling @Jim_Jordan's argument that Ukrainians didn't like Trump in 2016 actually backfires. Because it shows that Trump's abuse of power—pressuring vulnerable Ukraine—was rooted in personal animus as well as personal gain! #ImpeachmentHearings #ImpeachmentHearing
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ @Jim_Jordan @RepMikeTurner @RepChrisStewart The entire GOP argument that Trump was justified in 'believing' Ukraine was against him also proves how unfit he is as POTUS. Everyone in every US agency supported Ukraine & Zelensky. But Trump held a grudge about an op-ed & believed Russia's disinformation. #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ @Jim_Jordan @RepMikeTurner @RepChrisStewart Making his role as lackey propagandist for Trump explicit, @DevinNunes just directly pushed Trump's tweets an hour ago: "I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO!" to respond to #Sondland's devastating testimony.

#ImpeachmentHearing #ImpeachmentHearings
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ @Jim_Jordan @RepMikeTurner @RepChrisStewart 👏@RepAdamSchiff got applause: There's no mistaking what Trump meant. He refused the meeting. He held up the security aid. The question isn't what happened or why. That's not in dispute anymore. Q is are we going to do our duty or get over it. Sondland nodded
@HouseIntel @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @AshaRangappa_ @Jim_Jordan @RepMikeTurner @RepChrisStewart @RepAdamSchiff The central allegation against Trump has been proved by one of his political appointees—Sondland, @JeffreyToobin @CNN

BTW Some of the security aid is STILL not released, after Trump froze it. Ukraine is still suffering the consequences of Trump's abuse.
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