THREAD: How the arrest of Fruman and Parnas destroyed a carefully orchestrated attempt to end Biden's candidacy during the primary debate season.
In late 2018, Rudy Giuliani and his team began creating propaganda to ensure that Biden would not be the Presidential candidate.

Rudy's team included, Igor Fruman, @levparnas , Victoria Toensing, Joseph di Genova, John Solomon, Dmytro Firtash, Devin Nunes, and Derek Harvey.
There were multiple known Skype calls and meetings in Vienna and New York with now disgraced former Ukraine Prosecutor General Victor Shokin and then current PG Yuriy Lutsenko (both now disgraced ex-prosecutors).
A key early effort was a March 20th "interview" of Lutsenko by now disgraced reporter Solomon, which I believe was more likely a propaganda planning session than an interview.
I say this because this "interview" led to several stories that were either announced by Solomon or Lutsenko or both more or less at the same time about bogus investigations and stories.
This included a bogus story about the Manafort ledger, a bogus story about ambassador Yovanovitch, Lutsenko made a bogus claim about a dropped investigation into Burisma, and a really crazy story involving the Clintons and Soros.
In April we have Hunter allegedly dropping off his laptop for data recovery, just a few days before Zelensky wins the election for President in Ukraine.

This is a few days before Biden announces his campaign for the Presidency.
A few days later Trump recalls Yovanovitch. She had been vocal about Lutsenko's failure to fight corruption (as she had been previously about Shokin's failure).

Of course Trump wanted Lutsenko to stay because they had this whole propaganda effort going at this point.
In May we got our first real glimpse into this propaganda conspiracy, when Ihor Kolomoisky stated in an interview that Giuliani was orchestrating a conspiracy against Biden. But it was not widely reported in the U.S until October 2019.…
In July was the Trump phone call that got him impeached, in which he tried to convince Zelensky to help him create the very same propaganda that Team Rudy had been working on for months.
Note that this wasn't the first Trump-Zelensky phone call, and also note that Trump halted U.S. security assistance to Ukraine in July. So there was a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes we still don't know about.
Things kind of simmered over the summer, with people trying to get meetings with Zelensky; Zelensky trying to get rid of Lutsenko; and Lutsenko trying to keep his job.

Ultimately this failed, and he was out in August.
Also in August, the whistleblower thing happens, though we don't find out until September.

But in September the propaganda effort picks up again full steam. On September 4 Toensing and di Genova get a bogus affidavit out of Shokin that is to be the centerpiece in their efforts.
The whistleblower story breaks on the 18th. On the 26th, Solomon publishes the bogus affidavit. On the 29th, one of the two laptop email PDFs is created.
On October 8th, Fruman and Parnas book flights to Vienna to meet with Shokin about an upcoming remote interview on Hannity (planned for Oct 10).
On October 9th, Trump tweets a video about Biden.

It is a preview of their planned propaganda. Published in advance of the Hannity interview.

The video contains clips from the bogus affidavit.
On the 9th Fruman and Parnas are arrested on the way to the airport.

That evening Barr has his sudden unexplained meeting with Murdoch just a few hours after Fruman and Parnas are arrested.
The second email PDF allegedly from Hunter is created early the next morning.

But the Shokin remote interview on Hannity is cancelled the next day.
The propaganda that had been in the works for months was now going to serve dual purposes. To end Biden's campaign, and to make the Ukraine phone call scandal go away for Trump.

The arrest of Fruman and @levparnas brought this plan to a screeching halt.
I don't think Shokin was planning to use the alleged Hunter emails during his interview. I think those were going to roll out later that week.

The arrest of Fruman and @levparnas may just possibly have saved our democracy.
(And the day after all this happened, Shep Smith quit Fox News with no warning to anyone, live on the air.)
So what we're seeing now is a desperate revival of propaganda that they had hoped to use exactly a year ago.

I expect there may be more.

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17 Oct
I'm fine with talking about Hunter's error in judgement between now and election day, as long as we give equal time to Junior's, Eric's, and Ivanka's multiple errors in judgement.

Cc: @ProjectLincoln
Here's just a start. Version 1.0. Corrections and additions welcome.
Of course, I just limited it to family members. if I included all the people surrounding both candidates involved in scandals, rather than just family, the left side would remain the same and the right side would be in an illegibly tiny font to fit it all in.
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OK so there's some confusion. This is me, refuting a rumor going around. This is about the PDF files of the email allegedly from Hunter Biden's alleged laptop.

The timestamps saved within these files show a timezone that's Greenwich Mean Time, aka Zulu time.
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So let's speculate on what really happened with this Hunter Biden propaganda. This is one possible interpretation of the facts we have on hand.

Hunter Biden drops off three laptops for repair and data recovery with Mr. Isaac in April 2019. 1/
Mr. Isaac, sympathetic to right wing conspiracy theories, thinks he may have been handed some kind of evidence and somehow contacts Rudy Giuliani.

Copies of the data are made. Emails are extracted and converted into PDF form in September and October.
Giuliani uses his FBI contacts to get one of the laptops (and a disk of unknown origin) subpoenaed by the FBI as part of some sort of investigation.

They sit on this info until three weeks before the election when they hope for maximum damage.
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14 Oct
So I just looked at CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX news website front pages.

Fox has three stories covering this propaganda email thing. Their top three stories.

None of the other networks have it on their front pages.
So for all the criticism that other major networks are falling for this nonsense, it looks like (at the moment) maybe they really aren't.
Of course the reality is that if GOP members of Congress start talking about it incessantly, major press will have to cover it. This is exactly why Russians have been successfully targeting GOP members of Congress with their propaganda.
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Wouldn't the claim that this is an offensive term itself be offensive to bi/queer people?
It would seem that saying that preference doesn't exist would be synonymous with telling bisexuals they're just confused.

And as we work to move gender away from binary descriptions, why is it either politically or scientifically beneficial to move sexuality back into a binary?
I certainly understand that the vast majority of both straight and gay people feel strongly about their attractions and have no interest in deviating, and I agree that this is most likely built in. But that doesn't seem to mean that "sexual preference" should be offensive.
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Why then did McConnell completely block the nomination from even going to a hearing in 2016?

Did he not even have the votes to block her?
FYI, since 1980, three Justices were confirmed by mixed President/Senate (though not in an election year). All nominated by Republicans and confirmed by Democrats.

(Thomas and Alito, confirmed by Dems, and Breyer, confirmed by Republicans)
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