Rudy Had a Secret Meeting With Zelenskys Rival, Too

In late 2018, as he was just starting to look for dirt on the origins of the FBI investigation into Russian election meddling, President Trumps personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani held a meeting with a top Ukrainian politician many in the administration believed would be the countrys next president. The meeting with former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko took place on Dec. 5, 2018 in the U.S. and was set up with the help of two former Republican members of Congress. And it suggests that Giulianis involvement in Ukraine policy was more extensive than previously understood and involved more individuals than previously appreciated. While the meeting was disclosed in a Department of Justice lobbying database, the contents of what was discussed …

The Oath Keepers Providing Volunteer Security at Trumps Minneapolis Rally Are Itching for a Civil War

When President Donald Trump lobbed the best known for the all-white contingent it sent to provide security for a rally in Ferguson in 2015. Now, the Oath Keepers are calling for volunteers to protect Trump supportersincluding at the presidents unprecedented spike under the Obama administration. But that doesnt mean Americas militia movement has gone dormant since

Nunes Tries to Use Steele Dossier to Defend Trump During Closed-Door Hearing

During a closed-door impeachment meeting on Capitol Hill, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) brought up a topic that surprised some attendees: the Steele dossier. The context, according to three sources familiar with the episode, was his effort to explain why President Trump might be the topic at handnamely, whether Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate one of his political opponents. It was nutso, said one person familiar with the exchange. It was awkward. That source added that

Trumps Betrayal of the Kurds? U.S. Allies Will Get Over It, and Soon

President Donald J. Trumps decision to redeploy U.S. forces from the Syrian-Turkish border, if not to withdraw the majority of U.S. troops from Syria altogether, constitutes a shameful betrayal of Americas Kurdish partners in the fight against ISIS and a needlessly self-inflicted wound to U.S. interests. Indeed the images of U.S. withdrawal are feeding ISIS, Iranian and Russian propaganda mills. But among the disastrous consequences of Trumps decision summoned up by his critics, one seems hyper-inflated: the notion that deserting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has so shaken the confidence and trust of Washingtons longtime allies and partners that they will now think carefully about relying on the U.S. for their security and cooperating with the Americans. We dont buy …

WH Press Sec Tells Fox News Why Trump Put a Stop to Briefings

Any hope that Americans may one day see Trumps new press secretary taking questions from reporters in a formal White House press briefing went out the window on Monday morning when taking over for Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier this year. Before Grisham even got a chance to explain why she has yet to brief the media, the Fox hosts were giving her cover. Steve Doocy suggested that President Trump doesnt really need anybody to do the talking for him because hes such a great communicator. Hes his own best spokesperson, its true, Trumps official spokesperson replied, pointing to Trumps helicopter-side chats with the press as evidence that hes the most accessible president in history. Is this the new press briefing? …

Trumps Open Requests for Foreign Meddling Test Dem Impeachment Focus

House Democrats plan for the impeachment inquiry is simple: focus exclusively on President Trump pressing his Ukrainian counterpart to discredit Joe Biden. But the pace of new revelations, like reluctantly undertaken by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), many House Democrats worry that an expansive focus will distract from the straightforward account, presented in a pressuring [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to ban two members of Congress, he did it right out in the open. So it would frankly be malpractice for Congress not to seek records of other calls to determine what pressure may have been brought to bear by Trump against other foreign leaders to achieve political and possibly financial benefits for himself. A Senate Democratic staffer agreed. I …

U.S. Ambassador Roped Into Rudys Quest to Smear Biden

Joe Biden in Ukraine are more extensive than have been publicly reported. And they raise additional questions about the degree to which senior officials throughout the Trump administration were involved inor privy toattempts by the president to muddy a top potential political opponent. Over the course of the past year, Giuliani has participated in a far-flung campaign by Trump allies to unearth damaging information about Biden and his son Hunter. As part of that effort, Giuliani pressed the Ukrainian government to investigate so far unfounded allegations of corruption in the country involving the Bidens. At the time, Hunter Biden was accused of using his fathers political standing to secure lucrative business opportunities abroad. Ukraines prosecutor general would subsequently say he …

Trump and Giuliani Connections to Ukraine Corruption Go Back Years

KYIV, UkraineSuch is the swamp of corruption in Ukraine that Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, in their many dealings with its businessmen, have been only one degree of separation from whats generally called the Russian Mob. Or maybe less. And thats not new. It goes back decades, to Trumps years as a real-estate developer and Giulianis campaigns for mayor of New York City. Now that Trump is president, with Giuliani acting as his lawyer and shadow envoy to Ukraine to try to dig up dirt on Democratic rivals past and presentan effort leading to alleged abuse of the presidents office and impeachment proceedings in the House of Representativesthose shady connections take on a whole new significance. One of the central …

Theres Never Been a Whistleblower Case Like This Before

When Congress first put together a whistleblower process for employees of the intelligence community, lawmakers probably didnt expect that it would be used to report potential misconduct by the president, but here we are. Theres a complaint by someone in the intelligence community that President Trump about Ukraine, according to The Washington Post. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Is This Clown Really Going to Bumble Us Into a Shooting War?

This weekends attacks on Saudi oil production were a warning sign that the always-dangerous Persian Gulf is sliding toward a set of dangers that Donald Trump is entirely unequipped to handle. The drone attacks that knocked 5 percent of global oil production offline illustrate both the emerging texture of modern warfare and the externalities that test every American president. Worst of all for both American and global security, the attack exposes Trumps shit-tier leadership for what it has always been: weak, strategically unmoored, and capricious. Donald Trumps dick-swinging tough-guy act has always had a demonstrable falsity to it, a gimcrack exterior of bluster and martial swagger that sells only to his credulous base of reality-TV-addicted cultists. International crises are measured …

Trumpworld Gloats as Bolton Bolts

Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he had fired his national security adviser John Bolton, in what is the latest indication of unrest and tension inside the presidents national security team. I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House, the tweeted. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week. Bolton was scheduled to attend a press briefing at 1:30 p.m. with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury …

Trumps Afghan Exit Plans Are Mired in the India-Pakistan Mess

KARACHI, PakistanTwo separate attacks last month on the Pakistan armed forces that killed 10 personnel in North Waziristan and Balochistan, areas bordering Afghanistan, were actually attacks on the Afghan peace process. They came hardly a week after Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a meeting at the White House, assured U.S. President Donald Trump of his country's all-out efforts to advance Afghan peace. The timing is significant and suggests just how complex the Afghan situation is as Trumps negotiators try to lay the groundwork for American withdrawal from the longest war in U.S. history. Washington has long believed that the solution to the Afghan problem, if there is one, lies with Pakistan, but the government here in Pakistan is sometimes cast …

As Japan and South Korea Feud, China and Russia Invade Seouls Airspace, Bolton Scrambles, Kim Jong Un Laughs

SEOULPresident Donald Trumps President Moon Jae-in not to abandon a vital intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan in his zeal for permanent peace with North Korea. The fear among U.S. and South Korean military people is that the Moon government, in a fit of spiraling anti-Japanese spite about other issues, might forget any semblance of cooperation. The sole beneficiary, they say, will be North Korea, whose propaganda machine has eagerly denounced the Japanese, called on Moon to hurry up with measures for a peace regime and attacked plans for small-scale computer-driven U.S.-Korean military exercises next month. As Bolton got off the plane at Osan Air Base, he tweeted that he was looking forward to productive meetings with the leadership of our important …

U.N. Reveals Contents of Secret Tape of Khashoggis Brutal Last Moments

The top line out of the new United Nations report released Wednesday on the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi is that there is credible evidence that Saudi Arabias crown prince and other high-level officials a wanted man, the kingdom may not have conspired to kill him as a first choice but rather did so as a Plan B, according to the findings by was under surveillance in Canada and was sought by the Saudi authorities. When the opportunity arose, an operation was launched in Riyadh, managed at high levels of the Saudi government, she writes. The operation involved multiple flights, including two private jets, one under diplomatic clearance. It entailed training, with two Saudi attachs from Istanbul flying …

This July 4th Had Everything: Tanks, Trumpand Scandal

After two years of trying, President Donald Trump finally got the military pageantry he has so desperately wanted. The annual Fourth of July celebration in Washington, DCa parade, concert, and fireworksfeatured tanks, fighter planes and Trump himself. It was called A Salute to America, but it looked more like a salute to Trump, who made a rare address for a president on Independence Day from the Lincoln Memorial. Arain-soaked crowd around the Lincoln Memorial chanted USA USA! and Air Force One flew low over Washington as Trump strode up to the podium. While water ran down the front of the bulletproof glass enveloping the podium, he opened his remarks with, Hello, America, Hello. Today we come together as one nation, …

Trumps the Luckiest Guy Alive. Impeach Him Now To Change That.

Finally, the famously quiet man, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has spoken. At 11am Wednesday, before reporters at the Justice Department, he spoke tersely about his report, and walked away from questions. End of Act I. The recently released 448 pages, plus hundreds more of related supporting materials, that make up the Mueller Report are a first cut at the official record of these historic events. Partisan observers will take from the report what they brought to it proof of Donald Trumps high crimes and misdemeanors to his detractors, and no collusions, no obstructions in the eyes of his supporters. But there are facts, careful ones, not fake ones, that the report carefully lays out and documents, and they are important …