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 …

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 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 …

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 …