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 …

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 …

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 …

Bidens Pittsburgh Boomer Audience: Hes the One to Dump Trump

PITTSBURGHChristine Norton is in a bareknuckle Facebook exchange with a college undergrad in Youngstown, Ohio who told her hell refuse to vote for Joe Biden, even if the former vice president is the Democratic nominee, and he wont stop it with the mass incarceration shit, referring to Bidens Senate votes on tough-on-crime laws. Norton, 67, is one of hundreds of Pittsburghers who attended Bidens first campaign rally Monday afternoon in a union hall, a structure representing the old pillars of Democratic support in the Rust Belt. Shes fit thanks to swimming and belly dancing but has bouts of arthritis, which necessitated requesting a chair from one of the union firefighters who manned the event. And says shes had it with …