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 Ukraine call could get him impeached but his Syria betrayal is worse | Jonathan Freedland

The US presidents transactional approach to the world around him poses a grave threat, says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland Donald Trump is set to face impeachment for a numbered six. But now their US brothers had abandoned them to their fate. Current US political chatter is much more about Trumps pressure on Ukraine than it is about his betrayal of the Kurds, and you can see why. The response was telling. Well, theyre going to be escaping to Europe. Thats where they want to go. Meaning if, thanks to me, Isis terrorists are now free to shoot people in Paris or blow up buses in London, thats not my problem. In other words, you can make a good case that …

Will loyalists turn against Trump after Bill Taylors game-changing testimony?

Diplomat added significant ballast to the allegation Trump was trying to extort Ukraine into ginning up bad news about Biden The impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump has heard some extraordinary testimony over the last month. From the first mention of Trumps desired deliverable from Ukraine, successive layers of witnesses and documents have added to an indictment of the presidents conduct that only gets heavier, as Trump 15-page opening statement and the spectacle of the ashen faces of members of Congress as they filed out from the hearing. This testimony is a sea change, congressman Stephen Lynch said at the weekend. The senator denied in a Fox News appearance Tuesday that Taylor had delivered such evidence. But Taylor added significant ballast …

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 …