Sunday, October 13, 2019
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Your daily eye roll: McConnell says he’s in Congress ‘to do important things for...

Moscow Mitch McConnell emerged from his shell in Kentucky on Monday to talk to the Federalist Society, aka his base, and at the University of Kentucky, where he complained that impeachment was keeping him...
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Strong majority supports impeachment inquiry, poll finds … among other bad news for Republicans

The bad news for Donald Trump keeps rolling in, poll after poll. A new Washington Post/Schar School poll finds 58% support for an impeachment inquiry, with just 38% of people opposed. The poll was conducted October...
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Top House Republican denies Trump asked China to investigate Biden. Even though there’s video

This is peak gaslighting. The hosts of Fox & Friends invited House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to embrace the Republican talking point that Donald Trump wasn’t serious—was “just trolling”—when he asked China to investigate former Vice...
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Giuliani Caught Attempting to Profit Off Same Ukrainian Company at Center of Scandal

First, there’s shock. And then, you hit yourself for not having seen this coming by an urban mile. All while working to drum up fake evidence of a fake conspiracy theory involving the Bidens and a Ukrainian gas company, Rudy Giuliani led a contingent of American business interests attempting to set up a similar business deal, access to the U.S. government for cash. Then he got caught, because he is Rudy Giuliani. We have the cliff notes from Rawstory: The Associated Press reported Sunday that Giuliani was trying to score major cash while manifesting a conspiracy theory to sink the Bidens. “Their aims were profit, not politics,” the AP reported. “This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company. Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies, according to two people with knowledge of their plans.” I ask again, how the fresh fffff .. did I not see this coming! The entire point of politics, to these “people,” and by “people,” I mean Republicans, is to profit, not “help people.” Dear dog above, how did I not … Meanwhile, Giuliani and Trump were trying to get Ukraine leaders to say the Bidens were the corrupt ones. The plan “hit a snag,” the AP reported, after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lost his reelection to Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who ran on a campaign of ridding the country of its corruption problems. Zelenskiy, however, is now caught up in a corruption scandal with Giuliani and Trump. “Hit a snag” is now code for “a legitimate, uncorrupted politician got elected.” But, apparently, Zelensky’s honesty and refusal to play ball with Rudy and Trump eventually drove the need for “muscle,” the need to withhold, even temporarily, Ukrainian military aid, the extortion. Regardless, Rudy had put the legwork in, well before Zelensky got elected. The only potential “benefit” that Rudy seemed to bring to the company was access to a very corruptible United States’ administration. “This helped the relatively unknown entrepreneurs gain access to top levels of the Republican Party — including meetings with Trump at the White House and Mar-a-Lago,” reported the AP. “During the same period, they were pursuing the Naftogaz deal, the two were coordinating with Giuliani to set up meetings with Ukrainian government officials and push for an investigation of the Bidens.” The report is quite detailed, but there is little question that U.S. interests, tied to Giuliani, and through Giuliani – Trump, attempted to wrest some level of control over this gas company. (This is where Perry is going to come in as fall guy, Trump must have known this would come out eventually). Like the political shakedown that resulted in the original whistleblower complaint, this proposed “gas deal,” in and of itself, caused officials in the area to suspect U.S. corruption, and report it. “The Trump and Giuliani allies driving the attempt to change the senior management at Naftogaz, however, appear to have had inside knowledge of the U.S. government’s plans in Ukraine,” said the AP. “For example, they told people that Trump would replace the U.S. ambassador there months before she was actually recalled to Washington, according to three of the individuals interviewed by the AP. One […]
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Barr, Pompeo, and Giuliani: “They’ve gone where subpoenas can lacerate their hearts no more.”

Fatalism at the fore. Virginia Heffernan in the LA Times suggests that there may be no country for old men. I have a theory: some old white men in politics fear irrelevance as death, and...
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‘Most Implausible Alibi I’ve Ever Heard’: Trump Ridiculed for Blaming Rick Perry for Ukraine...

During a conference call with House Republicans on Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly blamed Energy Secretary Rick Perry for the July 25 call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky that is at the center of...

Barr blocked criminal investigation of whistleblower allegations weeks before complaint was filed

The first step taken by the person behind what’s now history’s best-known whistleblower complaint, wasn’t to file a whistleblower complaint. First they went to the chief legal counsel of the CIA and report concerns...
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In Wake of Whistle Blower(s) Fiasco Trump and Mulvaney are Purging the NSC.

Q. What is an aspiring autocrat to do when concerned patriots from the nation’s premier intelligence and security forum, The National Security Council, informs Congress of his attempts to extort an ally into contributing to his...

House Democrats request Ukraine documents from Vice President Pence

The chairs of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform committees have requested documents from Vice President Mike Pence regarding his part in the Ukraine extortion. "The Committees are investigating the extent to...
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Text messages from Trump’s own team spell out lies, extortion, and election interference in...

As former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker was being deposed behind closed doors on Thursday, Rudy Giuliani chose that moment to release a series of text messages, which seemed to imply that Volker had...

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