A new article provides a narrative that while explaining the story of the Arms for Dirt scandal, that there’s a timeline for several parallel activities. It also shows that there are more than a few strands of related activity at work, especially since running in the background of Arms for Dirt was an investment scandal in the Ukrainian energy sector that required discrediting and removing the US ambassador. Rudy’s crazy-making of late is as much an attempt to draw attention from the energy scandal as the shakedown over military aid for an announcement investigating the Bidens.
NYT reports that Pompeo, Bolton, Esper met with Trump in late August to plead with him to release military aid. He rebuffed their effort.
One campaign, spearheaded by Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, aimed to force Ukraine to conduct investigations that could help Mr. Trump politically, including one focused on a potential Democratic 2020 rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The other, which unfolded nearly simultaneously but has gotten less attention, was the president’s demand to withhold the security assistance. By late summer, the two efforts merged as American diplomats used the withheld aid as leverage in the effort to win a public commitment from the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to carry out the investigations Mr. Trump sought into Mr. Biden and unfounded or overblown theories about Ukraine interfering in the 2016 election.
In many ways, the havoc Mr. Giuliani and other Trump loyalists set off in the State Department by pursuing the investigations was matched by conflicts and confusion in the White House and Pentagon stemming from Mr. Trump’s order to withhold the aid.
”He got caught”
Giuliani Pals Leveraged GOP Access to Seek Ukraine Gas Deal
The Soviet-born Florida businessmen made what sounded like a outrageous pitch: Replace the CEO of Ukraine's biggest energy company and remove the anti-corruption U.S. ambassadorhttps://t.co/SBpQleMjSo
— Top Geek (@FredCamposJr) December 24, 2019
Russian readout of Trump Putin call says Putin thanked Trump for US special (intel) services sending info that helped thwart terrorist acts in Russia. said call initiated by Russia. Via @JuliaDavisNews pic.twitter.com/1K5v5h16QD
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) December 30, 2019