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 […]

New Defense for Increasingly Desperate Trump: “It Was All Rick Perry’s Idea!”

This is almost too much. Despite the texts proving that Trump had been shaking Ukraine down for months, despite having an edited memo of the phone call describing the “favor needed,” and despite the fact that Energy Secretary Rick Perry could probably not care less what Hunter Biden might have been doing when, Trump is preparing all of us to hear that this is all some screwy plot hatched by Sec. Perry, who – conveniently – just happens to be the person who has announced he is leaving the cabinet by the end of the year. According to Axios: Per the sources, Trump rattled off the same things he has been saying publicly — that his call with Zelensky was “perfect”and he did nothing wrong. But he then threw Perry into the mix and said something to the effect of: “Not a lot of people know this but, I didn’t even want to make the call. The only reason I made the call was because Rick asked me to. Something about an LNG [liquified natural gas] plant,” one source said, recalling the president’s comments. 2 other sources confirmed the first source’s recollection. Was it a passing thought? Trial balloon? Senior moment? No. Another source on the call said Trump added that “more of this will be coming out in the next few days” — referring to Perry. This is how “not having a real defense team” starts to impact your impeachment defense. This is what happens, when you leave your defense to Jared. Perhaps a real lawyer, with real experience, who really knew what the hell a defense looks like, would point out to Trump that – as president – no one could force Trump to make the phone call, nor make the extortion threat to Ukraine. It is the old “buck stops here,” reality. Even if Trump did the entire thing as a “favor” to Perry, and the evidence backed Trump up, it wouldn’t help Trump in the least. But the evidence doesn’t back it up, which is another massive issue with the “Perry did it” defense. We have the text messages that led up to the phone call, not one text notes anything about Perry, or what his interest in the conversation might be. Moreover, the texts do not mention “LNG” or whether LNG might be an important point for the two presidents to discuss. The “Memo” issued by the White House, contains no mention of LNG, or any other “natural gas” reference. However, the fact that the memo (not a transcript) doesn’t contain a reference to liquified natural gas ought to make one pause for a moment, and wonder – again – whether the “memo” covers the entire conversation between Trump and Zelensky. Did Trump just shoot himself in the foot, again, by pinning his defense upon something that is going to prove he withheld critical portions of the phone call? We don’t know. Yet. But, we do know that everyone in Trump’s world is disposable. We know that nothing “wrong” in Trump’s world is ever Trump’s fault. We knew that Trump would find a lackey to lay this on. I suppose Perry, the guy on his way out the door anyway, was as good a flunky as they could find, in a rush. It doesn’t hurt […]

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