Tag Archives: Ukraine

Mulvaney Admits Trump’s Plot To Pressure Ukraine

The New York Times reports: Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told reporters that the release of military aid to Ukraine this summer was linked in part to White House demands that Ukraine’s government investigate what he called corruption by Democrats in the 2016 American presidential campaign. It was the first time a White House official has …

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Sondland To Plead Ignorance In House Testimony

ABC News reports: The U.S. ambassador to the European Union will tell Congress that President Donald Trump directed him and others to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to push Ukraine to announce investigations, but that he was in the dark on the extent of Giuliani’s efforts and the political motive behind it, according to his opening statement obtained …

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Perry: I Never Heard Trump Mention Probe Into Bidens

Fox News reports: Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose name has been mentioned in connection with President Trump’s Ukraine dealings, said in an interview published late Wednesday that the president told him to seek out Rudy Giuliani earlier this year to look into possible Ukrainian corruption. The Wall Street Journal sat down with Perry for an extensive interview and reported that …

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GOP Warns Graham Against Having Biden Testify

The Hill reports: Senate Republicans are cautioning Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) against the prospect of bringing former Vice President Joe Biden before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about Ukrainian corruption, saying such a move could backfire. Graham initially ruled out the possibility of having Biden or his son Hunter testify before the Judiciary panel about their actions related to …

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Giuliani’s Henchmen Worked For Ukraine Oligarch

ABC News reports: When two Rudy Giuliani associates were arrested last week and charged with funneling foreign money into political campaigns, two big questions lingered: Which foreigners were they working for, and what was their ultimate goal? There are growing indications that a Ukrainian-backed oligarch who is fighting extradition to the United States figures in the answers. The evidence is …

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Former Pompeo Advisor: I Quit Over Trump’s Attacks

Politico reports: A former top adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told House impeachment investigators on Wednesday that he abruptly resigned last week because of President Donald Trump’s attacks on the ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and the State Department’s unwillingness to protect career diplomats from political pressure, according to two people familiar with the testimony. Michael McKinley, a …

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Mick Mulvaney Emerges As Key Biden/Ukraine Villain

The Washington Post reports: In late May, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney organized a meeting that stripped control of the country’s relationship with Ukraine from those who had the most expertise at the National Security Council and the State Department. Instead, Mulvaney put an unlikely trio in charge of managing the U.S.-Ukraine account amid worrisome signs of …

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Joe Biden Fiercely Defends His Son At Debate [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden offered a forceful defense of his son during Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate, saying voters should focus on President Donald Trump’s “corruption” instead of Hunter Biden’s previous work in Ukraine. “My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong,” Biden said during the debate hosted by CNN and The New York Times. “I carried …

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Top State Dept Official Warned About Giuliani/Ukraine

The New York Times reports: The procession of high-ranking witnesses to the House’s impeachment inquiry continued apace on Tuesday, as George P. Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state in charge of Ukraine policy, arrived on Capitol Hill to face questions from investigators about his knowledge of the widening Ukraine scandal. Mr. Kent, who appeared behind closed doors despite the …

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Trump Suspects Bolton Behind Ukraine Leaks To Press

The Daily Beast reports: The media-obsessed president has been fixated on not just the identity of the whistleblower behind the internal complaint that brought this scandal to the fore, but also on who, exactly, has been namelessly feeding intel to the press. In the course of casual conversations with advisers and friends, President Trump has privately raised suspicions that a …

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WH Tried To Stifle Testimony By Russia Analyst [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The White House tried to limit what Fiona Hill, who until August served as President Donald Trump’s top Russia analyst, could say to Congress in its impeachment inquiry, correspondence between her lawyers and a White House deputy counsel shows. The letters, obtained by NBC News, illustrate that while the White House did not try to block Hill …

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Hunter Biden Regrets Not Foreseeing Attack Angle

ABC News reports: As President Donald Trump continues to fill his Twitter feed and campaign speeches with attacks on Hunter Biden over his foreign business deals, the former vice president’s son defended the ethical implications of his private ventures in an interview with ABC News, but conceded taking a misstep in failing to foresee the political implications on his father’s …

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Giuliani Admits Henchman’s Firm Paid Him $500,000

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump’s political rival, former Vice President …

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Bolton Was Alarmed By Giuliani’s Pressure On Ukraine

The New York Times reports: The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday. Mr. Bolton got into a tense exchange on July 10 …

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Federal Prosecutors Dig Into Giuliani’s Finances

Boing Boing reports: Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is the subject of a federal criminal investigation. Southern District of New York (SDNY) prosecutors are reported by the Wall Street Journal to now be examining Rudy Giuliani’s business dealings in Ukraine. Investigators have examined Giuliani’s bank records. The areas of Giuliani’s operations now under investigation include his personal finances, …

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UKRAINE: Far-Right Groups Protest Against President

The Associated Press reports: As police watched warily, far-right and nationalist groups protested Monday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, expressing anger at President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his long-awaited peace plan for eastern Ukraine. Zelenskiy paid homage Monday to Ukrainians killed in the five-year conflict with Moscow-backed separatists, holding a moment of silence at a Kyiv monument. Later he will …

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Schiff: Ukraine Whistleblower May Not Need To Testify

Axios reports: House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine may not need testimony from the whistleblower who filed the complaint that set off the impeachment inquiry. Why it matters: Schiff said that asking for a testimony could unnecessarily harm the whistleblower by exposing their identity, …

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Sondland: Trump Told Me To Text “No Quid Pro Quo”

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, intends to tell Congress this week that the content of a text message he wrote denying a quid pro quo with Ukraine was relayed to him directly by President Trump in a phone call, according to a person familiar with his testimony. Sondland plans to tell lawmakers …

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REPORT: Rudy Giuliani Under Federal Investigation

The New York Times reports: Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the inquiry. The investigators are examining Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to undermine the American ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, one of the people said. She was recalled …

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Ousted Ukraine Ambassador: Trump Had Me Removed

The New York Times reports: Marie L. Yovanovitch, who was recalled as the American ambassador to Ukraine, testified to impeachment investigators on Friday that a top State Department official told her that President Trump had pushed for her removal for months even though the department believed she had “done nothing wrong.” In a closed-door deposition that could further fuel calls …

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