Arms for Dirt: personal 2020 campaign benefit could also have been about wetting a beak

Trump still did it.

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It’s perfectly clear now that Rudy was also motivated by the grifting possibilities of Ukraine but this doesn’t change Trump’s actual impeachable acts. There will be so many impeachment side-shows, considering how much media scene-chewing Rudy’s been doing until whatever more official gaslight stunt occurs.

Even if Rick Perry might be tagged as the fall guy, Trump has no plausible deniability on the $250+ million act of extortion/bribery, the high crime and misdemeanors, and treason. He still did it.

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— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) October 7, 2019

(Harry) Sargeant, who donated $100K in Jun to the Trump Victory Fund, told a senior exec at Ukraine’s state-run gas company that he regularly meets with Trump at Mar-a-Lago and that the gas-sales plan had Trump’s full support [because he's getting a cut?].
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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump’s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic.



Their aims were profit, not politics. 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.

Their plan hit a snag after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lost his reelection bid to Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose conversation with Trump about former Vice President Joe Biden is now at the center of the House impeachment inquiry of Trump.

But the effort to install a friendlier management team at the helm of the gas company, Naftogaz, would soon be taken up with Ukraine’s new president by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose slate of candidates included a fellow Texan who is one of Perry’s past political donors.

A former business partner of Andrew Favorov [senior exec at Ukraine’s state-run gas company, Naftogaz] said that Favorov described his meeting with Sargeant, (Igor) Fruman, and (Lev) Parnas to him soon after it happened and that Favorov perceived it to be a shakedown.
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— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October 7, 2019

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