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Remember when Trump said: “I know people that like the Confederate flag and they're not thinking about slavery”. Maybe we can finally get to that obstruction of justice because the former United States President tried to blackmail Ukraine into helping him cheat in our 2020 election. We’ll have more chances...

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  • April 29, 2021

Feebs are closing in. Rudy’s electronic devices have now been seized in a NYC raid on his Manhattan apartment (and a Park Avenue office location). Darn that Deep State down by the Four Seasons Lawn Center. The buried lede is that the warrant was blocked under the former guy, but Merrick Garland unblocked...

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  • April 28, 2021
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Apparently, with four days left, time has run out for the 2016-style October Surprise. Only a major terror attack(s) could make a shift in what looks to be a trending Biden victory. There’s plenty of spookery in how Giuliani and Bannon developed the pre-impeachment attempts to sway the 2020 election. Lots...

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  • October 30, 2020

Philip Bump has an analysis in this morning’s WaPo — Four significant questions raised by the newly released recording of Trump and Lev Parnas — which goes into details of the video Parnas’s lawyer released yesterday. That prompted me to put together a timeline to try to make some sense...

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  • January 26, 2020

Commander-in-Chief claimed he was working, then went golfing. There will be media distractions with an impending DPRK missile launch, but we are reminded that the funny business with the Three Amigos was more about fossil fuel than the media framing of a “perfect call”. x Asked by a member of the...

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  • December 24, 2019

As unlikely as it could happen, the eventual resolution of the Don McGahn testimony issue could bring another impeachment inquiry. The investigations continue regardless of this first impeachment, because there’s just so much Trump lawlessness, one Senate trial won’t be enough. And even if we get to a second Trump term...

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  • December 23, 2019

x #KremlinAnnex tonight! IMPEACHED! https://t.co/hlooV6DZju — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) December 20, 2019 x Welcome to the #KremlinAnnex week 75!!!! Thank you, America!!!! https://t.co/5W6wtK8cCE — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) December 20, 2019 x Mussolini was also just riffing 🙄 https://t.co/EMb1sTyF9B — Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) December 19, 2019 Trump’s six-page rant against impeachment:...

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  • December 20, 2019

Without a scintilla of evidence, the impression from the White House, Congressional Republicans, and Fox News devotees is that Joe Biden is a schemer.  According to President Donald Trump, his henchman Rudy Giuliani, a cadre of House Republicans, and the Department of Justice's leader William Barr, something is rotten besides...

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  • December 16, 2019

The joke is in your hands. The attorney, Robert Costello, said Giuliani “at my insistence” had called Trump “within the last day” to emphasize that he had not been serious when he said he had an “insurance policy, if thrown under the bus.” “He shouldn’t joke, he is not a...

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  • November 27, 2019

(This diary is based partly on information provided by The Daily 202 and JustSecurity). Often times a timeline is useful in sorting out a complicated story, and Bog knows the Ukraine story is a complicated mess. I’ve thought about creating several timelines, but with this morning's diaries of Trump looking...

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  • November 27, 2019

After this week’s testimony in the impeachment hearings, the contours of President Donald Trump’s abuse of power for personal advantage have become crystal clear. Trump violated U.S. law when he solicited the interference of a foreign power in an American election. Looking ahead to 2020, Trump demanded the new Ukrainian...

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  • November 24, 2019

Throughout the House Intelligence Committees’ hearings centering on the Impeachment of the 45th President of the United States, Devin Nunes’ opening statements, preceding the testimony of witnesses bemoaned the Democrats for wasting time and not doing the business of America. Yesterday, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, introduced an article from the...

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  • November 22, 2019

All that complaining about “second hand information” as WH witnesses are being embargoed just got worse with the David Holmes statement. At what moment will the closing walls squash Gordon Sondland. Holmes said Sondland responded Trump only cares about “big stuff.” When Holmes said that the Ukraine war was big, Sondland...

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  • November 16, 2019

Will Arms-for-Dirt-gate signal the death of political selfies. In a week of public testimony, more details emerge in the continuing backstory for the Trumpeachment. The latest counter-propaganda is a Nikki Haley interview trying to make John Kelly and Rex Tillerson into honorary “amigos”. Lev Parnas says he told Ukrainian officials in...

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  • November 11, 2019

Rudy can’t help himself, he just keeps confessing. The question remains whether he will get to do that under oath before Congress. The investigation I conducted concerning 2016 Ukrainian collusion and corruption, was done solely as a defense attorney to defend my client against false charges, that kept changing as...

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  • November 6, 2019

Over a week ago, there was a pretty remarkable piece of reporting — one (or both) of Rudy Giuliani’s comically guilty looking Ukrainian associates claimed to share “executive privilege” with President Donald Trump with respect to the federal criminal charges brought against them:   One of the two indicted associates of President...

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  • November 2, 2019

The arrest of Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, rather than felonious flight, was part of a plan to set up more propaganda where Arms for Dirt would continue via Sean Hannity. A Viktor Shokin interview would try to media frame his removal for inaction on corruption as some Joe Biden plot. ...

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  • October 24, 2019

The last time the President told the press to ask my lawyer, Michael Cohen was subsequently fitted for a numbered orange jumpsuit.  Well, Rudy, I think your right profile is your best side and black and white stripes say GQ federal prison. You remember in 2018 aboard Airforce One when...

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  • October 16, 2019

Ever since Parnas and Fruman, Giuliani’s two comrades-in-crime, were arrested as they were preparing to fly Frankfurt (and possibly Vienna) on one-way tickets, there have been reports that Rudy “A noun, a verb, and 9/11” Giuliani is himself under investigation by the very office he used to run: SDNY. This...

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  • October 13, 2019

x Yes! Trump’s threats to those who expose his perfidy are themselves impeachable. But we need triage. I’m leaning toward narrowing the focus on #Ukrainegate and the coverup it triggered. @RepAdamSchiff must take the lead. https://t.co/TyUX7cwdCj — Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) September 26, 2019 So many questions as we begin the...

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  • October 12, 2019

The Giuliani subpoena is also about Giuliani’s association with mobsters, especially ones relevant to Ukraine, which as we know from Michael Cohen’s case, is an important component of NYC and Florida activity x @tribelaw THIS is where this scandal lives. Trump is willing to lead us to crimes beginning &...

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  • October 12, 2019

Mike Pompeo was being lobbied to remove Ambassador Yovanovich by the two men arrested this week trying to flee the country. The recall of Ambassador Yovanovich included one route to Mike Pompeo through Pete Sessions (R-TX). It was an extensive, coordinated effort culminating in the Arms for Dirt threat. Anne Applebaum writes a related...

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  • October 12, 2019

Kentucky’s motto of “Unbridled Spirit” has taken on a whole new meaning under the tutelage of Moscow Mitch, Rand Paul, and now Republican Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6th).  Seems that Congressman Barr received $2,400 dollars in campaign contributions from Igor Misha Fruman, one of Rudy Giuliani’s Ukrainian associates. U.S. Rep. Andy Barr,...

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  • October 12, 2019

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that...

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  • October 12, 2019

So two associates of Rudy Giuliani, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, were arrested at Dulles International Airport last night on campaign finance charges. True to form, Donald Trump claimed he had no idea who they were. Because while Trump hangs out with lots of shady characters, he’s never friends with them....

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  • October 11, 2019

x #KremlinAnnex pic.twitter.com/OWBqJhA3ph — Melissa Barlow (@LiteraryMouse) October 8, 2019 x Have you read about our team yet? ✌️🇺🇸 Kremlin Annex: Five women have been protesting outside the White House for over a year – The Washington Post https://t.co/NhHHZV420V — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) August 17, 2019 “Hasta la victoria, siempre!” ...

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  • October 10, 2019

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were nabbed at Dulles airport (perhaps) “trying to flee the country” and have been indicted for financial violations but more importantly in connection to Rudy Giuliani’s role in the Arms for Dirt scandal. Former Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) is mentioned as ‘Congressman-1’, one of their...

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  • October 10, 2019

Trump still did it. x The corruption associated with @realDonaldTrump is unprecedented in our nation's history. https://t.co/FZfazCMENU— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 7, 2019 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...

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  • October 7, 2019

The AP is reporting that some wealthy Trump and Guiliani political donors were trying to shakedown the Ukrainian state owned firm Naftogazt.  The story is a bit complex, but Energy Secretary Perry and four American businessmen were pressuring Ukrainian President Zelensky to replace Nfotgazt’s management board with men who would then OK...

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  • October 7, 2019

Stop me before I dance again. Rick is no stranger to jail time, among other stupid things. Perry was in contact with Ukrainians during period of the infamous call because of associated energy meetings, but none of that diminishes the reality of the Trump call, the notes, the extortion, or...

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  • October 5, 2019
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