A Timeline for Giuliani

(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 for a bus to throw…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 148)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. 1672. Attacked former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch after her impeachment testimony 1673. Sued by California…

Amigos Adjacent: Sondland's logic remains fuzzy

Apparently Sondland did more perjury yesterday, aided by Tim Morrison, as this tweet thread by Susan Simpson reveals. Perhaps if supporting materials weren’t being withheld, we could “get to the bottom of it”. Trump’s dramatic reading is simply another audition tape for the Masked Singer. The Gordon problem continues, much like his and Volker’s bogus…

Sondland and the Fifth: he's already waived it

It is less likely that Gordon Sondland will plead the Fifth but might seek immunity as he faces perjury, among other things. “Mob boss blaming underling”. ICYMI: Can Gordon Sondland invoke the Fifth Amendment? #MTPDaily @BarbMcQuade: "He's likely already waived that privilege. … If you have talked about the subject matter you have waived it…

Arms for Dirt is worse because Trump and the amigos nearly got away with it

The Arms for Dirt whistleblower has, like Christopher Steele and his dossier, yet to be proven wrong, and yet considerable effort has been spent on trying to discredit them. Several times during today’s hearings attempts were made to try to insert the whistleblower into the proceedings. The reasons are mainly punitive, considering how the laws…

Two of Three Amigos: Volker/Sondland transcripts from House depositions

The Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker transcripts from House depositions are available: Read Gordon Sondland’s testimony here: intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/… Read Kurt Volker’s testimony here: intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/… (CNN) House Democrats on Tuesday released excerpts of the transcripts of their closed-door depositions with former US Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker and US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon…

Is Sondland Throwing Giuliani Under the Bus?

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 led to stories that Trump…