Counter-impeachment: Where are all those pro-Democrat Ukrainians trying to meddle in US politics

The Trumpists are trying anything that will draw your attention away from the 25 July “favor” request for dirt in exchange for releasing arms. The greatest irony is Trumpian claims that they were combating corruption (by being corrupt).

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The main point is to get you to forget about Russia’s role in 2016 and 2020 and pay attention to all of Trump’s foes. The reality is that all this hand-waving actually makes the Giuliani and Manafort roles much clearer in terms of supporting the GOP and Trump from the Russian point of view.

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This (2017) report describes an extensive Russia-linked phishing and disinformation campaign. It provides evidence of how documents stolen from a prominent journalist and critic of Russia was tampered with and then “leaked” to achieve specific propaganda aims. We name this technique “tainted leaks.” The report illustrates how the twin strategies of phishing and tainted leaks are sometimes used in combination to infiltrate civil society targets, and to seed mistrust and disinformation. It also illustrates how domestic considerations, specifically concerns about regime security, can motivate espionage operations, particularly those targeting civil society. citizenlab.ca/…

The weirdest Trumpian narrative is being cobbled together from a CT —  that there were something, something Ukrainians (never Russians) who were part of a cabal trying to elect HRC in 2016, but for some reason were something, something part of some other bunches of CTs.

Because talking about phantom HRC servers somehow now in Ukraine will prevent you from imagining the current secret WH server for classified stuff. They’re trying it again, where the plots and servers are in Ukraine rather than Russia even as the overlap of post-Soviet culture still is all about the historical allegiance and linguistic differences among Ukrainians.



Reviving this false-equivalence narrative has never gained traction because of so little evidence, but it hasn’t stopped Trumpians from washing, rinsing, and repeating. This time the Bidens are meant to be involved by projection, doing all those Steele dossier capers this time, even if the GOP initially financed the Steele work. Then again no one seems to read the Mueller report, or the Steele dossier.

Speaking of wack conspiracy theories: Note that while they are generically “political” they are more hypotheses in need of a lot of testing since so many of the Ukrainian officials involved are refuting the facts. What the Trumpian forces want you to indulge is a quick course in post-Soviet politics that will distract you from the key impeachable acts by Individual-1. Philip Bump tries to diagram it:

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President Trump had two objectives when he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25. The first — the “favor,” as Trump put it — was for Zelensky’s administration to look into any ties between Ukraine and analysis of the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s server in 2016. The second was for Zelensky to probe a company for which former vice president Joe Biden’s son Hunter was working.

In each case, Trump’s clear intention was to have Ukraine provide some personal benefit to himself. Were Ukraine to uncover evidence suggesting that the DNC network might not have been hacked by Russia, Trump’s concerns about the legitimacy of his election would be assuaged. Should Zelensky find improprieties by the Bidens, even better. Trump has since couched each request to suggest that his intent was more high-minded, but the language of the rough transcript released by the White House makes his actual goal clear.

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Trump’s lies get more precise in their imprecision as Trump’s getting closer to the bunker.

President Trump said Wednesday that his controversial July call with his Ukrainian counterpart was transcribed “word-for-word, comma-for-comma,” an assertion that fueled growing questions about the nature and completeness of an official memorandum about the call released by the White House last week.

“This is an exact word-for-word transcript of the conversation, taken by very talented stenographers,” Trump said.

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And all the co-conspirators can’t keep their stories straight.

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It would be easier to trust Mr. Barr’s intentions if he had not burned his credibility early on in his tenure, pre-spinning the release of Mr. Mueller’s Russia investigation report with a dishonest summary of its findings. He then accused the U.S. intelligence community of “spying” on the Trump campaign. Mr. Barr has used the imprimatur of his office to promote Mr. Trump’s favored narratives. Now, he appears to be using the investigative powers of the Justice Department to advance that agenda — no matter how baseless.

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It would be easier to trust Mr. Barr’s intentions if he had not burned his credibility early on in his tenure, pre-spinning the release of Mr. Mueller’s Russia investigation report with a dishonest summary of its findings. He then accused the U.S. intelligence community of “spying” on the Trump campaign. Mr. Barr has used the imprimatur of his office to promote Mr. Trump’s favored narratives. Now, he appears to be using the investigative powers of the Justice Department to advance that agenda — no matter how baseless.

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