The pushback from Trumpists is beginning with much disinformation and noise. The coming weeks will unfortunately be far too interesting because the latest episode with Ukraine is one clearly created while Trump has been POTUS*, even as its foundation was laid by Paul Manfort, among others, like Rudy Giuliani.
Opinion | Mimi Rocah: “Giuliani appears to be in violation of the Logan Act, which makes it a crime for private citizens who attempt to intervene without authorization in disputes…between the United States and foreign governments.” https://t.co/Fqv9j0V4On – @NBCNewsTHINK— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 24, 2019
There are several different federal laws that might apply to Giuliani’s conduct here. Most obviously, Giuliani appears to be in violation of the Logan Act, which makes it a crime for private citizens who attempt to intervene without authorization in disputes or controversies between the United States and foreign governments. He is Trump’s personal lawyer, not a government official, and so his involvement is clearly a complicating, detrimental element for U.S. diplomatic interests. Ukraine officials need to know who is speaking for the president and, as Ukrainian journalist Serhiy Leshchenko wrote this week, who is trying to “drag” Ukraine into a U.S. presidential election.
More significant, Giuliani and Trump’s reported actions raise the real specter of a federal criminal bribery and extortion conspiracy. While Attorney General William Barr has made it clear that he will not prosecute Trump due to current DOJ policy, Giuliani enjoys no such privilege or immunity. And, while the factual record is not fully developed, federal investigations are opened every day against people with far less known and incriminating information. Any objective prosecutor, I believe, would agree with that.
“Rudy — he did all of this,” one U.S. official said. “This s—show that we’re in — it’s him injecting himself into the process.”
Trump pushed Zelensky to talk to Giuliani. Giuliani sez only lookout was his personal client. Judiciary committee should subpoena Giuliani to testify Thursday.— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) September 25, 2019
In Major Shakeup, One of the Voices in Rudy GiulianiÃ¢ÂÂs Head Resigns https://t.co/a77fQuXLw7
— Perry McCabe (@pmccabe33) September 25, 2019
— Kathleen (@kpmaestas0989) September 25, 2019
He took the meeting with Zelensky in TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs place. Said never mentioned Biden. He should be subpoenaed after Giuliani (though untested constitutional issues there) https://t.co/Js1u6avK6U
— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) September 25, 2019
Trump has admitted to pressuring a foreign country to manufacture dirt on his political opponent, even as he withheld military aid to that country.
This is a profound abuse of office, and danger to national security.
I fully support support the HouseÃ¢ÂÂs impeachment inquiry.
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) September 24, 2019
MORE NEWS: Schiff has now reached out to the whistleblower's lawyer and asked for a voluntary interview on Thursday, after Maguire testifies. He says the committee is working to identify a secure space (where skulking reporters can't ID the whistleblower) pic.twitter.com/rt5nI3MvtV
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) September 25, 2019
TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs Impeachable Offenses:
#2.) Trump instructed his officials to ignore Congressional subpoenas: https://t.co/i0K1oqagnm
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) April 23, 2019
By law, the House should have already received the whistleblower complaint. They shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt have had to open an inquiry to receive it. https://t.co/ilc2Jmz1d6
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) September 25, 2019
This change in course comes after strident Congressional action and at least a degree of bipartisan pressure from both chambers. Imagine if weÃ¢ÂÂd consistently had both over the past two years. https://t.co/KMGWaKcvwg
— Ned Price (@nedprice) September 24, 2019
Is it finally time to learn what Feinstein and Grassley learned in the SKIF? pic.twitter.com/9FLWze0KMs
— BethÃ¢ÂÂÃ¯Â¸Â (@PersuasivePR) September 24, 2019