The road to the bunker seems a lot clearer after William Taylor’s testimony, in which he clearly describes the regular and irregular agenda channels in the Arms for Dirt scandal. Three “amigos” and Rudy are described clearly in Taylor’s opening statement. Of them, Sondland now appears to have perjured himself. Even if POTUS* cannot be indicted, his lawyer could be charged with bribery conspiracy.
Later on July 20, I had a phone conversation with Ambassador Sondland while he was on a train from Paris to London, Ambassador Sondland told me that he had recommended to President Zelenskyy that he use the phrase, “I will leave no stone unturned” with regard to “investigations” when President Zelenskyy spoke with President Trump.
At the same time, however, there was an irregular, informal channel of U.S.policy-making with respect to Ukraine, one which included then-Special Envoy Kurt Volker, Ambassador Sondland, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and as I subsequently learned, Mr. Giuliani. I was clearly in the regular channel, but I was also in the irregular one to the extent that Ambassadors Volker and Sondland included me in certain conversations. Although this irregular channel was well-connected in Washington, it operated mostly outside of official State Department channels. This irregular channel began when Ambassador Volker, Ambassador Sondland, Secretary Perry, and Senator Ron Johnson briefed President Trump on May 23 upon their return from President Zelenskyy’s inauguration. The delegation returned to Washington enthusiastic about the new Ukrainian president and urged President Trump to meet with him early on to cement the U.S.-Ukraine relationship. But from what I understood, President Trump did not share their enthusiasm for a meeting with Mr. Zelenskyy.
And the WH responds with what Senator Chris Murphy calls “panicky word vomit”
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) October 22, 2019
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 23, 2019
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) October 23, 2019
— Strictly Ã°ÂÂÂ Ã°ÂÂÂ» (@christoq) October 22, 2019
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 23, 2019
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) October 22, 2019
The Taylor testimony helps provide more detail for the main points of the
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