So much deflection, so little time. First group from State Department FOIA document dump contains some of the contacts Giuliani was making, as the walls close in on Rudy. Remember that these are documents that the State Department refuses to release to Congress. This group includes documentation for the smear campaign against the US Ambassador to Ukraine promoted by the Shreks.

Scott Dworkin  @funder “BREAKING: Rep Adam Smith says it’s “quite likely” there will be an ethics investigation into Devin Nunes for his ties to indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas. We filed a House Ethics complaint on Nunes related to this last night. We are almost certain a probe will be opened.”

What Blackmail?

Still, questions linger. There are facts not contested by Republicans or Democrats:

The Trump administration never contacted Interpol about any issue regarding corruption at Burisma generally or Hunter Biden specifically.

The Trump administration never initiated a Justice Department investigation of this matter.

The pre-Zelensky Prosecutor General in Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, was corrupt.

Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, peddled falsehoods from Lutsenko to smear the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

Trump-appointed officials tried to impress on Trump that the incoming Zelensky administration was not corrupt and faced persistent resistance.

Portions of congressionally appropriated military aid totaling $391 million are suspended, and no one in Trump’s national security/diplomatic universe could find out why – except officials from the Office of Management and Budget who said the order came from Trump via acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

Zelensky “desperately” wanted an Oval Office meeting with Trump. Still does.

In two calls with Zelensky, Trump never mentioned long-standing U.S. efforts to reduce corruption in Ukraine.…

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