Yes! TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs threats to those who expose his perfidy are themselves impeachable. But we need triage. IÃ¢ÂÂm leaning toward narrowing the focus on #Ukrainegate and the coverup it triggered. @RepAdamSchiff must take the lead. https://t.co/TyUX7cwdCj
Ã¢ÂÂ Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) September 26, 2019
So many questions as we begin the impeachment inquiry centering on Trump’s abuse of power.
Who was subsidizing Giuliani’s search for a Ukrainian prosecutor who could provide Biden dirt.
Giuliani and a Ukrainian American businessman who was working with him, Lev Parnas, said those meetings included a Skype phone call last year with former Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, whom Joe Biden had urged be fired. Giuliani then met with then-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko in New York in January and again in Warsaw in February.
By May, Giuliani planned to visit Kiev to meet with the newly elected Zelensky. After the New York Times revealed his plan, the former mayor canceled his trip but said he met in Paris with more prosecutors, including Nazar Kholodnytsky, head of Ukraine’s Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. So many Ukrainian prosecutors had to be consulted because they often disagreed with one another, Giuliani said, adding that some of them are “inept.”x
I truly can't believe my eyes. This is Giuliani with sketchy Russian/Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas TODAY (Reuters). pic.twitter.com/EK86Hlv0fn
Ã¢ÂÂ Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) September 20, 2019
Lev Parnas’ and Igor Fruman’s newfound political prominence, including major donations to GOP candidates, belies a history of financial troubles.
Parnas is a former stockbroker who was threatened last year with eviction from a $5,500-per-month home in Boca Raton, court records show. His company was evicted in 2015 for failing to pay rent. The Ukrainian-American businessman is also at the center of a $325,000 donation to a pro-Trump super PAC that is under scrutiny from federal regulators. Details about that contribution were revealed only when an investor sued Parnas over a loan made for an unmade film Parnas was promoting called “Anatomy of an Assassin.”
Fruman, a real estate investor who also runs a New York import-export business dealing in coffee, baby food, ketchup and dairy products, and Parnas also allegedly bragged about their alliances with Republican power brokers like Giuliani and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in order to procure a six-figure loan from an investor for a natural gas business they run. But the men struggled to pay the investor back on time, leading to a lawsuit.
Their political efforts have met with some success. A month after meeting with Giuliani, Parnas and Fruman earlier this year, Ukrainian prosecutors announced an investigation into whether officials had attempted to swing the election in favor of Hillary Clinton, according to a detailed profile of Parnas and Fruman’s activities by Buzzfeed News and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Trump called the allegations “big” and “incredible” on Fox News.x
They need to question Giuliani on the video call that was arranged by Fruman/Parnas to Shokin the fired prosecutor almost a year ago. They need to investigate Trumps private meet with Fruman in the spring of 2018 before the money laundering contributions started coming
Ã¢ÂÂ Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) September 26, 2019
Here it is.
Trump, asked the Ukraine president to essentially CONTINUE on with the Investigation that was ALREADY opened in late March 2019.
UkraineGate is just like RussiaGate!
Attack the method of obtaining the info.
Not the actual info itself. https://t.co/kt9STm2saS
Ã¢ÂÂ Craig Pasta Jardula (@yopasta) September 27, 2019
Ã¢ÂÂ ImAnExDem (@AnExDem) September 27, 2019
Given the need, in a criminal prosecution, to establish that Trump campaign officials knew their activities were illegal, combined with the presumed difficulty of establishing the monetary value of information that was offered, but never produced, Mueller decided not to pursue criminal campaign-finance charges for Trump campaign officials relating to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
Although team Trump’s presumed ignorance of campaign finance laws worked in its favor in the context of the Mueller investigation, President Trump and Rudy Giuliani can’t claim ignorance now. Both have been on notice, at the very least since the conclusion of the Mueller investigation, that it’s illegal for any person to solicit anything of value from a foreign national to influence a U.S. election.
Notwithstanding Trump’s undeniable understanding that it’s illegal to solicit anything of value from a foreign national to influence a U.S. election, Mueller’s decision not to prosecute campaign finance violations stemming from the Trump Tower meeting only seems to have emboldened the President.
The Republicans in the Senate are worried that a cornered Trump will spill the beans on #TreasonousGOP members that took filthy Russian money & ensnare them in #UkraineGate
If you start seeing unexpected GOP Senate retirements, you'll know why. https://t.co/VGVp3Nw3oq
Ã¢ÂÂ Hawaii Shira (@HawaiiShira) September 26, 2019
Mick Mulvaney might expect to be called by the Congressional intel committees as the cover-up details become known.
The system where the transcript was reportedly stored is for transcripts in which leaders discuss highly classified information, such as covert operations. They can only be accessed with a code word, and a senior White House official must request the transfer of the document to this system, according to current and former administration officials.
To transfer a call from the normal storage system to the National Security Council’s code-word-protected network, a senior White House official — someone as high as the chief of staff or the national security adviser — must make a formal written request to do so, according to two people who worked with memos of calls with foreign leaders.x
No one put special limits on the number of people allowed in the White House “listening room” to monitor President Trump's call with Ukraine's president because it was expected to be routine. Red flags went up quickly after Trump put the phone down.https://t.co/iJL4zNql6r
Ã¢ÂÂ The New York Times (@nytimes) September 27, 2019
The White House knew about the whistleblowerÃ¢ÂÂs allegations soon after Trump's call with Ukraine's leader, NYT reports, even as the complaint was moving through a process meant to protect the whistleblower against reprisals. https://t.co/m808Prn1ic
Ã¢ÂÂ Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 27, 2019
A couple of idiots have offered a bounty for the whistleblower's identity. https://t.co/mgPzFaPE03
Controversial conservatives Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl said they would pay the money for Ã¢ÂÂinformation relating to the identity of the Ã¢ÂÂTrump Whistleblower.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂ Brad Morrison (@bradmoreso) September 26, 2019
1) Nixon – Watergate
2) Trump – Ukrainegate, StormyGate, CharlottesvilleGate, RussiaCollusionGate, MuellerReportGate, TrumpHotelGate, GolfGate, ComeyGate, BackgroundInvestigationGate…
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Ã¢ÂÂ BigTerp66 (@BigTerp66) September 27, 2019