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  # 2326475 28-Sep-2019 20:32
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The Washington Post - Giuliani cancels paid appearance next week at Kremlin-backed conference 

 

September 27 at 7:32 PM

 


Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose actions as President Trump’s personal lawyer have helped set in motion an impeachment inquiry, abruptly canceled his scheduled paid appearance at a Kremlin-backed conference in Armenia next week.

 

Giuliani, who confirmed to The Washington Post on Friday morning that he would attend the event, reversed himself that evening after The Post reported on his participation in the meeting, which Russian President Vladi­mir Putin and other top Russian officials are expected to attend.

 

The two-day conference is sponsored by Russia and the Moscow-based Eurasian Economic Union, a trade alliance launched by Putin in 2014 as a counterweight to the European Union. ...

 

Giuliani’s decision to take part in the conference astounded national security experts. ...

 

 

Obviously Trump isn't the only incompetent lunatic in the Whitehouse.

 

 





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  # 2326518 28-Sep-2019 23:34
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The Washington Post - Giuliani cancels paid appearance next week at Kremlin-backed conference 

 

September 27 at 7:32 PM

 


Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose actions as President Trump’s personal lawyer have helped set in motion an impeachment inquiry, abruptly canceled his scheduled paid appearance at a Kremlin-backed conference in Armenia next week.

 

Giuliani, who confirmed to The Washington Post on Friday morning that he would attend the event, reversed himself that evening after The Post reported on his participation in the meeting, which Russian President Vladi­mir Putin and other top Russian officials are expected to attend.

 

The two-day conference is sponsored by Russia and the Moscow-based Eurasian Economic Union, a trade alliance launched by Putin in 2014 as a counterweight to the European Union. ...

 

Giuliani’s decision to take part in the conference astounded national security experts. ...

 

 

Obviously Trump isn't the only incompetent lunatic in the Whitehouse.

 

 

There's a possible back story to that - it follows another earlier news report.

 

 

From Reuters:

 

Asked if Moscow is worried that the White House could similarly publish transcripts of Trump’s calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “we would like to hope that it wouldn’t come to that in our relations, which are already troubled by a lot of problems.”

 

 

Seems to me to be a suggestion that something's there, and an invitation to take a look, and I'll bet if those transcripts come to light, Putin will come out smelling of roses.  The "Useful Idiot" has served his purpose - they're throwing him under a bus (or at least not stopping him from falling). It may have dawned on Giuliani that Russia/Putin is not his friend.  

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2326528 29-Sep-2019 07:35
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Putin can't be happy about any US aide to the Ukraine, and would like to further destabilize the current US-Ukraine relationship.

Considering how oblivious Trump is to security, I'm sure every major power has plenty of up-to-the-minute intelligence.

I'm sure something like this has gone through Putin's mind:

* Trump is no longer useful

* I'd like to create some political chaos for the new Ukraine president.

* I'd like to sour Ukranian-US ties further

* I may need to sacrifice one of my valuable chess pieces, Trump, so I gain tactical compensation

* I can easily I release material that appears to be from a whistleblower

* Of course anything I release should put Russia in the best light, maybe me being parental, warning Trump.

* I want the GOP to be in the best possible position in 2020, so I need to act quickly to remove the albatross Trump

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Rudy Giuliani Is At The Center Of Trump's Whirling Corrupt-Nado

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

According to sources inside the White House, officials are placing blame for the Ukraine collusion firestorm squarely on the shoulders of his personal attorney.


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  # 2326611 29-Sep-2019 10:33
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  # 2326612 29-Sep-2019 10:33
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Shields and Brooks on the politics of impeachment

PBS NewsHour

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s political news, including the details of the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s decision to open an impeachment inquiry into the matter and potential 2020 political reaction to impeachment.


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  # 2326677 29-Sep-2019 12:42
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https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/obamacare-website-border-wall/

Did the Obamacare Website Cost More Than What It Will Cost to Build Trump’s Border Wall?

A spurious quote attributed to actor/comedian Tim Allen was shared by one of President Donald Trump's sons.

Snopes by Bethania Palma

False, wrong person, and statement is false

Eric Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump’s second-eldest son, has a large presence on Instagram, with 1 million followers. So his posts have a wide reach, including those that contain inaccurate information.

In early September 2019, Eric Trump published a post on Instagram with a quote attributed to actor and comedian Tim Allen, stating that the 45th president’s promised border wall will cost less than the website for Obamacare, referencing the site used to administer the health care policy of President Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.

The exact source of this quote is unclear, but it does not appear to have originated with “Home Improvement” star Allen. The quote has been on social media, in the form of various memes, since at least January 2019. The earliest version we found was posted to a pro-Trump Facebook page on Jan. 27.

Months later, the statement was attributed to Allen, but that appears to be because an unrelated Virginia man by the same name posted it amid a longer Facebook screed on Aug. 25, 2019, which was itself a copy-and-pasted collection of other various Facebook memes. After he did so, Facebook users began sharing his post with the added disclaimer that it was written by the actor Tim Allen.

That appears to be how an anonymous meme ended up on the Instagram page of the president’s son, bearing the likeness of Tim Allen and crediting the actor with a spurious quote. We reached out to the private citizen who wrote the Aug. 25 Facebook post for comment, but have not received a response.

So what about the claim that the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, cost taxpayers more than the U.S.-Mexico border wall? That statement is just as factually challenged as the claim that the actor Tim Allen said it. And it’s a strange one, considering President Trump has made an unprecedented display of fighting with Democrats in Congress to get more money for wall construction in the amount of billions of dollars.
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  # 2326727 29-Sep-2019 14:06
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The Washington Post - Staring down impeachment, Trump sees himself as a victim of historic proportions

 

September 28 at 4:19 PM

 


In the five days since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) opened an impeachment inquiry following revelations about President Trump’s conduct with his Ukrainian counterpart, Trump has been determined to cast himself as a singular victim in a warped reality - a portrayal that seems part political survival strategy, part virtual therapy session.

 

As Trump tells it, he is a hard-working and honorable president whose conduct has been “perfect” but who is being harassed and tormented by “Do Nothing Democrat Savages” and a corrupt intelligence community resolved to perpetuate a hoax, defraud the public and, ultimately, undo the 2016 election.

 

There has been no President in the history of our Country who has been treated so badly as I have,” Trump tweeted Wednesday, some 13 hours after Pelosi’s announcement. ...

 


Trump’s attitude is shared by his personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose own work in Ukraine looks to figure prominently in the impeachment inquiry.

 

Giuliani revealed this mind-set in a phone call this past week with Elaina Plott, a reporter from the Atlantic.

 

It is impossible that the whistleblower is a hero and I’m not. And I will be the hero! These morons - when this is over, I will be the hero,” Giuliani told her.

 

I’m not acting as a lawyer. I’m acting as someone who has devoted most of his life to straightening out government,” Giuliani continued. “Anything I did should be praised.”

 



 





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  # 2326981 30-Sep-2019 09:06
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State Dept. intensifies email probe of Hillary Clinton’s former aides

Washington Post, By Greg Miller,Greg Jaffe and Karoun Demirjian

The Trump administration is investigating the email records of dozens of current and former senior State Department officials who sent messages to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email, reviving a politically toxic matter that overshadowed the 2016 election, current and former officials said.

As many as 130 officials have been contacted in recent weeks by State Department investigators — a list that includes senior officials who reported directly to Clinton as well as others in lower-level jobs whose emails were at some point relayed to her inbox, said current and former State Department officials. Those targeted were notified that emails they sent years ago have been retroactively classified and now constitute potential security violations, according to letters reviewed by The Washington Post.

In virtually all of the cases, potentially sensitive information, now recategorized as “classified,” was sent to Clinton’s unsecure inbox.

State Department investigators began contacting the former officials about 18 months ago, after President Trump’s election, and then seemed to drop the effort before picking it up in August, officials said.

Senior State Department officials said that they are following standard protocol in an investigation that began during the latter days of the Obama administration and is nearing completion.

“This has nothing to do with who is in the White House,” said a senior State Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing probe. “This is about the time it took to go through millions of emails, which is about 3½ years.”

To many of those under scrutiny, including some of the Democratic Party’s top foreign policy experts, the recent flurry of activity surrounding the Clinton email case represents a new front on which the Trump administration could be accused of employing the powers of the executive branch against perceived political adversaries.

...State Department officials vigorously denied there was any political motivation behind their actions ... speaking on condition of anonymity to describe the mechanics of an internal probe.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/state-dept-intensifies-email-probe-of-hillary-clintons-former-aides/2019/09/28/9f15497e-e1f2-11e9-8dc8-498eabc129a0_story.html

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  # 2326994 30-Sep-2019 09:20
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Former Trump Security Adviser Says He’s ‘Deeply Disturbed’ by Ukraine Call

Thomas P. Bossert, the president’s first homeland security adviser, also said part of the president’s request to Ukraine was based on a “completely debunked” conspiracy theory.

New York Times By Sheryl Gay Stolberg

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s first homeland security adviser said on Sunday that he was “deeply disturbed” by Mr. Trump’s effort to pressure a foreign leader to investigate his political rival, while Democrats moved forward with their rapidly evolving impeachment inquiry into the president.

The comments by Thomas P. Bossert, who served Mr. Trump as homeland security adviser from 2017 to 2018 until being forced out when John R. Bolton became national security adviser, amounted to a rare break with a president who prizes loyalty above all else. But Mr. Bossert tempered them, saying the central allegation against Mr. Trump — that he withheld military aid from Ukraine to advance his political interests — had not yet been proved.

“It is a bad day and a bad week for this president and for this country if he is asking for political dirt on an opponent,” he said on the ABC program “This Week.” “But it looks to me like the other matter that’s far from proven is whether he was doing anything to abuse his power and withhold aid in order to solicit such a thing.”

He also said another request Mr. Trump made to the Ukrainian president — that Ukraine investigate an American cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike, and the location of a Democratic National Committee server — was based on a conspiracy theory that had been “completely debunked.”

That theory, prominent on the far right, holds that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that hacked into the server and intervened in the 2016 presidential election. But Mr. Bossert emphasized that American intelligence officials concluded that Russia was behind the hacking of the server, and he took the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to task for spreading the theory.

“At this point I am deeply frustrated with what he and the legal team is doing and repeating that debunked theory to the president,” Mr. Bossert said. “It sticks in his mind when he hears it over and over again.”

...As Republicans struggled to defend the president on Sunday, Mr. Bossert’s remarks offered a hint of cracks in the Republicans’ armor. A handful of Republicans, including Senators Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, have also said they were troubled by Mr. Trump’s effort to push the leader of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

...Democrats are accusing the White House of a cover-up, but Republicans have concentrated on another aspect of the call: Mr. Trump’s insistence that Ukraine investigate leaks about his 2016 campaign. Mr. Bossert called the situation “a mess,” and warned the president that if he did not end his fixation on what happened in 2016 election, it would “bring him down.”

Mr. Trump has long been suspicious of people in the federal bureaucracy — the so-called deep state — and the impeachment inquiry appears to be exacerbating the president’s fears that his own administration is conspiring against him. Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to the president, complained on Sunday of leakers who seek to destroy the president.

...Republicans have had a tough time defending Mr. Trump, and have mostly been trying to redirect the conversation to insinuate that Mr. Biden engaged in wrongdoing.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/29/us/politics/tom-bossert-trump-ukraine.html

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  # 2326998 30-Sep-2019 09:24
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The New York Times - Note to the Impeachment Investigators: Trump Rarely Acts Alone

 

By The Editorial Board

 

The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

 

Sept. 29, 2019

 


“There is a whole host of people apparently who have knowledge of these events,” Representative Adam Schiff of California, who is spearheading the inquiry as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Thursday. 

 

Fortunately, said Mr. Schiff, the complaint filed by the administration whistle-blower provides “a pretty good road map of allegations that we need to investigate.”

 

 

Among the many persons of interest in this investigation:

 

  • Rudy Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal attorney/fixer. Mr. Giuliani likely knows more about the origins, scope and details of the effort than almost anyone.

  • Bill Barr, attorney general. Mr. Barr is neck-deep in this mess.

  • Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff.

  • Mike Pompeo, secretary of state.

  • Kurt Volker, former part-time special envoy to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union.

  • Mike Pence, vice president.

  • John Bolton, former national security adviser.

  • Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community.


 

 





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  # 2327115 30-Sep-2019 14:14
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No reason to probe Bidens: former Ukraine prosecutor

BBC News

A Ukrainian ex-prosecutor general has told the BBC there is no reason for his country to investigate President Donald Trump's political rival Joe Biden.

Yuriy Lutsenko said any investigation into Mr Biden and his son would have to start in the US.

"I don't know any reason to investigate Joe Biden or Hunter Biden according to Ukrainian law," he said.

Mr Trump's efforts to have Ukraine investigate the pair prompted an impeachment inquiry by the Democrats.

A transcript of a call Mr Trump made to Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky on 25 July shows he urged him to investigate discredited corruption allegations against Mr Biden and his son.

Mr Trump and his allies have been suggesting that Mr Biden, as Barack Obama's vice-president, encouraged the firing of Ukraine's top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, because he had been investigating Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma, which employed Hunter Biden.
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49871909

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Letter from whistleblower's lawyers:

 

 

The events of the past week have heightened our concerns that our client’s identity will be disclosed
publicly and that, as a result, our client will be put in harm’s way. On September 26, 2019, the
President of the United States said the following:
I want to know who’s the person that gave the Whistleblower, who’s the person that
gave the Whistleblower the information, because that’s close to a spy. You know what
we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? With spies and treason,
right? We used to handle them a little differently than we do now.
The fact that the President’s statement was directed to “the person that gave the Whistleblower the
information” does nothing to assuage our concerns for our client’s safety. Moreover, certain
individuals have issued a $50,000 “bounty” for “any information” relating to our client’s identity.
Unfortunately, we expect this situation to worsen, and to become even more dangerous for our
client and any other whistleblowers, as Congress seeks to investigate this matter.

 

 

 

 

https://compassrosepllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019_0928_-Correspondence-to-HPSCI-and-SSCI-with-Enclosure.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  # 2327164 30-Sep-2019 15:50
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Scary as hell. I can imagine there are hundreds of good ol' boys who would volunteer to follow up the idiot's hints.

 

Hope there is protection in place.


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