By now we all know the basic outline:
- Trump, his henchmen and Fox are pushing the lie that Joe Biden and his son profited from dealings with Ukraine.
- Based on this lie, Trump — acting like the mob godfather he is — told the Ukranian president about all the good things the US has done for him, then, “Now I need a favor from you!”
- The favor, of course, was dirt on Biden, who Trump knows will kick his ass in 2020.
- Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, is acting as bag man, traveling to/from Ukraine trying to work a deal.
- Today, the transcript of the Trump-Ukranian president phone call was made public, clearly, without question, proving that Trump puts his re-election bid above the law.
- Also today, the details of an intelligence community whistle-blower became public and now we know Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to hide his contacts with foreign leaders (Kim, Putin, others) from view of even senior officials.
- Trump is doing what he always does when he is caught committing a crime (which is several times a day): Deny; Attack; Play the victim; Change the subject.
- Trump can flail around all he wants to — the reckoning is coming.
Trump says the whistle-blower is a spy who should be executed
On Thursday, Bloomberg News released footage of President Donald Trump’s private remarks to U.S. diplomats at the United Nations, during which he attacked the anonymous whistleblower at the heart of the Ukraine scandal and suggested that people who gave him the information should be killed.
“We’re at war,” said Trump. “These people are sick. They’re sick.”
“Basically, that person never saw the report, never saw the call, he never saw the call — heard something and decided that he or she, or whoever the hell they saw — they’re almost a spy,” said Trump.
“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” added Trump. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
Trump is looking to Lewandowski to save him . . . one crook helping another
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski may soon take up a new post as President Donald Trump’s top strategist to fight against House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
CNN reports that Lewandowski “has had conversations with White House officials in recent days about potentially taking a position inside the administration to help Trump confront a looming impeachment fight.”
According to the report, Lewandowski would be in charge of assembling a team to handle the impeachment process, and CNN says that his potential appointment is a recognition that the White House right now has no real plan in place to fight against House Democrats.
Lewandowski had a tumultuous tenure as Trump’s campaign chief in 2016, and was so despised by many other campaign officials that they openly celebrated after he got fired by the president.
Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, tries to implicate Dept of State in his crimes
Donald Trump defense attorney Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News on Thursday evening and defending himself — while throwing his client’s presidential administration under the bus.
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, may have personal legal and professional liability for his role in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry into Trump.
He was interviewed on Thursday by Laura Ingraham on Fox News
He argued that he was not in trouble because he was just following orders from State Department special envoy Kurt Volker — indirectly implicating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the scandal.
Former top Ukraine official says Biden did nothing wrong
KIEV, Ukraine — A former top Ukrainian prosecutor, whose allegations were at the heart of the dirt-digging effort by Rudolph W. Giuliani, said Thursday he believed that Hunter Biden did not run afoul of any laws in Ukraine.
“From the perspective of Ukrainian legislation, he did not violate anything,” former Ukrainian prosecutor general Yuri Lutsenko told The Washington Post in his first interview since the disclosure of a whistleblower complaint alleging pressure by President Trump on Ukraine’s president, Volodymr Zelensky.
Lutsenko’s comments about Hunter Biden — which echo what he told Bloomberg News in May — were significant, because Trump and his personal attorney Giuliani have sought to stir up suspicions about both Hunter and former vice president Joe Biden’s conduct in Ukraine in recent weeks. Joe Biden is leading Trump in many opinion polls ahead of the 2020 election.
Hunter Biden has denied any wrongdoing, and there is no evidence he was involved in any lawbreaking in his work in Ukraine with the country’s largest private gas company. -More…
Names of White House staff members who are covering up Trump’s crimes
John A. Eisenberg
Patrick F. Philbin
Kate Comerford Todd
Adam Schiff is coming for them and their password-coded National Security Council server. I find it hard to believe that 16 intel agencies couldn’t crack that server.
Regardless, familiarizing oneself with their names might come in handy as Schiff’s House Intel Committee conducts further investigation.