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US ambassador to EU will testify about Trump-Ukraine dealings as Democrats build impeachment case, nuestro amigo Sondland + State Department counselor Ulrich Brechbuhl, Deputy Secretary of State George Kent, and the canned tomato US Ambassador to Ukraine Masha Yovanovitch.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 09:30:10 PM EST
from "it's crazy to withhold security assistance" (Amb. Bill Taylor) to "The discussion to withhold the visit" (Amb. Gordon Sondland, Amb. Volker): diplomatic sexting

Impeachment Investigators Decry ["]Access Bar["] to US Envoy v1
"House lawmakers announced Tuesday they would subpoena Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, after the State Department abruptly barred him testifying as part of the congressional impeachment inquiry this morning."

US envoy barred from ["]impeachment hearing["] by State Department v2
"The Trump administration barred Gordon Sondland, the U.S. European Union ambassador, from appearing Tuesday before a House panel conducting the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 05:12:25 PM EST
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from "it's crazy to withhold security assistance" (Amb. Bill Taylor): diplomatic sexting

APsplainin | Democrats Issue Subpoenas to [Defense Secretary Mark Esper] Esper, White House Budget Chief [Russell Vought] (syndicate file, Oxford commas)

The House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees are investigating Trump's actions pressing Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son, [1] potentially interfering in the 2020 election. Trump also [2] withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance to Ukraine.
Democrats say the documents are needed to examine the sequence of events and the reasons behind the White House's decision to withhold aid appropriated by Congress to counter Russian aggression. The aid was later released.
Additional details about the origins of Trump's July 25 call with Zelenskiy emerged over the weekend. Energy Secretary Rick ["tercero amigo"] Perry had encouraged Trump to speak with the Ukrainian leader, but on energy and economic issues, according to spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes. She said Perry's interest in Ukraine is part of U.S. efforts to boost Western energy ties to Eastern Europe.

AP Stylebook: "There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe or Hunter Biden."

Trump signs bipartisan budget and debt deal into law, 2 Aug
"Follow-up legislation would fill in the line-by-line details of agency budgets when the Senate returns in September."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 08:04:23 PM EST
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry subpoenaed in House impeachment inquiry
< wipes tears >
Perry on Thursday was subpoenaed by the three House committees -- Oversight, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs -- leading the investigation into whether Trump abused his power by pushing Ukraine to investigate political rival and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The subpoena demands a number of documents pertaining to Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which the president pushed for a Biden investigation, and Perry's potential role in reinforcing that request during a trip to Ukraine. The committees gave until Oct. 18.
"These reports have also raised significant questions about your efforts to press Ukrainian officials to change the management structure at a Ukrainian state-owned energy company to benefit individuals involved with Rudy Giuliani's push to get Ukrainian officials to interfere in our 2020 election."

Now indict Zelensk(i)y. Do it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 09:58:32 PM EST
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FLORIDA businessmen with Giuliani, Ukraine TIES won't comply with impeachment inquiry
Dowd sent the House Intelligence Committee an email on Oct. 3 detailing his objections to the request for documents and depositions. In the email, which was released on Monday, Dowd said getting up to speed on Parnas and Fruman's legal situation "will take some time" and that their discussions with Rudy Giuliani regarding Trump would be covered by "attorney-client, attorney work and other privileges." Dowd began representing Parnas and Fruman last week.

He also called the request for documents "overly broad and unduly burdensome," saying he has reached the "inescapable conclusion that the Democratic Committee members' intent is to harass, intimidate and embarrass my clients."

There are Federal Rules of Evidence and Procedure jokes in there somewhere.

archived key witness of WHAT?
The article, published by Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 8th, 2019 at 07:37:47 PM EST
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Two Giuliani associates involved in Trump-Ukraine controversy arrested on campaign finance charges
The [sealed?] indictment charges Parnas, Fruman, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin with federal campaign finance law violations.

It alleges they "conspired to circumvent the federal laws against foreign influence by engaging in a scheme to funnel foreign money to candidates for federal and state office so that the defendants could buy potential influence with candidates, campaigns and the candidates' governments."

landssakes. How did this get past the corrupt AG Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr?
Parnas and Fruman, who were born in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union and now live in Florida, have become political players in recent years. In May 2018, Parnas posted pictures on Facebook of himself and Fruman with Trump in the White House and with the president's son Donald Jr. in California. That was the same month their company, Global Energy Producers, was credited with gibing $325,000 to a campaign committee that supports Trump's reelection.

The campaign contribution sparked a complaint to the Federal Election Commission - and at least two lawsuits - because of questions about the source of the money.

And why on earth would any of these prospective deponents appear in order to incriminate themselves? Could plea deals be on the table?
Three House committees - Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight and Reform - scheduled depositions Thursday with Parnas and Friday with Fruman to ask how they fit in with Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Those panels have subpoenaed documents from Giuliani and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 04:10:00 PM EST
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"Congressman-1" outed

Former Rep. Pete Sessions met with indicted Guiliani associates, accepted donations

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 03:14:36 AM EST
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