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Wednesday, October 02, 2019

President Trump repeatedly involved Vice President Pence in efforts to exert pressure on the leader of Ukraine at a time when the president was using other channels to solicit information that he hoped would be damaging to a Democratic rival, current and former U.S. officials said.

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(T)he president used Pence to tell Zelensky that U.S. aid was still being withheld while demanding more aggressive action on corruption, officials said. At that time " following Trump's July 25 phone call with Zelenksy " the Ukrainians probably understood action on corruption to include the investigation of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

In his meeting with Zelensky, Pence conveyed the news that hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid to Ukraine was not going to be released amid concerns about the country's lagging efforts to combat corruption. He also emphasized Trump's frustration that he thought the European Union was not doing a sufficient job in helping to provide aid. A participant in the meeting said Zelensky was "crestfallen" by the news, though a second participant described the meeting as "cordial" and Zelensky as understanding of U.S. concerns.

At that point, Ukraine's president had already spoken to Trump and was familiar with the president's demands. Pence did not mention Biden or the dormant probe of Burisma, the company for which his son had served as a board member. But former officials said that Pence's emphasis on corruption probably would have been interpreted by Zelensky as "code" for that issue, whether the vice president intended it or not.

So Pence's people are beefing with the White House with the White House saying, "Hey, Pence didn't know that corruption was about Hunter Biden(!), and the White House is saying "His adviser sat in on the call and reported it to him the next day. Nice try buttercup."

I said it earlier, if Trump goes down he's taking Pence with him and he won't give a damn about what the GOP wants when his asterisk is on the line. If the GOP doesn't save him he may very well try to insure a President Pelosi as his final "FFFFFF you." At the advancing rate of his deterioration nothing would surprise me at this point.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-10-02 09:26 PM | Reply

Hello Madam President.

#2 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-10-02 09:30 PM | Reply

"Hello Madam President.

#2 | POSTED BY OLDWHISKEYSOUR "

Looks like OWS got a call from November 7, 2016.

#3 | Posted by goatman at 2019-10-02 09:38 PM | Reply

This just keeps expanding and sucking in more people....

Not a good sign.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-02 10:13 PM | Reply

#4 Lamp

48 is the number to beat.... we're already at 34 if we get to include Muller's Report, which may come into play in the articles of impeachment.

#5 | Posted by gavaster at 2019-10-02 11:28 PM | Reply

"(T)he president used Pence to tell Zelensky that U.S. aid was still being withheld while demanding more aggressive action on corruption Biden"

FTFY

#6 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-10-03 06:50 AM | Reply

I read the headline and knew this was a Roma thread.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-10-03 10:15 AM | Reply

And any time there is an article posted casting doubt on a woman's rape allegation, everyone knows it's a JEFFJ thread.

#8 | Posted by blackheartsun at 2019-10-03 10:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#8 Well hello, BoydDirkBadweekBarneyCooperSteppBlackHeart

How are things?

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-10-03 11:13 AM | Reply

Hi Jeff! Long live Chairman Mao!

--BoydDirkBadweekBarneyCooperSteppBlackHeart

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-10-03 11:17 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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