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Saturday, October 12, 2019

The cast of characters and the rolls they played are explained in the "MORE" section below. This is what's known so far.



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Lev Parnas: A Trump fundraiser who was arrested with Igor Fruman for funneling Russian money to GOP candidates in U.S. elections. He's a naturalized Ukrainian with close ties to the old Russia-friendly Ukrainian government.

Igor Fruman: Same as Parnas

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested Wednesday night as they prepared to board a one-way flight out of the country at Dulles Airport near Washington, D.C. after a meeting with Giuliani (and ?)

Dimitry Firtash: Upper-echelon associate of Russian organized crime syndicate, friend of Putin, and worked with the Russian backed Yuschenko and Yanukovych administrations in the Ukraine. Under indictment in the U.S. and expected to be extradicted to the U.S. at any time from Vienna, where he's been under house arrest while fighting extradition to the U.S.. He is the man Giuliani's two indicted associates were on their way to meet when they were arrested while boarding a flight to Vienna with one way tickets.

Yuriy Lutsenko:He's unnamed Ukrainian official (former Chief Prosecutor) referenced in a federal indictment for directing a plot to oust the then-U.S. ambassador, spreading false allegations about her using Giuliani and his two arrested associates. Lutsenko was fired for corruption when the new president of the Ukraine, elected for his anti-corruption message, was sworn in. Also in Putin's sphere of influence.


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Parnas and Fruman, who Trump denied knowing, pictured with VP Pence, Trump, and Giuliani during happier times

(PS - Parnas has known Trump for several years, attended private parties, and hung with Donald Jr)

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-10-12 02:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Thanks for this scorecard. It is now easier to understand the players.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-12 03:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2 | Posted by LampLighter

You're welcome. There may be more characters implicated as time goes on ...

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-10-12 04:20 PM | Reply

- funneling Russian money to GOP candidates

"Hillary's Fault!" - the usual suspects

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2019-10-12 11:33 PM | Reply

Unsurprisingly the "usual suspects" are silent so far. Must be waiting for the talking points to be issued.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-10-13 01:21 AM | Reply

Neither the word 'cast' nor 'characters' appears anywhere in the linked article. Is OP trying to trivialize this story or make it sound like a fictional presentation?

#6 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-10-13 10:42 PM | Reply

Rudy Giuliani?

Never heard of him. He's must be a low level coffee boy.

- Conjob Don.

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-10-14 07:35 AM | Reply

President Zelenskyy: Yes you are absolutely right. Not only 100%, but actually 1000% and I can tell you the following; I did talk to Angela Merkel and I did meet with her I also met and talked with Macron and I told them that they are not doing quite as much as they need to be doing on the issues with the sanctions. They are not enforcing the sanctions. They are not working as much as they should work for Ukraine. It turns out that even though logically, the European Union should be our biggest partner but technically the United States is a much bigger partner than the European Union and I'm very grateful to you for that because the United States is doing quite a lot for Ukraine. Much more than the European Union especially when we are talking about sanctions against the Russian Federation. I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps specifically we are almost. ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.

The President: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike... I guess you have one of your wealthy people... The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you're surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it's very important that you do it if that's possible.

The president of the United States delivered this "transcript" to Congress. That is what is known as a quid pro quo.

We are what, 3 weeks into this impeachment inquiry and are having the first hearings? You Trumpets are funny, spinning away on your hamster wheels trying to deflect and rationalize your way out of this ridiculous mess.

I repeat my two questions, which have not been answered by a single Trump supporter:

Is it OK for the president of the United States to withhold Congressionally-appropriated military funds to the president of a foreign country in return for that country's aid in investigating his political opponent?


#8 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-10-14 12:56 PM | Reply

*Points crooked finger at Ghoulian...*


#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-10-14 02:08 PM | Reply

*Points crooked finger at Ghoulian...*
#9 | Posted by donnerboy a

That could get him arrested in some schools.

#10 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-10-14 02:11 PM | Reply

#8 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-10-14 12:56 PM

Why? ... Why? ... Why?

You keep using that word. It doesn't mean what you think it means.
You know that the answer to "Why?" is always "Because" or "Because I can."

#11 | Posted by CutiePie at 2019-10-14 06:09 PM | Reply

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