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Monday, November 18, 2019

U.S. State Department officials were informed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was feeling pressure from the Trump administration to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden even before the July phone call that has led to impeachment hearings in Washington, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.


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In early May, officials at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, including then-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, were told Zelenskiy was seeking advice on how to navigate the difficult position he was in, the two people told the AP. He was concerned President Donald Trump and associates were pressing him to take action that could affect the 2020 U.S. presidential race....

State Department officials in Kyiv and Washington were briefed on Zelenskiy's concerns at least three times, the two sources said. Notes summarizing his worries were circulated within the department, they said.

The briefings and the notes show that U.S. officials knew early that Zelenskiy was feeling pressure to investigate Biden, even though the Ukrainian leader later denied it in a joint news conference with Trump in September.

Another GOP talking point bites the dust. I hope someone is keeping track of who lies about what, when, so that after the dust settles all of them can be held to account for why they continued to believe a President and White House that issued nothing more than lies as they take every means possible to keep those inside the loop from telling Congress exactly what they factually know.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-11-18 04:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Notes circulated internally at the State Department indicated that Zelenskiy tried to mask the real purpose of his May 7 meeting __ which was to talk about political problems with the White House __ by saying it was about energy, the two people with knowledge of the matter said.

After the meeting with Zelenskiy, Hochstein separately briefed two U.S. Embassy officials, Suriya Jayanti and Joseph Pennington, about Zelenskiy's concerns, said the two people who spoke to the AP. Jayanti and Pennington took notes on the meeting, the people said.

Jayanti was also one of three witnesses to a phone call in which Trump discussed his interest in an investigation of Biden with his ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland.

I think that the information in this article illustrates why Fiona Hill is the last witness this week and that the whole day is reserved for her. Conventional wisdom dictates that Sondland looks like the most important person, but I have a feeling that Hill is going to articulate the entire Ukraine scheme from the same perspective that Bolton has.

This week is going to be something.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-11-18 10:02 PM | Reply


#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-11-18 11:17 PM | Reply

"Recounting a trip to Kyiv in late 2015, Biden described telling the then-president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, that he had to fire the prosecutor general or the US would not release $1 billion in loan guarantees. "I looked at them and said, I'm leaving in six hours,'" Biden told the crowd, taking a long look at his watch for effect. "If the prosecutor is not fired, you're not getting the money.' Well, son of a bitch." Here the audience laughed. "He got fired."

Video of his statement quickly ricocheted around Ukraine and Russia. On January 24, the day after the event, it appeared on Russia Today, the Kremlin's main external propaganda channel.."One week later, it was on Sputnik. Back then, it was presented as evidence of US meddling in the internal affairs of another country. "

#4 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2019-11-19 01:47 AM | Reply

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