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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

House Intelligence Committee: The impeachment inquiry into Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, uncovered a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election. As described in this executive summary and the report that follows, President Trump's scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential reelection campaign. The President demanded that the newly-elected Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, publicly announce investigations into a political rival that he apparently feared the most, former Vice President Joe Biden, and into a discredited theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 presidential election. To compel the Ukrainian President to do his political bidding, President Trump conditioned two official acts on the public announcement of the investigations: a coveted White House visit and critical U.S. military assistance Ukraine needed to fight its Russian adversary.

During a July 25, 2019, call between President Trump and President Zelensky, President Zelensky expressed gratitude for U.S. military assistance. President Trump immediately responded by asking President Zelensky to "do us a favor though" and openly pressed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden and the 2016 conspiracy theory. In turn, President Zelensky assured President Trump that he would pursue the investigation and reiterated his interest in the White House meeting. Although President Trump's scheme intentionally bypassed many career personnel, it was undertaken with the knowledge and approval of senior Administration officials, including the President's Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. In fact, at a press conference weeks after public revelations about the scheme, Mr. Mulvaney publicly acknowledged that the President directly tied the hold on military aid to his desire to get Ukraine to conduct a political investigation, telling Americans to "get over it." President Trump and his senior officials may see nothing wrong with using the power of the Office of the President to pressure a foreign country to help the President's reelection campaign. Indeed, President Trump continues to encourage Ukraine and other foreign countries to engage in the same kind of election interference today. However, the Founding Fathers prescribed a remedy for a chief executive who places his personal interests above those of the country: impeachment.

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(The report) asserts that Mr. Trump's "scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential re-election campaign."

The report also lays out what it calls an "unprecedented campaign of obstruction of this impeachment inquiry" by Mr. Trump, in light of his move to prevent the release of documents from agencies including the State Department, the Department of Defense and the White House budget office and instructing potential witnesses not to cooperate.

"The damage to our system of checks and balances, and to the balance of power within our three branches of government, will be long-lasting and potentially irrevocable if the president's ability to stonewall Congress goes unchecked," the report concluded. "Any future president will feel empowered to resist an investigation into their own wrongdoing, malfeasance, or corruption, and the result will be a nation at far greater risk of all three."

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-03 02:57 PM | Reply

DEEP STATE COUP! DEEP STATE COUP!

-usual idiots

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-03 03:20 PM | Reply

#2

They would pronounce it, "coupe".

Rwing talking points have now been published and distributed now; "sure, Trump did that, but it's not impeachable! It's just smart bidness!".

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2019-12-03 04:25 PM | Reply

"They would pronounce it, "coupe"." - #3 | Posted by Corky at 2019-12-03 04:25 PM

Which reminds me...

Why does a chicken coop have 2 doors?

Because if it had 4 doors it would be s chicken sedan.

#4 | Posted by Hans at 2019-12-03 04:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

lol, Hi Hans!

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2019-12-03 04:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The House Intelligence Committee sent its report on President Trump and Ukraine to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, paving the way for possible articles of impeachment.

The report, which said the president "sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security," was approved on a party-line vote.

www.washingtonpost.com

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-03 06:54 PM | Reply

I love how some people are attempting to portray Trump as a prolific adversary of corruption.

Yeah, that'll be the day.

#7 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2019-12-03 08:09 PM | Reply

"Which reminds me...Why does a chicken coop have 2 doors?"

Aural joke:

A blonde and a brunette were talking. The blonde said she was very excited, since she was leaving for France the next day "to see the Grand Prix."

The brunette replied, "I don't think that's how it's pronounced."

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-12-03 08:27 PM | Reply

Aural joke:
A blonde and a brunette were talking. The blonde said she was very excited, since she was leaving for France the next day "to see the Grand Prix."
The brunette replied, "I don't think that's how it's pronounced."

POSTED BY DANFORTH AT 2019-12-03 08:27 PM | REPLY

Huh?? I don't get it.

#9 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-12-03 08:45 PM | Reply

"Huh?? I don't get it." - #9 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-12-03 08:45 PM

Grand Prix?

Laura, think of what you're now missing (or want gone).

#10 | Posted by Hans at 2019-12-03 08:48 PM | Reply

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#5 | Posted by Corky at 2019-12-03 04:42 PM

Greetings, Corky!

#11 | Posted by Hans at 2019-12-03 08:48 PM | Reply

I love how some people are attempting to portray Trump as a prolific adversary of corruption.

Yeah, that'll be the day.

#7 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2019-12-03 08:09 PM | Reply

Trumpworld:

Corruption in Russia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria, China, United States = meh.

"Corruption" in Ukraine = very very bad.

#12 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-12-04 07:00 AM | Reply

John Schindler @20committee

John Schindler Retweeted Kyle Griffin
Translation: Senate's IC oversight committee, led by the GOP, announces that the House's IC oversight committee is mired in Kremlin-y -------- -- especially the GOP's ranking member, who is the main peddler of Putin's lies about 2016.

Somewhat #AWKWARD.

Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1

CNN confirms: The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee looked into allegations that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election and found no evidence to support the claims, according to sources familiar with the matter.

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-04 09:24 AM | Reply

" ..... The President demanded that the newly-elected Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, publicly announce investigations into a political rival that he apparently feared the most, former Vice President Joe Biden, and into a discredited theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 presidential election. To compel the Ukrainian President to do his political bidding, President Trump conditioned two official acts on the public announcement of the investigations: a coveted White House visit and critical U.S. military assistance Ukraine needed to fight its Russian adversary. ...."

The Dems accuse President Trump of doing a quid-pro-quo deal trying to FORCE Ukraine's Pres Zewlenski into doing an investigation into the Bidens - Hunter, Jim and Joe's suspect involvement and millions of of dollars of pay from Burisma, the known to be highly corrupt Unkrainian energy company AND Joe Biden's demand of the former Pres of Ukraine to fire the Ukrainian prosecutor (which he did) to stop the investigation into Burisma and Hunter Biden.

Guess what folks ... First the $381 foreign aid to the Ukrain was paid on Sept 11th to the Ukrain. In addition the Ukrain purchased and received Javelin anti-tank missles.

Second, the two Presidents did meet personally - not at the White House but in NY City at the UN and they did a joint TV interview for the whole world to watch. AND Pres Zewlenski was asked if he was pressured by Pres Trump to get his aid money and he said he was ' never pressured'.

So let's see .. President Trump asked for a favor from Pres Zewlenski regarding doing an investigation into the Ukrainian involvement in our US 2016 election. The $381 million was paid to the Ukrain. Javelkin missles were sold to the Ukrain. AND Pres Zewlenski and Pres Trump met this past summer st the UN and did a joint TV interview. BUT NO investigation was ever ANNOUNCED or done by Ukraine as asked for by Pres Trump.

That's not a quid-pro-quo .. that mat best is a PRO-BONO by Pres Trump! A free be that is clearly NOT illegal of wrong or inappropriate!

#14 | Posted by SJHamilton at 2019-12-04 09:49 AM | Reply

"Javelkin missles were sold to the Ukrain."

This whole quid pro quo between Trump and Ukraine may go back farther than we know and, in fact, predate Pres Z:

Ukraine Stopped Helping Mueller Probe In Return For Missiles From Trump Admin.

Ukraine relies heavily on U.S. aid for fighting Russia, and officials were well aware of Trump's disdain for the probe.

As the Trump administration was finalizing a deal to sell anti-tank missiles to Ukraine in 2018, the country's top anti-corruption prosecutor quietly ceased helping special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper reported in May 2018 that four investigations into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort were frozen by chief prosecutor Serhiy Horbatyuk " or as one Ukrainian lawmaker put it, the cases were put "in the long-term box."

"In every possible way, we will avoid irritating the top American officials," Volodymyr Ariev, a member of Parliament who was an ally of then-President Petro O. Poroshenko, told The Times in an interview. "We shouldn't spoil relations with the administration."

Indeed, the State Department had issued an export license for the sophisticated missiles " called Javelins " in December 2017, followed by Pentagon approval for the sale of 210 Javelins and 35 launching units the following March.

Investigations into Manafort were brought to a halt in April, The Times reported.

Separately, the Ukrainian government also thwarted the Mueller investigation by allowing "a potential witness [Konstantin Kilimnik] to possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to leave for Russia, putting him out of reach for questioning."


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None of this should surprise anyone since Manafort was working with dirty, Kremlin-affiliated politicians in Ukraine, and Rudy has consulting with Manafort even though Manafort was in prison. Rudy and Trump thought they were golden in getting fake dirt from Ukraine when Poroshenko was president and he was expected to win re-election, but Zelensky upset their apple cart by winning instead, which forced them to scramble around and put their quid pro quo pressure on him.

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-04 10:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

FWIW, getting the Ukrainians to call off the probes into Manafort and protecting Kilimnik from extradition in exchange for the Javelins, if proven to be true, would constitute another count of Trump obstructing justice in the Mueller probe. Among other crimes.

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-04 10:12 AM | Reply

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