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Sunday, December 08, 2019

A cast of obscure Ukrainians -- a group seen at home as odious and discredited -- are appearing in a television show with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, in what he casts as an investigation that parallels the process in Congress.




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One more character in Giuliani's TV team made many Ukrainians' jaws drop: former parliamentarian Andrii Artemenko. Ukraine stripped Artemenko of his citizenship in 2017 and officially expelled him from the State Rada for proposing to rent Crimea to Russia. (Moscow seized and annexed the strategic peninsula in 2014 and Ukraine wants it back.)

On Tuesday, an OAN press release showed that Artemenko will appear in the first episode of Giuliani's series. Artemenko previously has told The Daily Beast that he played "the key role" in helping Trump's investigations. "Artemenko was actually helping Giuliani a lot to organize all the meetings in Kyiv," Bereza told The Daily Beast.

Independent observers here say they hope that Zelensky will not bend under pressure from Trump or his lawyer. "Giuliani and his company wanted Zelensky to interfere in the upcoming U.S. presidential elections," said Ukraine's leading corruption fighter, Daria Kaleniuk. "It didn't work out well."

A source connected to the Presidential Administration told The Daily Beast that on Thursday President Zelensky's aide and close friend Andrii Yermak met with Giuliani"and their conversation was discussed at the Presidential Administration on Friday morning. That was not the first time that Giuliani was pushing Yermak to conduct the Trump-desired investigations, as testimony before the impeachment hearings established previously. The Daily Beast asked Yermak to comment on his latest conversation with Trump's lawyer, but did not receive any response.

In the middle of an ongoing impeachment Donald Trump's personal attorney is still at it trying to pressure the Zelensky government to open fresh investigations not into systemic corruption within Ukraine writ large, but a specific, targeted investigation into only one Ukrainian company that happens to involve the confluence of both Hunter and Joe Biden in its recent past.

And this forms the foundation of Trump's alleged 'defense' of his anticipated articles of impeachment yet to be revealed by the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Trump is forcing the Republican Party to espouse established Putin-invented disinformation as the basis of his defense that his actions were not only NOT illicit or illegal, but were wholly justified due to his belief in fairies and white unicorns that Putin has blown up his backside.

I don't think the GOP has any idea just how far their force-feeding of Russian propaganda into the minds and opinions of their base's psyches will affect this nation moving forward, but no one should ignore the corrosive effects eating away at our republican government their efforts are now causing and will continue to cause if Russian distortions and lies are the hill the GOP decides to fight from behind.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-08 12:53 PM | Reply

Just in case some may not know whom the tweeter is above:

Serhiy Leshchenko, a former member of the Rada, who Giuliani referred to as one of the U.S. president's "enemies," said he was "ready to testify" in the Senate if invited. "It is clear from public communication, that they [Giuliani's partners in Ukraine] play into the Russian narrative to shift responsibility for interference in the U.S. election from the Kremlin to Ukraine."

In August 2016, Serhiy Leshchenko announced that the Party of Regions, shortly before Viktor Yanukovych's election as the President of Ukraine, paid to the American political consultant Paul Manafort for his services. According to Leshchenko, the expenses of Ukraine related to his activities exceeded $ 12 million.

In March 2017, Leshchenko surrendered to the NABU documents that, presumably, could prove Manafort's involvement in offshore schemes.[34][35][36] These documents showed a $750,000 payment for the supply of 501 computers to a company David Manafort, from a Belize-registered offshore company, through a bank in Kyrgyzstan. Leshchenko urged to begin an investigation of this situation both in Ukraine and in the USA.[34][36] In March 2019, Manafort "was convicted on eight criminal counts including bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to file a foreign bank account report." Together with the court sentence of 2018, the total sentence of Manafort was 7.5 years.


Fairly clear why Giuliani refers to Leshchenko as a Trump "enemy." He uncovered Manafort's illicit machinations in Ukraine for the previous Russia-backed President and his corrupt administration.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-08 01:05 PM | Reply

Part of my concern here is whether Mr Giuliani is proffering certain, ummmm, favors to these very questionable people in return for those people creating the evidence Mr Giuliani wants.

Is a Ukrainian Oligarch Helping Trump Smear Biden to Evade U.S. Corruption Charges? (October 2019)

...The latest phase of the disinformation campaign has focused on what Giuliani calls crucial new evidence: an affidavit from the Ukrainian prosecutor Biden got fired in 2016. But the sudden appearance of this sworn statement, six months after Giuliani and his allies began claiming that Biden had acted with corrupt intent to get that prosecutor removed, raises questions about who orchestrated the filing of that affidavit and how the effort to smear Biden might be related to a Ukrainian billionaire's fight against extradition to the United States to face bribery charges.

In the sworn statement, which was submitted to a court in Austria last month, Viktor Shokin, the former prosecutor general of Ukraine, claims that he was forced out because he was leading "a wide-ranging corruption probe" of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company that paid Biden's son Hunter to sit on its board.

In fact, there is no evidence that such a probe ever existed. ...

Very questionable, indeed.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-08 07:00 PM | Reply

Just another log on the fire:

The Indispensable Man: How Giuliani Led Trump to the Brink of Impeachment

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-09 12:29 AM | Reply

Just another log on the fire:

Your magick is strong, Roma.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-12-09 12:34 AM | Reply

I hardly know what to say about Rudy's shenanigans any more. Except maybe, the master of deception has struck again and all Hail Mary. He's gonna need some prayers to pull this one off.

Fake TV lawyer
Fake TV courtroom movie set
Fake witnesses
Fake testimony

And as a topper, Trump will think this as a mantra from Heaven.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-09 03:34 AM | Reply

EXCLUSIVE: Oligarch Kolomoisky Linked To Giuliani Campaign For Dirt

It wasn't until Rudy Giuliani's trip to Kyiv last week that observers of Ukrainian politics began buzzing about what now seems obvious: there's another billionaire oligarch interested for his own reasons in cozying up to President Trump.

His name is Ihor Kolomoisky, and he was once seen as the power behind the throne of President Volodymyr Zelensky. And he has a lot to gain from any favor he can curry with the Trump administration: An FBI probe into his finances threatens to deprive Kolomoisky of his earnings and his freedom.

The nature and extent of Kolomoisky's involvement in the pressure campaign remains unclear. There's some indication that he began dishing the kind of bogus political dirt that Giuliani and Trump are seeking as far back as 2018. But in the murky world where Ukraine business and politics overlap, Kolomoisky has largely managed to remain on the periphery of the coverage of the Trump scandal.

That is, at least, until Rudy waltzed back into town. The dynamic suggests that yet another powerful, scandal-ridden oligarch sees an opportunity provided by Giuliani's and Trump's efforts to smear their political opponents. For Kolomoisky, the prospect of pleasing the White House comes with two possible benefits: shutting down the American criminal investigation of him, and getting a favorable resolution to a massive embezzlement case involving a bank he previously owned.

Vadim Shulman, a former business partner of Kolomoisky's now embroiled in a nasty, multimillion dollar legal battle against him in London and Delaware, told TPM that he believed Kolomoisky had tried to "solve the issue with the FBI by giving documents on Biden."

Well there is no doubt that corruption was indeed a problem in Ukraine. It just seems like Burisma and the Bidens actions doesn't even make a blip on the radar screen compared to the corrupt activities of the alleged accusers of Burisma and the Bidens. In this case it looks like the big fish rolling on the guppies because that is the only aspect Trump is actually interested in for the purpose of serving only his needs, not any of Ukraine's.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-09 08:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I think all this discussion about corruption in Ukraine while Trump plays kissy face with Putin is just pathetic. Putin is probably the most corrupt human being on Earth and Trump wants to emulate him in every way.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2019-12-09 09:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Not just Trump, but his sycophantic cult followers too.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-09 09:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Again regarding Rudy's "fake 2-part documentary," I think we have to take into consideration that Rudy is under a lot of pressure to "deliver the goods" that he promised Trump when he (Rudy) took on this assignment.


Trump got elected in 2016 for two reasons:

1. Announcing his #1 opponent (Hillary Clinton) is under investigation.

2. Outside assistance from a foreign country (Russia)

The plot that Trump is hatching for 2020 sound exactly like a repeat of 2016.

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

The plot that Trump is hatching for 2020 sound exactly like a repeat of 2016.

And this is how Trump and the GOP plan to use his Senate trial as an incessant drum with which to beat on Joe Biden as being corrupted by his son's association with Burisma, while painting himself as a justice crusader.

Utter BS, but that's what we're going to see along with a full-throated, non-stop elevation of Putin's innocence as it regards Russia's 2016 counterintel US election operation through Kremlin issued talking points and absurdities.

The real basis of the impeachment should be Trump's non-stop, consistent belief and attempts to legitimize Russia's illegal actions (invasion of Crimea, occupation of and unilateral war against Ukraine) while simultaneously undermining US/NATO policies towards Russia's benefit and lastly to remove any and all sanctions put in place in response to Russia's actions. Trump has traitorously weakened US/NATO at every turn while strengthening Russia's position on multiple global fronts to the very detriment of US national security.

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-10 07:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Most normal people already understand the facts of Russians invading Ukraine and our elections. It is only the die-hard Republicans who refuse to acknowledge the reality but they are happily being ignored here in America except by the dumbest among us. Those who don't know that are the dumbest among us.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2019-12-10 08:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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