Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, December 14, 2019

President Trump is facing impeachment primarily for abusing his power for political gain, extorting a foreign country to discredit his political rivals. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors charged yesterday evening that Lev Parnas, an associate of President Trump who represented him in Ukraine, was wired $1 million from a Russian bank account weeks before his arrest. Which is to say, Trump's Ukraine plot appears to have been financed by Russia.

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Ukraine is the victim of Russian aggression, and Russia's continuing incursions into Ukrainian territory is the muscle that gave Trump's threats leverage. Trump's domestic interests are one intended beneficiary of his scheme. The other is Vladimir Putin.

Lev Parnas met repeatedly with Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Rudy has worked as Trump's lawyer for "free," but Parnas paid him half a million dollars for his work. If Parnas himself was being paid by Russian sources, this means the Russians were essentially subsidizing Trump, paying for the work themselves so he didn't have to lay out a dime of his own money.

On his trip to Ukraine, Giuliani huddled with a number of notoriously corrupt pro-Russian officials, including veterans of the Party of Regions. (Philip Bump has a good rundown of the rogues' gallery of Giuliani partners.) He is openly working to promote the cast of characters Russia wants to run Ukraine.

Trump, incredibly, continues to tout Giuliani as his Ukraine agent. "He's going to make a report, I think to the attorney general and to Congress," Trump told reporters Saturday. "I hear he has found plenty."

If this is what Parnas was talking about, it's quite a bombshell. Trump isn't paying Rudy for his Ukraine work even though Rudy always admits he's working to help his client, Trump. Parnas IS paying Rudy, and it appears that the money he used came from somewhere in Russia.

Wonder if any Republicans have a problem with Russians financing Rudy's attempts to influence next year's election for the express benefit of Trump?

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-12 07:11 PM | Reply

No, it was financed by me. I told Putin I would do that for sex favors if she exposed that Epstein guy because I hated Prince Andrew.

And the Yakuzashima thing didn't matter to me at all.

Plus, free hotel in Moscow.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-12-12 07:13 PM | Reply

Of course it was

#3 | Posted by Homerj at 2019-12-13 03:31 AM | Reply

Follow the money.....

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2019-12-13 11:51 PM | Reply

Follow the money.....
#4 | POSTED BY CORKY

Right to the Clinton Foundation ....
si.wsj.net

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-14 12:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#5

I see the chronic HDS is now incurable.

Or are you telling us that the money from the Ukraine to Rudy while he was working on what your former hero John Bolton called, "a drug deal" had something to do with Hillary?

btw, wipe the spittle offa your lips.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2019-12-14 12:06 AM | Reply

Given the structure of "US" it all makes sense: Donald Trump is President, and Vladimir Putin is CEO and Chairman of the Board.

#7 | Posted by CutiePie at 2019-12-14 11:11 PM | Reply

Russia, Russia, Russia:

Kenneth P. Vogel @kenvogel

RUDY GIULIANI had to use a translation app to read Russian documents during his dirt-digging trip to Europe because his former translators, LEV PARNAS & IGOR FRUMAN, were ... unavailable.

"Despite whatever else you can say, I missed them," he told the @WSJ.

Just Having Fun': Giuliani Doubles Down on Ukraine Probes

www.wsj.com

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-14 11:18 PM | Reply

What Ukraine extortion scheme?
Signed,
Deplorables

P.S. Hunter "Benghazi" Biden

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-14 11:22 PM | Reply

Russia, Russia, Russia: cause nazi germany is no longer available....

democrats really hated russia for hacking into the Dnc files... they are gonnaaaa pay for that one....

meanwhile the demoncrats screach even louder... 'the sky is falling'... while most of america looks at them and shake their heads...

trump hatred has no cure...

trump 2020
trump 2024

#10 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-12-15 01:32 AM | Reply

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Meanwhile, everywhere real people are....Trump gets HUGE applause at Army/Navy game! KAGA

#11 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2019-12-15 01:47 AM | Reply

GREAT AMERICAN

Macho-man picks his games very carefully.

He's already been booed twice at football games.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-15 03:42 AM | Reply

GREAT AMERICAN

If you're keeping score, Trump not only got booed at two football stadiums, he was laughed at at a NATO summit meeting . . . and last September he was laughed at during the first minute of his UN speech.

You know, GREAT, you're like a groom who's jilted at the alter four times and now you're coming back for a fifth.

You must be a glutton for punishment.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-15 07:31 AM | Reply

Russia, Russia, Russia: cause nazi germany is no longer available....

#10 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-12-15 01:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

No thanks to Steven Miller and----Who was that fat boy he works for again?

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-15 08:49 AM | Reply

Nothing about Russian involvement in our elections bothers Republicans anymore.. they had a collective stroke sometime around 2016 and dont seem to be getting any better... bless their hearts

#15 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-12-15 02:23 PM | Reply

"Nothing about Russian involvement in our elections bothers Republicans anymore"

They don't mind that the NRA is a Putin mouthpiece either.
They've learned to love Big Brother.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-15 02:25 PM | Reply

"Nothing about Russian involvement in our elections bothers Republicans anymore.. they had a collective stroke sometime around 2016 and dont seem to be getting any better... bless their hearts." by 503jc69

I picked this piece of garbage from the blog list of Trump haters comments because it seems to be fairly indicative of the liberal mantra.

Please you imbeciles .. please tell us HOW much the Obama admin along with crooked Hillary worried about Russian involvement. It was Obama himself who in 2012 lectured GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney that Russia was a 1980s worry and that Mitt's concern about Russia was out of date.

It was Obama himself who sat in the Oval Office on an open mic and told the Russian aid that after 'the election' HE (Obama)would have MORE flexibility to help Russia (HELP RUSSIA!!) and that Russian aid should tell 'Vladimir' that. The whole world heard that!

The Obama did nothing -- NOTHING - to provide the Ukraine with military lethal equipment to fight the Russians when attacked during Obama's admin.

AND the only thing that Obama ever did to the Russians over their tampering with our elections was to tell Putin to 'knock it off'. Wow, how threatening.

The Democrats have done and continue to do everything they falsely accuse President Trump and the GOP of doing. They ONLY get away with their crap because the national media is under total control of the Democrat party and their liberally (some communist) political puppets.

#17 | Posted by SJHamilton at 2019-12-16 08:24 AM | Reply

I truly hope there is a smoking gun the Dems can find so we can finally just let them have their way so we can move on from their temper tantrum (the lazy way of dealing with children). You would think they could have found something by now that is beyond any doubt but they can't, and they still choose to concentrate on this instead of improving their own party to get rid of the establishment GOP. But without any humbleness or humility at all, the Dems feel they are God's gift to this planet (sorry, the "Flying Spaghetti Monster's gift to this planet", because Dems will spend more time on the fact that I said God instead of actually trying to improve).

#18 | Posted by humtake at 2019-12-16 11:54 AM | Reply

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