Well, today is the day.
The public testimonies for the Impeachment Inquiry for Donald Trump will begin.
There are so many charges that should be brought up on him, going back to Russia and betraying this country with Russia.
But, the Democrats seem to want to keep it simple and focus on Ukraine.
Here are our facts.
The Congress of the United States allocated a certain amount of aid- both financial, as well as military good – for the Country of Ukraine. Ukraine, which is involved in a war with Russia, needs both the financial and military assistance – TO SURVIVE.
Sometime earlier this year, those in the know, realized that the aid wasn’t exactly getting to Ukraine. Those civil servant professionals definitely noticed…as did members of Congress.
The President’s lawyer that he doesn’t seem to pay – Rudy Guiliani – begins to get loud that he’s going over to Ukraine – because of some supposed dirt on the Biden family. Folks begin to ask what is he doing, and the trip is ‘ cancelled’.
Found out from a segment this week on Maddow, that, even though Rudy didn’t go…that didn’t mean that this Administration’s message didn’t get to Ukraine:
Rachel Maddow reports on the latest developments in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry and its adjacent criminal investigations and scandals, including new reporting on Secretary Rick Perry helping a political backer secure a valuable natural gas contract with Ukraine, and notes the irony of the Trump administration lecturing Ukraine on corruption.
Hayes, too, focusing in on Perry….no wonder he was trying to get out of there:
Rick Perry is up to his neck in the Ukraine scandal
According to a report from the Associated Press, Rick Perry helped his political supporters secure a “potentially lucrative” energy deal in Ukraine.
And, from LarryO too:
Evelyn Farkas tells Lawrence O’Donnell that the impeachment investigation transcripts show that Trump is acting against the national security interests of the U.S. by siding with Russia over American allies. Lawrence also discusses with Rep. John Sarbanes and John Heilemann.
So, it was clear to the professional civil servants that the aid was being held up and WHY it was being held up. It was clear to the professionals that what was being done was ILLEGAL, and it’s why, if the reporting is correct, that Bolton had the State Department release its aid to Ukraine a mere week before his resignation.
It was also clear to the professional civil servants that there was a foreign policy being enacted in the United States’ name that DID NOT originate from within the Secretary of State’s Office. That the personal lawyer of the President was indeed operating a shadow foreign policy towards Ukraine that had nothing to do with the national interests of the United States of America, but, dealt with the 2020 political fortunes of Dolt45. The ABUSE of the levers of power for PERSONAL gain. Nothing could be more clear.
Let’s also get this straight: when Dolt45 talks about THE TRANSCRIPT..
He’s not talking about the ACTUAL TRANSCRIPT OF THE CALL IN QUESTION WHICH IS ON THE SECRET SERVER…
What he calls ‘the transcript’ is actually an outline of the call that is missing a lot. How do we know that it’s missing a lot? Because we know now that Lt. Colonel Vindman filled in the ellipses and the blanks in ‘ the transcript’ in his reports up the food chain when he reported his concerns about Dolt45’s impropriety.
I either want a copy of what Lt. Colonel Vindman sent up the food chain, or I want to read the ACTUAL transcript that’s on the SECRET SERVER. But, no, we don’t need the outline that is missing crucial points. The thing is…even the OUTLINE is bad enough to show the impeachable offenses…but, I want more. I think the American people deserve to find out all that there is.
Also remember that we had the ‘ Three Amigos’ helping Rudy with Ukraine foreign policy:
Rick Perry- Secretary of Energy
Kurt Volker- U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine
Gordon Sondland- Ambassador to the European Union – and, folks continue to point out that Ukraine is NOT PART OF THE EUROPEAN UNION – so, why did have anything to do with its foreign policy.
Don’t forget – Sondland is NOT a civil service professional. He bought his position with a $ 1 million dollar donation to Dolt45, who now says that he doesn’t know him. Sondland also had to moonwalk back his testimony. He remembered so much more after others testified about his involvement.
Remember, in all the hours of testimony so far, the GOP hasn’t brought forth ANY WITNESSES TO DEFEND DOLT45.
Not a one. They had the opportunity to bring witnesses forth. They had the opportunity to question every witness that has been there. They have the opportunity to call witnesses FOR Dolt45 in these open proceedings. So far, nothing. They have absolutely no line of defense for Dolt45 that includes, you know, defending him on the merits.
From NBC, these are going to be the GOP talking points for defense:
* The July 25 call summary — the best evidence of the conversation — shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure, the memo claims.
* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and President Trump have both said there was no pressure on the call, it says.
* The Ukrainian government was not aware of a hold on U.S. security assistance at the time of the July 25 call.
* Trump met with Zelenskiy and U.S. security assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019 — both of which occurred without Ukraine investigating Trump’s political rivals, the memo says.
Since the only committee involved in the Open Session Inquiry is the Intelligence Committee, the GOP has shoved Jim Jordan on the Intelligence Committee. Jim ‘ I protected a molester at The Ohio State University’ Jordan. THIS is their ‘star’, because, of course….
Remember…don’t get bogged down in ‘ quid pro quo’.
No. Let’s just call it what it was BRIBERY AND EXTORTION.
And remember, Dolt45 wanted it announced on CNN. The Ukraine President felt so boxed in that he had already set the date and planned an interview with Fahreed Zakharia.
But, no bribery or extortion?🙄🙄