Kent: "You can't take on a system of corruption without pissing off corrupt people."
Kent said Giuliani’s efforts "undermined" U.S. national security
Taylor testifies of a "highly irregular" channel of policymaking on Ukraine
“I and others sat in astonishment”
The Ukrainians were fighting the Russians & counted on not only the training & weapons, but also the assurance of U.S. support,” Taylor said
The “irregular, informal channel” for U.S. policy regarding Ukraine included Mulvaney, Rudy Giuliani & Sondland.
Have you ever seen another example of foreign aid conditioned on the personal or political interests of the POTUS?
TAYLOR: No Mr. Goldman, I have not.
Taylor described his shock when he was informed that the president through Mulvaney had ordered a
Hold on assistance to Ukraine on July 18
Taylor: "On July 20, I had a phone convo with Alexander Danyliuk, President Zelenskyy’s NatSec advisor, who emphasized that President Zelenskyy did not want to be used as an instrument in a U.S. re-election campaign."
TAYLOR: "Once I arrived in Kiev, I discovered a weird combination of encouraging, confusing & ultimately alarming circumstances."
TAYLOR: "By mid-July it was becoming clear to me that the meeting Zelenskyy wanted was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma
and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections."
Taylor testified that an aide told him of a phone conversation Trump had with Sondland on July 26, one day after Trump's phone call with Zelensky.
Taylor's aide, traveling with Sondland
Could hear Trump asking Sondland via cell phone about the inv’ns, Taylor testified.
Sondland "told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward," Taylor said.
Taylor testified that his aide later asked Sondland what Trump thought of Ukraine.
"Sondland responded that Trump cares more about the inv’ns of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for," Taylor said.
Schiff asked Taylor if Sondland's stmt meant that Trump cared more about the inv’n "than he does about Ukraine?"
"Yes, sir," Taylor responded.
George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, testified that Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, was working with corrupt Ukrainians and their proxies to attack U.S. diplomats as well as to pressure Zelenskiy.
“It became clear to me that Giuliani’s efforts to gin up politically motivated investigations were now infecting U.S. engagement with Ukraine, leveraging President Zelenskiy’s desire for a White House meeting,” Kent said.
Kent: The pressure point for Ukraine was a WH meeting for Zelenskiy, as well as aid that had been approved by Congress but delayed by the Trump adm.
Kent said countries want WH meetings because that is “the ultimate sign of endorsement and support” from the US
Taylor called the withholding of aid “alarming,” because in addition to undermining Ukraine’s war effort against Russia, it sends a message to Russia, which annexed the Crimea & is backing separatists fighting the government in Kyiv.
The Russians ”are looking for any sign of weakness” in U.S. support for Ukraine, he said.
Kent testified that Rudy Giuliani conducted a smear campaign against the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and led an effort to “gin up politically motivated investigations."
Taylor testifies that Trump felt 'wronged' by the Ukrainians and that the investigations would make up for it.
"In an instant, I realized that one of the key pillars of our strong support for Ukraine was threatened," Ambassador Taylor said.
Kent has painted a picture of a Trump WH, & Giuliani, getting used by Ukrainians: Victor Shokin and Yuriy Lutsenko — to settle political vendettas. (Biden had Lutsenko fired)
Kent concludes opening remarks with praise for Amb. Yovanovitch, Lt. Col. Vindman
And Dr. Hill who hascome under "personal attacks."
Kent: efforts by Trump allies, undermined US foreign policy.
“The chief agitators on the UKR side of this effort were some of those same corrupt prosecutors I had encountered, particularly Lutsenko & Shokin."
Kent: 'You can't promote principled anti-corruption action without pissing off corrupt people.'
Rep. Carson: 'Fair enough. Some of those people helped Giuliani smear her, did they not?'
Kent: ‘Marie Yavonovitch fought corruption.’
George Kent said there is no evidence that Ukraine was involved in the 2016 U.S. elections.
"Did you come to understand [Gordon] Sondland had a direct channel of communication to Trump?" Ambassador Taylor is asked.
"I did," Taylor said.
Taylor testifies: 'I wrote that withholding security assistance in exchange for help with a domestic political campaign in the US would be crazy. I believe that then and I believe it now.'
Trump prioritized Biden inv’n over Ukraine aid, while Ukrainians died.
Taylor says he was alarmed because it's one thing to try to leverage a meeting with Trump — it's another to leverage military assistance to a country at war.
Withholding military assistance to Ukraine "was much more alarming,"
Ukrainians were dying.
Both were deeply skeptical of the role Giuliani was playing in Ukraine policy.
In his opinion piece, William Taylor who serves as charges d'affaires in Kiev, reaffirmed that the US "is firmly committed to Ukraine's success -- your success is our success."
“As in all democracies, including the United States, work remains in Ukraine, especially to strengthen rule of law and to hold accountable those who try to subvert Ukraine’s structures to serve their personal aims, rather than the nation’s interests,” he wrote.
Nunes said the diplomats were “remarkably uninformed” about Trump’s theory that it was Ukraine — not Russia — that sought to interfere in the 2016 election.
That gave Trump good reason to send Giuliani to Ukraine to investigate, he said.
Both men said Giuliani was pushing Trump’s political interests.
“I believe he was looking to dig up political dirt against a potential rival in the next election cycle,” Kent said.
“I agree with Mr. Kent,” Taylor said.
Chris Wallace called the testimony of William Taylor, "very damaging to Trump"
Michael Bleyzer is Perry's longtime political supporter.
Bleyzer's company was awarded a 50-year agreement to drill for oil and gas on a Ukraine gov't controlled land.
The House committees have scheduled closed-door depositions for David Holmes, an official working at the US Embassy in Ukraine, and Mark Sandy, an official working in the OMB, later this week
GOP' Trump impeachment plan involves throwing Giuliani under the bus
CA Launches Probe of Major Utilities Over Power Shutoffs
Turkey meeting begins, Trump praises relation with Erdogan
Turkey Removes Four More Kurdish Mayors Over Alleged Terror Links
Stone trial: After Trump campaign revelations, case headed to closings, jury
Turkey's Syria operation reveals cracks among Erdogan's political foes
AFG paedophile ring may be responsible for abuse of over 500 boys
Social workers claim teachers & local officials are implicated, and believe thousands more children may have been targeted
U.S.-China trade talks hit snag over farm purchases
Bolivia crisis: Jeanine Áñez declares herself interim president
Venice floods: Climate change behind highest tide in 50 years, says mayor
US Navy canceled a patrol after Trump said it was hostile to Russia
Next in Google’s Quest for Consumer Dominance—Banking
Search giant plans to partner with banks to offer checking accounts
Celebrity Board Members Tom Selleck and Ted Nugent Engaged in Big-Ticket Transactions With NRA
The Russian military (GRU) hackers who stole tens of thousands of sensitive Democratic Party documents in 2016 struggled to disseminate their bounty online — at least until WikiLeaks joined the effort, according to a report released Tuesday night.
Cuccinelli expected to be elevated to acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security
Chad Wolf sworn in as acting DHS chief, fifth under Trump
Bolsonaro to Form New Party, Eyes Re-Election
FBI Reports Dip In Hate Crimes, But Rise In Violence
HK Colleges Become Besieged Citadels as Police Close In
Schumer: "Despite recommendations of VA Sec. & NAM, Mulvaney has decided to block benefits for SICK Veterans!"
Court Rejects Trump’s Appeal in Fight to Keep Financial Records From Congress
The decision almost certainly paves the way for a major Supreme Court case over Trump’s stonewalling of congressional oversight efforts.
‘I don’t remember’ Trump asking for news conference clearing him of wrongdoing in Ukraine call, Barr says
Aides are counseling Trump not to fire Mulvaney, as acting chief of staff changes course again
Stone Jury to Begin Deliberations Thursday After Weeklong Trial
Visa, Mastercard Draw FTC Inquiry Over Debit Card Transactions
Asylum officer blasts Trump’s 'Remain in Mexico' program
Describing it as illegal under U.S. law, a violation of the United States’ international human rights obligations and arbitrarily implemented to deliberately punish people for seeking asylum here.
We heard critical new testimony that Trump was directly involved in the decision to hold up aid in exchange for an investigation into Biden. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/11/13/what-we-learned-opening-impeachment-hearings-new-factual-bombshell/
Two State Department officials responsible for U.S. policy in Ukraine testified Wednesday in a House impeachment hearing, giving the public its first live, televised look at the evidence against...https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-13/taylor-reveals-new-phone-call-on-ukraine-impeachment-takeaways
AU has Ukraine’s back. https://twitter.com/911corlebra777/status/1194723825344057344?s=21
Mr. Taylor, the top United States diplomat in Ukraine, appeared on Capitol Hill for testimony Wednesday as the public impeachment hearings began. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/politics/william-taylor-opening-statement-impeachment.html
Mr. Taylor, the top United States diplomat in Ukraine, appeared on Capitol Hill for testimony Wednesday as the public impeachment hearings began.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/politics/william-taylor-opening-statement-impeachment.html
The top State Department official on Ukraine testifies that a Ukrainian official out to get revenge worked closely with Rudolph W. Giuliani to do it.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/11/07/george-kent-paints-picture-white-house-getting-used-by-ukrainians/
The House is taking a historic step forward Wednesday in its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, holding public hearings that Democrats hope will show the public that the President abused...https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/13/politics/public-impeachment-hearings-day-1/index.html
Hearings began Wednesday on Capitol Hill as lawmakers consider whether to impeach President Trump for what Democrats say was an effort to use the power of his office for political gain.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/politics/impeachment-hearings.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
November 10, 2019 Since I returned to Ukraine in June, one thing has been clear everywhere I’ve gone – from Lviv to Mariupol, from universities to military facilities, from government offices to...https://ua.usembassy.gov/op-ed-in-novoye-vremya-by-cda-taylor-ukraines-committed-partner/
"In an instant, I realized that one of the key pillars of our strong support for Ukraine was threatened," Ambassador Taylor said. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-13/schiff-opens-hearing-by-outlining-trump-s-impeachable-conduct
Two senior State Department officials said attempts by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and others to instigate politically motivated investigations in Ukraine and denigrate U.S. diplomats...https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-13/schiff-opens-hearing-by-outlining-trump-s-impeachable-conduct
Ahead of his public appearance before the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, Ambassador Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, penned an op-ed in a Ukrainian news magazine this week...https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/12/politics/bill-taylor-op-ed-us-commitment-to-ukraine/index.html
U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign was keen to keep abreast of the release of emails potentially damaging to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, reaching all the way to Trump himself, ...https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-stone-idUSKBN1XM1EK
The conversations remain fluid, but they could pose a serious challenge to the half-dozen Democratic senators running for president if a trial stretches into February.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-discuss-a-longer-senate-impeachment-trial-to-scramble-democratic-primaries/2019/11/13/d7e46d24-064c-11ea-b17d-8b867891d39d_story.html
The decision almost certainly paves the way for a major Supreme Court case over President Trump’s stonewalling of congressional oversight efforts.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/politics/trump-financial-records-lawsuit.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share via @NYTimes
The decision almost certainly paves the way for a major Supreme Court case over President Trump’s stonewalling of congressional oversight efforts.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/politics/trump-financial-records-lawsuit.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace called the testimony to the House Intelligence Committee of William Taylor, the top U.S.https://thehill.com/homenews/media/470296-chris-wallace-taylor-testimony-very-damaging-to-president-trump
Democrats have called two diplomats whose testimony they see as key to making the case that the president improperly pressed Ukraine for investigations that could benefit him politically.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/impeachment-hearings-live-updates/2019/11/13/e974f486-057b-11ea-ac12-3325d49eacaa_story.html
Trump complained about a CNN report that framed the Black Sea operation as a counter to Russia, according to newly released testimony.https://www.businessinsider.com/us-navy-canceled-patrol-trump-said-it-was-hostile-russia-2019-11
Social workers claim teachers and local officials are implicated, and believe thousands more children may have been targeted https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/nov/13/afghanistan-paedophile-ring-that-abused-over-500-boys
Social workers claim that teachers and local officials are implicated, and that thousands more children may have been targetedhttps://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/nov/13/afghanistan-paedophile-ring-that-abused-over-500-boys
The comment is the first time the attorney general has addressed reports that Trump wanted him to say at a news conference the president broke no laws.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/i-dont-remember-trump-asking-for-news-conference-clearing-him-of-wrongdoing-in-ukraine-call-barr-says/2019/11/13/85a2b23a-063a-11ea-8292-c46ee8cb3dce_story.html
California’s utility regulator voted to launch an investigation into all three investor-owned utilities Wednesday in the aftermath of several bouts of prophylactic power outages that have affected...https://www.courthousenews.com/california-launches-probe-of-major-utilities-over-power-shutoffs/
Military hackers had little success attracting attention to the documents they had stolen.https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/russian-hackers-who-stole-dnc-emails-failed-at-social-media-wikileaks-helped/2019/11/12/751690ae-0580-11ea-a5e2-fccc16fa3576_story.html
Describing it as illegal under U.S. law, a violation of the United States’ international human rights obligations and arbitrarily implemented to deliberately punish people for seeking asylum here. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/11/12/scathing-manifesto-an-asylum-officer-blasts-trumps-cruelty-migrants/
GRU Online Ops, 2014-2019
GRU hacking team successfully extricated the material from the DNC & HRC campaign. That content, disseminated via Wikileaks & then dissected & speculated upon by every major newspaper & TV station in America
Historic day, first of many.
Please check out the white paper I just posted as it independently & empirically establishes the nexus of the RU hackers, as RU military intelligence (GRU) op to disseminate the hacked materials (DNC/HRC) via WikiLeaks. HUGE!
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