Diplomats: Trump Effort to Extort Ukraine Undercut, Damaged U.S.

Longtime U.S. diplomats outlined their discomfort and disapproval with what they described as a campaign by President Donald Trumps allies to hijack Ukraine relations for Trumps re-election campaign, the central issue in Bill Taylor, the top diplomat in Kyiv, opened public hearings before the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry by detailing the workings of a novice Ukrainian president, Volodomyr Zelensky, and freezing about $400 million in military aid. It created at least one diplomatic casualty: Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, whom a disinformation campaign drove from the U.S. embassy in Kyiv. Yovanovitch is slated to testify on Friday. Taylor also revealed new information about the extent of Trumps interest in Ukraine opening publicly that Trump withheld the aid to compel Ukrainian complianceonly …

Exclusive: Source for Ukraine Collusion Allegations Met Devin Nunes

The former Ukrainian diplomat at the center of allegations that Kyiv meddled in the 2016 election has met Rep. Devin Nunes, the California firebrand who is met with him extensively. And Trump has touted his claims. Congressman Nunes had a really interesting and good impact on me as a very positive and influential politician who loves America and is interested in Ukraine and developments on fighting Russia, Telizhenko told The Daily Beast. We talked about how to fight Russian aggression in Ukraine and Russian propaganda. The previously unreported conversation is the only known encounter between two of the more significant figures in the story of Trumps relationships with Russia and Ukraine. Nunes office did not respond to a request for …

Pompeo Grapples for Ways to Outlast Hurricane Rudy

Americas top diplomat has a scheduled five people for depositions in the coming weeks. All five are current or former State Department employees. Pompeo himself was subpoenaed for Ukraine-related documents. All of which has left Pompeo wondering if theres any way to clean up his Rudy mess. According to sources inside State Department, resigned his position less than 24 hour after his texts were read on Fox News by Giuliani. His departure was first reported by the defended during the two-year, high-stakes Mueller investigation. Pompeo realizes Giuliani is a dangerous wild card and what he did is not good for our foreign policy. But he has the presidents ear. Youre not going to see [Pompeo] publicly slam Giuliani because he …

Rudy Calls on State Department Official to Step Forward and Explain Ukraine Outreach

Following Thursdays release of reiterated his previous claims that the State Department asked him to reach out to Ukraine to inquire about Ukrainian investigations, including into former Vice President Joe Biden and his family. Pointing to text messages he purportedly shared with U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker, Giuliani insisted that the messages prove that his Aug. 2 Madrid meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskys adviser Andriy Yermak wasnt a direct follow-up to Trumps call but instead set up by State. Are you concerned that you are unnecessarily dragging his name into this? Fox host Laura Ingraham asked. He should step forward and explain what he did, Giuliani responded. The whistleblower falsely alleges that I was operating on my …

Rudy and Bannon Try a Whole New Way to Slime Biden

The presidents personal attorney has convinced more Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry into his client. But Rudy Giuliani is already hinting at a new front in his questionable offensive against former Vice President Joe Bidens son. And its a charge that Trump allies outside the White House have been pursuing for months. A group of conservative activists closely aligned with the presidentincluding former White House adviser Steve Bannon, conservative author Peter Schweizer, and anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffneyare trying to spread dirt on Hunter Bidens work in China. Their efforts have come as almost all of the national political attention is focused on Giulianis and President Donald Trumps efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government into investigating alleged corruption involving the …