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ABC correspondent: Ukraine transcript released by White House is ‘even more damning than anticipated’

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ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl said that a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky is “even more damning than anticipated.”

Karl made the observation minutes after the White House released the transcript, which shows Trump pushing Ukraine to find dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.

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“This will be seen as even more damning than anticipated,” Karl said of the transcript. “The president is explicitly asking for help here. Look at the words he is using. The White House will say there is no threat, there is no quid pro quo.”

“But the president first says, ‘The United States has been very good to Ukraine,’ and then he says, ‘I would like you to do us a favor,'” Karl noted.

The ABC reporter added: “I think this will be more explosive than anticipated… This looks damning.”

Watch the video below from ABC.

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Giuliani pummeled by ex-press secretary for ‘returning to the scene of the crime’ to create Ukraine chaos

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On CNN Saturday, Rudy Giuliani's former mayoral press secretary Ken Frydman harshly criticized his former boss for his ongoing efforts in the Ukraine scheme.

"As you've watched the former mayor over the last several years, have you identified a point at which things shifted for the man who I guess still is for some known at America's Mayor?" asked anchor Victor Blackwell."

"Well, yeah. I think when he went into business with Donald Trump," said Frydman. "You saw a — a severe change in his personality. He had a zealous need to make money, to be relevant. To be part of the political process. And you know right now he's making, I think, ill-advised decisions, like returning to the scene of the crime, Ukraine, to make a propagandist documentary. Almost as if he's playing, he and the president, are playing, 'catch me if you can.' The president will not participate in the impeachment hearings, and Rudy is off in the Ukraine doubling down."

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‘Unbelievable’: Ex-Trump official stunned president is still letting Giuliani run around unchecked in Ukraine

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In a Washington Post report on the continuing attempts by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to dig up dirt on political opponents -- at the same time that President Donald Trump is facing impeachment for pressuring Ukraine with the promise of aid for the same -- a former Trump administration official expressed shock that Giuliani hasn't been told to stop.

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Donald Trump’s new, controversial homelessness czar has argued feeding homeless people enables them

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A Texas consultant who devised a controversial approach to addressing homelessness in San Antonio a decade ago was tapped by President Donald Trump this month to bring his strategy to the rest of the country.

Robert Marbut Jr., the founding president of San Antonio’s homeless shelter Haven for Hope, will lead the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates with 19 federal departments and agencies to address homelessness.

But aspects of Marbut's approach to addressing homelessness have garnered blowback from housing advocates. He calls feeding homeless people on the street “enabling” them, and once while working in Florida, he went undercover as a homeless person to study them.

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