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‘No comment’: Ukraine president won’t say if Trump personally asked for his country’s help with Joe Biden

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Al-Monitor reporter Laura Rozen tweeted a list of all of the foreign leaders that President Donald Trump called from June to August 12, 2019. Of those leaders, House committee chairs said they intend to look specifically at a July 25 conversation between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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The Independent reported Wednesday that Trump allegedly told Zelensky to “reopen” an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

Monday, three House committees opened investigations into Trump and advisor Rudy Giuliani for pressuring the Ukraine government to find a scandal about the former vice president or his son Hunter Biden.

Trump’s team alleged that Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion from Ukraine if a prosecutor wasn’t fired. The prosecutor was investigating a gas company on which Hunter Biden sits on the board. The problem for Trump and Giuliani is that the investigation had been moved to the back burner in 2015, well before Biden’s trip because the Obama administration was trying to crack down on corruption in the country.

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“There was no pressure from anyone from the U.S. to close cases against Zlochevsky,” former official Vitaliy Kasko told Bloomberg News. “It was shelved by Ukrainian prosecutors in 2014 and through 2015.”

There was also a U.K. probe into the company, but the problem there too was that the younger Biden joined the board after the U.K. authorities asked for information in their probe against Zlochevsky about possible money laundering allegations

“Putting himself before his country, Donald Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2016 election,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to CNBC in early September. “His campaign’s leadership also met with a foreign national offering ‘high level and sensitive information’ as ‘part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.’ Now he is abusing the office of the presidency and jeopardizing national security aid to a key ally in order to pressure them to prop-up a comprehensively discredited conspiracy theory that The Washington Post editorial board has labeled ‘bogus on its face.’”

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“This is beneath us as Americans, and it reinforces a truth that Trump and his allies have made patently clear for months: he is terrified of facing Joe Biden,” Bates said.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that a whistleblower knew of a conversation between Trump and a foreign leader in which Trump made a request that the whistleblower found to be so disturbing they reported it to the inspector general. Intelligence officers are required to sign an agreement that they are mandated to report such issues, according to one former FBI agent.

BBC reporter Jonah Fisher asked Zelensky’s office about the call with Trump, but didn’t receive an answer.

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“I asked her whether Trump asked Zelensky to start [an] investigation into Biden in return for US military support,” tweeted Fisher.

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‘He’s cooked’: Sam Donaldson warns Trump the Senate may vote to convict him after impeachment trial

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Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson on Monday evening told CNN viewers not to assume that Senate Republicans would refuse to remove President Donald Trump from office during an impeachment vote.

"Breaking news," CNN Don Lemon alerted. "A CNN source saying that the effort to pressure Ukraine for political help alarmed John Bolton so much that the told an aide to alert White House lawyers that Giuliani was a hand grenade who will blow everyone up. And a source familiar with Fiona Hill’s testimony says the former Russia adviser told lawmakers she was she saw wrongdoing in the Ukraine policy and reported it."

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Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Fraud Guarantee’ paid him $500,000 to work for indicted associate

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Rudy Giuliani admitted being paid a half a million dollars by an associate currently being held in federal custody, Reuters reported Monday.

"President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination," Reuters reported.

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John Bolton ripped Rudy Giuliani as a drug dealer and ‘hand grenade’: report

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Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was reportedly shocked by the shadow foreign policy being conducted by Rudy Giuliani, a top former National Security Council official testified to Congress on Monday, The New York Times reports.

"The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday," the newspaper reported. "Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators."

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