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Rudy’s got a brand new scandal: Giuliani meddled in Romania while on Trump’s payroll

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President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is pushing a debunked conspiracy theory about former Vice President Joe Biden. But he himself appears to have intervened in a foreign anti-corruption effort while being paid by Trump.Trump admitted this week that he blocked congressionally approved aid to Ukraine days before discussing Biden with the country’s president in a phone call that drew an “urgent” whistleblower complaint. The Biden conspiracy theory had been pushed by Giuliani since the spring, when he shopped a story to the New York Times alleging that Biden improperly interfered in an Ukrainian investigation into an energy company that had employed his son, Hunter Biden.

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Though Trump and Giuliani have continued to push this baseless charge for months, Giuliani’s claim was debunked by Ukrainian officials days after he first threatened to fly to Ukraine to get to the bottom of it. In fact, the Ukrainian prosecutor that Biden pushed to get fired had been accused of soliciting bribes and failing to go after corruption. As vice president, Biden was part of a Western consensus to pressure the prosecutor into resigning. By the time Biden got involved, the company his son worked for was no longer under active investigation and Ukrainian prosecutors say there has never been any suggesting of wrongdoing by either Biden.

Giuliani’s involvement is ironic given his own efforts to intervene in anti-corruption efforts in the region, even as he was on Trump’s payroll.

The Washington Post reported last August that Giuliani intervened in an anti-corruption push in Romania, possibly on behalf of a party whose leader is now in prison for corruption.

Giuliani sent a letter to the country’s leaders criticizing their anti-corruption efforts, accusing them of “excesses” under the “pretext of law enforcement.”

Giuliani’s letter came in direct opposition to the State Department, which joined with 11 other countries just months earlier to warn Romania not to take any measures that would hurt its “ability to fight crime or corruption.”

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The letter “surprised” the White House, the Post reported. After Giuliani’s letter, the State Department quickly issued a statement praising Romania for “considerable progress in combating corruption and building the effective rule of law” and urged leaders to “continue on this path.”

“Rudy Giuliani does not speak for the U.S. government on foreign policy,” a State Department official told the Post.

“Maybe I should have put in the letter that I’m not representing the president,” Giuliani admitted to the Post after insisting that he sent the letter as a “private citizen.”

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Though Giuliani did not say on whose behalf he sent the letter, Liviu Dragnea, the leader of Romania’s Social Democrats, successfully pushed to fire anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, who had been compared to special counsel Robert Mueller and received praise from the likes of late Sen. John McCain, according to the Post.

Dragnea was convicted in June 2018 of abuse of office. In May, he was sentenced to three and a half years in jail.

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Dragnea welcomed Giuliani’s letter, arguing that the statement from Trump’s lawyer showed that “trust in the Romanian justice system is seriously shaken when it comes to foreign partners.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an order earlier this month barring Dragnea, who attended Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, from entering the U.S. in the future, citing allegations of “significant corruption.”


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Rick Wilson buries Pam Bondi for ‘laughable and shallow’ impeachment defense designed to dazzle Trump

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Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Republican campaign consultant Rick Wilson leveled former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for her defense of Donald Trump on Monday -- which turned into a diatribe against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Speaking with host Willie Geist, Wilson also brought up accusations os political corruption against Bondi who dropped a Florida state lawsuit against Trump before he became president after a PAC associated with her received a substantial political donation.

"This is also one of the great master fantasies of the Trump campaign, make Hunter Biden a major issue in the 2020 election and Pam Bondi played to one audience. and that was Fox and Trump that's all they cared about," he explained. "That's all they were trying to accomplish, and, look, she goes way back with Donald Trump; left office under a cloud when she left the office of attorney general in Florida, because she had taken basically a $25,000 bribe from Donald Trump about Trump University and drop the lawsuit in Florida."

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Fox & Friends hosts fume over Bolton revelations: ‘I didn’t want witnesses, I wanted this thing to be over!’

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The hosts of "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday bitterly complained that former national security adviser John Bolton had prolonged President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate -- and suggested it was all because he was "trying to sell a book."

At the start of the segment, co-host Brian Kilmeade admitted that leaked revelations about Bolton's upcoming book had changed the game and that it was impossible to imagine the president being acquitted without any witnesses being called.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe uncorks hilarious rant against ‘confederacy of dunces’ defending Trump from impeachment

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough breathlessly ranted, as his co-hosts cracked up with laughter, against the "confederacy of dunces" defending President Donald Trump from impeachment.

The "Morning Joe" host mocked the hours-long parade of attorneys -- including Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr and Pam Bondi -- offering specious legal arguments to defend the president at his Senate impeachment trial.

"You had a confederacy of dunces defending him in impeachment," Scarborough said. "Their arguments were absolutely stunning."

The defense team painted Rudy Giuliani as a minor player in the Ukraine scheme, although multiple witnesses have described him as the hub of the operation, and Starr, the lead investigator in Bill Clinton's impeachment, bemoaned the "age of impeachment."

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