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Ex-ambassador stunned after official testifies that Trump blocked statement condemning Russia’s military actions in Ukraine

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Christopher Anderson, who was an advisor to U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, is testifying on Capitol Hill this Wednesday in the ongoing House impeachment inquiry.

In a prepared opening statement, Anderson claims that senior White House officials blocked the State Department from releasing a statement condemning Russia’s military action in Ukraine back in November of 2018.

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“On November 25, 2018, Russia escalated the conflict further when its forces openly attacked and seized Ukrainian military vessels heading to a Ukrainian port in the Sea of Azov,” Anderson’s statement read. “While my colleagues at the State Department quickly prepared a statement condemning Russia for its escalation, senior officials in the White House blocked it from being issued. Ambassador Volker drafted a tweet condemning Russia’s actions, which I posted to his account.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul expressed concerns about the revelation:

As NPR points out, Anderson also says then-national security adviser John Bolton “cautioned that Mr. Giuliani was a key voice with the President on Ukraine which could be an obstacle to increased White House engagement.”

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You can read Anderson’s full statement over at NPR.

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President Donald Trump has called The New York Times “fake news,” “biased,” “inaccurate,” and “a Fraud” with “Zero Credibility.”

But Wednesday night he was only too happy to cite the “failing” paper of record to brag that Donald Trump, Jr.’s new book, “Triggered,”  is at the top of the Times’ charts.

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The View goes ‘insane’ trying to unravel GOP’s mind-bending impeachment conspiracies

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Panelists on "The View" questioned their own sanity while trying to make sense of the theories House Republicans threw out to defend President Donald Trump against impeachment.

The four panelists, minus an absent Meghan McCain, were thoroughly confused by GOP arguments against the evidence presented in the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry -- where Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor revealed the president was overheard discussing investigations of Joe Biden with the EU ambassador by phone.

"Here's the craziest part of that call," said co-host Abby Huntsman. "It's an incredible breach of security."

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Second official confirms Trump’s call with Gordon Sondland as evidence for latest bombshell grows: report

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According to the Associated Press, a source is saying that a second US embassy official overheard President Trump’s call with Sondland regarding Ukraine moving forward with investigating Trump's political rivals.

Suriya Jayanti was also at the table during Trump's call and was identified by anonymous source who spoke to the AP. Jayanti is a foreign service officer who is based in Kyiv.

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