The Washington Post has just reported that several national security officials were aware President Donald Trump – even before his infamous July 25 telephone call – would be trying to extort the president of Ukraine in a military funds for dirt scheme so egregious it has led directly to an impeachment inquiry.
“At least four national security officials were so alarmed by the Trump administration’s attempts to pressure Ukraine for political purposes that they raised concerns with a White House lawyer both before and immediately after President Trump’s July 25 call with that country’s president,” The Post reports.
“Within minutes,” of Trump’s disturbing attempts to pressure the Ukraine president, during which he asked for that now infamous “favor,” “senior officials including national security adviser John Bolton were being pinged by subordinates about problems with what the president had said.”
The reporting positions Bolton as not in on the call. Earlier reporting showed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat in on the call, despite having pretended to be unfamiliar with the call’s details.
“Bolton and others scrambled to obtain a rough transcript that was already being ‘locked down’ on a highly classified computer network.”
The Post spoke with one person familiar with the events of that day.
Ultimately, no one did, and the whistleblower’s complaint was filed, leading to the House’s impeachment inquiry.
Former National Security Council spokesperson and CIA veteran Ned Price weighed in via Twitter, noting “the July 25 call was months in the making, with the President and his allies pressuring Ukraine on several fronts.”
“This wasn’t a slip of the tongue with Zelensky. It was a concerted, coordinated campaign of betrayal,” Price observed.
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Fox Business host Stuart Varney noted on Wednesday that Texas "could go Democrat" in the next presidential election because COVID-19 cases are surging in the state.
During an interview with Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Varney noted that Texas now has over 10,000 hospitalizations because of the virus.
For his part, Crenshaw sought to downplay the surge in cases by focusing on other metrics.
"We have to pay attention to all the data, not just the scariest data," Crenshaw opined. "The trend [of hospitalizations] is going in the right direction. Our death rate in Texas continues to be one of the best in the world actually."