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State Dept official testifying on Capitol Hill has warned for months about Giuliani’s ‘disinformation’ campaign: report

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George P. Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state in charge of Ukraine policy who is testifying on Capitol Hill as part of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, has reportedly been warning colleagues about Rudy Giuliani running a “disinformation” campaign since this past March.

The New York Times reports that Kent for several months has “raised concerns to colleagues early… about the pressure being directed at Ukraine by Mr. Trump and his private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to pursue investigations into Mr. Trump’s political rivals.”

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In particular, the Times’ sources say that Kent would point to “Giuliani’s role in what he called a ‘disinformation’ campaign intended to use a Ukrainian prosecutor to smear targets of the president,” including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

Kent appeared on Capitol Hill this week even though the State Department reportedly sought to block his testimony, just as last week it successfully blocked the testimony of European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland, who has emerged as a key figure in the Ukraine scandal engulfing the Trump White House.

On Monday, former Trump National Security Council official Fiona Hill testified that she and other officials were disturbed by what she described as a “shadow” foreign policy being run by Giuliani that was designed to personally benefit the president.


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Trump turned the Louisiana and Kentucky races into a ‘referendum’ on himself and it ‘backfired in dramatic fashion’: Politico

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According to Politico's Alex Isenstadt, Donald Trump put his reputation on the line in the past two weeks to help save one Republican governor's job and win the governorship in a state that went to him by over 20 points in 2016 and it blew up in his face.

In the wake of Trump failing to persuade voters on Louisiana to oust Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards  and replace him with multimillionaire businessman Eddie Rispone, the Politico correspondent said Trump's attempt to demonstrate his pull with voters "backfired in dramatic fashion."

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Trump illiteracy goes viral after he calls Pam Bondi ‘a great womem’: ‘He can’t admit he’s wrong to autocorrect’

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President Donald Trump was mocked by Twitter users on Sunday after mistakenly referred to Pam Bondi as a "great womem."

In a Sunday morning tweet, Trump attempted to praise Bondi, who has taken a job at the White House to help with impeachment messaging.

#QAnon people,

meaning of the typo?

"womem"EMElon Musk?? pic.twitter.com/PGVSEeXQzm

— TheGreatAwakening (@TheGreatAwake17) November 17, 2019

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Pence adviser says that Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian president was ‘unusual and inappropriate’

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Jennifer Williams, a Special Adviser on Europe and Russia issues for Vice President Mike Pence's foreign policy team, told congressional investigators that she viewed President Donald Trump's July 25th phone call to Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky as "unusual and inappropriate." Williams had listened in on the phone call while it was happening, and a whistleblower revealing the controversial contents of that call prompted the current impeachment inquiry into Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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