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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas confesses to delivering bribery message to Ukraine for Trump

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Rudy Giuliani’s business partner, Lev Parnas, made news this week when he revealed he was willing to cooperate with the investigation into President Donald Trump’s bribery of Ukraine. Now he’s saying that he was the one who delivered messages to Ukraine on behalf of Giuliani and the president, The New York Times reported.

Parnas told a representative of then-President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky’s incoming government “that it had to announce an investigation into Mr. Trump’s political rival, Joseph R. Biden Jr., and his son, or else Vice President Mike Pence would not attend the swearing-in of the new president, and the United States would freeze aid, the lawyer said.”

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Parnas is preparing to share information with impeachment investigators who have subpoenaed him to give an account of the work he did with the Trump team.

“Parnas’s account, while potentially significant, is being contradicted on several fronts. None of the people involved dispute that the meeting occurred, but Mr. Parnas stands alone in saying the intention was to present an ultimatum to the Ukrainian leadership,” The Times reported.

Igor Fruman is saying that Parnas is lying, and the two men never raised the issue, Fruman’s lawyers said. Giuliani, too, is denying it.

“Categorically, I did not tell him to say that,” Giuliani said.

Serhiy Shefir, a member of Zelensky’s inner circle, said that they never treated Parnas and Fruman as “official representatives” who could speak on behalf of Trump.

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However, Parnas and Fruman weren’t the only ones making the demand from Zelensky. Trump and his team were working with former President Petro Poroshenko to get his government to make the announcement that the Bidens were under investigation.

Read the full report from The New York Times.

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Nancy Pelosi missed a big opportunity in impeachment — but she still has time to fix it

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her reasons for limiting her impeachment articles to offenses stemming from the abuses and violations related to Ukraine. Unfortunately, she declined to pursue a broader impeachment approach that recognizes multiple provable, serious violations of the Constitution. Speaker Pelosi overruled Chairs of Committees, including the Judiciary Committee, and other senior lawmakers who wanted to forward to the Senate a broader array of impeachable offenses.

Having lost four of the last five House elections to the worst Republican Party in history, Speaker Pelosi remains cautious. She is overly worried about the conservative Democrats who won congressional seats in 2018 in Republican, pro-Trump districts. Endangering their seats might, Pelosi fears, lead to the loss of the House in 2020 and, more immediately, risk not having the votes in the House to pass additional impeachable offenses.

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McConnell under pressure to wrap up Trump impeachment trial quickly without alienating wavering GOP senators

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According to a report from Politico, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is under pressure from the White House and some of his Republican colleagues to move quickly to acquit Donald Trump by speeding up his impeachment trial while not upsetting some wavering GOP lawmakers who are fearful for their reputations in an election year.

The report notes that a Trump acquittal is a foregone conclusion, with GOP lawmakers admitting as much.

“The question is going to come to ‘Have you heard enough to make a decision or do you want witnesses?’ If people say, ‘We’re ready to vote,’ we’re going to vote right then,” explained Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY).

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Are Trump and his circle manipulating the markets for personal gain? Here’s the evidence

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Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives for abuse of power and obstructing a congressional investigation into his attempt to blackmail a foreign country into aiding him in the 2020 presidential election. He is now the third president in American history to have earned that ignominious distinction.

Trump will not be convicted by the Republicans in the Senate for his crimes.

The public evidence is damning. There is no evidence that could possibly exonerate him. Trump is publicly bragging about committing crimes against the Constitution and the American people. The Republican Party and its propaganda news media have decided to ignore reality and fully immerse themselves in TrumpWorld. They have pledged total loyalty to him and no evidence will move them. The Republicans and their news media and public are authoritarian lemmings.

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