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Giuliani henchmen tried to bribe former Ukraine president into investigating Bidens before leaving office: report

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President Donald Trump has been working to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden since before Volodymyr Zelensky became president.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani’s friends Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were telling former President Petro Poroshenko to announce the investigation and he would have access to the president and an official state visit to Washington, D.C.

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“A late February meeting in Kyiv between Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman and then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took place at the offices of Ukrainian general prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, the people said,” The Journal reported. “It came soon after Messrs. Parnas and Fruman met with Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, and Mr. Lutsenko in New York in late January and again in Warsaw in mid-February, Mr. Giuliani has said.”

In March, Lutsenko said he would be investigating the Bidens and 2016 election interference, as Trump’s allies demanded. But just two months later, Lutsenko said there was no evidence of wrongdoing. There was no meeting with the White House after all.

At the time, the president was in a race for his political career against Zelensky, a popular comedian in the country.

“He wanted to come to Washington and meet with Trump and then after the state dinner he would have an interview” with a major news outlet, a source told The Journal of Poroshenko. “Then he would say he would investigate meddling in 2016 and the Bidens.”

Poroshenko was hoping to have a high-profile visit with Trump in Washington after the first round of voting began in March, but before the runoff election April 21.

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“He needed a Hail Mary and a state visit in Washington and was ready to become Trump’s best friend in order to secure support,” the person told the paper.

Read the full report at The Wall Street Journal.

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Impeachment managers release trial memorandum detailing why Trump must be removed from office

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House impeachment managers released an in-depth trial memorandum laying out the case for convicting President Donald Trump during his Senate impeachment trial.

The memorandum was released by representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Val Demings (D-FL), Jason Crow (D-CO) and Sylvia Garcia (D-FL).

The document divides the argument by the House of Representatives into three points.

"The Senate should convict President Trump of abuse of power," is the first section.

"The Senate should convict President Trump of obstruction of Congress," is the second section.

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He ‘can’t understand why he is being impeached’: CNN reports Trump is asking ’why are they doing this to me?’

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President Donald Trump is reportedly "distracted" by impeachment while vacationing at Mar-a-Lago as the United States Senate trial begins.

"A source close to the White House who speaks to Donald Trump regularly said the President has appeared 'distracted' by the impeachment trial that begins on Tuesday, telling people around him Friday night at Mar-a-Lago that he 'can't understand why he is impeached,'" CNN's Jim Acosta reported Saturday. "'Why are they doing this to me,' the source quoted Trump as saying repeatedly."

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Rod Rosenstein’s legal defense in lawsuits from Strzok and Page won’t hold up under oath: legal experts

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Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein claimed responsibility for the release of text messages between then-FBI attorney Lisa Page and then-FBI official Peter Strzok.

Emails released in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) revealed the highly unusual release by Sarah Isgur Flores, who at the time was the spokesperson for Trump's Department of Justice (she is now overseeing CNN's 2020 election coverage).

Flores instructed reporters to not cite the release of the documents to the Depart of Justice.

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