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REVEALED: Ukrainian president felt pressured by Trump — and American diplomats knew it

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A new report from the Associated Press claims that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky privately admitted feeling pressured by the Trump administration to intervene in the 2020 election — and American diplomats were aware of his concerns.

According to the AP’s sources, American officials earlier this year were briefed on a meeting that Zelensky held in which he expressed concern that President Donald Trump’s associates were trying to drag him into American politics with their demands that he launch an investigation of Burisma, the former employer of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.

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The AP says that there are “contemporaneous notes on Zelensky’s early anxiety about Trump’s interest in an investigation” that he expressed during the briefing, which could give Democrats evidence “to contradict Republican arguments that Zelensky never felt pressure to investigate Biden.”

Amos Hochstein, an American who sits on the board of Ukrainian state-owned energy firm Naftogaz, participated in the Zelensky meeting and later briefed officials at the American embassy about the Ukrainian president’s concerns.


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Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera attacks former White House press secretary on Twitter as ‘old douche’

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In a bizarre moment, Sunday evening politics turned into a war of wards in President Donald Trump's Twitter comments.

Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera responded to former press secretary Joe Lockhart, who had replied to one of the tweets Trump retweeted from Rivera.

"Gloom settling on Democrats as they realize they’ve taken their best kill shot & missed. Dems in despair. Republicans United. @realDonaldTrump survives & #Impeachment all over but the shouting," said Rivera, hopefully not literally saying that Democrats wanted to shoot or kill the president.

Lockhart responded to the comment by mocking the Fox News host, saying that he was only making the comment to help get his contract renewed.

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‘Now we see why’ Trump blocked Bolton from testifying — and Republicans are barring witnesses: Adam Schiff

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is one of the handful of members of Congress who have served as managers for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. He has not only navigated the past week of the trial, but he conducted the first major hearing.

After the New York Times revealed key facts from former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book, Schiff said that it was clear the information Bolton has is why Trump blocked him from testifying.

“I think you have to for the sake of the office,” Trump told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham when she asked if he would block Bolton.

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John Bolton went to Bill Barr with concerns about Giuliani’s ‘shadow foreign policy’ in Ukraine: report

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Attorney General Bill Barr was cited recently by Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas as being part of the "team" of people workign to create a conspiracy to help get President Donald Trump reelected.

“Attorney General Barr was basically on the team,” said Parnas in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. “Mr. Barr had to know about everything.”

Parnas' lawyer, Joseph Bondy, has demanded that Barr recuse himself from overseeing the Parnas trial and investigation.

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