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Trump team ‘never gave a damn about meeting with Ukraine’s anti-corruption community’: Former NSC Russia director

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Michael Carpenter, the former National Security Council Russia Director under President Barack Obama’s administration, said that President Donald Trump and his foreign policy advisers had no interest in working on corruption in Ukraine.

He began by quoting a key piece in the transcript of the deposition of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

“It kept getting more insidious as [the] timeline went on, and back in July, it was all about just corruption,” said Sondland.

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But Carpenter said that the last thing the White House cared about was corruption as they were already working with some of the most corrupt people in Ukraine

“Let’s be clear: it was never about corruption. In fact, Giuliani and Sondland were engaging with some of THE most corrupt actors in Ukraine,” tweeted Carpenter. “They never gave a damn about meeting with Ukraine’s anti-corruption community (Volker knew who they were). Had they consulted even one of them, they would have known they were dealing with cons and criminals.

He went on to explain that Sondland’s attempt to plead ignorance doesn’t hold water, because he knew what was supposed to do for Trump and Rudy Giuliani.

Carpenter now works at the University of Pennsylvania in the Biden Center. You can see his tweets below:

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Mitch McConnell’s impeachment rules pass by 53-47 vote — here’s what happens next in Trump’s senate trial

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The US Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to set the rules for President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial.

By a 53 to 47 vote, the Republican-controlled Senate approved an "organizing resolution" for the trial proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Before approving the rules, the Senate voted down several amendments proposed by Democrats seeking to subpoena witnesses and documents from the White House and State Department.

These are the next phases in Trump's impeachment trial, just the third of a president in US history:

- Opening arguments -

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Chief Justice Roberts admonishes lawyers at Senate impeachment trial

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Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts made his first major intervention in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) finished his closing arguments on why former National Security Advisor John Bolton should testify, the White House team went on the attack. Yelling and demanding apologies, the president's team was more animated than they'd been all night. Roberts then admonished the House and White House on their language.

Claiming the Senate is the "world's greatest deliberative body" -- despite what he had witnessed during 12 hours of the impeachment trial -- Roberts complained about language that was "not conducive to civil discourse."

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White House lawyers begin yelling at Democrats during late-night impeachment trial — after Trump starts tweeting

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President Donald Trump woke up and began tweeting around midnight EST during the Senate impeachment trial over the amendments over the rules. That's when a noticeable thing changed on the Senate floor: Trump's team started yelling.

Nearing 1 a.m. EST Tuesday morning while the president was tweeting about impeachment, his team began attacking Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) personally. They called him a liar and accused him of attacking the president and demanded an apology. After nearly 12 hours this was the first time the White House got even remotely animated after a dull defense of the president.

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