This Thursday,Ukrainian authorities announced that they opened an investigation into whether former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was being surveilled by associates of Rudy Giuliani while she was in Kyiv last spring.
The probe was launched after House Democrats released a trove of documents this Tuesday that showed communications between Lev Parnas and Trump donor Robert Hyde that discussed Yovanovitch’s movement throughout Kyiv. In an interview with Rachel Maddow this Wednesday, Parnas denied any sinister nature regarding the messages, and said he was just humoring Hyde, who he accused of being an alcoholic.
Either way, Twitter reacted to the news, with many sensing that the investigations into Donald Trump’s presidency just entered into a new phase:
Welp, Trump finally got Ukraine to announce an investigation… https://t.co/gxyj5LCPVo
— Heath Mayo (@HeathMayo) January 16, 2020
Not the investigation he wanted and got IMPEACHED for.
— UncleRay (@RaymondWalterA1) January 16, 2020
Important point. Ukraine will investigate this (because it’s credible) but would not investigate (or announce) Joe Biden. Because it isn’t. Ukraine govt us officially less corrupt than the WH.
— Itgetzby Buckner (@peld41) January 16, 2020
Giuliani finally got Ukraine to open an investigation. https://t.co/h9YMuQ9fUy
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) January 16, 2020
Oh the irony.
— Regular American (@Hard2StaySane) January 16, 2020
Trump wanted Ukraine to announce an investigation. Mission accomplished! https://t.co/UzAXqtlkdF
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) January 16, 2020
Trump wanted Ukraine to announce a sham investigation into Joe Biden and instead got a real investigation into himself. Art of the deal, baby. https://t.co/V96iedD72m
— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) January 16, 2020
Too funny that they have announced this investigation, all while 45 is still waiting for his Biden announcement. Karma… lol
— John Schmidt (@FlBoy84) January 16, 2020
This is everything. Projection comes full circle.
— tunehound. (@NEEDS_BALLERS) January 16, 2020
Finally, American corruption in Ukraine. Trump has been trying to fabricate something for a year now…finally has it.
— Pickle (@picklepicklemon) January 16, 2020
Ukraine announces an investigation — but not the one Trump had in mind. https://t.co/KMCNNBTnIe
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) January 16, 2020
Yay! Trump FINALLY got his Ukraine investigation! He needs to be careful what he wishes for though.
— MΞGAN KΞLLΞY HALL (@MeganKelleyHall) January 16, 2020
So Ukraine has launched an investigation OF Rudy and his pals, instead of the investigation sought BY Rudy and his pals? https://t.co/3d2IXn9sNN
— Greg Miller (@gregpmiller) January 16, 2020
Looks like Ukraine finally opened up an investigation… just against the actual criminals in all this: The Trump administration and their goons. https://t.co/wram7oMCVU
— Gissur Simonarson 🇮🇸🏴 (@GissiSim) January 16, 2020
I swear this administration is like bizarro world… everything they say… the exact opposite turns out to be true. They FINALLY got Ukraine to announce an investigation https://t.co/Wa9HznVjh5
— Sebastian Kole (@SebastianKole) January 16, 2020
— Versha Sharma (@versharma) January 16, 2020
Buffalo has a long history of protecting cops from criminal charges: report
On Saturday, The Daily Beast documented the recent history of use of force in the Buffalo Police Department, which is reeling from controversy as two officers face assault charges for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.
"As shocking as this all may be to outsiders, the shoving of demonstrator Martin Gugino and the defiant response of officers to an effort to discipline two of their own is indicative of the state of police affairs in Buffalo," wrote Jim Heaney. "Has been for a long time, not that you have to go back too far to find other episodes of brutality that have been captured on video."
Internet disgusted after Buffalo first responders cheer cops charged with assaulting 75-year-old protester
Commenters on Twitter expressed both contempt and disgust for Buffalo firefighters and police officers who turned out in front of Buffalo City Court to support two suspended police officers with applause and cheering.
Moments after officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault and then released without having to post bail, they were greeted as heroes outside the courthouse.
After a video was posted showing the celebration, commenters on Twitter vented at cops and firefighters for defending the two officers who assaulted the 75-year-old man who had to be rushed to a hospital after they shoved him to the ground where he sustained a head injury.
Donald Trump’s lurch toward fascism is backfiring spectacularly
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
During the 2016 campaign, as Donald Trump railed against "Mexican rapists" and other "criminal aliens," pollsters found that the share of Americans who said that immigrants worked hard and made a positive contribution to our society increased significantly, and noticed a similar decline in the share who said they take citizens' jobs and burden our social safety net. After Trump was elected and began pursuing his Muslim ban, the share of respondents who held a positive view of Islam also increased pretty dramatically. I'm not aware of any polling of the general public about transgender troops serving in the military before Trump decided to discharge them, but Gallup found that 71 percent of respondents opposed his position after he did.