Tag Archives: Ukraine

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Four National Security Aides Raised Alarms About Trump’s Call with Zelensky

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Washington Post: “At least four national security officials were so alarmed by the Trump administration’s attempts to pressure Ukraine for political purposes that they raised concerns with a White House lawyer both before and immediately after President Trump’s July 25 call with that country’s president.”

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Schiff Condemns Trump’s Attacks on Whistleblower

“Let’s not make any mistake here. The president wants to make this all about the whistleblower, and suggests people that come forward with evidence of his wrongdoing are somehow treasonous and should be treated as traitors and spies. This is a blatant effort to intimidate a witness. It’s an incitement of violence.”

— House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) condemning President Trump’s tweets demanding to “meet” the Ukraine whistleblower as “a blatant effort to intimidate witnesses” and “an incitement of violence,” Axios reports.

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Trump’s Ukrainian Emoluments Problem

“Actually, last time I traveled to the United States, I stayed in New York near Central Park, and I stayed at the Trump Tower.”

— “Buried in the controversy over President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was an effort by the Ukrainian leader at currying favor with Trump through his business,” the Washington Post reports.“Zelensky’s comments mark the first known example of an interaction Democrats and government ethics experts warned about when Trump took office: that foreign leaders would try to influence Trump by spending money at his properties and telling him about it.”

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Ukraine President Knew Trump’s Call Would Be About Biden

“It was clear that Trump will only have communications if they will discuss the Biden case. This issue was raised many times. I know that Ukrainian officials understood.”

— An adviser to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky told ABC News that President Trump’s desire for the two leaders to discuss a possible investigation into Joe Biden was a precondition for their July 25th phone call.

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Trump: If He Did, But He Didn’t

“There was no pressure put on them whatsoever. I put no pressure on them whatsoever. I could have. I think it might probably, possibly have been okay if I did, but I didn’t.”

— President Trump, quoted by ABC News, on his phone call with Ukraine’s president about investigating Joe Biden and his son.

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Ukraine Paid Cohen for Access to Trump

$400,000

Michael Cohen “received a secret payment of at least $400,000 to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump,” sources in Kiev close tell the BBC. “The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine’s leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.”

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Putin Demonstrates He’s Still Master of the Bold-Face Lie

We pose no threat to anyone and do not intend to get involved in any geopolitical games or intrigues, let alone conflicts, no matter who tries to draw us into them or how they do so.

— Russian President Vladimir Putin, quoted by Reuters.

Poetic Justice

Need Compass Comrade?

I’d fire the lot of ’em if I were their boss,
But maybe the Russian border is more confusing than most.
Why else would Putin explain
The incursion in Ukraine,
By saying, “A thousand Russian troops and tanks kind of … got lost.”

Poetic Justice

Rushin’ the Web

Vladimir Putin’s drive to recreate the USSR ain’t over yet.
To those who say get out of Ukraine, he says “Nyet!”
But if you think that’s bad,
Keep an eye on sly Vlad —
Word is, he also wants to break up the Internet.

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Why a Lack of Geography Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

16%

Of Americans can find Ukraine on a map and this lack of knowledge is related to preferences, a new Survey Sampling International poll found: “The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force.”