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Thu Nov 7, 2019, 11:21 PM

House GOP looks to protect Trump by raising doubts about motives of his deputies

Washington Post
By Karoun Demirjian and Rachael Bade
11/7/2019, 8:06:28 p.m.

House Republicans’ latest plan to shield President Trump from impeachment is to focus on at least three deputies — U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, and possibly acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — who they say could have acted on their own to influence Ukraine policy.

All three occupy a special place in the Ukraine narrative as the people in most direct contact with Trump. As Republicans argue that most of the testimony against Trump is based on faulty secondhand information, they are sowing doubts about whether Sondland, Giuliani and Mulvaney were actually representing the president or freelancing to pursue their own agendas. The GOP is effectively offering up the three to be fall guys.

Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) initiated the impeachment inquiry Sept. 24, congressional Republicans have struggled to come up with a consistent and coherent explanation for why Trump tried to coerce a foreign leader to investigate the president’s domestic political rivals.

Their evolving strategy comes as House Democrats settle on their argument that Trump tried to force Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to undertake two politically advantageous investigations as a precondition for U.S. military aid and a White House meeting between the two heads of state.

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Charlie Mike Nov 8 #1
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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 06:11 AM

1. What's that, you say? The Democrats' witnesses have motive to lie?

We know.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 06:36 AM

2. ''tried to coerce a foreign leader to investigate the presidents domestic political rivals''...LOL!

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Response to quad489 (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 07:53 AM

3. Seems they were fine with this in 2016

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Response to bfox74 (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:02 AM

4. Yep...and the dem-lefties claim they are all about equality, fairness, etc.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:12 AM

5. I think what they mean to say is that the house republicans intend to

Point out that you can’t assume that everyone did everything they’ve done because Trump told them to. House Dems want people to assume that is true because they know they can’t prove it.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 11:47 AM

6. RUDY rudy rudy...

Mr. Giuliani told The Washington Times that Mr. Mueller’s team displayed a “first good faith effort” during a Wednesday meeting that might result in an interview in July and a final Mueller report by Labor Day.

“He’s eliminated a lot of subjects that would have indicated he was fishing,” Mr. Giuliani told The Times on Thursday. “He’s eliminated those and he’s into a much more relevant area where we know the answers and we know the answers really can’t be effectively contradicted.”

https://www.discussionist.com/10151709205

Righties do know that Rudy Giuliani's law firm ...
advised Cambridge Analytica with numerous memos on foreign agent restrictions, don't they?

LONDON — Cambridge Analytica assigned dozens of non-U.S. citizens to provide campaign strategy and messaging advice to ­Republican candidates in 2014, according to three former workers for the data firm, even as an attorney warned executives to abide by U.S. laws limiting foreign involvement in elections.

Many of those employees and contractors were involved in helping to decide what voters to target with political messages and what messages to deliver to them, the former workers said. Their tasks ran the gamut of campaign work, including “managing media relations” as well as fundraising, planning events, and providing “communications strategy” and “talking points, speeches debate prep,” according to a document touting the firm’s 2014 work.

https://www.discussionist.com/1016278382

President Trump is reportedly considering the idea of nominating Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and an ardent Trump defender, to serve as attorney general.

Axios reported Monday Trump is exploring the possibility of tapping Giuliani, and the news comes days after the president has publicly expressed frustration with the current attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

This is a man whose career has been marked by prosecutorial excesses, knee-jerk defenses of abusive cops and an affinity for using the power of his political offices to get vengeance on his enemies.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/11/14/the-terrifying-prospect-of-an-attorney-general-giuliani/

++++++++++++++++ Rudy has tons of insider info. If the GOP was looking for a scapegoat, Rudy isn't going to go down alone, they might want to rethink that one.

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