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First Public Impeachment Hearing Presents Triple Threat To Trump | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

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  1. Trump's bribery train wreck, by the numbers..

    APRIL 21
    Zelensky is elected president of Ukraine. Soon after, allies of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani relay a message that Giuliani wants to meet with him. Mr. Zelensky puts him off, noting that he has not yet taken office.

    MAY 6
    The State Department announces that Marie Yovanovitch, the American ambassador to Ukraine, has been recalled to Washington months ahead of schedule after Giuliani and his allies spread unfounded allegations that she was disloyal to Trump. About the same time, Bolton, the White House national security adviser, warns a deputy: “Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”

    MAY 10
    Giuliani tells Fox News that Mr. Zelensky seems surrounded by operatives allied with the Democratic Party and “enemies of the president, and, in some cases, enemies of the United States.” A few days later, an associate of Giuliani’s warns the Ukrainians that American aid could be withheld, according to the associate’s lawyer, although others dispute that timing.

    MAY 23
    In an Oval Office meeting with Trump, Kurt D. Volker, then the special envoy to Ukraine; Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union; and Rick Perry, the energy secretary, all describe Mr. Zelensky as a committed reformer who deserves American support. All three attended Mr. Zelensky’s swearing-in in Kiev three days earlier.

    Trump replies that Ukraine is full of “terrible” and corrupt people who had “tried to take me down.” He orders the officials to coordinate future Ukraine matters with Mr. Giuliani.

    Later, Giuliani tells Sondland that the Ukrainians should publicly announce investigations into Burisma and the 2016 election.

    JULY 10
    At the Trump International Hotel in Washington, Andriy Yermak, a top adviser to Mr. Zelensky, asks Mr. Volker to connect him to Giuliani. The two men later meet in Madrid.

    At a White House meeting later that day in Bolton’s office, two Ukrainian officials press for an Oval Office meeting between Trump and Mr. Zelensky. Sondland blurts out that Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, promised that Mr. Zelensky would be invited if Ukraine announces “investigations.”

    Bolton immediately halts the meeting. At a follow-up meeting, Sondland again presses the Ukrainians to announce investigations, this time specifying Burisma and the 2016 election as targets. Fiona Hill, one of Bolton’s top deputies, calls that session to a halt.

    She and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, her subordinate, report the meetings to John Eisenberg, the chief legal adviser to the National Security Council. Bolton tells Ms. Hill to deliver a message from him: “I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up.”

    JULY 18
    In a secure conference call with national security officials, an Office of Management and Budget staff member announces that Trump was freezing $391 million in security aid to Ukraine until further notice, citing a presidential order to the budget office.
    JULY 25
    During a phone call with Mr. Zelensky, Trump raises the favors he is seeking, including a Biden-related inquiry. Afterward, Mr. Vindman, one of the note-takers, reports the call to Mr. Eisenberg.

    July 26
    Ambassador Bill Taylor said, one of his aides was in a restaurant with Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union. Sondland called Trump, and the president could be heard asking about “the investigations,” to which Sondland replied that “the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.”After the call, the aide asked Sondland what the president thought of Ukraine, Mr. Taylor testified. Sondland responded that “President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden.”

    AUG. 9
    The Ukrainians have learned by this date that military aid is frozen and they should speak with Mr. Mulvaney.

    “I think POTUS really wants the deliverable,” Mr. Sondland texts Mr. Volker.

    Mr. Sondland and Mr. Volker are working on draft language for Mr. Zelensky’s announcement of the investigations. Mr. Yermak says the White House should nail down Mr. Zelensky’s Oval Office invite first.

    AUG. 12
    A C.I.A. officer detailed to the White House files a whistle-blower complaint about the July 25 call and other concerns. It begins a slow trek to Congress.

    AUG. 16
    In a memo prepared for Bolton, Colonel Vindman states that the National Security Council, the State Department and the Defense Department all agree that military assistance to Ukraine should be released. But in a meeting, Trump rejects the recommendation. An aide later says the “president doesn’t want to provide any assistance at all.”

    SEPT. 1
    In Warsaw, Mr. Zelensky asks VP Pence about the military aid, but Pence says only that he will speak to Trump. Mr. Sondland tells Mr. Yermak not to expect the money unless Mr. Zelensky publicly announces a Burisma investigation.

    Mr. Zelensky later prepares an announcement for a Sept. 13 CNN appearance, which the Ukrainians hope will satisfy Mr. Trump.

    SEPT. 7
    Mr. Sondland calls Trump, asking specifically what he wants from Ukraine. Trump replies “nothing” and insists that there is “no quid pro quo, ” Mr. Sondland later says.

    SEPT. 11
    Two days after a House committee is notified of the whistle-blower complaint and opens an investigation, the White House reverses course and releases its hold on the military aid. Plans for Mr. Zelensky’s CNN interview are scuttled.

  2. Doesn't matter how you try to spin it – crackhead Hunter was paid $50K/month so that Daddy Joe could protect Burisma from that "pesky" Prosecutor. Which he did, and openly bragged about using US Tax Payer's money as a leverage for his personal business affairs. Drag Queen "Rachel" looks even more Lame and Miserable than Jesuit Colbert after his consecutive, made-to-order "joke" about Trump.

  3. The Dumbocratic Presidential Candidates were underwhelmed by the hearings, obviously..They all went into hibernation..Just Sayin' !!

  4. Fun facts about Ukraine: It is the largest European nation (only Russia is larger). It has one of the planet three most fertile agricultural areas (the others being Argentina and the Us Midwest). Russia is occupying 1/7 of its territory (an area larger than Texas). If Ukraine falls. the adjacent smaller European nations will likely fall like fragile matchsticks.

  5. I bet sondland regrets throwing that million straight into the bin. He's looking at jail time. 1 million to become a jailed laughing stock. Well spent cash indeed.

  6. We are living through a corrupt crooked Presidency supported by a GOP glued to 28% of registered voters. Thank God for the upto 72% about to turnout in 2020.

  7. Democratic field is leaving the party open to 11th hour candidates, possibly an opportunist. Did anymore see Castro yesterday? He's clearly not even close to being Presidential material; it was painful to watch.

  8. Even if every accusation during the impeachment was true(I doubt it), I could care less. Trump gets a mulligan for Spygate & Russia Hoax.

  9. MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell kicked off his show Wednesday night by apologizing for running an unverified report that directly tied President Trump's finances to Russia, which he retracted.

    "Last night on this show, I discussed information that wasn't ready for reporting," O'Donnell said. "I repeated statements a single source told me about the president's finances and loan documents with Deutsche Bank saying 'if true'– as I discussed the information– was simply not good enough. I did not go through the rigorous verification and standards process here at MSNBC before repeating what I heard from my source. Had it gone through that process, I would not have been permitted to report it. I should not have said it on-air or post it on Twitter. I was wrong to do so."

  10. Trump and his cronies can’t believe Biden acted responsibly with his power and influence towards Ukraine because they themselves lack the moral fiber to do so. They can’t fathom not using such an advantage to enrich themselves. I mean… who on earth would do that?!?! People who entered public service to serve the public- that’s who.

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