Trying to wrap their arms around the flood of information that has come out in the past 24 hours about two close associates of Rudy Giuliani who attempted to flee the country before being arrested for campaign finance violations, a CNN panel drew a direct line between their actions at the behest of the former New York City mayor and President Donald Trump firing the ambassador to Ukraine.
Speaking with hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, New Yorker journalist Susan Glassner explained that ousted Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch — who is expected to testify before House members on Friday — may have been a victim of the machinations of not only Giuliani but also his arrested associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
After host Berman noted there was still a question over whether the White House would attempt to stop Yovanovitch from testifying, Glassner pointed out some curious connections to the Parnas and Fruman.
“I think it’s very significant that you put Ambassador Yovanovitch up there in that graphic and the reason why is that, to me, it’s a breathtaking aspect of this unfolding scandal,” she began. ” And we still don’t know a lot of information that Giuliani teamed up with this pair, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, acting on the behest of Ukrainian officials from the former government of [Ukraine President Petor] Poroshenko.”
“Their agenda was to get this pesky U.S. ambassador who was bothering them about too much corruption in the Ukrainian government to get her out, and they tried. they went to a congressman,” she continued. “I believe that was former Republican Congressman Pete Sessions in the summer of 2018. He then produced a letter complaining about Ambassador Yovanovitch.”
“Then they teamed up with Giuliani, and who executed their plan but the president of the United States,” she added. “We know that President Trump is the one who ordered Ambassador Yovanovitch to be forced out of her position, so he is carrying out their mission essentially of getting rid of the U.S. ambassador. I find that to be an extraordinary aspect of this unfolding story and very significant.”
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‘What Does Putin Have on Him?’ Trump Gives Russia a Pass on Alexei Navalny Poisoning
All eyes have been on Russia since opposition leader Alexei Navalny fell ill in Siberia.
Navalny was finally air-lifted to German, where the government announced toxicology tests found “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent,” according to CNN.
“Alexey Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “This poison can be detected without a doubt in the samples.”
Trump was asked about the poisoning on Friday against the backdrop of the alleged pattern of Vladimir Putin poisoning political opponents.
But Trump refused to condemn the attack or hold Putin to account.
“Once again Trump passes on a chance to hold Russia accountable. What does Putin have on him?” CNN analyst Joe Lockhart asked.
Here’s what others were saying:
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 4, 2020
Trump on what he might do about the poisoning of Putin opponent Alexei Navalny: "If Hillary got elected, you would be at war with North Korea." pic.twitter.com/pqKKCBGa0o
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 4, 2020
"But I do get along with President Putin. But I've been tougher on Russia than anybody else by far." — Trump is totally incoherent pic.twitter.com/k5CqY3t3LY
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 4, 2020
"I get along with President Putin" is the best response Trump can come up with.https://t.co/473sJdOm7m
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) September 4, 2020
Worse than saying nothing.
Trump on Russia’s poisoning of Putin critic #Navalny:
"We haven't had any proof yet.” https://t.co/BbBpNire4N
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 4, 2020
Trump simply will not criticize Vladimir Putin… ever… https://t.co/JUtBIoGtGh
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) September 4, 2020
DeJoy ‘Surprised and Confused’ After House Oversight Committee Subpoenas Him for Ignoring Deadlines
The Democratic-led House Oversight Committee has followed through on its promise to subpoena the Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, after he failed to meet deadlines for document production in both the House and Senate.
“You are hereby commanded to be and appear before the Committee on Oversight and Reform,” the subpoena, signed by Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) reads.
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) September 2, 2020
The Postmaster General says he was “surprised and confused” upon receiving the subpoena.
“We remain surprised and confused by Chairwoman Maloney’s insistence on issuing a subpoena to the Postal Service in the midst of ongoing dialogue with her staff,” the USPS says, as USAToday’s Nicholas Wu reports. “We fully intend to comply with our obligations under the law.”
The Committee has been investigating why the USPS has been removing hundreds of mail sorting machines and post office collection boxes, also known as mailboxes, and suspending overtime.
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez weighs in:
If the USPS is surprised we are issuing a subpoena, it’s because they weren’t listening.
I said directly in the hearing that if DeJoy didn’t quickly hand over documents, we should issue a subpoena.
They knew the consequences of stalling. Now, where‘s his unaltered calendar? https://t.co/raNrSytmz6
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 2, 2020
‘#TrumpCorruption’: President Slammed for Saying Barr Must Prosecute Critics Like Obama to Become ‘Greatest’
President Donald Trump is telling Bill Barr he must prosecute the president’s critics, like former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in order for him to become “the greatest Attorney General” in history.
As usual, Trump telegraphed his wishes to Barr right out in the open, in a Fox News interview that aired Tuesday night.
“I say this openly: Bill Barr can go down as the greatest Attorney General in the history of our country, or he can go down as just another guy,” Trump told Fox host Laura Ingraham. “They have all the stuff, you don’t need anything else. You know they want everything. You don’t need anything else. They all lied to Congress, they were liars, they were cheaters. They were treasonous it was treason.”
Part two of Trump's never-ending interview with Laura Ingraham begins with Trump calling on Bill Barr to prosecute the likes of Obama and Biden pic.twitter.com/O9Vjw2YsZz
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 2, 2020
Trump’s claims are false.
Many took to social media to slam Trump, with some declaring his obsession with prosecuting his critics is an abuse of power.
Just to drive this home in case it’s not clear, Trump has no specific crime he wants Barr to prosecute Biden and Obama for. He wants Barr to prosecute them for being his political opponents. https://t.co/IjeDE2kxR7
— Dean Baker (@DeanBaker13) September 2, 2020
— Sybill Trelawney (@SybilT2) September 2, 2020
Trump seriously wants to prosecute Obama, Biden and Comey because Trump and his cabal got caught colluding with foreign governments to win in 2016.
Trump’s entire presidency lacks legitimacy and he knows it. He wants to squish everyone who denies him legitimacy. https://t.co/v3foPpAiKx
— ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesMore) September 2, 2020
Donald Trump truly believe he is a king https://t.co/jsHPRaNsXb
— gregarious (@mistergeezy) September 2, 2020
This is so beyond sick- Trump is trying to incite Bill Barr to arrest his perceived enemies – Obama and Hillary Clinton. The sad truth is Trump is the one who should be arrested for extreme fraud and corruption. https://t.co/LFYOZnBcRr
— kayt (@KathrynTomashu1) September 2, 2020
This is banana republic scary shit https://t.co/gtqlF0KjtS
— WeThePeople🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@PrincessBravato) September 2, 2020
Just so we're clear, prosecuting political opponents is, like, the textbook example of an authoritarian abuse of executive power. https://t.co/ynEFte2nC6
— Justin Kilborn (@KilbornAgain) September 2, 2020
In the last two days, Trump’s continuous projection, and outright confessions…this man is telling us everything we need to know. Everything. Seems he should be a criminal prosecutor’s dream come true. https://t.co/9kOnO1lvpg
— Alicia Carlson 💙 🇺🇸 (@AmicaAli) September 2, 2020
— RedIsTheNewBrown (@MayBeBotRsch) September 2, 2020
Thug life. https://t.co/2IrxWShpew
— Francis Wilkinson (@fdwilkinson) September 2, 2020
— Eric Takamiya (@ektaka) September 2, 2020
Apparently, the depths of Barr’s sycophancy and obstruction of justice in favor of #TraitorTrump still isn’t quite enough – he’s on probation until he prosecutes Trump’s “enemies.” #TrumpIsNotWell #NotSafeInTrumpsAmerica #SeriesOfMiniStrokes #BidenHarris2020ToSaveAmerica https://t.co/nAtVNS8HYF
— Kincaid (@kincaid323) September 2, 2020
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