Lindsey, Lindsey. What would John McCain (R-AZ), his closest Senate buddy and that bastion of honor, integrity, and patriotism say if he was alive today? Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been defending Donald Trump’s impeachment-inducing phone call. On the other hand, former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani has been throwing himself out there as Trump’s human shield. Look at this.
The White House’s Justice Department (DOJ) released a memo of Trump’s conversation with Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky. It was not a full verbatim transcript, which would not be unusual, but t was very damning, according to House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff. The chair spoke briefly but powerfully about the memo on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports:
‘It’s Like a classic mob shakedown.’
Biden spoke with a more presidential bearing than the sitting president calling this a “tragedy but a tragedy of his own making,” according to Politico:
Trump implicated his Attorney General (AG) William Barr and TV attorney Rudy Giuliani when he talked to Zelensky. He said they would get “to the bottom of” the issue:
‘I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it. I’m sure you will figure it out…do us a favor [and] find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine.’
POTUS also referenced a cybersecurity organization Crowdstrike. The company assisted in the 2016 presidential election Russian interference.
In the memo, POTUS continued:
‘There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution, and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it … It [Hunter Biden investigation] sounds horrible to me.’
Trump spoke to reporters claiming that the memo was “very friendly and totally appropriate call.” He was the victim of:
‘…the single greatest witch hunt in American history, probably in history…there was no pressure whatsoever [on Zelensky] it turned out to be a nothing call.’
Then, the leader of the free world blamed the press for “fake news” and “corrupt reporting.” Justice Department (DOJ) spokesperson Kerri Kupec released a statement that read:
‘There was no campaign finance violation and that no further action was warranted. In August, the Department of Justice was referred a matter relating to a letter the director national intelligence had received from the inspector general for the intelligence community regarding a purported whistleblower complaint.’
The statement continued:
‘The inspector general’s letter cited a conversation between the president and Ukrainian President Zelensky as a potential violation of federal campaign finance law, while acknowledging that neither the inspector general nor the complainant had firsthand knowledge of the conversation.’
The DOJ said the equivalent of nothing to see here:
‘Relying on established procedures set forth in the justice manual, the department’s criminal division reviewed the official record of the call and determined based on the facts and applicable law that there was no campaign finance violence and that no further action was warranted. All relevant components of the department agreed with this legal conclusion, and the department has concluded this matter.’
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