A whistleblower came forward with a complaint that moved the House of Representatives to its formal impeachment inquiry. Trump released a partial transcript of POTUS interactions with the Ukrainian president. Things got really bad after that.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said that Donald Trump had been working with more than one “off the books” attorneys to convince Ukrainian officials to provide dirt on former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Wallace said that the president worked with two personal attorneys plus former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. They were Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing. These two former federal prosecutors are a husband-and-wife team with frequent Fox News appearances.
At issue was the timeframe that Trump’s opponent Joe Biden’s surviving son Hunter Biden worked in Ukraine. He served as a consultant to one of the country’s energy companies. While the company had been investigated, Hunter Biden came away clean.
That was when Joe Biden at the behest of President Barack Obama pressured the new nation’s government to fire one of its head Ukranian prosecutors Viktor Strokin. Obama said Strokin had been trying to interfere in corruption investigations.
Trump withheld $391 million in military aid until President Zelensky agreed to provide dirt on Biden for his 2020 reelection bid. As a result, it appeared that POTUS might be charged with four crimes:
- Illegally soliciting campaign help from a foreign government, and
The president tried to get the two silent attorneys on his legal defense team for the Mueller investigation into Trump’s relationship with Russia. A conflict of interest kept them off of the investigation. Toensing had been representing clients who were witnesses already in contact with Special Counsel Robert Mueller III’s investigative team.
The two had been working “off the books” as a buffer to the White House. Then, the whistleblower came forward.
The legal couple pushed conspiracy theories which have led them to have controversial reputations. They have had theories about:
‘…the Department of Justice and the FBI, including that officials within the FBI have tried to “frame” Trump for “nonexistent crimes.’
Last February, diGenova claimed on Laura Ingrahm’s conservative podcast that the country was “in a civil war.” He urged people to go out and buy guns and get ready for the battle between Trump supporters and others.
DiGenova wanted the president to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and called Mueller’s investigators “legal terrorists.” In addition, the legal couple said that former FBI director James Comey a “dirty cop.”
DiGenova went on Fox News to deny Trump’s memo about the Ukraine crime with host Tucker Carlson:
‘Let me underscore emphatically that nothing that the President said on that call, or what we think he said on that call constitutes a crime. And even if he had said, you’re not going to get the money, it would not be a crime.’
Wallace’s anonymous source said that the president was the only one who knew how involved the attorney duo had been. By using them, Trump had attempted to insulate the White House from the secret delving into the Ukrainian government for dirt on Hunter Biden.
The TV attorney Giuliani emphatically denied working with other attorneys.
The Mueller Report Adventures: In Bite-Sizes on this Facebook page. These quick, two-minute reads interpret the report in normal English for busy people. Mueller Bite-Sizes uncovers what is essentially a compelling spy mystery. Interestingly enough, Mueller Bite-Sizes can be read in any order.