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Fellow US diplomat clarified Trump’s intent after top envoy to Ukraine called president’s plan ‘crazy,’ texts show

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On Aug. 28, Andrey Yermak, an aide to Ukrainian President Vlodomyr Zelensky, sent a four-word text message to Kurt Volker, a former U.S. State Department special envoy to Kiev.

“We need to talk.”

Yermak followed the tweet with a link to a Politico story titled, “Trump Holds Up Military Aid Meant to Confront Russia.”

“Hi Andrey — absolutely. When is good for you?” Volker responded.

Democrats late Thursday released texted messages between top diplomats that they say bolster their claim that President Trump leveraged the prospect of military aid and American influence in an attempt to force Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden regarding their business dealings in the country.

Top U.S. diplomats encouraged Zelensky to conduct an investigation linked to the Bidens in return for a potentially high-profile visit to Washington with Trump, according to emails released late Thursday by House investigators following a 10-hour interview with Volker. Republicans present at the marathon-interview before three House committees appeared confident there was no “quid pro quo” during the Trump-Ukraine call.

Trump has insisted he never pressured Kiev to investigate the Bidens and any request was based on making sure the country made good on its promise to weed out corruption.

Zelensky has said he never felt pressured by Trump.

After the Volker interview, House Democrats released text messages between the top diplomats.

Volker, in a text message on the morning of a planned July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelenskiy, wrote: “Heard from White House — Assuming President Z convinces trump he will investigate / “get to the bottom of what happened” in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to Washington.”

But all that planning started to unravel when Zelensky’s aide tried to lock in a date for the Trump meeting before putting out the statement on the investigations. Trump put a hold on military assistance to the country, which was depending on the funds as part of its defense of Russian separatists.

Just over a week after Yermak’s message to Volker about funding, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, texted each other. They were discussing the White House’s decision to cancel Trump’s meeting with  Zelensky in Poland.

“As I said over the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” Taylor wrote.

“Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions,” Sondland wrote back. “The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelenskiy promised during his campaign.”

“Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.”

— Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, writing to the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine

Sondland then recommended stopping the text exchange.

Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Thursday’s interview with Volker “undercut” the Democratic narrative that Trump tried to interfere with an election.

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“The facts we learned today undercut the salacious narrative that Adam Schiff is using to sell his impeachment ambitions,” Jordan and Nunes said in a joint statement, referring to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “We hope the American people get to read the transcript of today’s testimony and see the truth.”

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Buehler, Muncy lead Dodgers past Nats 6-0 in NLDS opener

Walker Buehler allowed one hit over six innings, Max Muncy drove in three runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers capitalized on mistakes to beat the Washington Nationals 6-0 in Game 1 of their NL Division Series on Thursday night.

Buehler struck out eight, walked three and retired his final seven batters after earning the start over veterans Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu, whose 2.32 ERA was lowest in the majors this season.

“He set the tone for us,” Muncy said about Buehler. “He was pounding the zone.”

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the first inning of Game 1 of a baseball National League Divisional Series on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Dodgers rookie Gavin Lux and Joc Pederson slugged pinch-hit solo homers in the eighth.

Nationals first baseman Howie Kendrick had two grounders roll under his glove, the second leading to the Dodgers’ second run in the fifth.

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Washington’s Patrick Corbin stumbled through a rocky first inning. He issued four walks, joining Art Reinhart of the St. Louis Cardinals as the only pitchers to walk that many in the first inning they ever pitched in the postseason.

Reinhart walked four _ including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig _ in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the 1926 World Series against the Yankees.

“That first inning was the game,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “That really set the tone.”

Corbin walked three in a row with two outs in the 31-pitch inning. Yan Gomes was charged with a passed ball, too, and Muncy drew a free pass with the bases loaded to put the Dodgers in front.

“Walked a lot of guys, chased a lot of bad pitches,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “When you’re walking guys and not hitting, it’s tough to win ballgames.”

Corbin gave up two runs _ one earned _ and three hits in six innings. The left-hander struck out nine and finished with five walks.

Cody Bellinger walked with two outs and scored on an error by Kendrick in the fifth that made it 2-0. Third baseman Anthony Rendon made a diving stop on Chris Taylor’s single down the line, but his throw to first wasn’t in time and Bellinger went to third.

Muncy’s grounder rolled through Kendrick’s legs for an error, scoring Bellinger, and Taylor got thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

In the fourth, Muncy singled leading off. Corey Seager followed with a hit that got past a diving Kendrick at first and rolled into right, sending Muncy to third. But then Corbin settled down and retired the next three batters to end the inning.

The Nationals loaded the bases in the fourth on three walks by Buehler. He escaped when Asdrúbal Cabrera tapped the ball back to the mound and Buehler flipped to first to end the inning.

“From that first throw, he was on point,” Roberts said of Buehler. “That’s a really good lineup over there and for him to go six, we needed that.”

Juan Soto, who had the key hit in the wild-card win over Milwaukee, singled in the second and Trea Turner singled in the ninth off Joe Kelly for the Nationals’ only hits.

It was a quiet offensive night for each team’s MVP contender. Rendon, who hit .319 in the regular season, went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts and a walk. Bellinger, a .305 hitter, struck out twice and walked twice.

It was the fourth shutout in eight games between the teams this season, third by the Dodgers.

Los Angeles won its eighth in a row dating to the regular season. Washington’s nine-game winning streak, including the wild-card victory, ended.

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Magic Johnson and Billie Jean King, part of the Dodgers’ ownership group, shared a box with principal owner Mark Walter, Sandy Koufax and Tom Lasorda. … Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, former Dodger Matt Kemp, former Dodgers manager Joe Torre and actor Jason Bateman attended.

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Coming off the first relief appearance of his career, Washington RHP Stephen Strasburg will start Game 2 against Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw on Friday. Strasburg tossed three shutout innings Tuesday night in a dramatic wild-card victory over Milwaukee. He’s under no limitations returning two days later. “My arm’s felt great all year,” Strasburg said. He would be available to return on normal rest for a potential Game 5 next Wednesday in Los Angeles. By starting Kershaw in Game 2, the Dodgers could possibly use him out of the bullpen if Game 5 is necessary.

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Cardinals score 4 in 9th, hold off Braves 7-6 in NLDS opener

Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals look as gritty as ever.

The Atlanta Braves also started down a familiar path.

Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong each hit two-run doubles in the ninth inning as the Cardinals overcame shaky defense and a wild finish to extend Atlanta’s postseason misery, holding off the Braves 7-6 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night.

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina celebrates in the ninth inning during Game 1 of a best-of-five National League Division Series agaimnst the Atlanta Braves, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Cardinals fell behind 3-1 _ hurt by their normally reliable defense. But Paul Goldschmidt homered in the eighth, sparking a two-run outburst that tied it 3. In the ninth, the Cardinals blew it open against Braves closer Mark Melancon.

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Dexter Fowler and Tommy Edman singled before Goldschmidt walked on four pitches to load the bases with one out. Melancon got ahead of Ozuna with two quick strikes, only to give up a liner just inside the third-base bag that put St. Louis ahead for the first time.

Wong finished off Melancon with another two-run double, this one down the right-field line.

“These are fun, exciting games,” said Matt Carpenter, who came through with a pinch-hit bloop single off Melancon to tie the game in the eighth. “Every out, every pitch is important. There’s a lot of adrenaline involved, but that’s what you play for, that’s why you’re here.”

During a run of nine playoff appearances from 2004-15, the Cardinals were known for their postseason heroics, most notably rallying for a dramatic World Series win over Texas in 2011.

This team looks ready to follow in that mold.

The Braves are stuck in a nightmare that seems to repeat itself every October.

Atlanta has lost nine straight playoff series and is just one away from tying the Chicago Cubs’ record for postseason futility _ 10 postseason losses in a row between 1908 and 2003. Atlanta has not won a postseason series since 2001, and hasn’t even led a series since going up 2-1 on San Francisco in the 2002 NLDS. The Giants won the next two games to advance.

To their credit, the Braves didn’t go quietly in their half of the ninth.

Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a two-run homer off Carlos Martinez, and Freddie Freeman added a solo shot. But Martinez got the final two outs to claim a shaky win and put the Cardinals head in the best-of-five series going into Game 2 Friday. St. Louis ace Jack Flaherty goes against Mike Foltynewicz.

“We’ve played all season expecting to win those type games,” Freeman said. “You give up that kind of lead, it’s tough to swallow.”

The Braves snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth when Dansby Swanson slashed a wicked one-hopper that bounced off the chest of third baseman Edman. The ball deflected to shortstop Paul DeJong, who had a chance to get a force at second base for the third out. But the throw to Wong was a bouncer, the ball shooting off his glove for an error as two runs scored.

Wong also messed up an attempted backhanded toss for an error in the first, helping the Braves grab a 1-0 lead.

It was totally uncharacteristic for a Cardinals team that led the majors during the regular season with just 66 errors and a .989 fielding percentage.

In the end, it didn’t matter.

ACUNA’S BLUNDER

Acuña, playing for the first time since Sept. 24 after resting a sore left hip, may have cost the Braves an important run in the seventh by hot-dogging on a towering drive down the right-field line.

Apparently thinking it was a homer, the 21-year-old slugger jogged halfway to first carrying his bat before seeing the ball bounce off the wall. He wound up with only a single _ a reminder of a similar play in August which led manager Brian Snitker to yank the youngster out of a game against the Dodgers.

“He should have been on second,” Snitker said. “We’re kind of short-handed to do anything about it right there.”

Acuña eventually made it to second on a groundout, only to get doubled off on Josh Donaldson’s liner to end the inning

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (right shoulder tightness) was left off the postseason roster, but manager Mike Shildt said he’s ”moving forward” in hopes of being available later in the postseason should St. Louis advance. Wacha is expected to play catch soon before possibly advancing to a light bullpen session.

Braves: RHP Chris Martin left without throwing a pitch in the eighth after reporting tightness in his left oblique while warming up. The Braves were forced to call in Luke Jackson, who was greeted with Goldschmidt’s homer and would up being charged with both runs that inning. “We had the whole thing set up right where we wanted it,” Snitker said. “That was a big blow.” Atlanta could replace Martin on the roster before Game 2, but he would have to sit out the rest of the series as well as the NL Championship Series should the Braves advance.

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Flaherty has been dominant since the All-Star break. The 23-year-old went 7-2 with a 0.91 ERA in 15 starts, the third-lowest in major league history over the second half behind Jake Arrieta (0.75) of the 2015 Chicago Cubs and Greg Maddux (0.87) of the 1994 Braves.

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Atlanta will counter with Foltynewicz, who also finished strong in a definite tale of two seasons. The 2018 All-Star was demoted to Triple-A in June with a 2-5 record and 6.37 ERA. Since rejoining the rotation in early August, he is 6-1 with a 2.65 ERA, claiming the second spot in the postseason rotation.

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Trump-Ukraine transcript ‘so damning’ that public backs impeachment, ex-Clinton adviser asserts

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The Ukraine phone call transcript is slowly convincing the public to have an open mind about the Trump impeachment inquiry, former Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein said Thursday.

It does not matter if the whistleblower is a Republican, a Democrat or unaffiliated, their report should be taken seriously, Goodstein said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“It’s the president’s words,” he said of the transcript of President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from earlier this year.

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“Whether the whistleblower is an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ or came from Mars, or whatever they blew the whistle about — we see this so-called transcript… so damning that the public increasingly with each passing week is more and more inclined to say, ‘Yeah, actually, I think you should be impeached.’ “

In response, host Tucker Carlson challenged Goodstein, saying he is simply playing politics ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

“There’s an election in a year and you don’t like Trump,” Carlson said. “That is the referendum. It is a democracy.”

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Goodstein countered that partisanship may have ruled during the Clinton impeachment.

“That’d be true if it were [about] having sex with an intern,” Goodstein said, “but he is trying to get China and Ukraine and Russia to make sure that we don’t have a fair election,” he said of Trump.

He added that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., struck the right tone when she repeatedly told journalists she was “praying for” Trump amid the impeachment inquiry turmoil.

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“You never heard a soul on the Republican side feel any sense of remorse for going after [former President Bill Clinton] and trying to kick him out of office — talk about a coup — because he had sex and didn’t want to talk about it on the record.”

“You never heard a soul on the Republican side feel any sense of remorse for going after [former President Bill Clinton] and trying to kick him out of office — talk about a coup — because he had sex and didn’t want to talk about it on the record.”

— Richard Goodstein, former Clinton adviser 

Earlier Thursday, former U.S. envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker appeared on Capitol Hill as one of the first witnesses to go before a congressional body amid the Trump impeachment inquiry triggered by the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call.

Volker was participating in a closed-door transcribed interview with members of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees after the complaint mentioned him as having allegedly played a role in Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s investigations connected to Ukraine. Volker resigned soon after the complaint was made public last week.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.

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Kamala Harris asks audience if America is ‘ready’ for her presidency, crowd shouts ‘no’

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., may have had what some are calling her “please clap” moment on Thursday when she got a not so favorable response to the question if America was “ready” for her to be president.

Speaking at a town hall event in Reno, Nev., Harris told attendees she wanted to “engage in real talk” about the state of the 2020 race.

“In this election, in the last couple- I mean, maybe couple of months, certainly a few weeks, there’s this whole conversation that has been coming up about electability focused on our campaign,” Harris said. “Is America ready for that?”

Several audience members were then heard responding “No” throughout the room, with Harris visibly shocked by what she heard.

“Well, yes they are,” Harris told the crowd, sparking some laughter.

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The exchange received mockery on social media, many comparing it to the memorable moment from the 2016 election when former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Flor., urged a crowd at a campaign stop to “please clap.”

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Harris has seen a dramatic drop in the polls in recent weeks. In the latest Fox News poll, she received seven percent of support among likely Democratic voters while former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a double-digit lead with 29 percent while Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has 18 percent support and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has 16 percent.

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Devin Nunes slams Dems’ impeachment inquiry as ‘not real’: ‘It’s a partisan adventure’

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The Trump impeachment inquiry heralded by U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is a “partisan adventure” rather than a legitimate congressional process, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., asserted Thursday night.

The inquiry is not being carried out in the same way that previous impeachment probes were, Nunes said on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“It is a partisan adventure and it’s not a real impeachment the way that impeachment process has worked the other times it’s been used,” Nunes said.

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Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson, both Democrats, were subject to impeachment votes.

Nunes also told host Tucker Carlson that he participated in Thursday’s multi-committee Capitol Hill interview of former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker.

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“I just came from the Capitol and we had, I mean, nine hours of Ambassador Volker, which, if you listen to the mainstream media and the Democrats, this was gonna be the guy that was gonna give up all the goods on Rudy Giuliani, because this was the special envoy to Ukraine on behalf of the Trump administration,” Nunes said.

“Of course they went on and on and on. Why did they keep going on and on? Because they weren’t getting what they wanted.”

“Why did [Democrats] keep going on and on? Because they weren’t getting what they wanted.”

— U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

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Instead, Nunes suggested Volker should be praised for his years of responsible public service — rather than be subjected to marathon testimony.

Regarding Schiff, Nunes said the California Democrat — who chairs the House Intelligence Committee — had two private opportunities to disclose the fact he or his staff had had contact with the unidentified “whistleblower” at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

“It looks like he knew something beforehand,” Nunes said, regarding Schiff and the whistleblower’s complaint.

“He clearly gave no indication that he had ever met with the whistleblower or anybody on his team had ever met with the whistleblower.”

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LA airport to shuttle Uber, Lyft, taxi customers between terminals and new pickup area: reports

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Need a quick ride home from the airport? If you’ve just arrived in Los Angeles, you’ll soon have to take a shuttle to a parking lot away from the terminal to catch your Uber, Lyft or taxi.

Officials at Los Angeles International Airport plan Friday to announce details of their effort to steer arriving passengers away from traditional curbside pickups, reports say.

Increasing airport traffic congestion – sparked by the emergence of ride-hailing services — is partly to blame, Keith Wilschetz, deputy executive director of the Operations and Emergency Management Division at Los Angeles World Airports, told the Los Angeles Times.

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In addition, LAX has seen passenger traffic rise from 59 million in 2010 to 87.5 million in 2018, according to Skift, a news site that covers the travel industry.

“We understand that trying to get into the central terminal area is a challenge and has been for a long time, and we’ve been working to make that much better,” Wilschetz told The Times. “This is a way we can do that.”

“We understand that trying to get into the central terminal area is a challenge and has been for a long time, and we’ve been working to make that much better. This is a way we can do that.”

— Keith Wilschetz, deputy executive director, Operations and Emergency Management Division, Los Angeles World Airports

According to the plan, passengers will wait three to five minutes for a shuttle trip that will take no longer than 15 minutes, the Times reported – or they can choose to walk to the pickup lot instead, a journey estimated to take up to 18 minutes, depending on which terminal the passenger walks from.

Twitter users were expressing mixed reactions to the LAX plan.

“That curbside shuttle from the terminal to the ride share parking lot at LAX is going to run smoooooooooooth,” one Twitter user wrote.

“this is the best news i’ve heard in years,” another Twitter user commented.

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The LAX plan follows a similar move at San Francisco International Airport for pickups from its domestic terminals, and an announcement that Boston’s Logan International Airport has a similar plan in the works, the L.A. Times reported.

It’s also part of LAX’s $14 billion effort to modernize ahead of the 2028 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Los Angeles, according to Skift.

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Hannity: Media trying to ‘flood the zone’ with ‘anti-Trump speculation’

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Sean Hannity reacted to a report Wednesday evening that President Trump brought up former Vice President Joe Biden during a phone call with the president of China and called for the release of all transcripts between Biden and Ukraine, saying it was all “a fishing expedition.”

“A new ‘non-whistleblower’ whistleblower every second because they think “we got traction here,'” Hannity said on his television show.

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The report by CNN released Wednesday alleges that Trump “raised Biden’s political prospects” and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s during a June phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Hannity blasted the media as “corrupt” and accused it of pushing “anti-Trump speculation.”

“A corrupt media is now trying to flood the zone with the anti-Trump speculation especially since Ukraine is blowing up in their faces and again backfiring,” Hannity said.

The host predicted Democrats would begin demanding all of the president’s phone call transcripts.

“They’re going to now demand every transcript ever of every conversation our president has as commander-in-chief of the foreign leader,” Hannity said before calling for the release of transcripts himself to prove his point.

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“All right well let’s play this game. I would like to release of every Biden-Ukraine phone call transcript. And by the way when I read it I would like every Obama-Iran, Mullah Rohani transcript. I’d like the Obama-Putin transcripts,” Hannity said. “It’s all a fishing expedition.”

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Trump ‘trying to break the system’ with Ukraine situation, could set new rules for ‘President Warren,’ AB Stoddard says

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President Trump’s recent overtures toward Ukraine and China, and reportedly Australia, for help investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and others is wrong and could set new precedent for his successor, acccording to A.B. Stoddard.

Many Republican lawmakers have been wrongfully silent and have even defended Trump in these actions, Stoddard claimed Thursday on “Special Report.”

“The president was facing impeachment because of his phone call with the Ukrainian president — the transcript of which the administration released, where without a quid pro quo or any kind of question of extortion, he was asking for the help of a foreign government in his election,” she said.

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“Today, he asked for the help of others — there’s been reporting he’s asked for help from Australia and Britain — and now he’s asking the Chinese and admitting it out in the open. He is not allowed to do that.”

Stoddard, associate editor at Real Clear Politics, said the situation is the latest example of Trump putting lawmakers from his own party in a troubling spot.

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She claimed unless there is an outcry within Republican ranks against what Trump has asked of Beijing and Kiev, his presidential successor will be able to play by the new set of rules he purportedly created.

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In addition, she suggested Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will be that successor

“They either have to say ‘there’s a new set of rules’ for President Trump — and there will be for President Warren — she will be able to declare national emergencies and take away Congress-appropriated and approved funds from military construction projects to spend them on her pet projects… or they’re going to say this is a problem,” she said.

Stoddard added Warren would also be allowed to ask for assistance from foreign governments unless Trump’s actions are curtailed by Congress.

“He is literally trying to break the system. It’s a system they’ve sworn an oath to and they have to be for the system and not the man,” she claimed.

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Ex-Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker told lawmakers he was worried about former prosecutor’s reliability, sources say

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Republican lawmakers who were present at ex-Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker’s closed-door marathon interview before three House committees on Thursday seemed confident it disproved any allegations of a “quid pro quo” in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, as sources told Fox News that Volker was worried about the reliability of the Ukrainian prosecutor informing Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Volker abruptly resigned last week after a whistleblower complaint claimed he traveled to Kiev to help Ukrainian officials navigate Trump’s alleged request to investigate 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden, his son Hunter and their business dealings in Ukraine. The complaint also claimed that the envoy connected Giuliani with Ukrainian officials.

Sources familiar with the nine-and-a-half hour interview before the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees told Fox News it was a “clean” and “powerful” interview.

Volker did not think Victor Shokin, the prosecutor investigating Ukrainian firm Burisma — on which Hunter Biden held a board seat — was reliable when he told Giuliani that he was told to back off of the investigation at then-Vice President Joe Biden’s behest, which is why he worried what Giuliani might try to do with Shokin’s claims, according to sources familiar with the testimony.

Text messages obtained by Fox News showed Volker and other U.S. officials battling internally over whether Trump was engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine as he pressed the country to look into the Biden family, reportedly using $400 million in military aid as leverage during a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to induce him to have officials investigate the Bidens.

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Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Thursday’s interview with Volker “undercut” the Democratic narrative that Trump tried to interfere with an election.

House Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry into Trump, prompted by the whistleblower complaint, after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., made a formal request on Sept. 10 to transmit the complaint to Congress.

“The facts we learned today undercut the salacious narrative that Adam Schiff is using to sell his impeachment ambitions,” Jordan and Nunes said in a joint statement. “We hope the American people get to read the transcript of today’s testimony and see the truth.”

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., was also present at the interview and asserted Thursday on Fox News’ “The Story” that Volker’s testimony disproved the idea of a quid pro quo.

“You really couldn’t have a more professional and more credible witness — and more knowledgable about Ukraine,” Perry said. “I would call Ambassador Volker the star witness in the so-called whistleblower’s report. Everything he said unsubstantiated this claim of a quid pro quo.”

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Democrats did not have the same takeaway from Volker’s interview.

“We saw further evidence that there was a shadow shakedown going on and that the lead […] deputy for the president was Rudy Giuliani. You had an experienced diplomat working for free — special envoy Mr. Volker — who, in many ways, was a front for work that was being done on the side parallel to his efforts by Rudy Giuliani,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., as NBC News reported.

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum and Chad Pergram contributed to this report. 

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