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Senior adviser to Pompeo resigns

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Opinion: Case for Colin Kaepernick is more like a Hail Mary for out-of-work QB

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You can picture Colin Kaepernick dodging tacklers behind the line of scrimmage.

His receivers sprinting furiously toward the end zone.

His right arm launching the football skyward as the clock winds down.

Because it feels like Kaepernick is attempting a Hail Mary, as the clock winds down on his hopes of playing quarterback again in the NFL.

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.”

Those are the words atop a two-page document entitled “Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick.” His agent, Jeff Nalley, and PR director, Jasmine Windham, released it Thursday.

For Immediate Release? Really? Why now?

Kaepernick, 31, has been working out five days a week for three years in preparation to play again, according to the two-page document. So what has compelled him and his representatives to go this route?

As usual, Kaepernick is unavailable to field questions and clarify his position. Granted, his representatives suggest the document is necessary only because the news media has failed to do its job.

“There have been so many false narratives in the media regarding Colin,’’ the document reads. “We believe it is important to set the record straight, again. Nothing below is open for interpretation or debate, it’s the truth and nothing else.’’

The truth is, the news media has largely showered Kaepernick with praise since August 2016, when he first knelt during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African Americans and social injustice. But now, five games into the 2019 NFL season, Kaepernick is taking his case to the public because apparently he feels has no other choice.

His agent has reached out to all 32 teams “with little of no response from teams about an opportunity for Colin,’’ according to the document.

Fans might assume Kaepernick can’t play in the league because he filed a grievance against the NFL for alleged collusion. But, as the document points out, Eric Reid, Kaepernick’s former teammate, filed the same grievance — which was settled between the parties — and he now plays for the Carolina Panthers.

“Colin has the same skill set that many of the young mobile quarterbacks flourishing in the NFL right now,’’ reads the document. 

True, indeed. Although Kaepernick is no longer young.

Many of the “false narratives’’ have been corrected or clarified long ago.

For example, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers after the 2016 season when the team told Kaepernick it planned to cut him. Not because the 49ers refused to meet any contractual demands.

The document also presents compelling statistical data showing just how effective Kaepernick was in 2016, when he was recovering from surgery on his right thumb, left knee and on his left shoulder. Of course that was nearly three years ago.

But here’s one bullet point not addressed in the statement: Kaepernick remains unemployed because he risked alienating the league and its fans with his protests. It was a noble thing to do, and the most obvious reason why he has yet to get an offer to return.

Surely there is no better unemployed quarterback on the planet. Kaepernick, after all, has 12,271 passing yards, a 4-2 record in the playoffs and, of course, a Super Bowl appearance

But of his 72 passing touchdowns, there was not a game-winning Hail Mary among them.

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Joe Biden will be Democrats’ ‘collateral damage’ in quest to impeach Trump, Charles Lane says

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will be collateral political damage as Democrats continue their push to impeach President Trump, according to the Washington Post’s Charles Lane.

Hunter Biden’s connections to Ukraine and China continue to be a headache for the Delaware Democrat, and his name will not go away in the media anytime soon, Lane said on “Special Report.”

“Joe Biden is absolutely collateral damage out of this whole situation and out of the whole impeachment thing because Hunter’s name will come up every time it’s written about,” he said.

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Biden, he said, ” has not had a good two or three weeks.”

Pointing to a recent Fox News Poll showing Biden continuing to lead Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, Lane expressed surprise at the ex-vice president’s performance.

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“I’m a little surprised because there has been so much in the press about how Warren is charging,” he said.

In addition, Fox News contributor Charlie Hurt said Biden continues to nonetheless hold a strong position as a candidate in the “non-socialist, less insane lane” of the primary contest.

He projected the Democrats’ eventual nominee will come from that side of the party.

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In a recent New Hampshire radio interview, Biden continued to deny engaging with his son about the 49-year-old’s dealings in Ukraine.

I never had a discussion with my son about it. He did say at one point that it came out that he was on the board. I said, ‘I sure hope to Hell you know what you’re doing’ — period,” he told New Hampshire Today.

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Giuliani Pressed for Turkish Prisoner Swap in Oval Office Meeting

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During a contentious Oval Office meeting with President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in 2017, Rudolph W. Giuliani pressed for help in securing the release of a jailed client, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, as part of a potential prisoner swap with Turkey.

The request by Mr. Giuliani provoked an immediate objection from Mr. Tillerson, who argued that it would be highly inappropriate to interfere in an open criminal case, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

The gold trader, Reza Zarrab, had been accused by federal prosecutors of playing a central role in an effort by a state-owned Turkish bank to funnel more than $10 billion worth of gold and cash to Iran, in defiance of United States sanctions designed to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

But at the White House meeting in early 2017, Mr. Giuliani and his longtime friend and colleague, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, pushed back on Mr. Tillerson’s objections.

Rather than side with his secretary of state, Mr. Trump told them to work it out themselves, according to the two people briefed on the meeting. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

In the end, no such prisoner swap took place. But the episode has opened a new chapter in Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to interject himself into the Trump administration’s diplomacy while at times representing clients with a direct interest in the outcome.

The Oval Office meeting occurred before Mr. Giuliani became Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer for the special counsel’s Russia investigation. In recent weeks, Mr. Giuliani’s campaign to press Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of one of Mr. Trump’s political rivals, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., has thrust him into the middle of the House impeachment inquiry. And on Wednesday, two of Mr. Giuliani’s associates in that campaign were arrested on charges of violating federal campaign finance laws.

Mr. Giuliani, in an interview on Thursday, defended his actions in the gold trader case, which were first reported on Wednesday by Bloomberg.

Mr. Giuliani, well known for his hawkish views on Iran, said he had been willing to represent Mr. Zarrab because the proposed prisoner swap would have secured the release of an American pastor who was being held in Turkey on terrorism-related charges the United States considered fabricated.

He likened his efforts — which also included apprising Jeff Sessions, then the attorney general, of what he wanted — to maneuvers during the Cold War to trade enemy spies for Americans detained overseas.

Mr. Giuliani questioned how his actions were any different. “It happened to be a good trade,” he said. “I expected to be a hero like in a Tom Hanks movie.”

But his involvement, as a private citizen and friend of the president in the months after Mr. Trump passed him over for the role of secretary of state, left some in the administration uncomfortable, given the strained and complicated relationship between the United States and Turkey.

Mr. Giuliani’s moves also ran counter to a long-running American effort to curb Iran’s nuclear program as the United States was trying to punish players, like Mr. Zarrab, who helped the regime evade sanctions.

The case, called the single largest evasion of Iranian sanctions in United States history, revolved around a scheme by the Turkish bank in 2012 and 2013 to send billions of dollars in gold and cash to Iran in exchange for oil and natural gas.

Mr. Zarrab, who has Turkish and Iranian citizenship, was arrested in Florida in March 2016 on a family trip to Disney World, and was accused of an illicit operation that relied on false documents and front companies to move the assets to Iran from the accounts of Halkbank, the second-largest state-owned lender in Turkey.

Getting him out of the United States was a high priority for Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, because Mr. Zarrab had information that would later implicate senior bank officials, as well as Turkish government officials, in the scheme.

Indeed, after the prison swap failed, Mr. Zarrab became a key witness and testified that in 2012, Mr. Erdogan, then Turkey’s prime minister, had ordered that two Turkish banks be allowed to participate in the sanction-evasion scheme.

Mr. Giuliani said that he was brought into the effort by Mr. Muskasey, who had been hired by Mr. Zarrab’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman.

The two men had been pressing their case with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office in early 2017 when Mr. Tillerson joined the conversation, according to the two people briefed on the meeting. Mr. Tillerson, who could not be reached for comment, was surprised to find Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey at what he thought would be a regular private meeting with the president, the people said.

Mr. Trump asked Mr. Giuliani to tell Mr. Tillerson what he wanted, which prompted Mr. Tillerson’s objections.

Mr. Mukasey’s spokesman did not return a request for comment.

Mr. Giuliani, in the interview on Thursday, disputed the account provided to The New York Times of his discussion with Mr. Tillerson about Mr. Zarrab — and the assertion that Mr. Tillerson replied that such a step was inappropriate. But Mr. Giuliani did not specify what aspects of the account he found inaccurate, saying he could not discuss the meeting because of attorney-client privilege.

“This is a completely malicious story coming from the consistent attack on me to try to destroy my credibility,” Mr. Giuliani said.

He added that at the time, “nobody ever complained” to him from the Trump administration about his role in the case.

Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey were persistent in the effort. Court filings show that they discussed the matter with State Department officials in Turkey before meeting with Mr. Erdogan himself, and that Mr. Sessions and Preet Bharara, then the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, were informed “on a confidential basis.”

Mr. Giuliani argued in court filings that “none of the transactions in which Mr. Zarrab is alleged to have participated involved weapons or nuclear technology, or any other contraband, but rather involved consumer goods, and that Turkey is situated in a part of the world strategically critical to the United States.”

And Mr. Mukasey, in an April 2017 court filing, asserted that “senior U.S. officials have remained receptive to pursuing the possibility of an agreement.”

But officials at the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan remained opposed to the Zarrab trade, as did Mr. Tillerson. Mr. Giuliani, in the Thursday interview, said he wasn’t sure why the proposal fell apart.

What’s clear is that Mr. Zarrab pleaded guilty in October 2017 to the charges, and became a key witness in federal criminal cases prosecuted in New York that led to the conviction of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Halkbank.

During Mr. Atilla’s criminal trial in late 2017, the judge overseeing the case criticized Mr. Giuliani’s role in trying to secure Mr. Zarrab’s freedom, noting that such a move might benefit Iran.

“Most respectfully, the Giuliani and Mukasey affidavits appear surprisingly disingenuous in failing to mention the central role of Iran in the indictment, and indeed, failing to mention Iran at all in their affidavits,” the judge, Richard M. Berman, said, citing statements in which the men suggested Mr. Zarrab’s release might help the United States.

Mr. Atilla was sentenced to 32 months in prison. But he was released early from jail in July and then returned to Turkey, where he was greeted at the airport like a hero in Istanbul by Turkey’s treasury and finance minister, Berat Albayrak, who is also Mr. Erdogan’s son-in-law. Mr. Zarrab’s whereabouts have not been disclosed by the United States government.

The American pastor, Andrew Brunson, was also released, without a trade involving Mr. Zarrab, in October 2018. The move was credited with an overall improvement in relations between Mr. Trump and Mr. Erdogan.

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Author Peter Schweizer defends New York Times op-ed against Biden campaign after criticism

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Author Peter Schweizer defended his New York Times op-ed on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s involvement with Ukraine after Biden’s campaign released a letter blasting the paper for giving the author “top billing.”

“The Biden reaction is not a surprise because their entire strategy on this, Martha, has been to attack me to generate a lot of heat but no light,” Schweizer said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Thursday.

“They’ve not answered any serious questions about this at all with any journalists.”

The deputy manager of Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign slammed The Times Wednesday in a letter to the newspaper’s executive editor — focusing on the expanding Ukraine controversy.

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The letter, written by Kate Bedingfield to Dean Baquet, criticizes the paper for publishing Schweizer’s Wednesday op-ed, titled, “What Hunter Biden Did Was Legal – That’s the Problem,” according to CNN.

In his piece, Schweizer asserts Biden was “self-dealing” in Ukraine while vice president.

Bedingfield in the letter criticizes The Times’ Ukraine coverage and decries the paper’s “active participation” in a “smear campaign” against Biden.

Schweizer told MacCallum that The Times reached out to him to write the op-ed and that the piece was not the only fact-checked by his Government Accountability Institute but that “every word” was also fact-checked by The Times.

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The author also disagreed with the Biden campaign’s notion that allegations brought up in his book “Secret Empires” were debunked and that Schweizer was “digging” for political reasons.

“We looked at both sides of the aisle. The Biden material though is particularly troubling because it had never been exposed before… the number of deals and the size of the deals that Hunter Biden had in China had never been exposed before,” Schweizer said, bringing up new allegations regarding Hunter’s business dealings with China.”

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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U.S. and Kurdish soldiers: Side by side just days ago, battling ISIS, now the Kurds are under attack

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Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery aimed at crushing Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States. (Oct. 9) AP, AP

WASHINGTON – Two days before President Trump announced that he would pull U.S. military back from the border zone in Syria, Americans and their Kurdish allies had removed senior ISIS fighters from the battlefield, according to a U.S. official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The capture of the two fighters occurred as part of daily regular commando raids U.S. forces had been running with Kurdish soldiers, the official said.

Trump’s abandonment of Kurdish allies fighting ISIS has shocked members of the U.S. military and left it scrambling to protect American forces in Syria – and to look on as those they worked with side by side only a few days ago are now under attack as Turkey’s military continues to step up assaults on the region. 

Thursday marked the second day of Turkey’s assault on Kurdish forces in the region. Turkey launched the assault because it views a Kurdish militia that dominates the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, as a terrorist group.

Earlier this week, Trump said he was delivering on a campaign promise to remove U.S. troops from “ridiculous endless wars.” Trump also defended his decision on Wednesday to end U.S. support for the Kurds, saying they had failed to fight with Americans in World War II.

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Donald Trump is defending his decision to withdraw US troops from Kurd-held areas in northern Syria. A move that led to Turkey launching a military operation on Wednesday. Trump says he “campaigned on ending the endless wars.” (Oct. 9) AP, AP

Casualties reported: Turkish strikes hit civilians as Syria offensive intensifies

The Pentagon has issued  few statement since Trump’s decision, blaming Turkey for acting unilaterally and calling for a “safe zone” to be established in northeastern Syria.

‘None of our allies can trust us’

The Kurds formed the backbone of the counter-ISIS ground force, backed by the U.S.-led air war, that has retaken virtually all the land seized by Islamic State fighters since 2014. The Kurds have lost 11,000 troops in the fighting and have seen another 20,000 wounded. Their bloodshed and support has led to a kinship understood by many U.S. troops who view the U.S. withdrawal of support as a betrayal of a dedicated ally, the official said.

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“None of our allies can trust us anymore,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat and member of the Armed Services Committee, said in an interview. “The biggest loss here apart from the slaughter of innocent and loyal fighters on our side is the shattering of trust. The loss of our word as a bond. No one can rely on the United States if we abandon our fiercest most loyal allies who have literally shed blood for us.”

Trump’s decision has led to ad hoc measures to protect U.S. troops and attempts to mitigate losses to ISIS, the official said. Among them:

  • A hotline established with Turkey to notify U.S. commanders of areas where bombs will be dropped to ensure American troops are out of harm’s way.
  • The movement of 50 U.S. troops from the area contested by Turkey and the Kurds to two American outposts in Syria. Drones are being flown over the area to protect U.S. forces.
  • Kurds continue to guard about 30 prison camps holding about 10,000 ISIS detainees. About 2,000 of those prisoners are foreign fighters from 50 countries, from China to Canada.

U.S. forces are safe, the official said, and the 50 troops relocated to outposts represent a fraction of the 1,000 remaining in Syria.

‘A reckless gamble’: Four reasons critics decry Trump’s ‘impulsive’ Syria withdrawal

Deaths in Syria, but may be inflated

Turkey launched the assault because it regards a Kurdish militia within the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, as a terrorist group. About 30,000 Kurdish fighters and civilians have been displaced by Turkey’s offensive.

Turkey is expected to turn over the fighting to local forces it backs, the official said. A second U.S. official said Turkey, a NATO ally, has been cut off from receiving U.S. intelligence on the region. 

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights estimates that 16 SDF fighters have been killed and dozens wounded. Erdogan has said “109 terrorists” have been killed. The U.S. official cautioned that both sides may be exaggerating losses or gains for propaganda purposes.

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Turkey-Syria payback: Norway suspends arms sales to Erdogan regime, exposing cracks in NATO solidarity

Turkey’s incursion into northeastern Syria this week has been met with international condemnation – but it’s also induced something of a schism between members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

On Thursday, Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Soreide announced in an email to AFP that, given the complexity and ever-changing nature of the situation, “as a precautionary measure” the foreign ministry “will not handle any new demands for exports of defense material or material for multiple uses to Turkey.”

“It is clear there is growing unease among some members regarding Turkey’s actions, and it is likely Norway’s move will be followed by other NATO members as well,” Nile Gardiner, the director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center, told Fox News. “Turkey is being put on notice over its military actions and will be held to account.”

Other experts anticipated that more schisms in the once-tight NATO alliance might follow.

“Turkey may be a NATO ally, but they have consistently not acted like it – and there have to be consequences for that,” said Brad Bowman, the senior director for the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “It is time to align policy toward Turkey with [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s actual actions.”

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Moreover, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters Thursday he “counts on Turkey to show restraint and to ensure that their actions in northern Syria are measured and proportionate and avoid even more human suffering.”

“We have to remember that we need to continue to stand together in our common fight against the common enemy, which is ISIS,” he stressed. “We must preserve those gains.”

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Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army fighters heading toward the Syrian town of Tal Abyad from the Turkish border town of Akcakale, Turkey, on Thursday. (AP/DHA)

On Wednesday, in the immediate hours following Turkey’s announcement that its operation had begun, the prime minister of Finland – which is not yet part of the 29-member NATO cohesion – declared the country would “call attention to Turkey’s attack, its impact on refugees in the region and the humanitarian needs of Syria.”

“The government will not grant new arms export licenses to Turkey,” Prime Minister Antti Rinne said in a statement, “or other countries engaged in war.”

Still, it’s unclear what action the United States will take in response to Turkey’s cross-border assault, which is said to have killed more than 100 people in less than two days. In Gardiner’s view, the White House – despite President Trump’s earlier assertions that it would unleash economic fury on Ankara if it targeted the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds – is likely going to sit for a few days and assess the situation.

“The president has sent a clear message to Turkey, and the U.S. clearly has an interest in avoiding conflict between Turkey and the Kurds,” Gardiner said. “ISIS, Russia and Iran all need to be kept at bay, and Turkey needs to be on the same page with it.”

A bipartisan Senate bill aimed at pausing U.S. military assistance to Turkey is expected to be introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., as early as next week when Congress returns from recess.

The measure would seek to sanction Erdogan and other top officials.

Turkey has viewed the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as being tightly allied to the PKK, a designated terrorist organization, and a separatist movement that has long waged war with Ankara in the rugged hills of the Turkish state. However, the U.S. – despite its NATO partnership with Turkey – backed and installed the SDF as the primary ground force to root out ISIS from the swaths of Syria that it overtook.

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The White House suddenly announced this past Sunday night that U.S. troops were withdrawing from their posts in northern Syria, and analysts quickly warned an escalation between Turkey and the SDF would create a chaotic void which adverse actors could exploit further.

Meanwhile, concerns over the humanitarian crisis on the ground continued to unfold.

According to Robin Fleming, a researcher at the Rojava Information Center, scores of civilians have escaped most of the border towns. Cars have been clogging the roads “with nowhere to go.”

“(Turkey) is targeting military bases and civilian areas, they are trying to create an atmosphere of fear,” she said Thursday afternoon, against a backdrop of bombs and shells blistering the night sky.

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However, Fleming also stressed that those on the ground welcomed Norway’s decision not to export arms and were hopeful others in the international community will follow in their footsteps.

“If more countries take that stance, apply sanctions or even just make a public declaration that they don’t support (Turkish incursion), it could have a big effect,” she added.

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What Happened Today in Trump Impeachment Inquiry News

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Rudy Giuliani having coffee with Lev Parnas at the Trump International Hotel in Washington in September.CreditAram Roston/Reuters

  • Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two associates of Rudy Giuliani, were indicted on campaign finance charges. They were part of the pressure campaign on Ukraine to investigate President Trump’s political rivals, including Joe Biden.

  • Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York said Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman “conspired to circumvent the federal laws against foreign influence by engaging in a scheme to funnel foreign money to candidates for federal and state office,” including by making donations to a pro-Trump super PAC. Read the indictment.

  • The indictment refers to a “Congressman-1” — identified in campaign finance filings as former Representative Pete Sessions, Republican of Texas — who was the beneficiary of approximately $3 million that the super PAC spent during the 2018 cycle. The men sought Mr. Sessions’s assistance in removing the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, “at least in part at the request of one or more Ukrainian government officials,” according to the indictment. (The men were also seeking political assistance setting up a legal marijuana business in Nevada.)

  • Shortly after the indictment became public, House impeachment investigators issued subpoenas to Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman, compelling them to speak with Congress about their work with Mr. Giuliani in Ukraine.

  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry was subpoenaed for records that could shed light on any role he may have played in Mr. Trump’s attempts to pressure the Ukrainian government. Investigators also want to know whether Mr. Perry tried to influence the management of Ukraine’s state-owned gas company.


Katie Benner, who covers the Justice Department for us, said federal prosecutors probably had the indictment ready to go for a while and were keeping tabs on Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman. When the two got one-way tickets out of the country, she said, the prosecutors realized that they had to move.

My colleague Mike Schmidt got an eyewitness account of the arrests in the Lufthansa lounge in the B concourse of Dulles International Airport on Wednesday. Here’s what he heard:

They were indulging themselves in the free drinks and food while talking on the phone and waiting for their overnight flight to Frankfurt. Around 5:45 p.m., the men and the other first class travelers were invited to board before all the other passengers. As they made their way down a corridor toward their plane, two plainclothes officers stepped out and stopped them.

“We need to see your passports,” one of the officers said.

The passengers took them out, and the officers determined who was standing in front of them. Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman were told to turn around. As they made their way back into the terminal, they were greeted by a phalanx of uniformed and plainclothes officers who arrested them.


At first glance, the two men might seem peripheral to the events that the House is investigating. But they were involved in the Ukraine affair from the beginning, dating to Mr. Parnas’s job as Mr. Giuliani’s fixer in Ukraine.

This evening I stopped by the desk of my colleague Ken Vogel, who revealed Mr. Parnas’s involvement in Mr. Giuliani’s Ukraine efforts, to get a sense of why they matter to the impeachment investigation.

Why are these two men so important to understanding the whole Ukraine scandal?

They were Rudy Giuliani’s enablers and facilitators in his Ukrainian expedition. They connected Mr. Giuliani to the Ukrainian prosecutors who provided both the information and the potential investigations that are at the center of President Trump’s interest in Ukraine. They were at the very front of all of this activity that led to what became the whistle-blower complaint.

Why did that activity raise alarm bells?

Their ability to get Congressman Sessions to take up their cause on such a niche issue that might not have been on his radar — helping to oust the American ambassador to Ukraine — is precisely the type of thing that campaign finance watchdogs warn of when they bemoan the power of money of politics.

How valuable can they be to federal prosecutors, who’ve clearly been investigating them long before the impeachment investigation?

It depends who the prosecutors are after. The two men could certainly flip and provide plenty of information about Rudy Giuliani. I have a source who saw Mr. Parnas, Mr. Fruman and Mr. Giuliani together not infrequently at the Trump hotel here in Washington.

What about to Congress? They were supposed to be important witnesses in the impeachment investigation this week before they were arrested.

They could be very useful to Congress, but maybe not as much in the impeachment inquiry. They don’t have a ton of access or visibility into Trump himself, so it could be a bit of a bank shot. But in another way, they could be extremely useful. Congress has shown a great interest in the outsourcing of foreign policy, and these guys are right in the middle of that.


On Thursday evening, Mr. Trump will hold a campaign rally in Minneapolis, his first since the impeachment investigation began.

On Friday, House investigators are due to interview the career diplomat and former American ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, whose ouster was sought by Mr. Parnas, Mr. Fruman and many in the Trump administration. Despite the White House’s attempts to block cooperation by State Department employees, Ms. Yovanovitch has signaled to House staff members that she is willing to speak to them.


  • The Wall Street Journal reported that career staff members at the Office of Management and Budget questioned whether it was legal to delay aid to Ukraine. The White House then gave a political appointee power to keep the aid on hold.

  • Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, said today in Kiev that Mr. Trump did not seek to blackmail him over military aid when the two leaders spoke this summer. Mr. Trump and his supporters said Mr. Zelensky’s claim should exonerate the president.

  • George Conway, the husband of Mr. Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, joined 15 other conservative lawyers calling for an “expeditious” impeachment investigation.

  • Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said it was “absolutely not” appropriate for Mr. Trump to seek help from foreign powers for an election.

  • Mr. Trump tweeted this morning that Fox News’s pollsters “suck,” after a poll found 51 percent of voters believe that he should be impeached and removed from office; he added that “@FoxNews is also much different than it used to be in the good old days.” William Barr, the attorney general, met privately Wednesday evening with Rupert Murdoch, the mogul whose holdings include Fox News.

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Rudy Giuliani Planned Vienna Trip 1 Day After Arrested Associates Were Headed There: Report

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Rudy Giuliani was reportedly planning to leave Thursday for Vienna, Austria, a day after two of his business associates who helped him with his ealings with Ukraine officials were arrested as they were headed to the same destination.

The Atlantic’s Elaina Plott reported that Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, told her he would not be able to meet Thursday evening for an interview because he was planning to fly to Vienna in the evening. Giuliani told that to the reporter around the same time that his associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested at Dulles International Airport while waiting to board a flight to Vienna with one-way tickets Wednesday night, Plott wrote.

Parnas and Fruman were headed to Vienna when they were arrested, The Wall Street Journal first reported earlier Thursday. The Southern District of New York indicted the two Soviet-born Florida businessmen on federal campaign finance charges for allegedly channeling foreign money and making fraudulent straw donations in order to hide their political contributions and give in excess of campaign contribution limits to Trump and other Republican candidates.

According to Plott, Giuliani texted her late Thursday afternoon declining to comment on why Parnas and Fruman were headed to Vienna, and why he was planning to be there 24 hours later.

In comments to the Journal, Giuliani said that while Parnas and Fruman were going to Vienna on issues “related to their business,” he was only going to meet with them when they returned to Washington.

As the Journal reported, the two men have introduced Giuliani to multiple current and former Ukrainian prosecutors to discuss his attempts at getting the country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president about such an investigation is at the center of a House impeachment inquiry into him.

Separately, House Democrats leading the inquiry issued subpoenas on Thursday to Parnas and Fruman for documents related to their work with Giuliani. Before their arrest, the House requested that Parnas appear for a deposition on Thursday and Fruman on Friday; their counsel declined the request earlier this week.

Jay Sekulow, another of Trump’s personal lawyers, told reporters on Thursday that Trump has nothing to do with the businessmen’s campaign finance schemes. Trump himself told reporters he doesn’t “know those gentlemen,” but that “it’s possible I have a picture with them.”

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West Virginia mayor restores city’s ‘Christmas Parade’ after protests over name change

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The mayor of West Virginia‘s capital city has reversed her earlier decision to rename the annual “Charleston Christmas Parade” the “Charleston Winter Parade” after protests.

Mayor Amy Goodwin announced the original name change Monday, saying it would encourage inclusivity. However, the parade’s theme was to remain “Twas The Night Before Christmas.”

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“The City of Charleston is an inclusive community. We want everyone to participate in this parade,” Goodwin said in a video posted to Facebook.

The decision prompted a backlash, with Republican State Senate President Mitch Carmichael urging constituents to plead with Goodwin to reverse the name change. Officials from several churches quickly criticized the decision and said they wouldn’t attend.

On Thursday, Goodwin reversed her original decision “after much consideration and conversation with religious leaders from all faiths and community members.”

“We understand the history and tradition of the parade and we want to continue that for years to come,” she said in a statement posted to Facebook.

“I truly appreciate all the calls, emails and feedback we have received regarding the Charleston parade. However, the kind of vitriol that has come forth since announcing the change in the name of the parade has been truly disappointing and hurtful. But I do respect those individuals’ freedom to deliver that message to my doorstep,” she said.

Goodwin still kept to her message of inclusivity, saying: “To be sure, this city needs everyone included. We need to be kind. We need to work together, and this administration will continue to work every day for a more inclusive community where everyone is welcome to celebrate and come together.”

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Carmichael praised Goodwin’s change of heart, saying in a statement: “Christmas celebrates the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a central holiday for thousands of Christians in our Capitol City and throughout West Virginia.

“I am thankful Mayor Goodwin listened to her constituents and decided to cancel her plans to rename the parade … People of all faiths, Christian, Judaism, Islam and all other faiths, should never feel as though the government is prohibiting their ability to worship and celebrate their religion. That is what inclusion looks like and that is what West Virginia should look like.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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