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ICE now has a detainer for the guy who ran down all those motorcyclists

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When we first learned of the story of Volodymyr Zhukovskyy having killed seven motorcycle riders in New Hampshire, I found the story to be an obvious tragedy, but also likely little more than a tragic accident. Sadly, such things do happen out on our highways from time to time. But the more we learn, the stranger the tale has become.

First of all, Zhukovskyy has a history that is more than a bit checkered. In the fairly recent past, he’s run into trouble for drug possession and drunk driving. He also didn’t have the correct commercial driver’s license to be holding the truck driving job he had. Further, the company he worked for had a spotty record (at best) in terms of vehicle inspections and compliance. With all that in mind, should someone have pulled him off his driving assignment before the accident took place? Would that have prevented this tragedy? Perhaps.

But now there’s another wrinkle in the story. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is after the guy and they have a detainer to grab him and send him back to Ukraine if they get their hands on him. (CBS Boston)

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, the man accused of hitting and killing seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire last week, is now under an immigration detainer.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued the detainer on Monday after Zhukovskyy was booked into the Coos County House of Correction on seven counts of negligent homicide.

With Zhukovskyy under detainer, he would be deported back to the Ukraine if he is released from police custody.

There seems to be some confusion over Zhukovskyy’s status in some of the articles I’ve read. Technically, he’s in the country legally and allowed to work here. But as Howie Carr recently noted in the Boston Herald, this condition is the result of a series of mistakes on our part. When an immigrant is in the United States on a work visa, tourist visa, student visa or what have you, they are expected to be on their best behavior if they would like to stay. When they begin breaking the law, it’s time for their legal resident status to be canceled and for them to go home.

Zhukovskyy had already broken the law multiple times, and we’re not just talking about failures to register his vehicle or get the proper license. He was in trouble for larceny, cocaine, heroin and driving while intoxicated. He’d already received far more passes than he could reasonably expect. And this, as Carr notes, is a case of, “defining deviancy down, this policy of looking the other way when it comes to bad behavior until what used to be unacceptable is normalized.”

As I noted at the top, if someone had suspended Zhukovskyy’s license or investigated the trucking company he worked for, that may or may not have prevented the tragedy we witnessed. But do you know what definitely would have ensured he didn’t plow into all those bikers? Sending him back to his home country before he had the chance to do it.

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Scandals Involving Joe and Hunter Biden Are Becoming a Problem and the Media Have Finally Noticed

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Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has an extremely checkered history when it comes to business dealings and ethics. Not so much anything he did in those business dealings, but how he possibly got them. Namely, the implication based on serious evidence is that his father used his influence as Vice President to get Hunter some very lucrative positions in countries like Ukraine and China.

Until now, this has mostly been the domain of right-wing media. That was to be expected as anything that’s harmful to a Democrat is typically buried in the mainstream media.

We’ve now entered a different phase though, as the Democratic primary heats up and the debates start next week. Biden is not currently running against a Republican, he’s running against 20 (or so) other Democrats and those Democrats want to take him down. That means the media can’t just ignore what’s happening in unison anymore.

Case in point, this latest write-up by ABC News, which goes right at the heart of Joe Biden’s scandals involving influence peddling for his son.

In April of 2014, the then-vice president led a U.S. delegation to Kiev tasked with rooting out corruption and advocating for Ukraine to diminish its reliance on Russian oil. The Obama administration had pledged aid money to support a fledgling Ukrainian administration recovering from a revolution that ousted the country’s previous leader.

“You have to fight the cancer of corruption that is endemic in your system right now,” Biden told the Ukrainian parliament during the first of several post-revolution visits to the country. “And with the right investments and the right choices, Ukraine can reduce its energy dependence and increase its energy security.”

Within weeks of his visit, Ukraine’s largest energy producer, Burisma Energy, appointed Hunter Biden to a paid directorship on the firm’s board.

Just months before, in December of 2013, there was a similar episode when the then-vice president led an Obama administration effort to tamp down tensions in the Far East. Hunter Biden disembarked from Air Force Two in Beijing alongside his father, ahead of a series of meetings between the vice president and several high-ranking members of China’s ruling party. Upon his departure, Joe Biden called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “good friend.”

Within weeks of that visit, Hunter Biden was doing business there, as a participant in a firm called Bohai Harvest RST. The corporation formed a novel Chinese-American investment partnership that involved such Chinese state-owned firms as the Bank of China. Reports at the time said they sought to raise $1.5 billion.

The idea that all of that is just coincidence strains belief. The younger Biden was even on the trip to China. Two weeks later he’s getting a lucrative position with a Chinese investment firm that’s partnered with Chinese government owned banks. Come on.

Biden’s issues in Ukraine also go deeper than just his son getting a job out of nowhere. There’s also the admission by Biden that he threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine if they didn’t fire a prosecutor who just happened to be investigating the very firm Hunter Biden was working for.

Here’s the details.

Back in 2016, as The Daily Wire previously reported, Biden pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to replace the country’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin. Biden later bragged in 2018 that he was able to get Shokin removed by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees. Shokin was fired.

What Biden neglected to mention is that at the time he was working to get Shokin fired, the prosecutor was looking into Burisma Holdings, a company that employs Hunter Biden. Hunter’s American based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, also received monthly transfers of more than $166,000 from Burisma from 2014 to 2015. Shokin was investigating these payments, the Wire previously reported.

With Shokin out of the picture, the investigation into Burisma and by extension, Hunter, ended. This kept the issue from affecting Democrats in 2016, specifically, Hillary Clinton’s election campaign. Clinton still lost.

We are again told by the Biden campaign that it’s all just happenstance.

But it’s not just foreign dealings haunting Joe Biden in relation to his son’s actions. This news broke today and could get messy in a hurry.

This stems from a women who gave birth to a child back in 2018. She’s not making this accusation idly or just in the media. She’s going to court and putting the weight of action behind what she’s saying. What the circumstances of the relationship were aren’t really known yet. Did Hunter Biden abandon the mother and child knowingly? Is it even his child? We’ll find out eventually but his past doesn’t do much to absolve him of the possibility. He was revealed as part of the Ashley Madison hack back in 2015, a pro-adultery website. After getting divorced, he dated his deceased brother’s widow and just recently married another woman last month.

If this were a general election, I’d dismiss all this as going nowhere. Noway would our stalwart media allow any of this to take down Biden in a race against Trump. But we aren’t in a general election and there are a lot of 2020 candidates gunning for him who have more liberal credibility with the Democratic primary base. That means the media will end up reporting this stuff and it’s going to get brought up, whether in interviews or in the debates.

Biden’s got a slog ahead of him and things are going to get ugly. Of course, if he makes it to the general election, you can expect all of this to go away very quickly.

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Three Russians and one Ukrainian charged with transporting missiles that brought down passenger flight MH17

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It has been nearly five years since a missile brought down passenger flight MH17 over Ukraine. Today the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced that four people, three Russians and a Ukrainian, would be charged in the disaster which killed 298 people aboard the flight. From the BBC:

The passenger flight was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over conflict-hit Ukraine.

Russia said the accusations against its military were “absolutely threadbare”.

International arrest warrants have been issued for the four suspects and a court case will begin in the Netherlands on 9 March 2020…

The most prominent of the four is Igor Girkin (also known as Strelkov), who prosecutors say is a former colonel in Russia’s FSB intelligence service. He was given the minister of defence title in the rebel-held eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

He is believed to be the highest military officer in the area who was in direct contact with the Russian Federation. In a statement Mr Girkin said: “I can only say that militia did not shoot down the Boeing.”

The three other individuals are Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov, and Leonid Kharchenko. None of the four are accused of directly firing the missile that brought down the plane, but they are believed to have helped transport the launcher that was used from the Russian city of Kursk to its eventual location inside separatist-controlled Ukraine.

Today, the investigative site Bellingcat released a new report identifying 12 individuals involved with transporting the missile launcher to Ukraine. Girkin, Dubinsky, Pulatov, and Kharchenko are among them. Bellingcat released this video explaining how it identified some of the people involved through a combination of recorded conversations and social media clues:

The trial will happen next March, but it’s unlikely any of the accused will be present. As the video above makes clear, Putin has already gone on record denying Russia played any role in the downing of MH17, so he will not be turning over any of his people to face justice. Here’s a Sky News report on the announcement of charges.

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Four to Face Murder Charges in Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

MOSCOW — International prosecutors on Wednesday said that four men, including three with close ties to the Russian military and intelligence, would face murder charges in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine five years ago, killing 298 people.

Fred Westerbeke, the chief prosecutor of the Netherlands, said that the trial would begin in the Netherlands on March 9, 2020. The accused are unlikely to be present, however, since three are in Russia and the fourth is believed to be in the breakaway region in Ukraine.

But investigators said they would seek international arrest warrants for the suspects, and put out a new call for more witnesses.

“This is the start of the Dutch criminal proceedings,” Mr. Westerbeke said.

Three of the suspects are Russian, the investigators said at a news conference in Nieuwegein, Netherlands: Igor Girkin, a former colonel in the F.S.B., the Russian domestic security agency; and Sergey Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov, who have worked for the G.R.U., the Russian military intelligence agency.

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The fourth man, Leonid Kharchenko, a Ukranian, led a separatist combat unit under Mr. Dubinsky.

The charges, based on a lengthy investigation conducted by officials of five countries affected by the disaster — the Netherlands, Malaysia, Ukraine, Belgium and Australia — expands on earlier reports about the Russian hand in the separatist faction in eastern Ukraine that has been fighting a civil war against government forces.

The announcement was the latest development in an already meticulously documented tragedy of the Ukraine war.

The missile that struck Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014, caused the worst single loss of life for civilians during a war that has continued for more than five years. The 283 passengers and 15 crew members on the flight, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Amsterdam, came from about a dozen countries; 193 of the passengers were Dutch.

The long-haul jetliner, a Boeing 777-200ER, disintegrated in the sky, scattering debris and bodies over a large area of sunflower fields and three villages in rural eastern Ukraine.

The United States and other Western governments have already blamed Russia for downing the airliner. At the time, Russian-backed separatists had been targeting Ukrainian spotter planes flying into the war zone from the west at altitudes only several thousand feet lower than that of the commercial air traffic on international routes.

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Russia’s involvement quickly became evident. Several hours before the disaster, The Associated Press reported that its journalists had spotted a sophisticated antiaircraft system in a rebel convoy in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border.

Almost immediately after the strike, the Ukrainian authorities released intercepted cellphone calls between rebel commanders about the missile attack, which they initially discussed as a strike against a Ukrainian military airplane.

Evidence from bystanders’ cellphone videos quickly piled up, showing the missile launcher had come from Russia and was quickly spirited back across the border in a hasty effort at a cover-up. The Russian government has denied any involvement.

A Dutch aviation safety investigation concluded in 2015 that a missile had shot down the plane. The following year, the Joint Investigation Team, formed with prosecutors from Austria, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine, traced the missile launcher’s route from Russia to Ukraine and back.

During shaky truces negotiated to retrieve the bodies, Dutch and Australian emergency workers also found evidence of the attack. They removed missile fragments and plane debris that were used to identify the weapon. The missile, an Sa-11, or Buk surface-to-air missile, was made in Moscow in 1986, prosecutors said.

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Malaysia Airlines 17: What We Know

Fifteen months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing 298 people, investigators released two conflicting reports.

It was always improbable, analysts said, that anyone other than a senior Russian military commander, if not President Vladimir V. Putin, could have ordered the bulky antiaircraft system, mounted on a tracked vehicle, deployed across an international border.

The missile belonged to an active-duty unit in the Russian military, the 53rd Antiaircraft Brigade based in the city of Kursk, the Dutch investigators said. Journalists and independent investigators have since identified several potential suspects by name, linking their voices with those of the rebel commanders heard on the intercepted phone calls released by the Ukrainian authorities.

Bellingcat, a group using-open source materials for investigations, identified one Russian officer as Oleg V. Ivannikov, and said he operated under the pseudonym Andrei I. Laptev and the code name Orion, and another as Nikolai F. Tkachev, a retired three-star general who had used the code name Delfin during the Ukraine war.

The Kremlin has denied any involvement in arming separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine or in shooting down the Malaysia Airlines flight. Any admission of a role in downing the airliner would also concede it was arming separatists in a war that has killed about 13,000 people.

In early 2014, mass protests in Ukraine forced out a pro-Russian president, Viktor F. Yanukovych, opening the door to leaders who wanted to pull away from Moscow and forge closer ties to the West.

That prompted an immediate, drastic change in Russia’s treatment of its neighbor. Within days of Mr. Yanukovych’s ouster, Russia sent troops into Crimea, a part of Ukraine, and annexed it. Weeks later, the separatist war in eastern Ukraine began.

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Trump: “I think I’d take” oppo info from foreign sources

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Welcome to today’s political Rorschach test, in which your political leanings can be determined by whether you answer Russia or Norway. Both come up in this part of Donald Trump’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who asked whether Trump would accept dirt on his political opponent(s) from foreign sources. “I think I’d take it,” Trump said, and offered Norway as an example of a source he wouldn’t turn down. “We’re talking about Russia,” Stephanopoulos answered:

President Donald Trump may not alert the FBI if foreign governments offered damaging information against his 2020 rivals during the upcoming presidential race, he said, despite the deluge of investigations stemming from his campaign’s interactions with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

Asked by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in the Oval Office on Wednesday whether his campaign would accept such information from foreigners — such as China or Russia — or hand it over the FBI, Trump said, “I think maybe you do both.”

“I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” Trump continued. “If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ — oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”

What about calling the FBI, Stephanopoulos asked. What about it, Trump replied:

“The FBI director said that is what should happen,” Stephanopoulos replied, referring to comments FBI Director Christopher Wray made during congressional testimony last month, when he told lawmakers “the FBI would want to know about” any foreign election meddling. …

“The FBI director is wrong, because frankly it doesn’t happen like that in life,” Trump said. “Now maybe it will start happening, maybe today you’d think differently.”

So what’s the correct answer? Ukraine, and for a couple of reasons. First, most people either never knew or have forgotten that Hillary Clinton and the DNC were reaching out to Ukraine for dirt on Trump during the 2016 campaign, only in a much more circumspect fashion, a point which Stephanopoulos fails to mention here. Let’s not forget too that the Steele dossier was also an attempt to use foreign sources for dirt on an opponent; Steele used his own Russian sources to get what now looks like a disinformation folio, manipulated to rattle the election in its own way.

Second, Trump has to consider Joe Biden his most likely opponent in next year’s election, and Biden’s connection to Ukraine politics has already come up in this cycle. Trump is likely hopeful that there’s more where that came from, even if Rudy Giuliani doesn’t collect it in person. With House Democrats trying to dig through his bank records and tax returns, he doesn’t want to take anything off the table.

Still, this is a remarkably tone-deaf argument, especially after the last two-plus years. Team Trump tried to use foreign sources for dirt on Hillary and botched it, creating a disastrous blowback from which Trump is still trying to recover. The Trump Tower debacle alone should have been enough of a learning experience to swear off of that kind of strategy ever again, especially with the same team forming for the next election. The smart answer here would have been, “I don’t need anyone’s help to beat Joe Biden except from good ol’ red-blooded American voters.” How difficult is that to say, even if you don’t necessarily mean it?

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Did Putin throw Maduro under the bus in call with Trump? Pompeo: “Disagreement” on Venezuela

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Vladimir Putin today in Sochi — and that should make Nicolas Maduro very, very nervous. The fate of Venezuela will occupy a significant part of those discussions, as the Maduro regime teeters in the face of a populist uprising led by legislative leader Juan Guaidó. It’s hardly the only item on the crowded agenda, as the Washington Post points out, but it might be the most acute:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in this Black Sea resort city on Tuesday, intensifying a high-stakes round of diplomacy as Moscow and Washington wrangle over a raft of crises around the globe.

Pompeo and Putin will likely square off over Venezuela and Iran, two countries where the United States and Russia are increasingly at odds. They will navigate through a host of other global hotspots — potentially including China, North Korea, Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine — where Moscow and Washington each have their own, often clashing, interests.

And they may face questions over the sustainability of a U.S.-Russian dialogue at a time when many Trump administration critics in the United States say the White House still has not done enough to respond to Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

That sustainability might be weighing on Putin’s mind as well. The Telegraph reported this morning that Putin is ready to make some significant — but not unilateral — gestures to the US in order to improve Russia’s political standing here. The biggest concession might be Maduro, whom Putin reportedly detests, which would allow Russia to extricate itself from an unnecessary complication overseas:

“Vladimir Putin detests Nicolas Maduro,” one Venezuelan source with decades of dealings with Russia told The Telegraph.

“It’s just a question of how to get out of this mess.”

Until recently Russia was thought to have seen Venezuela as a prized geopolitical gem, rich in resources and located at a valuable crossroads, and worth fighting for.

But Mr Putin is believed to have told President Donald Trump during their hour-long phone call on May 3 that he disliked Mr Maduro, and was prepared to negotiate for his departure.

As Robert Heinlein wrote, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, and certainly not with Putin. The Russian strongman won’t give up Maduro without a concrete quid pro quo. He wants a swap that will allow the US to enforce its Monroe Doctrine … as long as Russia can enforce its Putin Doctrine closer to home:

Vladimir Frolov, a Russian analyst and journalist known for his close connections to intelligence services, said that Mr Putin is willing to “give up” Mr Maduro, for the right price.

“Putin specifically mentioned that during his call with Trump,” wrote Mr Frolov. “Withdrawing Russian military support for Maduro should also be matched by the withdrawal of US military assistance to Ukraine.”

Well, isn’t that a conundrum. Which concerns the US more — a failed state in South America that’s creating a growing refugee and humanitarian crisis, or Russian hegemonic expansion in eastern Europe? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that question. The US is trying to moot that choice by default, but not having much luck:

The failure of the uprising has cast new uncertainty on the opposition’s months-long effort to oust Maduro. Guaidó made a surprise appearance with a handful of troops at a military base in Caracas at dawn on April 30 to announce that he had the support of key military units and to call on others to join in the “final phase” of the campaign against the strongman. But the broader military support never materialized, and Maduro’s forces moved against opposition protesters, killing at least four and wounding scores.

While U.S. officials still want Maduro out and say they remain engaged, they now say it probably will take longer than they initially believed. President Trump, meanwhile, has expressed frustration at his administration’s aggressive strategy, complaining he was misled about how easy it would be to replace Maduro with Guaidó, according to administration officials and White House advisers.

Moreno’s backing alone, opposition officials concede, might not have forced Maduro out on April 30. But the plotters were counting on Moreno to provide a vital lever to sway the military to their cause: a legal ruling that would have effectively acknowledged Guaidó as interim president and led to new elections. The fact that it never emerged, they believe, scared off key military and other loyalists.

They portray the chief justice, a former intelligence officer turned lawyer, as an angler with his own ambitions of power. The senior U.S. official confirmed that the version of events described here concurred with descriptions offered to the Americans by the Venezuelan opposition, which had been updating them on the progress of the talks.

With those avenues forestalled, at least for now, Putin’s offer of a trade might look pretty good. Add that to a presidential viewpoint that the US meddles too much abroad and perhaps especially in the former Soviet sphere, and it might make for a rather easy sale. US allies in Europe might balk at the idea, however, especially our NATO partners who might consider Russia an active threat in areas outside Ukraine and closer to home — say, in the Baltic states.

The deal may not be enough anyway. Putin may pull out and keep the terms of such a deal, but China and Iran are also backing Maduro. Would they exit and allow Maduro’s support to finally collapse? Or would they just fill the vacuum left by Russia’s exit and try to secure their own access to Venezuelan oil fields? Perhaps it’s just good enough at this point to know that Putin’s not all that keen on keeping Maduro in place to the bitter end, a revelation that might help change some minds in the military about their own investment in the Maduro regime.

Update: So far, no deal’s been cut on Venezuela, Pompeo just announced. The US thinks Russia should support Maduro’s resignation and hopes Putin “will end” his support for the dictator:

 

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Someone Talked Rudy Giuliani Out of Going to the Ukraine

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I don’t know who talked him out of it but it’s for the best I think.

Rudy Giuliani has decided it’s best not to go Ukraine to personally put his hands in their investigations involving the 2016 election and Joe Biden’s possible corruption. He went on Fox News and let it be known that it was best for him to sit back and watch it unfold.

“In order to remove any political suggestion,” the president’s personal attorney told Fox’s Shannon Bream, “I will step back and I will just watch it unfold.”

Giuliani went on to say he felt he was being setup.

Mr. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, explained that he felt like he was being “set up,” and he blamed Democrats for trying to “spin” the trip.

“They say I was meddling in the election — ridiculous — but that’s their spin,” he said.

I don’t think setup is the right word here. This would have been a largely self-inflicted scandal. The moment he stepped foot in Ukraine, the press articles would have rained down accusing him of colluding with a foreign government to affect the 2020 election. Ironically, that’s exactly what the DNC did during the 2016 election with the former Ukrainian government, but the mainstream media have called a full blackout on that issue.

Politics isn’t fair. The media are hopelessly biased and Democrats will invent misconduct out of think air (see Bill Barr). That means Republicans probably shouldn’t hand them easy fodder. Giuliani going to Ukraine wasn’t going to help anyway. Those investigations are going to happen regardless from what we are hearing.

To be clear, I don’t think Rudy would have been doing anything wrong or illegal but that doesn’t change how it would have been played up. As a general statement though, Rudy should perhaps think about taking some time off. The cluster of an interview above is another in a long list of examples of why he’s not a good spokesman. He’s had numerous major flubs over the past year which have further stoked the collusion and obstruction narratives.

Besides, Hillary already showed us the right way to do this. If you want to garner opposition research from foreign sources, just hire Fusion GPS and funnel the money through a law firm. Then the media will pretend like nothing ever happened.

Actually, I think Trump should do that just to troll them and further expose their hypocrisy.

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Jerry Nadler Shows That Either Irony or His Brain Are Dead or Possibly Both

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It is difficult today to point to the most ridiculous Democrat in Congress. We have at least two, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who are no-sh**, dyed-in-the-wool, Jew-hating, terrorist sympathizers. We have Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who can barely tell her ass from a hot rock but who, apparently, is the thought leader for progressive democrats. We have Eric Swalwell who actually seems to looking forward to killing gun owners if they resist confiscation. Adam Schiff, a man who leaked classified material in a shameless fashion while ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, is permitted on cable news (okay, it was CNN but that still counts) and pontificate about integrity. But clawing his way up to the top of the heap is Fat Jerry Nadler.

No one has ever accused Nadler of being smart or astute, because those would be false accusations. He’s a ridiculous little apparatchik who would be much more at home in the Politburo of some failed socialist state or the New York state legislature (but I repeat myself) than chairing a committee in the US House of Representatives. Did I say ridiculous? You have doubts? See Exhibit A:

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Be that as it may, here he is in action. Apparently, he’s talking about Rudy Giuliani’s abortive trip the Ukraine.

The story there is that Giuliani had planned a trip to Ukraine to encourage authorities to look into the activities of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and Joe Biden’s actions, as vice president, to pressure Ukrainian authorities to ignore what seems like epic fraud.

Here, Nadler, who looks like his blind barber just trimmed him with a WeedEater and with his pants tucked snugly in his armpits is tossed a typical sycophantic, softball question from NBC transcriptionist, Manu Raju. If you’ll recall, Raju is the chump who got punked by Adam Schiff with the story that Donald Trump, Jr. was given a heads-up that Wikileaks was going to publish some hacked emails (see HAHAHA! CNN Gets Burned On Fake Story About Donald Trump Jr. And Wikileaks Email–UPDATED).

First, there is nothing wrong with what Giuliani was going to do and the fact that the Democrats are having a cow over it shows their level of fear.

What Giuliani was engaged in is something that the FBI, were it to take some time out from acting as an in-kind contribution to the DNC and start pretending it cared about law enforcement, should be doing.

Secondly, the Obama administration had no problem at all using a document that was based on Russian government sources, compiled by a British intelligence asset, to start an investigation of the Trump campaign. They had no problem using British and possibly Australian (though both Australians involved seem to be British MI6 assets) to try to get members of the Trump campaign to compromise themselves.

Nadler’s real objection is that the Trump administration seems ready and willing to insist that even prominent Democrats have to obey the law and they know what that would mean.

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Rudy Giuliani Cancels His Trip to Ukraine, Blaming Democrats’ ‘Spin’

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WASHINGTON — Facing withering attacks accusing him of seeking foreign assistance for President Trump’s re-election campaign, Rudolph W. Giuliani announced on Friday night that he had canceled a trip to Kiev in which he planned to push the incoming Ukrainian government to press ahead with investigations that he hoped would benefit Mr. Trump.

Mr. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, explained that he felt as if he was being “set up” by Ukrainians critical of his efforts, and he blamed Democrats for trying to “spin” the trip.

“They say I was meddling in the election — ridiculous — but that’s their spin,” he said.

Mr. Giuliani said on Thursday that he had hoped to meet in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, with the nation’s president-elect and urge him to pursue inquiries that could yield new information about two matters of intense interest to Mr. Trump. One is the origin of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The other is the involvement of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.

The trip raised the specter of a lawyer for Mr. Trump pressing a foreign government to pursue investigations that his allies hope could help him win re-election. And it comes after Mr. Trump has spent more than half of his term facing scrutiny about whether his 2016 campaign conspired with Ukraine’s hostile neighbor, Russia. Mr. Giuliani had planned to leave on Sunday.

Mr. Trump has suggested he would like Attorney General William P. Barr to look into the material gathered by the Ukrainian prosecutors. On Friday afternoon, Mr. Trump intimated he was considering speaking to Mr. Barr about the overlap between Mr. Biden’s diplomacy in Ukraine and his son’s involvement with the gas company.

“Certainly it would be an appropriate thing to speak to him about, but I have not done that as of yet,” Mr. Trump told Politico in an interview. He suggested that he intended to speak to Mr. Giuliani about the matter before the planned trip to Kiev.

After The New York Times published a report about the trip on Thursday, Democrats assailed Mr. Giuliani, accusing him of activity evoking that at the center of the recently concluded special counsel’s investigation.

“Today, Giuliani admitted to seeking political help from a foreign power. Again,” tweeted Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He called the plan “immoral, unethical, unpatriotic and, now, standard procedure.”

Senator Christopher S. Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to the panel’s Republican chairman asking for an investigation of Mr. Giuliani’s activities. Mr. Giuliani’s engagement with the Ukrainians amounted to “private foreign policy engagement,” Mr. Murphy wrote, adding, “I am deeply concerned about the implications of this for United States foreign policy.”

On Friday night, Mr. Giuliani rejected that characterization, asserting in a brief interview, “My only purpose was to make sure the investigation continued.”

The change of plans came as advisers were urging the incoming Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian and political newcomer, not to meet with Mr. Giuliani, according to a person familiar with the conversations.

Mr. Giuliani had requested the meeting with Mr. Zelensky through intermediaries, but it had not been confirmed.

Mr. Giuliani’s foray into Ukrainian politics comes at a delicate moment for the country, which is deeply reliant on the United States for financial and military aid. The current Ukrainian government has sought to distance itself from matters related to the special counsel’s investigation.

Mr. Zelensky is set to take office on June 3.

The investigations had been opened by Ukrainian prosecutors during the term of the country’s current president, Petro O. Poroshenko. He lost his re-election bid last month to Mr. Zelensky, who has said that he would like to replace the country’s top prosecutor, who oversaw some of the matters.

Mr. Giuliani and other Trump allies had been working behind the scenes with the prosecutor to gather information about the investigations.

Mr. Giuliani said he feared he would have been “walking into a trap” had the meeting with Mr. Zelensky occurred. He predicted that it would have been misrepresented by advisers of Mr. Zelensky who have criticized the top prosecutor, singling out a member of Ukraine’s Parliament, Serhiy A. Leshchenko, who has advised the incoming president.

Late last year, an administrative court in Ukraine faulted Mr. Leshchenko for calling attention in 2016 to documents related to earlier work in Ukraine by Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort. The documents, which were first published in The New York Times, led to the resignation from the campaign of Mr. Manafort, who has since pleaded guilty to charges brought by the special counsel related to his work in Ukraine, and is serving a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Mr. Giuliani has called for additional inquiry into Mr. Leshchenko’s scrutiny of Mr. Manafort.

Mr. Leshchenko, who is appealing the Ukrainian administrative court’s finding faulting him, said in an interview on Saturday that the case against him related to the Manafort documents was politically motivated, and not supported by the law. He said he did not advise Mr. Zelensky to skip the meeting with Mr. Giuliani. But he also said that Mr. Giuliani had been “misinformed” by the Ukrainian prosecutor, whom Mr. Leshchenko accused of being “corrupt.”

Mr. Giuliani said the requested meeting with Mr. Zelensky was a recent addition to a previously planned trip to Kiev to deliver a paid speech about Middle East policy to a Jewish group.

On Friday, Mr. Giuliani said that group “felt overlooked” by all of the scrutiny on his efforts to try to advance Mr. Trump’s interests in Ukraine. He said they would reschedule his speech for the fall.

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Giuliani: On second thought, cancel my ticket to Ukraine

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Looks like Ukraine won’t have Rudy Giuliani to kick around next week. Is this a retreat? Not at all, Rudy Giuliani insisted. He just became concerned he was walking into a “trap,” perhaps set by “enemies of the United States” in Ukraine. That won’t end Giuliani’s interest in the investigation, even if it does end his direct participation in it.

“In order to remove any political suggestion,” the president’s personal attorney told Fox’s Shannon Bream, “I will step back and I will just watch it unfold.”

Facing withering attacks accusing him of seeking foreign assistance for President Trump’s re-election campaign, Rudolph W. Giuliani announced on Friday night that he had canceled a trip to Kiev in which he planned to push the incoming Ukrainian government to press ahead with investigations that he hoped would benefit Mr. Trump.

Mr. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, explained that he felt like he was being “set up,” and he blamed Democrats for trying to “spin” the trip.

“They say I was meddling in the election — ridiculous — but that’s their spin,” he said.

Mr. Giuliani said on Thursday that he had hoped to meet in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, with the nation’s president-elect and urge him to pursue inquiries that could yield new information about two matters of intense interest to Mr. Trump. One is the origin of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The other is the involvement of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.

The trip raised the specter of a lawyer for Mr. Trump pressing a foreign government to pursue investigations that his allies hope could help him win re-election. And it comes after Mr. Trump has spent more than half of his term facing scrutiny about whether his 2016 campaign conspired with Ukraine’s hostile neighbor, Russia. Mr. Giuliani had planned to leave on Sunday.

If nothing else, this interview shows why Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani are so simpatico. Both of them speak in stream-of-consciousness monologues; in fact, it’s tough to call this an interview. It comes across as a lightly-interrupted rant, one that leaves Bream nearly breathless. By the time it ends, Giuliani is tossing out a suggestion about taking “executive privilege.” Bream, who at this point was attempting to bring this interview to a close, sputters, “You’re making headlines here,” as Giuliani finally finishes up.

Needless to say, whether this was a retreat or not, it’s a much smarter choice than Giuliani’s original plan to drop in on Kyiv. Regarding his belated concern about “enemies of the United States” in Ukraine, what exactly did Giuliani expect? The situation in Ukraine is extremely complicated politically and militarily, with Russia working very hard to take control of Kyiv again. That’s one reason among others that this was a crazy idea from the start, just as it was nutty for the DNC to attempt to dig up dirt in Ukraine on Donald Trump on behalf of Hillary Clinton. As Bream manages to squeeze into one of Giuliani’s rare breaths, the “optics” of leveraging a foreign government to dig up dirt on the expected 2020 Democratic nominee look pretty ugly, especially in light of the last two years.

It’s not even clear what Giuliani hoped to accomplish. He told the NYT’s Kenneth Vogel that his intent was “meddling in an investigation,” not an election, “which we have a right to do.” Well, maybe, but that would still poison the investigation with power politics and make the results useless. It would also open up suspicions that the Trump administration used the US’ more formal diplomatic might to pressure Ukraine to deliver the desired investigatory results. If Giuliani returned from Ukraine carrying the smoking gun for FBI malfeasance and/or damning information on Joe Biden, just how credible would that information be?

Sometimes, it’s best to just sit back and let things unfold on their own. This is one of those times. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to mean that Giuliani can’t continue to entertain us with these monologues and give news anchors a break from preparing questions.

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