Posts filtered by tags: Volodymyr Zelensky[x]


Sondland: Trump Pressured Me Into Sending That ‘No Quid Pro Quo’ Text

Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union who played a crucial role in President Trump and his lawyer’s Ukraine pressure campaign, told lawmakers on Thursday that he only sent the infamous “no quid pro quo” text because the President repeatedly told him there wasn’t, Politico reported. During his closed-door testimony before the House committees probing impeachment on Thursday Sondland discussed the circumstances surrounding the text. We knew that Sondland spoke to the Trump ...
Tags: News, Politico, Dnc, European Union, Ukraine, House, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Bill Taylor, Gordon Sondland, Sondland, Nicole Lafond, Volodymyr Zelensky, Zelensky

Perry Announces Resignation With Video Called ‘The Coolest Job I Ever Had’

Energy Secretary Rick Perry debuted a saccharine video announcing his impending retirement Thursday, entitled “The Coolest Job I Ever Had.” Set to a score not unlike that of sad animal adoption commercials, shots of Perry in slow motion and fuzzy focus chase each other across the screen. With a wry chuckle he recalls: “You know, from my first day on the job in March of 2017, you welcomed me with open arms, even though you probably didn’t know what to expect from this born-and-bred Texan who’d...
Tags: Energy, Texas, News, Washington, White House, Eu, Ukraine, House, Rick Perry, Kent, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Resignation, Perry, Energy Department, Mick Mulvaney

Trump Repeatedly Told Sondland There Was No Quid Pro Quo In Call Before Infamous Text

Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union who played a crucial role in President Trump and his lawyer’s Ukraine pressure campaign, told lawmakers on Thursday that he only sent the infamous “no quid pro quo” text because the President repeatedly told him there wasn’t, Politico reported. During his closed-door testimony before the House committees probing impeachment on Thursday, Sondland discussed the circumstances surrounding the text. It was already known that Sondland spoke...
Tags: News, Politico, Dnc, European Union, Ukraine, House, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Bill Taylor, Gordon Sondland, Sondland, Nicole Lafond, Volodymyr Zelensky, Zelensky

Why Does One White House Lawyer Keep Coming Up In The Ukraine Scandal?

In a scandal whose reach is getting wider and wider, the role that a top White House lawyer played in the events surrounding President Trump’s Ukraine pressure campaign stands to be a key focus of the impeachment investigation. John Eisenberg — a deputy White House counsel who serves as legal counsel to National Security Council — keeps popping up with growing prominence, as Congress seeks to understand the full extent of Trump’s push for a Ukraine smear campaign against his political rivals....
Tags: News, Congress, Washington Post, White House, Politico, Nbc News, Reagan, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Middle East, National Security Council, Cia, George W Bush, Justice Department, Trump, Tierney Sneed

Energy secretary embroiled in Ukraine scandal reportedly tells Trump he'll resign – live

Rick Perry has told Trump that he intends to resign, reports say, a move that has been anticipated for several weeksSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 9.39pm BST Reports emerged earlier this year that Rick Perry was planning his exit from the Trump administration, but the energy secretary’s embroilment in the Ukraine scandal may have accelerated his departure timeline.Bloomberg News reports:For months, Perry has been paving the way for his likely successor, Deputy Energy Se...
Tags: Energy, Europe, US, European Union, World news, Turkey, US foreign policy, US news, Syria, Ukraine, US politics, New York Times, Rick Perry, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump

Ukrainian energy giant was a focus for Rick Perry and Giuliani associates

In the months leading up to President Donald Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, multiple people associated with Trump, both inside and outside of his administration, were engaged in efforts to change leadership at Naftogaz, Ukraine's geopolitically important state-owned oil and gas company.
Tags: Cnn, Rick Perry, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Trump, Volodymyr Zelensky, Naftogaz Ukraine

How The President’s Lawyer Became Our Shadow Secretary Of State

He has no position in government, but he sure acts like he does. We’re learning, on a near-daily basis, about the ways in which Rudy Giulaini has used official channels to pursue his own interests and those of his clients. And his most famous client, the President, has at times encouraged it. And it’s not just in Ukraine. In 2017, before he officially joined Trump’s team, Giuliani repeatedly urged Trump to eject the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States, the Washington Post re...
Tags: Energy, News, Congress, Washington Post, White House, Eu, Bloomberg, Turkey, Iran, Ukraine, Pennsylvania, United States, House, Rick Perry, Rex, Erdogan

Mulvaney Confirms Trump Held Up Ukraine Aid Over DNC Server Conspiracy

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged Wednesday that President Trump held up military aid to Ukraine over a conspiracy theory about the DNC servers hacked by Russians in 2016. “ Did he also mention to me in passing the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely,” Mulvaney said at a press conference Thursday. “No question about that.” “That’s it, and that’s why we held up the money,” Mulvaney said, citing other factors in addition to the DNC server conspiracy. Trum...
Tags: News, Abc, White House, Dnc, Ukraine, Crowdstrike, Trump, 2016 Elections, Karl, Jonathan Karl, Mick Mulvaney, White House Trump, Mulvaney, Impeachment, Matt Shuham, Russia Trump

Pelosi Picture Just Latest In Trump’s Optics Snafus

President Donald Trump tweeted out a picture from his disastrous meeting with Democratic leadership Wednesday, intending to show “nervous Nancy” Pelosi losing control during their conversation. Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019 The tweet immediately backfired, with scores of political observers asserting that the picture makes Pelosi look commanding and in control, not least because she’s the only clearly vis...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Cnn, House, Erdogan, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Nancy, Trump, Mike Pence, Tayyip Erdogan, Donald J Trump, Pelosi, Tim Dunn, Kate Riga

Trump Directed Perry To Call Giuliani To Learn More About His Ukraine Concerns

Upon his return to the United States after attending the new Ukrainian president’s inauguration, Energy Secretary Rick Perry urged President Trump to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky. But Trump responded by ordering Perry to call his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to better understand why Trump didn’t trust the Ukrainian government, according to the Wall Street Journal. In an exclusive interview with the WSJ, Perry said he obliged Trump’s directive in order to better orchestrate a meetin...
Tags: Energy, News, White House, Ukraine, Hillary Clinton, United States, Rick Perry, Giuliani, Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani, WSJ, Clinton, Trump, Perry, Nicole Lafond, Volodymyr Zelensky

John Bolton ‘Increasingly Likely’ to Get Subpoena From House Democrats

Sergei Gapon/AFP/GettyCongressional Democrats are eyeing for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in their impeachment inquiry, The Daily Beast has learned. The possibility that they issue him a subpoena is “increasingly likely,” according to a source familiar with their thinking. Bolton was President Trump’s national security adviser from April 2018 until last month, when he unceremoniously left the White House. During his time there, events unfolded that precipitated Democra...
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Joe Biden, Ukraine, House, Bolton, Biden, Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Hunter, Afp, Hill, John Bolton, Fiona Hill

Perry, One Of The ‘Three Amigos’ On Ukraine, May Not Comply With Subpoena

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose involvement in the Ukraine scandal is becoming steadily clearer, would not commit Wednesday to complying with a House subpoena related to his role in the scheme. “Listen, the House has sent a subpoena over for the records that we have, and our general counsel and the White House counsel are going through the process right now,” he said on the Fox Business Network. “I’m going to follow the lead of my counsel on that.” Rick Perry won’t say if he’ll comply wit...
Tags: Energy, News, White House, Ukraine, House, Rick Perry, Donald Trump, Fox Business Network, Perry, Bidens, Subpoena, Kate Riga, Volodymyr Zelensky, Zelensky, George Kent, Listen the House

WH Launches Its Own Inquiry Into Why Ukraine Call Was Placed In Top-Secret Vault

The White House has launched its own fact-finding inquiry into the handling of the infamous July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, The New York Times reported. Many White House aides believe the probe is more of an effort to find a scapegoat for the scandal that’s erupted around the call, which has become the basis of the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The review is being conducted by White House lawyers, according to people familia...
Tags: News, White House, Ukraine, House, New York Times, Donald Trump, Trump, John Eisenberg, Eisenberg, Mick Mulvaney, Nicole Lafond, Times White House, Volodymyr Zelensky, Impeachment Inquiry

State Department official testifies White House wanted Rick Perry, 'amigos,' to run Ukraine policy

A senior State Department official told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that in May, he was directed during a meeting organized by acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to "lay low" when it came to Ukraine policy, as it was now being handled by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) told reporters.The official, George Kent, is the deputy assistan...
Tags: Energy, News, Congress, Washington Post, White House, European Union, Joe Biden, Ukraine, House, Rick Perry, State Department, Kent, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Connolly, Volker

In Pushing For Ukraine Dirt, Trump Saw Value In Corrupt Prosecutors

There’s a deep irony in the accusations against Joe Biden that President Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine sought to substantiate. It boils down to this: while claiming that Biden abused his office to corruptly fire a prosecutor whose investigation supposedly threatened his son, Trump found political benefit from two successive corrupt Ukrainian prosecutors, boosting them and allegedly trying to protect one from firing. The two prosecutors — Viktor Shokin and Yuriy Lutsenko — were eventual...
Tags: News, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Gop, Biden, Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani, Clinton, Trump, Sean Hannity, Donald J Trump, Democratic National Committee, Solomon, Bidens, 2020 Elections, Viktor Shokin

John Bolton alerted lawyers about 'hand grenade' Giuliani over Ukraine pressure

The White House's alleged effort to pressure Ukraine so alarmed former national security advisor John Bolton that he alerted a lawyer, his former aide said on Monday, according to US media. Bolton also warned that President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who has emerged as the point man in the president's alleged drive to pressure Ukraine to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, is "a hand grenade who's going to blow everyone up," his aide Fio...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Russia, Nbc News, US, European Union, Joe Biden, Ukraine, New York Times, National Security Council, State Department, Bolton, Biden, Times, Rudy

READ: White House response to letter on executive privilege from former top Trump Russia adviser's attorneys

The White House said it waived executive privilege claims for former top Russia adviser Fiona Hill related to President Donald Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. However, White House deputy counsel Michael Purpura said it had not waived privilege related to "any other diplomatic communications or to deliberative process related to the call."
Tags: White House, Russia, Cnn, Donald Trump, Fiona Hill, Trump Russia, Michael Purpura, However White House, Volodymyr Zelensky

NYT: Former Trump Russia Adviser Objected To Ukraine Ambassador’s Firing

President Donald Trump’s former top adviser on Russia, who testified before three congressional committees Monday, objected “strenuously” to the firing of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, The New York Times reported. Citing a person familiar with Hill’s planned testimony Monday, the Times reported that Hill saw Yovanovitch’s firing as an abuse of the system. The person said Hill would testify that she and others “objected strenuously” to Yovanovitch’s removal. Until recently, H...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Ukraine, New York Times, The Times, Times, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Joe, Trump, Hill, Ms Hill, Matt Gaetz, Fiona Hill

Trump defends Syria policy amid reports of rising violence against Kurds – live

Syrian troops entering the fight against Turkey, raising concerns of more escapes from Isis prisonsSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 2.18pm BST Like Maria Yovanovitch, Fiona Hill will reportedly answer lawmakers’ questions for the impeachment inquiry today under subpoena.Fiona Hill, Trump’s former top Russia aide, is in the Capitol to testify in impeachment probe Hill, 53, a British-born American foreign affairs expert, resigned as Trump’s top Ru...
Tags: Isis, Russia, US, European Union, Turkey, US news, Syria, Ukraine, House, Kurds, National Security Council, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Capitol, Hill, Gordon Sondland

Trump escalated his war on Fox News again, slamming anchor Chris Wallace for his coverage of the Ukraine scandal and comparing him unfavorably to his dead father

Trump said Chris Wallace should characterize a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, now the basis of an impeachment inquiry, as "good."
Tags: News, Ukraine, Fox News, Trump, Chris Wallace, Volodymyr Zelensky

Hunter Biden breaks silence to help father Joe

Hunter Biden, whose business dealings in Ukraine have rocked his father Joe Biden's presidential campaign, broke his silence Sunday to ease pressure on the former vice president. Hunter Biden will resign October 31 from the board of directors of BHR (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Company, his lawyer George Mesires said. Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump after he appeared to abuse his power as president by asking Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to se...
Tags: News, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Joe, Trump, Hunter Biden, Volodymyr Zelensky, George Mesires

The White House accidentally sent Ukraine talking points to House Democrats again

They've done it again.The White House on Friday sent around a list of talking points on Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who testified before Congress as part of its impeachment inquiry Friday. The only problem? The talking points went out to House Democrats, ABC News' Ben Siegel reports.> This appears to be the second time the White House has sent impeachment talking points to House Democrats - this time on Yovanovitch:> > -- Ben Siegel...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Ukraine, House, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Calif, Josh Dawsey, Marie Yovanovitch, Ben Siegel, Volodymyr Zelensky

Inside The Striking Shift In Public Opinion On Impeachment

Over the past few weeks, public opinion on impeaching President Donald Trump has shifted rapidly. It’s been stunning to watch. After evidence spilled into public consciousness about the President’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, voters of all stripes grew significantly more inclined to support an impeachment inquiry against Trump. The shift in public opinion holds steady across three polls put into the field consistently enough to be of use in the tight timeline ...
Tags: News, White House, China, Politico, Ukraine, Cnn, Fox News, State Department, Biden, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Polling, Trump, Reuters, Adam Schiff

Trump Uses Rally To Lob More Attacks Against The Bidens

President Donald Trump on Thursday added more fuel to fire in his escalating attacks against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Trump railed against the Bidens during a campaign re-election rally in Minneapolis Thursday night, during which he called Hunter Biden a loser and floated the idea for a t-shirt that says “Where’s Hunter?” The President launched his latest insults amid House Democrats ramping up their impeachment inquiry spurred by Trump’s infamous July phone call in...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, America, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Ukraine, House, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Hunter, Trump Rally, Bidens, 2020 Elections, Hunter Biden, Summer Concepcion

Here’s The Latest On The Burgeoning Ukraine-Impeachment Story

It’s been a whirlwind week for the Ukraine pressure campaign, and as usual, quite a bit of news broke overnight. We’ve put together a run-down of several minor developments that might have slipped under your radar in the past 18 hours. U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland confirmed through his attorney that he will appear to testify before House committees steering the impeachment inquiry after the State Department blocked his deposition earlier this week. Notably, his attor...
Tags: Europe, News, Washington Post, White House, Russia, Nbc News, European Union, Turkey, Ukraine, Cnn, Fbi, Vienna, Atlantic, House, Associated Press, State Department

Bill Taylor Asked To Testify, Request Likely To Be Met With WH Opposition

Bill Taylor, the veteran State Department official who called freezing Ukrainian aid “crazy,” has been asked to give a deposition before House committees. According to CNN, an interview has not yet been scheduled and will likely draw opposition from the White House and State Department, who have tried to block testimony from other players in the Ukrainian scandal. Taylor became part of the story when Kurt Volker, former special envoy to the Ukraine, release a tranche of text messages between ...
Tags: News, White House, Eu, Ukraine, Cnn, House, State Department, Donald Trump, Taylor, Rudy Giuliani, Bill Taylor, Volker, Impeachment, Sondland, Kurt Volker, Kate Riga

After Fox News released poll that made Trump mad, Barr reportedly met with Rupert Murdoch

Attorney General William Barr and media mogul Rupert Murdoch had a private meeting on Wednesday night, not long after Fox News released a poll showing that 51 percent of voters are in favor of impeaching Trump and removing him from office, The New York Times reports.A person familiar with the matter told the Times the pair met at Murdoch's home in New York. It's unclear if they were joined by others, or what exactly they talked about. Many Fox News hosts are pro-Trump, like Sean Hannity ...
Tags: New York, News, New York Times, Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, Times, Murdoch, Trump, Sean Hannity, Andrew Napolitano, Laura Ingraham, Barr, Shep Smith, William Barr, Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine leader says troops must withdraw before Putin summit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday threatened to call off a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin if all sides do not agree on plans to pull out troops from the east. The country's comedian-turned-leader is gearing up to hold talks with Putin in Paris in an effort to revive a peace process to end the five-year separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. "If there is no pullback (of troops) there is no Normandy summit," Zelensky told reporters, referring to talks with Putin that...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, France, Ukraine, Normandy, Paris, Emmanuel Macron, Volodymyr Zelensky, Zelensky

READ: Rick Perry Subpoenaed In House Impeachment Probe

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been subpoenaed as part of the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry, the committees pursuing the inquiry announced Thursday. In a letter to Perry, the House committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight outlined documents the secretary is required to turn over. Failure to do so, the committees warned, would constitute evidence of obstruction of the inquiry. The extensive document list demanded is partially based on new reporting on Perry’s interactio...
Tags: Energy, News, White House, Ukraine, House, Rick Perry, Trump, Naftogaz, Perry, Rick, Volker, Matt Shuham, Gordon Sondland, Trump EU, Kurt Volker, Volodymyr Zelensky

Gardner Refuses To Say It’s A Bad Thing For Trump To Ask Foreign Gov’t To Meddle

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) refused to say yes or no. When pressed on whether he believes it’s appropriate for the President of the United States to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival — referring to President Donald Trump’s now-infamous July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showing efforts to pressure Ukraine into manufacturing bogus allegations against the Bidens — Gardner failed to give a direct answer following an address at the Colorado Chamber of Commerce T...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Ukraine, United States, House Of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Senate Intelligence Committee, Denver, Al Green, Trump, Gardner, Cory Gardner, Bidens, Cory Gardner R CO