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Trump's Call With Ukrainian Leader, One Day After Mueller's Congressional Testimony, Shows Trump is a Brazen Criminal

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CAREER CRIMINAL DONALD TRUMP just barely avoided prosecution earlier this year when special counsel Robert Mueller pulled his punches and refused to indict the president for either obstruction of justice or campaign finance violations in connection with the Trump-Russia investigation. Mueller's decision not to indict Trump came despite overwhelming evidence in Mueller's own final report that the president of the United States was guilty of a crime.

Most people who survive that kind of legal threat would lie low, at least for a while, and try to get back to some level of normalcy. But Trump is a habitual criminal, and his reaction to escaping Mueller's investigation was to go on yet another crime spree.

In fact, Trump has been acting like a bank robber who beat one rap because of a technicality, and so decides to rob every bank in sight.

In the Trump-Russia inquiry, Mueller was able to prove that the Russian government intervened in the 2016 election to help Trump win. But he never could prove, at least to his own satisfaction, that Trump or the people around him had colluded with Moscow in its election interference. Mueller did show that Trump campaign officials met with Russians in an effort to gather dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and that Trump was guilty of obstruction of justice in trying to make the whole Russian case go away.

But Mueller decided that he couldn't prove that, by asking for opposition research from foreigners, the Trump campaign had violated the campaign finance law that bans accepting things of value from foreigners.

Mueller also built a conclusive case that Trump was guilty of obstruction of justice, based on a series of actions seeking to derail the Russia investigation. But Mueller decided that, since the Justice Department has a long-standing legal opinion arguing that a sitting president can't be indicted, he wouldn't charge Trump with obstruction.

In the end, Mueller didn't indict Trump for anything, and Congress decided not to try to impeach Trump in connection with the Russia probe. On July 24, Mueller testified before Congress about his investigation and final report. After his testimony, the special counsel quietly exited the scene, having let Trump off the hook.

The president was a free man.

SO WHAT DID TRUMP do with his newfound freedom?

The very next day on July 25 he was at it again, this time with Ukraine.

Trump got on the phone that day with the new president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and repeatedly sought his help in an attempt to damage Trump's political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. This time, there was no question, as there had been in the Russia case, about whether Trump directly sought the help of a foreign power to help him win an election. A summary of the call released by the White House on Wednesday proves Trump did exactly that.

The summary is based on notes taken by White House staffers who were listening in on the telephone conversation between Zelensky and Trump. The notes are not an exact transcript, and may soften or omit the most egregious statements by Trump.

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. Shining the torch behind and to the sides, Independent open reporting has Schiff in serious jeopardy himself with, among other skeletons rattling the DNC closets, his close friendship with Peter BUCK..Keen to keep all eyes directed where he wants them to look, but, To Ukraine. Obama's Whitehouse administered the Ukraine coup. Thru NULAND McCAIN USAID in alliance with actual bona fide N a z I Svoboda and Pravvy sector supremacists(does that make them 'unhinged'?). Where 'black lives' most certainly don't matter. Regime change occurs and their men Yats and Poroshenko are installed. Point man BIDEN then flies in on airforce two with recently sacked from the navvy for drug abuse son Hunter. Clear signalling to the oligarchical Khazarin mafia groups that run Ukraine that Hunter is part of the game. Joe actually sits in on the RADA at the time great brutalities and ethnic cleansing of areas of east Ukraine are ramped with, of course, full compliance of USAMO(US-Same Old).(unhinged yet?) it is reported western oil companies- in conjunction with Burisma Holdings, - are keen to exercise FRACKING rights in recently 'cleared' areas.. Hunter, with no apparent expertise at all in the energy field,, goes immediately onto the to board of Burisma representing his homeland buddies in business dealings named as Christopher Heinz, Devon Archer and the nephew of now dead James Whitey Bulger..James(Jnr?) Somewhere in there, three million dollars is reported. A now seriously slandered Prosecutor in Ukraine, actively investigation the corruptions of Bursima holdings, has young Hunter come into view. The prosecutor is fired at the express blackmail of papa JOE., who tries to convince us that the prosecutor was the corrupt one. I suppose, in Joe/DNC/deepstate/swamp world, those seeking truth and justice, ARE the corrupt ones. Which is why Schiff gets to pretend democracy truth and justice on BBCNN, because he, as with the troupe of liars surrounding him, have reversed the polarities first identified by Orwell. Trump may be all you say, But the ignorance displayed in the present partisan methodologies, are the real unhinging of the American consciousness.

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Here we have a reprise of the highly refined (as in over-processed) 'interpretation' of the Bidens' role in what happened in Ukraine that Risen disgorged, without question or pushback from Amy Goodman, on Democracy Now! To believe, one must keep one's eye on the ball as Risen defines it. And plenty doubtless do.

But if you would rather hear a more 'complete' analysis of the brouhaha around Trump's call to Zelensky and what preceded it, including an unredacted transcript of Trump's actual words in the call, provided by Jimmy Dore and Aaron Mate', indulge yourself. If you haven't seen Dore's show watch out--Unrefined info can be disconcerting.

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Is brazen criminality the fruit high up in the tree above the US led genocidal war against Yemen, the Palestinians and just about everyone else except for the moderate head chopping off terrorists? ...Terrorist now redefined at the behest of the ruling elites and paid for through their besmirched US government?

If so why not get that genocidal laden low hanging fruit?

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""The transcript of the call reads like a classic mob shakedown," Schiff wrote on Twitter. "I have a favor to ask Investigate my opponent My people will be in touch. Nice country you got there. It would be a shame if something happened to her.""

That is a fabrication by lyin Adam Schiff. That was never said by Trump. The transcript is available to the public

The call wasn't about Biden. Trump wanted Crowdstrike investigated. And he had a legal right to ask for help.

Trump and Ukraine are bound by law to assist one another in legal matters. Crowdstrike is the target of Trump. Biden is just a side issue.

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https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1177074977348235264.html

By the way, Bill Clinton signed the treaty in 1998

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Was Trump trying to "cover up" anything? Here he is in May, in plain sight:

tter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1178790952196087808

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