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Whoops--Too Late, the White House Tries to 'Recall' Ukraine Talking Points Emailed to Democrats

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The Trump administration can't get out of its own way.

Its complete meltdown over House Democrats' decision Tuesday to open a formal impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump is evident in its carelessness in conducting simple tasks.

Amid the growing furor over Trump's treasonous conversation with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the White House inadvertently sent congressional Democrats talking points intended for Republicans.

As Politico and the Washington Post reported, the White House sent Democratic lawmakers an email with the subject "What you need to know" detailing ways to spin the incriminating summary of the telephone call between the two presidents, including insisting Trump was well within his constitutional authority to pressure Zelensky into investigating a political opponent, and spinning the story in an attempt to appear as though the actual scandal rests in former Vice President Joe Biden's "corruption."

After realizing the error, the White House sent a retraction.

Too late.

The screenshots were already on Twitter.

The Trump administration's ineptitude verges on the risible.

That is until we stop to consider that these are the people "in charge."

They are in charge of our relationship with foreign neighbors, our infrastructure, health, education, military--our democracy.

The sooner we chuck these incompetent buffoons, the better.

 

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What comes after "surreal"???

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U.S. House, Senate & President are the only jobs for which there are no requirements. Compared to Donald T., Chance, the Gardener, was a genius.

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"I would like you to do us a favor," (Trump) went on to urge him to investigate Ukraine's possible involvement in the 2016 U.S. election and to speak with Giuliani about former Vice-President Joe Biden's role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor."

We're in upside-down land. Investigating Joe Biden's crimes is itself criminal? Why?

Rather than talking about Obama/Biden financing neo-nazi terrorist militias (Svoboda) firebombing Kiev with molotov cocktails, and Biden installing his son to pillage gas industry profits after the flames went out, the problem is Trump asking the Ukrainians to investigate what happened?

This is absolutely absurd. It's not a crime to ask foreign leaders to investigate crimes. That's free speech, first amendment, and arguably a part of the job of being president. This ridiculous ploy is so transparent and so without ethical grounding it's shocking.

Obama and Biden and NED and the US state department supported the illegal coup in Ukraine, which led to a war that killed 10,000 Ukrainians. But that's not the impeachable offense. Talking about it apparently is.

The hypocrisy is sickening, and a bunch of Dems' brains seem to have melted.

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I'm with you, Joe. Why is it irrelevant that VP Biden extorts Ukraine to remove a prosecutor investigating the gas company associated since the 'coup' with his son, but hair-on-fire unconscionable when President Trump extorts Ukraine to investigate that? Both threats may have been odious, but Biden's strongarming utterly stinks.

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