To prove Trump wasn't targeting his opponents for investigation, Republicans are targeting his opponents for investigation.
Will SaletanThe GOP's self-refuting impeachment strategy:
1. Trump's pressure on Ukraine was about fighting corruption, not about investigating Biden and the Democrats.
2. We demand that the hearings become an investigation of Biden and the Democrats.
In the run-up to the 2016 election, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage,...
Will SaletanLater, discussing vandalism against Confederate monuments, Miller writes: “What do the vandals say to the people fighting and dying overseas in uniform right now who are carrying on a seventh or eighth generation of military service in their families." 2/2
Madagascar has little obvious strategic value for the Kremlin or the global balance of power. But Russians were there during an election, offering bribes, spreading disinformation and recruiting an apocalyptic cult leader.
Guests: Matt Gaetz; Mark Penn, Kevin McCarthy, Lindsey Graham
Will Saletan"This is a calculated coup," says Kevin McCarthy on Fox. "We are watching [@RepAdamSchiff] orchestrate a takedown of a president, after we just celebrated 30 years of taking down the Berlin Wall."
Will Saletan"Shortly before Sept. 9, Bolton had relayed a message to the State Department that the funding could go ahead."
That's *before* Atkinson's 9/9 letter notifying Schiff of the WB complaint.
Which confounds the theory that the letter forced the aid release.
Republicans say the president wanted to clean up Ukraine. Witness testimony shows he didn’t.
Will SaletanYovanovitch pressed Ukraine to crack down on corruption. Trump and Giuliani responded by ousting her. Shokin failed to prosecute corruption cases. Trump and Giuliani responded by attacking Biden for demanding that Shokin be replaced.
Will SaletanA May 23 letter from the Department of Defense certified Ukraine’s compliance with the anti-corruption requirements for getting military aid. Trump ignored the letter and blocked the aid anyway.
Will SaletanIn private, Trump made clear that when he spoke of Ukraine’s corruption, he meant behavior that threatened him personally. “He kept saying that over and over,” Sondland recalled. “They tried to take me down. They tried to take me down.”
Months before President Trump pressed Ukraine’s newly installed president to investigate Joe Biden’s son and alleged 2016 U.S. election interference, two associates of Rudy Giuliani urged Ukraine’s prior president to announce similar probes in...
Will SaletanTo those who say no quid pro quo was completed:
1. Giuliani, Parnas & Fruman met with Lutsenko.
2. Parnas & Fruman requested announcement of probes of Burisma/2016.
3. Lutsenko told media he was opening a probe of 2016 and had evidence on Biden/Burisma.