The Ukraine investigation has exposed more than just impeachable conduct by President Donald Trump; it has revealed large-scale corruption involving the president and many of his top advisers. As former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, the evidence increasingly makes it look like there’s “an organized-crime scheme that works its way throughout the White House.” Public hearings continue to show that Trump’s behavior was not only impeachable but also the exact type of conduct the founders sought to prevent when they gave Congress the power to impeach the U.S. president.
The ‘BLT Team’ at the Center of Trump’s Extortion Scheme Is Linked to Nunes. Why Hasn’t He Recused Himself From the Investigation?
As the House of Representatives moves forward with its impeachment investigation, the circle of apparent co-conspirators keeps growing. We have now heard reports that there was a group of shadow advisers—including President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani; Lev Parnas and his business partner Igor Fruman; attorneys Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing; “occasionally” top Rep. Devin Nunes (D-CA) aide Derek Harvey; and columnist and conspiracy theorist John Solomon—regularly meeting at the BLT Prime restaurant in Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C., to allegedly coordinate their efforts for Trump’s own benefit.
New documents from the State Department and the White House have revealed the true extent of the White House’s attempts to cover up President Donald Trump’s extortion of Ukraine.
Dmitry Firtash, sometimes spelled Dmytro, is a Ukrainian natural gas billionaire who is linked to numerous individuals who have been caught up in the Ukraine impeachment scandal, including Rudy Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. He also recently hired two lawyers close to President Donald Trump in an apparent attempt to curry favor with him as Firtash fights extradition to the United States.
In the search for a defense of President Trump during the impeachment hearings, House Republicans have repeatedly turned to a conspiracy theory that the real collusion in 2016 was Ukraine helping Hillary Clinton, not Russia’s massive interference campaign to elect Donald Trump.
During the impeachment proceedings, congressional Republicans—especially ranking member Devin Nunes—have repeatedly advanced the conspiracy that the real collusion in 2016 was between the Democrats and Ukraine. This theory matches a conspiracy that President Donald Trump appeared to be referencing during his now-infamous call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25.
Evidence is continuing to pile up that President Donald Trump directed the extortion campaign from start to finish. Both testimony and reporting have confirmed over and over that Trump personally orchestrated not only the decision to withhold aid from the Ukrainian government but also the effort to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly announce investigations into Trump’s political opponents.
Another week of testimony and news developments has shown that President Donald Trump’s presidency is a criminal enterprise at heart. In Wednesday’s first public impeachment hearing, Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent detailed Trump’s efforts to extort Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for help in the 2020 election. Meanwhile, Roger Stone’s conviction on seven counts for obstructing the Russia investigation more directly tied the president to collusion in the 2016 election—and suggests Trump may have lied to special counsel Robert Mueller.