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Dispatch October 8, 2019

Trump’s Extortion Isn’t Up for Debate—He Already Did the Deed

President Donald Trump’s accomplices know they can’t defend his public calls for Ukraine and China to investigate his political opponents. Instead, they’re claiming that he wasn’t serious and that his comments were just a joke or a way of “trolling” his detractors and the media. But Trump’s extortion of Ukraine went far beyond rhetoric. He didn’t just threaten repercussions if Ukraine didn’t do what he wanted; he actually delivered, diverting U.S. foreign policy to advance his personal political goals. The quid pro quo already happened.

Dispatch October 3, 2019

The Extortion Scandal Comes to Pence

Vice President Mike Pence is going all-in defending President Donald Trump on the Ukraine scandal, seconding Trump’s calls for a bogus investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. That’s probably because Pence knows he is also deeply implicated in the president’s effort to extort Ukraine.

Dispatch October 2, 2019

Bill Barr Has Been Trump’s Hatchet Man. Is That Finally Catching Up With Him?

Attorney General Bill Barr has reportedly been flying all over the world, pressuring foreign leaders to help him “investigate” (read: discredit) the origins of the Russia investigation. This is an abuse of power by the attorney general, who is using the power of his office and taxpayer funds to help Trump’s personal political ambitions. It’s also a national security risk, destabilizing our relationships with allies’ intelligence agencies.

Dispatch September 27, 2019

How Donald Trump tried to cover up his extortion campaign against Ukraine

Donald Trump has allegedly been running an extortion campaign against Ukraine and a complex cover-up to keep the public in the dark about his shocking abuse of power. The whistleblower complaint and the Acting DNI’s testimony indicate that there was a clear playbook for how to obscure Trump’s actions — and pressure Ukraine to go along with Trump’s version of events.

Dispatch, Explainers September 26, 2019

Trump-Ukraine Fact Sheet

Over the course of almost a year, Rudy Giuliani, a private citizen serving as a personal lawyer to Donald Trump, allegedly pushed the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation into one of Trump’s most prominent potential political opponents and pursued a conspiracy theory about work done by Trump’s convicted former campaign manager Paul Manafort. These efforts are detailed in a partially-redacted whistleblower complaint that was released to the public on September 26, 2019. Giuliani has called the complaint “total nonsense” and denied all wrongdoing.

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