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Dispatch December 19, 2019

President Trump’s Yearlong Obstruction of Congress

It’s official: The House of Representatives has impeached president Donald Trump. Now, Americans are demanding a real trial: More than 70 percent of Americans—including almost two-thirds of Republicans—want top administration officials such as former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify. 

Dispatch December 11, 2019

What the Articles of Impeachment and the Horowitz Report Tell Us About Trump’s Guilt

The House Judiciary Committee has introduced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, for abusing his power and obstructing Congress. The House of Representatives has been able to move so quickly because President Trump got caught red-handed: His extortion scheme was discovered and exposed before it could be completed. Meanwhile, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the Russia investigation suggests that, had the FBI been more thorough in its investigation, Trump might have been caught red-handed in 2016 as well. Instead, the FBI proceeded with such extreme caution that it appears to have undermined subsequent efforts to investigate the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia.

Dispatch December 11, 2019

Rick Perry’s Under-the-Radar Role in the Ukraine Scandal

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, one of the highest-ranking participants in the Ukraine scandal, has so far managed to escape significant scrutiny through the impeachmeint inquiry. But while he may not be as much of a lighting rod as Mulvaney, Giuliani, or Trump himself is, he nonetheless deserves a closer look.

Dispatch December 6, 2019

The Ukraine Investigation Exposes the Breathtaking Scope of the Trump Administration’s Corruption

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.

Dispatch December 4, 2019

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.

Dispatch, Explainers November 25, 2019

Dmitry Firtash: The Oligarch at the Center of the Ukraine Scandal

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.

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