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originally posted by: Gryphon66
originally posted by: Irishhaf
a reply to: Gryphon66
quid pro quo
[ˌkwid ˌprō ˈkwō]
a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something.
Honest question, how is this not the core of diplomacy, darn few countries in history have ever done something just because its the right thing to do...
That’s what Mulvaney said.
It’s what I’ve said.
I’m not sure about your question.
originally posted by: carewemust
originally posted by: CrazyFox
a reply to: Gryphon66
Is this better
Burisma investigation already started
That's HUGE! Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
Volker says he met Lutsenko in 2018, but that he disbelieved the allegations: “Ukraine has a well-deserved reputation for rampant corruption. Nonetheless, I believed that these accusations by Mr. Lutsenko were themselves self-serving, intended to make himself appear valuable to the United States, so that the United States might weigh in against his being removed from office by the new government.
Per Solomon, “Kholodnytskyi, the lead anti-corruption prosecutor in Lutsenko’s office, confirmed to me in an interview that part of the Burisma investigation was reopened in 2018, after Joe Biden made his remarks.” Kholodnytskyi said, “We were able to start this case again… [But] we don’t see any result from this case one year after the reopening because of some external influence,” citing problems with a separate Ukrainian agency that he said was dragging its feet in gathering evidence.
(May 2014) Twitter is abuzz with questions about the involvement of Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter with a gas company in Ukraine. The company, Burisma, allegedly appointed Hunter Biden to its board of directors.
In late April, around the time the vice president made an official trip to Ukraine, Burisma allegedly appointed Devon Archer, one of Hunter Biden’s business partners, to its board as well. Here’s a brief write-up on the story from the Moscow Times, an English-language news service based in Russia.
These dual announcements raise more questions than they answer. The prominence of the individuals involved — Hunter Biden is the vice president’s son, while Devon Archer was a major bundler for John Kerry and also his stepson’s college roommate — raises the question of whether the entire thing awry.
originally posted by: Sillyolme
The only people who are going to be called are the people who can answer to this Ukraine phone call and the attempt to extort the Ukrainian president. The trying to get the dirt. Not the fake dirt he was trying to get.
Zelensky spoke at a daylong event with media inside a Kiev food market, and said he believes the transcript released by the White House is accurate and that he knew the U.S. had withheld $400 million in military aid due to concerns about corruption and concern for American "taxpayer money." But the issue, he said, was never linked to Trump's desire that Kiev rekindle an investigation into an energy company with ties to former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.
"There was no blackmail," Zelensky said. "They blocked this money and nobody asked us [for] anything,"
I have asked at least 15 people now to please quote from the transcript where there is quid pro quo and it's strange that not one person can quote it for me.
originally posted by: Sookiechacha
Trump isn't being impeached because of his, so far, unfounded conspiracy theories. He's being impeached for trying to force a foreign government into legitimizing his conspiracy theory, to help him in this 2020 reelection bid.
If Republicans think they can derail the impeachment hearings, to try to force the House of Representatives to legitimize Trump's excuses for violating his oath of office, I think they are in for a disappointment.
Kostiantyn Kulyk, deputy head of the Prosecutor General’s International Legal Cooperation Department, told me he and other senior law enforcement officials tried unsuccessfully since last year to get visas from the U.S. Embassy in Kiev to deliver their evidence to Washington.
“We were supposed to share this information during a working trip to the United States,” Kulyk told me in a wide-ranging interview. “However, the (U.S.) ambassador blocked us from obtaining a visa. She didn’t explicitly deny our visa, but also didn’t give it to us.”
By Max McGuire/ 11/12/2019/ Impeachment, Today's Action Alerts
When the House of Representatives voted to formally authorize their impeachment 'inquiry,' they promised that Republicans would be able to call witnesses during the public hearing. But there was a catch: Rep. Adam Schiff (R-CA) had to approve all of the GOP's witness requests.
Over the weekend, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) sent a list of people the GOP wants to hear from. The list included Adam Schiff himself and the so-called whistleblower — suspected to be CIA employee Eric Ciaramella. Those were expected.
But the rest of the witness list was surprising. Of course, Republicans want to talk to Hunter Biden. But they also want a man named Devon Archer to testify. Archer also served on the board of the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. He is the man on the left of the picture above, shown golfing with both Joe and Hunter Biden.
What did Adam Schiff do? He rejected all of these witnesses. He will not allow them to testify at all.
This whole impeachment investigation is a sham and the GOP is just going to let it continue on…
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: ElectricUniverse
Rudy had to go get the evidence against DNC/Hillary, because deep-state Obama/Hillary sympathizers in the State Department and the DOJ wouldn't accept it.