Trump ordered Energy and State Department officials to deal directly with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine.
President Donald Trump directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and two top State Department officials to deal with his private attorney Rudy Giuliani when the Ukrainian President sought to meet Trump, in a clear circumvention of official channels, according to two sources familiar with the conversation.
Trump’s push to have Giuliani as gatekeeper is more direct than what was previously disclosed by one of the meeting’s participants in his statement to the House last week. It also further demonstrates how significant Giuliani was in brokering access to the President regarding Ukraine policy and in passing messages to other administration officials.
If there were any remaining questions about Trump avoiding impeachment, this news should seal his fate. Rudy Giuliani wasn’t leading the scheme to force Ukraine to investigate Biden. Donald Trump was. Trump directed members of his administration to work with his personal lawyer on the Ukraine scam. House Democrats already have direct evidence of Trump’s involvement in the scheme from the phone call transcript that the White House released.
Trump was directing the shakedown of Ukraine to get them to investigate Joe Biden.
Ukraine is different from previous Trump scandals and investigations because there is direct evidence of Trump’s involvement. Trump already tried to blame Rick Perry, and that went nowhere. Trump is caught, and his leadership of the Ukraine plot should seal his fate on impeachment.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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