There’s an important update to the Rudy Giuliani story I brought you in our Monday Evening Edition. Not only has Giuliani been hit with a demand (!) from Joe Biden that news outlets stop putting him on the air, but the House Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and and Oversight committees have also subpoenaed him for documents related to his contacts with Ukraine. Their chairmen sent a sternly worded letter to him saying, “Your failure or refusal to comply with this letter, including at the direction or behest of the President or the White House, shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the President.”
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They also scheduled depositions in mid-October with three of Giuliani’s business associates: Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman and Semyon Kislin. Oh, and they’ve subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents, to be turned over by Friday. They also demanded that he make five State Department officials available over the next two weeks for depositions. I’m sure Pompeo has lots of spare time these days to accommodate the demands of those power-hungry swamp weasels.
Democrats know they’ve got to act fast and make the most of this “whistleblower” set-up because Giuliani, and, I assume, attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham are sniffing around much too close to what they (the Democrats) did in Ukraine to “collude” with officials there and get damaging "research" on the Trump campaign to tilt the 2016 election in Hillary’s favor. With help from their sycophants in the media, notably The New York Times, they're just starting their effort to shut down Bill Barr, condemning him for contacting foreign leaders when it’s HIS JOB to find out what their intel agents (SPIES) were doing with ours. (It’s also appropriate for Trump to contact foreign leaders to solicit cooperation.) Democrats also have Vice President Mike Pence in their sights as and will use any excuse to go after him. Never mind that the VP who is known to have demanded a quid pro quo from a foreign leader is Biden, not Pence.
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Giuliani, in a Monday night appearance with Sean Hannity --- who will never bow to a “demand” by Joe Biden or anyone else about whom to have on his show --- said the President had a legitimate reason, even an obligation, to ask the Ukrainian president to follow up on allegations against the Bidens. That reason was “substantial...pretty close to overwhelming evidence” that Hillary and the Democrats cooperated with Ukrainians, “with the order coming directly from the White House in January of 2017,” to “dig up dirt” on Hillary’s opponent, “and they did.” Even a Ukrainian court found this.
He pointed to an article in POLITICO pointing out that if he hadn't pursued this in defense of his client, Donald Trump, he’d be guilty of malpractice. (Rudy speculates that POLITICO regrets running the piece, because “they seem to be doing everything they can to cover it up.”) The article, by Kenneth Vogel and David Stern from January 11, 2017, states outright that “Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office...They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election...and they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.”
Giuliani said that the “colluding” by Democrats started two years before the election and ended “pretty much before the Mueller probe was over.” While still gathering evidence to prove Trump’s innocence, he –- as someone who has prosecuted many corruption cases –- was able to connect the dots and see there had been a frame-up, deliberately conducted “at the highest levels of our government,” and also “a colossal pay-for-pay scheme at the highest levels of the Obama administration, eerily similar to the Clinton Foundation’s completely corrupt behavior, in which the Clintons sold her office of Secretary of State for millions. In this case, the Bidens sold his office for millions.”
I'll assume you've seen GHOSTBUSTERS and say that Giuliani, by uttering this, “crossed the streams,” meaning he unleashed an incalculable response. No wonder Biden and the Democrats are pulling out all the stops to get Rudy off the air. (It’s even worse that he comes armed with documentation.) This is also why the Democrats are suddenly pushing forward very quickly, using the oratorical and legal equivalent of an electron microscope to enlarge small, normal communications into something huge and malignant-looking enough to convince gullible American that Trump really did conspire, that he didn’t legitimately win and must go. Every bit of this narrative is a lie.
Giuliani again mentioned the fired Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, the one who signed a sworn affidavit about what the Bidens and the Obama administration did to stop the investigation of Burisma in Ukraine. Shokin, said Giuliani, wants to testify under oath and is ready to say face-to-face to Biden, “You corrupted my country. You got me fired on false pretenses, and then you had the case against a corrupt company dismissed.”
According to Giuliani, the accusations of corruption leveled against Shokin don’t ring true. Typically, the corrupt officials live high on the hog –- just like many corrupt “public servants” here in America, I might add –- but Shokin lives simply, Rudy says, “in a little cottage.” The man is also “scared out of his mind,” because there are dangerous people over there who might not want him to tell his story.
Jay Sekulow, speaking with Sean Hannity on Monday night, had a good observation: Giuliani was subpoenaed for documents, not for his testimony, because THEY DO NOT WANT HIM TO TESTIFY. Sekulow said that Giuliani knows more about this case than they do, “and you don’t put up a witness that has more information than you do.” Besides, can you imagine Rudy on the stand talking about this? It would be spectacular. In fact, I would love to see that.
Giuliani says he’s “weighing the alternatives” on whether or not to testify. Of course, in some areas of questioning there are issues of attorney-client privilege, which are supposed to apply even to Donald Trump. Rudy will gather all the evidence that he accrued as Trump’s lawyer during the Mueller probe --- he says he’s even got audio and video recordings he’d like to use, if they’ll allow it --- and then he’ll decide how to proceed. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if he just had the floor for a couple of hours to go through what he had? Come on, Senate Republicans.
I’ll link to Giuliani’s HANNITY segment, but first, look who Joe and Hunter Biden were golfing with in August of 2014. It was Devon Archer, who had, like Hunter, joined the Burisma board in April. Joe has said he “never” spoke to his son about his overseas business dealings. How likely do you think it is that the three of them didn’t discuss the Burisma gig while they were there?