These Were Rogue Operators – Trump Was Not Involved

These Were Rogue Operators – Trump Was Not Involved

“I came to realize that I had first-hand knowledge regarding certain events on July 26 that had not otherwise been reported and that those events potentially bore on the question of whether the president did in fact have knowledge that those senior officials were using the levers of diplomatic power to influence the new Ukrainian president to announce the opening of a criminal investigation against President Trump’s political opponent.”

David Holmes
Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Ukraine
(11/21/19)


“Ambassador Sondland placed a call on his mobile phone, and I heard him announce himself several times along the lines of Gordon Sondland holding for the President. It appeared that he was being transferred through several layers of switchboards and assistance, and I then noticed Ambassador Sondland’s demeanor changed and understood that he had been connected to President Trump. While Ambassador Sondland’s phone was not on speaker phone, I could hear the president’s voice through the ear piece of the phone.
“The President’s voice was loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume. I heard Ambassador Sondland greet the President and explained he was calling from Kiev. I heard President Trump then clarify that Ambassador Sondland was in Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland replied, yes, he was in Ukraine and went on to state that President Zelensky ‘loves your ass.’ I then heard President Trump ask, ‘So he’s going to do the investigation?’
“Ambassador Sondland replied that, ‘He’s going to do it,’ adding that ‘President Zelensky will do anything you ask him to do.’ Even though I did not take notes of these statements, I have a clear recollection that these statements were made.”

David Holmes
Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Ukraine
(11/21/19)


“Everyone was in the loop.”

Gordon Sondland
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
(11/20/19)


For more info, visit Trump-Ukraine Central


– rob rünt

Trump Said Emphatically “No Quid Pro Quo”

Trump Said Emphatically “No Quid Pro Quo”

“He [President Trump] said, ‘I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I just want Zelensky to do the right thing, to do what he ran on.’”

Gordon Sondland
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
(11/20/19)


Republican’s on the House Intelligence Committee have tried to make much of this, as did President Trump, claiming that this was proof positive that the President had done nothing wrong.

Tweet-Sondland

However, the conversation between Sondland and Trump that resulted in that quote happened on September 7, 2019 – before which, several relevant events had already occurred, including:

  • August 12:  Whistleblower complaint is filed.
  • August 26:  Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson sends a letter to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire describing the Whistleblower complaint, saying that it “appears credible” and is a matter of “urgent concern.”
  • September 2:  A reporter asks Vice President Pence publicly to give definite  assurance that there is no connection between the withheld Ukraine aid and an investigation into the Bidens.
  • September 3:  A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators sends a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney expressing “deep concerns” about the withheld Ukraine aid. 

“During our meeting, during our call on September 8th, Ambassador Sondland tried to explain to me that President Trump is a businessman. When a businessman is about to sign a check to someone who owes him something, the businessman asks that person to pay up before signing the check. Ambassador Volker used the same language several days later while we were together at the Yalta European Strategy Conference.”

William Taylor
Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
(11/13/19)


Fiona Hill:  “It was very apparent to me that that was what Rudy Giuliani intended, yes – intended to convey that Burisma was linked to the Bidens, and he said this publicly repeatedly.”

Mr. Goldman:  “And Mr. Holmes, you also understood that ‘Burisma’ was code for ‘Bidens’?”

David Holmes:  “Yes.”


“The delegation then met with President Zelensky and several other senior officials. During the [July 26, 2019] meeting, President Zelensky stated that during the July 25th call, President Trump had “three times, raised some very sensitive issues” and that he would have to follow up.”

David Holmes
Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Ukraine
(11/21/19)


For more info, visit Trump-Ukraine Central


– rob rünt

Who Testified in the House Impeachment Hearings?

Who Testified in the House Impeachment Hearings?

Who Testified?


DAY 1: Wednesday, November 13, 2019


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William Taylor
Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
Full Transcript of Testimony
(Called to testify by Democrats on House Intelligence Committee)
Relevance:

  • Witnessed an official and unofficial channel of US diplomacy in Ukraine
  • Was on June 28, 2019 interagency phone call with Zelensky, Sondland, Volker, and Perry
  • Was on July 18, 2019 NSC conference call where OMB staffer said that Ukraine aid was being withheld by Trump.
  • Attended July 26, 2019 meeting with Zelensky and Volker
  • Attended September 5, 2019 meeting with Zelensky an US Senators Johnson and Murphy
  • Communicated with Volker and Sondland numerous times

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George Kent

Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Eastern Europe and the Caucuses
Full Transcript of Testimony
(Called to testify by Democrats on House Intelligence Committee)
Relevance:

  • Had knowledge of activities by Rudy Giuliani

DAY 2: Friday, November 15, 2019


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Marie/Masha Yovanovitch

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine
Full Transcript of Testimony
(Called to testify by Democrats on House Intelligence Committee)
Relevance:

  • Had direct knowledge of the change in U.S. policy toward Ukraine
  • Was fired by Trump Administration on advice from Giuliani and former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko

DAY 3: Tuesday, November 19, 2019


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Jennifer Williams

Official at the State Department detailed to Vice President Mike Pence
Full Transcript of Testimony
(Called to testify by Democrats on House Intelligence Committee)

Relevance:

  • Was on April 23, 2019 congratulatory phone call from Pence to Zelensky
  • Was on July 25, 2019 phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky.
  • Attended a September 1, 2019 meeting between Pence and Zelensky in Poland

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U.S. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

National Security Counsel Ukraine Expert, Director for European Affairs
Full Transcript of Testimony
(Called to testify by Democrats on House Intelligence Committee)
Relevance:

  • Produced Trump’s preparation materials for April 21, 2019 congratulatory call with President Zelensky was on that call.
  • Attended the inauguration of President Zelensky as part of the presidential delegation led by Secretary Perry.
  • Attended July 10, 2019 meeting with Oleksandr Danylyuk, then Ukraine’s National Security Advisor in Washington DC with National Security Advisor Bolton, Ambassadors Volker and Sondland, and Secretary Rick Perry.
  • Was on July 25, 2019 phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky.

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Kurt Volker

Former US Special Envoy to Ukraine
Full Transcript of Testimony
(Called to testify by Republicans on House Intelligence Committee)

Relevance:

  • Had knowledge of activities by Rudy Giuliani
  • Led July 2, 2019 meeting in Toronto with Zelensky
  • Attended July 10, 2019 meeting with Oleksandr Danylyuk, then Ukraine’s National Security Advisor in Washington DC with National Security Advisor Bolton, Ambassador Sondland and Secretary Rick Perry.

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Tim Morrison

White House Senior Director for European Affairs
Full Transcript of Testimony
(Called to testify by Republicans on House Intelligence Committee)
Relevance:

  • Replaced Fiona Hill at NSC

DAY 4: Wednesday, November 20, 2019


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Gordon Sondland

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
Full Transcript of Testimony
(Called to testify by Democrats on House Intelligence Committee)
Relevance:

  • Donated $1 million to President Trump’s inauguration fund
  • Was actively involved in efforts to convince Ukraine to investigate Biden’s and Crowdstrike (despite his official role not covering Ukraine)
  • Spoke directly with President Trump about investigations

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Laura Cooper
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia
Full Transcript of Testimony


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David Hale

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Full Transcript of Testimony


DAY 5: Thursday, November 21, 2019


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David Holmes

Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Ukraine
Full Transcript of Testimony
(Called to testify by Democrats on House Intelligence Committee)
Relevance:

  • Had firsthand knowledge of efforts by Giuliani and Lutsenko to oust Ambassador Yovanovitch
  • Had other knowledge of activities by Rudy Giuliani
  • Overheard July 26, 2019 phone call between President Trump and Gordon Sondland during lunch with two other staffers
    • Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP

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Fiona Hill

Former White House Adviser, Former Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs
Full Transcript of Testimony
(Called to testify by Democrats on House Intelligence Committee)
Relevance:

  • Interacted regularly with U.S. National Security Adviser John. Bolton and Gordon Sondland
  • Attended July 10, 2019 meeting with Oleksandr Danylyuk, then Ukraine’s National Security Advisor in Washington D.C with National Security Advisor Bolton, Ambassadors Volker and Sondland, and Secretary Rick Perry.

For more info, visit Trump-Ukraine Central


– rob rünt