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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 02:33 PM

New testimony links Rep. Devin Nunes to Trump's Ukraine scandal through Mueller memo author

Stunning new details of Col. Alexander Vindman’s testimony to the House impeachment inquiry yesterday just revealed a direct link between the Ukraine scandal and House Republicans, inevitably via the intelligence committee ranking member and infamous Trump toady Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).

Col. Vindman serves on the National Security Council (NSC) as its Ukraine subject matter expert, and after returning from a trip to Kyiv with Energy Secretary Rick Perry to meet that country’s newly elected President Zelensky this past May, he was prepared to report to the President that the new leader would be a solid reformer.

However, NSC staff diverted the Colonel from meeting with Trump, and the reasons why quickly became clear.

Former House Intelligence Committee Counsel Kashyap Patel, who served as an aide to Rep. Nunes (R-CA) and has no experience or expertise in Ukrainian affairs, was hired by the White House in February and then apparently inserted himself as an imposter NSC expert, taking Col. Vindman’s role.

https://occupydemocrats.com/2019/10/30/new-testimony-links-rep-devin-nunes-to-trumps-ukraine-scandal-through-mueller-memo-author/

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Reply New testimony links Rep. Devin Nunes to Trump's Ukraine scandal through Mueller memo author (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Oct 31 OP
Kid Berwyn Oct 31 #1
Cha Oct 31 #2
triron Oct 31 #3
lagomorph777 Oct 31 #7
erronis Oct 31 #13
dem4decades Oct 31 #17
Garrett78 Oct 31 #9
Bayard Oct 31 #4
MarcA Oct 31 #5
riversedge Oct 31 #6
Captain Zero Oct 31 #8
Eyeball_Kid Oct 31 #15
Farmergene Oct 31 #10
lastlib Oct 31 #12
volstork Oct 31 #11
Owens Oct 31 #14
Scurrilous Oct 31 #16

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 02:35 PM

1. Kashyap Patel

Testimony: Nunes acolyte misrepresented himself to Trump as Ukraine expert

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman also testified on Tuesday that the National Security Council staffer, Kash Patel, fed the president disinformation about Ukraine.


https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/30/nunes-acolyte-misrepresented-himself-to-trump-as-ukraine-expert-061763

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 02:37 PM

2. KR!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 02:39 PM

3. Nunes was in on the conspiracy. Needs to resign. Way more serious than anything Katie Hill may

have done. But don't worry, he won't.

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Response to triron (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 03:37 PM

7. Devil Nunes will see this in 2020 ads.

He is so fucked.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 04:25 PM

13. Not to worry. Daddy Money-Bags will take care of poor little Nunes.

He'll end up in one of those beltway think-tanks with an impressive title and more salary than his prior income (Rep salary and tax-free donations/bribes.)

Makes me wonder how they can print so much money for so many repuglicons.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:29 PM

17. He represents a district that sucks. He won reelection even after his

Blind loyalty to Trump. They're just shitty Americans. You give them too much credit.

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Response to triron (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 03:50 PM

9. Because Democrats have scruples and Republicans have rubles.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 02:44 PM

4. Actual NSC Ukraine expert shut out of meetings to make room for Devin Nunes' fake expert

From Daily Kos:
When Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman went in to testify before the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, Donald Trump tweeted a complaint about testimony from people he “never heard of.” It may seem strange that Trump didn’t even recognize the National Security Council’s Ukraine expert, who had taken part in multiple White House meetings and listened in on Trump’s calls with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. However, it turns out there’s a good reason that Vindman didn’t seem all that familiar to Trump: One of Rep. Devin Nunes’ pals had been pretending to be the White House Ukraine expert. And officials kept Vindman away from Trump because the presence of the actual expert might “confuse him.”

Vindman was one of those who listened in on Trump’s first call to Zelensky in April and, after both Trump and Mike Pence refused to go, was part of the much-reduced team that attended Zelensky’s inauguration in May. As Politico reports, Vindman was prepared to brief Trump when he returned from Kyiv … but that never happened.

“At the last second,” Vindman said, he was told to stay away from the meeting. The reason he was steered away was that Nunes staffer Kashyap Patel had already “misrepresented” himself to Trump as the NSC’s expert on Ukraine, even though he had no background, no expertise, and no experience to make that claim. But Patel’s pretend position, which he had used to dip into secure intelligence information, had already made him a Trump favorite. So the genuine Ukraine expert was shut out in favor of the fraud.

Patel had previously been best known for deliberately leaking intelligence documents to help Nunes undermine the Russia investigation. At the White House he became another of what turned out to be a series of “unofficial channels” Trump opened up with Ukraine. Trump had Rudy Giuliani running around Europe with a pair of indicted “associates” provided by a fugitive oligarch. He had the “three amigos” of Rick Perry, Gordon Sondland, and Kurt Volker badgering Ukrainian officials for investigations. And Trump had Patel ferrying raw intelligence data to the Oval Office and providing his own, completely uninformed spin on what was happening on the ground.

The idea that Donald Trump should shut out real experts in favor of a White House con artist is … completely expected.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/10/30/1896106/-Actual-NSC-Ukraine-expert-was-shut-out-of-meetings-to-make-room-for-fake-expert-via-Devin-Nunes?detail=emaildkre

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 02:55 PM

5. Some of these diversionary stunts by Congressional rethugs

appear to be efforts to save their own guilty selves.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 03:03 PM

6. And this same Patel is the lawyerwho drafted the #Nunes Memo"!!

The #TrumpSwamp just keeps getting stinkier!!

https://occupydemocrats.com/2019/10/30/new-testimony-links-rep-devin-nunes-to-trumps-ukraine-scandal-through-mueller-memo-author/


.......This isn’t the first time Kashyap Patel has made an infamous appearance in Trump’s propaganda machine; he’s the attorney who drafted Rep. Nunes’ infamous propaganda memo at the House Intel Committee, which he then very publicly pushed the White House to declassify.


The “Nunes memo” was a dud, but it became a key part of President Trump’s war with the Justice Department last year, which in turn led him to release top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance warrant against a former Trump campaign aide who traveled to Russia with campaign permission. That FISA warrant has become a cornerstone of GOP propaganda since then.

It was obvious that yesterday’s testimony by the decorated Iraq-veteran officer’s testimony was crucial, owing to his being the first actual participant in Trump’s July 25th “I need a favor” phone call to Ukrainian President Zelensky to testify.

But Colonel Vindman’s sworn statements to the impeachment inquiry explain that when Patel departed Congress for the White House, he somehow stepped into the chain of command on the National Security Council ahead of a sworn military officer just to prevent conflict with President Trump.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 03:47 PM

8. I don't think Patel was there just "to prevent conflict"

I think that could be one reason and it could be the cover. But he was a mole for Nunes and for Russia too. If not directly then indirectly.

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Response to Captain Zero (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 05:44 PM

15. So Nunes is a Russian agent.

Trumpy is a Russian agent. Flynn is a Russian agent. Manifort is a Russian agent. Giuliani is a Russian agent. The two Ukraine goons are Russian agents.

Nothing to see here, folks.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 04:04 PM

10. But why...

What's to gain by putting a poser in place of the real deal?

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Response to Farmergene (Reply #10)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 04:23 PM

12. The same question Hillary C. asks every stinkin' day!

Why did America pass up the REAL deal in favor of a total fraud?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 04:17 PM

11. Of course it does.

Corrupt as the day is long...

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 04:51 PM

14. Is this legal?

Impersonation? Lying on resume? False security clearances?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 05:53 PM

16. ...

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