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Sun Sep 29, 2019, 08:29 PM

Note to the Impeachment Investigators: Trump Rarely Acts Alone

President Trump’s assaults on democracy are rarely solo endeavors. His schemes often entangle, by chance or by choice, an array of accomplices, enablers, observers and victims — many of whom will need to be heard from as House members begin investigating the Ukraine scandal as part of the impeachment inquiry announced last week.

“There is a whole host of people apparently who have knowledge of these events,” Representative Adam Schiff of California, who is spearheading the inquiry as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Thursday. Fortunately, said Mr. Schiff, the complaint filed by the administration whistle-blower provides “a pretty good road map of allegations that we need to investigate.”

Indeed it does. Among the many persons of interest in this investigation: whichever White House and State Department staff members who were listening in on Mr. Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky; those who subsequently received a readout of that call; and those involved in the effort to “lock down” the record of it. The lines of inquiry quickly spiral. But here are a few notable figures — in addition, of course, to the whistle-blower himself — who could prove particularly useful to House investigators.

Rudy Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal attorney/fixer. As the point person on the push to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Mr. Giuliani likely knows more about the origins, scope and details of the effort than almost anyone. Some of the more targeted mysteries he could shed light on include: When and from whom did the president first get the idea to pressure Ukraine? How did Mr. Giuliani first become involved? Was he being paid for his work, and if so, by whom?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/29/opinion/impeachment-inquiry.html

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northoftheborder Sep 29 #1
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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 08:53 PM

1. I can see a constitutional crisis as a possibility.....

So far, Trump has prevented anyone in his realm from testimony; what changes now? Can't he just order people to stay quiet and not cooperate?

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 09:32 PM

2. At $25000 a day and possible jail time...

Yes, the Con can ask...

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Response to pbmus (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 09:44 PM

3. It's not like they'll pay anything.

They refuse, continue to rack up the fines, never pay, never answer for jack shit.

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 29, 2019, 09:51 PM

4. Well, that is not up to the Con...

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