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You got it. Only the bottom of the barrel for our man Rudy!

The ones who have a grudge with Biden for messing with their schemes.

The media should be pointing this out every. single. time. the name Biden comes up in this context.

There is no bar too low for Rudy G.

There is no bottom of the barrel. Read the Wapo article if you can get past the paywall. It's a goodie.

Unlike a lot of the other articles found when searching on 'Rudy Giuliani Andriy Derkach,' WaPo isn't glibly labeling Derkach as a 'Ukraine lawmaker' while soft pedaling his KGB connections and making his claims and Giuliani's activities sound normal.

For instance, if this is what most people are reading, they are definitely missing the real story:

Ukrainian tells of Giuliani meeting in Kyiv

Reuters does better than a regurgitation of mushy talking points, and adds some additional interesting tidbits:

Ukraine lawmaker met Giuliani to discuss misuse of U.S. taxpayer money in Ukraine

Derkach has previously disseminated information about Hunter Biden and Burisma that Giuliani has cited as evidence in his criticisms of the Biden family.

In the same Facebook post, Derkach also said that he and a lawmaker from Zelenskiy’s party had invited several senior figures in Washington to help form the interparliamentary group on corruption.

These included Republican Representative Devin Nunes, White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

The U.S. embassy was not immediately available for comment.

Giuliani’s trip coincided with an apparently unconnected visit to Kiev by Philip Reeker, the acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.

Crooks and Liars gets right to the point:

Whose Payroll Is Rudy Giuliani On In Ukraine?

Rudy is visiting with KGB-trained (corrupt) former head of Ukrainian intelligence services Andriy Derkach to hatch a cover story about Hunter Biden in Ukraine in order to protect Trump, and ratfck Biden. But no one knows who is paying him for all of this activity. [snip]

"Nominally he's representing the President of the United States, and he's going there to collect reporting for this counter narrative that they've tried to spread about Joe Biden, about Ukrainian influence in the election," Foer said.

"But the people that he's meeting with in Ukraine on the ground are representatives of oligarchs," he told Lawrence. "They're some of the more shady politicians in the country."

The Independent mostly agrees with C&L and gives yet more context to how idiotic this junket is:

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani continues mysterious Ukraine adventures

While an official presidential seal is absent this time around too, many in Kiev assume that the lawyer is once again in town on Mr Trump’s bidding. And that makes the timing of the intervention particularly suspect.

On Monday, Paris will play host to what many bill as an historical four-way summit between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany.

Five years into a bloody war that has killed over 13,000, Mr Zelensky is desperate to talk up peace. But it will be his first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin and not everyone is convinced he can achieve a breakthrough.

Given the delicate circumstances, it is unclear why Mr Trump sent such an odd message four days before the meeting.

“No one was expecting his messenger here,” the independent expert Volodymyr Fesenko said.

“But it likely won’t make much of a difference. Zelensky is too busy with other things right now than to deal with Trump and Giuiliani's games.”

Sorry to go on and on, but I am furious that Rudy is free to blunder overseas with no regard to how his actions affect Ukraine or US-Ukraine relations (FARA, anyone?) much less how obvious it is that he is fabricating a tissue of lies to interfere in yet another election. With few exceptions, US media is doing a piss poor job of actually covering this story. Wapo is one of the news outlets at least bothering to try, so thanks for posting this, mia.

He keeps posting selfies with his cronies like it's no big.

Somebody arrest this asshole. I don't care if it's in Ukraine or the US, I just wish somebody would shut this fool down.

"There was no plan, clearly." Exactly.

This points out that there was an egregious lack of training, as well as a lack of leadership. At the very least, every single one of those officers should be harshly reprimanded and put through proper training again along with some kind of probation period.

The police chief should be out of there. There's no excuse for what looked like every officer within radio signal distance showing up in a vest with a drawn gun. There didn't seem to be any protocol or discipline involved.

I don't think much accountability is going to happen, sadly. At worst, I've seen headlines calling this, 'dramatic.' The cops are hedging about who shot whom, saying it's going to be a 'complicated investigation.' When they are investigating themselves, that sound a bit disingenuous.

I know we must have DU members who are police or involved in law enforcement, and I know it's a voluntary job that can be extremely dangerous, adrenaline is a thing, etc. I'm not going to say that all police suck or whatever, but it is obvious that law enforcement in this country has some serious problems with how they perceive their role in society, as well as how they perceive the people they are supposed to be protecting. In this event, it really shows and it is ugly.

Hey, Tucker! What's wrong with Putin?

Trump officials are offering $5 million for information that leads to the arrest of Yakubets, the leader of Evil Corp. Authorities say he drives a Lamborghini with a license plate that reads "Thief" in Russian. [snip]

Officials say Evil Corp. developed and distributed a type of malware that infected computers around the world and harvested banking credentials in order to steal some $100 million.

The malware software was known as Dridex, which automated the theft of confidential information from banking customers after someone clicks on a phishing email, according to officials with the Justice and Treasury departments.

Investigators believe that the Russian government may have been complicit in the criminal enterprise.

"It's simply inconceivable that an organization like this can steal that amount of money from that money places using a distributive malware like Dridex without the Russian government being well-aware of those activities," a senior Treasury officials said.


Also NPR needs copy editors, jeez.

The only time I have watched Tucker Carlson on purpose... and enjoyed it immensely:

Within months, Crossfire was off the air. The bow ties have gone away as well.

Tucker Carlson is still with us, unfortunately, and still a hack. Always has been. Now he's so thoroughly jumped on the right wing bandwagon, he's supporting a level of partisanship that borders treason. It's vile, but it's no surprise and I am glad to see people calling him on it. I do wish the likes of Jon Stewart would put him in his place on the air, on his own show. Again.

The article made me very sad. People deserve respect, just because.

They deserve to be healthy, happy, and whole, just because. For me, the article is a stark reminder that two of Roosevelt's Four Freedoms are freedom from want and freedom from fear. I miss presidents who talk about such positive things and try to make them real for everyone... instead of puffing themselves up and destroying everything they touch.

Fascinating article. Rudy wants to spin reality - again. Note the channel mentioned.

Giuliani, Facing Scrutiny, Travels to Europe to Interview Ukrainians

President Trump’s personal lawyer has been in Budapest and Kyiv this week to talk with former Ukrainian prosecutors for a documentary series intended to debunk the impeachment case. [snip]

The European trip was organized around the filming of a multipart television series featuring Mr. Giuliani that is being produced and aired by a conservative cable channel, One America News, or OAN.

The series, the first two installments of which have already aired, is being promoted as a Republican alternative to the impeachment hearings, including Ukrainian “witnesses” whom House Democrats running the inquiry declined to call. Some of the Ukrainians interviewed by Mr. Giuliani were sworn in on camera to “testify under oath” in a manner that the network claims “debunks the impeachment hoax.”

Mr. Giuliani was joined in Budapest by an OAN crew, including the reporter hosting the series, Chanel Rion, who conducted an interview in the Hungarian capital with Mr. Lutsenko, according to someone familiar with the interview.

One America News is bad news.
The other conservative news network Trump keeps tweeting about, explained
One America News Network has quickly become one of Trump’s favorites. The feeling is mutual.

How One America News sells an altered reality to voters who dream of wealth
OAN's calm misinformation campaign sells Trump as a rich, brave hero under siege to viewers aspiring to be like him.

Oldie but goodie along the same lines

Republicans on Russia trip face scorn and ridicule from critics at home July 5, 2018

Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) led the eight-member delegation on a multiday tour of St. Petersburg and Moscow, a trip that included meetings with Russia’s foreign minister and parliamentarians. It did not include a session that senators had been hoping for: a meeting with Putin, whom President Trump is scheduled to meet at a summit this month.

Joining Shelby were Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.).

Members of the delegation set off on their trip late last week promising to be tough with Russian officials ahead of the president’s visit, especially on matters of election interference. But they struck a conciliatory tone once there: The point of their visit, Shelby stressed to the Duma leader, was to “strive for a better relationship” with Moscow, not “accuse Russia of this or that or so forth.”

It played well in Moscow, but not on the home front. [snip]

Others pointed out that while the delegation was in Russia, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report finding Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election with a clear preference for helping Trump defeat former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Only one of the delegation participants, Kennedy, sits on a congressional panel that has looked into the Russia probe.

Yep. They will have to flip or recuse. There is no other way to get the job done.

To expect Senators to suddenly change their minds because it's the right thing to do is unrealistic in this political climate. To go to all the trouble of starting the impeachment process with no plan to combat that seems quixotic. Well, here's the other piece of the puzzle on how to get a more honest vote in the Senate: root out those who are complicit.

I've been swinging back and forth emotionally between "Yay! It's finally happening!" and "This is going to be a lot like Fitzmas, isn't it?" given the Senate situation. This just goes to show that more than one crowd in town can play the long game. It seems Pelosi, Schiff & co. have a long game set up and they are just getting started.

I'm back on the "Yay! It's finally happening!" train today.
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