Sen. Joe Manchin told me Trump’s team did a “good job” and are “making me think about things.” He added: “One thing that stuck in my mind is they said there isn’t a witness they have had so far that had direct contact with the president. I’d love to hear from Mulvaney and Bolton”
Spent four years at the State Department. Circled the world twice over with Hillary Clinton.
It’s not daycare. We didn’t carry blank maps. If Pompeo’s staff carry blank maps it’s because he pulls this stunt often.
Give him a blank anatomy chart. See if he can find his balls.
White House claim: Ukraine did not know about the withheld aid until public reporting.
Fact Check: Two witnesses testified Ukraine knew of the hold before it was public. Ukraine’s former deputy foreign minister confirmed to the press that the Ukrainians knew. #TruthMatters
White House claim: Using the WH meeting as leverage doesn't matter, because Trump met Zelensky at the UN.
Reality: Witnesses testified to the significance of an Oval Office meeting, especially for a new leader of a vulnerable nation.
It still hasn't happened. #TruthMatters
White House Claim: President Trump was deeply concerned about corruption in Ukraine.
Reality: In two calls with President Zelensky, Trump does not mention “corruption” at all, only the two specific investigations for his personal political benefit. #TruthMatters
White House claim: Fighting corruption was a priority of US policy in Ukraine
Reality: Trump undermined that policy.
Fiona Hill: "[Sondland] was being involved in domestic political errand. And we were being involved in national security... those two things had just diverged.”
After listening to the President’s lawyers opening arguments, I have three observations:
They don’t contest the facts of Trump’s scheme.
They’re trying to deflect, distract from, and distort the truth.
And they are continuing to cover it up by blocking documents and witnesses.
White House claim: We should out the whistleblower.
• Details of the whistleblower's report have been confirmed by other witnesses and documents
• Trump endangered the whistleblower by calling them a traitor and a spy, and suggesting harsh punishment
White House claim: Trump invited Zelensky to a White House meeting.
Reality: A date for the meeting was never set, although Ukrainians repeatedly pressed for it. The evidence makes clear the meeting was conditioned on investigations. And it still hasn't happened. #TruthMatters