Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is grilled by the Nashville NBC affiliate about whether he met with Rudy Giuliani when they were both in Warsaw in February. Pompeo wilts, but refuses to answer:
One of the things we’ve learned, or perhaps have had confirmed, over the last 36 hours is just how dependent Rudy Giuliani is on Bill Barr’s rules at the Justice Department in order to evade investigative scrutiny and possible indictment.
Before we get to the news this morning I want to thank everyone who made our TPM event in New York last night possible. First I want to thank our special guests Aditi Juneja, Waleed Shahid, Leah Greenberg and Lara Putnam. My only regret is that we didn’t videotape Aditi’s presentation and our panel on the Next Democratic Party so we could share it with members around the country who couldn’t attend in person. I felt more like an attendee than a moderator and host since I was so interested in what each had to say.
Happy Friday, October 11. Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch may or may not be testifying on Capitol Hill today. Here’s more on that and the other stories we’re watching.
When I hopped in a cab this morning to make the half-hour trek to the federal courthouse in Alexandria for the court appearance of Lev Parnas and Igor Furman, I figured I was in for a reunion of sorts.
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Late Update: Our team won’t cut it out with the great pieces. Be sure to see Tierney’s report from the court house, a first look at former Rep. Pete Sessions’s (R-TX) role in the scandal, how today’s news shifts the picture of the larger Ukraine extortion story, while we’re at it who are Rudy’s business partners, and what was the pot racket they had going on the side.
We’re expecting Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman to make their first appearance in court early this afternoon.
Tierney Sneed is at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia — the same courthouse in which Paul Manafort’s trial took place. She’s not allowed a phone inside but will have updates as soon as possible.
Did we mentioned that Parnas and Fruman are also part of the legal representation of Donald Trump? Well, yeah … they are.
It’s important part of the Parnas/Fruman indictment story. The two men are now represented by former Trump lawyer John Dowd. Only days ago Dowd told congressional investigators that his clients would not cooperate in their impeachment inquiry. But beyond that blanket resistance, he said that there were specific issues that would make any discussion of cooperation take a long time untangle. The key one was attorney/client privilege. With the client being the President of the United States.
As we know, Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden among other things, has led to an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives.
But did you know that it’s Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s fault?
Updated Oct. 9, 2019.
The past few weeks have been a firestorm of new details concerning the intelligence community whistleblower and the subject of his complaint: An attempt by President Donald Trump to pressure the government of Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden, son of Trump’s leading Democratic rival Joe Biden.
To truly understand the story, we need to go back a few years. Here’s how we got to where we are today.