The revelation that a Venezuelan trying to beat a US money laundering charge has a tie to the Ukraine scandal should raise more questions about why Gordon Sondland said that his job as EU Ambassador involves policy in Venezuela.
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The government and Joshua Schulte are arguing over whether Paul Rosenzweig should be able to testify as an expert in Schulte's trial. That suggests they're preparing an argument about the specific harms foreseeable in leaking to WikiLeaks.
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This from the extremely good Tom Curran is right:
The Cowboys have won three of their past four after a three-game losing streak that included a humiliating defeat by the Jets (!!!!!?????). Dak Prescott last week ripped the Lions apart, going…
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We can't help wondering if Giuliani handed Parnas the Ballard Partners referral so that the $45,000 finders' fee would act as payment for the work in Ukraine that Trump's defense would require. Also note that reports state Parnas didn't get his payoff from Ballard Partners until 2018, so we are also left to wonder if, in typical Rudy fashion, the finders' fee was arranged long after the client was found.
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The grunts responsible for creating the possibility for Jeffrey Epstein to kill himself are facing serious prison sentences. Bill Barr, who's watching videos rather than fixing systemic problems, is getting off with calling it "a perfect storm of screw-ups."
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First of the day's hearings begin at 9:00 a.m. ET and the second at 2:30 p.m. Gordon Sondland has already thrown a wrench in the works as his written statement appears to burn Bolton, Pompeo, and Trump.
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Today's hearings are already under way, the first scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. ET and the second at 2:30 p.m. Three of the four witnesses heard the July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine's president Zelensky.
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