A reporter and founding board member for news web site The Hill has posted on Scribd an affidavit signed Sept. 4, 2019, by former Chief Prosecutor Viktor Shokin of Ukraine, stating the details of his departure from the top cop position in April 2016 after pressure from then-president Joe Biden. John Solomon posted the document on Scribd.
In it, Shokin details meddling by the United States into Ukraine’s justice system, specifically trying to prevent a Ukrainian oligarch from returning home as well as pressuring then-President Petro Poroshenko to fire his former ally on false pretenses.
By contrast, a reporter for the Washington Post was able to run across Shokin’s replacement at a hotel in Kyiv. Yuriy Lutsenko’s interview yielded the enlightening headline: “Former Ukraine prosecutor says Hunter Biden ‘did not violate anything.’ “ The article reveals that Lutsenko actually met with Trump attorney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in New York City in January while on vacation with his son, he reportedly told the Post. He had previously “cast doubt” on the younger Biden’s actions in Ukraine, stated the Post today, citing no sources.
Photo: In the film "Raiders of the Lost Ark," once Indiana Jones brings the Ark of the Covenant to America, the U.S. government locks it away in a crate marked "top secret." When Jones asks his government handler what will happen to it, the man says, "We've got top men working on it right now." "Who?" Jones demands. "Top men," he replies.
Top secret. That is the description we've been hearing from the top men running our counterintelligence investigations. "I'm sorry, that's classified." It's gotten to the point where everything is classified, and very little makes sense. Now It seems that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, led by co-chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), are ignoring warnings from the Department of Justice and Democrats, and are getting ready to vote to release some secrets about top men that may be potentially damaging to their reputation and the procedures they followed (or lack thereof).
On August 28, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched in Washington and delivered his landmark speech: "I Have a Dream." The speech is a history lesson in itself, a time capsule that reveals the longings of the American people for justice and brotherhood, and the recognition that the nation was not yet there -- that injustice remained, that police brutality existed, that many African Americans were isolated in poverty in a nation of plenty. Not only was it a history lesson, but a reminder to us now how true reform works -- not by "gradualism," not by "physical force" but by "soul force."
Read and listen to the speech here. The full text is transcribed below.
Well, one good thing has already come out of the Russia story. Americans are finally turning away from binge watching fictional TV long enough to find about the death of Sergei Magnitsky in a Russian prison in 2009 -- and what it means for global politics.
Magnitsky was investigating alleged tax fraud by Russian company Prevezon Holdings and several Russian officials, leading all the way to Vladimir Putin.
Last Thursday, Magnitsky's former boss, William Browder, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the whole tragic affair and its intense aftermath as it is still playing out in our nation's capital.
Social media platforms Twitter and reddit were buzzing with news Wednesday morning. Not anything substantive, just news about the latest outrage that has hijacked our political stage.
Apparently, a CNN reporter contacted Han_Asshole_Solo, the reddit user who made the original video of Donald Trump taking down the CNN logo (which at the very least gave Trump the idea for the video... since there was no audio on the original video).
And it's been reported that the original video's creator has a history of racist posts. What I'm seeing is that out of fear of his identity being revealed, he is apologizing for his racist posts in the past.
Joint decision had 3 dissenters, and it’s not who you’d think
By TATIANA PROPHET
After a clumsy rollout, a restraining order, widespread airport protests, a “politically correct” redux, the firing of the acting attorney general and two preliminary injunctions upheld by courts of appeals – the highest court in the land ruled Monday that the President has the right to bar entry to the United States for purposes of national security – with one big exception: if the entrant has a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
While Trump declared victory on Twitter and claimed the decision was 9-0, the decision was actually a “per curiam” one, traditionally used when SCOTUS agrees to hear a case later or makes routine decisions – and no voting is declared. It's important to note, however, that Justice Clarence Thomas in his dissent, noted the decision was unanimous.
By Tatiana Prophet email@example.com Updated 9/26/2019 6:27 pm CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Hunter Biden joined the Burisma board in April 2016. It was actually April 2014. Back to Facts regrets the error.
The phone call with new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is meaningless – until you sort through what’s actually going on in Ukraine.
Ukraine has had its ample share of political violence, scandal and even poisoning (see the famous poisoning of Viktor Yushchenko during the Orange Revolution of 2004). With an ideal climate for farming, Ukraine was long the breadbasket of Europe. As such it has been periodically overshadowed and menaced by Imperial Russia and Soviet Russia. To read articles out of context, it appears the political retributions have no end in this country. No wonder they elected an outsider recently, TV personality Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Here is a brief summary of the situation with Joe Biden, best told by the former vice president himself. On January 23, 2018, Biden appeared at an event held by the Council on Foreign Relations.
”Wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest have jumped this year, with 72,843 fires detected so far by Brazil’s space research centre INPE, as concerns grow over right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policy.”
Reuters actually ran a correction on the story, qualifying the “record fires” statement with an added “since 2010.” Other articles stated “since record keeping began.” But many sites carried the original story, and in the case of Euro News, the error is still up. So is Emmanuel Macron’s tweet below, which contains a photo from 1999. (Celebrity Jaden Smith shared a photo from 1989).
Sound the alarm, Russia interfered in all 50 state election systems, say Senators from both political parties in the Senate intelligence committee. But the evidence is all redacted. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. You can read the report here.
So the day after Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Intel and Justice committees, and the day that Mitch McConnell has blocked not one, but two election protection bills, this news hits:
The Senate Intelligence Committee has reached a bipartisan report stating that Russia interfered in the 2016 election "in all 50 states." But it's heavily redacted at the request of "the intelligence community," according to The New York Times in their urgent headline:
"Election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, a Senate report said, showing a more far-reaching effort than previously known."
Well, The New York Times finally got its Trump tax bombshell — ten years of ‘tax transcripts’ and boy, does it make him look like a loser.
There’s just a small detail: developers in New York City and around the country suffered tremendous losses right in the middle of the relevant time period. But there’s no context to The Times’ report; it focuses squarely on Donald Trump. And what a loser he is. This is not to suggest that Trump made great decisions through that decade; but in his testimony to Congress in November 1991, he discusses making decisions based on one set of rules, and then with the tax cut of 1986, the wealthy whose taxes were slashed had no incentive to invest in real estate, he told the panel (see video below).
If we could only see how broken the FBI’s instant background check system is because it’s not funded properly. Most of the shooters of the last decade obtained their guns by passing a background check because their records were not transmitted to the FBI — due to a backlog nationwide, and privacy concerns in the mental health field.
When American soldiers killed in battle return home, they lie in state, draped in the flag of our country.
On this Memorial Day 2018, as every American honors our fallen soldiers and the ultimate sacrifice they made, we assign a certain intensity to the meaning of respect for the flag and peaceful protest.
Especially on this day, as we take a break from the punishing modern rush hour, and we hopefully sit for a moment with our thoughts, we are reminded of the division in our own house. I’m speaking of the proverbial house of our nation, and in many cases, our own families, laid bare by the seismic change that was the 2016 election.
She didn’t kill the night and she didn’t kill the tradition; what Michelle Wolf killed on Sunday night was the frustration of half the country.
Frustration that has formed a collective nightmare since November 8, 2016. Frustration for those who are appalled and horrified with each new day that a coarse, brutish business man with an ill-fitting suit is living in the White House and steering the ship of state. They are so appalled that they will not watch him speak, or speak his name. So the moniker 45 has been a way to cope, to deal with the daily effrontery of his predictable bravado, his juvenile nicknames, and his senior citizen tangents. Every word he has uttered toward or about a minority is evidence of his endemic racism, misogyny and superiority.