Giuliani’s call was a precursor to the infamous call where Trump pressured Zelensky, a move that led to Trump’s first impeachment trial. The fact of Giuliani’s call was already known, but the audio clearly shows the pressure.
“All we need from the president [Zelensky] that is, I will put an honest prosecutor in charge, he will investigate and unearth the evidence, which currently exists and is there any other evidence on the implication of the 2016 elections, then l ‘Biden case must be exhausted, “Giuliani said, according to the audio.” … Someone in Ukraine has to take this seriously. “
The new audio shows how Giuliani aggressively coaxed Ukrainians into obeying Trump’s orders. And it undermines Trump’s oft-repeated claim that “there was no quid pro quo” where Zelensky could garner U.S. government support if he did political favors for Trump.
The call was one of the first rounds in Trump and his allies’ multi-year quest to damage Biden and reverse the 2020 electoral process – by soliciting foreign interference, by lying about electoral fraud, by attempting canceling the results and inciting the death January 6 assault on the Capitol.
A catalog of anti-democratic activities. This latest clause, in which they line up examples of Trump’s pre- and post-election attempts against Biden, represents a chronicle of undemocratic subversion.
Sullivan said Biden promised Zelensky on Monday that he “will stand up firmly for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and aspirations as we move forward.”
Zelensky told Axios last week that Biden’s decision to let Russia proceed with the pipeline would be a victory for Putin and Moscow.
Biden sees his presidency as a pivotal moment in world history as democracies clash with autocracies, like China and Russia, where a small group of leaders consolidated power and crushed the opposition.
Biden’s list of reproaches to Russia is very long and includes:
- his interference in the presidential elections,
- the disinformation spread online from there that is supposed to create havoc in the United States,
- cybercriminals operating from there and threatening US fuel and food supply lines with ransomware demands,
- human rights violations against opposition leaders,
- American citizens detained in Russia.
In March, Biden told Good Morning America that Putin would pay the price for his election interference and told George Stephanopoulos he believed Putin was a killer.
Biden said he once said to Putin across the way, “I don’t think you have a soul.”
Putin’s response, according to Biden, was: “I think we understand each other.”
“Strategic stability. “ Now they will face each other as opposing leaders, but Biden seeks stability above all else, Sullivan told reporters.
“Ultimately what we’re looking to do is have the two Presidents send a clear signal … to their teams on issues of strategic stability so that we can make progress on arms control and other nuclear areas reduce tension and instability in this aspect of their relationship, ”Sullivan said.
Also, what America stands for. Here’s more from Sullivan: “And second, being able to look President Putin in the eye and say, ‘This is what America expects are. This is what America stands for. This is what America stands for. that America is everything. ‘ We believe this is an essential aspect of US-Russian diplomacy because President Putin is a unique type of personalized leader and having the opportunity to come together at a summit will allow us to manage this relationship and uphold the values. Americans in the most efficient manner.
Trump’s subversion continues. Representative Liz Cheney, the congresswoman from Wyoming stripped of her leadership role by House Republicans, made a provocative remark on CNN’s Ax Files podcast.
“When he says our system isn’t working… when he suggests he’s, you know, incapable of conveying the will of the people, you know, that somehow he’s failed – that’s the same things the Chinese government says about us, ”Cheney continued. “And and it is very dangerous and damaging… and it is not true.”
The death knell for the voting bill. West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin doesn’t necessarily oppose the franchise bill Democrats want Congress to pass. He just wants bipartisanship. This is a prerequisite for his vote, let alone his support to bypass the systematic obstruction. Which basically means the voting bill is dead. And it can mean the same for Biden’s wish for a massive infrastructure bill.
“The truth, I would say, is that partisan voting and electoral reform will virtually ensure that partisan divisions continue to deepen,” he wrote.
His faith that Republicans will be prepared to work with Democrats is, I think, contrary to recent history of minority Republicans, but we’ll see.
Manchin: Yes, this process can be frustrating and slow. It will force compromises that are not always ideal. But consider the alternative. Do we really want to live in an America where a party can dictate and demand anything and everything it wants, when it wants it? I’ve always said, “If I can’t go home and explain it, I can’t vote for it. And I can’t explain strictly partisan electoral reform or blow up Senate rules to speed up a party’s platform.