So Trump Finally Gets An Ukrainian Investigation!

But surprisingly for President Trump and the White House…they won’t be looking into anything related to the Bidens. Nope! Instead they will be looking into allegations that US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was under surveillance by associates of Rudy Giuliani with the full knowledge and consent of the president.

U kraine has opened a criminal investigation into allies of President Trump, following reports that they had the United States ambassador under surveillance while she was stationed in Kyiv, the Ukrainian government said on Thursday.

The move was a remarkable departure from past practice for the new government of President Volodymyr Zelensky, which has tried hard to avoid any hint of partisanship in its dealings with Washington.

And those included in this trick bag?

Well…Rudy, Devin Nunes, Bill Barr, Mike Pence, the president? There’s a lot of speculation around all of the parties who might be involved.

Stay tuned for impeachment inquiry part 2!

And when is someone finally going to throw a net over Rudy Giuliani? He seems to be up to his eyeballs in any number of nefarious activities…most importantly, working on foreign policy without portfolio.

The Narcissist in Chief: She wouldn’t hang my picture in the embassy

In his continued effort to distract from the impeachment testimony and to discredit those testifying, the president said that he had to fire former ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, because she refused to hang his portrait in the US Embassy. But given the mindset and memory of the president, we can all call bullshit here, and of course here’s the real story:

“She wouldn’t hang my picture in the embassy,” Trump said. “She is in charge of the embassy. She wouldn’t hang it. It took like a year and a half or two years to get the picture up.

But it appears the White House may be to blame for the delay in getting Trump’s picture hung inside the embassy in Kyiv.

In September 2017, eight months after Trump took office, the Washington Post reported that federal agencies were still waiting for the official photographs of the commander in chief from the Government Publishing Office, the printer of official portraits. The office said it was waiting for the official photo files to be supplied by the White House, which said it was “still in the process of creating the official portrait.”

“Once it’s been produced, the White House photo office will distribute it to all of the agencies and other requests,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay E. Walters said in a statement at the time.

On Halloween 2017, the White House announced it had finally produced the portrait and would begin distributing it to federal office buildings.

Corroboration? ::

“I was in charge of the US embassy in London for much of Trump’s first year,” Lewis Lukens, former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in London, tweeted in response to Trump’s comments. “We didn’t hang his picture either. Why? It took the WH almost 15 months to get official photos sent to embassies to hang. And we were instructed not to print other photos.”

And the last word:

A source with Yovanovitch’s legal team gave NBC News a similar explanation: “The Embassy in Kyiv hung the official photographs of the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State as soon as they arrived from Washington, DC.”

No one can hang a photo that doesn’t exist.

Note to future ambassadors…hang the empty frame until the photo shows up!

Is Trump’s Ukrainian Policy Actually Working?

Despite the lack of co-operation from Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky in ‘investigating’ Hunter and Joe Biden…the former vice-president’s polling numbers continue to slip.

This is of course partly due to his last decade thinking, an over reliance on his connection to President Obama, his continued gaffs, and more recently his stand on marijuana.

But I am also thinking the repeated mention of his name with the impeachment inquiries isn’t helping either…and people are getting tired of the whole thing despite his real world non-involvement…and the very real sense of negative feelings resulting from the whole thing.

So in my gut, I think President Trump has successfully neutralized his major Democratic opponent despite his original plan blowing up in his face.

Trump demands whistleblower do the thing he refused to do in Mueller probe

I totally missed the implications on all of this…but not everybody did:

President Trump is demanding the whistleblower who alerted investigators to his call with Ukraine’s president testify in person, which Trump refused to do during the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The lawyer for the anonymous whistleblower, whose identity is supposed to be protected by federal law, said Sunday his client was willing to give written answers to questions from Republican lawmakers involved in the impeachment inquiry. Trump said that wasn’t good enough.

So I am just leaving this right…here!

P.S. another post that didn’t launch as scheduled.