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Giuliani associate points to Pence snub as Ukraine pressure point

January 17, 2020
Ashley Parker, Rosalind Helderman, Paul Sonne | The Washington Post
Lev Parnas said he arrived for his May meeting in Kyiv with a top aide to Ukraine’s president-elect, Volodymyr Zelensky, with a clear directive from Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer: Unless Zelensky announced an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden, one of Trump’s possible 2020 rivals, his country’s relationship with the United States would sour.
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Former Giuliani associate implicates Trump in Ukraine scandal with new evidence

January 16, 2020
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
Former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas insisted he was working on President Trump's behalf when he pressured Ukrainian leaders to investigate the Bidens, while the president has denied even knowing Parnas. In addition to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, Parnas implicated a host of officials who he says knew about the Ukraine pressure campaign.
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Trump Broke The Law In Freezing Ukraine Funds, Watchdog Report Concludes

January 16, 2020
Ayesha Rascoe | NPR
A federal watchdog concluded President Trump broke a law when he froze assistance funds for Ukraine last year, according to a report unveiled on Thursday. The White House has said previously that it believed Trump was acting within his legal authority.
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How Giuliani’s outreach to Ukrainian gas tycoon wanted in U.S. shows lengths he took in his hunt for material to bolster Trump

January 16, 2020
Rosalind Helderman, Josh Dawsey, Tom Hamburger, Paul Sonne | The Washington Post
The previously untold story of how Giuliani and his associates reached out to the Ukrainian tycoon — whom the former New York mayor had previously blasted publicly for alleged ties to organized crime — shows the lengths Giuliani went to in his campaign to defend Trump in the Russia investigation and undermine former vice president Joe Biden. And it highlights how details about his activities are still coming to light, even after weeks of testimony in the House impeachment proceedings.
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Russians hacked Ukrainian gas company at center of impeachment battle

January 14, 2020
Kristen Welker | NBC News
There are troubling indications that Russia may already be trying to interfere with the 2020 election, by hacking into the Ukrainian gas company at the center of President Trump’s impeachment.
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Behind the Ukraine Aid Freeze: 84 Days of Conflict and Confusion

December 30, 2019
Maggie Haberman, Mark Mazzetti, Eric Lipton | The New York Times
The Democratic-led inquiry into Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine this spring and summer established that the president was actively involved in parallel efforts — both secretive and highly unusual — to bring pressure on a country he viewed with suspicion, if not disdain.
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How Ukraine put Trump and Biden on a collision course

December 26, 2019
Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker, Matt Viser | The Washington Post
On a hot midsummer morning in Indianapolis, Joe Biden took the stage at a Democratic presidential candidates’ forum and turned his attention toward Russian election interference. Biden assailed President Trump for having said he would accept help from a foreign government. “It is outrageous, it is un-American and it’s close to treasonous,” the former vice president thundered. Little did he know that Trump is alleged to have done just that — asking Ukraine to help him dig up dirt on Biden himself.
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White House official directed hold on Ukraine aid shortly after Trump’s July 25 call with Zelensky

December 23, 2019
Toluse Olorunnipa | The Washington Post
An official from the White House budget office directed the Defense Department to “hold off” on sending military aid to Ukraine less than two hours after President Trump’s controversial phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to internal emails.
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Trump administration demanded Democrats strip Ukraine aid language from spending package

December 21, 2019
Erica Werner | The Washington Post
The language would have required the White House to release Ukraine defense aid quickly.
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