Rudy Giuliani appeared on Laura Ingraham’s show again last night, this time reading texts from State Department official Kurt Volker from his phone to prove that he (Rudy) wasn’t freelancing in Ukraine:
Giuliani has been reduced to pushing Alex Jones-style conspiracy theories about the FBI and George Soros pic.twitter.com/GHPnfPDjef
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 27, 2019
I don’t know anything about Volker except that, unlike Giuliani, he has a reputation as a serious person in the foreign policy arena. If that’s accurate, it would be surprising if Volker dispatched Giuliani to investigate a crackpot conspiracy theory that Ukraine — on behalf of Hillary Clinton, George Soros and the DNC — framed Putin for interfering in the 2016 election.
The whistleblower’s complaint alleges that Volker and others were running interference with the Ukrainians to mitigate the damage caused by demands arising out of Giuliani’s and Trump’s insane pro-Putin, anti-Clinton/DNC/Soros fixation. Maybe Volker sent Giuliani on a snipe hunt to keep him occupied? It would explain Giuliani’s indignant reaction now.
Anyway, in a Twitter thread, Anders Åslund, an economist and author of “Russia’s Crony Capitalism,” describes what he believes happened in Ukraine. To sum up, Åslund says that in a bid to keep his job as prosecutor general, Yuri Lutsenko acquiesced to the Giuliani/Trump demand to allege wrongdoing by the Bidens and US Ambassador Yovanovitch. Lutsenko later rescinded those claims, but he got fired anyway:
The point is that Lutsenko’s strange lies about VP Biden & US Ambassador Yovanovitch were PLANTED by Giuliani. Lutsenko tried to leverage his relationship with Giuliani (=Trump) in order to stay on as prosecutor general…
The essence of the Giuliani-Lutsenko story is that Giuliani persuaded a corrupt prosecutor general in Ukraine to lie about prominent US citizens to the political benefit of Trump & his own pecuniary benefit…
Obviously, Giuliani operated at the instruction of Trump. What crimes did they commit?
The big lessons [Zelensky] needs to draw from his unfortunate encounters with Trump are that Trump always lies & stands on Putin’s side against Ukraine, Europe & the US. Zelenskyy has little choice but to act with all US forces BUT Trump with a maximum of transparency.
The ultimate verdict is that the Giuliani conspiracy in Ukraine is not only criminal but also more sophisticated than one could have expected. Presumably the Trump gang operates in a similar fashion in other favorite parts of the world, such as Israel & Saudi Arabia.
And China. In short, we’re going to need a bigger boat.