Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bitten by one's own words

Example 1: Turkey. Mike Pence wants to make one thing very clear...
The United States of America did not give a green light for Turkey to invade Syria,” Pence insisted to reporters at the White House.
Oh really? Let's not forget this official White House statement issued on October 6.
Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.
Emphasis added. Pence can't claim that Trump didn't know what would happen. Trump and Erdogan were co-conspirators. The wording suggests that Trump had no objection to this "operation" and might even have considered using US forces to aid the Turkish Blitzkrieg.

(Incidentally, if we're talking about actual on-the-ground risk-your-life fighting, the Caliphate was ended primarily by the Kurds, the Iranians, and Syrians loyal to Assad.)

Example 2:
Lev and Igor. Trump insists that he has nothing to do with them.

However, Trump's own lawyer, John Dowd (okay, so he was technically Trump's former lawyer) said something very different in this letter, which was sent to an investigator for the House Intelligence Committee. (The letter was printed in Comic Sans!)
Be advised that Messrs. Parnas and Fruman assisted Mr. Giuliani in connection with his representation of President Trump. Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman have also been represented by Mr. Giuliani in connection with their personal and business affairs. They also assisted Joseph DiGenova and Victoria Toensing in their law practice. Thus, certain information you seek in your September 30, 2019, letter is protected by the attorney-client, attorney work product and other privileges.
Example 3: Rudy. When asked about the half-million he earned from Fraud Guarantee (a company which, as far as I can see, does no actual business), Rudy Giuliani said: “Some of our contracts are 2 or 3 million dollars. This was not an extraordinarily large contract..."

The guy is pretty much inviting us to ask about those other contracts. Are they just as shady? Just what does Rudy do for egg-and-cheese money, and why is the SDNY looking into his finances?

Here's what one reporter found.

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