In the first of several bombshells that dropped as the first official day of the Democrat’s “Impeachment Inquiry” into President Donald J. Trump began on Monday, we have learned that Adam Schiff’s and his “hit squad” have subpoenaed Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
Just before 4PM in Washington DC on Monday, the Democratic chairmen of three House committees subpoenaed Giuliani for documents related to the President’s request for an investigation by Ukrainian officials into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Reps. Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler and Elijah Cummings cited Giuliani’s cable news appearances, saying that the former New York City mayor admitted on national television that, while serving as the president’s personal attorney, he asked the government of Ukraine to “target Biden.”
In addition to this stark admission, the chairmen wrote, “you stated more recently that you are in possession of evidence — in the form of text messages, phone records, and other communications — indicating that you were not acting alone and that other Trump Administration officials may have been involved in this scheme.”
Then, just minutes later, a second bombshell. At 4:04 p.m., the Wall Street Journal reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was among those who listened in on Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which is the basis of the latest brouhaha.
Last week, when Pompeo was interviewed by ABC News, he denied having any firsthand knowledge about what Trump and Zelensky discussed.
Durham Probe Does Involve Ukraine and Other Countries
Meanwhile, as Democrats were salivating over this breaking news, at the behest of AG William Barr, John Durham’s probe into the unravelling origins of the Mueller Probe is continuing. Fox News has learned that as part of the investigation, Trump had directed Barr to contact other countries, including but not limited to Ukraine, to make them aware that the US was actively investigating the events surrounding the creation and acquisition of the so-called “Steele Dossier” that launched the Mueller Probe.
Barr described his communications with UK, Australia and Ukraine on the matter, as being at the behest of the President, but there was no pressure put on the dignitaries with whom he had contact.
A person familiar with the situation, agreed with Barr’s assessment, telling Fox News, that it would be wrong to say Trump “pressed” the Australian prime minister for information that could have discredited former Special Counsel Mueller’s now-completed probe, as The New York Times reported earlier Monday.
“The countries have been helpful,” the source said. “There was no pressing required.”
A senior Australian diplomat told Fox News, “After the President said what he said – we initiated the contact. There was no pressure — we acted in order to help.”
In issuing his directive, the President was letting the heads of other countries know that the attorney general would be contacting the appropriate law enforcement entities in each country, according to the DOJ official. When Barr was in Italy last week, he did talk to law enforcement officials there about Durham’s review, Fox News was told.