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Day 1050

1/ Speaker Nancy Pelosi instructed the key chairmen in the House of Representatives to begin drafting impeachment articles against Trump, signaling that the House is likely to vote to charge him with high crimes and misdemeanors before Christmas. By ordering the "chairmen" to draft the charges, Pelosi left open the possibility that the other five committees that have investigated Trump and his administration will be asked to make recommendations about articles of impeachment. Pelosi said the facts of Trump's alleged wrongdoing involving Ukraine "are uncontested" and that "the president leaves us no choice but to act." Pelosi added that Trump "abused his power for his own personal political benefit"and that his alleged wrongdoing "strikes at the very heart of our Constitution." (New York Times / Politico / NBC News / ABC News / CNN / Wall Street Journal / Washington Post / Bloomberg)

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Here is a Ukrainian. Onyshchenko who’s was part of their Parliament, now arrested in Germany for his corrupting influence and particularly in trying to ensnare Biden and son…read on.

German authorities arrested Onyshchenko based on a request from Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO). According to a report from the UNIAN news agency, Ukrainian officials are awaiting a ruling from a German court on whether or not to extradite Onyshchenko.

After fleeing Ukraine in 2016, Onyshchenko claimed to have evidence of widespread corruption by then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and he said he’d contacted the FBI with his claims. Two sources familiar with the events confirmed that he did meet with U.S. law enforcement officials in 2016 in an effort to build goodwill. The sources said Onyshchenko appeared to want to share information in hopes of obtaining a visa to travel to the U.S. The U.S. Justice Department confirmed meeting with him at the time but said it had “no plans to have further meetings or communications” with him after that, according to RFE/RL. His allegations were widely seen in Ukraine as part of a Kremlin-orchestrated disinformation campaign meant to undermine the Ukrainian government as it sought to strengthen ties with the West.

As the impeachment proceedings against President Trump took hold in October, Onyshchenko claimed to have inside information about Hunter Biden and his work for Burisma. He told Reuters that his friend Mykola Zlochevsky, who founded Burisma, had placed the vice president’s son on Burisma’s board as insurance against criminal investigations. The claim echoes those made by Rudy Giuliani and former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. “It was to protect (the company),” he said.

In early November, Onyshchenko told the obscure right-wing news site CD Media that “there were ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ payments to the Biden family” made by Burisma and that an FBI agent “directed the coverup of the Biden scandal at the time, in concert with the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, and other Deep State American government assets ‘in-country.’” The claim resembled the same conspiracy theories spun by Giuliani in his successful campaign to oust former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

In subsequent interviews, Onyshchenko made other fantastic claims, including that Burisma had paid $10 million to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign through “big bags of cash” sent instead of wire transfers.

On Tuesday, as news of Onyschenko’s arrest broke, CD Media published a report claiming he was “heading to the U.S.” to testify against Biden when he was arrested in Germany. The report was accompanied by a screenshot of a U.S. visa application the Ukrainian politician had purportedly submitted last week to the U.S. embassy in Budapest, Hungary.


A live shooter at the Pensacola Naval Base turns out to be a member of the Saudi military who was on training there. Given Trump’s history of concessions to the Saudi’s, it’s going to be rough for him to spin this one.

Shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola; 3 dead, multiple injured

This is the second shooting at a US Naval Base in a week, after Pearl Harbor. The two are unconnected; the Pearl Harbor shooter was a sailor, and his motive is unknown.

Suspect identified in shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard


Nikki Haley continues to try out for the role of Trump Lite. This is her racism check. I am sure the GOP will give her a passing grade.

Nikki Haley: Confederate Flag Was About ‘Heritage’ Until Dylann Roof ‘Hijacked’ It

Roof, a white supremacist, posed with the flag in photos before killing nine worshippers in a historically Black church.

Nikki Haley claims otherwise innocuous Confederate flag was ‘hijacked’ by killer

Critics call Dylann Roof’s acts ‘completely consistent’ with flag

Haley: battle flag represented ‘service and sacrifice and heritage’


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