One of the Guys Giuliani Threw Under the Bus Has Resigned

Trump Administration

In the Trump administration, the modus operandi seems to be that when the going gets tough, throw
one another under the bus.

Donald Trump threw Vice
President Mike Pence under the bus
after a description of his phone call
with Ukrainian
President Volodymyr Zelensky
was publicly reported. Rudy Giuliani threw all
kinds of people under the bus, including U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt
Volker, who resigned on Friday.

Giuliani, who is one of the operatives at the center of the whistleblower
that prompted a formal
impeachment inquiry
of Trump, first outed Volker on Twitter on Thursday,
after the complaint was made public. It was an attempt by the president’s
personal lawyer to claim that his meetings with Ukrainian officials, in which
Giuliani pressured them to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and
his son, were prompted by the State Department.

Later that day, Giuliani appeared on Fox News’ The
Ingraham Angle
to fire off more
shots, sealing Volker’s fate without vindicating himself, oddly.

“He should step forward and explain what he did,” the former
New York City mayor said. “The whistleblower falsely alleges that I was
operating on my own. Well, I wasn’t operating on my own. I went to meet Mr.
Zelensky’s aide at the request of the State Department.”

The Arizona State University newspaper, The State Press, broke
the news on Friday
that Volker had submitted his resignation to Secretary
of State Mike Pompeo.

According to the whistleblower
, a day after Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky, in which
the president sought help in smearing a leading Democratic rival in the 2020
election, Volker met with Zelensky, along with U.S. Ambassador to the European
Union Gordon Sondland.

“Based on multiple readouts of these meetings recounted to
me by various U.S. officials, Ambassadors Volker and Sondland reportedly
provided advice to the Ukrainian leadership about how to ‘navigate’ the demands
that the President had made of Mr. Zelenskyy,” the whistleblower complaint stated.

Giuliani also reportedly met with an adviser to Zelensky, Andriy
Yermak, in Spain, and had reached out to several other Ukrainian officials
after Trump told Zelensky in the phone conversation that Giuliani and U.S. Attorney
General William Barr would be point men on Trump’s alleged extortion effort.
Barr has denied any involvement.

Also on Friday, the leaders of the House committees
on foreign affairs, intelligence, and oversight
sent a letter
to Pompeo announcing a subpoena for several documents related
to the Ukraine scandal
. The committees had requested the documents on Sept.
9 and issued a deadline of one week, which Pompeo appears to have ignored. In
the new letter, the lawmakers warn that Pompeo’s “failure or refusal to comply
with the subpoena shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment

It’s clear that Pompeo has many questions to answer about
the State Department’s role in all of this and probably other shenanigans. That was apparent at least a week
ago, when Pompeo and Trump weren’t
even on the same page
about whether to publicly release a summary of the Zelensky
phone call.

The dominoes are starting fall, and the most intriguing part
is that it’s Trump’s own cronies who are pushing them over. Let’s see what Volker
has to say for himself.

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