President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, plans on traveling to the Ukraine in an attempt to prove it was the Democrat Party, not the GOP, that has illegally conspired with foreign actors.
Two major investigations are plaguing the Democrats. One involves evidence indicating that the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign illegally worked with Ukrainians to help Clinton by disclosing damaging information about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky will lead the investigation when he takes office in June.
Ukraine began investigating meddling with the U.S. election after an unearthed audio recording revealed a senior Ukrainian anticorruption official admitted to leaking Manafort’s financial records, the so-called “black ledger” files, in 2016 to benefit Clinton. The information included his ties to pro-Russian officials in Ukraine.
A Ukrainian court ruled that leaking the Manafort files is an illegal interference in the US election.
The other investigation concerns allegations that former Vice President Joe Biden intimidated Ukraine into terminating its top prosecutor, General Viktor Shokin, in March 2016 to divert attention away from the prosecutor’s probe into a company that employed his son as a board member. Biden’s son, Hunter, served on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings. The firm was owned by oligarch, Mykola Zlochevsky, who was under investigation by the Shokin.
After leaving office, Biden confirmed on video that he threatened Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko that the U.S. revoke $1 billion in loan guaranteed loans if he did not fire the country’s top prosecutor.
Earlier this year, Hunter Biden resigned from the company’s board.
In an interview with the New York Times Friday, Giuliani explained that he’d travel to Ukraine to assure the investigation into Democratic scandal is comprehensive.
“I am going to tell him what I know about the people that are surrounding him, and how important it is to do a full, complete and fair investigation,” the former New York mayor said, referring to Zelensky. “We’re not meddling in an election; we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do.”
He continued, “And this isn’t foreign policy – I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give the reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”
Democrats claim Giuliani, who is slated to travel to Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, in the coming days, is “asking a foreign government to investigate his political rival.
But the president’s lawyer shot back.
“Explain to me why Biden shouldn’t be investigated if his son got millions from a Russian loving crooked Ukranian oligarch while He was VP and point man for Ukraine.”
Explain to me why Biden shouldn’t be investigated if his son got millions from a Russian loving crooked Ukrainian oligarch while He was VP and point man for Ukraine. Ukrainians are investigating and your fellow Dems are interfering. Election is 17 months away.Let’s answer it now https://t.co/FT34kX7Pst
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) May 10, 2019
Ukrainian law enforcement officials claim to have an abundance of evidence proving malfeasance by Democrats and warned earlier this month that they’ve attempted to share this information with U.S. Justice Department officials.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s embassy confirmed last week that a DNC insider reached out in 2016 to sound the alarm on Manafort in light of the lobbyist’s previous work in the country.
“All ideas floated by [the DNC contractor] were related to approaching a Member of Congress with a purpose to initiate hearings on Paul Manafort or letting an investigative journalist ask President Poroshenko a question about Mr. Manafort during his public talk in Washington, D.C.,” Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S., Valeriy Chaly, said. “The embassy representatives unambiguously refused to get involved in any way, as we were convinced that this is a strictly U.S. domestic matter.”
President Trump insists the Democrats’ involvement in Ukraine is “a major scandal.”
“They even have [Biden] on tape, talking about the prosecutor – and I’ve seen that tape,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News last week. “ They have to solve that problem.”
In an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Thursday night, Giuliani warned Biden’s family connection to Ukraine is not being investigated because the press is “totally corrupt.”
“The fact is this was a massive collusion between the Democratic National Committee, officials of the Obama administration, Clinton people, and the Ukrainian officials, corrupt officials — who, by the way, were pro-Russian corrupt officials — to create false information about Trump, about Manafort,” he said.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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