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Contradicting Trump, Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze Before It Became Public

Following testimony by William B. Taylor Jr., the top United States diplomat in Ukraine, to House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that the freezing of the aid was directly linked to Mr. Trump's demand for the investigations, the president took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to approvingly quote a Republican member of Congress saying neither Mr. Taylor nor any other witness had "provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld."

But in fact, word of the aid freeze had gotten to high-level Ukrainian officials by the first week in August, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times.

The problem was not a bureaucratic glitch, the Ukrainians were told then. To address it, they were advised, they should reach out to Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, according to the interviews and records.

Well, there goes another false defense that Trump and the Republicans were trying to sell his gullible base.

Wonder what new lie will be next?

The problem is, it's photoshopped. In other words, the photo is a lie.
The original photo made no mention of exorcism:

I was going to post the exorcism photo on Twitter as a funny dig at backward yokels until I stumbled upon the real story.

I fell for a social media lie. I'm pretty sure you are falling for lies too. Highly motivated fakers know this.

Not really relevant but this post reminded me of something...

One of my close friends in high school is a Mormon. She was one of 8 kids, four boys and four girls. She was the oldest girl, third oldest sibling. Good Mormon family, did their tithing, father was a Bishop for their Ward and the mother taught Bible study. Her father started molesting her when she was 6 or 7. He convinced her using religious dogma not to say anything. He made her believe that she wouldn't enter the celestial kingdom if she said anything because it meant that she was not pure or a virgin. And she'd definitely not be able to go to BYU. The abuse continued for a couple years and then just stopped. She was grateful and believed that her prayers for forgiveness were answered. Yes, forgiveness; she believed it was her fault. What really happened was that she had aged out for his tastes and had moved on to the next daughter, who similarly didn't say anything. And then the next. And then the next. Man was molesting his daughters for over ten years and nobody spoke about it. I can't imagine how her mom, who was outwardly really a lovely woman, didn't know. Story eventually came out when the third daughter said something. The other three denied it for years. The one who spoke out, I'll call her Sue, from that point on was considered a pariah in her community. Neither she nor any of the others received counseling and nobody went to the police. This was all dealt with internally in the church, which is a way of saying not at all. Sue started drinking and using drugs at 14. The others went on with their perfect little Mormon lives. Around the time of Sue's 18th birthday she died of an overdose of prescription pills. My friend was understandably shaken by the whole thing and blamed herself. If she had said something she could have stopped the same thing from happening to her sisters. She left the church. But that was short lived. Her family convinced her that the only way to deal with what happened was to fully participate in the church. As nearly her entire world was Mormon and she was fearful of facing the world alone she agreed. She lives in Hawaii now with her Mormon husband and they've had 6 kids together. We lost touch a while ago but I think about her whenever I hear stories like this. Thanks for listening.

US Troops Pelted With Tomatoes and Stones By Noble Kurd Allies During Retreat!


Must be proud to serve a military that throws it's allies under the bus (eg Kurds) and retreats and retreats some more.

What we didn't know was just how much the military would change him"and us.

Yep. Never had a clue until too late:
America's first mass shooting: 70 years ago, a WWII veteran killed 13 of his neighbors


Marine Vet Identified as Gunman Who Killed 12 at California Bar


Hundreds witness veteran shoot and kill himself in VA waiting room


... By mid-July it was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelenskyy wanted was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma and alleged Urkranian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. It was also clear that this condition was driven by the irregular policy channel I had come to understand was guided by Mr. Giuliani." ...

Ironic that Amb Taylor was appointed to his position by Pres Trump.

Ambassador William B. Taylor returns to Ukraine to lead US mission (June 2018)

...William B. Taylor, who served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from May 2006 to May 2009, has returned as charg d'affaires, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine announced today.

"He will lead our team during this period of historic elections and transition," the U.S. Embassy statement said. "Ambassador Taylor brings a wealth of diplomatic experience to our team during this important moment in U.S.-Ukraine relations. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009 and has also served as the State Department's special coordinator for Middle East Transitions, the U.S. representative to the Mideast Quartet, and in other diplomatic roles. Most recently, he was executive vice president at the U.S. Institute of Peace."...

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