So, the reporting since last night is zeroing in on a July call Trump had with Zelensky. According to most recent reports citing people familiar with the call, Trump asked specifically (8 times) for Ukraine to work with Giuliani on a Hunter Biden investigation. Those most recent reports say also that no mention was made of the $250 million.
So, the focus is on that July call. However, the Wall St Journal reported that when Atkinson met with the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, "Mr. Atkinson declined to tell lawmakers the substance of the complaint or whether it involves the president, but he did say it involves more than one episode and is based on a series of events, according to several people who attended or were briefed on the meeting."
So Atkinson was updating the Committee on something that the whistleblower reported as having occurred multiple times within "a series of events" that "involves more that one episode". Based on last night's meltdown by Rudi on CNN, I reckon the whistleblower reported not just the Trump call, but also the multiple alleged meetings between Rudi and Ukranian officials. Now, Trump might not have referred to the $250 m in the July call, but given how he works (as detailed by Lewandowski in relation to the dictated notes for Jeff Sessions) I believe that Giuliani was the one who linked the promise (involving the $250m funding) with the demand for dirt on Biden. He was at pains last night to distance Trump from his dealings with Ukraine, thereby trying to provide POTUS with plausible deniability.
Rudi needs to be hauled up under oath by Congress to explain himself. And the bullying personal privilege and/or client privilege cannot be used, If he was acting on his own behalf and engaging with a foreign Government. I'd like to see Barry Berke getting a half hour with Rudi in front of the cameras on the Hill on this one...
Last edited by TomOnBoard; 21-09-2019 at 00:07.