CAFE Insider 10/7: Crooked Diplomacy

Show Notes

In this episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, “Crooked Diplomacy,” co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram break down the evolving Trump-Ukraine scandal, newly released text messages between State Department officials, and President Trump’s calls for China’s assistance in investigating Joe and Hunter Biden.

We hope you’re enjoying CAFE Insider. Email us at [email protected] with your suggestions and questions for Preet and Anne. Thank you for being a part of the CAFE Insider community.

REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

“MULTIPLE” WHISTLEBLOWERS

  • “2nd whistleblower comes forward after speaking with IG: Attorney,” ABC News, 10/6/19
  • “2nd Official Is Weighing Whether to Blow the Whistle on Trump’s Ukraine Dealings,” New York Times, 10/4/19
  • Whistleblower lead counsel Andrew Bakaj’s tweet confirming representation of “multiple whistleblowers,” 10/6/19
  • Definition of “multiple,” Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  • Trump tweets in response to second whistleblower reports, 10/5/19
  • Trump tweets that his call with Ukrainian President Zelensky was “perfect,” 9/27/19
  • “Trump Attacks Whistle-Blower’s Sources and Alludes to Punishment for Spies,” New York Times, 9/26/19
  • “IRS whistleblower said to report Treasury political appointee might have tried to interfere in audit of Trump or Pence,” Washington Post, 10/3/19

ENERGY SECRETARY RICK PERRY

  • Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry requesting information about his visits to Ukraine, 10/1/19
  • “Scoop: Trump pins Ukraine call on Energy Secretary Rick Perry,” Axios, 10/5/19
  • “Trump associates pressured Ukraine over gas firm in order to benefit allies: report,” The Hill, 10/6/19
  • “Rick Perry expresses ‘regret’ for pledging to abolish Energy Department,” Washington Post, 9/19/17
  • “The play-by-play of Rick Perry’s ‘DWTS’ debut,” CNN, 9/13/16
  • “Sean’s Spicy Salsa,” New York Times, 9/19/19

TRUMP & GOP DEFENSES 

  • Preet’s tweet reacting to Trump’s “I am only interested in corruption. I don’t care about politics” comment, 10/5/19
  • Eamon Javers asks Trump if he ever asked foreign leaders to investigate someone who isn’t his political opponent, 10/4/19
  • “Republicans recycle defense that Trump was joking about China investigating the Bidens,” Washington Post, 10/7/19
  • “Rep. Jim Jordan won’t say if Trump asking China to investigate Biden is appropriate,” ABC News, 10/6/19
  • “Trump-Ukraine debate between Ron Johnson, Chuck Todd analyzed,” MSNBC, 10/6/19
  • “Marco Rubio Says Trump Was Joking When He Asked China to Investigate Biden: ‘Not a Real Request’,” Mediaite, 10/4/19
  • “‘I think I’d take it’: In exclusive interview, Trump says he would listen if foreigners offered dirt on opponents,” ABC News, 6/13/19
  • “How to start a movement (featuring the dancing guy),” Derek Sivers TED Talk, February 2010

STATE DEPT. TEXT MESSAGES

  • “Read the Text Messages Between U.S. and Ukrainian Officials,” New York Times, 10/4/19
  • “Read Kurt Volker’s opening statement for testimony in Trump impeachment inquiry,” Vox, 10/4/19 [Text of Volker’s opening statement]
  • “Kurt Volker, Ukraine and a Turbulent End in the Trump Administration,” New York Times, 10/5/19
  • “Kurt Volker resigns as executive director of McCain Institute,” Politico, 10/7/19
  • “The U.S. diplomat who questioned Trump’s Ukraine scheme,” Politico, 10/4/19
  • “How Gordon Sondland, a wealthy hotelier turned ambassador, became the latest key player in the Ukraine inquiry,” Washington Post, 10/4/19
  • “Trump Ordered Ukraine Ambassador Removed After Complaints From Giuliani, Others,” Wall Street Journal, 10/3/19
  • “From ‘America’s mayor’ to Trump’s pit bull: Rudy Giuliani emerges as central figure in Ukraine firestorm,” USA Today, 9/27/19
  • “Ukrainians understood Biden probe was condition for Trump-Zelensky talks, says former Ukrainian adviser,” ABC News, 9/25/19
  • “Ukraine’s president needs to repair ‘damage’ with Europe after the Trump call scandal,” CNBC, 10/1/19

SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO

  • “Pompeo: ‘I was on the phone call’ with Trump and Ukrainian President,” CNN, 10/2/19

VP MIKE PENCE

  • Joint request from House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees for impeachment inquiry documents from Vice President Mike Pence, 10/4/19
  • “Trump involved Pence in efforts to pressure Ukraine’s leader, though officials say vice president was unaware of allegations in whistleblower complaint,” Washington Post, 10/2/19
  • “Pence defends Trump’s calls for Ukraine to investigate Biden,” The Hill, 10/3/19
  • “Spiro Agnew’s Lawyer: Mike Pence Should Be Worried About Impeachment Too,” TIME, 10/4/19

UPCOMING DEPOSITIONS

  • “House Committees Subpoena White House for Ukraine Documents,” Lawfare, 10/4/19
  • “What’s next in the Trump impeachment inquiry, and will Trump cooperate with it?,” Washington Post, updated in real time (subpoena/depositions calendar)
  • “Schiff: Trump administration stonewalling will be taken as evidence of obstruction,” The Hill, 10/2/19

TRUMP CALLS ON CHINA

  • “Trump says China should investigate the Bidens,” PBS Newshour, 10/3/19
  • “What We Know About Hunter Biden’s Business in China,” New York Times, 10/3/19
  • “EXPLAINER-Trump’s claims and Hunter Biden’s dealings in China,” Reuters, 10/4/19
  • Sen. Mitt Romney’s tweet condemning Trump’s call to China to investigate the Bidens, 10/4/19
  • Trump’s tweets criticizing Sen. Romney’s 10/4 tweet: #1 (“get off stage”), #2 (“Jeff Flake is better!” and #3 (#impeachmittromney), 10/5/19
  • Preet’s tweet in response to Trump’s call to impeach Sen. Romney, 10/5/19

TRUMP’S CALLS WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

  • “Trump’s calls with foreign leaders have long worried aides, leaving some ‘genuinely horrified’,” Washington Post, 10/4/19
  • “Trump, Xi talked Syria strike over ‘beautiful’ chocolate cake,” CNN, 4/12/19
x