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Asha Rangappa
Fmr FBI Special Agent, lawyer, faculty . Tiger(ish) mom. analyst. Editor . Karaoke, golf, and Shakespeare aficionado. Views mine.
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Asha Rangappa 2h
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Asha Rangappa 2h
President Ronald Reagan, 1989: “You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live, and cannot become a Frenchman...But anybody from any corner of the world can come to live in America and become an American.”
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Ron Christie 3h
Best clip of the day.
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Asha Rangappa 3h
Omg thank you for your thread. Halfway through that article I felt like I was lobotomized, so couldn’t tell if my sense that “Wait, does the sourcing for this whole story basically come down to a junior embassy dude???” was right. Glad I’m not crazy
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Asha Rangappa 3h
Replying to @staringispolite
Exactly. Basically as Dr. Hill testified today they are conflating “some Ukrainian officials were [understandably] not psyched about Trump winning” with “Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election” which is a huge logical and factual leap. I’m so done 🙄🤦🏽‍♀️
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Asha Rangappa 6h
Replying to @AshaRangappa_
P.S. I realize this thread does not answer the mystery of “naked pictures of Trump” which Nooney is obsessed with, but I’m sorry I’m not researching that one and someone else needs to take one for the team 🙈
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Daniel W. Drezner 10h
So wasn’t too far off.
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
My head hurts from reading and trying to tweet what this article means. More on this, if you are willing to read, here
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
20. In any case, I would welcome some Russia experts to comment on this as this is the very weird and outdated conspiracy theory that has been debunked by actual DOJ and IC actions and new elections and is still literally making its way into impeachment hearings and it is insane
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
19. and that 'the firm maintains close relationships with GOP congressional leaders'" 🤔🤔🤔
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
18. Notably, the article states that while then-President Poroshenko used a lobbying firm, BGR, to get access to Trump, a pro-Russia lobbying firm consisting of “'pro-Putin oligarchs' were already trying to sow doubts about BGR’s work with Poroshenko
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
17. Ends with how Ukrainian gov was frozen out by DJT team after election and to "have any access to Trump -- they are willing to pay big for it"...and that pro-Russian elements in Ukraine are “willing 'to pay a shit-ton of money' to get access to Trump and his inaugural events"
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
16. Hello -- then WTH was Trump asking Ukraine to investigate the Bidens??? They have no jurisdiction over him BY THEIR OWN LAWS but anyway
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
15. **AN IMPORTANT POINT** The anti-corruption unit in Ukraine stated that it provided information of the payments to Manafort to the U.S. BECAUSE IT COULD NOT INVESTIGATE HIM PERSONALLY BECAUSE HE WAS NOT A UKRAINIAN CITIZEN...
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
14. ...which again is stated in his INDICTMENT ten months later...
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
13. Not really clear where the connection is but the the anti-corruption agency in Ukraine -- an *independent* government agency -- provided documentation (pursuant to an evidence-sharing agreement with the FBI) that Manafort was receiving money from the pro-Russia party
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
12. Chalupa reported her findings to the US embassy in Ukraine and "occasionally shared her findings with the DNC"...she tried to facilitate a meting between the U.S. embassy and the Ukrainian President, Poroshekno, which the embassy DECLINED bc they "did not want to pick sides"
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
11. Anyway, most of the article centers around a private U.S. citizen, Alexandra Chalupa (sounds familiar?) who was *already* investigating Manafort's ties with a pro-Russia Ukraine party -- which has since been vindicated by his INDICTMENT
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
10. HOWEVER, Manafort was at the time being formally investigated by the FBI, and subsequently indicted (10/30/17) for his work as a foreign agent of Ukraine, on behalf of the pro-Russia Party of Regions.
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Asha Rangappa 8h
Replying to @kenvogel
9. Vogel's article cites one unnamed "Ukrainian-American operative" (not a government official) who was "consulting for the DNC" met with U.S. embassy officials in Ukraine to help expose Manafort. This exposure led to Manafort's resignation.
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