Russia Monitor: Two Ukraine Stories And One Massive Scandal

“You can’t promote principled anti-corruption action without pissing off corrupt people.” — Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, House Impeachment Hearing (11/13/19) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/14/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Yesterday, was an auspicious day. It was not a good day for Trump. Wednesday was the first day of the House Impeachment hearings against Trump, but even that should be in the context of the entire day. Trump long-time associate Roger Stone’s trial jury heard closing arguments with the prosecution portraying Stone as a serial liar. Stone is charged with seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to the…

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Silencing Citizens: ‘Highly Disturbing’ Pentagon Document Shows US Military Surveilling Groups Protesting Family Separation

  [Editor’s Note: While violent right wing nationalist and fascist groups run about pretty much unimpeded — and even sometimes aided — by law enforcement, we have the government tracking human rights groups trying to assist abused migrant children. Any doubt about what kind of government we have? — Mark L. Taylor] By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (11/11/19) The U.S. military is reportedly surveilling rights groups and activists engaged in peaceful protests against both President Donald Trump’s border wall and the separation of migrant children from their families at the southern border. According to an internal Pentagon document obtained by Ken Klippenstein of The Young…


Inside ‘The Corporate Coup D’Etat’ That’s Created A New, Brutally Unjust Gilded Age

“They are just looting and stealing as fast as they can as everything collapses.” — Author Chris Hedges, interviewed in The Corporate Coup D’Etat.   [Editor’s Note: Film producer Jeff Cohen has pointed advice for democrats in 2020 regarding the party’s timid, go-slow, incremental ever corporate-friendly posture. Advice, that if ignored could well assure Trump victory in 2020. — Mark L. Taylor] Status Coup (7/20/19) Status Coup’s Jordan Chariton speaks with Jeff Cohen, the founder of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) and executive producer of the film “The Corporate Coup D’Etat’.” Link to 19-Minute Video (Commoner Call art by Mark…


Trump Adviser Stephen Miller’s Affinity For Virulent White Nationalism Revealed In Leaked Emails

  By Michael Edison Hayden Southern Poverty Law Center (11/12/19) In the run-up to the 2016 election, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage, according to leaked emails reviewed by Hatewatch. The emails, which Miller sent to the conservative website Breitbart News in 2015 and 2016, showcase the extremist, anti-immigrant ideology that undergirds the policies he has helped create as an architect of Donald Trump’s presidency. These policies include reportedly setting arrest quotas for undocumented immigrants, an executive order effectively…


Evangelical Foster Mom Challenges Religious Right On Hypocrisy Regarding Govt. Abuse Of Migrant Children

By Rachel Martin Morning Edition / NPR (11/12/19) NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Gena Thomas about how she helped a five-year-old girl from Honduras reunite with her mother. Thomas is the author of: Separated by the Border. Link To 7-Minute Audio (Commoner call cartoon for Mark L. Taylor, 2019. Open source and free for non-derivative use with link to www.thecommonercall.org ) ***** U.S. Held Nearly 70,000 Migrant Children In Government Lock-Up In 2019 “There was despair everywhere.” By Christopher Sherman, Martha Mendoza & Garance Burke Associated Press (11/12/19) COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father’s…


Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Paying This Obscure Consultant Big Bucks?

By Nick Grube Honolulu Civil Beat (9/9/19) STEHEKIN, Wash. — Deep in the Washington state wilderness, a highly paid political consultant is raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign. It’s the kind of money usually spent on national name-brand political operatives with bustling offices and large staffs based in Washington, D.C., or New York. But few people in the business have ever heard of Kris Robinson, the owner of Northwest Digital, a web design and internet marketing firm working for Gabbard’s campaign. His company address is a P.O. box here in Stehekin, a…


Illegal Pot Cultivated By Cartels In America’s Public Forests Are Poisoning Land, Water & Wildlife

  Morning Edition / NPR (11/12/19) Water and wildlife in the nation’s public forests are slowly being poisoned by insecticides and other chemicals used in illegal marijuana operations, say forest police and researchers. They warn that the potential environmental damage could last generations. Many of the grows are the work of highly organized drug cartels, who take advantage of the forests’ thick canopy to help hide their operation. Some sites can go undetected for years. “The true crime here is the fact that they’re killing off basically America’s public lands, killing off the wildlife, killing off our water,” says Kevin…


John Nichols: Trump & Ag. Secretary Perdue Couldn’t Care Less About Rural Wisconsin

To win the votes they need in rural areas, Democrats need a platform as bold as what Warren and Sanders propose. By John Nichols Cap Times (10/8/19) Donald Trump’s secretary of agriculture came to Wisconsin last week to deliver the message that things are far worse for Wisconsin’s struggling dairy farmers than they knew. Speaking to reporters at the World Dairy Expo, Sonny Perdue expressed doubts about whether family farmers can survive in an industry where the factory farms favored by Perdue’s agribusiness associates are taking over. “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out. I don’t…


The More Joe Biden Stumbles, The More Corporate Establishment Democrats Freak Out

At this point, the shaky Biden for President campaign appears to be the only realistic hope for those who want a defender of corporate greed at the top of the Democratic ticket next year. By Norman Solomon Reader Supported News (10/14/19) The Democratic Party’s most powerful donors are running out of options in the presidential race. Their warhorse Joe Biden is stumbling, while the other corporate-minded candidates lag far behind. For party elites, with less than four months to go before voting starts in caucuses and primaries, 2020 looks like Biden or bust. A key problem for the Democratic establishment is that…



Notably Quotable: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but…”

  “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King ***** “I say to my colleague, I would be glad to have the person who started it all come in and testify. “President Trump is welcome to take a seat right there.” — Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Room erupts in laughter as Democrat Peter Welch destroys Jim Jordan during impeachment hearing ***** “Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said investigators found more than 200 .223 caliber bullet casings manufactured by American gunmaker Remington at the scene.” —  Agence France-Presse, Mexico probes…


Cornered Billionaires Are Freaking Out!

Bill Gates is thinking about voting for Donald Trump, while Mike Bloomberg intends to vote for himself. By Zach Carter HuffPost (11/8/19) Since early summer, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been drawing huge crowds to their rallies, dominating the televised debates, and setting fundraising records with support exclusively from small donors. Most importantly, their surging popularity stems from their plans to dramatically expand the federal government, paid for in large part through a wealth tax. This populist turn has the rest of the Democratic presidential field scrimmaging for what’s left — namely, the support of the party’s super-rich….


After Trump Tax Giveaways The Richest 1% Close To Topping Wealth Of Entire Middle Class

  By Mary Papenfuss HuffPost (11/9/19) As the wealth gap in the U.S. continues to widen, the top 1% of Americans are close to amassing more wealth than the entire middle class, according to the latest data from the Federal Reserve, Bloomberg reports. Part of that growing divide is fueled by President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and his relentless drive for lower interest rates. The top richest Americans had assets of about $35.4 trillion in the second quarter. That’s just short of the $36.9 trillion held by the tens of millions of Americans who make up the middle and upper-middle classes…


Clarence Thomas: The Surprising Worldview That Lies Within The Silent Supreme Court Justice

[Editor’s Note: This is a fascinating interview that goes a long way to explaining the conservatism of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He has been seen as an enigma by the left, but it also appears the right has not understood him properly either. Those on the far, far right might be surprised to find how much he agrees with them. — Mark L. Taylor] On The Media / WNYC (11/8/19) Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is hardly the quietest member of the bench. In hundreds of opinions authored during his tenure — longer than any of his present colleagues’ —…


Russia Monitor: Getting Ready For Wednesday Impeachment Extravaganza

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/11/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Wednesday November 13 we will see the first House hearings to Impeach Trump. I offer two news articles that confirm the entirety of Trump-Russia-Ukraine 2016-2019. We’ll see former Trump senior advisor Steve Bannon testifying at long-time Trump advisor Roger Stone’s trial that Stone was the Trump campaign ‘access point’ to WikiLeaks to not only know of Julian Assange’s plans to leak Dem communications to influence the election in favor of Trump, but also coordinate the timing of releases. Russia hacked the Dems, used Assange and WikiLeaks to handle the…


‘Simply Barbaric’: Trump Administration Proposes Charging Asylum Fee For Refugees Fleeing Violence & Poverty

By Julia Conley Common Dreams (11/10/19) The Trump administration this coming week will formalize a proposal that could make it one of just four countries in the world that charge asylum-seekers for entry. As the New York Times reported late Friday, the administration plans to publish in the Federal Register a proposal to require a $50 application fee for asylum-seekers as well as a $490 charge for work permits. “It’s an unprecedented weaponization of government fees,” Doug Rand of the immigrant assistance company Boundless Immigration told the Times. Currently, the only countries in the world that charge asylum-seekers—who are often fleeing war, persecution, or violence in…


Comedy Group Replaced The Covers Of Trump Jr.’s Whiny New Book

Daddy, Please Love Me: How everything I do is to earn my father’s love By Walter Einenkel Daily Kos (11/8/19) A New York City Barnes & Noble was the site of a prank performed by comedy group The Good Liars. The release of the greasiest Trump’s new memoir (which spends most of its ghost-written pages complaining about being a victim) seems to have inspired the fun. To add more context, the books were placed in a Young Adult display section at the store. I suspect most Young Adult readers and authors will be justifiably offended by the proximity of such trash writing, but the point being…


Sheldon Wolin & Inverted Totalitarianism: Don’t Call It Democracy. Putting Understanding To What America Has Become

A corporate war state cannot be a democratic state. By Chris Hedges TruthDig (11/2/15) Sheldon Wolin, our most important contemporary political theorist, died Oct. 21 [2015] at the age of 93. In his books “Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism” and “Politics and Vision,” a massive survey of Western political thought that his former student Cornel West calls “magisterial,” Wolin lays bare the realities of our bankrupt democracy, the causes behind the decline of American empire and the rise of a new and terrifying configuration of corporate power he calls “inverted totalitarianism.” Wendy Brown, a political…


Joining The Mosque I Planned To Destroy

He could have been one of America’s most notorious mass murders. Heart & Soul / BBC (11/8/19) Richard McKinney has made an extraordinary life journey – from a US veteran who planned to bomb a mosque, to a d Muslim who prays devoutly at the very Mosque he planned for 2 years to blow up. A veteran of the US Marines, Richard returned traumatised from combat in Afghanistan. That turned into a deep hatred of Islam. At his home in Muncie, Indiana, Richard was producing a device to blow up the town’s Mosque which he hoped will kill 200 people….


‘The Answer Is Not Joe Biden’: The Nation Magazine Issues Official Anti-Endorsement

By Jon Queally Commoner Call (11/7/19) While claiming it’s still too early to make a choice between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, The Nation—among the oldest amd most widely-circulated progressive magazines in the U.S.—went public early Thursday morning with its “anti-endorsement” of the third top-tier candidate in this year’s Democratic primary race: former Vice President Joe Biden. “Biden’s long record of poor judgment—on everything from the 1994 crime bill that fueled mass incarceration to his botched handling of Anita Hill’s testimony against Clarence Thomas to his defense of Bill Clinton’s brutal welfare cuts to his support for the Iraq War to his…


‘All of us are in danger’: Journalist John Pilger Delivers A Chilling Warning For Us All From Julian Assange

“The moment we fall silent it is over.” RT (9/2/19) Journalist John Pilger has delivered a stark warning from WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, who said that his persecution is intended to kill dissent. “Speak up now,” Pilger said, or face “the silence of a new kind of tyranny.” Assange is currently serving a 50 week sentence in Belmarsh Prison for skipping a bail hearing in 2012. US authorities are seeking his extradition for his role in publishing classified documents, accusing him of espionage. Speaking at a rally outside the Home Office in London on Monday, Pilger passed on a message…


Beijing Declares The Chinese Will Decide Who The Dalai Lama’s Successor Will Be

  Morning Edition Sunday / NPR (11/10/19) Thousands of Buddhists from all over the world made a pilgrimage this fall to a monastery high in India’s Himalayas. Orange-robed monks with shaved heads huddled cross-legged on the floor, as Tibetan opera singers in multicolored gowns teetered under the weight of giant silver headdresses. They carried fruit baskets as offerings and chanted in unison, all praying for the same thing: the Dalai Lama’s longevity. Tibetan Buddhists believe their spiritual leader, now 84 and ailing, will be reincarnated when he dies. He is the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism’s traditional high priest — the same…


Behind Closed Doors Wimpy Little Republicans Offer NO Defense Of Trump In Released Impeachment Depositions

Trump’s Cowardly Lions Of The Far Right. MSNBC (11/4/19) In the first batch of transcripts released from the impeachment investigation depositions, House Republicans make no attempt to defend Trump and fail to undermine the expert witnesses who testified. Link To 8-Minute Video (Commoner Call cartoon by Mark L. Taylor, 2019. Open source and free for non-derivative use with link to www.thecommonercall.org ) ***** Impeachment Transcripts Expose The Shameful Truth: House Republicans Don’t Give A Damn About Protecting America By David Cay Johnston Raw Story (11/5/19) Transcripts of closed-door testimony in the Trump impeachment investigation show a disturbing pattern of behavior…


Evangelical Money Hustler Paula White Has New White House Job & New Book, Says God Used Her to Get Trump Elected

White used Jewish holy days such as Passover and Yom Kippur this year to promise people access to special divine blessings in return for sending her money.  By Peter Montgomery Right Wing Watch (11/5/19) Just two weeks before it was revealed that President Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser Paula White had officially joined the White House staff, White’s most recent book became the latest evangelical offering to portray Trump’s election as part of a divine plan. White is a prosperity gospel preacher who tells supporters that they can access divine blessings by sending money to her ministry. Her new memoir, “Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials,” seems designed to humanize White by…


McDonald’s Fired CEO Is Getting Cushy $42 Million Pay Out While Many Of His Workers Depend Upon Welfare To Survive

More than half of fast-food workers rely on public assistance programs like food stamps. By Alina Selyukh NPR (11/6/19) Former McDonald’s CEO Stephen Easterbrook is getting an exit package of almost $42 million after his relationship with an employee was found to violate company policy. The size of his compensation puts a new focus on the widening gap between the pay at the top and the bottom of the corporate ladder. According to an analysis by executive-compensation experts at Equilar, Easterbrook’s exit package totals $41.8 million, which includes six months of severance pay, shares he can cash out in the future and…


Milwaukee Mayor Blames Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric & Policies For Acid Attack Against Hispanic Citizen

    By Julia Conley Common Dreams (11/4/19) Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett said Monday that President Donald Trump is responsible for violent hate crimes like an acid attack which left a 42-year-old man with second-degree burns in the city on Friday. Mahud Villaluz told CNN affiliate WISN that a man confronted him over a parking spot, called him “an illegal,” and told him to “go back to [his] country” before throwing battery acid at him. The incident was caught on surveillance video and a 61-year-old man was arrested in connection with the crime on Monday. “My concern is that more and more people feel that…


Warning Of Untold Human Suffering Scientists Declare A Climate Emergency

“We declare, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.” By Kyla Mandel HuffPost (11/5/19) More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have declared a climate emergency, warning in a new report that “untold human suffering” is “unavoidable” without drastic action. The climate crisis reaches an “emergency” level, according to the study, when “business as usual” — the current action being taken (or not) by society, corporations and governments — is not enough to match the scale of what’s needed to address the situation. In order to avoid a “hothouse Earth” where runaway temperature increases beget further warming,…


Russia Monitor: In Trump World Your Admission Of Guilt Is ‘just your opinion’.”

Trump: “If you lose, it sends a really bad message …you can’t let that happen to me.” @eddluxe: THANK YOU KENTUCKY! — Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beshear leads Republican incumbent Matt Bevin by 5,300 votes; Trump’s comment was made at a Kentucky rally for Bevin. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/7/19) Is every election now a vote for/against Trump? If so, it was not a very good Tuesday for Trump, given results in Kentucky, Virginia and even Mississippi. It was also not a good Impeachment day for Trump. Trump’s EU Ambassador Ed Sondland, one of Trump’s ‘3 Amigos’ extorting Ukraine for Trump…


Wired? Could This Explain The Highs & Lows Of Trump’s Behaviors & Impulsive Decision Making

  David Packman Show (10/7/19) Shocking pictures appear to confirm Donald Trump’s likely use of “uppers” after boxes of Sudafed [a formulation not sold in the United States] were photographed during the 2016 campaign in his Trump Tower office desk. Link To 5-Minute Video ***** MASH-UP: Trump’s al-Baghdadi Speech & Obama’s Bin Laden Speech Jimmy Kimmel Live (10/28/19) When Barack Obama went on TV to announce they killed Bin Laden, he spoke for nine and a half minutes. Trump yesterday, when he announced they killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, did for 48 minutes. So, for further comparison, we thought it might…


If Progressives Don’t Wake Up To Just How Awful Obama Was, Their Movement — And The Nation — Will Fail

If you’re an actual, real progressive and not just a latte-sipping NPR listener with a sense of self-righteousness and a pro-choice bumper sticker, you’ve got no business regarding Obama with anything but disgust. [Editor’s Note: This article was written a couple years ago and will undoubtedly piss off many dems, but they really need to read and absorb it’s message. If the dems once again elect a neoliberal progressive pretender who will blithely promise one thing and deliver the opposite we will have probably lost our last chance of redemption and survival. Feel good campaign slogans are not enough. — Mark…


Chris Hedges: The Enemy Within Is Deep Indeed

The deep state, incapable of reform and determined to retain its grip on power, will morph under the threat of popular unrest into a corporatized fascism. By Chris Hedges TruthDig (11/4/19) Our democracy is not in peril—we do not live in a democracy. The image of our democracy is in peril. The deep state—the generals, bankers, corporatists, lobbyists, intelligence chiefs, government bureaucrats and technocrats—is intent on salvaging the brand. It is hard to trumpet yourself as the world’s guardian of freedom and liberty with Donald Trump blathering on incoherently about himself, inciting racist violence, insulting our traditional allies along with…


Facing Sexual Assault Allegations Richland Center Police Chief Resigns

By Amy Reid News8000 (11/4/19) RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. – Richland Center Police Chief Lucas Clements resigned from the city police department on Monday. The police commission approved the move at its meeting the same night. Clements was charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of theft on Tuesday for an incident in June, when he was accused of groping a bartender and stealing her tips. Clements has been on paid leave with the department since late June. … Read the Rest and 35-Second Video  


Notably Quotable: “Today’s neoliberal Democrat is ideologically closer to yesterday’s Republican…”

  “Today’s neoliberal Democrat is ideologically closer to yesterday’s Republican, and Republicans?  Well, they’re the new know-nothing party, immune to facts, impermeable to truth, and consumed by hate, fear, greed, anger, xenophobia and racism.” — John Atcheson, The Revolution Is Here: Democrats Ignore It at Their Peril. ***** “At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.” — Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle on why he would not go to the White House when the World Series champions went to meet Donald…


Cuccinelli Open About Trump Admin Casual Cruelty To Sick Immigrant Infants & Children

MSNBC (10/30/19) Rachel Maddow reports on acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, being open in his answers to Congress about the cruelty of the policy he implemented, threatening extremely ill immigrant kids and their families with deportation. Link To 5+-Minute Video Five-Year-Old Boy Facing Deportation From Australia Because Of Mild Disability — A five-year-old boy born in Australia is facing deportation to Bangladesh with his family after their visa applications were refused because his “mild disability” would be a burden on the medical system. Dr Mahedi Hasan Bhuiyan arrived in Australia on a student visa in…


Not To Worry, We’ll Just Put It On Your Tab: Trump Treasury Moves To Eliminate Rules Against Corporate Tax Cheating

Companies will avoid taxes on $235 billion in profits each year going forward. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (11/1/19) President Donald Trump’s Treasury Department on Thursday took the first step toward eliminating remaining regulations designed to prevent corporations from avoiding U.S. taxes by storing profits overseas, a move critics decried as yet another harmful giveaway to big business. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive, said in a statement that the 2017 GOP tax law—which disproportionately benefited the rich—rendered Obama-era rules against offshore tax avoidance “obsolete” by significantly reducing the corporate tax rate. “The corporations that got a massive taxpayer handout are getting another gift…


Police State War On The Press: Journalist Max Blumenthal Arrested On False Charge In DC

Pushback With Aaron Maté (11/3/19) The Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal speaks out on his arrest months after reporting on Venezuelan opposition violence at the DC embassy. Blumenthal was seized from his home by a group of officers and held for two days in cells and cages. His arrest warrant labels him as “armed and dangerous.” Blumenthal says the charges are false and a retaliation against The Grayzone’s journalism on the US-backed coup in Venezuela and corrupt members of the right-wing Venezuelan opposition carrying it out. Link To 22-Minute Video ***** Max Blumenthal Arrest Exposes Hypocrisy Of Western Media & Supposed…


Never Underestimate The Viciousness Of the State: The Battle For People’s Park, Berkeley 1969

When Vietnam came home. By Clara Bingham The Guardian (7/6/19) On 4 May 1970, the Ohio national guard shot at hundreds of students protesting against the invasion of Cambodia, wounding eight and killing four. Kent State was seared into the national consciousness. The US government had authorized the killing of its own (white) children. But what many might not know is that a year earlier in Berkeley, California, police opened fire with buck and bird shot on a large crowd of young protesters seeking to keep open People’s Park, an impromptu community garden on land UC Berkeley wanted to use. Fifty people were hit….


Cornel West On Hope & Resistance In The Age Of Trump: We must “find joy in the struggle”

What would Malcolm say? What would Martin say? What would Fannie Lou Hamer say? What would Ida B. Wells say? What would Toni Morrison say? All of these warriors who have passed away, we have to be true to them. By Chauncey Devega Salon (11/3/19) Donald Trump’s presidency is a stress test for American democracy, the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution. The enduring strength of American democracy has long been prefaced on the assumption that the country’s leaders — especially the president — had some basic respect for democracy. Moreover, the president was assumed by both elites and the…


Henry David Thoreau: “If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior…”

“The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well? You may say the wisest thing you can old man — you who have lived seventy years, not without honor of a kind — I hear an irresistible voice which invites me away from all of that. One generation abandons the enterprises of another like stranded vessels.” — Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854 (p.5).


Russia Monitor: A Criminal Returns To The Scene Of The Crime … And Repeats The Crime

  House approved guidelines for the public phase of the Impeachment Inquiry: 232-196. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/4/19) Dear Fellow Readers, I am amazed at the latest wave of news confirming Trump-Ukraine-Russia as ‘one story, 2016-2019’. Yes there is much confirmation of Trump’s recent pressure on Ukraine to produce dirt on a political opponent, but there is also a great deal of information on Trumpster pressure on Ukraine for similar reasons going back to 2016. And yes, all the names we’re familiar with: Trump; Trump clown-lawyer Giuliani; convicted former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort were on the play list…