Aaron Blake

Aaron Blake

Senior political reporter, writing for The Fix at The Washington Post. aaron.blake@washpost.com

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Yovanovitch on whether Ukraine was working against Trump in 2016: "It was not brought to my attention during the two and a half years I served under President Trump." "We didn't really see it that way."

NEW: Giuliani under investigation into whether he stood to personally profit from a Ukrainian natural-gas business pushed by Parnas and Fruman

Elise Stefanik, the GOP intel committee member who criticized Trump's tweet, begins by praising Yovanovitch's service, including mentioning Mogadishu.

Pretty obvious this was a stunt. These rules were understood.

REP. SEWELL: How has it affected your family? YOVANOVITCH: I really don't want to get into that.

This gets at a key question: Why didn't they just get rid of her? Why the cloak and dagger and smear campaign when a president can just remove someone at any time? The answer: Because they felt they might need a political justification.


Trump accused @projectexile7  of leaking classified info at least 10 times: July 10, 2017 April 13, 2018 April 19, 2018 April 20, 2018 April 26, 2018 April 27, 2018 June 8, 2018 Nov. 7, 2018 March 27, 2019 April 25, 2019 IG report says there is "no evidence" of this.

Here is a list of people who have said Trump would meet with Iran without preconditions: -Pompeo (2x) -Mnuchin @hogangidley45  @statedeptspox  -Trump himself (2x)

Kudlow predicted the deficit would decline in 2018. It increased 17%. He said we'd get 3-4 percent GDP growth off the tax cuts. It's been 2.5 percent. He predicted we could hit 5% GDP growth for a short period. The highest it's hit has been 3.5%.

Romney says it's "troubling in the extreme." Toomey says it's "inappropriate." Sasse, who has now reviewed the complaint, says it's "really troubling." Getting tougher for GOP to argue there's no there, there.

Hillary Clinton doesn't just predict the Russians will support Tulsi Gabbard as a third-party candidate; she also calls Jill Stein "a Russian asset -- I mean totally." Full context:

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The president's top aide and his Secretary of State thought he was such a danger that they felt the need to recruit other people to resist him. The story isn't that the U.N. ambassador declined. It's that the the recruitment effort took place.