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8 Trump officials made stunning revelations about how the president and Giuliani weaponized the State Department


Added 10-19-19 03:14:02pm EST - “Trump and Giuliani used the State Department to circumvent career diplomats and policy experts and carry out a shadow foreign-policy agenda.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “8 Trump officials made stunning revelations about how the president and Giuliani weaponized the State Department”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In the weeks since House Democrats launched a formal impeachment inquiry into whether President Donald Trump used his public office for private gain, current and former officials have come out of the woodwork to testify against the president.

At times defying orders from the White House itself, these officials' revelations paint a stark portrait of a concerted effort from the highest levels of the Trump administration to leverage US foreign policy for the president's political benefit.

They also show how he employed his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and top cabinet officials to bend federal agencies to suit his needs. Chief among those is the US State Department which, according to testimony from current and former officials, was used as part of an effort to circumvent career diplomats and policy experts and carry out a shadow foreign-policy agenda with respect to Ukraine.

Read more: The floodgates are opening as Trump officials publicly defy his orders and more whistleblowers come out of the shadows

At least eight current and former officials have so far testified, or are planning to testify, about how the State Department was used as a vehicle for Trump and Giuliani's political goals:

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