When the news first broke about the whistleblower the media was quick to jump on the story and the Democrats immediately followed demanding that Speaker Pelosi now agree to begin an inquiry into impeachment. I suspect that Pelosi still has strong reservations about impeachment, but her hand was forced with many of the Democrats that had opposed such a move now joining forces with the progressives that have long demanded such action.
It now appears that the Democrats are all on board with impeaching President Trump and according to sources they will file articles of impeachment by the end of October. This has all been put in motion by the phone call between President Trump and the newly elected President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. In the phone call, a whistleblower from the U.S. intelligence community has alleged that President Trump used some form of coercion on Zelensky to compel him to reopen an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
The first reports led people to believe that the whistleblower was on the call (there are always several people on such calls) and heard the conversation firsthand. By the time the story had become headline news the backstory began to unfold and it became known that the whistleblower was not on the call, had not actually read the transcript of the call and had only obtained the information third hand from someone who had more details. While the initial charge was front-page news and the lead story in electronic media this detail seemed to be pushed to the back burner.
The White House responded by releasing a transcript of the Trump-Zelensky conversation which appeared to contradict the initial claim that the President was threatening to withhold foreign aid from the Ukraine unless they did what he wanted. Here are excerpts from the phone call.
Zalensky: Well yes, to tell you the truth, we
are trying to work hard because we wanted to drain the swamp
here in our country. We brought in many many new people. Not the
old politicians, not the typical politicians, because we want to
have a new format and a new type of government .. You are a great
teacher for us and in that.
Trump: I would like you to do us a favor though
because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a
lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with
this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess
you have one of your weal thy people… The server, they say
Ukraine has it. There are a lot. of things that went on, the
whole situation .. I think you are surrounding yourself with some
of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General
call you or your people and I would like you to get to the
bottom of it. As you said yesterday, that whole nonsense ended
with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an
incompetent performance-, but they. say a lot of it started with
Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that· you do it
if that’s possible.
Zelensky: Yes it is. very important for me and
everything that you just mentioned earlier. For me as a
President,-· it is very important and we are open for any future
cooperation. We are ready to· open a new page on cooperation in relations between the United· States and Ukraine. For that·
purpose, I just recalled our ambassador from the United States and
he will be replaced by a very competent and very experienced
ambassador who will work hard on making sure that our two
nations are getting cl0serr. I would also like and hope to see
him having your trust and your confidence and have personal
relations with you so we can cooperate even more so I will
personally tell you that one· of my assistants spoke with Mr.
Giuliani just recently and we are hoping very much that Mr.
Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet once he comes to Ukraine. I just wanted to assure you once again that
you have nobody but friends around us. I will make sure that I
surround myself with the best and most experienced people. I
also wanted to tell you that we are friends. We are great·
friends and you Mr. President have. friends in our country so we
can continue our strategic partnership. I also plan to surround
myself with great people ·and in addition to that investigation,
I guarantee as the President of Ukraine that all the
Investigations will be done openly and candidly .. That I can
assure you .
Trump: Good because I· heard you had a prosecutor
who· was very·good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair.
A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your
very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people
involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the_
mayor bf New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you.
I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General.
:Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very
capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great. The
former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad
news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad
news so I just want to let you know that the other thing,
There’s a lot of. talk about Biden’s son. that Biden stopped the
prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so
whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great.
Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if
you ·can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.
Zelensky: I wanted to tell ·you about the prosecutor. First of all I understand and
I’m knowledgeable about the situation. Since we have won the absolute majority in
our Parliament; the next prosecutor general will be 100% my
person, my candidate, who will be approved, by the parliament and
will start. as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look.
into the situation, specifically to the company that you
mentioned in this issue. The issue of the investigation of the
case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty
so we will take care of that and will work on the investigation
of the case. On top of that, I would kindly ask you if you have
any additional information that you can provide to μs, it would_
be very helpful for the investigation to make sure that we
administer justice in our country with regard to the Ambassador
to the United States from Ukraine as far as I recall her name
was Ivanovich. It was great that you were the first one. who told
me that she was a bad ambassador because I agree with you 100%.
Her attitude towards me was far from the best as she admired the
previous President and she was on his side. She would not accept
me as a new President well enough.
Trump: Well, she’ s going to go through some
things. I will. have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am. also
going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to· the
bottom of it. I’m sure you will figure it out. I heard the
prosecutor was treated very badly and he was a very fair
prosecutor so good luck with everything. Your economy is going-·
to get better and bet.er I predict you have a lot of assets.
It’s a great country. I have many Ukrainian friends, their
After reading the conversation the question that we all have to ask ourselves is what exactly did President Trump do that was a violation of the law? Those making the accusations have focused on him asking the President of Ukraine to investigate some issues that involve the son of the former Vice President, Joe Biden, and that would be a campaign law violation. To fully understand this issue, you have to have the background on who Hunter Biden is, what was his role in Ukraine and what was being investigated. You also have to understand what role then Vice President Biden played in all of this. What Trump was referencing was the firing of a prosecutor under the previous Ukrainian administration. Biden has bragged about threatening to withhold $1B in U.S. loan guarantees if the Ukrainians did not fire the country’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin. I don’t know all the facts about why he wanted him fired but is it the job of the Vice President of the United States to make such demands on another government and then to say “I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. It the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.” Shokin, according to reports I have read, was someone of questionable character, but he was investigating Burisma, one of the largest natural gas companies in Ukraine. It also just happened that Hunter Biden, the Vice President’s son, had been appointed to the Burisma board at a stipend of $50,000 per month.
But you will not hear a single Democrat say that this might be doing something wrong. Even Bill Maher, a constant critic of Trump, was amazed at the silence on the left at the activities of the Biden family. On his show, he opined that if this had been one of the Trump sons Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) would have never stopped talking about it. You can just hear the mavens on CNN calling for a massive investigation. This is the hypocrisy of politics and the liberals have become masters at it. Conservatives can be hypocrites too but in this case, it is so obviously a double standard that even many ardent liberals are calling the left out.
Before I delve further into this, I want to be upfront and say this whole conversation by President Trump was pretty clumsy. Obviously, he wanted the Ukrainian government to take another look at what Hunter Biden was doing in the Ukraine and more than likely use it against Joe Biden should he become the Democrat candidate. There certainly had to be a better way to accomplish this task but Trump has never been known as someone that has that smooth personality and so he plunged right in.
Hunter Biden is a graduate of Yale Law school but has never distinguished himself in the legal field. He helped run a hedge fund with his uncle, James Biden. That very same James Biden, after his brother became Vice President, was hired as an executive with a construction company in 2010 and within months the company has landed a $1.5B contract to build housing in Iraq. I could list a lot of other things about the Biden family cashing in on Joe Biden’s connections, but I think Politico does it best. And I remind everyone that Politico has never been known as a conservative news outlet and most would say it tilts just left. I would invite you to click on the link and read for yourself. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/08/02/joe-biden-investigation-hunter-brother-hedge-fund-money-2020-campaign-227407
In summary, we have the Democrats pushing full speed ahead to impeach President Trump. They have been pushed in this direction and I believe they jumped a little to quick on the Ukrainian issue. NPR published a poll this week and showed that Americans are basically split on the idea of impeachment with Democrats strongly for it and Republicans against it but most importantly Independents are not on board with this action. This same poll showed those living in the suburbs, the key to any Democrat win and keeping some key House seats, are also split and when it comes to wasting time on something, they know won’t succeed in the Senate where they are opposed. Anyone with any knowledge of American elections knows that it is that group of people that ultimately decide elections.
All of us should see by now that the Democrats are still angry about the last Presidential election and have been talking impeachment since they say Donald Trump became the nominee. Once he was elected, they stomped around and demanded that the public see his “crimes.” When they got back the majority in the House, they went full steam ahead and despite the misgivings of the sager leaders in the Party, the young progressives have finally forced everyone to go along. It is a fool’s errand since you need 67 votes to convict in the Senate and I don’t know of anyone that seriously thinks they will get close to that number.
Once again I call on Congress to get back to the work of the people and quit playing politics. This goes for both sides of the aisle. We need a budget, we need immigration reform, we need social security reform, we need border security, etc…. How about doing that first then play your political games.