It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the ongoing impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine. There are scores of witnesses, thousands of pages of transcripts and two political parties doing their best to tell the story that looks best for them out of the known facts (and in Trump’s case, often made-up “facts.”)
But here’s the thing to keep in mind while watching the public hearings — and the inevitable spin about the public hearings: We already have a very clear — and decidedly consistent — understanding of what happened before, during and after the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Here are the facts: Trump, on the call, made clear to Zelensky that a) the United States does a lot for Ukraine b) Ukraine doesn’t reciprocate c) he wanted an investigation into the location of the hacked Democratic National Committee server and d) he wanted an investigation into charges — without any factual evidence — that Joe Biden and Hunter Biden had engaged in corrupt practices in Ukraine.
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The White House releases all in the transcript in September after the whistleblowers letter to Congress. What we don’t know exactly is what Looney Rudy was doing all this time as Trump’s personal lawyer…Rudy was not working in any an official capacity, only as a personal legal fixer. This alone shows Trump was acting in his own personal interests not in the interests of America.
A further look into the three amigos will bare fruit into the dark plan Trump orchestrated to smear the Bidens and further his 2020 ambitions.
What’s truly remarkable — and absolutely worth keeping at the top of your mind when watching these open hearings — is the remarkable consistency of the way that people from a variety of branches of government whose work lives touched this Ukraine episode describe what happened. From the State Department to the Pentagon and back, there is a clear consistency in how this all played out. And it seems that all of those versions of events also back up the original whistleblower complaint that went public in late September.
King Trump is falling apart at the seams, but House republicans are lending a blind eye toward the truth that King Trump stared this black op and orchestrated the rest through Mulvuney, Pompe and Perry with Sondland all along for the ride.
Lastly While the Trump administration might not like the impeachment resolution on principle, the resolution is devoted to outlining the procedures, rights of all parties and consequences. Therefore, it’s inaccurate for King Trump to say the resolution fails to provide due process, when due process is interpreted by legal scholars as the right to fair procedures that must be predetermined before any attempts to “deprive” them of “life, liberty or property.”
Fiona Hill during her testimony slammed the “fictional” conspiracy theories that Ukraine meddled in the US election that she said were dreamed up by Moscow in another attempt to fulfill Putin’s goal of stoking political division and diminishing America’s prestige.
Such claims were hyped by Republican House members who struggled to counter evidence of abuses of power by the President who demanded Ukraine’s new government investigate Joe Biden. “I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative that the Ukrainian government is a US adversary, and that Ukraine, not Russia, attacked us in 2016,” Hill said.
They also sparked the Ukraine scandal itself — since witnesses have claimed Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani put such stories in Trump’s head, leading the President to wield his authority to set foreign policy not in US interests but for his own political ends.