• As per a transcript (released Wednesday morning) of a July phone call released by the White House, President Trump asked Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate Joe Biden and his son, who was on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company.
• Further, the transcript reveals that Trump even offered Zelensky the help of his personal lawyer and attorney general to “get to the bottom of it.” During the call, Trump even reminded Zelensky of the aid that the U.S. sends to Ukraine.
• White House, however, cleared that the transcript isn’t verbatim. Instead, it is based on the “notes and recollections” of Situation Room and National Security Council officials.
• A week before this call with the Ukrainian President, Trump asked his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to put a hold on the Ukraine funds, WSJ reported.
• President had claimed (without any evidence) that Biden, when he was the vice president, worked to remove a Ukrainian prosecutor, who was investigating the company where Biden’s son was board of directors.
• Even before the release of transcript, Trump confirmed that he talked about Biden with Zelensky and also about the aid. However, the President claims that the aid and Biden thing are not related.
• Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec, in a statement said, "there was no campaign finance violence and that no further action was warranted."
• The matter does not seem to be over. On Tuesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff tweeted that whistleblower wants to testify before his committee.
When news first broke about the whistleblower complaint and details emerged, it seemed like just another run-of-the-mill report of presidential wrongdoing that wouldn’t go anywhere. I say this because we’ve seen similar “serious” probes into the president. The grueling Mueller investigation took long to complete, and resulted in no action against the president or his beneficiaries. Subpoenas have been issued over and over for former administration members (Barr, Hicks, Donaldson, Ross, McGahn), and have been routinely met with shrugs. An impeachment inquiry also hasn’t been unheard of. Democrats have announced such attempts, though they, again, resulted in no change. But this time, it seems different.
The memorandum released by the White House illustrates that Trump indeed asked president Zelenskyy of Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son, though he first highlights the aid he has given to Ukraine. It’s a quid pro quo agreement between the US president and a foreign entity. And what does Trump stand to benefit from an investigation into Biden’s dealings? Well, the 2020 race of course. Shockingly, his entanglement of Giuliani and Barr points to further corruption in the White House.
But let’s not stop here. It’s likely this memorandum (note—NOT a transcript! It’s a pieced together recollection of what transpired), which still confirms the alleged wrongdoings, still leaves out some more damning language that could make impeachment a no-brainer.
It’s a shame to see that the media continues to publish and give significant air time and attention to covering stories that are driven by allegations, presumptions, and “maybe it is, maybe it isn’t” rhetoric. It’s confusing, distorting, and distracting. The dramatic announcement of calling for impeachment proceedings was plastered across all major media outlets. But now, once again, a day or so passes and it’s revealed to be less damning, or completely non-substantial. The Dems are chasing some kind of moral victory, but they keep losing, and embarrassingly so. The transcript reveals nothing close to unusual in the political realm. Trying to mold it into grounds for impeachment won’t work unless there was a clear crime committed.
This reeks of desperation, and unless someone can point me to a severe criminal, impeachable offense, I will continue to hold my position as is: this is a blown-up nothingburger, and the Democrats should be careful. This won’t look all too good once 2020 comes along. There’s nothing in the transcript. The Biden thing is briefly mentioned, no money is mentioned, no promise. All this does is weaken Biden’s chances. Trump will stay in the Oval Office. Sorry Pelosi, there’s nothing to see here.