With the revelation by an intel community “whistleblower” that President Donald Trump, in a congratulatory call to the new president of Ukraine, pushed him repeatedly to investigate the Joe Biden family connection to Ukrainian corruption, the cry “Impeach!” is being heard anew in the land.
But revisiting how this latest scandal came about, and how it has begun to unfold, it is a good bet that the principal casualty could be the former vice president. Consider:
In May 2016, Joe Biden, as Barack Obama’s designated point man on Ukraine, flew to Kiev to inform President Petro Poroshenko that a billion-dollar U.S. loan guarantee had been approved to enable Kiev to continue to service its mammoth debt.
But, said Biden, the aid was conditional. There was a quid pro quo.
If Poroshenko’s regime did not fire its chief prosecutor in six hours, Biden would fly home and Ukraine would get no loan guarantee. Ukraine capitulated instantly, said Joe, reveling in his pro-consul role.
Yet, left out of Biden’s drama about how he dropped the hammer on a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor was this detail:
The prosecutor had been investigating Burisma Holdings, the biggest gas company in Ukraine. And right after the U.S.-backed coup that ousted the pro-Russian government in Kiev, and after Joe Biden had been given the lead on foreign aid for Ukraine, Burisma had installed on its board, at $50,000 a month, Hunter Biden, the son of the vice president.
Joe Biden claims that, though he was point man in the battle on corruption in Ukraine, he was unaware his son was raking in hundreds of thousands from one of the companies being investigated.
Said Joe on Saturday, “I have never spoken to my son about his various business dealings.”
Is this credible?
Trump and Rudy Giuliani suspect not, and in that July 25 phone call, Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky to reopen the investigation of Hunter Biden and Burisma.
The media insist there is no story here and the real scandal is that Trump pressed Zelensky to reopen the investigation to target his strongest 2020 rival. Worse, say Trump’s accusers, would be if the president conditioned the transfer of $250 million in approved military aid to Kiev on the new regime’s acceding to his demands.
The questions raised are several:
Is it wrong to make military aid to a friendly nation conditional on that nation’s compliance with legitimate requests or demands of the United States? Is it illegitimate to ask a friendly government to look into what may be corrupt conduct by the son of a U.S. vice president?
Joe Biden has an even bigger problem: This issue has begun to dominate the news at an especially vulnerable moment for his campaign.
Biden’s stumbles and gaffes have already raised alarms among his followers and been seized upon by rivals such as Cory Booker, who has publicly suggested that the 76-year-old former vice president is losing it.
Biden’s lead in the polls also appears shakier with each month. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just taken a narrow lead in a Des Moines Register poll and crusading against Beltway corruption is central to her campaign.
“Too many politicians in both parties have convinced themselves that playing the money-for-influence game is the only way to get things done,” Warren told her massive rally in New York City: “No more business as usual. Let’s attack the corruption head on.”
Soon, it will not only be Trump and Giuliani asking Biden questions abut Ukraine, Burisma and Hunter, but Democrats, too. Calls are rising for Biden’s son to be called to testify before congressional committees.
With Trump airing new charges daily, Biden will be asked to respond by his traveling press. The charges and the countercharges will become what the presidential campaign is all about. Bad news for Joe Biden.
What with President Trump publishing the entire transcript of this phone call in the morning, all of a sudden Dems are frowning.
Yes, they’ve been played.
There will be no “there” there.
Watch what poor Nancy, who’s been cornered into talking impeachment when she didn’t want to, says today at 5EST.
so all of this came down on the terrorist pres watch?? wonder how much of a kickback he got?? slut hillary is waiting in the wings to jump in and dame the demorat party for 2020.
The timing should have been slower, not yet.
That’s the only problem Dems have right now.
How can they draw this out so Biden has to quit (make it look like Trump’s fault) so Hillary can sweep in on her broom?
Well, she’s got a REAL advantage.
The whistleblower’s lawyer is from Rose Law Firm and used to work for her.
He also used to work for Sen Schumer!
Andrew P. Bakaj.
This is what stretches credulity. How is this not of interest to the media? I realize this is the same media that, when the Clinton Foundation gets $1.5 million from Russia then Hillary rubber-stamps a deal for a company with known ties to Russia buys 20% of our uranium, could not muster a single, “hmmmmm.” However, at some point, there has to be journalists somewhere that are not on the Democrat dole.
Democrats have proven they don’t care about this nation. They proved it by supporting Hillary, who put national security at extreme jeopardy. They proved it by pushing to subordinate US sovereignty to globalists. The proved it by pushing for socialism and programs that will destroy our economy. They prove this by supporting illegal immigrants over US citizens.
chucky has made a few trips on the Lolita Express. confidential air logs prove it-yet to be revealed. the timing is poor for the rats. the hypocrisy today came when the slut hillary informed that press that the corrupt President should be impeached. oh well, wonder where whore dog billy is hiding these days?