Democrats have been running a charade for years, accusing President Donald Trump of everything they are guilty of, yet somehow the media, members of their own party and even the justice system never seem to hold them accountable.
They accuse Trump of threatening to withhold military aid to Ukraine in a July 25th phone call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky if he didn’t investigate Joe Biden and his son based on an as yet publicly unscrutinized, unnamed whistleblower’s complaint which sparked the impeachment circus playing out in Washington.
Joe Biden bragged openly and on the record to Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, at an event last January, that he pressured the government of Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor. He was allegedly leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden’s son as a board member, but on Saturday at a Las Vegas, Nevada campaign stop Biden attacked Trump for seeking an investigation.
“He’s already spent $12 million on television spreading lies about me,” Biden said. “Everybody’s account, including all the people who testified from this administration, and — and the Ukrainians — and said, ‘Biden did a great job for us.'”
Biden told a room full of foreign policy specialists about his threat to former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. The move would have plunged the former Soviet republic into insolvency.
“And I remember going over, convincing our team, our leaders to—convincing that we should be providing for loan guarantees. And I went over, I guess, the 12th, 13th time to Kiev. And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee,” said Biden.
“And I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t. So they said they had—they were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, I’m not going to—or, we’re not going to give you the billion dollars,” Biden said.
“They said, you have no authority. You’re not the president. The president said—I said, call him. (Laughter.) I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. (Laughter.) He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” he claimed. Poroshenko and Ukraine’s parliament ultimately terminated Shokin’s tenure as prosecutor.
Biden’s spokesman Andrew Bates told TIME in September, “Donald Trump is so terrified of Joe Biden that he tried to bully a foreign country into smearing him with a universally discredited conspiracy theory he cribbed from the right-wing fringes of the Internet.”
“This ‘self before country’ politics is an affront to our national security interests and represents a low to which no American president has ever sunk. However, the desperation Trump exhibited in touching this scandal off means that he and Vice President Biden apparently do agree on at least one thing, which over 70 polls reinforce: in 2020 Joe Biden will beat him like a drum,” said Bates.
The hypocrisy and blatant bias pouring out of the Democratic Party has clogged the pathways to justice in Washington like sludge.
Trump is on solid legal ground in asking for Ukraine assistance to probe the Bidens. The whistleblower alleges Trump abused his power to solicit foreign interference in investigating a rival, but in 1999 Bill Clinton signed a treaty with Ukraine providing for mutual legal assistance on criminal matters. Under the treaty both governments can make testimony and witnesses available.
The whistleblower’s account of the phone call contains numerous smears, inaccuracies and lies, yet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has continued to shroud him in secrecy.
“The whistleblower is there to speak truth to power and have protection for doing that. And any, any retribution or harm coming to the whistleblower undermines our ability to hear it. I will defend the rights of the whistleblower vehemently. Vehemently,” she told reporters last Thursday.
“The president can come — if he has a case to make. Does he want to come speak? Does he want to present in writing or speak to the committee about his — what might be exculpatory for him? He has that right to do. But nobody, nobody, president — the president is not above the law. The president will be held accountable. Nobody should have the right to endanger whistleblowers. That is the system I will defend and the American people — the American people understand,” Pelosi asserted.
The whistleblower has never been held accountable for his false accusations while Trump continues to be unfairly subjected to a partisan witchhunt.
He stated that Trump offered a quid pro quo in the form of military aid when an unredacted call transcript shows no evidence any was extended. He also suggested that Zelensky was pressured during the call, but the Ukraine president denied he was under duress, saying it was a “normal call” and “no one pushed me.”
His complaint stated that Counselor to the State Department Ulrich Brechbuhl was on the president’s call with Zelensky, but this turned out to be false.
He alleged that Trump made a “specific request that the Ukrainian leader locate and turn over servers used by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and examined by the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike”. The president mentioned CrowdStrike, but did not demand the server.
He also accused U.S. diplomat Kurt Volker of moving in mid-May to “contain the damage” from Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s outreach to Ukraine, a claim disproved by a July 19 text message conversation from Volker to Giuliani.
His complaint said the president “suggested that Mr. Zelensky might want to keep” his current prosecutor general, but the transcript contained no such request.
His most explosive accusation was riddled with disinformation. “In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple U.S. officials that senior White House officials had intervened to ‘lock down’ all records of the phone call, especially the official word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced — as is customary — by the White House Situation Room,” he asserted.
The transcript was placed in a separate electronic system at the direction of National Security Council lawyers. It was a secure password protected server, not a secret server.
The whistleblower claimed the phone call transcript between Trump and Zelensky did not contain anything “remotely sensitive,” but the transcript was classified as “secret” due to the sensitive nature of the conversation and national security concerns.
The double standard plaguing our system of justice and Congress has been roiling our country since the launch of a completely unjustified criminal investigation into the president after he took office in 2017, and continues until today with trumped up accusations for his impeachment. Clearly, this has placed Democrats and their affiliates above the law for all the world to see. The spectacle should make us all shudder.