SERIOUS, Mr President?
Just a few weeks after you were acquitted of conspiracy with a foreign power to arrange the 2016 elections by special counselor Robert Mueller, you called the leader of another foreign power and asked him for your main presidential rival Joe Biden for the 2020 to investigate elections?
Have you gone crazy ????
That was my first reaction when I read the bomb transcript of Donald Trump's conversation in July with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky.
At every level, this was spectacularly poorly advised and brutal behavior, and far removed from the "perfect" and "beautiful" chat that President Trump made us believe it had been.
All smiles! Donald and Melania Trump pose with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and wife Olena Zelenskaya prior to dinner on Tuesday evening
And this is no longer an ambiguous rumor in Washington, it is a cold, hard fact confirmed in Donald Trump's own words, released in an official White House document.
Any impartial non-partisan observer reading that transcript concludes that it is at least very inappropriate.
I certainly did.
Frankly, I find it absolutely shocking that President Trump would be so reckless so soon after the Mueller probe ended.
He must have known that it would become public and cause the fire storm that is now erupting about it.
A transcript of President Trump's conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart in July was released Wednesday (above), the day after Nancy Pelosi announced that official hearings with deposition would take place
BUT, and it is a very important "but," it was not a crime.
At least, that was the clear determination of the Ministry of Justice when its powerful legal brain carefully studied the transcript after it was referred to them after a complaint from a mysterious whistleblower.
They unambiguously concluded that there was no criminal case to answer.
And the main reason for that is, I suspect, that it did not establish the main indictment – namely, that President Trump deliberately withdrew substantial aid to Ukraine unless they made his bid for the investigation into Joe Biden.
So there was no "quid pro quo" that would almost certainly have brought the conversation into very dangerous legal waters.
Trump asked the leader of Ukraine to investigate what he believes is possible – although strongly denied – corruption in that country with Biden & # 39; s son Hunter (pictured together above)
Yes, Trump hears say "I want you to do us a favor", and yes, he had withheld the help a few days before the call.
But no damn irrefutable connection has been proven between these two things in what has been published so far – no & # 39; smoking gun & # 39 ;.
And without that we are left behind with Trump asking the leader of Ukraine to investigate what he believes is possible – although strongly denied – corruption in that country with Biden & # 39; s son Hunter.
Many will think that this is not a completely unreasonable request, given that Biden Snr was vice president at the time his son received $ 50,000 a month to advise an unreliable Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Holdings, without, according to are critics, some good experience with doing.
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich – who was expelled from mass protests – had close ties with a & # 39; dodgy & # 39; gas company whose board was Hunter Biden
As vice president, Joe Biden led US diplomatic efforts to protect Ukraine's young democracy and to eradicate corruption after mass protests had driven out former Viktor Yanukovych.
Burisma, whose board was Hunter Biden, had ties with Yanukovych which gave rise to corruption trials and the White House of Obama panicked about a potentially harmful conflict of interest.
Such a conflict has never been proven, but the stink of suspicion about the activities of Hunter Biden in Ukraine persists and seems a justified issue of concern if his father wants to become president. Basically, Hunter was only valuable to Burisma because his father was vice president, so what did he do for them?
The transcript reveals that Trump also asked President Zelensky to investigate if he could find Hillary Clinton's notorious missing e-mail server, which he was told might have ended up in Ukraine.
Again, many, especially under the Trump base, will think that this is not a scandalous request, given how central it was in a criminal investigation that may have influenced the 2016 elections.
The transcript also reveals that Trump also asked President Zelensky to investigate if he could find Hillary Clinton's notorious missing e-mail server, which he said was told he may have ended up in Ukraine.
But indignant Democrats think this is deadly serious presidential misconduct, have decided to die on this hill in Ukraine, and now intend to accuse the president.
And with that, I think they're making a terrible political mistake that could probably lead them to end up dying on this hill.
Accusation is very rare in America.
Only three presidents have ever been deposed – Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon.
None of them were convicted, although Nixon would have been if he had not resigned.
Only three presidents have ever been deposed – Andrew Johnson, top left, Bill Clinton, top right, and Richard Nixon, above. None of them were convicted, although Nixon would have been if he had not resigned.
To be successful, a deposition process must go through the House of Representatives and then stand trial in the Senate.
And there is the big problem for house speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow democrats.
They will almost certainly get the accusation of Trump from the House where they have a majority. In fact, the voices are almost there.
But as it stands, they have no cat in hell's chance to get Trump convicted in the Senate, where 67 out of 100 votes are needed to succeed and there are currently 53 Republican senators.
So unless a new piece of dynamite emerges during the investigations, this bid will inevitably fail and everyone knows it.
And everyone also knows how happy Trump likes to grab failure and & # 39; losers & # 39; mocked.
He used the Mueller report shamelessly to hold a seemingly endless one-man ticker tape parade, with the media commenting on it & # 39; fake news & # 39; and his political opponents were given a set of useless wash rolls that had gotten their appearance because they lied about him.
Imagine what Trump would do with an accusation of acquittal in the run-up to November 2020?
So why the hell did the Democrats do this?
Well, I believe it is what NFL fans call a "Greetings Maria Pass," made in despair with the knowledge that it has very little chance of success.
The quarterback, Mrs. Pelosi, has thrown the impeachment ball into the air after intense pressure on her part, and hopes it will somehow end up with enough mud in the end zone to reduce Trump's chance of re-taking.
She did it, after repeatedly saying she would not, because Pelosi is a smart, long-acting Washington cookie who has read the election and has drawn the sobering conclusion that Trump is increasingly likely to be re-elected.
The American economy is doing well, certainly in comparison with most other countries, and when incumbent presidents stand for election on the back of a strong economy, they invariably win again.
To be successful, a deposition process must go through the House of Representatives and then stand trial in the Senate. And there is the big problem for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi above, and her fellow democrats.
There is also the question of who could still beat him?
The field of the Democratic presidential candidate is looking increasingly faint and I don't think Trump is afraid of one of them with the possible exception of Biden who remains a smart operator despite his age.
Yet the irony of this accusation development is that it might cause more damage to Biden than Trump.
There are, as I said, very sincere questions about what Hunter Biden did in Ukraine for his $ 50,000 a month, while his father had a second highest office in America.
What did he promise them when he became a member?
What influence did he have?
Has his father intervened to prevent his son from being examined?
Biden Snr says they never talked about it, which seems highly unbelievable, not least because Biden Jr said they did it at least once.
Whatever the truth, it will all come out in these accusations, and if the Bidens are not entirely honest, it may be Joe who is politically scalped, not Trump.
I therefore find this accusation inexplicable.
"It turned out to say nothing," Trump said today.
No, it wasn't, Mr. President.
It was a very stupid phone call.
But nowhere as stupid as the call from the Democrats to try and accuse you about it.
That call can cost them the elections next year.
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