I have a question about this Ukraine scandal.
It is a simple question, but I think that is a relevant and important question in view of the current explosive cacophony of accusation sound that is bursting everywhere in Washington.
And it is a question that I know will cause an immediate new attack of hysteria from all sides.
Some will furiously accuse me of playing & # 39; whataboutery & # 39; to divert attention from what they see as the real story.
Others will applaud me furiously for emphasizing what THEY see as the real story.
The rest it reads will either be so angry that they can't express themselves at all because of all the foam that comes out of their mouths – a common ailment in these screaming social media times – or they don't care.
But one thing is certain, it is a question that must be asked.
It's not about the behavior of President Trump during that now infamous phone call in July with Ukrainian President Zelensky.
Trump met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week, just as the telephone scandal exploded
My opinion on that, as I wrote last week, was that it was a very stupid phone call to make and Trump now gets all the cruel kickback he deserves because he is so reckless.
I don't know what the hell he thought when he asked a foreign leader to dig up rubbish at his main rival for the 2020 elections, but it was utterly insane on his part to do it so soon after the Mueller report told him had acquitted himself of collusion with Russians to arrange the 2016 elections.
Whether it was criminal or intangible madness remains to be seen, although most impartial observers – yes, there are a few left of this dying breed – think it was not unless future investigations show that Trump was a & # 39; quid -pro-quo & # 39; has carried out a threat of military assistance to Ukraine unless Zelensky agreed to dig dirt.
At present, speculation is not a fact.
Nor does my question relate to the increasingly stranger behavior of Trump & # 39; s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
I have known Giuliani for ten years, interviewed him many times and have always had tremendous respect for him as a smart, thoughtful man who, when it became difficult after 9/11, showed the world what true leadership is.
But in recent months, Giuliani has changed from the American mayor to the American Madman, who flies around through the aerial news waves that rage and rage like crazy.
And when he doesn't run through the air waves, he secretly runs around the world in the role of Trump & Dirt-Digger-Chief.
In recent months, Giuliani has changed from the American mayor to the American Madman, who flies around through the cable news waves that rage and rage like crazy.
None of this helped the president.
It even hurts him.
It doesn't look good if your personal attorney behaves as if he has lost his marbles, and it is a downright terrible look for some man to then do highly controversial clandestine business on your behalf while you are in the White House sit.
But no, my question is not about Rudy Giuliani either.
Nor is it about the outrageous warnings from Trump, through a presidential retweet from a predecessor of a megachurch in Texas, that any attempt to accuse him would lead to a new civil war in America.
As Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger said, this was "irrefutable."
No, my question relates to the issue of Joe Biden and his son Hunter's $ 50,000 per month work at a Ukrainian gas company while his father was vice president, and despite having almost zero qualifications for the job.
And in particular, whether Biden Snr intervened to stop an investigation into corruption that might have caused problems for his son.
Joe Biden, right, with his son Hunter whose $ 50,000 a month work at a Ukrainian gas company while his father's vice president was a cause for concern
"There is much talk about the son of Biden," Trump said during that Zelensky call, "that Biden has stopped the persecution and many people want to find out."
It is true – there is much talk about it.
Yet the Bidens and the Democrats are adamant that nothing can be seen here.
Indeed, they express bewilderment and anger that someone might even try to raise an eyebrow about it.
Yet I certainly have a few concerns that should receive much more attention from the mainstream media:
Obama made him his point man there after the overthrow of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, left, apparently to help new pro-western president Petro Poroshenko, right, to eradicate corruption
1) What exactly did Joe Biden do in Ukraine? President Obama made him the point man there after the overthrow of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in the 2014 revolution. Biden has visited Ukraine at least twelve times in the next two years, allegedly to help corruption the new pro-western president Petro Poroshenko exterminate. But what did Biden really do? We should know.
2) How and why did Hunter Biden get such a lucrative job in the spring of 2014 from Burisma, the largest private gas company in Ukraine? He doesn't seem to have any real credentials other than being the son of the American vice president. We should know.
3) What did Hunter Biden do for Burisma? Who has he met, what deals has he made, what influence has he had and how? How did he earn his $ 50,000 a month? We should know.
4) Why, as DailyMail.com shows today, the investment partner of Hunter Chris Heinz – the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry – divorced him when he joined Burisma because he was allegedly concerned about Biden's bad judgment and what it would look like? And has Heinz shared those concerns with Joe Biden?
5) What conversations did Biden Snr have with his son about Burisma? He says nothing, but Hunter said they had at least one. Neither answer seems credible, considering how close they were and what they were doing in Ukraine at the time. "Ask the right questions," Biden Snr snarled when a reporter tried to push him through last week. This is a perfectly correct question to ask. We should know.
6) Is it crucial, does Biden Snr interfere with investigations into Burisma that were conducted because the owner Mykola Zlochevsky was expelled close to Yanukovych? We know that Biden Snr successfully managed to demand that the highest prosecutor of Ukraine Viktor Shokin be fired if the government wanted $ 1 billion in American aid. But was another reason that he wanted to protect Hunter from being dragged into a Burisma probe? If that were true, would Biden certainly be guilty of exactly the same kind of things that Trump is accused of? Biden strongly denies it and there is no hard evidence to prove the contrary. But this is the main levy achieved by a Trump campaign that ironically Biden calls "Quid Pro Joe". Again, we should know.
Has Biden Snr interfered with investigations into Burisma that were carried out because the owner Mykola Zlochevsky (above) was close to deposed Yanukovych?
"Biden doesn't have to answer for nothing," said James Carville, the Democratic strategist and former Clintons adviser. "There is a story here. The president of the United States tried to siccate a foreign government against a political opponent. & # 39;
The last part of that statement is demonstrably true, because Trump has admitted – although unless it is proven that he intentionally withheld help until Ukraine did a Biden soil, I do not see any deposition successful in the Senate with the Republican majority.
But there is certainly more than one story here.
And if Joe Biden wants to become president, he will have to stop pretending he isn't, stop barking "ask the right questions!" To reporters to keep them from doing their job and start answering some difficult questions.
And this all leads me to the question I really want to ask, and this is this: what would the same Democrats say there is nothing to see if we would trade Hunter Biden & # 39; s name for Donald Trump Jr?
We all know the answer.
They would shout blue murder about nepotism, conflict, corruption and collusion.
That is why it is time for the media to step up their investigations into the Bidens and Ukraine and start the same heat that they are now, perfectly correct, in Trump & # 39; s phone conversation.
Because if they do that, and they discover something so deadly that it justifies what Trump said during that phone call or at least offers some mitigation, then it might well decide the next election.
And this all leads me to the question that I really want to ask, and this is this: what would the same Democrats who say there is nothing to see say if we swap Hunter Biden's name for Donald Trump Jr. (above)?
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