Democrats say texts and transcripts involving US officials dealing with Ukraine prove that President Donald Trump should be challenged. What they really confirm, however, is the extent to which the US treats Ukraine as a vassal.
At the center of the latest media storm are text messages between US diplomats and Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. House Democrats seeking Trump's impeachment have already sent a subpoena to the White House for more documents, and their media allies have proclaimed the texts "damning."
Much of the brouhaha focuses on the messages from Bill Taylor, the business officer at the US Embassy in Kiev, who is the only one suggesting military aid to Ukraine, and President Volodymyr Zelensky's meeting with Trump is being "conditioned" on investigations by Hunter The role of Biden and Ukraine in 2016 meddling in the US elections.
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In one of the exchanges with US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland on September 9, Taylor explains what the Democrats' argument for impeachment would be:
Like I said on the phone, I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.
It's time for Dems to try to bring in Ambassador Bill Taylor.
Taylor * writes twice about a direct counterpart between military aid and Ukraine, helping Trump defraud our election.
There is a * reason * Taylor thought there was a quid pro quo.
Let's hear from him:https://t.co/NY8KRlYpb5
– Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) October 4, 2019
Taylor's Admonition by Sondland – "I believe you are incorrect about President Trump's intentions. The President has been clear: there is no kind of counterpart." – is somehow being accepted as an admission of wrongdoing along with his request. phone call instead of continuing texts.
Thus, suddenly, the controversy over the so-called "whistleblower" who may have conspired with House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-California) before filing his complaint – based on rumors – is declared "irrelevant" and the texts are presented as the holy grail of impeachment processes.
At this point, a whistleblower's complaint is irrelevant. The transcription of the Trump-Zelensky link and the texts of Volker, Sondland et al. Released yesterday is all we need to clearly show Trump's misconduct.
– Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 4, 2019
It is curious how the same treatment was not given a few months ago to anti-Trump text messages from FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, when the entire media establishment turned into pretzels to explain this when Strzok said "let's stop" Trump. to become president, what he really meant, you see, was totally innocuous and not sinister.
House Republicans criticized the diplomatic texts as "handpicked" by the other party and argued that the closed-door testimony of Kurt Volker, former US special envoy to Ukraine who participated in the exchanges, painted a completely different image.
Reading the transcription Volker's opening statement, obtained and published on Friday by investigative reporter John Solomon and the Federalist, appears to support that statement. Volker testified that he did not raise the issue of suspending military aid with the Ukrainians until the end of August, when it was first reported in the media – and long after Trump-Zelensky's call. He was also unaware of any reference to former Vice President Joe Biden or his son until the call transcript was released on September 25.
Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani "emphasized that all he wanted was for Ukraine to investigate what happened in the past and enforce its own laws," Volker explained.
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On the issue of maintaining military aid, Volker admits that he was conducting his own policy, according to the Washington consensus, rather than obeying the president who appointed him:
“I became aware of a Congressional notification of the procedure with this assistance on July 18, 2019 and immediately attempted to reverse this position. I was confident that this position would actually be reversed in the end, because the provision of such assistance was uniformly supported by the State, Defense, NSC, House of Representatives, Senate, and Washington expert community. "
However, the most overlooked text on the lot is from Volker to Giuliani, dated August 9, asking for a phone call "to make sure I advise Z (Zelensky) correctly on what he should be saying."
For impeachment-inclined Democrats, what is questionable here is the content of Volker's instructions – namely, the alleged "meddling in the elections" in the Bidens investigation (and the role of Ukraine in 2016, which they are eager never to mention). ). What must be questionable is that an American diplomat is whispering to the newly elected president of an ostensibly sovereign country. Not that it was the first time.
Way back April 2016President Barack Obama argued that the US upheld the "principle … that nations like Ukraine have the right to choose their own destiny." It was not said that these choices would only be honored if they were aligned with US beliefs and goals – and subject to "Color Revolution" and regime change, if not, and that is exactly what happened in February 2014 in Kiev.
The fact that neither Democrats nor Republicans are raising this issue with Volker's testimony and the texts only show that none of them have problems with the US acting as an empire, and Ukraine being its vassal. That's what is really damning about all this, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Nebojsa Malic, senior writer at RT
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