Thursday, November 14, 2019

After Three Years And Countless Deceptions, Democrats Lack The Credibility To Hurl Accusations At President Trump

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, articulated his trepidation with the Democrats’ case for impeaching President Trump during the first hearing not to be conducted behind closed doors.

“For years they accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia when they themselves were colluding with Russia by funding and spreading the Steele dossier, which relied on Russian sources. And now they accuse President Trump of malfeasance in Ukraine when they themselves are culpable. The Democrats cooperated in Ukrainian election meddling, and they defend Hunter Biden’s securing of a lavishly paid position with a corrupt Ukrainian company, all while his father served as Vice President.”


“What we will witness today is a televised theatrical performance staged by the Democrats. Ambassador Taylor and Mr. Kent—I’d like to welcome you here and congratulate you for passing the Democrats’ Star Chamber auditions held for the last six weeks in the basement of the Capitol. It seems you agreed, wittingly or unwittingly, to participate in a drama. But the main performance—the Russia hoax—has ended, and you’ve been cast in the low-rent Ukrainian sequel.”

I’ll conclude by noting the immense damage the politicized bureaucracy has done to Americans’ faith in government. Though Executive Branch employees are charged with implementing the policy set by our President, who is elected by and responsible to the American people, elements of the civil service have decided that they, not the President, are really in charge.”


“Officials showed a surprising lack of interest in the indications of Ukrainian election meddling that deeply concerned the President at whose pleasure they serve. Despite all their dissatisfaction with President Trump’s Ukraine policy, the President approved the supply of weapons to Ukraine, unlike the previous administration, which provided blankets as defense against invading Russians.”

”By undermining the President who they are supposed to be serving, elements of the FBI, the Department of Justice, and now the State Department, have lost the confidence of millions of Americans who believe that their vote should count for something. It will take years, if not decades, to restore faith in these institutions.”

“This spectacle is doing great damage to our country. It’s nothing more than an impeachment process in search of a crime.”

Since taking office, the Trump Administration has continued to pressure Russia over its involvement in eastern Ukraine.  In January 2018, the U.S. imposed new sanctions on 21 individuals and nine companies linked to the conflict in March 2018, the State Department approved the sale of Javelin anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, the first sale of lethal weaponry since the conflict began in July 2018 the Department of Defense announced an additional $200 million in defensive aid, bringing the total amount of aid provided since 2014 to $1 billion.

In his opening statement on October 22nd, behind closed doors, Acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor described a visit to the frontlines in northern Donbas over the summer in vivid terms that underscored his views on the importance of U.S. security assistance to Ukraine. 

"I could see the armed and hostile Russian-led forces on the other side of the damaged bridge across the line of contact," Taylor said. "Over 13,000 Ukrainians had been killed in the war, one or two a week. To this day, that continues. More Ukrainians would undoubtedly die without US assistance."

The Ukraine conflict, which began in 2014, has led to roughly 13,000 deaths and displaced roughly 1.6 million people
The Maidan uprising, which took place on the eve of the closing day of the Sochi Winter Games, astonished and enraged Putin.  He responded by ordering the takeover of Crimea at dawn on the morning of February 23, 2014. The war of aggression, occupation, and annexation that followed turned out to be the grim beginning of a new era and what might be the start of a new cold war, or worse.

At its heart, however, the conflicts within Ukraine and the fight Putin has picked with Ukraine, are about post-Soviet kleptocracy and where and whether there is a popular will to resist it.

The impeachment spectacle we witnessed yesterday and will have to endure in the coming weeks, perhaps even months, has been designed to turn a phone call into a crime. 

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