You want to know why conservatives hate the liberal media and have no faith in many commentators on their own side? All you have to do is look at the reactions to this stupid story.
Yesterday, a supposed “bombshell” dropped via numerous anonymous sources that the much ballyhooed “whistle-blower” complaint against Trump involved him encouraging Ukraine’s new president to continue its corruption investigation into Joe Biden. To this point, we actually have no specifics saying Trump promised him anything after that request, or that if he did, that it was anything inappropriate. You would be remiss to not ask why it’s wrong to ask an ally to look into corruption involving U.S. citizens
During a July phone call, TRUMP encouraged @ZelenskyyUa to pursue investigations of unspecified “corruption cases, which inhibited the interaction between Ukraine & the USA,” per a Ukrainian readout.
The WH did not respond to my questions about the call.https://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/volodimir-zelenskij-proviv-telefonnu-rozmovu-z-prezidentom-s-56617 …Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with President of the United States — Official website…President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with President of the United States Donald Trump. President of the United States congratulated Ukraine on successful holding free and…president.gov.ua
If this is all there is, you guys blew it again.6
As per usual, the media are losing their minds. Trump was pressuring an ally to conduct an investigation! It’s unheard of and unprecedented! Who could ever do such a thing!?
Oh, I don’t know. Maybe the Obama administration when they were working with UK intelligence, including using foreign assets, to target Trump in 2016? That seems like much more of a big deal given the only real allegation here is that Trump asked Ukraine to keep an already occurring corruption probe going in which we have the target on tape admitting what he did. I was assured that what happened in 2016 was above board because the Obama administration had legitimate suspicions. You know who else has legitimate suspicions? President Trump, because again, it’s on freaking video.
But ask yourself this. Why is the corruption Trump was asking to be probed not the actual story here? Let me refresh your memory of exactly what we are dealing with.
Yes, that’s Joe Biden, on tape admitting he threatened to withhold $1B in loan guarantees from Ukraine if they didn’t fire a prosecutor that was close to taking down the company his son worked for. Seems pretty corrupt doesn’t it? Yet, the media yawned. They didn’t care at all. It was barely reported and the “fact-checkers” rushed to deliver half-true ratings, shilling for Biden as not being aware his son was a member of the board of the company. It was all predictable.
But Trump asks Ukraine to keep looking into the issue and amazingly, the media care. Not only do they care, they want him impeached for “treason” over it. Yes, that was an actual thing said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning.
So to recap, being on video admitting to extorting Ukraine to protect one’s son is perfectly acceptable. Asking Ukraine to not drop their investigation into that corrupt action is impeachable. Makes sense. Wait, no, it doesn’t.
And as to this “whistle-blower,” he’s not one at all.
No, what it means is that an intelligence official has no right to force declassification of presidential communications just because he disagrees with what was said. That’s not being a whistle-blower. It’s being a partisan. The constitution gives near total unanimity to the President in conducting foreign policy. That means if he wants to ask an ally to investigate corruption or risk straining cooperation, he’s entitled to do so. You can not like it and you can vote him out in 2020 in response. But the laws don’t suddenly change just because Donald Trump is president.
The hypocrisy being displayed in the mainstream reporting of this story is mind-blowing. But the hypocrisy is part of the grift.
Perhaps the only thing more frustrating though is seeing some on the right rush to Twitter to proclaim how terrible this all is because that’s what a certain wing always does. And when this blows up in the media’s and their faces (again), they’ll insist it was all just an honest mistake. Rinse and repeat.