Trump, Giuliani, the State Department and Ukraine
In his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee this week, US ambassador Kurt Volker provided documents showing the extent of Trump’s abuse of his presidential powers in seeking to bully the Ukraine to help his political campaign. The US ambassadors, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and officials from Ukraine have been text messaging about how to get Ukraine to start an investigation of the Biden’s in exchange for a visit to the White House, then the ante gets raised linking it to the Congressionally approved aid that Trump had ordered withheld. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/10/4/20898215/trump-text-messages-ukraine-impeachment
It’s crystal clear from the text messages that Trump, Giuliani and the State Department are up to their ears in an effort to extort Ukraine to begin investigations on the Biden’s.
Trump went on camera yesterday to confirm it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwmlZ85RHPI And he then suggested in front of the TV cameras that China must investigate the Biden’s and linked it to the impending trade war negotiations with China.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the US ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie Jovanovich, was removed by Trump because she would not play ball with Giuliani’s efforts and those of other Trumpistas. https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-ordered-ukraine-ambassador-removed-after-complaints-from-giuliani-others-11570137147 She is scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee next week.
FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub explained that asking foreign governments for any form of assistance in US elections is a crime. https://www.vox.com/2019/10/4/20898491/trump-foreign-solicitation-ukraine-china-fec-ellen-weintraub At least one Republican, Utah Senator Mitt Romney has so far had the courage to criticize the President’s conduct as “appalling and wrong”. It’s also and most importantly an unconstitutional abuse of his Presidential powers.
The President is quite dramatically making the case before the nation and the world for his own impeachment. It remains to be seen how House Republicans will react to these Presidential abuses of his Constitutional responsibilities and his oath of office.
Prepared by: Lucien Wulsin