Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. by Gage Skidmore, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Original
In the “you can’t make this up” file today, here’s an example of the incredible hypocrisy being shown by Democrats and the media over this Trump-Ukraine flap.
The transcript of the call is out and it’s a giant nothing burger. We are left arguing strained supposition about what Trump might have meant. In other words, just another day in the Trump era.
But now, a letter has been brought to the forefront that shows Democrats pressured Ukraine in 2018 to investigate Trump as part of the Mueller fiasco.
NEW: Democrat Senators reached out to Ukraine in May 2018 and asked for their assistance in investigating Trump
“In the letter, they implied that their support for U.S. assistance to Ukraine was at stake” https://t.co/5U4v9nnLaM
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 25, 2019
Hang on a second.
Here’s the part of the letter in question (which you can read in full here).
This is exactly the same thing Democrats are wanting to impeach Trump over. These are partisan, Senate Democrats writing Ukraine to implore them to open investigations into Trump and his associates. Right now, Pelosi is backing impeachment over the idea that Trump asked Ukraine to investigate a political opponent. Last I checked, Trump is a political opponent.
To be clear, they aren’t asking for cooperation with the Mueller farce. They want Ukraine to re-open their own domestic investigations into Trump and Paul Manafort.
The hypocrisy here is just too much. We’ve been told all week that it’s treason to solicit an investigation of a foreign actor. Yet, here are Democrats, in writing, doing exactly that, explicitly.
Sure, some hacks will spin and claim “well, they had legitimate reasons to request this.” No more legitimate than Biden being on tape bragging about extorting the firing of a prosecutor looking at his son. If reasonable suspicion is all that matters, there’s plenty to support what Trump asked of the Ukrainian President.
It’s either all bad or none of it is bad. Or perhaps none of it is necessarily good, but it’s also not nearly as big of a deal as it’s being made out to be? Regardless, what we won’t be doing is playing by two different sets of rules. That’s just not how this is going to work.
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