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Pelosi’s Call For Impeaching Trump on Ukraine Risks War, Ignores Corruption There That Was Fueled By Obama-Biden

Pelosi speaker Nancy left Trump“This week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. Therefore, today, I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. I’m directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella.”

That was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing on Sept. 24 that she is about to embroil the nation in the impeachment of President Donald Trump on allegations, without evidence, that the President pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July by threatening to withhold foreign military aid unless former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, were investigated for pressuring Ukraine by threatening to withhold $1 billion of loan guarantees if Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was not fired in 2016.

There’s just a few problems with Pelosi’s allegations, right out of the gate.

President Trump has denied that he threatened military aid at all unless the Bidens were investigated in the phone call. “No, I didn’t,” Trump said on Sept. 23 while at the United Nations in response to the question from a reporter, adding, “Everybody’s looking for that call, and keep going the way you’re going because when you see the call you’re going to be very surprised.”

Trump has since on Sept. 24 ordered the transcript of the call to be declassified and released unredacted.

Although media outlets widely reported that Trump “admitted” to pressuring Zelensky to investigate the Bidens in return for military aid in the July phone call, which Pelosi picked up on, what Trump actually said to reporters on Sept. 22 was that he criticized Biden’s role in corruption in Ukraine to Zelensky: “We had a great conversation. The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, was largely [about] corruption — all of the corruption taking place — was largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating the corruption already in the Ukraine.”

Trump noted that Zelensky was elected on a platform to address corruption in Ukraine, adding, “Ukraine’s got a lot of problems, the new president is saying he’s going to be able to rid the country of corruption and I said that would be a great thing.”

Further, Ukraine says there was no pressure. “I know what the conversation was about and I think there was no pressure,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said in an interview with Hromadske on Sept. 21, adding, “This conversation was long, friendly, and it touched on many questions, sometimes requiring serious answers.”

Finally, the military aid to Ukraine has already been released on Sept. 11, and lawmakers are expected to extend it again in the continuing resolution expected to be adopted in Congress soon for Fiscal Year 2020. The aid was temporarily delayed on July 18 pending a review by the State Department and Defense Department, which was completed.

That delay came amid a wider freeze of foreign aid in August by the Office of Management and Budget that had been unspent, so-called unobligated balances, that would be released pending review. That review was completed in a matter of days and funds were released.

Under 2 U.S.C. Section 684 or 2 U.S.C. Section 681, the Impoundment Control Act, the President has the power to propose deferring funds on a temporary basis or rescinding them altogether. That is to say nothing of the President’s Article II executive powers to conduct foreign affairs including to negotiate with foreign leaders, which is the President’s sole province. The reviews of funding conducted here are not unusual and certainly consistent with the President’s legal and constitutional authority, and the freezes put into effect by the Office of Management and Budget fall well within that range.

Again, the aid in question has already been released, rendering any legal objection moot.

President Trump said on Sept. 24 of temporarily withholding but ultimately releasing the aid, “As far as withholding funds, those funds were paid. But my complaint has always been, and I’d withhold again and I’ll continue to withhold until such time as Europe and other nations contribute to Ukraine.”

None of that is against the law. The President, whether Trump in 2019 or Obama in 2016, has the power to temporarily withhold foreign aid as he engages in negotiations with foreign leaders, propose rescissions and certainly to have a conversation with the Ukrainian president. So what if the administration reviewed U.S. foreign aid packages? So what if the President is leveraging Europe to pay more? So what if he mentioned Biden to Zelensky? He’s allowed to do that under the law. That’s a high crime? Unbelievable.

Who do Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats work for? Financial institutions in Europe who don’t want to foot the bill for their own defense? Organizations that oppose legitimate proposals to cut foreign aid to non-friendly countries? Pelosi and members of Congress may not like President Trump’s foreign policy, but his pursuing that policy is not an impeachable offense, it is his job under Article II.

But where Pelosi alleges Trump had a corrupt motive for doing so — without even having seen the transcript yet — Biden for his part in the 2016 affair clearly had a conflict of interests.

Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations in Jan. 2018 he threatened then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with the $1 billion of loan guarantees on firing Shokin until he caved: “I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ …Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”

Shokin at the time was investigating natural gas firm Burisma Holdings for corruption, and on which Hunter Biden served on the Board of Directors, as reported by The Hill’s John Solomon in April. Shokin told Solomon that he had “specific plans” for the investigation including “interrogations and other crime-investigation procedures into all members of the executive board, including Hunter Biden.”

Solomon reported that Biden was aware Burisma was under investigation when he pressured Poroshenko: “U.S. and Ukrainian authorities both told me Biden and his office clearly had to know about the general prosecutor’s probe of Burisma and his son’s role. They noted that: Hunter Biden’s appointment to the board was widely reported in American media; The U.S. Embassy in Kiev that coordinated Biden’s work in the country repeatedly and publicly discussed the general prosecutor’s case against Burisma; Great Britain took very public action against Burisma while Joe Biden was working with that government on Ukraine issues; Biden’s office was quoted, on the record, acknowledging Hunter Biden’s role in Burisma in a New York Times article about the general prosecutor’s Burisma case that appeared four months before Biden forced the firing of Shokin. The vice president’s office suggested in that article that Hunter Biden was a lawyer free to pursue his own private business deals.”

Trump’s impeachable offense, in Pelosi’s eyes, was merely mentioning Biden’s blatant conflict of interests when Biden urged the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor who says he was investigating the company Biden’s son worked for and threatened U.S. foreign aid, which was already public information, in his conversation with Zelensky. Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning blasted Pelosi’s impeachment announcement in a statement, saying, “Only Nancy Pelosi could learn Vice President Joe Biden engaged in a blatant abuse of power in Ukraine to protect his son from potential prosecution and decide that it is grounds to impeach President Trump for denouncing such corruption even if Americans are involved.”

Indeed, only Nancy Pelosi. And only in America. But after 2016, the phony Russian witch hunt in which the President was falsely accused by U.S. intelligence agencies of being a Russian agent, none of it is really surprising anymore.

There is a lot at stake. The U.S. backed the overthrow of Russian-backed Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine in 2014 — where Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was apparently caught on tape helping to organize the coup — which immediately preceded Russia’s backing the secession of Crimea from Ukraine. This failed U.S. intervention destabilized the region, risking a wider war between the U.S. and Russia.

Now, President Trump wants to mend fences with Ukraine and diffuse the ongoing civil war there following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Military aid to Ukraine has been given throughout the Trump administration. In 2019, it was reviewed and then granted again, which with a new president in Ukraine was a perfectly reasonable — and cautious — way to approach the issue. Trump has also attempted to foster improved relations with Russia and has in the past called for peace talks between Ukraine and Russia — which are unquestionably in U.S. interests as nuclear war poses an existential threat to humanity.

Which, by the way, is the President’s job.

Besides being a potential hotspot where war between the U.S. and Russia could break out corruption in Ukraine, fueled by Russian and American interests, makes conflict there that much more dangerous as U.S. financial interests have become entangled there.

But we only get one president at a time. If Biden wants the job, he has to get elected first, and before then he needs to account for his actions in Ukraine to the American people in order to assure them he is fit for the job. Trump didn’t tell Zelensky anything about Biden that he didn’t already know, but it will certainly be news for voters in the Democratic primaries as Biden falls in the polls in New Hampshire.

In 2016, Trump blasted the Obama administration’s conduct in Ukraine and warned that the nation was risking war. The President allowed to pursue that policy, and he’s allowed to criticize his predecessors’ failures. If there was misconduct during the Obama years, let it be known, and do better next time.

Like it or not, it is President Trump’s job right now is to keep the peace in Ukraine. Thank goodness he is not itching for a war. We need to be careful and prudent in our approach and attempt to diffuse any potential conflict. But if Trump is impeached by the House in a blind frenzy for trying to avoid an unnecessary war with Russia over Ukraine, and improving relations in that region that Obama and Biden clearly wrecked, it might very well cause one.

Reprinted with permission from - Daily Torch - by Robert Romano

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Mike B.
1 year ago

I can only pray, and vote in 2020 that the Republicans re-gain a majority in the HOUSE and gain seats in the Senate. Then when Trump is re-elected Congress can go after the scum in the Democrat party. As far as voting them out, their political hold on power is based on corruption in their districts. If we can’t put them in jail we need to go after them in other ways.

Nanci Thomas
1 year ago

Looks to me like the Democrats are really really afraid of Trump because of what he knows about all of them. Time to rise up en masse and vote them all out of office. That they want the US to become a socialist country is very apparent. Time they voted OAC out as well, and time everyone started finding out how she got where she is??? (Soros?) Corruption in both parties but the democrats take the lead. Mrs Pelosi should be deeply ashamed of herself, not to mention Adam Schiff who is beginning to look more deranged by the minute.

teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 year ago

PEE LOSI IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SILLY, DUMB AND RIDICULOUS

Rita
1 year ago

Pelosi is being used by her own party, but she is so entrenched in her position that she will not be true to reality. The democrats – the socialist party have a crow in their throat on which they will eventually choke.

Stacey
1 year ago

Doesn’t ANYONE around her have any duct tape!!!

H Lyles
1 year ago

ANYTHING the Democraps accuse the Repugs of doing– they are doing at present or have ALREADY done!!

Rox
1 year ago

When are we going to see the transcripts between Bidens and the Ukraine and China AND the flight logs of all the times they went there. Why was Hunter flying on taxpayers money? When will we see all the info on exactly why Hunter Biden who has accomplished nothing in his life besides being a druggie received what is documented now as at least $83,000 a month from the Ukraine for nothing and 1.8 billion (B) from China for nothing. When are we going to ask China to explain that. The new Ukraine government that is trying to drain their swamp just wants to explain how Biden was one of their corrupt figures in their previous government. Keep draining the swamp and get term limits. All the dems are multimillionaires or billionaires from all their corruption. And the IRS, one of BOs good friends, still lets them get away with it. There is no way their incomes can be explained away without lying. I think if I had millions I could not account for I would be in big trouble.

Jack Thomas
1 year ago

Listen, folks, and listen good! This whole business of impeaching the President over his phone call to the new Ukrainian President Zelensky, in the conspicuous absence of any quid pro quo, is utter nonsense and Speaker Pelosi and her minions know it. The release of the White House transcript of the conversation — subsequent to the above article — proves that President Trump was well within his statutory/constitutional authority to elicit Zelenky’s agreement on investigating corruption and Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company on whose board of directors Hunter Biden sat and was paid $50K a month (with ZERO experience in the gas industry!). If there was anything shady going on, it was entirely on Joe Biden’s watch under Obama — that much is now pretty clear. It’s also clear that the so-called “Whistle blower” was a CIA officer assigned to the White House who wasn’t even a witness to the conversation Trump had with Zelensky. Worse, it also proves that the Deep State/Intelligence Community is STILL spying on the President —- just as it was in 2016!

The despicable Dems, as usual, are desperately grasping at straws in the wind. This absurd side-show of impeachment is destined to be D.O.A. if and when it ever gets to the GOP-controlled Senate. Even if the full House ultimately votes for Articles of Impeachment, the Senate will never convict Trump. The radical wing of the Democratic Party is digging its own grave in 2020. They just haven’t come to that realization yet.

Susan P
1 year ago

It becomes increasingly clear on a daily basis that the democrat party has become so corrupt that the country must rid itself of this conclave of evil. The best way to do that is for every USA citizen who loves this country and wants to see it restored to former glory to go to the polls and NOT cast a single vote for anyone running on the democrat ticket; regardless of office. Do NOT vote for a democrat even in a local election for dog catcher. None of them can be trusted. The entire House is up for re-election every 2 years. When the final votes are counted in the 2020 election we can have a Republican Super Majority in the House if only people will vote to END the Corruption!

Glenn Lego
1 year ago

So basically they want to get rid of Trump for simply doing his job. ?

Yvonne Norton
1 year ago

I think Pelosi’s needs to go home and clean her dirty dishes she is out of her mind.

Joyce Gibson
1 year ago

After 3 years in office as our President, it is about time that the democrats resign themselves to the fact that Donald Trump was duly elected and as President, has done an excellent job. NANCY PELOSI AND HER CRONIES NEED TO RESIGN FROM CONGRESS AND GET SOME NEW BLOOD IN THERE THAT CAN DO THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS INSTEAD OF DOWNING THE PRESIDENT.

Dan McCormac
1 year ago

Thank you President Trump for continuing to drain the swamp in spite of their hypocrisy, self serving antics, name calling, obstruction of justice….

He is exposing them for what they truly are while showing the world that some Americans are still patriots willing to FIGHT for the RIGHT!

Every Democrat in office has asked for favors that benefit their obsession with power.
But ask for a favor to investigate real corruption and the swamp bites back.

Nice work Mr. President! Keep it up!
2020 is our chance to drain the swamp BIGTIME!

Rick
1 year ago

You talk about tunnel vision, our congress is ate up with it. All they have done in the past two years is investigate, threaten the president, divide our country, confuse the public and main stream media. Nancy and company have spent more time investigating, complaining and finger pointing. Or, in front of the TV cameras griping about all the good things the president has done or is trying to do, than they have doing their jobs.
It’s basically that they are jealous. The man promised and delivered. They are not familiar with this process and it confuses them. I think they should all be brought up on charges of bullying, after all, they are the one that passed the bill in 1994. Oh wait, Congress doesn’t have to obey the laws they make.

michael failla
1 year ago

Pelosi is a skilled politician for sure. That being said, she doesnt do one [email protected] thing to help the country she is only assisting and enabling things to go in the wrong direction. She has a socialist frame of mind and perhaps has always had that mind. It is now exacerbated by her squad and really, there are no more moderate democrats, they are all left and farther left. iT is just disgusting. They dont share our principles, do not support our constitution and you all know that when your freedoms are removed that they will never return, you know that right? Socialism is just a joke, it has never worked and it leads to worse thing. Remember what V.I. Lenin said:
Socialisms goal is communism. That is very true, he said it and promoted it. How did that work out? With the willing duplicity of the media, suppression of good things you never hear and nothing but, trump derangement syndrome you have to wonder what is in store for you and i? It doesnt appear to be good things does it?

El Ey
1 year ago

Unbelievable!

Trish
1 year ago

This line below is a lie by Pelosi. She hadn’t even read the transcript or listen to the call.

“This week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically.”

Double standard for which the Dems live by. Vote them out.

Rexford O Ames
1 year ago

Enough is enough. The Elites have gone this far because of the damage they have caused over the last 20 Years and have destroyed our sovereignty. They have committed so many crimes that the fabled F.B.I had to be compromised, to cover up their transgressions. Mrs. Pelosi, I have always believed ,is an agent of the Chinese Government. She isn’t the only one by any means. Has anyone noticed. The attention has always been on Russia not China. Gee, when did they sell out America to the Chinese? It sure wasn’t Russia. Oh Wait: The Democrat Congresses , taxed business so badly that they forced them to go to greener pastures. California Anyone or Detroit or Chicago and now New York. That’s not to say the Russia is our friend or ally. Not by a long shot, nor is Islam. Gee whiz, wake up. The enemy has penetrated our Government and Our Politics! Voting Laws have been established to provide the advantage for one Party. We vote for the Party selection of Candidates. Those Candidates either Stay in Office for years or rotate, within government agencies. That is not what our Constitution or Bill of Rights had in mind. They could never have imagined that Voted Representatives would make a Home in our Congresses, Change the Voting laws to their favor. Cohort with known enemies and berate their opponents with such contempt to use those laws for self gain.
President Trump is not our enemy. The enemy are those that are fighting very, very hard to cover up their many transgressions. Obama,Clinton’s,Bush, That’s 24 Years of crap. 9/11, Shootings at schools, Outright Terrorism, then denying the very terror taken place. Las Vegas, is an excellent example.
Solution: The answer is always with the problem we face. Make changes, correct errors. Make those we vote be accountable to Us, not their parties?
AA teaches: One Step at a Time. So it took time for all this crap to materialize. It will take time to remove it! There are a lot of good people out there that are in position to do just that.
Remember: In God We Trust. That’s not religion, that;’s a belief!

Katja Kirsch
1 year ago

Nancy Pelosi and others of the Democratic/Socialist party are a threat to our national security, the well being of American citizens and spreading chaos with lies and innuendos. I have no respect for this Party. If anyone deserves impeachment it is the leaders of this muck raking Gang of trouble makers. They have squandered thousands of dollars of our tax dollars on unfounded allegations, from collusion to the latest Ukrainian debacle. They have made a mockery our election process, slandered our President and his family. Nastiest pieces of humanity I have ever Seen. It is time to stop them.

Barbara
1 year ago

The entire Democratic hate campaign reminds me of the scene in the Wizard of OZ when the curtain parted, and Dorothy could see the old man behind it, who immediately protested anyone taking notice of him. He put on a very big show, but at the same time hiding the truth!
Enter: the Democrats: All, including the media, focusing on the alleged “crime” committed by our President, while mentioning Biden’s son’s
“Crime” only as it supported their twisted conversations regarding the “crime” committed by Trump!!