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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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Bo Dalton

It really is time to rid ourselves of the likes of Nasty Demented Nancy Pelosi. She has shown she has no judgement, no brains, no class and will stoop so low she could pass under a sleeping snakes belly. She is truly deplorable and we should start with her and work right thru a great many more Communist,Liberal, socialist Democrats and really get the swamp drained !!. I am one of the millions,who have had enough of these insipid idiots !!

Mona

The country should not pay for these inquiries into impeaching the President. If the Dems want it so bad,let them pay for this out of their own pockets!

I Am M.O.TheR.

I just watched Nancy Pelosi, yet again, state that no one is above the law! Which in the collective single brain cell shared by the criminal ignorant leftists means no Republican is above the law. Members of the criminal Democrat Party weaponized our intelligence, law enforcement, and justice agencies in an infantile attempt to override the results of a Presidential election using foreign assets to ‘get dirt’ on a candidate and conducted domestic spying on the candidate’s campaign resulting in a failed coup attempt against every citizen of this Republic. Democrat members of Congress have continued that effort spending every single day, since the election, aiding and abetting those heinous crimes with endless witch hunts, innuendo, lies, and harassment of the President, his Administration, and his supporters! How long are ‘We The People’ going to tolerate the tyranny and treason of the Leftist collective of criminal elitist politicians, and hoping… Read more »

BajaRon

The hypocrisy of this impeachment process boggles the mind. If just 1/10 of this energy and money were put into Obama’s time in office, he would be in jail right now. Trump isn’t asking about Biden-Gate information from the Ukranian president to take political advantage. He’s already well above the average approval ratings of other presidents. He is simply trying to get to the bottom of another Swamp Dwelling Politician. Just keeping another one of his campaign promises. Something the left wouldn’t know anything about.

Louise Santos

When are the democrats going to do something for the people who voted for them instead of trying to get rid of the president who is doing things for U. S. Citizens.

Neil Schmidt

The Dems are no longer actual Democrats. They should be called “Hate-o-crats,” since the purpose and thrust (hate) by their so-called “Party” has been fueled by the loss of the Witch for President. All they seem to do is ignore important legislative matters so they can concentrate on harming Trump. If they can’t go over, through or around him, they will go UNDER him. I can only hope that there are enough patriotic Americans who see the entire Hate Parade. Pelosi, Schumer, Biden, AOC, Harris et. al. are in the front line of that pathetic parade of corruptors. Hillary Clinton is the Professor Emeritus of lies and corruption, but what has been done to her for her absolutely criminal storage of classified information on her personal computer, selling uranium to the Russians, the Clinton Foundation fiasco, Benghazi, and on-and-on? N-O-T-H-I-N-G! All this, and yet these Demorats are trying to impeach… Read more »

Stephen Russell

Now that Pres Trump released transcripts, He can only call foreign leaders on Secure Line.
Or No calls, since opponents can “bug” line for other uses & we lose
& Dems always Ignore they’re own faults & blame US for their issues.
IM Sick of IT

James Meadows

Pelosi is a fool

Wayne

I never thought such hatred could make a person sink so low and then stay down that low for years!

Mary

The demonrats are obstructing our democracy. They all should be impeached.

Garland

I think it’s time the American Public started Impeachment hearings against all Democrat Office holders and the Republicans who are refusing to do the jobs they were elected to do. Personally I Am Sick of our do nothing Congress and Senate

carol

Just read Animal Farm again! Napoleon and his pigs are the Democrats while the dogs are the MSM! Double standard all down the line! They think Biden did no wrong when he was VP but Trump can be impeached cuz he had a conversation with another country’s president? How about all the corruption in the intelligence community that tried like hell to get rid of Trump and make up dirt on him in the 2016 campaign? Then the Russian collusion BS? These leftist are evil to the core and insane! They are so addicted to power that they will do whatever it takes to control ALL America! Don’t be surprised if this impeachment fails and the Democrats start on something else, wasting taxpayers time and money on their temper tantrums! WHERE ARE THE ADULTS IN CONGRESS? THEY SURE AREN’T ON THE LEFT!!!!

Sharon

Can we impeach her for not follwing through on tne unlawful agenda passed over during the Clinton administration and Obama administration. Can we impeach her for not investigating the Secretary of State for incidents of computer problems and no protection, the embassy incident in Benghazi, that now says never happened. No one was killed.
Sounds like witch hunts only when her cage gets rattled.

Rich

Pelosi, Durban, et al are prime examples of why they fear term limitations…spend, spend, spend is all the Dems know

Felix

We will have to see how the main stream media spins this so Joe and his son are the victims and Trump is the criminal.

Joan

Botox Nancy ought to go back to California to her house behind the wall and stay there. She is Speaker in name only and it is AOC’s words
coming out of Pelosi’s mouth. The SQUAD runs the show! As stated in various reporting, these Dems that flipped Republican Seats were
going to work with President Trump to get things done. HELLO! These Dems will do anything to try and remove the President that they
truly believe didn’t win the election with the FAKE NEWS MEDIA with them. I applaud the President for fighting back and yet he is still
trying and getting things done for the American People. Oh by the way, Pelosi ought to take Nadler, Schiff and the rest of the cronies
with her.

Gilbert

I cant stand to look at her, Nadler and especially Schiff. They are hell bent on destroying this country.

Frustrated Senior

This ever churning desire of the Democrat/ liberals to impeach a sitting President on manufactured and unconfirmed information is not only discrediting themselves as responsible representatives of our government but also greatly enhancing the low opinions of the rest of the world. We are a laughingstock because of their behavior.

Donald Miller

Very good explanation on that situation. Maybe Nancy needs to read it.

‘Nonymus

I would really like to this ploy on serpent Pelosi treated as for what it really is. Sedition, an act of treason, an effort to over throw a standing government! She’d look good hanging in a tree, imitating a piñata!