Democrats have been up in arms over Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president earlier this year, suggesting that he investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter over admitted corruption. They are upset over a possible quid pro quo from Trump, where they believe he tried to strong arm the Ukrainian president into these investigations in exchange for US aid.
But that’s exactly what three Senate Democrats did earlier this year when they threatened US aid to Ukraine if they didn’t restart their investigations into President Trump:
WAPO – It got almost no attention, but in May, CNN reported that Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) wrote a letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, expressing concern at the closing of four investigations they said were critical to the Mueller probe. In the letter, they implied that their support for U.S. assistance to Ukraine was at stake. Describing themselves as “strong advocates for a robust and close relationship with Ukraine,” the Democratic senators declared, “We have supported [the] capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these [democratic] principles to avoid the ire of President Trump,” before demanding Lutsenko “reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.”
So, it’s okay for Democratic senators to encourage Ukraine to investigate Trump, but it’s not okay for the president to allegedly encourage Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden?
And if you think that’s bad, then check this out.
Earlier this month another Senate Democrat threatened his support of Ukraine if their newly elected president chose to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter:
THE HILL – Earlier this month, during a bipartisan meeting in Kiev, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) delivered a pointed message to Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky.
While choosing his words carefully, Murphy made clear — by his own account — that Ukraine currently enjoyed bipartisan support for its U.S. aid but that could be jeopardized if the new president acquiesced to requests by President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate past corruption allegations involving Americans, including former Vice President Joe Biden’s family.
Murphy boasted after the meeting that he told the new Ukrainian leader that U.S. aid was his country’s “most important asset” and it would be viewed as election meddling and “disastrous for long-term U.S.-Ukraine relations” to bend to the wishes of Trump and Giuliani.
“I told Zelensky that he should not insert himself or his government into American politics. I cautioned him that complying with the demands of the President’s campaign representatives to investigate a political rival of the President would gravely damage the U.S.-Ukraine relationship. There are few things that Republicans and Democrats agree on in Washington these days, and support for Ukraine is one of them,” Murphy told me today, confirming what he told Ukraine’s leader.
The implied message did not require an interpreter for Zelensky to understand: Investigate the Ukraine dealings of Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and you jeopardize Democrats’ support for future U.S. aid to Kiev.
Here we have four Senate Democrats trying to strong arm the Ukrainians into doing their bidding, threatening their support for US aid to the country if they didn’t get their way. This is exactly what they accuse Trump of doing. Yet it looks like Trump never threatened the Ukrainian president with anything, as we are sure to find out today. And yet they all want to impeach Trump over something he didn’t do while they themselves have done this very thing.
As an aside, Democrats are now suggesting they don’t need the transcript of Trump’s call in order to impeach him:
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) September 25, 2019
Ted Cruz says at least they’re honest….
At least they’re honest: Don’t let “facts” or “evidence” stand in the way of our lynch mob…. https://t.co/o01uk1yooM
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 25, 2019