Dan Crenshaw was on with Chris Cuomo tonight to discuss Trump’s Ukraine call and he defended the request to investigate Biden and his shady son’s dealings as in the public interest:
He argues that an investigation into Biden and his son is within public interest and within his scope to ask Ukraine to look into it. pic.twitter.com/tOlLyuCMiI
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 29, 2019
I think the point Crenshaw made was a good one. It’s absolutely in the public interest to investigate Biden’s apparent Ukrainian quid pro quo with his son’s business dealings in the background. Anyone that doesn’t see a troublesome connection there is not being honest about it.
It’s also true on the call that Trump was interested in past corruption, asking about Hillary’s server. And we know from Volker that Trump was very upset about the 2016 Ukrainian corruption that targeted his campaign. In that context, it’s easy to see the public interest of the Biden request.
So to Crenshaw’s question, what do you do when there is a legitimate public interest but there could also be public benefit from it? I think what Trump could do is ask the Ukrainians not to release the results of their investigation until after the 2020 election is over, so that only the public interest would be served. I know, there could be leaks. But they wouldn’t be legitimized until after the election is over or after Biden self-destructs in the primary, whichever comes first.
UPDATE: You can use this as an open thread. Here’s another clip from Crenshaw from last night’s World Series game:
While the bloated lobbyists of DC booed Trump and his wounded warriors guests at the World Series — another wounded warrior @DanCrenshawTX sat in the audience.
Crenshaw and this Mexican-American immigrant (and fellow Texan) had a very different reaction: WATCH 🇺🇸
God Bless Texas pic.twitter.com/GCqTp5al9E
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 28, 2019