Now that the impeachment inquiry has ended I have two takeaways. There was a quid pro quo and it was legal and its far more convenient for the Dems to blame the Russians and yell “squirrel” to cover their tracks.
First, the US and Ukraine have had the Treaty with Ukraine On Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters in place since President Bill Clinton signed it in1999.
The Treaty is one of a series of modern mutual legal assistance treaties being negotiated by the United States in order to counter criminal activities more effectively. The Treaty should be an effective tool to assist in the prosecution of a wide variety of crimes, including drug trafficking offenses. The Treaty is self-executing. It provides for a broad range of cooperation in criminal matters. Mutual assistance available under the Treaty includes: taking of testimony or statements of persons; providing documents, records, and articles of evidence; serving documents; locating or identifying persons; transferring persons in custody for testimony or other purposes; executing requests for searches and seizures; assisting in proceedings related to restraint, confiscation, forfeiture of assets,restitution, and collection of fines; and any other form of assistance not prohibited by the laws of the requested state.
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So under this treaty either president can request help with combating corruption. And to that end either president has a quid pro quo (or this for that) just by asking. It’s laid out in the treaty.
Secondly, the Democrats pointing to Russia as the lone culprit of election interference is a (pun intended) red herring. The Dems didn’t want President Trump to look at Ukraine and the decades-long arms and nuclear deals that have been run out of the country to the benefit of the deep state.
Where do you think the arms were located to take down Libya and other Middle East and northern Africa nations over the last twenty years. Where was all the covert mobile nuclear energy deals supplied from over the same time frame. Think Burisma
Trump before he was elected thought it was a foolish idea not to have relationship with Russia. I totally agree, but there are trillions of dollars counting on Putin being the boogie man.
Look how bad the Russians are: Its annual GDP is $1.5 trillion with a per capita income of $10,743, which is lower than New York state’s $1.7 trillion with a per capita of $64,579. Russia is ranked 49th in the world by the International Monetary Fund on a GDP per capita basis just losing out to St. Kitts.
Hell, this country can hardly pay the electrical bill to hack our election.
If Trump becomes friendly with Putin, then how do you justify the 100’s of billions of dollars for NATO? How do we justify our 100’s of billions of dollars for the military budget?
It’s as bad as Special Counsel Robert Mueller picking 25 names out of the Moscow phone book in two different indictments for the election hacking. Surprisingly nothing came of those charges.
Listen gone are the days of crawling under your school desk for the bomb. Now the 100’s of billions of dollars are being made in Ukraine. So don’t look there, look at the Russians and yell “squirrel”.