Will ‘Ukraine-Gate’ Imperil Biden’s Bid?

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By Patrick Buchanan

With the revelation by an intel community “whistleblower” that President Donald Trump, in a congratulatory call to the new president of Ukraine, pushed him repeatedly to investigate the Joe Biden family connection to Ukrainian corruption, the cry “Impeach!” is being heard anew in the land.

But revisiting how this latest scandal came about, and how it has begun to unfold, it is a good bet that the principal casualty could be the former vice president. Consider:

In May 2016, Joe Biden, as Barack Obama’s designated point man on Ukraine, flew to Kiev to inform President Petro Poroshenko that a billion-dollar U.S. loan guarantee had been approved to enable Kiev to continue to service its mammoth debt.

But, said Biden, the aid was conditional. There was a quid pro quo.

If Poroshenko’s regime did not fire its chief prosecutor in six hours, Biden would fly home and Ukraine would get no loan guarantee. Ukraine capitulated instantly, said Joe, reveling in his pro-consul role.

Yet, left out of Biden’s drama about how he dropped the hammer on a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor was this detail.

The prosecutor had been investigating Burisma Holdings, the biggest gas company in Ukraine. And right after the U.S.-backed coup that ousted the pro-Russian government in Kiev, and after Joe Biden had been given the lead on foreign aid for Ukraine, Burisma had installed on its board, at $50,000 a month, Hunter Biden, the son of the vice president.

Joe Biden claims that, though he was point man in the battle on corruption in Ukraine, he was unaware his son was raking in hundreds of thousands from one of the companies being investigated.

Said Joe on Saturday, “I have never spoken to my son about his various business dealings.”

Is this credible?

Trump and Rudy Giuliani suspect not, and in that July 25 phone call, Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky to reopen the investigation of Hunter Biden and Burisma.

 

The media insist there is no story here and the real scandal is that Trump pressed Zelensky to reopen the investigation to target his strongest 2020 rival. Worse, say Trump's accusers, would be if the president conditioned the transfer of $250 million in approved military aid to Kiev on the new regime's acceding to his demands.

The questions raised are several:

Is it wrong to make military aid to a friendly nation conditional on that nation's compliance with legitimate requests or demands of the United States? Is it illegitimate to ask a friendly government to look into what may be corrupt conduct by the son of a U.S. vice president?

Joe Biden has an even bigger problem: This issue has begun to dominate the news at an especially vulnerable moment for his campaign.

Biden's stumbles and gaffes have already raised alarms among his followers and been seized upon by rivals such as Cory Booker, who has publicly suggested that the 76-year-old former vice president is losing it.

Biden's lead in the polls also appears shakier with each month. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just taken a narrow lead in a Des Moines Register poll and crusading against Beltway corruption is central to her campaign.

"Too many politicians in both parties have convinced themselves that playing the money-for-influence game is the only way to get things done," Warren told her massive rally in New York City: "No more business as usual. Let's attack the corruption head on."

Soon, it will not only be Trump and Giuliani asking Biden questions abut Ukraine, Burisma and Hunter, but Democrats, too. Calls are rising for Biden's son to be called to testify before congressional committees.

With Trump airing new charges daily, Biden will be asked to respond by his traveling press. The charges and the countercharges will become what the presidential campaign is all about. Bad news for Joe Biden.

Can he afford to spend weeks, perhaps months, answering for his son's past schemes to enrich himself through connections to foreign regimes that seem less related to Hunter's talents than his being the son of a former vice president and possible future president?

"Ukraine-gate" is the latest battle in the death struggle between the "deep state" and a president empowered by Middle America to go to Washington and break that deep state's grip on the national destiny.

Another issue is raised here — the matter of whistleblowers listening in to or receiving readouts of presidential conversations with foreign leaders and having the power to decide for themselves whether the president is violating his oath and needs to be reported to Congress.

Eisenhower discussed coups in Iran and Guatemala and the use of nuclear weapons in Korea and the Taiwan Strait. JFK, through brother Bobby, cut a secret deal with Khrushchev to move U.S. missiles out of Turkey six months after the Soviets removed their missiles from Cuba.

Who deputized bureaucratic whistleblowers to pass judgment on such conversations and tattle to Congress if they were offended?

9 thoughts on “Will ‘Ukraine-Gate’ Imperil Biden’s Bid?”

  1. biden is a DEMOCOMMUNIST…As anyone with half a brain can see, there is a “double standard of justice” that is prevalent in this country. He will “SKATE” just like ALL DEMOCOMMUNISTS while the SCUM hiding behind closed doors continue to blame PRESIDENT TRUMP for doing what biden did to protect his son. (the “pesky” video is PROOF, but the corrupt media hate Trump “mob” will never show the TRUTH

  2. DECLARATION OF WAR: October 31, 2019 will be recorded in America history as the day Nancy Pelosi and her gang declared war on the American people and their President. The remaining question is; What did the American people do, fight or take flight?

    Special Note: Any member of the Federal government (past and/or present) who supports the current coup d’ e-tat for any number of made up reasons (and/or those who are too cowardly to state their reasons) are wearing the label of ‘Traitors’ in that their actions indicate they also do not support the protections provided ‘all’ Americans via our Constitution and their very oaths of office.

    Rape, Pillage, Plunder; America You’ve Been Had and It’s Your Own Damn Fault!

    America, you had best wake up! Nancy and the rest of the swamp, globalists, progressives, establishment, oligarchy, left, etc……. are pulling out every weapon at their disposal to destroy the ‘Outsider’ and negate any/all the power left in the hands of his supporters. Unlike past political struggles, if the left and their supporters should win there is no need to return to their old deceptive ways in that all the corruption is now out in the open for all to see. The Biden’s corrupt activities are just a tiny glimpse into the big picture. In short America, if the left succeeds in negating Donald Trump the picture of America’s (and the world’s) future is clear. Feudal lords with their legions of politicians and bureaucrats will rule over a world of mere serfs!

    Have a nice day America, while you still can!

    Charles W. Lauderdale
    Soldier/Cop/Grunt, Retired
    PS
    1. Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
    2. A man who trims himself to suit others will soon whittle himself away!
    3. An ounce of gold cannot buy an ounce of time.
    4. It is far more difficult to judge one’s self than to judge others!

    Nancy/Adam, the word is out. A large number of veterans are putting together a march on DC to shut your impeachment efforts down and to demand you get back to work for the American people. The only reason they have hesitated is out of respect for the President’s position. He thinks the vets should wait and see if the Constitution, the laws, and the common sense of the American people will bring a positive settlement of the entire mess. Soldier/Cop/Grunt, Retired

    1. Actually . . . . the Wacko Left’s Impeachment noise started in 2017, shortly after President Trump was sworn into office. 😊

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/09/25/why-now-moments-that-moved-pelosi-house-democrats-toward-impeachment/?arc404=true

      The quid pro quo BiteMe pulled on the Ukraine, to get his crack-smoking-son-an-Overpaid-No-Show-Board Seat is the only crime committed . . . then, to add salt to the wound, BiteMe used our tax money and even advertised his braggadocio act on International Media . . .

      BiteMe is a Dufus!

    2. Richard P.

      Well put my friend. The actions of the Democrats (soft coup) are reprehensible and not compatible with the Principles of our Republic. They targeted Donald Trump for impeachment within minutes after inauguration. The transparency is overwhelming in trying to undo a fair election they lost. Fortunately Donald Trump is a fighter and will not take this travesty lying down. The Republicans are at least beginning to not stand still for these seditious practices. The backfire will be a resounding defeat in 2020 for the Democrats.

  3. Not really because he is so inept Joey couldn’t win a one man race. But the China/Ukraine fiasco will end up biting Paloooozi’s. Kerry’s, Biden’s sons and Romney’s son-in-law. (and how many more)?

  4. I’m so tired of the childish behavior of sore losers, Nancy really needs to go and it’s about time some of these other liar and cheats pay. I’m praying daily for my President to keep having the courage to go on. I voted for Trump because he isn’t politically correct. I love how blunt he is the man has a set. Thank you, and when you get your second term, we’ll pay back is a bitch.

    1. It will be a great day if our President is elected for a second term, but the Deep State Swamp is so massive, it will take us the people to stand up and fight for him and ourselves. He is fighting this battle for all of America’s citizens. He cannot do this alone. We have to come together, as a country that loves America as a free country to defend it from tyranny, and forced takeover by the globalist/communist forces that seek to destroy our freedoms! We do not have much time, and we all must fight this monster that seeks to destroy us, but together, we have the power!

  5. The entire Ukraine-based attack on President Trump is created to deflect attention away from the millions scammed and extorted by the Biden family from aid to Ukraine. Aside from Joe Biden now showing obvious signs of age-related dementia, Joe was never a capable or intelligent individual in any circumstance. Joe is a disgustingly poor choice for President under any circumstance.

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