The impeachment effort against President Trump hinges on his motives, and has he used that power for personal gain?
The questions about Hunter Biden and his involvement with Burisma Holdings, the company that paid Hunter Biden tens of thousands of dollars per month to serve on its board, was on the Ukrainian prosecutor’s radar before Mr. Trump became president. The question is whether the Obama administration, including Vice President Joseph Biden, used America’s power to influence Ukraine’s government.
These questions are matters of established public concern. A president has a right to seek answers about them.
Trump’s actions are coherent with what he has stated for decades. He believes that America’s leadership class has harmed the country even as it has enriched itself and entrenched its power through the federal bureaucracy and career politicians.
Insular Washington inside-the-beltway dealings, from foreign policy to the ways in which career politicians and their families can make millions off their connections, are seen by Mr. Trump and his voters as the source of the country’s problems.
Both parties have contributed to endless wars and declining manufacturing–and the Deplorables have felt most of the pain.
This corruption is part of the fabric that makes up politicians like Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton, and the Bush Dynasty. They are the “deep state.”
Mr. Trump can be a bull in a china shop, but like it or not, he is an outsider that was elected as a force for change. (Mr. Trump, unlike many of the politicians like Obama and Biden made his fortune before entering politics.)
Which makes it clear why he is being attacked by the corrupt political class and the media outlets that protect them. Trump is being impeached for things that are among the Executive Branch’s well-established powers.
In 2016, Vice President Biden used the threat of withholding aid to pressure the president of Ukraine at that time, Petro Poroshenko, to dismiss the country’s prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin.
Mr. Shokin was widely perceived as corrupt by the United States and international officials. Mr. Biden potentially stood to gain something himself from the prosecutor’s firing.
Even then, those powers of the Executive Branch allow for the ability to delay supplying congressionally authorized aid. Even using a delay to get foreign leaders to cooperate with an administration’s demands is not itself an offense of the kind that the Constitution demands for impeachment.
This year, challenger, Volodymyr Zelensky, who had painted the incumbent as corrupt, won the Ukrainian election.
Trump then tries to get Ukraine’s new leader to look into Burisma, the Bidens and Mr. Shokin’s dismissal, that is, fight corruption–something he said he was going to do.
Trump’s opponents treat deep state mechanics as if they were laws. But Mr. Trump openly campaigned in 2016 as someone who would “drain the swamp” and end the legal but corrupt trade in money and influence.
The people also voted for Trump to change America’s foreign policy. The Democrats and Republicans, along with the Civil Service had embroiled the country in endless wars and dubious adventures such as Libya (which cost an ambassador his life) and Syria. Everyone knows that Trump has open disdain for career officials serving in places like Ukraine. He also believes this is something he was elected to take care of. What we have thus far seen in the impeachment hearings makes it clear. The objectives of deep state and career bureaucrats are different from the President’s.
But, Trump is the President, and he gets to make policy decisions, not worthless rats like Lt. Col. Vindmen.
Asking Zelensky, elected on an anti-corruption agenda to account for Ukraine’s dealings with the Bidens is perfectly legitimate. Exposing the corruption of the Obama Administration is in the legitimate interest of the United States.