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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

David Ignatius: If you're wondering why it matters that President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine while he was requesting political favors from its new president, think about the Ukrainian soldiers who are fighting a nasty proxy war against Russian-backed separatists.

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Why is this more than just another Trump vs. Democrats mud fight? Because the Ukraine issue is about compromising U.S. national security " and direct pledges to allies " for the president's personal political gain. That's what's so outrageous about Trump's alleged push to get dirt on his potential 2020 rival, former vice president Joe Biden, in a July 25 phone call with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Not for the first time, Trump was putting himself above his country.

Forget the political jousting between Trump and Biden, and consider the Ukrainian soldier in the field fighting to save his country. He has a nightmare communications problem because he can't talk reliably with his commanders. Russia has been hacking or jamming Ukrainian military communications since it seized Crimea and began supporting the separatists in 2014.

The United States wanted to help fix this battlefield communications disaster. One item in the $391 million package Congress appropriated is a secure system made by L3 Technologies, a unit of Harris Corp., that could allow the Ukrainians to maintain contact despite Russian interference. The L3 equipment was ready for delivery in July when the company was told no, there was a hold, the equipment couldn't be shipped, according to a congressional source.

L3 and other companies supplying Ukraine contacted leading Republican members of Congress, such as Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) to find out why there was a delay. The members of Congress made inquiries and learned that the Office of Management and Budget had stopped the shipments, on orders of the White House, to conduct "due diligence" about corruption and the newly elected Zelensky, according to one knowledgeable source.

This is one of the reasons why Donald Trump is going to be impeached. And the facts above will embarass every single Republican who goes to the media and claims that the Democrats are only interested in playing politics by launching the impeachment inquiry.

The Democrats are finally on firm ground, national security ground. And if the GOP isn't careful, they'll find the corrupted ground despoiled by Trump's hubris crumbling beneath their feet if they continue to defend the indefensible conduct of this US President who often puts his own interests ahead of those of the nation he was elected to serve.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-09-25 03:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Democrats are finally on firm ground, national security ground.

Burr may be a patriot, and maybe a handful of other Republican senators.

This is some serious territory. What will other GOP senators who call themselves patriots do? Gaslight like LA Sen. Kennedy?

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-25 03:55 AM | Reply

The whistleblower's lead counsel is a former a former investigator in the CIA and Defense Dept IG office. He was himself a whistleblower and investigated reprisals against whistleblowers. He also wrote the CIA's internal rules on whistleblowing.

This may have nothing to do with Ukraine. It could be even worse than that. More will be revealed ...

If it regards the Ukraine and Trump's attempts to blackmail a foreign country to help himself, the ONE phone call for which Trump is releasing the transcript may be only one of many that led to the WB (whistleblower) complaint.

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-25 04:06 AM | Reply

Gaslight like LA Sen. Kennedy?

Could you believe what he tried to pull on MTP? I have to say that I was so proud of milquetoast Chuck Todd calling him out.

I agree with everything you've said. I still think that Trump probably said something to Putin as it regards the Ukraine situation that adds more context than we currently know.

But I have to say that if the Democrats are able to publicize the national security/conspiracy angle effectively but highlighting the very facts Trump cannot lie his way out of, the entire impeachment process may not last long at all.

Now it makes sense why the freshmen national security Democratic congresspersons signed onto the impeachment inquiry bandwagon. Trump has left himself completely exposed as a traitorous narcissist, putting another country's security in jeopardy for leverage from them against his political opponent.

Boom goes the dynamite.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-09-25 04:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Could you believe what he tried to pull on MTP?

No one's accusing LA Sen. Kennedy of being a patriot who puts country over party.

IMO, Burr could be the guy who begins to gather GOP support for an impeachment conviction if the impeachment inquiry is black and white that Trump & Co engaged in a conspiracy against the United States.

#5 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-25 04:24 AM | Reply

... if the impeachment inquiry reveals it's black and white that Trump & Co engaged in a conspiracy against the United States.

So far, it's quacking like a duck.

#6 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-25 04:25 AM | Reply

So far, it's quacking like a duck.

Again, it could be something even more serious than the events vis a vis the Ukraine

#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-25 04:27 AM | Reply

IMO, Burr could be the guy who begins to gather GOP support for an impeachment conviction

You're reading the same tea leaves as me. I don't believe for a second that the Senate's unanimous consent decree that Trump should release the complaint to Congress as proscribed in the law was anything but the sober realization that Trump's problems are only going to get worse, not better, as the rightwing media tries to fly their "Biden is corrupt" delusion when evidence of Trump's actual corruption (and his conspiracy involving another foreign government(s?) to assist him in winning the 2020 election) is spread out right before them for all the world to see.

The conventional wisdom has been that if the Democratic House impeaches Trump they'll do so politically without convincing evidentiary grounds.

That is no longer the case thanks to Trump's own confessions of his intent. He's admitted that he intentionally withheld crucial funding meant to support Ukraine's war efforts against Putin's proxies. And he invoked "corruption" as his rationale even though contacted equipment purchases and delivery schedules were already in place that had nothing to do with anyone's corruption. He put Ukraine's security at risk while attempting to get their government on board with going after his chief political rival.

The GOP senators didn't sign up for this type of suicide mission. Since Trump supporters are going to be hard to convince of his illicit machinations, look for GOP senators to quickly break from Trump while explaining these details to their own supporters trying to insulate and protect their own survival.

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-09-25 04:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

...contracted equipment purchases....

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-09-25 04:55 AM | Reply

It's the Trumpian trifecta:

1. Undermine our national security for the benefit of Vladimir Putin;
2. Collude with a foreign government for help in an election; and
3. Do it all on the taxpayers' dime!

Great job, Republican superpatriots. You built that!

Also, please remember to get butthurt the next time a football players kneels.

#10 | Posted by anton at 2019-09-25 08:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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But her e-mails!!!

#11 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2019-09-25 11:12 AM | Reply

Sorry Tony Drama, fueling a proxy war with Russia isn't in the best interest of the United States, no matter how many times Vicki Nuland has convinced you it's a good idea.

#12 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-09-25 02:08 PM | Reply

I wish we had an actual transcript.

Unfortunately, the "transcript" is written from notes by operatives rather than a software recording of the conversation.

Why? Because Trump banned them to protect himself.

Unfortunately, the "transcript" is likely even less than what was said as the drafting operatives generally leave out embarrassing matters for the President.

#13 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-09-25 05:00 PM | Reply

Sorry Tony Drama, fueling a proxy war with Russia isn't in the best interest of the United States, no matter how many times Vicki Nuland has convinced you it's a good idea.

#12 | POSTED BY BEN_BERKKAKE

Yeah. "Saving the world for democracy" is so WWII.

#14 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-09-25 11:17 PM | Reply

Out of everything annoying about hypocritical partisan people, overblowing an issue just to try to make a point is at the top of the list. Trump didn't compromise anything. He did something self serving. That's it. Sure, it isn't the most ethical thing. Sure, it's easy to see why people would have an issue with it. But jesus christ, don't overblow it. That's when you start losing people and they just stop listening.

#15 | Posted by humtake at 2019-09-26 12:35 PM | Reply

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