I want to be very clear to you: Based upon what is publicly-known so far I don't think Biden was involved in any illegality.
It's based, in part, on that I don't feel that Trump is involved in any illegality either, as it pertains to all of this Ukraine stuff.
It's either ALL (or most) illegal or it's none (or most) illegal.
Posted by JeffJ
What Trump did on the South Lawn of the WH today? Seeking foreign help in winning reelection is a felony. What more proof do you need? The Chinese too?
Today's public statements by Trump are akin to what happened the day after Trump publicly called on Russia to find dirt on Clinton; the cyber unit in Russia's GRU did exactly that, hacking the DNC server and attempting hacks on other computers and servers.
The July 25th call was the culmination of what came before it: Giuliani had been working for months seeking information to place blame on Ukraine for Russia's 2016 shenanigans. To make Trump's 2016 election legitimate vis a vis the Russia connection (place blame elsewhere). Giuliani - who had no legal authority to do business for the U.S., and U.S. Special Envoy to the Ukraine, Kurt Volker, had been part of a 'shadow' effort to get dirt on Biden for Trump's personal gain.
Joining them was Gordon Sondland, Trump's United States Ambassaador to the European Union, who donated $1,000,000 to Trump's inaugural committee.
Trump fired the U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine because she wanted no part in Trump's illegal efforts. In came Bill Taylor, who Trump appointed as 'acting ambassador.'
In the texts released tonight, Ambassador Taylor specifically refused to take part in the quid pro quo arrangement Trump sought through Giuliani, Volker, Sondland, and others.
After their attempts to find blame in the Ukraine and clear Putin of wrongdoing, Giuliani, Volker, and Sondland then sought to have the Ukraine open an official investigation on Joe Biden, Trump's potential political opponent in 2020 (locking Ukraine in). The Ukraine responded that they'd already investigated this and found no wrong doing.
Trump wasn't happy with that, so he withheld the military aid and dangled it as a carrot - through Giuliani, Volker, and Sondland - that would be released once the Ukraine agreed to find dirt on Biden, which they did not because an exhaustive investigation had already been undertaken, with no wrongdoing found.
Thus, the July 25th call; a shakedown of Ukraine in exchange for their aid in creating dirt on Biden.
All of the above was highly illegal. It's pretty simple.