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I want to make sure I have the facts straight before the trial to impeach the president begins. They are as follows:
The President of the United States called and congratulated the newly elected president of Ukraine on his win. They chatted a few minutes and Trump asked if he would look into some of the corruption that has been going on for years in that country. While he was about to release aid to Ukraine, Trump did not mention a holding on any aid unless certain information was given to him. The newly elected president of Ukraine ran on cleaning up the corruption which has been rampant for a long time, especially under his predecessor, and said yes, he would.
Trump’s track record so far has been to look at “the books” so to speak, of every deal, and aid or support, regardless of country or subject, whether domestic or foreign, to see if it makes sense to continue, change or discard something, so that money that is turned over to the government by the taxpayers, is being rightly used.
Possibly information had gotten back to Trump that Joe Biden, who was in charge of relations with Ukraine, as Vice President under Barack Obama, that his son gained a lofty position on the board of a big gas outfit called Burisma. In a very murky way, money was going to his son who had no experience in this field. In addition, Joe Biden strong-armed people who were looking into his son’s relationship and rewards with this company, and asked that they be fired, and then bragged about in a a public forum. This same Joe Biden is asking the American people for the job of the top governmental position in our country: President.
Is it not in the interest of the American people to know if there are serious violations in the use of aid in general? Is it the prerogative of any president to hold aid? Is it even more in the interest of the American people to know if Biden used his position for favors to family members that involved money being paid to a member of his family that may be unscrupulous? Should Americans want aid to be sent to Ukraine if there is a corrupt usage of this money? Why did Barack Obama withhold aid to Ukraine, or not help them with Crimea or their defense, and did not assist them with their requests for help against an enemy on their border, until he was about to leave office?
Why would we want to elect Joe Biden if any of this were true? Would we want aid held up if the country was continuing to be corrupt? The money was immediately released to Ukraine anyway, with nothing exchanged except a request that the new president would clean things up. Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani has uncovered many documents showing details of what could be called serious corruption, and then some. Is this a can of worms that the Democrats, especially the last administration, does not want to come to light, so impeaching Trump is their last hope of getting him out of office? In addition, wouldn’t it also reverse much of what Trump has dismantled of the last administration’s policies, another incentive to impeach Trump, not to mention his possible re-election?
Do I have my facts straight, or is there other information I need to know as the trial unfolds? Am I misinformed on any of the above?