No doubt there are disagreements among the President and his staff all the time. It is the staff’s job to help the president achieve his goals tactically, politically and legally. And I assume that these conversations can be difficult and painful, especially when dealing with a headstrong chief executive. So when I read that the President and his national security advisor discussed delaying aid to Ukraine for the reasons cited, I’m not surprised. That is why the executive branch is allowed “executive privilege,” so that these conversations and deliberations can be confidential, hence frank, honest, contrary and dare I say, even heated. The final result is all that matters.
I can imagine Trump’s frustration with the entire Joe and Hunter Biden situation. He sees this outrageous profiteering right there, in plain sight. In his position, who would not want this situation to be outed? It smacks of corruption. The Bidens’ Ukraine adventures are not somehow legitimized, and Joe Biden inoculated, just because he happens to be seeking the Democrat candidacy.
The “Crowdstrike” reference is disturbing. Suffice it to say that it isn’t really paranoia if they actually are out to get you, though the President needs to be briefed more fully on the final conclusions of the DNC server hack investigation.
What matters is that the aid was released and before the statutory timeframe. The Ukraine President admitted he knew nothing of any hold on promised funds and never felt pressured to do anything. And finally, there was no investigation announced or initiated. No quid. No pro. No quo.Published in