To the Editor: Watching President Trump and his GOP colleagues deal with impeachment is fascinating. To refresh everyone’s memory, the impeachment inquiry began when a whistleblower reported that Mr. Trump held up congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine in a Quid Pro Quo (QPQ) demanding that its President, Volodymyr Zelensky, investigate Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election and dig up dirt on former V.P. Joe Biden before receiving the aid.
At first, Mr. Trump stated that he held up the money because Europe wasn’t doing its part. He quickly changed his story to claiming the delay was because Ukraine needed to root out corruption. When his own abbreviated transcript of a 7/25 phone call with President Zelensky demonstrated that a QPQ existed as Mr. Trump responded to Mr. Zelensky’s mention of the aid with “I need you to do me a favor, though…,” he and other GOP surrogates tried to spin the facts by leaving out the “though” and the context in which it was said.
Then came text messages and testimony from a host of State Department officials—Kurt Volker, Gordon Sondland and Bill Taylor—that confirmed the QPQ of military aid and a White House visit in exchange for Ukrainian investigations. Left no other option, Mr. Trump and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted there was a QPQ, but, it didn’t amount to pressure because Ukraine didn’t know about the delay. As with all President Trump’s proclamations this, too, was a lie. Now that Mr. Trump and the GOP can no longer defend or deny the facts, they are complaining about the inquiry process.
So the President (and GOP) has gone from Europe, to corruption, to no QPQ, to an ineffective QPQ, to an actual QPQ, but, it was uncovered unfairly. It gives new meaning to the theory of evolution.
Retired 28-year DOT Employee
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