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Nothing Sticks

Nothing SticksPresident Trump is a very flawed individual with some important and necessary ideas on how to run this country. Most notable of these are addressing our broken immigration policy, NATO compliance and China’s intellectual property theft, just to name a few.

The relentless harassment by the Democrats and the mainstream media have thwarted his efforts and distracts from the very things necessary to forward a coherent policy. This is, of course, according to plan.

In spite of the level of intense scrutiny the president has been forced to endure through endless investigation, nothing seems to stick. It’s instigated by the Democrats, still reeling from their election loss; they are trying to piece together a united attack on any proposal by the president, regardless of its effect on the nation as a whole.

Let’s now examine how the whistleblower investigation and impeachment hearing will next crumble into the dust of disrepute.

Aghast by Trump’s call to the Ukraine, Senators Robert Menendez, Richard Durbin and Patrick Leahy are among the many who have expressed their concern. In May 2018, these very same senators sent a shakedown letter to the Ukrainian prosecutor at the time, asking him to reopen four closed investigations critical to the Mueller investigation, or “U.S. assistance” would be at stake. The irony is palpable.

Last year, Joe Biden brags at a Council of Foreign Relations event that he strong-armed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, or the Obama administration would cancel $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees. Notice the pattern here.

Presently, we have a whistleblower with absolutely no firsthand knowledge saying he was told that Trump strong-armed the new Ukraine president, Volodymyr Zelensky, into reopening the very investigation into Hunter Biden and Burisma Holdings that Joe Biden admits to having ended while cameras were rolling in 2018. Trump did not threaten to withhold funding, as the media implies. Read the released transcript, folks — it is simply not there. There was no arm-twisting, no mention of funds in the phone call.

In 1998, the Treaty with Ukraine on Mutual Legal Assistance was signed in Kiev. The bill was ratified in the Senate in 2000 and signed by Senator Joe Biden himself. The purpose of the treaty was to have mutual cooperation between our two countries on legal issues. The bill was aimed at drug trafficking and rooting out corruption.

Corruption was one of the reasons Biden stated for halting the Ukrainian prosecutor’s investigation on … wait for it … corruption in Burisma Holdings, of which Hunter Biden was a board member. How do you root out corruption by halting an investigation? Lesser minds want to know.

You just can’t make this stuff up!

John PortaWesthampton

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