There's a lot of noise in the Trump impeachment story, and it's deliberate. Noise obscures the clear and obvious truth. To help simplify things, here's the noise-free version, first from 30,000 feet, and then in high resolution from eye-level.
From 30,000 feet it looks like Donald Trump did exactly to Joe Biden what he's been screaming Obama, Clinton, Comey, and Brennan did to him; that is enlist foreign actors to dig dirt on a political opponent. When Donald Trump asked Ukraine's leader to investigate how the Bidens made millions from a Ukraine energy company, Joe Biden was leading the polls as Donald Trump's Democrat rival in 2020. He was clearly asking a foreign country to investigate his political opponent.
That's how it looks from 30,000 feet, and that's the story Democrats want you to hear. It looks pretty bad, right? Maybe even impeachable. But a funny thing happens when the same events are examined at eye level.
The detail that is missing from 30,000 feet hinges on one key word: "predication". Was there a basis for what Donald Trump asked Zelensky about the Bidens? Did he have a good reason to suspect corruption by a former Vice President of the United States?
Here's an analogy: Consider the cases of two fatal shootings. In both cases the victim was shot at point blank range in the back. That's what happened from 30,000 feet. Are both shooters guilty of murder? Now consider that in the first case the victim had robbed the shooter and was fleeing. In the second case the victim had stabbed the shooter and was lunging with a knife for his child. Those are the details up close. One shooter had a basis for using deadly force and the other did not. Predication makes all the difference.
In the case of Obama, Clinton, Comey, Brennan et al digging dirt on Trump, the search for predication came up dry. Not only that, Obama and Clinton manufactured fake dirt and then looped it back to U.S. intelligence to create the appearance of predication. That's what the Steele dossier, Stefan Halper, Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, etc. were all about. Even after spending years and unlimited funds looking for predication, Robert Mueller came up empty. In essence, the Democrat spying on Trump in 2016 and 2017 was part of a coup d'etat. (Overthrowing an election, in French.)
In Trump's case, he not only had predication, but he also prefaced his request with that very justification during the Ukraine phone call:
There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it... It sounds horrible to me.
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Here's what Joe Biden openly bragged about doing in Ukraine that piqued Trump's interest: (video below)
I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee, And I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from [then-Prime Minister Arseniy] Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t.
I said, ‘I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours.’ I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a bitch. (Laughter.) He got fired.
Mind you, the Ukrainian prosecutor that Joe Biden had fired for $1 billion U.S. dollars was investigating how Joe's son, Hunter Biden, came to be paid up to $8,000,000 by a Ukrainian energy company for sitting on it's board while knowing nothing about energy, Ukraine, or doing business in the region.
The Bidens took an actual bribe in the form of millions from Ukraine, and then bribed Ukraine with a billion U.S. taxpayer dollars to fire the prosecutor looking into it. If that is not corruption, then the word is meaningless.
That's it. Donald Trump had ample predication and expressed it to the Ukraine leader. Case closed.
Donald Trump was actually just doing his job when he asked Zelensky to investigate the Bidens. It is the responsibility of Presidents to hold government officials accountable for corruption, bribery, extortion and wrongdoing according to the U.S. constitution. Politicians like Joe Biden are not exempt from this accountability, even if they are running for office. Were they to be immune due to seeking office, that would put them above the law, and "no one is above the law", as Democrats constantly remind us.
Moreover, Ukraine and the U.S. have a treaty that requires cooperation for rooting out crime and corruption. In other words if Trump had NOT asked about the Bidens, he would be ignoring his official duties as President and could have been impeached for that based on the Democrats newfangled definitions of impeachable offenses!
It all comes down to predication. Trump had it. Obama, Clinton, Comey, Brennan did not, tried to manufacture it and got caught. That makes all the difference. Everything else is just noise.
Will that stop Democrats from continuing their coup? Not a chance. They've been promising to impeach Donald Trump since before he even took the oath of office!
The Washington Post headline on the day Donald Trump was inaugurated read:
"The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun"- Washington Post 1/20/2017
Eleven days later, the lawyer representing "whistleblower" Eric Ciaramella tweeted that the "#Coup has started". He tweeted it twice to make sure the message wasn't missed:
The impeachment of Donald Trump has always been a coup d'etat. He is restoring constitutionally limited government, borders, strong defenses, free markets, and an independent populace to the U.S. In other words, he is an existential threat to the entire Democrat project.
Here's "predication" in Joe Biden's own words: