The truth behind this impeachment inquiry

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced the Democratic-led House of Representatives will move forward with an official impeachment inquiry, citing that “the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically.” President Trump says simply that he spoke to the Ukraine president about corruption involving Hunter Biden, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son. Trump is being accused of withholding US military aid from Ukraine to spark an investigation of Hunter Biden, which in turn, would aid the president politically. Democrats and others say this is a crime. 

This round of attacks began with an intelligence community “whistleblower” account of the phone call that Trump made to the Ukraine President after freezing some $400 million in military aid to the country, which was later released. The intel “whistleblower,” however, was reported to have no direct access to the call, but rather hearsay. Trump has directed the release of the transcript of the July call, saying, “You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure.” Trump has sent an email to supporters saying: “This is just another smear job and pathetic attempt by Democrats to rip the power from the people. I’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG. TRUST ME, YOU’LL SEE THE TRANSCRIPT.” He announced he has launched an “Official Impeachment Defense Task Force,” and asked for donations.

The New York Times confirmed in May that Joe Biden’s son Hunter was paid as much as $50,000 per month as a board member of the natural gas firm owned by the Ukrainian oligarchy. Breitbart reported that Vice President Biden was heavily involved in mediating US policy towards Ukraine. When a Ukrainian prosecutor launched a corruption investigation into the energy company of which Hunter Biden was a board member, Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in US loan guarantees to the country if the Ukrainian government did not fire the prosecutor. The Hill reported in April that the elder Biden bragged to the Council on Foreign Relations in a 2018 speech how he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its prosecutor. 

Trump says it was appropriate to ask about corruption before giving aid. The Democrats say that Trump violated his oath of office by using military aid as leverage to undermine his political opponent. You are going to hear the word “treason” thrown around a lot. But treason in the Constitution “shall consist only in levying War against them (the US), or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Did Trump commit an impeachable offense? It doesn’t matter because it is all political. The intel community, the Democratic Party, and the media have been licking their chops to render Trump ineffectual or remove him from office since before he took office. This is just another attempt in hopes the voters will vote Trump out. May it be as Ephesians 5:13, “But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light.”

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Bill Wilson