The impeachment of truth

Like it or not, the next six months is going to be nothing but impeachment news. The Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have decided to impeach President Trump. The so-called impeachment inquiry is just a formality. Already the spin on the facts to make them appear as condemning as possible has run through a willing news media like water through a firehose. Truth is being impeached. The decision is made. The impeachment stake is in the ground. It is high drama. It is highly political. Pelosi and her minions wouldn’t have decided on an impeachment inquiry unless they were committed to impeaching Trump. The only thing that might stop them, is overwhelming push back from voters.

A member of the intelligence community, who remains anonymous and in secret, had second- and third-hand information about a phone call from Trump to Ukraine’s president. The “whistleblower” complaint is reported to allege that Trump was withholding $400 million in US military aid to Ukraine pending an investigation on Hunter Biden’s corruption in Ukraine, where then-Vice President Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire the prosecutor. The transcript of the call indicates no quid pro quo (no withholding funding in return for such an investigation). The Justice Department Criminal Division investigated the whistleblower complaint and the Trump call, concluding no laws had been broken. Interesting to note that Justice Department officials said that help from a foreign company is not a legal “thing of value” under campaign finance law.

This is what the transcript shows the President said: “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.” It is well-documented that Joe Biden while Vice President threatened to withhold $1 billion in US loan guarantees to the country if the Ukrainian government did not fire the prosecutor. In addition, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wrote a letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor demanding cooperation with the Mueller investigation, noting that the senators and the US has supported Ukraine’s government and the lack of cooperation was “disappointing.”

Biden actually did what the opposition is accusing Trump of doing, although there is no indication to date that Trump threatened to withhold any aid to Ukraine unless an investigation was reopened. In fact, Trump was asking why the investigation had been halted and for cooperation—the same that senators were seeking with Ukraine and Mueller. So why is it a crime for Trump and not a crime for Biden and the senators? Because it is political. It is more important to rid the nation of a president with whom they disagree, than to preserve the integrity of the office and the Constitutional process. As is written in Isaiah 59:14,” for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.”

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Bill Wilson