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It is ludicrous to argue that President Trump’s telephone conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was an impeachable offense.

Trump had every right to ask Ukraine to cooperate or assist in an official Department of Justice investigation into the origins of the Russia “collusion” hoax. His request was pursuant to an official probe being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham and initiated by Attorney General William Barr. In fact, Ukraine is required to comply under a binding treaty with the U.S.

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The Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters obligates Ukraine to provide, upon request by the U.S., assistance “in connection with the investigation, prosecution, and prevention of offenses, and in proceedings related to criminal matters.” This treaty was negotiated by then-president Bill Clinton more than 20 years ago and approved by the U.S. Senate. Among other things, Ukraine agreed to furnish “documents, records, the taking of testimony or statements of persons” relevant to any U.S. investigation.

Unfortunately, Kiev has not always abided by this treaty. Beset by rampant corruption, past Ukrainian administrations have been less than cooperative with the U.S. Indeed, there is significant evidence that Ukraine actively meddled in the 2016 election by providing dirt on the Trump campaign at the behest of a Democratic National Committee subcontractor who wanted to help elect Hillary Clinton. This is detailed in my new book, “Witch Hunt.”

With the election of a new Ukrainian president who vowed to end the rampant corruption, President Trump saw an opportunity to reset relations and obtain assistance in the Durham investigation. As pointed out by columnist Marc Thiessen, the DOJ has disclosed that it is “exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the campaign during the 2016 election.”

Despite media and Democrat misrepresentations of the conversation, the “do us a favor” remark by Trump was a request that Ukraine cooperate in the Durham probe. The president phrased it in a friendly manner to enlist Zelensky’s assistance, even though it is incumbent on Ukraine to do so under the terms of the treaty. It is not at all unusual for the U.S. government or its president to ask for help from a foreign nation in extant investigations conducted by the DOJ.

Trump’s reference to former Vice President Joe Biden and the suspicious activities of his son, Hunter Biden, comes later in the conversation:

“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 indisputable that Biden is seen and heard on videotape bragging that he engineered the firing of Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine. Shokin is on record telling the Washington Post that he was sacked because his investigators were “on his (Hunter Biden’s) tail” in a case of suspected corruption involving $3 million in fees that found their way into the pocket of the VP’s son. Joe Biden has dismissed this as nonsense and the mainstream media have accepted his explanation as gospel.  However, documents newly uncovered by The Hill’s John Solomon belie Biden’s claim. These records appear to show that that Shokin’s account, not Biden’s, was true.

Joe Biden’s boast about his “quid pro quo” with Ukraine is compelling evidence that he may have used his public office to confer a benefit ($1 billion) in exchange for something of value –shutting down an investigation to help his son. This is where the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act comes into play, as well as other federal felony statutes such as bribery, extortion, and honest services fraud. The Justice Department would be justified in investigating Biden to determine whether he took any official action involving taxpayer money as Vice President to benefit his son.

Once again, President Trump had every right to ask Zelensky to assist the U.S. in any existing or prospective investigation. Biden doesn’t enjoy immunity simply because he is running in the Democratic primary for president. There is no amnesty for a prospective political opponent. Lest we forget, the Obama administration launched an investigation into the nominee of the opposing party during a presidential campaign.

Nowhere in the Trump-Zelensky telephone call was there a threat (like Biden’s), pressure, condition, or demand by Trump.  Impeachment hysteria, if not insanity, has obscured the facts.  Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said of Trump’s conversation with his counterpart, “What this shows is repeated, concerted, premeditated, criminal conduct.”  Columnist Michael Gerson wrote in the Washington Post, “For the first time in American history, the president has pleaded guilty to an impeachable offense.” This is effectively what happened…,” he added.

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It is easy to dismiss such obtuse pronouncements as partisan bloviating. In reality, it represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the law, international agreements, and federal investigations. The president’s words were neither a crime nor an impeachable offense. Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution imposes a duty on the president to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” If he is aware of potential evidence of lawlessness that resides in the hands of a foreign government, he is duty-bound to ask that such evidence be produced.

What is driving the impeachment blather is an overwhelming desire by Democrats and the complicit media to destroy Trump’s presidency, undo the 2016 election, and evict him from office. Talk of impeaching Trump began before he was ever sworn in or unpacked his luggage at the White House.  Every act by the president has been branded “an impeachable offense.”

At first, it was emoluments, then it was the firing of James Comey as FBI director, then it was the Trump-Russia “collusion” hoax, then it was Trump’s alleged remark about Gen. Michael Flynn, then it was obstruction of justice. Stormy Daniels was supposed to bring down Trump, then it white-nationalism and neo-Nazism, then it was Michael Cohen’s testimony, then it was Trump’s finances. The list extends ad nauseam.

At every turn and with every perceived slight, howls of impeachment have reverberated through the halls of Congress and in liberal newsrooms across America. Trump’s demise is always just around the corner, they insist. Except it isn’t. Not if you consider those pesky things called facts.

And so, here we are again. Trump-Ukraine “collusion” is just the latest incantation in the never-ending “witch hunt.”

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  1. While all the media hoopla is on the latest swamp tactic, no one seems to be reporting on last weeks internet report on the Ukraine and IMF funds illegally laundered to the clintons, https://www.teaparty.org/former-ukrainian-secret-service-official-leaks-info-on-how-ukraine-funded-clinton-campaign-with-stolen-imf-money-410663/?utm_source=ewcp&utm_placement=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=TPnewsletter

  2. Also, in retort to the swamp, the clinton deleted 3k mail might still be in copies of backups at DATTO, Inc in Connecticut. Media reports made no sense after FBI finally tracked down the archives there.

  3. WALLACE IS ACTING LIKE A CLINTON NEWS REPORTER

  4. BIDEN NOT GOT THE PROECUTOR FIRED, BUT EXTORTED $ 10 MILLION KICKBACK OUT OF THE BILLION GIFT. BIDEN BRAGGED ABOUT IT.

  5. These Democrats can’t beat him at the ballot box so they have to impeach him. But what they are most afraid of is the fact that this Administration is investigating Obama’s last 8 years and the criminal activity of severel prominent democrats. That is what they won’t stand for. Justice is coming either way which is why they are laying the ground work for their defense against Barr and the DOJ for when the evidence is finally presented. They will twist it as propaganda against Democrats and not the result of their own actions.

  6. There are still many people who believe mainstream media that our President deserves to be impeached because he is bad. Sadly, even right wing internet media doesn’t tell the reason why he is hunted. People live in lies and misinformation. They need to know that Dems are in the process to destroy opposing party for the purpose to gain power and install one-party system, which is socialism/communism. Proof is in propaganda, censorship and presidential impeachment. If Dems ever reached this evil ideology, millions and millions of people, republicans or democrats, will be depressed and suicidal. But it will be late to go back.

  7. This is absolutely ludicrous to say that the Nation’s Chief Law Enforcement officer Donald Trump is not allowed to speak to another President of a nation about law enforcement matters is crazy. The Dems are beside themselves that they haven’t been able to weaken our President and he keeps gaining in the Polls. It’s no wonder they keep hurling groundless accusations against President Trump. And when the 2020 election day happens he will be reelected in a landslide that changes the House and the Senate with super majorities. As the saying goes, “They ain’t seen nothing yet.”

  8. Joe Biden is put in charge of Ukraine by Hussein Obama. He tells them to increase natural gas production with U.S. financial aid. He maneuvers his son into a position on the Board of Directors of the natural gas company at $1 million a year; essentially a kickback of American taxpayer dollars (“not to me; pay it to my son”), THAT, ladies and gentlemen, IS how a mob boss operates.

  9. he did get him fired. watch the video where Biden brags about he told them he wasn’t going to give them the billion dollars unless they fired the prosecutor and they had 6 min. to decide. So blackmail at its finest!

  10. De Niro is a raving foul mouthed maniac, I no longer watch any movies polluted by his presence!

  11. Throw all the deep state traitors in prison starting with the race baiting Obamas who divided our nation!!

    Nancy posi said no one is above the law, I sure hope she was looking in the mirror when she said that.

    tbe radical communist left Are the epitome of the term Prohection!!!

  12. The colluding idiots in our sad corrupt government seem to forget, THEY ALL WORK FIR US AND THEY ALL WORK FOR THE PRESIDENT!!!

    I say arrest them all!!!

  13. When in the heck are the Republicans going to start reciprocating these stupid investigations by the democrats? We are sitting back and taking everything they are dishing out. It is time for us to start our own investigation of Clintons, Clinton Foundation, Obama, The Russian Hoax, etc. The democrats who only watch the mainstream media programs are not aware of all the information we have on the Dems. They honestly have no idea what is really going on in Washington and I think it is time the Republicans take a stand and start fighting back.

  14. Tell Adam Schiff that! 😉

  15. I wrote to Fox and told them that Wallace’s rating was going to be lower than CNN’s. Every time Chris comes on, I will turn the TV off. Why do they have him on there? I feel the same way about Shep Smith!

  16. There is an old saying about having the rabbit and the gun both. The rabbit being the goal and the gun being the power or ability to accomplish the goal.

    When President Trump was elected the loons on the left had the rabbit and the gun BOTH and it worked well for them for 8 years. When the new rabbit was elected, he started disassembling the corrupt power block, peice by peice. (All the Circus Courts, FBI, DOJ, ETC).

    The new rabbit says, PLEASE don’t throw me in the briar patch or try to impeach me. Liberal socialists take the bait, on impeachment.

    Now they have President Trump right where the President wants them.

    President Trump is playing 3-D chess and democrats are still dropping marbles in a bowl to see which liberal moron gets to go first.

    IN 2020 LET’S TAKE BACK THE RABBIT AND THE GUN BOTH. KAG 

  17. Well if history repeats itself Rudy Giuliani’s home and office doors are going to be kicked in and warrants for any and all documents in his possession will be taken. Attorney client privilege has no meaning when it comes to Democrats searching for anything to justify their investigations in search of a crime.

  18. When will the Republicans go on the offensive? I am so fed up the the constant barage of hate and outrageous lies against our President and now all of us who voted for him. Doesn’t anyone out there see that this is a total government takeover attempt? Whether we know it, acknowledge it or not, we are in a war for the future of the nation. How do we turn the intelligence communities away from hiding & protecting those efforts and into one that is protecting our good officials, including our President?

  19. Me too! Everytime Wallace or Shep Smith come on Fox, I turn TV OFF!

  20. I sooo agree with you! Someone, somewhere with GOP power needs to grow a set & defend our President. Aside from just a handful of Congressmen – Jordan, Nunes, Gaetz, Radcliff & a couple others, no one is coming to back our POTUS up. I’m even more discussed with them for stabbing DJT in the back than I am the Socialists-Evil-Demon-Dems – at least he knows to lookout for them & can see them coming. Draining the swamp in now my most important issue – it’s was defending our border, but he can’t effectively get anything done while constantly beating off attackers 360 maneuvers, 24/7.

  21. Another way to help our President is to find out who is supporting the Dems and if they own a business and sell something don’t bye from them. That’s all these people understand money and treason.

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