UkraineGate: Who ya gonna believe?
In the 1946 film classic: "A Night in Casablanca," Groucho Marx asks the films leading lady, "Who ya gonna believe? Me, or your own eyes?"
Fast forward to 2019: Should we believe Congressman Adam Schiffs fanciful parody of the July 25, 2019, phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky or should the public believe its own eyes with regard to the official transcript of the call which President Trump declassified and made available to all?
If you believe your own eyes, President Trump asks President Zelensky to search for a server linked to a possible 2016 Russian hack into Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails, and to also look into what former Vice President Joe Biden was bragging about before the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. The transcript from Bidens January, 2018, video is reprinted here:
"...And I went over, I guess, the 12th, 13th time to Kiev. And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from [President] Poroshenko and from [Prime Minister] Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor [Viktor Shokin]. And they didnít.
"I said, nah, Iím not going toóor, weíre not going to give you the billion dollars. They [Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk] said, you have no authority. Youíre not the president. The president saidóI said, call him. (Laughter.) I said, Iím telling you, youíre not getting the billion dollars. Iím going to be leaving here in; I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: Iím leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor [Shokin] is not fired, youíre not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. (Laughter.) He got fired.." (At the time, Prosecutor Shokin was investigating possible corruption within Burisma Holdings on whose board sat Hunter Biden.) Quid pro quo ? You decide.
Appearing on ABCs "Good Morning, America," on October 15, 2019, Hunter Biden admitted that his being appointed to hold a number of well-paying board positions was due to his last name being Biden.
Let us recount the ways: His father got him into Yale, on the board of a credit-card company (for which his father had championed favorable legislation), on the board of Amtrak (Senator Biden commuted each weekend from D.C. to Delaware on Amtrak), on the board of the Ukrainian gas and oil conglomerate Burisma Holdings (salary $50,000-per-month), got Hunter a direct commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve (Hunter was three years over the age-40 limit and needed a drug-use waiver). And, after taking Hunter on Air Force Two to Red China, Hunters financial services company received $1.5 billion from a Chinese firm that was used to buy dual-use (meaning civilian and military use) tech companies for the Chicoms. A staffer for the self-admitted "totally left-leaning" CNN was caught on tape saying. "This looks bad. This smells bad."
And so, given what we have been allowed to see with our own eyes, could it be that the Democrat-controlled committees of the House of Representatives that are looking for "high crimes and misdemeanors," are investigating the wrong person(s)? If that is the case, one might think of a couple of names to suggest.
©2019. William Hamilton.
William Hamilton, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame. Dr. Hamilton is the author of Formula for Failure in Vietnam: The Folly of Limited Warfare, McFarland Books, (2019). For pre-publication orders: Toll free: (800) 253-2187 "Central View," can also be seen at: www.central-view.com.