Are the Dems overplaying their hand? By Jim Dueholm.
The whistleblower’s complaint and the transcript of the July 25 call between President Trump and President Zalensky have been released to the public. Neither supports the pre-release claim that President Trump threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine unless Ukraine investigated presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.
The July 25 call was a friendly, feel-good call with no pressure and no threat, explicit or implicit, that tied aid to a Biden investigation.
President Trump dwelled on an investigation into the 2016 presidential campaign, which is appropriate and has nothing to do with the 2020 presidential election. The president didn’t ask President Zalensky to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden, but he did urge him in an aside to cooperate in an investigation of that matter by Attorney General Bill Barr. Cooperation and investigation are much different things.
The complaint adds little to the transcript. It dwells at great length on investigation of the 2016 election. Like the transcript, it makes brief mention of a Biden investigation but provides no evidence that President Trump tied aid to a Biden investigation. The aid has been provided and Attorney General Barr is apparently not investigating the Bidens.
Nothing in the complaint or transcript is likely to generate Republican or public support for impeachment.
I think Pelosi and other Democrats, in their eagerness to find a smoking gun or a magic bullet, view the transcript as far more scandalous than most Americans will perceive it to be. President Trump, whose political instincts are usually sound, doesn’t view the transcript as scandalous.
Well, today seems to wrap up the impeachment news. It’s another hoax, at most a very thin straw. Even less than the Trump-as-Russian-agent story. Unless there’s some other evidence to emerge, this is going to be a noisy divisive battle over nothing. But it will tie up the lead country of the free world for months.