It’s Not A Crime For Trump To Ask China And Ukraine To Investigate Biden

It’s Not A Crime For Trump To Ask China And Ukraine To Investigate Biden, by David Marcus.

Today the president reiterated that he wants Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden. Democrats have not made clear why that is a crime. …

The issue of whether the president may urge foreign leaders to conduct investigations of American citizens running for office has now become the crux of the impeachment inquiry. Long gone now are allegations of any quid pro quo with Zelensky. That ship sailed when the transcript of Trump’s call with the Ukrainian leader offered no evidence that the president was offering military aid as a carrot, which was the initial allegation. …

Now Democrats insist that no quid pro quo is needed to prove a high crime or misdemeanor occurred during the phone call. Instead, they insist, this is a question of an illegal campaign contribution.

They seem to be suggesting that Trump was asking the Ukrainian government to dig up dirt on his political rival Joe Biden, rather than asking them to root out corruption that allegedly involved his son Hunter Biden, and potentially the former vice president himself.

But is that a high crime or misdemeanor? We know that Hunter Biden took an extremely lucrative job from a Ukrainian energy concern for which he had no relevant experience. Is it really so strange for Americans to want to know if what he was really offering was access to the vice president?

Likewise we know that Hunter Biden traveled to China with his father on Air Force Two in 2013, and that during that trip he met with a Chinese banker, and 10 days after the trip the Chinese granted a license for a new fund on which Hunter was a board member. …

Bottom line:

So the question is, is it illegal for Trump to ask foreign leaders to look into it?

The answer to this question seems to almost certainly be no. In fact, the closest thing the Democrats can pin to the president is a vague campaign finance violation. …

Their entire argument for impeachment now rests on the idea that Biden’s candidacy makes him immune to such calls for scrutiny. But they will not and can not point to an actual law that Trump violated in the conversation. …

Impeachment without a specific crime is a risky play, but [the Democrats] may have gone too far to un-ring this bell.

Sarah Hoyt:

So, hypothetically, if an outgoing president’s administration concocted a farrago of lies with the cooperation of foreigners to malign the candidate opposing his hand-picked successor that would be… what?

Also, hypothetically, if this farrago of lies was then used to hamper the new administration, and millions of taxpayers’ money were flushed down the rathole of a make believe investigation, that would be … what?

My question is — do leftists own NO mirrors?