In the wake of public revelations about President Donald Trump’s effort to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens, he’s earned the criticism of interests like House Democrats, isolated Republican members of Congress like Utah Senator Mitt Romney — and now, Fox News’ very own Tucker Carlson. He co-authored a piece with Daily Caller co-founder Neil Patel in which he asserted, point-blank, that Trump’s conduct towards Ukraine was indefensible and should not have happened. They explicitly asserted they didn’t think the behavior constituted an impeachable offense, but it’s a start! Trump is so far off the rails that he’s lost Tucker Carlson.
‘Donald Trump should not have been on the phone with a foreign head of state encouraging another country to investigate his political opponent, Joe Biden. Some Republicans are trying, but there’s no way to spin this as a good idea.. Like a lot of things Trump does, it was pretty over-the-top. Our leaders’ official actions should not be about politics. Those two things need to remain separate. Once those in control of our government use it to advance their political goals, we become just another of the world’s many corrupt countries. America is better than that.’
Indeed — as they indicate, Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens in a now infamous July phone call in which he pointed to debunked allegations of corruption on their part. No matter a lack of evidence, Trump went so far that he said the Ukrainians should get in touch with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General Bill Barr to further their inquiry.
Previously, he’d also abruptly paused already approved military aid to the country, which longtime diplomat and current top U.S. representative in Ukraine Bill Taylor has been revealed to have explicitly described as leverage against the Ukrainians in trying to get them to produce the dirt. In that revealed text conversation, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland asserts that Taylor had misunderstood the president’s intentions — and that the conversation should be taken offline. That’s not exactly something someone innocent says.
As MSNBC host Chris Hayes put it:
‘I’m still laughing at the sheer guilty desperation of Sondland’s texts. Basically, I want to be very clear we are not doing crimes here. Call me to discuss further.’
In other words — everyone knows Trump’s guilty, so good for Carlson to finally catch up.
Trump refuses to acknowledge his guilt, insisting that his conversation with Zelensky was “perfect” and so on and so forth. When Romney raised concerns, Trump responded by shouting on Twitter that Romney should be impeached, although there isn’t even a mechanism for impeaching Senators.
Meanwhile, House Democrats are continuing with their impeachment inquiry against Trump himself. They’ve issued subpoenas at this point targeting interests ranging from the White House itself to Giuliani, and they have already heard from former U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, who participated in the scandal via connecting the Trump team with the right people to get the dirt.
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