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Trump’s Duty to Investigate Burisma

Truth Matters According to The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, and The Daily Caller, Ukraine didn’t find out that a hold had been placed on its U.S. aid until nearly a month AFTER Trump’s phone call to President Zelensky. Even then Zelensky says, he had no idea why the funds were being held up. That, my friends, is absolute proof there was never any quid pro quo. You can’t force a country to investigate someone by threatening to withhold the quid (cash) without actually telling them you’re going to do so. Joe Biden understood how this works. He told the Ukrainians he would withhold a billion dollars in U. S. aid unless Ukraine fired the prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, his son Hunter, George Soros’ meddling, and Ukrainian efforts to influence the 2016 American elections to hurt Trump. Biden was obviously accomplished at bullying. Trump, on the other hand, was either not a bully at all or the most inept bully on the face of the planet. In reality, Trump was a businessman who wanted to insure U.S. taxpayers’ dollars were well spent. He put a hold on the $440 million in military aid a week before the phone call because of concerns about a previous billion dollars in aid money to Ukraine which had vanished into the corrupt jaws of Burisma. He was also concerned that the E.U. should be doing much more to help Ukraine in its war with Russia. Without saying anything about the aid, therefore, he focused in his phone call with Zelensky on the need for Ukraine to make the case to the E.U. that they should provide more help. He also spoke about corrupt people in Zelensky’s new administration and the need to replace them with people Zelensky could depend on. He talked about the need for the Ukrainian government to investigate corruption (including corruption at Burisma). Zelensky had already in the call claimed he was dedicated to draining the swamp (his words). As part of his investigation, Trump requested that Zelensky find out the truth about Ukrainian meddling in the U. S. elections. Trump then sat back and waited to see if Zelensky would take steps to carry out his promises. When he saw that a new prosecutor had been appointed who was taking up the challenge of fighting corruption, Trump freed up the funds for delivery. Zelensky was never told by the Trump Administration why a temporary hold ...

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