First we were subjected to the Russian collusion narrative. Every day in the news there were so called breaking stories that the Mueller investigation was onto something nefarious and that we would certainly be amazed at the illegal activities President Trump engaged in with Vlad Putin in order to steal the election from its rightful owner, Hillary Clinton. We were told that the Mueller report would be the final nail in Trump’s coffin. That narrative was strengthened by statements from Congressman Adam Schiff, who personally assured us almost daily that he had the goods on the President, but we would just have to wait for the Mueller report for them to be made public.
After 2.5 years and over 30 million taxpayer dollars spent, the Mueller report was finally available for general consumption. The report, as long as a Russian novel, virtually said nothing about Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, but made insinuations that it was possible that Congress could find a charge of obstruction, being that the innocent President attempted at various points to fire Mueller and end the investigation, knowing that it was only the result of partisan injustice, harming his reputation and that of his administration. The Democrats thought that they had a new narrative that just might stick. Obstruction of Justice just might fit the bill for Impeachment.
After a month of pondering possibilities and putting out the obstruction narrative, it did not seem to stick with the American people. No matter how hard the Democrats argued that obstruction was the serious crime that they needed to Impeach, the narrative did not catch on. They were desperate for a new narrative, and they worked to create one that was believable.
The first 2 attempts by the Democrats and the bureaucracy were dismal failures. Both Russian collusion and obstruction of justice fizzled out before their very eyes. It was looking like their dream of Impeachment and removal from office was never going to come true. They did not give up hope, and instead used an asset within the Trump administration to concoct a new narrative, one that would have some basis in truth.
The President made a phone call to the newly elected President of the Ukraine. Most of the conversation was polite and congratulatory. Trump wished the new President Zenensky his best, and then at the end of the conversation, asked for a favor. That favor was in 3 parts. He asked him to look into Joe Biden and his son, inferring that their may have been some funny business with the ex-VP withholding 1.5 billion dollars of loan guarantees unless the prosecutor looking into the Ukraine gas company that his son Hunter was a board member collecting $50,000 a month in salary was fired. The President also asked Zelensky to talk to our Attorney General and Rudy Guliani about past corruption and election interference, and lastly asked to investigate “Crowdstrike”, which refers to the alleged Russian hack of the DNC’s computer and e-mail stash. All of these alleged transgressions happened before the 2016 Presidential election, and this is information that relates to current Attorney General and Inspector General investigations.
Apparently someone that was involved with the conversation directly did not like the favor being asked, and discussed it with a low level CIA official serving temporarily in the White House. That low level official met with Adam Schiff’s staff, and subsequently filed a “whistle-blower complaint” with the house. The substance of the complaint was that Trump asked a foreign national to investigate Joe Biden, who is currently running against Trump for the Presidency. In order to make it a high crime, there needed to be a “quid pro quo” and alas they found one that just might stick. Previously President Trump put a hold on military assistance authorized by Congress for the Ukraine, and it was on hold during the conversation. That said, President Zelensky did not know that, and it was never brought up in the conversation, but that wasn’t enough to kill a perfectly good narrative! The Democrats and the bureaucracy now had their new impeachment narrative, collusion with the Ukrainian President to the detriment of an opposing candidate.
The Democrats never thought that a transcript of the phone conversation would be released for public consumption. Without that, they could sweeten the narrative in such a way that the general public would be howling for Trump’s impeachment. To their dismay, Trump did release the transcript, but hope springs eternal. With time running out, they decided to use their newfound narrative to impeach!
Nancy Pelosi knew that she didn’t have the votes to start a formal impeachment process, but that did not deter her. She put the most partisan Trump hater in Congress, Adam Schiff, in charge of investigating the President for impeachment. This process is being held in secret, without any representation by Republicans or the President. It is apparent that Nancy and Adam are intent on impeaching the President this year so that it won’t be done in the 2020 election year, and they are going to do it with scant evidence of “high crimes or misdemeanors”! In their minds it is their only hope for defeating the President at the polls. They know that the Senate will not remove him from office, but they hope the stain of impeachment, however partisan and one sided will do the trick.
Chances are they will be strengthening Trumps position in the 2020 election. 40% of eligible voters are his base, and their votes for him are guaranteed. He will only have to convince a small percentage of independent and uncommitted voters to have his win, and with the weak stable of Democrat candidates with their hats in the ring, its almost a sure thing for his victory. It appears that the 3rd time is not the charm for Democrats, but simply more evidence of their insanity!